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10 March 2010 @ 12:18 am
Boy is it ever the beginning of January  
1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Run a half-marathon. Publish a paper. Conducted an instrumental ensemble. Got married. Drank a car bomb. Hosted a podcast. Go to Mexico. Kissed a guy.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No. I got no personal projects out the door. I was able to do some work on music transcription, but nothing significant. But again, here are this years:
* Get one personal project out
* Manage computer time better
* Know limits in amount of activities to take on

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes. The computer science department is a fertile land.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Someone besides Elise to go see plays with.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 19-25 - Half Marathon, Mets in St. Louis and Funny Thing
July 31
August 1
September 25 - Back on the stage

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Planning a wedding.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to say no when I want to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I took a nasty spill on my bike that drew blood.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Excluding wedding related purchases, I got my trombone cleaned for the first time in years. The lady and I also bulked up on things around the apartment. Wedding money ==> New Furniture.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The official Mrs. All my parents. Dan. Bill.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The people who set the prices of open bars. The Tea Party movement. The New York Yankees.

14. Where did most of your money go?
See 13a.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Its amazing how applicable wedding is to all of these. Also, acting, directing, conducting and ROBOTS.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Carry This Picture. In My Life. Eat at Dicks.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? thinner (thanks running!)
c) richer or poorer? poorer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Seeing shows in St. Louis. Hanging with friends. Being decisive.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Haggling with vendors.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Happily not sick in New Paltz, with all the Lus and Engs. Mostly playing Wii Sports Resort.

21. What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in 2009?
In certain contexts, kissing a guy.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Officially, even.

23. How many nights of drunken debauchery?
Bachelor party, anyone?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Glee/Dollhouse/Daily Show/Firefly

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Is it possible to hate a serial port?

26. What was the best book you read?
The Darfstellar. Frankenstien Makes a Sandwhich. Born Standing Up.
(books I hated reading: Catcher in the Rye and the Iowa Baseball Conspiracy)

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Glee, Across the Universe, In the Heights

28. What did you want and get?
A two tone wedding band. A new research field. An epic road trip. A research publication.

29. What did you want and not get?
A new apartment?

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Up. Star Trek. HP6.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I have absolutely no recollection.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Making decisions sooner. A personal maid. 8 days in a week.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Wife knows best.

34. What kept you sane?
Wife. Speed dial #8. Theatre, in multiple forms. Seeing everything come together 8/1.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Emma Watson. I always go for smart chicks.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don't want health insurance, I want health care. General partisanship.

37. Who did you miss?
The people who couldn't come to St. Lou in August. The people who did come to St. Lou in August, but left after the wedding.

38. Who was the best new person you met in 2009?
Dan #7.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
Do what you heart tells you. And always get written quotes on alcohol prices.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all