Shaking Down 2012

2013’s off to a promising start…and yeah, I know it’s only January 2, but after the year I just had I’ll take anything I can get. But 2012 wasn’t all bad. Here are the highlights, arranged in the same this-used-to-be-a-chain-email format I’ve been using for years.

  1. Where did you begin 2012? Third-wheeling at the (pre-C-What) J-What/A-What apartment
  2. What was your status by Valentine’s Day? Single
  3. Were you in school (anytime this year)? Yup: I’m currently taking Into Psyc through Athabasca University (and I’m about to apply for my first extension)
  4. How did you earn your money? As a student recruitment officer
  5. Did you have to go to the hospital? Yup
  6. Did you have any encounters with the police? Does a ride program count?
  7. Where did you go on holidays? Rio de Janeiro, Washington, Atlanta, and Toronto on numerous occasions
  8. What did you purchase that was over $1,000? Nothing
  9. Have you kissed anyone this year? A gentleman, etc.
  10. Did you know anybody who passed away? Unfortunately yes
  11. Did you move anywhere? In May Small n’ Bald, Tall n’ Blonde, and I were evicted from our house, and in the ensuing chaos (we were given less than a month’s notice) I signed a lease on a one-bedroom apartment near the university. So yeah: I moved there.
  12. What concerts/shows/sporting events did you go to? Concerts: Bruce Springsteen four times, City and Colour, the Black Keys (with the Arctic Monkeys), the Tragically Hip, I Mother Earth, the Smashing Pumpkins, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Leonard Cohen, the Who, the Gaslight Anthem (with the Joy Formidable), Lowest of the Low, and…GWAR (and Psy, if you count his halftime performance at the Bills/Seahawks game in Toronto); shows, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, Enron, Cats (Theatre Calgary), Sweeney Todd, Jersey Boys, The Pirates of Penzance (Stratford Festival), The Crucible (Soulpepper), War Horse, and presumably others I’ve forgotten; sporting events, hockey games in Toronto (2), NFL games in Buffalo and Toronto, a CIS football game in Kingston, and upwards of twenty-five baseball games in Toronto, Baltimore, and Atlanta
  13. Are you registered to vote? Yes, although I didn’t vote in 2012
  14. What was the biggest change in your life? Living alone
  15. Where do you live now? Calgary, although I also spent an inordinate amount of time in Toronto this year
  16. Describe your birthday? I don’t remember much about it, to be honest (and no, it’s not because I was drunk–I didn’t drink on my birthday this year), but it ended with a Blue Jays game with J-What, A-What, Flaming Red, Pocahontas, and my entire family.
  17. What has been your favorite moment? Blair Walsh’s game-winning field goal against the Packers last Sunday
  18. What’s something you learned about yourself? I’m stronger than I’ve ever given myself credit for.
  19. Any new additions to your family? One official one (welcome on board, Greg!)
  20. What was your best month? October
  21. What music will you remember 2012 by? Bruce Springsteen (Wrecking Ball especially), the Gaslight Anthem, and Soundgarden’s new album King Animal, plus–inevitably–“Gangnam Style” and “Call Me Maybe”
  22. Who has been your best drinking buddy? Still you, J-What, although I’ve more-or-less given up on drinking
  23. Made new friends? Of course
  24. New best friend? Nope
  25. Favorite night out? Salsa dancing in Caracas
  26. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before? Sunbathed on the Copacabana
  27. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No, since I didn’t make any, and no, since I don’t make any.
  28. Did anyone close to you give birth? Brothers from different mothers and sisters from different misters keep pumping out babies like the sausage factory scene in The Wall, and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon–although if I ruled the world I’d impose sterilization on at least some of my friends in order to safeguard the rest of us from their offspring. Like HLP Paul, for instance–and he’s due again in a few months.
  29. What countries did you visit? Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and the United States.
  30. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012? Good mental health
  31. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? August 29, when I took a leave of absence from work and flew home to Toronto for what turned out to be the next two months.
  32. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Taking on OCD
  33. What was your biggest failure? Not taking on OCD till this year
  34. Did you suffer illness or injury? You might say that…
  35. What was the best thing you bought? My Vibrams
  36. Whose behavior merited celebration? Victoria Soto
  37. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Romney/Ryan
  38. Where did most of your money go? Rent, Springsteen tickets, and flights back home
  39. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The Blue Jays’ offseason acquisitions got me really, really, really excited
  40. Compared to this time last year, are you: a, more happy or more sad? b, thinner or fatter? c, richer or poorer? a, happier; b, a lot fatter; c, richer
  41. What do you wish you’d done more of? Worked
  42. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worked
  43. How will you be spending Christmas? In Toronto with my family
  44. What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in 2012? Nothing that tops the heavy artillery incident from 2011…
  45. Did you fall in love in 2012? No, thank goodness.
  46. How many one-night stands? None
  47. What was your favorite TV program? I still don’t watch TV that isn’t sports.
  48. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? This is still a stupid question.
  49. What was the best book you read? Two: Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Marc Dolan and Love Wins by Rob Bell
  50. What was your greatest musical discovery? The Joy Formidable (thanks, Sherkin!)
  51. What did you want and get? To see the Who perform Quadrophenia
  52. What did you want and not get? To see Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen in Manchester. I had tickets, then had to cancel the trip (which also would’ve included Irish Tim’s wedding in Belfast).
  53. What was your favorite film of this year? Les Miserables
  54. On your birthday, how old were you? 32
  55. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Sanity
  56. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012? Gap
  57. What kept you sane? LOADED QUESTION!!1
  58. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? None
  59. What political issue stirred you the most? America’s gun fetish
  60. Who do you miss? My roommates (although we still see each other regularly)
  61. Who was the best new person you met? Victoria
  62. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012. When all else fails, there’s nothing an eleven-year-old watching dancing badgers can’t fix.

More fond looks back at 2012 to follow!


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