Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 in hindsight / things I learned in 2007

2007 is over. Get over it. I mean, we always talk about how years seem to go by quicker and quicker, (and they totally do) but it doesn't really do anything to talk about this. I mean, get used to it. I don't think that time's going to suddenly slow down for us again . . .

Things I learned in 2007 -

  • Sometimes, there is no reason or rhyme to why teachers do the things they do.
  • People care a heck of a lot more than I ever thought they did.
  • The 4th Degree "racing stripe" looks just as cool as I thought it would.
  • It is completely within the realm of possibility for me to suck at predicting the Oscars.
  • Sometimes, the hardest thing in the world is making that phone call, much less getting everything you wanted to say out of your mouth.
  • Being a manager is LOTS better than being an ordinary staff member.
  • When sparring Wilbert Moore, blocking is not the best way to defend oneself. It's best to just get out of the way.
  • Jordan Slomovitz will never lose a sparring round at a tournament, at least until he arrives in the next division.
  • Being part of a wedding party is an incredible experience.
  • Some of the best conversations take place pacing around my living room after 10 o'clock. (and then having to stop and stay in a smaller area because my phone needs to be plugged in)
  • Radiohead is still the only band in the world that can completely engage your mind and soul at the same time.
  • Radiohead is almost incapable of making bad music.
  • Radiohead's "In Rainbows" is one of the year's greatest records.
  • I still love Radiohead.
  • People that don't "get" Bob Dylan are majorly missing out and should be pitied.
  • I can actually write decent material.
  • After knowing each other since high school, David and I make a great songwriting team. We just never knew it until last summer.
  • It is entirely possible for a summer movie season to look so good and then suck so bad. Good heavens, that was ghastly.
  • The Police are an amazing band.
  • The Foo Fighters are not.
  • I enjoy writing poetry. Really long-winded poetry.
  • Not drinking alcohol can provide for some really interesting situations and nicknames.
  • There is nothing between Los Angeles and Sacramento except for large trucks carrying tomatoes.
  • You don't have to know some people for a really long time to count them among your closest friends.
  • Nothing hurts more than having someone close to you die. And it never completely goes away.
  • Sometimes, there is no logical reason for why we don't like some people.
  • Sometimes, family life makes no sense whatsoever.
  • There are few things worse than someone who uses religious faith as a crutch and refuse to think for themselves.
  • White Castle hamburgers have their exalted reputation for a reason.
  • Dr. Perebinossoff is the MAN.
  • I despise pretentious talk, particularly pretentious religious talk.
  • Just because I may be really nervous about asking a question doesn't mean that the answer will be no.
  • Watching "The Godfather" with people who have never seen it is one of the BEST ways to experience the film. Oh, the looks of shock on their faces . . .
  • Sometimes, just sometimes, things work out the way you want them to, and life is sweetly, blissfully, wonderful.

Here's to a happy 2008 filled with joy and surprises.

Peace, Love, & Understanding,

-Adam

3 comments:

Jackie said...

This is my favorite: "There is nothing between Los Angeles and Sacramento except for large trucks carrying tomatoes." I've never heard it put so eloquently. ;-)

LittleDreamer said...

I like a lot of these, but why, oh why, did you devote 4 whole spots to Radiohead?? :)

And BTW: I made my driving shift fun...the tour guide pointing out every stalk of corn and tomato truck AND listening to ABBA!

Adam said...

Here's the thing: if you "get" Radiohead, their music is literally life-changing and nobody needs to explain a thing. If you don't "get" Radiohead, no amount of explanation can ever be enough. Getting a new record from the boys is like fine dining after eating almost nothing but fast food for a few years.

So, you could say that Radiohead tends to overshadow things a bit . . . and the new record is really terrific.