Wrapping it up: 2007
Guess what I got for Christmas? A knife sharpener and bronchitis! I have been fighting what I thought was a cold for the entire month of December, and it got worse every time I got on an airplane, which was six times, but it wasn’t until my mother made me go to the Green Country Urgent Care Center in my pajamas that I realized maybe a cold doesn’t make your lungs bleed. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to all the babies I held while I was home for Christmas. You all seemed like really nice, upstanding babies, and let’s try to think of this as a gift I gave your upstanding little immune systems.
Anyway, I’m all codeined up and listening to a Ma$e song from 1997 I just downloaded and ready to recap this mother. 2007, you were totally surreal and pretty great, as years go. 2007 was the year I quit my job and finished the book and finally left the continent. I traveled more in 2007 than I have any other year of my life—three countries and eleven states, most in the same month—and with the book coming out next year, that’s something I’m excited to see continue. I was really lucky to spend most of those travels with awesome friends, although I have to admit, some part of me wished I had an awesome more-than-friend to share all of that with. Just thought I’d throw that out there, universe, although I’m very aware that’s not really how you work.
This was sort of a strange year, because my whole life changed, and that was weird getting used to. But I’m figuring it out as I go, and I’m very thankful to be able to say that I like my life. That hasn’t always been the case. This year was better than the year I got my braces off, better than the year I lost my virginity, better than the year I graduated from college, and definitely better than the year I dated the broken robot. This was the year I left the country for the first time, and the year I saw Led Zeppelin. This was the year I went on my first blind date, and the year I did not get murdered on my first blind date. This was the year that no one broke my heart, at least not romantically. This was the year my brother turned his entire life around, definitely for the better, and I’m so happy and proud of him for that. This was the year I got to spend at least a part of with almost every single person I love, and that makes me happier than anything.
I realize this is all pretty schmaltzy, but I feel really fortunate. One thing I learned this year is that people want to hear good news, but not too much good news. You can only tell the big stuff to your really close friends and family without starting to sound like a dick, so I’m not gushing here, but I am happy, and I’m grateful for that.
Here’s a little Best Of list for the year:
Best movie I saw i 2007: Control
Best TV show I watched in 2007: (tie) 30 Rock; The Mighty Boosh; Rock of Love
Best book I read in 2007: Blankets, by Craig Thompson; Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?: The Carter Family & Their Legacy in American Music, by Mark Zwonitzer
Favorite song released in 2007: (tie) "The Underdog," Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga; "Dark Matter," Andrew Bird, Armchair Apocrypha; "Collarbone," Fujiya & Miyagi, Transparent Things
Top 5 best shows:
1. Led Zeppelin, O2 Arena
2. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Ray Price, Radio City Music Hall
3. Andrew Bird, Bowery Ballroom
4. Van Halen, Madison Square Garden
5. Double dutch tournament, Apollo Theater
Best game: Whirlyball
Best hangover meal: Potatoes with everything at Boogaloos with Maggie in San Francisco
Best cheese: bread cheese
Best puking experience: on 7 am flight to Newark when the steward named Ariel had a cool towel on the base of my neck before the puke even hit the airsick bag and then he brought me a blanket and a drink and crackers and wrote me a note with a smiley face on a napkin and I wish he would come and live with me.
Best lady: the Worm Lady
Best fings: shakey-shakey fings
Best friends: my friends
Happy New Year’s, all. And I’m sorry if I breathed on you.