BigNiceJohn

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from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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    • I love you guys.

      7 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      So, I think I get to say that I've pretty much done it all now. I've hosted battle of the bands, open mic's, RvBTO's, my dad's wedding reception, but now, thanks to our lovely friendy Ryan and Britte, I have now officiated a wedding.

      It was an incredible experience, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. It is a shame, though, that all those sweet pictures of Ryan and Britte are ruined by having my mug in the background, but at least I got out of the way of their wedding makeouts.

      I was really quite nervous about the ceremony... in fact, I ended up editing and re-writing almost everything a couple of nights before (those of you who are my facebook friends watched that go down). In the end, though, I managed to squeeze zombies, Einstein, and Voltron into the ceremony, and things (mostly) went pretty well.

      I was nervous as hell, still convinced I didn't do a very good job, but the people I care about did think I did awesomely... and that's all that matters.

      I tried to keep the ceremony as close as I could to the way Ryan, Britte, Ele and I end up hanging out, just lounging on their couches, letting the conversation flow however it may. Due to a slight miscommunication, though, I ended up cutting about half of my ceremony due to time issues, but Ryan and Britte have all the cue cards, so they can see everything I actually had for them.

      It was great to see everybody again, and I had a great time, and I'm glad I was able to put a smile on the two most important people there. Thanks for the opportunity to do that, Ryan and Britte.

    • The Official RvBTO 2012 Thread

      in Forums > The Official RvBTO 2012 Thread | Follow this topic

      BigNiceJohn

      Well folks, by now you've seen the video.

      It's true, RvBTO 2012 will be the last RvBTO. While it might seem sad, the event is going to be what it has always been, a celebration of the community. We are well aware that we are going to get bombarded with 'WHY?' comments, and this isn't the place for that discussion.

      This is the place to check out for official announcements, event happenings, and locations.

      We also, of course have some special surprises up our sleeves... you guys are going to want to keep this one on watch.

      This post will also be edited with ALL current RvBTO information as it is announced.

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    • Thanks, Wade.

      7 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      Wade Belak died yesterday at the age of 35. No one is really sure yet what caused the death, but I had to stop working last night and just put my head down for a minute because I was almost going to cry.

      Back in 2001, I had a column on hockey, writing for hockeyfights.com. I only got to do one interview, and it was with, as some of you have already guessed by now, Wade Belak. He couldn't have been a nicer guy as someone who was already established in his career and had nothing to gain by doing an interview for an (at the time) chump change website with a cub reporter like me.

      He was gracious, took extra time to talk to me, and just have a conversation about hockey and life. He was a funny guy, and I do remember him telling me that it was great to play for the Leafs because now he gets real privileges 'like a really sweet table at McDonalds.' He invited to go for Tequila shots with him sometime... then I told him I was 17. He had a big laugh.

      We met again a few years later. I was unemployed, and just hanging around downtown as most of the NHLPA was getting ready to have some meetings to decide if the strike was going to continue. I was just in an elevator of the Sheraton hotel when in walks Wade Belak. amazingly he not only remembers me, but he offers to take me out to lunch.

      Again, we had a good conversation, and he talked about his growing tattoo collection, showing off some of his new works. He even came to one of my last stand up shows a couple of days later... and we finally did get a shot of tequila together.

      I felt sick to my stomach at watching some people on twitter immediately point to suicide, concussions, or drug use for Wade's death when we don't quite know yet. He was married, had two young daughters, and I've seen him in a room full of all kinds of drugs, and he just stuck to tequila.

      I was a bit surprised how much Wade's death shocked me, but he and Greg Giraldo were the two guys that really had nothing to gain by being nice to me, and they were both in situations where it would have been easy enough to have a simple 'hi, how are you,' and leave all further interactions unsaid. Both are gone way too soon.

      Thanks Wade, for being you.

    • New Awesome Video.

      8 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      Well I know you folks dig Cee Lo Green's Fuck You. It's a pretty rad song, I must admit.

      Have you ever wondered what the song would be like if it was done as a remix, sung by an NES about its' owner leaving it for a Sega Genesis? Thanks to the Internet... wonder no more.

    • Interesting.

      8 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      So, I'm FU on the site... that's pretty rad.

      What is more rad, though, is Caleb's community group.

      I have no interest in being Featured User, but to have someone go out of their way and ask me a few questions is, quite frankly, fun. For the people that know me, you know I'm not really into stuff like this, but the difference here is that I get to point you to a great group that recognizes the great people that make this place special. Hell, they were smart enough to know to put Ele ahead of me, so they certainly know quality when they see it.

      The interview is here, and there's a great little thread to ask me any questions you guys want. You can find that here.

      What I really recommend, though, is that you join the group, and head over here... to the thread recommending people to be featured in the group. We all know of a couple people that could use a few more eyes on their profile.

      So that's all for me folks, have a good one.

    • Best Internet Video

      8 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      Ok, maybe not the best, but certainly the bet thing I've seen in quite a while.

      Edit; So it turns out Burnie posted this after I went to sleep last night. It's well worth watching again. .

    • Big Black '79 by Scatterbrains

      8 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      Well hi again, folks.

      I know, we're talking again so soon.

      This is important, though. It's not a journal about me gloating about how great my life is turning out right now, it's about something bigger than me.

      RvBTO.


      Now, as most of you are aware, there is a 'Create a T-shirt' contest going on right now. A whole bunch of people are trying to get you to vote for their slogans for any number of reasons.

      I'm telling you not to listen.

      Seriously.

      Look at the slogans, and vote on what you think will look best on a t-shirt.

      If you vote based on what someone's journal wants you to do RvB CanWest I mean the terrorists win.


      I'm kidding about the CanWest folks, those guys are rad, you guys should go. I should know because I'm writing a journal about it.

  • Comments (149)

    • HBogo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Way to go Featured User!

    • Blue_Team FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold VGHS

      8 years ago

      Yo Happy FU BNG!! smiley13.gif

    • Caiti FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Velvet Scarlatina

      8 years ago

      Happy FU Day! Great interview!

    • Jcach

      8 years ago

      Happy FU!

    • ReaperOfMan

      8 years ago

      smiley9.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley13.gifFU smiley13.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley9.gif

    • CakeMachine

      8 years ago

      Happy FU Mister! smiley0.gif

    • caleb FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Frisbee

      8 years ago

      Your interview is live!

    • Stoite

      8 years ago

      Hey John, for the WINTO event, do you think it would be possible to organize something on the friday night? That Robert Plant concert I'm going into town is on saturday, and I can't miss that for the world. But I really want to hang out and see everyone again.

    • Stoite

      8 years ago

      WELL EVERYTHING WENT BETTER THAN EXPECTED THEN.

    • Heather

      8 years ago

      Yes, I just checked my diary - you ARE right! Win!

    • Tuckapenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Heyamate! I just wanted to say I finished the latest Coffeecast and it went off with a bang. I really enjoyed the Powerful Words segment and the meaning words. Cheers fuhlas, I look forward to the new one!

    • DU_Stars_Fan

      8 years ago

      Yahoo has a roster max. I believe it's currently set to that right now. I'll double check though. I recall being mad about the lack of bench room as well, but if that's all we can do, that's all we can do.

    • Tuckapenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Tsk tsk you! I'm slowly working my way through the Coffee Cast podcast. An entire episode dedicated to porn? I'm thoroughly enjoying the old cartoons and toys.

    • grey_starr

      9 years ago

      This might interest you.... maybe - toronto.en.craigslist.ca/yrk/tlg/1905293686.html

    • Heather

      9 years ago

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    • john Quarlton Tanks

      9 years ago

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    • fluffnight

      9 years ago

      You were a great host!
      Sad we couldn't have chat more.
      Awesome meeting you!

    • Heather

      9 years ago

      <3

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    • SocialistYam

      9 years ago

      Awesome meeting you on Lé weekend. Can't wait for next year!

    • antlertail

      9 years ago

      For sure. :) Were you happy with how everything turned out?

    • spastic_jedi

      9 years ago

      It's cool smiley1.gif I'm sure we'll make up for it next year.

    • antlertail

      9 years ago

      Hey, it was great meeting you this weekend. :) Thanks again for all the hard work - I had an amazing time! :D

    • spastic_jedi

      9 years ago

      My Moose is always one big ball of spikes.
      The only way I can get him to calm down and spend time with me is if I play Great Big Sea and give him scrambled eggs.

      He likes drinking songs... so I guess he dreams of boozing it up Newfie style... While eating eggs? Maybe?

    • Heather

      9 years ago

      Joe did not tell me, but both you and Ele DID tell me, knowing Joe wouldn't tell me, so it's gravy.
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      Sounds good to me!

    • Elnea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      LOL I just saw your "hosts" video on YouTube. If I come this year can I also slap you around? Or does that cost extra? ;-)

    • puckplayer

      9 years ago

      The entire time I was watching, all I could think about was "I've seen this play out a million times in video games...I can't believe it's actually happening."

    • Vicki

      9 years ago

      Yes! I did. I got it, I love it, I appreciate it, the card made me laugh and smile, and you're both the most wonderful ever. I kept meaning to make a journal about it, but between Jon coming home and now this oh-so-lovely sinus infection I've developed, I tend to only remember when I'm nowhere near the damn computer.

      In short, thank you thank you thank you, it was a wonderful gift, and I'm sorry I'm so forgetful about mentioning it.

    • SloeBombFizz

      10 years ago

      John,
      John,
      JOHN
      JOHN
      JOHN
      John
      John
      John.....


      Hey... John...

      I'm told that you need to get your driver's license and passport in order.
      You need to do it and you need to do it soon if you plan to make it in time.

    • OboeCrazy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Freelancer

      10 years ago

      In reply to BigNiceJohn, #5:

      Oh Oboe, my dear... will our flirtations never end?


      I certainly hope not. smiley8.gif

    • Elnea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      No no no! It isn't your fault my son's friend talked him into having an online orgy in Fable 2.

      ...


      But it is your fault he got pregnant.


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    • Brittewater FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      BigNiceJohn.

      You are big.

      And nice.

      and your name is John.

      Just in case you weren't aware.

      Post edited 2/24/09 10:54PM

    • MildGrooveOn

      10 years ago

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    • KittensMcGee

      10 years ago

      No, please make them. All of them. Exhaust your reservoir of shuttlecock puns.

    • KittensMcGee

      10 years ago

      Actually, I dream about you all the time. ;)

    • Kschenke

      10 years ago

      I totally had a dream last night that my family took Mike and me near Toronto. You came to visit, but stayed in the basement of our hotel room (yeah, I know it doesn't make sense) and didn't tell us you were there and sat on the edge of my childhood bed (which again, shouldn't have been at the hotel, but whatever).

      Also in the dream, I actually drew myself a journal that expressed how much I wanted Toronto RvB users to come see us, but then I realized I didn't have a scanner and the picture was worthless.

      And that's actually one of my less insane dreams.

    • Vicki

      10 years ago

      The comment you left on Tom's journal about your ego made me choke on my iced tea.

    • puckplayer

      10 years ago

      Well, John, I want a hockey journal because your opinion is better than everyone else's.

    • film_geek

      11 years ago

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      you look like you had fun. smiley0.gif

    • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

      11 years ago

      I think that's a fantastic idea. Our two groups can meet and descend upon the Groundhog all at once. We'll probably be there between 5:30 and 5:45.

      In unrelated news, last night you were in my dream. You entered a store I was in and calmly told me and the other person there not to draw attention to you because you were hiding from certain death. Then a few minutes later someone came in and collected you, presumably to take you off to certain death. Weird.

    • Brittewater FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      I think you might be right. That's one sexy back side you got there >.>

    • elebellybear

      11 years ago

      Moooooo

    • DU_Stars_Fan

      11 years ago

      Oh ya, well your comment is lame now so we're even.

    • MildGrooveOn

      11 years ago

      OMFG U LYKE THESALADS!

      1. You will like my website.

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      3. surrounded.jpg

      4. biiiighuuuugs.jpg

      5. DI.jpg

      It goes on and on and on, but I'll spare you. :) smiley12.gif

    • MarthaMarin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      GAH! WRITE A JOKE ABOUT ME!!!

      That would be the best ever.

      Especially if it involved my falling down.

    • MildGrooveOn

      11 years ago

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      Still what i think of every single time I hear that cheese name.
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    • film_geek

      11 years ago

      Dude, you have to watch this, it's fucking hilarious! it's the writer of Evil Dead the Musical going to South Korea to see the Seoul version of Evil Dead.

      Heading "What the Fuck Was That?", and "Good Old Reliable Jake" in Korean... is just... so funny words fail me.

      Also, here's a neat little behind the scenes video about the Toronto evil dead, co hosted by Jake.

      ... I'm bored and looking up evil dead on youtube.

    • Frankfurter

      11 years ago

      Comedy Club... or Jazz bar. both are much better than coffee.

      Comedy club and Jazz bar are a step above coffee in price, time spent, and ability to talk to each other. I’m wondering if there’s anything on the same horizontal line as coffee. There may not be.

      That and Baton Rouge doesn't have that many Jazz bars that I know of. Which doesn't make sense if you're looking at it from the perspective of Baton Rouge is in South Louisiana and 60 miles away from New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz; but it makes a lot of sense if you look at it from the perspective of people in Baton Rouge are apathetic and don't appreciate stuff.

      Even so, I give you the +1 reward for being the only fucking person ever to ever actually answer a question I've posed in a journal that I actually want someone to answer the question I asked, ever! Which is a nice thing.

      ...so thanks for that.

    • BluValkyrie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      I am blaming it on YOU

      you had your first taste of lobster yesterday, and today, I had to shell the meat of 40 lobsters at work!!!!

      I BLAME YOU!!!!

      in a kidding-I-know-you-didn't-do-it-or-did-you-? kind of way

      Post edited 3/29/08 2:38PM

    • MildGrooveOn

      11 years ago

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      :D

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