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2008 Year-End Survey

December 31, 2008

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?:
– Got straight A’s, decided once and for all what I want out of life.

2. 2008’s Goals:

– Make the Dean’s List again, make more money, have more fun (parties, etc.), live a more balanced life, etc.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?:
– Nope!

4. Did anyone close to you die?:
– No, thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?:
– Didn’t leave the country this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?:
– A serious relationship, more parties, and a hot new car!

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?:
– I don’t remember exact dates but all the shows I went to with Gina, my trip to North Carolina, December 24 (the day grades came out and I saw my straight A’s), going to see Van Halen and Pearl Jam,  going to Maine, and the day my Mom told me she was getting divorced.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?:
– Learning to go out and have fun, coming out of my shell a little bit, and achieving tremendous professional and academic success.

9. What was your biggest failure?:
– Not saving as much money as I’d planned to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?:
– Nope!

11. What was the best thing you bought?:
– Probably my book on game theory, I think about it almost every time I make a decision.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?:
– My mother for staying strong in the face of problem after problem.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?:
– To be completely honest, this may be the first year I stopped obsessing on the bad behavior of others and focused squarely on myself. I can’t change what other people do, only encourage those I care about. I guess if I really stopped to think about it…Barack Obama, John McCain, and Michael Vick were all pretty appalling.

14. Where did most of your money go?:
– Books, clothes, movies, travel, savings, bills,  etc.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?:
– Going to concerts, getting straight A’s for the first time, getting letters from Cornell University, potentially becoming the Content Czar for PerryMarshall.com.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2008?:
– “I Hope, I Think, I Know”, “Roll With It”, and “Stay Young” by Oasis (see below.)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i) happier or sadder?: happier
ii) thinner or fatter?: more fit
iii) richer or poorer?: richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?:
– Looking for love (as cheesy as that sounds!)

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?:
– Making myself believe I’m a failure unless I achieve extraordinarily high goals.

20. How did you spend Christmas?:
– Visiting family, opening presents, having dinner with everyone, etc.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?:
– No, see question 18!

23. How many one-night stands?:
– Hmm…

24. What were your favorite TV programs?:
– Red Eye (possibly the funniest late-night show on TV), Loudmouths, The Wheelhouse, etc.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?:
– Nope!

26. What was the best book you read?:
– “Basic Economics” by Thomas Sowell

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?:
– Oasis, without a doubt. I’d always thought “Don’t Look Back in Anger” was a good song but it wasn’t until this year that I discovered the rest of their catalog. Noel’s an incredible musician and I love the fearlessness, ambition, and hunger for life found in his lyrics.

28. What did you want and get?:
– Greater self-confidence through positive thinking and action.

29. What did you want and not get?:
– Probably love, as I already alluded to, but I’m not too down about it! The best relationships form after the rest of your life is squared away and I can now confidently say that mine is. Looking forward to seeing what 2009 brings!

30. What was your favorite film of this year?:
– It didn’t come out this year, but “The Family Man” with Nicholas Cage was awesome. Really opened my eyes to what truly matters in life. (Friends, family, relationships.)

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?:
– I turned 22 and went to Buffalo Wild Wings, then to Matt Baldino’s place with Chris and Brian. Awesome night!

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?:
– How many times do I have to say this? haha

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?:
– It’s funny, because I never took fashion all that seriously until this year. I always matched and looked presentable, but it never occured to me ’till a few months ago to create a consciously planned “look.” It’s still a work in progress but it’s been fun so far!

34. What kept you sane?:
– A couple close friends, my Mother and grandparents, and the belief that I can succeed at anything I choose to succeed at.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?:
– Noel Gallagher, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel

36. What political issue stirred you the most?:
– Everyone falling for Barack Obama’s “different kind of politician” BS despite him never changing anything or doing anything all that radical or different in his life. Profound and widespread ignorance of economics (people wanting “windfall profits taxes”) and the automatic blaming of everything on Bush. Yes, he sucks, but Presidents only have so much power!

37. Who did you miss?:
– Someone I hope I’ll have the chance to re-connect with someday.

38. Who was the best new person you met?:
– I’d have to say Gina, we knew each other already but became much better and closer friends during 2008.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
– You’re never trapped. You always have a choice. Obligations are a delusion, and the only reason you should do anything is if that thing is exactly what you and you alone want to do.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

-“Hey, stay young, and invincible! Come what may, we’re unstoppable, cause we know just what we are!” (Oasis)