Friday, September 28, 2007

This just in: Update!

Holy cow its been some time since I last blogged. I've been looking at this sad un-updated webpage for too long, so its about time that someone did something about it.

Things lately have been two things: 1) Very Fun
2) Very Expensive

I am still working at the pool place doing my 45 hours a week. At nights I have been spending it with friends and spending lots of money (this would be the money that I should be giving to pay back my student loans). Here are some highlights of the past little while:

I recently had the most amazing Saturday. I woke up and went to the local greasy spoon for the breakfast special. Around here it's called the "Pickle Slam". There are no actual pickles in the whole deal. After breakfast we went golfing and I didn't do that badly for once! Then we got a few beers and had a wicked cornroast. Very awesome.

I have also been really getting into church life here and I have started to go back to my parent's church (the Olive Branch). There are some really interesting people there and I am very much looking forward to geting deeper into the church circles.

I had a date.

I also met up with my good buddy Jovanna for dinner and a glass of wine last week. I'm actually going back down to see her in about 10 minutes to go out with more friends, Jo included. Very excited about that.

Oh, and who could forget the whirlwind of a weekend that was "Gary Returns to KW". It was awesome to see all of my old buds and we actually went out to a western bar for kareoke (spl?). First and last time for that. The Beastie Boys would have been ashamed of me and let's just leave it at that.

Also, Markham Fair was this weekend. I saw cows and multicoloured chickens. Tre cool.

Monday, September 03, 2007

In the Groove

Things are certainly different here in Canada. I have now realized that I am back for good and with that realization comes a myriad of feelings. Some good, some bad, all of them confusing.

I am currently working at a pool company in Stouffville, and though it is a far cry from the fulfilling work I was doing in Germany, it pays much, much better. The hours are pretty crazy though. Right now, I’m working at least 10 hours a day. Makes the 20 odds hours a week I worked in Germany look like nothing. Perhaps because that was nothing? No matter.

I recently had some Germans and Rachel and Peggy (people I met in Germany) over at my house for the past couple days. I wish I could have done more with them, but I had to worked everyday. We still went to Toronto a bunch of times and had a few laughs. It was nice to see my buds.

So, I’m back in Stouffville. I have to say that I have changed a lot. I think it took a little time in my home town to make me realize these changes. I feel bad because I have betrayed all of my youthful feelings and the typical attitudes towards going home; I like being home. A lot. Is that a bad thing? Maybe. Isn’t the answer supposed to be, “I can’t wait to leave again” ? I find that when people ask me if I’m looking to go travelling again soon, my answer is always a quick, “heck no”. It’s possible that I’m just tired of travelling for a while? After all, this was a pretty intense year.

There was a point in my youth where I wanted nothing more than to get out of Stouffville, but now I find it’s so nice to be back here with my family and friends. I’m thinking that the teenage-fight-the-man-flame is now, sadly, officially dead. We had a good run. On second though, scratch that, we had a horrible run. A yearning for a middle class normal life and a partially finished, never to be completed, degree in political science begs to differ with my first statement. So much for changing the world.

In other news, I have been reconnecting with a lot of my friends in the past 3 weeks and it has been sehr gut. There have already been lots of geek fests and party times. I’m looking forward to a very quiet fall and winter though. I think I need to do this whole life thing a little slower for a while. Is it possible to do life slower than Altes Lager though? Doesn’t seem possible.