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Year In Review: 2009

Year In Review: 2009

It’s that time again, kids. I never post on this damn thing anymore, but damned if I’m not gonna do my Year In Review Madness.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

BOUGHT A FREAKIN’ HOUSE, been in a car accident in a rental car, strongly considered suing someone, visited Alabama, visited Florida, stayed in a resort hotel, camped in a Non-Utah state, installed a turlet, bought a fishing pole and used it to (attempt) to catch fish, used (and bought) a Android-based phone, combined finances with KLynne, visited the Little White House, saw Flogging Molly, Disturbed, Blink-182, and Sick Puppies in concert, things that won’t be listed here because I either don’t want to or can’t remember them.

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

No, I did not. Not at all, sadly. I will make more next year and I hope I stick to them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes! Shantelle had an Abby!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Unfortunately, my Grandpa Hansen died in January, my great-grandma Adams passed away, and both Curly and Shemp (the last of my childhood dogs) passed on this year, too. It hasn’t been a good year for that.

5. What countries did you visit?

None outside of the US.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

All debts I owe but my car paid in full (as always), a new job (please?), formal education or certifications (still), a trip to Vegas, that one thing taken care of— you know the one.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The day that KLynne and I closed on our house. August 6th, 2009.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Being able to survive Grandpa’s passing on. It was rough as hell.

9. What was your biggest failure?

(copied verbatim from last year…) 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.

Also, I need to be better with the exercise and the weight loss with the sweating and the cursing and the friction and the things and the stuff.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

The Psoriasis (no longer the Skin Thing of Doom, if I don’t call it by its name I give it power, just like Voldemort) continues to ravage my body and make me an itchyguy. Another Death Cold at the end of the year and a bad nasal infection in the fall.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

MY HOUSE!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

KLynne’s, as usual. I’m lost without her.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Politically, most of the people in Washington DC. Personally, the Powers that Be at my job.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Food, rent and mortgage, shit that I don’t need, and interest payments for the shit that I don’t need.

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

The new house. My various vacations / roadtrips. Christmas and Halloween. Seeing Robin Williams and the concerts we went to.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

“You’re Going Down”, by Sick Puppies. It’s symbolic to me of a) becoming a fan of the band itself, and b) reminding myself that I’m not going to be felled by anything. I will not yield.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? A little sadder.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter. Damn being fatter.
c) richer or poorer? About the same. Some debts are bigger, some are smaller. Sunrise, sunset, et cetera.

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

Cooking. Stopping to think before acting. Showing KLynne how much I love her.

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

Freaking out about little things. Acting BEFORE I thought. Making impulsive decisions. Getting angry.

20. How (DID I) spend Christmas?

I was in Savannah with KLynne, her mom, and Frank. We visited her grandmother on Christmas Eve for lunch and had a German Christmas Eve with Frank’s Mom that night (bratwurst, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut… GOOD STUFF) and opened some presents there. We opened presents on Christmas morning and I got a shitload of awesome things, and so did KLynne.

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

None. Or at least none on my friend list.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?

I continued to stay in love.

23. How many one-night stands?

None. Although I do wish that I could afford an actual night stand.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

The favorite new show I was introduced to this year? How I Met Your Mother. We don’t have TV so I don’t really watch much that isn’t on DVD or Netflix.

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

YES. I hate the rental car industry and their fucking criminal “diminution of value / loss of use” bullshit. I’d be in such a better position financially if I wasn’t paying that fucking loan…

26. What was the best book you read?

I think that has to go to Duma Key (sorry, KLynne).

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

Sick Puppies.

28. What did you want and get?

A house. Tickets to the concerts that I saw.

29. What did you want and not get?

A few DVDs that I can easily buy myself. Paid off credit cards.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

That’s a tie between Star Trek and Up.

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

I turned 26. I had a Karaoke Showdown for my birthday and dinner at Saigon Gourmet.

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

Finding a new job.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

The “Shit, all of my shirts have to be 2XL?” look.

34. What kept you sane?

KLynne and Wellbutrin XR.

My friends and family.

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

None, although Christina Hendricks makes me feel funny in a happy place.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

The birthers / Teabaggers / other idjits.

37. Who did you miss?

My friends, dogs, and family.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Not sure on that one. I’ll have to think on it for a while. Did I even meet anyone new this year?

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

A home improvement project that doesn’t end up in a fight isn’t a home improvement project at all. Or something.

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

One day I feel I’m on top of the world
And the next it’s falling in on me
I can get back on, I can get back on

One day I feel I’m ahead of the weel
And the next it’s rolling over me
I can get back on, I can get back on…

(Far Cry, Rush… because what’s a Year in Review post without a Rush Lyric to close it?)

2008: Year in Review

2008: Year in Review

The annual tradition, continued…

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Had a relationship that lasted more than five months, moved in with my girlfriend, bought (and cared for) my own dog, visited Tennessee, Louisiana, and North Carolina, spent the night in a cabin, had a shave with a straight razor, had a family member visit from out-of-state, bought a power tool (NOT LIKE THAT YOU GUYS), set foot in the ocean (!), spent the night at a girlfriend’s parents house (!!!), told someone I loved them without being coerced, guilted, badgered, or otherwise forced into it, used (and bought) a BlackBerry, had a utility at my house disconnected (not due to any failure to pay on my part, though), attended a concert with a girlfriend, things that won’t be listed here because I either don’t want to or can’t remember them.

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

I don’t remember what resolutions I made last year so they’re probably long broken. I’m not making any next year since I know I can’t follow through on ’em.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No, but some good friends will which weirds me the hell out.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?

None outside of the US.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

All debts I owe but my car paid in full (yet again), more stability in my life, a new job (fuck DHR), formal education or certifications (whichever comes first), the ability to drink beer again (well, I lacked it for MOST of 2008), KLynne meeting the Fam, a trip to Florida or somewhere else out of state.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The second day in the cabin at Pigeon Forge. It’s the day that I told KLynne that I loved her.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Moving in with KLynne and finding that we won’t end up killing each other.

9. What was your biggest failure?

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. Also, mishandling my finances (badly) in the summer.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Skin Thing of Doom DID come back, albeit briefly. And a death cold in New Orleans.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Hopefully, tickets to see Robin Williams! (KLynne bought ’em. I’m giving her the cash for mine. That still counts, right? If not, my Nintendo DSes. Stupid me leaving the first one on the plane…)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

KLynne’s. She is truly an amazing person. The fact that she puts up with my shit doesn’t hurt matters, either.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Chronos’s on the Thanksgiving vacation. The behavior of certain associates and co-workers.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Food, rent, shit that I don’t need, and interest payments for the shit that I don’t need.

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

Getting a dog. My various vacations / roadtrips. Actually getting a date. Actually getting a girlfriend and being the pursuer, not the pursuee (mostly). Moving in with KLynne (although that also qualifies as really, really, really, scared.)

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? I’d say happier. I was a sad bastard last December.. although that isn’t saying a lot.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter. My waist goes ever ever on.
c) richer or poorer? Poorer. Stupid debts.

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

Stopping to smell the flowers. Practicing what I preach. Visiting new and exciting places. Cooking.

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

Freaking out about little things. Fighting. Being unappreciative, or at least less appreciative than I should be (in all aspects of my life). Spending money.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

For the first time ever, with a girlfriend. I’m going to be in Savannah with KLynne, her mom, her stepdad (I know, it bugs her a little if I refer to him as such), her dogs, and Max.

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

kittypaws9, and yes… I met her in person. IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. (I’m going to get in trouble for that.)

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?

Yes I did.

23. How many one-night stands?

None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Mythbusters, Mad Men, Scrubs (I’ve been watching a LOT of Scrubs), Venture Brothers, Hell’s Kitchen, and Greek. Yes, Greek.

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

Nope. My hate burns hot and furious (as it always does), but there aren’t really any new targets. The French-Canadian idiot is working his way up the shitlist to a true hate status, though.

26. What was the best book you read?

I’m going to have to say that the honor of “best book” probably goes to A Separate Peace. Brave New World is right up there.

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

Seether, Shinedown (I never listened to much of their stuff in the past).

28. What did you want and get?

A girlfriend, several sets of DVDs, a dog, visits to see my friends and family, visits to other states.

29. What did you want and not get?

More control over my life, to introduce KLynne to The Fam, a big win in Vegas, that damn thing on eBay that I bid on a bunch of times but kept on getting sniped on.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Drama: The Dark Knight (Iron Man was a close second). Comedy: Tropic Thunder (Forgetting Sarah Marshall was second). I’m adding another category, too… I was MOST DISAPPOINTED by the new Indiana Jones (and Semi-Pro was in second place).

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

I turned twenty-five. KLynne and I threw a party the weekend of with a Pirates versus Ninjas theme.

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

Finding a new job.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

The “KLynne thinks this looks good on me, holy shit, it really does look good on me” look.

34. What kept you sane?

Sane? What is this ‘sanity’ you speak of?

My friends and family.

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

None, really. The old favorites still have my attention.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

The election in general, and support for Obama. YES WE CAN!

37. Who did you miss?

My friends, dogs, and family.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

KLynne. Duh.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

I don’t have to make it alone. Also, money ain’t everything.

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

When the dragons grow too mighty
To slay with pen or sword
I grow weary of the battle
And the storm I walk toward
When all around is madness
And there’s no safe port in view
I long to turn my path homeward
To stop a while with you

Rush – Madrigal

Year In Review: 2007.

Year In Review: 2007.

I dug back into my archives… way back into 2004 to find this. I figure that I might as well re-write this meme for 2007, as I’m a different guy now than I was then. Dates have been changed from 2004 and 2005 to 2007 and 2008, respectively. Considering that 2004 was the year that I moved to Vegas (and back) and this year marked the move to Georgia, I found it fitting.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?

Traveled cross-country by U-Haul, moved to a state that wasn’t adjacent to the one I grew up in, pulled a number, tried (and abandoned) NutriSystem, attended a Major League Baseball game, went to Bar Trivia, started playing in an RPG group that meets regularly, been the person to initiate a break-up conversation and see it through, buy a Mac, realized where a lot of my problems came from, saved more than a few hundred dollars. Sadly, “Two chicks at one time” is still missing from this list.

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

My resolutions last year were broken, as per usual. One of them doesn’t apply since I’m not dating Angela anymore (and good riddance to THAT bad rubbish), the diet one has been shot to hell again, and those are the only ones I remember. I will, of course, make more for next year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Nope.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes. One of my dogs, Moe.

5. What countries did you visit?

None outside of the US.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?

I’d like to have more control over my emotions, more money in savings, and all debts but my car paid entirely off. Having a girlfriend might come into play if I feel ready for it, but don’t hold your breath on that one, hommes et femmes.

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The day Dad, Chronos, and I walked into my apartment for the first time. That’s when the whole “Moving across the United States” thing REALLY hit me.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Being able to live alone, with family about 2000 miles away and many of my friends just as far off. I can make it.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Taking too long to break up with Angela. I realized that things were going bad even before the February visit. After the visit, things were a little better (physical contact of various sorts can really cloud rational thought) but they continued to slide downwards. I should’ve acknowledged how bad things were getting earlier, I should’ve pulled the trigger on it way earlier… just like my counselor and countless friends said I should’ve.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No, although there was a scare that the Skin Thing Of Doom would come back.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Since the apartment is technically rented, that doesn’t count… so I’d have to say it’s a toss-up between the Mac, the TV (that WAS this year, right?), and my tickets to visit the Friends and Family after my move. It made me appreciate my friends even more.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Chronos still wins (and will always win this in my book). I will admit that despite his faults and social shyness, he’s a better man than I am. He’s looking at jaw surgery in a few weeks and seems perfectly content and cool about the whole thing.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The behavior of Angela during and after the break-up conversation. I don’t need to justify my feelings and actions to anybody but myself, goddamnit. The behavior of certain co-workers who I continually bitch about. The behavior of our elected leaders. My own behavior in many situations.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Food (as always!), the Move to Georgia, bills, and buying useless shit that I really didn’t NEED at the time but snagged anyway.

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

Moving out to Georgia, every visit to see the Family and my friends, and (pre-breakup) the trip to Wisconsin in February. I’ll admit that the latter, in hindsight, was probably more about physical stuff than anything. And currently: I might be adopting a dog!

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?

Re: Your Brains. Because all we wanna do is eat your brains. I’ve listened to so much music over the past year that nothing really sticks with me as the Song of the Year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? Sadder. b) thinner or fatter? Fatter, gorram it. c) richer or poorer? Richer. Hooray for jobs that pay seven bucks an hour more than before.

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

Exercise, hanging out with my friends, and practicing what I preach.

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

Spending cash on stuff I didn’t need, spiraling into depressive states, wasting time with people who weren’t worth it, and letting myself fall into the same patterns I always have.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Alone at home. Possibly drinking, I don’t know.

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

aeroplanic (I think we started talking for the first time this year and not last?), tardis_chan and blackwolfga, trevordrakeson, halafax, herekittykitty, ruthebee, and seestephgo. I met TeeChan, Blackwolf, Trevor, Halafax, and Ruthebee in person. The others I did not.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?

No, sir or ma’am, I did not.

23. How many one-night stands?

None. But I’m accepting applications.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Mythbusters, and possibly one of the Secret Shameful Addiction shows. Oh, and Futureweapons. And Dirty Jobs. And most of the stuff they have on Discovery, in fact.

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

Yes. Yes I do. If you know me, you’ll know who I hate with the passion of an old master at work on a painting.

26. What was the best book you read?

Y’know, I’m really surprised by how good Hannibal is. Aside from that, my literary horizons haven’t really been broadened much this year.

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

Jonathan Coulton wins this one, although Night Kills The Day wins a close second.

28. What did you want and get?

A place of my own, a sandwich (several times), financial freedom, a wide variety of delicious beers, a 360, and lots of other cool stuff.

29. What did you want and not get?

Thinner, full control over my emotions, a working relationship, tickets to a few ovies that I wanted to see but ended up never going to, successes on some of my die rolls when I nailed failures and / or botches instead, to eat a hamburger as big as my head.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Superbad.

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

I turned twenty-four. I was prepping for the move and licking my wounds over the Angela bullshit. There was a party. We had cake and I barbecued.

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

Winning the lottery? I don’t know. Maybe seeing Charles get shitcanned? Have an attractive lady kiss me in places that aren’t mouths? Shit, I’ve got nothing concrete.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?

The “Damn, I have too many clothes but that’s not going to stop me from buying more” look.

34. What kept you sane?

Sane? Me?

Probably friends and family. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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

Not sure. There are several that I would do terrible, unspeakable things with.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Censorship. If there’s one thing that will cause me to not vote for you, it’s “regulation of media content.”

37. Who did you miss?

My friends, dogs, and family.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

I don’t play favorites like that. I’m glad to have met all of the people that I have out here in Georgia.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.

I can make it alone.

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

“He’s got to make his own mistakes
And learn to mend the mess he makes
He’s old enough to know whats right
But young enough not to choose it
He’s noble enough to win the world
But weak enough to lose it —
He’s a new world man…”

“New World Man”, by Rush

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…