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Emily and I spent a day a few weeks ago making pickled cucumber, green beans, carrots, asparagus, okra, and beets. I hope they are tasty, because they were a lot of effort.

Washing the Cucumbers  Garlicy Goodness  Broken Jar  Pickles

Dress to Impress
Emily and Christina had a join birthday party on Friday. It was formal and everyone was dressed to the nines.

Emily and Dan  Quizzical  Dress to Impress  Scott  Dress to Impress  Dress to Impress  Laura and I  Alien  Sleepy Emily

Snowboarding at Cypress
Emily and I went up on the opening weekend and enjoyed the bunny hill.

Snowboarding is Sucky!  Snowboarding is Fun!

Snowboarding at Mt. Baker
The first snowboarding trip of the season. 2 car loads raced for the border to find fresh powder.

Help Me  Snowboarding at Baker

Getting High in Vancouver

Last week I got high twice, but not in your typical Vancouver sense.

On Thursday, I climbed the Grouse Grind for the first time. Actually we didn’t do the official Grouse Grind, but the more scenic BCMC trail that runs right beside it. So, I still have to go back and do the official Nature’s Stairmaster. It was a great climb. It took me just over an hour to get to the top and it was a good workout. After everyone made it to the top, the group I was with ate dinner at the restaurant and took the gondola down after sunset. I really regret not taking my parents up to the top of Grouse, because the views up there are amazing.

Then on Friday, I went to the Chris Mass and the 50 or so Chris’s biked up to the highest point in Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park.
I’ve biked by it on the Ontario bike path dozens of times, but I’ve never actually ventured into the park. It’s gorgeous in there. We arrived just as the sun was setting, so we got to watch that and then explore the fountains at the top.

On Saturday, I went to the Blarney Stone with a big group of people for Lawrence’s birthday. What a blast. Even though the bouncer let the girl’s in first and made the guys wait an hour to get in, I still had fun. As University just started, the place was packed with students, so it brought back a lot of Bomber memories.

Birthday greetings to Graeme, Chris W. and Ayelet. Hope the day was awesome. Graeme, I celebrated your birthday last night with a glass of wine on the beach. Are you in Waterloo right now?

My Dad Is a Superhero

New FurnitureThe silence on the lj has has been deafening, but I have been keeping busy. A few weeks ago we had Boardgames and Booze Night on Beach. It was a resounding success, and we played Blokus, Carcassonne, Mafia, Taboo, and Apples 2 Apples from 7 pm until 4 in the morning. It helped restore my faith in my ability to host a good party, after the last disaster.

The 2nd car-free festival on Commercial Drive was also 2 weeks ago. It was another success although the weather was drizzly.

Ultimate is winding down. I missed parts of the last 2 games because of a sore ankle which I rolled a few weeks ago, and I’m missing our last game because of dental surgery on Monday. But there’s the end of season tournament coming up and I’ll probably spare in the Fall league.

I bought a shiny new futon. It’s pretty sweet and infinitely more comfortable than the free one we found in the basement last year, which we finally got rid of. The other piece of new furniture in our living room is an amazing book case that my dad made for me for my birthday.

Classics - Slo-Pitch ChampionsThe long weekend was a small family reunion, with my parents and Kelsey all in town. My dad was here for the 55+ slo-pitch nationals, which his team won and he was named MVP (what a super star). It was great seeing my parents and Kelsey again. It was a great visit. We were able to watch some great baseball, eat at some great restaurants, assemble a bookcase, watch the grand finale of the fireforks festival, see the Pride Parade, play bocce ball, and spend an afternoon hiking and relaxing at Lynn Canyon.

In case you missed it, Vancouver is the best city in Canada. Even if there’s a municipal strike going on. I really haven’t noticed. Most garbage isn’t being picked up, but our apartment has private pickup, so we’re not affected. I am trying to get a worm composting bin anyway, so we can cut down on our garbage output. I feel horrible whenever I throw out vegetable scraps.

I just finished reading Soon I will be Invincible by Austin Grossman. Wired gave it 9/10 and I have to agree. It was a great read. Super heroes and bad guys with personal problems. Reminded me a lot of Douglas Coupland’s writing. Now I’m finishing off the last Harry Potter book.

A Sunny Day of Reflection

I went for a run today. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was outside. Sunny, +16, and just gorgeous outside. It seemed like everyone in the city was outside celebrating the day off and enjoying the amazing weather. The seawall was crowded, the beaches were full of people in shorts and t-shirts kicking soccer balls around and lounging in the sun. Every few hundred meters I got a whiff of some potent BC bud. It was a perfect Vancouver day.
Nim  Taking a Break  The ski crew  Getting Ready to Ride  At the Peak  Dan

The last few weeks have been busy but good. My birthday celebrations stretched over 3 days this year. Saturday night we ended up at Cafe Deux Soleils for vegetarian foood (he he he oh the non-vegetarians weren’t expecting that) and lots of drinks. Then on Sunday, Kevin, Nim, Dan, Christina and her friend Jimmy, and trekked up to Whistler for a beautiful day of spring skiing and snowboarding.
Birthday Guests  Dan, Stef, and Scott  Birthday Cake

Then on Tuesday, we had pineapple upside-down cake at work, thanks to Christina’s mad baking skills. I definitely milked my 24th birthday for all it was worth.

Other highlights of the past 2 weeks:
Vancouver’s Giant Pillow Fight – the rain held off just long enough for 15 minutes of joyful pillow smashing with strangers. It was actually a lot of fun. It was funny watching everyone mill about casually with pillows jammed in backpacks or in jackets and then go mad exactly 3 pm. Dan got some photos that I’ll try to steal and post, but in the mean time you can check out Flickr or gnb‘s pictures.
vancouver pillowfight 2007 - downy explosion  vancouver pillowfight 2007

Dan’s old roommate, Adam, who’s working at Microsoft now, came up to visit two weeks ago. He was lots of fun and brought us a few Xbox games from the Microsoft store. I stayed up to 3:30 am playing Kameo last night, but I finished the game, so I can have my life back.
Last Friday, Stef, Theresa, and Ambrose came over for a potluck-ish dinner and a night of boardgames. It was fun and the food was amazing. I’m hoping to plan a bigger boardgame night in a few weeks. A Saturday night orgy of Mafia, Blokus, Settlers, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Apples 2 Apples, and some other games I have in my closet. Stay tuned.

Dan’s off being a good Christian and visiting his adopted family. So I had the apartment to myself tonight, and I took full advantage. I went grocery shopping and partook in some amazing naked cooking. I recommend you try it some time. It’s very tranquil. Just be careful when you’re draining pots of boiling water because it sometimes splashes. Tonight’s meal was a greek dish with white kidney beans, orzo, and various vegetables. I managed to cut my thumb on a can edge and was gushing blood everywhere. I couldn’t find a decent sized band-aid, so I ended up ducttaping gauze to my thumb. It seems to have worked pretty well.

Booze Cruise & The Mythical 2 Day Hangover

The shame about having a life is that the busier I get, the more I have to write about, but the less time I have to write it. Good thing I plan on being really lame and spending all weekend doing laundry and posting on livejournal. So, without further ado I bring you the story of the booze cruise and the mythical 2 day hangover.

Last Tuesday, we had our big kickoff meeting/party at work. The meeting was 4 hours of speeches, skits, and videos meant to to energize all the engineers at the company and get us excited about the coming year. I wasn’t exactly pumped up after it, but I didn’t fall asleep this time, so I consider it a successful company meeting.

The after-party was a lot more fun. In retrospect, it was a guaranteed success. The formula: take 500 engineers restless from an afternoon of speeches, pack them onto a small cruise ship, loosen them up with copious amounts of liquor from an open bar, force everyone who can’t swim to stay for the duration of the party, and play dance music that has been aged for a minimum of 10 years.

What a blast. I consumed far too much alcohol, left it all on the dance floor (including spitting my teeth onto the floor at least once), met several co-workers who I had only known through email, and definitely made a few career limiting moves.

Of course, the day after was not nearly as fun. I struggled to get into work for 11 am, showed up 15 minutes late for our team meeting, and then realized that half of my team was still sleeping. The day was a write-off. I don’t think I accomplished anything all day. I did a code review for my manager, and couldn’t pay attention to his code for more than 3 seconds without my mind drifting. It was rough. I felt like ass all day, and alternated between staring at my monitor, slurping Gatorade, and running to the washroom to pee. Thursday wasn’t much better. I must have gotten sick or something, because a 2 day hangover is simply unheard of. I partied hard, but not that hard. I blame it on low bacteria levels in my stomach. Wednesday night I had severe migraine all night. I didn’t sleep much and was very tempted to pop a few painkillers, but I resisted the urge and instead suffered in silence. I’m happy to say I’m fully recovered now, but still avoiding alcohol.

The night of the booze cruise will definitely be remembered. I put it up there with the Seattle Gas Can Party of 2005, the London Christmas Party of 2005 (and subsequent Underground Puking incident), and the St. Patrick’s Day Massacre of 2006.

Ready to Fly  Reflections on a Party  Raise the Roof  Looks like a Party  Dance, Dance  Nim and Dylan  Slow Dancing  Co-Worker Bonding  Francis Kickin' It  Look Over There  Nice Hat  Too cool

Blood and Gore

On Halloween, Daniel and I (aka Captain Vegetable) played host a odd assortment of characters, the most memorable being the Universal Turing Machine and the Automation Chain. Everyone who showed up was from work – hence the CS style costumes. The good news – no one was too confused by the Universal Turing Machine. The bad news – there were only 2 girls. So sad.

The party was ok. Mostly dorky, with many odd socially awkward moments. Daniel insisted on calling it the “Best Party Ever!”, while I tried to hide my sense of disaster by drinking myself silly, showing off my cucumber, dropping my camera in a bowl of salsa, making a drunken phone call to Emily (a first and not something I want to make a habit of), and puking in the toilet (already a habit). Spectacular night.

Speaking of spectacular nights, I woke up this morning, after a night of troubled dreams, with bloody drool stains on both pillows and on my sheets. Ewww. Grouse! But I need to know more…

More GradBall pictures

Memories from GradBall keep coming in. Lisa and Ben have both posted quick memories from GradBall. And Ben has his pictures on Flickr.

Some of my favourites:
The Israelis 
Greg & His Angels 
Twas A Long Night 
Beauties Of The Ball 
Persian Style 
The Dazed Lineup 
Porter Gettin' Jiggy Wit It 
Anoush, the Limbo Queen 
Software's First Couple 
Lisa & I 
Greg & Guest
Porter & Guest 
Anoush & I 
Software's Second Couple 
Through The Martini Glass 
Narges & I 
Show 'Em How It's Done 
The Tool's Entrance

Update: Bennymotto has a Flickr set from GradBall too. Some of my favourite pictures (including a few with softies and me leading the conga line!):
An Eve of Indulgence 
Hue, and ALOT of alcohol 
Conga Line 
The 500 engineer macarena 
Jeff Francis Ken Peter Nhat 
Our very own bottles 

Update #2: A few more pictures:
My Hot Date 
Getting a Lift 
Soft Eng Meets the Tool 
Nick and I