Zubby Newsletter – September 19, 2000

I’ve got to thank everyone that’s e-mailed me these past couple of weeks. I’m sorry I haven’t replied to many of them. The new class that started on the 18th has kept me frantically running around to finish preparations.

The first day itself was rather entertaining, in a typical Zub-like way. I wanted to be completely organized, so I showed up at 7am (the class starts at 8am). Unfortunately, the key I had been given wasn’t the actual front door key and so I was stuck waiting until 7:45. Running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I realized there were two other problems: the photocopier was on the fritz and the afternoon class had played a practical joke on me and run toilet paper streamers through the classroom. Needless to say, it was an interesting first impression for the new students.

The new class looks pretty sharp. They seem pretty into the whole thing and so far (it’s only been 2 days) are committed to busting their butts. I hope it carries through to the tough projects.

Running through the basics of animation and drawing always get me pumped. It reminds me of how far along I’ve come. It’s easy to dwell on how far the road ahead is, but it’s got to be balanced with looking at the distance traveled as well. I remember struggling with perspective drawing and Brian Lemay telling me I might get booted from 1st year animation. Now, I’m teaching kids how to draw fast and accurately. What a difference 4 years can make. So far, so good, I think.

Otherwise, things are pretty good. Tanya’s been working her buns off with work and her night classes. Between our schedules, the weekends have been the only time we really see each other. When we do get to the weekends, we’re both too worn out to do much. We kind of knew this was going to happen; it’s just a matter of getting used to it and making the most of time we’re spending together.

Speaking of which, it doesn’t look like Tanya will be coming back to Ontario with me for Christmas. As much as I’d like her to meet my family and friends in Ontario, she’s just got too many commitments here right now to free up the time. Tentatively, I’ll be taking holidays from approximately December 22nd through to January 6th. Considering I haven’t taken holidays all year, it’ll be a much-needed break. More details as we get closer. If someone from Sheridan could let me know when they’re getting out of school and when the Sheridan Christmas Pub is going to be, that would be great.

Anyways, got to get back to work on things here. I hope everyone’s doing well.

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