50 Memories of America

The United States of America. A country. A state of mind. A list of 50 beautiful things.

When I decided that I’d be taking an extended period of time away from my beloved land of baseball and apple pies, I decided that I needed to have one day where I soak in and enjoy everything that makes this country great. Of course, that begs the question, “What are the most American things?” Being the patriotic lover of democracy that I am,  I decided that the best way to come up with an answer was to open up the question to my friends on social media. Expecting a small list of a few things- maybe even a handful- I was blown away when my fellow patriots came up with a Plymouth Rock-solid list of almost 75.

This was clearly too much to fit into one day, but the ideas were too great to shrink down too far, so I decided that my red, white, and blue day would just have to become a few red, white, and blue months. As of this writing I’ve got four months and a week before I leave, so I found it appropriate to pick the 50 most patriotic, soul-wrenchingly American things I could to be the man the founding fathers wanted me to be. I call it my 50 memories of America.

50 Memories of America


  • Watch Top Gun
  • Read The Great Gatsby
  • Listen to some Bruce Springsteen with the windows down in an American made car.
  • Watch a John Wayne movie
  • Watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Watch Rocky IV
  • Watch Red Dawn (1984)
  • Watch D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • Watch Miracle
  • Watch Independence Day
  • Watch The Patriot
  • Watch Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Listen to jazz and relax for at least a half hour.
  • Read the National Edition of the USA Today
  • Read a Captain America Comic
  • Watch a Captain America Movie
  • Listen to rap music that is critical of America and appreciate their freedom of speech, even though you may disagree
  • Watch an episode of How It’s Made and appreciate the beauty that is American industry

Food and Drink

  • Eat a Wisconsin brat.
  • Drink a Wisconsin beer
  • Eat some Wisconsin cheese curds.
  • Have a classic American hot dog
  • Eat apple pie
  • Eat a piece of meat that’s far bigger than it has any reason to be
  • Eat a simple burger and fries, without any fancy toppings
  • Eat Chinese takeout, because nothing is more American than Americanizing other cultures’ food
  • Deep fry at least four different foods to eat as a meal
  • Drink a beer from at least 10 different states
  • Eat buffalo wings while watching sports at a barfbuff


  • Go to one of the Great Lakes
  • Tailgate a baseball game
  • Smoke a cigar while drinking some fine bourbon
  • Shoot a gun
  • Drink a PBR and listen to country music for at least a half hour
  • Go camping in the beautiful American outdoors
  • Call or write a letter to a senator or congressman
  • Go to a tractor pull/demolition derby/car race type event
  • Go to a museum
  • Spend some time looking at the moon and appreciate that we’ve been there
  • Sing Toby Keith at karaoke
  • Light off fireworks
  • Throw tea into a body of water
  • Go on a brewery tour
  • Gamble
  • Enjoy a bonfire
  • Cruise through town with the windows down in an American made car


  • Memorize the Preamble to the Constitution
  • Participate in a March Madness pool
  • Wear American flag clothing for a day
  • Vote in an Election

4 thoughts on “50 Memories of America”

  1. We couldn’t be more proud of you quinn. I cannot say i am excited about you being so far away but can say i am very excited for you to experience something you’ve wanted to do for a long time! Cannot wait to visit you and share some of your favorite places. Love you son:)


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