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Again, the year end quiz! [Jan. 3rd, 2009|12:55 am]
I've done this quiz FIVE years running now, and it's my favorite way of wrapping up a year. And it's a few days late, so let's get on with things.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
This is always a hard one. I havn't blogged too much this year (20 posts next to last years 58), but I can put together a list here:  I had my first really horrible break up. I've been telling that story all year now, so if you've yet to hear it, please, ask me! I bought an X-Box 360 as well as Rockband- Together with my roomates, we took our band Umlaut to the next level! I dated a foreign national. I appeared in a fitness training video, if only as a brief (and uncomfortable!) cameo. I moved out on my own. I launched www.brenthirose.com, a real professional-type website. After coming from websites like "Sy's Space 'o Nothing" and Yous.iscrappy.com, that's a pretty big deal. I bought a HD TV.  I directed my first Fringe play (that I did not also act in). I also picked up a show in a week and a half to perform a single performance, something I'm not likely to do again in the near future. I also performed my first outdoor Fringe performance. I also starred in Billy Bishop Goes to War, which totally devoured my life but was a great success on many fronts. I went paintballing. I was part of a wedding party, with a couple of my peers getting married. What is the world coming to? Finally, there was a fair ammount of bad this year, which is now all sealed in my filing cabinet, in a "bad behavior" envelope. I've learned lessons and hopefully will be better. 

2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
From last year: "1) To get cast in another professional show 2)To put on 5 pounds of muscle 3)To write another one-man show 4)To travel back to New York. "

Well, I didn't get cast in a professional show outside of TBTR, but Billy Bishop was certainly a big role. I also am pretty sure I put on those five pounds of muscle, although who knows what else I also gained. For the record, I currently weigh 165 pounds. Who knows what I'll weight next year. I didn't finish writing a one man last year, but I started work on it, and that show is currently being worked on for a potential fringe tour. Finally, I didn't get to go back to New York, which seemed like a sure thing at one point, but then fell apart. 

For this year, I've set up a resolution challenge, that basically boils down to two points: Work out for an hour every day and write for an hour every day. We'll see if I can pull that off. On top of that, I'd like to resolve to leave the country at least once, as well as to work on my approaches. Also, taking a martial arts class would be nice, after a lengthy abscence.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I can't think of any babies off the top of my head, although I can think of people who are ready to burst at this point. Stupid people, what with the getting married and having kids...

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No funerals this year, which is always nice. Fingers crossed. (Although I should mention that Karen Talaga, a fairly infamous library patron did pass away. The place will certainly be a little bit quieter without her presence.)

5. What countries did you visit?
Other than Hawaii, I havn't been out of the province this year. I did go to Bruxelles and Holland, Manitoba, which I have never been to before now. Does that count?

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Last year I bemoaned a lack of steady professional life as well as a X-Box 360. Voice acting gave me a decent ammount of acting work (and pay!) while that pay allowed me to get a 360. That being said, I still want. For next year, I'd like some relationship stability, as well as a nice solid choice between Winnipeg and Away. I have plans, but they are always put off but never quite to satisfactions. 

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I'm absolute shit with dates. 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Billy Bishop. A fantastic, two hour show, seen by many of the top people in Winnipeg theatre. If that doesn't net me SOME work, then I've done all I can. 

9. What was your biggest failure?
The way things ended up with Lilith and the Ebby house were pretty shitty and I've got a lot of blame for that. Thankfully the damage seems to have been relatively minor. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got hit by a deathly flu that knocked me flat on my ass for a week and half, but thankfully it was after my show and before the holidays, so frankly that worked out as well as could be expected. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I bought a TV and a widescreen monitor, both of which are really nice luxories. I recommend them if you can get them. 

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Urgh... I hate this question. My cop out will be the US electorate, for putting Obama into office. That may end up being a silly comment, but I prefer to live in the hope that his fantastic election team has created. 

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Myself mostly, but I can deal. Some people reacting to me badly was not fun. The Canadian electorate, for electing mother fucking asshole Harper back in. What a cock-monger. 

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, comics, games, booze. More of it should have been going on trips! 

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Fringe. More voice over work! Folk Fest! 

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
I will have to say Crush Crush Crush by Paramore or Reptilita... Rock band stuff.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? About the same. Maybe a little sadder? I'm contemplative. 
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter, in the more muscular sense. I've put on a fair bit of muscle, which sadly is not very flexible, since I'm an idiot. D'ho!
iii. richer or poorer? A little richer. I've been earning significantly more because of my voice work, but I've also been spending a fair ammount of it. I'm a dope!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing, as usual. Travelling. Spending quality time with my friends.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Acting without thinking. Avoiding the hard part.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Again, I forgot to do this before Christmas. I had a nice easy time with the rents and sisters. 

21. How will you be spending New Years?
I hung out with some buddies, went to a co-workers, saw the Shouting Ground at Shannons, and got some food with Cory at Ken's Chinese Restaurant.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
A little bit. I've become a bit guarded, which is no fucking good. 

23. How many one-night stands?
A difficult question to answer, which shows a little bit about this year. 

24. What was your favorite TV program?
I've fallen out of love with Heroes, but Lost, The Office and House are all amazing. Fringe is my new crush. So fun!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Hate? No. Feel uncomfortable around and am dissapointed with? Yeah. 

26. What was the best book you read?
I read a whole bunch of books this year, getting back into the habit. "The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil" was great, well worth a look. 

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Dears BLEW MY MIND at the Metric concert. I've been listening to Missiles many times over since. 

28. What did you want and get?
Money. A showcase. 

29. What did you want and not get?
A simple way out. Excuses for my actions. 

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Dark Knight is the first thing that comes to mind. Brilliant performance + Comic Book Fun = AWESOME SAUCE!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 25 at the Ebby House, and got to know Lilith. Little did I know...

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not to sound like a broken record, but getting another professional show. It really drags you down getting rejection after rejection.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
More hoodies, nicer jeans and some better summer clothes. That’s it.

34. What kept you sane?
Writing, again. A lot of deep thinking. Talking to people when I needed to talk. 

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Haley Williams from Paramore is pretty foxy. And a good singer to boot!

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I would have said the elections, before this Gaza nonsense. Come on people!

37. Who did you miss?
A lot of people. I missed things being the way they were before everything changed. 

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Lilith, you get this one. To be fair, it's by default, and also, you're German. 

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
This too shall pass, again.  That's going on my wrist for sure. 

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
”You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need"

So there we go. Another year gone. Bring on ANOTHER!