This is what I looked like on September 19, 2008 during a vacation. Duluth is in the background.


What do you wish you could do?


Last updated: Jan 26, 2013 (first version)

Have you ever had that wishlist of activities you've always wanted to do but you've got something, like money or skills, preventing you from doing it? Taking after "An Idiot Abroad: The Bucket List", here's my feel on what I'd like to do, how my motive is with them, where my skills are lacking, and the probability I feel these have of occurring. Also included are various other common activities on bucket lists. You'll note that many of them involve science or experiencing things. All 77 activities are listed alphabetically.

1 About the info



Within each subsection, you will find a list of fields. Here's the details on each field:

Activity: This is a more detailed overview on the activity, a long title basically.

Motive: A simplified and color-coded 0 to 10 scale on my motive for doing the activity. 5 is neutral. Every whole step higher has the motive being roughly the cubic root of 10 higher. Here's a chart for the idea:

ColorValueMotive rangeNotes and remarks
 0-40 or below Seeing the gloomy dark gray is the worst news for the activity
 0.5-40 to -25Major dislikes are here and worse
 1-25 to -18 
 1.5-18 to -12 
 2-12 to -8 
 2.5-8 to -6Moderate dislikes are here and worse
 3-6 to -4 
 3.5-4 to -2.5 
 4-2.5 to -1.8Minor dislikes are here and worse
 4.5-1.8 to -1.2Here and worse are activities I'd refuse to do
 5-1.2 to +1.2Neutral - will activity take moderate effort to get me to do it
 5.5+1.2 to +1.8This activity will some slight effort to get me to do it
 6+1.8 to +2.5Minor likes are here and better
 6.5+2.5 to +4 
 7+4 to +6 
 7.5+6 to +8Semifavorites are here and better
 8+8 to +12 
 8.5+12 to +18 
 9+18 to +25 
 9.5+25 to +40Favorites are here and better
 10+40 or aboveSeeing the bright white indicates an activity I really want to do


Missing skills: These are skills that the activity requires in order to do it. Without them, I may be more limited on doing it or I won't be able to do it at all.

Blockades: These are things other than skills that are preventing me from being able to do the activity. They are listed in order from the most severely limiting factor to the least. Here's a brief rundown of the most common ones (a question mark in parentheses immediately following indicates that I'm not sure if that is a blockade but I have a feeling it is; a "big time" in parentheses means the blockade is severe):



Worries: These are things that aren't blockades but hurt my motive. The most common case is the danger level.

Probability: The probability of the event happening in the given time span, color coded for quick comparison. This is usually expressed as a percentage per year, such as 20% per year. This means that, in any given 12-month period, I feel as if I have a 20% chance of it happening. That doesn't mean there's a guarantee in 5 years though as each given year is independent of each other. Over 2 years, the odds are actually 36% instead of 40. In 3, it's 48.8% instead of 60. Very low probabilities are expressed as a probability per decade. Very high probabilities are expressed as a probability per month. 20% per year makes more sense (in my opinion) than 89.2% per decade (I'd mark that as 90%) or 1.8% per month. Here's a table like the above explaining how these are related, along with how much time will need to pass before such an event happens with a 50% chance.

ColorStated probabilityTime for
50% chance
Notes and remarks
 < 1% per decadeOver 1000 yearsThis activity is so unlikely to occur that it'll essentially never happen
 1% per decade690 years 
 2% per decade343 years 
 3% per decade228 years 
 4% per decade170 years 
 5% per decade135 years 
 6% per decade112 yearsThe gloomy dark gray spells doom for the activity as it's so unlikely that I'll likely never get to do it in my life
 8% per decade83.1 years 
 10% per decade65.8 years 
 12% per decade54.2 years 
 15% per decade42.7 years 
 18% per decade34.9 years 
 20% per decade31.1 yearsThese types of activities may happen in the far future
 25% per decade
(3% per year)
23.4 years 
 4% per year17 years 
 5% per year13.5 years 
 6% per year11.2 years 
 8% per year8.3 yearsThe area around here seems to be the typical probability and may happen in the mid-range future
 10% per year6.6 years 
 12% per year5.4 years 
 15% per year51.2 months 
 18% per year41.9 months 
 20% per year37.3 monthsThese types of activities may happen in the mid-range future, within a decade for the most part
 25% per year28.9 months 
 30% per year
(3% per month)
23 months 
 4% per month17 months 
 5% per month13.5 months 
 6% per month11.2 months 
 8% per month8.3 monthsSeeing the bright white is an great sign for the activity as it'll likely happen in the near future
 10% per month6.6 months 
 12% per month5.4 months 
 15% per month4.3 months 
 18% per month3.5 months 
 20% per month3.1 months 
 25% per month2.4 monthsThis activity is so likely to occur that it's bound to happen in the next 2 years


Details: These are in-depth details and comments regarding the activity in question.

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Aerial dogfight



Activity: participate in an aerial dogfight (the simulated type with real planes)
Motive: 7
Missing skills: flying an airplane (slightly)
Blockades: no pilot's license, no driver's license, money, travel expenses, getting involved
Worries: mid-air collision (unlikely)
Probability: 4% per year
Details: Dogfights - you might think that this is something from the World War II days or often found in video games involving airplanes. Some might think it's the illegal activity of getting dogs to fight each other. I'm referring to the World War II case, only not what you'd think. I saw on TV that was an actual simulation kind of thing using real planes where this is done. Real gun fire sounds are used but no real bullets are used. Smoke does come out of a plane if hit enough times, but it's only a smoker or some special machine producing it rather than the engines being on fire. It's actually completely safe, collisions aside. Unfortunately, details are lacking on where such a place is where this is available.

Airline flight



Activity: fly on an airline
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money, family
Worries: going through security
Probability: 25% per year
Details: You might be thinking that going on an airline to get to some destination is so routine nowadays that it would seem inevitable. That's the main reason behind the relatively high odds. The only thing stopping it is money... and family. Why take the plane when it costs $500 or so when a train (Amtrak) costs $80 when the from and to destinations are the same for each (e.g. Minot, ND to Minneapolis, MN)? The difference explains why I never get a chance to go on an airline. Of course, if I'm to ever go to Europe, Asia, Africa, or Hawaii, taking the plane is almost a necessity (there's the ship as well as an alternative, but I know much more about planes than I do ships). I've only seen the interior of an airline from TV, what little detail I do have. I have zero experience with airlines as I've never been on one. The closest I've been to the actual plane itself is about 300 feet... directly below it from being right next to the airport and the plane just taking off generally westbound right over where I was. Over the ground, the distance is much farther - about 1500 feet. At that distance, you can barely make out anything on the plane.

Astronaut



Activity: be an astronaut in outer space
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: training, probably more I'm unaware of
Blockades: money (big time), availability (big time), not physically fit
Worries: radiation, the launch to get into orbit
Probability: 2% per decade
Details: Many kids often think they want to be an astronaut, going into outer space. With the extreme costs that even millionaires have a hard time affording, and severely limited availability, this is something that's just so unlikely to happen, especially for someone not really physically fit. While I certainly have a fair amount of know how, from all those TV shows I watch (educational-themed ones, not fiction (e.g. The Universe)), and great interest in astronomy, it's cost and the severely limited availability that pretty much stamp out any hope I have, what very little I do have. The only hope I have is one of those astronaut training facilities.

Astronomy documentary



Activity: narrate and/or participate in a documentary involving astronomy
Motive: 9 for both
Missing skills: the finer technical details
Blockades: getting involved, travel expenses
Worries: none
Probability: 8% per year for narrating, 18% per decade for participating (color based on 4% per year, the mid point)
Details: This seems like an unusual entry on this list. Astronomy is my top favorite field of science. Physics is a very close second. I watch tons of documentaries involving astronomy, some of which I've seen close to 20 times and I still don't mind watching them again (one of which I've seen over 30 times, "The Death Star" from Horizon). Instead of just merely watching them, narrating one would be something. Actually participating in one, speaking with the astronomers and physicists, doing the demonstrations (e.g. making scale models or experiencing weightlessness), that's a whole 'nother subject.

Beach



Activity: visit and play or swim at a very well known beach
Motive: 8
Missing skills: can't swim
Blockades: travel expenses
Worries: sharks, jellyfish, and sting rays if at the ocean; none otherwise
Probability: 5% per year
Details: If you seen shows like Party Heat or Beach Patrol, you'll have a good idea on what I'm referring to. No, this doesn't have anything to do with the police, rather, it's actually nothing more than just having fun. The most popular I've ever seen a beach is only about 50 total. Just... 50. That was at the Minneapolis area. By anyone's standards, that's not popular, not even close. It'd have to get into the upper 4-figures (5000+) before a beach could be considered popular to most. My area simply just doesn't have any of this. Obviously, you might be thinking of a beach by the ocean. Well, that's one case, but it doesn't have to be the ocean. It can be a very well known lake just as well. You might be wondering what happens when I get lost and can't find the settling area? Well, I know how to use the Sun to navigate. If all else, what do you suppose the life guards are for? They're not just for saving you from drowning.

Beta test



Activity: beta testing a professionally-made game
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: direct experience
Blockades: getting involved
Worries: getting a game that misses my acceptance criteria
Probability: 12% per year
Details: As a child, I've always had the dream of making my own video game. My oldest recalled dream, from 1993 or 1994, involves actual beta testing of a game (though at the time, I never knew it). While I certainly have plenty of experience, as you can tell on my YouTube videos and streaming, I don't have actual direct experience. By that, I've never been involved. Now that I'm programming my own game and know how to spot things, I certainly have adequate experience. Holding me back is having the system in the first place. I'm also quite restrictive on the games I go with as well. Games rated M or AO go against my nature and, thus, won't be played (T is as high as I'll go). Games for handheld systems wouldn't do any good as I don't have the system and they have many things I don't like about them (batteries, small screen size, awkwardness, and limited content being the main ones). Games on the computer I have no interest in (if you had a 100% loss rate of your save files (yes, not a single save file has survived to this day), then you'd leave that route out except for games where saving is not needed like card games or pinball). Lastly, games that require the Internet in order to play them are not an option (15 years down the road and you'll never be able to play the game again as the server goes down, the main reason why I'm against downloadable content (and yet, 15 more years later, you'll still be able to play the NES, Atari 2600, SNES, and many other such systems). Online accessibility can be present in the game, as long as it's not required (I just won't mess with it). If I get a game that fits within these, the chances are good that I could easily get involved with it. If I can get involved, then I can test it very well (think: 625 hours of play on Disgaea 1 in just 3 months and 845 hours on that same game by 5 1/3 months).

Blimp



Activity: ride in a blimp
Motive: 8.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money, getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 3% per year
Details: I don't think I've ever seen a blimp, outside on TV. Riding in one would be a nice experience, if they allow passengers. Unfortunately, these are far more unknown to me than airlines or even ships (I've at least seen ships).

Book on shelves



Activity: having my book on store shelves
Motive: 9
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 5% per month
Details: I've written the book and it continues to get about 8 sales a month with little in the way of advertising (giving me that familiar $50 a month). So, why can't places like Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or even Wal-mart get it on store shelves? It's a mystery that's been unsolved since July of 2009, right at the same time I released, I think, revision 10 of my book when Lulu's distribution started with revision 9 and approving it doesn't change anything. No place can get my book in, at all. However, that's online-only. What about on the shelves of a standard-issue brick and mortar building? That's one of my greatest wishes. Now, how to go about doing that without paying an insanely high $4000 up front for a publisher, that I have no idea.

Boxing



Activity: go boxing
Motive: 1
Missing skills: not physically fit, insufficient experience
Blockades: insufficient motive, getting involved
Worries: getting hurt
Probability: 5% per decade
Details: I've seen this on "An Idiot Abroad" so it's listed. Boxing involves fighting, to some extent, and that's definitely not my kind of thing. Any time ads come on TV involving this, they are guaranteed to be muted.

Bullet train



Activity: ride on a bullet train
Motive: 8
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money, travel expenses
Worries: none
Probability: 4% per year
Details: High speed trains are completely alien to me. Amtrak, which goes just 75 mph, is not high speed rail, not even close. Riding on a bullet train, with the 200 mph type of top speeds, now that would be something. So far, the best I can do for simulating that is recording video on my camcorder of scenery whizzing by then doing a time stretch to adjust. Going 50 mph? Use a 4x time stretch to get 200 mph. Except, instead of using time stretch on a recording, I'm referring to an actual constant 200 mph, seeing things going by at that kind of speed with my own eyes. Of course, the experience inside such a train is something else. When I was riding on Amtrack and a freight train passed by almost within arm's length at high speed (150 mph), I was really thrilled and I loved it! Too bad I couldn't catch it on my camcorder when I had the chance despite trying for over an hour. The biggest obstacle to this isn't money, like many things, rather, it's availability. The US seems to not care at all about its train systems, outside freight trains. This means I'd have to do international travel in order to do such a thing. Even then, money is still an issue, a close second.

Bungee jump



Activity: do a bungee jump
Motive: 5
Missing skills: none known
Blockades: travel expenses, money (?), getting involved, insufficient motive
Worries: the rope breaking (not likely)
Probability: 6% per year
Details: When watching "An Idiot Abroad", I like Karl's reaction to the bungee jump when he gets up there. Unlike him, I'm more neutral with it. While it is inherently dangerous, I don't feel as if it's bad enough. Thus, this is something on my considerations, but I'm otherwise split. Living in the plains doesn't help either as there's nothing to jump off of. Bridges are usually only 10 or so feet above something, Xing them off. I'd have to go elsewhere hence the getting involved issue.

Castle



Activity: tour a classic-style medieval castle
Motive: 6
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, money (?), getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 4% per year
Details: Since this pretty much requires international travel, it's much less likely to be present. I also have no idea if tours are even possible to such a place. Thinking back to an event in my book, I thought of this.

Cave



Activity: experience and explore a cave
Motive: 7.5
Missing skills: experience
Blockades: travel expenses
Worries: caveins, getting lost
Probability: 5% per year
Details: Caves - they're dark, and they come in various forms. Some are completely underwater, others are high and dry, and yet others are kind of a mix. Because I've only ever seen caves on TV, I have virtually no experience. I have no idea of any caves around me. The major caves, like the Carlsbad Caverns, would require travel, though at least it's only domestic travel. My biggest worry is a cavein and getting trapped. Fortunately, it's quite rare, as far as I know. Getting lost is the other concern and thus I'd need an expert or guide or something.

Centrifuge



Activity: experience the centrifuge
Motive: 4.5
Missing skills: none known
Blockades: not physically fit (?), insufficient motive, getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 15% per decade
Details: Astronomy is my top favorite field of science with physics being a close second. Astronomy often revolves around dealing with gravity as planets are involved. Involvement with the centrifuge is a common occurrence in those documentaries involving astronomy. What better way to experience extra gravity than the centrifuge! Now, how to get involved and whether or not they allow the general public to try it, that I don't know. How far can I go before I black out? Well, that's a big fat question mark as I have no idea. I think the highest I've been is about 2 Gs, maybe 3. It's been so long that I don't recall. Carnival rides like Rock Bottom Plunge in the Mall of America or Starship 2000 like from the days I was at the North Dakota State Fair are the ones that get that.

Cruise ship



Activity: ride on a Caribbean cruise ship
Motive: 10
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money, travel expenses
Worries: the food
Probability: 8% per year
Details: Ah, a Caribbean cruise! That's probably the top item on the list of most anyone. Tropical paradise (if it weren't for those pesky hurricanes)! Ships are a complete unknown to me. I have more experience with airlines than I do ships as I at least see them regularly. Ships? I've only ever seen one once ever. Any kind boat is a very rare sight for me. I often go for years without ever seeing one. Then again, when you're about right smack in the middle of the continent, far from the ocean or any major waterways, you don't see ships. The rare visits to the lake are really the closest I ever get to ships, and the lake doesn't always have a boat on it. A cruise ship would, by far, be the single biggest ship I'll ever see with my own eyes as soon as I see one.

3 D-F



Dark sky



Activity: see the day time sky being quite dark from great height
Motive: 10
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money, getting involved
Worries: radiation (very slight)
Probability: 3% per year
Details: The sky darkening effect in Platform Masters is my second most loved feature (after the clock). Seeing the sky darken with height for real is really something. It actually doesn't really take much height to really begin to notice it. For best results, I'd have to get like 40,000 feet above the ground. At that point, the sky is quite dark, at least based on what I can tell from Platform Masters' sky effect (this is based on the real world though it's only approximated).

Desert island



Activity: spend a night on a private desert island
Motive: 5.5
Missing skills: survival (partial)
Blockades: getting involved, travel expenses, insufficient motive
Worries: the food, the "monsters"
Probability: 12% per decade
Details: This idea was taken from the "An Idiot Abroad" series. A small, lonely desert island with pretty trees on it and a nice sandy beach all around... that doesn't sound like something to be interested in. It would be a neat experience though though I'm not really that tempted, hence the low (but still positive) motive.

Earth's curvature



Activity: see the Earth's curvature from a great height
Motive: 9.5
Missing skills: uncertain
Blockades: money, getting involved
Worries: radiation (slightly)
Probability: 10% per decade
Details: You might be thinking that seeing the Earth's curvature requires going into outer space and being an astronaut. Well, actually, that's not quite the case. You can notice the Earth curvature much lower. However, 40,000 feet really isn't sufficient enough to see it well. While you can certainly see it, it's difficult to notice. By 70,000 feet, that's about the kind of height needed though 100,000 would only make it better. Although similar to the "dark sky" case above (only more amplified), this is only a more extreme case, hence the reason for the lower probability.

Electronics expo



Activity: visit an electronics expo
Motive: 8
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, money (?)
Worries: none
Probability: 8% per year
Details: I've always seen the electronics expos, but they're always for the major metro areas, never in my area. Thus, I never get the chance to go to one. What are they? It's where they show off new gadgets and technologies before they are commercially available or newly available such items. At least, that's as far as I know. Ever since I saw one on HLN (CNN's Headline News), I've always wanted to go.

Explosion



Activity: set off a big explosion
Motive: 7
Missing skills: safety knowledge
Blockades: money, getting involved
Worries: the danger level
Probability: 4% per year
Details: Oh how I love seeing that visible shockwave in those slow-motion replays of a massive explosion! Now, setting one off myself, with close watch of the experts, that would be neat. Obviously, like I do with my fireworks, safety is priority one. It's only the danger level that hurts the motive.

Factory



Activity: visit a factory and watch as something of my interest gets made
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, locations of such a factory
Worries: none
Probability: 6% per year
Details: This seems like something strange. Why would I want to visit a factory and watch something get made at a blazing fast speed? Well, how about if it was something of high interest to me, such as video games, computer-related stuff, or even a pizza factory? Yep, that's where this entry is coming from.

Fireworks



Activity: shoot fireworks for a professional fireworks show
Motive: 10
Missing skills: none
Blockades: no pyrotechnics license, money
Worries: none
Probability: 5% per year
Details: I've been shooting off fireworks since I was about 8 years old, with my parent's assistance. Since 2004, I've been into the big stuff such as artillery shells and those 500-gram multishot setups. I've always wondered what it would be like to shoot off professional grade fireworks. Forget 1-inch artillery shells, try 3- or 4-inch shells. Forget the 500-gram multishot setups, but 5000 grams with 50 giant shots (or something). That would really be something. The primary obstacle isn't money, it's the fact I don't have a pyrotechnics license, restricting me to consumer-grade (class C) fireworks. The likely far higher costs of such fireworks are also a major limitation. As you can tell from my 2012 fireworks show, especially in parts 3 through 5 (mainly 4 and 5), I know what I'm doing and I take safety precautions with the use of my combos. Comboing the big fireworks is as close to professional as I can get.

First pitch



Activity: throw the first pitch in a baseball game
Motive: 5.5
Missing skills: knowing the tricks on throwing the ball (slightly)
Blockades: getting involved, travel expenses, insufficient motive
Worries: none
Probability: 6% per decade
Details: This might seem like an odd entry, considering how little I am into sports. However, with my ever-growing fan base of several thousand, this is becoming more and more likely. Still, at just 6% odds per decade, I'm not counting on it. While I do have some very basic info on how to throw the ball (it's a matter of speed and spin), at least there aren't any restrictions or limitations.

4 G-J



Game contribution



Activity: contribute an idea to a professionally made and well known game series and have it published
Motive: 8
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 20% per decade
Details: Professional game designers - I know more about ships than I do that! This is actually one of the very few entries where money is not a limitation. Now, think about this. What if I could contribute an idea to the Final Fantasy or Disgaea series and have it published in the game they're working on (or their following one if that current game is too near completion for implementing).

Game designers



Activity: visit with professional game designers
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money, getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 4% per year
Details: The professional game designers, those that work in the video game industry.... Now, what if I could actually meet and speak with someone who works in the video game industry, making an actual, professionally made game? It would be neat experience. While I may have a large fan base and I may have a professional game designer among them without knowing it, meeting one is a different subject.

Gigabit Internet



Activity: experience gigabit Internet speeds
Motive: 8
Missing skills: none
Blockades: availability
Worries: none
Probability: 15% per year
Details: Upon seeing the title for this, you're probably thinking first thing of Google Fiber. Unfortunately, Google Fiber seems to just not want to get out of the experimental phase and thus, it's pointless. The only other option is through some major network nodes such as one of those OC384 lines (or something). The US just doesn't have much beyond 100 Mbps on anything. The fastest I've really experienced to date is actually more around 18 Mbps on the down (you might think it's 50 Mbps, from those brief Cable One days, but the highest peak average is more around 18 Mbps with 5 Mbps as the main average) and 2.36 Mbps on the up. That's but an insignificant fraction of a gigabit. Instead of the 7 hours of uploading like I'm used to, try only about 20 seconds. Now that would really be something! Right now, I'd be happy if I can drop that upload duration for the same 2 GB file to under an hour.

Golf



Activity: play 9 holes of real golf
Motive: 7.5
Missing skills: knowing how to swing
Blockades: no golf clubs owned, money, my climate
Worries: damaging the lawn from bad swings
Probability: 30% per year
Details: Unlike the 15-yard distances from start to hole, the holes are 400 yards away. Instead of being done on fake grass with no trees and crazy twists like loop-de-loops, it is done on real grass with trees, sand pits, and ponds. Instead of having a putter type of golf club, a wide variety are used, including the putters. That's real golf for you (as opposed to minigolf) and that's the one thing I've been trying to do for over a half of a decade. At first, the biggest limitation was the fact I was told it costs like $200 or something, since I don't have golf clubs, as my parents kept telling me that they were expensive to rent. Having time on the course is another subject. However, it's not the $200 I thought, but apparently more around $50. I'm not after any high end beautiful resort that the masters are played at, I'm only after just trying golf out, just 9 holes (half of a game) just so I can see what it's like. My estimated score: +25. Yep, I'm not expecting any birdies, just double bogeys (and worse). Because I only have a roughly 4-month window of opportunity for doing this, this hurts my odds. Who wants to play golf when there's 2 feet of snow on the ground and -20F wind chills? That's typical North Dakota winters for ya.

Great Wall of China



Activity: see the Great Wall of China
Motive: 5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, insufficient motive
Worries: the type of government
Probability: 6% per year
Details: This manmade structure is so big that it can be seen from low Earth orbit. It's often a major tourist attraction. Because of the rather restrictive type of government present in China (from what I've heard and recall), I'm actually quite afraid to even visit China.

Hang gliding



Activity: go hang gliding
Motive: 8
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, money, getting involved, license (?)
Worries: not really that safe
Probability: 5% per year
Details: The glide ability in my mind game and Platform Masters is one of my favorites. In my dreams, it really makes an otherwise dull dream so much more exciting. In the real world, gliding in that form is just not really possible outside some sort of space-time manipulation we don't know about. For now, the closest possible to this is hang gliding. Lowering the motive from a would-be 9 is the fact it's not really that safe. Then again, I also don't know much about it and I'd have to go to some location with decent updrafts for this to be possible. Living in the plains doesn't help as there just isn't much opportunity for updrafts with such flat land. I have no idea if a license is required. I might have to do a tandum hang glide - doing it with someone who is licensed.

Haunted house



Activity: visit a real haunted house
Motive: 7
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, money (?)
Worries: encountering demons
Probability: 10% per year
Details: I've always been strongly interested in shows like "A Haunting", "The Haunted", and so forth. Unlike those cases where a family moves into a haunted house without directly knowing it was haunted, simply visiting one is what I'm after. My biggest barrier is... where is one? You can't visit a haunted house if you don't know where one is in the first place. The Allen House is one example of a haunted house that I know of.

Helicopter



Activity: ride in a helicopter
Motive: 8.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money
Worries: none
Probability: 3% per year
Details: For a good decade or so, I've always been wanting to ride on a helicopter. No, I'm not referring to getting quick and immediate hosital delivery for an emergency, I'm referring to it being for fun and for the experience. However, unlike a small plane, where it's like $50 an hour, it's more like $500 an hour, decuple. Thus, obviously, money is the biggest limiting factor.

Horse-drawn carriage



Activity: ride in a horse-drawn carriage
Motive: 5.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, money, insufficient motive
Worries: none
Probability: 4% per year
Details: Short of building a time machine to go back to the 1800s, however you build one, getting a ride on a horse-drawn carriage much like the start of the 19th century was would be a nice experience. I'm only interested in a ride. I've only seen one such case... once. I even have a photo showing it. It was when I was in Duluth.

Hot air balloon



Activity: ride in a hot air balloon
Motive: 10
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, money
Worries: being near the ground, the landing
Probability: 8% per year
Details: I've seen a hot air balloon 4 to 6 times with my own eye (that is, outside TV and photos). Now, riding in one, that's something else. I have no idea how much it costs or anything and I have no idea how to get on one in the first place. This is among my greatest of all wishes.

Jet ski



Activity: ride on a jet ski
Motive: 8.5
Missing skills: can't swim
Blockades: getting involved
Worries: falling off
Probability: 12% per year (for second attempt)
Details: This is actually one thing I really did get to do and it's even in my documentary. Because I don't have a driver's license or a boat-operator's license (if there is such a thing), I can't drive one, but a driver's license is not required in order to just ride. The specs are listed for a second attempt.

5 K-O



Maglev train



Activity: ride on a maglev train
Motive: 9.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money, travel expenses, getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 12% per decade
Details: Platform Masters has maglev freight trains in the background very often that zip by at 192 mph. Passenger maglevs go about 1/3 the speed of sound or faster. I've heard they can reach close to 350 mph. Now, riding in such a train, that's something else. The US doesn't seem to care at all for its railroad system as 75 mph is about the fastest there is for passenger - Amtrak. Freeway speeds are just as fast. The only way to get fast in the US is to use the plane. This means, I'd have to do international travel in order to try out a maglev train.

Medium



Activity: visit a medium
Motive: 8
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, money (?)
Worries: none
Probability: 10% per year
Details: From watching "Long Island Medium" often enough and from watching shows like "A Haunting" or "The Haunted", I've always had an interest in seeing a medium. I have no idea if I have such capabilities (maybe, though my mind is so active that it's hard to filter anything out if I get anything).

Meet an astronomer



Activity: meet a real astronomer
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, travel expenses
Worries: none
Probability: 8% per year
Details: Astronomy is my top favorite field of science with physics being a close second. What better way to amplify my interest in astronomy than discussing astronomy with a real astronomer! I see plenty all the time when I watch those shows like "The Universe", "Known Universe", or "How the Universe Works", but that's just narration, not an actual meeting.

Millionaire experience



Activity: experience, for a day, the lifestyle associated with millionaires
Motive: 6
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, money (?)
Worries: none
Probability: 5% per year
Details: Who wants to be a millionaire? Almost everyone does. How about living the life style of a millionaire, as is classically known. The best way to become a real millionaire is to earn a lot and spend as little as possible. If you earn a 6-figure salary, you can be a millionaire in like 20 years, maybe even just 12 if you really watch your spending. The classic association with a millionaire is the high-earning, cheap cost of living type, rather, it's a life of luxury. A fancy bed, fancy curtains, beautiful designs, a mansion, and so forth.

Mine



Activity: visit a mine (diamond or gold preferrably)
Motive: 7
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, money (?)
Worries: Caveins
Probability: 6% per year
Details: Touring or visiting a mine. That's quite strange for some, but I actually do have noticeable interest in it. If it's a diamond or gold mine, as opposed to a coal or copper mine, that's a different subject and would bump the motive up slightly. Aside from cavein hazards, and the uncertainty if it costs anything to go on a tour, the only thing stopping me is... where is one? The mine doesn't have to be active though it would be interesting seeing it in action.

Mountain climbing



Activity: climb a mountain
Motive: 9
Missing skills: none
Blockades: not physically fit, travel expenses
Worries: none
Probability: 15% per year
Details: I've always been interested in seeing mountains with my own eyes. To date, I've never seen mountains outside rare cases in TV and photos. The closest I've been is only about 700 foot hills. However, instead of just seeing mountains, why not go up to one and climb to the top? No, I'm not referring to Mount Everest or K2 - that's too dangerous and I'm not physically fit to handle it. I'm, instead, referring to a relatively short one, peaking no higher than, say, 13,000 feet in elevation (10,000 feet preferred), and a simple one, one that doesn't have a lot of jagged edges and steep cliffs.

Mythbusters



Activity: do an experiment or two with the Mythbusters
Motive: 8
Missing skills: none (?)
Blockades: getting involved, permission being needed, travel expenses
Worries: having to deal with mirrors or chairs
Probability: 5% per year
Details: I've been a major fan of the Mythbusters for a long time. In fact, I've learned how to do experiments from merely observing what they do and I utilize this in gaming to maximize efficiency. Now, instead of just watching the show, how about participating in it, doing one, maybe 2, experiments.

News



Activity: get on the news in a good way
Motive: 7
Missing skills: never been live
Blockades: getting involved, nothing newsworthy available
Worries: none
Probability: 4% per year
Details: My sister has been in the news in one form or another 5 times. I haven't. I would like get on the news in some way or another, provided it's a good thing. If Platform Masters sells well, it would increase my chances even more. The local news is fine - it doesn't have to be on the national or world levels.

Observatory



Activity: use an observatory to see astronomical objects in detail
Motive: 8.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, money (?)
Worries: none
Probability: 20% per month, 20% per decade for a high end one (color based on 20% per month as it refers to any observatory)
Details: Astronomy is my top favorite field of science with physics being a close second. Being able to see far away astronomical objects or seeing them in rich detail would be very nice. Since my move to Fargo put me within easy range of a real observatory (not a high end one), the odds of this happening are among the highest of all these activities.

Ocean



Activity: see the ocean
Motive: 7
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses
Worries: none
Probability: 10% per year
Details: What does the ocean look like? All I've got to go by is TV and photos. I'd like to see the ocean with my own eyes. Trouble is, I'm right smack in the middle of a continent, over 1500 miles from the ocean at the nearest point. Platform Masters' Barugan region is as close as I can get to fiddling around with an ocean environment (though the ocean appears in many other settings as well).

6 P-R



Parasailing



Activity: go parasailing
Motive: 9
Missing skills: knowing how to do it
Blockades: money, getting involved, insufficient skill
Worries: a 100-foot fall
Probability: 8% per year
Details: Often associated with tropical vacations on the ocean, parasailing has been high on my list for a while, a long while. I have no idea how it even works as what little info I have is brief scenes from TV from far away. All I know is that a fast boat is involved, to pull and raise the sail and keep it up. Beyond that, I have no idea. With no major source of water around, this means long-distance travel, domestic at least, in order for me to do this.

Particle accelerator



Activity: visit a particle accelerator and watch one in action
Motive: 7
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, travel expenses
Worries: none
Probability: 20% per decade
Details: Physics is my second favorite field of science. Ever since I heard about the possibility of the Higgs boson (the force carrier for gravity, giving things mass), I've been interested in particle accelerators. Seeing one in action would be interesting, not to mention the analysis of the data they get to see if a W or Z boson pops out (the force carriers for the weak nuclear force), a charm quark (a medium-mass particle that makes up an atomic nucleus (the down quark is the low-mass, more stable cousin with the bottom quark being the high-mass cousin). I'm not expecting a dark matter particle to come out or the Higgs boson, just something not normally encountered in nature as it's not as stable.

Platform Masters on a console



Activity: having Platform Masters available on a console system
Motive: 9
Missing skills: how to make a game for a console
Blockades: getting involved, money (?)
Worries: none
Probability: 5% per month
Details: Platform Masters, the game I'm making, at the moment, is only available on a Windows-based computer. However, with my 100% loss rate of save files on the computer, I don't have any interest in developing on such a system. Before, the systems I had could not be used due to insufficient memory (32 MB is not enough - PM calls for at least 96 MB). Without a current generation system, I had no way to develop on such a system. I have no clue how to develop for a console system. I've heard the licenses are really expensive, but I really no longer have any idea since indie developers are on the rise. I'm just stumped.

Platform Masters on store shelves



Activity: having Platform Masters, when done, be on store shelves
Motive: 8
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money (?), getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 15% per year after release, < 1% per decade until released (color based on after release)
Details: How would you react to seeing Platform Masters on store shelves such as at your favorite local video game retailer? That's what I would like. The biggest obstable is... how do I do it without paying a massive up front fee? Is there a company like Lulu is for print-on-demand books that makes boxed versions of software, such as video games?

Police chase



Activity: experience a high speed car chase
Motive: 8
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, travel expenses (?)
Worries: crashing
Probability: 4% per year
Details: I've always been fascinated by those shows on TV that revolve around high speed police chases. However, instead of running from the cops, something you should never do in the first place, watching one unfold is something else. While I actually have seen something where a firetruck is chasing after a car with a smoking engine, it was only at like 5 mph and in a store parking lot. Going a step farther is riding with the police as they chase down a car, likely on a training course, for utilizing the PIT maneuver or something.

Publish a magazine article



Activity: publish an article in a well known science magazine
Motive: 7
Missing skills: none (?)
Blockades: not a scientist
Worries: none
Probability: 15% per decade
Details: I subscribe to 3 magazines: Scientific American, Astronomy, and Popular Science. While I have had 2 of my questions published in Astronomy magazine (the October issues of 2011 and 2012), that's only questions. Several steps farther is actually getting an article published in such a magazine. I'm not a scientist and I don't do anything at colleges or universities, so I likely don't "qualify". Still, it would be neat to publish something outside questions.

Publish nonvideo game



Activity: publish and mass produce one of my nonvideo games
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 6% per year
Details: I'm not just a video game designer. I've also come up with a host of other games that can be played by someone who is not into electronics, some of which even a caveman could play. Consider Hit-a-bump. What's so hard about throwing rocks, marbles, cards, multiplication flash cards, so that they hit or land on each other? Then there's the car Y battle game, chains, and several others. Getting these published and mass produced would be really nice.

Push the button



Activity: to fire off dynamite to bring down a structure
Motive: 8
Missing skills: none
Blockades: availability, travel expenses
Worries: none
Probability: 6% per year
Details: Demolition experts set up explosives on a structure (usually a building or a bridge), hook up all the wiring, then, some times, let someone, usually a resident or someone well known push the button to trigger the explosion upon the count down running to zero. This is one of the simplest things ever, but it's only the limited availability that stops me, and maybe travel expenses.

Race car



Activity: ride in a NASCAR race car at 200 mph
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, money, can't drive
Worries: crashing
Probability: 5% per year
Details: While I'm not interested in auto racing as is, racing against race cars in my mind game is a common occurrence. Actually experiencing the thrill and speed, that's the main focus point of this. Since I don't have a driver's license, I'd have to ride, of which is satisfying enough.

Route 66



Activity: travel the historic Route 66
Motive: 6
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money, travel expenses, no driver's license
Worries: none
Probability: 10% per year
Details: Ah, the historic route 66. It was a focus point on "An Idiot Abroad". Unlike the show, since I can't drive, I would just have to ride. Unfortunately, I have no idea why Route 66 is so famous or even what's all there, so there's a lot of noise on the motive, neutralizing it (I didn't get to see that episode well).

7 S



Since there are tons of activities that start with S, S has it's own, lone subsection.

Safari



Activity: go on a safari
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, money, getting involved
Worries: Being attacked
Probability: 6% per year
Details: The wilderness of Africa, showing lions, giraffes, hippos, elephants, and other such animals, is often associated with safaris. In my case, I'm referring to any safari, anywhere. Zoos don't count, but are, at the moment, the closest I've been.

Sailing



Activity: go sailing on a sailboat
Motive: 8.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, money, getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 12% per year
Details: I was very close to going sailing. I clearly recall one key event at the YMCA camp during 1997 (maybe 1998). During this, I definitely recall a sailboat. I don't recall if I ever went sailing though. What I do recall is a sailboat tipping over (probably from a gust of wind or something), and I was windsurfing. I used my board as a kind of life raft to bring those that were on the ship back to shore, though the staff took over the role using a motor boat. This, to date, is my my top favorite single event of all. Nothing has since come close. Now, instead of assisting someone on the sailboat, riding in one, going sailing basically, is what I'd like to do. With no significant bodies of water around, I'd have to go elsewhere to do this.

Science expedition



Activity: go on a scientific expedition
Motive: 8
Missing skills: not professionally trained
Blockades: not a scientist, travel expenses
Worries: none
Probability: 18% per decade
Details: Astronomy is my top favorite field of science with physics being a close second. These generally don't involve scientific expeditions. Meteorology is third and that doesn't involve expeditions either. Coming in fourth is geology. Geology is one field of science that often has expeditions. After all, why else would be collecting rocks? Why else would I have a box of rocks (yes, literally, a box that's full of rocks)? So, what this activity involves is going on a scientific expedition to study rocks or something like a scientist actually would. Dating rocks, collecting samples, etc. would be things of consideration.

Scuba diving



Activity: go scuba diving to see a reef
Motive: 4
Missing skills: can't swim
Blockades: insufficient skill, insufficient motive, travel expenses, money
Worries: pressure (big time), drowning, being attacked
Probability: 3% per year
Details: I find scuba diving very scary, even if I knew how to swim faster than about 0.12 mph (yes, a speed so slow that I can run 100 times faster than that, typically walking 30 times faster). First, our species isn't designed for being underwater for extended times (more than a few seconds anyway). Of course, you might be thinking, well, that's what the scuba tanks are for. Second, the pressure and the effects it has is scary. I'd be uncomfortable much below 7 feet underwater. Third, don't forget the dangerous monsters: sharks, jellyfish, sting rays, and other such things. Thus, scuba diving is probably something I wouldn't do. Given the choice between scuba diving and sky diving, I'd easily choose sky diving.

Skiing



Activity: go skiing down a mountain slope
Motive: 6
Missing skills: no experience
Blockades: insufficient experience, travel expenses, money
Worries: avalanches, crashing into something
Probability: 6% per year
Details: Skiing is almost as unknown to be as a ship. The only type of skiing available in my area is cross country, and that's boring. I'm referring to the downhill type, often done on mountain slopes. Being completely inexperienced, I would have to go on a course that's easy, meant for complete newbies. Gentle slopes, few obstacles, no ski jumps, and slow speeds (like 20 mph tops) would be good enough, unlike the 50 mph, steep slopes lined with trees, and ski jumps that the experts get into.

Sky diving



Activity: go sky diving
Motive: 6
Missing skills: controlling the parachute
Blockades: getting involved, money, insufficient experience
Worries: both parachutes failing, volume
Probability: 10% per year
Details: Sky diving is probably the only extreme sport I have any interest in actually doing, albeit slight. It's the fact it's dangerous that hurts the motive. Sky diving is a common occurrence in my mind game, though unlike the real world, there's no drag. Unlike scuba diving when you can just swim to the surface when you're low on air, you can't retreat or anything while sky diving. The only thing you have is that parachute in the bag. If that one fails, the reserve is put to use. If that fails too, that's really bad, but it's also unlikely. Unlike base jumping, sky diving is much safer despite the much greater heights (13,000 feet versus 500 or something). This is because you have that extra time for the backup reserve chute to be utilized. Now, reaching 250 mph in a mad dash, that I don't know but that would really take things to the max. Thanks to a dream near the end of July of 2011, I've gained more motive and interest, hence the higher motive despite the danger.

Storm chasing



Activity: go with storm chasers to chase down a tornado
Motive: 8.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, luck, travel expenses
Worries: getting picked up and thrown by the tornado, the vehicle taking excessive damage from likely large hail
Probability: 10% per year
Details: Astronomy and physics are my top 2 favorite fields of science with meteorology being third. What better way to get involved with meteorology than to go with storm chasers and chase down a tornado-producing storm with them. While I'm not after that legendary EF5 type of tornado, or even a relatively weak EF2 tornado, anything will do, as long as it's a tornado or funnel cloud (a funnel cloud is a precursor to a tornado - it becomes a tornado only if it touches the ground). Whenever severe weather strikes, I'm always after monitoring it on the radar and out the window. Should anything unusual come up, such as winds peaking past 45 mph or hail reaches 1/2 inch in size, I report it. 57 mph and 3/4 inch hail is the threshold for severe weather so if it gets close to these thresholds, I feel as if attention is needed.

Submarine



Activity: ride in a submarine
Motive: 7
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, getting involved, money (?)
Worries: diving too deep
Probability: 4% per year
Details: I find scuba diving scary. A good alternative to that that I'm far more comfortable with is riding in a submarine. I've never seen a submarine outside TV and photos, and only rarely. Submarines are just as unknown to me as boats and ships.

Sumo wrestling



Activity: participate in sumo wrestling
Motive: 0
Missing skills: no experience
Blockades: insufficient motive, not physically fit
Worries: getting crushed or mauled
Probability: 18% per decade
Details: The idea for this came from "An Idiot Abroad". Fighting-related activities are not my thing, hence the low motive. The difference with this is the sheer size of those involved - 300 pounds to even 400. I'm just 140. Someone of those kinds of sizes can easily cause problems, hence the 2 closely-related worries. This is one thing at the very bottom of the motive scale, at -70 actually.

Super computer



Activity: see a super computer in action
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, availability, travel expenses, money (?)
Worries: none
Probability: 3% per year
Details: My i7-2600K CPU is more powerful than supercomputers from the 1980s. Now, what about a supercomputer from today's time? How fast could it encode a video in Virtual Dub? How fast can it calculate something that would take a full hour on my computer? Experiencing this relates to the thrill of speed, but in a different way. Because supercomputers are rare to begin with, this severely limits availability. They are mainly used for scientific reasons, usually data analysis or something.

Supersonic speed



Activity: pass the speed of sound
Motive: 10
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money, getting involved
Worries: crashing
Probability: 15% per decade
Details: In my mind game, and in Platform Masters, there's an ability that allows you to just barely go supersonic, passing 763 mph (the actual speed depends on various factors, mainly pressure and density). While 800 mph is insane to begin with, what about 1000 mph or 1400, really supersonic? This is what I'm referring to. To date, about 140 mph is the fastest I've been, from a small Cessna-type plane that isn't meant for going supersonic. Your typical airline can get 600 mph at the fastest cruising speed, still not supersonic but almost 80% of that.

Surfing



Activity: surfing on a wave
Motive: 8
Missing skills: no experience, can't swim
Blockades: insufficient experience, travel expenses
Worries: falling off in deep water
Probability: 5% per year
Details: I've been wind surfing from YMCA camp during 1997 and 1998, but there's nothing in the way of waves. Wind surfing and traditional surfing are not the same thing. Surfing involves riding a wave. I'm not referring to a giant wave that curls over, just a basic one that's simple enough for a beginner to ride. The main problem with doing this is that I have no experience at all with real surfing and 15 years since going wind surfing, well, that doesn't do any good, too old for something I've only done 6 total hours of.

Swim with dolphins



Activity: swim with dolphins
Motive: 7
Missing skills: can't swim
Blockades: travel expenses, money (?), getting involved
Worries: being attacked (?)
Probability: 6% per year
Details: This is a classic. As far as I know, from what few vaguely recalled details I've seen on TV, you basically go into a pool that has dolphins in it. Beyond that, I don't know what else is done, but I know there are several other things. Petting is one, I think. I may have only seen swimming with dolphins maybe 3 times total, and only very briefly. One case/event in "Cops" (there's 3 total, usually, for a 30-minute show (22 actual with spam taken out) lasts longer than all 3 cases of swimming with dolphins combined, much longer.

Swim with sharks



Activity: swim with sharks in a shark-resistant cage
Motive: 3
Missing skills: can't swim
Blockades: travel expenses, insufficient motive, money, getting involved
Worries: pressure, being attacked, drowning
Probability: 12% per decade
Details: I find scuba diving, a requirement for this, very scary, much more so than sky diving. Throw in the fact that sharks are extremely dangerous and what low motive there is drops even lower. That's where the shark-resistant cage comes in, as a kind of armor so that does help compensate, a lot. Also, since I can't swim beyond 0.12 mph (I can run over 100 times faster than that and I'm not physically fit either). Basically, this is one thing that I'm unlikely to do.

8 T-Z



Taj Mahal



Activity: visit the Taj Mahal
Motive: 6
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, money (?)
Worries: none
Probability: 8% per year
Details: The Taj Mahal, in India, is a common bucket list item. Unfortunately, I don't know much about it other than the building's design being quite fancy.

Tank



Activity: ride in a real tank
Motive: 7.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: getting involved, money
Worries: none
Probability: 20% per decade
Details: The tank - it's basically a large cannon on wheels. Riding in one, now that's something! Of course, instead of being used for an actual battle, a training exercise is fine, and preferred. Getting to aim and fire one at a target is a step higher. Since I don't have a driver's license, driving one is not an option.

Trans Siberian Railroad



Activity: travel along the Trans Siberian Railroad
Motive: 6.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, money, getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 5% per year
Details: I got this from watching "An Idiot Abroad". While the train is nothing new to me as I've been on one several times before, I've never gone more than about 530 miles on one, from Minot, ND to the Minneapolis metro area in Minnesota. Now, 7000 miles or so? That's really taking things far and would definitely set a record for me. If I were to ride the Trans Siberian Railroad, I could watch scenery zipping by a lot. I don't know what's special about it though.

Travel the world



Activity: see the world
Motive: 9.5
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money (big time)
Worries: wars, unfriendly governments
Probability: 10% per year
Details: One of my greatest wishes is to travel around the world, visiting various places. I'm not just referring to circling around the equator, I'm referring to visiting many places as a tourist. While many of the activities on this page involve travel, sometimes international travel, this listing is just for seeing the world alone as is. I've had the wish for doing this kind of thing since 6th grade or so, 2 years before my book, the Legend of the 10 Elemental Masters, was even written for the first time, let alone version 5.

Volcano



Activity: see a volcano or lava lake
Motive: 6
Missing skills: none
Blockades: travel expenses, getting involved
Worries: being burned to a crisp or an unexpected eruption
Probability: 5% per year
Details: Astronomy and physics are my top 2 favorite fields of science with meteorology being third. Geology, for which this activity is based on, is fourth. The only thing hurting the motive is the extreme danger involved. I'd rather see an actual lava lake than go scuba diving though but they're almost tied. Seeing a lava lake is more interesting than scuba diving though, and less limiting, which helps the motive.

Water skiing



Activity: go water skiing
Motive: 8
Missing skills: low experience, can't swim
Blockades: travel expenses, not physically fit, insufficient experience, getting involved
Worries: falling off
Probability: 6% per year
Details: Being pulled behind a boat on skis to glide over water at high speed is something I've very rarely ever seen. Thanks to the Mythbusters, I have some idea on how it's done. Actually experiencing it (in the correct way rather than with an excavator), that is what I'm referring to.

Weather broadcast



Activity: do a live weather broadcast
Motive: 7 for basic, 8.5 for full broadcast (color based on the basic)
Missing skills: none
Blockades: no license, getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 15% per year for basic, 8% per decade for a full broadcast (color based on the basic)
Details: I've seen it quite often - 5th graders, 2nd graders, and other such cases going on live TV for the weather. However, this is only for reading temperatures and not dealing with the isobars (for wind), fronts (boundaries of weather pattern and temperature shifts), doppler radar (rain, snow, etc. and their intensities), or any of that stuff. Being able to do just the basic part is the main thing I'm interested in. Being allowed to do a full broadcast would be a major bonus but I don't count on that ever happening.

White water rafting



Activity: go white water rafting
Motive: 4.5
Missing skills: can't swim
Blockades: travel expenses, insufficient experience, money, insufficient motive
Worries: too dangerous, cold water
Probability: 3% per year
Details: Riding the rapids in an inflatable boat is something of interest... if it weren't so dangerous or the water wasn't so cold. I have little experience with rivers. As a consequence, I'd have to be on a simple course, one without extreme currents like those often found on mountain peaks.

Zero gravity flight



Activity: experience a zero gravity flight
Motive: 7
Missing skills: none
Blockades: money, travel expenses, getting involved
Worries: none
Probability: 4% per year
Details: With going into orbit pretty much out of the question, the only way to experience zero gravity over extended time is to go on a zero gravity flight, the so-called "Vomet Comet" as I often hear in those astronomy-based documentaries. If I can tolerate a ride like Rock Bottom Plunge in the Mall of America or 1001 Nachts, I should be able to tolerate a zero gravity flight. A bonus on this would be experiencing the gravity on other planets like Venus or Mars. Jupiter would require a centrifuge, but can be replicated on the climbing phase of the zero gravity flight.

4.1 About me home - General overview and background
4.1-1 What this is
4.1-2 My current life
4.1-3 The future
4.2 Dream journal - My dreams I get while sleeping - contains over 500 dreams and grows rapidly
4.2-1 Introduction
4.2-2 Special notes
4.2-3 Dream stat descriptions
4.2-4 Dream statistics
4.2-5 The categories
4.3 Favorites - What I like and dislike most
4.4 Imaginary friends - Learn what my imaginary friends were like and their special abilities
4.4-1 History
4.4-2 In depth descriptions
4.4-3 The future
4.5 Video games - My history with video games and the many bad things they caused
4.5-1 The beginning
4.5-2 Too much video game playing
4.5-3 Making my own games
4.5-4 The future
4.6 School - Learn what school was like for me, how the classes went, and other events related to school
4.6-1 Elementary school
4.6-2 Middle school
4.6-3 High school
4.6-4 Filling my need for education
4.6-5 My education future
4.7 Special events - Learn about how YMCA camp, tours, and other special events went for me
4.7-1 Triangle YMCA camp
4.7-2 Touring my home state with my friend
4.7-3 Shakespearian play
4.7-4 The state fair
4.7-5 The antique car club
4.7-6 Trip into Canada
4.8 Math skills - I can work wonders with numbers and perform calculations in my head at a blazing fast speed
4.8-1 Well beyond most everyone else
4.8-2 I became unforunate
4.8-3 Super fast mental math
4.8-4 If object gets numbers, I get a formula
4.8-5 The future
4.9 Special abilities - The special capabilities I have outside mathematics
4.9-1 General
4.9-2 Hypercount
4.9-3 High-speed, high-accuracy mental math
4.9-4 High-res vision
4.10 Developed systems - Status System, Spell System and other systems I've developed
4.10-1 My Status System
4.10-2 My Spell System
4.10-3 Color system
4.11 Stories - The birth of my story-writing efforts
4.11-1 The "Wonderful Adventure" days
4.11-2 The "Rise of Atlantis" days
4.11-3 One other story
4.11-4 No more story writing
4.11-5 My sources of ideas
4.11-6 The future (general)
4.12 Online activities - The history of my website and the usage of online forums
4.12-1 Online forums
4.12-2 My website
4.13 Music - My history with music - learn the origins to why I listen to songs at different speeds for thousands of loops at a time
4.13-1 History
4.13-2 The present
4.13-3 The future
4.13-4 Music FAQs
4.14 Major fears - My list of fears, problems, and obsessions, both past and present
4.14-1 Introduction
4.14-2 Current fears
4.14-3 Old fears that have been overcome
4.14-4 Current problems
4.14-5 Old problems that have been overcome
4.14-6 Current obsessions
4.14-7 Old obsessions
4.15 Major issues - Major issues I have in my life at the moment
4.15-1 Fears, problems, and obsessions
4.15-2 Sleep-wake cycle
4.15-3 No transportation
4.15-4 Showers are rare
4.15-5 My annoying nose
4.15-6 Limited choice of foods
4.15-7 Getting a job
4.16 TV and movies - How I am with watching TV and movies, both past and present
4.16-1 History
4.16-2 The present
4.16-3 The future
4.16-4 FAQ
4.17 Food and drink - My history with food and drink, including past meals I made, as well as the present and future
4.17-1 History
4.17-2 The present
4.17-3 The future
4.18 Travel and vacations - Past vacations and travel, as well as the current case of 6+ years without a vacation, including places of interest
4.18-1 History
4.18-2 The present
4.18-3 The future
4.18-4 FAQ
4.19 My senses - Things involving my 5 main senses - strong, high-res vision, but very weak smell to name some
4.19- [document yet to be created]
4.20 Doctors and meds - My past involving doctor visits and meds to fixing my issues as well as the present
4.20- [document yet to be created]
4.21 Hobbies - My hobbies, including things I was involved with in the past not in any other category
4.21-1 History
4.21-2 Computer
4.21-3 Sports
4.21-4 Collecting
4.21-5 Television
4.21-6 The present
4.21-7 The future
4.22 Game design - My history of game design as well as the present and possible future
4.22-1 History
4.22-2 The present
4.22-3 The future
4.23 Noncomputer games - Backgrounds on various noncomputer games, such as throwing cards to play Hit-a-bump and other things, including past games not listed on my website, as well as general evolvements and what caused me to create them.
4.23- [document yet to be created]
4.24 Other memorable events - General events I recall unusually well, but not anything special
4.24- [document yet to be created]
4.25 Other things - Dates, marriage, having kids, friends, religion, holidays, and various other things
4.25- [document yet to be created]
4.26 Myself in the year 2050 - How I envision myself and a day in the year 2050
4.26- [document yet to be created]
4.27 My greatest wishes - Activities I would love to do

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