I Push Buttons

Whether I'm coding, writing, playing games, or pissing people off, it all boils down to pushing buttons.

December 29, 2008

2008 Year In Review

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before? A doctor. Giggity.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I have no idea, on both counts. If I made one, I didn't write it down.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Ashley (Aubrey), Kim (Brooke), and Nancy (Macy Jane).

4. Did anyone close to you die? My dog Heidi had to be put down.

5. What countries did you visit? Alabama. (This is a joke, kids.)

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? I don't know. I'm pretty happy with where I am right now.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? November 4th. Our country took a big step.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Being honored as an outstanding employee at my company.

9. What was your biggest failure? Gaining some weight.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Still have the pinched nerve in my right leg. I was also diagnosed with GERD, but Prevacid handles that well.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My HD TV. It rules.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? Courtney, for persevering and not giving up and getting her PhD!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Politicians continue to disappoint.

14. Where did most of your money go? Church, savings, 401k and house payments.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The annual beach trip.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? I don't really associate songs with years.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? the same
ii. thinner or fatter? a little fatter
iii. richer or poorer? richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Exercising and eating healthy.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Eating unhealthy foods.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? We went to Courtney's parents' place.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008? I fell a long time ago and don't plan on getting back up.

23. How many one-night stands? I agree with C. This question is now officially annoying.

24. What was your favorite TV program? I'd have to say Chuck.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Nope. I'm a nice guy.

26. What was the best book you read? I think Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman was my favorite.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Gotta agree with C: Jackson Rohm.

28. What did you want and get? An HDTV!

30. What was your favorite film of this year? The Dark Knight, hands down.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 28 this year, and we went out to dinner at Ruth's Chris.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Winning the lottery? I guess that's kind of hard to do when you don't play, though.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Non-naked.

34. What kept you sane? My sanity.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Yvonne Strahovski

36. What political issue stirred you the most? The presidential election.

37. Who did you miss? My family in SC.

38. Who were the best new people you met? Eric and Emily. Matt Duis.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008: If you build a giant planet-destroying space station, don't leave a hole in it that leads directly into the main reactor because eventually some punk kid in an X-Wing is going to come along and launch a proton torpedo into the thing, and then you're screwed. I actually learned this lesson a long time ago, but it still applies.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: "... a ..." I'll leave it as an exercize for the reader to determine where this lyric came from.

December 02, 2008

I Suck At Blogging

It's true. I mean, I could write every day, but my life really isn't that interesting. I doubt people want to read about how there was no traffic on my way to work or that I got Japanese pan noodles for lunch. Let's face it: a list of my daily activities just isn't that entertaining. I should know, I live it. Maybe if I start feeling spiteful, I'll subject you to such boring drivel, but it's the holiday season, so you caught me in a good mood. Lucky you.

It's not just the fact that I have nothing to write about that has kept me away from my slice of internet real estate, though. I have a kind of ADHD when it comes to hobbies, and I flit between them at a moment's notice. Currently, I'm hooked on reading and some occasional poker. The good news is that this generally leads into a writing phase. The bad news is that this will lead into more inane blog posts for you to read. Sorry about that. If it's any consolation, the blog phase will pass, and I'll be playing video games or writing stories that you'll never read.

I just don't have enough free time to devote to all of the pasttimes that I'd like to participate in. I've come to the decision that I spend way too much of my life working, or getting myself to/from work. I have often thought of what it would be like to just drop everything and go somewhere else for a couple of years, but I'm just not that spontaneous. I also have a wife to love and support. If I were single, I would probably do it in a heartbeat.

But I'm not single. Or spontaneous. That's 0/2. I'd say that's really bad, but two is such a small sample size of characteristics that I can't really draw any useful conclusions from it, other than the fact that I'm highly unlikely to contract herpes.

Football season has been pretty good to me this year. Virginia Tech didn't do horribly for a rebuilding year, and hopefully they won't completely suck in the ACC Championship game. I won this year's group game of college Pick'em, and the fantasy football team that I co-manage with Courtney has sealed up third place in our league and is headed into the post-season. I think we have a decent shot at taking the whole thing down. This was my first year doing fantasy football, and despite the fact that our #1 draft pick (Tom Brady) was out for the season in the first quarter of the first game, we still managed to pick up the pieces and put together a really tough team. Next year I might even play for money.

We had a nice Thanksgiving vacation with my grandfather in Massachusetts, and didn't have to deal with any bad traffic, despite leaving the day before Thanksgiving and returning on the weekend. We have found the ultimate way to get to New England without having to deal with traffic. No I'm not going to put my secret out on the internet so all the millions of people who read my blog can ruin the roads for me. If I like you, ask me in person, and I'll tell you. If you ask me in person and I don't tell you... well, I think you can follow that to its logical conclusion. You're a big boy/girl/other.

Of course, I can always be bribed.

Holy crap. It's December.