2004 in Review

2004 Year in Review – Joey Coleman

  1. What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before?
    – Lived outside of Hamilton Ontario (excluding Army
    – Attended University
    – Went to the Horse Races
    – Checked out an Old House Museum
    – Rode a Bus for 32 hours (overall travel time of 36 hours)
    – Did Charity Gift Wrapping
  2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    – Yes, I have done better for myself than being stuck at my old job
    – No, I did not return to refereeing
    – Yes, I solved many of my problems
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?:
    – No
  4. Did anyone close to you die?
    – No
  5. What countries did you visit?:
    – Never left Canada
  6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?:
    – Purpose
  7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?:
  • Mid-Jan, got a brochure from the University of Manitoba encouraging me to consider full-time summer courses
  • Mid-Feb, fed up with my job but do not want to give up trying, request four-month leave of absence to go to school.
  • Mid-Feb, being unable to secure leave, I decide that I am moving to Winnipeg and going to school anyway. Furthermore, I decide to come to Winnipeg for an indefinite period of time. Hoping to be allowed to transfer.
  • Apr 30th, I leave Hamilton
  • May 2nd, I arrive in Winnipeg after 32 hours on the Greyhound
  • May 3rd, My first day of University
  • May 4th, A very important day in my life (cannot say why on my
  • May 7th, I started a 21 hour bus trip to Edmonton
  • May 8th, Bumped into a friend in Wainwright and made it to
  • May 9th, Left (after 14 hours) Edmonton
    -My Bus get diverted into Central-East Manitoba due to
    the breakdown of two other buses
    -I get to see the scenary of Central-East Manitoba, it
    was great! I suggest that sometime in your life you take a trip across Canada by car.
  • Jul 11th, made a fool of myself
  • Aug 14th, made a complete fool of myself again!
  • Sep 3rd, tons of people move into rez and I meet all my British friends
  • Sep 5th, I am a welcome week rep
  • Dec 25th, had a great Christmas day
  • Dec 31st, had another great day
  1. What was your biggest achievement of the year?:
    -Getting into University and getting a B in Nursing and a “B-Plus” in Political Studies.
  2. What was your biggest failure?:
    -Not properly exercising my rights and standing up for myself during the first four months of the year.
  3. Did you suffer illness or injury?:
    -Not really.
  4. What was the best thing you bought?:
    -My digital camera.
  5. Whose behavior merited celebration?:
    -My friend Annette for standing by me, especially when I was making so many changes in my life. She told me when she disagreed but stood by me.
  6. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?:
    -I have watched from a distance as a couple of my friends in Hamilton have fallen apart.
  7. Where did most of your money go?:
    -University- about 15,000 dollars so far (books, tuition, fees, moving, rez, food).
  8. What did you get really, really, really excited about?:
    -Quiting the army, I felt so great that evening! I remember going to the gym, then to the arcade. All my friends noticed a change in me. It like a 20 ton weight was lifted.
    -My first day of University, waking up and going to class.
  9. What songs will always remind you of 2004?:
    -The Last Saskatchewan Pirate: I actually understand the song and one has to live in the West to get it.
  10. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    -i) happier or sadder?: happier by far!!
    -ii) thinner or fatter?: slightly thinner
    -iii) richer or poorer?: poorer in wallet but richer in life
  11. What do you wish you’d done more of?:
    -Making friends at University
    -Research into my legal rights
    -Exercise in the summer
  12. What do you wish you’d done less of?:
    -Making a fool of myself
  13. How will you be spending Christmas?
    – I spent Christmas in Winnipeg at a friends
  14. Did you fall in love in 2004?
    – no yet, we will see what 2005 has in store
  15. What were your favorite TV programs?:
    – Jack & Bobby
    – Monday Report
    – Corner Gas
    – JAG
    – The Practice
    – Dog: The Bounty Hunter
  16. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?:
    – I do not hate people, dislike more, yes.
  17. What was the best book you read?:
    – I have only read textbooks sadly
  18. What was your greatest musical discovery?:
    – Arrogant Worms
  19. What did you want and get?:
    – Good Marks
    – Freedom
    – Respect
  20. What did you want and not get?:
    – Tons
  21. What was your favorite film of this year?:
    – Shrek 2
  22. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?:
    – Worked at the (unnamed workplace) and they got me chocolate and a card. It was really great. I have to admit I miss the good times there.
  23. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more
    – Having transferred army units in April.
  24. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?:
    – Growing my hair and not shaving for days on end.
  25. What kept you sane?:
    – Pinball
  26. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?:
    – None, no time
  27. What political issue stirred you the most?
    – The Submarine Accident
  28. Who did you miss?
    – I missed my Hamilton area friends, especially Annette, Sarah, Kama, and Rhea
  29. Who was the best new person you met?:
    – I hereby wish to exercise my constitutional right to remain silent!
  30. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:
    – That I need to learn social skills, and that I cannot go thru life avoiding these situations
  31. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
    – “I like blue eyes, hers are green. Not like the woman of my dreams, and her hair not quite as long as I planned. Five-foot-three isn’t tall, shes not the girl I pictured at all in those paint by number fantasies I had. So it took me by complete surprise when my heart got lost in those deep green eyes. She is not at all like what I was looking for, She’s More”
    This song really hit me in the late summer and it means a lot to me on so many levels. One of them is that I had this plan for my year that I did not fulfill but what ended up happening was worth more.