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2014 is nearing the end, and to reflect on the year that was… I figure I would write about a few awesome things that took place in 2014 …
1) I did a mud run and then played roller derby in the same day (capping off a 5 week streak of derby games – starting with a tournament!)
I have played more roller derby this year alone, than the previous 4 combined. Most of which took place between April and May. I also issued a challenge to myself at the beginning of the year to finish a mud run, so I trained accordingly for the demands of what my body needed for many derby games and a mud run… but what I didn’t factor in, was playing a game AFTER a mud run.
I was asked to play with the Revelstoke Derailers after the Kelowna MST run, and being the fool I was, I said yes! My first mud run was quite the experience and I’d defintely do it again! The challenge was to get home, shower off and get all the mud off of myself and then sit in a car for 2 hours and then get un-stiff to play the derbz. Well, I did! And came along with the Derailers as they claimed victory against the Kamloops Wreckers.
This year has been a great year in roller derby, I have had such fun skating with the Sun City Sirens and the Thompson Okanagan All Star Team (annd anyone who wants to pick me up! 😉 ). Between home games, tournaments and scrimmages, I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of this amazing Okanagan roller derby community.
I’ve learned that I LOVE tournaments, and I love the physical challenge of training my body to see how far I can run, how fast I can go, how much I can lift. I can’t wait to see how much I can push myself in 2015!
2) I finished school!!
I’m done, done, done done! No more working all day in code, and then going home and coding (unless I’m working OT, which seems to be happening a lot this week). My last semester was definitely the hardest and most trying just dealing with program requirements and taking 2 courses at the same time, but I feel so great and so much lighter and happy to say I finished school!
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! Seriously, it is! I got back into Lego in 2013 and 2014 I started to collect more buildings, I even annexed the train table to give my Lego a home and now I have my little city (as yet un-named) to build and it’s been a great hobby that I’ve taken on. I love building the sets I get, it’s a great way for me to get working with my hands and more about spatial awareness. Also, I *think* I’m getting Dave into Lego, so I’m hoping it’ll be a fun hobby the both of us can do 🙂
Santa was awesome to me this Birthday-mas and I finally have a few modular buildings to add to my modest collection, I look forward to posting a small tour of my lego town for you guys!
4) Rose City Wheels of Justice
THIS TEAM. omg. Watching their rise to the WFTDA finals was amazing, and with the late season acquisitions of Serelson and Rivas, it just made an already strong team.. SUPER strong. I love watching Scald Eagle jam because she just exudes power, something that I’m trying to work towards is to be powerful.
They took such a fight to Gotham that nobody has ever done before, and it was amazing to watch this team come together and be strong and be there for each other in this amazing moment. My heart broke for them in that last jam, but I know they’ll take what they’ve learned and become even stronger, and from them, I draw inspiration to become a better team player, and become a skater.
5) Skating Park
To me, this is easily one of the highlights of the year… getting the balls to go to the skate park and mess around in the ramps and jump all over things. Skating park has opened up a whole new avenue of things to do on skates (and I LOVE skating, skating is the best). I love getting up early, having the park to myself with tunes in my ear and just jamming around on anything and everything I can think of. I am by no means a pro skater, but I love park skating and can’t wait for the snow to melt so I can skate MOAR!
6) Going home for the holidays
For the first time since I moved, I was able to go home and celebrate the Christmas season with my family, and boy was it a whirlwind of a trip. Did some last minute shopping, helped with cooking and wrapping gifts and I still was able to do some work-work while I was there. It was nice to be able to celebrate my nephew’s birthday with him and to be able to participate in the Christmas Bingo as well as being the Santa for this year. It definitely was awesome to be able to spend time with my family and see their faces when they opened gifts, and awesome to see the amusement on my nephew’s face when he was opening gifts. It was definitely worth the wait, and hopefully I’ll be able to afford to be out there more for the holidays.
2014 was a great year filled with amazing accomplishments, some difficult times (being injured sucks), trying times and of course happy times. I couldn’t fit everything that I would love to write about in one blog post, but I look back at the year and I smile at the good memories that were made and look forward to making even more.
Thanks for the memories everyone! Let’s make this year even better!
– Until then…
I originally started this entry about 3 years ago, when Fast 4 was hitting theatres, but with the recent passing of F&F star Paul Walker, the reason I started this entry came back into my head.
What not many of my derby friends know about me is that I guess you could say I was raised on the F&F (Fast and the Furious)…
I saw the first trailer for it in grade 10, I was about 15 at the time.. thinking about becoming a pro-wrestler and things other than the automotive world. I honestly, didn’t really think far too much about it… my love for cars had not taken over at that point. I had a learners permit, but that was all.
I finally saw the movie at the end of 2001, and in that 106 minutes of vehicular mayhem … I was hooked. I had fallen in love with the bright green Mitusbishi Eclipse (with 7 gears 😉 ) at the beginning of the movie, and felt pain for it when it was pumped full of bullets… and so began the obsession… which car to buy, what to mod.. how to do this.. I want to go faster.. so on, and so forth.
In 2003, I had finally gotten my full on Driver’s license… and 2Fast2Furious hit the screens. I was working at the movie theatre at the time (hoping to save up for a Honda CRX), and was able to see it for free! I loved Suki’s Character in the movie, she inspired me to continue down the path of designing for the automotive world, and being in the automotive world. That year my brother and I attended the Street Car Challenge at Race City Speedway, and we even created a video of the event, we were so enthralled with drifting and the automotive world.
2006 was the year of The Betty, also the year of Justin Lin’s “Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”
Betty was my first car, and I wanted to make her the most unique Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart to ever hit the streets…. all due in part to… The Fast and The Furious. I don’t think the car community that I lived in would’ve been the same without this franchise. They defined a sub-set of enthusiasts and put them into the spotlight. My brother and I wanted to be part of that world when we were younger, and with Betty.. we worked together and became an integral part of the Mitsubishi enthusiast community in Calgary. We did the shows, we went to track nights.. I drag raced my car. We did a lot of awesome shit because we loved those movies, it was from those movies that it inspired us to be car kids.
“I live my life a quarter mile at a time…”
“Life’s simple, you make choices and you never look back”
“Dude, I almost had you!” – “You almost had me? You never had me? You never had your car!”
“Ask any racer, any real racer.. it don’t matter if win by an inch or a mile, winning’s winning.”
Yeah, I bought into the hype, but within this hype the tuner life led me to some awesome places or experiences, the car community was a great place to be.
Yesterday, the car community lost someone who not only starred in the films that helped define a part of our culture, but also someone who was a true enthusiast of the automotive world. While many news reports can say that he was a victim of speed, deep down we all know that he passed away doing something that he loved, and that was being in a moving, and functional piece of technological art, and pushing that piece of art to the very limits of it’s capacity. It’s definitely strange to have a celebrity death impact me that much, but to me.. it almost feels like a fellow car guy that I would see at a meet just passed away. He was one of us, he loved the scene as much as we did… he helped define the scene to some degree, and I know that the Fast and Furious franchise will never be the same without him.
Rest in peace Paul Walker / Brian O’Conner, we’ll see you up at the quarter mile in the sky.
I stumbled upon this video posted on Beyond.ca, and it brought a few tears to my eyes.
If you’re in Canada, you’re well aware of the floods that have taken over Southern Alberta. Canmore, High River and several other Alberta communities found themselves dealing with the longest 2 days of their lives last week.
I grew up in Calgary. I love Calgary.
Calgary was the best city to grow up in, it was a city that felt like a small town. Everyone was nice and courteous to you, Calgary started the volunteer movement in the Olympics, I remember so many wonderful small Calgary-only businesses growing up where we would always go, and they would always be happy to see you.
While I may not be in Calgary, and those homes that have gotten flooded are not mine… I watched the city I grew up in face a disaster that I could’ve never imagined happening. I was there for both previous floods in 1995 and in 2005, but nothing compares to what I watched unfold last week. I sat there at my workplace shocked and scared for friends and family and fellow Calgarians as the water took their livelihoods and their homes away.
Calgary is a wonderful city, now they are coming together to help rebuild the parts of people’s lives that have washed away. I am so happy to see the amount of volunteers and generosity that has poured out of everyone’s hearts, it restores my faith in my hometown and makes me proud that I was a born and raised Calgarian.
You can help too, help this wonderful city!
see! I told you I would update!
… actually, I was very inspired by this blog: http://bendoeslife.tumblr.com/ and decided that I too would like to continue to chronicle the journey that I have been going on in my new home Kelowna town…
My last meaningful entry was really about how hard it had been, being sick.. and then losing my pet… and to this day, the memory and the pain are still there. I’m not really sure how long it takes before the hole goes away… but I know that she’s in a better place.
Tomorrow, I will be going to get my first tattoo, and it will be… bubbles.
… yup, bubbles.. floating.. free and wispy bubbles, like she was in life. I hope that tomorrow, her memory will give me the strength to sit through the pain… because I will never forget her.
Dave asked me if I was going to get a tattoo for every pet that died… the thing is, Bubbles wasn’t a pet. She was a friend, a part of our little family… a happy face every time you’d come home.. a ball of fluff to hug when you were sad… she was so much more than a pet. She grew up with us, and we grew up with her..
It’s still strange to know that she isn’t here any more. It’s weird to think that she isn’t at home with my parents, sitting on her perch at the top of the couch, staring at the dogs as they walk by the window..to know that when I come home to visit, she won’t be jumping at my feet… happy to see me.
The feelings I have are still so, unknown… so.. weird… I hope that tomorrow, I can remember her in the right way… and be happy that she lived.
I still miss you Bubbles.
As you can see, I haven’t really been able to update in the past few weeks. I’ve got a few entries waiting in the wings, a simple recipe, a look into the coming Tuner season, and my experiences with BC’s Out of Province Inspections.
….. but as I’ve said.. It’s been a rough few weeks.
You were soft, and fluffy… this would be the beginning of a long and happy life together.
I Like to drive fast, and Calgary’s Race City gave me an outlet to be able to drive fast. I’ve been racing since April 2007, and in May 2008 I had the chance to race against my fiancee in a veritable battle of the sexes. His ralliart sports a port and polished head, with tein S-tech lowering springs, RRM stage 2 cam shaft.. and more goodies than you can shake a stick at. My ralliart has a basic Injen Short-ram intake, RRM Underdrive pulley and lots of hopes and dreams.
When it came down to it, which driver reigned supreme? Video after the jump…
I was looking through some photos to post on the blog, and found this one that I had taken in June last year, a few months before the move. Erin and I used to go on random photowalks around Calgary, I used to learn so much on different angles and how to compose a photo… and Erin just took photos (she’s very talented, check out her Flickr).
On this adventure though, I had a surprise for her to shoot. An upside-down church! The church was an art installation that had recently moved to Calgary from Vancouver. It was a commentary on religion, I just thought it was pretty neat. We meandered around the Shepard area in Calgary until we found it. Read the rest of this entry