It’s been a long going joke about how I can not grow any facial hair. So to support my fellow beard growing friends from around the world, this is one way I can support men’s health awareness without having to grow facial hair. Here’s to you, my fellow guys with the long beards and mustaches.
We were included in this thread by our good friend Lance from Trips by Lance. The 5 items on his Movember Bucket list were very inspiring to me. First, I must say that traveling with Liz is a dream come true, and our Bucket List together actually continues to grow as we travel. That being said, I do have my own personal (and manly) Bucket List items that I know Liz would be up for accomplishing with me, but they may not be as high on her list as they are on mine. And of course, my list is very sports heavy!
SUPER BOWL or BUST
As far as I can remember, I have watched every single Super Bowl since I was born. The Super Bowl has turned into somewhat of a national holiday here in the states; with people getting all crazy about who is playing who. Even if your team doesn’t make it to the Super Bowl, most will still root for someone & participate in the festivities. On the very top of my Manly Bucket List would have to be bearing witness to a Super Bowl weekend. To add icing to that cake of a Super Bowl, would be seeing one of my good buddies and former teammate make it to the big game; Wesley Woodyard is a 5 year captain for the Denver Broncos. The wonderful work he does for his charity 16Ways Foundation is an inspiration to me. If Wesley doesn’t make it, then my second choice would be watching my Atlanta Falcons making it to the big game. However, this tops my list of all time manly Bucket List items, so really I’d be happy to see anyone, anywhere!
EXPLORING AMERICA’S PAST TIME
Growing up playing baseball and living in the Atlanta area, baseball is a big deal to me. I’m proud of both the stretch of championships for the Atlanta Braves, and the history in which our stadium and team is built around. I would love to visit every baseball park in America and experience the history that each park holds. Every team and every park has its own story. On top to visiting every ball park in America, it would be great to see some history while traveling around from ballpark to ballpark: by witnessing a Perfect Game. There have only been a few games in history where a pitcher has retired 27 batters in a row; meaning that no one got a base hit & no one was walked. This is really hard and very rare to accomplish. Baseball is considered America’s past time, and it is probably on every man’s bucket list to visit every baseball park in America.
SEE A FOREIGN SPORTING MATCH
As you can see from our blog, Liz and I love experiencing different cultures around the world. That also includes witnessing different games that are played around the world. I would love to watch a foreign sporting match, even if I have no idea what is going on! In fact, when we were visiting Ireland, we were sitting at a bar watching cricket on the TV. I asked the bartender if he could explain cricket to me. He laughed and said, “How long do you have before you have to go?” I realized that this wouldn’t be short. There are so many different sports played around the world, and I would like to experience a unique game first hand and try to explain to my friends back home how the game is played.
STAND ON TOP OF THE TALLEST PEAK
I would love to stand on the top of Mt. Everest, knowing that we are practially in space! However, Everest is a serious animal to tackle. We will definitely go to Base Camp at Everest one day, but I don’t know if we would be able to make it to the top. An alternative that may be more achievable for us is Mt. Kilimanjaro in east Africa. I think it would be so cool to say we stood on top of the tallest peak on the continent of Africa. Just the journey to Africa would be grand, but being able to climb to the top of Kilimanjaro and dance with my wife would be pretty cool.
EAT A PIMENTO CHEESE SANDWICH ON MASTERS SUNDAY
I’ve had a pimento cheese sandwich before, maybe on a Sunday even, but this particular pimento cheese sandwich that I desire dates back to my childhood. Being 6-7 years old on the practice greens with my friends, imagining that our next putt was a putt on Masters Sunday. And the pimento cheese sandwiches at Augusta National (where the Masters is held each year) are rumored to be legendary. Experiencing the Masters on a Sunday at Augusta National and enjoying this sandwich, has been top on my list for many years. I have a deep connection with this Bucket List item, and one day it will be the best tasting sandwich ever.
How You Can Get Involved:
Calling All Bloggers!
Since the goal of Movember is to raise awareness of the movement and of men’s health issues, I know the power of the blogging community can do just that. So I’m asking any blogger that is interested to get involved by doing the following:
- Choose five activities you’d like to do and create your own Manly Bucket List – they can be something you commit to do during Movember, or simply something you’d like to do before you kick the bucket. (Ladies, this is open to you too!)
- Nominate five bloggers to create their own Manly Bucket List.
- Include a link to Movember to encourage people to register or donate.
- Tweet and share your posts with the hashtags #Movember and #ManlyMoments
Here are the five bloggers I nominate to create their own Manly Bucket List:
Donny & Tamara: Turtles Travel Blog
Josh: Aim to Travel
Martijn & Antonette: We12Travel
Jeff & Marina: Latitude 34 – Travel Blog
Jennifer & Tim: Jdomb’s Travel