I am on a mission. After my last post, I have realized that I need to seriously consider how I am going to capture the Christmas spirit. I don't know how I am going to do this but I have done a little research on this big large Internet thing we have and found various web resources that have a few ideas on how to accomplish the task. There was one suggestion that kept popping up on every web list.
Have an orgy.
No, I am kidding (or am I?).
But I am a funny guy, right? I used to be. Looking at that picture above, I wonder where that guy went. These last few years have been tough with everything going on in the background (you know, that stuff I don't talk about here) and it hasn't been fun. I seem to have lost my sense of humour about people, life, and whatever else you could have a sense of humour about. I have a great bunch of friends who are looking out for me and are trying their hardest to keep me... well, "me".
I used to have traditions around the holidays. For about ten years, we used to meet at a restaurant in Victoria and hang out, exchange cards or gifts, and just have a good time. It was a great thing and I looked forward to it every year. But that is gone now and I haven't any other traditions. Normally, we do the "alternating year" thing between Victoria and Regina. But that never really breeds traditions for me. There are some, yes, but nothing that sticks in my mind enough to look forward to.
Thus, it brings me to my mission. In order to recapture my soul, essentially, I am going to do something silly tonight. I am going to start a tradition. I am going to live Tweet (and/or blog) a Christmas film. I am getting a little late in the season to do this but I am sure I can find a decent film. I have had several suggestions already but I could use a few more. I will attempt this feat tomorrow night. Maybe I should get a charity involved as well. Possibly several tweeters. Raise some money for a good cause.
I will need other things to do as well. If you have any suggestions, don't hestiate to let me know. I will need as many as I can get.
Okay. There isn't much to this posting but this video made me laugh out loud. Do you sense the theme here? I am practically jamming the sappy Christmas antics down my throad. I have never heard of this show but I may need to check it out. It looks decent.
At this time last year, I was live tweeting the Christmas movie, Die Hard. It was the exact moment in 2010 when I was filled with the Christmas spirit the most. It was fun and it made me smile. But, if you've been following my mental blabbering, I haven't yet experienced the same feeling this year. I am feeling very much like I am covered with some sort of plastic sheeting that is repellent to everything.
I feel like I am not allowed to feel the Christmas spirit at all. I have been denied. I function normally throughout my days but when start thinking about the holidays, I just want it to be spring already. Everything that is going on has dulled my desire for Christmas. I have heard that many people experience something quite similar but I have yet to figure out how to break out of it.
So, when I woke up this morning to my cell phone chirping away, I did what anyone trying to capture a feeling for Christmas does. I went shooting. There is nothing like holding a .357 Magnum in your hand and squeezing off numerous rounds into a target 100 yards away. Actually, I think it was 50 yards but who is counting. I had the most powerful hand gun in the world cracking off bullet after bullet in my hand. We then moved to the .22 target range gun thing they use for competitons. Am I any good? Hardly. I don't think I hit the target at all with the .357 but I did not too badly with the .22 and I am sure I hit my dad's target a few times as well. My dad is quite the shot considering he has limited vision in one eye. Sadly, with my great eye sight, I sucked the big one.
When I got home, I hung Christmas lights. Yah. That is what I did. For a few hours. It was good. Finally, in the afternoon, I went off to see my sister sing in Handel's Messiah at the Farquar Auditorium at the University of Victoria.
All in all. A good day. Best one I have had in months. I must dash. Off to the ferry, I must go...
What do you do when you're trying to get back into the spirit of Christmas?
I hung Christmas lights.
This is what I did.
Then I played a board game.
I then went out for coffee.
I was then quite tired from all the stress and am thinking about bed.
Sorry if I missed any of you. I will be back next week.
I realized today that I have NOT talked at all about some of hte things I am doing when I am not writing (sort of) on my blog. There are numerous things that I have been creating and helping to build and I normally tell people these things. Yet, this year has been rough and I haven't really been in the mood to "toot my horn". Are you dying to know what the hell I have been up to? Well, the simple answer is podcasting. I have been recording my voice and posting it on line quite more often than posting things here. I have also been experimenting in different styles and characters.
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NOTE: This post was written some time ago but it isn't "time sensitive" and I thought it was worth posting. This is called "catching up".