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2009 Retrospective Survey! Try it!!!!
« on: December 04, 2009, 09:34:17 am »

Ok everyone!

It's that time, almost time to say goodbye to this year, and move on to the new one.

TV shows will start doing their recap of the past year.....and this survey is your chance to do your own personal recap.  This will help you to realize exactly what you did and what affected you this year.

Just quote the post, remove the quote tags, and the introduction, and just fill your answers in!






1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?



2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?



3. Did anyone close to you give birth?



4. Did anyone close to you die?



5. What countries did you visit?



6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?



7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?



8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?



9. What was your biggest failure?



10. Did you suffer illness or injury?



11. What was the best thing you bought?



12. Whose behavior merited celebration?



13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?



14. Where did most of your money go?



15.What made you really really really excited?



16.What song will forever remind you of 2009?



17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? 
 
b) thinner or fatter? 

c) richer or poorer? 
 
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?



19. What do you wish you’d done less of?



20. How will you be spending Christmas?



21. How will you be spending New Year's?



22. Did you fall in love in 2009?



23. How many one-night stands?



24. What were your favorite TV programs?



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



26. What was the best book you read?



27. What was your greatest musical discovery?



28. What did you want and get?



29. What did you want and not get?



30. What was your favorite film of this year?



31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?



32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?



33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?



34. What kept you sane?



35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?



36. What political issue stirred you the most?



37. Who did you miss?



38. Who was the best new person(s) you met?



39. Side question...who would I like to get to know better?



40. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:



41. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year (any song from any year):


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: 2009 Retrospective Survey! Try it!!!!
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2009, 09:34:50 am »

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Flew to New Zealand and Australia, rode a gondola and ski lift.  Also toured the Brokeback Mountain sites in Alberta.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I made none this year.  Not sure I'll make any for this coming year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No

5. What countries did you visit?

Canada, Australia, New Zealand.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

I had a boyfriend this year, so I'll modify my usual answer (boyfriend) and say a permanent relationship.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Feb. 14th.  It was the first time I had a date on Valentine's Day, thanks to the answer above.  ;D

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Losing 20 pounds I had regained when I fell off the wagon.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Falling off the wagon in the first place.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Tickets to Canada and Au & NZ.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Anne Hathaway, for all her work to raise awarenss on gay rights.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Too many to list.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Travel, and that's just fine with me.  ;D

15.What made you really really really excited?

Brokie gatherings!

16.What song will forever remind you of 2009?

Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?  Happier
 
b) thinner or fatter?  Thinner

c) richer or poorer?  the same
 
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

dating.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

working

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

with family

21. How will you be spending New Year's?

with friends

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?

No, but I had a great crush that gave me great times.

23. How many one-night stands?

Usual answer, none.

24. What were your favorite TV programs?

The Office; Little Britian USA

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

Nope

26. What was the best book you read?

Columbine by Dave Cullen

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Gloriana and Lady Antebellum

28. What did you want and get?

to see the Brokeback film locations

29. What did you want and not get?

Long term relationship

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Were the World Mine

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I did nothing, and I was 40.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

More money, LTR

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

jeans, button downs.  Izod.

34. What kept you sane?

Friends

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Neil Patrick Harris

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

gay marriage

37. Who did you miss?

Jari

38. Who was the best new person(s) you met?

Matthew (ZK)

39. Side question...who would I like to get to know better?

Myself

40. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

Push boundaries.  It can be frightning, but you can amaze yourself.

41. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year (any song from any year):


"I'm just lookin' for that one good man
the kind who'll never make me hurt or cry
the man who'll always be there by my side
I'm just lookin' for that one nice guy

"One Good Man" - Sweet Sensation



Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: 2009 Retrospective Survey! Try it!!!!
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2010, 03:29:21 pm »
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Took six months off work to write, get fit, travel, etc.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No, so none this year, why bother? The resolutions I made last year were very difficult ones such as Be True to Yourself. Instead of New Year's resolutions, they were more like New Life Resolutions, and it will probably take me the rest of my life to get proficient at them!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No, thankfully (I have two college-age children.)

4. Did anyone close to you die? My dog, Kapu.

5. What countries did you visit? I stayed in the US, but I sent my daughter and husband off to Italy for three weeks.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Nothing really, but I suppose it would be nice to have a job.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? July 4th, which I spent in Lander, Wyoming with friends (they don't have fireworks in Riverton, they have a Mountain Man Rendezvous instead)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
There were two: I helped out my mom, who wanted to sell her house and move. I helped her with that and then moved her to Denver to live with me. Also, my friend Rodney suddenly moved away from his house, so I disposed of all the contents and sold it. Whew!!

9. What was your biggest failure? I had hoped my mom would live with me in our house, but she only stayed two months and then moved into a retirement home.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nope, none. Well, I had the flu one weekend, but didn't miss any work.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Grivel Crampons. They work so well for walking up a vertical frozen waterfall!!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Our president IMO for his patience and tolerance of dumm-assed people.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Californians!! Not all of them...just certain of them!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Into footwear...I bought hiking boots, mountaineering boots, rock climbing shoes, snowshoes, crampons, and several pair of cowboy boots!

15.What made you really really really excited? The prospect of climbing a sheer rock or ice face, followed by a nice jacuzzi afterwards!

16.What song will forever remind you of 2009? Two: Amy McDonald's Run and John Denver's Rocky Mountain High.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?
Happier!!
 
b) thinner or fatter? About the same (more muscle though)

c) richer or poorer? Richer in the currency that matters!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
More writing and more time spent with my friends.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sleeping.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? Spent Christmas at home with family, mother, and visiting relatives, from my side of the family, for a change.

21. How will you be spending New Year's? Saw my friend Laura play her fiddle with a Celtic band and watched the fireworks in dowtown Denver with my best friends Adam, Chuck, Katrina, and Jack!!

22. Did you fall in love in 2009? No falling in 2009, I just stayed at the same high level as previous years.

23. How many one-night stands?
All my stands are multi-night!

24. What were your favorite TV programs? TV? What's that? Oh, I watched PBR on TV, that was good!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No time for hate. No space for hate.

26. What was the best book you read?
On the Mountains of the Moon by Mary Ramstetter and Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Amy McDonald, Kevin Keller, Ludovico Einaudi, Darshan Ambient.

28. What did you want and get? I got my friend back.

29. What did you want and not get? A job (but I didn't want it that much)

30. What was your favorite film of this year? Slumdog Millionaire, Imaginarium, Avatar

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
You are a very nosy person, do you realize that? Well, I'll answer half of the question. I went with friends to Ten Sleep, Wyoming, one of my favorite places, and I saw James McMurtry, son of Larry, perform, and then I went to the top of Brokenback Mountain and slept there under the stars!

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If Prop 8 hadn't been overturned and if the recession had ended.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Goodwill meets REI (Recreation Equipment Intl)

34. What kept you sane?
My friends

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Dev Patel.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Marriage Equality.

37. Who did you miss? Heath, of course.

38. Who was the best new person(s) you met? I met some awesome women when I enrolled in a women's rock climbing class. These are definitely women who rock!!

39. Side question...who would I like to get to know better? I think you would like Steven Soderburgh, Chuck. Oh, and Tom Ford, too! But "I think he's taken."

40. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
When the worst thing that could happen happens, you find out that it is the best thing that could happen.

41. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year (any song from any year):

My pack's on my back and my spurs are a'jingling
The sun's in my face and I'm singing this song:
Yippee Ti-yi-yo, Get along little dogies,
It's your misfortune and none of my own
Yippee Ti-yi-yo, Get along little dogies,
you know that Wyoming will be your new home!
Too much to do. . .I don't have time to get old!

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Re: 2009 Retrospective Survey! Try it!!!!
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2010, 04:36:53 pm »
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

I opened a brokerage account, and I'm learning to play guitar.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

My resolutions are more like goals, and they are mostly constant year to year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, Patty had a little girl in August.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?

I didn't travel much this year, unless we can consider Provincetown another country ;).

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

health insurance, a job with benefits, more time and money for travel

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

April 16, 2009 - I fell in love.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I found a home.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Taking the BC/BS job in Florida was a mistake...although I enjoyed St Augustine, the job wasn't for me.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

nothing important

11. What was the best thing you bought?

a gift certificate for a massage, my guitar

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

the late Senator Kennedy

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Pat Robertson, but what else is new?

14. Where did most of your money go?

Tennessee, with indulging in dining out a close second

15.What made you really really really excited?

I loved my road trip in March with Dev...thanks for making the trek with me.  We had so much fun with all our stops along the way!

16.What song will forever remind you of 2009?

If I Fell in Love with You....the Beatles

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?  happier
 
b) thinner or fatter?  a little fatter

c) richer or poorer?  about the same
 
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

traveled and seen friends

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

worried for no good reason

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I had a fun little tree decorating party and spent Christmas with loving friends, complete with a non-traditional seafood dinner and presents.

21. How will you be spending New Year's?

I spent New Years much the same way as Christmas.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?

Head over toenails.   8)

23. How many one-night stands?

None

24. What were your favorite TV programs?

Hmm....Nothing new - this past year on Netflix I discovered Leverage, went through all the Law & Order:SVU and CI, and Jericho.

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

I don't hate anyone, tho housemate Lolo is on my very last nerve.

26. What was the best book you read?

Elie Wiesel - Night

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Solas - Celtic music my friends Gary and Shelia enjoy

28. What did you want and get?

Love.

29. What did you want and not get?

I'm very happy with my life right now...there's always room for more financial security in my world, but I'm not going to quibble.  I'm employed with a decent chance of staying that way.  That's good enough.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Milk or Slumdog Millionaire, tho I guess they're 2008 films I saw in 2009...always behind the times.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 41 and Paulie treated me to a sumptuous dinner at this posh and trendy restaurant called Le Banq.  I lost count of the courses and special wines with every course...a real night to remember!  Thank you   :-* :-*  {{{{{Paulie}}}}}

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

a more secure job and larger savings account

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

uh..still don't have a personal fashion concept. :P

34. What kept you sane?

Having BetterMost and other Brokie friends to talk with when the insanity comes along. ;)

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Nobody is standing out in my mind at the moment.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

gay marriage and the lack thereof, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Darfur...

37. Who did you miss?

my mother, my brother, my father, Truman

38. Who was the best new person(s) you met?

Susan from the Friends Meeting

39. Side question...who would I like to get to know better?

That's a hard one...so many more Brokies left to meet...and even the ones I know, I want to know better.

40. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

I learned a little about creating peace in my own heart and I guess, forgiveness.  I've finally let go of that 14 year old girl who was so angry with her father for leaving his family and letting her mother grow old alone.  I said goodbye to her last week; I don't think I need her anymore.  I also let my dad and stepmom know.  It feels healing.

41. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year (any song from any year):

When my fist clenches, crack it open
Before I use it and lose my cool
When I smile, tell me some bad news
Before I laugh and act like a fool

If I swallow anything evil
Put your finger down my throat
If I shiver, please give me a blanket
Keep me warm, let me wear your coat
--The Who, Behind Blue Eyes
"Laß sein. Laß sein."

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Re: 2009 Retrospective Survey! Try it!!!!
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2010, 09:11:16 am »

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Visited Captain Moonlite's grave -  http://bettermost.net/forum/index.php/topic,6892.0/all.html

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Resolutions aren't my thing . . . at any time of year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

None.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

Enlightenment.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

My 60th birthday.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Survival.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I don't like to dwell on the negative.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A potted palm. It's beautiful.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Many.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

See #9 above.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Cost of living and superannuation.

15.What made you really really really excited?

Being retired and never again having to work.

16.What song will forever remind you of 2009?

None.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?  Happier.
 
b) thinner or fatter?  Same.

c) richer or poorer?  Richer.
 
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish I'd completed more paintings.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Nothing that I can recall.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

With friends.

21. How will you be spending New Year's?

Sydney Harbour fireworks.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?

No.

23. How many one-night stands?

None.

24. What were your favorite TV programs?

* Rex in Rome - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inspector_Rex

* The Bill - http://www.thebill.com

* Taggart - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taggart

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

I don't hate anyone.

26. What was the best book you read?

"The Power and the Glory" by Graham Greene

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Nil.

28. What did you want and get?

Retirement.

29. What did you want and not get?

Less is more.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

"Sherlock Holmes."

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Luncheon - my 60th.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

$$$$$$

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Casual.

34. What kept you sane?

Meditation.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Christopher Meloni.   :P   :-*   :-*   ;D

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Yawn.   ::)

37. Who did you miss?

Mama.

38. Who was the best new person(s) you met?

Chuck.  :D

39. Side question...who would I like to get to know better?

Myself.

40. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

Live in the present moment.

41. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year (any song from any year):

"I Am What I Am" -



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Re: 2009 Retrospective Survey! Try it!!!!
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2010, 02:33:10 am »

41. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year (any song from any year):

My pack's on my back and my spurs are a'jingling
The sun's in my face and I'm singing this song:
Yippee Ti-yi-yo, Get along little dogies,
It's your misfortune and none of my own
Yippee Ti-yi-yo, Get along little dogies,
you know that Wyoming will be your new home!

I'd like to change my answer to this question to this:

Long May You Run, by Neil Young

We've been through some things together
With trunks of memories still to come
We found things to do in stormy weather
Long may you run

Long may you run
Long may you run
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run

Well, it was back in Blind River in 1963
When I last saw you alive
But we missed that shift on the long decline
Long may you run

Long may you run
Long may you run
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run

Maybe The Beach Boys have got you now
With those waves singin' "Caroline No"
Rollin' down that empty ocean road
Gettin' to the surf on time

Long may you run
Long may you run
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run

Long may you run
Long may you run
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run
« Last Edit: March 01, 2010, 12:22:08 am by Front-Ranger »
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Re: 2009 Retrospective Survey! Try it!!!!
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2010, 12:20:47 am »
I just heard Neil sing this at the closing ceremony of the Olympics, as the flame was extinguished. There couldn't be a better song IMHO.

I'd like to change my answer to this question to this:

Long May You Run, by Neil Young

We've been through some things together
With trunks of memories still to come
We found things to do in stormy weather
Long may you run

Long may you run
Long may you run
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run

Well, it was back in Blind River in 1962
When I last say you alive
But we missed that shift on the long decline
Long may you run

Long may you run
Long may you run
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run

Maybe The Beach Boys have got you now
With those waves singin' "Caroline No"
Rollin' down that empty ocean road
Gettin' to the surf on time

Long may you run
Long may you run
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run

Long may you run
Long may you run
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run

Too much to do. . .I don't have time to get old!