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Happy New Year! / Good times at Eric’s / Questions 2651-2700 of 5000 / 2005 Recap

I probably shouldn’t be up now, but I just had to update. 😛

Note: LJ Pirate Voyage 3 and 4 blogquizzes by Jen.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! HAVE A BLESSED 2006!

This afternoon, I happened to call Eric H. at a very good time: he, Nathan, Christon, and his brother Clement were near my place so they could pick me up for the NYE PPV Minnesota-Vancouver hockey game / movies night planned at Eric M.’s. I packed the Toblerone bar my parents had given me in my stuff so Eric could have it. (not him personally, but his family: Ron, Veronica, and Kieran) We quickly made ourselves comfortable over there with their friends, and settled in to watch two hockey games at once. (the Canada-US junior game was on, too) The Canucks scored to make it 1-0 in the second, but then Minnesota scored 21 seconds later, and had another goal less than 40 seconds afterwards. The final score was 4-3 for Minnesota, so we watched the Canada-US game to see if they could cheer us up. Canada won 3-2, but the eventual US player of the game (Jack Johnson) had this cheap shot on a Canadian player after his teammate scored the winning goal, so everyone booed him.

Jon and Jeremy arrived while Ron and Veronica were out getting wheat pizza and movies: that pizza is actually pretty good, and better than the regular stuff! The guys had brought along lots of beer, and thought that Eric’s parents serving us was hilarious! (the fridge over there is SO stocked with stuff!) We consumed pizza, chocolates, beer, rum, vegetables, nuts, and other things while watching Plan 9 From Outer Space (hilarious!) / Four Brothers / various Family Guy episodes and commentary. (they have a LOT of other stuff, too…) Nathan, Jeremy, and others left to go to other parties: Daniel had opened his place to everyone, heh. Shortly before midnight, we had champagne and stopped the DVD player to watch Dick Clark / Hilary Duff / Mariah Carey in New York’s Times Square… Jon felt ripped off, heh. The celebrations around the world were interesting, though!

After Eric’s parents came home from their night out, we talked to them for a little while and helped clean up. We also interacted with the cat, and checked some stuff out on Eric’s computer. It was a good time, and better than sitting around home like I did last year. Sometimes I do complain about too much social interaction, but it’s cool as long as it’s relaxed and among friends like it was tonight. 😉

Got these questions from this QuestionClub LJ post by Arthurbulla. I’m going to post the survey in 50-question batches, like the original. No worries there! Five thousand questions and answers wouldn’t fit as an entry, anyhow. 😛

The only complete copy… you’ll have to go around erasing answers.

2651. Do you think that most people have the qualities you look for in friends / intimate relationships, or do you feel alienated? A bit of both, heh.

2652. Are you very critical:

of others? Sometimes.

of yourself? To a certain extent.

2653. Is there such a thing as expecting too much? Yes.

2654. Would you rather take an hour lunch break, or skip lunch and get out of work early? Get out of work early.

2655. Do you believe that happiness is equal to:

fakeness? No.

shallowness? No.

joy? Yes.

something good that happens? Yes.

an attitude you have inside no matter what happens? No.

2656. Can you control your emotions? Sometimes.

Have you ever tried? Yes.

2657. Imagine you are 34 weeks pregnant. You are healthy and you didn’t have any major problems in your pregnancy. Would you consider flying from the UK to Germany, which takes one hour, without a bad feeling that something could go wrong or the baby decides to come out earlier? Yes.

2658. How long do you think it would take you to jog a mile? I refuse to answer this question.

2659. Word association:

twilight: Zone.

garden: Flowers.

warm: Showers.

stars: Constellations.

crash: Planes.

mold: Cheese.

gold: Medal.

green: Grass.

lush: Extravagant.

2660. Picture a triangle:

Quick! What color is it? Purple.

Picture a square.

Quick! What color is it? Indigo.

Picture a circle.

Quick! What color is it? Black.

Why do you think you saw these shapes as these colors? No clue.

2661. What things are endless? Death.

2662. Are you ever subtle? Sometimes, but I like being blunt.

2663. Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood… some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t conceive of your life without it? A lot, but there’s no such time in my life. *sigh*

How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Hasn’t happened to me.

How can you fully appreciate these moments, every moment, when it all seems limitless? Who knows.

2664. Do you never have an ordinary day? I always have them.

2665. Do you embrace every single thing you’ve never known? Sometimes.

2666. Has anyone ever mistaken you for a Satanist? No.

2667. Can stress sometimes be good? Depends.

2668. Write something random, just whatever flows out of your head without thinking. Forget punctuation just try to type as fast as you think: Forget punctuation? Are you crazy?! I’m no AOL script hacker kiddie! I wish this compulsion would leave my brain.. I hate it!

2669. Are you a musical snob? Sometimes.

How about a film snob? Not really.

2670. When you were in school, did you learn to think or repeat? Think.

2671. Do you have everything you need to be happy? No.

If not, what is missing? Love.

2672. Would you take a very casually dropped “maybe I should just kill myself” as a warning sign? No, but you never can tell.

2673. What does the word “ironic” mean? Can you give an example of an ironic situation? Nathan skipping Fellowship yesterday even though he was right on time.

2674. What did you see today that was beautiful in an ordinary way? Eric’s Christmas tree? heh

2675. Have you ever been on the edge of the night? I suppose…

2676. Do you feel oppressed in some way? Not right now. That could change, of course.

2677. Who do you think shot JFK? Too many conspiracy theories.

Who do you think shot Martin Luther King? Same.

Why do you think they got shot? Attention.

2679. Are you aware that although only about 14 percent of the American total population is black, that about 70 percent of the people in jail in America are black? I’m sure I’ve heard that stat somewhere.

Why do you think that is? Because people are prejudiced.

What conclusion can you draw based on this? No clue… you live down to the expectations people and society have of you, I guess.

2678. Do you think that the culture you live in is completely open to all ideas and forms of expression? No.

2680. What do you think of the character (Muppet) on Sesame Street that has AIDS, and should this kind of a theme be explored in children’s television? Haven’t heard about it, and it should be.

2681. Are you dyslexic? No, thank goodness.

2682. Can you construct a bong out of:

household objects? No.

an apple? No.

your cat? … I don’t even want to know how that would be possible.

2683. Star Wars, Star Trek, or Stargate? Star Wars.

2684. Windows or Mac? Windows.

2685. Do you start conversations, or wait for other people to start them? Wait.

2686. How many phallic symbols can you think of? A banana.

2687. Would you buy tickets to see the top ten American Idols sing live? No, probably not.

2688. A bird may love a fish… but where would they live? No idea.

2689. Are you a hologram or a misfit? Misfit.

2690. How are you oriented sexually? Straight.

Do you agree with the people who say that everyone is bi-sexual even if they don’t want to admit it? I dunno….

2691. If you are the only human on the planet of the apes, do you have sex with an ape? No.

2692. If you are making out with someone and you reach down and find they have a fish tail instead of legs, do you still fool around with them? …. uh…. o_O

2693. Does Superman wear kryptonite condoms? I don’t know.

2694. Do you know exactly where you are? Yes.

Do you know the meaning of it all? Sometimes.

Do you know the distance to the sun? Sure.

Do you know the echo that is love? I suppose.

2694. Do you believe you are:

Extraordinary? No.

Blessed? Yes.

Cursed? No.

Won? No.

2695. What are you doing this weekend? We just had a New Year’s Eve hockey game / movie night at Eric’s, and we’re having a dinner tomorrow.

2696. Do you believe that black people should get money to make up for their previous enslavement? No.

Do you believe that all oppressed people should get money to make up for their oppression? Why not.

2697. What’s a quagmire? Land with a soft muddy surface, or a difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.

2698. Is philosophy a science, or can everyone have their own philosophy? Everyone can have their own philosophy.

2699. Are you a big fish in a small pond? No, I’m a small fish in a big pond.

2700. Would you like to read an entire novel written in stream-of-consciousness form? Sure, I’d love to read Ulysses or The Sound and the Fury!

2005 Recap

JANUARY

* Uploaded a Homestar Runner mood theme.
* Got rather drunk on my sister’s wine coolers… it was all HER fault for giving them to me since she didn’t want to be drunk on the plane. 😛
* Had a rather adventurous time getting to the Yaletown Brewery for my brother’s farewell the night before he left. It involved flat tires and Eric’s Sunfire.
* LJ was bought by Six Apart.
* Got a Taiwan postcard from Dawn.
* Got Jon to burn me some Merzbow / Wolf Eyes noise music.
* Discovered I couldn’t change the post office package drop-off place, much to my chagrin.
* LJ had a power loss.. erk.
* Finally talked to Darren on the phone after all these years!
* Finally got Corey’s prank call CD / movie DVD / music DVD.
* Had people go crazy on me when I backdated entries.
* Had a lot of personal stramash, especially with a certain person.
* Posted fairly popular rants on grammar / spelling / the usage of “LOL” on the Internet. (the last stolen from Spoz)
* Went to Lauren’s baby shower: three pregnant ladies (Lauren, Winnie, and Helen) were among the attendees.
* Had my worst suspicions confirmed with two people getting together.

FEBRUARY

* Finished the 5000-Comment Extravaganza with Farrah.
* Wondered what Aaron Adams’ problem was when he suddenly unfriended me.
* Maxine got me South African Fizzer candy.
* Hung out with Eric H. for Valentine’s Day 2005, and he got me roses and pizza. Eric M. was supposed to come too, but he was sick.
* Lauren’s baby Matthew was born on my sister’s birthday.
* Learned Chrystal was going to Korea for a year to teach kids English.
* Saw seven biology textbooks at L&G Bubble Tea House.
* I was made co-mod of GJ RQv2. 😀

MARCH

* Went to the church’s 30th anniversary dinner.
* Ended things with a certain person. 😦
* Had steak and ribs on the same day, plus a half-price raspberry margarita.
* Learned someone had an erotic dream about me, which made me smile.
* Made lists of all the books / music I own.
* Hung out with Yazmine for the first time this year.
* The Good Friday service this year was memorable because Nathan’s pants ripped.
* Jen, Danielle, Dawn, and I learned that Nathan was a mushy guy who actually means what he says.
* Discovered body wash, and am now addicted to it… kinda.
* Got a surprising email from my sister’s friend Terrence.

APRIL

* Met Billie at the Cactus Club, finally. 😀
* Pope John Paul II died.
* Helen C. had baby Nathaniel.
* Debunked the “wax in ramen noodles” urban legend to my parents, who still don’t believe me.
* Did the extremely funny “In My Pants” song meme.
* Experienced a connection with someone new.
* Signed up with OKCupid and got a message from Dominic.
* Learned my aunt was coming into town, and I’d have to host her since my mom hates her.
* Met a dude named Palmer, and I thought things were fairly interesting.
* Finished my vodka that I got in September 2003.
* Went on a Chinese bus tour to Victoria with my aunt when she got here.

MAY

* Both Jon and Steph got back from Toronto.
* Winnie had baby Megan.
* Got a Hawaii postcard from Dawn.
* Christon went to Edmonton for an eight-month co-op.
* Yazmine ended our eight-year friendship over fifty cents. =/
* Had things end on me in another special interaction. Resolved to kill all parties involved. Hasn’t happened yet. 😛
* Mom insinuated that I was pregnant… spending the night over at a male friend’s house doesn’t make it so, maternal unit! 😛
* Steve L. “gently” reminded me to watch Doctor Who. I did, but only for one or two episodes.. sorry! =/
* Was invited to Anita’s bridal shower, but couldn’t make it because of the Alaska cruise.
* Went to Alaska on a cruise ship with my family.

JUNE

* Jeremy, Jon, Nathan, Eric M., and I tried beer (blackberry porter) with bubble tea pearls… very interesting! We also watched 2046.
* Satisfied my and Dave’s curiosity about how you play board games at a Bread Garden: annoy the staff by taking over a zillion chairs and tables in a tight corner. 😛
* Got a permanent account at LJ.
* Realized that Shannon was someone who failed to grasp certain salient points all the time. Scaled down my interactions with her after that, but I *did* take advantage of her cable connection to upload the Alaska cruise photos that afternoon! 😉
* Steph flew back to Toronto for her grad ceremony.
* Emily Chow arrived in town, after much confusion over the ambiguous time known as “midnight Tuesday.”
* Had a movie / beer night at Nathan’s while the guys fixed Jen’s laptop.
* Achieved a new Text Twist high score.
* Went to Chianti’s and saw Howl’s Moving Castle with Jon and Nathan.
* Went to Anita’s wedding / banquet.
* Went for lots of wings at Dix with Jon and Jeremy, and deconstructed friendship.
* Tried Mountain Dew Energy at Silvercity after the Richmond Crew’s first siu long bao night, and before watching Batman Begins.
* Began correcting people’s spelling / grammar hardcore.
* Canada legalized gay marriage… “good times, or maybe not quite so good times since it’s the downward spiral here!” as my brother said.
* Jeremy made Pho by himself.

JULY

* Daniel and Nathan’s mom Lillian suddenly died of heart complications. 😦
* Went to Auntie Lillian’s funeral and Summer Conference.
* Watched the video of Sean and Jon’s Richmond Night Market performance.
* Celebrated “Nathan Day” (his birthday) by watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and eating a LOT of Japanese food.
* Got addicted to Tri-Peaks / Spider Solitaire again.
* Saw my cousin Wilson again, since he was in town.
* Was sorta-kinda threatened with banning from a Vancouver LJ community.
* Helped with the First Nations Street Church at Main / Hastings in the company of Jon, Eric M., Ty, Jeremy, Alan, and others.
* Tracy left for Ohio dental school.
* Tried red rice for the first time.
* Went to Billie’s nice house in Coquitlam, which brought back summer camp memories. She gave me two of her published books.
* Steph went yurting with Erin, Vivian S., and Rachel.
* Fidela got back from Argentina.
* A certain someone didn’t like the idea of spontaneous hangouts… well, poo on you! 😛 We had Pho anyhow after church: thank goodness Nathan, Jen, Dawn, Danielle, Ricky, and Dylan were there to help me contend with the “random white dude.”

AUGUST

* Had new apartment management start renovating things around here.
* Went to the China fireworks with Jon, Dawn, Karen, Vivian, and Jeremy. I still remember Jeremy yelling “Down with the establishment!” at the police helicopters, haha. (there was also the “walk like you’re a homophobe!” joke about avoiding Davie St. because of the crowds)
* Had the church grad banquet… good times!
* Went to Sean’s New York farewell party at Earl’s / the gelato place.
* Heard about another dude who died after playing a squillion hours of online games at an Internet café.
* Discovered a bunch of online games.
* Discovered my LJ tags page.
* Went to visit Tim, Maxine, and baby Joshua in the hospital just before they were discharged. Then I went to Sophia and John’s baby shower: there were SIX pregnant ladies in attendance! (Sophia, Rosenda, Amanda, Stella, Natalie, and Helen K.)
* Went to Dawn’s Beijing farewell at the Rasputin restaurant.
* Hung out at Spanish Banks and watched Garden State at Alan’s later.
* Had dinner at Milestones and saw Wedding Crashers with Eric H., Eric M., and Anthony.
* Argued with Palmer over his multiple attachments at Boston Pizza. Came away the victor, heh.
* Hung out at White Spot with Eric H. late one Saturday night: he can blab on about Fay a lot, but he’s a cool dude.
* Was banned and then unbanned from LJ RQ.

SEPTEMBER

* Went to Steam Works with Jon, Nathan, Brian, Jeremy, and Tally for Jon’s Toronto farewell.
* Went to Esther and Wes’ wedding / banquet, and spent the afternoon hanging out with Andrea.
* Went to the Awana BBQ / orientation.. it was hilarious, as usual.
* Saw Jeremy in Fellowship a few times.
* Went to the PNE with Eric H. (fun times!)
* Jon left for Toronto again.
* Finally left LJ RQ of my own accord.. those people are too immature.
* Gave Nathan’s Classical Chinese Literature book back to him.
* Started Awana for the sixth year in a row.
* Corey gave me his list of drinks consumed during his 21st birthday party, and what a list it was!
* Sophia had baby Olivia.
* Henrik emailed me to let me know that he was coming to Vancouver in October… unfortunately, I never got to meet him.
* Vivian left for France.
* Celebrated my birthday at Red Robin’s with Sheena, Chalaine, Frances, Mel, Citrus, Danielle, Jeremy, Eric H., Nathan, and Randal.
* Had a rather funny email about “Citrus size and Nathan’s measurements” while hashing out SLB plans.
* Finished retro-tagging my LJ entries.
* Had another SLB night with a bunch of people: Eddie shocked us all with his blasphemy, and we resolved never to invite him to another one of these things again. Went to Eric M.’s later on to watch South Park things.
* Found out that the new apartment management wanted to evict everyone, tear down the buildings, renovate them, and then charge 50% higher rent.
* Finished titling my Blogger posts, and enabling comments on them.. thank goodness for the quick-edit pencil there! (if the feature’s there, why not use it?)
* Pastor Edward got ordained, so he’s now a reverend.. that banquet had a LOT of people!
* Candy sent me six burned CDs and a birthday card. 😀
* Had tax form drama.
* Took certain drastic measures with my mother after she sent me a bunch of emails calling me names.

OCTOBER

* Rosenda had baby Ian.
* Got a patch for MSN 7.5, thanks to Corey.
* Eric M. and I argued (again) over the Parisienne’s fart lever.
* HOCKEY WAS BACK ON! 😀
* Had a copy-paste problem in Firefox, which forced me to go to IE. Bleh.
* Christon was back for a few days.. yay!
* Hung out at Nathan’s to watch the Edmonton-Vancouver hockey game.. we lost in a shootout.
* Amanda had her own baby Megan.
* Saw seventeen people get baptized Thanksgiving weekend, including Justin / Clement / Christon / Julie / Sarah / Ivan / Isabel / Jason / Emily.
* Got invited to baby Ian’s one-month banquet.
* Went to Derek’s San Diego farewell party at Erin’s… lotsa people there!
* Got a Beijing postcard from Dawn.
* Introduced Eric H. to blogging.
* Had the church volunteer appreciation dinner.
* Steph took me out to an excellent belated birthday dinner at Paesano’s.
* Learned about suudsu, thanks to Eric M. and Homestar Runner.
* Used the time during the long October AGM to work on my November birthday cards.. it’s a tradition now that I’ve done it two years running! 😉

NOVEMBER

* Had drama over something I didn’t necessarily ask for.
* Found the solution to my annoying copy-paste problem!
* Sam told me about some dude that took a dump on the dance floor… EWW!
* Did the Holiday Wishes thing again… got / gave lots of stuff for it!
* Started the 5000-Question Survey… thanks, Arthurbulla! 😉
* Got a surprising email from Nina… she has a kid now?!
* Went to baby Ian’s one-month baby banquet.
* Tried Red Bull for the first time.
* Went to Korean BBQ with Eric H. It wasn’t that great since I wasn’t feeling well… too bad, since we wanted this to happen since February!
* Helen K. had baby Nicholas.
* Corey went to Texas to visit his grandparents for American Thanksgiving… somehow, his family lucked into a turkey the night before they left!
* Finished the Da Vinci Code, and finally gave it back to Mike.
* Someone gave me a Bookworm crack that made it a free registered version… thanks so much for the new addiction. 😛
* It snowed for the first time this year. Luckily, it melted within a day or so.
* Discovered that the Death by Chocolate Express at Richmond Centre sells bubble tea now.
* Got a Dead Milkmen CD, on Corey’s recommendation.

DECEMBER

* Had the Fellowship Christmas potluck: we all had fun entertaining the babies!
* Christon was back from Edmonton, and he brought us more snow!
* Finally got Corey to list out all his horror movies.
* Got packages from various people: very nice, and the best gift of the year was among them!
* Finally opened my cranberry glitter lotion, and discovered an addiction to lip balm.
* Steph reminded me of a dragon quote: “Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are good crunchy with mustard.” Haha!
* Finished GJ retro-tagging and media additions.
* Went to Dragon Ball twice in four days or so.
* Had Christmas Ale with Jon and Jeremy at Steam Works after a zany worship practice.
* Saw Syriana with Jon, Eric M., and Nathan.
* Steph finally gave me that souvenir 50-cent piece from her Oregon yurting trip in July.
* Dave, Melissa, Kate, Terrence, and others got into town. Fun times, indeed.
* Re-discovered that I really can’t have much time with certain people before they ruin it for me / I go crazy at my loss of sanity.
* Discovered that my sister and Chris’ mom are sneaky gift-givers.
* Went to a World Junior Hockey Championship game: US-Switzerland.
* Had seven bubble teas this month, from Death By Chocolate and Dragon Ball.
* Went to Eric M.’s for NYE to watch hockey games / movies / other things. Very enjoyable!

Yes, I did this recap by looking at my calendar elsewhere. 😛

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