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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