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Whoa, where’d you go?

Shhh, it’s okay, I’m still here, I’m still here. I haven’t forgotten about you and, more importantly, me and my blog.

Hah, could you imagine if I was that asshole? But seriously, I’m still here. And I’ve got posts for days. (Literally). I’d like to say it was due to a really busy week, but it really wasn’t. A couple of days were definitely too cold to do anything but curl up and watch Netflix. Yes, I could’ve written posts those days, but NETFLIX. Also Sherlock re-runs from…less than legitimate…downloads…but TV IN GENERAL. British TV in general. It’s just so easy to get caught up in it.

I was joking with one of my best friends that I’ve been watching so much BBC content continually that I’ll probably develop an accent. But I want it to happen over a long time. Slow play. So slow and gradual that by the time it’s a full-fledged English accent (complete with research on which street of which city of which region my accent originates from, thank you, Pygmalion) people will have thought that I’ve always had the accent.

That would be fun. I’ve mentioned before that I’m easily influenced by accents when immersed in it that I start to adapt the diction and inflections before the actual pronunciations of specific syllables with language. Then it just kind of falls into place, but in spurts. If I try to force it, it doesn’t stick as well. I can mimic fairly well, but to just know an accent, I’ve yet to try and work on that. I mean, I went to theatre school, but I wasn’t in the acting conservatory, so accents were not on my curriculum, specifically.

Whoa, that was a really random train of thought on accents. Mind Dump indeed.

Oh hey, I met Guillermo Del Toro today. Yes, that Guillermo Del Toro. I don’t like talking about work, or discussing where I work (and if I told you where I worked, you’d understand why immediately after jokingly — but not really jokingly — asking me for a discount on stuff, most likely) but essentially I helped him for an extended period of time and he’s a really nice guy. He’s in Toronto shooting at our very large soundstage by the lake, the same one where he shot Pacific Rim. Again, really nice guy, and it was pleasure meeting him.

And that was basically the highlight of my day and how I’ll always remember it: the day I helped Guillermo Del Toro.

Also, D&D is back! (But more on that later.)

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-Mickey

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So many movies to watch.

Yup, I’ve got many movies to watch. My list continually grows and there have been many times where I’ve missed the chance to watch said movies in theatres and have to settle for Blu-Ray. (Yes, Blu-Ray. I love me some HD.)

But I’ve been luckily catching up! I just saw Disney’s Frozen and I really enjoyed it! A big part of that was that Idina Menzel played the Queen who is basically Iceman — as in original part of the X-Men’s Iceman — and her voice is spectacular. (She was the original Elphaba in the Broadway musical Wicked and she’s just a Broadway powerhouse in general.) But it was also full of laughs and great songs (though I wish there were more). If this ends up in a stage version, I’d love to see it, especially if it means those castles in it get built in some form. I’d also immediately visit the expansion of Disney World that would house these castles, because it’s too epic not to visit.

Earlier in the week, I caught Anchorman 2. It had its moments, and I did enjoy it, but it’s pretty hard to re-create the magic that was the first Anchorman. I mean, I’ve seen that movie easily 20 times or more since watching it in university. Plus, all the quotables from the original movie were pretty much a language all on its own that we spoke during Frosh Week. So that, in itself, holds a special place in my heart. Loud noises. I love lamp.

But my list goes on! I’ve got enough Scene points for two more free movies, and one of them will definitely be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and, if I can still find a theatre playing it, Thor: The Dark World.

And beyond the cinematic adventures upon which I will partake through those movies, I have a number of Blu-Rays that need to…be…unwrapped…and then immediately watched. (In a previous post, I’ve mentioned my problem where I continue to buy new collectible entertainment — video games, books, movies, comics — but never get around to enjoying them before purchasing more. It’s the best problem.)

I really need to get on that two week staycation where all I do is enjoy all of the entertainment I’ve been acquiring over, specifically, the past 5 years. (Or however long it was that I bought Metal Gear Solid 4. Because it’s been since then that I’ve been acquiring all these yet-to-be-enjoyed items.)

I want to overload my brain with entertainment. Books included. Because that’s a healthy and balanced brain diet, right? Cool.

Note: this isn’t MY movie collection, but this is a pretty accurate representation of what I own but have yet to really enjoy. Or at least this looks like what I feel.

-Mickey

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Food porn

I haven’t had cable in years. When I did, I loved watching food shows. Wok With Yan, Emeril Live!, Iron Chef, and even the occasional Barefoot Contessa, were all some of my personal favourites to watch. But I haven’t really watched many food shows since I’ve been without cable.

Enter Netflix. (Read: damn you, Netflix.)

I’ve started making my way through David Chang’s The Mind of a Chef and it’s been too awesome so far. Let’s just say I’m glad I ate dinner before I started watching this show, because, even as I type this just thinking about the show, I really want some authentic, Japanese noodle house, ramen.

Oh, ramen. Why must you be so delicious? The best ramen I’ve ever had was in a little ramen shop in Oahu, Hawaii. It was also the first time I had ramen in an actual ramen shop. The second best was a ramen shop in New York City that I visited with my friend, Kathy, during the last thanksgiving. Miso-based ramen quickly became my favourite after that night. And now I want ramen. Really. Badly. I’ll just keep doing it to myself for this whole post, most likely.

But yes, with Netflix being the new cable for me, essentially, I imagine that I’ll be exploring more and more food shows as I spend more time looking for something to watch on Netflix than actually watching Netflix anyway. I did watch all of the available episodes of the original Kitchen Nightmares, which I found entertaining more than delicious and tantalizing. Though, admittedly, I salivated for most of the one episode that featured New Orleans inspired soul food.

And once upon a time, I fell in love with Pixar’s Ratatouille and was immediately inspired to cook like a real chef with every dish I prepared for the next month. I was really good at the presentation, but the flavour I could still use some work on.

But without fail, every time I watch food shows, I might as well be Stan’s Dad from South Park in that one “Creme Fraiche” episode. But just to a point. Not all the way. (If you know the episode, you’ll understand.)

Seriously, though, I need some ramen. Get me some ramen. Please.

-Mickey

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY.

And I missed it .

Yes, Free Comic Book Day came and went and I was empty-handed by the end of it because of work and rehearsal (but it was a very fun rehearsal, and I love playing music so no regrets there!), but this time next year, you can be sure I’ll be in line to get my fix of graphic novel greatness.

I’ve always loved comics, I’ve just never owned a lot of them. As a kid, I was a big fan of my cousins who loved comics and introduced me to superheroes and many other cool things at the time. So, of course, if my cousins loved comics, I loved comics. In fact, my one and only visit to a comic convention was at the invitation of my cousin. It was one of the most fun experiences I remember as a kid that didn’t involve an amusement park. I don’t recall how much cosplay went on back then, but I do remember the massive amounts of posters and action figures I wanted and, of course, the mountains of comic books. I remember leaving there with a short stack of books, one of them signed, and an X-Men anniversary poster that is currently to my left as I write this blog. (I had it mounted as I did most of my posters when I was a kid. (Ah, the perks of having a graphic designer mother with access to print houses and framers.) I still have those issues tucked away in a tin box at my parents’ house and have just recently acquired more over the past year or so to add to the collection.

For a while I was a regular Wizard subscriber. I originally read that magazine for the price guides, but then I realized it was a great way to catch a glimpse of what was happening in the comic world without having to dive into the comics themselves, which required money that I did not have at the time. See, as much as I love comics to this day, my problem is that I don’t know where to start. With a lot of the classic favourites from Marvel and DC, as much as I’d love to be able to start from the very beginning, that was not really a feasible option and still really isn’t one. Yes, the digital option is becoming more and more viable — I actually own upwards of 700 digital comics thanks to comiXology’s 700 #1’s giveaway — but then I find myself stuck between collector and reader.

I think my ideal would be to own the omnibus editions of a lot of series. As much as I’d like to be a collector, I don’t know if I could stretch myself any thinner to dive into another passion like that. (Remember that problem I have where I buy entertainment and never open it? I have comics that are already in that category as it stands.) I’d rather just enjoy the artwork and the stories of a series in one bound copy, as I do enjoy having the physical book in my hands. But the sheer amount of stories I want to read and get into are surely in the hundreds. (If only I could take a year off to just read. Sounds heavenly.)

I love comics. I love superheroes. I want to read all the stories. (ALL THE STORIES.) But I have no time because I have all these other wonderful things to do, daily.

Geekiest first world problem ever.

– Mickey

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Those compact days.

Time is a funny thing. We experience it so differently from moment to moment that sometimes events just blur together or inexplicably spread apart. We’ll recount things happening in different places, different dates, even with different people sometimes when we try to tell a story about it. It happens, it’s often time hilarious when it does, but it’s always intriguing and interesting how our mind can remember so many details but then mix and match them, seemingly at random, sometimes.

Today was one of those days where so many things happened that it feels like it happened over a span of a two or three days instead of just one. It was non-stop, moving from location to location, each one a different vibe and energy from the last (but thankfully all positive and awesome), and it was completely filled with things I love to do. Music recording session, theatre/dance rehearsal, an unexpected studio, friends at work, work itself, the movies, and a tough workout all happened in a span of about 16 hours. Surprisingly, it did not feel like a long day at all. I could feel a little lower in energy than usual near the end, especially through the workout, but overall throughout the day, I was feeling great.

And even though I’m a huge believer in time flying while you’re having fun, and today was a lot of fun, it didn’t just fly by. It wasn’t long, and it wasn’t short. (So it was just right, I suppose?) I’m not sure how to describe it. I guess you could say it had the right pace, overall. There were times where I felt like I had to race just a bit, but I can’t say that I ever felt the pressure of feeling rushed. It was as if I was in high-gear, but at my discretion only, and no one else’s, which would explain it never felt stressful or pushed at any time through the day.

What’s intriguing to me is that, looking back at the day now as I write it, it feels like I’m recounting my entire week. But the whole week itself was packed with interesting events. Today seems to push those events back even further into the past, but really they just happened a couple of days ago. Oh time, you’re so awesome, mysterious and weird sometimes. (Or at least my perception of you are those things, I suppose.)

Another random blabbering post, but one that intrigues me and also makes me realize that I love doing what I do, and I don’t mind packing all of that into one day and really getting the most out of my non-sleep time. (Speaking of which, I think I need more sleep, in general. I’ve got to find that balance!)

What’s that? You caught that I wrote that I went to the movies? Nice work. This is what I saw:

– Mickey

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The board game effect: When worlds collide.

Started off this week with an awesome game night, just like a couple of weeks ago. I did end up buying The Walking Dead: The Board Game after D&D, so of course that was game number one for the night. But what I loved about the night was the company, as usual.

There were a couple of new additions to the table who weren’t there last session and I was glad they were able to make it out to the house. (One of them actually won the first game.) But the best part of this for me was that this was a colliding of worlds playing together, killing zombies (or failing to do so, in my case). I had friends from my theatre world, a friend from my work/D&D world and my roommates all at one table. If we were to play Taboo — which was brought as a potential selection — I would have been the clear winner. I always try to get my friends of different circles to at things like this as well as other parties and celebrations, because I always have it in my mind that if I can get along with awesome people from different worlds, then they should probably get to know each other as well.

And board game night number two was the perfect opportunity to do so. The Walking Dead was a lengthy affair this time around, with everybody at one point having two of three locations scouted, all of us going for the third and, subsequently, for the win. Luckily, I had vegetables and potassium with dip ready to go, as well as healthy non-sugar, vegan cake prepared by my roommate’s girlfriend (which contrary to your initial reaction, which I’m sure was a bit of disgust, was actually quite moist and delicious) and awesome low-sugar, low-butter lemon cranberry muffins made by one of my visiting guests. (Also, beer. I don’t have it often anymore, and when I do it’s just one, so don’t worry, I’m keeping it in moderation. Also, P90X round one wrap up coming soon.)

What solidified this merging of worlds for me, however, was a healthy round of Cards Against Humanity. If you don’t know about this game already, I highly suggest you look it up. If you’ve ever played Apples to Apples then you know exactly how this game works. Without getting into the details of the game play, which are few anyway, this game gets some of the most raucous laughter out of anyone who plays it and it does so with the most inappropriate, vulgar, and obscene connections you could make. Because that’s how you win at this game. You make people laugh uncomfortably with the most crude and indecent connections between cards. If you don’t have this game, get it now. Print it out, even. You can do that for free, if you choose, it just takes some time to cut the cards out. (I preferred to buy mine because I like having the professional cut, but to each their own.) And because of a group of recent strangers-turned-acquaintances feeling okay with laughing together at really inappropriate things, worlds collide and a bond is formed. The game night group is established and a ritual is born.

A board game kind of weekend/weekstart. I love it.

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– Mickey

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Stuck again. (Or Round 2 vs. Writer’s Block.)

I’m stuck again. Not bad considering that the last time I had a block was about two months ago. I could just write about what I did for the day but really it was just work. Half of it was a new (temporary) task that I’m helping out with but getting paid to do it. It’s fun because I get to be a bit creative and choose photos to create a storyline of sorts and its easy because its really just hanging out with my friend at an awesome condo/loft-y space while listening to music and sorting through beautiful pictures. The other half was at my usual retail job.

Oh, I guess I could tell you that I was recently promoted at that retail place. Well, more of a move of position — a lateral promotion, if you will — that I’ve been working on achieving for about 9 months now. I finally put myself in a position (with hard work and development) where moving me to that position was a no-brainer. And that’s always a good feeling when people you work with and work for recognize your dedication and talent. Now, my full skill-set can be used effectively in the best place I can be to help the location. And because I’m exactly where I want to be, it makes coming into work much more exciting.

Also, how quickly is May approaching? Did we not just get into April? I mean I pretty much live by the adage “time flies when you’re having fun” but this feels like warping through the month rather than flying. Though I suppose it has been a very eventful month, looking back at my posts, particularly a couple of weeks ago. It’s a weird feeling, this time thing. Right now it feels like May I’d way too close, but it also feels like everything I’ve done this month has felt like months ago. It ain’t linear, I tell ya.

I guess I just had to admit that I was stuck to make things happen again, in terms of writing. It was kind of stream of consciousness writing I guess, or I suppose a review of things I haven’t written, but if that’s all it takes, then that’s all it takes. Get stuck, admit it, write anything, get unstuck. Easy enough, right?

Random drawing depicting how the five-second rule works:

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– Mickey

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