A Year in Review

Towards the end of every year I get tons of questionnaires about how the year went for me. I usually do not pay any attention to them, but as I read my daily web logs, I saw a couple of people had posted these, and I thought it was a good idea to post my own.

What did you do in 2004 that you had never done before?
I started a web log. I had never heard of one before, and then I was looking through the add-ons in my web hosting package, and there it was, b2. From there I have moved on to at least have a little understanding of what I am doing.

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Honestly, I can not remember what my New Year’s Resolutions are for 2004. I will post 2005’s here tomorrow morning so I will not forget.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
I think this year was the year most of my friends decided to start having their children. The closest person to me gave birth to our second son.

Did anyone close to you die?
That is a loaded question in my line of work.

What countries did you visit?
The only foreign country that I made it to this year was Canada.

What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
The thing that I would like most this year is a regular nine to five job.

What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 5th – The day Reagan died
December 22nd – The day my second son was born

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
My biggest improvement of the year would be my computer skills. Learning how to rebuild an entire Mac network, upgrade countless OS’s, reconstruct numerous box’s, and gain knowledge of a couple of new programming languages all on my own is an achievement in my book.

What was your biggest failure?
My biggest failure, and my wife’s biggest complaint, would be my extreme lack of motivation. Just because I do not like what I am doing (i.e. housework) does not mean that I should not do the best job that I am capable of doing.

What was the best thing you bought?
This was a tough one, because, like most people, I automatically thought of all of our major purchases. I finally decided on our new bedroom set.

Where did most of your money go?
According to Quicken, most of my money went to our minivan. (This includes payments, insurance, Beth’s accidents and maintenance.)

What song will always remind you of 2004?
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything from Veggie Tales – Looking back on this year, there seems to be a lot more I could have accomplished. (And that is a really funny song.)

Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
I am definitely happier than I was last year.

b) thinner or fatter?
Surprisingly, I am about the same.

c) richer or poorer?
Yes.

What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I had more time to play with my sons, more time for my wife, and more time for me.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I had less to do at work.

How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
I will probably sitting around our apartment, maybe having a beer. We can not go out with our newborn, and can’t leave him for more than two hours for feeding reasons.

Did you fall in love in 2004?
Of course. I fall in love with my wife every time I look at her.

How many one-night stands?
I did not have any one night stands, my wife objects to them.

What was your favorite TV program?
My favorite TV program is the Simpson’s, although this year’s Tree House of Horror left a lot to be desired.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate is such a strong word; I would hate to use it. It implies really strong emotion. By and large I would say there are a lot of people that I just don’t care about that I used to care about this time last year.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
My greatest musical discovery is that I am no longer a musician, I am a horn player. This is a enormous disappointment to me.

What was your favorite film of this year?
Shrek 2 was my favorite film of the year.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned twenty-six this year. I had to work on my birthday for the first time ever. I have always had my birthday off until this year.

What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
My year would have been measurable more satisfying if I had met all of my personal goals.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
I let my hair grow longer. (I went from a high and tight to a high skin fade. Most people probably didn’t even notice.)

What kept you sane?
My family kept me sane.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I fancy Sandra Bullock the most, just like I have every year since 1996.

What political issue stirred you the most?
Gay marriage stirred me the most. The thought of having a union like that sharing the same label as the relationship between me and my wife is revolting.

Who did you miss?
I missed my family the most. I cannot wait to move back home.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
Sometimes you just have to give in and play the game. It is called diplomacy. “Diplomacy is the art of saying nice doggie while looking for a stick”

About Ron

I am the father of two wonderful boys, and the husband of one wonderful wife.
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