Thursday, February 01, 2007

51st Post Extravaganza!

This was my favorite 'celebration' image from google. Go Italy!
Sigh. 51 posts later and it just feels like yesterday that I was setting this ole Blogger up. Since then, readership has gone up nearly 400% (from my mom to 4 other people). Oh the memories.

To say I borrowed the following idea would be misleading. I outright stole it.
But it's fun, so I thought you wouldn't mind.

So without further rambling - 51 Random Thoughts/Facts/Half-Truths about Me

1 - I was born on November 15th 1981 to Rob and Deanna with an egg head. Those professionals at the hospital squished my head with forceps and I was in rough shape for a couple days. Since then, my head feels like the moon - craters and all.
2- My middle names are Ian and Robert - both my grandfathers
3- When I was very young, I got stuck behind the coke machine at the local convenience store. Since then, I've learned to just walk away.
4- In the fickle discussion on abortion, I am pro choice.
5- In the fickle discussion on potato chips - I'm a salt and vinegar man (sometimes combined with smokey barbecue)
6- I swear I saw a UFO on my 11th Halloween.
7- I had a dog for approxiamately 5 months. His name was Max. My parents got him for me while i was still in gradeschool after years of subtle hinting. Seems I liked the idea of a dog and not so much the work that came with it. I've since tried harder with all my pets.
8 - On that subject, my first Hamster, Budster, is buried behind the pool at my parent's house. I promised to buy him a shrub - a promise my Dad continues to remind me about. I'm a horrible, horrible person.
9 - Three hamsters have graced my life - Budster, Frodo and Meatwad. Budster died 2 times. The first time, my mom tapped his chest and gave him mini-cpr. He lived for 2 hours more.
10 - My favorite meal is fondu - nothing compares. Nothing
11 - My favorite beer is Kokanee and Stilmore. Price heavily affects this decision (which is why my favorite beer was the dollar stuff in highschool)
12 - The first time I ever got drunk was when I was 16 and it was on Mike's Hard Lemonade. Of course, I felt guilty and mom and pop soon found out (coming home in a new shirt probably tipped them off).
13- I was on to Rammstein before anyone else.
14-I have a lucky toque that's been with me multiple times in Vegas, on the highest mountain in Europe, the back alleys of Amsterdam and the shady burroughs of High River. I have yet to wash this toque so I can only assume that I'm carrying a gazillion strains of the bird flu virus. Or something.
15- I'm a video game enthusiast - but moreso I'm a videogame industry enthusiast.
16- I currently freelancing for trade magazines concerning everything from relocation issues, to nursing, trucking and ontario's construction industry. Go ahead - ask me about the trade shortage. I dare you.
17- I've begun writing again for videogame websites. For free. But free games!
18 - My first job ever was delivering papers. Followed by delivering flyers. Then McDonalds's, Subway for a week (they didn't pay me), Tim Hortons, Microplay, IGA, A&W, Roger's Video, NIght shift at a retirement home, landscaper, some telephone survey place, Nelvana, children's television researcher, Waiter at the Firehall, Sam the Record Man, Camp Director at the YMCA, Video Instructor at Imagination Works Day Camp - and a few others that lasted a month.
19 - I hate olives
20 - Marijana believes I look like Dean Cain with my classes. I've been told this by other sources.
21 - I have never appeared in 'Lois and Clark'
22 - Last year I played Tito, a 40 year old Italian Opera Singer in the Peace River Player's production of 'Lend Me a Tenor' (produced by Mr. Chris Black)
23 - I will be attending the Athabasca Fringe Festival with Mr.Black and two other folks in our newly formed comedy troupe.
24- My degree is a Bachelor of Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University
25- During this 4 year stint, I had the opportunity to write for Ed the Sock (he guest hosted a project of ours). I say that, but Ed chose to instead bash me as part of his gag. I am still in therapy.
26 - I have a growing dislike for comedy that relies on vulgarity. It's been done to death and nothing surprises me anymore.
27 - I can't watch really gory movies anymore.
28 - I have too many favorite movies to mention. It used to be just one - the Matrix - until they slaughtered the franchise. I had all the action figures. Sigh.
29 - My favorite TV Shows are 24, Heroes, Lost, Veronica Mars, Battlestar Galactica, Six Feet Under, the Apprentice, the Office, Arrested Development and, just recently, Buffy and the Wire.
30 - I read about 5 books at a time - right now they are Stardust (thanks Darren), Shadow of the Hegemon, Haunted (Chuck Paliniuk), Cell (Stephen King) and the Art of Meditation. Ironically, I have zero time or patience to continue reading the latter.
31 - I have never killed anyone. But I've thought of it - and i'm pretty sure I could get away with it.
32 - I believe the US is going crazy and that I better start learning the American Anthem for when they decide that they want our water.
33 - I believe that people are too polarized about the war in Iraq and that for any real progress to happen, we have to get down off our soapboxes and really take a look at what's going on.
34 - I vote PC, but last year I voted independent because PC scared me.
35 - I hate the word 'retarded' on so many levels. It's a nasty nasty word.
36 - I believe that there is a HUGE double standard when it comes to racial sensitivity. I can watch a black comedian say 'nigger' until he's blue in the face and be heralded as a genius, and yet similar uses in comedy by white comedians bring on accusations of bigotry and hate. Yes, there is a difference - but we cannot villify a word if its also become so overused and accepted in all forms of culture (music, tv, film, etc). Instead, I say get rid of it. It's a horrible word with a horrible past and all it does is break us off into little angry cliques.
37 - I believe that to say you are tolerant of homosexuality is akin to saying 'yeah, they're there, I guess I'll accept them'. People need to just 'be' with homosexuality. It's real, it's here and its a fact - not something that has to be voted in or adopted into culture.
38 - That said, I am happily moved in and in a serious relationship with the Croatian Sensation - Marijana. Sorry guys.
39 - I love talk radio more than music.
40 - I once wanted to be a detective. Then I wanted to be an actor. Now I want to be a husband and dad with a good writing job.
41 - I am not a dad. I think. I should write some people. Ha! Just kidding MJ! (tugs collar)
42 - I think Canadians are too wrapped up in Hockey. WAY too wrapped up in hockey. I mean - there could be a nuclear war and our angle in all our news would be how the NHL games were delayed. I think too many talented people are forced to head state side for money/fame just because they don't pick up a hockey stick. Screw it - I'm writing a post about this.
43 - On the same subject - I think Canada has to find a better identity than 'we're not the States'. We have a great Country with great people - but we eat, sleep, watch, listen and play in American culture too much to take the high road and call ourselves different. Argue all you want, but take a good luck at what makes up your day and ask yourself how much of that would exist without the states.
44 - I play devil's advocate too much and i know it. Though, my dad's a better devil's advocate than me.
45 - I'm an only child and was never that rebellious.
46 - My parents are still married and are an inspiration
47 - I just realized I have many more things to say
48 - I miss my friends back home but know that when I see them again and it will be like I never left.
49 - The smell of popcorn makes it hard for me to breathe
50 - And .... uhhh .... I can shoot air out of the corner of my eyeball.

Man - that took too long. Thanks for staying!


Creative Freakin' Genius said...

Ummm...that was only 50.

Meagan said...

hey matto,
wow, I learn more about you every day! :)

your "twin" cousin. Gawd, we are sooo alike it's almost scary.
(Except, I don't ever want to be a dad. Sorry.)

Scribe of Dreams said...

I havnt read all this yet,. but # 51 is
Matt is a Dink

Graeme said...

matt is a dink only made #52 on last year's list. GOOD JOB "MATT'S A DINK"!!

Attention Whore said...

good job you freaking copycat!!!
I agree with you on sooo many things.
#4, 5, 19, 31, 33, 36....alright - fuck it - all of it...except for the gaming crap and questionable choices in television.

korkas said...

i love random knowledge postings. i feel like you're my brother, now, mr. bradford.

my fav. would have to be: '14-I have a lucky toque that's been with me multiple times in Vegas, on the highest mountain in Europe, the back alleys of Amsterdam and the shady burroughs of High River. I have yet to wash this toque so I can only assume that I'm carrying a gazillion strains of the bird flu virus. Or something.'

it's the little things, sometimes. i wish i had a lucky toque :(