Year in Review: 2012

Year in Review: 2012

To those brave few of you who are still reading this after my grandiose and utterly ridiculous proclamation that yes, I will be writing more: thank you.  I forgot how difficult it was to write a quality blog entry (cue the obligatory “You wrote quality blog entires?” comments).

I’ve started and discarded three things, each more terrible than the last.  I mean, who cares about the fact that I’m a completest when it comes to my media?  Who cares about my Geek Christmas Tree?  And really, who cares about my musings on being a fat guy?  (OK, I might still write the last one.)

Anyway, here goes.  I still can’t believe that I only wrote three damn entries this year.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

Obvious answer:  Celebrated a first wedding anniversary.  Took a 25+ hour trip to rural Minnesota by car (and visited Minnesota itself).  Had White Castle at an actual White Castle location.  Went cold-weather camping on a trip that didn’t involve the Boy Scouts.  Made Beef Wellington (or at least the mushroomy duxelle bit).  Got banned permanently from a retail store (SUCK IT, APPLE).  Went to Dragon*Con.  Started playing Disc Golf. Used a vintage safety razor (and bought one, and continue to use it) and brush-on shave cream.

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

I didn’t make any, and I didn’t stick to any I subconsciously meant to, I’m sure.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Shit, I’m gonna have to check Facebook on this one, but I don’t think so off of the top of my head.  2011, yes.  I know lots of KLynne’s friends did?

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?

Still haven’t left this one.  We talked about making a trip to Europe in 2013 for my birthday but it’s just too damn expensive.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

Better health.  Clean gutters.  A visit back to the ancestral homelands of Deseret.  A 30th birthday that doesn’t make me feel depressed.  Good grades in my classes (did I mention that I’m planning on going back to school?)

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The weekend of Labor Day… Dragon*Con.  The Invader Zim and BSG panels, in particular.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Not killing anyone on the Helldrive to or from Minnesota.  Came damn near to placing “in the money” one week at Trivia when I was the only person on my team.  Kind of sad, really.

9. What was your biggest failure?

This one is copied verbatim from 2008, 2009, and 2011…

 Not leaving this dead-end job. It may pay a lot of money, but I’m miserable here and the effects that it has on my emotions and physical health are showing more than they have before. I need a fresh start… and the balls to actually MAKE that fresh start.


The ray of light is that there is A Plan.  Step one is to get my ass back into school, which I’m working on fervently.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

All kinds of fun new skin issues have popped up on top of my psoriasis.  Hidradenitis suppurativa is one (don’t Google it if you don’t want to be grossed out) and the other is worse than that.  Also, my arthritis is getting worse, and I can’t even imagine how bad it’d be without my Humira.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Disc Golf Discs?  I have a hard time picking. Maybe the Art of Shaving stuff that was the first step toward my shaving hobby?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

As always, KLynne’s for putting up with my shit.  I am obligated to state that at every opportunity possible.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The NHL.  I want my hockey, you sonsabitches.  Also, management.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills, stuff I don’t need but wanted anyway, food, and house stuff.

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

Dragon*Con.  The Hobbit.  The Minnesota trip.  Visits from my family.  My razor.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Rikki Simons and Richard Horovitz’s “I Slaughtered A Pig” (another Dragon*Con thing.  You had to be there.)  Oh, and probably Call Me Maybe.  That song is a goddamn earworm.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • Happier or sadder?  About the same,  maybe a little sadder.
  • Thinner or fatter?  Fatter.
  • Richer or poorer?  Poorer.

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

Getting outdoors.  Keeping in touch with my friends, even if I feel completely awkward when talking with people on the phone.  Applying for new jobs.

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


20. How (DID I) spend Christmas?

With KLynne, at our home.  This was the first time that she and I have done that… it was pretty good! KLynne’s dad and his wife came down for the weekend before and we opened their stuff then, and our friends Gladstone and his wife came on Christmas Day.  We ate steak and watched that seminal Christmas classic, Lethal Weapon.

21. Did you fall in love in 2012?

Still there. Plan on staying there.

22. How many one-night stands?


OK, this thing that I cribbed from LiveJournal back in the day is showing its age.  Let me change this question into a better one…

22.  Who run Bartertown? 

23. What was your favorite TV program?

Even though I’ve only seen one episode, by God I love Killer Karaoke.  I need to see if TruTV has episodes on their website.

Oh, and The League.  And How It’s Made.  And Venture Bros.

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

Nope.  But the hate I already have burns brighter and more furiously than ever.

25. What was the best book you read?

Did I read Old Man’s War this year?  I think I did.  That.  And if not, the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker books by Karen… someone.  Miller!  Karen Miller.

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

Volbeat!  Danish metal kicks ass.

27. What did you want and get?


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Also, to visit new states, and a new plan for the future.

28. What did you want and not get?

A new job.  A hockey season (I planned on visiting Denver to see an Avs game this year).

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

Oooh, that’s a hard one.  I did really enjoy The Hobbit… and The Avengers… and Skyfall… and The Hunger Games… and, even though I am in the minority, John Carter (yes, I realize that stuff was changed, but it wasn’t marketed properly).  I can’t pick just one.

Edit:  And Ted!  Shit!  How did I forget that one?

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

Turned 29.  Went to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and took a ride to Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Lots of scenic views.  Very pretty country up there.

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

The powers of a Red Lantern but the ability to retain my intelligence?  Failing that, as always, a new job or schooling.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

I embraced the fat guy look.  Hawaiian and fishing shirts, comfortable shoes.  I’m still not doing suspenders, though.

33. What kept you sane?

Vidyagames!  The Internets!  Reddit!  Books!  KLynne!

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

I didn’t really fancy any celebrity or public figure, although I still think that Christina Hendricks is gorgeous.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

The election, and how much I disliked both candidates.  I wish Rocky Anderson would’ve been more popular.

36. Who did you miss?

Friends and family out West.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

New friends at work.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

The ability to sleep in a car is wildly underrated, and it is one that I’m glad that I have.

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

Now I’ve gained some understanding
Of the only world that we see
Things that I once dreamed of
Have become reality
These walls that still surround me
Still contain the same old me
Just one more who’s searching for
A world that ought to be

— Rush, Circumstances


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