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I quite liked this survey from last year, so I'll do it again. For 2006.

What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Had a go at climbing the highest mountain in the UK =)

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make some more for next year?
As with last year, my New Year's resolutions are just general guidelines. Here's what I'm hoping to achieve next year:
* Make it through our trip without too many emergencies
* Get a visa/permit for Jess in Australia that allows her to work
* Make it back the US in time for Christmas
* Possibly try to move to Melbourne in there somewhere

Did someone close to you give birth?
My cousins again. They both have two boys now.

Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I know of.

What countries did you visit?
None. Stayed in Scotland! Didn't even get over the border.

What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
I'd like to have a job that pays as much, or preferably more, than my current one.

What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
There's a couple. There's the day, or night rather, that Jess I and were together on Orkney, waiting for the northern lights to appear. There's also the moment my Dad and my Brother turned up here in Edinburgh to see me and Jess. I still can't believe they came all the way over here!

What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?
Managing to curtail my drinking to far less than what it was. I've still had a few benders, but nowhere near what it was in 2005. Also, managing to organise our train trip home. Even I am amazed that we have managed to afford it. I'll believe it when we are stepping on the train in Edinburgh.

What was your biggest failure(s)?
Leaving amicably from my flat.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Only one major cold and a couple smaller cases of it. Probably due to lower levels of alcohol abuse, and trying to make my diet a little better.

What was the best thing you bought?
Computer in March. Made my life a whole lot easier.

Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Well, I still managed to have a few benders this year. Including one where I lost my glasses. Besides myself though, my flatmates, and the middle and upper management at all three of my employers.

Where did most of your money go?
On my travels. Trains, planes, cars and accommodation.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Visiting the Orkney's, specifically the distillery, Cathedral, and Martello tower. Also climbing Ben Nevis.

What song will always remind you of 2006?
Nothing really special or sentimental. The Egg's Walking Away remix (by Tocadisco), as it's set as my ringtone. And Spank Rock's Sweet Talk. I can't stop listening to it! It's so diiiirty.

Compared to this time last year, are you
i. happier or sadder?
A bit sadder I think. Last year I was still buzzed about my trip to NY. Missing home pretty badly.
ii. thinner or fatter? Bit fatter, truth be told. I've been eating a lot of shit this past month.
iii. richer or poorer? Unbelievably, richer than last year. But still poor in general.

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Indoor rock climbing. And exercise in general.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Spending money on CDs, DVDs and games that I will never listen to, watch twice, or play twice.

How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent Christmas with Paul at his flat. We ate like kings of Little Britain and watched Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and movies all day.

Did you fall in love in 2005?
Well, no. Carryover from last year =)

How many one-night stands?

What were your favourite TV programs?
This is the year I officially stopped watching an actual TV for what is broadcast on it. I watch most of my TV on my computer. TV's are for watching movies. Favourite TV shows: Heroes, Studio 60, Family Guy, BBC Planet Earth, and of course, Robot Chicken.

What was the best book you read?
I've not read that many books this year that I can remember. Probably Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
There's nothing that is really standing out in my mind. I'll say Spooky Mens Chorale, Spank Rock, OH! DangerDoom. Definitely.

What did you want and get?
To have a go at climbing Ben Nevis.

What did you want and not get?
Christmas/NYE with Jess. Sigh. Next year, definitely.

Favourite film of this year?
Unfortunately I scorched all of this years movie tickets. Some memorable ones:
* Thank you for smoking
* Clerks II
* Fearless
* Jackass 2
* Casino Royale

Films I'm dying to see: (but likely won't until I get home)
* Pan's Labyrinth
* The Prestige
* The Departed
* Happy Feet
* Kenny

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Back in October, this was a source of confusion. Neither Jess or Paul could remember what we did. We finally figured it out when I found my movie ticket stubs (now scorched): We went out to the esplanade, flew my kite for a bit then had a pub meal and watched a movie (Thank you for smoking).

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
My employer telling me in October "We've got a work permit for you and will pay for your return to this country!". Hah! Like it was ever going to happen. Like hell.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
No facial hair experimentation, though I have kept up with the St. Vinnies special. Half my clothes are from op shops. It doesn't help there's about four of them two blocks from where I live. Edinburgh is overrun with them. I even bought golf clubs from one.

What kept you sane?
Still Jess and my friends, especially Paul this year. And Kat and Alex when driving around Scotland.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Good question. Hmm, how about Corinne Bailey Rae? Yummmm!

Which political issue stirred you the most?
Easily, the industrial relations reform in Australia. Liberal's are going to pay for that one come next election.

Who do you miss?
Once again, Jess. Apart from my family (where the feeling of missing them ebbs and flows depending on how bad my day gets), I miss my mates back in Oz. Damian, Ashley, even Chris who I've only met once. And Brad, I haven't talked to him in ages.

Who was the best new person you met?
Again, a lot of people that I've met. Kat and Alex have left a lasting impression (a good one!), then there's Emma from work (Irish nutter), Jamie from Assembly (must go have a drink with him before I leave!), Pablo from Couchsurfers. Meeting some more new people tonight!

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
It's worth getting outside your comfort zone just to see what the world can be like outside it.

Best live shows of this year:
I did go and see Fear Factory in Glasgow, but as I'm not a big fan, not them. Instead I'll say Ali McGregors Opera Burlesque during the festival. She's Australian, so there's a good chance she might turn up in Australia. See it if she does.

Best drinks of this year
Thankfully didn't get too many benders out of this year. Still had a couple regrettable ones.
Best/worst was during the Festival with the Spiegeltent bar staff; I lost my spectacles and somehow got a brand new printer.
Probably the best without anything bad happening was third or fourth leaving party Jayson had.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
(Gees how do I top last years? More Pearl Jam I say ...)
Got a car ... I got some gas
Oh, let's get out of here ... get out of here fast
Ah, everyone's confused so I stay in my room
If I go, I don't want to go alone
I hope you got this message ... oh, you're not home
I could be there in ten minutes, or so
Oh, I got my things
We'll make it up as we go along
Oh, with you I could never be alone
never be alone

Tickets for Warsaw-Moscow are in hand! Now for the final visa ...


Steve P
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