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12/31/2003 Entry: "The Genova New-Years Thingy"

1. What did you do in 2003 that you'd never done before?
Flew on a jet. Went to Disney World.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn't make any then, won't make any now.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yup. I've got a new nephew Caleb William Jarrel Wight.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003?
Two children. 10 drum sets.

7. What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I'm not at liberty to say.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Hmm. Susan, you wanna chime in here?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major.

(See the more section for the rest)

11. What was the best thing you bought?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Well, Dad's outlook on his cancer has been quite a blessing. I don't know that celebration is where I'd go with it, but...

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My own.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Most? Mortgage. Family. Life type stuff.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The drum kit Chick gave me. Julia going to kindergarten. A new baby.

16. What song will always remind you of 2003?
"Take Me to the River."

17. Compared to this time last year, you are:
Still wearing the same haircut.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
The nasty. (Did you read this far?) Drum playing. Reading.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Well, I wish I worked less. But I'm thankful God gives me the work I have, and that work pays my bills, lets me live a very nice lifestyle (especially compared to the rest of the world), and lets my wife stay at home. I wish I didn't have to work so much, but it's a trade I need to make.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
That post is down the page a little.

22. Did you fall in love in 2003?
No, but I was in love for all of 2003.

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Good Eats. Tales of the Gun. American Chopper.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I have never hated anyone in my life.

26. What was the best book you read?
Song of Solomon is nice. Also, the Alton Brown book Lisa gave me for my birtday was really good.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That you can look really hip behind a very small pink sparkle drum kit.

28. What did you want and get?
A bubinga snare drum.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Search me. This was the first year I've ever seen Citizen Cane. It's now a favorite.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 32. It was a Sunday, and there was a big snowstorm. I stayed home all day and did nothing eventful.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Way more time at the Magic Kingdom.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003?
Pretty lax. I need to get back into the ties.

34. What kept you sane?
My family. My faith. My friends. Or, as we know them around the house, the "3 F's."

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I thought Lara Harring was pretty cute.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The question of a casino here in Maine. It really got me thinking about the legalizing of morality, whether it can and should be done, and does it really make a difference.

37. Who did you miss?
I miss my paternal grandfather, Father. I miss Wellman a bit.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Best in what sense? I met the guy that founded Fresh Samantha. He had the vice-president's email address in is address book. Of course, I can't remember the guys name. I met my nephew. He's cool.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2003:
When you leave baby making up to God, be ready for a quick answer.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"I've been trying to make it, woman can't you see
Takes a lot of money to make it, let's talk truthfully
Keep your love light burning, and a little food hot in a plate
You might as well get use to me coming home a little late"

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