As long as everyone else is doing it…

As long as everyone else is doing it…

1. What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before?

Moved out of state, worked for the gub’mint, gambled, ordered my own alcohol, purchased my own alcohol, went to a Ren Faire, ate Funnel Cake, voted in a presidential election, traveled further East than Evanston, Wyoming, took X-rays on a hapless Medicaid enrolle, went into a video store of ill repute, met an online friend at their current place of residence, go to a funeral, keep some kind of running journal for more than a month, and (as of nine days from now, anyway) spend Christmas without my family.

2. Did you keep New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

My resolution last year was to be back in school by fall semester. I didn’t keep it. Didn’t even come close to keeping it. The other one was to stay true to the Diet of Evil, and… yeah, failed that one miserably, too. This year I’ll be sure to make some more that I probably won’t follow… although the school one MUST be done. Or else. Or else what? Exactly.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Nyet.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Unfortunately, I have to say yes to this… my Grandma Hansen died rather unexpectedly. She was the only immediate grandmother that I had through growing up, and I know that despite my screw-up from high school onward, she had faith that I would get through school, meet someone, and eventually live a normal, stable life. I have to get through school to prove her right.

5. What countries did you visit? None outside of the US. Although Las Vegas is about as different as you can get from Utah as can be possible.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? Student loans (‘cuz that way I’d be in school! Whee!), faith in myself, a relationship, and a beer. Well, I want a beer now, too. But I want one in 2005, too. Maybe more than one.

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The day that my Grandma died… I was just completely stunned.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Deciding to visit Aimee in Vermont. I’d never made a decision like that in my life, and in doing so, I learned a lot more about taking risks, myself, and various other stuff.

9. What was your biggest failure?

The whole move to Las Vegas didn’t work out like I would’ve hoped. I was expecting my life and my circumstances to change competely for the better… and they didn’t. I emerged the same old Spin, not in school like the master plan dictated, all baggage intact… but at least I made a friend while I was there.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing major. A few colds.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

The ticket to Boston. I have no regrets!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Chronos’s. As much as I argue with my little brother, and as poorly as we got along while we were sharing a bedroom, he’s matured a LOT in the past year. And, as it was when I was in St. George, I miss him, even though I know that if we were back together for more than a week we’d fight like cats and dogs. He’s growing up so fast… *tear in eye*

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Our friends the Republicans. How could you vote for Bush? Again? Are you better off than you were four years ago (not you, members of the upper classes)? WHY?

14. Where did most of your money go?

Food(!!!), impulse buys, and the moves from and back to Utah.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Moving out of state, moving back home, and the trip to Vermont.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?

I can’t think of any that’ll ALWAYS remind me of 2004, but I’d think that Amerika by Rammstein is fitting politically… and maybe Under Pressure by Queen for my personal life.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? Sadder. b) thinner or fatter? About ten pounds fatter. This needs to change soon. c) richer or poorer? Poorer. For sure.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Reading, dating, exercise, and doing good for my fellow man.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Spending money on stuff that I didn’t need, complaining, dwelling on issues that depressed me, eating junk food, and wasting time.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

The day before? Playing City of Heroes and doing some last-minute shopping or avoidance of shoppers, depending on my mood. The day of, going first to American Fork and visiting the Hansen side of the family, and then making the trek to Salt Lake to visit my Grandpa Bounds, then going with him and the rest of the fam over to my great grandma’s house. But it’ll be weird because I’ll be alone. The day after will see me picking Chronos up from the Airport.

21. What LJ users did you meet for the first time?

Pencilinear, Afternoon_Ninja, and Sparnak.

Aimee and Natalie in person, Andrea through City of Heroes.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?

No, sir, I did not.

23. How many one-night stands?

*Laughs*… you’re shittin’ me, right? None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Mom and I made an event of watching The Amazing Race (although I haven’t been watching the current season), and I had a good time watching that with her. As for in general, though, Mythbusters and Jeopardy are one and two, in no particular order.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Nope. Everyone that I hate now were hated last year. I might hate a few people MORE than I did last year, but no one new is on my shitlist. YET.

26. What was the best book you read?

A tie between Dune (Frank Herbert, of course), The Cabinet of Curiosites (Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child), America: The Book (Jon Stewart and the Daily Show writers)… and that’s about it.

27. What was your greatest musical (re)discovery?

Flogging Molly, The Decemberists, and Electric Six.

28. What did you want and get?

My car paid off, a new tattoo, a few adventures, a bunch of DVDs, a ring that fits me, a cellphone (again), high-speed internet access.

29. What did you want and not get? School, past my fear of dating/related shit, the Vegas thing to work, a sub/amp/speaker set for the Mighty Mighty Geekmobile, and a win for my candidate of choice.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Team America: World Police amused me to no end. It really did. I also enjoyed Spider-Man 2 immesurably, and Fahrenheit 9-11 was great.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned twenty-one on the twenty-first of July… in Las Vegas. I hung out with The Fam, so there was to be no getting plastered for Spin, but I did hit the slots and came out ahead $40. And came out another $40 ahead the next day. And lost it all a week later.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If either of my moves would’ve gone more smoothly… or for that matter, if I wouldn’t have had to make either of them and could just be back in the old house in Lehi, with the Fam and the Dogs back…

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?

The “I’m tired of looking like a slob and will actually buy some nice clothes but not wear them as often as I should becaus ironing sucks” look.

34. What kept you sane?

Sane? Me? Ha! Mwahahahah!

Seriously, though, the main thing that kept me sane this year has been talking with my friends, both online and off (mainly online during the Vegas Experiment, since one of my big issues was lack of friends). Friends kick ass.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

None, really. I really don’t give a shit about celebrities.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

The election. By and far. And not just presidential (although that’s a huge part of it), but all of the marriage amendments, and the mudslinging, and… yeah. God, that had me angry.

37. Who did you miss?

While in Vegas, I missed all of my old friends… and once I got back, I missed Rachel. I still miss Sunny, and wonder how Eddie is doing right now (even though I haven’t heard from him in three years).

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Aimee. I haven’t made as good of friends with anyone from the ‘net with anyone else, and I hope that I’ll be able to talk to her again soon. Even if it turns out that I’m better playing the part of the Boy Who Lives In The Computer.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.

Two… the first is “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” The second is “remember that what shows up on your bank statement and the actual amount of money that you have are two different things.”

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“Where would you rather be? Anywhere? Anywhere but here? When would the time be right? Anytime? Anytime but now?

Rush- Double Agent

Man, this took a while…

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