||[Jan. 16th, 2009|10:05 pm]
I was going to do this, and then that bastard mrmunkeepants beat me to it. A year in review, since I did a pisspoor job of actually updating.
January - Followed my previous year's January Minneapolis vacation with a January Toronto vacation. Because I'm a weird dude. Had a good time and then got stranded in O'Hare Airport in Chicago overnight. Swell. I also played a gig at the Broadway Center right before Garrison Keillor, and got free tickets. So that was neat.
February - February 2 (yeah, we had a Groundhog's Day party) was the last time I got Too Drunk. It is no longer something that is in my plans. After that February was boring, unless I have forgotten something.
March - Gogol Bordello rocked socks. As they tend to do.
April - Got to see Marjane Satrapi speak and Ben Folds rock. Not a bad way to spend my time.
May - May was wicked frickin' awesome. Participated in my first ever 72 Hour Film Fest (which will be an annual thing for me, definitely) and went to Sasquatch to see REM, Flaming Lips, Mars Volta and a shitton of other bands.
June - Hosted a gathering of internet nuts (known in my world as a WEVA). People came from London, Tennessee, Chicago and California to hang out and see the Northwest. Highlights included Northwest Trek (Amy, the Englishwoman, had never seen a proper bear), EMP/SFM, day trip to Portland and a camping trip to Vancouver Island.
July - June and July I also spent working on a feature film called Eyes In The Dark as a Production Assistant (I was titled "Assistant Camera Operator", but it was a first-person film so I didn't actually hold the camera, and spent most of the time as set-bitch). It was occasionally greuling (more so for other people), but generally a good time and an interesting experience. Also I moved back in with Jake in this house after a year on my own.
August - Goodness! I like Goodness. I have seen them put on better shows, but it was solid and fun. Of course, the real show of the month was Bumbershoot. So many good bands, many of whom I'd never heard of. Man Man and Monotonix spring to mind.
September - TV On The Radio concert. Good as ever (p.s. have you heard their newest record, Dear Science? Holy crap it's good. Seriously. Best thing they've done by far).
October - Jake went to Turkey. I sat in anticipation, knowing that he would be returning with a fez for me. (It ultimately proved too small, despite being the largest fez he could find in the grand bazaar) I spent my time doing things like going to see The Mountain Goats (who are tied with TVotR for best record of the year, with Heretic Pride) and learning how to use my newly acquired sexy awesome Logic Studio recording software.
November - I don't think I really did anything in November. Maybe I'm wrong though.
December - I got a tune-up and some new parts on my bike, and promptly rode across an ice patch, snapping my left collarbone. Five days later I got on a plane for 10 hours, travelling to London. Met up with Liz there and headed up to a farm cottage outside Conwy, Wales for a few days alone (Conwy Castle is large and bitchin'). Then back to London for Christmas, pub-crawling, New Years, and mostly a lot of sitting because I had a broken frickin' collarbone. Oh well.
Mostly it was a year of music and a year of biking. I started playing with Mr. Fusion (my long-standing acoustic duo) again. We have some new material I'm really excited about, and now that I've got a good setup we've set about the task of refactoring and recording our 40+ song catalog. I've also been playing and gigging regularly with my dad and his friend Goodwin as Out Of Sight... Out Of Mind.
On the biking front... I've always enjoyed biking, but there was a while in there where I just never bothered. First I lost my wheels, then when I finally replaced them I was out of the groove. Well, I started riding to and from work, and that has grown and grown to the point where I am riding about 50 miles a week, at least. I basically stopped riding the bus entirely and travelled everywhere by bike. Obviously the bone-cracking incident put a damper on that, but hopefully I will be back on the bike by February and able to start seriously training. My goal this year is to do the Seattle To Portland, a 2-day, 204 mile trek from... do I really need to say it? Anyway, it's in July. Sometime before then I'll need to get a real road bike. My pseudo-mountain bike is fine as a commuter, but probably won't stand up to serious distance abuse.
Also in July is my return to Comic Con International for my b-day. I is excited. Hells yes. Beyond that, hopefully the year will be full of more writing, more recording, and possibly the starting of my own webcomic (provided I get better at drawing).
That is all. Happleh New Year!