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Date:2005-11-05 00:20
Subject:it's been a long time...
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wow this thing is dead....it's been like over two years since I last updated it...

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Date:2004-12-21 22:06
Subject:nostalgia...
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Mood:nostalgic

Why is it during this time of year, a time when happiness should be at it's peak, I remeber those who have passed on... Tonight I was thinking about past friends and family whom I dearly miss, and how things aren't the same now that they are gone. All of the love, joy, and happiness they would normally bring is just a memory.

"Farvel Mor, Sov Godt" I will miss you Grandma.

It was about two years ago at this time when I last saw Tyler...I never knew it would be "the last" time I'd see him alive. I was walking downtown with my father doing some last minute Christmas shopping. I remeber it quite well...it was a slushy day, the snow was heavy and wet....it almost seemed like spring weather. As I was walking past Chow's Restaurant Tyler came flying by on his bicycle, he actually passed me at first. I hardly recognized him, and I think he hardly recognized me. We were both home from school for the holidays - Ty had long shaggy hair and a beard, and I had longer hair at the time as well. But after a quick glance these two "strangers" weren't strangers at all. Tyler quickly turned around and said hi... I asked him how college was and what his plans were for the break. I remeber him telling me how excited he was about going to Florida to help Steve Mason's dad build a house. We didn't chat long. As always, Ty had places to go and people to see - and I still had a few errands to run.

It's crazy what this time of the year can do...all of the memories that I associate with this time of year. I'm fortunate that most of them are good ones, and I am thankful for all of them.

I am also thankful for the friends and family that are still here. They are all blessings and gifts.

Merry Christmas

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Date:2003-09-18 15:40
Subject:red dirt road...
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I was raised off of Route Three,
Out where the blacktop ends.
We'd walk to Church on Sunday mornings,
Race barefoot back to Johnson's fence.
That's where I first saw Mary,
On that roadside pickin' blackberries.
That summer I turned a corner in my soul,
Down that red dirt road.

It's where I drank my first beer.
It's where I found Jesus.
Where I wrecked my first car:
I tore it all to pieces.
I learned the path to Heaven,
Is full of sinners an' believers.
Learned that happiness on earth,
Ain't just for high achievers.
I've learned; I come to know,
There's life at both ends,
Of that red dirt road.

Her Daddy didn't like me much,
In my shackled up GTO.
Oh, I'd sneak out in the middle of the night,
Throw rocks at her bedroom window.
We'd turn out the headlights,
Drive by the moonlight.
Talk about what the future might hold,
Down that red dirt road.

It's where I drank my first beer.
It's where I found Jesus.
Where I wrecked my first car:
I tore it all to pieces.
I learned the path to Heaven,
Is full of sinners an' believers.
Learned that happiness on earth,
Ain't just for high achievers.
I've learned; I come to know,
There's life at both ends,
Of that red dirt road.

I went out into the world,
An' I came back in.
I lost Mary:
Oh, I got her back again.
An' drivin' home tonight,
Feels like I've found a long-lost friend.

It's where I drank my first beer.
It's where I found Jesus.
Where I wrecked my first car:
I tore it all to pieces.
I learned the path to Heaven,
Is full of sinners an' believers.
Learned that happiness on earth,
Ain't just for high achievers.
I've learned; I come to know,
There's life at both ends,
Of that red dirt road.

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Date:2002-08-30 15:04
Subject:Shenanagans...
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Mood:awake

Well this week has been a very eventful one. My sister has left for school (I'm gonna miss her), and my parents went with her to help her get settled in and have a vacation at the same time. Not this kid though, I decided to stay at home and work a few more days to make a little money to cover a car repair which recently happened. I would have liked to go, but I'm sure there will be other chances for me to visit the west coast. Oh well, it was nice enough to have the place to myself, and the week has gone by quickly.

It was nice to have Abby (my little yorkshire terrier) as company, and I'm sure she felt the same. She's such a people dog, but she also never stops barking at the littlest of things. It's kinda cute but gets annoying fast. We always joke that she is the Queen of the house and runs things around here. Anyways, since I was the only one around she basically followed my every step, which was kinda nice cause she's practically my youngest sister's dog.

It was also my last week at work for this summer. It went fast now that I look back at it, and I left on a good note. I think the people liked me there and they knew they could count on me. I began to grow close to some of them, which is weird cause I'm so much younger then they are. They took my out to this local bar and grill called Shenanagans (sp?) which was built up to be a little Irish pub. It was nice, we were the only people there for the most part (I think it only gets busy in the evenings cause it is a pub), and the whole week the guys were joking with me that I'd go on there on my feet but I wouldn't be coming out on my feet...I guess meaning that I would be to drunk to leave...They were just teasing with me though cause they know I don't drink. Now I don't mind drinking, or being around people that drink but, I think the way I was raised have a lot to do with it. It was nice cause it was also Pat's (I guess you could say my boss or where I get my orders from) last day before he took some time off to get married. So Cheers to Pat and all the best luck! The food was really good, and I'd go back anytime. The guys didn't pressure me to do anything and I had an all around good time. I look forward to be back there next summer.

Well the day was going by great, just had lunch with the guys, did a few errands around town, clean out my room in order to move back to the city for school then I get this call from Trevor (one of my older roommates) with so not-so-good news about the townhouse where I live. I won't go into all the details but it through me for a loop, I got a little worried, and was stressed! I didn't know what to do, but as soon as I got down to London I tried to meet with the complex managers but they were no where to be found...so I had to wait until the next morning. Morning came and I tried again, but they were gone!?!?!?! I decided to call up the main office to try and get this figured out. Once I did everything was explained to me perfectly, I felt much better, and it wasn't as bad as I initially thought. With that stress lifted off of my shoulders I could sleep again.

School starts in less then a week and I'm excited to see everyone again, I hope I can do well this year.

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Date:2002-08-23 12:58
Subject:Eeewwwweee...pepsi blue?
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Mood:geeky

First off, I don't think too highly of pepsi. I'll still drink it, but if you gave me the choice I would gladly choose Coke over it anyday. Since my parents are gone for the week (going out to B.C. to help my sis get ready for her post-secondary ed.) I was feeling a little lazy, so instead of making my own lunch I decided to stroll over to the local grocery store to pick up some taters and grits....mmmmmmmm (j/k). I proceded to order my meal and at the checkout I noticed this new flavour/kind of pepsi. Just the other night my cousin was telling me about it, and how he got to try it before everyone else cause he works at a grocery store...he told me it was good, and I told him I'd give it a try...Anyways, I saw it there and decided to try it out, I came into it with low expectations, and even as I was paying for my meal some girls (I guess they worked there cause they had IGA uniforms on) were getting ready for their break...I could hear them talking amongst themselves and one of them bluntly says "eeewwewe that new pepsi blue is so gross!" Great...it was too late to put it back cause the cashier had just rung it through....oh well I never had high expectations to begin with...I mean it's pepsi right ;)

As soon as I find a good place to partake my beloved taters I reach for my pepsi blue....although I like the french spelling "Pepsi Bleu" it sounds for sexy or something...anyways...I take a swig and it's the grossest most terrible pop available! yuuck! I feel like I'm gonna chuck! I can't even describe the taste....it doesn't really taste like pepsi, I guess it's as sweet (sugar) as pepsi, but the aftertaste is rank and mossy....not that this affects the taste but you can really see particles of food (i.e. backwash) then you would in a darker drink, like umm Coke or rootbeer for instance....which makes it look like some kind of toxic swamp water....thus, it wasn't appealing to the eyes...

I know Jer and I like to have chugging contests..we usually try to pick gross beverages, things that are hard to take in large dosses (things like tonic waters, ginger beer, (not real beer, but it sure is spicy!!!) so this wouldbe a prime candidate for a chugging contest.... It's completely disgusting and a cheap gimmick on pepsi's part...hahaha I'm really burning it for all it's worth... ;)

But hey, that's just my personal opinion....

Excuse me, I have to leave and puke up my lunch now...

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Date:2002-08-22 20:04
Subject:Morbid thoughts and Poka-dots...
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Mood:cheerful

Things at work today seemed to slow down for everyone...everyone involved with the sales/proposals that is. Today was Thursady, the day before the weekend...everyone was in a good mood, even the executives bought the employees donuts just as a tolkin of their appreciation...which started off the day good...Some people seemed a little grumpy, but for the most part people were stoaked that it was a thursday...Anyrod! As the day grew older, we grew more restless....Ray (one of the owners) has been telling us to lighten up a little, and have fun at work...sidenote - just in the past few months they introduced this thing called the fish philosophy at work, which is intended to make things for a better working environment. So we all (about five of us) decided to invent a game today...thursady august the 22nd, "DeathBall" came to be....Basically it is dodgeball with a twist. In order to make things "fun" around the office there are soft plush basket/soccer balls for us to use....It was only a matter of time if you ask me, but Dwayne (very funny guy, I would guess he's in his early 30's but acts like a 16 year old)...decided it would be "fun" to chuck one of the balls right at my head while I was involved with my work...I thought nothing of it at first, laughed it off and carried on....about a half hour later he did it again...so I did what any other person would do...I threw it right back at him...some of the guys began to notice and over the next few minutes allies and enemies were formed. All of the plush balls had dissapeared from their normal resting places...and found their new homes hidden away in desks, chairs, and book shelfs. Now when anyone took a step down our hallway they got a surprise! Whack! soft plush sportsballs hurled at your head....(now today the owners had to go out and do a few errands, so we weren't too worried if we were found out...) but the thrill of being caught was still there...we'd hit this one guy who hardly seems to smile and he got pissed....he started to swear and cuss (which was kinda expected...) we all had a laugh, and I think he did too once he was back at his office and out of our sight...I must admit it did lighten up the work environment...

As the afternoon went on the game began to change even more...it was now like a course that someone had to go through while people tried to hit them....you had to go down the hallway and the safe zones where peoples offices...so the point was to make it to the end of this narrow hall without getting hit...it was pretty fun, I felt a little guilty taking part but it wasn't as if we were just playing around...we'd do our work, but every now and then everyone just seemed to come out of their offices and start throwing these toys around...

It got to the point where people were daring each other to go in so-and-so's office wher two people were meeting and bounce one off of some poor unsispecting soul's head....we all had a few good laughs after the different mental pictures and scenarios were tossed around....(for the record, the hit and run suggestion was never followed through with) It was a good time, I got a little more closer with my fellow workers before I head back to school...I kinda wish it happened a little sooner then it did...but at least it happened...

I guess the reason I'm writing this here is because it was a memorable day of some sorts...we made a plain old, mundane day into something a little new and exciting.... if you ask me "Deathball" should become a professional office sport...I'm sure there are other places that carry on the way we do....

To many more "fun" days at work!

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Date:2002-07-30 20:52
Subject:First times a charm!
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Mood:amused

Wow, so I'm really doing it, I've decided to start my very own livejournal...I'm a little scared, but at the same time excited because this is all new to me. I also feel a little vulnerable because I am going to be down my writing my thoughts, memories and ideas, totally leaving myself open to anyone. I'm sure this journal will only be read by a select few who are close to me, so I am not too worried about what I put in my journal, or who reads this. Basically, I am usuing this as a tool to get stuff out, vent a little (or sometimes a lot), and be a little creative at the same time.

I can't believe how quickly this summer has gone by. The weeks just seem to fly by, though there are times when it seems like everything is in slow-motion. I can't help but think of returning to week in-week out work schedual that lies ahead of me. Going to school has it's advantages, but it also has it's disadvantages too. In some ways I can't wait to be back to the city because there is always something fun and exciting to do, my girlfriend Karen and my close friend Jer are there too. I also can't wait to see all my fellow classmates and teachers from last year, and I'm really excited about some of the classes I will be taking. I'll have two new roomates, who both seem like pretty good guys...I just hope we don't tare each others throats out by the end of the year because we'll always be around each other (they are also in my program at school-but I still think that things will run smoothly). Bills are always a worry for me. I'm the type of person that likes to have everything taken care of, I hate having a debt over my head, it is almost like a big shadow or cloud that never goes away...I know that bills will always be present in my life, and from the experiences of last year I have come "to grips" with the fact that bills are a part of everyday life. I just hate to spend money when there is none coming in, it makes me sick! That is one of the main reasons why I won't miss school when I'm done.
I know this year I'll have to spend a ton of time at school in the computer lab working on various projects for class. At times this scenario seems very boring and I wish that I already knew all the tricks of the trade instead of spending every waking moment at school. At the same time, I want this year to be a good one (educationally speaking) I really want to try and put together some good pieces for my portafolio, and aim at being one of the best students in the program. These goals seem very steap, and I know that graphic arts can be viciously competitive but I have what it takes and with a lot of effort and work hard I can reach my goals. Along with the work comes the play, I want to try and be a little more active this year, now that I'm farmilliar with the city I want to get out and go places....whether it is just to the movies, a restauraunt, or a concert or something...I also don't want my friends to feel neglected this year, so I want to try and spend as much time as I can with them, as long as my studies are up to par.....my par....I can see this year being a really big juggeling match with school, my girlfriend, friends, family and all of that stress that comes with it.
This year I will also be leading (or trying to lead) a Bible study, last year my roomate Dan basically took the reigns of it and schedualed all of the various studies and activities. As it so happens, Dan is headed in a different direction with his life. I will really miss him, he was a great roommate and friend...I know sometimes I might have seemed a little stiffed necked and we did have our arguments but we always seemed to work them out. We are both very the same in some ways (our likes and dislikes and how we were brought up)and we have our own strong opinions on certain things, but none the less I wish him & his Courtney all the best next year! I really hope we stay close via the net and get-togethers throughout the year. It would be a shame if we grew apart over the years.Anyways, about the Bible study...I'm excited to run it, I just hope I can make time for it and I hope that I will be bold because my new roomates are not christian (at least to my knowledge). I hope they are cool about me holding this Bible study, I think they will be, they're both pretty easy-going guys. And I hope that I run it to the best of my abilities and in a pleasing way to God.

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