Exciting Times, 11th Blogiversary, and a Giveaway

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I’ve had people recognizing me in real life from reading my blog, but for the first time ever, I had someone recognizing me from my Twitter avatar this Friday and guess who it was? It was Rick Mercer! I’m not sure how many non-Canadians have ever heard of Mr. Mercer. Let’s just say that he is one of the funniest and most loved TV personalities in Canada. He has a weekly TV show on the CBC called the Mercer Report in which he visits unusual events and attractions across Canada and makes fun of politicians. You can watch videos from his show on YouTube if you’re interested.

Anyway, a friend of ours got us tickets to see the taping of the Mercer Report at the CBC studio last year and it was for this past Friday. Before Troy and I left, I posted a tweet saying that I will be spending today in Toronto and will meet up with friends for Indian dinner before heading out to see the taping of the Mercer Report. Fast forward to after the Indian dinner. We got to the CBC building at a decent time before the line got too long and after being transported to the 10th floor, we got seated on the second row, which was pretty good. The show taping went really smoothly, everything was shot in one take. We got to watch pre-shot segments for the next week’s episode on the many TV screens hanging over the studio and they recorded our reactions, claps, laughs and scoffs for the show. No laugh tracks here! When the camera wasn’t rolling, Mr. Mercer would interact with the audience and made us laugh. I loved it when he said that he encourages flash photography in the studio when the camera isn’t rolling.

The taping of the show was over in, I believe, less than an hour. While lining up to leave the studio for the elevator, I heard about there being two lines: one for the elevator and one for those who would like to meet with Mr. Mercer. We decided to join the latter. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to say to him when our turn came. Thought I’d leave Troy to do the talking for the two of us. When it was our turn, Mr. Mercer greeted us and shook our hands warmly before he turned to me and ask, “Did you have Indian?” He totally caught me off guard with that question. “How did you know?” “I read your tweet! You look Indian and you wear glasses in your Twitter icon.” “Wow. I’m not Indian but that is so cool! So you actually read all the @replies on Twitter?” “Not always but I had an hour to kill before the show and I like to see if anyone tweets about going to the taping.”

That definitely made my already great day even better and you have to admit, it really shows in this picture.

Awkward Rick Mercer Sandwich!

Seeing the picture above never fails to make me smile. :) I love how dorky Troy and I look and how awkward Mr. Mercer looks sandwiched between us. Love, love, love it! It was such an exceptionally good day. The best day I’ve ever spent in Toronto!

That was two days ago. Yesterday, we picked up our new car from the dealership in town. We are now sporting a blue 2011 Honda Fit that we’ve named Fynd, short for Five Years in New Debt. I’ve since found out that “fynd” actually means “go” in Welsh language. How appropriate! We miss our old car Syd still, but after listing all the things that didn’t work properly anymore on the old car, we started to let go of it. At least on the new car, everything works the way it should be.

And today, well, do you know what today is? Today is the day my poor, long suffering blog turns 11 years old! Crazy, huh? I’d like to say thanks to all of my readers, old and new, near and far, lurkers and non-lurkers, for reading my random crap and keeping on reading; for following my adventures and misadventures, my highs and lows. You are the bestest of the best! :) I wish I could give every single one of you a gift as a token of appreciation because I really do appreciate your readership a lot, but alas, I’m not loaded. All I can offer is $25 worth of books from Book Depository or a $25 gift card to the Photojojo Store to one lucky commenter. I don’t believe that Book Depository has gift cards for sale so if you decided to go with the books, you’ll have to give me the titles and your mailing address and I’ll buy the books and have them sent to you.

If you’d like to enter the draw, all you have to do is comment on this post. I will pick a winner using an online random number generator and announce the name a week from today. Comment away, and thanks once again for sticking around! I’d especially love to encourage all the lurkers to de-lurk for the occasion. You know who you are. ;)

9 Comments

  1. Staz
    February 20, 2011

    What a wild night you had! Lurker here, de-lurking to say Happy Blogiversary!

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  2. Dave2
    February 20, 2011

    Eleven years! Congratulations! If I were to have stuck with my original blog, I'd be at eleven as well. Sadly, I had to fail three times before I managed to have a blog I felt like keeping alive. :-)

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  3. joy
    February 20, 2011

    Happy Blogiversary! I've been reading your for awhile though I don't tend to comment. I do love the picture of you and Troy above and your expressions. You should post more pictures of yourself because you look awesome! Love the glasses!

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  4. Troy
    February 20, 2011

    What Firda didn't mention was Rick Mercer's mother, sister and nephew was in the audience, plus the lead singer of the Canadian hair rock band Platinum Blonde.

    P.S. I'm not eligible for the contest so don't worry about me stealing a “entry” from the good people who are posting comments. :)

    Reply
  5. WonderfulWaterloo.com
    February 20, 2011

    Congratulations on 11 years!

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  6. Aubreyfick
    February 22, 2011

    Wow. Awesome! Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!
    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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  7. Jillian
    February 25, 2011

    congrats on 11 years! I've been lurking for ages and ages and i love your photo posts especially. keep it up!!! :D

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  8. Arantza
    February 25, 2011

    Congrats! 11 years is a long time!

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Rabid Fox
    February 27, 2011

    Wow. Pretty neat having Rick Mercer pick out your tweet like that. And HOLY MOLY, eleven years? Good gravy, I've only been blogging for about two. Kudos.

    therabidfox[at]gmail.com

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