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2004 meme filched from mud_in_your_eye
1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Martial Arts.  Silicon Valley.  Enjoyed Work Immensely.  Modified my home to fit my needs.  Used a Jig Saw. 

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't remember any. :]

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Close... ?   Yes, Alex Wittnebel came into the world.  I held him.  He's lovely.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Stayed in the US.  States visited: IL, IN, PA, WV, CA.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Somebody to kiss.

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
That I started taking care of my body much more to my satisfaction.

9. What was your biggest failure?
No failures. :]  Simply redirections.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major.   Discovered some stuff -- really high cholestorol... high body fat %... skipping heartbeat.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
A female friend comes to mind. 

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Huh.  Mine.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Hmm.. i stopped tracking about 3 months ago.  To be honest.. mortgage payments and donations.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Silicon Valley.  Female friends who inspire me.  Martial Arts.  

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
Huh.  Umm. I didn't listen to any radio this year.. no idea of any current songs.   Perhaps, "If I only had a brain", because I performed it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
ii. thinner or fatter? Heh.  the same, but that's after getting fatter and then slimming down again.
iii. richer or poorer? Definitely Richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
no regrets.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
no regrets.  I did the best I could at any moment of time during the entire year, including when I was down.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Here, in town, with some friends for quiet time, and then serving community christmas dinner.   Or, with my significant other's family, if my life goes that route.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
Yes.    And it is a beautiful, glorious feeling.

23. How many one-night stands?
None, thank goodness. 

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Rachel Ray, 30 minute meals.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't hate.

26. What was the best book you read?
"Pelandra Garden Workbook Vol I"

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
My ability to rock.

28. What did you want and get?
Perspective.   Calmness of the soul.   A projector.  

29. What did you want and not get?
A girlfriend.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Something I saw with nummy.. umm.. Whale Rider.  Was that this year?  Or maybe it was that Bridget Jones diary.. was that this year, the first one?  or.. uh.. Star Wars Episode II.. no wait that was 2 years ago.  Shit, i don't remember.   Did I go see any movies this year?

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I *think* i spent some time alone.  I turned 33.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Huh.  silly question.   I received EXACTLY what I was ready for.  If I had been given anything more than that, i could not have handled it.  Here's a hint: When I change, then what the universe gives me changes to match. 

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
More Reds, more Yellows.  Was better at being clean shaven.   More frequent haircuts.  Expensive ($20+) jeans (as opposed to the $9 specials).   Less clothing with holes in them.   Brighter in some ways.  More variety of color. 

34. What kept you sane?
Recovery meetings;  friends; God; my own willingness to be sane at any cost.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Miranda Otto.  I fell in love with her character.. and her, to an extent.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Definitely the war.  And the whole .. eh, direction of the world's group conscience.

37. Who did you miss?
Hmm.  Nobody?    I guess i don't miss people anymore.  Its wierd.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
(wow, thanks mud_in_your_eye!)  ... for me...  Hmm. didn't meet Theresa this year, although currently she's probably the most important person to me.. Hmmm.   Dawn Axes at Church. 

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
That i am LOVABLE and CUTE and DESIREABLE by default.   And my default is being goofy.   And many many many women WANT me, and now I have to be picky whom I invest with.  (this is definitely new for me.)

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

Words changed to be positive; originally from PF: DSOTM

Home... Home again
I like to be here... when I can
When I come home, warm and happy
Its good to feel my life is not crappy

Sitting around on a piece of ground
in my home-town
I'm really glad, i have a place
to hang my hat
Its always the same, in a relative way,
and I'm older
Richer by far, and each day, a shining star

Still there's days when things go colder
and life looses its richly cheer
such are times when tears come out
and fall upon my face so dear
feelings lots of feelings mark the
points in chapters of my life
i'm glad they're here,
now i can share
with loved ones when i'm


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