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Old 12-31-2007, 08:52 AM   #1
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Last Day Of 2007

Since it's the last day just some random questions

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

What was your worst?

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?

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

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

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?

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?

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Name one thing you could do to make it more positive.
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?

What was your worst?

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?

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

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

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?

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?

2007's been a rough year. I'm trying to remember. Johnny Depp movies, maybe. Although the first day of minor league hockey season was pretty good--several fights, a hat trick and the opponents scoring our winning goal by knocking the puck into their net.


2007's been a series of bad days. The day my friend lost her job after 20 years, I think.

The revelation of the Ignore List.

A better year. Nothing in particular. Fear maybe that things don't get better.

That US gets back on to the right track and earns back its reputation. That we stay safe but don't get ugly to do so.

Fear that rhetoric will win out once again.

I don't think I can answer the news questions. I'm having a hard time remembering back.
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The worst thing about 2007 was having to go to the hospital again. The best thing about 2007 was discovering ancestor research again after not doing it since high school.
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?
Probably getting Kenya in July and going straight to the cottage we rent every summer for 2 weeks. What's better than swimming, hiking, lying in the sun, reading books...all with your new dog?

What was your worst?
I'm not really sure. Nothing horribly bad happened this year. Gaining a few more pounds, I guess. Also, Michigan having the worst housing market, high unemployment, and now the worst state economy really sucks.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?
When I was working at an AKC agility trial and Phil accidentally let Kenya loose and she was running all over the course looking for me.

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to this summer. My sis-in-law is getting married here in town, so we won't have to take off work or travel. Then the next week is the Olympics and I have two weeks off at the cottage for the Olympics. I'm trying to lose 15 lbs so I will look cute again.

I am least looking forward to the rest of another long winter. The constant dark, gray skies and snow until May are really a downer.

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?
That people will remember we have separation of church and state and start to focus on real issues that affect us everyday, not making mountains out of molehills that are no one else's business.

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?
That the war will drag on and on and important domestic issues will again go ignored.

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/negative - take your pick of bombings/terrorist attacks. I think those people have the most negative impact, the cowards that blow themselves up and take out innocent civilians and babies with them.

Best/positive - Maybe those scientists being able to make embryonic cells by using genes and skin cells instead of other embryonic cells? It seems like the world has gone to shit. Scientific advancements are pretty amazing, however.

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Name one thing you could do to make it more positive.
Hard to say. People promise so many things that give us hope but then there's no following through.

One thing I can do? I try to do small things that affect people locally, using skills that I have. I can't donate enough time or money to really make a dent in the grand scheme of things. I often do web projects for non-profits or just to help people out. We are going to put our dog Coke through pet assisted therapy training so that he can help people with physical therapy or help children with severe illnesses. Kenya is already passed, but this work is not intense enough for her. Coke loves people and being close to people. One volunteer opportunity that interests me is having a "secrets" dog. Basically, you go to battered women shelters where the women and children have been threatened and won't talk. They tell their "secrets" to the dog and then see that nothing bad happens, the dog still likes them, and then they will tell the secrets to the police or the social worker.
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?
Getting a new job and finally being able to leave the newspaper I worked at for seven years was a great boost in many ways. Then there's the countless moments of joy with just family and friends.

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What was your worst?
The worst thing that happened to our family is the aftermath of a huge series of lies told by my wife's sister. Long story.

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What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?
Nothing really bad. There was that time I locked myself out of a hotel room and had to walk down to the front desk barefoot and just in a t-shirt and shorts and an old lady made fun of me. Then the key they gave me didn't work, so I had to do it all again.

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What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to?
I'm most looking forward to moving, which we'll be doing in a few weeks. We'll have more room for our two boys to run around in. We could possibly be debt free, except for our car and I'm hoping to take a side project I've been working on to the next level.
I'm least looking forward to . . . nothing really comes to mind!

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What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?
That we get the right person in the White House. For me, it's Obama.

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What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?
That we get the wrong person in the White House. For me, that'd be Clinton or Romney.

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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: The California Wildfires. The Virginia Tech shootings and all the other shootings. The disgrace that is professional sports in America (steroids, Vick, betting officials, etc.) This Bhutto stuff isn't good, either.
Best news: Right off the top of my head, North Korea backing down was a pleasant move. The green movement is great. The exposing of the prosperity Gospel movement and the getting-back-to-its-roots-in-a-modern-way movement in Christianity is thrilling. I'm also glad to learn Iran isn't going to bomb us tomorrow.
Best person: Bono, Obama, Gore
Negative impact person: Bush, terrorists, Britney

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Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Name one thing you could do to make it more positive.
I am optimistic. In the end, love always wins. I think there are signs that people are becoming less apathetic, which is encouraging. Plus, I think people are tired of a lot of the crap that was flung in 2007 and they want something more out of 2008. The one thing I can do to make the world more positive is just continue to work on myself and love the people around me more.
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?
It's between two:
1) Going to NYC for the first time ever with Mia (unico). We had such a great time and we both caught the fever and want to go back.

2) Seeing The Police on my 21st birthday, my whole life I thought I had missed out on them then all of a sudden there I was enjoying such an incredible band.

What was your worst?
Without a doubt the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shooting. I don't need to go into details.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?
I'm sure there's somthing but nothing stands out.

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to?
Hopefully studying abroad in Prague for 4 months.
Being away from my cat for 4 months.

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?
A campaign that actually brings people together instead of dividing them, a process that brings people into the process rather than alienating them.

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?
The opposite of the above, that the presidential campaign gets nasty and divisive (worse than usual) and a rift grows.

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?
I belive the Tech shooting was the most horrible news event, but out of it came the most positive as we saw college students come together all over the nation.

It's cliche, but Al Gore made a positive impact raising awareness not just of global warming but of simply protecting our environment. Thanks to him we're seeing all these "Go Green" movements that have nothing but good consequences.

Most negative, again sticking with the cliche George Bush. He's done nothing to unite people and we are worse off for it.


Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Name one thing you could do to make it more positive.
Yes I'm pretty pessimistic especially in light of the situation in Pakistan.
I will be actively campaigning (mainly for Mark Warner for Senate) and I'm hoping we'll see continued change in Washington to help save our face in the world.
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[B]What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?
A campaign that actually brings people together instead of dividing them, a process that brings people into the process rather than alienating them.

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?
The opposite of the above, that the presidential campaign gets nasty and divisive (worse than usual) and a rift grows.
Well said.
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had? My wedding day, and going to Chicago with friends to play golf and watch the U.S take on Brazil.

What was your worst? The day my wife moved out, and all of those days after we decided to separate. These days are going to continue into 2008.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07? I had no choice, but I took a crap in a lake. Our engine broke down on the boat, and we were in the middle of the lake. I jumped into the lake, went underneath the boat and released it.

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to? Hopefully getting back on the saddle after my divorce. Not finding someone new, but actually leaving my home on the weekends. Playing more golf, and getting better. Trip to Colorado, and possibly England in the summer. I am not looking forward to work in 2008. Lots of big projects, and mgmt doesn't always have the best idea in mind.

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008? Our gov officials actually have the people's interests in mind.

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008? Nuke bomb.

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? The war. Not really even sure of the positive. Al Gore did some pretty good work raising interest in Global warming. I'd say Dubya still has a pretty negative impact

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Name one thing you could do to make it more positive. Pessimistic. Vote for democrat in 08
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Sorry to hear about the stuff with your wife, BEAL. I'll pray for you guys.
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?
November 7, I got 3 job offers (including my top choice) and my first paper was accepted for publication on the very same day. And I was in a car on the highway with two good friends as we ate McNuggets and fries and took stock of our lives.

Best memory and best time I had was on vacation. Walking on the Cape Cod beaches, and falling asleep on the ferry to Nantucket only to wake up to a massive sunburn. And doing it with one of my best friends =

What was your worst?
May 2, when my grandmother died.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?
There was this night at Molly Bloom's....I would elaborate but I don't remember it exactly except that it involved cleavage and a very fun time. Not my finest hour!

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to?
Starting my new job in May and meeting lots of new people this summer (and getting a car in April!).
Having to look for a new place to live in the fall.

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?
That the economy stays strong and continues to operate pretty much independently of what's happening down south.

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?
That the dollar will go too high and it will negatively impact the industrial sector.

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?
I can't think of a single most horrible news event in 2007. There were several doozies out there.
The most positive one was the announcement that scientists were able to now reprogram skin cells to behave like stem cells. In a perfect world it wouldn't be necessary to do this in order to get good work done. In our world, it was.
The most positive impact = Stephen Lewis, Al Gore, the Hilton grandfather for giving away his money
The most negative impact = Putin, Bush, the Mullahs and associated terrorist groups, Britney+Lindsay+Paris+their ilk, Rachael Ray (okay, so I just personally can't stand the woman).

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Name one thing you could do to make it more positive.
Neither. I have a feeling that 2008 will be the year of the status quo in many ways. Which isn't necessarily a good or bad thing.

I can't really do anything to improve the general world situation, but I can act on a community level. I suppose the one thing I could do in the name of the global good is to forego getting a car in April. I've lived very environmentally consciously in the last 2 years - no car at all, and I've walked, taken buses or trains. However, necessity is a mean mofo and this is just how things have got to go. Perhaps somebody else out there can take one for the team instead of me for the time being.
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?

graduating with my master's degree. what an achievement. someone believed in me, and admitted me to the program. ME. this crazy delinquent girl, who managed to get herself kicked out of undergrad. i feel in many ways i overcame my past, and proved to myself that i CAN do it.

What was your worst?
April 16...while very painful (and still is), in a way it really brought me closer to my friends. I was embraced by the global community. With all that I went through, I certainly didn't feel alone. I've never felt more loved. So it was a bad time, but in some ways, a positive time too.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?
Interviewing for a job at a design school with one of my collar tabs tucked under my blazer. Needless to say, I didn't get the job. (Thanks, Mike!)

What are you most looking forward to personally in 08? Least looking forward to?
Most: New beginnings -- a new life
Least: more rejection, more dreams going down the drain. i'll get up and try again, but i can't deny that it hurts every time.

What is your biggest hope/wish for your country in 2008?
I hope we can learn from the past and work together to make sure that the bad things are not repeated.

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?
That we don't do the above. That there's no progress, no collective movement forward.

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?
Obviously, I'm quite biased, and I'm going to say the shootings on my campus. No that I don't recognize other tragedies around the globe, but that this is just a microcosm of the violence that happens everywhere, and it just so happens that I was directly affected. My name and picture were on different news media all over the world. I've never before been a part of something like that.

As for the most positive, I'd say seeing how the nation got involved in the case of the Jena 6. The case itself was not too positive, however seeing the reaction of everyone was great. It really brought to light the issue of racism that is still very clear and present in this country (despite what others may say). I think it raised a lot of awareness.

Most positive impact - I'd say Bono and Al Gore, really. Both have done a lot for their causes and really worked hard to push for this movement of awareness and action. Those guys are awesome.

Most negative impact - I'd have to say Bush. This year alone, so much corruption has been revealed. I believe he has brought shame to the office. Not that he is the only one to have done so, but he certainly has not improved his image this year. I think he's done much more harm than good, not just in this country, but in the world. He's gotten away with so much, it is appalling.


Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general world situation in 08? Name one thing you could do to make it more positive.
Optimistic. I believe tragedies will continue to happen, but I've seen my own community prevail. We're still working at it, but I know it can happen. For as much bad there is in the world, there's a heckuvalotta good. I hope that we as a society can learn to seal those cracks and flaws in our system, and do our best to move forward and work for peace.

As for me, I'm going to continue dedicating my career to helping people. I think I can make a positive impact in this world by empowering people, healing what is broken, and helping them to achieve their dreams.
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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.
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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.
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That's pretty sad. I'd do anything for my pets (my dog at parents, and my cats..even though they're not living with me anymore). In fact, I'd probably do more for them than I would most people I know. My ex wife thought that was pretty pathetic, but if you're not an animal lover, it's tough to understand.
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What was your best day/moment of 2007? Your best memory, the best time you had?

There were a few, most connected with my new job/move to Chicago...but the one that stands out most was the day my new Network launched, 8/30. I've not been that sort of mix of excited, nervous, happy, terrified all at once in ages.....very proud moment, seeing all of your collective hard work come to fruition.

What was your worst?

My worst moment was probably my goodbye party in LA. It was difficult to leave so many amazing people behind. I acknowledge that if that's my worst moment of 2007, it was a pretty good year for me.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 07?
Interestingly, my most embarassing moment of 2007 occurred the same day as Unico's. In fact, it involved Unico. Let's just say that the next time Uberbeaver starts talking about his dead Grandfather, I'm keeping my mouth shut.

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

I'm most looking forward to continuing to explore Chicago and to doing more travel. Also, someone very dear to me just re-entered my life after an absence of 5 years, and I'm looking forward to getting to know her all over again.

I'm least looking forward to the Presidential election. I'm worried.

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

That we start producing real leaders, not people masquerading as leaders. Enough.

What is your biggest fear for your country in 2008?

A Republican President. Not starting a withdrawal process. Another war.

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?

The worst news. Aside from continued terrorist attacks and Iran...the Virginia Tech shootings, the SoCal wildfires, the writer's strike (forgive me for that, but it's put many friends of mine in dire straits and it's also going to cause layoffs at my company sooner than later) and the mortgage situation. People's obsession with Anna Nicole's death was unreal to me and disturbing. The Myspace incident that lead to a teen girl's suicide.

The best news. Growing awareness, in the States, of the benefits and advantages to going green. Karl Rove taking a hike. Lots of small items, I guess, but 2007 was not a banner year, to me, globally.

Worst impact is George Bush, sorry. Best impact, I guess, is Al Gore.

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

I am pessimistic. There is no one thing I can do to make it more positive,but I think I can do a lot of little things. Voting Democrat will be one of those little things. Continuing to educate myself. Be more caring. Mentor.
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