I want to live life deliberately, and writing a year in progress/review helps me inspect my life and make changes (before it's too late—hopefully). You may want to refer to prior years to view this one in context:
After 28 years of life, some of them sentient, I have a decent idea of what actually makes me happy. I picked these themes and to-dos because they are the things that bring me joy.
The little things that become the big things
Saw the Gangster Museum (museum is a generous title); watched "Waiting for Godot"; went to the MOMA; went to the MOMA again; loved the 2014 temple video; saw a Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder with Lauren Jacobson; went to Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken; saw horrible things at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria; went to Jao Hi with a small faction of the Pune development team; saw Bobby McCullough play at Rockwood Music Hall; went to Terrain and bought more succulents; saw the World Trade Center memorial; worked the Fab warehouse sale with Shane Lapsys; designed my dream canopy bed; traveled to Pune, Udaipur, Jaipur, and Bombay, India, (and while I was in India I checked out Braeburn Stadium, ate the best butter chicken of my life at Amfrei in Udaipur, took a rickety cable car up a hill, went to plenty of palaces, walked to Amer fort, finally got to Anhoki in Jaipur, ate paratha after paratha and came home contented); went to Berlin and Poland (where I ate a surprising amount of KFC) and learned about "Dinesh the Dominator"; saw Motown the Musical with the fam; got pedis with McCall; went to India and hiked up a mountain near Pune; beat Shane's team in cricket; lost to Shane's team in cricket; went to a wedding in Satara India (and saw three accidents along the way); hosted Lunchbox in a Power of Two® weekend where we ate until we were sick and then watched Jack Ryan for our requisite buddy movie; went to Terrain with Lana Troung! (and got to see her again a few weekends apart) got cousin-manis with Camille and Clarissa; played "Stereotype Scavenger Hunt" at the MoMA; watched Saving Mr. Banks with the Willams'; taught a few priesthood lessons; drove with Tanner from Ocean City, MD to Salt Lake City, UT in under 40 hours (thanks, cousin Patrick, for letting us crash on your girlfriend's sorority house couch); while in Utah on that same trip Tanner and I kicked it with the imitable Brooke Camit and got Nacho fries with Sam Troy Greg Greer and a few others; watched the Lego Movie; saw Kelle and Harold Abell in Copenhagen where I also went to Tivoli Gardens and saw the Christus Statue; kicked it with cousin Ashton in Berlin; took a 20 hour train from Berlin to Padova with Dane and Tanner; saw the Peggy Guggenheim museum in Venice; went on a lovely (and mother-scaring) hot air ballon ride in Tuscany; saw David in Florence; went on my first scooter ride through the vineyards in Tuscany; went on my first international vespa ride when I went from Italy to the Holy See and back; saw Lucca and Sienna and San Gimignano; wandersplored in Sperlonga; hiked precariously at Montagna Spaccata in Gaeta; ate panna cotta in Rome; won fantasy World/Euro Cup for the 3rd time in a row; ate and biked all over Manhattan with Katie Luman; went back to Berlin and ate a lot of currywurst; took the train to Prague with Soham; went to Düsseldorf with Kai; on the way home from Germany I stopped by Paris and saw the Lourve, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the lovely Gardens at Versailles, Deroylle; and when I got back to New York pops came in town and we went to the Highline (finally); feasted on crabs at Aunt Kathy's in Lewes Delaware; ate lunch with mum at Pio Pio Riko; hiked Breakneck Ridge with Matthew Nicole and Andrew; rafted to Pollepel Island (home of Bannerman's Castle) in the Hudson; went to Far Rockaway on memorial day; headed back to India one last time for Stas' Mumbai bachelor party a spot of food poisoning and a great time at church in the Mumbai Branch; headed to Scotland to see Jon and Sara and the build up to the referendum (Edinburgh is charming); visited Blue Hill and Dia:Beacon with Jojo and Erika; got stuck in mass while admiring a chapel's stained glass in Berlin; went to Stas and Magda's wedding with Cody in Hamburg; went to the Met and saw Provenance by Amie Segel; saw the Wayne White art show at Liner gallery; went to Brooklyn Beta; hung out with LJ again when she came in town—we went to the bird of prey show at Wave Hill with Cameron then went to Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken; I started a new job at Oscar Health; went home for McCall's 16th birthday and had lunch with Mama and saw a red-tailed hawk; (and probably a few more things); whacked some boulders with hammers at Ringing Rock State Park; saw Strand of Oaks and Torres at the Bowery Ballroom; finally ate the pork butt at Momofuku Ssam Bar; tried to convince Dane to move to New York by showing him everything I had (not enough); went to the MET and realized John Frederick Kennsett is like grandma Rogers; dragged my family through Longwood Gardens; saw Treeline drive infested with vultures; saw an American Kestrel, 4 Red-tailed hawks, and a sharp shinned hawk over Christmas break; went to Hibatchi for Christmas Eve for the 4th year in a row; skipped the New Years party that was thrown for me and my friends.
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