festive plans

festive pops
Originally uploaded by velkr0.

so i’m heading home for christmas this year and i’m looking forward to the downtime and catching up with my family and all my old skool chums. i’m going to be spending plenty of time with my pops (well since i am not right now, while he lays in the hospital awaiting more tests) and with my grandpa, grandma, mom and sister. three weeks in onterrible is a long time, so i should be able to float around peacefully and chill out a lot. also going to be spending a lot of time with my friends as i usually do, but i think this time family is going to have a bit more priority… and well, ‘me time’ ranks right up there too…

that’s all for now, since thinking about xmas is really tough when it is sunny outside in vancouver in late november.

sunflower seeds

eating sunflower seeds is great…   even indoors when you have a red plastic beer cup as your spit container…  anyway… it’s may two-four… and it really feels like it…  not really sure why.. or how… or even what defines the feeling of may 2-4…  but i’ve got the feeling… and it’s just too bad i am not camping this weekend…   or hanging out in some sand dunes….  or drinking way too much and picking fights with random people…  or even just showing up at unexpected someones cottage… either way.. this weekend marks the start of summer… and this year.. it’s going to be a good one!


for those of you that feel like is not updated often enough… feel free to check out my tumblelog… which includes an assortment of many sudden and clumsy short-form and mixed-media posts (including random links, quotes, dialogues, videos and a bunch of stuff automatically pulled from flickr, twitter, events, etc… )…


you work as a cash

getting voicemail not intended for you is often far too entertaining to keep to yourself… so enjoy my peeps… enjoy…

woxy is back!!

so i just noticed today that woxy is back and well… so am i!  here’s a brief timeline (thanks to The Enquirer):

October 1998: Oxford’s WOXY-FM (97.7) begins streaming audio on
May 2004: ceases operation after Doug and Linda Balogh sell WOXY-FM for $5.6 million.
July 2004: returns as an Internet-only radio station from Longworth Hall.
February 2005: Named “Internet radio station of the year” by the international Plug Independent Music Awards.
February 2006: Asks listeners to pay $9.95 for audio stream access.
Sept. 15, 2006: Shuts down from lack of funds.
Oct. 10, 2006: Resumes broadcasting at 10:10 a.m.

ohh btw.. i was totally obsessed with until they betrayed me by sticking a hook into my free-loving musical heart.. and then had the nerve to ask for ten bucks a month… grrr…(shit… i hung up posters for them… damn it!!)

anyways… here’s to woxy’s return and proof that music wants to be free!

hope they don’t screw up again!… and can’t wait for the return of the higher quality streams!


opportunity cost

i guess we all know that a continual ascension must lead to a point where it can no longer be sustained… however, it’s this level that we all strive to reach.. it’s this point that makes it all worth while and causes us do anything to protect it… but reaching this high spot usually just results in the start of a new low… a low that seems so low compared to the pinnacle you were just on…

to prevent this, i have always thought it was better to end something before it climaxed… intentional and definitive action can ensure nearly complete control over an outcome… unfortunately, this logical approach does not allow you to ever hit the absolute highest point… all it does, is protect you from hitting the lowest… in other words, it simply makes a great survival and proactive defense mechanism… however… can produce undesirable results during the best of times… during the discovery of great uncharted territories… in the places and situations that seem surreal and tend to excite… and it’s all these important experiences that suffer from this knee-jerk defensive reaction which can cause a premature retreat from your voyage…

i guess it’s still important not to jump off the edge… especially when there is still so much of the mountain to explore… but then again.. how else can i expect to use these wings i’ve grown and soar above the clouds…

thank you.

so today i received a little thank you postcard from starbucks.. and i am a little torn on how to feel about it…

And, here’s what the postcard said:

Because you’re a loyal auto-reload customer, we’re giving you a little gift: $15 loaded onto your Starbucks Card by August 23, 2006.

Use the $15 to treat yourself to that indulgent beverage you’ve always wanted to try, our latest musical offering or anything else you enjoy at Startbucks.

The choice is yours. Thank you and enjoy.

Your friends at Starbucks.

P.S. This amount will be loaded onto your Starbucks Card ending in 8529.

ok.. so on the surface, this is great… i open my mail box… and get told that i got $15 for free just for using a service that is absolutely the easiest, fastest and most convenient payment method around… also, just being acknowledged (albeit computer-generated) as a customer and rewarded for it… it’s this kind of stuff i am a sucker for (seriously, when was the last time ANY company gave you $15?)… which leads into why i am torn… since i know so many reasons why i should not—- naaa… no need to balance my argument… let’s leave this one open for debate… why should i feel fooled / hate starbucks?


well… my mom left the city earlier this week and i have just finally regained my freedom over my surroundings… it’s not that she was really in my way.. but it just didn’t feel right with me living my life, with her ‘living in my life behind the scenes’…

anyways, things seem to be going well… work is busy… and only a little frustrating at times… but alison has been really cool.. so that helps… also, i’ve been hanging out with steph a bunch… which is interesting in all those fun ways that only occur when first getting to know someone new… ohh and flickr, i’ve been hooked ever since i broke-down and went pro… so be sure to check out my life… photographed sometime…

and for you central-canada based readers/vancouver apartment burglars… i’ll be back in ontario in a few weeks for jordan’s wedding… so hope to see/accommodate you then… (or maybe in october… which will be a longer, thanksgiving/dan’s wedding trip home)…

happy summer all!

true story.

so over the last month.. i have been all over the place.. first starting in chicago… where i attended a conference and overall had a great time… many exciting things happened like:

  • meeting my real life next door neighbour from vancouver – true story.
  • bar hopping and being silly with dan and jordan – thanks dudes.
  • eating chicago-style pizza, great steak, and of course conference food.

from chicago i moved on to ontario.. where some activities included:

  • killing the bottle of cognac i got at duty-free at my dad’s with janet
  • reuniting with many of my old coworkers from western (andrei, andrew, chan, diane, jeff, michelle, nick)
  • bbqing chicken, corn and potatoes in allison’s backyard
  • meeting crissy (my only and awesome longtime internet pal) while enjoying dan and matt’s jam session… ohh and canoeing on uncle rick’s pond
  • boating in the rain and many attempts at water skiing with andrei, his brother, and allison
  • attending a blue jays vs yankees game with my mom and dan
  • hanging out in the backwoods of scarborough with dan and leif
  • getting lost in the niagara region, while wine tasting and stopping for a break in the park at the falls
  • seeing and critiquing my dad’s new house with my sister
  • eating hot wings and playing with remote controlled fans with kelly
  • enjoying the ultimate feast at red lobster with my mom, sister and allison
  • chatting and playing devils advocate with lindsey until the early am
  • drinking with jason and allison on a roof top patio.
  • losing at everything at jordan and lauren’s stag ‘n doe, except for the ‘guess the number of kisses’ that i co-won with phearum
  • cruising around taking photos with jeff and jenn

ohh and since i have been back home…

  • andrew and my mom have been sharing my living room – thanks steph for the air mattress. you’re the ….est!
  • partied at my neighbour’s and went to honey with andrew, cameron and lauren.
  • took a coop car in for tire repairs
  • went apartment hunting with/for andrew
  • developed a theory on the break-in that happened 2 doors over
  • went to playland with cameron and kicked his ass at mini-putt

anyways.. there is so much more that i have not included… but hopefully, years from now.. this will be sufficient to remember the best parts of july 2006!!

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