I recently spent five months in the Denver area. I shared with you my Denver bucket list in a previous post. In this post, I’ll tell you how I fared. Whoop!
1. Cross off bucket list item #44 (fall responsibly in love).
I did not cross this off. I didn’t come even remotely close to crossing this off and I’m more than a little forlorn about the whole thing. Since I want my blog to be a happy place, I applaud my attempt. It was a notable effort and I’m proud of myself. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.
2. Go out on ten dates.
Haha. Ten dates! I’m laughing because I really debated with myself when setting these numbers back in March. Arrogant jackass that I am, I really thought that if I read the right books and made the right lists and just fucking tried, I would find someone to call my significant other quickly. It’s so easy for almost everyone else! My initial impulse was to write down four dates. Hah. Haha! In the end, I went out on more than forty.
This isn’t a good bucket list item. This is a terrible bucket list item.
3. Go to a bar by myself and smile at a guy. Per Patty’s suggestion.
I didn’t do this. I put it on my list because it sounded terrifying. In the end, it was a bit too terrifying.
4. Cross off bucket list item #6 (write a book).
Gaaaaaaaaaah. Everything takes so much longer than I think it’s going to. I thought I would get this done in May. Ha! Now I know for book two. Things take time. Each step takes so much time. But soon. So very, very soon.
For the time-being, my book quite enjoys living on my computer where it’s safe. Safety is an underrated quality.
5. Read 15 books.
6. Do some hiking. Colorado has some great hiking.
Yes! My favorite part of this bucket list. There’s something about being in nature that makes everything better. Whenever I was in Boulder, I’d take the best dog in the world and we’d go on daily two to three hour hikes in the trails around his house. Happiness!
7. Get to know the city using a bike.
Denver isn’t as flat as Chicago. I biked, but not nearly as much as I could have. I’m not giving myself credit for this item.
8. Make Denver feel like home.
No. That didn’t happen. Five months was too short and I was still too transient. I spent too much time flitting from place to place and one would never know if I was in North Denver or Boulder or Arvada or South Denver.
To make Denver feel like home, I need to rent an apartment, fill it with my stuff and commit to staying. I think that may also be the secret to crossing off bucket list item #44. Real roots.
9. Go bowling. You didn’t do that in California.
In the future, bowling should occur as a group activity or a solo activity. It’s not a two-person activity and it makes for a terrible date activity.
10. And roller skating.
Yes! I did something called Rolldenver. It’s a once a month party for people over 21 with lights and music and alcohol. It’s like a bar, but everyone is wearing roller skates. I didn’t drink though because that seemed kind of dangerous.
11. How about mini putting? You haven’t done that in a few years.
Mini putting is a good date activity, but also not an activity I think I’d want to do more than once every ten years.
12. Decide if you like Boulder or Denver better.
Boulder is certainly special with some glorious hiking trails that you can get to without a car. I always enjoyed my days in Boulder, but I spent way more time in Denver and felt way more comfortable in Denver. I found it much easier to make friends in Denver. Most people are transplants and happy to expand their social circle.
13. See a show at Redrocks.
Redrocks is an outdoor amphitheater. I saw Rusted Root and the Spin Doctors. I’ve heard of them.
14. Hang out with Mr. Money Mustache once.
Here’s a pic.
15. Go to Casa Bonita. Remember that episode of South Park?
I had this on my calendar to do with a meetup group, but whenever I talked about doing it with anyone who had done it, they would make a face and declare the item a good bucket list one to get over with. It’s hard to get excited when confronted with that face so often.
16. Visit a cat cafe.
Not as fun as I would have expected. Maybe I didn’t interact with the right cats. I still like the idea of it.
17. Go to a silent disco party.
18. Play some games at Punchbowl Social.
I went on a bunch of dates here. There are a lot of fun activities to do here besides food and drink. They have giant Jenga, ping-pong, the aforementioned bowling, bags (a.k.a. cornhole) and tons of other games.
19. Draw at a puff and paint class.
20. Attend a cuddle party.
21. Go to a music festival of sorts.
22. Hike a 14er.
Man, I really ran out of steam there at the end. I’ll be back though. I’ll be back so ridiculously fast. Everyone will be like, did she even leave? Denver is great.