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Here comes 2010! [Dec. 31st, 2009|02:50 pm]
Well, it's been quite the year and here comes my annual end of year quiz, taking stock on the insanity that is my life. This is year number 6 by the way, and also the only thing I ever seem to do in this livejournal.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
2009 was a pretty big year for me. I got a tattoo, something I'd been holding off on for a while. "This too shall pass." Good to remember and I haven't regretted it once. I appeared in numerous commercials: Apprenticeship Manitoba (gaining the nick name "the Abrentice"), A-Channel, MLCC. I was also in my first internet series, something I imagine will be the first of many. I wrote my first pilot, for the "Broken City" project, although it looks like we're going back to the drawing board for that. I went to Camp Stephens for the first time, and now I know what all the kids who got to go to summer camp (as opposed to International Music Camp) were up to. Lucky bastards. I performed a wedding ceremony, marrying my friends Kevin and Grace. (Time for a paragraph break I think-)

I went to Edmonton for the first time for Fringe, which gave me my first four star review and a real taste for the touring circuit. I took up guitar in a major way, and now have a repertoire of dozens of songs I can half-ass my way through. One of my plays was performed in an independent production, which was incredibly flattering. I also wrote my first "commission", for the launch of Skyline Theatre. I also performed for Comedy Loser for the first time, and had a total blast. Hopefully, that will become a regular thing. Also, Noonbory started appearing on CBS, which makes it my first project to be broadcast on a major network.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
From last year: "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. 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 absence."

Well, the resolution challenge didn't hold up as long as I'd like it to- only a couple of months. However, I have been doing decently at keeping fit and writing regularly, although not as regularly as I'd like. I didn't manage to leave the country, so boo-urns to that, although my approaches have improved. In fact, handbilling around Edmonton was a great way to force myself to just put myself out there. A humiliating, frequently painful way, but a way none the less. And yes, after the fringe tour and a few too many weak-ass Capoeira sessions, I have re-started taking Capoeira and occasional sports injuries aside, am loving the hell out of it.

For next year I have a bunch of things I want to do:
1)Do standup before my 27th birthday
2)Be able to do side splits
3)Write TWO plays, one of which will be a full length play
4)Do a fringe tour
5)Either land a role with a major theater company or finally make my move out of the city.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Quite a few babies running around right now. Sarah and Chris downstairs had their beautiful baby boy Jude. My co-workers Mina, Jessica J and Stephen (with the help of his wife Eileen) all had kids. As well, the next generation of Hiroses is coming along strong, now featuring Zoe, Joan, Aaron and Riley. Cute kids, the whole bunch.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My auntie Keiko died this year, and she'll be greatly missed. A wonderful and supportive member of the family, with her passing we've lost another elder Hirose. Rest in Peace auntie, I'm sure you're smiling at us all, wherever you are. Also, my old neighbor Chuck Hunnie also passed away, tragically before any of us were ready for him to go. His kids Hillary and Blake are great people and I'm sure they'll do him proud as they enter adulthood.

5. What countries did you visit?
No countries. Just Canada. Specifically, just Alberta, Manitoba and (briefly) Ontario.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Last year I wanted some relationship stability and a solid choice between Winnipeg and Away. Well, things are looking pretty good relationship wise at the moment and the past year has made me know that I have to make some decisions this summer, so I think I got all that. All I really want in the next year is the continued support of my friends and family, and hopefully some luck for touring.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Again, not great with dates.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Going to Edmonton and pushing my show through the thick and thin. I'm incredibly proud of Life in a Box and while I know it has its share of flaws I was more than happy to stand behind it as MY show, and the next building block in my writing and performance career.

9. What was your biggest failure?
This has not been the greatest year for me at work. I'm hoping everything works itself out, although we'll see how it all goes down next week. Yikes. Hopefully I can reign in my bad habits and do my victory lap with my head held high.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major although the return to Capoeira has certainly shown my body that it needs some work before it is fully back in shape and able to handle intense endurance drills. I continue to work on it, bad hip and knee be damned.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Didn't buy much this year, other than continuing my book/comic/game collections, which is frankly more than enough money loss for me. I did get an electric guitar for Christmas, and that is super awesome. I promise to be able to play the damn thing one day.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Well, quite a few of my friends decided to get hitched (if not ACTUALLY got hitched this year), so big congrats out to Erica, Seb, Joel, Amy, Kevin and Grace. James Johnston is in freaking Cambridge, so that is awesome. And a big thumbs up to all my theatre friends for their various successes. You're awesome and you make this career the joy that it is.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Still have moments of anger with myself, but I'm getting better. I'm a little peeved at some of my co-workers who have chosen to leave Millennium in the new year. We're breaking up the family! Come on guys!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, comics, games, booze. Same as last year. However, I am cutting down on booze, and we'll see about the rest. :)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
As last year: Fringe. More voice over work! Folk Fest! In addition: Dates! (And considering how much I hate dating, that is saying something.)

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
No real "song of the year". Between a broken sound card and my usual MP3 collection I can't honestly say that I've heard much new music this year. Should probably do something about that.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier. I'm a little older, a little wiser and feel like things are coming together.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner, by about 5 pounds. Speed and flexibility training will do that!
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer, but mostly because of money tied up in Fringe. If that pays off, well, all the better.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing and Travel always come to the front here. I should make note however that the two things I can NEVER do enough are 1)Donate blood and 2)Visit Grandma. She's my last grandparent and the rest of her time is precious. I shouldn't ever take that for granted.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastinating. Relaxing when I should be working. (Not actually the same thing) Making excuses.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
This is after Christmas- I did it the usual way. Family time all around, which is nice now that I don't live with them. Also, I got to spend time with Hamish! That's always good times.

21. How will you be spending New Years?
At this point it looks like I'll be attending a last-minute house party, which is great since there was nothing I was particularly excited about and I'm morally opposed to spending $20 cover to go to the same bars I go to the rest of the year.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Not really- I'm still a bit emotionally guarded, but I'm open to it and well, let's see how things develop.

23. How many one-night stands?
Wouldn't you like to know. Actually, none I can think of, although plenty of freaking drama. (Seriously! Do you ever get too old for this shit? Yipes.)

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Lost, The Office, Fringe and House are are still on the radar. This is the last season of Lost however, so the void must be filled! Castle is a great show and I'm enjoying Flashforward, so thankfully it doesn't look like I'll be using my time constructively for a while yet.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No hatred, but there are a few people that things are awkward with now. It's mostly on their end, so nothing I can do about it.

26. What was the best book you read?
I've been reading on and off, but there have been some great ones. I want to mention Jim Butcher because I'm addicted to the Dresdin Files. Not great books, but too much fun to ignore. Other noteables: "Rant" by Palaniuk, "Generation A" by Coupland. A bunch of non-fiction as well: Omnivore's Dilemma, Snoop, Yes Man, among others.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Again, not a lot of new music this year. I guess I'll need to get my friends to hook me up. Friends! Hook me up!

28. What did you want and get?
An Electric Guitar. A Girlfriend. Some vindication.

29. What did you want and not get?
A free ride or a blind eye. A place to put all of my shit.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Inglorious Bastards stands out in my mind. Screw the haters- It's a great story well told. Also, tension scenes are amazing. I should really write one.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 26 and went to the Vi-Anne as well as Saffrons for Karaoke. I was SO goddamned drunk, I can't even remember half of the night and I lost some of my birthday presents. Win? Lose? Let's call it a draw.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
As usual, getting more acting work. This year was frustrating because there wasn't really anything up for grabs. That kind of gets to you after a while but is also probably a good sign it's time to move along.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
A new leather jacket, leather shoes and boots. I'm getting steadily more expensive. What the hell, right? Also, this year I spent a good chunk of time with a shaved head. I like the low maintenance look, but I'm growing it out for my next show. Still, next time I need a cheap haircut...

34. What kept you sane?
Writing, video games, drinking with friends. Also, guitar is a fantastic distraction!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
No new crushes I can think of- In fact, I'm getting to the point that most new stars are young enough to put me in the uncomfortable zone. Highschool girls- No matter how old I get, they stay the same age...

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Climate. It's hard to believe people can be such idiots, but that's why I didn't vote for the guys in power.

37. Who did you miss?
More and more friends are leaving town, so those guys. I've been lucky that none of my BEST friends have kicked out of town, but I'm getting ready to leave my support system behind. Yikes.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Dana isn't new, otherwise she'd get this one. I'll give this one to Becky Poole, since she was such a blast to hang out with during the Fringe and she taught me how to play the musical saw. Cool beans.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Know when fear is keeping you safe and when it is keeping you placid. When it is keeping you placid, defeat it. In fact, what's so great about being safe anyway?

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"I'm walking harder, with feet turned around."

So, another year has past. Or will pass, soon. Happy New Year everyone. See you on the other side.