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31 December 2004

I've been working on Walt's mother's annual letter, reading a recap of 2004 for each person in the family.  I thought it would be fun to list the highlights of our year.


We both went to Chicago in March to see The Big Voice
I took my mother to Seattle in April to see tulips
I went to Boise in May to see Olivia
We went to Santa Barbara in July for Tom's BBQ
Walt went to Boston in August to visit Jeri
I went to New Jersey in August to alter books
We went to New York in September to see The Big Voice again
I went to Annapolis in November to visit my friend Roz


I didn't read enough this year, but I did read:
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown
Arranged Marriage By Chitra Divakaruni
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Deception Point by Dan Brown
Eyes of a Child by Richard North Patterson
One Corpse too Many by Ellis Peters
The Oath by John Lescroart
Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott
I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
Left for Dead by Beck Weathers
Trace by Patricia Cornwell
Angel Cafe by Jill Morrow
Timeline by Michael Crichton

Best of the lot was Angels and Demons, surprise discovery was Elegant Gathering of White Snows, and the most disappointing was Digital Fortress, which didn't live up to Brown's other three, I thought.

I also started, but didn't (yet) finish:
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

Theatre and Movies:

I reviewed 46 shows:

A Streetcar Named Desire
A Christmas Carol
Arranged Marriage
My Avisia Winger
Best of Broadway
Damn Yankees
Dirty Blonde
Fiddler on the Roof
Guys and Dolls
Jesus Christ Superstar (twice)
Lady Windemere's Fan
Laramie Project
Moving Out
Over the River and Thru the Woods
Peter Pan
Pirates of Penzance
Private Lives
Romeo and Juliet
Six Characters in Search of an Author
Starlight Express
Steel Magnolias
Swinging on a Star
The Lion in Winter
The Producers
The Servant of Two Masters
The Fantastics
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Two for the Seesaw
Wizard of Oz

Biggest  surprise among these plays was Kindred, a new play by a new playwright named Daniel Keleher; the biggest disappointment was The Laramie Project, which was so stylized it lost its punch.  It was the only review I wrote in 2004 which I feel could have been written better.

I rented (and watched) 94 movies from Netflix, but only saw a handful of films in the theatre.

I did 12 interviews for 6 different feature articles, the most interesting of which was probably a toss-up between Eric Kuppers, choreographer for The Undressed Project (which I was unable to attend), and Hester Chillingworth, a dedicated, enthusiastic MFA directing student at UC Davis.


  • I gave up on WeightWatchers because of someone from my past who started coming to meetings, making them unpleasant for me--and also because I'm a wimp who can't stick to a diet, even when I've done so successfully for two years.

  • I gave up on Curves, first because my accident hampered my ability to do the exercises, and then because I found out that part of my money was going to support pro-Life organizations.

  • Walt and I joined a gym together and while we aren't regulars, we are at least irregulars.

  • I have no cavities, my gums are doing fine, my blood pressure is soaring, the doctor has nothing substantive to say about when my knee will be functional again, and I fell into a category that allowed me to get both a flu and a pneumonia shot.

  • I donated blood every 2 months, and received an award for giving my first gallon.


  • I attended two Giants games (the only sporting events I attended this year).

  • I participated in peace protests, a Code Pink rally, Gay Pride Day, and a rally at the Yolo County Registrar's office when the courts invalidated gay marriages performed in San Francisco.

  • We hosted only two dinner parties, one of which was the family Christmas dinner.

  • I voted for John Kerry and was so depressed at the election results that it took weeks for me to begin to recover.

  • I attended my first (and probably last) "goddess workshop."

  • Joan and I played endless games of on-line Scrabble.

  • I wrote a 50,000 word novel in a month and thousands of e-mails. I received hundreds of personal e-mails, hundreds of "group" e-mails, and an unlimited number of offers for viagra, cialis, home mortgages, porn sites, and riches from African nations.

I have no New Year's resolutions and expect that 2005 will just bring more of the same.  (Except I probably won't try to write another novel this year!)

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