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22 December 2005
1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before? Bottlefed puppies. Fostered dogs.
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didnt make any New Years resolutions this year, or most years.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No, dammit.
4. Did anyone close to you die? My cousin Shirley died of cancer.
5. What countries did you visit? None this year.
6. What would you like to have in 2006 which you lacked in 2005? Id say "a grandchild," but that would be viewed as being a meddling mother-in-law, so I wont.
7. What date from 2005 will remain etched in your memory, and why? There is no single date which leaps out at me. Events, yes, but dates, no. I don't remember, for example, the specific date of the Tsunami in Indonesia or Hurricane Katrina, and years from now I probably won't remember the exact year, but I will never forget the events themselves.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? This was a low key year. The biggest achievement was dealing with all those dogs. Im also proud of a couple of feature stories that I wrote for The Enterprise.
9. What was your biggest failure? My inability to control (or want to control) my eating. (So what else is new?)
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Not this year, thank goodness. I dont think Ive even had a cold this year, just minor aches and pains.
11. What was the best thing you bought? The Pergo flooring.
12. Which celebrity behavior merited celebration? I am continuously impressed with Jimmy Carter, who I think history will record as our very best ex-president ever.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? The man in the White House, just like the past several years. The whole response to Katrina, which seems to have been dictated more by public opinion than genuine concern and caring, plus the continuing muddling of the war in Iraq, the daily revelations of irregularities and dishonesty--it all makes me cringe every day.
14. Where did most of your money go? I didnt spend a lot this year, compared to previous years, but I suppose that most of what I did spend, in dribs and drabs, was on books. In fact, I seem to have cut my personal spending significantly this year.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The Big Voice finally winning all those awards.
16. What song will always remind you of 2005? "For Good," from Wicked.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer? Neither happier nor sadder this year. Kind of Blah, actually. Im also probably fatter, though I seem to have reached a steady state of blubberhood. Im also neither richer nor poorer.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Nothing major. I would like to have seen more movies in the theater this year. Seems like I missed a lot of things I really wanted to see on the big screen.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? I should say "eating" because I did too much of it.
20. How will you be spending Christmas? This will be our smallest Christmas ever. We will be here at home with just my mother, Ned & Marta and Jeri & Phil. Walts mother is unable to travel up here any more, so his brother is going to Santa Barbara to be with her and his sister (Walt will go down after Christmas to have some alone time with his mother). Its Tom and Laurels year to spend Christmas with her family. Only 7 at the dinner table this year, compared to past years when we had up to 24.
21. Did you fall in love in 2005? Well, there were a couple of puppies that I was quite fond of!
22. What was your favorite TV program? The Daily Show
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I dont "hate" people, though I have made an exception for many of the people in the Administration, starting at the top--but I hated them last year too, so that doesn't really count.
24. What was the best book you read? I didnt read a lot of books this year, but of those that I did read, my favorite was "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed" (Alan Aldas autobiography)
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? The original cast recording of Wicked.
26. What did you want and get? Id been wanting Tivo, but we signed up for Comcasts DVR and, as Ned promised, it changed my TV watching habits. I also got my Pergo floor.
27. What did you want and not get? World peace and a clean house.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? I didnt see a lot of movies in the theater, but of those that I did, Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were Rabbit is the clear favorite.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old did you turn? I turned 62 and we went to see Million Dollar Baby.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A home for Latte before Christmas!
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005? LOL. "Fashion concept" ??? If it fits, thats a fashion concept for me!!!
32. What kept you sane? Thats an unwarranted assumption!
33. Which celebrity did you fancy the most? Ellen Degeneres
34. What political issue stirred you the most? Gay Rights, like every year. Equality for gay couples. That and the black morass the man in the White House has gotten us into.
35. Whom did you miss? Paul and David, of course. And Peggy. I miss having a female friend close by to laugh with.
36. Who was the best new person you met? I dont know that I met any new people face to face, but Ive "met" a host of new on-line friends as a result of video blogging, foremost among whom is Susan of KityKity and Doug, who posts videos on YouTube.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005. Give a man a fish and he will eat for the day; introduce him to the Internet and he'll leave you alone for weeks.
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The Dogs of 2005