I recently met my childhood hero, Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, in case you’re wondering) at Vancouver’s PNE fair. Growing up, one of my evening rituals with Mum was sitting down with dinner to watch the show, so it truly was a wonderful experience to meet him. Although, when I reached out to shake Brent’s hand, he insisted on fist bumping. Now, I’m English and about as Caucasian as it is possible to be (my complexion is often described as “worse than ‘that guy from Twilight”), so the fist bump was decidedly awkward. My bumbling Britishness aside, it was great to say hello and thank him for giving me some of my fondest childhood memories.
I am heading back to New Zealand in December to spend Christmas with my family. In the New Year I am coming back to North America, but I am unsure whether to return to Vancouver or to go to Los Angeles. In all honesty, going to LA kinda terrifies me (and after getting hooked on the LA Complex, it seems my fears are not entirely unfounded; yes, yes, yes, I know it’s just a TV show), but all my industry contacts have said that LA is the place to be to make things happen, so maybe I should go. I know a few people in the city which makes the prospect of moving there a lot less daunting.
I’ve been in Vancouver for five months now and I am utterly in love with this city. In all of my somewhat nomadic existence, this is the first place that I have ever felt like I could settle down and make a home. Not only is Vancity one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, it is an incredibly vibrant place, populated by some of the most interesting people I have ever come across. If I do leave, it will definitely be with a heavy heart, but I didn’t leave my family behind in New Zealand to take half steps in my career.
Oh, and you may have noticed that I recently overhauled this site; it was getting fairly aged, so I hope you all like the new look!
Andrew (still struggling to get to sleep before dawn).
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