Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer

All about 2004

I did this last year, and a certain someone asked me to do it again.

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
In fact, most of 2004 was stuff I'd done before, so this first question is quite a struggle. Immediately after Eastercon, I did some arithmetic and discovered that I had purchased memberships for nine forthcoming conventions, which was a new personal best. Does that count?

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year I wrote "I don't have another resolution for next year yet", and that remains true. So I'll unask the question.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No. I'm not a big fan of babies, though. I have a cousin who is due some time in February, and there's the prospect of the Wag/Addi twins in May.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Bill Hand, a former boyfriend of my mother.
Margery Morgan, my babysitter.

5. What countries did you visit?
The United States of America -- in January, April, July and September. The Republic of Ireland at the end of October. Home is in England.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Either the right of residency over there, or for scarlatti to have the right of residency over here. Same as I wished for last year. A decent collection of paying customers for the AVDAR product.

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
December 26th, because of a nasty surprise for people on the rim of the Indian Ocean.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Staying sane, staying functional?

9. What was your biggest failure?
There are lots of little failures, but none of them were huge.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing dramatic.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A whole bunch of plane tickets.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
George W Bush and Tony Blair were in last year's answer -- they still qualify, and have been joined by 51% of the US electorate.

14. Where did most of your money go?
The purchase of plane tickets and the taking of unpaid leave.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Repeating last year's answer: "Umm ..."

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
I don't do the whole "song" thing.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Both. More of each. Which is exactly the same as last year's answer.
ii. thinner or fatter?
People are consistently telling me that I'm thinner. My trousers are falling down. Must drink more beer.
iii. richer or poorer?
I'm poorer, by a fair margin -- see question 14.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Seeing scarlatti in person.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Wasting time. Queueing at immigration.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
D'oh, should have done this a couple of weeks ago. I took scarlatti to see Mother.

What happened to 21?
I have no idea.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
That was 2003. Try and keep up.

23. How many one-night stands?
I don't do that.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
I'm not a great watcher of TV. I enjoyed introducing scarlatti to "Black Books" on DVD.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No. Just some old hate from the mid-80s.

26. What was the best book you read?
I haven't read much this year -- there have been other things occupying my time. I finally got round to reading "The Princess Bride", which wasn't bad.

27. What was your greatest musical (re)discovery?
I'm too conservative musically to discover new things.

28. What did you want and get?
29. What did you want and not get?
scarlatti, and more scarlatti.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I haven't seen any films released in 2004.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was in America with scarlatti, and I was 39. On the day itself, I cooked spaghetti bolognaise.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I lived with scarlatti, instead of three and a half thousand miles away.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Black T-shirt, black jeans.

34. What kept you sane?
Very little. I'm not sure I'm properly sane -- although I didn't end up in psychiatric hospital like my brother.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
No-one springs to mind.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The intensely frustrating failure to boot GWB out of the white house.

37. Who did you miss?
I constantly miss scarlatti.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Difficult question, there isn't a single fair measure of "best". The most interesting, the most helpful, was probably watervole. The most scenic one was probably maneatingtigger.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:
I learnt all sorts of things, but I'm not sure that any are "valuable life lessons". Some were reinforced, but learnt for the first time? I don't know.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Never thought It'd be like this
It's you and only you I miss
An empty bed, a bleeding heart
Reminds me that you're so far away
I know you hear me when I sing
Letting you know the thoughts you bring
A lovely smile, your face
Wherever you are
You are so near, so far
Everyday this aching grows
Pierced my heart right through my soul
The way we held, the words we spoke
Gives me strength when I am alone
I know you hear me when I sing
Letting you know the thoughts you bring
A lovely smile, your face
Wherever you are
You are so near, so far
If I had wings
I would fly in your direction
Sail the seven seas
To have you near
And I would never, ever let you part
For you would always
Be here in my heart
I know you hear me when I sing
Letting you know the thoughts you bring
A lovely smile, your face
Wherever you are
You are so near, so far


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