Bucket List of an Idiot

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Allen & Unwin, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Brave or crazy? Dom Harvey proves that he's both by letting his friends and family set him a bucket list of ridiculous tasks

Ever since the Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson movie The Bucket List came out in 2008, people have been creating their own lists of things to do before they kick the bucket. No two bucket lists are the same, but each list has the same ultimate goal—to make the list maker feel like they are doing something useful with their life instead of just sitting around, writing lists, and watching Morgan Freeman movies. Dom had seen some of those lists and they looked so difficult that he wondered whether dying would be a better option than actually ticking off the items. "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 a professional rugby player, 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."

 

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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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About the author (2013)

Dom Harvey is one-third of one of New Zealand's favorite radio breakfast crew.

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