2013 in the rearview

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Briefed a case. Played a scale. Climbed a 5.8. Biked between cities.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I’m back in school. So: no.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What countries did you visit?

The United Provinces: Rotterdam, Leiden, Amsterdam, Den Haag.
I shall be spending the last few days of this year in Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome, Milan.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

Copypaste from the previous year:

>A project at which I can throw myself. An occupation that is pleasantly remunerative. A wider circle of friends. A wider circle of lovers. A gold-plated publishing contract.

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The feeling of biking out of Boston, riding the space-between-cities for hours, and then suddenly crossing a river into Worcester – into an entirely different City.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

The 120-odd consecutive hours of managing my little slice of Arisia.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I could not find a reason not to go back to school.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Torn ACL; four broken ribs; periodic Daxel-sicknesses a-go-go.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

The Nokia Lumia 1020. A keychain Leatherman. A real big-boy mattress. My very own Betty Kawaii.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My friends know who they are.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

The pedagogic manner of law school is, by and large, causing of nausea.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bento boxes. Foreign travel. Draught beer.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Visiting every art museum within a two hour drive of Boston.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?

“Ye Ye” by Daphni; “Sous les Palmiers” by Sidney Bechet; “Happy Cycling” by Boards of Canada; “Carry On My Wayward Son” as covered by Gwar

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

I. happier or sadder?


II. thinner or fatter?


III. richer or poorer?


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

Found people to talk to. Found projects to work on (with them). And, as per last year:
>Scribbled. Cycled. Sojourned.

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

…attended class.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

It will be Kennebunkport, as ever.

21. If you had 2013 to do over again, knowing what you know now, would you live it differently?

I cannot think how.

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?


23. How many one-night stands?

Nine. Depending on how you count ’em.

24. What was your favourite TV program?


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


26. What was the best book you read?

The Power Broker, by Robert A Caro.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Jazz. All of it. And then some.

28. What did you want and get?

A lovely apartment in a downtown brownstone: hardwood floors, cathedral windows, all my own.

29. How many crushes did you develop on strangers in 2013?


30. What was your favourite film of this year?

Pacific Rim. Yep.

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

27. Drinks at 188 with Robert Moses, joined around 1130 by Rosalba. Then over to the Crowbar in time for last call… and Kevin’s magical midnight bringing of pizza.

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

Getting a job. Getting into Sloan. Getting to work on something of substance. Getting published. Meeting a Lady.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

>Monastic Hoodie. Mad Men Gone Wild. Nothing in between.

34. What kept you sane?

My bicycle, Hanno. Uber alles.

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

36. What political issue stirred you the most?


37. Who did you miss?


38. Who was the best new person you met?


39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you earned in 2013:

A body at boredom tends to remain at boredom, unless it finds the opportunity to act upon an outside force.

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

What I want
I want now
And it’s a whole lot more
Than ‘anyhow’


~ by davekov on 12 December 2013.

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