Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Renfrew Fair

Two fridays ago, Darryl and I trucked on down to the Frew for the 156th Renfrew Fair. Alison joined us, and we kicked things off by playing the Grocery Game.

Most people probably have no idea. The Grocery Game is THE BEST. You pay two bucks and get three paddles with numbers. Then once all the paddles are sold, they spin the wheel and the winning number wins a bag of groceries. JUST LIKE THAT! Its a classic and its BRILLIANT! We lost.

The next stop was the Bacon on a Bun booth which is just as disgusting and delicious as it sounds. My mommy and her friends [including Deb shown here on the right] put a team together and worked in there for the night, which resulted in many free and delicious future heart-attacks for me.

We joined some of my friends, and headed to the grandstand where Shane Yellowbird [woo! Albertans!] was performing, then standing there in a power failure, then eventually returning. Good times. I took this picture of the fair while waiting for him to come back.

Alison was sad that she couldn't ride the classic Hampton Combos, which lead us to ask what the hell is a Hampton Combo?

Here I am with some of the necessary fair foods... the bacon on a bun and a piece of fudge. I still have about 1/3 of my fudge left. That's some intense rationing!

The next day, we decided to spend the ridiculous amount to ride all day, so we went to the fair early so it would be worth it. We did the tour of the barns, and just happened to be there when Mel was showing her cow. She was the Reserve Champion. Huzzah!

Here is Kristin overlooking the fair on the Ferris wheel. Good times! Oh how I'd missed the rides in my two-year absence from the fair!

One of the games had Michael Jackson dolls as a prize. Too soon.

Here are Kristin, Rebecca, Darryl and Stephanie waiting to ride the Dizzy Dragons, at which we had a lovely chat with the mayor of Renfrew, with whom we made fun of a carnie. I love Sandy Heins.

We ran into Mrs Brumm, who was a teacher at my elementary school. She's recovering from breast cancer and doing well. She's awesome.

We went on the Scrambler, and it was a really old school shitty one, so it pretty much sucked. The one we used to have was way better.

Then my fucking jerk friends dragged me onto the Fireball.

Here were are, upside down. I think if you look close enough, you can actually hear me swearing. The woman across the ride from me was loving watching me. HAH

Here are Stephanie and I with Mme. Keon, who was our wicked French teacher until Grade 2. She has alopecia, not cancer, and is now crusading against wigmakers for their insane markup, and how they're robbing sick women. She's a fantastic woman.

Here is Darryl with his coworkers, who just happened to trip up to Renfrew for some fun. How random!

Here is my brother Josh on the Ferris wheel. We rode the Fireball a second time and he came with us. I was better with the ride that time, until I realized we'd eaten just 15 minutes before, and I started to get queasy near the end. Upside down and full are never a good combo.

Stephanie and I take a great picture together... even up in the air!

And to cap it all off, we rode the Tilt-A-Whirl about 10 times, because its AMAZING. This was the last ride of the night before the fair rolled away until next year :(

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The CanvasPop

Yesterday, I forgot to mention this. As part of the photowalk, CanvasPop gave everyone who participated in Ottawa a coupon for $50 off their purchase. I'd wanted to try it, but they're a little bit expensive so I couldn't really afford it. But with the coupon, I was able to get a picture I took at the Olympics turned into a canvas, and I absolutely love it and I wanted you all to know.

The great part is that the Canadian printer is located right here in Ottawa, so it didn't take too long to arrive! I was super happy with my canvas, so I wanted to share the love and let you all know about it. It looks fantastic on my wall!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Photowalk, Year 2

Think back two months. Its July. When I should have posted this.

On a lovely Saturday morning, I joined about 50 other people in the Byward Market.

To participate in the 3rd annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk.

Which was MY 2nd annual.

The Ottawa walk was lead by my wonderful friend Justin.

The point of the day is to meet other people interested in photography.

And to walk around for a while, taking whatever pictures you want.

Honestly, I didn't have much inspiration for much of the day.

But I think I ended up with some pretty nice pictures.

And the best part was the social aspect.

I met lots of nice people; some of whom I'd chatted with on Twitter.

And we ate brunch and chatted.

And then we hoped our pictures were good.

And I decided that I'll do it again next year.

And see if maybe I can take better pictures next year.

Although I do quite enjoy these ones.

Do you?

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Fourth Wedding

This past weekend, my cousin Cheryl got married in Renfrew. It was a rainy day, but we made the best of it.

Pre-wedding, post-dressing, Alison and Momma posed for me.

Somewhere along the line, I misplaced my glasses. Gah! My personality is practically missing in his picture!

Darryl got himself a pretty new shirt and tie for the occasion. And I brought my awesome.

I also met Alison's new boyfriend, Bobby. He was nice. But honestly, I couldn't care less what he's like, as long as he's not her horrible horrible ex. A homeless crack addict would be a suitable upgrade, as long as he's friendly. So, good choice here, Alison!

Finally the wedding began, and my uncle Larry walked Cheryl down the aisle. The ceremony was super fast and somewhat hilarious. Three cheers for a non-religious wedding, after three lengthy Catholic ceremonies this summer!

After the wedding, there was much chatting with the relatives, including dad and my half brother Thomas.

Here are Cheryl and James with Cheryl's parents and grandparents [on her mom's side, since our grandparents on our dads' side are gone].

My aunt Celine was here from Calgary, along with Karl who is unphotographed due to his HORRIFYING outfit. [Seriously, he used to be so well put together, but he was wearing a grey plaid jacket with striped pants, a red shirt, a purple tie, and a pocket square in a different shade of red. And some sort of Hitler haircut.]

The wedding cake was delicious and beautiful. Like almost everything, Cheryl made the cake, after just a few weeks in a cake making class. Well done, I say! And the bottle of crème de menthe in the cake didn't hurt things at all.

Alison tried cutting the cake, but failed.

Its interesting what can happen in 7 years. This is literally the exact same location, give or take a few inches.

My neighbours in Ottawa / Cheryl's cousin Briana / her boyfriend/my friend since Grade 6, Greg, were also in attendance, making it the second wedding I've been to this summer with them.

Darryl seemed to enjoy himself, even though it was an older crowd, with less people our age to talk to.

Here, Rachel chases Thomas. Oh, the children.

And here is my step brother Josh holding Thomas. After 6 or 7 years of him being here, I'm finally getting to know Josh a little more. Its kind of nice. Especially since he's treating me like an older brother, asking me for advice and stuff. It feels kind of cool.

Eventually, Cheryl and James cut the cake. Like I said, it was delicious.

And finally, by the end of the night, I got to spend a little time talking to Cheryl. Best of luck to the happy couple!