Every year is a 12 step plan

01. JANUARY
~  Work at The Navigator and Maximum Yield simultaneously.
~ Begin wearing my signature stripey sweaters. X-mas presents from Chelsea.
~ The ill-fated The League of Fantastic forms because I want to open for Akron/Family.
~  Consider buying a laptop and then do not.
~ The Metrics reform for one night. Then tacitly agree to never perform again.
~ My head almost explodes from The Wave playing James Blunt twice daily.
~ My car’s turn-signal stops working.
~ I begin my ill-fated attempt to learn electronics.
~ Babel performs on Spacelink.
~ Purchase a MicroKorg.
~ Start email campaign begging the Wave to stop playing James Blunt.

02. FEBRUARY
~ Boss finally gets around to giving me the Office Policies document which I still have not signed.
~ I get turn signal fixed after a month of it not working.
~ Chelsea’s and my relationship problems continue to get worse. Covering the house in Dora valentines does not fix anything.
~ Urbane Decay and Babel top charts in Lethbridge.

03. MARCH
~ Ramshackle 2006 stars Akron/Family. I am almost hallucinating with a bad flu.
~ Release Babel‘s Heavy Moon CD.
~ I get my glasses prescription updated.
~ Go to the Malaspina production of The Orestia and leave at the intermission.
~ I discover Sabbath and never look back.
~ I sleep in the guest room now.
~ I read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and it changes my life. Or at least starts me on the path to changing how I live my life.
~ I make Lava Cakes.
~ I begin try and divest myself of attachments.

04. APRIL
~ Chelsea and I are broken up officially.
~ Final Navigator production weekend of my Navigator career.
~ Ken and I spend a bunch of money at Jack‘s living-room record sale.
~ Set up a MySpace page for Babel.
~ Feeling my way around Taoism, I renounce the concept of fear in my life.
~ Begin my regular stint on Pins of Light.
~ I find Peter Demmon‘s blog.  Peter and I have a 3 hour internet argument about Episode III. The argument lasts for days actually.
~ Go to 70 Below and have the young man in the urinal beside me saying, “You have a real nineties look about you. I like it!” A line he uses on Tracy later. This becomes the basis for an Urbane Decay song.
~ Kristjanne and David slap each other silly at the Vancouver  Ave house.
~ Develop an ill-fated crush on someone.

05. MAY
~ I adopt my tilde bullet style of blogging.
~ Chelsea and I continue to cohabitate and things are unbearably tense between us.
~ Burrus is back from abroad.
~ Jack begins his pledge to shave his mustache off for charity. Posts a picture of his grade 8 self to sweeten the pot.
~ Someone calls me a “douche” to Chelsea and I take it unreasonably hard.
~ I suddenly stop liking new wave and post punk revival bands.
~ Tell my parents Chelsea and I broke up. My mom isn’t happy about it.
~ Jack follows through with shaving off the mustache.
~ I do not enjoy the early heatwave.
~ League of Fantastic changes name to Qian to open for Ka-Nives at Fascinating Rhythm instore show. I design the first in a series of posters for these shows.
~ Ken and Dave get kicked out of Jack‘s house. I get hung-over.
~ Continue to nuture that secret ill-fated crush.
~ Pet shop Boys release Fundamental.
~ Kristjanne and Lauren and I go to X-Men III and have a good time.
~ Trevor and Dan and I go out taking photos and find a stash of womens’ underwear in the bushes.
~ Chelsea is the first to kiss someone else. I breathe a sigh of relief.

06. JUNE
~ Chelsea moves out.
~ I clean and reorganize the apartment.
~ Chelsea deletes me from her friends list.
~ I consider buying a house plant. I don’t.
~ Jamie talks to me for the first time. It’s awkward.
~ My uncle sends me his “Recently Divorced” screen print.
~ We no longer work 9 hour days at Maximum Yield. Thank god.
~ I find the transition to singlehood difficult and end up eating Jell-o for dinner one night.
~ I begin to give up on the crush as it’s obviously not going to pan out. Mostly because I feel too broken to actually do anything about it.
~ I get carded at the liquor store. Whee!
~ Stephen tells me his marriage is breaking up and he asks if he can stay at my place for a while.
~ Drop a CD shelf on my toe, breaking it and eventually losing the nail.
~ First Games Nite.
~ Theodore is born.

07. JULY
~ Theodore comes home to the 415.
~ Release Babel‘s The Assassin’s Widow CD.
Bentley stays with me for a few days.
Boss buys a yellow Hummer and starts mandatory staff drinking on friday afternoons. This results in a wall of beer cans on my desk.
~ I design Nada and the Pivot poster for Adrienne.
~ I sink into a depression.
~ Go insane and decide to move to Auroville.
~ Get slamboned beyond belief at Nathan‘s BBQ.  Go to work the next day still bagginsed.
~ At some point around here Jamie joins the Urbane Decay.

08. AUGUST

~ Stephen moves in. Sort of.
~ I go to my cousin’s wedding in Nelson with my uncle and his cousin. It’s an experience.
~ I begin my no crap foods diet.
~ Go to Goluza‘s house with Ann and Ken.
~ I fall in lust with the Doors.
~ Jodi’s wedding party. Miranda and I get crazy hammered.
~ I fall in love with Zep.
~ Babel plays on The Late Shift anniversary show.
~ Form Sister Ray with Mel.
~ I become a devoted Pink Floyd fan.
~ Played poker for the first time.
~ Kiss a girl.

09. SEPTEMBER
~ Punch Chris Clark in the face at Ann‘s birthday party.
~ New staff are hired at Maximum Yield.
~ After a summer of way too much drinking, I try to quit drinking.
~ Go to Cumberland to see Final Fantasy with Mel and Carpenter and Adrienne.  Ade shows me her scar.
~ Mix tape war. Chelsea is nice to me for the first time in months.

10. OCTOBER
~ Jamie‘s poorly attended Beck party.
~ I celebrate my one-year anniversary at Maximum Yield.
~ Robocoon is born.
~ Andrew‘s in town for five weeks. We mend out friendship.
~ My fridge catches on fire.
~ I begin my ill-fated courting of Adrienne.
~ Jamie‘s much better attended Devil and Daniel Johnston party.
~ Stephen goes to a meditation retreat and escapes from it.
~ I get back into shoegaze.
~ Old Phoebe win the battle of the bands.
~ Begin the Maximum Yield redesign.
~ I get the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech.
~ Sister Ray play at a halloween party. Robocoon costume is a hit.

11. NOVEMBER

~ Gown / Sister Ray / Partli Cloudi show.
~ Decide to buy a Bengal cat. Which I do not.
~ Release DWE‘s CD.
~ I go to various movies with Adrienne.
~ Stephen and Carissa‘s pot luck.
~ It snows. I don’t like it.
~ I turn 34. Egads.

12. DECEMBER
~ My heart breaks.
~ Nardwuar show at Fascinating Rhythm.
~ Makito appears on Pins of Light for the first time.
~ Release the Urbane Decay CD Jamie and I have been working on since summer.
~ Kai returns from Europe.
~ Staff party at the Bosses’ house. Lauren‘s birthday party. I pick up a killer flu at one of these places.
~ Work gets hectic and soul-crushing.
~ Games Nites reinstated.
~ More snow. More unhappy about it.
~ I realize christmas means nothing to me. 
~ I meditate. I do some refresher readings on Tao and Zen. I get myself together for the first time in well over a year.
~ Rose and I make peace over the “hat” issue.
~ I start posting videos on YouTube.
~ Go to the Rock-a-thon which I wasn’t going to do. But I do and  Marie and I become friends.
~ Have a relatively benign and nice x-mas with my parents and my uncle.
~ Marie and I have a great boxing day.
~ I declare the no crap foods diet a success.
~ I discover Freaks and Geeks.
~ I help Marie discover the Goonies. Marie helps me discover a lot of disturbing subtext in the Goonies.

That brings us up to today:
~ I bought a new phone.
~ I dropped off Chelsea‘s mail and it was not awkward!
~ I did this entry which took way too long.

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56 Responses to Every year is a 12 step plan

  1. newcleus says:

    I’m a little insulted that you didn’t mention The Late Shift 6th anniversary hullabaloo ~ insulted! ~

    Ahhhh whatever…

  2. newcleus says:

    I’m a little insulted that you didn’t mention The Late Shift 6th anniversary hullabaloo ~ insulted! ~

    Ahhhh whatever…

  3. atrophe says:

    wow the sudden shift to classic rock is kind of shocking when summarized in this manner

  4. atrophe says:

    wow the sudden shift to classic rock is kind of shocking when summarized in this manner

  5. mrdapper says:

    dude, it’s kind of shocking period.

  6. cokenail says:

    2007
    jan
    urban decay / caravan debauchery!

  7. cokenail says:

    2007
    jan
    urban decay / caravan debauchery!

  8. this list even fails to mention the slew of pink floyd tribute albums you released this year

  9. nine_doors says:

    your capacity for recollection is stunning, wow

  10. mrdapper says:

    shit! that’s right!

  11. mrdapper says:

    or… my capacity for spending two hours scanning a year’s worth of entries. such is why i post almost daily.

  12. mrdapper says:

    Shit! I missed that too. What month was that in? I’ll rectify the situation.

  13. mrdapper says:

    Are you guys wanting to make money off this gig? Or can I set up something non-lucrative?

  14. mrdapper says:

    and it’s “urbane”! with an E! it’s a pun! it’s clever!

  15. bootybrown says:

    Final Fantasy was in Cumberland? Whoa shit!

    I never mentioned this before, but all the Dora and Diego crap I’d see at Toys R’ Us made me think of youse. I’d have had no idea what it was otherwise!

    I never knew you broke a toe either. Your year has been quite black and blue Jake, just like a certain someone’s face.

  16. bootybrown says:

    Final Fantasy was in Cumberland? Whoa shit!

    I never mentioned this before, but all the Dora and Diego crap I’d see at Toys R’ Us made me think of youse. I’d have had no idea what it was otherwise!

    I never knew you broke a toe either. Your year has been quite black and blue Jake, just like a certain someone’s face.

  17. mrdapper says:

    it was like a fracture. but was hard to walk on for a while.

  18. cokenail says:

    woops!
    non-lucrative! pay us in red wine!

  19. aporia says:

    the barrage of dora valentines was very sweet. i would label that a success.

    didn’t you get your wisdom teeth out at the beginning of the year? and if not, why was i serving you milkshakes while you watched the entire lord of the rings?

    was yesterday less awkward? because you always say it’s awkward when i don’t think it is and i thought this time was awkward. i guess i was self-conscious about my slovenly appearance and also not sure if you could hear that there was a boy in my shower. it’s pretty amazing how you only seem to turn up when there’s a boy around.

  20. aporia says:

    the barrage of dora valentines was very sweet. i would label that a success.

    didn’t you get your wisdom teeth out at the beginning of the year? and if not, why was i serving you milkshakes while you watched the entire lord of the rings?

    was yesterday less awkward? because you always say it’s awkward when i don’t think it is and i thought this time was awkward. i guess i was self-conscious about my slovenly appearance and also not sure if you could hear that there was a boy in my shower. it’s pretty amazing how you only seem to turn up when there’s a boy around.

  21. aporia says:

    and i think you must tell ken every time it happens because when he stopped by last night he was convinced i was hiding a boy somewhere in my apartment! =)

  22. mrdapper says:

    wisdom tooth was 2005. late 2005.

    i will refrain from making a joke about showing when boys are around.

  23. mrdapper says:

    i’m not saying anything.

  24. aporia says:

    making fun of myself is my favorite pasttime these days. feel free.

  25. aporia says:

    so what was this big heartbreak right after your birthday?

  26. mrdapper says:

    when are there not boys around?? ba-doop-doop!

  27. aporia says:

    i don’t actually

  28. mdrayner says:

    Slamboned and bagginsed are in contention as best word of 2007.

  29. mdrayner says:

    Slamboned and bagginsed are in contention as best word of 2007.

  30. mrdapper says:

    both coined by ken mcleod.

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