1. What did you do in 2003 that you'd never done before?
Go to a rally. Started autocrossing.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I try not to make New Year's resolutions. Next year I have goals, but not resolutions.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I think one of my cousins did, but I don't remember if that was this year or last.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year. Hopefully not this year. I think not this year, but we will see.
5. What countries did you visit?
Japan and England.
6. What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003?
A new job that I like. A garage of my own.
7. What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The Saturday of Wales Rally GB (sheesh, just that whole weekend.)
Dec. 17. Though maybe only because it's recent.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I achieved something this year?
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not working harder on getting a new job.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just colds. And a really bad neck pain.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Rally GB tickets. I'm also disgustingly fond of my new cel phone cover.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I really admired the way one of my coworkers handled her father's passing, and the stress associated with that.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Too many to list. I lost a lot of respect for several people this year.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Into the bank. Some went into trips.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Wales Rally GB.
16. What song will always remind you of 2003?
"Sand In My Shoes", by Dido
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Very difficult to say. More at peace, I think.
ii. thinner or fatter? Marginally thinner. I think.
iii. richer or poorer? There's more money in the bank.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Not sure... Iai. Probably some other things that I can't think of. Been more serious about finding another job.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With family at my aunt's house, as is traditional.
22. Did you fall in love in 2003?
Not with a person.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
The old ones fade and pass and are replaced by new ones. But none would I call my favorite.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Not really. I tend not to hate people, just dislike them and wish they were out of my life.
26. What was the best book you read?
I don't think I can remember what I read this year.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Evanescence? Super Bell'z, since they amuse me so much. Probably some others.
28. What did you want and get?
To go spectate a rally live
29. What did you want and not get?
A job I like.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Pirates of the Carribean. (One day I will even learn the correct spelling of "Carribean".)
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went out to dinner with a friend. I'm 34.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A job I like.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003?
Difficult to quantify.
34. What kept you sane?
Rallying, and chatting rallying with like-minded friends.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't really chase celebrities.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I got pretty sick of people clogging downtown with their inappropriate anti-war protests -- does that count?
(I have no problem with freedom of speech. I do have problems with illegal protests that affect the health and safety of others. You have your right to speak. Just do it in an approved, orderly fashion, not as a rabble. And for pity's sake, don't cause harm to others while you do it.)
37. Who did you miss?
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Puddle and Leigh. A bunch of awesome people in England, many of whose names I did not get, *sniff*. Rin. Turbo. I'm sure I met other people this year, but my oxygen-deprived brain isn't remembering who at the moment, and for that, I appologize.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2003:
Amazingly good things can come from bad things; don't lose courage during the bad, since it may be leading to something even better than you could possibly imagine.
Abandon self-consciousness: it serves no one.