Mark Danger Powers

My List

As I mentioned in the Fearless . . . Ruthless post, “I have a list of life goals that I say I’m going to accomplish . . . a neverending bucket list of places to see, percussion instruments to study, educational materials to produce, languages to be at least passable in.” Inspired by similar lists made public by fellow bloggers Joel Runyon and Sean Ogle, it’s time to post mine. Joel, Sean and I all agree that telling other people about goals makes us hold ourselves more accountable to them. For years, The List has been viewed by my eyes only, existing as merely a memo file on my old Palm PDAs. No more.

Keep in mind that there’s not much order to this list. Parts of it might seem a bit crazy. Parts are just plain silly. A few might seem impossible. Some are time consuming. Stupid to some. Potentially dangerous. There is no real rhyme or reason, other than the fact that each entry is something that has, at one time or another, crossed my mind along with the thought, “yeah . . . I wanna do THAT!”

This post will certainly change and be edited over time. I’ll cross entries out as they’re accomplished but, just as often, new things will probably be added. Every trip I take; every person I meet; every adventure I set out on . . . they each expose me to more of the world’s amazing offerings, and add additional items to the list. My CouchSurfing profile states that, “while I am quite aware that I will NEVER check everything off of that list (which is constantly added to), I have vowed to live my life as if I were going to.”

Enough explanation . . . on with the list:


1A. skydiving (have twice now – one “static line” jump on July 6, 2001 at Skydive Adventure in Omro, WI; one “tandem” jump on June 3, 2011 at Skydive Oregon in Molalla, OR)
1B. indoor skydiving (completed Dec. 20, 2013 at iFLY Seattle)
2. bungee jumping (completed May 22, 2011)
3. Muddy Buddy (completed Oct. 17, 2010) ** also did the Warrior Dash on Sept. 8, 2012!

4. travel to study, perform and/or teach percussion in: Bhutan, Brazil, China, Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Swaziland, Thailand, Tuva, Uganda, Zimbabwe (mbira of the Shona people)

5. learn to ride unicycle (almost had it at one time)
6. learn to juggle
7. learn to fly: paragliding (currently have my P1 pilot rating!), airplane (private pilot license)
8. learn how to weld
9. learn braille
10. learn sign language
11. scuba certification (PADI Open Water course completed July 4, 2012 in Port Vila, Vanuatu)
12. fencing (took a class Jan/Feb ’08)
13. Reiki (Reiki 1 class completed)
14. martial arts (dabbled in Taekwondo, but way too long ago)
15. audition for Blue Man Group or Stomp
16. laser eye correction

17. see all seven continents: North America, South America – Europe (just being in airports there doesn’t count), Africa, Asia, Australia (but want to see more of that continent), Antarctica

18. Mt. Everest
19. hike Mount Hua (Hua Shan) in the Shaanxi Province of China
20. visit Timbuktu
21. visit Jerusalem
22. Uzbekistan
23. visit the Sahara
24. Ethiopia/ Namibia/ Morocco
25. hot air balloon ride
26. teach (ie. clinic, etc.) at my old alma mater, McNally Smith College of Music (can almost count the clinic that I was a part of there in November 2013 with Dave Stanoch and Walfredo Reyes, Sr. – but am not going to – this still needs to be checked off for real)
27. fly Mom in a plane (Ha! Can’t get her in a commercial aircraft, much less one that I’M piloting!)
28. learn to swim (that’s right- I still suck at it)
29. play guitar, bass, piano & mallets
30. play tabla, steel drums
31. become fluent in: Spanish (working on it), French, Mandarin
32. dabble in other languages (Greek/ Thai/ Aramic/ Latin/ etc.)
33. learn Morse Code
34. kayak, sail, snowboard, windsurf
35. sprint triathlon (perhaps with Australian drummer buddy Jarrod Marks at some point?)
36. zipline (did in Costa Rica, 2004)

37. perform in all of the 50 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (?? may have), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode lsland, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming (24 down, 26 to go)

38. bulk up (at least a bit; I’m a scrawny punk)
39. horseback riding (other than the poor beat down ones in Costa Rica)
40. learn small engine repair (motorcycle?)
41. visit Jarrod Marks in Australia
42. Have a Guinness in a bar in Dublin
43. zero gravity room (Space Camp?)
44. Zorbing (done August 22, 2012 in Port Vila, Vanuatu)
45. eat Pho with Anthony Bourdain in Hanoi, Vietnam
46. ride in a helicopter (took a demo flight lesson at Helicopters Northwest on November 22, 2013)
47. go rappelling
48. motorcycle across Indonesia with Matt Koenig
49. perform a several-month cruise ship gig (performed in the South Pacific on P&O’s “Pacific Dawn,” May-September 2012)
50. develop my own iPhone app from scratch
51. create/publish a Kindle book
52. flyboarding (you’ve got to check this out!)
53. learn HTML/CSS/PHP and such
54. shark cage (in either South Africa or Adelaide, Australia)
55. act in a Bollywood movie in India
56. throw a grenade and shoot an AK-47 (believe this is possible somewhere around Phnom Penh Cambodia?)
57. learn Krav Maga (perhaps in Israel?)
58. book [and travel] an RTW flight itinerary


There’s my list. Care to share yours? Comment below!