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Addendum: nuts and bolts

I try to resist the lure of memes. Well, at least the lure of particularly time-consuming memes. I have this perverse need to fill in blank spaces, to answer questions, to check off boxes. And this one, from girfan, has sucked me in. I think it will be LJ only, though, just to add to the headache of whoever winds up with the unenviable task of archiving this blog and cross-referencing the LJ posts with the Blogger posts (assuming, of course, that anyone ever does such a damned fool thing):

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Took a train from Atlanta to Rhode Island (and back); visited New Hamsphire and Delaware; drank "coffee milk"; was reviewed by Entertainment Weekly

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Nope and nope.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What countries did you visit?

This year, I didn't leave the States.

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


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

November 4th, because we got stuck with Dominar Bush again; January 12-15, because Spooky and I went to Jacksonville, FL, where I spent part of my childhood but had not visited since the late 1970s; August 29th, the publication date of Murder of Angels; September 5th, because I got to be Nar'eth for the fifth time; October 17-18, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars; November 12-15, Fiddler's Green in Minneapolis; etc.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Selling Daughter of Hounds to Penguin.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Setting aside the Threshold screenplay. Being a total asshole on more than one occasion. Looking down.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

None serious enough to warrant noting.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A train ticket to Rhode Island.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

No one comes to mind. I think 2004 might have been the Year of the Asshole in the Chinese calendar. I don't know. Perhaps the mayor and city officials in San Francisco who permitted gay marriage for as long as they could.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Americans who voted to make gay marriage illegal. Americans who didn't stop them. War-mongering conservatives. Cynical publishers. The whole Bush administration. The State of Alabama.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Room and board.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

What else? Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars; and discovering that all my calculations about the location of Innsmouth, MA, were spot on.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?

"Barn" by Tom Waits and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Pt. 1)" by The Flaming Lips.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

Somewhere between slightly better off and just barely holding my own. Oh, wait. There are choices...how thoughtful

a) the same, but a lot more out of debt.

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

Travel and read.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Worry and watch television and mope about the house.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

At home with Spooky, most likely.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?

There were a couple of crushes, but, having fallen in love in 2002, it seemed pointless and inconvenient to do the whole thing over again.

23. How many one-night stands?

None, sadly.

24. What was your favorite TV program?


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

Most assuredly.

26. What was the best book you read?

Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne (non-fic).

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The Endless.

28. What did you want and get?

An XBox (thanks guys).

29. What did you want and not get?

The sudden cultural evolution of humanity beyond barbarism, enviromental rape, and a money-driven society. Definitive news of extraterrestrial life.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Sky Captian and the World of Tomorrow; Dawn of the Dead (remake); Blueberry; Kill Bill (Vol 2)..

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I opened presents, ate, etc. I'm -0 years old.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Lots more money.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?

Steampunk android hitwoman.

34. What kept you sane?

The booze and the pills.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Angelina Jolie; Jude Law

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

The war in Iraq; the US election; gay marriage; censorship in America; the war on the Bill of Rights...um, I mean...um, terrorism; outsourcing; etc.

37. Who did you miss?

Many absent and distant friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Kelly Crumrin, Ted Naifeh's girlfriend; and Spider, Spooky's mother's cat.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:

It's only gonna get worse.


( 12 comments — Have your say! )
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, that same Flaming Lips song will always remind me of 2004.
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:24 pm (UTC)
You must be made of very stern stuff to survive an Atlanta to Rhode Island train ride. It takes me around 9 hours to get there from DC, and around Philadelphia I start wanting to shoot myself or jump off.
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC)
Actually, I had a sleeper car to NYC, and I think that made a big difference. I really enjoyed it. The trip from NYC to RI was, though much shorter, felt four times as long.
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:45 pm (UTC)
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Angelina Jolie; Jude Law

No wonder you liked Sky Captain!!!!!!!!!

It's one of the few films I saw in the theatre this year and loved it lots...especially the visuals. I'm sure you hope they do a prequil with lots more Ms Jolie.

Dec. 8th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you hope they do a prequil with lots more Ms Jolie.

That would be drad.
Dec. 9th, 2004 03:49 am (UTC)
Well, Kevin Conran is directing the "John Carter of Mars" movie, so maybe you'll get a mostly naked Angelina as Deeja Thoris.
Dec. 9th, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
Well, Kevin Conran is directing the "John Carter of Mars" movie, so maybe you'll get a mostly naked Angelina as Deeja Thoris.

Whoa. I didn't know about this. Cool.
Dec. 9th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your musical discovery, The Endless. I just listened to some MP3 samples and
am astonished by how much I enjoy their music!
Dec. 9th, 2004 04:38 am (UTC)
What were the choices for #17?
Dec. 9th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)
Re: .
What were the choices for #17?

Oh, frell, I don't remember. Stuff I didn't pick. You can find them over at girfan's LJ.
Dec. 9th, 2004 05:57 am (UTC)
I am staggeringly tired. Working 10 hours a day, etc. I found this link and somehow thought of you. Not really sure, but my judgement is impaired.

Dec. 9th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
I wanted to thank you for writing about Renegade. Somebody abroad (I live way south of the equator) got it for me since nobody had it here, but your description intrigued me so I had to see it.
I've seen it and I love it.
So, thank you.

P.S. I just saw Almodovar's Bad Education (La Mala Educacion) and that was also quite good.
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