2008: Retrospective Musings

Hey hey! So how long has it been since I’ve done a survey-thinger like this? Seriously! Well, Stefanie asked me if I had come across any good ones that we could blog the answers for in light of the year changing. I hadn’t seen a good one, she hadn’t seen a good one, so we made one up. That’s right. We made this one up. You can borrow it if you want.

Other than trying to keep your eyes from glossing over as you read this long-winded blog entry, there is something else you can do while reading this here bad-boy. You see, both Stefanie and I contributed questions. For those of you who know us both (or those of you who think you know me well), try to guess who thought up each question.

1. Name something you could change about the past year.

There were quite a few shit things that happened this year, but I still wouldn’t change any of it. I really do firmly believe that any “mistake”, any “mishap”, any… well… everything actually, becomes an important part of who you are and helps to strengthen who you are becoming. So for that, I wouldn’t change any of it.

2. Name a goal/aspiration that you achieved this year.

In 2008? Nothing. I set up goals and promptly ignore them over and over again. I wonder if it would be more effective if I simply set a goal not to set any more goals?

3. What was your scariest moment in 2008?

I’ve had more than my share of money scares this year. I hope like hell that I find some work early in January and figure out how to make it through a month without eating dog food (figuratively, moms!) for the last week.

4. Invent a new boy band name.


5. Which reality TV show would you like to be on?

The only reality TV show I have even considered being on (or for that matter, that I have even bothered to watch) is Amazing Race.

6. Which month was your favourite and why?

I think I have to say September – I had the month off from work and much more importantly – my moms was here for a visit!

7. What world event impacted you the most and why?

I’m going to be bold here and say that none of them have really impacted me all that harshly. I know, I know – I’m unemployed and supposedly there is something wrong with the economy. But I don’t think the credit crunch is really effecting me that strongly.

8. Name a goal/aspiration that you didn’t achieve this year.

All of them.

9. What book(s) in your life have you not finished?

There aren’t that many – I’ll push hard through a book no matter how much I hate it (like War & Peace – aurgh!) But there was no way on God’s green earth I was going to finish “Interview with a Vampire”. Worst book ever.

10. What would be the grossest gum flavour ever?

Any sort of meat-flavoured gum would be pretty sick. EW!

11. What’s your favourite board game? Which one do you hate the most?

Hmmm… I really liked to play Nightmare and I’ve always liked Risk. I don’t hate Pictionary but I’m not allowed to play it anymore for health and safety reasons.

12. What’s the best new food that you tried in 2008?

If I’m not going to cop out and mention alcohol again, I’m going to have to really think about this. I did like Tyran’s homemade bread (and I’m not just saying that ’cause he asked for the address for the blog – it really is fantastic).

13. Invent a new use for Spam.

First, I’m just thinking back to question 10 – wouldn’t Spam flavoured gum be the sickest flavour ever? Double-ew! Okay, a new use for Spam… how about slicing it, frying it until it is hard and black and using the slices for coasters?

14. Name something you’d like to see happen in 2009.

First and foremost: I’d like to see me get a decent job.

15. Are you any good at telling jokes? What’s your favourite one?

I’m actually pretty crap at telling jokes. But my favourite one goes like this:

There’s this guy who doesn’t have any plans for a Saturday night so he decides to just relax at home with some vids and some snacks. So he heads to the store to pick up a few things. While he’s there, in addition to the Coke and chips, he picks up a half-dozen eggs, a litre of milk, a loaf of bread and a package of sliced cheese. He gets in the check out line when he notices that the cashier is extremely hot. He preens a bit and tries to look cool when it is finally his turn. The girl rings through his purchases, looks at them, looks at him, looks at them and looks at him again and says, “You’re single, aren’t you?”

The guy kind of laughs a bit and says, “That’s amazing…. how could you tell?”

And the cashier answered, “Because you’re fucking ugly.”

16. Describe your most exciting moment in 2008.

Again, I think it would be when my moms got here. I was so freaking excited to see her!!

17. Name a book that impacted you this year.

Oh, this year? Um… okay, I shouldn’t admit this but “The Book Thief” did make me cry.

18. What death impacted you this year?

I’ve sort of answered this one before as well, and the answer is not any one death.

19. If you were a tree, what kind would you be and why?

I’d be a palm tree so I could hang out at the beach all day.

20. Would you rather have horns or a tail? (assuming you HAD to pick one!)

I’d probably pick a tail. It would be like having a tattoo somewhere that you could hide it. Although I suppose a tail would be hard to hide on the beach. And it could depend on what kind of tail. I wouldn’t want a bunny tail or a dog tail. Or a rat tail. I can’t imagine what sort of tail would really look okay, now that I’m really thinking about it.

21. What’s the cheesiest love song ever written that you secretly love?

In the Still of the Night by Five Satins.

22. Who was the strangest person you met this year?

This has been one of the mildest years to date for meeting “strange” people. I’ve witnessed a few in the pubs, but can’t really have claimed to have “met” them this year. Crapsticks! I wish I had a good story for this question. 😦

23. Name your best new music/band find of the year.

Oh! So many good ones! I’m hoping this isn’t just meaning albums that came out this year – because I’m going to read this that I can count previous stuff that I only found this year. Here we go: Fleet Foxes, Newton Faulker, Saxon Shore (just found them this weekend), Bon Iver, TV on the Radio, Hot Chip, Vampire Weekend, Andrew Bird, The Avalanches (a re-discovery), and I’m sure I’m not remembering a bunch. My new favourite live act is Sigur Ros. A band that moved from “they are pretty rad” to “they are one of my favourite bands” was The National.

24. What’s the coolest place that you visited or the coolest thing that you saw this year?

The inside of Westminster Abbey was very cool. Sigur Ros live was bone-shattering cool. It is just cool that Miller and I went to Portugal.

25. If you had a pirate ship, what would you name it and what would adorn the prow of it?

I would name it Turbo Trouble and there would be a squirrel on the prow. An angry squirrel. A wrathful squirrel.

26. If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any second language, which would you choose and why?

Assuming that I could translate from my new second language into English, I would choose an extinct language so we could properly study and record it. Also, so I could swear at people without them noticing.

27. Why doesn’t Batman dance anymore?

Because Batman isn’t nearly as cool as he used to be, which is a shame.

Pure West.

28. What was one of your most cherished toys as a child?

My Raggedy Anne doll that my moms got from a lady at my Grandma’s hospital.

29. If you have kids will you encourage them to believe in Santa? What about the Easter Bunny? Jesus?

I definitely feel as though I will encourage them to believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny because… well, because those things make Christmas and Easter fun. But Jesus? I don’t know. I’m not going to tell them that Jesus isn’t real. I won’t try to keep him a secret. But I don’t know if I can “encourage” them to believe. Which is weird, if you think about it.

30. Choose one colour to delete from existence and justify picking that one.

Pink. Definitely pink. But only one specific (and lurid) shade of pink that I will always associate with my ex-boss’s lipstick. *Shudder*

31. Name a favourite new word or phrase from 2008.


32. What’s a slightly embarrassing movie that you have to confess that you secretly enjoyed?

Heh heh. Dirty Dancing.

33. What’s a new goal or aspiration that was developed this year?

As in, a new goal or aspiration that I haven’t had before? I don’t think that has happened. I mean… I was busy re-hashing all the previous goals and aspirations that I haven’t accomplished before this year.

34. If you could choose any man on the planet (dead or alive) to have snogged on NYE, who would it be?

I need to explain something about this question. Yes, it was my question. But it was Stefanie who “improved” it by asking “Any? Dead or alive?”
I don’t know why she would want to add dead dudes to her list, but who am I to judge? Personally I would have appreciated it if Ewan McGregor was available on NYE for some snogging. Now there’s a hunk of man-yummy!

Yes please!

35. Best new beer of 2008.
I’ve tried so many new lovely beers over the year and I have no idea what most of them are called. Bless British pubs!

36. If you could erase one person from history (not kill them, just delete them, their actions, etc) who would you choose and why?

Again, I wouldn’t. This is like the first question. You can’t possibly foresee what eliminating something from the past might do to the future. No matter how bad, or evil (or boring) someone has been, I wouldn’t erase anyone.

37. Pick your own Groundhog Day of 2008.

This sounds really sad, but there wasn’t a single day in 2008 that I would want to live through over and over again. Actually, I can’t think of a single day in my life that I’d want to necessarily live over and over again. Certain moments – yes. Entire days? No.

38. Write an 11th Commandment.

Play nice. All of you.

Original Comments:

Erin wrote (on 07/01/09):

Funny someone asked me the other day who I would take on the Amazing Race… my answer… you!

2 responses to “2008: Retrospective Musings

  1. >i like that hunk of man yummy made this post. i was wondering how you would work it in 🙂

  2. >You should put Scaredy Squirrel on your pirate flag.http://www.scaredysquirrel.com/

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