2009 was a fabulous year! Here’s what we did.
- In January, Vivian and I held our first Cheese Party and celebrate our sushi anniversary.
- In February, we helped dedicate the Merinda’s new basement, which would become a hot spot for Jitterbugs for years to come.
- In March, we attended a fish fry at St. John Vianney for the first time with a bunch of our friends, a tradition that would continue for years to come.
- In April, Vivian and I discover Hy-Vee has $5 wine tastings every month. Fortunately, our home is within walking distance.
- In May, Jenny had a luau party, and we had a fun time dancing — for a hot parade in Louisville, at Lindy in the Park, and even at Crossroads Mall.
- In June, Vivian and I went to Nashville to attend a comic cookout with a bunch of friends from Comic Genesis.
- In July, Vivian and I celebrated our one-year anniversary with a road trip, visiting such places as Chimney Rock, Carhenge, the Crazy Horse National Monument, Mount Rushmore, the Mitchell Corn Palace, and the tiny town of Vivian, South Dakota.
- In August, we went on a camping trip with Jenny up to the stinking hot Fremont Lakes.
- In September, Vivian faced the horror of Goofus the Indestructible Piñata of Doom.
- In October, we celebrated Halloween as a yellow bird and Bill Lumbergh from Office Space. (Hmm. Yeah.)
- In November, we bought a house in Bellevue and moved on in with the help of several friends.
- In December, we flew to North Carolina to celebrate Christmas with my parents.
In short, it was a fantastic year. What does 2010 hold? Well, you can just skip on ahead to read, of course!
It has been a tremendously eventful year to say the very least. I’ve gotten a new job, moved to a new city, gotten married, and had all kinds of fun with friends and family here and around the country. Vivian and I were able to ring in the New Year the same way we did 366 days ago: with a sparkling cider toast in the basement of 1316 Jones Street at GAMe’s New Year’s Eve party. We had live music courtesy of Big Bo and the Biscuit Eaters, who covered a series of very danceable songs as dozens of us squeezed into the too-small dance floor to bump into each other in a crude mockery of East Coast Swing. They had plenty of other things going on as well, including two rooms of Rock Band, Apples to Apples, and Foosball. After the party, we dropped by Eric’s apartment for some waffles and do-it-yourself mixed drinks.
2008 was truly a year to remember.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
- January: We have a shoot-out at Hugh’s house and I make a modest proposal to Vivian.
- February: Who needs crowded, overpriced restaurants on Valentine’s Day when you can get take-out steak dinner and open a bottle of sweet Nebraska wine?
- March: An 80s party, air-guitar karaoke, and singing Love Shack with a group of lovely backup singers. What could be more radical?
- April: Vivian and I take a trip to Cedar Rapids to celebrate my Uncle Ben’s 70th birthday and meet several members of my extended family, including Grandma Gibbs, Ben and Shannon (our ring-bearer and flower girl, respectively).
- May: Vivian and sign the lease for our new apartment, and I move on up to Omaha with the help of a few good friends!
- June: Goodbye, Land and Sky! I started a new career in Omaha had one last round of goodbye drinks with my co-workers the night before my last day.
- July: Vivian and I tie the knot and escape to “Bah-ha-bah” Maine for a week.
- August: I turn 30. Hold me, please.
- September: Vivian turns 29. She’s catching up to me.
- October: I get to visit Vivian’s hometown of Petaluma, meet more of her family, and attend her ten-year high school reunion.
- November: Comic Genesis friends Dan “Vorticus” Zastrow and Michelle “Dragonmajik” Mayo get married in Kansas City. I wind up being the Best Man.
- December: My dear Grandma Gibbs passes away, and nearly the entire family comes together to remember. Vivian gets to meet more of my goofy side of the family.
Here’s to the end of one amazing year, and the dawn of yet another. Cheers to you, 2008!
Remembering 2007: This was a monumental year in the life of Matt Johnson.
Here are some of the highlights … in pictures!
- In January, Vivian and I begin our dating relationship on the 26th, which started officially right after a trip to Sakura Bana with our friends (a day we would celebrate for years to come as our “sushi anniversary.”)
- In February, Vivian and Jenny throw a Taco Party, and a couple of us get snowed in for the night (including me). Also Valentine’s Day.
- In March, I take a memorable trip to London, where I met several of my European friends from Comic Genesis, as well as my pen-pal Caroline from the fourth grade (in addition to seeing Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Greenwich Observatory, St. Paul’s Cathedral, a museum or two, and going swing dancing at the 100 Club).
- In April, Vivian and I continue having fun dating, which includes a picnic in Hummel Park, a trip to the museum, a trip to the zoo, and Easter Dinner.
- In May, I went to Lindy in the Park for the first time with Vivian (which was then a weekly event). I took Vivian to see the Secret Bridges for the first time, dressed for an 80s night at JNO, and saw the B-52s perform at Shadowlake Mall. We also had Free Comic Book Day, where I got to see the Comic Genesis book on the shelf and meet Margot Kidder.
- In June, I flew to St. Louis to attend my second Comic Genesis cookout, which was the biggest meetup our eclectic group of comic artists have ever had.
- In July, my parents came to visit and met Vivian for the first time. I also celebrated Independence Day with Vivian by setting off fireworks in an empty parking lot.
- In August, I went to Cowtown Jamborama for the first time, and I won first place in the corn-eating competition. I also went on my very first camping trip up near Valentine along the Niobrara River.
- In September, I threw Vivian a giant birthday party at Onion-Boy’s house.
- In October, Vivian and I have fun at Vala’s and dress up as Wine and Cheese for Halloween.
- In November, I had Thanksgiving at Vivian’s house and attended the tree-lighting at Union Station for the first time (where we met Santa).
- In December, Nathan and I flew home to North Carolina to spend Christmas with the family, and then I had a rocking 80s-style New Year’s Eve with Vivian and our mutual friends.