2018 was clearly not a year for blogging for me. I shall try to make that better now that a new year is upon us.
Here are some things I learned in 2018.
- One cannot travel to Portugal too many times. It’s a beautiful country filled with kind people, delicious food (even of the vegan variety) and I instantly feel like coming home every time I set foot in it even though I have no actual connection to the country that goes beyond that of a tourist.
- Netflix features some – to say it with Eleanor Shellstorp’s words – ‘forking’ amazing shows.
- Some movie remakes are seriously better than the originals. For example the 2018 version of Stephen King’s ‘IT’. And yes, I did watch the old version and I have hardly ever laughed so much while watching a ‘horror’ movie.
- Even at forty it creeps me out when guys (of any age) are talking to my really not considerable cleavage instead of my face and then on top of that have the nerve to wink at me. That really makes me want to rip their throats out. Is that a normal reaction?
- Anyone who ever felt the slightest fear of robots taking over in the future, should read ‘We Care For You’ by Paul Kitcatt.
- While we are at authors, let me state that Neil Gaiman can do no wrong. Not ever. Not even when he lets a kid grow up in a graveyard. When he writes about it, it just seems like something that could actually happen and the kid would come out okay.
- John Hodgman is one of the funniest yet wise guys ever. Here’s a sentence I thought I would never say: I am now a podcast addict. Check out the Judge John Hodgman podcast if you want a good laugh and learn a thing or two while you’re at it.
- No matter how often you move, the idiots you leave behind are simply replace by new and sometimes much worse idiots.
- Even though it is already five years old, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ by The National is one of the greatest albums ever made. In my humble opinion.
- Riding the Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios is truly magical. I considered never getting off.
- If you invite a guy over for the first time and he barely glances at the stack of quite remarkable and diverse books on your coffee table, turns to you and simply says ‘you have PRETTY books’ then despite his heavenly deep blue eyes you instantly know that that is not the guy for you and it’s terribly hard not to throw him out immediately. I survived the rather dull evening and needless to say, I haven’t seen him since.
- On a happier note, against common belief, you can accidentally meet interesting people on the internet who actually know that the answer to everything is 42 and then have very intelligent conversations with them.
Now let’s see what 2019 has in store for me.