i forgot the title i had just thought up 2 min ago for the 2016 survey

2016. what the fuck. All over the place, it said what he fuck. we all know the stories. everyone died, chaotic power, all that shit. we wove the world into a straight jacket but those sleeves loop backward dont they. yeah its almost half 2017 at this point. i know. thats what this cocoon blog is all about. the lateness. the blossom. lets do this.

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Moved not only out of state but out of country. what??? i ate reindeer. i had staff of a nursing home fear my name. i turned 40. i got the ‘youre getting old’ talk from my eye doctor.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
i couldnt see myself keeping one, so i dont make them. if you wanna do it why wait?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
i love the babies that keep on comin. theyre all adorable arent they?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
obv this year was a lot of death. so many celebs, so many people i knew, so many people close to people i knew. not the best year for life, but yet not a coda to the universe, just the start of the final act.

5. What countries did you visit?
i hit the double at the end of the year, via plane. My new home of scotland. and iceland!

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
it comes down to the same things and ive yet to learn the lesson that these are things only i can provide myself. i want more art i should make it. i want more money i should grind for it. instead i look longinly at that new zelda game.

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
the day i finally get to be with my wife,

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
not quitting my job. then quitting my job, and making the move overseas. taking care and advocating for my guys to the best of my ability. getting told by the right people that even though not everyone noticed the hard work and caring i put in, that the right people did, and saw what i meant to my guys and what i did for them, and that i was honest.

9. What was your biggest failure?
not advocating for myself as much as i did my guys. not creating as much. not packing as well as i needed to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
here and there and everywhere

11. What was the best thing you bought?
oh crap. pills lol. pizza. some really good deals on games. a set of coltrane records real cheap at a yard sale.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
bernie.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
heh

14. Where did most of your money go?
same as always right? bills, food, video games.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
MOVING! rogue one (eh), cap civil war (sweet), some new albums etc.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2016?
well, here are my top ten listened to songs of 2016 as determined by my last.fm scrobbler.

1.Rufus Wainwright — Montauk
2.Rufus Wainwright — Rashida
3.David Bowie — ‘Tis a Pity She Was a Whore
4.Rufus Wainwright — 14th Street
5.David Bowie — Lazarus
6.David Bowie — Dollar Days
7.Geggy Tah — Dumb Submarine
8.David Bowie — Girl Loves Me
9.Rufus Wainwright — Go Or Go Ahead
10.Rufus Wainwright — I Don’t Know What It Is

So really bowie (omg what an album) and rufus dominated my year, along with the new tribe album which was my car’s most played cd. blowfly also took up many hours or ear time.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
a little of both, again. happy to be with my wife but naturally homesick.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
always always art.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
eating. love it LOVE IT looooooove itttttttttt

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
two years ago i hoped scotland and it didnt happen. this year it finally did.

21. is like 20 years ago but feels like yesterday

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?
oh yes

23. How many one night stands?
i can barely stand at 10pm

24. What were your favourite TV programmes?

jokers, TASKMASTER

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
meh

26. What was the best book you read?
autobio of james t kirk, autobio of elim garak lol

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
the bird and bee, probably

28. What did you want and get?
a raise (tiny), a visa (finally), a new mini

29. What did you want and not get?
same ol

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
ive lost touch with movies. civil war maybe. im sure there was better out there.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
40. 40. i was 40.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
a saxophone.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
new t-shirts. jeans. i finally embrassed i needed to go up a size.

34. What kept you sane?
pizza with sc, pills with soda, video games, venting. jokers. same as ever.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
bernie

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
the double evil of the election and the rubes that got us here.

37. Who did you miss?
all my friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
new work peoples.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
save often. :) dont give up. learn to erase. enjoy your pizza.

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

‘I could have clipped and saved and planted in the garden/
Damn you guess I’ll have to get a new one’

rufus wainwright – ’14th street’