Go see Notre Dame Fighting Irish college football game – South Bend, Indiana

Make no mistake: I’m no sports fan. The last time I watched a full hockey game, the Nordiques were still a thing. When I get invited to a Super Bowl party, I usually have to look up who’s playing beforehand. And I still have no clue how offside works in soccer.

So when my girlfriend Ashley invited me to join her and her family on a road trip to South Bend, Indiana to go see a Notre Dame Fighting Irish football game, I wasn’t sure I’d have much fun.

I was very wrong. Continue reading

align your gearbox drinking game

Align your gearbox: the drinking game

Backpacking can introduce you to all sorts of fascinating customs and traditions. Hostels and guest houses serve as the hippie equivalent of the United Nations – a convergence of cultures, nationalities and ideas. This exchange of ideas can revolve around politics, music, religion, philosophies, worldviews and other big discussions. It also facilitates the spread another essential cultural tradition: drinking games. Continue reading

Geocaching

Go Geocaching

Ever wanted to be a pirate and search for buried treasure? Is your favourite part about Easter the egg hunt? Do you pride yourself in your ability to find lost car keys? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then geocaching just may be for you. I’ve wanted to go geocaching for years. Last week I got my chance and had a great day with my friends Shane, Shaun and Tina. Continue reading

Congratulations to the “That’s Awesome” Photo Contest Winner

Congrats goes out to Allison Tilly of Ottawa, Ontario, whose “Snow Tunnel” photo received the most votes in the “That’s Awesome” Photo Contest!

Snow Tunnel, by Allison Tilly

Allison’s photo will be used as Badge of Awesome’s Facebook cover image for the month of October (even though I agree it’s too early to be thinking about snow!). She’s also won the $100 cash prize, signed copies of my books and the coveted Photography Badge of Awesome.

Big thanks to EVERYBODY who entered and voted. You’re awesome. And even though the contest is officially over, I say let’s keep the photos coming! Post your awesome pics on our Facebook page and let’s get more people saying “Yup. That’s awesome.”

How to build a trebuchet

Build a trebuchet (and launch flaming pumpkins)

I never took physics in high school. But friends of mine did and I remember them having to build miniature catapults (and other medieval instruments of destruction) as part of their coursework. I’m all for kids getting excited about education. But what happens when your students get too excited about physics, and decide to apply what they learned on a larger scale? Well my friends, you get the very bad-ass, very awesome Trebosterone Trebuchet: Continue reading

Croquet

Play Extreme Croquet

Croquet: The Gentleman’s Game? Not where I come from. Growing up, my brothers and sisters used to play this backyard game in very un-gentlemanly ways. We’d send our opponents’ balls flying into the bush, down our long driveway and into the little creek that ran next to our house. Out-of-bounds was for sissies and sending other players flying was as much a goal as winning. Continue reading

Play the Tribe Game: Who would you want on your post-apocalyptic team?

How useless would you or your friends be in a post-apocalyptic world? The Tribe Game is a great road trip/time-killer game that answers this question.

Are you an SEO expert? Does your résumé brag about things like “results-based management”? Do you excel at Excel? Do you have an in-depth knowledge of branding, social media or database management? If you answered yes to any of these questions, odds are you’re going to be pretty useless in the event of a nuclear, zombie or Mad Maxian-style apocalypse. Continue reading

Old Bucket

Announcing the Bucket List Contest Winners!

Man, oh man. You guys added a lot of amazing bucket list items to the contest. Everything from beating the big balls on Wipeout, eating a meal prepared by an Iron Chef, experiencing the Aurora Borealis in Northern Canada, playing the world’s longest golf course in Australia and having coffee with Paulo Coelho.

Brilliant stuff! I’m going to leave the page up so people can continue to add to it.

Congratulations to Tony Wilford!

It the end it was a heated battle between Tony and Kyla, as they raced neck-and-neck to the finish line. In the end though, Tony squeaked out a victory with 130 votes (followed closely by Kyla’s 108). So congratulations to the winner of the Bucket List Contest, Tony Wilford, for this winning entry:

“To see my two girls grow old and see them enjoy their life as much as I have enjoyed mine!”

Congrats Tony! You’ve won the $100 cash prize, signed copies of my books and the coveted Bucket List Badge of Awesome. Your prize pack is on its way!

Runner ups like prizes too!

The next 10 most-liked Bucket List entries have also won signed copies of my books. If you’re on this list, check your emails for details on claiming your prizes. Congratulations!

Kyla says:

“In no particular order:

  • Build my own sustainable, eco-friendly home.
  • Have coffee with Paulo Coelho.
  • Write a children’s book.
  • Rescue an animal from a shelter.
  • Become completely free of student loan debt.
  • Sing the National Anthem at a Red Sox game!”

Janele says:

  • “Take my parents to Vegas and watch them party like it’s 1971
  • Take my daughter to Poland to see where her Dziadek grew up
  • Adopt a dog from a rescue organization
  • Go sky diving
  • Live on a boat
  • Build a kick a$$ tree fort
  • Sew a quilt”

Jared says:

  • “Spelunk great caves around the world
  • Visit Iceland, throw something into an active volcano
  • Own a Dodge Viper (I’d settle on a Shelby Mustang)
  • Visit Newfoundland
  • Live in a cabin in the woods next to a lake”

Kendra says:

  • “Go swimming with sea otters in Vancouver, BC”

Marianne says:

  • “Qualify and run in the Boston Marathon”

Nicole says:

  • “on my bucket list…to get Josh Martin to do the 2013 Childcan Polar Bear Dip in Kingsville 😉 Oh and beat the number one fundraising team while we’re there. ;)” (Note from Josh Martin: you’re on!)

Shaun says:

  • “Experience the beauty of the Aurora Borealis from northern Canada.”

Tina says:

  • “eat a meal prepared by one of the Iron Chefs to see what all the fuss is about. Preference would be Mario Batali, Michael Symon or Geoffrey Zacharian – but really any one of them would do…especially if it was free
  • Either that or be cool enough to be one of Chuck Hugh’s friends that he invites over for dinner on his show ‘Chucks Day Off’ – but I will settle for paying in one of his restaurants in Montreal
  • Man I’m hungry all of a sudden…”

Kim says:

“I have just been thinking about this!

  • I want to go to the desert (someplace dark and cloudless) to see the perseid meteor shower.
  • Be a contestant on The Price Is Right (shallow, I know, but it looks like so much fun!)
  • Build a straw bale house and live in it. (or at least participate in building it)
  • Sell some artwork so I can make some more! (I’m running out of space.)”

Shaun says:

  • “Travel into space and see the Earth from a whole new perspective.”

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Thanks to everybody who participated. Of course, the next step is to change your bucket list into a to-do list. So put on your awesome pants and get out there.

Click here to see all the entries and to add more of your own.

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