Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Year in Media and Cities, 2009

Still inspired by Jason over at, I'm continuing my practice of cataloging some of the things I’ve done and the places I’ve been over the past year. You can find 2008's list here. 

Here we go with 2009.

Cities I’ve attended, spending at least a day and a night in each locale
Manhattan, New York
West Orange, New Jersey
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Baltimore, Maryland
Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Cleveland, Ohio
Detroit, Michigan
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Skokie, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Washington, DC
Missoula, Montana
Kalispell, Montana
Glacier National Park, Montana
San Francisco, California
Berkeley, California
Yosemite National Park, California
Bronx, New York
Jerusalem, Israel

Movies I’ve seen on the Big Screen
Slumdog Millionaire
The Wrestler
The Class
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Star Trek
The Hangover
The Hurt Locker
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
500 Days of Summer
Inglourious Basterds
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
A Serious Man
The Shining
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Movies I’ve seen on the little screen
Burn After Reading
The Big Lebowski
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Departed
Death Wish
Blue Velvet
North By Northwest
Baby Mama
Darjeeling Limited
The Graduate
The Dark Knight
Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot
The Hammer
Dirty Harry
Step Brothers
Waltz With Bashir
Rachel Getting Married
Being John Malkovich
The Way We Get By
Lost Highway
Donnie Darko

Books I’ve read
Ender in Exile
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Seven Seconds or Less
Baseball Prospectus 2009
God Save The Fan
White Teeth
On the Road
The Corrections
Going Deep
Armageddon in Retrospect
A Farewell to Arms
The Breaks of the Game
A Fraction of the Whole
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
The Machine
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again
Best American Sports Writing 2009
The Discomfort Zone
I Drink for a Reason
The Soul of Baseball
60 Stories
Sporting Events I’ve attended 
Wednesday, January 14
New York Knicks 128, Washington Wizards 122
Madison Square Garden

Monday, February 2
Los Angeles Lakers 126, New York Knicks 117
Madison Square Garden
Kobe Bryant set a Madison Square Garden scoring record with 61 points

Wednesday, March 4
New York Knicks 109, Atlanta Hawks 105
Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, March 25
Los Angeles Clippers 140, New York Knicks 135, OT
Madison Square Garden

Thursday, April 30
New York Yankees 7, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4
Yankee Stadium

Wednesday, May 13
Tampa Bay Rays 8, Baltimore Orioles 6
Oriole Park at Camdem Yards

Thursday, May 14
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3, 10 innings
Citizens Bank Park

Wednesday, July 1
New York Yankees 4, Seattle Mariners 2
Yankee Stadium

Sunday, July 5
Oakland Athletics 5, Cleveland Indians 2
Progressive Field

Monday, July 6
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 3
Comerica Park

Tuesday, July 7
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Miller Park

Wednesday, July 8
Atlanta Braves 4, Chicago Cubs 1
Wrigley Field

Thursday, August 27
Arizona Diamondbacks 11, San Francisco Giants 0
AT&T Park

Thursday, November 19
Syracuse Orange 95, California Golden Bears 73
North Carolina Tar Heels 77, Ohio State Buckeyes 73
Madison Square Garden

Tuesday, December 1
New York Knicks 126, Phoenix Suns 99
Madison Square Garden

Monday, December 7
New York Knicks 93, Portland Trailblazers 84
Madison Square Garden

Saturday, December 19
Los Angeles Lakers 103, New Jersey Nets 84
Izod Center

TV Seasons I’ve watched
The Wire
Seasons 1-5

Mad Men
Season 3

Flight of the Conchords
Season 2

Arrested Development
Seasons 1-3

The Simpsons
Seasons 3-5

Bored to Death
Season 1

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Season 5

The League
Season 1

Sit Down, Shut Up
Season 1

Each new episode of: The Office, 30 Rock, The Simpsons, Parks and Recreations, Modern Family, Community
Plays I’ve attended
Saturday, July 11
Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue presents The Oresteia

Monday, December 6
Broadhurst Theatre

Concerts I've attended
Wednesday, February 11
Brett Dennen
Webster Hall

So, on average, I've:
  • visited a new place every ~18 days;
  • seen a movie on the big screen every ~21 days;
  • seen a movie on the little screen every ~13.5 days;
  • read a book every ~15 days;
  • attended a live sporting event every ~21 days;
  • watched a season of TV every ~21 days (not including all the partial seasons);
  • attended a play once every six months;
  • attended a concert once every 12 months;
  • and composed a blog post once every ~4.2 days (including this one).

It's been a busy year.

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