02-28-06: 40 questions about 2005 (better late than never)

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Co-wrote / scored / recorded original music for A Midsummer Night's Dream for a professional theater company, danced until dawn, saw battlebots compete live, started to work on a movie with Michele Grant, saw a Bollywood movie in the theater, dressed up as an elf and caroused around Fisherman's Wharf with ten drunken Santas, ate pudding in the bathtub as a way to celebrate the new year, had a piece of solar-powered robotic art I created on display in San Francisco, saw Jason Molina play live, got caught making out where one oughtn't, talked to God on the phone, saw a therapist, got bought a drink by a stranger, sang with The Industrial Jazz Group, swing danced, competed in the World Pinball Tournament, drove an RV, saw Thai Elvis, went to Disneyland, earned Silver Elite Status on America West Airlines, wrote a Mosko-esque letter requesting something I didn't really deserve from a huge company and got it anyway.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yep, for the most part. I don't make resolutions, but rather, goals.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My dear friend Liz gave birth to her second child.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Uncle Al and Chuck Heckert, both of cancer.

5. What countries did you visit?
None, unfortunately.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
Honest, two-way, full-on, no doubts, easy, mindless, non-complicated, no maybes, no questions, no wondering love.

7. What date(s) from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 1: The Ninja and I say "Smell ya later."
May 14th: Shelle's "Dress in the style of your favorite decade" party
June 7th: The day I went crazy and just walked out of work and onto a plane
June 18th: The day I killed Knappuccino's off
July 4th: The Santa Rampage
Labor Day Week: Burning Man on my own terms - yay!
September 12th: The biker finds himself single for about 37 minutes

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I travelled a lot, and loved every minute of it. It was entirely worth it.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not admitting sooner that what I thought was working, wasn't.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had what some think was a kidney stone and what others think was a slipped disc in my back. Either way, I wound up in the hospital and I couldn't walk for a week. Lovely. Also learned that I'm anemic, but we're fixing that. I also went a little crazy for a week. Good times, good times.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
$20 vinyl pants.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Jeremy's. He is such a blessing in my life.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Those are pretty strong words.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Plane tickets, credit cards and food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Playing pinball with John, flying to San Francisco, Jeremy getting a dog, me getting a voice student, riding on the back of Matt's motorcycle

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
"Landed" by Ben Folds.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? - As of right this second, happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? - The same.
iii. richer or poorer? - richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Letting someone else take the responsibility.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Saying, "My treat."

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Spent Christmas Eve eating home-cooked chili by candlelight at a table for three in the Great Hall of the cathedral with Darryl and Matt (Darryl's Matt, that is), and sang Midnight Mass. Spent Christmas Day with my family and Matt (TallMatt), and spent Christmas Night / First Night o' Hanukkah at Jeff and Mindy's with the whole family, plus TallMatt. It was warm and perfect.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
The Ninja!

22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
'Twas a roller coaster ride of the heart. But would I have it any other way?

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What's your favorite TV program?
Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, still. :-)

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Naah. In fact, there aren't even many people I'm marginally irked by, even. My life is a love-fest, baby.

26. What was the best book you read in 2005?
The Time Traveller's Wife, though I guess I finished it in early 2006. (I'm a slow reader.)

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Radiohead, Pavement, Pink Martini

28. What did you want and get?
Silver Elite Status on two airlines with a couple first-class upgrades, some smooches for nailing great pinball shots, a vegan apple pie at 6:00am, a ride on the back of a motorcycle.

29. What did you want and not get?
The title of World Pinball Double Split Flipper Champion. :-)

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Veer-Zaara, I think! Totally fun!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Moped. I was flat on my back with unbelievable back pain.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More liquid cash, an occasional cute note secretly slipped into my pocket

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
"Monochromatic" every other weekend (to eliminate the need of packing both black and brown shoes), jeans, layers, big shoes, antennae when possible.

34. What kept you sane?
Jeremy. My mom. Shelle. Trainor. Steve. Pedicures.

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

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Bush being a complete and utter buttnugget.

37. Who did you miss?
John. Every single moment.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
It doesn't matter if you love me more than anything; if I can't understand the language in which you're conveying it to me, I won't ever know.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

We'd hit the bottom
I thought it was my fault
And in a way I guess it was
I'm just now finding out what it was all about
Moved to the west coast, away from everyone... blah blah blah, etc. etc.


'Till I opened my eyes and walked out the door
And the clouds came tumbling down
And it's bye-bye, goodbye, I tried
And I twisted it wrong just to make it right, had to leave myself behind
and I've been flying high all night
So come pick me up, I've landed