In 2011 I went rafting for the first time, I swam in the Arkansas River, and I got my bachelor’s degree. Based on these accomplishments I would say it was a pretty good year. But the real gauge to how well the year went comes from the results of the predictions I made at the start of the year. How can I judge a year based only on the things I never expected to happen? What kind of life is that to live? That is hog wash and I refuse to accept it!

2011 Prediction: I will be completely torn about Thor until I see it

Despite what I may have said I knew from the moment it was announced that I would see this movie in the theaters. I did. It was definitely one that was meant to be seen on a giant screen. With the massive world of whatever Thor’s homeland is called, Aasragard or some shit, and that giant robot/monster/demi-god thing Thor fights were only enhanced by the large screen. I Natalie Portman, unfortunately no canoe paddling like Black Swan.

I still don’t care for Thor the super hero, but I had fun for the two hours I spent watching the movie. Though the highlight for me was the glimpse of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. I still can’t wait for The Avengers. And yes, I’m that nerd that likes Hawkeye, and I’m sure there’s like two of you who understand what I’m talking about. Overall I would say Thor was the third best, out of five, super hero movies I saw in 2011, although it’s not like Green Hornet or Green Lantern really put up a fight. Did anyone else think Green Lantern was filmed too dark? That DP and director should be kicked out of their respective guilds. Also, did anyone else see Green Lantern and know what I’m talking about? No? I didn’t think so. Well don’t waste your time, it’s terrible!

Movie Prediction for 2012: Another beloved childhood cartoon will be ruined by some studio trying to make a buck from nostalgia. Also, did you know Jonathan Winters voiced Papa Smurf? I was shocked to learn that. Then a little sad as I realized that would probably be the last entry on his imdb page. But good for him for still doing vices and getting paid for it.

2011 Prediction: A new album from Dr. Dre

Because my finger is so far removed from the pulse of the hip hop community I used Wikipedia to see if this happened or not and the best part of Dr. Dre’s Wikipedia page is at the top is this, “Not to be confused with Dr. Drew.” I’m sure this mix up happens constantly.

Turns out Dre’s new album didn’t drop in 2011. Though we did get some headphones from him, that’s just as good right? If you’re not going to listen to new music from Dre might as well not listen to it with sweet ass headphones. Oh how I love when people I like for their music making make things other than music.

Eminem and 50 Cent did tell something called 106 and Park, I think I’m too white to know what that is, that Dre’s new album will be out this year. I’m pretty sure they have said that every year since 2004. So we’ll see.

Music Prediction for 2012: I will get over-hyped for the new Transplants record and ultimately be disappointed, just like I did with the last Transplants album. I liked it, but not as much as I assumed I would. And that will probably happen again.

2011 Prediction: I will find a new favorite micro brewery

This one didn’t really happen. There were many attempts. Equinox in Fort Collins was decent. That place in Colorado Springs actually put up a good fight, and I bought a hat, but I haven’t bought any of their beers since going there. Maybe it could be that I can’t remember what it was called, that can make things difficult when trying to seek it out at store.

The hat says it was Bristol brewing.

Oskar Blues has found its way into consistent rotation, but I wouldn’t call it my favorite. I kind of feel as though I’m in a beer limbo. Nothing is really grabbing me so I’ve stuck to the classics. I should change that this year. I think that means Keithage and I need to up our brewery missions.

On a different, yet still alcoholic, side note I have found a new favorite gin, which isn’t saying much since I never had a favorite gin before. But Dagger gave me a bottle of Hendrick’s Gin and it is really fucking good. There’s a hint of cucumber which seems weird in theory, but it really is the best thing you could add to gin, well that and club soda and lime.

Booze Prediction for 2012: I will go to Salt Lake City and be surprised by the micro brews there. Shocked that a place with such bizarre blue laws would have tasty brews.

2011 Prediction: Football Predictions

I apparently didn’t have enough thoughts on football to put something specific in the section title. I would like to point out the picture I used was that of Jesus handing off the ball which did seem to happen often here in Denver over this past NFL season.

My other football predictions involved the lockout going the whole season, that didn’t happen. And that I would need NCAA outcomes and ramifications explained to me. That didn’t happen. I was a little more into NCAA football this season, even going so far as purchasing season tickets for the CSU Rams. But there is still a lot of boring shit and stupid bowl game bull shit that can get extremely frustrating.

I was way off about my Rocky Mountain Showdown prediction. But I did have this sweet paint job.

2011 Prediction: Mr. Sunshine will end quickly

Nailed it!

“Mr. Sunshine” was a show that had Chandler Bing as the PR or marketing guy or something of a major arena in Southern California. Nine episodes were aired in April. I don’t really remember too much about it, though it seemed Nate Torrence was funny, maybe, why not?

I’m still just a little impressed that I got this right. Usually I pick wrong about which shows make it and which ones fail. I’m surprised that “Whitney” is still on the air.

Television Prediction for 2012: We will never get to meet the mother on “How I Met Your Mother.” The show will just continue to tease us along but eventually Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, and NPH will realize they are way too awesome for that show. Then the show takes a sad turn as it’s just Robin trying to deal with the patheticness that is now oozing out of Ted. But I’ll keep watching because Robin is hot.

2011 Prediction: Dropkick Murphys will rock my ass off

I think I mentioned in a different post last year that the Dropkick Murphys’ show was the best show I attended in 2011. There was so much energy from the band, the crowd was completely amped, and I was ready to rock! The new album from them, “Going Out In Style,” is great and that only made the show better.

There was a point in my life where Dropkick Murphys was way up one my favorite band list but as the years went on they slowly moved down the list. But this show rekindled that love and I couldn’t be happier about it. Additionally, this show helped inspire the design aspect that I was missing from my first tattoo idea. There wasn’t a single thing not to enjoy about this show.

Concert Prediction for 2012: I will be completely blown away by some new local band at this year’s Westword Music Showcase. I attended this festival the past two summers and completely enjoyed it. Each year there was some new band I heard that I really got into so I don’t see why that won’t happen again.

2011 Prediction: August will hold a surprise for me

Aside from getting super drunk with good friends at an awesome wedding, nothing really happened for me in August. All I can really remember from August are the wedding, the bbq the day after the wedding, and watching some terrible volleyball movie with Limon before the wedding. It appears as though nothing awful happened in August, and while there was no surprise for me, I’m going to call August 2011 a win.

Final Thoughts

When the end of the year rolls around there is always a part of me that wants to be like, “Thank god that stupid year was over.” I had that thought as 2011 closed out, but when I stopped to actually consider the year it was pretty good. I learned a bunch about myself, I kicked school in the balls, and most importantly I had a lot of fun. There was a kick ass bachelor party, an amazing trip to Seattle, and so many awesome concerts. I can only hope and do my best to ensure 2012 is just as great. So far I’m off to a slow start, but I see things on the horizon which indicate things are only going to get better. So let’s do this 2012!

See ya at the Mayan Temple…

lee.s.hart@crujonessociety.com

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