Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Been a long time...

Once again, I've been away from this blog for quite some time. Not as long as Danny has been away, but still feels like quite a while. Hell, I even click onto the bookmark I have saved for this blog, hoping that it's been updated, even though I know it hasn't (because it's my blog). I'm not going to lie, I'm lazy.

But, I figured this could use an update, since the Mark Hominick signing on June 4th.

My work had it's annual recognition party, on the 8th. I wasn't recognized with any awards, but it was still some fun times. I made out like a bandit, with the raffle prizes. Retail, my three prizes totaled to roughly $575 (Mitchell & Ness Authentic Cooperstown Collection Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Jersey, Danby beer fridge, and a blender). Sadly, the fridge didn't work, but it is getting replaced. I should have it back at home, sometime within the next week or two. I dropped off the Joe Carter jersey, so it could be signed by Joe Carter at his annual golf tournament. Blender, still in the box.

I was asked to do the powerpoint presentation, for the party, with all the employee recognitions. My help didn't go unrewarded. I was given inFAMOUS 2 Hero Edition, for my work. Just completely finished the game, Monday night/Tuesday morning.

The following week, on the 15th, I went down to the Jays Shop, inside Sears at Eaton Centre, to meet J.P. Arencibia.

Ball signed by J.P. Arencibia

Boston Bruins beat Vancouver Canucks, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Congrats to the Bruins. They deserved the Cup, even though I'm not really a fan of them. Wanted Vancouver to win, but they just didn't seem to want it as much as Boston.

On the 18th, our family held a garage sale in the morning. It went okay, but I wished we sold more. Oh well. In the afternoon, Danny and I went to Vaughan Mills, to the Mark Hominick signing at Ecko Unlimited.

Me & Mark Hominick, signed 8x10 photo (from The Octagon signing)

That evening, my family and I went to Red Lobster for dinner. Though, the food was good (nothing special, but still good), the service was horrible. I was sitting there, pretty pissed at the terrible service provided by our server. Granted, it was busy, but this guy did not try with our table. I don't go to Red Lobster often (second time, in about 10-15 years), and I don't think I'll be going back for a lot longer than that.

Also going on, on Saturday June 18th, in Calgary, was the Joe Shuster Awards. You can read the full results here. Congrats to all the winners!

The following Saturday, on the 25th, we celebrated Peter's birthday (of All New Comics), with a surprise party. We, Danny and I, were quite surprised to be invited, since we didn't know the person who contacted us, or how she got our numbers and email addresses. Either way, we were glad, cause it was a fun time.

Tuesday evening, I made my way down to AOD Collectables. This was my third trip to the shop (it's in Mississauga... I'm in Vaughan... not necessarily close, but I'll take the trip every so often). This is a great place for UFC fans, to pick up the Round 5 UFC figures.

The UFC figures have been a new hobby of mine, in addition to the very few comics I do buy, these days. I don't have a huge collection at the moment, but I'm working my way at it.

The first trip to the store, was to pre-order the UFC Ultimate Collector Series 7. Second, was to buy figures from the UFC Ultimate Collector Series 6. This trip, was to drop a little gift off.

Those in the area, should check it out. The UFC fans, and UFC figures collectors, should also give the store a visit.

That's it from me, for now. Not sure when I'll be back.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Mark Hominick signing at The Octagon

Saturday June 4th, 2011 - Danny and I headed down to The Octagon, down in St. Catharines, today, for the Grand Opening of the store, and more specifically, for the Mark Hominick signing.

For those that don't know, Mark Hominick was the guy that faced Jose Aldo at UFC 129, for the Featherweight title. He loss the fight, but dammit, it was a great fight! He was also the guy with the huge hematoma on his head, during that fight.

I did wake up a little late, as we were planning on leaving the house at 9am, to make the drive down to St. Catharines, for the signing. I actually woke up at 9am, when Danny walked into my room, and woke me up. Oops.

Got up, changed, and ready by 9:30, and made the drive down. The rain came down really hard, as we reached the Hamilton area. It looked like we were driving through a hurricane, which was kinda scary... especially in my car.

Also, while heading along the QEW, going with the directions, it says to get off at Ontario St., as the shop is at 318 Ontario St. I know they were in different cities, but there were THREE Ontario St. along the QEW. If Danny didn't tell me we were still pretty far away (using the GPS on his phone), I would have gotten off at the first one. Good thing he had it.

Stopped off at the McDonald's on Ontario St., for a little restroom break, before heading to the store. Little disturbing, but when I walked in, there was a guy, with his pants down to his ankles, standing in front of the sink, washing his mouth. I will flat out admit, this was the first time I have walked out of a restroom, without washing my hands (and I'm the type that will always wash my hands, even if I just lift up the seat). Thank god it was raining hard, cause I feel wrong not washing my hands, but under the circumstances... yeah. Oh yeah, and hand sanitizer!

The Octagon was a small store, but I do like that cage in the middle of the store. The only item that I picked up at the store, was an octagon-shaped UFC mug (too bad the interior part of the mug, wasn't octagon-shaped).

Mark Hominick arrived on time (if not early), and got to signing and taking pictures with fans. I would say there were between 20-30 people at the signing, for the start of it. I'm not sure about later, as we were pretty much done.

UFC Canadian Fist Shirt - Signed by Mark Hominick

UFC 129 Program - Signed by Mark Hominick

UFC 129 Poster - Signed by Mark Hominick