1. Was 2008 a good year for you?
2. What was your favourite moment of the year?
Either proposing to V at Ministry, completing on the purchase of the house, or rickrolling the whole office in one move...
3. What was your least favourite moment of the year?
Probably an altercation with a workmate, who dished up some unconstructive criticism on the wrong day and at the wrong time. I think we've come to a mutual understanding now though.
4. What are your plans for 2009?
Continue redecorating the house, get back to the gym, actually play with the toy soldiers instead of just buying and painting them, sell more surplus possessions, visit Hellfest, Rock and Blues, Tintagel, Avebury, Bath and Stonehenge.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What date in 2008 will remain etched in your memory?
Dates? What are they? I remember my birthday, and V's birthday, but that's about it.
7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Toss up between proposing to V, buying a house, and losing 2 stone.
8. What was your biggest failure?
Not keeping more on top of work.
9. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That's the less immediately dangerous version. It could bugger me up royally further down the line, but so long as I lose more weight and cut out almost all the sugar from the diet, then I should be good.
10. What was the best thing you bought?
20-sided fluffy dice for my car.
11. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
People on the road and people on pavements and their utter lack of awareness of their environment and lack of regard for anyone else.
12. Where did most of your money go?
House, car and food. I spent way too much getting takeaway lunch rather than making food for work at home.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Don't think I did. I think I've lost a lot of my random glee, and it's turned more understated instead.
14. What songs will always remind you of 2008?
If any songs will, then it's probably:
- Ministry's NWO. (I proposed during this one.)
- Amon Amarth's Twighlight of the Thunder God.
- Flogging Molly's No More Paddy's Lament.
- Paradise Lost's Shadowkings.
15. Compared to this time last year are you:
a) Fatter or thinner? Thinner. 2 stone thinner. I is still a stone over what I was 3-4 years ago though.
b) Happier or sadder? Happier.
c) Richer or poorer? Much much poorer. I earns a little more, but I now has a mortgage.
16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Selling stuff on ebay, painting the house, painting the toy soldiers, playing with toy soldiers, live music, socialising, exercise, martial arts.
17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Watching tat on telly and working. The workforce I support doubled in the last 6 months. And I'm the only IT staff in my office.
18. How will you be spending Christmas?
I was at my mum's, where I had xmas lunch with her and my bro, then at my grans for the annual Dale clan xmas dinner.
19. Which LJ/MySpace users did you meet for the first time?
None. Social networking my arse.
20. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Nope. Already was.
22. What was your favourite TV show?
Mock the Week. Frankie Boyle is my new god. With the UFC shows somewhere close behind.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Don't think so. No one specific anyway.
24. What was/were the best books you read?
I read a good sized handful of books this year, of which Legion by Dan Abnett was the best. It's Black Library (aka Games Workshop) stuff, 7th of the Horus Heresy series. Beautifully executed multi layered mystery, interspersed with lots of war and with some really evil revelations.
It has been pointed out that I've only really read GW fiction this year, but that one was still better than any of the non-GW fiction, which included Stephen King's Cell and Mick Foley's Hardcore Diaries.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I can't remember when I picked up Amon Amarth's With Oden on Our Side. If that was 2008, then it was Amon Amarth. If not them, then Zozobra. Technically, they're a continuation of the Old Man Gloom project, rather than something new, but meh. I've not really picked up much new music, and most of what I have is new material by bands I already liked.
26. What did you want and get?
My own house.
27. What did you want and not get?
A minion at work. More time. Some form of festival (I failed at Hellfest, we were moving office the weekend of Damnation, and Rock and Blues got cancelled).
28. What was your favourite film this year?
Toss up between Cloverfield and No Country for Old Men. [Rec] was one of the better ones as well. Doomsday would have been up there, but was just a bit too silly in a few too many places.
29. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
Had the day off work, went out for a quiet meal out in the evening with a handful of folk. 33.
30. What one thing would have made your year more satisfying?
Not being under the cosh at work for 6 months straight. More time. Not being tired all the time.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Trainers, sarcastic tshirt, shorts. The shorts aren't the old cut-offs, so I can't claim the concept of old-school thrasher anymore.
32. What kept you sane?
Val. The cat. Being able to go wandering in the car.
33. Which celebrity did you fancy the most?
After the Stepfordisation of Angelina and Katie Holmes, and after seeing too much bad telly, this year's list is longer than normal. In no order, Rachel Stephens, Gemma Atkinson, Selma Hayek, Ruth Jones, Dawn French, Kelly Brook, Raquel Cassidy, Charlotte Church, Katie Brand.
34. Which political issue stirred you the most?
Price of pies. I know there's been things, but I can't think of specifics offhand.
35. Who did you miss?
It's been an odd year for socialisation. I've really just dropped off the face of the planet with most people this year. It'd have been nice to have seen Andrea, Emma H, Si C or Joe Longden, but I've not had the time to really do anything about it.
36. Did you treat somebody badly in 2008?
Don't think so. Aside from the odd work colleague getting short shrift when I've been in the middle of something complicated and they've come and disturbed me.
37. Did somebody treat you badly in 2008?
Had a certain amount of bashing of heads with a couple of characters at work, but we seem to have sorted things out now.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned this year
Everyone else on the road is a wanker. Likewise everyone on the pavement.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year...
Lyrics? I suck at this bit. I know the feelings and stuff I would like to get across, but don't have anything suitable. This is part of it:
"I'm searching for the old spirit of war
With my rough hands and a sharp knife
I need something to cut into so that my god can see me again."
I'm actually not thinking of things quite as violently as that might suggest.
Bonus questions culled from the second version of this that's doing the rounds.
40 - What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Bought a house. Got engaged. Saw a live wrestling show.
41 – Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?
The basic ones of lose weight and paint more toys both actually happened. And yeah, the resolutions will be pretty much the same ones: faff less, watch less crap telly, exercise more, drink less, paint more toys, buy less toys, sell more possessions.
42 - Did anyone close to you give birth?
Cousin Edward and his wife had their second.
43 - Did anyone close to you die?
44 - What gigs did you go to this year?
That was it. I missed the Notts Rancid and Clutch shows, Red Stars Parade had the Nottingham gig cancelled on them, and I didn't make any of the few festivals I wanted to get to.