I happen to be very biteable, pal. I'm moist and delicious.

Xander ,'Bring On The Night'

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.

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
2020: We will speak of it no longer. Ptui!

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.

WindSparrow - Dec 09, 2004 6:14:10 pm PST #25 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.

slutty mcslut slut?

ETA: Darn, Anne got 25. I had something witty or maybe just silly lined up to say here, but all my wit has migrated south for the winter.

Connie Neil - Dec 09, 2004 8:46:59 pm PST #26 of 962

I've just realized--this thread is an electronic version of the Xeroxed holiday newsletter. But at least no trees died for it. So did anyone's darling Pugsley win the Nobel Peace Prize or did precious Muffy get voted class president or anything?

brenda m - Dec 10, 2004 3:36:16 am PST #27 of 962
If you're going through hell/keep on going/don't slow down/keep your fear from showing/you might be gone/'fore the devil even knows you're there

This year started off looking hopeful - I had a last minute call on x-mas eve for a job interview on New Year's Eve day. It was the first nibble in quite a while, and the first in the specific location I'd been hoping for.

(New Year's Eve itself was a Bataan Death March of a holiday, but we won't talk about that. Blood, sweat, and tears figured prominently. I'm hoping for better this go 'round, possibly by barricading myself in my home.)

And I got the job, and the rest all kind of stems from there. Out of the sinkhole I'd gotten myself into, both financial and emotional. I don't know that I'm all the way back yet, but lord knows I'm better than I was a year ago. And I got to go visit my brother, which I'd been hoping to do and not managing for so very long.

Other things of note: my parents' dog died, but it was really almost a mercy at that point. The house was sold (I have to go help move shit this weekend) which also was a wrench but long overdue.Very little happening on the personal front, but maybe I'll try to make that my project for the coming year.

Funny thing, when we were shooting around thread names, I was all set for a good "good riddance" thread until Hec pointed out that for him, at least, there were actually a lot of highlights. I didn't think about it until then, but for once, I've actually got a lot more to be thankful or pleased with this year than I have to bitch about.