Thursday, 31 December 2009

This is the start of another new year...

"Oh, well happy new year's baby
We could probably fix it if we clean it up all day
Or we could simply pack our bags
And catch a plane to Barcelona 'cause this city's a drag"
Counting Crows "Holiday in Spain"

Well it's the end of the year, the end of the decade and the start of a whole new thing....

...or it's just another day. I guess it's how you look at it.

I'm off to work until 4 in the morning to make sure all the drunks in Toronto get home safe, so no parties for me tonight. But everyone have a safe and happy day! And a great new decade, too!

Take a little time out to think about where you were back in 1999. Worried about Y2K? Well, it's been ten years and I guess the sky hasn't fallen yet. What's changed and what's stayed the same? And where will the next 10 years take us all? It's interesting, if ultimately futile, to consider.

Well, good riddance 2009. Have a great 2010 everybody!

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Christmas - Unwrapped!

Well, Christmas has come and gone, and it's the last day of my vacation...As I wait for 5 o'Clock to roll around and tell me what shift I'm working tomorrow, I thought I'd share a bit.

So it was a good year this year! It was nice to have the whole week off, and to actually spend Christmas day with my family on the correct day, rather than a few days after the fact. We had a great party last Friday and a nice down-on-the-farm Christmas at home afterwards. Great!

As a side note, I found it amusing how my generations has by and large given up on sending Christmas cards, and instead sends Christmas text messages. Starting at 10 am Christmas day with Brain and ending mid-afternoon Boxing Day with Trapper, I got a barrage of "Merry Christmas" text messages. It's nice...instant gratification without having to use a lot of stamps.

So loot! Got lots of assorted stuff. I was gonna list it off and show pics like I did last year, but then decided it would be more fun to just build a pile in my living room...

That's not too strange of me, is it? 6 new tables just screamed out "Pyramid!!" in my brain :)

Oh special props to brain for giving me a new monitor for my computer....finally I have moved into the 21st century! All this desk space is rather luxurious. I'm not used to being able to keep the mouse and the keyboard on the desk at the same time! Thanks dude!

Ha ha I just realized that in that pic the mouse pad is STILL hanging off the desk. Well, old habits die hard. Suffice to say that it doesn't HAVE to be like that now. It is simply a personal choice.

So yeah, good time had by all! Thanks to everyone who made me part of their Christmas this year! Here's to many more to come! Now we just have to live through another week and we'll have made it into a whole new decade! Hurrah!

Friday, 18 December 2009

Ok so I haven't been the best....

Where's Mike?

I know, I know, I've hardly blogged at all lately.

I could say that I've been really busy and haven't had an extra minute for writing.

I could say that nothing at all has been happening that is worth blogging about.

Of course, neither of those statements would be true. Truth is, I've been lazy. Just haven't been in a writing mood.

I blame George R.R. Martin. His "Song of Ice and Fire" series had, until just a few weeks ago, taken up all my spare time. No longer would I read for a while and then take out my notebook to write a few lines. Instead, I just had to race through this (so far) 4 book series.

Not that I'm complaining...great series and well worth reading. Assuming he ever finishes the next book(s). This was actually my second time through the first four books and I loved it even more on the second read-through. Oh, incidentally, "A Game of Thrones" is book one of the four that are currently out.

Moving goal for this year was to do an average of one blog a week. I see that this blog will be #29 for 2009, which falls woefully short. HOWEVER, it is more than 2 a month, so I'm over halfway to my goal. For this I'll give myself a passing grade, albeit barely :) .

I did have a few ideas for blogs in my laziness. I was planning to review the above mentioned book series, but it would be sooo much work. Suffice to say it is excellent and you should all go read it.

I also wanted to review the excellent exclusive trailer for the Transformers Classics Optimus Prime figure that was made and released by Fansproject .

This lovely addition to the already excellent Classics Prime has made it probably my favourite Optimus figure of all time, or at least the second best after the original 1984 figure. Anyway, I took a bunch of pics and this review may actually come to pass some day, so I'll leave it at that for now. If you want to learn more, you can always check out the link posted above.

And of course, there have been some more personal goings on as of late, but I really ought not get into them on the 'net. Suffice to say that life continues to be interesting.

And now it's almost Christmas. I'll definitely get a Christmas blog in after the fact, and have a big party to go to tonight, so you'll probably get to check out some of the cool gifts I got soon enough. I'm already using a great one! More on that later. For now, in case I don't get back till after the 25th, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Wednesday, 2 December 2009


Habitually I longed for you
Habitually I cried
Habitually I wondered why
You were not by my side
But I never stopped to understand
my sin, my foolish pride
for habitually I told you "choose"
habitually you couldn't decide

my waters turn from blue to red
the setting sun an open vein
and when you question what I've done
I'll find the strength to say your name