My good friend Gillian has inspired me to make this list/fill out this questionnaire.
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Deliberately and proactively commit to self-employment.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I make the same resolution every year, and always keep it: the resolution to never ignore my bladder and always pee as soon as possible once the urge strikes.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A couple old friends out west had babies this year… I wish I was closer!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Not much international travel this year; just a quick trip to Canada.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A slightly larger and more stable client base, the increased self-confidence to close the sale, and a proper mobile workshop that gets better than 7mpg.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Sadly, no single date springs to mind.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Setting up house with my ladyfriend.
9. What was your biggest failure.
Follow-through in business.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Abscessed tooth removed, knee ligament strained, major lower back spasms, one bout of major bronchitis… geez, I’m a wreck!
11. What was the best thing you bought?
All the parts to build my new desk/computer, and orchids!
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Janute, for keeping her chin up and not letting the financial roller-coaster throw her off the tracks.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The Tea Party and their ilk.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Housing, tools, travel, plants.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Taking my lady to Nelson, and having Cory and Jody meet us there. My new desk.
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Evil Boy by Die Antwoord
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
A) the same B) the same – I lost weight, gained it back, then lost it again C) Probably richer, but easy-come, easy-go!
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Ride my bike.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinate and second-guess myself.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
A Christmas Day meal with all the available Booths.
21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
No more than usual, I suppose, although my relationship with Teddy really strengthened this past year.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
I don’t own a TV, but then again, neither does Gillian, and she still managed to answer this question, so… Dead Like Me (which was cancelled in 2004).
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
24. What was the best book you read?
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Pithos player for Pandora radio.
26. What did you want and get?
The financial freedom and free time to choose my own course rather than have it dictated to me.
27. What did you want and not get?
More of the above.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Modern Hollywood cinema is a wasteland.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I think I turned 37, but I can’t remember a dang thing about the day itself.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A new 2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT with a complete custom storage package.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I wear whatever my lady brings home for me from the thrift-store.
32. What kept you sane?
I stayed sane?
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
34. Who did you miss?
Cory and the peeps at home.
35. Who was the best new person you met?
Nobody new, but a did reacquaint myself with several old friends.
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
I have learned the unfortunate American truth that silence, patience, and selfless effort are seldom rewarded; if you want something to change/improve, you have to speak up, make your move, and take what you want before anyone else does.