Yearly Meme #9

Still doing this thing! Last year’s answers.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Went to a Catholic funeral, moved in with my girlfriend.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year I resolved to lose weight and move out of the Tenderloin, and I did the latter. Next year I just gotta keep doing that weight thing – probably play DDR at least once a week in addition to going to the gym.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not yet! Anna’s sister is on schedule for late March.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Anna’s grandpa did.

5. What countries did you visit?
The east coast.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
I wanted a living room and I got one! Next year – a cat of my own maybe?

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April Something! Moving in with Anna.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Releasing a major corporate website, becoming a teacher.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Letting my gums get so bad – but that was over a few years. At least I’m going to the dentist regularly again!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Besides the aforementioned bad gums, not really.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A king-sized memory foam mattress. Haha just kidding it was an engagement ring

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Anna and my family’s for being so accomodating.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
My former roommate for scamming me out of a month’s worth of rent!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Taxes! But I became a salaried employee early this year, so that shouldn’t become a trend.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
It hasn’t happened just yet. ENGAGEMENT

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
“Fuck You”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier!!!
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter!!!
iii. richer or poorer? Richer!!!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Small hangouts with a friend or two. I need to get to know individual people better.

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

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent Christmas at my dad’s, although it was the least festive year yet. The rest of the week’s been spent at Anna’s.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
I’m kind of already down in there

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
We went back and watched a whole lot of early Simpsons this year.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
N/A

25. What was the best book you read?
I picked up some great comix at APE this year. Even got Ian‘s new mini-thing!

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Tune-Yards, the National.

27. What did you want and get?
I got to move in with Anna!

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

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Bridesmaids was pretty great.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 26 – Woke up at Anna’s parents’ place, had lunch with my mom, and headed back up for some birthday pizza (mac + cheese + bacon, and meatball marinara).

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Spending time hopping around the bay with random people, maybe

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Less t-shirts. Pants that fit.

33. What kept you sane?
My coworkers in the face of corporate silliness.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Patrick Stewart

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Occupy, SOPA

36. Who did you miss?
I think I kind of saw everyone this year!

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Anna’s got some cool famblies.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
Lighten up and don’t let sarcasm consume you.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I can’t think of anything and if I can’t think of it next year I’ll probably remove this question

Yearly Meme #8

First year that I’m doing this meme thing on WordPress! Last year’s answers.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Got hit by a car, broke a bone, got fired, had metal put into my body, hired an attorney!

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I guess not! I intended to lose weight and keep my job, but I’m the same weight and I got fired! Next year: same weight goal, and probably try to move out of the Tenderloin. We’ll see.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Don’t think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No one close to me.

5. What countries did you visit?
England, France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A living room! That would be cool.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Definitely when I got hit by the car in March.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a new job two weeks after getting fired from Linden Lab. Probably also successfully orchestrating a Europe trip.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Getting hit by a car (my bad), and getting fired (also my bad).

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I still have dry, flaky fingers from last year. I think those are there for the long haul. Besides that… uh… how about the broken arm I had to nurse for the majority of the year? Still healing from the most recent surgery.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I bought a MacBook Pro, making me a full-fledged Mac-head.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Anna’s. That is why we threw a nice birthday party.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
News media on the left and right. Thanks for all the fear, guys!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, then electronics (I bought two computers and a couple iPhones this year).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Europe trip – we started planning it in July and spent loads of time just putting the locations and times together. Also, the iPhone 4. I took a half day just to get in line for it. Sigh. :[

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
That awful Bed Intruder song probably

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Same
iii. richer or poorer? Richer!!!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
DDR. I tried to get back into it and failed. Of course, the whole broken arm thing threw a wrench into a lot of physical activity plans

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating at restaurants. I barely used my kitchen at all this year. Maybe when I move in with other people that use their kitchen, that will change.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We did the usual Christmas thing – hanging at Dad’s and opening presents on a green wooden table (close enough) – but my stepbrother Jason wasn’t around this year since he was feeling ill. The day after, I headed up to Anna’s parents’ place, and here I am!

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
All over again!

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Favorite new show was Veronica Mars, but I thought the ending to Lost was pretty strong.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
N/A

25. What was the best book you read?
Zeitoun

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Working for a Nuclear Free City, Javelin.

27. What did you want and get?
A well-paying job.

28. What did you want and not get?
I wanted to regain my range of motion by the end of the year… further surgery hasn’t really fixed that.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Toy Story 3

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 25 – Woke up at Dad’s, he drove me up to Sebastopol, and opened a lot of awesome presents from Anna and family. Spent the rest of the day playing with presents (Rock Band 3, Donkey Kong Country Returns).

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
An unaltered skeletal system.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I wore a lot more button-downs this year. Baby steps.

33. What kept you sane?
Anna

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Patrick Stewart, Mila Kunis.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
WikiLeaks (when they released the Collateral Murder files back in the summer)

36. Who did you miss?
My New York family. I think I will plan on heading there next year

37. Who was the best new person you met?
My Lab Zero coworkers are a bunch of cool dudes. They make lunches fun.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Pay attention while making a left turn across a busy intersection on your bike, numpnuts!

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Oh man there is this song from a classmate of mine about riding his bike around and crashing and stuff but there are no lyrics

Yearly Meme #7

I don’t use LiveJournal regularly but it’s still my place to post long-form things and silly memes. Last year’s answers.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Lived in San Francisco and used a bike as a means of commute.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes. Not only did I move out of my dad’s place but I quit my job, got a better one, landed a sweet apartment, found an awesome lady, and continued to visit a gym – all goals I had sitting around. Next year I plan on losing some weight, and keeping my job (if I like it as much as I do now).

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Don’t think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No one close to me.

5. What countries did you visit?
France, Belgium, The Netherlands.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I can’t think of anything I lacked this year. I’d like a lighter body how about that.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Early July when Anna and I started dating!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a job at Linden Lab. Since then I’ve achieved quite a lot.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not having more energy to go and try new things in the city, maybe? Not that I care very much.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Still have the ingrown toenail, although it’s showing signs of improvement. At the end of this year a few of my fingers got really dry and horrible. They might be improving but they’re still icky.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My bike has served me well.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Obama’s, again. He actually got health care to do something that’s pretty great.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Glenn Beck, Gavin Newsom

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, then food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving into the city, and my new job.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Das Racist – Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (Wallpaper Remix)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter
iii. richer or poorer? Richer!!!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise. Also exploring the city even more. Being more generous.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sittin around and checking my RSSes. Gaming.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it in the usual place, sans tree, sans too many presents. It’s mostly a thing for my stepbrother Jason to enjoy nowadays.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Yes.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
LOST.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
N/A

25. What was the best book you read?
Oh my god I don’t think I read a book, I am an awful dude (no not really I don’t care much).

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Fanfarlo, Geographer.

27. What did you want and get?
A cheap place in the city.

28. What did you want and not get?
A cheap place in the city that isn’t overrun by bums!

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Inglourious Basterds.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 24 – Walked the Golden Gate bridge with my mom, set up http://deadwinter.cc, went to the Ruff’s for dinner with Anna and the family, then drove on up to Sebastopol. Party coming in January!

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A nation with less bureaucracy and partisan politics.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
I got this hoodie which was pretty cool and I also wore ankle socks when going to the gym. I hate this question

33. What kept you sane?
Anna

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Patrick Stewart.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Probably health care, probably not the Iran election.

36. Who did you miss?
Santa Cruz friends but I will see them in a few days.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Anna.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Just because you’re in a lively place doesn’t mean you need to go all out all the time. Relaxation is important.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
AND IN THE END THE LOVE YOU TAKE IS EQUAL TO THE LOVE… YOU MAKE!

Yearly Meme #6

Sixth year doing this meme. I wonder who originally wrote it? Are they in HEAVEN? Here are last year’s.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Bought a car, got hired for a full-time job, went to Japan, ~*SOMKED WEED*~.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year’s was to get a full-time job, so yep! Next year is to be more superficial, and move out of my dad’s place. (Should happen early on.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Don’t think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My stepmom, Betty, died in February.

5. What countries did you visit?
Japan

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
My own place.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 1, when Lily called me up and told me my stepmom had brain cancer. I was walking through UW campus and walked home, talking to my roommates, considering dropping out and leaving within a month (which I did).
February 14, when I woke up and was informed by a few friends and my sister’s blog that Betty had died.
March 8, Betty’s funeral.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Creating a forum from scratch.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Dropping out of grad school and losing half of my money (that I didn’t already spend on my car) in the stock market.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I still have that ingrown toenail from last year, despite getting surgery earlier in the year. I also got surgery for a pilonidal cyst, which is now gone. Had the flu once or twice.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The price for the trip to Japan was totally worth it. The Prius was the most EXPENSIVE thing I’ve ever bought, but time will tell if it proves to be “the best.”

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Barack Obama, although I didn’t celebrate much on election day.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Israel’s, the Bush administration’s, Fox News… no one especially local, though.

14. Where did most of your money go?
My car. Runner up: thin air.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I can’t think of anything that especially excited me. Japan was wonderful but not exactly EXCITING, I can’t call myself EXCITED to be back in the Bay Area… I did have trouble sleeping last night, though, because I am looking forward to New Year’s festivities.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Party Ben – Single Ladies (In Mayberry)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner overall. I’ve been gaining a bit this past month, though.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer by a LOTTTTTT

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I dunno, I did so much. Socialized, traveled, moved, learned, dated, created, exercised, gamed, relaxed. Maybe more flirting – that or establishing more deep friendships.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Less paying for school, in retrospect! But hey, I thought grad school would actually amount to something.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I didn’t celebrate Christmas for the first time in about 10 years. I spent it at home playing video games. It felt kind of like a long overdue period of mourning for my stepmom. I did celebrate Hanukkah with my mom as usual, though, and that was charming as always.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
No.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Superjail.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
N/A

25. What was the best book you read?
The Complete K Chronicles by Keith Knight. One of the actual books I read was Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, but it kind of sucked.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Xploding Plastix.

27. What did you want and get?
A car, a job. I feel like I’ve answered this question five times already. Stupid meme.

28. What did you want and not get?
A place in the city, and all the social perks that go along with it. But I did well socially anyway.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Wall-E. That’s two favorite films in a row being by Pixar…

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 23. Went to Sacramento, met up with my two lesbian transgendered friends, got high, watched the Fifth Element, drove down to San Francisco and watched my sister’s band’s reunion concert.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not losing all that money, not being kind of a douche while dating Margot.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
A few more fancy shirts and less jeans; slightly less worrying about my receding hairline.

33. What kept you sane?
A well-executed balance between regular socialization and gaming.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Patrick Stewart.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Elections. I remember having a good argument with my grandparents about how Obama isn’t the anti-Moses if you support Hillary. I got kind of pissed with Israel in the past few days, too.

36. Who did you miss?
Seattle friends. I will return to visit someday!

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Margot.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Calmness is a virtue, and I’m lucky that it comes so naturally to me.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
No