2022! A lotter late

Well look at that – 2023 arrived. I’m calling it 2022-2. It doesn’t feel that removed from the first 2022, or 2021. Or 2020. Or 2017. Things happen, things don’t happen. We learn, we don’t learn. Look at that horizon and don’t do anything today you can do tomorrow. Better start this my damn jerk brain is listening.

1.What did you do in 2022 that you’d never done before?
Got two big ailments! Oh fun.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Not so much this year – I started off with goals and some were easy (reading) some not so (creating, making local friends).
This year the goals are similar; draw more. Try and finish my book. Create more than I consume. Lose weight in time for going home.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Glasgow is like 5 countries in one but I barely left the flat so I guess the answer is 2.

6. What would you like to have in 2023 that you lacked in 2022?
A diploma, a UK driver’s license. A saxophone. Home stuff.

7. What date from 2022 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The day I passed my remain in the UK test, had 30 minutes of happiness and then found out my cat died.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a job I actually like.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I could cut and paste last year’s answer and chart the course.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
An air fryer. I think that was last year. (editor’s note. It was fucking 2020.)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Everyone not a selfish asshole.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Every selfish asshole.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Chinese food, records.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Passing my remain in the UK test was huge.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2022?
well, once again, here are my top ten listened to songs of 2022 as determined by my ever-malfunctioning last.fm scrobbler.
Also once again (once again again) I was in the realm of going through the itunes A-Z BUT this is not as reflective of it this time around. It more centers on the tracks I listened to over and over in my work mixes, with at least one returning track.

1. Amerie – 1 Thing (radio vr feat. Eve)
2. The Game – Born in the trap
3. King’s X – Black the sky
4. Tyler, the creator – 435
5. Kelly Rowland – Work (radio edit)
6. Wet Leg – Chaise Lounge
7. Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
8. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
9. Robyn – Dancing on my own
10. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.

Punk/Alt jab still exists I swear

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Happier to a point?

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Still be more social. I’ve done ok the few times I have I guess. Make art.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Put shit off. I really try but also really look at how I’ve always done this.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
FAM FAM XMAS hopefully, was a good one this year.

21. I am now four years removed from being twice as old as 21 and that’s fucking SCARY.

22. Did you fall in love in 2021?

23. How many one night stands?
On new years I stayed up until 11:45.

24. What were your favorite TV programmes?
Reservation Dogs. Yellowjackets (wedren/Waronker theme song come on now), Always Taskmaster. Our Flag Means Death, only murders in the building, Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didnt hate this time last year?
SO many jerks have surfaced in the world now that the light is brighter.

26. What was the best book you read?
Bob Mortimer’s biography ‘and away…’ was such a great easy read, but I think what stuck with me most is Michaela Cole’s ‘Misifts: a personal manifesto’ was just an incredibly moving read that I think I need to go back to. She is inspirational.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Wet Leg, but I mean everyone discovered them this year so.

28. What did you want and get?
A job I like! I got a job I like. I think I’ve had 5 of those in my many jobs.

29. What did you want and not get?
copy, paste – COPY/PASTE – THOSE DAMN FISHBONE SNEAKERS! A saxamaphone. Energy.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
If it’s a movie from another year I haven’t seen before, its Tick Tick Boom, if it’s from this year its Kids in the Hall: Comedy punks as a Doc, and Everything everywhere all at once as a Move.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
46. I think I worked.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Def a drivers license. Getting home smoothly.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2022?
As little as possible.

34. What kept you sane?
Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse gone fishing. Music.

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

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Double the countries double the idiots

37. Who did you miss?
Friends. Family. Claude.

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

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2022.
Even with moderation shit is still gonna happen to you.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
‘Oh, been trying to let it go/trying to keep my eyes close/trying to keep it just like before’
-Amerie – 1 thing