2009 – A look back

It’s that time of year.  The time when everyone looks back on the year that was.  The good, the bad and all the rest.

I’ve started this post a few times and never been very happy with how it turned out.  Looking back on 2009, I’ve come to the conclusion that 2009 mostly blew.

Personally, for me, the year was pretty good, more highs than lows, and overall better than 2008.  However, when I’ve looked back at the big news stories, movies, music, etc. of 2009, I’ve realized how much this year just stank to high heaven.  We had some miserable lows, and a few dizzying highs.  But, the lows greatly outnumbered the highs.

I looked long and hard for good music in 2009, and came up mostly empty-handed.  A handful of decent releases, but nothing earth-shattering or anything that was anything more than a blip on my radar.

Movies fared slightly better, but still nowhere near what 2008 was, movie wise.  Star Trek and Harry Potter ruled, Transformers found a way to ruin a movie about giant robots beating the crap out of each other, Watchmen left many people scratching there heads, New Moon was enjoyable.  All in all, mostly just a so-so year, nowhere near the epicness of The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Indiana Jones (fuck you, it’s good and a worthy part of the saga, but that’s another rant) and everything else from 2008.

For me, 2009 was a year of continuing what started good in the later part of 2008.  I still work at the same job, which is better than the 4 jobs I had in 2008.  Finances have improved over the clusterfuck that was 2008.  I got addicted to Facebook, Twitter, ignored MySpace, started a blog, car blew up, bought a new car, buried 1 cat who was a member of our family, adopted 2 new kittens who have fast become a part of our family, traveled, saw much, experienced much more, loved, laughed, lost, gained, spent, saved, lost friends, gained friends, rediscovered old friends, moved into a full fledged staff position with Shevacon, then nearly fucked it all up with my big mouth and short temper, and Star Wars continued to rule every facet of my life.

Star Wars continues to be everywhere for me.  I trooped 8 different events with the 501st, got to meet Seth Green and Matt Senriech, be interviewed by Fangoria online (even though they didn’t use it), have dinner with Jeremy Bulloch (aka Boba Fett) twice, got my picture in the Star Wars Insider, may or may not have been on TV, marched in freezing rain, sweated my ass off in 100 plus heat, finally finished the Hell Bucket, raised money for charity, made thousands of kids smile (and only a few cry), saw the inner child of many adults come out and shine for a few moments.  Clone Wars continues to amaze with each episode.  Celebration 5 was announced after months of rumours and speculation and plans are already in the works for Jenn and I to attend the biggest Star wars party of the year.

It’s hard to believe that we are on the cusp of 2010.  For so long, 2010 was the FUTURE!! Like it was an episode of the Jetsons or something.  We still don’t have flying cars or food in pill form, but so much has changed in our daily lives since 1999, which was surprisingly only 10 years ago.  It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago, we were all worried about Y2K and all that nonsense.  Add in the fact that I turned 30 this year and it just boggles my mind, it’s so hard to believe.  I still mostly feel the same that I did in my teens.  I don’t feel 30 on the verge of entering 2010.  It just seems very surreal.  I have high hopes for 2010, and I see many good things on the horizon.

Here’s to the future.

Angels & Demons & Troopers.. oh my!

Here we are again.  I’m sitting here frozen to the core.  We have had some really harsh cold weather the last few days, and it feels like only now am I finally warming up.

Saturday morning was a last minute trooping in downtown Roanoke for the Jingle Bell Run http://www.arthritis.org/jingle-bell-run.php This was a fun event, but absolutely frickin’ freezing!  The temperature was in the 20s  when we started and warmed up slightly.  It was a 5k run or a 1 mile walk, of course I’m not crazy enough to run in a 5k in stormtrooper armor, so we walked and had lots of people smiling and glad to see us.

We watched Angels & Demons the other day.  Interesting movie, better than the DaVinci Code.  It wasn’t nearly as controversial as I thought.  As it always is, it seems.  People make a big ole fuss about something when in reality it’s really not that controversial.  Of course, if they ever bothered to sit down and watch it they would know that, but then they wouldn’t be half-cocked crazy radicals.

I expected a bit more of an indictment on catholicism and organized religion, instead it was really just complaints about the dogma and rituals associated, not really anything against the church itself.  Really, the only negative aspects is the implication that the Vatican is full of incomptents and douchebags.

The plot is fairly simple, hostages are taken, solve the clues before 1 is killed every hour.  Don’t solve the clues and all of the Vatican goes kablooie thanks to Star Trek-psuedo reality science.  Decent thriller plot, but God help me if I’m ever taken captive by a madman in Vatican City.  Barney Fife was a better, faster moving cop than these people.  It was like a cop cliche conveyor belt.  Add in a big twist that comes in at the 2 hour mark that I’m not 100% certain was necessary.  All in all, it’s an above average thriller, a solid B-  Worth a rental.

Happy Holidays!

blogging can be hard work…

So, I’ve realized that it’s a bit hard for me to keep up with.  I guess I’m just not that narcissistic.  Naw, that can’t be it, I am pretty full of myself.  Haha.

My biggest problem is I’m incredibly forgetful.  I get a cool idea and I think “that would be great to post up” and then I go to work or get caught up in games, movies, TV, whatever and *poof* the idea is gone.

Not much has been going on recently, just working and plugging away at the daily routines we all get caught up in.  Work is as unexciting and uneventful as always, which is just the way I like it.  I prefer my work to be drama free, let me show up, do my work and go home.  The least amount of people I have to interact with, especially customers, the better.

For those curious, my job consists of me sitting at a computer for 8 hours a day moving numbers from one column to another.  Pretty boring, but it’s a paycheck, I can wear what I want and I get to listen to my ipod all day long.  Not a bad setup if you ask me.  Especially now that it’s entering the holiday season, I’m so happy I don’t have to work in retail.  This really is the worst time of year to work in retail.  People are evil, vile and horrible this time of year.  People are rude, extra snotty and seem to forget all the nice human decencies that Christmas (or whatever you choose to celebrate) is all about.  You’d think it was a feast to celebrate St. Bastard the way some people act.  But, I’m out of it this year, and hopefully forever, so I’m happy.

Thanksgiving was uneventful.  Family, food, fun and we all watched Fanboys.  A great movie, definitely worth picking up.  And I’m not just saying that because the director, Kyle Newman, is one of the coolest and nicest people around.

Yesterday, Jenn and I marched in the Ukrops/Supervalu Richmond Christmas Parade, now more commonly known as The Deathmarch.  This was my first parade I’ve been in since I was a kid.  The route is about 3 miles long, it was raining, and it was about 39 degrees.  Jenn was drenched by the end and I was frozen to the core.  My hands were so cold, it actually hurt to take my gloves off.  But, we the 501st and the Rebel Legion are made of tough stuff, and we don’t give up easily.  We marched it to the end, spreading the love and fun to all those in attendance.  Shaking hands and waving to the people all the way to the end.  It was the most fun I’ve had in the most horrific of circumstances.  I can’t wait to do it again, I just hope it’s not freezing cold and raining next time.

So, that’s about all.  I’m sitting here typing and watching the seemingly never ending Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family.  I do need to buckle down and post more often.  I’ll try to do better.