Gorc’s Bucket List

Well I’m a big believer in carpe diem and all sorts of neat things to do for a bucket list.  So as I create my list and scratch things off, feel free to weigh in and help me seize the day, and maybe you will, too.

Buffalo & Western New York:

  • View the Queen City from the top of City Hall
  • Explore the newly developed waterfront
  • Hike to the Eternal Flame
  • Explore the Niagara Gorge and Whirlpool Park
  • Going on a Jet Boat Tour of Niagara Gorge
  • Eat at the Lake Effect Diner
  • Celebrate Dyngus Day
  • Go to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Bask in the Beauty of CanalsideCurl at Canalside
    • Ice Bike on the Canals
    • Kayak on the Buffalo River
    • Do the Water Bikes of Buffalo
  • The Fontana Boat House
  • Do a history tour of Buffalo
  • Cruise the Erie Basin Marina
  • Go ice skating at Fountain Plaza
  • Get a beer tube at Pearl Street
  • Eat sushi at Seabar
  • Explore Larkin Square
  • Attend a concert at ArtPark
  • Stroll through the Albright-Knox
  • Visit the Burchfield Penney Art Center
  • Go to a show at the Helium Comedy Club
  • Explore Hertel Avenue
  • Watch a Soccer Game at Mes Que
  • Grab a drink at The Wellington Pub and Shadow Lounge
  • Eat lunch at 100 Acres and Tour Hotel Henry
  • Hike the Tifft Nature Preserve
  • Find a good book at Talking Leaves
  • Go to every bar on Allen Street
  • Garden Walk Buffalo
  • Attend a Game of each of Buffalo’s Sports Teams:Bisons Game
    • Sabres Game
    • Bandits Game
    • Bills Game
  • Eat from a Buffalo food truck
  • Buy a souvenir from Vidler’s 5 & 10
  • Explore the Roycroft Campus
  • Do a New York Wine Tour
  • Make a purchase at the West Side Bazaar
  • Buy a butter lamb from the Broadway Market
  • Listen to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhan’s
  • Go to the Transit Drive-In
  • See a movie at North Park Theater
  • Have fun at Skyzone
  • Get soaked at the Cave of the Winds
  • Snowboarding/Skiing in Holiday Valley
  • Enjoy Ellicottville during the fall
  • See the Darwin Martin House
  • Take in Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • The Midnight Bike Ride
  • Go sledding on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park
  • See a Shakespeare classic at Shakespeare in the Park
  • Get breakfast at Sweetness 7
  • Get lunch at Ted’s
  • Get dinner at Mulberry’s
  • Get a beer and a burger at Blue Monk
  • Allentown Art Festival
  • Throw some hatchets at Hatchets and Hops
  • Taste of Buffalo
  • Canal Fest
  • Bust a move at the World’s Largest Disco
  • Go to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
  • Go sledding down the sand dunes
  • Try a unique beer at Resurgence
  • The Shamrock Run
  • Eat at 716 and explore the HarborCenter
  • Go hiking at Letchworth
  • Check out the Riverworks Complex
  • Do a Buffalo Pedal Tour
  • Tour Silo City
  • Pig out at WingFest
  • Zip line through the grain elevators at RiverWorks


  • Take a good, old-fashioned road-trip
  • Visit all 50 States (14/50 so far!)
  • Visit the following cities:
      • Anchorage, AK
      • Phoenix, AZ 
      • Los Angeles, CA 
        • San Diego, CA
        • San Francisco, CA
        • Denver, CO
        • Miami, FL
        • Atlanta, GA
        • Savannah, GA
        • Honolulu, HI
        • Chicago, IL
        • Indianapolis, IN
        • Louisville, KY
        • New Orleans, LA
        • Portland, ME
        • Baltimore, MD
        • Boston, MA
        • Detroit, MI
        • Kansas City, MI
        • Las Vegas, NV
        • Santa Fe, NM
        • New York, NY
        • Charlotte, NC
        • Portland, OR
        • Philadelphia, PA
        • Providence, RI
        • Charleston, SC
        • Memphis, TN
        • Nashville, TN
        • Austin, TX
        • Dallas, TX
        • Houston, TX
        • Salt Lake City, UT
        • Virginia Beach, VA

        Phoenix, AZLos Angeles, CA

        • Seattle, WA
    • Washington D.C.
  • Party in Vegas
  • Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Visit the French Quarter, New Orleans
  • Ride a Cable Car in San Francisco
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • See the Liberty Bell
  • Road Trip down Route 66
  • Visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • See Yosemite National Park
  • See Mount Rushmore
  • Catch an epic wave in Hawaii
  • Stand under the Hollywood sign
  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
  • Gamble in Atlantic City
  • Walk down the Boardwalk at the Jersey Shore
  • Experience an authentic luau in Hawaii
  • Watch the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain in Maine
  • See a show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
  • Explore the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky

The World & Beyond:

  • Go to Poland
  • Visit Auschwitz
  • See the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit the Vatican
  • Tour Assisi
  • Have tea in London
  • Visit Shakespeare’s Theatre
  • Explore Tintern Abbey
  • Bathe in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  • Have a beer in Germany
  • Have waffles in Belgium
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Complete the El Camino Pilgrimage
  • Go on Safari in Tanzania
  • Visit the Following European Cities:
    • London
    • Dublin
    • Berlin
    • Paris
    • Madrid
    • Barcelona
    • Rome
    • Assisi
    • Florence
    • Budapest
    • Prague
    • Krakow
    • Warsaw
    • Athens
    • Amsterdam
    • Vienna
    • Brussels
    • Edinburgh
    • Lisbon
    • Stockholm


  • Complete my Master’s thesis
  • Publish a book, play or sell a screenplay
  • Publish an article in a legit magazine, journal or newspaper.
  • Get 10,000 views on my blog
  • Write a memoir
  • Give a TED Talk
  • Earn a promotion

Books to Read:

  • Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom
  • Tattoos on the Heart, Greg Boyle
  • Between Heaven and Mirth, James Martin
  • On Writing, Stephen King
  • The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler
  • It’s OK That You Are Not OK, Megan Devine
  • What On Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee
  • What Remains, Carole Radziwill
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
  • The Faith of a Writer, Joyce Carol Oates
  • When To Jump, Mike Lewis
  • Promise Me, Dad, Joe Biden
  • It’s Okay To Laugh, Nora McInerny Purmort
  • Originals: How Nonconformists Move The World, Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg
  • Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything,  Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Miscellaneous and Fun:

  • Have a meaningful conversation
  • Go jet skiing
  • Be on a game show
  • Go scuba diving
  • Be utterly surprised, in a good way
  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Have someone make a difference in my life
  • Close down a bar
  • Complete a corn maze
  • Pull an all-nighter
  • Karaoke
  • Volunteer
  • Go on a service trip
  • Complete a reading challenge
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Go ziplining
  • Learn a ballroom dance
  • Do the Tough Mudder
  • Complete a triathlon
  • Run a 5k
  • Run an 8k
  • Go to a legit brewery
  • Go horseback riding
  • Go on a moonlit hike
  • Go snowshoeing
  • Swim in the ocean
  • Ride a mechanical bull
  • Do a night of stand-up comedy
  • Challenge myself
  • Go on a safari
  • See 5 amazing sites from around the world
  • Have a bonfire on the beach
  • Go on a Bros Trip
  • Go back in time at a themed club
  • Make all my family’s famous recipes on my own
  • See a psychic
  • Do something nice for a complete stranger
  • Have a night surprise me with how it ends up
  • Go on a food crawl
  • Play 5 different drinking games
  • Apologize to someone who I’ve seriously wronged.
  • Hug a stranger.
  • Go to a OneRepublic concert
  • Go to a Mumford and Sons concert
  • Go to a Little Big Town concert
  • Go to an Imagine Dragons concert
  • Complete the Spiritual Exercises
  • Have my “perfect” body
  • Snowshoe
  • Shoot a gun
  • Ride a hot air balloon
  • Go zip-lining 
  • Live in a new city
  • Go on a silent retreat

9 thoughts on “Gorc’s Bucket List

  1. One of the gals in your photo looks quite familiar… 2nd person from the right. Is her name Marsha, by any chance?
    I graduated from OLSH in 1971–our class photo was the first “color photo” hanging on the wall in the red school and it was sorely faded.
    My 4th grade class was adjacent to the then “new church” and several children (myself included) noticed when smoke came from between the bricks when the church caught fire. The original colors in the church were red, not blue. I attended the John Michael Talbot concert 2 years ago at OLSH and noted that the kneelers where we sat had been reupholstered blue… over red—there was significant wear to see the old color.
    During the fire, all the children were evacuated and taken to the then public school next door where we all knelt on the gym floor, praying the rosary. That is where my Mom found me when she came to pick me up. She was in terror when she saw the fire engines and firefighters near the school. She ran up to Fr. Doyle and asked where I was, he told her that all the children were safe and in WS #5 school.
    By the way, there 55 children in my 4th grade class, taught by Sister Mary Lorine who could keep control of the monstrous class with ease.
    My 5th grade class was located where I believe the Chapel is now. That building contained 4 classrooms.. 2 upper, 2 lower and for lunch, we’d have to get out of class a bit early to don boots and coats in winter to walk across the parking lot to the red school. We loved that!!!
    Lots of memories..both good and bad, but of all the schools that I never thought would close, it would have been OLSH.

  2. Eat A fajita from the Lone Star fajita grill on Hertel Avenue. It’s a tiny hole in the wall restaurant most of the time you pass right by it and don’t even notice it but the chicken fajitas are awesome and just the fact that hardly anybody knows about it, yet its been there for the last 20 years, at least that I can remember, makes it even more special!

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