Best food: bacon wrapped scallops

Coolest extravagance: new car stereo with blue-tooth

Best Novel: Exit West, Mohsin Hamid

Best Non-fiction: Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann

Best iPad newspaper app: Washington Post

Best Movie: Duh, The Last Jedi.

Proudest moment: Seeing photos of my daughter marching at the Woman’s March in Washington, D.C.

Teeth-grinding-est moment: Any time I opened Twitter.

Favorite event 1: TedxPiscataqua2017

Favorite event 2: Grand reopening of Hamilton Smith Hall. Bowtie!

Hardest day: dropping daughter off at college

Best day: seeing her again two-months later

Best wife: Gail, always

Best cat: None. They all stink. If you want to be on my awesome list, don’t wake me up at five to let me know that you’re awake, dink

Most worthwhile work task: helping students write good sentences

Biggest professional accomplishment: preparing a 100 page leave application for next fall and then finding out that my application was accepted

Favorite yoga posture: Standing bow or Cobra

Most consistent activity: Yoga

Least consistent activity: Work around the house

Best game: Firewatch

Weirdest thing 1: Being older and having old problems. Stupid shoulders and hips.

Weirdest thing 2: EFT Tapping. Yup.

Book I recommended most during the year: Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow.

Things that bordered on obsessive 1: book buying

Things that bordered on obsessive 2: blank notebooks

Where I got most of my music: Spotify. Please pay people more, okay?

Most played song: Give Up Your Dreams by The Phoenix Foundation

Album from the 80’s that I enjoyed listening to many times this year: Fire of Unknown Origin by Blue Oyster Cult

Favorite stage performance: Spamalot at the Seacoast Rep.

Favorite live music: Paul Kelly

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