Time honored tradition

As it my custom it is time again to look back at the year just gone. I say custom, I did it last year, the year before that and the year before that too.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Moved in with someone that I haven’t planned to move out with afterwards.

Oh, and Go-karting… that was epic fun.

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

I didn’t make any, so yes, very easy to keep. By far the best kind when it comes to keeping them. Given that plan has worked out thus far, I plan to keep not making them and ably achieving the.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Nope. This said, we are all getting older and a lot more people seem a lot closer too it (not in the fat sense)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Again, thankfully not.

5. What countries did you visit?

Just France I believe on Family holiday.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

Time.. lots more spare time. Money would be good, sleep would be too, but time more than anything else.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Moving in, the many epic trips to Ikea that were required, Holiday, Thanksgiving is always quite an event and actually, Christmas was really nice too.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Finding somewhere nice to live and actually starting to live there. OK, so I know it is a simple thing, but it is always the simple things that mean the most.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Uni work and alike continue to be a constant source of failure, one I have yet to fully work out how to deal with. Im trying not to put it into that “one day” bracket, but it is going that way.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Im sure my pride has taken a beating from time to time and colds and alike have hit me, but in general, no.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A whole pile of furniture, turning a few rooms into a home.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

The countless charities I know of or help from time to time who despite everyone tightening their belts still managed to do good in every way they could.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

The music industry, the film industry (US and UK) and the government and some large companies for their onslaught against privacy. Their belief that everyone is a criminal and that making a copy of something for free is the same as taking a physical item.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent, followed by the car, followed by food, followed by furniture, followed by plights and tech maybe…

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

Again, like a true stuck record, moving in with Demelza, starting a new job, get out and making my own way a little bit more…

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Kasabian – Underdog

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

a. Happier or sadder?


b. Thinner or fatter?

A bit thinner.

c. Richer or poorer?


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

Sleep, my own projects, spending time with Demelza.

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

Work, driving, spending money.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Driving mainly. This was a lot better that is first sounds. We did both the parents in the one day doing the morning and lunch with Demelzas family and then drove all the way over to my family for tea. We actually really enjoyed it, despite it being quite a day.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?

Over and over, same girl though…

22. How many one-night stands?

None. I should really remove this question, but it will mess up the numbering.

23. What was your favourite TV program?

Still the legend that is Top Gear. Also very much been enjoying SG1 again.

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

Nah, hating has so been done.

25. What was the best book you read?

I still don’t really read. In fact, I have little choice what I’m going to put here, I only read one book. It was The Last Lecture and I highly recommend it.

26. What did you want and get?

Somewhere nice to live and a job.

27. What did you want and not get?

A degree would have been nice…

28. What was your favourite film of this year?

The new Star Trek film. A nice mix of the new and the old into something enjoyable.

29. What was your favourite game of this year?

As I said before, Burnout 2 on the GameCube, still. I still play it more than anything else. That said, Boom Blox is really cool. As is the free PC version of TrackMania.

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

I was 23 years old and Demelza came up from Cornwall and at best guess, we went to the cinema, but I honestly don’t remember.

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

All the filling being done sooner and automatically… Sad isn’t it.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Same as the year before with more t-shirts.

33. What kept you sane?

Demelza, despite the bloody Ryanair music trying to push me over the edge.

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

None. I am growing tiered of celebrity in general and few warrant respect.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

As stated earlier, piracy and privacy annoyed me the most. They still do mainly because I see little intelligent thought going into them. Every study has come out against the government and the industry, but instead of realising how wrong they are and innovating they are pushing back… but they are pushing back against a public that will win.

36. Who did you miss?

Hello stuck record. Demelza for the first half of the year, and then for the second half of the year, a good number of friends I’m now a bit further from.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

Since moving down to this part of the country I have met a lot of good nice people. I won’t name names, but there are many who I am happy to have met.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

Just because the car says it has oil doesn’t mean it knows what it is talking about…

So, same time next year… No, you’re right, a month earlier…

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