meme time

This pair is interesting in that it goes between then and now.

big quiz thing

this went around livejournal just after new years.

  1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before? Travelled interstate just for a band. Hell, travelled interstate as an autonomous adult. Sad, huh.
  2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Not exactly. I made some resolutions during the year, wrote a list of goals. I've done more than I expected but less than I'd hoped... :)
  3. Did someone close to you give birth? Yes, amazingly. Probably the last person I'd expect to be the first of my friends to become a parent.
  4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes. My grandmother.
  5. What countries did you visit? I think Oxford Street in Sydney at night on a long weekend is nearly another country ;) But otherwise, none.
  6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? Many things. Material things, emotional things... I guess I'd just like to be content and not dealing with crisis after crisis (a lot of major shit happened in 2004).
  7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Several, but not stuff I'll get into.
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Hmm. To be honest I'm not going to get into it :)
  9. What was your biggest failure? Not doing the last one a bit sooner.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No.
  11. What was the best thing you bought? Digital camera, by a long long way :) I've realised I'm quite literally not happy if I don't take photos.
  12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Everyone, for surviving what seems to have been a shit year all 'round.
  13. Whose behavior made you appalled? The voting public of Australia and America.
  14. Where did most of your money go? Rent, tax and bills. Some went on a camera and CDs/DVDs.
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Covenant (not the metal band, you at the back) coming to Australia.
  16. What song will always remind you of 2004? Probably We Stand Alone off Covenant's album Northern Light. It'd be hard not to associate a Covenant track with 2004, since the trip to Sydney played such a big role in my life last year.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
  18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Spending time with friends.
  19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Spending time complaining about not seeing friends. Although let's be fair: lots of them are thousands of kms away.
  20. Did you fall in love in 2004? No.
  21. Any one-night stands? No.
  22. What was your favourite TV program? Hmm... discovered the CSI thing, think I was already into The Sopranos.
  23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? As in, genuinely hate? I don't think so. I don't use the word "hate" lightly. There are plenty of people I dislike/don't trust/don't associate with.
  24. What was the best book you read? Second in Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, I'd say. Although it's been a long year and I'm not sure I accurately recall what came out this year and what was last year.
  25. What was your greatest musical discovery? GUP records :)
  26. What did you want and not get? Skyline GTR R34 or^H^H^Hand an Aston Martin Vanquish. Fairly unlikely it's going to happen this year either ;)
  27. Favorite film of this year? Pirates of the Carribean. Don't know if it was released in 2004, but it was my favourite :)
  28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Sat up half the night consoling a close friend about his breakup. I was a year older and no wiser.
  29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Winning the $31million new year's lottery and no longer having to worry about money :)
  30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004? Err... "Hetero men don't wear pale pink shirts, no matter what the Queer Eye lads tell you"..? Like I have a "personal fashion concept" :P I wore a lot of black. I discovered the joy of "drag shirts", as in "drag racing" style (kind of similar to bowling shirts).
  31. What kept you sane? Fucked if I know. Probably music.
  32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Generic Celebrity Number Fifteen. Whatever.
  33. Who do you miss? Absent friends. Miss them like crazy.
  34. Who was the best new person you met? Probably the bunch of people I met at a conference. That might sound a bit odd, but it was really great to be in a room full of people who knew what the fuck I was talking about :)
  35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004: I survived 2004.

Senior year of high school

What year was it?

1995. C'mon party people, put yo hands in da air.

What were your three favorite bands?

Hmm. I don't really recall. Probably The Cure, Depeche Mode, Prodigy. PWEI. NIN. Shit, only three favourites? Like I can limit to that.

What was your favorite outfit?

Jeans and tshirt, most likely. Probably my "scratched NIN logo" tshirt. Or my baggy long-sleeve tshirts.

What was up with your hair?

Aww, don't ask. I went to a school which actively enforced a bloody awful haircut standard (break it and you got a #4 buzzcut). As a result I looked like total shit, since what my hair needs did not fit the rules. Fuck I looked like an utter doofus.

Who were your best friends?

Robert, Jack, Nick, Dan, Jason. Sadly I was already drifting apart from childhood best friend Michael. By then Jenni probably counted as a best friend.

What did you do after school?

On Fridays I'd join The Group in town (note not "city"), usually at McDonalds (there was nowhere good to go). I'd grab a Pepsi from somewhere on the way, then usually end up in the one decent CD shop wishing I had more money.

Other days I'd either walk to my parents' office and wait until they were ready to go home; or (preferably) catch a lift home and spend all afternoon blasting music and reading newsgroups on my vt100 net access. Or catch the bus as far as Robert's place and we'd hang out until my parents came by on the way home.

Did you take the bus?

There was no bus to my place. Well ok I could have walked the last 3-4kms, but there was no verge or footpath. I didn't fancy my chances against the cattle trucks.

Who did you have a crush on?

Probably everyone.

Did you fight with your parents?

Who didn't at that age? Not massively, though.

Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?

I really don't remember.

Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack all day because you were too nervous to find your locker?

Hell no. Who the fuck would do that? Besides, it would have been physically impossible with my high school's text book load.

Did you have a clique?

Welllll, there was "The Group"; capital T capital G. I guess that could be described as a "clique" but realistically it was just a bunch of people who were not especially mainstream and hated each other less than they hated everyone else. Mabye that's harsh. I did like most of them, I guess. Well, the majority.

Admit it, were you popular?

Fuck no. I had a few close friends and the rest of the school thought I was a freak/nerd/loser. I thought they were fuckwit sportos. So long as they left us alone I was happy.

Who did you want to be like?

I don't think I really thought like that. I just didn't especially like where I was.

Maybe that's not true. I did have a couple of good teachers and some previous years' seniors which set a good example of being good people. I wouldn't really say I wanted to "be like them" though.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I think I wanted to be an advertising copywriter/creative by that stage. I went through a phase where I was going to be the next big name in sharp-end creative. I eventually came to my senses and decided it's a fucked industry and I'm well out of it.

Where did you think you'd be at the age you are now?

I suspect I couldn't even imagine being this age. Really I was purely looking forward to uni; and looking forward to no longer being at high school.

If you can't guess that I hated high school,, there's no possibility that you missed that vibe :)