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Sometimes all you need is dim sum.

I love dim sum. It’s the best. My favourite part about it, though, isn’t even the food. It’s all about the people. It’s meant to be shared and it’s the quickest way to make a group of friends feel more like family, even when you welcome new friends to the fold.

Dim sum in the winter is especially delicious and enjoyable. There’s something about delicious bite size food keeping you warm in the cold and wet of winter that just makes you forget about the conditions outside. And did I mention the people? They’re the best. You talk about anything and everything at the dim sum table with friends. And you laugh at all of it. And the only silence you experience is the wonderful food silence that happens because all of the delicious occupying your mouth. Ah, food silence. It’s the most comfortable silence in the world.

My advice? Order everything. At least once. I haven’t done it yet, but one day, with a group of dim sum loving friends (read: all friends because who doesn’t love dim sum?), all the items will be on the table. All of them. Even the ones that I don’t like, because someone will inevitably try it and finish it. (Chicken feet lovers, you know who you are.) Admittedly, it’s a little harder on friends who are vegetarian/vegan. Okay, it’s a lot harder for those friends to enjoy it since nearly everything is meat based, but even then they can enjoy a couple of delicious elements of dim sum. Not much of it, unfortunately, but again, it’s about the people you bring to the dim sum table than it is the dim sum.

Don’t get me wrong: bad dim sum sucks. But unless you’re getting dim sum from the wrong places (i.e. not restaurants), it’s really hard to have bad dim sum. Even store bought, frozen-food section dim sum is good in a pinch. Really, there’s just good dim sum and great dim sum.  I don’t even know how I can say that “bad dim sum sucks” because I can honestly say I’ve never had dim sum I didn’t enjoy somewhat.

But then again, I always have good people at the dim sum table, and, again, that’s what it’s all about.

Go have some dim sum. There’s never a bad time to do it. And then invite me. I’ll be there.

And don’t forget that your fortune cookie fortunes aren’t complete sentences until you say “in bed.”

-Mickey

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When life gets living.

Still here. I don’t expect that you’ve missed me annoying you every day with my random thoughts? 😉

Since my last post, a lot has happened in this amusement park that is my 2013. I’m not going to recap it all here, and I do still plan to do posts for every day of the year, including the ones that I have yet to publish, but I thought I’d drop by and drop a line to get back into the swing of writing.

I’m very tempted to just use everything that has gone down these last few months in this one post to get a jump start on things, but with so much material running through my head, I’ve got to ration it all out. But maybe I can hit you with some previews?

Let’s see. There’s been a lot of shows involved, both with me as a spectator and as a performer. I’ve seen a couple of outstanding concerts, a lot of indie theatre shows, one particularly hilarious big-stage musical, and a whole lot of Star Trek: Voyager on Netflix lately. I travel around the city mostly by bicycle these days. My car gets dusty in my garage and I’ve probably driven it twice in the last two weeks.

I’ve made a lot of amazing new friends, and turned some current friends into some of my closest friends, by the sheer power of hanging out and having fun. I’ve turned into somewhat of a fitness coach among my friends at work, who have humbled me greatly by letting me know that my P90X journey has inspired them to start their own healthy journeys. And yes, I’m almost done my second round of P90X, which was surprisingly more difficult the second time around, not in terms of the intensity of the workouts, but in terms of consistent workout scheduling.

I booked my first solo flight. I’ll be heading to Calgary in a couple of weeks to visit one of my favourites. And since just buying that ticket, my head has been in total wanderlust mode. Peru might be happening in April 2014, just saying.

I’m starting to give it all away, but we’ll just call this a list of things for me to expand upon in the posts that I’ll be filling in along the way.

If you’re reading this, thanks for re-joining my writing journey. Let’s get living.

Oh yeah, and this little dude is my new roommate. But more on Sawyer later.

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– Mickey

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Board Game Night: Game of Thrones

Monday has rolled around once again, bringing with it the now slightly-more-popular-than-last-time Board Game Night. It was lovely to have my good friend, Jenna, over once again and it was just as exciting to have some newcomers to the table. And with new faces comes a new game to the rotation.

The Game of Thrones: Board Game is a round-based strategy game introduced to game night by my friend and fellow D&D campaigner, Sean. This is not a simple game. Well, it’s simple once you get into it, just like most board games, but it’s quite involved. It took us first timers nearly an hour to setup and learn before we even got to our first round, but once we were into it, it was on.

But I was definitely not on. I love these kinds of games, but I can’t say that I play to win on my first go around. I usually don’t go for the win on the first try, I just try to learn the game, play and observe the more experienced players, and get prepared for the next round. I just didn’t think this learning round would be a four-hour war. I was probably the worse for wear by the end of it all, but Jenna, in true form, almost took it all, requiring a tiebreak rule we had to look up to find out that she was only a stronghold away from a win. (She’s a natural board game talent.)

If you’re a fan of the books or the show, this game gets you into that universe, taking place completely on a map of Westeros, both on land and sea. Each player plays as one of the six houses with claims to the throne, and each house has their advantages and disadvantages. It’s pretty well-balanced, from what I could tell from that single session, but I can see people having their favourite houses to play. I was definitely smoked by a house card that prevented me from stealing a castle that would have stopped the eventual winner, and may have actually setup the total win for Jenna. But again, I was in total learning mode still through the game, so I was the definite non-winner.

I’d love to get better at this game. I love strategy games, but I’ve never been too good at them. Guess I should add it to the board.

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– 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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Sharing the journey.

That previous post about completing the P90X program for the first time got a lot of people’s attention and caused an amazing wave of positivity and motivation that it makes me wish I could jump into round two right now, instead of waiting until Monday.

Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my post and share in my journey which has apparently veered onto the new path of being the healthiest and most fit that I’ve ever been in my entire life. I know this year started out with a heavy concentration in music, and it seemed like that was going to be all I was really focused on for this year, but I think if I were to look back on this year in the future, two things would stand out in my memory: releasing my first solo music project to the public, and getting in the best shape of my life.

But really, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am right now if it wasn’t for the support of my friends, family, and any person who has stumbled upon my blog and decided to continue following along, every now and then again dropping by to hit a like button, leave a comment, or share it with their friends. There’s something about sharing stories that inspire you, even if it’s your own, that can really reach many people simply because it’s something that you feel passionate about, that leaves you vulnerable, but yet shows that you trust the potential audience that can have a humbling effect on yourself, and one of motivation and inspiration for the them. And I believe that I’ve hit a critical juncture in this pathway and that it’s a time to share and motivate more people to reach their goals, but personally as opposed to generally.

I’ve recently agreed to help one of my good friends get on the P90X train along with me. It’ll be his first round as he joins me for my second, and he’s already committed to a healthier eating plan, even before getting his guides to the program. I’m very excited and very glad that we’ll be working together to hit our goals. I think this will really solidify my understanding of everything I’ve learned through this program as I help to make sure he stays on track too. The ultimate goal of this, of course, is to become superheroes, or however close to being Batman as we each can. Once we’re in our prime conditions, then we’ll be hitting up parkour next, followed by becoming billionaires with mansions on top of caves. Yes, to each of us, our own. (Wouldn’t that be grand?)

But in all seriousness, I’m really pumped to be guiding someone through this process while I take my own process to the next level. What better way to stay on top of my game than by leading by example?

And of course, I plan to continue to share my journey with you all the way, and I hope that, if you ever want to hop on and join me as well, that you’ll let me know. I’d love to help.

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-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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The family you join.

I’ve talked about the family we’re born into and the family we choose. But for some of us who are lucky enough, there’s another family that you join. It might start out as just another team you have to work with, but when everything clicks and the circumstances are right, that team becomes something much more.

I work part-time with a very large group of people, all of whom I can easily call my family. Every single person there, including many of those who have moved on to bigger and better things, have helped to me to grow as not only a member of this company, but as a person. I’ve always been a confident guy, never backing away from a challenging situation or a performance opportunity, but I can definitely attribute this team to the increase in my confidence when it comes to confrontations, presentations, and simply the ability to build rapport with complete strangers every day. They encourage, motivate, and inspire me to be better than yesterday every day through their sheer talent, hard work, and openness. And while I’m definitely closer to some of them than others — even relatives are in situations like that — it’s amazing how easy it is to hang out and spend time with any of them.

We all got to spend some time together tonight, and it was a spectacular evening. There were laughs galore, creative talent in abundance, live music and even a short dance party. I was behind the turntables and the drums, and it was a pleasure to play for this other other family of mine. The smiles, the laughter and the overall feeling of celebration and togetherness is something that I never expected from this position that was originally just a shot in the dark for a little extra income. It’s one of the best unexpected bonuses I could hope for in a team like this.

You all know who you are. Thank you for being such a wonderful family to walk into and become a part of. I’m always learning from you all, and I love spending time with you on and off the clock. Friends. Family. For real.

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– Mickey

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