1) How old were you?
THEN: 1996 - 34
NOW: 2006 - 44. isn't that amazing?
2) Where did you work?
THEN: 1996 - a veterinary clinic
NOW: 2006 - wherever I can get teaching or web work
3) Where did you live?
THEN: 1996 - I was moving to the bay area from seattle
NOW: 2006 - a cheap dumpy apartment in the mission district of san francisco
4) How was your hair style?
THEN: 1996 - self-cut of varying 'styles.' quite short.
NOW: 2006 - shaved bald
5) Did you wear contacts?
THEN: 1996 - no.
NOW: 2006 - no. in between, I tried. my eyes can't tolerate them even with super duper hypo allergenic wash with ten seconds of sterile saline rinse.
6) Did you wear glasses?
THEN: 1996 - yes
NOW: 2006 - yes. I haven't had an eye exam in about five years. I have no money for new specs but maybe could afford new lenses in the old ones.
7) Who was your best friend?
THEN: 1996 - lisagail
NOW: 2006 - lisagail
8) Which of your pets were still alive?
THEN: 1996 - Mikhail, Claude
NOW: 2006 - Jackson, Santiago. Mikhail and Claude died within six months of each other. it was a bad year.
9) Who was your boyfriend/girlfriend?
THEN: 1996 - nobody
NOW: 2006 - nobody
11) Who was your celebrity crush?
THEN: 1996 - Richard Butler
NOW: 2006 - I'm really liking Sir Ian McKellen these days.
12) Who was your regular-person crush?
THEN: 1996 - I was between crushes
NOW: 2006 - no crush. I don't do those anymore.
13) How many piercings did you have?
THEN: 1996 - 1
NOW: 2006 - 1
14) How many tattoos did you have?
THEN: 1996 - 0
NOW: 2006 - 0, but I really want one. suddenly I think I know how to spend uncle billy's check.
15) What was your favorite band/singer?
THEN: 1996 - I was listening to REM and Love Spit Love a lot
NOW: 2006 - too many to list. Frog Eyes? Baptist Generals? Interpol?
16) Had you smoked a cigarette?
THEN: 1996 - not since 1983
NOW: 2006 - still not since 1983
17) Had you gotten drunk?
THEN: 1996 - I had stopped that for the most part
NOW: 2006 - only once so far this year. not drinking at present.
18) Looking back, are you where you thought you would be in 2006?:
I was supposed to have gotten my PhD four years ago and be tenured by now. as is, I will officially get my degree in december and will look for free-lance teaching, tutoring and web design to finance my writing habit. I also had not planned on complete financial ruin, but I found it or it found me or something.