1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Sorry, this isn't that kind of an LJ. You'll have to satisfy your prurient curiosity elsewhere. ^^
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No, and probably not. They don't seem to work well for me.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
For once, no.
5. What countries did you visit?
None. I was lucky enough to get out of Minnesota for a few weekends.
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
7. What date(s) from 2005 will remain etched in your memory, and why?
March 11-13. Anime Detour 2005 - a lot of stress, a lot of tension, but when the smoke cleared and people calmed down some, I'd have to say it was a great convention, much better than our first effort in 2004.
July 1-4. Convergence 2005 - more work but not as much stress as Anime Detour, probably more fun overall because I wasn't the boss of anybody.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Oh, AD 2005, without question. Finally getting the 501c3 application for the parent company done would be a real close second.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not keeping a better grip on my temper in the months leading up to AD 2005. It led me to make some near-fatal mistakes (for the convention) in dealing with people, and may have damaged a number of friendships as a result. We'll see.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Oh, yes. The usual crop of infections, severe colds, and ongoing problems with lymphedema.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
In terms of bang for the buck, I'd have to say the two volumes of Samuel Eliot Morison's The European Discovery of America, which I found through abebooks.com for about $2 apiece.
In terms of overall enjoyment, I'd have to go with the box set of Firefly. The Rio Carbon would have been a contender if it hadn't fritzed out after a whole 20 minutes.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My friends digex and RS, whose generosity is very much appreciated.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Various people on my F-list who can't seem to make up their minds whether the President is a complete moron or a Sadistic Evil Fascist Genius.
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going back to Washington DC for the first time since Sarah and I broke up in January 2002.
16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2005?
"Stadium Parking Lot" by Apollo 440, my entrance song at AD2005's Opening Ceremonies.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder?
About the same.
II. thinner or fatter?
Not sure, but I'm guessing about the same or slightly fatter.
III. richer or poorer?
Poorer. We got screwed out of our security deposit by Emerald Park's management and got no compensation for Scott's truck or the stuff in our storage locker they threw out in 2004.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Playing Civicrack and Alpha Centauri alone.
20. Any new hobbies/interests?
The Washington Nationals.
21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
The same way I spend every New Year's Eve, Pinky,
22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
Maybe, but it could be just my gonads talking. I'll know for sure next year, I think.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
I don't really watch TV any more.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
26. What was the best book you read?
Born Fighting by James Webb. Whoa.
27. What was/were your greatest musical discoveries?
Radio Hidebound. More cool 80s music than I could shake a lumberyard full of sticks at.
28. What did you want and get?
Flights home to Washington.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Took a break from Arcana to hold the October AD staff meeting. 46.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Function over form.
34. What kept you sane?
God only knows.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Gina Torres. If she weren't married, I would hit it like the hammer of an angry God from orbit.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I've been abstaining from politics this year for the most part, but the continuing bad faith of the MSM continues to piss me off.
37. Who did you miss?
I didn't get to see my old buddy Gary Phillips on either of my trips out east.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
Be patient and wait for things to develop fully. First impressions are often screwed up, especially when you're stressed out.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
And I know it's getting better...and a change is gonna come my way