All in all, a lot of good things happened this year. Here’s a look back at the best:
- The trip to Los Angeles – Easily one of the highlights of my year. Since it was my first visit to LA, we had a great balance of the typical tourist stuff and smaller, more intimate “get to know the city” stuff. Alex and Siobhan were excellent hosts and we had a ball spending time with friends there.
- The music – I fell in love with a lot of new music this year. New albums by the National, Arcade Fire, Kate Nash, and Vampire Weekend received endless play in my home and in my car, and I got turned on to new bands Two Door Cinema Club, Morning Benders, Wavves, Best Coast, Local Natives, and dozens of others. Best of all was seeing Ra Ra Riot, Tegan and Sara, and Cold War Kids perform live right in Birmingham.
- The movies – From the fun of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Toy Story 3 to the intensity of Black Swan and Let Me In, there were a ton of great movies to enjoy over the year. I didn’t have the highest expectations for The Social Network, but was happily surprised at the quality of the final product. Exit Through the Gift Shop gave a fascinating peek into the world of street art while leaving a little mystery in tact as well.
- The play – I got the opportunity to be a part of Theatre Downtown’s stage version of Night of the Living Dead in October. After not doing any kind of theater since high school, this was a really great experience and a wonderful creative outlet. Mixing the rehearsal schedule and 12 performances with a full-time job was a bit strenuous, but every moment of it was fun and made it completely worthwhile. Best of all, doing the show has led to a lot of great new friendships and opportunities.
So looking back, not such a bad year. Here’s hoping for an even better 2011!