Bucket List of an Idiot

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Allen & Unwin, 2012 - Humor - 276 pages
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Hello, my name is Dominic Harvey and I am an idiot.

Ever since the movie The Bucket List came out in 2008, people have been creating their own lists of things to do before they kick the bucket. Some of the things on these lists look so difficult that I wonder if dying would be a better option than actually ticking off the items. The purpose of these lists seems to be to make the list maker feel like they are doing something more with their life than sitting around writing lists and watching Morgan Freeman DVDs.

I am a paid-up life-member of a place called the comfort zone. People always go on about the importance of getting out of your comfort zone. Not me. Any day I can stay inside it is a good day. All of which makes it a bit odd that I decided to complete a bucket list of my own. Not just any bucket list though. This is a reverse bucket list - a bunch of stuff that I could have happily passed away without ever doing - stuff like getting a tattoo I'd instantly regret, arm wrestling an All Black and being the model for a life drawing class - and I recruited some of my closest family and friends to compile it for me. In hindsight, this was a bad idea. But here it is - my pain, discomfort and humiliation for your pleasure - The Bucket List of an Idiot.

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Contents

I am an idiot and this is my bucket list
1
Convince the prime minister to write the foreword
7
Fight a girl
11
Release an original song
27
Go skinnydipping with my older sister in broad daylight
41
Visit a dominatrix
49
Hire a granny stripper for my boss
65
Get suspended from work
86
Go to a gay sauna
203
Be a life drawing model
219
Crossdress
232
Get a bad tattoo
244
Jump off the tallest building in New Zealand
265
Learn to meditate
277
Armwrestle an All Black
290
Track down my first kiss
300

Bury the hatchet the big apology
92
Kiss a celebritys arse literally
112
Eat at a buffet until I throw up
119
Stick it all on black
135
Go pool crashing
151
Have a midlife crisis get Botox
164
Run the Boston Marathon
177
Prank my mum
192
Ask for a threesome
315
Do it on a plane
328
Run the paintball gauntlet
336
Have a crack at writing erotic fiction
344
Write a book
347
Back cover
353
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Dom Harvey is one-third of one of New Zealand's favourite radio breakfast crews, The Morning Madhouse on The Edge. One of the other thirds is his wife, Jay Jay Feeney, who is - coincidentally the 12th most trusted person in New Zealand according to a recent survey. Dom didn't make the list. Not even. He's originally from Palmerston North but don't hold that against him.

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