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2009 meme

stolen from taren_.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
-i visited hawaii, making my "set foot in x states" count to 49. just alaska to go.
-i visited the LA area for the first time, which also thus includes playing DJ Max Techina and jubeat ripples for the first time.
-i placed in the final table of two WSOP satellite events.
-my family got together for christmas for the first time in probably over 16 years.
-i visited hannah for the first time since she got married. this hasn't actually happened yet, but will happen on wednesday.
-mardi gras and jazz fest.
-started an electronica/rock band.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
i don't believe in new year's resolutions, so no because i didn't have any to keep and no because even if i made any, it wouldn't be 'more'.

3. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
haven't planned that far ahead yet.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
not someone particularly close, but one of my former students died fairly recently, and it still fucks me up a little, especially since every now and again facebook tries to tell me to reconnect with him.

5. What countries did you visit?
nothing outside of the US.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
this is too complex of a question to answer in a meme.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
i don't really associate dates with big events, so this question is oddly unanswerable because of the way that it's worded. recently i went back through my lj and discovered a date that i had forgotten, so that gives it more emphasis than it had before, so that may etch itself into my head more successfully.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
i feel pretty proud that i placed in two final tables of the WSOP satellite event here. i also completed my first year at Tulane, which felt like a significant achievement.

9. What was your biggest failure?
november was a horrible poker month - that sort of counts.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
my wrist was all pissed off from carrying around heavy luggage, i had to get a brace for a little while.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
my 24-hour pocket watch.

12. Where did most of your money go?
most of my money was shuffled around the poker table, but i'm still in the black, so i'm not sure if that counts as money "going" anywhere. i made some big purchases towards the band, and i spent a lot of money on planes and hotels for the two weddings i went to this year.

13. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Pinball Wizard.

14. What do you wish you'd done more of?
15. What do you wish you'd done less of?
these two questions fall into a philosophical debate about regrets and wishing &c. there are certainly things that i would have liked to go differently and things that i could have done to make either a small or large path be different than it currently is, but reflection of that is only useful in the context of how it helps me progress ahead as opposed to get caught up in the past. most of what i wish are things that were out of my control in any case.

16. What was your favorite TV program?
Qi

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
it's rare that i hate anyone; there's still only two people on that particular shit list.

18. What was the best book you read?
I discovered the Dresden Files over this past year; i had read one or two of them before, but i read about nine or ten of them this past year and am almost caught up.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
i didn't really discover any new artists this past year. The newest albums by Clark are on constant rotation, as is Plaid's soundtrack to "Heaven's Door".

20. What was your favorite film of this year?
Green Lantern: First Flight

21. What did you do on your birthday?
i was in ohio for WGI Finals. Didn't really do anything other than watch drumlines, get a little drunk in the after party.

22. What kept you sane?
the knowledge that i have many friends who care about me.

23. Who did you miss?
i miss everyone all of the time and none of the time. it's the nature of who i am and the reltaionships i have with people.

24. Who was the best new person you met?
it's hard to quantify people experiences. It's always a pleasure to meet anyone new.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
it's similar to taren's: perserverence is really the key to getting anywhere.

26. What things are you looking forward to in 2010?
i take life as it comes. no matter what bad shit or what good shit happens in my life, life is always wonderful. to think as such is a personal choice, and one that i wouldn't change for anything.

it will be neat to be the one that marries mark and amanda. i'm very much looking forward to that.

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