October 2009

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A Pyro Looks at Fifty

Posted by Office-Bob on 21 Oct 2009 | Tagged as: The Church of Pyro

I turned 50 a few days ago. No big deal, numbers don’t bother me and overall I’m happy with how my life has turned out.

The best birthday present I’ve received so far, other than a new shipment of black pepper soap (Thanks, E!), is confirmation that I will be part of the pyro crew for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Details are still to be worked out but what I know so far is that we’ll be doing nightly shows for one of the local “Live Venues” where people can hang out, party, and watch events on the big screen. We’ll be shooting from a barge, which I’ve done before, and it will be interesting to see just what sort of security procedures will be in place - especially when you consider the paranoia that’s already present.

They’re already conducting practice exercises, one of which was aborted due to a backhoe…but that’s another story, one that I’ll let you look up for yourself. I’m not worried about passing any security checks that may arise - I figure that if I survived the NEXUS enrollment process, Olympic security should be a piece of cake.

I will do my best to keep you updated as my Olympic involvement unfolds, giving you a behind-the-scenes perspective to the best of my ability.

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So much for the off-season

Posted by Office-Bob on 10 Oct 2009 | Tagged as: The Church of Pyro

I seem to recall saying something to the effect that once I finished with Celebration of Light, things would be fairly quiet until Halloween and (possibly) New Year’s Eve. Well, that seems to have gone the way of the passenger pigeon. Things have been picking up recently, to wit:

  • Canadian Country Music Awards in September
  • Recognition dinner at UBC next week (the day after Thanksgiving, thank dog it’s a small show with minimal prep)
  • My school Halloween show (which is actually going to be held on the 30th in order to coincide with an already-planned event)
  • And now…

    A few days ago I received an email from a fellow pyro who’d been talking to a fireworks company who was looking for licensed shooters; he told them about me and suggested I contact them. I did, and even though I’m only available on the 31st for any Halloween shows they might have I was immediately told to consider myself booked for the 31st, details forthcoming.

    I certainly wasn’t expecting to have 2 back-to-back shows but overall it’s a good thing; even though I might only be crew for the second show it’s always a good idea to keep your name out there, especially when it’s with a new company which increases your chances of getting extra work. Who knows, perhaps I’ll have two New Year’s Eve shows to choose from this year?

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