Take Me Out

20 05 2013

When I really think back on all of the things Jeff and I have done together, it becomes quite evident just how good we are for each other and how much we’re able to encourage each other to actually get out and DO things.

Just the other day Jeff (finally) had a day off of work and we went out to Peggy’s Cove (followed by further activities, explained later).  I’d never been so he decided to to take me out there since we’re in NS.  It was a really beautiful day and made for an awesome visit.

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Jeff was getting a little upset with me for sitting so close to the rocks, but I wanted to get a better look at everything!

That’s me sitting on the rocks by the by, photo courtesy of Jeff.  After spending some time at Peggy’s Cove we actually went for a little hike.  Jeff had found coordinates to this trail on this girl’s blog.  It was a really cool hike through a plain (I guess it would be a called a plain?) created by a glacier so there were cool outcroppings of rocks, and boulders sitting in random spots that had been ‘set down’ by the retreating ice.  It was a really cool trek!  We spent about 3 hours hiking around on the rocks and through the vegetation, I would recommend to everyone!

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After our hike we went to Your Father’s Moustache to watch the Leafs vs. Bruins game 7.  I don’t usually cheer for the Leafs but I can’t stand the Bruins, so it was hard to watch the Toronto give up so many goals in the third period.

I used to avoid hockey like the plague but have recently (relatively speaking.. I’ve been watching it for about 2 years now) gotten into it.  I think the basis of my aversion was the hockey players that I’ve met throughout my life, not the sport itself.  I’m sure most of you have run into a douche or two who act especially awful when with their teammates/bros/boys.  I find it a little easier to watch pro hockey knowing that they have families, and are a little more aware than the younger hockey guys I’ve had the.. pleasure.. of interacting with.  Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but in my head they’ve grown up from the jerks who wouldn’t think twice about gay bashing that they used to be.

Anyway, as always, thanks for reading!  I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday today!  At least, my Canadian readers.. sorry Americans… happy Monday I guess?

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Hometown Glory

17 06 2011

I’ll get right back to Australia, but I just wanted to post a quick note about how disappointed I am in the Stanley Cup final in several ways.

Obviously the rioting in Vancouver was RIDICULOUS.  Completely uncalled for, embarrassing, and just plain stupid.  I’ve read some quotes and articles online since the whole incident and several people have been saying things like “The Canucks were never Canada’s team, if the Leafs, the Habs, or even the Senators had been in the final and won then all of Canada would’ve been celebrating a Canadian victory, but the Canucks are Vancouver’s team, not really ‘Canada’s’ team; the riots after losing the game just proved it to the rest of the world”.
I couldn’t agree more.  Jeff also said that he doubts most of the rioters were hockey fans and just jerks who hopped on the ‘whole city party’ bandwagon when the Canucks were playing and found a good excuse to break shit when they lost.  I’m so ashamed of the behaviour in Vancouver, but there have been some good news stories that came of it too, like this woman who single handedly stopped a mob from looting a Holt Renfrew:

Good Samaritan

Click here for the story and/or if you can help identify her! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/help-us-find-this-good-samaritan-from-vancouvers-riot/article2063837/

There have also been a lot of citizens stepping up and helping with the clean up and graffiti-ing apologies around the city which speaks more to the Canadian mentality as opposed to the stupid lame ass looting and rioting.

Real Canadians

http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=566199

I’m a Habs fan, but when they got beaten out of the running by the Bruins I switched to cheering on the Canucks.  I DO like the Canucks, but they were such a let down!  They had no drive, didn’t seem to really care about winning the cup, didn’t have any heart at all on the ice.  As much as I hate to say it, they didn’t deserve the cup, Boston worked hard for it.  So well done Bruins.. you’re still not my team though, sorry!





The Good Ol’ Hockey Game

14 06 2011

I know I said I was going to write about Australia, but before I get to that I’d like to let you all know how disappointed I am in the way the Canucks are playing tonight.

It’s game 6 of the series, could be the end; the Canucks could have the cup by the end of this game.  So you’d THINK they’d be playing hard and trying to bring the cup home… but nope.  They look like they’re napping on skates.  After the first period, it was 4 – nothing for the Bruins, no scoring in the second period, and now it’s 5-1 more than halfway through the third.  Absolutely ridiculous.

The good portion of this terrible hockey playing is where I went to watch it.  Jeff and I have made it sort of an accidental tradition to go watch the hockey games at East Side Marios here in Fredericton to score some half priced apps while we get mad at the Bruins.

One of the servers there  is so good to us and has a huge smile when we come in.  Her name’s Maria, which we only know because of her signing our receipts with a smile, and she knows what we want as soon as we walk in.  Takes us over to the bar side to the tables that look at the TV’s, asks if Jeff wants a pitcher of Coke and if I want a big beer.  I’ve actually recently decided to stop drinking, but that’s besides the point.  It just feels strangely nice to have a ‘friend’ when you go out to eat like that.  I suggest becoming a regular somewhere to anyone!

Update on the game:  There are 3 minutes left and it’s still 5-1 for the Bruins.  You let me down Canucks.. please play better when you’re home in Vancouver on Wednesday.