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The 2008 Meme

(Stolen from Maryanne)

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Preached a sermon (preached several, in fact).  Also, toboganned in -47 degrees celsius (including windchill).

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

No and no.  I didn’t really make resolutions, but I did give myself a reading list for the year.   2 books out of 20 are struck out.  I’m easily side-tracked.  I read much less this year than I had hoped.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Possibly.  You tell me.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Dixie’s granny died.

5. What countries did you visit?

Not a one.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

More self-discipline.  (And by “more” I mean “any”, because currently I’m at about “none”.)

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Birthdays and anniversaries, mostly.  April 24 I preached my first sermon.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Preaching a sermon and loving it.  Getting a second job at the church and feeling like it fit.  (Sorry.  I didn’t expect these answers to get so repetitive.)

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not coming up with better answers for this meme.  Except that I’m writing this in 2009 (let’s hope this is my biggest failure).  I’m sure I failed countless times as a father last year.  That’s pretty big.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Several colds, couple of cuts.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

An iPod Touch.  Or any number of books.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My wife’s.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

My wife’s.  (I’m kidding)

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage.  Diapers (for the kids).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

As a general rule, I don’t get “really, really, really excited” about anything.  The closest thing to “really, really, really excited” was discovering The Arcade Fire.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

Something from Funeral.  Or “Keep the Car Running”.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

a) Happier, probably; b) neither thinner nor fatter; c) neither, but possibly a hair poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Reading.  Exercise.  Sleep.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Spending time on the computer. (In fact, I should be in bed right now)

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Spent it with the in-laws.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

No.  Stayed in love, though.

22. How many one-night stands?

My night stand is there every night.  Had the same one for 8 years.  They have disposable ones now?

23. What was your favorite TV program?

The Office

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No.  My hate level was stable from 2007 though 2008.

25. What was the best book you read? 

Hard to say.  Either Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright, The Real Jesus by Luke Timothy Johnson, or Yearning by M. Craig Barnes.  The Real Jesus was the most absorbing book I read.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Unquestionably it was The Arcade Fire.  (But emusic.com has forced me to get out of my musical rut and listen to some different things.)

27. What did you want and get?

Books.

28. What did you want and not get?

Harsher punishment for parole violators–no–world peace.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

No Country for Old Men

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Went on a date with my wife.  I was 31 then.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Probably nothing.  Unless a patron was in the cards and I wasn’t aware of it.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

“Hmmm…this item of clothing is on top in the drawer/first in the closet.  I think I’ll wear that.”

33. What kept you sane?

Dixie.  The Office.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Don Rickles.  I don’t know.  I don’t pay much attention.  The Arcade Fire as a group, I guess.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

The stupid left/right divide.

36. Who did you miss?

My family.  (That was Maryanne’s answer.  I copied and pasted her whole post and left this one ’cause I couldn’t think of anything.  Sounds terrible, doesn’t it?  I’m just not a “misser”.)

37. Who was the best new person you met?

Did I meet new people this year?  Wait…I did:  Gavin.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

Waiting can be good.  “In the fullness of time” things come my way.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“My horn can pierce the sky!”