Monday, December 11th, 2006

The infamous events of December 11th, 2001


It dawned on me today that it’s been five years since I was unceremoniously shunted from the halls of Movie Central. Those who know me know the details that followed, both good and bad. But the larger point is that if I hadn’t gotten a metaphorical ass-booting at that time, there’s a good chance I’d still be in Edmonton, working at a television station and miserable beyond words.

In the last five years, I’ve been to Japan twice and Thailand once, gone to school again, ridden the Vancouver real-estate market’s strange wave upward, been a newspaper reporter in small towns in Alberta and British Columbia, returned to Vancouver, made new friends, worked at a trade paper, moved into PR and taken pictures of Cylons. And I met a wonderful woman who’s just about the funniest, coolest, and ladynerdiest catch ever.

And, partly because of this blog, I actually became a professional writer. None of this would have happened if TV hadn’t chewed me up and spit me out. Recently my coworkers felt the icy sting of the unemployment boot, as the entire station packed up and headed to Toronto. I can only hope they see this development not as a setback, but a blessing. It sure worked out that way for me.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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