2019 Rollercoaster year So in a nutshell, 2019 was about 2 things – rebuilding family, and dealing with a-holes that caused me to change how I share Optimus. On the family front, we got to take a few short trips together in Optimus. We took a family getaway to Maine where we spent an afternoon with Jeff Kline and stayed at the same cabin we stayed in for the comic convention 2 months prior. We did lots of summer stuff, went to the beach, camelback, arcades, and plan to do Hershey for New Years again. I spent a lot of time at home and went out on a lot of dates with Ania. I felt we did a good job rebuilding, though the hussle and bustle of life and work has kept us both busy. Moreso her as she tries to balance wine, ASC, BNI, and everything in between. She is very stressed.
On the Optimus front, the year started off awesome. I partnered with a company in Rhode Island called Ks Kustoms to build a Bumblebee ride on that was presented to a family who lost their dad in the line of duty. It was a day I will never ever forget. Unfortunately that day was clouded by the same people who built it, claiming I did not represent them the way they thought I would. They thought my final video would be a tribute to them and how they survived homelessness and built this with no income. When instead it was ALWAYS about spotlighting all of us while focusing mainly on the delivery to that family.
Others assholes like the Barricade owner JJ, two Bumblebee owners who both are named Joe caused me to change a lot with Optimus in the 2nd half of the year. I am done partnering with other vehicles for now. Only a select few remain. And I now stated a campaign to end bullying with OP, where I go to schools and deliver a presentation to the kids with OP about joining us in our mission. In 2020, all I need is to find some rich guy with a ton of money to blow who comes to me and says ‘whatever it takes, I’ll help you get to every school around the country’. And if all I do in 2020 are school visits, I’d be totally content with that.
All in all 2019 was an OK year. We are still struggling financially but I am more optimistic than ever that we’ll soon be out of this hole and built up our savings and be back to a normal, comfortable lifestyle. Fingers crossed. LOVE YOU ALL!!