END OF THE YEAR SURVEY
1.What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Shot a machine gun, which is helpful considering I’ll own one in a couple weeks *Effeminate Squeel*
2. Did you keep your New Years resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I don’t really bother with resolutions, as it seems unnecessary to go about inventing things to do and then just end up feeling crappy when you don’t do them
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Gracie… ma pauvre chienne…
5. What countries did you visit?
Ugh, the People’s Republic of Boulder… fucking commune
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
hmm, I don’t rightly know. It seems that despite the seeming mediocrity of the year when taken as a whole stretching back to last January, I’ve got just about everything I want in life right now... I suppose the only thing I want that I’m lacking is a PhD, and that’s still a good half-decade of work away.
7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The 26th of November, for the obvious reasons of luverly awesomeness!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Making it through the spring with a 3.65 for that semester (although I still can’t sit down after Latin Survey, oy), writing my best paper ever, and getting a still-unwritten-but-really-really-awesom
9. What was your biggest failure?
Trying to keep in touch with people as a full year away from Texas ticked over on the clock
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Sprained my wrist and elbow in the spring, slipping on water... sigh...
11. What was the best thing you bought?
It’s been bought, but doesn’t come until the mid/end of January!
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Amanda's, since she manages to put up with me on a daily basis... that ain't nothing short of bloody miraculous, if ask me, and way more than I ever could have hoped for!
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Most of my students, the office that handles paychecks on campus, and the traitors of Morconor for turning tail and running to Kalladen... mmm, bitter Bill face!
14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, coffee, ammo, my collection, and Amanda, all of which were great investments
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Amanda, Thompson, enough money for a change, and a good teaching load, in order of "most awesome" to "least awesome" :-)
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
"A Whole Lot More" by Reckless Kelly... I don't have my program to decrypt protected M4P files in Albany, but the lyrics are the important part...
Half a life has passed me by
And I never stopped to wonder why
I've always felt I've had to roam
And I've never really felt like I've had a home
But failure's got what victory's got
And repetition's what history's taught
So I guess we all know what's in store
The small town's got what the big city's got
And people actually care if you're happy or not
So I'm hangin' up my walkin' shoes
Gonna bid farewell to my travelin' blues
No more chasin' the settin' sun
And livin' on the run
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
ii. skinnier or fatter?
iii. richer or poorer?
I have a touch more money, but "rich" is a cruel joke to call a grad student...
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Traveling back to the South and Texas, and taken more time to relax away from school
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
20. How [did you spend] Christmas?
At home with the family, sans poor Grace :-(
21. Did you fall in love?
Oh yes, and I tell you, you never see it coming... love you, hun!
23. How many one-night stands?
None, of course
24. What was your favourite TV program?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No one's made it onto that list this year, incredibly... hell, one person even managed to make it off the list end of November!
26. What was the best book you read?
I really enjoyed the Idylls of Theocritus a whole bloody lot; worst comes to worst, I can see myself doing Doricism research
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Hard to say, since my musical tastes haven't changed all that much; just more of the same great stuff
28. What did you want and get?
A laptop capable of working more than 30 minutes without catching on fire, a Thompson, and a wonderful Amanda!
29. What did you want and not get?
Some manner of mental reassurance that Comps aren't going to turn me into a sex crime victim in the spring... gevalt!
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I was turning this about in my mind earlier this month... 2006 was a pretty disappointing year in films for the Bill after the great run of LotR movies and whatnothaveyou... Rome, however, was fucking awesome, and way better than any non-LotR movie could be
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I spent it alone in Boulder, as a late-summer birthday means it's too late to go home to spend it with family, but too early for people to be back at school for the fall; and I was 23 this year, if that weren't planly obvious!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably satisfying?
Having met Amanda earlier for even more time!
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
The same as ever it's been
34. What kept you sane?
Coffee after long days, venting frustrations in the office, going back to Texas twice, and happy hours on Thursdays
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't care much for people I don't know, let alone "fancy"
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The Texas gubernatorial election... we'll get 'em next time, Kinky!
37. Who did you miss?
All my friends back in Texas (and now elsewhere themselves)... I've been a shitty friend this past year, I conjure. Hope y'all forgive me...
38. Who was the best new person you met?
That ain't even a question; Amanda! Amanda must be loved! (And if you get that joke, you are totally a classics nerd, and I salute you!) :-)
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
That life actually does manage to balance itself out in favor of the good, which is a shockingly un-Bill statement and yet still demonstrated to be true
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I already quoted "A Whole Lot More," so here's a menagerie of lyrics which get to the many flavors of the year:
"I woke up this morning with Texas on my mind"
"There's such beauty in a love like that"
"Shock the monkey!"
"I'll be home when the bluebonnets bloom"
"Under the lump is a 20-gauge pump, since they'd just assume blow you away"
"It feels so good to be feelin' good again"