Blog Rating Update and Weird Weather

Somehow the people at www.daypop.com missed my site as one of the top 100 blogs. I’m certain they’ll be picking me up one of these days now.

Whether it be a conference on whether the astronomers of the world should alert us in case of an extinction level catastrophe or a freak snowstorm in Israel, something makes me wonder – is it the end of the world or are we just bored?

Handbasket Update

I’ve been working on getting an American Visa for the past 4 years now. They finally sent me a letter telling me that they are now ready to begin processing my request – (Read “we wasted 4 years of your life now only another 4 years to go!”) So anyway this last letter that they sent me said that they would like to continue processing my request but can only do so after they make sure they have my correct address. Need I state the obvious? How would I be able to sign the paper if they didn’t have my address? Oh well I’m sure they are just headed down the road paved with good intentions much like the rest of us.

Adventures in Medicine Hat

Things in Medicine Hat are going great. I came home, had a huge plate of mediocre Chinese food. I fixed the computers, and my mother is so happy. I guess I’ll head back to Lethbridge tomorrow. Medicine Hat is snowy. It’s so snowy that I almost missed it and kept driving right on through. Good thing for the World’s Tallest Tepee, or I might never have arrived.

Vacation Update

I am back from my trip to Calgary. I was supposed to go to Medicine Hat, but I’m putting it off until tomorrow. I went and saw About Schmidt (trailer) with Anna and her sisters. It is definitely a movie made for the pre-MTV generation. Possibly the worst part was seeing Kathy Bates’ naked body — what a shock.

Gary and Tracie gave me a couple of vhs tapes that I’ll have to watch sooner or later. Raising Arizona and Born in East LA.

I didn’t go to Medicine Hat on Wednesday like I had originally planned. I didn’t feel like it today either, so because Anna-Maria and my parents are all sad that I didn’t come to Medicine Hat yesterday or today, I’d better get some sleep so I can get there in the morning.

My GREAT BIG XBOX PARTY!

Today I planned this big Xbox party for my house, but as luck would have it – I have no friends. Not even the superficial type that only like me because I throw Xbox parties. Maybe it’s because I have a lisp. I was even going to have treats too. Actually no, it’s not the lisp, it’s not because I don’t have any friends, and it’s certainly not because my treats suck. Everyone is just busy with being on vacation during reading week, or working for Quest (Bryce). So anyway maybe another night.

Watersliding and Surfing in the Faux Ocean

Tonight I did get together with Bryce Shutte and his wife, oh and Zee came along too. We went to the Ramada for some sweet waterpark action. Steve, my friend that works there, is going to hook me up with a job there (hopefully). I’m actually pretty excited because being out of work and being a poor student SUCKS. The Ramada is a pretty fun place to visit, but I think it must be a law that the amount of chlorine in a hotel pool has to be at least 10 times more potent than you would find at say a city owned pool. Also for some reason the water was extremely cold. I asked Steve if they had a maintenance person to take care of that, and he said that she didn’t seem to know how to work the heating machinery. Zee commented that if “she” (the maintenance person) was actually a “he”, then maybe the water would be warm. All Steve could say was, “You said it, not me.”

So to recap, watersliding is fun – cold water is not. The waves were a might bit small and the hot tub was a mite bit crowded. Can you say 32 people is just one too many?

I’m going to Calgary Tomorrow

I am going to visit Anna-Maria and her family at the hotel where they are staying. Hopefully I’ll be able to find it. I may give my brother Gary and his wife Tracie a call but it sounds like they already have plans.

Peer Gynt Cast Party and WSI Course Completed

Last night Anna-Maria persuaded me to reluctantly come with her to her cast party for Peer Gynt. Although I was really tired when we finally left at 2:30am I am glad we went. It was a fun time, and I’m beginning to know a lot of the Drama students now.

I haven’t officially passed the class yet. I still have to do 10 hours of co-teaching lessons and then I pass. I must say that I’m pretty happy to be done with it though, today was my last day of classes at the pool.

The Power of Procrastination

I think that if more people were aware of the power of procrastination to get things done it would be much more popular. For example, a couple of weeks ago I had a Water Safety Instructor homework assignment, but instead of doing it I procrastinated and as a result, got my laundry done, the dishes done, the house clean, and worked on some of my other homework that wouldn’t be due for days. Just goes to show if I hadn’t been procrastinating I wouldn’t have gotten any of it done.

Anna is leaving for the duration of reading week to go down to the States with her family. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do, but I guess I’ll have plenty of time to clean the house while procrastinating my homework.

Since pointless flash pages seem to generate a lot of traffic (for some sites) here is my Stairway to Heaven Link. Hopefully you find it helpful, or at least interesting.

Roommate News and Valentines Day Suckage

Today I talked to Jason, my 17 year-old roommate, about the food stealing situation. He said, “I guess you’re probably getting sick of me eating all your food.” and also added, “It’s just that I’ve been meaning to go down to the food bank but I haven’t gotten around to it.” It made me feel kind of bad when he has no food and I don’t want to share but at the same time – it is my food; this is not a room and board place. To make matters worse, I overheard him on the phone tonight and he said that he’s been fired from his job at Little Caesar’s. I guess that’s going to make paying the rent next month that much harder. Hopefully he is smart enough to go apply for employment insurance.

Today started off as a great Valentines Day. Anna and I went out for lunch at East Side Mario’s and I must say it was great as always. I didn’t get her any real present though and now she is sad. I STILL don’t know what to get her, so I’ll run out to the store and find something she will like. Valentines Day sort of sucks, why can’t we all just be valentines all the time?

Happy Valentines Day! (No School Today)

For Valentines Day Anna-Maria bought me a book called, “If . . . (Questions for the Game of Life)”. It has “IF” questions in it to make you ponder what you would do if certain situations were possible or had to happen what would you do. Here are a couple of example questions from the book, “If you could spend one whole night alone with anyone in history, whom would you chose? If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, which would you like it to be? If you could commit one crime without being caught, what crime would you commit? If your plane were about to crash and you had time to write one quick note, to whom would you write, and what would you say? If you could run any single company, institution, or organization in the world, which would you choose?

My reading week vacation starts today. I’ll have lots of time to play around on Plastic.com and Fark. I think perhaps we should have a photoshop contest on our own blog. What do you other bloggers think?

Adventures in Photoshop and Shopping at Cosco

Yesterday I took some digital pictures of Anna-Maria for her application to the National Theatre School in Montreal. The best ones were taken outside and then I photoshoped them so that they had a completely white background. She had some taken in one of those two dollar photo machines at the mall, but they were way overexposed and basically useless. Anyway when I got to Cosco to have them developed — well I had saved a bunch of them on CD but there was only one that I really wanted and it was the only one that I saved in .tif format. As you might be guessing Cosco doesn’t develop tifs, jpegs only. I was somewhat frustrated but what can you do? Anna went out this morning and had them developed; they look great.

I took Anna’s roommate Zee along with me in case they asked why the name on the Cosco Club Card said Anna-Maria so that she could say, “Oh that’s me”. And when it came time to pay she did in fact pull through and say, “yep, I’m Anna”. Even though the picture of Anna on the back of the card is half worn out, Zee still looks nothing like her. Almost immediately after claiming to be Anna, Zee started talking with me about Anna’s play and if we should go see that movie The Ring, “Anna and her sisters really liked it!” I couldn’t believe her and I’m sure the guy thought we were quite the imposters / losers but he didn’t say anything.