Part 5 of my 40 before 40 list, begun here.

21. Make the perfect pancake. From scratch.

I love pancakes. I love breakfast. And I’d like to be able to create my own pancakes, my own recipe, and have them come out juuuuust right. What croissants are to my wife, pancakes are to me. Of course, this doesn’t qualify for the mastered dinner entree goal because it’s breakfast.

22. Visit Israel

For religious reasons mainly, I would very much like to visit Israel. My parents have made this trip several times and enjoyed it.

23. Become a leader at work

I would like to become experienced enough in my trade to become someone in more of a leadership/management position. I don’t exactly have to have a matching title for me to consider this as complete, but I think I’ll know it when I’m there.

24. Meet a famous person I admire

I haven’t specified a person because who I admire at 40 could very well be different than now. But going backstage with, say, a favorite band or musician would be very cool.

25. Sleeper train ride

Something else I’ve wanted to do is to travel long-distance in a train and sleep overnight. I just like the idea. When I traveled to Europe a few years ago with my now-wife, we considered this, but our plans were forced to change. Stateside, Amtrak does offer this, so there’s that.

26-30 coming soon!