Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Well, once again it's been FOREVER since I posted on here. Of course I can say it's the usual things...busy with both jobs, busy with the kidlet, busy with the wife, etc. but when even the wife mentions that I need to blog more, I figure I'd better get to it.
As most of you know already, I've taken a "lesser" role in the night gig and have left the stage show part of the Giggle Dam to become the drummer. Many people have questioned my decision regarding this and seem to be quite concerned that I won't be happy "just being the drummer". While it's true that I dearly love being on stage and making people laugh, my first love as a performer has always been, and always will be the drums. I started drumming when I was just a kid and played my first professional show when I was 14. It was my life until I turned 26 and decided I needed a real job and I've missed it ever since. That's why I would take the occasional weekend off and go play with a band for less money. It's in my blood. So when I was offered the chance to once again make it my job, I jumped at the chance and I have not looked back. It's better for me on so many levels. I no longer have to race from one job to another as I no longer have to do the pre-show part of it. I have time to see my baby and my wife and have dinner with them in between jobs. And I make more money on a per show basis. It really was a no brainer decision. So if you're reading this and you come to one of my shows, don't ask if I'm happy just being the drummer...the smile on my face should say it all.
On a completely unrelated note, IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS and I could NOT be anymore excited for it this year. We are heading off to Alberta to spend it with some of my family. We figure this may possibly be the last year we can do it as Bug still flies for free, I can get time off from the show a lot easier now that I'm "just the drummer" and I have the month of December off from my day job...with pay! I miss my family so much it's not funny. It's tough with us all being so far apart. I was lucky enough to see them in the summer but I was travelling for work and didn't have Cassie and Jovan with me. And as much as I love them and can't wait to spend time with them (read: play games and keep Budweiser and Miller in business) I think I'm more excited for them to hang out with Jovan for a week and for him to get to know them. I am so proud of him and the person he is becoming and yes, I know I'm biased being his father and all, but I honestly believe he is one of the cutest kids I've ever met. He has such a HUGE personality already and is definitely a born performer (as evidenced by his latest Facebook video) and I just really want my family to get to see it for themselves. In person and not online. I'm really hoping my brother and his wife can make it out as well as that would just be the icing on the cake!
I'm not going to promise that I'm going to blog more often because I've said it before and it just didn't happen. I'll try. And when I've got something to say, I'll say it. So, until next time...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I have no idea what the games will be but I will give a full report and post results (and hopefully some pics) soon. I do hope there isn't Lawn Darts though....as Jeff Foxworthy says "you catch one of those with your head and you'll be getting colouring books for Christmas for the rest of your life"...
Friday, July 24, 2009
The day job has been keeping me increasingly busy. I’ve made 2 trips to the Okanagan recently and will be making at least one more in the next two weeks. I’ve also been over to Vancouver Island twice. I haven’t been there since 1988 and now I’ve been twice…in 3 weeks! And what is with the ferry prices? Holy shit they’re expensive. And why do they charge separate fares for cars and people? Shouldn’t the car fare include one person? It’s not like the car is going over alone…”Just one today?”…”No, just the car. I’m staying on the mainland.” Give me a headache. The events this year have been pretty fun though I must say. I’ve done 3 music festivals so far and have 2 more coming up. I only wish I could actually stay and attend some of these festivals and enjoy the music…and I “took the summer show off” so that I could do just that. Which brings me to the night job, and as you just read I have taken the summer show “off”. Yeah right. The “regular” drummer at the theatre also plays with one of Canada’s premier classic rock groups and they tour extensively in the summer which means he has to find a replacement. I said I’d fill in for the odd nights the replacement couldn’t do. Turns out I’m actually playing more than the replacement!! Then, one of the actors decided he wanted a holiday and I ended up doing 2 weekends on stage for him. So by “taking the summer show off” I am actually performing every weekend in July and 2 of the 4 weekends in August. Hardly a break if you ask me! But it’s fun and I am totally loving playing the drums regularly again. I’ve missed it!!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Then there’s the other job. Lines I’ve been speaking have been completely ignored and others have completely spoken over top of me and taken the focus. Ad libs I came up with that rocked the crowds and became a part of my nightly routine have been taken and spoken by others so now they get the laughs and once again I’m just “the other guy”.
And then this week my step-daughter graduated from college. And I wasn’t invited. It was noticed that I wasn’t there....by my ex-wife...who just couldn’t wait to mention to me how proud SHE was of her. I realize that kids are only allowed a few tickets to these kinds of things...and I am only the step-father, but at least a call to say “I would like you to be there but...” would have been nice. After all, she is the one who says I’m not allowed to call her my step-daughter and that I am her only Dad and she is MY DAUGHTER...
Maybe I should just quit my jobs and stay home. At least there I matter.
Do I sound like I’m whining? I suppose I am. But I’m not sorry. I’m pissed off and I needed to get it off my chest. Thank you for listening.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
It's been almost 3 weeks since my last post. I apologize. I said I was going to blog more but I guess I lied. I've been very busy. But not really any busier than I normally am. And I am about to get alot busier...during the day. My nights will be freeing up in 2 weeks when I'm done my night job for 3 months.
But I have things on my mind that I need to get out. And this blog is where that's gonna happen. Do I make it sound a lot more exciting than it will actually be? Probably. But know it's coming.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I got this idea from Rachael...it looked like fun...so here it goes...
Pick Your Artist: Bon Jovi
Are you male or female: Always
Describe yourself: All About Loving You
How do you feel about yourself: Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
Describe where you currently live: Dry County
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Lost Highway
Your best friend is: Born To Be My Baby
Your favorite color is: Good Guys Don't Always Wear White
You know that: You Give Love A Bad Name
What's the weather like?: Summertime
If your life was a TV show, what would it be called?: Social Disease
What is life to you?: Bed Of Roses
What is the best advice you have to give?: Keep The Faith
If you could change your name, what would it be?: Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars
Your favorite food is: Woman In Love
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Just there to the left of the orange traffic control...two shoes tied to fence that's blocking the new entrance/exit to the new Golden Ears Bridge from Maple Meadows Way in Pitt Meadows. Were they tied there by the workers to say "Hey!! Don't drive through this ugly grey fence that you can't see because we were too stoopid to rent pretty blue fence!" or were they tied there by some unknown passerby? My guess is option 1...but it'd be sweet if it was option 2...
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tonight my son ate his bedtime bottle and then threw up on me and I hugged him and told him that I loved him.
Is that funny to anyone but me?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
This is in Port Coquitlam. I took a picture of it a few months ago for a laugh thinking they'd obviously change it, but they haven't. Surely they must know.
Stay in school. Learn how to spell.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I did something this winter I have never done before. I got a flu shot. I always thought that flu shots were for the aged. Seniors. OAP's. You know, the blue-rinse crowd. Plus, I never get the flu. I can't remember the last time I had it. I think I may have been in elementary school. But times have changed and I have a baby now...and babies have to have flu shots...and so do their parents and caregivers...and seeing how I work with the public and come in contact with about 300 people a week, who knows what I'm packing home with me. Needless to say, I don't want my baby getting sick because dad didn't get the free shot. So I got one. And so did my wife. It was no big deal. I didn't even feel it. I felt good knowing that I had done something to protect my baby. Yes, I was being responsible.
That was right before Christmas.
Monday night around 11PM I started to feel sick. I went to bed and tossed and turned and felt worse and worse and worse. I started throwing up at 1AM. It must be food poisoning thought I, as we had been out for dinner the night before, but my wife and I had the same thing and she was fine. The only difference was I had mussels for an appie and she had only had a couple of them. That had to be it. I went to the doctor that afternoon and after the standard blood pressure cuff, look down the throat and in the ears, listen to the chest and lungs, urine test and questions she let me know that it was either the flu or food poisoning. If it was the latter, it would be gone in 24 hours and if it was the flu there was no telling how long it would last.
I'm still sick today.
And now my wife has it too.
That's the last time I get a flu shot.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
It's not gonna be Hemingway.
I'm just learning this blogging game so bear with me.