Went to China... among other things.
2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make any so that I couldn’t break any. Besides, why does it have to be New Year’s to think about changing your habits?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, though a very close family friend died.
5. What countries did you visit?
Change that last word to “live in” and my answer is China.
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
The ability to understand a more substantial amount of Sichuanhua...and maybe a qipao!
7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 21: The day I left for China.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting to China.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not taking advantage of some opportunities when they were available to me.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The sinus infection that developed within 8 hours or so of staying in that hotel room the night before coming home from Jiuzhaigou.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My Lonely Planet book on traveling in China.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My F&F back home... especially my parents…when I announced my thoughts on going to China.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled?
My roommate / project partner.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, food, travel.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to Jiuzhaigou.
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
A cross between U2’s “Zoo Station” and Moya Brennan’s “Heal This Land”… And the movie “Fandango” and its soundtrack might also work…
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or sadder? Happier
ii. Thinner or fatter? About the same
iii. Richer or poorer? Dunno
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
More consideration of whether I wanted to add a partner onto MY research project.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Having “convenience noodles” for dinner... Hey, it’s cheap and easy to fix!
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
2006: Strolled around looking at Christmas lights, went to a Christmas bazaar, watched all the Christmas shows I had on my computer, had a class Christmas party, ate a nice Christmas dinner at Peter’s, and eventually opened the prezzies my nice, kind, sweet, generous parents sent me.
2007: More than likely, stay home and enjoy being with family.
22. Did you fall in love in 2006?
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
CSI, NCIS, and all the acronyms; Monk; Everybody Loves Raymond
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
26. What was the best book you read?
Pshh! I’m a college student; when would I have time to read? Seriously though… Peter Pan by JM Barrie. It’s fun, and it seems fitting for my current circumstances.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Might sound impossible, but a much more… “canned” form of music than American pop.
28. What did you want and get?
Real chocolate. Next item: fresh milk, but I know I’ll have to wait until I get back to the US for that…
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
The only 2006 movies I remember seeing were POC: Dead Man’s Chest and The Banquet, which is a Chinese movie that seemed somewhat based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I prefer to laugh, so I’ll go with POC.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to see the Sea of Bamboo. Afterward, skipped class, ate steak, and gave a presentation. I’m 24.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Comfortable, with lots of fleece.
34. What kept you sane?
F&F, internet, prayer, and past experience with foreign cultures.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Christian Bale seems nice.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
NK’s flirtation with nukes.
37. Who did you miss?
WHOM did I miss? F&F, and exercise people.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Just one?!? Forget it.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
Here’s what China taught me:
a. If you’re not satisfied with what people are doing and if you don’t like the rate at which they’re doing it, you can yell at them if you want to.
b. If a bus comes bearing down on you when you’re in the middle of the road, though the bus has a red light and you have a green light, KEEP WALKING.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Excerpts from U2’s “Zoo Station”:
I'm ready for the laughing gas
I'm ready for what's next
I'm ready to duck
I'm ready to dive
I'm ready to say
I'm glad to be alive
I'm ready for the push
I'm ready for the gridlock
I'm ready...to take it to the street
I'm ready for the shuffle
Ready for the deal
Ready to let go of the steering wheel
Ready for the crush