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A Year in Review

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Two thousand and eight has been a growing experience for me, and I just wanted to take a couple minutes to note down some milestones. In January, I registered paulromein.ca and launched this website. It has been in a work in progress for just twelve months now, and I’ve enjoyed coding every line of it. That might be a shocker because it feels like my website has been around forever, but it might also come as a surprise to recall that it was only last January that I bought my first digital camera! Nearing the end of the month, Sean and I completed the “Do it yourself Stop Motion Animation Station” for the Science World in Edmonton.

In the spring, my company took in a few extra editors in-house to manage with the workload, and also went on the road with skilled teams to deliver our specialized one-hour-video and photo dance coverage.

I bought myself a 1998 Subaru Forester in red, just prior to the summer, and have made good use of it on a regular basis! Summer was a nice break from everything, and it was great to sit back and enjoy it with friends. We had two major barbeques, sandwiched with numerous smaller ones. At the end of the summer, I celebrated my first one-year milestone in a relationship.

In the fall, I made two trips to visit Nate and Christine over in Alberta. Shortly after, we created our first award winning film, Shoulda Boughta Viper. It was also around autumn, that the Lego Millenium Falcon Stop Motion broke two million views.

This winter has been amazing snowboarding up on cypress, and it’s been a wonderful Christmas, visiting with family and friends. In my business, Tim and I have been working to brand the company and develop strategies and focuses to build a platform which we can use to bring the business to new heights. However, not every milestone can be centered on forward growth, and as the seasons change throughout the year, Brittany and I regret to announce that we are no longer together.

Mmm… PS3, Eggs, Toast, OJ, and Council

Monday, February 11th, 2008

PS3, Orange Juice, and Eggs

I kicked off my morning with exactly that – I made eggs and topped it with Orange Juice and toast, and sat and watched some extras from the Sunshine blue-ray disc on Mark‘s PS3. I made a short detour in my morning plans to chat with Brittany for a couple hours which was really really nice! She’s going into fashion week over there so she’ll probably be oodles busier for the next few days.

Skate Game for PS3Back to the Playstation, I didn’t get far before Mark came over and we watched some bizare short films on the blue-ray disc. He also started me on a demo for the game Skate, which is a good thing it was a demo with a time-limit because I got hooked and was having a blast!

I eventually got back to editing, but it wasn’t long before Sean came over and after chilling briefly and doing some troubleshooting for the SMAS, he took off with Jason to go take some photos for a thing with his sister. I hope he posts on that soon because I’d love to check out exactly what the whole project was!

Back to editing once again, but not for long again because I took off and drove Brian down to work at Papa Johns for 4:30, and then trotted over to city hall a little early which was next-door. The Shaw production mobile was already there so I helped Scott with setup. By the time the next volunteer showed up, it was just before 5 (the regular meeting time), and I had already completed most of the setup. A little too fast maybe… I did however take this cool panorama from the Mayor’s perspective:

PoCo Council Panorama

Council wasn’t too long, at roughly 1 hour 45 minutes, but it was actually fairly informative for me amongst all the regular council drama. I took a picture of the screen when it was showing a sketch of what the PoCo side of the new Pitt River Bridge might look like!

Nicola Avenue Triangle

Off to the right, you can see all the off-ramps coming off the new bridge to help the flow of traffic. It’s very interesting for me because that street going up there to the top left will probably lead directly to my house. Also if you look close, you can see a pair of high-rise buildings in amongst all the small business stores! Very interesting indeed… though they’d have an insane view!

Back at home, I made some phone calls, but grew tired quickly and slept around midnight.