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Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Dave!As I was browsing through CNN's website to read coverage of the Democratic National Convention, I ran across an article saying that "100 Things To Do Before You Die" co-author Dave Freeman has died. Sadly, he only made it through half of his list.

As someone who has endeavored to see as much of this earth as I can before I die, this news hit me pretty hard. I have, of course, read his book and was inspired by it. Even if I didn't always agree with Freeman's choices, "100 Things To Do Before You Die" opened up a whole world of fascinating possibilities and sparked my imagination. After finishing the book, I decided to make my OWN list and see how many I could check off.

But I just couldn't do it.

I was always afraid that I'd perish before I could finish my list. Not wanting to die unfulfilled, I needed to do things a little different. So I decided to make a list of "Things To Do Before I Die"... but only add things to it after I had done them. This way, no matter when I die, I'll have finished my list. Brilliant! I'm up to 72 so far.

✔ Click here to read The List.

And here I am in Spokane so I can work in the morning. Thanks to road construction it took an extra half-hour, dragging out the already boring three-hour drive. Given this heinous new restrictive diet I'm on, Spokane is a dangerous place to be. This city is home to the best pizza on earth and I knew that I would cheat and have a slice once I got here...

A slice of David's "Da Vinci" pizza with pesto and feta cheese.

Turns out I needed that pizza.

As soon as I got into the city I found out that I have to be in Portland at 7:00am Friday morning for another job.

Unfortunately this means don't have time to go home, and will be flying directly out of Spokane tomorrow night. Then I fly back to Spokane on Saturday morning so I can then drive three hours to get back home (at last).

Good thing I always pack an extra set of clothes for emergencies!

I need more forbidden pizza.

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  1. Brandon says:

    DAMN YOU! Are we going to have a DaVinci war? I post a pic, you post a pic and we see who can salivate more? I get to Spokane maybe once a year, so you’ll probably win.

  2. Winter says:

    Definitely posting the chocolate pudding pic for you on Friday. You need it. Wish I had more naked Liz to give you.

  3. Years ago, before I’d even heard of “bucket lists” I made a promise to myself that I would see as much of the planet as I could before I shuffle off this mortal coil.

    So far I’ve done some things but have so many more to do. Which is good though, a goal for the rest of my life.

  4. Anthony says:

    That looks delicious. If we’re going through Spokane next month I’ll pick some up.

  5. serap says:

    What an amazing list, you are a lucky bloke to have experienced so many wonderful things. I’m going to Rome for the 1st time in 3 weeks, and will be checking out the Rome items from your list!

  6. Justin Scott says:

    That pizza looks awfully tempting. I went on a gluten, dairy and meat free diet about two years ago because I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and possibly lactose intolerance AND the active bacteria in my stomach was killed off through 6 months of heavy round of antibiotics to kill an intracellular bacterial infection that was making me go blind.

    So no bread milk or meat. Still don’t eat meat, much milk but gluten; gotta at least have a beer every one in a while!

    I don’t have Celiac Disease and I’m not lactose intolerant, turns out the antibiotics were behind it all. Now I’m as good as new, after about a year of awful.

  7. awytch says:

    Pizza is good (Actually, Pizza is food from the Goddesses) but trial diets are for a reason and basically you just blew yours….

    Tell the doc, so they won’t assume everything is ok when it may not be…

    And next time, let the monkey eat the pizza for you!!!

  8. Lewis says:

    And you already know what kind of pizza trouble you can get in here in Portland! Hot Lips! Those tomato slices look YUMMY.

  9. sizzle says:

    You really do need your own plane. And maybe a personal chef?

  10. Um, you think you can ship one of those pizzas to Georgia?

  11. TSM says:

    Does this mean we can have a “DAVE-land” dinner? I’m like 40 minutes from Portland and MelinOR is there already!

  12. ssp says:

    I’d say the reason to not have such a list isn’t that you could die before you’ve finished it (it hardly makes a difference for you then) but rather that once you’ve finished the list you may feel compelled to die.

  13. Poppy says:

    The first night I was back home from Vermont Dawg asked me what I wanted for dinner. I chose the forbidden pizza as well. He also picked me up a pepperoni pinwheel! WHO KNEW?!?!?! MMMMMMMMMMMM, PEPPERONI!!!

  14. Bec says:

    God, your life excites me.

  15. Sarah says:

    That pizza looks so good.

    I think I picked a bad post to read when I was already hungry because now I really want pizza.

  16. awytch says:

    How can I get an avatar/face thingy??

    Not sure I really want one but am curious as to how to get one…

    Since you already broke diet(that sounded an awful lot like “curfew” in my head, sorry) another slice probably won’t kill ya, so eat a piece for me..

  17. Dave2 says:

    Just follow all the blank avatars…

    Be sure to sign up with the same email address you use to comment! It can take several weeks for approval, however.

  18. awytch says:

    Thank you.

  19. Dave just what is it that you do exactly? Why do you travel so much? I thought you were in graphic design…

  20. ChillyWilly says:

    72? I think I’m maybe (if I really thought about it for a while) up to maybe 30 of 100 things. I’d better get crack’n.

  21. Doll Parts says:

    I can see the garlic on that pizza and that alone makes it superior.
    I’m not usually one to have a mushroomless pizza but the tomato does double time. What are the green strings? I’m thinking basil.

    Damn. I’ll take a large.

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