Biggest Event Of The Year: Up and borning a kid.
Second Biggest Event Of The Year: Finally getting “Who Let The Dogs Out” out of my head. ARGH NOW ITS IN THERE AGAIN FUCK!
Favorite Movies Seen In The Theater: Lost In Translation (Yeah, it’s a 2003 film, but I saw it early in 2004), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (ditto), The Incredibles, Garden State, Shaun of the Dead.
Most Disappointing Movie Seen In The Theater: Didn’t see any real duds this year, although the headache-inducing shaky-cam style of The Bourne Supremacy prevented me from really enjoying it.
Best TV Shows (Seen On DVD): Freaks & Geeks (so great!) and The Office (so great!).
Movie I got on DVD and didn’t watch for weeks because I was scared that it would be godawful and ruin my fond childhood memories of it, but turned out to be pretty good: Ghostbusters. Dan Ackroyd’s delivery of “I couldn’t help it, he just popped in there” is one of the funniest moments in cinema.
Movie I Watched On DVD That Inspired The Aforementioned Dread By Being Awful And Fond-Memory Ruinous: Tron.
Favorite Fiction Books Read: You know, I can’t say that I read any particularly outstanding fiction books in 2004. Recommendations for 2005 in the comments, please.
Favorite Non-Fiction Book Read: The Elegant Universe, The Last American Man, Stiff.
Book I Read The Least Of: Foucault’s Pendulum (text on back, first paragraph)
Favorite Album: I listened to the Garden State Soundtrack a lot, despite owning almost all the CDs the songs were taken from.
Only Show I Went To: Sondre Lerche.
My Review: “The best show I saw all year!”
Favorite Board Games: Ticket To Ride, Attika, Hansa.
Video Game Tried At A Friend’s House That Made Me Want To Devote The Remainder Of My Life To Playing: Katamari Damacy. Exhibit A as to why I don’t own a video game system.
Life Lesson Learned Playing Panda Pang: If you see a bomb on the ground, do not pick it up.
Thing That I Really Like That I Continued To Really Like In 2004: Beer.
Thing That I Really Hate That I Continued To Really Hate In 2004: Powerpoint.
Worst Ramification Of The Presidential Election: Bush wins second term.
Most Astute (And Depressing) Observation Made After The Presidential Election: “I feel rotten for wasting so much of my spare time reading political blogs. It’s like when I got hooked on the OJ Simpson trial — I could have learned a foreign language or written a book in the block of time I allocated to OJ.” — my dad
Best Ramification Of The Presidential Election, And A Direct Result Of The Above Two Items: I haven’t paid a whit of attention to politics since November 2. I’m so much happier! I’m like a born-again apathetic!
Longtime Goal That I Actually Met in 2004: Started riding my bicycle to work.
Longtime Goals That I Failed Meet In 2004: The rest.