This is a fun little year end questionnaire that I stole from the lovely Rene Bordelon which she stole from another blogger who stole it from another blogger and I imagine it will be stolen from me as well.
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
I saw the redwoods. 24 years in California and I had never been. There are things you don’t realize will impress you until you visit them and nature regularly does that to me. I’m not a camping guy and I consider myself a city-boy but when you’re looking at ancient trees that are as tall as buildings it affects you. It was a reality check too. I had heard of the General Sherman tree before, but seeing it was at first a bit disappointing (I imagined it being as large as the Empire State Building – like I said I’m a city-boy) but then seeing a branch that had fallen off of the General that was 50 feet tall… It was mind blowing.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?
I don’t make them.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Uh, yeah. Rene’s friend Karen had a baby boy, my friend Darcy had a baby girl, my friend Liz had a girl and my sister had her second boy! And that’s just counting people in the state. My cousin had her first boy… actually I think there were two cousins who had kids this year? One of my students. There were lots of kids.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but there were quite a few deaths.
5. What countries did you visit?
I didn’t leave the country this year.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Money. Money for films. Money for me. Money in general.
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 23rd, the day we got confirmation that the initial funding fell through for “Cheerleaders Must Die!” But it also started the process that has allowed the project to grow into something much bigger than we originally planned, so it’s a mixed bag.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
New, effective business relationships.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Well, there was no funding for any film projects this year. That sucked.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A minor case of swine flu and the wimpiest case of strep throat ever.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I don’t buy things, I have debt to pay, but I was able to get Rene an HD Flip cam for her documentary, and that was pretty cool.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Debt, food, debt.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Work! When I was actually working it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Sundance was GREAT! Christmas was GREAT! And being with Rene and Frankie!
14. What song will always remind you of 2009?
I know it’s a Lady Gaga song, “Paparazzi”, “Poker Face” or “Bad Romance.”
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
Heavier but more fit.
c) richer or poorer?
Much, much poorer in finances and much richer in relationships.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Found more financing.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sitting around wondering what to do.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
Spent Christmas Eve with Rene’s family and spent Christmas day with mine. All was good.
19. Did you fall in love in 2009?
No. I was already in love and stayed that way.
20. What was your favorite TV program?
Doctor Who, what there was of it, Castle, Attack of the Show, V, Glee, and I feel like there’s more but I don’t remember.
21. What was the best book you read?
This year I didn’t complete a single book. It is sad.
22. What was your favorite film of this year?
If I’m picking one as my favorite then I choose “District 9”.
23. What did you do on your birthday?
I don’t remember! Yikes!
24. What kept you sane?
I don’t know that anything did.
25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I didn’t, but I have a high regard for Lady Gaga and how she does her stuff.
26. Who did you miss?
No one, I hit everyone I aimed at.
Doesn’t seem like much of a year once you write it down. It wasn’t a bad year, but it wasn’t exceptional either. I’m looking forward to 2010.
See you tomorrow!