It’s about that time again.

EDIT!!! Haha, I wasn’t lying, I did do this survey for the past 4 years, just, I put them on private after the craziness of my entries being STOLEN. So, yeah, in case anyone was interested in reading the old ones, they’re un-private now. Hurrah.

Year 4 of this survey, my friends. I am going to keep it STRONG.

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
Mmm. I think the better question would be what DIDN’T I do in 2006 that I’d never done before. Hah. Just kidding. Partially.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yeah, I did, even though it was completely accidental that I did. And yeah, I will.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nicole Cabildo, but I wouldn’t exactly say she’s “close”.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. But my mom did cut off part of her finger. That was pretty tragic.

5. What countries did you visit?
Berkeley should be considered a country all its own. Hippietown.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A boyfriend. WTF, man.

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 25, August 31, September 12, and September 19. And for why, well, it’s really not of any interest to anyone else.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
My first job, my first brush with “college”, and you know, not getting another eating disorder pretty much.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I do not “fail.” Pfft. What is this “failure” you speak of?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yeah. Bronchitis. Hardcore status.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
By myself? I bought some suh-weet Coach sunglasses. And another pair of Sevens. But most of my money goes to food, journals, books, and magazines, all of which I think can be considered “best” investments.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Every year, I never know how to answer this question. I mean, who do I know that’s worth celebrating? I don’t know him, but I think Bono should be applauded. Him and that guy who won the Nobel Prize for giving small business loans to poor people, and inevitably helping them out of poverty, and every other philanthropist out there actually DOING something with their lives. Man, I admire them so much.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Sigh. Long story.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Haha. Crap. Basically. But crap that was WORTH IT.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Heee. I don’t remember the first 6 months of this year anymore, but I bet grad night and prom and graduation were pretty exciting. Other than, gee, this guy was pretty exciting for a while.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
The Killers – While You Were Young. And everything off Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake’s new cds. Or Ying Yang Twins – Shake. The Killers always seem to have my focal point song of the year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Happier. Infinitely.

ii. thinner or fatter?
Probably the same. I don’t think I’ve gained weight in the past 4 years.

iii. richer or poorer?
Richer, but uh. That’s relative.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Makeout. I’m not going to lie.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinate. Story of my life.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
In my room. Asleep. It was a nice vacation from GIFT WRAP HELL.

22. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Nope. Oh well, maybe next year.

23. How many one night stands?
Not enough, my friends. Just kidding.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Project Runway, Entourage, and Grey’s Anatomy. Oh, and Heroes. DUH, how could I forget the best tv show evar.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope. I hate less.

26. What was the best book you read?
Oh man, I read some good ones this year. But it’s between The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho and Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
John Legend. It took me this long to discover him, it’s a travesty. Some other doodz, but well. Who cares.

28. What did you want and get?
Um. I don’t know. Things. I don’t put too much emphasis on them anymore.

29. What did you want and not get?
Sigh. The same thing as every year. Someone for Fall. Oh well. MAYBE NEXT YEAR, RIGHT? MOTHER FUCKERS?

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Last Kiss? I can’t think of anything else.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Had lunch with Kristel and Mark at BJ’s, then to the beach with Stephanie Hawkins, Kristel, Jess Riady, and Nathan, where we were later met with Mike and Paul and these random drifters from St. Louis. A roaring bonfire, ace conversation, and the aroma of burning desk drawers really made for an ideal 18th birthday. Yes, I’d do it all over again, even if no porn or lottery tickets were involved.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More making out. Obviously.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Meh, mine, basically. Lots of American Apparel. Lately it’s been very red, though.

34. What kept you sane?
My journal. Ohhh, man. My journal. And the compliments I held close to my heart for future reference.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you want the most?
I didn’t. There were real people this year that I wanted more than any celebrity.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Rumors of the candidates for the upcoming election has been pretty rousing. But most of my interest has been engaged in worldy political matters, like the genocide in Sudan and growing epidemic of AIDs in Africa, and the efforts to curb it.

37. Who did you miss?
Everyone knows, so there’s no point in sharing.

38. Who are cool new people you met?
Everyone in my classes and all of my co-workers. And Paul and Mike, though Paul isn’t really “new”. Or “cool” for that matter. Just kidding. Oh, well, he’ll never read this anyway.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006?
The world is so much more enjoyable and more interesting when you actually live in it.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
We all have a sickness
that cleverly attaches and multiplies
No matter how we try.
We all have someone that digs at us,
at least we dig each other.
: Incubus — Dig

Sigh. Another year, another survey. Nothing too crazy this year, though. Nothing too in-depth, because as I figure it, people are better off not knowing. Good night and a good new year to everyone who still reads this!

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Boys are so stupid.

And I realize now that the great majority of them are filled with wasted breaths of empty words. “I’ve never felt this way about anyone before.” Man. What a load of shit.

Oh, but this has nothing to do with me. No, this isn’t the result of some bitter interaction with some stupid boy. It’s just from what I’ve seen and heard from the guys around me. Really, it’s such a joke. I’ve yet to meet a decent enough guy who warrants any significant amount of attention or praise. Oh, please. Don’t waste your time on me. There are only so many ways that I can express my disinterest.

I’m cynical. I’ve also yet to be proven wrong. Sue me.

Mmm. Man. I’d just like to once, just once, meet someone who will prove me wrong. I would just like to meet some guy worth remembering, worth knowing, worth getting to know. As of yet, I’ve only been met with disappointment, so excuse me if the dating pool just looks a little too shallow for me to be wading around in.

I don’t think Christmas has ever crept upon me so suddenly. Christmas has always reached me like a hit-and-run, here and gone again within seconds, just because in high school I was always too concerned with finals to be aware that Christmas was only a few days away. But this year was the worst. I think it’s because I work in gift wrap. I’ve just become numb to the presence of presents, because I’ve had to wrap hundreds of other people’s presents. And when you know what’s inside, it kind of kills it for you. Suddenly it’s like I’m going to fall asleep tonight and wake up tomorrow in Christmas, and all I can think is when did that happen?

And I still haven’t seen my fucking Christmas lights. Sigh. Every year. Thwarted. The years don’t get any less disappointing. Just faster and sooner and harder in disappointing me.

Work kicks my ass, but I can’t help but thrive off the kind words and the sincere looks from random strangers.

I enjoy people. Lots of random, different people. I enjoy how colorful life has been lately, though fast-paced and non-stop. I enjoy feeling appreciated. Feeling noticed.

It’s nice to know that people don’t see past me.