Epic Life Quest

The idea to create a list of wants, goals and achievements called an epic life quest came from simliar lists I found on Steve Kamp's blog and Brent Ozar's blog.

Both of them have different interests and businesses, and it's fascinating to read through them and see what they've accomplished and what they hope to do in the future. I like the epic life quest because I can make this a one stop shop for everything I've done and want to do. I'll pin this to the top of the website, and as I think of things, I'll add them here. I'm not sure I'll adopt the levels portion of the quest. I may opt for a more categorical look.

In Progress

  • Write the first of two books, ReadMe Version 1
  • Write a second book, Second Chance
  • Pay off all mortgages and save enough money to retire in my 50's
  • Finish the house (Renovate the kitchen, finish basement, laundry room, garage and grounds)

Travel

  • Play golf at Pebble Beach (Link)
  • Play golf at TPC Sawgrass and hit it on the green at the 17th (Link)
  • Attend the Royal Rumble, WWE (Link)
  • The balloon festival in Albequerque, NM (Link)
  • Sail a windjammer (Link)
  • Thailand (I have two books already! Chaing Mai Tours)
  • Survival school (Link)
  • A bike ride and eating tour of Maine (Link)
  • An Alaskan sailing adventure (Link)
  • Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  • Iguazu Falls, Argentina
  • Tahiti
  • The Northern Lights
  • The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
  • The Amazon Rain Forest
  • The Maine Lobster Festival (Link)
  • African safari
  • Road trip the United States and see the National Parks
  • Galapagos Island
  • Maldives
  • Village with No Roads, Giethoorn, Netherlands
  • Sitting on the Edge, Trolltunga, Norway
  • The Mirror, Salar de Uyni, Bolivia
  • The Spiral Staircase, Taihang Mountains, China
  • Tekija's House, Buna River, Bosnia
  • The Cliff Restaurant, Grotta Palazzese, Italy
  • The Bastei Bridge, Saxon, Switzerland
  • Elbe, Germany
  • 101 Hectares, Singapore
  • Pucisca, Croatia
  • Colmar, France
  • Manarola, Italy
  • Hallstatt, Austria
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Lantern Festival in Taiwan
  • The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Petra, Jordan
  • The Terracotta Army, Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China
  • Serengeti National Park, Mara, Tanzania
  • Sagano Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
  • Mount Rushmore, SD, USA
  • Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY, USA
  • Antarctica
  • Hawaii, USA
  • Trans-Siberian Railroad, Russia

Completed!

2019

  • Become a Dad! Welcome Violet Rey Gallagher, born March 6th

2018

  • Attend College Gameday live
  • See Ben Rector live
  • Pay off student loans
  • Ride the White Pass and Yukon Route railway in Alaska
  • Visit Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska
  • Visit Misty Fiords National Monument in Alaska
  • See bears in the wild
  • Visit Alaska
  • Visit Mt. Rainer National Park in Washington
  • Visit Pike's Market in Seattle, WA
  • Attend weekly workout classes in Yoga, Spin and Mat Pilates
  • Complete a 5K
  • Start a new job in the Business Intelligence space at Aspen Tech
  • Finish an escape room
  • Get a cat (Thanks Ivy!)

2017

  • Sell my condo
  • Dine at a new Skandanavian restaurant
  • Visit Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Visit Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Visit a moat castle
  • Go white water rafting
  • Relearn Powershell
  • Bet on horse races
  • Learn Python
  • Publish all my run books including those for photo+video and data engineering
  • Go to the top of the CN Tower in Toronto, ON
  • Tour the Niagara wine region in Canada and sample ice wine
  • See Niagara Falls from the Canadian side
  • Eat at Bent in Toronto, Canada
  • Research and complete presentations for data architecture, engineering and platforms
  • Eat the banana split at Forge Ice Cream Bar, Somerville, MA
  • See A Great Big World live
  • Build more community within friends and family
  • Learn the big data and Cloudera platform
  • Go indoor rock climbing

2016

  • Ski at Okemo Mountain Resort, VT
  • Attend the Minnesota State Fair
  • Get certified to dive and dive the Grand Cayman Islands
  • Eat at Nola in New Orleans, LA
  • Eat beignets at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, LA
  • Install solar on the house
  • Build and maintain my own business
  • Eat at Bronwyn, Somerville, MA
  • Complete in depth performance assessments for SQL Servers at Arrowstreet Capital
  • Learn the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack

2015

  • Finish a Rugged Maniac course
  • Build and maintain a photo website where I display all my personal photographs
  • Give every personal photo and video I have a purpose
  • Build my first wedding cinematography video
  • Create capacity planning using linear regression at Arrowstreet Capital
  • Upgrade SQL Server Reporting Services across Arrowstreet Capital
  • Finish my Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certification for SQL Server
  • Visit Ireland and see Dublin, the Belfast Wall and the Giant's Causeway
  • Play at Royal Portrush Golf Course in Northern Ireland
  • Break 200 for a single game in ten-pin bowling

2014

  • Attend CiderDays, an annual hard cider festival in Western Massachusetts
  • Buy my first house (with Ivy)
  • Author policies, processes, frameworks and scorecards for project and task management at Arrowstreet Capital
  • Visit Jamacia
  • See a lumberjack show in Maine
  • Visit St. Simon's and Jeckyl Island, GA
  • See Finding Neverland at the American Reperatory Theatre
  • Take photography classes at New England School of Photography
  • See Les Miserables live

2013

  • Reach a threshold salary of my choosing (I will not disclose)
  • Have a 30th birthday cash hunt
  • Make manager at Arrowstreet Capital
  • Implement a permissions access framework and let the Compliance risk assessments for Arrowstreet Capital
  • Attend the MIT Crisis Management and Business Continuity course
  • Visit Disney World, FL (A second time!)
  • Visit San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Pebble Beach
  • See the Lion King musical live

2012

  • Play adult dodgeball (Really fun!) and win trophies
  • Lead a one week long Disaster Recovery test for Arrowstreet Capital
  • Tour the Tuscan and Umbria regions of Italy by car
  • Visit Florence, see the Duomo and Michelangelo's David in Italy
  • Visit Rome, the Colosseum, the ancient ruins and Vatican City in Italy
  • Visit the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA
  • Visit St. John and Campobello Island, Canada
  • Visit St. Louis, MO and Memphis, TN, including the Stax Museum, the Arch and the City Museum
  • Eat at Restaurant Iris in Memphis, TN

2011

  • Marry my best friend
  • Travel to Aruba on our honeymoon!
  • Create a wedding video for our (Ivy and I) wedding
  • Create a travel video for our (Ivy and I) wedding
  • Begin and continue biking to work (almost) every day
  • Implement an automated Disaster Recovery turn up process for Arrowstreet Capital
  • Implement an automated policy based management system for Arrowstreet Capital's enterprise environment
  • Ski at Stowe and visit Burlinton, VT

2010

  • Start a theater meetup group for people in their 20's and 30's
  • Eat at Tango in Arlington, MA
  • Eat at Fore Street in Portland, ME
  • Visit the Baltimore Aquarium
  • Visit Quebec City and Montreal, Canada
  • Visit Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, SC (We got engaged on this trip!)
  • Visit Puerto Rico and the Southern Caribbean
  • Take music and voice lessons
  • Break 150 for a single game in Candlepin bowling

2009

  • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica
  • Visit Volcan Arenal and the Tabacon Hot Springs in Costa Rica
  • See Avenue Q on Broadway
  • Buy a brand new car
  • Implement the Cranberry conversion suite for the U.S. Army General Fund Enterprise Business System project

Earlier than 2009

  • Buy my first property (a condo) (Completed 2008)
  • Take Karate lessons (Completed 2008)
  • Take guitar lessons (Completed 2008)
  • See the Battle of Gettysburg memorial (Completed 2008)
  • Graduate from college (Four year undergraduate degree) (Completed 2007)
  • Attend a Kenny Chesney concert (Completed 2007)
  • Attend a Brad Paisley concert (Completed 2007)
  • See James Taylor live (Completed 2007)
  • Attend Accenture Core Analyst School (Completed 2007)
  • Complete a co-op (General Electric, Louisville, KY) (Completed 2006)
  • Visit the Kentucky Derby (Completed 2006)
  • Attend Wrestlemania (Completed 2006)
  • Play in various golf tournaments including the U.S. Open, Amateur and Junior Amateur (Completed)
  • See the Washington D.C. museums (Completed 2004)
  • Graduate high school (Completed 2002)
  • Captain the Gloucester High School golf team (Completed 2002)
  • Win the Northeastern Conference Individual Golf Championship (Completed 2001)
  • Win the Bass Rocks Golf Club Junior Club Championship (Completed 2000)
  • Take piano lessons (Completed 2000)