1. Was 2019 a good year for you?
To be quite honest, it sucked pretty hard.
2. What was your favorite moment(s) of the year?
Balticon weekend, after which the year went straight into the crapper.
3. What was your least favorite moment(s) of the year?
a) Being evicted from my apartment
b) The ongoing siege of the Social Security "expedited claim review" process.
4. What did you do in 2019 that you’d never done before?
Drove all night to Carson City and then drove back to Las Vegas the following night.
5. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't do New Year's resolutions because I suck at following through on them.
Having said that, I am going to make serious attempts to:
a) stay rested and on track dietarily (Better this year than last year)
b) especially during tax season (Not so much)
c) keep better track of my money and put more of it away (Epic fail, as usual)
6. Where were you when 2019 began?
In my apartment on 14th Street
7. Who were you with?
8. Where were you when 2019 ended?
In my room at the transitional housing barracks, trying to sleep
9. Who will you be with when 2019 ends?
My roommates, one of whom was extremely drunk; the other was only half as drunk.
10. Did anyone close to you give birth?
11. Did you lose anybody close to you in 2019?
General Taylor died this year after a prolonged stay in a Luray nursing home.
I was privileged to attend his memorial service & interment at Arlington.
12. Who did you miss?
Most of my friends and family, from time to time.
13. Who was the best new person you met in 2019?
Not really new, but it was good to see my sister in arms Julie again after 30-some years.
14. What was your favorite month of 2019?
15. Did you travel outside of the US in 2019?
No. What for?
16. How many different states did you travel to in 2019?
Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and Utah. Arizona doesn't count since I was just passing through on my way to Utah.
17. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2019?
Money. A new pancreas. The usual.
18. What date from 2019 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
There weren't any days like that.
19. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting my short story anthology published and getting a positive review from Castalia House.
Sold pretty well, too.
20. What was your biggest failure?
The eviction, I guess. Everything else was pretty much out of my control.
21. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No injuries worth mentioning, but I did spend most of December sick with food poisoning/colitis/some damn thing.
Spent five days in the VA hospital with the most recent bout.
22. What was the best thing you bought?
Komi Can't Communicate, an excellent manga series.
23. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I continue to be pleasantly surprised by President Trump's performance in office.
24. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I prefer to keep family drama inside the family. I'll leave it at that.
25. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, food, gasoline. The usual.
26. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Visiting my sister in arms Julie after tax season wrapped up.
27. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2019?
28. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2019?
Despite recreational marijuana being legal, no.
29. Did you treat somebody badly in 2019?
Not this year.
30. Did somebody treat you badly in 2019?
31. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? - Maybe a little sadder.
ii. thinner or fatter? - I've been losing weight lately.
iii. richer or poorer? - Poorer. Definitely poorer.
32. What do you wish you’d done more of in 2019?
33. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I suppose I could have traveled less, but I don't think it would have saved me enough money to have mattered.
34. Did you fall in love in 2019?
No, but I lusted in my heart after a fair number of women.
35. What was your favorite TV program(s)?
I was introduced to Archer and Madea by Julie, which were both hilarious.
Yes, I'm aware I'm years behind the curve.
36. What song will always remind you of 2019?
Joy Division - "Transmission"
37. How many concerts did you see in 2019?
38. Did you have a favorite concert in 2019?
See previous question.
39. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Joy Division. I don't know how I managed to overlook them all this time.
40. What was the best book you read?
Best new book? Monster Hunter: Guardian, by Larry Correia and Sarah Hoyt.
41. What was your favorite film of this year?
I only saw two movies, Alita: Battle Angel and John Wick 3. They're too different to make a straight-up comparison.
42. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went out to Fogo de Chao and ate ALL THE MEATS. I am now 60.
43. What did you want and get?
Aside from the trips to Florida and Balticon, nothing.
44. What did you want and not get?
My Social Security disability. I guess it's on back order along with the forgiveness I wanted the last couple of years.
Unlike the forgiveness, I haven't given up on it.
45. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
ONE thing? Well, money sure would have changed everything. (Cue the Cyndi Lauper, maestro.)
46. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2019?
"The Festive Color Of My Tribe Is Black", although I'm continuing to branch out into khaki.
47. What kept you sane?
Realizing that being unhappy is not the same as being depressed.
48. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Most of the celebrities and public figures that came to my attention this year were fairly appalling people, with the exception of Ikumi Nakamura.
49. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019.
No valuable life lessons, unfortunately.
50. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"The things that we've learnt are no longer enough..."