Kaska is a Star!

Kaska is a Star!
Pictures from the excellent Rob-Tiffany Wedding are up!

I have no plans for this weekend... I'm wasting my summer!


A Wedding and a Funeral

It's a weekend of extremes, first of all, my friends Rob and Tiffany got married on Saturday night. I've got lots of pictures to go through and post, and I promise I'll try to do that this week. The reception was at Liuna Station, a very classy joint. I know at our table, when looking at the menu we thought that we'd have a choice between steak and cornish hen, however, when the steak came on it's own, we realized we were getting both! I was so stuffed after the steak (preceded by pasta) but as soon as I tsted that hen, I made some room. Magnifique!

The other extreme this weekend is that my Grandmother passed away on Friday in Belleville. She had been sick with cancer for a while now, so I know that it's good that she's not suffering anymore. I'll miss her a lot though. I was fortunate to come to McMaster, and have my grandparents literally living across the road from there. I used to rollerblade over from residence with my laundry basket in hand, every week, returning after dinner with clean clothes, and often a loaf that she'd baked.
We spent last night with her sister, my great aunt, going through tons of pictures, some from as far back as when she was a young child. Some of the pictures we found show a completely different side to my nana that I never knew. We made a 5 bristol board picture tribute to her life, and it was quite a life. She was a great person, and I'm glad to have known her for as long as I have.
The funeral is at 11 today in Ancaster, it's going to be tough, but also I find them to be somewhat enjoyable. You get to see family that you don't often see, and catch up with what's been going on. There are always funny stories told about the person who passed. I'm sure this one will be no different.

I'll miss you Nana.



Time Temperature?

Shaping up to be another hot week. I wish I had a porch so I could sit out on it, play some banjo, drink some beers, talk with the neighbors as they pass, and complain about the heat.

From what I saw in Forest Gump, Alabama looks like a cool place to live.

I shouldn't complain about the heat. I love this so much more than winter, there is so much to do outside comparatively.

Thinking about it, the summer is already half over. Crap.


About all we can do...

About all we can do...
What a week this has been. Work has been crazy, stupid quarter close! And the weather has been super humid and hot. What do you do in this kind of weather then? Besides napping like Schrody is doing here, and failing having air conditioning, you have to swim!

We've been swimming now for some time in Lake Ontario from a beach in Burlington. This past Thursday though I ended up getting both ears infected. I tell ya, infected ears aren't much fun. The doctor I saw said I was the tenth case he'd seen that day. I guess it was time to close those beaches down.

I had a friend from Toronto come down last night and we hit up the B&T (vietnamese place) downtown for some excellent food. Then to the Snooty Fox to relive some university locales. Today we went for breakfast at Your Place Family Resteraunt then to see Wedding Crashers. I'm a fan of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson movies, and this one didn't dissapoint. Quite funny and worth it. (though it had striking similarities to The Wedding Singer)

Well, the rest of my weekend should be equally lazy and indoors, hope everyone else is having a good weekend!


The Rough Life

The Rough Life
The picture is the view off a co-workers dock in Grand Island, NY. This place was like Cottage country here in Ontario. Except they're living this life all the time, this was a co-workers house! It was fantastic to spend a weekend there, at our company weekend party.

Friday night 4 of us went down, got hassled at the border, and ended up partying with mostly NY folk. Very good times. I was even drinking Bud(!) by the end of the night. I've got some pictures of us drinking around the fire, and some other night shots.

Saturday morning was a bit rough, but I figured a quick trip to Timmy's (I was impressed they actually have them!) would be the cure. The guy serving us was named something like Booya, and he was a moron. I can understand maybe they don't know the standard terms that we have here, I ordered a large regular. Had to explain what that was a couple times, ended up with an XL regular. whatever. But when dave had to direct him to the muffins and point out the one he'd already asked 3 times for, that's just stupid. Anyway, the coffee did help, and by lunch, we were drinking again.

The rest of the company made it up for Saturday afernoon. We all got boat rides in various boats. The one I went on was a bigger boat, and we went to within sight of the spray from Niagara Falls. I went swimming off the side of the boat there, the current was crazy! I'd dive off, end up a few metres out, then within seconds, I was being swept past the boat. Spent some more time swimming when we got back, and had some dinner.

After dinner most company people left, but there were a bunch of us left. We spent time doing stupid human tricks with Danny and Randi, some kids of one of our employees, I couldn't believe how flexible they were. Stupid human tricks inevitably leads to armwrestling, where I beat Danny righthanded, then in an epic left handed battle, lasting many minutes, beat him left as well. Feeling invincible, I took on Randi (she's 12) left handed, and suffered a monumental defeat! Oh the bruised ego! Next up was their father Phil, who beat me right handed so fast, that I think he actually sprained my wrist. It still hurts today.

Around midnight Derek, one of the hosts of the party, took the remaining few of us left to Turners, a bar where you can boat up, dock, and head in to drink. It was also good times, though not as busy as we were hoping it would be.

Sunday morning came, and I know I didn't want to pack up and head home. We got some more swimming in, Brendan, our main host, served us some breakfast, then we packed up and headed for Canada. No hassles at the border this time. A quick swim at a co-workers house, another beer, then I was done. When I got home I napped for a couple hours.

Awesome weekend!


New Hog

New Hog
It's a beast! :P

This is it, a 1999 Ford Contour Sport, V6, 170hp, leather, cd, power crap, lots of trunkspace for dead hookers, 5 speed, not a bad car, and I got a really good deal on it. So what if it looks like it's a car for a 60 year old man.

Time for some roadtrips. Now I just need to find someone to go roadtripping with...

Have I driven a Ford lately?

Yes. Yes I have. And now I shall purchase one!