Yes, I'm alive. It's been a very long time since my last post, and it'll probably be a very long time before my next post... if I post again. I've debated on whether or not I would do a Fan Expo Canada 2013 post, and as you can see, I never wrote one.
The short of it, Fan Expo Canada 2013 was good, except that I missed out on meeting Nathan Fillion. I did get to meet Hulk Hogan, so that was my highlight. That photo is somewhere in the photo collage above (in the centre, right above the "LE" in "CELEBS"). I also went through that entire con, without a single sketch or piece of original art. Didn't have that desire, like I did in the past.
2013 was a different year for me. New beginnings. I quit my old job in December 2012. For those that didn't know, I was a "Senior Game Technician" at Dave and Buster's, in Vaughan. I was employed there for over 10 years. My last two years there, was pretty much the beginning of the end. I won't get into any details, but I just got insanely fed up everything going on there. I handed in my two-weeks notice. They responded by taking me off the schedule, and finding others to take over my shifts for the next week (second week schedule wasn't up). So that day ended up being my last day there. I will say, I do miss working with many of my former co-workers. Glad that I keep in touch with them (the power of Social Media), and see some of them from time to time.
I also got a new job near the end of 2012. The hiring process actually started in July 2012, and I didn't start until late October 2012. This was a part time contract position, so I was working this new job, while working at D&B (won't mention the new employer, for privacy reasons... but if you know me, ask me in person). I was in training for 7 weeks (was supposed to be 8, but I had to start a week later), then moved to the rotational schedule (it's a 24/7/365 business... with the exception of Christmas Eve/Day, where they close for 16-18hrs). The plan was to work both jobs on a part time basis, because the new one was only part time. That obviously changed. Thus, began my new life in 2013, finally away from D&B (mentally, my two weeks notice, would have brought me into 2013... if they kept me on the schedule).
The new job has been treating me well. I am no longer under contract, as I have been hired in a permanent position. I'll admit, I don't particularly enjoy working overnight hours, but I have been able to adjust to that type of schedule. My shifts for the past year, have mainly been the midnight-8:30am shifts. In that 52 week year, 40 of those weeks have been overnights. Eight weeks in days, and four weeks in the afternoon/evening. Also, anywhere from 3-5 shifts a week.
This schedule has at times, worked in my favour, when it comes to the celebrity encounters. As you can see above, there are a lot of them. Granted, many groups of photos were taken at the same events, so it's not like I spent my entire year going after celebs. Met a bunch at the 2013 Canadian Tire Home and Auto Show, many at Fan Expo Canada 2013, many at TIFF 2013, many during fight week for UFC 165, and some at the Everything to do with Sex Show.
I leave you with the list of celebrities I have met during the year 2013. It's in the order of when I met them (unless I met them multiple times this year, so I only mentioned it once (and tried to combine the photos into one spot in the collage).
List of celebs, from left to right, top to bottom:
Nigella Lawson, Laura Vandervoort, Mike Holmes, Tito Ortiz, Rosie MacLennan, Bill Goldberg, Joffrey Lupul, John-Michael Liles, Jake Gardiner, Tito Santana, Ed Boon, Ken Shamrock, Vince Offer, Hayley Wickenheiser, Tessa Bonhomme, Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Jon Montgomery, Nick Kypreos, Glenn Healy, Mike Palmateer, Rob Rainford, Paul Coffey, Chris Del Bosco, Edwin Encarnacion, Kat Von D, John Cho, Frankie Edgar, Brandon Morrow, Cris "Cyborg" Santos, Brett Lawrie, J.P. Arencibia, Johnny Bower, Eddie Shack, Munenori Kawasaki, Jason David Frank, Jeremy Bulloch, Corey Feldman, Gregg Zaun, Guillermo Del Toro, George Takei, Billy Crystal, Laura Prepon, Johny Hendricks, Alexander Gustafsson, Jon "Bones" Jones, Tom Wright, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Gaiman, David Draiman, Hulk Hogan, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Amber Goldfarb, Kate Drummond, Eric Johnson, David Reale, Gavin Hood, Michael Rooker, James Hong, Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Ivan Reitman, Megan Parks, Adam Driver, David Paetkau, Zoe Kazan, Daryl Sabara, Ariel Levy, Magda Apanowicz, Lorenza Izzo, Ignacia Allamand, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Katee Sackhoff, James Lafferty, Patrick Cote, Glover Teixeira, Burt Watson, TJ Grant, Stephen Thompson, Greg Jackson, Chris Weidman, Mike Goldberg, "Showdown" Joe Ferraro, Ariel Helwani, Mike Dolce, Arianny Celeste, Brittney Palmer, Chris Lytle, John McCarthy, Alex Caceres, Michael McDonald, Yves Lavigne, Jacob "Stitch" Duran, Roland Delorme, Pat Healy, Matt Serra, Phil Davis, Ivan Menjivar, John Makdessi, Bruce Buffer, Phil Nurse, Dan Miragliotta, Chris Clements, Wilson Reis, Francis Carmont, Renan Barao, Costa Philippou, Dustin Kimura, Jim Carrey, Kristin Kreuk, Ashley Fires, Karlie Montana, Voodoo, Missy Rhodes, Sunny Lane, Claire Robbins, Breanne Benson, Eila Adams, Charmane Star, Mitch Gagnon, Roberto Alomar, Jonathan Bernier, James Van Riemsdyk, Mason Raymond, Bruce Croxon, Jim Treliving, Firas Zahabi, David Clarkson, Nazem Kadri, Rashad Evans