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Old 12-31-2007, 02:04 PM   #16
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?
Getting into grad school after months of nail biting. Other than that, I really didn't have an exciting year. Although, the times I hung out with my classmates were awesome. And also, getting promoted (slightly) at work was a big plus for me.

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08?
Getting a good internship, spending time with my classmates, finishing grad school and getting the job of my dreams

Least looking forward to?
The possibility of getting an internship at a place I do not want to go to, the difficulty and demands of school, financial problems due to not having a job.

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?
That we elect a president worthy of running the country, that we choose wisely.

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?
That we don't elect a president worthy of running the country, that we don't choose wisely. I also have a feeling we're going to have the same close call as we did in 2000, and with that, the wrong person will get the office. I also fear that the election would get nasty, and not enough Americans would vote.

What do you think was the worst/most horrible news event in 2007?
Ugh, hard to say...there's Virginia Tech, news that is this was the worst year for U.S. troops in Iraq, NATO failing in Afghanistan...

The best, most positive?
I don't know...maybe Gonzales stepping down as AG

The person who made the most positive impact?
Hard to say...
The most negative impact?
Bush for being Bush, the media for focusing way too much on celebrities.

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08?
A bit of both. The situation in Pakistan makes me pessimistic, and Iraq is not looking good nor is Afghanistan.
This time last year, I was pessimistic because I feared there would be civil wars all over the Mid-East (Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, etc). But it didn't happen in 2007, so that is good. Maybe those wars won't happen after all. But, maybe they will. Who knows?
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:18 PM   #17
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?

A few things. We went on a cruise this summer around the Yucatan, and it was just awesome. I also saw Michael W. Smith in concert a few months ago- definitely a highlight of the year. And finally, having the opportunity to be in college right now and further my education.

What was your worst?

Worst experience of the past year would probably be my awful roommate I had this semester. I don't know how I survived. Fortunately, I won't be with him next semester.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?

Right off the top of my head, I was in line at Border's a few weeks ago, and I knocked an entire stack of gift cards on the floor.

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to?

Most looking forward to- probably just finishing my sophomore year, and getting to lead a small group of our Intervarsity chapter this coming semester. Least looking forward to- I can't think of one, really. I suppose just that the election turns out bad.

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?

That we elect a Republican president. But importantly than that, that America recognizes that there is an enemy out there who wants you and me and all of us either dead or with them. My biggest wish is that we attack terrorism using whatever has to be done.

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?

That we don't do what I just described, and/or we elect someone unqualified to lead this country in the era in which we live.

What do you think was the worst/most horrible news event in 2007? The best, most positive? The person who made the most positive impact? The most negative impact?

Worst news story- definitely V-Tech. Speaking as someone who is in college, the days and weeks following were indescribable. The outpouring of support both morally and in terms of possessions was quite a sight to see, though.

Best news story- Seeing how a great a country we can be in tough times. Whether in the wake of mass shootings, wildfires, or a war, Americans never hesitate to donate what they can to those in need.

Positive impact- General David Petraeus

Negative impact- Mahmoud Ahmedinejaed, any and all terrorists or people who hate freedom and what democracy stands for. I'd also like to mention Al Gore here. I don't hate him or anything, and we need to take care of the environment, but his lies, exagerrations and alarmist attitude is something he and his followers should be ashamed of. Suddenly people act like global warming is an equal or greater threat than Islamic extremism, and it's nutty.

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Name one thing you could do to make it more positive.

I'm optimistic. I'm confident that right person will be chosen to lead this nation, and I will do my part by voting for him and encouraging others to do so. As we have seen, American can do absolutely anything if it really wants to, and I'm confident that 2008 and beyond will be nothing but prosperous.
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?

March 20, 2007-the day I was interviewed by our local Fox news station about my American Idol recaps and being called a "word wizard." Since then, some of my other writing has been noticed by people I greatly admire.

What was your worst?

Getting what I thought was my dream job, and finding out it was a nightmare. Having a job that makes you cry uncontrollably, vomit before you enter the office and lose hours of sleep is not a good thing.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?

Too many to mention.

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to?

Looking forward to-moving to a new apartment. Not looking forward to-preparing to move into a new apartment.

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?

A positive change in leadership. Bush has been a disaster!

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?

Same old bullshit that we've had since Bush was "elected."

What do you think was the worst/most horrible news event in 2007? The best, most positive? The person who made the most positive impact? The most negative impact?

So many horrible things-the Virginia Tech massacre comes to mind, but there are many others.

The positive-a woman and a black man are being taken seriously has Presidential contenders. Wow!

I can't think of anyway off the top of my head who has made the most positive impact, but I greatly admire people who do good things in their communities and throughout the world.

The most negative impact? No doubt, Bush...and Sanjaya.

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Name one thing you could do to make it more positive.

I'm cautiously optimistic. And to make it more positive, I'm going to continue to support causes I believe in.
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:46 PM   #19
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I would like to amend my earlier post. It is the last day of 2007 and I just learned of my most "inspiring" moment/person of 2007 - a fellow member of a dog lover community died today after she went to save her dog and was hit herself (dog is fine). So maybe you aren't a dog lover and don't particularly care, but how often do we think we would "die" for something or someone....would we really do it? She did.
I'm sorry about that, that's so sad
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?

My best memory and the best time I had was going to a baseball game on my birthday and seeing a no hitter. Going to the WS victory parade and getting a front row spot was a close second, seeing Bruce twice in concert third

What was your worst?

Witnessing my dog get attacked by a Rottweiler. The whole month of December was really awful too

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07? what I said to my favorite football player when I met him

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to?

Most-Spring, baseball season, going to some games Least-the rest of winter

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008? A new President who will lead us out of this mess we are in and inspire us. An end to the war in Iraq. Less poverty and homelessness

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?
More of the same

What do you think was the worst/most horrible news event in 2007? The best, most positive? The person who made the most positive impact? The most negative impact?

Worst-VA Tech, all deaths in Iraq. Most positive- a woman and an African American man running for President and the Red Sox winning the WS again . Most negative- Bush, Congressional Democrats for being a joke, all people who hold on to racist and sexist and homophobic views

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Name one thing you could do to make it more positive.

Pessimistic. Hopefully one thing I can do that will matter is vote.
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had? Going to Italy in February. It was my first-ever trip outside the U.S.

What was your worst? I had a breast cancer scare. It turned out to be nothing, but the wait to find out seemed endless.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07? Too embarrasing to mention on the Internet.

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to? The presidential election, which I'm both looking foward to and dreading at the same time.

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008? That the U.S. gets out of the war in Iraq.

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008? That we get another Republican president.

What do you think was the worst/most horrible news event in 2007? The Virginia Tech shootings.

The best, most positive? Seeing Nancy Pelosi become the first female Speaker of the House. Too bad the Democrat-controlled Congress couldn't get much accomplished, but it was still a great moment.

The person who made the most positive impact? Al Gore.

The most negative impact? George W. Bush.

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Well, things could hardly get worse than they already are, so I'm cautiously optimistic.

Name one thing you could do to make it more positive: Spend more time volunteering. I'm pretty good about donating money to various causes, but my job is so emotionally exhausting that I just want to tune the world out sometimes once I get home.
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I had a breast cancer scare. It turned out to be nothing, but the wait to find out seemed endless.
I'm so sorry you went through that, I'm glad it was nothing
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It was a good year. More memorable than any since 2001. At least for me. Thanks.
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Re: Last Day Of 2007

i should probably just do this tomorrow, but it is new year's eve, and memphis won't be here until almost 10, so what else have i got to do?




[q]What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?[/q]

just a few off the top of my head:

-- getting promoted and being able to actually call myself a writer (though everyone keeps asking me if i'm on strike)
-- diving in Maui and encountering nearly a dozen sea turtles as we heard the whale songs in the background
-- bringing Memphis up to where i went to college in the mountains
-- watching my boss gasp at some of the footage we were able to get on my last shoot
-- waking up saturday mornings with memphis and putting the kettle on and prepping the french press for the fist coffee of the weekend


[q]What was your worst?[/q]

-- the dark, dark material that i deal with every day
-- the dark, dark shoot in Michigan


[q]What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?[/q]

possibly arriving at a shoot in Texas to find myself quoted, verbatim and out-of-context from an email, in a very large article on the front page of the local paper and realizing that, yes, this is why the local cops want nothing to do with us

[q]What are you most looking forward to personally in 08?[/q]

hopefully heading to either Buenos Aries or training it from Berlin to Moscow; more diving next christmas; getting out of depressing TV

[q]Least looking forward to?[/q]

helping my mother face reality

[q]What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?[/q]

that Mitt Romney and/or Rudy Giuliani aren't elected to the presidency. i can stomach Obama, Clinton, and even McCain. i also hope that the tide turns in Iraq, and that we realize that a long term commitment of blood and treasure to a Middle Eastern empire will sink us as surely as it did the Soviets. and i hope 2008 is the beginning of the return of the USA that i used to be (mostly) proud of.

[q]What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?[/q]

a Romney/Giuliani presidency.

[q]What do you think was the worst/most horrible news event in 2007?[/q]

the continued deterioration of Afghanistan and Iraq.

[q]The best, most positive?[/q]

the "green" revolution -- it's hip, it's trendy, it's now, it sells, it can only do good.

the tactics of AQI are so horrifying that it's giving Iraqis and Americans something to rally around and that's made some difference in Iraq.

[q]The person who made the most positive impact?[/q]

i guess it kind of was the year of Gore and Bono.

[q]The most negative impact?[/q]

there are far worse people than George Bush, but no one has used such unimaginable power so ineptly in my lifetime.

except maybe for Putin, give that boy some time. Iran continues to be nutty. the AQI "martyrs."

[q]Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08?[/q]

cautiously optimistic.

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continue to find more ways to be Green; be out and proud and confident of my own equality; vote and get others to vote.
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What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?

That we elect a Republican president. But importantly than that, that America recognizes that there is an enemy out there who wants you and me and all of us either dead or with them. My biggest wish is that we attack terrorism using whatever has to be done.
That's probably related to one of my biggest fears for the US - those that maintain too narrow a focus on one issue (terrorism), and in the process get blindsided by effects of more real and grave threats. Anything from pandemics to hyperinflation, food or energy crises, and effects of more preemptive wars.
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Wow, unico. Your post there is very inpsiring.

Sounds like 2008 is going to be an exciting one for you. Congrats on being where you're at now.
Hey thanks! I mean, it certainly can't suck as much as 2007 did, so I figure 2008 just HAS to kick ass.

Mike - you've already apologized. no need to be embarrassed about that
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?
Best time was most definitely my holidays in Italy.
I also finally went for contacts this year and when I went out with them in for the very first time it was such a great feeling to going around seeing perfectly without those glasses limiting your view.

Well, and getting the chance to spend half a year in Montana studying there and enjoying the time over there.

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My worst day started on June 4 and lasted till December 31 I would say.

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Luckily, nothing was so embarrassing this year that it stuck with me.

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What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to?
My studies in Montana and Shannon's wedding are going to be the big events of this year.
I'm looking forward to seeing U23D in the IMAX cinema as well.

It's gonna be a rough time nevertheless, and I'm still concerned about how my mother will deal with the situation we were thrown in, and I'm afraid it won't be easy, although overall I feel we will make it.

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What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?
That our Grand Coalition will receive a kick in the arse that makes them work more and that our Minister for the Interior gets defeated with all his proposals of how to take our most precious rights away from us all in the name of terror.
I hope we won't get hit too hard from the economic troubles in the US that develop around the mortgage crisis, and although for me personally a weak dollar would be fantastic, I would wish interest rates normalised again.
If the crisis in the US wasn't so unpredictable I would say, economically it sure will be a great year. But at the moment I can only hope for it to be.

I hope we get some things done and some good reforms started. There is much to do, so do something Germany!

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Well, much of what I hope for is closely linked to what I fear, i.e. our government still fighting with itself, Schaeuble getting his way in taking our rights, and a economic crisis in the US that hits our economy with a slam.


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Too many, but none in particular.
With good events either, though there can never be too many.

I cannot say whether Bono has had a great impact on me, but what he has done definitely inspired me and is reason why I chose to take courses in Economic Development in Montana, and decided to aim for an internship in an organisation that deals with third world economics.

The laws Schaeuble successfully passed last year certainly had, and will have a negative impact on me. Other than that, I tried not to get hit too hard by the bastards in the world.

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I'm optimistic that it won't get worse, but pessimistic that it won't improve (much) in 2008.

Reduce wasteful consumption and buying more fairly traded, ecological stuff.
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Since it's the last day just some random questions

Whoops, I didn't get to this till January 1st!

What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?

Best day was leaving for my Ireland vacation which was also the BEST time I had and the BEST memories!
What was your worst?

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?

I can't remember!

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to?

MOST-landing a great new job
LEAST-hearing that my mom's cancer has returned

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?

Bring the Troops home

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?

Any further terrorism like 9-11

What do you think was the worst/most horrible news event in 2007? Natural disasters like the fires
The best, most positive? the fact that Bush can't run for office again
The person who made the most positive impact? Bono
The most negative impact? George Bush

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? It does no good to be pessimistic
Name one thing you could do to make it more positive - More fund raising for worthy causes
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