Year in Review

Brewing Beer, Bagging a Fourteener, Hitting the Comedy Stage Make This 2015 Bucket List

Editor's note: It's time to put 2014 into the history books and look forward to 2015 -- but not before one last bash to kick off the transition in style, something you can plan with our New Year's Eve Guide listings. Do you have even bigger plans for the coming twelve months? Now's the time to start thinking about them. To help, five of our writers have laid out their goals for 2015. Find all of their bucket lists on the Show and Tell blog.

Make the world a better place, or make myself a better person? I think this list of projects, plans and goals will tackle both of those objectives - particularly number ten. If I can combine health, happiness and lots of beer, I think 2015 will be a great year.

See also: Hitting the Slopes, Wearing My Colorado Pride, Eating Green Chile Make This 2015 Bucket List

1. Become a standup comedian Back in 2012, I dipped a toe into the comedy ocean, hitting stages at places like the Lion's Lair and El Charrito. My comic debut was at a dive on South Broadway, where I followed a comic who'd jumped off the stage to fight a heckler in the audience. I began working nights again as a bartender and drifted away from the comic routine - but the power of the microphone is addictive. This year, I'm coming back. I think a good place to start will be a comedy class at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse.

2. Start a business I've always been full of ideas. I've got notebooks lined with inventions, projects, schemes. I believe that 2015 is the year when those seeds will get watered and blossom into something - hopefully something that makes money. My latest plot involves an app that allows restaurants to market themselves to people looking for cocktails, or a chef's daily special. In Denver, that starts with a little visit to the secretary of state's website to register your business, which costs $60.

3. Become a Kung Fu master Ultimately, this plan falls under the heading of "get in shape," but why not learn how to defend myself at the same time? Maybe a thousand push-ups a day will endow me with a Bruce Lee toughness that will enable me to punch a hole through a phone book. I want six-pack abs and some sexy, lethal kung-fu moves. Cut in front of me in line at the deli? You're gonna get elbowed. There's a place called Canto do Galo on Santa Fe Drive that teaches capoeira, a Brazilian martial art disguised as acrobatics and dance.

4. Brew beer I can't believe I haven't done this yet. I'd love to have a cellar full of dust-covered bottles of various styles of home brews - everything from lagers to pale ales to dark, roasty stouts. When I'm thirsty, I'd just pluck a bottle from the shelf and pop it open. While I'm at it, I think I'll grow my own hops to use in the beer-making process. I'll pick up supplies at The Brew Hut, a home brew store adjacent to Dry Dock Brewing Co. in Aurora.

5. Be a tech ninja Why is my Internet connection so slow? How the hell do I transfer a file? What, exactly, is this mystical thing called "the cloud"? This year I plan to find the answers to all of these questions and more by becoming a tech ninja. I want to acquaint myself with every drop-down menu so that I will never again spend a frustrating hour trying to find out how to add songs to my smartphone. This upgrade from stupid to savvy will include getting up to speed on all that social media the kids are using these days. There are great classes at Colorado Free University, in Lowry.
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Kevin Galaba
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