Thursday, March 25, 2010

And you caught me off guard

And into the final month of coop we go! I cannot believe that the work term is almost over, and school is going to begin again. The entire experience at Canfor Pulp and Paper has been great, working in the Research and Development department, albeit doing stuff that has no particular focus with my major. Beginning in May, I have school for 12 months before my next coop work term in the summer of 2011. 12 months of attending classes everyday, doing homework, staying late at school doing projects. The only thing I'll have to look forward to is probably in August when I will get a month of summer vacation before going back to school. My robotics class will be the highlight of my summer classes, and I will make sure to take lots of pictures and videos documenting the evolution of my robot.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away"

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cause I get a kick out of you

Unless most girls, I only own about 3 pairs of shoes. I'm just not a person who is a big fan of shoes and all about buying shoes. Like I currently wear a pair of adidas that I've had for around 3 years or so I think. That's quite a bit of money saved over the years, which is always a plus to owning shoes. The downside is that my feet almost always get wet whenever it rains, which is like almost everyday. Nobody likes wet feet, but I've just never justified having to get new shoes, until mine are all completely broken. Just like how I haven't gotten a haircut in like 8 months. That's like $100 saved, and the only thing i had to sacrifice was my dashingly handsome looks. But today I've ran into a pair of shoes that combine both functionality and good looks. The New Balance MTC580 Goretex kicks.

A pair of shoes with Goretex that will protect the shoes from the elements, as well as looking dam good. My mind is pretty set on buying these shoes as soon as they become available, even though it says July 2010.

There must be something in the air.

Would people ever do anything if there was no immediate benefit?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Do something.


Step out. Be different.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Olympics cont'd

Going out everyday, walking around downtown amidst the throng of patriotic Canadians, the city was alive. Never had I felt more proud to be Canadian. The different houses, each showing what their province had. The world coming to Vancouver to take in our cultural, and to celebrate along with us.

Breaking out into song on the streets, in the trains, whenever, wherever. The emotional was just emanating from every single person in the city, be it Canadian or not. Walking along Granville or Robson, cheering along with the crowds in drunken fervour. There are no words that I can use to describe watching any Olympic event with crowds of people downtown.

Waiting in lines to get into events, chatting with people from all over the world. Americans come up to visit, and spending lots of money to experience this once in a lifetime event. Families of athletes here to cheer on their loved ones. The entire 2 weeks has just put me on a cloud, and everything is still so surreal. The free concerts at livecity events, singing along with great canadian music, to the long walks downtown in the rain, everything has just been perfect. Without the free concerts i doubt i would ever have been introduced to some great Canadian music that I now love.

The best house that I visited had to be Atlantic Canada house, where there was free food tasting. The house had food prepared by culinary students from the Atlantic provinces, and it started off with appetizers of mussels and seafood chowder. Then came small portions of lobsters, crab, shrimp, and other seafood delicacies prepared wonderfully. The beer wasn't too pricey compared to other places that I had visited, and the atmosphere was wonderful. I don't think it was possible to be angry or mad during the olympics.

The only draw back to the entire olympics was probably the ridiculous price of beer. But everybody was willing to pay upwards to $10 for a cup of beer. Standing and watching the gold medal game, i spent $30 on 4 cups of beer, which i could've easily got 12 cans of beer for. But people are willing to pay, since hockey just isn't the same without beer.

I only wished that I brought my camera out more, but its not worth the risk to get drunk and carry around $1000 in gear.