I just think it's rather odd that a nation that prides itself on its virility should feel compelled to strap on forty pounds of protective gear just in order to play rugby.

Giles ,'Beneath You'

Goodbye and Good Riddance 2004: Well, I Wasn't Expecting That.  

Every year we watch the Charlie Brown special, do the Snoopy dance, wish everybody a Merry Christmukkah, and thank our Secret Santas in the good riddance thread. Which is this one, in case you were wondering. Oh, and 2004? Don't think we've forgotten about you.

DebetEsse - Dec 09, 2004 3:44:05 pm PST #15 of 962
Woe to the fucking wicked.

Nota Bene to my Secret Santa: Use the address in the Nilly email (the Indiana one). The LA address will be no good as of next week.

My Santa-ee's gift should be going out tomorrow.

2004 has been a hell of a year for me. Lots of milestones, and lots of happenings. Some stuff I'd rather not live over, but nothing that I can think of that I'd take back.

sumi - Dec 09, 2004 4:55:42 pm PST #16 of 962
Art Crawl!!!

I can't even shop for my Slacker Seekret Santa gift until the 15th.

This is a warning.

This is kind of been a bad year for me, in that, work has sucked big time - particularly since summer.

I hope that next year is better.

quester - Dec 09, 2004 5:18:45 pm PST #17 of 962
Danger is my middle name, only I spell it R. u. t. h. - Tina Belcher.

what is this sekret santa?

This year broke my heart in many ways, but I saw my parents and most of my siblings for the first time in 10 years and even enjoyed part of the experience. so there's that.

I hope the elections in the Ukraine and Iraq turn out better than ours did. And HOORAY FOR CANADA! and they're High Court backing legal marriage for all, not just the traditional choice.

eta: top 20!

Jesse - Dec 09, 2004 5:31:41 pm PST #18 of 962
Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be.

My Year, By Me.

2004 is ending much better than it began, and WAY better than the middle. I started off in a job I wasn't crazy about, and wanted to leave. Over the summer, I decided to start grad school in January. In July, I got "laid off," and moved the grad school plan up. I'm now a broke grad student, and really really liking it. I've made great new friends, while keeping the old (one is silver, the other's gold). There were two weddings in my family -- my cousin to a great guy we're thrilled to have in the family, and my aunts who have been together 25 years, and were finally able to make it official. I didn't go to any funerals in 2004 (knock wood).

The year has not been so great for many of the people I care about, so I'm hoping the new year gives a fresh start for them. For me, I'm just looking for 2005 to continue the good that came in the second half of 2004.

DCJensen - Dec 09, 2004 5:39:21 pm PST #19 of 962
All is well that ends in pizza.

hey, new threading.

bicyclops - Dec 09, 2004 5:49:40 pm PST #20 of 962

So, 2004 is the Spanish Inquisition?

DXMachina - Dec 09, 2004 6:00:12 pm PST #21 of 962
You always do this. We get tipsy, and you take advantage of my love of the scientific method.

what is this sekret santa?

The Buffista Gift Exchange: Dani "Sunnydale Press" Nov 1, 2004 4:41:15 pm PST

WindSparrow - Dec 09, 2004 6:07:26 pm PST #22 of 962
Love is stronger than death and harder than sorrow. Those who practice it are fierce like the light of stars traveling eons to pierce the night.

How young a number am I slutting for here?

2004 was a year of massively important discoveries for me. It was also the year in which I won the lottery many times. Ok, so it was all scratchers games and my total take was about $30 and I just broke even for all the tickets I bought....

ETA: Transportation rant: 2004 was also a year in which transportation was a huge problem. The car I had never once ran from the time I bought it until the time I sold it for exactly the same amount as I got it for. The electric scooter I borrowed money from a friend to buy worked. For a month. Then I spent three months talking to the company about how to make it work again. Then it worked again. For a month. And I have not wanted to call them again. Still paying my friend back. Also, wore out a bicycle. Didn't know I could do that. The new bike is spiffy, though. Way spiffier than my skills at changing innertubes, however.

quester - Dec 09, 2004 6:09:55 pm PST #23 of 962
Danger is my middle name, only I spell it R. u. t. h. - Tina Belcher.

The Buffista Gift Exchange: Dani "Sunnydale Press" Nov 1, 2004 4:41:15 pm PST

Aha. I spend all my free time trying to catch up in one thread ( natter) and there's important stuff going on in other theads, dammit! D'oh!

Anne W. - Dec 09, 2004 6:13:27 pm PST #24 of 962
The lost sheep grow teeth, forsake their lambs, and lie with the lions.

Losing my job was both good and bad. The financial situation is a wee bit scary, but I've also learned a lot through the experience. The latter half of 2004 seems to have been setting me up for some big changes in 2005.