Mark's Long-Awaited Year-End Meme

Thanks for your hard work MarkTapioKines!

1. What are the best things that happened to you this past year?
Fell in love, quit my old job, got a few cool paid writing gigs, became more adventurous.

2. What are the worst?
The movie fell through. Some important friendships were strained. Took a pay cut. Dealt with some seemingly incurable health issues.

3. In what way(s) has your life improved since January 1, 2006?
See question #1.

4. In what way(s) has your life gotten worse since January 1, 2006?
See question #2.

5. Name something you did for the first time this year.
Went scuba diving.

6. How many flights – as in individual take-offs and landings – did you take in 2006?
I think it was 10.

7. What's the lamest new movie you saw?
For Your Consideration

8. What famous people did you meet this year? (Define “famous” as you wish.)
Crispin Glover, Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, Greg Duli (sort of).

9. What item or event (including a vacation or taxes) did you spend the single most amount of money on this year?

10. What's the biggest thing a FRIEND of yours accomplished this year? (Please exclude me from your answer – I am not fishing for compliments.)
Well, I was going to use Mark's winning of the Getty Images competition but since he asked us to exclude him from our answers, I will go with pursuing his goal of moving to SF, immediately landing a job, a great, centrally located apartment and a cool roommate. I am now firmly convinced that he can do anything he sets his mind too. Hopefully that means he will be churning out albums soon.

11. How many LiveJournal friends did you meet face-to-face this year? (Or “MySpace friends” if you think that's a more interesting demographic.)
If by “meet”, you mean “hang out with”, not counting “groups”, the total for LJ friends is 21 out of 25.

12. In general, do you think 2006 was a good year or a bad year for pop culture (movies, TV, books, music, fashion)?
Very bad. Britney Spears' vagina was news. The only new album that impressed me was Morrissey's. Leggings are back in style. (Don't even get me started on Goucho pants). And I only saw two films that truly affected me. One was released in 2005 and the plot of the other centers around animal fellatio.

13. Finally, what are your plans and/or expectations for 2007?
Building on my “script coverage” side-job, scoring some more freelance writing gigs, utilizing all of my newly acquired vacation days, and developing my poker skills. Hopefully there will be some pleasant surprises in there too.