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2012 Highlights

2012 is almost over so what will I remember most about this year?

  • I launched jkire.com – otherwise you’d be reading this list on tumblr or something!
  • Kirbie just reminded me that she was here in Denver for New Year’s Eve last year, unfortunately that couldn’t happen again this year, but I spent a week in Portland with her earlier this month. Hopefully in 2013 we will be able to spend more time together!
  • #15! Blue Devils’ show Cabaret Voltaire was awesome and I’m proud to have been a part of the organization for my 9th season!
  • I got to accompany the corps to Guatemala over Labor Day weekend. My only disappointment is how close we were to Mayan ruins on our night off in Antigua, but there was no easy way to get there. Next time. The cooler ruins are further North anyway.
  • Custom vinyl toys. I started making these last fall but didn’t really make a lot of them until this year. They’re a lot of fun to make and everyone who has ordered some seems to like them!
  • Marching Lessons! I started it in 2011 but the episodes progressed into 2012. I still haven’t gotten around to making the “Practical Exam” yet, but… hey, I’ll get to it eventually!

Looking back there are a few things I intended to make happen in 2012 that just haven’t for one reason or another. I could be disappointed about it but instead I’m going to use those unfinished projects as a foundation to make sure 2013’s highlights are ten times as great. Here are just a handful of the projects I want to finish in the next 12 months:

  • The 2012 Pit Documentary!
  • PSW – A sci-fi novel.
  • The Marching Lessons Practical Exam
  • Zom Nomz – A comic.
  • Fridge – More of the comic. Figured I would wait for Fringe to end.
  • Eriktronic – A music album.
  • A detective novel.
  • Relaunch “Today I Watched” as a video series.
  • A couple of children’s books I’ve been putting off.

Maybe there’s something on this list you’d like to see more than the others? Let me know! The biggest obstacle has been having to decide between them all, so I usually end up playing video games instead.

Of course I plan on doing what I can to make sure the “bigger than me” stuff like drum corps is as great as possible too. And to take even better photos than the last two years.

Happy New Year! I have a pretty good feeling about 2013.

Daily Photo – June 24, 2012

And done with the little devils!

Although the guy on the far right looks like he has some kind of horrible rash… I suppose I could touch that up a bit.

If you’re interested in snagging a BD Little Devil Toy and you’re going to be at a show, shoot me an email at toys@jkire.com to reserve one and we’ll have it in the souvie booth waiting for you! They are $40 each, or $70 for a set of jacketed/jacketless devils.They are approximately 4″ tall and have been hand painted by me!

I’ll be checking in at the airport in approximately 12 hours, I can’t wait to see everyone!

Health update: I don’t know what the heck is going on anymore.

Thanks for having a look, see ya tomorrow!

Daily Photo – June 23, 2012

More progress on the toys, I’m hoping to finish the bodies of the jacketless devils tonight so they can have their capes glued on tomorrow morning. I forgot that I need to paint the faces on the heads that will go on this batch, so I will try to get that done tonight as well!

I feel like the purple sections could be more even, but I don’t really know the exact mix of blue and purple I used. That could potentially make mismatched spots that look just as uneven. I’ll just claim it adds character!

Health update… at the moment I’m feeling alright. This morning the hives came back in a big way, and my top lip was pretty swollen. Crossing my fingers for nothing weird like that to happen again tomorrow so that I can be as healthy as possibly when I fly out to California on Monday!

Daily Photo – June 22, 2012

Another step complete!

I actually did this yesterday… haven’t got any work done on them today. Tomorrow I will take on the jacketless devils though!

Congratulations to the corps on their win in Clovis, CA tonight, I wish I could have been there.

In health news, I went back to the doctor today and was finally prescribed what I needed. I can say with fairly high confidence that my skin is hive free! Now I just need to pass out for a solid night’s…zzzzzz