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31 Dec '99 - This is so weird. A new century and all. I have to let it all sink in, then I suppose I'll write about it. Anway, here are my top pics of the year.
*****Heather's Top Stuff of 1999*****

Top Reads of 1999 - I finished 22 books this year. I started about 7 others that I need to finish. At least one of these wasn't written this year, but that's ok. Here's the list:
1. Conversations with God, Book 1 - Neil Walsch
2. Eiger Dreams - Jon Krakauer
3. The Sandman: The Kindly Ones - Neil Gaiman
4. The Portable Rollins - Henry Rollins
5. Codependent No More - Melodie Beattie

Top Flicks of 1999 - Visually, The Matrix rocked my world. Intellectually, I loved the Fight Club. GalaxyQuest make me laugh, Blair Witch was crazy, and Summer of Sam was the coolest Spike Lee joint I've seen in a loooong time.
1. The Matrix
2. Fight Club
3. Summer of Sam
4. Blair Witch Project
5. Galaxy Quest
Top Albums of 1999 - This was *hard*. I awoke from a musical fog of the last several years, started working for a music web site, where I've heard more new music than I can shake a stick at. Anyway, here's what I liked the best:

1. Red Engine Nine - Color of the Day
2. Chevelle - Point #1
3. Tal Bachman - Tal Bachman
4. Alanis Morissette - Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
5. Johnathan Elias - The Prayer Cycle
Song of the Year: 14-41 - Jonah's Onelinedrawing
Honorable Mentions (released pre-1999, but I first discovered this year):
Far - Water and Solutions
Spinning Jennies - Starstruck
Nick Drake
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27 Jan '99 - This page was getting too long, so now it's 2 pages. I'll start this page with the tops of '98.
*****Heather's Top Stuff of 1998*****

Top Reads of 1998 - This is tough. I have a book journal to keep track of the things I read, and I read 23 books this year. Here are some of my favorite reads of the year (random order):
1. Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
2. The Walk West: A Walk Across America II - Peter and Barbara Jenkins
3. Archangel - Sharon Shinn
4. Drinking: A Love Story - Caroline Knapp
5. His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina - Danielle Steel

Top Flicks of 1998 - American History X takes the top spot, even though the movie was weak in parts, Ed Norton blew me away, and this movie stayed with me a lot longer than Saving Private Ryan.
1. American History X
2. Ever After
3. Truman Show
4. Saving Private Ryan
5. Mi Vida Loca (saw it for the first time)

Top Albums of 1998 - The first CD of Sketches proved definitively that the world lost a phenomenal artist.

1. Jeff Buckley - Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk/Grace
2. Ken Stringfellow - This Sounds Like Goodbye
3. Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
4. Soundtrack - City of Angels
5. Hole - Celebrity Skin
Song of the Year: Morning Theft - Jeff Buckley
Honorable Mentions (released pre-1998, but I first heard this year):
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Soundtrack - The Last Time I Committed Suicide
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10 April '98 - So, I finish reading "The Sun Also Rises" the other day. Opinion? I think what I got out of this little adventure is that I'm not too impressed with Mr. Papa. I didn't really have sympathy for any of the characters, mostly I thought they were just a group of idiots. I think if I had read it when I wasn't so angry at the apathy I see all around me, then I would have enjoyed it more. Basically, all it said to me was that there have been slackers all throughout history. I didn't get to know any of the characters, and the only character that had any conviction was ridiculed by these losers. I guess it was good in the sense that it illicted a strong reaction from me. But, I just wanted to be done with it near the end.
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25 March '98 - I just finished watching "She's So Lovely". I forgot how much I like Sean Penn, he's a good actor. Makes me want to pull out my copy of "Racing With The Moon". Someone asked me yesterday what my favorite movies are. I've been hesitant to answer because, just like music, my favorites change depending on my mood. But a quick "right this minute" top five would include: Racing With The Moon, Good Will Hunting (on the list now, we'll see after I watch it again), Disney's Robin Hood, and then there are about 10 movies fighting to be in 2 slots, so that will do. Probably would add as formative years-type movies Jacob's Ladder, Valley Girl, Highlander, and Pretty in Pink. Lots more, but my brain isn't good at "all time" kind of questions.
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