Best Things I’ve Ever Done in My Life


By Dom Nozzi

November 11, 2019

The following are the best things I have ever done in my life. They are in no particular order of importance.

  • Met and am now in a relationship with Maggie Waddoups.
  • Obtained a Master’s Degree in Town Planning.
  • Was born with (or developed) a lifelong love of reading books.
  • Discarded all belief in any god-based religion. I have considered myself an atheist since I was 21 years old.
  • Lost my sexual virginity.
  • Learned about the merits of walkable urbanism and traditional architectural design.
  • Due to how my parents raised me, I developed a motivation to move to a city I love, unlike many of my friends, who have stayed in the region they grew up in.
  • Learned to ski and scuba dive and skydive and paraglide.
  • Learned to enjoy giving public speeches.
  • Published three books and thousands of blogs, newspaper and magazine letters to the editor, and newspaper and magazine guest opinions.
  • Adopted a low-carb, high-fat diet.
  • Was born with (or developed) a lifelong love of physical exercise.
  • Ran the New York City Marathon.
  • Moved to Boulder Colorado.
  • Founded and chair the Mapleton Hill PorchFest in Boulder Colorado.
  • Co-organizing and performing in the “Peterson Jam” air-guitar rock concerts at the Northern Arizona University campus while a student there.
  • Scoring on a 56-yard touchdown reception in a Penfield High School football game against Fairport (the third ranked team in the state of New York at that time).
  • Being hired to be an associate planner for the City of Gainesville, Florida at the age of 26.
  • Dancing at a “rave” dance at a downtown Gainesville, Florida nightclub.
  • Purchasing a bungalow historic house built in 1935 in Gainesville, and soon after paying off the mortgage.
  • Visiting a nudist resort in Lutz, Florida at the age of 35.
  • Whitewater rafting the Gauley River in West Virginia.
  • Reading Home From Nowhere, and befriending the author — James Howard Kunstler.
  • Having lunch with Andres Duany at Seaside, Florida at the age of 28.
  • Making several trips to Europe – particularly Italy, Spain, Germany, and The Netherlands.

About Dom Nozzi

Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable streets and bikeable streets and trails specialist, writer, editor, public speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, cook, urbanist.
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