101 in another 1,001 Sunday May 13, 2007, 1 comments

The Mission:

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1,001 days.

The Criteria:

Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

The Strategy:

I had originally created this list on June 1, 2005. I am almost two years into the 1,001 days, and its safe to say I am not going to accomplish this mission by February 27, 2008. I’m not giving up, I’m just adjusting the strategy. I’ve revised the list, and given myself another 1,001 days to get it done.

The revised list is below. The new date is February 6, 2010.

Last updated December 29, 2008


1 – Take a yoga class.
2 – Go 21 days without eating take out.
3 – Take up a martial art.
4 – Weight between 170 and 175 pounds for at least three months.
5 – Do 100 push-ups in one session.
6 – Get a tattoo.
7 – Do 100 crunches in one session.
8 – Cycle 500km within 10 consecutive days.
9 – Stop drinking coffee for seven consecutive days without being cranky.
10 – Consume nothing but water for 24 consecutive hours.
11 – Run 10km in one session.
12 – Stop consuming dairy for seven consecutive days.
13 – Have a pedicure.
14 – Get a massage from a massage therapist.


15 – Take a digital photography course.
16 – Take a philosophy course.
17 – Take a vegetarian cooking class.
18 – Read War and Peace.
19 – Read the Koran cover-to-cover.
20 – Read the Bible cover-to-cover.
21 – Write a fictional story and publish it online.
22 – Start and finish a creative writing course.
23 – Avoid watching television for 14 consecutive days.
24 – Practice handwriting till I find a hand I like.
25 – Find a picture of myself I like.
26 – Avoid swearing for one day without getting cranky about it.
27 – Create a new email address and use it as my principle account.
28 – Pay more than $200 for dinner.
29 – Have a dinner that costs less than $2.Soup: $0.45, Two pieces toast: $0.48. Dinner for 93 cents.
30 – Spend a week without using a computer.
31 – Spend 6 hours in the AGO.
32 – Wake up at 6:00am every day for seven consecutive days.


33 – Visit the graves of my three dead grandparents.
34 – Give a flower to a random person on the street.
35 – Make a new friend.
36 – Put $5 into a jar every day for a month and give the total to a charity.
37 – Learn to say “Thank you for making the world a better place” in 10 non-english languages.
38 – Work 10 hours in a food bank.
39 – Pay for the order of the person behind me in the Tim Horton’s drive-thru.
40 – Find ten good things to say about George W. Bush. He really is a natty dresser, you know
41 – Create an indoor zen garden.
42 – Make a new enemy.


43 – Have dinner with a Muslim and a Jew.
44 – Visit a Buddhist temple.
45 – Stay up all night and watch the sunrise.
46 – Rip all my CDs and then pack them away.
47 – Keep an active sketchbook for 30 consecutive days.
48 – Paint a painting.
49 – Shoot a handgun.
50 – Watch all three Godfather movies.I have to say I was disappointed. I expected more.
51 – Learn to make five fancy alcoholic drinks, of which at least two require a blender.
52 – Go on a proper picnic, complete with gingham picnic cloth, picnic basket and ants.
53 – Climb a tall tree.
54 – Have one of my websites slashdotted or dugg.
55 – Buy “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” on DVD, and watch it at least once without being interrupted.
56 – Play a correspondence chess game and win.
57 – Have an aquarium.
58 – Go to an NHL hockey game.
59 – Have a real pen pal, with real paper letters (not email).
60 – Bake a blueberry pie with fresh blueberries.
61 – Get a cat.
62 – Juggle four objects for at least 5 minutes without dropping any of them.
63 – Find a girl named “Gwen” and buy her a drink.


64 – Discontinue all newspapers to my house.
65 – Plant two trees.
66 – Grow an interesting indoor plant (and not kill it).
67 – Arrange for at least 50% of my bills to be delivered online, instead of wasting paper.
68 – Avoid use of a car for 7 days.
69 – Grow three different edible vegetables.


70 – Record an original song and publish it online.
71 – Play a gig in which at least 50% of the songs are original music. Last Wednesday night was really slow. We played two covers and 12 originals. – August 23, 2005
72 – Busk with a complete stranger for at least an hour, but leave all the money for them.
73 – Practice bass scales for an hour a day for seven consecutive days.
74 – Attend Hillside.
75 – Gig with my fretless bass.
76 – Get a new bass amp.
77 – Sing lead on one song. I hear that train a comin’
78 – Play six gigs in one calendar month8 in September ’07.


79 – Zero my VISA balance and keep it that way for three consecutive months.
80 – Put $5 into a jar every day for a month and use the total to spoil myself.
81 – Draft my will.
82 – Buy at least one share in Apple.


83 – Finally get around to getting a passport.
84 – Get a cool black leather jacket. Christmas 2005. Is anything cooler than black leather?
85 – Replace my nine year old Ray-Ban sunglasses (harder than you’d think). bought new Rayban sunglasses (polarized!) – June 24, 2005
86 – Buy a smart shirt.
87 – Sell something I love. - my Contessa 26!
88 – Buy a new bike. Gary Fisher Marlin
89 – Throw out 20 things I haven’t used in the last six months.
90 – Replace my running shoes.
91 – Throw out five things I’ve owned for more than five years (that weren’t involved in any other list item).
92 – Buy an expensive bottle of single malt whisky.
93 – Buy an original piece of art and hang it on a wall.


94 – Visit New York City for at least 48 hours. - what a fantastic city!
95 – Visit Montreal for at least 48 hours.
96 – Spend a night at anchor (not in port) on the boat. Don’t own the boat any more
97 – Cycle through the Niagara region and taste wine.
98 – Skydive.
99 – Dip my toes in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in the same month.
100 – Circumnavigate Lake Ontario on the sailboat. See #96
101 – See the Aurora Borealis from Baffin Island.


Gillian Tuesday May 15, 2007

Can I be your real pen pal with real paper letters?? I have always wanted one and never had one…I’ll write good letters I promise.

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