1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Moved in with SO.
Proposed to SO.
Bought jewelry for my girl.
Bought and ENGAGEMENT ring.
Met a congressman.
Visited a pen show. (The world's largest, in fact.)
2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make New Year's resolutions.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Brian and Lori had a little one.
Teresa had a little one.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
It's been a blissfully death-free year.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
A GS-12 position.
No mortgage. (Dream on, buddy).
7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 1. Proposed to the fiance. (I better remember this one, or it's the doghouse for me. *wink*)
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Adapting to my fiance living with me.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I do not have failures. I simply have not succeeded at some things yet.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Mono. Kidney stones. That's enough for a decade. And a crown.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A sapphire engagement ring.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My fiance, who said "yes."
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Amazingly, except for mortgage, I am now debt free. (Paid off all unsecured debt.) Second, I bought many CD's and DVD's. Third, see above about engagement, crown, and kidney stone.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Engagement and forthcoming marriage. (Am I being repetative here?) I think if I answered this, "The italian chick down the hall at work", I'd wind up in the aformentioned dog house. :P
16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
"The Luckies Guy on the Lower East Side." Jen just loves when I sing that one to her.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Both. In one's life, one rearrages the marbles. That, and both are an important component of life. These are both good things.
ii. thinner or fatter?
About the same.
iii. richer or poorer?
I'm getting married to a terrific woman. Richer. Much richer. (Is this question about money?)
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing. Must implement a writing time again. And the italian chick down the hall. Doh! No, can't say that any more. }:-o Oh, and sleep. Less sleep this year than most years.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being sick is right at the top of the list. I've been sick more this year than the entire previous decade combined. Maybe two decades. I'm all up for working less, too, or at least running at any manic pace.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Will be visiting Jen's family in NJ and TX.
21. Did you fall in love in 2004?
I more discovered love a whole lot.
22. How many one-night stands?
Oh, I wish. Did I mention that Italian chick? (Doghouse here I come!)
23. What was your favourite TV program?
I watch very little TV. Angel went off the air. Power Rangers: Dino Thunder was the most fun PR series in years.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
25. What was the best book you read?
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Just more music. Of fun note was more Stephin Merritt and Tilly and the Wall.
27. What did you want and get?
I asked "will you?" and she said "yes."
28. What did you want and not get?
A new administration. The italian chick down the hall. Most of the items on my Amazon wish list.
29. What was your favourite film of this year?
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
With the "italian chick" joke getting old, I'll skip that and go straight onto A NEW ADMINISTRATION.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
More sweaters. Definitely more sweaters.
32. What kept you sane?
Blowing up rebel X-wings with my TIE fighter while my workload piled up.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Bettie Page. She's still the tops for me.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The First ammendment, or lack thereof.
35. Who did you miss?
I miss some of those old girlfriends. They each had something that made them fun, and despite the breakups, I miss the friendships that each gave. I miss some of my old friends. I miss my all-alone-in-the-house-by-himself time.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I really don't know. I've met many that I like, but I have no inclination to call anyone "the best."
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
I learned how to argue, disagree, and still love. I still need to get better at that, but it's been a good start.
38. Name something from 2004 that you are most grateful for.
A fiance. A peaceful election. Caramel corn.
39. Quote a song or lyric that sums up your year.
"I'm a fool, there's no doubt, but when the sun comes out... cause I'm the luckiest guy, on the lower east side, cause I've got wheels and you want to go for a ride."
40. If you could custom make 2005, what it would it be like?
Housing prices plummet. Buyer's market.
God confesses he's a Liberal.
Star Wars: Ep3 is a fantastic film and well received by fans.
My wedding has so many things go wrong that we have funny stories for the rest of our lives.
Sluggy Freelance is funny again.
We pull out of Iraq and the country immidiately settles down into idyllic bliss.