16 Good Things about 2004

Best of 2004

Theatre Movie (again) Music Video Candy Bar Yum Outfits Movie NYC Iron and Wine The Pixies at Coachella Boobie Practical Joke The Beast Board Game Weekend

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So most of this stuff is specific to 2004, but I’m aware some of it was around long before.

Videogame: Ratchet and Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal – Platforming goodness for the PlayStation 2. Had I bought of Katamari Damacy for myself, it probably would’ve made the list.
Concert: The Pixies at Coachella – It’s kinda tough to compare anything to this… Lollapalooza with good bands. I admit a soft spot for seeing Kim Deal smile and knowing every single song played.
Roller Coaster: The Beast at Kings Island still wins, with the Drop Zone (also at KI) a close second even though it’s not a roller coaster. Why is this on here? Cause it was a standout day with no lines.
Board Game: Settlers of Catan – There was another game by the makers of Cranium I really enjoyed too called Hoopla, but Settlers has a classic strategic greatness about it.
Album: Iron & Wine "Our Endless Numbered Days" – Since I couldn’t rightly say I love Grandaddy yet another year, I pick this disc from Samuel Beam. It’s mellow genius that never bores me.
Game of Poker: The cigar poker party in NYC – Another fine weekend, capped off with good food, fine cigars, and great people.
Meal: The Matrimonial Barnwarming Meal – prepared by Robbie.
Practical Joke: Getting Kate to unknowingly pose for a photo with a box labeled SEX TOYS
Candy Bar: Hershey’s Take 5 – with the Butterfinger Crisp a tight second.
Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – This movie makes me realize what a big hearted messed up romantic wuss I want to be but never succeed at.
Get-away: The Road Runner Regional Rodeo in Phoenix. A nice break in the chill of January, hang time with my brother, and meeting old and new friends alike.
Outfits: Prom 2004 – This is what happens when you think life should have more balloons and polyester.
Music Video: The Sad Song by Fredo Viola – He wrote the song, performed it, shot the video and put it together. Aside from all that, it’s wonderful.
Surprise: The Incredibles – Eye candy + classic storytelling – the shallow snarkiness of Shrek.
Boobie: Janet Jackson’s “performance” – What’s so good about this? I really don’t know.
Theatre Experience: Anticipating Miles – I cried. Okay? I saw live theatre and tears came to my eyes, and there was no big chorus number.