First things first, the IIGOIIG Round 7 Reveal!
There wasn't actually a consensus, but my gut says straight. However, I can't put him as definitively German, seeing as how he was bound of Amsterdam. He could be Dutch. Therefore, I'm adding him to the list as:
Crazy and Homeless: 1
In Denial: 1
Poor Taste in Music: 1
Impractical Backpacking Gear: 1
Secondly, the Fuck the ß contest! The winner is JON (Different one, Philly). Congratulations, Jon! Not only was your ß wonderfully creative, it was also the only one sent to me, so congrats, you win by default.
CLAIRE IS HERE CLAIRE IS HERE CLAIRE IS HERE AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
And now, on 2011: I'll take it. Fresh out of Austin's death at the end of 2010, 2011 started out superbly shitty, but it got better. I almost got fired from Red Lobster for telling the manager his new policies were communist. I was a bridesmaid in Becca's wedding. I bee-bopped around the midwest, saw a lot of old friends, and made a bunch of new ones. I quit my shitty job, and got an au pair one instead. I moved to Germany. I made friends with Swedish vikings, froze my ass off on Danish beaches, and explored Portugal with my super awesome family. I passed the DSH exam. I got into grad school at a university currently ranked #149 out of the entire world, which really isn't too shabby. And I'm ending 2011 with Claire in BERLIN!, where we will be setting off fireworks, hanging with the SHBF, and going to crazy techno parties with our blanket-fort building couchsurf, even though Claire is still convinced he's an axe murderer. All in all, this has been a good year. I'm sorry to see the world end in the near future.
My last favorite song of the day in 2011! Eliza Doolittle is one of those artists that I don't like, but I have like nine of her songs on my playlist. Go figure. Here's what's been stuck in my head recently, mainly the whistling part. I can't watch the video (thanks, Germany) but you can!
And on that note, adios, 2011!
Everybody else, see you on Tuesday!