What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Flatted with strangers and didn't completely hate it. Lived by myself and loved it. Did some road cycling (with gears! and brakes!) Kinda-sorta-nearly fell in love. Asked out a complete stranger. Got turned down by a complete stranger. Went to a gay bar (and had a fun time.) Drank an entire bottle of wine in one sitting and didn't throw up. Travelled a bit more frequently. Hitchhiked from Christchurch to Hamilton (ferry not included.) Saw a Ballet.
Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for the next year?
I refer to them as "April Fools Resolutions" and no, not really.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
A few of them. No one really close.
Did anyone close to you die?
No one closer than a friend's mother.
What countries did you visit?
New Zealand (North) and New Zealand (South).
What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A Lamborghini and a Helicopter. A Lamborghini Helicopter! Also a fixie and a road bike at the same time. And a vegetable garden (which, admittedly, is only lacking due to my laziness.)
What dates from 2009 will remain etched in your memory, and why?
July 15 was quite a day.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Maybe hitchhiking? Sons & co winning an award for a website I built was also quite exciting. Refusing to answer the question "are you gay?"
What was your biggest failure of the year?
Spending another year in default mode, too much waiting for things to happen to me.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
What was the best thing you bought?
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My friends, as usual. Yay, friends!
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Rich white men. Mostly American ones. Also, some Christians who I'd mistakenly believed to be more accepting and loving (and thinking) than they turned out to be.
Where did most of your money go?
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I'm not sure that I attained that state of elevation in 2009.
What song will always remind of you of 2009?
Kings of Leon's "Sex is on fire." (That's probably not true.)
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) fatter or thinner?
Same amount of fat, slightly more muscle.
c) richer or poorer?
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Travelling, flirting and socialising.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
Working, eating junk food, and, well, I wish I'd done less nothing.
How did you spend Christmas?
With my family in the bustling metropolis of Timarustanbul.
Did you fall in love in 2009?
Kinda-sorta-nearly. I'm not sure if I actually have the capacity to do so; the concept remains a foreign one. Loving, sure – falling in love, I have not yet discovered.
What was your favourite TV programme?
I avoided television as if it were (and it is) a plague.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, pretty stable on that count.
What was the best book you read?
Paradise Lost is sublime. David Foster Wallace's Oblivion: Stories was wonderfully bizarre.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
Fanfarlo, Bill Callahan and Bear in Heaven. 8-Bit Weezer also deserves a mention.
What did you want and get?
Hehe. Also, a place of my own.
What did you want and not get?
What was your favourite film of this year?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
What did you do on your birthday and how old did you turn?
I went to Timaru with Kat and proceeded to turn 26 in the presence of my family.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A purpose. (I don't ask for much.)
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Lazy, and frequently dishevelled.
What kept you sane?
The booze. Friends in four cities. My bike. Man-caves. Venting when I needed to vent.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I greatly admire Lady Gaga, who I believe to be a genius. A very attractive genius.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Mainly just the complete farce that is modern-day politics; the way we're all being led around by the nose while the "elites" keep bleeding us dry, claiming it's in our best interests. Also, (re-)discovering feminism and the way it intersects with all kinds of minority and privilege issues. And realising (once again) just how damn privileged I am, simply because of where and who I was born.
Who did you miss?
Kat, for the first wee while.
Who was the best new person you met?
That's a good question. I can't think of a standout in this category. Also, "meeting" is increasingly becoming a blurry boundary thanks to the friend-of-a-friend nature of my internet interactions.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
That labels are insufficient and lazy. That there are many wonderful people lurking out there, waiting to be bumped into.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Eid ma clack shaw
Zupoven del ba
Mertepy ven seinur
Kidding. Try this:
This is the end of faith, no more must I strive
To find my peace, to find my peace in a lie
It's time to put God away
(I put God away)