Today in My History

2000:  The New Millennium
2001:  The Word of the Lord
2002:  The Guest of Honor Wasn't There
2003:  Annual Report
2004:  End of the Year Wrap-Up
2005:  The Lasts

2006 Thanks for 2006
2007:  Dogs of 2007
2008:  Dogs of 2008
2009:  Wrapping Up 2009

2010:  2010 in Numbers
Lotsa New Stuff
2012: iPad Hair
2013:  Old Friends
2014: 2014 in Review

Bitter Hack
Updated: 12/15
"The Behavior of Broadus"

Books Read in 2015
 Updated: 12/25
"The Price of Salt"

Mirror Site for RSS Feed:
Airy Persiflage

The New Brasilian in my life
(his video is here)

The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers

The story of Delicate Pooh

The story of the Pinata Group

Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

mail to Walt

mail to Bev  


31 December 2015

I've done this the last few years.  It's kind of depressing, the similarity from year to year!  Several questions on this annual list were asked in last week's Sunday Stealing, so I'm just doing the ones that were eliminated

1. Was 2015 a good year for you?
On the whole good.  Some very nice things, but everything is always overshadowed by my other's worsening dementia...and this year, my cousin's death.

2. What was your favorite moment(s) of the year?
Our 50th anniversary party, and being able to tour La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

3. What was your least favorite moment of the year?
Getting the news of my cousin's death.

4. Where were you when 2015 began?
I think we were at a party thrown by The Psychiatrist and his wife.  They've been having this party for over 40 years and it is always full of food and music and a lot of visiting with people we don't see at any other time of the year.

5. Who were you with?
Walt and lots and lots of other Davis people.

6. Where will you be when 2015 ends?
At the same party

7. Who will you be with when 2015 ends?
All the same people

8. Who did you miss?
My sister Karen.  She was murdered in 1971.  We were never close growing up, but boy do I wish she were here now to share the worries about our mother.

9. How many different states did you travel to in 2015?
We spent a lovely weekend in/around Seattle, but I think that was the only state to which we traveled this year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Very healthy, except for having successful cataract surgery in December.

11. Where did most of your money go?
About 1/3 of my small income (my personal income, from theater reviews and Social Security) pays for my sponsorship of the children I sponsor through Compassion, Int'l.  The rest goes to books!

12. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I hoped to raise $1,000 by having my head shaved for St. Baldrick's to raise money for children's cancer research.  In the end, Ned and I raised $3,700.  That was exciting!

13. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2015?
I drink almost no alcohol.  I had a little bit of wine on the cruise, a drink when we first got on the ship, and one spiked egg nog at Christmas.  I may have had more throughout the year, but not much.

14. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2015?
Only prescription ones.

15. Did you treat somebody badly in 2015?
I hope not.  I did inadvertently short changed a customer last week at Logos, but rectified the situation when she pointed it out!

16. Did somebody treat you badly in 2015?

17. How many stage shows did you see in 2015?
Sixty-one, the last one was last night, Pippin, which I'd never seen before

18. Did you have a favorite stage show in 2015?
Two stand out.  One was a one woman show called Grounded  about a female "top gun" who gets grounded when she becomes pregnant, and her reaction to returning to work in a new environment where she sits alone in a building and pilots drones all day.  It was a tour de force for actress Alicia Hunt.  The other was a little show called There is a Happiness that Morning Is which is about two college professors caught making love on the school's quad and their reaction to the punishment that has been given to them.  Sounds boring, but it was one of the perks of being a critic, where you don't expect much and then find a gem like this show.

19. What was your favorite film of this year?
I saw a whopping four movies this year.  My favorite of the four was Mr. Holmes.  (The others were Into the Woods, Big Eyes, and Still Alice)

20. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 72.  Marta and Ned took Walt (whose birthday is a week later) and me to Joe's Crab Shack in Old Sacramento for dinner.

21. What did you want and get?
A new DVD/VCR player, which we have not had in about two years.

22. What did you want and not get?
World peace.  I usually add "and a clean house," but I did get that when Ned and Marta cleaned the house for our 50th anniversary party

23. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Thick fuzzy sox and sweat pants.

24. What kept you sane?
Writing Funny the World, I guess.  NCIS marathons are good too.

25. Which celebrity/public figure(s) did you fancy the most?
I'm always impressed by Elizabeth Warren and I really like Bernie Sanders, if only I thought he had a chance of winning.  Malala Yousafzai continues to be an inspiration and anybody working to help Syrian refugees has my admiration.



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