1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Got a place on my own, funded with money I had earned, and fended almost completely for myself. It's been really good for me.
2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Well, I failed in my resolution to accomplish five things every day, but that was probably a bit much. I haven't really made any official resolutions for 2005, but I do hope to update my web site at least once a day.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin Kim had her second child in 2004 (I'm pretty sure).
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Um, America? The farthest I went from home was Chicago.
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
I don't really know how to answer this one. There honestly isn't that much I want right now. Or maybe I'm thinking too materialistically. Well, a couple of people have answered "boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other", and it would be nice to have a girlfriend, so I guess I'll say that.
7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
December 25th, because A) it was the best Christmas I've ever had and B) see #8 for the other reason.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Collecting $225 for indigoskynet to change her name. I sent it to her on Christmas day after e-mailing people for three weeks prior. See question #38 for more.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Failing a semester in college and having to take a year off.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, not substantially. Although I did hurt my foot pretty badly in early December.
[Edit: And it took me until now to notice that there are six questions missing. Ah, well.]
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier, definitely.
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter, by about ten pounds. -_- I know nutrition, but the two of us haven't spoken in some time.
iii. richer or poorer? Substantially richer. Having a job has been good to me in that respect.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
DRAWING. Also, programming and studying.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sleeping and procrastinating, pretty much.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
I spent it at home with my parents and my younger brother kipperton (whom I used to be able to call my "little" brother, but no longer). It was swell. I link to the post I made Christmas evening in question #28.
21. What happened to this one?
What? I'm not certain I understand the question. Are you just messing with me?
22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
Um... See, the thing is, I'm not too experienced with that sort of thing. I've only ever fallen in love, not just a crush, once in my life. I do have someone I fell for in 2004 (and I'm still fallen and unconfessed right now, so I won't name her in case she's reading), but it's too soon to know if I can call it "love".
23. How many one-night stands?
Pff. *laughter* Yeah, right. Hopeless romantic, remember? I'm not sure if I want to wait until I'm married or not (I could go either way, so it'll probably depend on my girlfriend's opinion), but one-night stands are out of the question -- even if I could find someone who was interested. *laugh*
24. What was your favourite TV program?
Invader ZIM, no question.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Um... I'm not fond of President Bush (whereas I wasn't at all aware of politics this time last year), but I wouldn't say I hate him. (Close, though.) I am pretty pissed off at those lunatics at the Westboro Baptist Church -- y'know, the morons who're happy about the tsunami? But other than that, I'm a largely hate-free individual.
26. What was the best book you read?
Okay, dude, you don't ask a question like that! Might as well just ask "Which of your children did you love the most?" That being said, I really enjoyed Terry Pratchett's "Going Postal".
28. What did you want and get?
Geez, where do I start? I wrote about my Christmas haul in an earlier LiveJournal post, so just wander over and refer to that, I guess.
29. What did you want and not get?
Eleventy billion dollars. No, I kid. There were a couple of fiddly little things on my Christmas list that I didn't get, but it'd be the height of stupidity to complain about that.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Mmh... I still haven't seen several that I want to. Of those I did see, my favorite was probably Shrek 2.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 20 on my birthday, and I spent some time with my parents and brother, who came up from our hometown to have dinner with me. We also played a few games of pool.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I'd actually freakin' DRAWN something. Seriously, I drew, like, three pictures all year.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Hawaiian shirts and beaded bracelets. And jeans; lots of jeans.
34. What kept you sane?
My family. Through all the mistakes I've made, my family has always stood by me, and I wouldn't be a fraction of what I am without them.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hmm... I don't watch any TV these days, so I'm woefully out of touch with pop culture. Hm. I did think Princess Fiona was pretty cute.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gay marriage. I wasn't nearly as upset about my favored presidential candidate losing as I was about the anti-gay marriage amendment to my state's constitution. Gee, thank you so much, Michigan, for working diligently to ban love. What's next on the chopping block? Friendship? Curiosity? Or should we just cut to the chase and ban happiness? ...I'm still irritated about it, to be honest.
37. Who did you miss?
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Hmm... Tough question, but I think that would be indigoskynet. Not only is she a wonderful artist and a sweet person, but changing her life has changed mine.
I was never a very charitable person before just recently. I'd drop a few cents into a Humane Society box sometimes, but that was it. But after I gave Indigo the gift I'd pulled together, she all but showered me with thanks and compliments. And for a while I didn't feel like I deserved them. I've always been the type who talks about what he wants to do and never does it. But last month I did it. And from now on I want to be the person Indigo thinks I am.
My god, how did that turn out so incredibly sappy? Quick, gimme a couple comedic questions to end the meme!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004?
Well, to tell you the truth, I learned two things. One: I can't coast along any more. I have to put all the effort I have into my life. And two: if I do put all my effort into life, good things will happen.
Whew, quite a meme. I rarely do them, and mostly the ones I do are the "put your username in and get back humorous remarks" type. Hope you enjoyed reading (or, alternately, skimming).