2014: A YEAR END REVIEW

It’s last call for 2014, which is honestly fine by me. I’m not trying to be ho-hum or a Debbie Downer, but there’s honestly not much to remember about this year. (I’ll take that over a bunch of bad things happening.) I think it’s a side effect of being in my 30s and mostly everyone around me being in relationships. It’s bound to happen and it seems with every passing year more and more of my friends move into the next phase of their lives. It’s a good thing. It’s what should be happening around this time in life. And while my own love life is at a stalemate, I’m not really trying to rush it. However, it would just be nice to have a couple friends to go out with who don’t have to clear their schedule with a spouse/significant other/babysitter first. Eh. Que sera, sera.

Best experience: Attending my first comic con.
Worst experience: Getting strep in my jaw.

Top 3 movies I saw:
1. Boyhood
2. The Guest
3. Chef

Bottom 3 movies I saw:
1. Only Lovers Left Alive
2. WolfCop
3. Let’s Be Cops (In defense of this one, I gave it a 5/10. It was just really disappointing.)

Most enjoyable movie watching experience: The Guest

Best musical discovery: Childish Gambino “Sweatpants”
Best musical rediscovery: David Bowie “I’m Afraid of Americans”

Best sports moment: the Dallas Cowboys season – NFC East champs. Undefeated on the road. Broken rushing records. Romo MVP chatter. Headed to the playoffs. How ’bout them Cowboys?!
Most heartbreaking sports moment: Serge Ibaka’s injury which essentially sealed the Thunder’s fate – losing the WCF to the San Antonio Spurs.

Best new TV series: True Detective
Best TV series discovery: The Goldbergs. Everyone I’ve recommended this show to LOVES it. Seriously, add it to your watchlist.

Top 3 local discoveries:
1. Bleu Garten (Midtown) – In the past few years, the Midtown area has really stepped up their game as far as entertainment for millennials. From supper clubs to roof top bars, a food truck park is the perfect fit. I’ve been to the Garten three times now and despite not ever getting the chance to eat at any of the trucks and not particularly being a big drinker, I still enjoyed my visits. The open air concept is great for old fuddy duddys like me who want to go out, have a drink, and talk with friends without having to yell over a band or club music. On a nice night, it’s a perfect place to relax.
2. Eischens (Okarche, OK) – It’s difficult to label this as a discovery considering it’s practically an Oklahoma landmark, but it took 31 years for me to try it. Fried chicken… nom nom nom!
3. The Max (Tulsa, OK) – So you’re telling me I can play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with three of my friends while listening to “Billy Jean” and sipping on a cleverly named adult beverage? You win. Retro pubs are the best pubs. Oklahoma City is set to get one soon. Expect to see me around there frequently. Until then if you’re feeling nostalgic, The Max is worth the trip. (Pssst… free tokens on Tuesdays.)

Bragging rights for 2014:
You know that Kevin Durant MVP speech that will go down in history as the sweetest thing ever? I was there for that.

Top 5 road trips:
1. Killing time in Tulsa, OK
2. Scenic Talimena Drive with Mom, Dad, and Grandma
3. Wizard World Comic Con in Tulsa, OK
4. Jared’s Epic Party in Dallas, TX
5. Dinner and movie double fail in Tulsa, OK

Other things worth noting:

2014 was a step in the right direction for my domestication – I cooked more meals than I ever have before. My reasons are threefold: 1. it’s healthier 2. it’s cheaper 3. it’s good practice for possible future family-type situations. Plus I sometimes had someone who wanted to eat it. It sucks cooking for one.

Sometimes I get art-y. This year it showed itself mostly through nail art and my Halloween makeup. I’m not entirely sure why it manifested in that way, but I think my experiments turned out decently.

One of the most talented actors of this generation and my personal favorite, Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away in February. I can honestly say that I never saw this one coming. Michael Jackson, James Gandolfini… okay. Tragic, but not entirely shocking. Hoffman’s death blindsided me. He was so intelligent and seemingly put together… it’s a gruesome reminder than no one is safe from addiction. I hope that others will learn from it. He is greatly missed.

Steven Adams grew a mustache for media day.

2014 resolution ratings:
Spend more time with family – A+
Value myself – D+
Get involved – C-
Work hard – D
Embrace change – C

2015 resolutions:
There’s just one – do something… anything at all that will make 2015 less lame than 2014.

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