I went to the grocery store earlier the week looking for something ‘nostalgic’ to buy. I ended up getting Kool-Aid, and what better time to drink Kool-Aid than on a Friday night home alone, watching curling and learning new board games! I drank it all, it was a terrible idea, now I have a headache, anyone else want the rest of the Kool-Aid?
From 2006-2008 I worked at George’s Ski World at the base of Marble. It was a wicked gig; great coworkers, and the best employers you could ever ask for. The very best.
While I was working there I was looking into getting a powder board, specifically the Fish or the Malolo. I was leaning towards the Malolo but could never justify chucking the cash at a powder board when at best Marble would get a few pow days a year. Anyway, with my powder tour with Mumbies and Nicole coming up next week I put an ad out on Kijiji looking for a Fish or Malolo and I lucked into a Fish for $150. It’s never been ridden and I’m stoked to break it in next week. This board brought back a lot of fond memories of work at George’s.
This is Wrinkles. I had one of these as a kid, was one of my cherished toys. Then my parents got a dog and the dog destroyed it. When I found out I was heart broken. The following Christmas my mother decided to get me a new Wrinkles to replace the old one! Wrinkles 2.0 sits atop my bookshelf, where no dog can get near it. It is awesome.
This is a Popple. We had a purple one when I was a kid, and I guess we had a green one, too. Though, I don’t remember this one. No matter, there’s much I don’t remember from my childhood, haha. Anyway, this thing curls into a pouch and pops out to be like a teddy bear thing. It’s hands and feet are little hearts, and it’s waving hello.
So I had to post a non-theme picture, as I was too pleased with this picture to pass it up. Today’s weather was weird, sunny blue sky, but flurries with big puffy snowflakes. I ventured up to Signal Hill as I usual do, snapping photos of whatever and as I was trying to get a picture of the sign, a helicopter flew into the picture (left hand side if you can’t see). In a rush I tried to snap a few photos, and luckily I got this one. The sun is behind the sign so it makes a neat effect. Again, I went a little heavy on the post processing, but very pleased with how it turned out.
I was setting up this shot and sat down to give me crooked back a break and I pulled up Facey for a snoop. That’s when I saw Matt’s photo today, the little shit, we had the same idea; again!
I was going to do a couple of these seperately but decided to do a hodge podge of all these do-dads that have some sort of meaning. Here we go…
Bottom left is my art smock from kindergarten, somehow it made it through me, Kieran, Andrew, and Meghan.
Above that is Mom’s wretched Mad Hatter tea pot. It’s delightfully ugly, haha, she loved it.
Just behind him is a wedding favour from my cousin Matt’s wedding September past. He married his partner Mitch in Ontario, and with all the other weddings last summer we couldn’t afford to make it to theirs. We missed an amazing time as everyone gathered to celebrate the “Mattchelmony” as they called it, haha.
To the left of that is a wooden buoy that I scooped out of Bay Bulls the first time Melissa and I went sea kayaking. It floated right next to us, not attached to anything.
Further left are my nunchackus. Foam on the outside, they were harmless. I had them since I was a kid, but just recently shoved wooden dowels inside so they are better to use. Still don’t hurt though.
I shared the story of the blue stool the other day.
Furthest left atop the stool is my compass. I’ve only used it a few times on the trail, but it’s always with me.
Inside my compass is Air Canada ID that belonged to my Poppy Mickey (Mom’s dad).
Under the compass is my old passport with the stamp I received when visiting the demilitarized zone between N. and S. Korea.
To the left is an India Beer hat signed by the Hey Rosetta! crew. I’m not the biggest fan of the band, I’m into them I guess, but I got the hat signed after a show at the Backlot. It was a deadly show, probably the best time I had at the Backlot, and there were more than a few good times there.
In front of the stool is my Dad’s old Pentax K1000, the first camera I played with as a kid.
Right of that are my credentials for the 2001 Canadian Blackbelt Championships in PEI. I think I scored a point during my only bout, haha.
Next is my talking Yoda. He provides all kinds of wisdom.
The photograph is of the car that hit me when I was 12. You can see the top of the window where my head hit, fracturing my skull in a few places. After a week in a coma I had to relearn everything, including how to talk. But once the memory was reconnected I had it. Haha, lucky I pulled through that one.
In front of the photo is a tiny piece of drift wood I picked up in Cedar Cove on the west coast while there with Meghan, my sister. In front of that are two pieces of wood chips from a beaver’s felled tree I picked up on the trail out to the Spout. There’s a piece of vertebrae there, too. That came from Freshwater Bay the first time Melissa and I slept out there after hiking over the southside hills from Fort Amherst.
To the right is a slipper (1 of 2) Melissa gave me for Christmas in 2008. It was made by a woman on the coast of Labrador. She has since passed away. The woman who made the slipper, not Melissa.
In the slipper is a clay pot I bought while visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Korea. It is a village filled with actors who carry out the daily tasks from 500 years ago, I believe. I bought this from the person who made it. I brought it home for Mom. I also bought the top while in Korea.
Bigg-E and that Hudson Bay blanket are on the couch in the background.
If you’ve read all this you have shared in some of my most nostalgic items. Thanks for reading that essay, haha, I hope you enjoyed some of my memories.
New theme for the week is nostalgia, meaning I get to dig through all my old crap and find stuff that means a lot to me. My mother gave me a memory box when I was in middle school, I thought it was lame at the time but I still used it, putting random things in over the years.This is snippet of those items.
Things featured in this picture include: My chess medal from grade 5, curling membership and event pass to Canadian Juniors, Guster ticket and rep badge, Nova Scotia asthma camp staff photo circa 2003, Wipeout Canada news article, Qatar open tennis ticket, menu of my favourite take-out place in Doha Qatar, an accordion pocket watch, and the first conversation my now wife and I had back in 2008 that rekindled our friendship, which ultimately led to our marriage.
I don’t know if the quality of pictures will be great this week compared to last week (which I thought was our best photography week yet), but I am sure the blog posts will hold a lot more meaning this week. Should be fun!
Today’s the last day for the selfie theme, tomorrow is nostalgia, I got a few idears and it should be fun. I had no motivation for today’s photo. I had a pretty busy day and am just tired now, haha. I hurt my back today and am pretty bummed about it. I’ve been working my legs and lower back lately and need to stretch more, also have to be super careful, don’t want to fuck up my trip west.
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately editing photos on the daily. I got an idea for today’s selfie while editing some photos to take a pic of me editing. But I was already done editing by that point of course, so this is me watching videos of Aikido techniques getting ready for my first grading that will hopefully be happening in the next few months.
So walking around my house I was trying to figure out what places had the best light to take a photograph, and then I thought of my fridge! Nice bright bulb, closed in space, perfect for a selfie. This is what lead me here, looking into the fridge for something to eat. A daily routine that always seems to disappoint, unless we have cheese strings, then it is a good week.
Also, we reached 500 posts last night to the blog, just wanted to thank everyone for following, enjoying the pictures, and here is to the next 500 posts!