December 3, 2021

The Big To-Do (List) Checklist 2.0

Updated 22 Nov 2021 (Original start date: 14 May 2021; revised end date: 17 Oct 2022) 

Create a comic book adaptation of my Tiki bar novella, ‘Walter Ledbetter and the Staff of Mirth.’ First, learn how to draw.

In progress

Produce a song for a character in my Tiki bar novella using my idea for ‘Reverse Cantometrics’

In progress

Listen to 52 albums from the past ten years

  1. Bob Dylan, Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)
  2. Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer (emotion picture version) [2018]
  3. Juliana Hatfield, Blood (2021)
  4. Juliana Hatfield, Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John (2018)
  5. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You (2018)
  6. BLACKPINK, The Album (2020)
  7. John Mayer, Sob Rock (2021)
  8. Selena Gomez, Rare (2020)
  9. Selena Gomez, Revelación EP (2021)
  10. Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia (The Moonlight Edition) [2021]
  11. Bleachers, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night (2021)

Watch all of Star Trek: The Original Series

In progress

Watch at least 3 episodes each of 5 TV shows about fictional bands or artists; watch at least 5 movies about fictional bands or artists

I’ve now watched 3 episodes of the new ABC show Queens with Eve, Brandy and others. It’s finally starting to get interesting — in terms of both the story and the music — so I’ll keep at it.

I’m now 3 episodes into Season 1 of The Partridge Family, which I’d never actually seen before. Fun stuff. That said, asking me to accept that 11-year-old Danny Bonaduce is playing bass and the even younger boy is playing drums is taking the “suspension of disbelief” thing a bit too far.

Watch 12 classic film noirs; make 12 different cocktails

  1. The Big Sleep (1946), Gin Martini
  2. Chinatown (1974), Negroni
  3. Key Largo (1948), Dark & Stormy

Read 10 P.G. Wodehouse novels; at least once a week, read them during a leisurely visit to a coffee shop

In progress

Read or otherwise learn about sacred texts for three world religions; see what all the hubbub is about

In progress

Attend or visit 12 events or places (lectures, concerts, museums, etc.) relevant to something on this list (Tiki; science fiction; fictional bands; film noir; Wodehouse; world religions)

In progress


Bonus / Optional

Visit three filming locations from favorite movies or TV shows

Not sure if this counts: I saw The Goonies, a pastiche of and an homage to Raiders of the Lost Ark, one of my favorite movies of all time, on the grounds of the Medfield State Hospital (originally the Medfield Insane Asylum) outside Boston. As well as hosting the showing of The Goonies, the hospital and its grounds have served as a filming location for a number of films — including Shutter Island, The New Mutants and Knives Out — at least one of which I’ve seen and enjoyed.

Complete three Rock & Roll road trips

In September, I went on a walking tour of Boston’s rock & roll past and present. For an hour and a half on a beautiful Sunday morning, we wound our way through the Fenway and Back Bay areas of Boston, pausing at the former sites of clubs like the Rat, Storyville and the Boston Tea Party for stories and bits of trivia. Our host, Matt, came equipped with a messenger bag jam-packed with LPs, magazines, assorted ephemera and a bluetooth speaker connected to his phone, through which he played music, excerpts from radio interviews, etc. He was like a rock & roll Captain Caveman. Good stuff all around.

Technically, it wasn’t actually a road trip. But I did drive into Boston and park in the Fenway area — on a Red Sox game day, at that. So I’ll give it to myself.

Participate in a historical reenactment

In progress