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