Thursday, November 11, 2010


I learned today that our local Blockbuster store will be closing soon. It has been here for as long as I can remember, and I have rented hundreds of video tapes, DVDs and blu-rays. Of course after it closes it won't be hard to still get movies. There are a couple of independent video stores in the neighbourhood, and they should survive for awhile. But when they are gone it will be all VOD or downloading. Kurt Vonnegut once wrote a blurb about how he would go down to the newsstand periodically to get a large manila envelope. When asked why he didn't just keep a stack of envelopes in his desk drawer he replied that he preferred the routine of getting them as needed from his friendly neighbourhood newsman. As he put it "we are born to fart around." Going to Blockbuster has been one of my favourite ways to fart around for the past 12 years. Guess I'm going to have to change the routine.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Gem in I

Yesterday I found out I've been nominated for a Gemini for editing on SYTYCDC. If I were one of those people that believed that everything happens for a reason I might think the universe is trying to tell me something. Irena felt the previous post was a bit self-indulgent and she has a point. In any case, I'm feeling pretty good. The new job starts soon and the old job keeps on giving. Today I got a gift basket from SFA Productions as a congrats. I've got to admit, they sure do take care of their people on that show. Feeling pretty lucky. Maja is safe in her bed and all is well.

UPDATE-We didn't win. F**k Jesus.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Parent Looks at 40

Coming up on 38 in a few days. Lately I have been feeling restless and anxious to move on to a new phase of life. Ready for a new job. Ready for our daughter to be a little more grown up. Ready to move out of the very nice house that we have shared for 12 years. I have been doing a lot of real estate fantasizing, occasionally dragging Irena out to an open house. She has no interest in moving though, and I don't have enough enthusiasm or cunning to push her into it. We also have a vague interest in buying an income property, but like everything else, a vague interest is insufficient to make anything happen.
The other day we looked at a house that would be a good fit for us. But it had no parking. It's always something.

Summer is coming to an end. Last winter we did some curling, which was rather enjoyable. But now that it's time to sign back up I find I am hesitant. Another vague interest. I am starting to realize that nothing will magically reach out and become fascinating. You have to just decide that you are interested in something, which really amounts to making a choice to be enthusiastic about some random thing or another.

I also took a stab at taking up jogging. Haven't been out lately though. I thought about taking a filmmaking workshop, or a drawing class, or a french class or getting some tickets to the film festival. Then I thought, meh.

I do feel like a change will come. This will be the last few weeks I ever spend on the dance show. Starting a new gig soon.
Need to restoke the fire in the belly. Better get my shit together. Here comes 40.