New Year’s Reflections, 2008

Okay, since we’re asking questions, let’s reflect a little on the year ending and the year ahead. One word answers are optional:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
9. What was your biggest failure?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favorite TV program?
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?
27. What did you want and get?
28. What did you want and not get?
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
33. What kept you sane?
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
36. Who did you miss?
37. Who was the best new person you met?
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

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My answers after the jump…

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?  Got motion sickness.  I’d been a little queasy in the car, or on an airplane (not so much when I was flying it, though), or on a roller coaster.  But I was completely unprepared for how debilitating motion sickness can be when I took The CAT to Nova Scotia last August.  A wonderful vessel, The CAT, but great googly-moogly it was all I could do to keep my cookies down.  I spent almost the entire outbound trip on the fantail breathing the cool salt spray and willing myself not to throw up.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?  I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions.  There are some things I would like to change, but we’ll see how it goes.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?  No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?  Yes.  Only about a month after my friend Ed left to be with his family in Florida I got the call (several calls, actually – two from other friends, and one from Ed’s sister) that he had died.  I came to realize the Ed truly was my friend not long before I knew he was going to die.  I’m still glad I had the chance to thank him for that.

5. What countries did you visit?  Canada, eh.

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

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? I’m not that good with dates, but my April trip to visit colleges with our eldest daughter (that’s a whole week of dates) was a great time together.  Election Day, for obvious (or maybe not so obvious) reasons.  And the day our eldest daughter found out she’d been accepted to GW.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?  Voting on the winning side.

9. What was your biggest failure?  Gaining twenty pounds.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?  No.

11. What was the best thing you bought?  My wife’s new car.  The used Mercedes was a mistake, bank-vault construction and great engineering aside, just keeping up with routine maintenance and some not so routine repairs, was way more than we had bargained for.  The bright side is that we’ve done our part for the American auto industry this year.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?  Our 44th president.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?  Our 43rd president.

14. Where did most of your money go?  A family of five.  Mine.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?  Seeing how excited our eldest was at GW on our college tour.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?  None in particular.

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

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

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

20. How will you be spending Christmas?  Christmas this year was spending the morning at home and the rest of the day at my mother’s.  Next year?  Don’t know, but I imagine at least part of the day will be at home.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?  Fall in love, no.  Find more reasons to be in love, yes.

22. How many one-night stands?  None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?  Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?  No, I still intensely dislike the same people.

25. What was the best book you read?  Well, it seems that I’m constantly reading something, but I don’t actually get through that many books.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?  The Dave Matthews Band.

27. What did you want and get?  New cars to replace our outrageously expensive German taskmaster and aging American bus.

28. What did you want and not get?  Thinner.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?  The Dark Knight.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?  Had pizza and beer with a bunch of other travel softball parents in a hotel room in Massachusetts on my 45th birthday.  Actually, it was fun.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?  See #6.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?  Middle aged unimaginative.

33. What kept you sane?  Kept me sane?!  Hah!

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?  Fancy?  That wasn’t my word.  It took me a while, but I came to admire our president-elect.  Time will tell whether that admiration remains.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?  The presidential election.  (How many time do you think that will be used in answer to this question?)

36. Who did you miss?  My dad, mostly.

37. Who was the best new person you met?  Don’t know.  I may have to get back to you on that.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.  Your friends may be among those you least expect.

39. 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.” – “Far Cry,” Rush, Snakes & Arrows, 2007.

Happy New Year.

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