An Open Letter To JJ Abrams

Dear Mr. Abrams,

I recently heard the news that you were designated as the first person to take over the newly re-launched Star Wars film franchise. The first thing that came into my mind was “This is absolutely fantastic news!” and I told my 6-year-old son that they were going to make a brand-new “real” Star Wars movie in a couple of years. I’ve turned him into a massive fan (having watched the first Star Wars when he was only two) and I didn’t want to tell him the news knowing the film was in the hands of a bad director, so please know I am very relieved to find out it will be directed by you.

I mean, you’ve worked on so many things that I’ve loved over the past few years…

  • Alias
  • Lost
  • Mission: Impossible III
  • Super 8
  • Fringe
  • Cloverfield

Star TrekSo having say this, let me also say that I’m a bit surprised to hear the announcement. Why? Well, you have been designated as the person to revive the Star Trek franchise already. Your vision made the new Star Trek movie a must-see. You maintained the storyline of the original but took the film franchise into an entirely new and very cool direction without ruining continuity (alt universe, anybody?). The rumblings on this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness is already turning into buzz, and that buzz is very positive at this point.

star trek into darknessCan the man who rebooted the Star Trek franchise successfully reboot the Star Wars franchise? Can the multiple visions seen for one universe be put aside in order to re-vamp another universe? Should one man hold that much “fan boy power”?

My concern is that visions from the Star Trek universe will blend or be carried over into the Star Wars universe, so much so that while the stories and the characters will be completely different, the actual tone and style of the movies will be the same.

star wars 7As a lifelong Star Wars fan (and a part-time Trekker), I want a completely separate vision. I want to forget the “prequels” because while good, they were far from great. The best parts were the ones in the third film that Lucas didn’t have anything to do with. The video games have had more action and fun storylines and unique visions than Lucas had, so the potential is certainly out there to the new trilogy to be incredible.

I believe in you, JJ. The force is strong in you. I’m just wondering if you can bring the uniqueness required to reboot Star Wars after spending so much time bringing new life to the Star Trek universe. It’s not even for me…the legacy is strong in my mind. No, I want a new legacy built for my son. I want to have him experience the same things I did back when I was his age.

Help us, JJ Abrams. You’re (apparently) our only help. j-j-abrams


Canadian Bald Guy

Resolutions Can Suck My Left Nut

new-years-resolutionsI refused to make resolutions this year. It just seemed like a ridiculous notion…starting the year off by making promises you probably won’t be able to keep. You promise to lose weight, but dieting and going to the gym is long done and gone by the time the summer arrives.  You promise yourself that you’re going to start saving up money, but just can’t help buying that unnecessary 20-disc blu-ray collection of “The Best of Firefly”. You tell yourself that you’re going to become a better person, yet you still find yourself tripping small children as they gleefully skip along unaware of your cruel intentions.

Okay…maybe that last one is a bit “off”, but I think you get my drift.

Yet here I am at the end of January wanting to talk about New Year’s resolutions. Why? Well, I figured that if I told myself that I wanted to start something at the beginning of February, then it’s not really a resolution and I won’t have to end up breaking it.

Make sense?

Here’s the deal…there are a lot of things on my plate right now and 2013 looks to be a heckuva interesting year. I’ve got a wedding to prepare for, a new job to flourish in, a family trip to Florida to begin planning, a second mortgage to finally dump, and a meeting tomorrow evening that could alter my entire life on a go-forward basis (oooohh…the intrigue of it all!). I need to write these things down so I’m held accountable for them. I am a terrible procrastinator and I need this…I really need accountability.

The problem is I feel that if I had put some of these things into some type of “resolution blog”,  then it would just kinda be for the sake of blogging. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to just throw shit against the laptop and call it a blog post. I only want to write because I love to write, not because I feel obligated to join a thousand other bloggers.

So there you go. No resolutions this year, but I’m absolutely going to write down my goals and objectives for 2013. There’s just too much going on to NOT write them down.

This Is 40

This is 40Sunshine and I had the opportunity to catch “This is 40” this past weekend. We’d tried to see it previously, but massive line-ups and sold-out shows had put a damper in those plans. This time, we decided to pick up our tickets ahead of time and grab dinner beforehand, making it a Saturday date night.

After eating at East Side Mario’s, we made our way to a jam-packed movie theatre parking lot. I don’t know what it’s like anywhere else on a Saturday night, but this is the second time this month (the supposedly “slow movie period”) where we’ve spent 5-10 minutes looking for a parking spot at our city’s movie theatre (there are three different theatres in the area). Are movies hurting? Certainly doesn’t seem like it to us!

So we got inside and, with 15 minutes to go, still had to sit in the front section of the theatre because it was so full already (it ended up being 3/4 full).  The movie has been in theatres almost a month (it was released on December 21st) and it’s still chugging right along (it’s hovering around $65 million so far). We had been wanting to see it since we first saw the trailer and after finally seeing it, we think it was worth the wait.

This is  40Overall, this movie had a LOT of laughs. As is the case with most Paul Rudd and Judd Apatow movies, this is definitely “adult comedy” so if you get offended easily, you probably won’t enjoy it like we did. Now that’s not to say this was an Adam Sandler “fart joke film”, but rather a more realistic take on life with a lot of cursing and some crude humour (which Sunshine and I are a fan of).

Along with the laughs, the movie also brought along a good amount of depressing scenes, as well. The main couple face a lot of relationship hurdles to overcome, many of which reflect real life. This realism adds to the “down time” of the movie, but it also makes the funny moments even funnier because the majority of the comedy isn’t too “over the top” or unrealistic, which a lot of comedies tend to do sometimes.

At the end of the day, I think that the realism really made me enjoy this movie a lot. The ups and downs…the trials and tribulations…the issues with kids and technology…the relationships between kids and parents…it all really hit close to home.

While I don’t know if this is a movie I’d watch again, it was definitely enjoyable and I’d recommend it as “date movie” for couples 30 and up.

Blue Monday

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Blue MondayThis is the calculation for figuring out the most depressing day of the year. How in the world does that work?  Well…weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na.

blue mondayIs this real? No, of course not. In fact, “Blue Monday” began as a publicity campaign by a British television channel that no longer exists. But since the campaign was launched less than a decade ago, the pseudoscience behind “Blue Monday” has taken on a life all unto it’s own by being promoted on radio stations and television programs all over the world as the Monday on the last full week of January, aka “the most depressing day of the year”.

While some may use this as an excuse to become further depressed, I refuse to let that happen to me. Instead, I’m going to use it as motivation to have the best day I possibly can. I’m going to smile, I’m going to laugh, and I’m going to look at all of the positive things that are going on in my life.

Why? Because LIFE IS GOOD!


The Raise

So I went on a lunch meeting with my boss on Wednesday. It was basically going to be a get-together to discuss plans for 2013. Even though I just started back in September, my roles and responsibilities have changed dramatically since then.

So this lunch meeting ended up being two hours long and we went over a ton of things.
The biggest thing was near the end of the conversation when I brought up my current salary. She confirmed that annual reviews for “the rest of the boys” take place in the spring. No problem…I was totally prepared to wait until March or April to discuss my salary.  Then she said we should have a review right now.
So she asked me how much I felt that I was worth. I told her I felt that I have become worth more than my initial base salary.  So she asked me again how much I felt I was worth.
I paused to look at the notes I had taken during our meeting. I had a number in my head but felt it was a big jump from my current base (almost 17% more).  She told me that she could see that I had a number in my mind and to just spit it out.
I took a deep breath and told her the number.  She said that she agreed and that she had already gotten the accounts payable person to apply it to this today’s pay.
Apparently, she has been so happy with my work and (more importantly) relieved to have come back from her Christmas vacation without any fires to put out, that she decided to give me a raise. And as it turns out, we both agreed on my worth after only four months on the job.
Can’t really argue with an almost 17% bump in salary after four months, eh?

It’s All About The Derp

Every Monday night, the family gets together for a “No Technology Night”. So that means no iPods, no laptops, no television, and no phone usage until after the girls go to bed. So after supper, we pick out a board game to play as a family and try to have some laughs as a family. Both Sunshine and I think it’s important to do this once a week…just turn off everything and spend time with the kids like “the old days”.

Anyway, we were playing some Muppet Yahtzee when the youngest said something to the effect of, “I don’t want to do that at school because it’s a derp thing to do”.


obama-derpImmediately, the game came to a screeching halt so both Sunshine and I could attempt to figure out just what the youngest had just said to us. Then the oldest jumped in on the conversation.

“Yeah…derp. Duh.”

We’ve got NO idea what you’re talking about, kids.

“You two are just old and out of touch.”

Derp_319c6c_2452477Yikes…is that possibly true?? I mean, I remember using terms like “gnarly” or “tubular” or “gag me with a spoon” (or at least I remember seeing those used on television when I was a teenager), but I don’t know if I remember creating words from scratch and pretending they actually meant something.

So I immediately went to the internet and looked up the word. This is what I found from the Urban Dictionary:

 derp300A simple, undefined reply when an ignorant comment or action is made. Brought to life in the South Park series, when Mr. Derp made a guest appearance at South Park Elementary as the chef for a day, followed by hitting himself in the head with a hammer and exclaiming “Derp!”

I’m all about watching South Park and all, but this episode has helped to create an entirely new word? Apparently so because there are other explanations for it:

robert-pattinson-derp-face-JLxLtZA person who acts strange,weird, and/or random, usually quite fun to be around due to the fact that this person is an oddball and does and/or says interesting things.

It’s insane, isn’t it? I’ve become SO OLD that I’m now completely out of touch with the new vernacular. I’m one step away from being “uber lame”. I’m officially “uncool”.

But then you need to ask the question: Do I really want to know what “derp” means, anyway?