||[Dec. 20th, 2006|09:47 pm]
Stolen from oldwallpaper and others:
1)Was 2006 a good year for you?
It was about average.
2) What was your favourite moment of the year?
Graduation was pretty good.
3) What was your least favourite moment of the year?
Battles with my parents.
4) Where were you when 2006 began?
5) Who were you with?
6) Where will you be when 2006 ends?
7) Who will you be with when 2006 ends?
Still my family.
8) Did you keep your new years resolution of 2006?
If I recall right, my resolutions were to make new friends, find true love, and seek enlightenment. I have new friends. I'm still working on the other two.
9) Do you have a new years resolution for 2007?
I will recycle the two resolutions from last year that I missed.
10) Did you fall in love in 2006?
11) If yes, with who?
Shouldn't that be "with whom"?
12) If yes, do they know?
13) Are you still in love with them?
Getting kinda nosy, aren't we?
14) Do you regret it?
15) Did you break up with anyone in 2006?
I didn't even get the opportunity.
16) Did you make any new friends in 2006?
Yes! I got to know a few people at Hamilton (cactus_rs comes to mind) and made a lot of friends here in Japan - my old roommates Christian and Andrew, Rob from downstairs, my new roommates Charles and sgt_spoon, and my co-workers Josh and Ana and Natalie.
17) Who are your favourite new friends?
Those would have to be my new roommates. They're awesome like that.
18) What was your favourite month of 2006?
June, gallavanting all over the West Coast with Eoin and seeing everyone up in the Bay Area.
19) Did you travel outside of the US in 2006?
Only here to Japan.
20) How many different states did you travel to in 2006?
California, New York, Utah, Arizona to change planes, and Nevada.
21) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2006?
22) Did you miss anybody in the past year?
I miss my friends from Ireland and my friends from Hamilton and my friends from Shireroth and my family and practically everybody.
23) What was your favourite movie that you saw in 2006?
SNAKES ON A MOTHERF@#KING PLANE!
24) What was your favourite song from 2006?
I don't know that I'm actually current enough in my musical tastes to know any songs written in 2006, but of the songs I first heard in 2006...maybe "Baba Yetu" by Talisman or "Moonlight Shadow" by Mike Oldfield.
25) What was your favourite album from 2006?
Subject to the same caveat above...Chutes Too Narrow by the Shins.
26) How many concerts did you see in 2006?
Umm...I saw my friend Mary Beth's flute recital...and my brother Jeremy's jazz piano gig...but nothing more exciting than that.
27) Did you have a favourite concert in 2006?
Probably Mary Beth's flute recital...because I like flutes better than pianos, and classical better than jazz.
28) Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2006?
I had one glass of champagne at Professor J's house, and a glass of alcoholic punch at the Mozart party, for a total of two glasses. For me, yeah, that's a lot.
29) Did you do a lot of drugs in 2006?
None. I need to go back to Amsterdam one day.
30) How many people did you sleep with in 2006?
I had to sleep in the same bed as a couple of people back when we were all crammed into Renee's living room during the convention. Does that count?
31) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?
Um...I fought with my parents more than I wish I had. And at one point I told my grandmother I'd meet her for breakfast and then slept through it, which was really bad. And then I tried to help my grandmother fix her printer and instead spilled printer ink all over the floor and ruined her carpet.
32) What was the biggest lie you told in 2006?
I can't really remember lying. I'm not going to say I didn't tell ANY lies, but they were all little things like telling my students "Good job, you're coming along nicely" when in fact I think they're hopeless. No "No, officer, of course I wasn't involved in the shooting, this gun here is...uh...a present for my uncle" sort of lies.
33) What was the worst lie someone told you in 2006?
I can't remember being lied to.
34) Did you treat somebody badly in 2006?
I know bill3000 thought that I ignored him and wasn't really nice to him during the convention, something for which I think I've apologized. And my parents and grandmother, as previously mentioned.
35) Did somebody treat you badly in 2006?
Some of my friends at Hamilton did a few things I wasn't so happy about during the end there, but no point reopening old grievances.
36) How much money did you spend in 2006?
Microscopically little at college. Since I've been in Japan, I think I've spent about three or four thousand dollars worth of yen.
38) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2006?
A few days ago I stuck my backpack on the baggage rack on the top of the train. I forgot to close it. Halfway through the train ride, it shifted and all of my coins came tumbling out onto the head of the person sitting under it, who had previously been asleep. That's the best (worst?) I can think of at the moment.
39) If you could go back in time to any moment of 2006 and change it, what would it be?
Dunno. Maybe make more of an effort to spend time with some people at Hamilton.
40) What are your plans for 2007?
Due to a change in plans, 2007 will be the most boring year ever. I will go to work, make money, then go back to my apartment and avoid spending the money. If everything goes well, 2008 will then be the year I initiate Operation Blue Stingray and use all of the saved money for awesome things. I kind of want to do something creative in 2007 - either write a book or do a webcomic - but I don't know if I'll be able to. I also want to do a lot more yoga and meditation.
41)What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Hm. Cooked, for one thing. I just fried rice for the first time last night. Become financially self-sufficient, in my own apartment, making my own money. Went to a prom. Pirated TV shows and music. Went camping on my own.
42)Did anyone close to you give birth?
43)What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
Willpower. Love. A copy of Civilization IV: Warlords.
44)What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 23, the day I arrived in Japan.
45)What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a job in Japan!
46)What was your biggest failure?
Not having the willpower to either write or meditate as much as I would like.
47)What was the best thing you bought?
A silk kimono. I can't believe I haven't posted a picture of myself in it here yet. Also, my new laptop.
48)Whose behaviour merited celebration?
The American people's! Democrats in the House and Senate!
49)Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Our current government's.
50)What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Eoin's visit. Moving abroad. Going to the Ninja Museum. I'm in the process of getting really, really, really excited over Operation Blue Stingray, even though it's not for another year. Same about my parents coming to visit next week. Same about stevengli maybe coming next summer. Same about nobleplatypus maybe coming at some indefinite time in the future.
51)Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? The same.
ii. thinner or fatter? The same. I am biologically incapable of putting on weight.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer! I get $2000 a month and manage to save half of that!
52)What do you wish you'd done more of?
Meditating and learning yoga. Working on writing my one-fifth-complete book.
53)What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastinated. Read Digg and Reddit. Edited the Daily Bull. Pointless homework assignments.
54)How will you be spending Christmas?
I'll be working an eight-hour day at Yoshizuya Tsushima.
55)How many one-night stands?
That would be zero.
56)What was your favourite TV program?
Doctor Who and the Daily Show tie for first. Simpsons and Futurama tie for second. The Armando Ianucci Shows is definitely up there.
57)Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think so, no.
58)What was the best book you read?
All year? I reread a lot of good books - the Silmarillion, for example. Not counting those, the best NEW books were probably The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker, Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson, and The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson.
59)What was your greatest musical discovery?
Les Mis. Do you hear the people sing?
60)What did you want and get?
Two degrees. An interesting job. Freedom from my parents. Good friends. A fork shaped like a squid.
61)What did you want and not get?
Enlightenment and true love, as mentioned above.
62)What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 22. I went out and did karaoke with some of Charles and Justin's friends.
63)What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
64)How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
I wore mostly green, except during November and December, in which I wore my nifty big black coat that makes me look like a druid.
65)What kept you sane?
66)Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Is this "fancy" as in "have a crush on" or as in "like"? If the former...um...that girl from Garden State...I don't remember her name...but I just saw that again today and she was pretty cute. If the latter, Barack Obama, because he's tall and a minority.
67)What political issue stirred you the most?
World poverty gets me pretty upset, not that I know what to do about it. In the US, the federal deficit is probably what has me most worried.
68)Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Everywhere in the world is pretty similar when you get down to it. If you have some problems in your hometown, and you move to the other side of the world, you'll have exactly the same problems. But when you've got parts of your life firmly under control, no matter where you are or what you're doing no one can take that away from you.
69)Quote a song lyric.
You were no ordinary drain on her defenses
She was no ordinary girl
Oh, inverted world!
If every moment of our lives were cradled softly
In the hands of some strange and gentle child
I'd not roll my eyes so.
And since I mentioned wanting to do something creative like a webcomic, it's time that I do something to remind me exactly why I don't do that kind of thing. Expect a comic-type story for Christmas. With St. Zor, of course. And several other popular St. Zor characters like the Secret Protestant Pope. If I'm going to do it, I might as well go all out.