I thought that I could still chime in with the 5 things I am most thankful for this year. I was away on training for work during the time of Thanksgiving here in Canada and I never did get around to writing this blog for my own holiday, so I decided to piggy back the USA holiday. Hell, if you listen to some Americans, they accuse Canadians of piggy backing off of them already. So why the hell not do it this time eh?
Now before you read this blog post, I want to let you know that this may not be what you expect. I can easily be thankful for my health, my daughter, my family, friends and my job. I am very thankful for all those things in all honesty, but isn’t everyone? I am going to go a different route. I want to look at the 5 things that I am thankful for and could not live without. What makes the cut????
What would I do without Marvel Comics? I can take or leave DC Comics and Image Comics but Marvel is where my allegiance lies. It is home to my favorite comic book character, The Mighty Thor, and also houses other characters I adore like Deadpool, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Venom, Captain America, Iron Man etc, There is so much more than comics though.
Marvel Studios is crafting amazing movies one after another, which all are a part of the same universe. There is no one else doing this in Hollywood and I honestly do not think anyone else would have attempted it. There is also the animated shows that Marvel has given us over the years. Marvel is a huge part of my live, so make mine Marvel!
I can not stress how much I am thankful for 343 Industries. If you listened to Bunjie Studios, the story of Halo and The Master Chief was over. Done. Microsoft saw this differently however, as they created their own studio to continue the adventures of The Master Chief and I could not be happier.
I truly believe that there may not be more of an important video game character to a video game system than Master Chief was to the X-box. Before all the Nintendo fan boys start crying foul, think about it. Nintendo has many signature characters and what signature characters does the X-box have? Bingo. Halo 4 appears to be the best Halo yet and one of the best games to be developed. I can not wait until Christmas Day when my Collector’s Edition is unwrapped for the first time.
There is not one single person I could be more thankful for, besides my daughter of course, than Floor Jansen. She stepped into a very tough situation when Nightwish and Anette Olzon parted ways, leaving the band without a lead singer in the middle of a world tour. Floor did not just step in but she also stepped up and knocked it out of the park.
Floor is the perfect hybrid of musical styles of former Nightwish singers Tarja Turunen and Anette Olzon. She has the ability to sing songs from any era of the band and is the sing that I believe will lead the band to the next level. She offers the opportunity for the splintered fan base to meld into one huge family. Love ya Floor!!!!!
I no longer watch a lot of television in the traditional sense. It is a lot of the same terrible “reality” shows that really all follow the same formula and it becomes extremely boring after awhile. Part of it is also that I discovered Red vs Blue some 10 years ago and my life was changed forever. The talented folks at Rooster Teeth have created some of the most entertaining and funniest productions I have ever seen.
I do not want to imagine my life without my favorite crew of video game nerds and the online shows they create. Burnie, Gus, Geoff, Joel, Jack, Gavin, Ray, Michael and whoever else I am forgetting, are creative masterminds. I have purchased “The Best Of Red vs Blue DVD. Ever. Of All Time” from Walmart and just purchased the 14 Blu Ray disc set “RVBX: Ten Years Of Red vs Blue” from Amazon.ca. I want to do whatever I can do to support these guys and see them thrive.
I am VERY thankful for you all, the ones who take the time out of your busy days to read whatever I am ranting about. I originally started this blog as just a way to put my thoughts on virtual paper and I never dreamed it would present the opportunities to network with some amazing people and have some amazing people read what I create as well.
I have been lucky to have been able to interview the Finnish rock band Free Spirit, work on a piece with Klaryssa Korolenkov of the band Chamber Of Echoes, interviewed Brian Metzer who write for NHL.com, connected with independant comic book creators such as Jesse Grillo and Jason Lenox, communicate with Lady Awa formerly of the band Lordi and also those who read my posts. I am in your debt my friends and am ever thankful for you.
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