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1. Personal Division
Best Misunderstanding
At some Queer Open Mic, [livejournal.com profile] mrheathen asked me what was up with me. I said I had been visiting someone for a romantic weekend and mentioned that they had an 18 year old. Mr. H thought I said I was dating an 18 year old and a stilted conversation ensued. I can honestly say that Mr H is very understanding of other people's relationships, even if, in this case, she didn't need to be.

Best events
- My 40th b-day party
-Lance's memorial. His death sure sucked. But the memorial was tearful and touching and just what it needed to be.
-The Warriors making the playoffs and watching them beat the Mavericks in a sports bar with [livejournal.com profile] superchones and [livejournal.com profile] tlacuiloliztli

2. Food Division
Best Cheese Description
Swiss Forsterkase. A collaborative description thought up in the exhausted retail days just before x-mas to describe the earthy, woody, rich, smoky and salty taste of this fabulous cheese. [livejournal.com profile] anarqueso thought we were making fun of her descriptions, but we meant it, man.

Eating Forsterkase is like strolling through the bacon forrest in autumn.

Best cheese accomplishment:
Being a cheese judge at the biggest US cheese competition ever held

Top Ten Cheese List:
I was going to make a new one, but really this sums it up nicely. I would add the Vacherin Mont D'or that we got last month to the list because it was the best we've have in years. The "Bacon Forrest" Forsterkase was pretty damn good too.

3. Entertainment Division
Favorite New Album
Dub Pistols – "Speakers and Tweeters".
I bought this when I visited the Rough Trade Shop in London. I liked some of their old stuff but was moistly intrigued by their collaborations with ex-Specials. Their remake of "Gangsters" was kinda ehhh, but the rest of the album is awesome. They even made The Stranglers "Peaches" listenable which, if you know that song, is a huge more accomplishment.

Favorite New (to me) Album
Young Marble Giants – "Collosal Youth".
I don't know what was wrong with me that I didn't own this before this year. I loved the songs of theirs I heard, but never got around to finding their s/y first album. Quiet, minimalist, relationship-oriented post-punk of the first Rough Trade era. If you don't know them, you may know Courtney Love's version of "Credit in the Straight World". This album is all about the assumed and unsaid. It's an early '80s period piece to be sure , but I think it transcends the era. I found it addictive.

4. LJ Division
Possibly my favorite thread of the year:
from this post where I used reverse psychology on you all to see if you could come up with any funny punk macros.

Fave Post by Me (my resolution for next year is to bookmark your best posts so I can have favorite LJ posts as a category next year)
Sonic Youth through the ages

5. Miscellaneous Division
Biggest Asshole Besides Bush and Cheney and All Those Folks…
The airport pacer I still laugh at this post!

Best thing I almost forgot about mentioning
Saving bonfires from being outlawed on ocean beach

6. Political Division
Favorite Media Moment
The stupid-on-purpose rightwing press trying to make the beating of the Yale Glee Club into an issue of San-Francisco-is-so-Left-Fascist-that-singing-the-National-Anthem-will-get-you-a-beat-down. Ha. If only. Can you imagine Giants games? Incensed fans rushing the field to get at the boys choir… the cops fighting them back... it's a great ritual and it happens 81 nights a year.

Best Political Victory
I don't know. I can't really think of one, especially as SF's Universal Health coverage just got declared illegal by the courts. Suggest one in the comments and we'll vote.

7. Depressing Division
People who died who I want to mention one last time
-[livejournal.com profile] prof_southbay's Dad
- Lance Hahn
- Heather McCallister
- Bill Walsh

What category did I miss?
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Geez, you know it’s a bad year when I searched my archives for a half hour and the best I could come up with for a year-end post was Best and Worst Death. I found some other stuff, but I admit this is a little half-assed. So was 2004.

Best Death: . Ronald Reagan. Even if we never got around to recording my "Punk’s not dead but Reagan is" song it was still satisfying to outlive the Gipper. Even if he’d only been a shell of the Great Evil One for years. This was the obituary I wrote for Ronnie from MRR

Biggest LJ Surprise: Getting un-friended by a regular reader for asking where the party was gonna be held when Ronnie died.

Worst Death (for me personally): Ron Apple 1967-2004. It’s almost been a year.

Best Week: The week that gay marriage was legal in SF. Almost the entire city was giddy. People took time off work to feed strangers in line. City workers married people for hours with no extra pay. Strangers sent flowers from all over the world. The State, the patriarchy, the origin of property blah blah… it was still a beautiful thing.

Weirdest Day: Singles night at Pac Bell Park. I can’t describe it better than I did back then.

3 New things for Me: 1. Spending time in the Midwest. I don’t think I could live that far from the ocean. I’d curl up in a little ball and stop eating. But I had a great time in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago, Ann Arbor and the roads in between.

2. Getting a cell phone. No apologies no regrets.

3. Finding out my religion. Turns out I was baptized Presbyterian. Who knew? Oh, I guess He probably did and that’s all that counts.

Best Picture of Me: It’s the second one down the page

Best Shows: The Husbands and Short Eyes at someone’s house in Santa Cruz. The Ex at Du Nord. The Dicks reunion at the Eagle. The Cooperative reunion at the Women’s Building ([livejournal.com profile] superchones where are those pics?). Everyone at Clarion Alley.

Day I realized I was too old for punk: April 27. I broke up a fight at the X show, got punched, and hurt for three weeks.

Best Poem I Read(not heard): (from [livejournal.com profile] dirtylibrarian)Well, there’s Daphne Gottlieb’s travel book poems I couldn’t find my favorite online, but this’ll do. Of course [livejournal.com profile] chzmongrrrweeps speaks for the angst of all cheesemongers and is a great addition to LJ. Then there was a personal poem I received that made my year.

But I’ll have to go with Frances Varian’s "la divina" as my favorite.

Best Stencil The day before everyone returned from Burning Man, the Mission and the Lower Haight were covered with a spray painting of a Burning Man with the legend "Welcome Back Lame-Os". I don’t necessarily agree with the sentiment, but it made me laugh out loud.

Best Day I Spent Drinking: Guerilla Femme Bar at the Eagle beer bust and the Clarion Alley Fair. I was home by like 9 PM, but had a complete day of fun.

Best Cake Evar: The Platonic Friendship Birthday Cake that [livejournal.com profile] amarama made for my b-day.

Best Cheese: (from [livejournal.com profile] everyone) Well I already plugged the Mouco Colorouge as the best thing I had at the American Cheese Society Conference. What else new this year? I’m in love with the Rogue River Blue made up in Oregon. Wrapped in brandy soaked grape leaves, raw milk strong and fruity. Only made two months a year and super pricey. I’m still in love with the Andante Minuet, a firm, ripened cheese made in Sonoma County with 90% goat milk, 10% crème fraiche. I tasted it before this year, but Soyoung just started selling to us again so I’m including it. Oh, for the Euro folks, I never had Le Petit Fiancee, a Pyrenees washed-rind goat cheese before this year. Amazing. Pungent, rich, tangy, oozy, and milky-sweet. We’ll see if it ever comes back…

Worst Cheese: Well, this could be a little unfair. This award maybe should be "Worst Cheese Distributor". But I could not get a decent Peluso’s Teleme this year to save my life. Moldy, ruptured, yellow, bitter…wtf? I love this cheese usually so I’ll keep trying, but geeez. Worst priced cheese goes out to the new organic goat cheese from up north. $20/lb WHOLESALE for fresh chevre? Uh no. And new dairies in general really need to stop making high-moisture jacks. Glut! Glut! Glut! Also this seems to be the appropriate place to give a shout out to all the discolored, maggotty, mouse-bitten, hair-containing, or diaper-smelling cheeses I returned or threw out this year. Holla!

Best Meal/Best Restaurant: (from [livejournal.com profile] dirtylibrarian) She doesn’t like hype and has a tiny, tiny restaurant so I won’t mention the exact name, but the new organic sushi restaurant is amazing and run by one of my favorite people in the world (of the ones that I don’t really know very well). Plus she loves cheese and El Vez and plays ‘80s new wave during business hours.

Best Neighborhood Character:(from [livejournal.com profile] jainabee) Well, at the city subsidized old folks home on my block there is one woman who stands out. Absolutely nuts. Sometimes in a wheel chair, sometimes not. Sometimes remembers who I am, sometimes doesn’t. If she’s in a talkative mood, you’re gonna hear her opinion. During the fire next door when half the block was out on the street, she was loudly proclaiming, "I’m only out here because a Black family was burned out," but they didn’t want anything to do with her because she’s so crazy so she had to confide this, non-acrimoniously, to the non-Black people. My favorite quote was on the Mayoral election where she supported Gavin. "I always vote for the richest man. Gavin’s got Gordon Getty, he doesn’t need to steal from the city!"

Best Political Moment: (from [livejournal.com profile] elusis) Besides the week of gay marriage in SF, I’d have to go with…. Uh… I guess the founding of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Actually, there’s some good discussion on this post of mine about anarchists and political movements.

Worst Political Moment: Pretty much the entire rest of the year. You know, the whole end of Enlightenment thing. Paraphrasing [livejournal.com profile] slanderous, "It’s not like the Enlightenment was the best thing evar, but now that it’s gone, I kinda miss it."

Special mention to [livejournal.com profile] slipkid who wanted his name on the year end list.
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Moment I was Proudest of a Friend/Unlikliest Humor Situation: You wouldn’t think that a hate crime trial would provide laughter, but it can. And this year the person who assaulted my friend might actually come to trial. By the way, if you want to debate the concept of hate crimes, visit Final Girl

Best Thing About LiveJournal: I don’t know how I keep managing to find so many smart journalers and good writers but somehow I do. Plus the ones I’ve actually met have been almost all wonderful. I’d like to thank you all for reading and for all the kind words you may have sent my way last year.

Thing I’m Most Thankful for: It would be tacky to do this at Thanksgiving so I’ll do it now. Thanks to all my friends who’ve helped me through things this year especially the rough patches. Many don’t have LJs, (or if they do they don’t update them) but [livejournal.com profile] anarqueso does so I’ll mention her. And special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jactitation for the 16th year of being my best friend.
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Favorite Random Street Interaction: Face it. One of the best reasons to live in a city is because weirdness, hopefully the non-violent type, can happen while you’re just going on a simple errand. This year there was the The slightly creepy yet very familiar clown.

Proudest Moment for Being a San Franciscan, Runner Up: "Big Stinky" the whale washes ashore on Ocean Beach. When all is said and done, we’re a beach town.

Proudest Moment for Being a San Franciscan: Shutting down the city to protest the War . When war starts, this is the best place in the US to be.

Best Day: Hanging out with my best friends, drinking all day and seeing great bands I had a feeling it would be the best day as it was happening. And once again, a positive, happy post garners almost no comments.
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LiveJournalists I Met This Year: [livejournal.com profile] akki [livejournal.com profile] amarama [livejournal.com profile] beautifultoxin [livejournal.com profile] chitinous [livejournal.com profile] crepuscular [livejournal.com profile] danielray [livejournal.com profile] decadentscholar [livejournal.com profile] elusis [livejournal.com profile] felicks [livejournal.com profile] final_girl [livejournal.com profile] goodbadgirl [livejournal.com profile] jamie_miller [livejournal.com profile] jennizane [livejournal.com profile] jeremydotorg [livejournal.com profile] jette [livejournal.com profile] kest [livejournal.com profile] nadinelet [livejournal.com profile] ral [livejournal.com profile] reddawn [livejournal.com profile] slipkid [livejournal.com profile] slutbunwalla [livejournal.com profile] socialretard [livejournal.com profile] swaz [livejournal.com profile] vestalvixen [livejournal.com profile] voiceandsalt [livejournal.com profile] wookiepocket [livejournal.com profile] zenchump [livejournal.com profile] zilly. Of course, many of these people were just saying hello over the cheese.

Best Political Discussion on my LJ This year: The Weather Underground Documentry Revolutionaries or privileged, arrogant bastards?
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Best Punk Show: Once again I prove that I’m too old to be trusted. The Mutants reunion. I hadn’t seen them in 15 years and they looked like social studies teachers but they were great.

Best Book I Read this Year for the First Time: Southland by Nina Revoyr. A mystery set in LA which touches on the Watts riots, forced relocation of Japanese Americans, Japanese-Black race relations, Los Angeles’s histories, myths and mysteries, and much more. I don’t know what to make of the main character’s lesbian relationships because they read as almost tacked on, but the rest of the book I loved.

Most Interesting Movie: Gallant Girls Finally a movie about ‘80s anarcha-feminists and of course it’s by the Germans. Not perfect by any means, but interesting and nostlgia-producing for some of us.

Album of the Year: Rockin’ out with the hip hop cop . It’s years old, but I finally found a copy after "Powder" became the official SFPD war-demonstration PR guy.

Overplayed Song of the Year: In Da Club by 50 Cent. My official favorite pop song of the year. In the tradition of "The Thong Song" and "Hott in Herre" it’s a slightly embarrassing song that I always love hearing. I love pop music even when it’s harmful. I’m sure that faggot line is actually a statement about 50 Cent’s inner turmoil over donning a hateful mask of masculinity in order to survive and prosper in this world.
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The Amusingly Bad

Most Annoying Trend: Raw foodies. Admit it people, it makes NO SENSE. And you look terrible. Well, I guess people will always find a way to individually sublimate the anxiety that capitalism provokes in all of us. Come the revolution we won’t need to graze on all fours like common beasts!

Worst Lapdog Journalism in Book Form: It didn’t come out this year, but I read it this year. Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers explains what every song he ever recorded meant to him To quote Emilio Estevez in "Repo Man", "I can’t believe I used to like these guys."

Phrase That May Not Resonate with You, but Which Makes Me Want to Kill "If XXXXXX didn’t exist they’d have to invent it" It was the first sentence in a NY Times Book Review last week and I just snapped. How can they think that’s good writing? There is no interest, energy, or meaning left in that phrase and all it does is mark the writer/speaker as a lazy, predictible waste of time. Or a mass market thriller author.

Worst Slogan of the Year: Give Them Hope! Don’t Grope!" at SF Gay Pride. I had forgotten all about it until I re-read this entry. Unfortunately the original link is dead.

Personal Scapegoat of the Year: The Olympia Food Co-op. I just can’t help myself. Did I tell you that customers started a hunger strike when the workers tried to institute a new cash register system with scanners? "You can’t get scanners! The workers should all get carpal tunnel and be unable to control the inventory because we’re making a useless and idiotic statement against Something Really Evil!" I offered to send a co-op labor guard up from the Bay Area to help out with the situation but they declined. Yes, I’m exaggerating, but I already told you I can’t help myself.
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The Really Bad

Worst Pain: I thought this would be a one year category after all that dental work I did last year. Unfortunately this year I got a Repetitive Stress Injury through my wrist , forearm, elbow, and shoulder. Luckily not bad enough for a disability claim but it put a cramp into my cheese selling and my writing. I don’t know how you office workers do it.

Person I’ll Miss the Most Even Though I Hadn’t Seen Her in Over 10 Years: Rachael. One of the people who taught me things I needed to survive high school though I’m sure she never knew it. Ever have a premonition of disaster and have it come true? I knew she was somewhere close and probably needed help that I probably couldn’t give. I didn’t find her until the day of the funeral.

Worst Day: Happened very recently but, no offense, isn’t something I feel like sharing. My other worst day was obviously Rachael’s funeral. 4/23 entries. They’re worth reading but I’ll make you seek them out so I don’t depress you on purpose any more than I already have.
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I’ll admit it. I hate that year end meme. I haven’t been reading any of yours. Sorry.

I mean, here we are, writing all year, and everyone is just filling in answers to the same questions no matter what they wrote about a lot of it in the past. So, instead of doing that, I’m just going to plain old recycle my old material.

Well, more or less. Honestly, it hasn’t been that great a year for me. So while I will go over some of the low points I’m going to include a lot of best moments so that I can remember some of the good stuff too. There’s some new things on this list, but mostly you can read me again for the very first time. I've broken things down into handy little categories.


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