2012 was a very good year, my friends. I would say the third best year of my life, behind 2010 and 2009. A lot of big changes, most of them good, and some of the best memories of my life. As readers of this and my former blog know, I have written a year in review post the past several years, but did not write one in 2011. I actually started writing one while I was on a plane to Denver to see 3 nights of Ween, but I never finished it. 2011 was a good year, but 2010 was as good as it ever was and it was a tough act to follow. It’s not that there wasn’t anything worth writing about, but I just didn’t have the same sense of achievement and personal growth that I had in 2010; In a lot of areas of my life I kind of just tread in place.
That said, here are a few highlights just to get them in writing. Freaky Deeky was the big thing. Heading in to the year I was hosting the show by myself for the first time. We were on a crazy hot streak of amazing episodes in the first part of 2011, and then we moved to Hotbed Studios, where there were growing pains. A few months after the move, we changed to every other week and the shows got better for a while, and when I say better I mean the best we’ve ever done. The Halloween/Haunted House episode of 2011 is my favorite episode of the show. We also did a show in the main room at First Avenue, that was really just a dance party that we were a sideshow at. It was fun, it was a major goal, but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I set out to do a main room show. On the other hand, we also performed as part of Bassgasm 3 in February 2011, and that was the best Freaky Deeky live performance ever, by my count. I wrote about it here. I put out a few more videos with MPLS.TV, a couple of them good, the other not so good. Hey, 2/3 ain’t bad. I was paid to write something for the first time ever, and I got to take an African drum and dance class, so hey that’s pretty cool. And there you have it, 2011 (nutshell remix). It was a year.
The theme of 2012 for me was change. Not all good, but mostly good. Like 80% good I’d say. The biggest change of them all was my change in employment, and I have to say just 3 months in, I am incredibly happy with this change. I knew my old job at the accounting firm would not work out long term for me. I got into accounting because I liked doing math, but there were some major stressors at this job, like dealing with problem clients and co-workers, having to do customer service (even for the bad clients), having to try to sell myself and my firm outside of work hours, and having to enter every single minute of what I did every day into a time entry program. They paid for $2,500 in expenses for my CPA license (test fees, review courses, etc), with the agreement that I would work there for 2 years after getting my CPA or I would have to pay them back. The 2 years ended in December 2011, but I did not want to leave them high and dry before tax season so I knew I would be putting off the job search until 2012. I had a pretty rough 2011 at work but I snapped back into it somewhat during tax season in 2012, partly because we had one less person on staff and I was expected to do a lot more. I was given a bonus for tax season for the first time, which was very nice, but while having enough money to do the things I like to do is a big motivator for me, a specific amount of money is not. They could have given me a bonus twice the size and I still would have left.
I was worried about my work experience not necessarily translating into the kind of job I wanted, which was to work for a company doing their accounting. I got my new job, which is preparing financial statements, reports, and other financial documents for a huge company, through a search agency that just called me up by random chance one day (through the front desk at my old job, mind you). A few months of boring and trivial stuff later, I have an interview. I parked in a parking garage for the interview. I walked out a door into an alley, and came face to face with a guy dressed in full clown garb, make up and everything. He said “Hey” and I said “Hey” without batting an eye. This is the moment that I realized I was finally a real cool guy. I also figured that this would be some kind of omen for the interview, whether good or bad.
I thought the interview went terribly. The search agency guy who set it up told me to call him and tell him how it went but I felt too embarrassed, felt like I had wasted his time, and mine. But a couple days later I get asked for a reference, and the guy says that means I all but have the job. Looking back at the interview, after having worked there a few months, a lot of the things I said were perfect for the things I actually do at the job. The job is cyclical so far, basically I can’t do much with anything until a set of numbers is done. Every month there are a few things to do. Every quarter there are a lot of things to do so I am basically busy the whole month after a quarter end. And then what I was really hired for was the year-end, which I’m about to experience for the first time. I expect to be working 60 hour weeks just like I was at the firm, but it might be less than that, and it will end over a month earlier than tax season ends, so there’s that. It’s been pretty dead the last couple months, so some extra work won’t kill me.
So my new job is much more math oriented, and less to do with any of the things that drove me away from my old job. I essentially work for two people, really mainly one who had my job but was promoted. She is given a lot of work to do, and delegates the things that I can do to me. The only other person I really do work with/for is our main boss. I’ve felt that we have made a good team even from the very start of me working there, and I feel like what I’m doing is important. The work I do is passed on all the way up the chain, I mean the CEO is looking at this stuff. It goes through probably a dozen hands before it gets there, but I am the one who builds the bottom level of the pyramid, and I like that. It was kind of weird moving from an accounting firm with small clients to a company that has over a billion dollars in revenue, but I am totally used to the huge numbers by now.
The job is great, and that’s great, right? But the best part is it’s location. It is a mile away from where I live, and I walk to work every day, which means I barely drive my car. My car was a huge cause of stress in my life, and now it’s not. Enough said. If the weather is truly awful, I can get in the skyway 2 blocks from my house and take it all the way to the office. It’s a bit out of the way so it adds 5-10 minutes to my commute of 20 minutes. I have only done that twice since I started working there in mid-September though. Normally I can tough it out to right past the Dakota club, get in the skyway there, and that takes the same 20 minutes as it does walking on the streets. As I’ve been slow at work for a while I’ve taken some time wandering around the skyways, and have found my way around, going on 2 and 3 mile walks around the city, and I think I have found most of the good restaurants. Shout out to Andrea’s Pizza, a little slice of NY in the skyway.
Speaking of all that walking, another big change this year is my health. Or at least my weight. I started the year at 240 after an effort to cook more and eat healthier at the end of last year, down from about 255 earlier in 2011. I gained almost all of that weight back during tax season, I was certainly over 250. I continued to try to eat better in 2012, and by the time I started my new job in September, I was down to about 243. As of the date of this blog post, I am down to 225, so 18 pounds in 3 and a half months. I got myself down to 225 for a while in 2009, but this is is low as I’ve been since then, and I am feeling great and looking better. I have a long way to go though. I want to live forever, or at least as close to forever as possible. I owe it to myself to get in better health. I walk by the YWCA every day on the way home from work, and I decided I am going to get a membership there in March. It’s going to be very busy for me at work the next couple months, like 50-60 hour weeks, and I’m not going to kid myself. I’ve been there before with tax season and even just to not gain any weight during a busy time like that would be a win.
Alright! Well there are some of the good changes, it’s time to get dark, I think. Freaky Deeky. The thing I loved most in this world, the thing that meant more to me than anything I’ve ever been a part of, the thing that really freed me and allowed me to become the person I was meant to be (or at least get closer to that person), ended. It had been coming since the end of 2011, when the city of Minneapolis passed a huge budget cut to our network, MTN – Minneapolis cable access. The only reason we were able to do the show as it was was because Hamil worked there. The studio was closed at that time, and we were allowed to use it because we were respectful and Hamil was there. Hamil knew then that there might not be much time left both for his job there and the show, and he told me that, but it seemed better to not tell everyone else, I am optimistic to a fault and I just figured it would blow over. Still, we were running on fumes, and not much else, for the last few episodes of 2011 and the 4 we did in 2012. We moved back to MTN for the final 4 episodes after spending some rough months at Hotbed, where we made some great episodes but were doomed by the technology not aligning as well as it did at MTN. The move back to MTN breathed a little new life back into the show, but it did not last. The problems just kept adding up for Hamil, an awful streak of months that I would not wish upon my worst enemy let alone one of my best friends.
A few days after the penultimate episode, Hamil said the show would be ending and it would be funny if we just went off the air without announcing it. Hal and I put some sense into him though, and we did one last episode to say goodbye and try to get a little closure. That said, it would have been truly funny to end without the finale. The last call we took on the 2nd to last episode was from a tea party lady who was honest-to-goodness fuming mad about the fact that taxpayer money could possibly be going into broadcasting our show. I have terrible hearing and it’s hard to hear in there anyway, and she sounded like friend of the show and former freak Ashley, who called in all the time with different characters anyway. So I treated her as if she were Ashley, and by that I mean I said some totally awful and mean things! I told her her voice made me want to run to the bathroom and I wasn’t sure if I had to diarrhea or throw up more. Then Hal went on screen and bunched up his undies in his butt crack. She ended up calling MTN the next day and complaining about us, making it the first formal complaint the show ever received in it’s 4+ year run.
So there certainly would have been some stories, and I’m sure there are at least a few people out there who think that’s why went off the air. Awesome! Anyway, the last episode was really great. We got everyone who had been a regular back in the studio, we had some very nice and heartfelt segments on the show. I had pictured the final episode of Freaky Deeky in my head for years before actually, and I pictured us all sitting in a room hugging each other and crying. Well it wasn’t like that at all. I definitely got choked up several times after callers said nice things about the show, but all in all there were a lot of smiles and heads held high in that studio that night. Until the episode was over at least, it was too chaotic and busy to have time for anything else really. We went back to Hotbed to have a party and watch the show, and that was a truly great time. We danced, we laughed, we cried a little sure, but I remember looking around the studio a lot and just seeing a lot of really happy people. I noticed particularly that Hamil was in good spirits for really the first time (in my presence at least) since everything started piling on in December. He was back to his old self, if only for one night, but it was very touching to see.
There is a hole in my life that hasn’t been filled since Freaky Deeky went off the air. It is nice to have Sunday nights to do what I want, and to not be dead tired (and I mean to the point of being brain dead) every Monday morning, and I don’t think I’d ever ever ever be ready to do Freaky Deeky every week again, but I sure would go back in a heartbeat. I had started a long blog post about Freaky Deeky a few weeks after it ended, but I never finished it, and at this point, I won’t be finishing it. I can’t say enough about this show though. We made some great episodes, some good episodes, and some bad episodes, and I am proud of them all, but that’s not the important part. The important part is almost all of my extremely close friends I either met at Freaky Deeky or hanging out with people from Freaky Deeky. The other important part is I am so much more awesome (yeah, I went there) and free since doing the show. I always had it in me to be a weirdo in a TV studio, but when I went on the first time I had some body image issues and didn’t get naked during naked time. I did my second time on the show though, and it all got easier and easier every time. At first I was frightened of getting on the mic and talking to callers, and then I became a co-host, and then a host. I feel basically invincible these days when I go out somewhere. I am not afraid to dress like an idiot in public. I am not afraid to be totally awesome in public. All the fucks I gave have been given to charity. I don’t need them anymore.
For any fans who may be reading this, I have a feeling we’ll have some good news for you in 2013. Not like REAAAAAALLLY good. But good. You’ll know when I know, my friends.
Let’s keep it dark for a while now, I promise we’ll take it back up in a bit. Another big change was my favorite band Ween breaking up. This might not seem like a big change but it is for me. I travelled to see Ween about once a year for the last 8-9 years. Along the way I met a ton of people through the Ween message board, and partied with them in cities across America. I did close out 2011 with seeing Ween 3 nights in a row in Denver, which turned out to be their last shows. I’m really glad I went, looking back. Leading up to the last night, I was pretty bummed to not be around my close friends for New Year’s Eve, I wasn’t sure if I had made the right choice. A lot of people I had met in my previous Ween excursions were there, a lot of us staying in the same hotel, but I missed my friends. Well the NYE show turned out to be the best Ween show I’ve ever seen (I believe I saw 15 total), and the new year’s countdown was actually pretty fun. The timing of the break up felt a little symbolic for me. I had just gotten back from a new tradition for me, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. I was back at home, hanging out with some friends who picked me up from my flight home when I heard the news. Based on what I’ve heard since the break up, and what members of the band have said, I am not holding my breath expecting to see Ween back together in all its glory, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all with whatever ends up happening.
Over the past couple years in Detroit, I had met a few people from other cities. This time I happened to meet someone from NYC who I instantly got along really well with. There was a techno festival in Denver in September, and the girl from NYC was the only person I knew who was going. So I went, and hung out with her and her friends most of the time. Even stayed in the same hotel where I had stayed when I went for Ween. In Denver I met some more techno people, one of whom I hung out with here in Minneapolis when he was in town for work. One door closed, but another opened. It’s not the same, and I won’t try to compare the two, but it felt like I should tell life to go easy on the symbolism because it’s getting kind of cheesy.
Ok. I think that’s all the bad stuff I have to say. Not so bad, right? I’ll live.
I was paid to write for the second time in my life in 2012, and it was an honor to have it be earned by interviewing a true legend and hero of mine, George Clinton for City Pages. Here it is. My friend Jen was their online editor until a few months ago, and just a couple weeks after she left I got a message from her saying they needed someone to interview George Clinton and she recommended me to the current editor of the Gimme Noise blog on account of me being a funk mastermind. It was supposed to happen on a Monday night. I sat around, waiting, and waiting, and waiting. I eventually got a call to let me know that a back up singer in the band had passed away. . We were able to get it done the next day, I brought my laptop into a conference room at work (this was still at my old job) and did the interview. I never even told anyone I work with that that’s what I was doing in there. I like to live 2 different lives. It’s fun to see what I can keep from one side or the other.
I made a few more videos for MPLS.TV, a dance video called So You Think You Kahn Dance. Here’s a link to one of them. It was…..good. It was fun. For the first time, I was in charge of getting it shot and edited myself. I can edit video, I’m just not good enough nor do I care to learn how to make something look and sound really good, so there were a few issues there. Ultimately I lost steam on the idea, I had a few more episodes in the can that I could have put out, but I just lost interest. I did, however, turn it into what I really imagined SYTYKD to be, a real life dance class! I had always pictured a very loosely structured dance class that would have 2-3 leaders, who would each do whatever they wanted with the class, whether that be do follow the leader type instruction, choreography, or what I favor – starting a dance circle and letting people solo. I was able to do it at the Gamut Gallery thanks to the generosity of Jade and James Patrick. I will admit that I was a little let down by the turnout, not so much the number of people (if there were more, it would have been deathly hot in there), but that the people who were there didn’t really need my help. The goal was to get people out of their comfort zone a little so they could hopefully realize most of the things preventing anyone from being a great dancer are mental. I am clumsy and don’t have rhythm. I used to be afraid of dancing. If I can do it, anyone can. It was still really fun, and very rewarding. The class went off about as well as I could have hoped. Hal and Kara were guest instructors, and without even talking about what we’d be teaching, our lesson plans fit well. Hal was building on some stuff that I scraped the surface of and incorporate in my everyday dancing (like using your face in your dance moves and being sassy as fuck), and Kara taught some choreography to Cotton Eye Joe, which is like my 2nd favorite song of all time. The finale of the class was all of us, in a circle, hands on each others shoulders, dancing and having a good time to this song, and I can’t imagine a better end. I felt very proud when I was done. Didn’t raise as much money for the gallery as I was hoping, but it was a decent take and I think there will be another of them sometime soon, hopefully in Spring 2013!
The next highlight of the year was the Vogue Trash fashion show at Patrick’s Cabaret this October. I was asked to participate by Arturo, who was the programming director at Patrick’s when Freaky Deeky performed live there in 2010, in what was our first time performing live. I didn’t realize how awesome this would be until I was there the night of. It was very serious, they had a good runway set up and the event had all but sold out with very few tickets at the door. I won’t lie, I don’t get nervous too often but I was before I walked the first time, as I didn’t really know any of the models and I didn’t know anyone who was watching, aside from a handful of people who were working the event. My first outfit was a denim urban cowboy, or:
I had that glove in the tool belt, and when I stepped down onto the runway, I pulled it out and raised my hand up to put it on as epic-ly as I possibly could. There was a roar from the crowd when I did that, and that was all I needed. I felt like I owned the place after that, and so that’s how I acted when I walked around. I ended up walking in 4 different outfits, would have walked in 5 but there were no people to go in between. It was a major rush that I have not felt from doing a show since Bassgasm with Freaky Deeky in 2011. It’s the kind of feeling where you know that everything you’ve done so far is paying off, and those are the moments that remind me why I do what I do. I already have a bunch of ideas for next year’s, assuming I am asked back.
I had been thinking about doing a variety show, with bands, comedians, and other entertainments at a rock club, which would mean a band-centric show, but I realized that Patrick’s is the way to go. I have had a great time performing there with Freaky Deeky and at this event, and I found out this year that 100% of what they take in at the door for ticket sales is given to the artist, they don’t even take a cut, which is completely unheard of. What I have in mind would be much easier pulled off in a place like this, and all of my experiences with everyone who works there have been top notch. I e-mailed the director there and she said they are booked up for 2013 already – I could get on as part of other people’s shows but not have my own show – but that 2014 is possible. So that’s my new big goal in life. Neat, right?
Another highlight of the year was the Menneapolis 2013 calendars. I can’t take credit for more than rounding everyone up and trying to organize a few things, and putting the calendars on my credit card, but I am very proud of the final product! Have to give huge props to Matt Visionquest for doing such an amazing job and staying up real late to meet a deadline. We ordered 175, and I was a little worried that we would have a bunch left over, but as of the day that I type this, still in 2012, all of the calendars have either been sold or are spoken for. We have already had a lot of people asking about being in next year, so I think we will try to do some shots with multiple people in them. Saw a lot of hype building for this one and even more attention from people once they came out, so I think we will be expanding operations for Menneapolis 2014. We’re going to turn this sucker into a household brand, I tell you what.
The last big highlight of the year was the fifth and final Jean Jam. I wrote about why I decided to stop doing parties here, but the gist of it is my heart wasn’t really in it any more and I didn’t want to continue to throw half-assed parties, and that I should throw one last good one to end on a high note. Earlier in the year I did Dads Night Out 3, got a bunch of awesome decorations and booked some great DJs (shout out to Andrew “Naughty” Wood for actually DJing WITH his Dad), but only 20-25 people showed up. It was a busy night in town, but I was pretty let down. I still had fun throwing it, but it just wasn’t the same anymore. Jean Jam 5 was really great. Russell and his crew let me basically take over their night and do what I want, so I had Hal and Matt VJ like they did at all of our parties in the past, and had Danny play Hardstyle music, which was pretty fucking hilarious if you know what that is. I used to let it get me down when some people wouldn’t show up, and I won’t lie, I was a little bit bummed that some friends I was hoping would come did not make it out, but in all the pictures and videos of me at this, there is a big smile on my face. Someone asked me if I was on drugs (I wasn’t). It was a nice send off. Russell DJed last and played PYT followed by One More Time, which made me cry, right there at the front of the dance floor. Russell didn’t know it, but PYT was the anthem of my house parties back in the day. A very bittersweet moment, one that I will always remember.
I am really proud of the parties I threw/co-threw, especially the early ones with Drew, Eli, and Zair as The Original Truth Squad. Before the Jean Jam, I went through pictures of all the parties I’ve been involved with, and I saw a lot of people having fun, with huge, genuine smiles on their faces, and to me, that is all you can ask for as a party thrower. Here are the retrospective photos I compiled on a facebook album. Here is the last minute of Jean Jam 5, and I am pretty proud of the way it ended. What’s funny is in the couple of weeks since then, I have been asked to DJ and also asked to throw a Jean Jam-esque party with another crew. Haha. After I make a big deal about quitting. Well I will probably get involved with that stuff because I don’t think I will be able to stay away too long.
Phew, I’m almost at 5,000 words here already and if you are still reading, then props to you. We’re about to wrap it up, don’t worry. Before I go I want to list off my favorite memories of 2012.
First I will start with music. It was the worst year for concerts, and new music, in the past few, that’s for sure. I can’t even think of one new album from 2012 that I like right now, although I admit it is my fault for not listening to enough new music. Wait nevermind I can. The Bloodnstuff album is awesome, and so is the Secret Stash Twin Cities Funk N Soul album. Both are local, and I would highly recommend both. As for concerts, the best of the year would have to be Jeff Mangum at the State Theater back in February followed by Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Cedar in May. Honorable mentions to Hot Chip and Crystal Castles. I did go to Detroit again this year for the techno festival, which you can read more about here. I had a blast at Kevin Saunderson’s KMS 25th Anniversary party there, and that’s about all I’ll say in this one. Not sure where to classify this one so I will say I saw the Fela! musical and it was incredibly amazing. I reviewed it for TC Daily Planet, in what was, I believe, my only piece for them this year. Read it here.
The year in movies was also a big let down, and I saw fewer of them than I can remember. My favorite movie of the year, unquestionably, was Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson has been a favorite of mine but I felt like his movies were getting worse. This one was a return to form, big time. Saw it twice in the theater and bought the blu ray when it came out. Honorable mention to Django Unchained, which was really really great too. Inglorious Basterds is my favorite Tarantino movie and seeing as there were plenty of similarities between the two, I was comparing them in my head while watching the movie. I shouldn’t have. They are very different movies, despite some similar themes. Go see it. For my sake.
OK. Almost there! Now I’m going to list my five favorite memories from 2012!
1) Jen and Dave’s Wedding. I wrote a big blog post about it here. Basically we were way up in the Northeastern tip of Minnesota, saw some amazing things, went on an amazing hike, and I fell down a waterfall and got cut up pretty good. It was truly beautiful up there, and I was very proud of myself for finishing the hike after falling, but it was after we got back to the cabin that we were staying at that was really the memorable time for me. We had a fire going right on the rocky shore of Lake Superior, with all of us sitting around the fire, sharing some laughs and keeping each other company. We stayed down there until the sun rose, and beyond, and that sun rise over the lake was the most beautiful sight I have ever seen in my life. Imagine me, laying by the campfire, too banged up to even move (well I could move but it really hurt to). On the rocks in front of me, some of my friends were diving into the lake while a few of us remained up by the fire. The sky turned from black to pink to blue. The water was calm. I will remember all of these little details for the rest of my life. After the sunrise, I suddenly stopped being in pain and decided to join my friends for a little swim in the lake before crashing for the night/morning/afternoon/whatever. The wedding and the celebration afterwards was, without a doubt, the best 24 hour period of my life. I got some scars from the fall, and I am glad, because they will be constant reminders of this day.
2) Halloween with Hamil and Carolyn. The two of us had started the night at a party at Hotbed Studio, and then went on to a house party in Bryn Mawr with a bunch of our other friends. Then that party ended and we went back to my place, because there was no where else to go really. It was the end of a long night but we watched the sun come up from my window and ate some eggs and just had a good time hanging out together. We made a lot of inside jokes that I still remember (like Hamil naming a building that can be seen from my window the Sad Batman, or creating our own time system that related to when we ate eggs – before eggs and after eggs, you had to be there I guess). At about 9:30 in the morning, Hamil had suggested we go walk through Loring Park and it was weird because I was thinking I would like to do that like 15 seconds before he suggested it. Mind melder. So we did, and it felt like a victory lap because we not only started before our friends, we finished way after. None of them could say they saw all the things we saw that night/morning. None! Here is a picture we took during our victory lap in Loring Park, and since that day, when I am sad, this is what I look at to cheer me up.
3) Synchronized Swimming with Mark, Kurtis, and Max. We went to a rave in the hotel where I had my Bar Mitzvah 15 years ago. We had gone the year before and it was really fun so I figured this year would be the same. And just like last year, it was a great time, and also just like last year, the highlight was in the pool the morning after. We went down to the pool right around when it opened at 6, to find Mark, Kurtis and Max (and a bunch of other people) already in there. It was quite a shit show. These people were all still up partying, many with beers/drinks in hand. The hotel was not ready for this. Haha. Anyway, not sure who started it, but suddenly we were all synchronized swimming. God damn it was fun. I had already considered Mark, Kurtis, and Max to be friends, but something special happened that day in that pool, and we all knew it. I feel even closer to those 3 now, we share a special type of relationship, and in fact I can’t say I’ve synchronized swam with any one in the world but those 3. Also, no homo.
4) After party for the final episode of Freaky Deeky. I mentioned it above, and this was obviously a bittersweet moment. I was actually really sad and having a tough time coming to grips with the end of Freaky Deeky, but I couldn’t help but look around and smile as we all danced to Daft Punk, ELO, and the like. Like I mentioned above, it was the first time I had seen Hamil upbeat and laughing easily in months, and that was very nice to see at the time.
5) John Snell’s end of the world pool party. A late entrant. John Snell is one of the most interesting people in the Twin Cities if you ask me, and fittingly his house is probably the most interesting house I’ve been in. He had an end of the world house party on 12/21, and luckily the world did not end because it turned out to be a great time. There was a bit of drama in getting all of our friends there, that I won’t get into, but we got over it and made a great night for ourselves. John has a pool in the basement, not a full size pool, but probably something like 12′ x 20′, big enough to hold most of the party at one point. At around 12:30, I was itching to get in the pool, and so I did, the first one in. 6 hours later, I would be the last one out of the pool. Between then, some great times were had. We played pool games, my favorite was someone grabbing onto an inflatable crocodile, while everyone else stood on the edges of the pool. The people on the edges would push the crocodile person across the circle, and then someone else would push them. Later on in the night there was some drama in the pool, but my friends and I just ignored it, rose above it, and just kept having fun together. I lost track of time but it was just the few of us down there for many hours, and there are some great memories from that time when it was just the five or six of us down there. I will say this though, I do not plan on being in a chlorinated pool for 6 hours straight ever again. Ever.
I would like to take a moment to congratulate Carolyn Kopecky, who was the only person who was present for all 5 of these moments. Congratulations Carolyn! I couldn’t have done it without you!
And a quick honorable mention for best moment was the 2nd night of the Detroit festival. I went to the KMS 25 year afterparty, which was my favorite thing of the weekend, and then went to see Minneapolis’ own DVS1, and ran into a bunch of Minneapolis friends, and even made some new friends from other cities there. That was a really good night.
Well friends, I’m at 6,500 words now and this has just got to stop. But first, I want to thank a few people:
To Jen and Dave – thank you for inviting me on the adventure of a life time that was your wedding weekend. I will never forget what we did up there, and the day of your wedding is literally the highlight of my life thus far. I am really glad that I have some scars from the cuts I got from the fall, as they will be constant reminders of the greatest day of my life.
To Jade and James Patrick – you both have been a huge positive force in my life this year. You let me teach my dance class in your gallery, and didn’t complain when I made a fraction of what I was hoping as donations. You have gotten me involved with a lot of cool projects, have been supportive of my visions at every turn, and I really feel at home at the Gallery with the great crew you have assembled. Your babies are really cute too! I look forward to more adventures in 2013!
To Arturo Miles – thank you for including me in the Vogue Trash show! It was amazing! Ever since I met you, you’ve been the kind of person who I feel like I should just give a big hug to, and not a handshake. I look forward to working with you more in 2013!
To Hal and Kara Lovemelt – thank you for continuing to be my fans #1 and #1a. Your supportive words have always meant a lot to me, and help to keep me going when I need a little reassurance. Your guest teaching at the dance class was exactly what I was hoping for, and I am not surprised that it turned out that way without even talking to you about it first. I can’t wait to meet the new Lovemelt sometime in 2013!
To Hamil and Carolyn – thank you for all the amazing memories in 2012. I already felt very close to you before this year but I feel like we went to the next level this year! 2012 was most unkind to the both of you, and I really hope things turn around in 2013. I am here for both of you, always.
PHEW! I think that’s it! Almost! To everyone else who I interacted with in 2012, thanks. It was a great year and you likely had something to do with that.
See you all in 2013.