Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Flashbacks: 2006 pt. 4/6

With just 5 weeks left before school started, I was in Ottawa pounding the pavement. It was the hottest day of the year. The radio said people should stay at home and inside. But me? I was up and down the streets of Sandy Hill, learning firsthand the reason for the Hill part of the neighbourhood's name. Finally, I stumbled upon 39 Steawrt St. After meeting my future roommate and her two best friends, and them sharing popsicles with me, I was officially destined to live with


Her friend Jeff became my new best friend in the whole wide world. We were attached at the hip for the next 18 months before we just kind of stopped :(

The blue water tower of Renfrew welcomed me home for Thanksgiving.

So did the always sweet and sassy Tabitha... a town legend that can't be rivalled.

Momma and I enjoyed a sweet and sassy moment of our own, under the maple in the back yard.

After a bar night in Ottawa, I ran into my cousin Jordan and his then-girlfriend Michele in the doorway of Zak's Diner. This is one in a series of MANY similar pictures that Michele took. Such awful awful pictures.

Through Krista, I met Tim: my next roommate/messy disaster.

Basil and Sarah didn't stick around too long on my 19th birthday, which was probably smart, since I started hitting people with the wand they taped into my hand. Oh, to be drunk again...

Jeff and Justin were the instigators of intoxication that night.

Another night, Cowboy Mike graced our apartment with his hillbilly presence.

Then, I was treated to a birthday treat of homemade brownies and frozen hot chocolate

Courtesy of Lisa, who is completely awesome, but I sadly never see/saw enough.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Darryl

Monday was Darryl's birthday [its a busy month]. He is pretty awesome, for the fact that he does anything I want him to for a good photo op.

Someone gave my mom this awful hat at her birthday party, so I made Darryl wear it.

When he blew out his birthday candles before I had a chance to get a picture [jerk!] he went along with me re-lighting them and getting him to do it again.

And when his students gave him a gift with this bow on it, he posed, knowing that it was going to happen whether he wanted it to or not.

So, Happy Birthday to my life sized Ken doll!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Surprise Party

A week ago, Alison came to Ottawa to pick up Darryl and I. The three of us headed so far South in Ottawa that no one has ever even been out there, and the maps are wrong because new roads exist due to the city's love for expanding. We arrived in extreme suburbia, to pick up Momma's 50th Birthday cake.

I had to hold this deliciousness all the way to Renfrew. It smelled like marshmallows.

We spent the afternoon decorating a pub. We also got super hungry, and ate some chocolate bars, because we needed the fastest available sustenance. Then, we drove out to Alison's place, changed, and drove back into town to greet the 20 or so guests we invited to the dinner. At 6:30, Momma and her boyfriend came in the back entrance, thinking she was going to a lovely birthday dinner for 2.

When she saw Darryl sitting at the end of a table, she freaked out because she knew I was obviously there, and not at work. She was incredibly surprised, which is awesome, because we thought grandma was lame and ruined the surprise. Grandma is usually lame like that.

We had a great dinner, and she assumed that was all the fun. But then the band she has recently fallen in love with came in and started to set up, and she freaked out about that too. They're an Ottawa band called Deja Vu Acoustic, and they are quite good. This is completely unrelated to this picture of Alison, our cousin Cheryl, and friends Leigh and Diana.

And my friends Rebecca and Lindsay were there, because over the course of the night, 60-70 people showed up to celebrate Mommma. She absolutely loved it.

There were former coworkers like Emmylou, and family like Cecil and DonnaLynn [we got most of the two-namers into this picture, for your reading pleasure].

We made Momma wear an cammo patterened birthday badge, because I thought it was her birthday as a 5 year old boy. I was mistaken.

The pictures all turned out fairly terribly, because I let Leigh take my camera around, but you can tell in all of them that it was a fun night, regardless of the fact that the bar staff was the WORST. [see: My "Manhattan" was a shot of whiskey and a shot of sambuca. very very wrong. But closer to right, after the bartender asked if I wanted my Manhattan to be vodka or gin based. FAIL.]

Finally, Momma use some wussy little steak knife to cut the cake, and it was extremely delicious.

By the time we went home, we were all dead.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Flashbacks: 2006 pt. 3/6

Summer adventure brought us back to Victoria Public School, which closed after our Grade 1 year. I needed to rekindle my childhood and climb the snowman.

And play on the dinosaur, while MegH looked on.

Of course, it was probably warm out, so some time spent testing the furniture at Liquidation World was necessary.

Quite upsettingly, the snowman, the dinosaur and Liquidation World are all now gone. Quite a difference 3 years can make!

That night, we told Back Seat Mike that we were coming to Glasgow Station to pick him up. He does what we say. We decided to go to Ottawa to the Wal*Mart that is open sort of late, and we got ice cream at McDonald's. Because we could.

In August, I spent 17 magical days working at TeleTech, after No Frills was too douchey to stay at. I loved TeleTech [see: things that have since been torn down, item 4]. Jessica didn't like it so much... probably because she wasn't in my group.

But Dustin was.

And so was Kyle.

August 29 changed the way I looked at Geography forever. Field Camp I was dreaded by the ~80 students involved, and the bus ride there was not a happy one, but that was quickly all forgotten. The weeklong course at Camp Awacamenj Mino on Lac Isabel near Low, Quebec, was fantastic experience of drinking, researching, canoing to class and getting to know the people I'd spend the next 3 years of school with. People I grew to love. Here we've got Mandy, Sierra, Mary and Kerri.

And Phil! With Sierra!

Its also where I met both Rich [appalled] and Crown Royal [delicious].

There's Dave on the end beside me! The great thing was that this picture wasn't actually posed. We were just like this. Good times.

Javier, Sierra and Brian. Sierra loves getting into pictures even though she hates pictures of herself. In the end, we were sad to leave. But in March 2008, we did return, AS YOU MAY REMEMBER.

The next night, we were joined by more of the gang... Chris, Rebecca F., Me, Rebecca N., Felicia, Kyle and Michelle.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Flashbacks: 2006 pt. 2/6

With a year of university under my belt, I was back to Renfrew for the summer.

Kristin and I took an insane amount of pictures together at Lindsay's place.

I really like this picture.

That was the night I totally pissed off Gavan's girlfriend Margaret. Its not my fault her mom's name is Sexy Pam!

Even though we were going to the bar, Lindsay was for some reason in pyjamas and stuffing her face on the floor.

Obligatory Traci picture.

Somewhere along the line, I came into possession of Gavan's jacket. And Calvin was a little off...

When Steph came to visit Renfrew, we took her to the museum.

Jacey sold us some Corn Flakes for cheap.

I got married.

Jacey and Steph put on their sexy reading glasses.

The we went to the Sex Park.

I hit my head on something :(

The next Subway trip was even more successful. Brandon was there.

And Calvin normal-ed himself up.

Hell, even Lori Anne and my mom were there! Subway is the great equalizer.