Martin's Tip #1

Whilst biking, you see a can of pop on the ground. Don't hit it assuming it's empty, because if it's not, you get a spray of steaming hot cola all over yourself.


Loon Stretching

Loon Stretching
I have returned from the canoe trip, and am back at work. I almost hate vacations, for the fact that going back to work is so hard. I need a longer vacation.

The canoe trip was great. We had fantastic weather, only one afternoon of rain, the rest of the time reasonable. I'm not going to go into the details of the trip here, pictures tell a better story. See my pics here, and Dave's here. Note that as of writing this, mine aren't all up yet.



Event: Mudrun, a 10km race with mud related obstacles
Date: Saturday June 11th.
Location: Toronto, near woodbine.
People: Wes, Maygan, and myself.
Sleep: Not nearly enough.
Temperature: Bloody Hot.
River Crossings: 2, which most people waded through, we swam and had mud fights and beached ourselves on the muddy shore.
Mud Pits: 1, which we dove into, rolled around in, pulled each other through, and had lots of fun in.
Water: the substance which completely refreshes Maygan for about 12 seconds.
Showers: 3 hoses (noses?) that apparently had ice cold glacier water coarsing through them.
Fun: had by all.

Pre Run Picture

Post Run Picture


That time of year again

That time of year again
We leave Saturday morning for the Second Annual Canoe Trip. I'm super excited about this years trip. We've lost one person (my brother), and gained two people (Wes and John) so this year we have an even number of people coming. As the stupid chef guy from the Lillydale commercials would say "You caught me working; banquet for 50, it's going to be great!". Ok, maybe that wasn't the most relevant quote.

This picture was from last years trip, I'll have lots more from this year.

Also we're still waiting on pictures from the end of the Mud Run that Wes, Maygan, and I did last Saturday, I'll post them and a summary when they're up.



Humming Bird at Feeder
So this picture was blogged on another site, along with lots of other cool shots.

Check it out:

The Site
My Pic




Found this site through Overcompensating:


Leaving wired up cars for theives to steal, (gps, remote ignition cut off, cameras, microphones, etc) then busting them. It's such a great idea, and has apparently been decreasing the number of car thefts in Vancouver where this trial is. Check out the videos, they're pretty funny.


I'm no Seinfeld

Friday Evening:

6:00: Wes's place. Drank a beer.

6:30: Another beer, and some chips.

6:45: Dinner, consisting of 2 double beef paddy burgers. I felt crosseyed from too much beef.

7:15: Walked down to register for the Race registration.

8:00: Back at Wes'. Decided not to have another beer, as we have to run a 5km race later in the evening.

8:45: Head back down to Hess for the race. Start planning where we are going to find someone to hold a platter of beer for us.

8:58: See a group of people congregated down George street, decide to see what they're up to, as the race doesn't start for another 45 minutes.

8:59: Apparently the race starts at 9, giving us one minute to stretch, and no time to find people to hold beer for us.

Lap 1: Wes and I run together, it is a fairly well paced lap, the uphill back towards Queen wasn't too bad. At the end of the lap, Wes called down a server gave her some cash, and ordered us a pitcher of beer. We found a coupld of cute girls to keep the beer with them and refil the glasses as we ran (Much to the disgust of their boyfriends).

Lap 2: Another well paced lap. The uphill section was getting harder, both of us were feeling heavy, probably due to the beef and beers earlier. Our beers and girls were waiting for us back just before the start finish line. They had poured what seemed to me like a lot of beer. No problem though, we had already missed out on a lap of drinking because we had to buy the beer. The beer did not go down well. It's hard to drink carbonated beverages when you are out of breath. I was a bit slower than Wes, but I got my beer down.

Lap 3: It's also hard to burp while you're running and out of breath, the gas buildup in my stomach was not an enjoyable feeling. This lap was significantly slower than the previous one. We kept running however, and sludged our way up the uphill section. Back for more beer at the end of the lap. It looked like we were drinking full pints, but they were probably 3/4. I am not one for drinking beer fast, and Wes had to help me out a bit near the end of my glass.

Lap 4: We were both feeling very slow this lap. We had to stop and walk a couple times. Things were mixing in my stomach that were never meant to be together. Some bikers (choppers, not mountain) told us that one of their "ladies" was single, Wes almost went back for some biker action. They laughed. I think we may have rolled up the uphill section. I had gone from thinking that our drinking run was a fantastic idea, to the worst idea ever! Drinking the bigger pints in the previous laps meant that thier was not much beer left at the end of this lap. I had serious trouble drinking my beer, Wes helped me out again. A bouncer from the bar came over to let us know that we can't drink beer from the bar outside of the gates. Luckily we only had a bit to finish before taking off again. Wes described me as having a very bad look on my face as I choked down my last little bit.

Lap 5: Very shortly into this lap I had the feeling that the events taking place in my stomach were about to take place outside. I found myself a fairly discrete corner and let'er fly. It was pretty gross. However, I felt much better, and the rest of the lap for me wasn't too bad. even the uphill section. Wes, who keep in mind had more beer in him than me, had some issues so we slowed the pace down.

Finish: Not a spectacular time, 33:55 for Wes, and 33:56 for me (damnit!). We have some ideas of how to make the run better next year, and are also looking for more people to join us. Keep it in mind for next June!

10:00: We changed and stayed in hess, having a few more drinks before heading home for the night.

All in all I would have to say, a fun experience. Now I know that I can't really drink and run very well.

Saturday night was Ty and Laura's wedding. What a fun time that was, it was really great to hang out with people I don't see nearly enough. The open bar ended up being trouble, the live band was great (such a great idea, even though they didn't know any Rage Against the Machine or AC/DC). The food was great, second best steak of my life, nice and rare. After the wedding Cam, Randy, and myself went to The Still (in Kitchener). That was pretty funny, highlighted by a german guy kind of hump dancing with a table? (from what I remember). I drank way too much, and yesterday was pretty much a disaster. I had to get Cam to pull over 4 times on the way home.

Yeah, so like my brother, I'm going to be taking a bit of a break from drinking, probably just a couple weeks. I hope everyone elses weekend was fun!


It's done

Car is gone, money has been transfered.

Now the search is on for the next car.

In the mean time, I'm running a 5k road race tonight around Hess. Wes and I are planning to add some extras into the race. We're hoping to find someone to hold a platter of half pints that we can down on each lap of hess. Afterwards there shall be more drinking.

Ty's wedding tomorrow should be good times.