After tempting fate by calling 2011 “pretty chill and mostly uneventful,” 2012 made up for it. Wowza. What a year.

(Previous years-in-review collected here.)

The Year, By Month

January

  • Started a tea phototumblrblogsitething
  • Learned that the woman considered to be the “eccentric neighbor” was a spy for the French resistance in WWII!
  • Found a Korean 100 won coin in our house. Value: 9 cents.
  • King Shameek (from Twin Hype) and L.L. Cool J reply to/retweet me.
  • Painted our living room and moved all my music to the basement. Took a Jeff Hardy-style dive off of the ladder, but only once.

February

  • Shepp has a playdate with some other basset hounds
  • Got a Jawbone Jambox (one of my favorite purchases of the year)
  • Dead mouse, burial.

March

  • Worked the polls for the VA Republican primary. Thanks to the race being pretty much decided and only two people on the ballot, a mere 100 people showed up all day long.
  • Cleaned the sump cover of our dishwasher. NOT PRETTY AND APPARENTLY SOMETHING YOU SHOULD DO OCCASIONALLY.
  • Visit from the Shaver crew

April

  • Took Rasine to her first hip-hop show, an in-store with Ragz and Mudd.
  • Met Kristin from Will Travel for Vegan Food
  • Had wood floors put in the house, replacing some old arse carpet.
  • Finally got to see Brownbird Rudy Relic play live.
  • Went to a friend’s wedding just a few days before…
  • Our son, Ramsey Long (aka Norval Ogilhinn), was born.

May

June

  • (nothing happened)

July

  • A spider crawled across my screen. While I was browsing the web. Amazing!
  • Introduced Rasine to the wonders of Super Fuzz
  • Met up with Shawn Lov, NJ underground hip-hop old-timer, and his wife for lunch.
  • Lunch with former co-worker Viren for the first time in years.
  • Got childhood friend (and fellow vegan) out to Poplar Spring for the first of several visits.

August

  • Celebrate 14 years at my job
  • Vacation in Ocracoke, including time with sis’ family and the Shavers
  • Laid off from my job of 14 years
  • Took an injured baby squirrel into the emergency vet, sure they’d put him down. He recovered!
  • Dog #1 of the year found and returned to owners

September

  • Introduced “We’re Not Gonna’ Take It” (the song and the video) to Rasine. It’s requested almost every day for the next two months.
  • Rasine starts softball
  • Visit from Sir Josh Hooten for Herbivoreville

October

  • Dog #2 of the year found and returned to owners (on my eight-year veganversary, no less)
  • Turned 37.
  • Dog #3 of the year found and returned to owners
  • Hurricane Sandy hits and we escape any effects other than a few minutes without power and a little moisture in the basement

November

  • Rasine runs her own polling location
  • My Tweet of the Year
  • I work the polls for the ninth year in a row, this time as an assistant chief in a presidential election
  • Introduced Rasine to the Star Wars series
  • Switched away from our dentist who took out a nutty political ad in the local paper (and later found out he’d missed a bunch of cavities that had formed, so he was a crappy dentist, too)
  • Rasine lost her first two teeth (inadvertently eating her first)
  • Rasine ran her first race, a super chilly one-miler in 11:16
  • Closed my PO Box after 13 years
  • Saw the opening night of the Hip-Hop Gods Tour in DC, featuring Public Enemy, Wise Intelligent, Son of Baserk, X Clan, Schoolly D, Monie Love, and others. And, thanks to Matt Wriggy, I got to hang out at Sirius/XM beforehand for some press events. Caught up with DJ Jay-Ski for the first time in many years and got to meet and chat briefly with Wise Intelligent.

December

  • The beard returns
  • Formed a new LLC, nearly signed a commercial lease, and started preparations to open up an online shop (coming 2013!).
  • (Re-)introduced Rasine to What’s Happening!!

Favorite New Teas of the Year

  • Dong Pian oolong

RIP

Based solely on the folks I RIP’ed on Twitter. People I knew personally in bold. Dates are when I tweeted, not the actual death date.

  • 1/16: Jimmy Castor
  • 1/20: Etta James
  • 1/27: Winston Riley
  • 2/1: Don Cornelius
  • 2/2: King Stitt
  • 2/29: Davy Jones
  • 3/16: Outspoken/Big Cat/Andre Catlett
  • 4/18: Dick Clark
  • 5/4: MCA
  • 5/8: Maurice Sendak
  • 5/16: Chuck Brown
  • 5/17: Donna Summer
  • 6/4: Richard Dawson
  • 6/6: Ray Bradbury
  • 6/18: Rodney King
  • 7/3: Andy Griffith
  • 7/8: Ernest Borgnine
  • 7/18: Ms. Melodie
  • 7/30: Sluggy Ranks
  • 8/10: David Rakoff
  • 8/20: Phyllis Diller
  • 8/23: Byard Lancaster
  • 10/13: John Tchicai
  • 10/19: David S. Ware
  • 10/31: Tracy 168
  • 12/5: Dave Brubeck

Books I Finished Reading

In order finished.

  • The Ask: A Novel by Sam Lipsyte
  • The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records by Ashley Kahn
  • Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter by Matt Paxton
  • Taft 2012: A Novel by Jason Heller
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • My Seinfeld Year (Kindle Single) by Fred Stoller
  • The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
  • The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews by Chris DeVito
  • There’s Gotta Be A Pony (Considerations on a Journey of Mastery) by Jim Perry
  • Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara by Colleen Morton Busch
  • The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats by Grandmaster Flash
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists by Courtney E. Martin
  • Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki by David Chadwick
  • Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality by Brad Warner (audiobook version)
  • A Brief History of Rhyme and Bass: Growing Up With Hip-Hop by Shawn Livernoche
  • Hardcore Zen Strikes Again by Brad Warner
  • The Providence Rider by Robert McCammon
  • Rinkitink in Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music, and the Urban Underground by Lyle Owerko

Total number of books finished: 26 (one more than 2011)

Books re-read: 2

Books written by someone I’ve know or have at least spoken more than a sentence to: 4

Physical / Ebooks (incl. Kindle Singles) / Audiobooks finished:
15
10
1
Fiction / Nonfiction:
12
14
Oz / Buddhism / Music:
8
5
5

Books in progress at the end of the year: 3

Movies I Watched and Re-watched

In order watched.

Number of movies: 55

Number of those movies I’d already seen: 18

Average year (a stat my wife calls “pointless”): 1992

Average rating: 3.69

(The annual music year-in-review is coming later this week.)