The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

I’ll See You On The Other Side …
December 20, 2013, 6:20 am
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So that was 2013.

I don’t know about you, but it was an OK year.

Certainly not one of my best, but far from being one of my worst.

To be honest, despite such highs as taking my Mum to see the Northern Lights … seeing Andy’s delightful daughter overcome her terrible illnessappearing in a book [and amazingly, not in a bad way] … pulling off a half-decent April Fools joke … going to Disneyland [for work!!!] … being reminded I work in a great company with great people … being the winner of losing … … discovering great people and finding out that someone you think is great, really is great … buying my bike … seeing a few genuinely wonderful campaigns – and some not-so-wonderful – and finally, the 10,000 holidays China decided to bestow on it’s people, there were a few lows.

From seeing people I adored unexpectedly die [including this wonderful man] … to hearing about people I didn’t know, die in the terrible of ways … to saying goodbye to great colleagues [not forgetting you Sue!] … to finding out Morrissey was actually quite nice [even though his biography makes him sound the sort of twat I thought he would be] … to having my much anticipated catch up with Northern and Freddie being snatched away at the last moment.

Then there’s the issue that a bunch of you come on here each day and abuse me which – if I’m being honest – I don’t know if it’s a high or a low. Ha.

But all in all, 2013 has been a good year and I hope it was for you guys too. Who the hell knows what 2014 will have in store, I’m sure it won’t have – sadly – as many holidays, but in a World of uncertainty, the one thing we can all cling on to is the knowledge I’ll be writing some utter rubbish on this blog and you’ll be taking the piss out of it.

Finally, I want to say goodbye to a colleague of mine who is leaving us after 3 years.

Ryan Gerber turned up in China with a reputation.

To be honest, his reputation was built on this video from his previous employer, R/GA, but as far as I was concerned, anyone who wore sandals, liked Iron Maiden, looked a bit like Officer Poncherello from CHiPs and was 3 feet 2″ tall couldn’t be too bad.

I was only semi-wrong.

Ryan has the ability to have an argument in an empty room. He’s loud, obnoxious, opinionated and rude.

In other words, he made me look professional and well behaved.

No wonder I adored him.

Anyway, he is moving on and I have to admit, I am sorry about that.

Despite him being almost solely responsible for my purchase of a Zakk Wylde Gibson Les Paul [just so I could match his black and white version] a ridiculous iPad arcade machine ‘case’ and the most pointless back massage tool I’ve ever seen, it’s been a fun and eventful ride with some experiences in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Detroit that I will never forget and will always associate with him.

He leaves having caused a trail of glorious destruction – both to the agency and the country – however I am sure he would agree that his greatest achievement has been turning a tattoo virgin planner into the sort of inked beast that most people would cross the road to avoid.

Yes, I’m talking about me and my arms of colour, which is – unsurprisingly – why my mother doesn’t like him very much.

So with that, I wave goodbye to my fake-American friend and wish him well.

It’s going to be a hell of a lot quieter without him so to ensure I always remember his unique patronising tone, I will add the last bit of work we did together, that he not only wrote – but voiced as well.


Take care Ryan, see you in LaLaLand.

So with that over-indulgent sentimental post, I bid you all farewell.

Thank you for the laughs and – where necessary – the support and may 2014 be bloody awesome, just not quite as awesome as mine.

Happy eating, drinking, present opening and present exchanging.


41 Comments so far
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Congrats to Ryan for surviving 3 years with Rob. That puts you in contention for a nobel.

Comment by DH

He probably thinks that qualifies him as a Navy Seal.

Comment by Rob

All this post does is show you are far too lucky Rob.

Happy holidays to everyone on here, Rob’s mum and poor Jill.

Mildly agreeable holidays to Rob.

Comment by DH

It’s been a vintage year for this blog Rob. I don’t know how (or why) you keep it up but I’m glad you do. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and I’m glad I will see everyone again in 2014.

PS) I know I have told you this before, but I really like that ad. Maybe one day you can tell me how Shanghai got to do a spot for America. Good work.

Comment by Pete

fuck that. how did a brit in china get to work on an american brand for america from commie central? oh i know, by selling his soul to the fucking devil and having the luckiest fucking life on planet bastard earth.

Comment by andy@cynic

When I work out how if happened, I’ll let you know but basically, I’m as surprised as you are.

Comment by Rob

this post was made for me to smack you the fuck down. sentimental bollocks. a goodbye that sounds like youre announcing youre coming out the fucking closet and a list of good things thats happened to you that makes me want to smash you in the lucky fucking face.

then you ruin it for me by saying my beautiful bonnies health was a highlight. you lovely fucking fun ruining planning bastard. youre right, it was a highlight, it was one of the highlights of my whole fucking life, but it means a fucking lot to me and the girls so i will let you off. ill even wish you a fucking happy christmas. not as happy as i want it for your mum, jill and every other fucker on here, but happier than i thought id give you and much fucking happier than you deserve.

i even like the ad. it helps that every other car ad in the us is fucking facsimile bollocks but its good. almost as good as how you pulled the rug from underneath me and turned me into a soppy twat. you evil manipulative lovely bastard.

Comment by andy@cynic

Well said Andrew.

Comment by George

And I meant it. It was definitely a highlight of my year so I cannot imagine how amazing it must have been for you guys. Have a wonderful time celebrating it and I know 2014 will be a great year for all of you. Or at least the ladies in the Boucher household.

Comment by Rob

your words have just fucked up my holiday. lovely bastard.

Comment by andy@cynic

Put it this way, the round robin letter in any card I send this year is going to be a blank sheet of A4. Though, at least, I’ve had the comments on this blog to entertain me. Yes, it’s that bad.

Happy holidays to all you lovely, successful people.

Comment by John

that would be better than the usual fucking shit people put in them. cheer up doddsy, theres christmas parties with drunk secretaries for you to leer at. this blog wouldnt be the same without your pedantic smart shit so stop looking for sympathy and live off this compliment for the next 12 months.

Comment by andy@cynic

Oxygen of the rarest quality. Thankyou – even if there haven’t been any Christmas parties for me.

Comment by John

Happy new year John. Let’s make 2014 count even more. You know perfectly well what I mean!

Comment by Rob

Even more than what?

Comment by John

That’s quite the send off to your colleague Robert. I wonder if he realises how big a deal that is. Giving your description of him, I wonder if he will even care.
Thanks for another year of viewpoints, knowledge and amusement. Knowing it will all start again in 2014 makes me feel even better about the impending 12 months. I mean that.
Seasons greetings to all.

Comment by George

For your information, I didn’t know you had anything to do with that jeep spot. It has been all over the television for the past month. I liked it. It’s not up there with your Chrysler super bowl work, but it is very good and suits the Jeep brand beautifully. Congratulations of moving the category forward and avoiding cliche. Quite a feat.

Comment by George

Thank you mate, I’ve actually written a post about it for next year. Yes, I have started pre-writing 2014 stuff, mental eh! But thanks, we like it too.

Comment by Rob

Best news of the year.

Comment by Billy Whizz

A very nice way to end the year Robert. Thank you to you and all the commentators for my daily distraction and I very muchlook forward to more of the same in 2014.

Comment by Lee Hill

I do not comment but I always check to see what is going on. I rarely understand what is said but when I see the comments (even Andy’s swearing ones) I learn my old friends are well. Happy holidays to everyone and their family.

Comment by Katerina

Hello K.

Comment by Pete

Katerina!!! So good to hear from you. I miss you and your bossy ways. Hope all is wonderful and I hope we can catch up soon. Expect an email from me in about 3 seconds.

Comment by Rob

Happy holidays. May you all find an Apple product under your tree.

Comment by Bazza

Android all the way.

Comment by Pete

What tree?

Comment by John

Holy jesus, you get a lot of comments on these things. First off, it was three and a half years, which in China, is the equivalent of 17. So bravo to us indeed. We’ll both live a little less longer for having done so, but we’ll always sound smarter at a Panda Express. Second, could you not find a less terrible, twee photo of me. I look like a ‘Real World’ casting reject… from season 1.

Lastly, while there is quite a bit of personal therapy going on within that spot, Sam penned the words. He’s got issues too.

Its been a blast my friend. I look forward to haphazardly running into you in Marrakesh or Koh Samui or some other odd place, where you’ll be giving a seminar and ill probably be spending a spa day in the local jail.

Besides, I’m not leaving the country for like 3 weeks. So Ill see you in 2014.

Comment by The Bastard in the Picture

Working with Rob is bad enough. Admitting you worked with Rob is career suicide. I hope you have enough money saved up.

Comment by DH

Oh, in that case I wish I hadn’t bothered writing all this then.

Comment by Rob

sorry to fucking break it to you but moving to la wont get you away from campbell, he latches on to you until he has sucked every last fucking bit of benefit out of your association. everything. money, talent, jokes. you name it he will fucking take it. he makes parasites jealous. youre fucking doomed. the only advantage is you dont have to see his fucking nasty face every fucking day but he had so many holidays this year, i probably saw him more than you fucking did. lucky bastard.

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Comment by Billy Whizz

where the fuck are my presents you tight bastards? after all ive done for you this year you better fucking pay up big.

Comment by andy@cynic

Is Robert not going to see you for holidays, isn’t that big enough for you? Haha Based on your posts it seems it is.

Comment by Miguel

the best present that fucker can give me is not to see me at christmas. ive seen so fucking much of him this year its enough to last me a fucking lifetime.

Comment by andy@cynic

You’re in luck then Andy. I have [man] flu.

Comment by Rob

you mean you have flu. you dont have anything man about you whatsofuckingever.

Comment by andy@cynic

It’s a sign of what 2014 has in store for you Rob. Karmas finally caught up with you. What took it so long?

Comment by DH

A very happy new year to you all. Much love from Munich.

Comment by Marcus

How long till Rob screws 2014 for all of us?

Comment by Billy Whizz

When he can be bothered to post again, get a move on Rob

Comment by northern

People around here need their fix of abuse. Junkies.

Where is the new post?

Comment by Miguel

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