A Travellerspoint blog

December 2009

Rideshare back to Ottawa

Caught the rideshare back with the Rottweilers early in the morning.

One of them almost bit my hand off. Don't worry, I had fast reflexes.

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Skating

We went skating after a crazy ice storm on that rink they set up near Niagara Falls. It was totally over-hyped. If they do this again next year, please don't waste your money on it.

Me and mom skating but blurry

Me and mom skating but blurry


Me and mom skating but blurry

Me and mom skating but blurry

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I can't remember what we did

I remember we ate a lot of food, and Elsie probably came over.

Oh and my dad got a Wii and I played that a lot with my cousin, Mike.

Mom and grandma

Mom and grandma


Grandma me mom

Grandma me mom


Me vs. Christmas presents

Me vs. Christmas presents


Me and mom vs. Christmas presents

Me and mom vs. Christmas presents


Me and mom vs. Christmas presents

Me and mom vs. Christmas presents


Me vs. Christmas presents

Me vs. Christmas presents


Grandma and mom

Grandma and mom


Me grandma mom

Me grandma mom


Dad

Dad

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Probably we went to church

I'm pretty sure we went to church on Christmas Eve, as usual.

The new priest is kind of crazy and condescending, he treats everyone like children, but whatever.

My mom is in charge of the kids' play, so she directed that.

Oh yeah, and I went to my ex-boyfriend's Christmas party, then I was sad and cried because I don't like him as much as I used to, which in turn made him angry and so I think we'll ever see each other again.

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The rideshare with the Rottweilers

I drove down to Niagara with a guy who had a giant sound system and two Rottweilers in the back seat.

He used to be a DJ at a strip club and "once spent thousands of dollars on hookers and blow in a weekend".

He's clean and sober now, working at a Loblaws near Bayshore.

He's a nice guy actually, don't worry.

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An afternoon in High Park, Toronto

Shylo and I got up to meet her parents at their hotel again. We checked out and headed down to High Park to go to Dr. Generosity. It was way too full, so we went across the street to Sunset Grill. I had an unremarkable breakfast, with some really crap coffee, but we had a good time.

Shylo and her mom and dad went back to the hotel to go get ready to see King Tut, and me and my parents went our separate ways. Out to Diempflmeier to buy some bread and things that make us fat. Namely, jelly donuts and salty pretzels.

After that me and mom and dad just sort of wandered around High Park, shopping and stuff.

Dad came across some free wine samples, so we had some of that and annoyed the lady at the wine store for a while. Mom bought some greenery from some sort of florist and a big box of blueberries and chestnuts (for roasting on an open fire, dontchyaknow)

We had some Vietnamese for dinner. Dad got some surprisingly authentic Thai fish cakes and I had some surprisingly inauthentic Thai iced coffee. I still haven't found the same stuff anywhere in Canada. Not that I've been trying too hard.

Soon it was time for me to go back to the Scarborough Town Centre to meet Anuj for my ride home. I had an hour or so to kill before meeting him so I just walked around looking for wi-fi to save me from spending any more money. I had blown through at LEAST $300 on this trip already. I don't know where it went.

This time I rode in the front of the car and the two girls in the back promptly passed out, leaving me to stay awake and chat the whole way home... oh well. We got back at about midnight. Pretty fast.

Me mom, dad, Shylo's mom at Sunset Grill

Me mom, dad, Shylo's mom at Sunset Grill


Me vs. Thai Iced Coffee

Me vs. Thai Iced Coffee

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Is Weezer just as good 11 years later?

Soooooooo, what did we do today? We woke up pretty early and went for breakfast at Richtree. I had a pretty good omlette, but it was cold by the time I got it to my seat. Also, the toaster didn't work quite right. But it's cheap and relatively healthy, so that's good.

We had seen a craft show on the internet, so we went down there to check it out. We didn't find anything that was reasonable, so we just left.

After that, we couldn't think of what to do. We knew that there were two exhibits about the Dead Sea Scrolls and King Tut, but they were super expensive. We chose the cheap one, the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was a little bit disappointing. You could only view about 10 small chunks of the actual scrolls, and we found that the exhibit itself was disjointed and nonsensical.

Also visitors at the Royal Ontario Museum can no longer see out of the crystal windows. They had boarded them up years ago, and I wasn't aware of that. So there was another disappointment.

We walked around looking at random pieces of dead animals on display. I especially liked a lit up wall of dead things in jars. There was a great exhibit on Vanity Fair magazine on the top floor that I enjoyed very much. It's crazy to see how influential this magazine has been in recent decades.

Soon, it was time to head to Shylo's parents' hotel. They were staying at the Westin Harbour Castle. It was way nicer than ours, but they paid a lot more too. They got a package to see King Tut included in their hotel price.

Just realized I never took any pictures of it... oh well...

We walked down to Queen St. The concierge told Mrs. Pruyn it would only take 9 minutes to get there, but he was wrong. The restaurant they wanted to go to was too full, so we went right next door to a place called Nawlin's, where we dined on alligator meat and pasta with crap parmesan cheese. It was OK, but not the best. That's what I get for ordering the special.

By the time we were done dinner, we were just in time for the Weezer show. We said goodbye to Shylo's mom and dad and went to check out the stadium.

Nothing was going on so we got some Coors Light in a plastic cup with a straw and lid. It tastes like bubblegum through a straw, really try it, I mean it. Shylo disagrees.

Motion City Soundtrack was utterly forgettable, but Ill Scarlett was TONS OF FUN. Oh my god. I love them so muchly. We danced and we danced and we skanked and it was over too soon. One of my favourites was Milkshakes and Razorblades. Sweet.

Unfortunately we missed Jack's Mannequin because we were too busy talking about important issues. But we heard them from the hallway outside, so that's OK.

Finally, Weezer came on and we threw our coats into a big pile at the edge of the crowd (no coatcheck, ugh) and we danced some more. We knew all of the words by heart. They played SO many songs from the Blue Album and Pinkerton, it was awesome.

We danced around with this group of kids that were just as excited as we were. At one point, Rivers appeared at a second stage just behind us, so we all ran over there. I accidentally ran into this lady, who was shielding her daughter, who was old enough to take cafe of herself. The lady glared back at me like I had just kicked a puppy.

Oops. I just kept on going to the 2nd stage and forgot about it. More dancing ensued.

At the end of the show Mr. Cuomo dressed up like Lady Gaga and sang one of her songs along with an MGMT song. Sian would have loved it.

Before we knew it, the show was over. We took a bunch of pictures of us and way too many random people jumped into them.

We walked back to our hotel tired, Shylo bought a pizza slice and I drank a giant carton of chocolate milk.

Then, bed time!

Shylo vs. the Royal Ontario Museum

Shylo vs. the Royal Ontario Museum


Awesome wall of dead things in jars

Awesome wall of dead things in jars


Sharks hung up on the ceiling

Sharks hung up on the ceiling


Dinosaur bones

Dinosaur bones


Me vs. alligator

Me vs. alligator


Me vs. Weezer   flash

Me vs. Weezer + flash


Shylo vs. Weezer   flash

Shylo vs. Weezer + flash


Shylo vs. Weezer - flash

Shylo vs. Weezer - flash


Me vs. Weezer - flash

Me vs. Weezer - flash


Me vs. Coors through a straw

Me vs. Coors through a straw


Shylo vs. Coors through a straw

Shylo vs. Coors through a straw


Not Ill Scarlett

Not Ill Scarlett


Me vs. Ill Scarlett

Me vs. Ill Scarlett


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Me and Shylo vs. Weezer crowd

Me and Shylo vs. Weezer crowd


Me and Shylo vs. Weezer crowd

Me and Shylo vs. Weezer crowd


Me and Shylo vs. randoms that jumped in our pictur

Me and Shylo vs. randoms that jumped in our pictur


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Weezer

Weezer


Shylo vs. Weezer lights

Shylo vs. Weezer lights


Me vs. Weezer lights

Me vs. Weezer lights


Shylo vs. Weezer lights

Shylo vs. Weezer lights


Shylo vs. random again

Shylo vs. random again


Shylo vs. Weezer lights and another random

Shylo vs. Weezer lights and another random


Shylo vs. Weezer light

Shylo vs. Weezer light

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Dinner with Laine

Today basically, I just worked and then we met up with Laine in the afternoon. We picked Bangkok Garden, a restaurant just around the corner because it had mediocre reviews on TripAdvisor. It turned out to be really great (if expensive).

We went to bed really early zzzz.

By the way, we got a great deal from Hotels.com for our hotel, BTW. Props to my employee discount once again!

Bathroom at Bond Place

Bathroom at Bond Place


Our room at Bond Place

Our room at Bond Place


Our TV at Bond Place

Our TV at Bond Place


Bangkok Garden

Bangkok Garden


Laine and Shylo at Bangkok Garden

Laine and Shylo at Bangkok Garden


Me vs. straight hair

Me vs. straight hair

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Couchsurfing is a pain sometimes

I did not get enough sleep the night before I left for Toronto.

Anuj picked me up at exactly the right time, the car was full with a guy named Blair, who now works for Faceoff.com with a guy I used to work with at the Ottawa Sun, named Dave Washburn. Small city.

And then we picked up another guy, who was about to go climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in two days. So, he had a lot of gear and he filled up the trunk with it.

We chatted the whole way to Toronto and I didn't get to nap, like I wanted to. As soon as we got there, I called up my host, Dave. He told me to go to Kensington Market and meet him at Graffitis.

Boy is Kensington Market different at night and in the winter time! It's frightening almost!

Anyway, I asked everyone in the tiny dive bar if they knew who Dave was. I was introduced to about three of them. None of them were the real Dave.

Finally, I found Dave, we had a beer and I met his other Couchsurfers from France. I am sooo tired at this point, I am not feeling social at all. So I just sort of sat there and waited for the time to leave.

This would take about four hours.

They all kept drinking beer, and then Dave wanted to go get some apple pie. So we did that, and then met some more of his friends. The French people drank some more wine. I did not have enough to eat that day, so I knew I could not drink more than one beer tonight.

Finally, it was 2 a.m. and we went home. I paid for half the cab, it was the least I could do since Dave was letting me stay at his place. He wouldn't let me pay for his drinks or the whole cab.

As soon as we got in, I went right to sleep. Snooze.

Guitarist, I forget who

Guitarist, I forget who

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