Karl (louderback) wrote,

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2006.365 Farewell the year

  1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?

  2. I can't think of a thing.

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

  4. Not even close. I make few resolutions in any public sense. The deals I make with my own internal devils seldom amount to much.

  5. Did anyone close to you give birth?

  6. Several, I think. I can't, for the life of me, remember a one of them nor the names of their spawn.

  7. Did anyone close to you die?

  8. Too many. I lost a childhood friend. An acquaintance from Hochschule days passed in an accident. I lost an old business acquaintance to drugs. This year my brother and I disowned one another. Does that count?

  9. What countries did you visit?

  10. I remained within US boundaries. Not many places I really want to go these days.

  11. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?

  12. Vast sums of money? I want my vision back. I would like to find a way to read that I enjoy.

  13. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  14. None. I am rarely cognizant of the date associated with events. If 9/11 wasn't called that I wouldn't know when it happened. If you're looking for a memorable event, I suppose I should mention two. My son in Jefferson City acquired a job commensurate with his skills after over two years out of work. I hope this will be the beginning of the next success-filled phase of his life. My son in Austin horribly damaged his hand but is recovering well. I hope this will be no more than a good "war story" for him in years to come.

  15. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

  16. Staying alive, in the literal sense. Staying sane, in the figurative sense only.

  17. What was your biggest failure?

  18. I still cannot fine a means of reading which I can enjoy. I still cannot find a form of exercise that I am willing to undertake on a regular basis.

  19. Did you suffer illness or injury?

  20. Both. See previous entries throughout the year.

  21. What was the best thing you bought?

  22. Believe it or not a table-top electric grill costing about $20 turns out to be the best investment I've made in this decade.

  23. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

  24. I'm going to vote for lutron. I applaud his courage and amazing equanimity in the face of an awful injury.

  25. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

  26. All politicians. Most public figures. The general population of the world.

  27. Where did most of your money go?

  28. Prescription Drugs. Approximately 40% of my income.

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

  30. I don't think that happened, at least not in any good sense.

  31. What song will always remind you of 2006?

  32. My mind doesn't work that way.

  33. Compared to this time last year, are you;

  34. i happier or sadder?

    Sadder. 'nuff said.

    ii. thinner or fatter?

    No change.

    iii. richer or poorer?


  35. What do you wish you'd done more of?

  36. Writing. Reading. Anything creative.

  37. What do you wish you'd done less of?

  38. Eating, I suppose. All my time is kill time. None of it by definition can be wasted.

  39. How will you be spending Christmas?

  40. I don't really do holidays. My family never has once kids and grandkids left the picture. We always made up for it present-wise by giving gifts for no reason at all throughout the year.

  41. Did you fall in love in 2006?

  42. Please.

  43. How many one-night stands?

  44. MYOB.

  45. What was your favourite TV program?

  46. Probably CSI (the original) or maybe The Closer. All things science fiction occupy a niche of their own over and above all other television. I have actually enjoyed quite a lot of television and follow a large number of series.

  47. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

  48. Hate really isn't in my vocabulary save as hyperbole. I have some old hatreds acquired in my teens and twenties I would like to root out, but despair of the effort after some fifty years of trying.

  49. What was the best book you read?

  50. I enjoyed re-reading "The General" series by S.M.Sterling. I have listened to a couple of Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series of books. "Enjoyed" is not precisely the word for the experience. I endured them with less dislike than all else I "read".

  51. What was your greatest musical discovery?

  52. I have not really acquired any "new" music this decade. I have achieved my fogey-hood, the music "these kids today" listen to sounds like crap to me.

  53. What did you want and get?

  54. Nothing of moment comes to mind. I got a copy of a computer game I liked (City of Villains).

  55. What did you want and not get?

  56. I find there is little I lack in a conventional sense.

  57. What was your favourite film of this year?

  58. V for Vendetta, possibly. I liked several films this year. Unleashed, and Nochnoi Dozor (Night Watch) stand out.

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

  60. I really don't celebrate birthdays. 67.

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

  62. Being able to read.

  63. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?

  64. Please.

  65. What kept you sane?

  66. The internet believe it or not. Without it I should be a puddle of protoplasm in front of the TV.

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

  68. I rarely notice such save in a negative fashion. I sometimes mention "underappreciated actors" in my journal. You might glean an answer therein..

  69. What political issue stirred you the most?

  70. I care so little about these things... sometimes I rant at the futility of it all.

  71. Who did you miss?

  72. My parents. My sons. My self.

  73. Who was the best new person you met?

  74. I don't actually meet new people. I added some Livejournal friends.

  75. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:

  76. The universe sucks. There's nothing to be done about it.

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

  78. I don't do the "sum up" thing. I think it is a ludicrous request.


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