Monday, October 23, 2006

If you'll be my dixie chicken, I'll be your tennessee lamb

1. Where were you one year ago? Were you happier, sadder or the same?

2. Where were you five years ago? Was that a fun time? Do you miss it?

3. Where were you ten years ago? What significant occurrence happened in or around that year?

4. Back then, is this where you imagined you'd end up today?


At 10:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I was about the same, only happier with my sadness, which would have been melancholy, except for the spelling. No, same.

Five years ago, I was in the early stages of the endless project that is my home, and I was quite happy, but overwhelmed. Of course, back then, I didn't know what overwhelmed was. Turns out I was only whelmed.

Ten years ago, I was a black woman living in the rafters of an Old Navy in Pyongyang. Not much happened. Oh, my son was born. So that.

Oddly, I did pretty much imagine my future. Only I was thinking I'd be cooler, and sexier, and have a dog named Gareth. Oh well, I can still get the dog.


At 10:50 PM , Anonymous The Jerk said...

I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi.

At 10:14 AM , Blogger Higgy said...

A year ago, I was also just coming back from Vegas. Exhausted, hung-over and smelling of smoke - but pretty happy. I'd say about the same.

Five years ago - bad times. I'd just moved to DC, having sold my house in NC and broken up with the Evil One. Don't miss that at all.

Ten years ago - I joined my current company! Good times.

Yeah, this is pretty much where I'd imagine where I'd end up. I'm very happy with my life now.

At 10:53 AM , Anonymous Dan said...

1) one year ago i was in overseas studying architecture in berlin. siiiigh. i was pretty happy to be over there, and looking back, i could go back.

2) five years ago i was just out of high school and heading to college. screw 'em both.

3) 10 years ago? i cant remember that far back. significant occurance? i dont know, at 13, i probably got my first zit.

4) yeah, i am pretty much where i thought i would be, as much as it sucks. i wanted to be rich and retired at 23, oh well. better luck next lifetime.

At 11:42 AM , Anonymous jamester said...

A year ago I was here, about the same - pretty happy and content.
5 yrs ago my mother was dying of brain cancer - that was stressful and sad.
10 yrs ago my first child Megan was about to arrive onthe scene - that was scary and happy.
I hoped to end up something like this, so I'm content. I get to raise my kids in the home I grew up in, and my mother before me...

At 1:01 AM , Blogger Graz said...

1. A year ago I was about the same I am now, but very excired with the new opportunities I was presented with at work.

2. 5 years ago I was in the flaming death spiral of my marriage and was trying to figure out how to eject and pull the parachute. Don't miss it in the least.

3. 10 years ago I was living with someone who was trying her best to drag me to her level. And at about this time, I was hospitalized with pnuemonia.

4. Not at all.....professionally (better) , personal relationships (worse).

At 8:14 AM , Anonymous JohnD said...

Punky, I visit your website at least twice a week, but hardly ever respond. I thoroughly enjoy reading the questions and responses.

One year ago I was in the same place and pretty much same state of mind. I am sadder because I have come to the conclusion that one of us, my 14 year old son or I, will be going to prison for murder soon.

Five years ago I had just moved from South Texas to Middle Georgia. We, the family and I, were excited about the move but saddened to be leaving our parents/grandparents and the great state of texas, again. It was a more fun time, the kids were pre-teens and not as rebelous and resentful as they are now. (the "its not fair" faze - why can't I stay up until midnight, why can't I play video games for 10 straight hours, why are you making me go outside in the sunlight, why do I have to go to school, etc). The family was happier then, but it was a much tougher time financially.

Ten years ago we (the family and I) moved from Texas to Okinawa. There was a tremendous amount of uncertainty but it ended up being a good year. The wife and kids enjoyed everything the island had to offer...great times. Although, the job was very stressful (I was the boss over a 40+ man organization that was responsible for acquisitioning and storing $10s of millions annually). We got to visit several Asian countries and saw/learned a lot of things. Bowling wise (I am big in to bowling) I reached the top of my skill. For the year I obtained my all-time top average (204), my top 3 game series (785), bowled a 300, and won my division in the San Antonio City Tournament. My oldest son started and actually enjoyed school. Overall, it was the best two year period of our marraige. The kids still ask when we are moving back to Okinawa.

Looking back, I imagined that I would still be doing the same thing (career field wise), but I had no clue I would have travelled around the world and end up (at least for the next few years) in Georgia.

At 3:09 PM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

Funny you should ask. As with Higgy, last year was like this year - coming back from Vegas after a weekend of fun & frolic with good friends.

And Jimmy Buffett sang "Dixie Chicken" with the help of Bill Payne of Little Feat!

Five years ago? Uh, that was 2001 people. 9/11? We were still in a state of shock and sadness and just going day to day trying to cope. My wife had just started at a new school the day before 9/11. Very tough year.

Ten years ago? Just plugging along. We were in a much tougher position financially then, but were still travelling to England annually.

Back then as in "ten years ago"? Well, I hoped we'd be pretty much where we are - retired, financially solvent, able to do what we want (within reason), with lots of good and bad things to keep us on our toes.

At 10:12 PM , Anonymous maille said...

one year ago - i was at a shitty job being miserable and getting pissy every other day (oh wait that is still the same - hey i'm working on it people!) definately sadder...there was a lot of extra stuff going on in my life too...

five years ago - i was at my second year of college - but had just transferred to middlesex, was working at cvs, and driving my green cabrio (god do i miss that car!)

ten years ago - are you kidding me? i was 15 - i was a freshman in high school - was just starting out in my new school - was trying to make a name for myself on the tennis team - and trying to make friends - going home almost every night crying to my mom telling her i hated her for making us move to a town during high school - i quickly got over that though.

absolutely NOT! i wanted to be married at 23 and have all my kids by 25 - sick i know! thank GOD i did not! i would have shot myself dead. i'm glad i am where i am now in my life - it has made me realize that life isn't about rushing around and getting stuff done for everyone else or pleasing everyone else. it is about ME and the people i care the most about - it is about "taking the time to smell the roses" and have LOADS OF FUN DOING IT!

At 11:14 PM , Blogger punky said...

I have gotten out of the habit of answering my own questions, but today I'm going to answer this one because I want to, so there.

1. A year ago I was much, much sadder, as I am sure many of you can recall. I decided to pull the plug on a fucked up situation that was wreaking havoc on my emotional well being. It messed me up for months afterward, yet it was the best decision I could have made for my sanity and happiness. I am much happier today.

2. Five years ago I was in the third year of a relationship that had run its course after the first year. I'm a slow learner, I guess. I was also 25 pounds heavier and doing my best not to take up drinking as a hobby.

3. Ten years ago I was living with a group of amazing friends, experiencing a life changing relationship with a man 20 years my senior and teaching kick boxing classes to more than 90 people at a time. That was a great time in my life.

4. I never gave much thought to my future, so I have nothing to compare against. But I can say without a doubt that I wouldn't change a thing. Except maybe the really bad hair cut I got 9 years ago. Bad. Very bad. But it grew back, so no harm done.

At 4:19 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

1. Here. Same table in same room.. different laptop, but blah blah blah. About the same.. but a little more sorry for myself right now.

2. I didn't know it but 5 years ago, I was a month away from being made redundant. It's one job I really don't miss, though. However, there was a lot of really wonderful other stuff happening, so it kinda balances out. Plus my boss was really passive agressive and asked me to write my own employee reference, type it out and he'd sign it. I should have said greater things about myself, because he didn't even look at it before signing.

3. Just starting the job previous to the job from which I was made redundant. Boss was a moron and a complete f#&@waffle (I've been waiting to use that word for a while now!) but the job was great! Oh my gosh.. I was 22! I was just a babeeee! But I thought I was an adult, so that's gotta count for something.

4. Nope.. I suspected I'd go domestic and pop out a couple of little sprogs long before now. Still hasn't happened.


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