Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy 2005!

Happy New Year!

Birthdaymas/New Year's Eve steak fest at the Old Homestead radically transformed into fish & chips and Maker's Mark at One and One. This was a direct result of our realization that "Hey, old school steakhouses want a lot of money when you go there! Trendy East Village Irish pubs? Not so much!" (And Paul the bartender was probably a lot cooler than the career waiters across town, anyway.)

We also went to see The Life Aquatic, which I enjoyed, but with these disclaimers:

(1) If you like that sort of Wes Anderson, Coen brothers quirky dry comedy thing, you'll like this.
(2) (1) applies if and only if you are not such a rabid fan of Wes Anderson's that you mercilessly compare this film to his others. If you can meet both requirements, go see the film - you'll dig it.

In the tradition of parents celebrating New Year's with no babysitter everywhere, we had a few beers, let the rugrat stay up to watch the ball drop, and shuffled off to bed before 1:00 to greet the day blissfully free of New Year's Day hangover hell syndrome. Sometimes it's great to have no life.

CoffeeGirl was nice enough to share her Year in Review format with me via email. All things considered, it's been a kickass year around here. Unfortunately, most of the kicking of the ass took it's own sweet time to show up, as the first half of the year was mighty slow. Without further ado:

What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
started a business. Got really ballsy. Grew a little bit more backbone - but also learned that it's sometimes good to back down. Oh, and blogging. I have now blogged. You know, a "blogger". Like the media says all the cool kids are doing.

Did you keep your New Years' resolutions? Will you make more for 2005?
NO, I still smoke. Sometimes. But - YES! I stress less, and have also found a new and better job than the one that dissed me. Stupid asshats. And the so called "more" 2005 resolutions are, in truth, recycled resolutions from 2004, and 2003, and... well, I won't go on. It's just a little bit depressing.

What places did you visit?
Augusta and Bangor, Maine. Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Mohonk House in New Paltz, New York. Jersey, but that doesn't count so much. My good old hometown, Fredonia, New York, and former stomping grounds in Buffalo, New York. Perhaps next year we'll do some visiting that doesn't involve relatives: imagine going where WE want to go! No way!

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
New job(s). My ever developing and happily maturing relationship with my main man Tim. Kiernan's ability to do homework without a three hour nag fest. Adding a family member - the Amazing Super Max!

What song will always remind you of 2004?
Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young, and perhaps a bit of Beast of Burden by the Stones. Yes, these are old songs, but they remind me of good times (see last entry)

What events merited celebration?
The new job! My God, no one can fire me unless I'm a grossly incompetent psycho - and they're even pleasant to work with! Who would have thought? Also, the new dog - sure, he ate some of Tim's good dress shoes, and our cell phone, and once stole an entire stick of butter from the kitchen counter - Oh, and the universal remote... wait a minute... stupid fucking dog. He's lucky we love him anyway.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. However, my old friend Jen's little brother Tim and his lovely wife Dayna are expecting, and this makes me feel both vicariously joyous and terribly old.

Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year, god forbid.

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Making money. Luxuriating. Reading things that come in long form (i.e., not the newspaper or magazines or blogs). Being mentally and physically healthy.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Three things: smoking. Being depressed about joblessness / not doing anything to combat said joblessness. Eating crap while sitting around and being jobless.

Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
That would be Tim. And they weren't even juicy and fun conversations, simply administrative details. Barring boredom, I probably talked the most to my brother Adam.

What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Money. It's a sin.

What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory?
This is really sad, but February 20, because we got Max from the Animal Care and Control center on 110th street. Really, I couldn't think of any other important dates, but I always remember that one because it's how we keep track of super mutt's age. Yes, I'm a big dog-geek loser.

What did you want and get?
Unconditional love. Oh, and jewelry. Heh.

What did you want and not get?
Unconditional babysitting.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 29 on Dec. 31 of 2003. I went out to dinner in Yonkers (Y-O, Justin Quinn!) at an Irish pub called Rory Dolan's.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Some professional advancement earlier into it.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Remarkably (given my clumsy, clumsy nature) no.

What was the best thing you bought?
The best.Jeans.Ever.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Whoa, there! That list is long! But... uh... Iowa Democratic caucus voters, for one (electability? What is this electability of which you speak?). And as in most years, the behavior of specific maternal family members was perplexing, at best, but I won't snark about that here. I save such things for late night drunken phone calls to my brother.

Where did most of your money go?
That's easy. I live in New York. Rent.

Compared to this time last year, are you...
...Happier or sadder? Immeasurably happier.
...Thinner or fatter? Measurably fatter.
...Richer or poorer? Potentially (as opposed to kinetically?) richer.

What was your favorite TV program?
I've gotta admit that I was a little hyped about the Apprentice. Stupid reality shows.

What was the best book(s) you read?
Last Exit to Brooklyn left horrible images in my head that aren't going away any time soon. Perhaps not the best recommendation, but damn effective writing.

What were your favorite films of this year?
I think my favorites are carryovers from last year. This is the fate of the broke ass parent - you don't see movies until they hit DVD and are rendered irrelevant in the annals of pop culture. That said, I eagerly await the release of I Heart Huckabees, among others; those carryovers I mentioned would include Lost in Translation and Mystic River, which never fails to reduce me to a blubbering pile of protective parenting hormones.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Musical discoveries? Those would require actually purchasing CDs or understanding how to work an iPod. Not so much this year.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Dog walker chic, aka sneaker wearing fool. That is, pseudo-college-student schlub.

Who were the best new people you met?
Tony, the doorman at 72nd and 1st. Ira and Carl, the doormen at 86th between 3rd and 2nd. Maggie, the RN with the awesome dog, Max, just like MY awesome dog Max. Michelle, the public interest law student with the two well-schooled pit bulls. Didn't I just mention that I'm a pathetic dog geek? This would be concrete proof. Oh, and I would include a lot of really cool bloggers, but I'm a stickler when it comes to actually meeting the people face to face. That's right - I said it -I don't think bloggers count as actual people until I meet them. Ha!

Did you fall in love in 2004?
Sure... and keep doing it more all the time.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I was naive enough to think the asshats at my last job were doing me a favor by letting me go on Dec. 5th of last year. Now, I know they're just asshats.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting out from under the old unemployment checks and taking the world by the cojones. Or, Upper East Side dog owners, anyway.

What was your biggest failure?
Allowing a simple thing like the loss of a really crappy job to undermine my confidence and self esteem for such a terribly long time.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
Compromise is sometimes a good thing - but not always.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
Obladi, Oblada, life goes on...


At 2:19 PM, Blogger Me said...

Happy New Year. And Happy (Belated) Birthday.

I need to think of a game plan for this upcoming year...

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Happy New Year! 2005!!!!! Love, Peace, Freedom

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