Archive for August, 2006

Jasper and Mountains

Its 12:04 PM Sunday Afternoon.  Guns R Roses on the MP3 Player, I look to my left and Chaps is driving with Drew passed out in the back.  We just jumped off a cliff on the way out of Jasper.  WILD.

Ron doing a Gainer    Drew diving

Friday night – I got off work early at Suncor in Fort McMurray.  An hour earlier my confirmation went through for me to travel on the Suncor jet to Calgary.  I called Chaps to confirm he’s picking me up and I’m off to the races.  A quick flight on the jet and I land in Calgary.  Chaps and Drew pick me up, we get some Zza, a couple casuals and were off to 17 ave (downtown Calgary) – We bar hoped for most of the evening.  Me and Chaps were exhausted from the work week and called it early.  Drew said “peace” and we didn’t see him till the morning.   

Saturday – Me and Chaps awake early, go for breakfast, call Drew, tell him to get home and we packed for Jasper.  Jasper is a 5 hour drive from Calgary – all through the mountains – it was wild.  We drove through Banff and stopped at all the tourist attractions.  The mountains are unreal but unfortunately my pictures – as nice as they are – can and will never do them justice.  You have to experience it yourself. 

Chaps mountain 1 Chaps mountain 2

Ron and Chaps on a bridge Drew, Chaps and Ron

 

After picking up hitchhikers and taking pics all day, we arrived in Jasper at 5PM.  As it turns out, Chaps whole crew from the 204 (Winnipeg) were there.  The only thing on their mind was Skateboarding – and skateboard they did.  They skated so pro. 

 

After the skate we ate and headed out.  We attended a fundraiser for a guy in a wheel chair who needed some wild surgery in the states.  Hopefully he got all the funds he needed.  Next door to the fundraiser was the place where Wayne Gretzkey hangs out all the time.  Of course Chaps and I had to have a drink there.  Drew took pictures all night.

 

Sunday – Up early again, we hit up breakfast and this really fancy place.  We were a little underdressed but we had style so it evened the playing field. 

We drove out of the city and headed for a morning cliff jump.  I threw down a gainer and Drew dropped a crazy dive. 

Will be back in Calgary this afternoon; will be taking it easy for sure as I head back on the jet to Fort McMurray Monday morning.  AWESOME WEEKEND. 

Thanks Drew and Chaps. 

Cheers.

 

   

 

Talkin Trash in Fort McMurray.

What a crazy week this has been. Wednesday I was informed that on Monday (that being two days ago) I would be flying out West to work for a couple weeks. I see no problems with this, oh, unless you mean I had to be moved out of my apartment by Sunday night. Thanks to a good supporting cast I managed to complete the move and I am on my way. (PS – all of those who helped me move are being given drinks on my return)

I arrived in Calgary at 4PM. Chaps awaited me outside. We did a little shopping, a lot of site seeing and then out for dinner. I wanted to live like a Calgarian for the evening, so I dressed in black, threw on a Cow Boy Hat and traveled to the most Calgarian Bar in Calgary. I rode a mechanical bull. Enough said.

YEEEEE HAAAAA The Pimps.

Cigar with Chaps

4:30 AM the next morning, I hopped on the Suncor Jet and flew all the way up North to Fort McMurray. One word for this place:

Different.

My manager from Sarnia met me on the Jet and then took me on a tour of Fort McMurray. In Sarnia we have refinery plants; here they have refinery theme parks. Refineries are as far as the eyes can see. I would have taken pictures but that’s not prohibited. The dump trucks are also wild. I had to watch a video on how to avoid these things (Apparently they have the habit of running pickup trucks over and not even realizing it).

The craziest thing here is the work shortage, yes Sarnia, work shortage. They can’t find people to work anywhere. At Tim Horton’s (employees start at $15 an hour) have no one to work so the line ups are WILD. At McDonalds I was confronted by a talking trash can. It opens, thanks you, takes your garage and compresses itself. They figure its cheaper to install these because they cant hire anyone to do.

At Wal-Mart all of the cashiers are machines. You have to scan your own stuff. House owning in a night-mare. Sam (my boss up here) took me on a tour of the “rich area.” Houses going for $1.5 million would go for $300 000 in Sarnia (and only if it was on the water). For $300 000 you can settle into a cozy 2 bedroom trailer park home. And why do people do this you ask? They don’t call it Fort McMoney for nothing.

My hotel is dope. I am downtown and the Keg Steak House and Bar is connected to my hotel. I am on the top floor so my view is wild (pictures to follow). They have an awesome coffee lounge so I am sure I will be utilizing it to the fullest to read.

I miss Sarnia already, it’s my home. There are talks of a possible move up here so I have a lot of thinking to attend to. But not until I get back from Europe with Granddad.

Cheers.

Chill Times, New Adventures

Last weekend I got to relax with my good pals Dave and Jesse. It was good to hang out with out with them again.

Sibbs and Davie

First, we went and played Laser Tag. I got shot, a lot. And yes, it hurts.

Laser Tag

Then we went boating. Dave just got a new one so what the heck. I would like to point out that Jesse was unable to get up on wakeboarding and Nicole was able to on her first try.

On the Boat

Last week was wild. It started like another week. Monday morning I worked. We had a video conference meeting between Sarnia, Denver and Fort McMurray. In the meeting it was revealed that I would be heading out west to work.

So since I have to go out west I won’t be present to pack and move into my new place at the end of the month (which I just acquired with Nathan Colquhoun and Jordan Parker) I had to move out this weekend.

This has been a big pain the ass.

Thanks to all those that partook in the short notice move. I owe you all a drink.
Last night I got to relax lake side at the Toshs. That was awesome. We all sat and talked and some encouraging words were said for my up coming adventure.

I will be out west until the end of the month, move everything into my new place and then set sail for a vacation with my Grandad. Woot!