Archive for October, 2008

Cruiseship Halloween

October 31, 2008

I was going through my old journal entries yesterday from Halloween’s past. 4 years ago I spent my Halloween on a cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

In the entry I’m complaining how much I hated everyone I worked with, but looking at these pictures, I can’t help remember I was friends with most of these people and I have fond memories of them. I liked these people!

I think I just hated being stuck on a cruise ship for 6 months at a time, and about a week previous I’d been bedridden for 10 days (including my birthday) with a horrible case of tonsillitis, that became reoccurring and ruined my life for the following 12 months.

The magicians on Princess Cruises really did suck, but that’s over, and I’m excited for tonight!

More Shrines

October 30, 2008

Work Shrine

October 29, 2008

Do you have something odd, one-of-a-kind or just seems like the kind of thing I’d like, to add to my shrine at my office? It’s still in the beginning stages. If so, please let me know, or post a picture of it in the comments section.

If it’s really good I’ll trade you for a book or cd. Keep in mind I never usually pay more than $1 or 2 for my kind of crap.

Beneteau/Atkinson Engagement

October 28, 2008

Congratulations to Matt Beneteau and Kristin Atkinson on their wedding engagement! They’re getting married on July 18th, 2009. I’m the wedding photographer, and my dad is officiating the ceremony.

Matt came up from Windsor last night to celebrate my 30th birthday and his recent wedding engagement. I haven’t seen Matt so relaxed, confident and generally stoked about life since we were 10 years old. I very happy for him and Kristin, and I think they make each other happy.

Blue Rodeo, Maroon 5, Sexy Ladies and Getting Towed.

October 27, 2008

Since I was sick in bed, home from work Tuesday and Wednesday last week, I watched a lot of movies and took it easy on Thursday night too.

I watched a bunch of Mad Men Season 2, To Die For, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead, It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas, They Live, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Presents: Mitchell, and the new Blue Rodeo cd dvd that comes out tomorrow.

I think I am the only 30 year old born in Canada who’s suddenly getting into Blue Rodeo for the first time this year, but how can I not get into this? The whole thing was shot around Greg Keelor’s farm, that Adrienne, Nick and I went to for his birthday over labour day weekend. It’s mostly interview footage with Jim Cuddy and Greg talking about the history of the band, and their personal lives over the years, combined with footage of the band playing in Greg’s house and studio, intercut with footage of Greg, Jim and Kate Boothman being drunk and silly around the pool.

The accompanying cd is an acoustic greatest hits collection they re-recorded, so on the rare chance there is anyone else out there like me just becoming aware of their stuff it’s actually a good place to start.

Friday night I’d planned to take it easy but ended up taking a bunch of codeine towards the end of the day at work, then went to the Victory Cafe to meet a bunch of friends, stayed for 6 pints, then went to Loving In The Name Of and the party ended up back at my place. Nick and I spent Saturday charging the battery on Brayden’s van and buying a used clothes dryer, our first major appliance purchase together.

I went with Adrienne to the L’Oreal Fashion Week Finale party sponsored by LG. I believe the event title was Fashion Fusion, featuring Maroon 5, with a lingerie runway show by Agent Provocateur.

All my friends laughed at me for going to see Maroon 5, but they’d probably have gone if they got on the list. Even though I only knew about 5 people there, it’s hard to not have fun when they’re serving booze and food and there’s so many hot girls around. I’ve already got my girl to go home with so it’s not like I had to worry if anyone will talk to me.

We got a ride to the afterparty at the Spoke after with Adrienne’s boss in his Jaguar.

I wanted to take it easy, but it was impossible. This chick was going crazy on the dancefloor when the band played. It’s like it was the best night of her life! I don’t know what else to say. I don’t want to blow it and not get invited back to more of these things. I loved it! 5 stars!

Sunday morning Adrienne and I had breakfast at Sneaky Dees and then went to Canzine at the Gladstone in the afternoon. It was packed on both the ground level and second floor, but a pretty happy atmosphere. There was a variety of stuff going on like shitty bands doing sing-alongs, zine readings, an indie video game room, and a lot of quality material on the whole.

I spent about $40 and got about 12 zines. I read 3 of them last night and was very satisfied with my purchases. The organizers, Broken Pencil Magazine must be pretty stoked since it seemed like an all around success. There must’ve been at least 1000 people through that day including vendors.

I tried to go to Canada’s Wonderland last night with Nick, Jon, Melissa and Steve. We borrowed Brayden and Dustin’s van, but it died on the 401. We had to get it towed all the way back to our house because the battery was completely dead. The hazards wouldn’t even come on. The front passenger side tire got a flat from the tow. The driver took off once he’d unhooked us and we were stuck trying to do a 15-point turn with a flat tire into my driveway. What a bummer. Here’s my Canada’s Wonderland video from last year so you can see how much fun we would’ve had.

Japanese Motors

October 22, 2008

Japanese Motors flew in from Costa Mesa, California on Sunday night and were staying at my house until Tuesday morning.

Unfortunately I’ve been sick and bedridden at Adrienne’s place for the past 2 days so I missed their show Tuesday night at the Horseshoe and barely saw them the whole time they were here. I got some pictures with them on Monday evening though before I realized how sick I was getting.

They’re on tour for the next month or so around the US!