2017 a year in 4000 seasons

2017 was my first full year as an ex-pat (similar to an x-man but my power is not being able to understand anyone and their slang and basically learning to live life all over again in a foreign land – maybe more howard the duck than x-man).

1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
Saw radiohead. Not see friends and family and cat for more than a year. Not eat a slice of real pizza. directed traffic. learn to cook. bartended.  bought a bus pass. ate fried pizza. saw nick cave.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
i never make them and you know it. however – goals. this year im having them. youre on it as well, website.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
seriously babies never stop. babiessssssssss

4. Did anyone close to you die?
a few major ones. im hoping it slows down a bit, but as we get older that gets a little bit harder to maintain.

5. What countries did you visit?
none!!! straight up scotsman all year. hoping for some international flight this year. goals, baby.

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
energy. ENERGY. energy times motivation equals output.

7. What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
a few. seeing st etienne in glasgow. seeing radiohead. moving to our new flat. finally getting a job.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
getting a job. it was a long struggle.

9. What was your biggest failure?
eating too much crap and not putting out as much work as i could.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
kids give the sickies real easy when theres no anti-bac around.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
some really good records. a desk.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
my bil and sil for handling a lot of stuff

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
lots of lots of people in positions of power.

14. Where did most of your money go?

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
last jedi (awesome). new st etienne (awesome) moving (awesome) TACO BELL IN GLASGOW. yes.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2017?
well, here are my top ten listened to songs of 2017 as determined by my last.fm scrobbler.

1. Saint Etienne – Dive

2.Saint Etienne – Magpie Eyes

3.Saint Etienne – something new

4.Saint Etienne – after hebden

5.Saint Etienne – church pew furniture restorer

6.Saint Etienne – Whyteleafe

7.Saint Etienne – breakneck hill

8.Saint Etienne – heather

9.Saint Etienne – take it all in

10.Saint Etienne – out of my mind

So damn, new st etienne album means total domination of my playlists. There was also a good amount of pfunk being heard as well.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
depends on the day.

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

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
eating crap

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
prob the same as this past year, with my scotland fam, tho i wouldnt mind going home either.

21. is half the number ill be in may

22. Did you fall in love in 2017?
oh aye

23. How many one night stands?
i have one nightstand by my bed but that didnt show up until 2018

24. What were your favourite TV programmes?

taskmaster still. so. good. jokers still so good. watched so much masterchef its insane.

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

26. What was the best book you read?
damn i dont think i read a whole book this year. at least i cant remember it.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
the orielles. holy crap so good.

28. What did you want and get?
a fucking job.

29. What did you want and not get?
a job (for most of the year) vans in a color i wanted. i just typed color as colour and had to go back and change it.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
last jedi? watched a lot of movies this year. guardians 2? get out.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
41!! had a nice celebration with wife.

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

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
stuffed sausage skin

34. What kept you sane?
not much. games.

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

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
the tweeting doofus

37. Who did you miss?
all my friends and fam. my cat. my guys from my old job. pizza. chinese food. burritoes. my old comic store.

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

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
dont forget to wake up. do a page every day. do do do do do.

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

‘Make my escape just to see your face
Now I long so for your embrace’

saint etienne – ‘dive’