Well, the semester is off and rolling. It seems like time is going by so quickly. There are still Christmas packages that I have yet to mail.
As a result, I am a bit slow in doing this "End of Year Meme" that I saw over at Maggie's. I am confident that you will forgive me.
1. Will you be looking for a new job?
No – Why? What have you heard? Should I be looking?
2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?
Well, I am always looking. Everybody needs a hobby.
3. New house?
Oh.My.God.No. My horrific experiment with home ownership has left me traumatized. I am content to keep renting my little cottage. Besides, I am so broke and in debt that I probably wouldn't even qualify for a mortgage on a porta-potty.
4. What will you do different in 08?
I will be drinking bourbon in ways that I never expected to do. For most of 2007 (and earlier), I shied away from the brown liquors. Foolish! I was blind, now I see.
5. New Year's resolution?
I pledge to master the Manhattan Cocktail. It will be my gift to human kind.
6. What will you not be doing in 08?
Running for president.
7. Any trips planned?
At some point, I need to go to Chicago (which I love). My family is also planning some sort of group-trip to the east coast. I still have not been to the core of Decaying Midwestern Urban Center. Finally, I would like to return to Boston. Only a fraction of these are likely to happen (see aforementioned brokeness).
8. Wedding plans?
As a gay man, it is my apparent responsibility to undermine the sanctity of heterosexual marriage. It’s what keeps us gays looking youthful.
9. Major thing on your calendar?
End of Semester: April 17.
10. What can’t you wait for?
End of Semester: April 17.
11. What would you like to see happen differently?
It would be nice if American voters a) actually voted and b) voted based on what would be good for the nation rather than voting based on their hatred of gays, feminists, Mexicans/Mexican-Americans, African Americans, people in the Middle East, non-Christians, or any other group. I am not optimistic (Hello, President Huckabee).
12. What about yourself will you be changing?
The snail’s pace at which I am completing the Never Ending Research Project of Doom.
13. Will you better your relationship with your family?
Ah, family. Can’t live with them, can’t shove them in a trunk and drive them over a cliff.
14. Will you be nicer to the people you care about?
Well, I don’t think that I am exactly mistreating them now. Why? What have you heard? Oh, right -- That trunk thing.
15. Will you dress differently this year than you did in 07?
Yes – In addition to the star-spangled panties, you can expect more time in white jumpsuits.
16. Will you start or quit drinking?
I would quit drinking, but I don’t want to.
17. Major lifestyle changes?
Have I mentioned the bourbon thing already?
18. Will you do charity work?
Currently I am slotted to host a cocktail fund-raiser for the local MFT queer youth group in March. That is my ideal type of volunteer work -- One that involves serving liquor. Beyond that, I am not sure. My other volunteer effort has been thwarted so far.
19. Will you go to bars?
In my mind, I am already there.
20. Will you be nice to people you don’t know?
Um – Yes. – Who wrote this meme? All of these questions about being nice suggests that somebody clearly ate their birthday cake in 2007.
21. Do you expect 08 to be a good year for you?
I try not to expect anything.
22. How much did you change from this time last year till now?
It is hard to measure – Unless we are talking about my hairline, which has sadly moved significantly backwards. sigh
23. Do you plan on having a child?
I do not. It would be infinitely preferable to have a fully autonomous robot who could tidy up my house.
24. Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with now?
Of course. Why? What have you heard?
25. What happened in 07 that you didn’t think would ever happen?
I moved to Midwestern Funky Town.
26. Will you be moving?
I really, really, really hope not. Moving suuuuuuuuuuucks.
27. What will you make sure doesn’t happen in 08 that happened in 07?
I intend to trust my instincts about people much more. Usually my big mistakes involve disregarding what I know to be true and, instead, believing what the other person tells me to be true (It's a little life lesson that I keep failing at over and over again).
28. What are your New Year's Eve plans?
I went to a friend’s house.
29. Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?
I did, but did not avail myself of that option.
30. One wish for 08?
A happy end to the Never Ending Research Project of Doom.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
When in Doubt, Meme
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:o) I did this one too! Hope you're enjoying 2008 so far (though that going back to school thing already really, really sucks!).
Having someone to kiss on New Year's Eve is a very nice thing ... even if you don't avail yourself of the option.
As for making a good Manhattan, it's all about the bourbon you choose ... and I like to put more bitters in mine than people normally do. What can I say? I'm extra bitter. Also, try them with dry vermouth and a twist sometime. That's yummy too.
The necessity of home ownership, to me, is like that procreation mandate people foist on you your whole life. I just never saw the attraction. Being the non-committing type (some say flaky), I always liked the freedom of renting. Rent getting too expensive, getting bored with the neighborhood, getting fed up with being stalked by that guy you dated for just three weeks, just move! Grab your coat and get your hat, leave your worries on the doorstep.
Well, except that, oops, I forgot - moving suuuuuucks. So forget what I said.
Have you ever been diagnosed with clinical paranoia? ;)
I'd vote for you. Especially for you wearing your star-spangled panties.
Love it! The State Theater sign clinched it -- we have both spent time in Midwestern Funky Town!
Manhattans are such a fabulous drink. The summer I turned 36 was the summer of the Manhattan in my life.
I don't drink them any more.
I'm so glad I am not the only one with Christmas packages yet to mail.
gayprof wrote: "There are still Christmas packages that I have yet to mail".
Oh, thank god. That's why my present from gayprof has not yet arrived. :)
Decaying Midwestern Urban Center isn't as bad as you make it sound, especially if you like techno. if you do, well you'll love May and some of the clubs. If you don't, well, i hope you like country.
Thank you for a few chuckles this morning. Love the new avatar! Have a great week!
WiccaChicky: 2008 is still a blur. I don't like the fact that I am starting off so broke.
VUBOQ: Increase the bitters, eh? I already use less vermouth than standard recipes require...
Earl: I am not sure a stalker would prompt me to move. It would have to be a really, really serious stalker to get me over the moving suuuuuuuuucks thing.
Doug: Have you ever been diagnosed with clinical paranoia?
No -- Why? What have you heard?
Lost in France: And what was your opinion? Was it Midwestern? Was it Funky?
Laverne: Maybe you will want to start drinking them again when I perfect the master recipe.
Andrea: Truth be told, I actually have Christmas shopping that I still need to do.
Bardelf: What??? You didn't get it yet???
Liz: I actually have a soft spot for Decaying Midwestern Urban Center. It's hard, though, not to acknowledge that it is decaying.
Steven: I like my new Avatar as well. It is astounding how the body is so close to my own.
Decaying Midwestern Urban Center... sounds like Omaha, only without the State theater. And the fun things to do in the Spring time. And anything else that is remotely interesting or enjoyable.
Sorry, this was supposed to be about you, not me.
Of all the things I'm hoping you don't have to go through in '08, it's the job and housing changes. Unless they are simply necessary, upheavals like that should really only be done with years in between. You had two complete upheavals in as many years.
Stay put, try to enjoy... and finish the NERPoD!
Happy New Year!
For a cop out, that was a rather labor intensive meme.
Both Midwestern and Funky. I seem to remember a couple of spots near the railroad tracks ....
David- Memes are OFTEN more labor-intensive than they seem at first glance. And I will purloin. Thanks, GP.
GP- I was really hoping you'd come over to my blog and complain about missing TV themes.
First time visitor and commenter here.
I wish you luck with your resolution to master the Manhattan. What, to you, is the perfect Manhattan? Do you make it with a bourbon or with whiskey?
I make my Manhattans with 2 shots of Knob Creek bourbon, a half-shot of sweet vermouth, 3 drops of bitters, and a teaspoon of cherry juice. I pour all my ingredients into a shaker with ice. I shake, shake, shake. Then strain over ice, add a cherry, stir, and enjoy.
I haven't heard anything, so you're safe. I want to learn to make/like manhattans too. Let me know how, would you?
I use rye for my Manhattans, usually Old Overholt, as it is one of the few straight ryes in most liquor stores--and it's good. Drink bourbon straight (you can chase it past the ice if you want it cooler than the room). Wild Turkey Rare Breed is my drink of choice.
Some life changes prove more rewarding that others.
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