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That Was the 2012 That Was

2013-01-03 06:26:45    |    Blog

1. What did you do in 2012 that you've never done before?
I tried to bicycle Trondheim - Oslo but unfortunately I didn't make it as far as I had hoped. But I did do more bicycling this year than ever before.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Calvin's New Year's Resolutions

3.Did anyone close to you give birth?
Actually, no. A couple of friends are expecting offspring next year, though.

4.Did anyone close to you die?
For the second year in a row, no! *knock wood*

5.What countries did you visit?
I visited the US when I attended Lotusphere in Orlando. I blogged from the event every day.

I will go again this January, however the event is now called IBM Connect.

CarouselI was also in Copenhagen (Denmark) to celebrate my parents' 70th birthdays in June. They took me, the offspring and my sister's family on a long weekend in the capital of Denmark. It was a really nice trip that I think of fondly. Thanks, mum and dad.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
A better health! This year sure took it's toll on my body.

7.What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The 8th of September. I celebrated my 40th birthday and I had a ridiculously splendid evening that reminded me how fortunate I am that I've got loads of wonderful friends.

8.What was your biggest achievement of the year?
DancersProbably that I managed to get the dance act organised during this year's revue. I worked hard and despite hitting roadblock after roadblock I persevered and got hold of the equipment and the right people who choreographed one hell of a dance act.

9.What was your biggest failure?
That I didn't manage to complete the bike race between Trondheim and Oslo. I worked so hard for it and to see it all fall to pieces because of my Cronh's disease was an incredibly bitter pill to swallow.

10.Did you suffer illness or injury?
First of all my Crohn's disease put me out of commission several times. Secondly I was sick from July until October with various respiratory illnesses.

I think they came as a result of my immune system being shot to pieces by all the training and Crohn's disease that followed.

11.What was the best thing you bought?
A new turntable (vinyl record player) and several brilliant LPs.

12.Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Anyone who went out of their way to expose the Norwegian charlatan called Snåsamannen. An octogenarian who keeps claiming he has psychic powers and the ability to heal people.

If one checks out the available information, it turns out he's got no documentation of such powers.

13.Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The man, Snåsamannen, described above. Now that more and more people start doubting him, he pulls the "you're so mean to me card." In addition, he has the gall to go out and claim other people and charlatans are frauds.

14.Where did most of your money go?
I'll repeat the mantra from last year: The apartment, food and equipment and trips for my photographic and journalistic undertakings. Also bought lotsa vinyls this year!

15.What did you get really, really, really excited about?
A lot of things, really. In the past few years I've been trying to see the positive side in a lot things, so even the smallest thing can make me bubble with joy and excitement.

I think when I work on a project I have a focus and attitude that people find constructive. At least that's the feedback I get from people I work and hang out with it.

16.What song will always remind you of 2012?
Running to the Sea with Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør:



17.Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? The same
c) richer or poorer? Poorer

18.What do you wish you'd done more of?
Build with Lego, play video games, walking in the mountains and travel.

19.What do you wish you'd done less of?
Getting sick. Engage in online debates, something I've tried to avoid in the past 18 months. Fell a bit too much back into old habits this autumn. Will try to retify this.

20.How will you be spending Christmas?
No idea. When I see how unpredictable this Xmas turned out to be it's impossible to tell.

This has been an ok and average Xmas. I was supposed to have the offpsring with me from the 27th. Because of this I had taken several days off.

However, since he and his grand dad became sick he stayed with me on the Xmas days, while I was on call as the front editor for the online local paper. So when he left me the 27th, I suddenly had several days off with no plans. I'm absolutely no good at days with no plans. I suck at them!

21.Did you fall in love in 2012?
Kind of. Long story. Nothing came out of it, though.

22.How many one-night stands?
That's none of your busi... ok... none!

23.What was your favourite TV program?
The Walking Dead. The third season has been awesome so far!

24.Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No. I've stopped hating. If I don't like someone I try to deal as little as possible with them.

25.What was the best book you read?
Linnéa MyhtreLinnéa Myhre, a Norwegian blogger whom I've interviewed and photographed several times did her book debut with a book called "Evig Søndag" (Eternal Sunday). It really hit home with me. It should be translated.

26.What was your greatest musical discovery?
Carbon Based Life Forms. Before each show during this year's revue I meditated to the track "Somewhere in Russia."

27.What did you want and get?
A raise in my day job. And I achieved my goal of taking a portrait where I could say "this is the best portrait I've ever taken<." The photo is the portrait above.

28. What did you want and not get?
A warm and peaceful summer holiday. It was riddled with bad weather and bad health.

29.What was your favourite film of this year?
Ok, I'll go with the Hobbit movie. Mostly because the offspring loved it and we had a great time that night. But it was pretty darn good, even in 3D.

30.What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
It was celebrated on the 8th of September and it was great (see above). The day itself (26th) was spent with the offspring, so it was good.

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not being sick the entire autumn. On the other hand, when I started working out again, I found out that I know how to get back into the shape in just the right way. I took my time. And maybe I learned to take better care of myself?

32.How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
My what?!?!? Well, I went from long hair to short hair this year.

33. What kept you sane?
Good friends, family, a great job and loads of assignments that are darn fun to do.

34.Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Kaley Cuoco. She's not one of those dime a dozen hollywood bimbos. Nor is she a typical classical beauty. She's this down to earth gorgeous that we guys just love. I would love to photograph her.

35.What political issue stirred you the most?
The debate about male circumcision. That some people consider it an attack on their religious freedom they can't cut into their child's healthy organ, while trying to cough up feeble medical excuses for doing so, pisses me off to no end.

36.Who did you miss?
The offspring when he wasn't with me. Especially just after he's left my place.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I was fortunate enough to meet a lot of nice people that I didn't know before. To pick a favourite would be so... uncool.

38.Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012
There's always someone worse off than yourself. At least you might get a good laugh out of that thought...

39.Song lyric that sums up your year
Soon oh soon the light
Pass within and soothe the endless night
And wait here for you
Our reason to be here

Soon oh soon the time
All we move to gain will reach and calm
Our heart is open
Our reason to be here

So, what about your year?
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