Archive for April, 2007


It’s nice to be home; familiar places, family and friends.

My sister graduated College and is home for good. She has a job interview today with a law firm, so good luck sis!!!!!

My best buddy Nathan gets married this Saturday to Rachel Pede.
His Bachelor party is Friday. We are starting at his parent’s house and going to the casino!!

I traveled back from Calgary this week with Jordan Parker. He was in Sarnia to visit but more so, pick up his girlfriend. Good luck to both of you guys in the future. I look forward to visiting you guys in the west for years to come.

Other notables who are home in Sarnia now are Chris Nova, Chris Smith, Alex Tsotos and Jesse Sibbald. Even Chaps has made it back for a visit.

Ryan Lawrence Chapman.

Many of you know and love this character.

I first met Ryan when I was in grade 12. Sibbs and I were strolling down the hall at lunch and Ryan was on crutches just chilling in the hall; he was new to the school. He had to come to Sarnia for surgery because he was born here originally and his coverage was in Ontario.

Sibbs and I instantly knew this guy was boss. His philosophies on life were inspiring.

Through the years, Chaps has helped me break my homebody like mentality and he and I have traveled all over the place. Currently we are relaxing in good old Fort McMurray.

Other than knowing how to have a good time and being adventurous, Chaps and I didn’t have too much in common. He was one of those crazy living on the edge skateboard, snowboard, wakeboard kind of guys. I like to think of those sports as a spectator sport.

Our big interest together: Technology. He and I went to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and as you can guess it, Donatello was our favorite (he’s the techie, nerdy one).
Some of you may not know this but Chaps and I went to college together. It was party time for sure but we both managed to lock it down and graduate with honors. I pursued further education and he moved back to Winnipeg getting a job with IBM.

You may think Chaps to be all about partying, living for the moment and being extreme but over the years, I have met a more reserved, laid back, take in the world kind of Chaps.

A lot of you may not know Chaps’ story but it wasn’t all rainbows and smiles growing up. Never having parents looking over him growing up, his Grandmother did her best with him. Chaps ended up in Foster homes all over the country. Mistreated and mislead, Chaps escaped the system and has been looking after himself since he was 15.

Knowing Chaps background, you would side with and understand him if he never amounted to anything but Chaps never let his past hold him down. He is truly one of those guys that beat the odds and defies the statistics. He never let people tell him he couldn’t, shouldn’t or can’t.

He may not know this but Chaps has taught me so much over the years. His “never get down on yourself, love life” mentality has been inspiring to watch in motion and I am very thankful to know him.

Currently Chaps is living in Calgary and flys to work every week for CNRL. Talking with Chaps he is full of life and loving every minute of it.

Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe!
– Ryan Chapman.


I have writers block this week so I will write about last night at my house. My buddy Reg had to remind me “even Shakespeare had writers block.”

Yesterday Nathan moved out, I moved into his room and Eric Rodey moved into mine.
All of that to say I don’t have a stove anymore.

It’s sad to see Nathan go but it is good to see him getting married. Darryl will be moving out at the end of the month so it will be sad to see him go as well.

So John Oravec, Eric Rodey and I will be “king of the castle, king of the castle” at the end of the month. Eric is a music nut so our living room will consist of an electric guitar, acoustic guitar and the violin (fiddle).

For closure to Nathan and Darryl moving out I will be buying a new pair of shoes; I am not even kidding.

Just as Eric moves in and everyone gets settled into their new accommodations, I will be going out west for 3 weeks. For the third time in four months I will be seeing Chaps and Jordan.

Exciting things coming in the future: Jesse Sibbald is moving home and is all graduated from Kinesiology (so proud of you bro). Natalie, my sister is moving home and is all graduated as well (so proud of you sis).

My Granddad booked our flights so it’s off to Switzerland again!!!!!!