Wednesday, December 29, 2004
It Was A Very Good Year
Hello! Well, it's getting to the end of the year, so it's time to take stock and think about things I have learnt from 2004. These are off the top of my head and not really in any order. I might add more as they come to me. I genuinely feel that this year has been a mental journey, even though I myself haven't really physically gone anywhere: I'm in the same job, same flat and same marital state (single, as I was last New Year, but I did have a girlfriend for a bit. Anyway...) So here goes.
1. Losing weight is easy and feels really good. Less fat, less sugar, more fibre, more exercise, budabing budaboom. It just drops off. People compliment you for just standing there. It's great! I can highly recommend it. I'll be starting again after New Year...
2. Putting the weight back on again is equally fun, and a hell of a lot easier, just with more food and less compliments.
3. Twatting about on escalators is a bad idea. It means you might cripple yourself and therefore stop going to the gym. Please see 2.
4. The 1980's is a much maligned decade which was a veritable goldmine of beautiful records just waiting to be discovered. This year I've delved deep into what feels like hundreds of artitst from this period. You want names? Er ok. The Pixies, Jesus and Mary Chain, New Order/Joy Division, Human League, Chaka Khan, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Digital Underground, Talk Talk, ABC, Afrika Bambaataa, Freeez, and anything touched by Arthur Baker or Trevor Horn. Oh and so so so many more. I always thought that the 80's was a bit of a cultural wasteland. I clearly had my head up my arse.
5. It is perfectly possible to have a healthy, fun relationship with someone that you have almost nothing in common with, and agree on absolutely nothing with.
6. But not for very long.
7. If you ask girls on dates, they tend to say yes. This has been an absolute revelation. I've even gone on blind dates, and not regretted it at all.
8. It is possible to go to a pub, drink no alcohol all night and still have a good time.
9. Having a blog is cool. I was reluctant at first, and people took the piss, but by golly, what was the first they did after ripping it out of me? Read my blog. Work it out for yourselves, kids.
10. Spending hundreds of pounds of electrical equipment will make you feel better. Simple as that.
11. Staying up all night to watch the US election won't change the result, no matter how many times you flick between the BBC, Sky, Fox, CNN, etc...
12. London can still surprise at every turn. If you're tired of London you're tired of life, as someone wise once said (I forget who. Hang on, I'll google it... Ah, Dr. Samuel Johnson, fact fans. You see, I've read books. Didn't get an English degree by just sitting on my arse for 3 years. That's just a happy coincidence.) That said, I bet it wasn't £3 a pint in Johnson's time.
13. You can never have too many T Shirts. Or pairs of Jeans. And Trainers.
14. The idea of getting married no longer scares me, and I now see that it is actually really inspirational and wonderful. But, y'know, not yet.
15. Shopping online for Christmas is fantastic. Just don't leave it til the last minute! I left it until just before the last minute, and it was all peachy.
16. Sambuka is highly flammable. Even if you blow on it. This may seem obvious, but not when you're drunk.
17. Being in the same room as people on your all time famous-people-you-fancy list (like the one Ross has in Friends, lest we forget) is GREAT. Deciding not to try and talk to them whilst pissed is a good idea. I didn't, don't worry.
18. Gay Bars have a great soundtrack, but are a little disappointing, really. It's just a bar filled with gay men and women, but for some reason I expected something... extraordinary. And I can't fake at being gay to get served quicker. Which is probably good in the long run, really.
Right, I'm bored now. I'm gonna see if I've got any chocolate money left. It tastes a bit mank, but I'm not all that fussy. Oh, and I unblocked a drain today! All by myself. I felt like a real man. Well, I did once I'd had a shower. Then I put up some shelves, smoked a pipe, barbecued a steak and shot something. With a gun.