1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Road trip! I mean, other things too, and I'm sure they'll come out later in this list, but that was the top thing. I'd never visited most of those states, or that country. I'd never forced myself to spend that much time alone with my thoughts. Simply, I'd never done something like that before. And it was probably the best time of the year.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Don't usually do those. Don't think I did last year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not that I can think of.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Ditto, thank God.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
My own apartment. It's going to happen, too.
7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
No one particular date sticks out. Just March and August in general.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I'd like to say the road trip again, but it really wasn't. It was getting some sort of regular employment in August, after over a year of not having really anything. And then, in December, getting a real job, of the sort that I'd wanted since graduation. I finally feel like I'm not in neutral anymore.
9. What was your biggest failure?
No big ones. Failure to not be employed sooner, maybe? Failure to not be so gullible with respect to the Phantom Job.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My bizarre rib problem went from passive annoyance to chronic pain in March, and shows no signs of getting and staying better.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Gas for the road trip? Okay, okay, sorry. I didn't spend much money this year, either on myself or others, not having much to spend. But I did get this fleece in September or so that I wear all the time now.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
erm, I don't like this question. Mine? Everyone who made it through the year intact?
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Phantom Job "boss". But now, finally, I have a better job than that would've been, so I can finally get over it.
14. Where did most of your money go?
What money I had went to internet, student loan, and food bills.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Um, some sort of trip in March. Getting accepted to the LJ Abuse Team. And my August of Awesomeness, which luckily consisted of me going to both the full week of NHC Institute and the full week of Philly Folk Fest. Also, the Red Sox are awesome.
16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
Kris Kristofferson - Here Comes That Rainbow Again
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier
Older or wiser? Wiser
Thinner or fatter? Fatter
Richer or poorer? Richer!
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Cleaning my room. Reading something more time-consuming than a newspaper.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Watching West Wing reruns. But only the ones I'd seen a lot already; no regrets about the ones that were new to me.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Since it's on a Saturday, my usual Shabbat here at home. Maybe something for my mom's birthday, though we're actually celebrating the next day. After sundown, up to my stepmom's mother's house to catch the end of the Catholic Stepfamily Christmas, then either home or up to spend the night with my dad.
21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No. Not even Phantom Job guy.
26. What was the best book you read?
Man, I really don't remember reading much. That's really sad. The Thirty Third Hour was damn good, though.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
There are like 5, every Fest. Kris Kristofferson and Natalie MacMaster are the first two to come to mind. And I started listening to a lot more XPN in general and a lot less classic rock, so you could say that my entire musical mindset was discovered this year. Plus, several handsful of Jewish tunes and prayer melodies.
28. What did you want and get?
Employment! And like half of what I asked for for the holidays. And a spot on the LJ Abuse Team. And, of course, the continued health of my family, after an extremely sub-par 2003.
29. What did you want and not get?
The continued health of my friends' families. It's always on my mind. Plus, my damn torso fixed.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Shrek 2, I guess? I saw like 2 movies all year.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 23, almost a year ago, and I honestly cannot remember what I did that day. I can piece together from old emails and LJ posts that I saw Jenny a day or two later, but on my birthday, MLK Day, I have no idea.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Immeasurably? I don't know. It started off fine and is ending up rather great. Who am I to complain?
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Slightly less sweatpants-based, but only slightly. The Queer Eye guys would still have a field day, if I were to let them.
34. What kept you sane?
Friends, as always. Just off the top of my head, people who were there for me exactly when I needed them to be: Benj, Ami, Beth, Beth, Sarah Z, Jox, Jeff, Danna, Julie, Aaron, Scott, Zach, Katie, Eli, Dan, Daniel, Charley, Adam, Ilana, Maxine, Phil K-C, Ben, Hannah, Sara M, Anna, and so many more. Almost anyone who entered my life at any point. What's the line? "And though I cannot change for you / I cannot be with you / Without being changed by you." Or something.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
The 2004 Boston Red Sox!
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Um, everything? If I had to pick one, then nothing left me shaking my head more than gay marriage/rights. Fair elections are a close second.
37. Who did you miss?
Everyone, as soon as they leave.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Oh, geez. Sophia, maybe? Such a hard question. Not fair. (Sorry, Abuse people, but to me the word "met" usually means "in person", and that hasn't happened with us. Yet.)
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:
A little stress can go a long way toward fighting off depression. Also, for as much as I love my friends, I am my own best company.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Keep in mind the caveat that music for me has so little to do with the lyrics, and that I can think of ten melodies that can go here before one set of lyrics, but:
The scene was a small roadside cafe
The waitress was sweepin’ the floor
Two truck-drivers drinkin’ their coffee
And two okie-kids by the door
How much are them candies, they asked her
How much have you got, she replied
We’ve only a penny between us
Them’s two for a penny, she lied
One truckdriver called to the waitress
After the kids went outside
Them candies ain’t two for a penny
So what’s it to you, she replied
In silence they finished their coffee
Got up and nodded godbye
She called, hey, you left too much money
So what’s it to you, they replied