I found this interview with Weird Al on Rolling Stone and figured these would be good questions to answer this year and then look back and answer them again in a couple years.
The album I listened to the most in 2020 was:
Not sure I listened to a full album this year. Just playlists of 2Cellos doing covers.
My favorite TV show to stream during quarantine was:
The Mandalorian is the only thing worth watching these days. That and reruns of Married…With Children and Community, they are like audio/visual comfort food.
The song that will define “2020” for me is:
I’d define my current state of mind as:
Always stressed and borderline depressed.
The viral video I kept coming back to in quarantine was:
I think it was that video where the ex-NASA engineer started pranking porch pirates.
The old-favorite album I returned to for comfort this year was:
See above about the album I’ve listened to the most this year.
The old-favorite movie I returned to for comfort this year was:
Jurassic Park. I haven’t seen it in years, but loved every minute of it.
A new hobby I picked up in quarantine was:
We started gaming. We already had an Xbox One S, but it’s not very family friendly, so we got a Nintendo Switch for my daughter. She loves Mario Cart 8, and I discovered how much I missed Nintendo.
The celebrity I’d most want to quarantine with is:
None of them. With the exception of my family, I have learned that I could not care less about being around other people. I welcome the solitude. I am becoming Ron Swanson.
The most interesting thing I learned to cook during quarantine was:
Nothing new. I just learned to make eggs greasier. I think I’m doing this quarantine think wrong.
The best book I read in quarantine was:
So far I have read all but the final Phillip Marlowe book by Raymond Chandler. Film noir and hard boiled detective stories are so going to make a comeback.
Something positive that happened to me that nobody noticed was:
I lost a lot of weight, exercised more, got in better shape and then gained it all back ended up at square one. So yeah, no one noticed. I do read more now, and have written more this year than I have in ages. Also started submitting my work to writing contests. Yeah, I’m proud of that.
The mistake I learned the most from this year was:
“Oh yeah, no rush! There is no way they’ll run out of toilet paper AND Lysol products!”
The biggest hero of 2020 was:
The stock clerk who kept refilling those shelves with TP and Lysol. Also health workers.
A word or phrase I never want to hear again is:
“COVID ISN’T REAL!” and “WHY SHOULD I VACCINATE MY FAMILY?”
The thing I’m least looking forward to in 2021 is:
People bitching about having to be in lockdown but still refusing to wear a mask, socially distance or get a vaccine. I’m starting to feel pretty pessimistic.
The thing I’m most looking forward to doing when the pandemic is over is:
Start working again. Unemployment is driving me nuts. The lack of purpose is getting to me.
My biggest hope for 2021 is:
To graduate and start working again. Also, for this pandemic to end, and for countries to have a solid plan of action so things never get this out of hand again.
For a post about a Weird Al interview, this sure lost it’s humour pretty quickly.