What did you do in 2005 that you’d never done before?
Business Taxes. Yup. Filed a good ol’ T2 for Starkware.
Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Resolution: Avoiding the Walmart — and I didn’t even go in their parking lot in ’05!
This year, of course. I’ll let you know how they turn out.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yup. I got a new once-removed cousin, and also first parental new-year-congrats out to Chris and Ada!
Did anyone close to you die?
Too nearly. Others by mere degrees of separation.
What countries did you visit?
Canada. Uh, well, that multiple province thing. Otherwise, none.
What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 8, 2005: The day we took possession of our new house. W00T!
August 15, 2005: Sparkle day! We love our puppy.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Working up the courage to switch careers.
What was your biggest failure?
Working up the courage to switch careers.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
A few shots at my pride, some swipes at my confidence, and a whole lot of spiritual poundings, but physically, no.
What was the best thing you bought?
You’d think it would be the new house or the new car, but really it was the pillow-top mattress set!
Whose behavior merited celebration?
Oddly enough, I really think the new mayor of Edmonton is coming into his own.
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Those suffering from the ill state of affluenza that is driving the coming economic turbulence that will shake us all with crime, instability, and political corruption in it’s wake. Keep spending, guys.
Where did most of your money go?
Something called a blood-sucking mortgage. And puppy toys.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
That Sparkle in my eye.
What song will always remind you of 2005?
In particular, nothing.
Compared to this time last year, you are:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? since I was going to the gym more about 365 ago, probably a little more fatter
c) richer or poorer? better job with more pay but many more expenses — you decide. Net worth, definitely up.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Writing. And not just putting random words to random files. To people. To here. To there. Everywhere. It’s an illness.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
How did you spend Christmas?
With the fams, and a puppy curled up by the fireplace.
How did you spend New Years?
With the friends and a big fondue pot, and a puppy curled up by the fireplace.
Did you fall in love in 2005?
Every day — with both the gals at my house.
How many one-night stands?
Two years married — see above.
What was your favorite TV program?
The only thing we really watched regularly: LOST.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
More general contempt for the every-man driver on my commutes to work. But otherwise, no.
What was the best book you read?
“The Elegant Universe” by Brian Greene
What was your greatest musical discovery for 2005?
“American Idiot” – Green Day
What did you want and get?
A new car. And for those doubters: this was actually (at 29 years old) the first time I, personally, for myself, have ever owned any vehicle all of my very own. Odd that.
What was your favorite film of this year?
It was a bad year for that. But, despite reviews, I did enjoy the H2G2 movie.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Sushi, Ice Cream Cake, and a surprise party for that not-quite-30-yet party.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Movin’ on up. My wife watches far too much “What not to wear.”
What kept you sane?
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I really just tried to avoid baseless infatuation with random celebrities.
What political issue stirred you the most?
What one didn’t? Maybe just mostly the quiet collapse of free speech, the corporatization of copyright, and current blasphemy of patent law. Those sucked, because they are far more subtle than the obvious distractors.
Who did you miss?
I hit everyone I was aiming for.
Who was the best new person you met?
I think we’ve got some cool neighbors. Need to meet them more, though.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
Some things are worth blood, sweat, and tears. Such as, when someone drops a big load of topsoil in your brand new back yard. Blood, sweat, tears are best served with a shovel and a wheelbarrow than a credit card and a bobcat, no matter what everyone else says.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“So long and thanks for all the fish.”