1.01.2010

One year since then...


This won't make a lick of sense to most people, but this year definitely seems newer to me all of a sudden, as if looking at it through new eyes. Today, January 1st, I watched the season 4 finale to one of my favorite shows, Doctor Who. I invest a lot of thought, time and emotion into the movies and television shows I REALLY enjoy, and Doctor Who is one of those things. It's no big secret, but the Doctor "died and regenerated" in the finale. A new actor takes over for David Tenant for season five next year and it's a really big deal for me. I cried inside as he said his last words, "I don't want to go"... I didn't want him to go either. I even started wearing Chuck Taylor All-Star shoes in the Doctor's honor. But sadly, life must go on, and so must I. I'll miss you Doctor! Now I move on to season three of Torchwood and look forward to getting to know the new Doctor, Matt Smith later this year. He's got some big "Chucks" to fill.

Enough about that, there's other big things happening today. It's the first birthday of Radd's Basement! You may or may not know, this blog came about as an outlet for me to overcome my pain and boredom of sinus surgery recovery I had last January. Since that time I've felt better than I have in years, and I got a fun outlet for my joys and hostilities out of it. I wish I had a chance to update it more often, but work doesn't always allow for such things.

Work, work, yes. Since earlier this year, I've been working for a home theater installation company. I set up new TVs, TV stands, wall mount flat panel TVs, install speakers, and the like. But the bulk of my work comes from a contract they have with Dish Network, installing and servicing satellite TV installations. I complain about it a lot but I love it. The drawback is that Dish Network doesn't release work to sub-contractors until 6:30AM. Now think about this for a moment. Do you know when you're working next? Is it tomorrow morning? Maybe you have a couple days off? Do you know what time you need to start? How far away is your work? Imagine knowing none of these things until 6:30AM that day. I gotta tell ya, it's really tough to schedule anything or get anything accomplished not knowing whether to get to bed early, or stay up, to wake up early or sleep in... It's really a shame because as I said I love the job, but it may eventually need to give way to other things I want and need out of life. Like sleep, and a life.

What else, what else... Surely other things happened to me this year... Oh, I saw my hero Norm MacDonald do live stand-up in 2009. That was cool, and funny! He is such an under-rated comedian, he has a gift for subtlety and his jokes require a bit of intelligence to get. Maybe that's why he isn't well received by America. Because America is dumb. Other things this year? Rifftrax Live! Saw two Rifftrax Live shows, Plan 9 from Outer Space and The Christmas Shorts-stravaganza! If you don't know what Rifftrax is, I've explained it like 17 times in other blog entries, so you're on your own.

I entered my late 30's this year. Not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand it's nice to feel grown up, on the other it's getting tougher to get out of bed and poop. Also, I celebrated Christmas with my old man's side of the family this year for the first time since he died. I was 19 when he died. There was static between his family and my mom at that time. Things were said to her that, at the time must've really pissed me off. But for the life of me I can't remember who said them or what was said. Is that worth holding a grudge or being angry about? Not to me. I was invited, so I went. I'm really glad I did and I had a great time. They were always loud and loved to laugh. Must be where I got at least some of it from. Seeing my grandparents was really somethin'. And Sarah got to see a bit more of where I came from, we looked at pictures, and told old stories and had to create a flow chart to nail down the family tree. A lot of new cousins have sprouted since I was there last. I may just do it again sometime!

Well, you can go back and read my blogs to see what else happened, those were just some of the highlights.

As for the moment, I'm enjoying watching Torchwood, the Doctor Who spin-off series. It's definitely for a more mature audience than Doctor Who, it's on BBC3 late at night so they're allowed to drop F bombs and such. But the characters have really grown on me and I'm way into it now. But sadly it looks like big changes are coming to this series too like Doctor Who before it, I'm staying tuned!

I'm also enjoying New Super Mario Bros for Wii. Very good and fresh 2D Mario game, very old school with a certain newness about it as the title suggests. The difficulty is just right, maybe a tad on the difficult side even (F world 9-7). Also enjoying Castlevania ReBirth on Wii. A 2D remake loosely based on Castlevania Adventure for Game Boy. Also coming out of the woodwork, Excitebike World Rally. A 3D remake of NES Excitebike. Although 3D it's presented in 2D so it plays just like the original. Another along these lines on Wii is Punch Out. A new 3D remake that plays like the original despite it's transformation into 3D. Hopefully I've establised I love old school gaming. You can take all the first-person shooters featuring a hand holding a gun, floating through drab environments with nothing going on, and dump them in the landfill with all the copies of ET for Atari 2600. Remember the days when a shooter referred to games like Gradius???

...Oops, got a little off track there.

Okay, what am I looking forward to in 2010? Well the return of Doctor Who of course. And the rest of my favorite shows which I talked about in my previous blog entry. What's with fall finales? Seriously, why did we have to start doing this within the past few years? It's stupid and needs to stop. But like first-person shooting games, I think fall finales are here to stay. I'm also looking forward to Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M. Movies? Iron Man 2, 'nuff said? K. Hopefully a job with a normal schedule will float my way this year, I have a feeling that 2010 is going to be one of the biggest years of my life. Stay tuned...

Happy Birthday Radd's Basement! Speaking of, radd.tv is about to expire!  I suppose I'll go renew it due to it's massive popularity.  Thanks for sticking around, all three or four of you...


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