Here we are at the end of 2012 and what a great year it has been. While I don’t have a Top 10, I thought I’d run through some of the personal highlights that made this year so great. Now I fully accept that I may be the only person interested in this, but by golly I’m doing it anyway despite the yawns and alt+tabbing. (Oh, you thought I couldn’t see that did you?)
This year I’ve read more books than I have in awhile and while that number isn’t impressive by any stretch, I still did it and count it towards my personal achievements. As a person who used to live in books, my past non-reading has been a bit embarrassing. This week I’ll finish up A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and then it’s off to Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale. That only leaves me with a gigantic stack of books (about 2’ high – I have the best intentions) that I’ve been meaning to read for a long while.
I wrote a lot of sketches this year, I got terrific feedback from Esther’s Follies on one I submitted to them, and we had a show that sold out over a three week run. Fantastic!
I was involved in three film shoots – two were for sketches I had written and the other was for a fellow classmate’s sketch. I can say that in my shoots, I was surrounded by incredibly amazing people who taught me a great deal. I’ve learned a lot and hopefully, if we continue to shoot sketches, I’ll become a stronger director. Right now, I’m more of the, “ummm hey guys like if you could maybe like ummm read the line like this… yeah, ok? Roll sound. Roll camera. Scene 1B Take 5. Action.” type.
Below is my classmate Richard’s sketch “Good Morning” (you’ve gotten to see mine already – time for something new) where I got to play the role of Production Assistant and door slammer extraordinaire. It turns out I not only have a knack for door slamming, but it’s really quite enjoyable. (Note: I got to slam that door no less than about 20 times.) Now if I could only spin that into a job. I know I’d excel. Maybe move up the door slamming ranks until I became a Slammer Supervisor and allowed to slam two doors at once or maybe a French door on occasion – I mean, if my performance evaluations went well.
(Features many of the cast from our “Moral Compass Rumpus” show and all of the writers.)
I finally used my “big girl” camera and while I’m not entirely amazed by the results, I learned more about it and more about film (yes, yes, I’m a hold out). Namely, that I may be investing in a DSLR vs. the SLR I have in the future.
I’ve asked Seth a ton of questions and learned many new things. Seth endured high school with me and is one of those insanely smart people who kindly puts up (for reasons I don’t understand but appreciate) with a random question a month. Seth gets nothing in return save the knowledge that I’m kind of an amusing air head and that fuzzy good feeling that comes from helping the hopeless. This year I’ve learned about topics from Copyright Law to Lomography to purple vs. the light spectrum. He also tries to encourage me to use my camera. He claims it’s not scary. I’m supposed to go on a photo stroll. Yes, I will get on that. You can see Seth’s amazing photos here.
I’ve had some great times with some great friends despite April’s attempt to try and bump me off. She’s now got me in a regular walking group. I think her diabolical new plan is to make my heart explode. In the last two months I’ve walked further and climbed higher than I have in a long time. New muscles reintroduced themselves to me by way of “I can’t move my legs”. Muscles like hip flexors said their hellos. Hey guys, where have you been? Ouch.
I look forward to 2013.