2015 IN REVIEW
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
2. What was your favorite moment(s) of the year?
Our 50th anniversary party, and being able to tour La Sagrada Familia in
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
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
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
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
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.