Despite it’s fuzziness, if you can identify the trio in the photo above, you most likely share a love for one of my favourite things, Kids in the Hall. A show I grew up on and still continue to watch on an almost daily basis. I’ve written about my
obsession love for this troupe of Canadian comedy pioneers in the past, so I won’t waste time worshipping their genius (but believe me, I could go on for hours). In the twenty-five or so years that I’ve been a fan, I’ve never had a chance to see any of the troupe’s live performances. I was either too young, or too late to the box office every time they had a show. Until this past year…
I heard a programme on the CBC the other day while I was working away, it’s topic: Bucket Lists. The host was taking calls and asking people what items on their personal ‘Bucket List’ got ‘checked-off’ in 2013. I haven’t put much thought into my own personal list, but I can assure you seeing Kids in the Hall live would have been near the top. I never expected to see them. I figured I had missed the boat on Kids in the Hall live performances. Until one day Facebook, for the first time in its existence, proved useful. I must have at some point ‘Liked’ the Kids in the Hall Facebook page, as it shows up in my news feed. It’s one of the only things I look forward to about signing into Facebook once every lunar cycle, and thrice this past year it’s made me reconsider abandoning Facebook. And once this year it’s made me use the word thrice.
The first show we got tickets for, was just Bruce and Brian Connelly, of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. It was a small show venue, which was perfect. It was an evening of monologues and songs, which you could tell Bruce was having fun doing. It ended too quickly, and left me dying for more.
Fortunately I wouldn’t have to wait long, as a short time later a show featuring Dave Foley and a number of, at that point, unknown special guests was announced. I checked the Facebook feed and much to my surprise the special guests were Mark, Kevin, Scott and Bruce! Holly booked us tickets right away, and a few weeks later we were crammed inside Yuk Yuk’s Toronto, with as many other people as was legally possible (and possibly a few more…) to watch the entire troupe reunite for a benefit show for Calgary Flood Relief. It was one of the hottest days in the summer, so it was highly uncomfortable in such a packed club, but it was worth it. I figured nothing could top seeing the whole troupe together, doing their classic sketches (even if there was an obvious utter lack of organization, rehearsal, and set decoration). That assertion was wrong.
A month or two later, the Kids announced a run of five shows in Toronto, which they plan to use to ‘test the waters’, and consider a possible full tour for 2014. We got tickets to the very last showing, and had some of the best seats in the house. No other details were provided, so we weren’t sure what to expect. I honestly figured it would just be a rehashing of what we had seen earlier in the year, but with the inclusion of sets and preparation.
When we arrived at the theatre we were instantly met by one of the most identifiable KITH icons. He did not scuttle, hurried when we approached. Instead, he just stood there. You see, to rush, or to wear a watch would be foreign to Bellini. People exploited his patience and the more fortunate ones, lined up for a chance to paint the mighty Bellini. We scuttled, hurried to our seats, ensuring we didn’t miss a second.
The curtain came up and there stood five of my favourite performers in elegant wedding gowns. I don’t think I stopped smiling from that second until we were about half way home. The entire show was new material. All of it hilarious. The only sketch that was old material (Bruce apologizing for causing cancer), had so much new material tacked on that it didn’t count as reused material to me. This was truly the best of all three performances I was fortunate enough to be at this past year, and I really hope the guys were convinced that a full tour is possible and in demand. If a tour is announced, do yourself a favour and get tickets. But do ME a favour, and wait until I’ve got mine.
For months I haven’t been using the internet at all. It began when I started working full time and my laptop’s video card died. Without the money to replace it, I decided to just take a break from computers completely. After two years of sitting at one all day every day it was something different and nice. For months, the only thing I used a computer or the internet for was logging my hours for work. Then one day Holly got fed up with asking me over and over again to hook up a VPN so we could get US Netflix, and finally told me to get it done before she came home from work that day. It was easier than I thought, and immediately I regretted putting it off so long.
I was shocked at how much Sci-Fi content is available when compared to the Canadian equivalent. I added everything I could think of that I had been missing since I lost all my DVD’s to my ex. The first thing I watched (if you haven’t already guessed) was Stargate SG1 and it’s subsequent films. When I was done, I had the overwhelming urge to try Â and model a decent Stargate. I decided to make an exception to my “No computers / No internet” rule, and fire up the Sketchup for the first time since completing the book.
It took me a few hours to model and texture, the bulk of that time being spent on getting the symbols as accurate as possible, and I’m pleased with how it turned out. I even decided to try something I had never done in Sketchup before, with hopes of animating an active Stargate with ripple-y water event horizon effects. It worked pretty well (as anyone viewing this post in Firefox should be able to tell… everyone else will just have to take my word for it) and gave me lots of ideas for projects in the future. It also made me miss my blog.
I didn’t realize how much I love blogging until I was doing none of it. I constantly longed for the motivation to write about life and what I was doing with it (whether it was models of Stargates, or the latest cute thing Roan said), but I still had no desire to sit at my desk. I hadn’t planned on doing any blogging until I procured a new laptop as I find it more fun to do while relaxing wherever, and not sitting at desk. However, I have had an excess of free time the past few days (explanation to coming soon…) and the boys have been kind enough to share their laptop with me lately (which is getting slightly less frustrating to use all the time!) for some work I’m doing for John Deere (possible explanation coming soon…).
So prepare yourselves internet populous, for I am gearing up to fill in the gaps, and will soon have a powerful new tool at my disposal.
Last week we put 4 relatively haggard bicycles out at the end of the driveway in hopes that someone would give them a good home. The first evening they were there, some kid riding by asked us to save Gages old “chopper” for him (he was stoned). I put it up by the house and said to come back that night. He didn’t, so we put it back at the curb the next morning. All four bikes disappeared a short time later. I assume kids did much the same thing I did when I was younger, and saw a quick way to school so you grab the bike then ditch it somewhere, hoping it would be there after school so you could ride it most of the way home before smashing it.
Today I put the above t.v. out at the curb hoping someone would take it, but I was forced to bring it inside after it started raining. I’m amazed at how difficult this thing is to give away. I’m even more amazed that Goodwill told us to get bent when we asked them to take it. The lady there said they can’t take anything older than five years. I can’t imagine anyone is bringing 5 year old or newer t.v.’s to them. I wonder how many people drop off working plasma screens to them regularly…
Yesterday Mary Beth came by for an afternoon visit while I was working. She brought me a model her dad found of the Enterprise (1701-A). Her parents have an antique shop, and her dad comes across all kinds of cool things while going through people’s estates.
Whoever owned it originally made an attempt at completing the model, but seems to have given up at some point and possible started disassembling it. As soon as I opened the box I started putting it together. I can’t decide if I’m going to paint it. I’m not good with little details, and it’s full of them. I also have to figure out if the lights and sound work, before I go to the effort of chasing wires all through the nacelles, and up into the saucer section. They appear to be in fine condition, but when I put the batteries in nothing happened. I noticed quite a bit of corrosion on one of the terminals (looks like a battery leaked in there), so I need to clean that off before I go any further. If the board is dead, I’ll just cut the wires and build the ship without a fixed stand, or lights and sounds. It will still look totally badass.
One of the coolest parts of it all was the box and manuals. The box was crinkled and slightly damaged, but Mary said she could fix it and offered to frame it for me. I forgot to get a picture of it before she took it back with her, but I took some photos of this certificate thing that was also in the box.
I’m not sure what it’s purpose is, but it’s got sweet line drawings of the Enterprise, along with transcripts of Picard’s logs. The image is too small to see, but if you could, and you were as nerdy as I , you’d know that they are all from the two-part episode Unification, where Spock is duped by Romulan Senator Pardek in a plot to destroy Vulcan, and Picard (with the help of Gowron) and Data pose as Romulans to rescue him.
I’ve got this flattening under some books right now, along with the assembly instructions. I would like to frame them both eventually. I love them.
I need to get some steel wool, and see if I can fix the terminal. If I can, I’ll chase all the wires and see if I can talk a certain ceramic master into painting it. As much as I want the lights and sounds to work, I would be ok with copping out and just gluing the plastic parts together – no paint, no decals. That would be a whole lot easier.
The new Kids in the Hall series just ended on Tuesday, and it was amazing. Holly and I figured out the killer and a lot of things that were yet to be revealed, over dinner at Boston Pizza. Less than a minute into the show, we knew we were right. I just spent a few minutes watching all the extended scenes and bloopers on the CBC site, and I read an interview Dave did with torontoist.com.
What other stuff have you got on the burner at the moment?
Actually Kevin and I are writing a pilot for Canadian TV right now. Itâ€™s for CanWest, I forget who the outlet is. I think Showcase. The premise is that Kevin and I were in a Tears For Fearsâ€“style band in the â€˜80s, but weâ€™ve hated each other for years. Our career ended when Nirvana came out and Kevinâ€™s character, who wrote all the songs, has lots of money and lives well, and Iâ€™m broke and divorced several times. A bit of a middle-aged womanizer. But anyways, we decide to get back together and cash in on the nostalgia craze.
Anything planned for the whole troupe?
Well, I hope people like Death Comes to Town. We talked a bit about how if people like it, maybe weâ€™ll do a movie together or do another mini-series with a different storyline. It all depends on if people like this series.
I really hope people loved the show as much as I did, because it would make me so happy to see them do another film. Brain Candy was genius.
I just woke up at 4:20am and I’m sitting in bed next to Holly, listening to metal and being bored. My back is still killing me, and I can’t get back to sleep.
I spent 20 minutes petting Tabbouleh after I went down to use the bathroom. Apparently she’s pretty lovable in the early morning hours. I took another video of her stealing stuff yesterday (eggnog), but I think it might have been too dark. I’ll upload it later and see.
I need a new camera, and just the other day my mum offered me her old DSLR. I’d take it, but it’s just too big for me. I need one I can have on me at all times, like the one I have now. I think I’d prefer one with at least 640×480 video too. I suggested that if she had no other use for it, she let me trade it in at Henry’s, and try to get a decent new one for me. I did some searching online last night and found a decent deal on Futureshop.ca. I think I might just buy it on my credit card. I miss tons of good kitty photo opportunities because of my camera, and that just won’t fly.
Above is the robot I was inspired to make after the Dude busted my balls about my robots having too many right angles and square edges. He’s all coloured now, and sporting a sweet staff of justice. Now he just needs a name and designation. I’ve got nothing, so I’m taking suggestions.
Think I will put some IASIP on and see if I can fall back asleep for an hour or so now that my metal play list seems to have ended. You failed at making me sleepy blog. Thanks for trying though.
My computer is behaving badly again, so I’ll make this brief. I didn’t end up going to help the Dude today. He was running late, then eventually when he did call to see if I was still up for it, I bailed in order to get all the corrections James sent me back finished. I got that done, and sent back to him. Looks like after I finish I’m going to have to learn In Design, and begin trying to layout the first book. Hopefully it’s not too hard.
Here are some random cat photos from the last week. Tomorrow morning I’m taking Roan and his friend to the Humane Society to play with cats, after breakfast with Holly and Margie. Then it’s off to Burlington tomorrow night for Klopeks/Matadors at the Red Rooster. Should be great times.
Also, while talking to Jon tonight about my impending computer death, he mentioned showing my blog to his friends at work, and how they suggested I check out sites like Zazzle and consider making robot t-shirts – no, not t-shirts for robots, that would be amazing… hu-man t-shirts, with robots on them. I was in the middle of checking it out when my machine crashed for the 7th time today. I’ll have to check it out more on Gage’s laptop tomorrow. It would be sweet to make a little money off a hobby.
Now it’s time to watch UFC and smoke a bedtime snack, before my computer dies again.
Shortly after posting on here this morning my brother called to see if I was coming by or not. He apparently missed my calls and didn’t see my messages, so he offered to come pick me up. We played Halo until about 3pm. then he took me to the funeral home. Holly and I went and got Roan, then took some pee pads she got from the funeral home to the Humane Society.
There was tons of cute kittens there, and lots of older, lovable cats. Holly fell in love with one we saw on their website the other day, and almost adopted it. She was super friendly and cuddled right up to Roan – something he always wants Tabbouleh and the others to do, but doesn’t have much luck with. She asked a girl who worked there what the cats name was, and she said Scarlet. She also said she’s off to get spayed tomorrow, then is going home with her new Hu-mans. There was also another calico that looked a lot like Tabbouleh, except much smaller. I wish I could have a thousand kitties.
We came back to make dinner and Gage’s friend was inside destroying the bathroom. He plugged the toilet and stunk up the entire house. It was brutal. Holly decided she wasn’t up for cooking, so we embarked on a mission to the Flying Saucer. That’s it up top, and in my mind, it’s a Niagara Falls icon. Whenever I tell people I live near (or currently IN) the Falls, they ask if it’s cool. I usually mention the falls them self, the gorge, the casino, and the Saucer. It’s the ONLY place to go for shitty food at 3am in the city. My favourite thing to get there is cheddar cheese balls. I could eat a thousand of them. I had those, grilled cheese, and a milk shake. The milk shake and balls were great, the rest was sub par – which is actually incredible for the Saucer!
They finally got their own printed place mats after like 40 years of business. Up until now it was those generic mixed drink mats every dive has. The new ones featured pictures of the food (bad idea?) and the above attempt at humor. I personally think this over weight, hairy earthling would taste better than anything they currently have on the menu (except the cheese balls of course!).
After dinner we came back for Top Model and Ultimate Fighter. I totally picked the final two, and I guarantee you Nicole wins it all. On Wednesday nights, I am now one of those people I hate. It’s actually not so bad.
It turns out the computer I thought was going to be my saving grace, is in fact maybe in a little worse shape than I had expected. It works real nice after a fresh restart, but if it sits idle for too long it starts chugging along, painfully slow. Maybe after six good years, it’s finally time to put it out of it’s misery. I’ve been talking with Jon about throwing together a new machine, so hopefully one night this evening we will have a chance to do that. I can’t really do a ton of work until I get a solid machine setup. Once I do though, I should be able to work easily, and I will hopefully have a renewed interest in the whole thing.
Right now I have a drawing I need to finish, which is in limbo on my desktop. I have a feeling I might have to start a lot of that drawing over, and I can’t decide which machine I should attempt to do it on. The laptop could freeze anytime, but is more comfortable to work at. The desktop will last as long as I don’t ignore it too long, but it’s annoying and uncomfortable to work on. Plus, has no speakers or any other means of providing background entertainment (an important part of focusing on work for me is having noise in the background).
It’s rainy and shitty out, which I really enjoy. I think it will prolong me starting on any drawings for a little while. First I’m going to try and get the desktop running up to speed without losing the drawing that’s in limbo. Then I’m going to watch the two new episodes (or at least one) of Curb Your Enthusiasm I just found out existed – I thought the show ended after season six, but I guess not. Then, I might spend some time thinking about what I can sell to make some extra money. I don’t have much that I want to part with, but maybe it’s time to sell stuff I don’t use, and keep for the wrong reasons. I need to find enough money to buy Jon’s pc components and a new pci express video card, then I should have money for xmas and of course pot.
This is my artistic rendering of an episode of Deadwood. If I had to describe the show in one word, that would be it. It’s the only show I think I’ve ever seen that uses it more than Trailer Park Boys.
I’m waiting for Holly to get home from her course. I got a drawing done today that was a pain in the ass. It’s brutal working at that desk because I can’t sit comfortably. I need to get a better desk and chair. My back and shoulders hurt from working for only a few hours. Luckily Holly booked us an hour at White Oaks tomorrow!
She’s home now, hopefully she brought blunt wraps, and is ready to watch Deadwood!