December 31, 2004

2004: A Look Back

I'm jumping on the year-end meme bandwagon just like everyone else...

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Oh, let's see...I buried a squirrel, surprised my wife with a kickass 30th birthday party, started a strict sex regimen, debated the finer points of the Gilligan's Island theme song, won a Diarist award, impersonated dead game show hosts, number threed in a cup, installed a toilet in a coworkers office, got stalked, frightened to the very core of my soul by a dental hygienist, spent the Fourth of July with refugees, saw Rufus, Guster and Ben, survived an afternoon with a psycho gardener, got to the bottom of the whole Midgetville controversy, found and removed new house-pets, and let you fine readers dress me in the morning.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I don't recall making any resolutions. I think 2004 was the Year of No Resolutions. As for 2005, I'm not sure. Which means no, I think.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope. I was funeral-free in 2004.

5. What countries did you visit?
We were going to jet to the Riviera and dine on caviar and champagne just last October, but we decided to skip it, what with the private jet being repainted and all. So we just stayed here.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Time, patience...oh, and a kid would be nice.

7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 2, 2004...America makes an unfortunate decision.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
There's some personal kinda stuff I'm proud of...and professionally this was a good year for me. But I really can't top that Nobel Prize win. Oh wait...that wasn't me...

9. What was your biggest failure?
The failure to win said Nobel Prize...

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Aside from the clumsy stuff I do on a daily basis and my ongoing struggle against the voices in my head, no.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Well, the best think that was bought for me has to be the iPod. The best thing I bought for myself? Music.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My lovely wife for putting up with me. There should be ticker-tape parades for her.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Our illustrious president.

14. Where did most of your money go?
The Man, books, music...

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The birthday surprise party for Beth - I don't keep secrets well so that was hard, but fun. Also, the election...but not so much on the day after.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
Probably the song I played the hell out of this year - Invisible Ink by Aimee Mann.

17. Compared to this time last year,are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? bout the same
c) richer or poorer? richer

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

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Crack and hookers...oh, wait, that wasn't me again. Um, obsessing over work and being too critical of myself.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Oh god, don't tell me we have to do that again now!

21. Did you fall in love in 2004?
Little bit more every day.

22. How many one-night stands?
Two. I built two night stands when we redid our bedroom but why the questions about furniture?

23. What was your favorite TV program?

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nah, hating is a waste of time.

25. What was the best book you read?
I'll be answering that question in the coming days as I put my yearly book review together.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Not the easiest question for me...I'd have to say, subject to change at any moment, The Autumns. But there were a lot of musical discoveries this year.

27. What did you want and get?
Love, understanding, forgiveness and an iPod.

28. What did you want and not get?
Well, there's still that whole kid thing...

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
In the theater, most likely Garden State. From the comfort of my own home? Man on the Train.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I spent time with family...and I turned 32.

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
The ability to stop time.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
I'm not even sure what that means.

33. What kept you sane?
Love, music...and drugs. The legal kind.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Tie between Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Oh come bout the whole election?

36. Who did you miss?
My family and friends continue to surround me. As long as they're around, I don't miss anyone.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
All of you! I've met so many cool, wonderful and interesting people over the last year that I consider myself lucky.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
Here are a few: Time isn't constant. It speeds up as you get older. Listen to people who warn you of this and slow down every once in a while. With the right person by your side, most anything is possible. The good doesn't always prevail in the short-term, but over the long haul, they always emerge victorious. Don't dance in the kitchen. Someone will get hurt.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
From the aformentioned Invisible Ink...

What some take for magic at first glance
Is just sleight of hand depending on what you believe
Something gets lost when you translate
It's hard to keep straight
Perspective is everything

Posted by Chris at December 31, 2004 07:28 AM

'Time isn't constant' ... so damn true and annoying.

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at December 31, 2004 10:35 AM

Oh yeah, Happy New Year too! ;)

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at December 31, 2004 10:36 AM

Ahhh. New Years resolutions. I am not sure about the whole meme thing, I've got not time to fiddle with such tediousness, hell I can't even find time to post here lately! As for New Years resolutions? I've only one. To land on my feet. I think that's going to be hard enough, we don't want to mess things up! LOL
Have a great new year! Safe and happy with smooches at midnight!

Posted by: Jade at December 31, 2004 10:48 AM

As usual, you manage to be both deep AND hilarious in the same entry. Damn you. :-)

Posted by: Fraulein N at December 31, 2004 11:31 AM

i've never really heard much of Aimee Mann's music. but you're mention of 'Invisible Ink' finally made me go and take a listen. i'll have to try and make time to check out her stuff.

i'm so glad i stumbled upon your site this year, i've thoroughly enjoyed reading you!

Posted by: Priscilla at December 31, 2004 12:24 PM

Happy New Year's Chris - I hope that you're successful in becoming a parent!

Posted by: Marie at December 31, 2004 04:07 PM

You and your lucky/deserving/beautiful wife deserve all the blessings of the universe. Here's to making babies and many happy memories in 2005.

Posted by: Chepooka at December 31, 2004 07:08 PM

That was an exhaustive list. Best wishes for a happy and propserous 2005.

Posted by: ken at January 1, 2005 01:28 AM

Happy New Year Chris, I think that you and your wife will make excellent and loving parents!
My quote from a song lyric would be:
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime you just might find
You get what you need!

Posted by: Nina at January 1, 2005 08:39 AM

You certainly had a busy year! Happy New Year!!!

Posted by: ann marie at January 1, 2005 12:47 PM

Chris, you had me cracking up as usual. Wishing you baby vibes and, wait,... what else is this that I see? Something is different about Beth...why, yes, she's just luminous in her sparkly diamond stud earrings. ; )

Happiest of New Year's!

Posted by: lu at January 1, 2005 12:59 PM

Man, I lose all of my free time for a year and miss everything. My New Year's resolution is to be better about checking out your site.

Posted by: Del at January 1, 2005 08:17 PM

no jetting to the riviera when you could have picked me up???
I do not know if we are going to start this year on talking terms...
*Hrmpf* :)

Posted by: stinkerbell at January 3, 2005 11:30 AM

I cannot believe you had a blog post about each and every thing you did for the first time in 2004. There has to be SOMETHING you didn't share with us?

Posted by: DeAnn at January 4, 2005 12:44 AM