1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
- I performed my first funeral service, as well as my first memorial service. And I didn’t break down during either, though it was close.
- I did my first corporate speaking gig (and my second and third) and they went amazingly!
- I performed my first wedding for people I didn’t know, and they loved it.
- I did a session in a sensory deprivation tank (zen float) for the first time, and it was amazing.
- I went on tour, performing stand-up in nine different cities in the Southeastern United States.
- I watched all of Rick and Morty, which is probably one of my favorite things ever.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t wait until the beginning of the year to make changes with my life. I’m always striving to be better, to be more honest, to be judgment free, and to love more.
That said, this coming year will see some major changes for me and my life, and I plan on making the most out of it, really fueling my creative fire, and making something worth sharing with others.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
So many babies! They’re so cute!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
On Tinder, I visited Ireland, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Italy, and Greece. And based on my matches, apparently I’m being wasted here in the US.
In real life, though, I only went to Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Predictable income. Budgeting is so hard when I can’t tell how much I’m going to have at any given moment. This next year will be about saving, budgeting, and starting to really do the things that I have to do creatively before I go absolutely insane.
7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Other than September 16, when I lost Stacy, a date that I will carry with me always, no specific dates are etched on my memory. Only events.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
This beard. And pulling off the cowboy hat look surprisingly well.
Or maybe this. It wasn’t even an achievement, but getting this letter validated me more than almost anything I could have done on my own:
9. What was your biggest failure?
Everything. I feel like I failed most people and at most endeavors this year. I guess if they’re all failures, none of them is the biggest. It’s just one giant bowl of fail soup!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Do repeated blows to my ego and self confidence count?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
This pair of red underwear:
And tickets to see and meet Weird Al.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
People who love, embrace our differences, and put the rights and lives of everyone over all else.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Everyone who contributed to the undercurrent of racism, bigotry, sexual discrimination, misogyny, and a lack of concern for protecting and preserving human lives in the world. You should all be ashamed.
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
2015 has been the year of apathy, so I didn’t really have anything that got me so excited that it would stand out to me.
I generally have been disappointed so many times by my own expectations, as well, that I’ve learned by now to temper those expectations and just go with the flow.
16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Nah.
Thinner or fatter? Eh.
Richer or poorer? HAHAHAHA!
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Let depression rule my life.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
I got up at 7 AM and played a video game for about twelve hours straight, at which point I realized that I hadn’t eaten or had anything to drink yet, so I made some food, drank a bottle of water, and went to bed.
21. Did you fall in love in 2015?
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Besides Rick and Morty, I loved Daredevil and Jessica Jones and The Flash and pretty much anything nerdy and geeky. This has been a great time for superhero programming. I love Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show, and I devoured Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer as well. I love how many good shows there are out there now.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hating takes so much energy. I’d rather just move on.
24. What was the best book you read?
I failed miserably in my goal to read as much as I wanted this year. I loved Lee Childs’ new book as well as Stephen King’s. I need to read more.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
26. What did you want and get?
More gigs and more opportunities to prove myself on stage. More exposure in person and online.
27. What did you want and not get?
A winning lottery ticket.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I never thought I’d choke up at seeing Han Solo on screen again, but I did.
I also loved It Follows, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spy, Creed, and Trainwreck.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 38 and celebrated it like most mature adult men would . . . by having a crazy party at my house and having a hangover all day on the next day.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Black. It’s not slimming, but it’ll do.
32. What kept you sane?
The people in my life who are important to me.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Amy Schumer. She’s really come into her own recently and it’s been amazing to watch.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gun control. I don’t understand responsible gun owners who aren’t supportive of stronger methods to prevent accidental shootings by poorly trained, irresponsible gun owners who make everyone else look bad. I’m not even talking about mass shootings – that’s another issue altogether. But stricter control would protect two-year olds from being shot in the face by their idiot uncle who doesn’t know proper gun safety, and why the FUCK would anyone be against that?
35. Who did you miss?
Stacy. But as far as anyone else – I met new people, kept in touch with old friends, and rekindled friendships that I thought were gone.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I met so many new people and became better friends with people I already knew.
Olivia. Amy. Alex. Kelly. Sarah. Marlene. Mike. Carrie. Alicia. Stephanie. Tom. Krystyna. Racheal. Keziah.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Don’t even think that you don’t matter. You do.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“I’m a creep. I’m a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here?”
Thanks to my friend Maria for doing this every year, always acting as a reminder and inspiring me to do it myself.