Since I was a little kid I’d always watch the NFL and wish I could be at a live game. There is always so much going in the stadium, you just want to be a part of it live.
Fast forward to many years later and an even longer bucket list than I’ve ever had. I’m currently in Canada and even though the NFL is big here, they have a league called the CFL. Major towns have teams just like the US.
So I was excited when a friend of mine at work told me his uncle had some extra tickets and he wanted to let them go cheap. I didn’t hesitate. Watching a football game live? Wow!
So the big day came. It was Labor Day and it was a sold out game. The Ivor Wynn stadium where games have been played for close to a century was in its last year as it is being torn down to make way for a new stadium for the Pan Am Games. I was glad to have had the chance to be there.
The game was between the Hamilton TigerCats (home team) and the Toronto Argonauts. It was hot and my empress and I had problems finding our seats. Apparently the tickets were for the away crowd so we ended up on the opposite side. Did I mention it was hot.
Then during the game they had a draw for prizes. I excitedly checked my pockets and guess what? I couldn’t find my tickets.
In the end the Ticats lost but in exciting fashion if that counts for anything. The crowd, the food and the company made the experience well worth it. Even though the NFL game is still on my list I am glad I had this chance. Taking them as they come.
SN : Because I lost the tickets we couldn’t get on the free shuttles so we had to walk home. Next time the empress keeps the tickets.
After a grueling semester of Post Grad Project Management, It’s time for a well needed rest. By rest I mean do things I need to do so I can have some peace of mind and at least know I’m still on a track to my goals. My grades will be out in a day or two but I’m sure I passed everything. I have three weeks of vacation and have decided to use it to things I love. I want to spend the weeks before school in January reading, going on some adventure and getting myself ready for next year. Should be fun.
Below are videos and pics I’ve collected since I’ve been here and hopefully if I get to do these thirty things I have I’ll be able to, I’ll do a blog before year end.
Random Question : Are you strong enough to do what you need to do no matter what the distraction?
It’s been a while since I last blogged. It may be the longest since I started blogging again. I want to say that in my mind I’ve written a thousand blogs but never got a chance to put it on my internet blog. So much to tell you all but so little time.
I’ve been so busy with school that the only time I do remember about writing is on the bus to class. It will improve I promise. I have exams and tests and group assignments this week so I’ll call this entry a filler. i do want to say before i post a video and some pics of my beautiful country that the experience so far has been wonderful. The opportunities glisten in front of your eyes but right now I’m staying focused on getting my PMP (Project Management Certification) and see what happens after that God willing.
So until next week…
Side Note ; While writing this I heard one of the most forward thinking persons of this generation died. Rest in Peace Steve Jobs till that day! Your legacy will continue.
Another wrap up of a previous blog. In the previous (i’ll paste link below) I pointed out that my lady and I had both made lists of places we wanted to go and we even had a contingency list just in case.
Well, it didn’t turn out as expected with more planning happening for after the summer ended than within the summer. We still traveled around but didn’t get to explore what we had our hearts on. They say quality time is important and that we did have but as always as humans it’s hard to be satisfied, our insatiable appetites always wanting more.
I won’t go through the list of places we did end up but mention food stops on Spur Tree Hill and a lazy day in Treasure Beach.
From the Original List here is where we went noted by a complete beside the location.
Mystic Mountain, St. Ann
YS Falls, St. Elizabeth *attempted but work complications*
The Steakhouse, Mandeville (completed) *Jan went to a business meeting here*
Truck Stop, Kingston
Lover’s Leap, St. Elizabeth (completed) *went but it was closed*
Dover Raceway, St. Ann (completed)
JDRC Dexterity Competition, St. Elizabeth
Font Hill, St. Elizabeth *went to Treasure Beach instead*
Lil Ochi, St. Elizabeth (completed)
Another Beach – Maybe Montego Bay *went to Aquasol*
St. Mary or maybe Mavis Bank (see if we can cross it)
Milk River, Clarendon *road too bad*
The average cost of our trips were 3000 JA ($30+CA/US) so it wasn’t bad at all! Until the next summer list…..
Below is a video of the Treasure Beach Trip…. Would love some feedback!
It’s been a while since I put words on a screen and called it a blog but here I go again. This is the end of the summer and with it I think the last update for a while on my quest for a healthier life. It’s been weeks since the last update so for those who asked here it is.
Bloggers Note : For those of you who haveno idea what I’m talking about feel free to click below links :
The truth is (you know what usually comes after that right?) I slacked off. I got caught up in summer and all the activities and neglected to do my work outs. Don’t get me wrong. I did do them but not as consistently as I should have. I kept going to bed very late and by the time I got up it was time to get out and do stuff. I did do alot of walking and some running because Mandeville traffic was crazy this summer. So i parked the car and walked everywhere.
My eating habits for the most part were good though. I am not one that deprives myself when I have cravings for anything but all in all I made good decisions as far as food and drink. I have never drank so much water in my life. I drank one or two sodas all summer and stayed away from fatty foods also called made sure the pork was all lean meat.
So at the start of the summer I was 200 pounds, a weight which I have been for the past five years which isn’t bad because I’m 6ft 3 but I was surprised when I jumped on the scale and saw it said I was 190 pounds. I feel lighter, leaner and ready for the challenge in terms of health and keeping fit. To me ten pounds is alot but I basically look the same as 200. I guess it has to do with muscle memory.
It’s a few days before school starts and I’ve started my workout slowly but surely. Getting in pushups, situps and kegel workouts and more to be added. I hear there is a gym on campus so I may do some weight training. To tell you the truth 200 is my goal but i want it the healthy way.
Below is a flashback to my 200 situps challenge breakthrough. Consistency is the key. Going back for that too. Current pushups status : 102 str8!
So E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) has come and gone and I don’t know about you but as the biggest video game NERD in Jamdown my head is still spinning from all the stuff I’ve seen. Now i coud rant on and on for hours about all the new entries coming to a system near you for maybe the next hour but I’m going to pick a couple of things and give a short history lesson where needed.
I’ve been playing video games since the Atari 2600 so yeah itz been ages and with every system they move closer to virtual reality. Not that VR will make the games better (as I think the best systems were the NES, Super Nintendo and the Playstation 2) but just the opportunity to see technology grow excites the heck out of me.
This year’s E3 didn’t let up on excitement as the Big 3 threw down hard with Nintendo (my fave VG company) announcing the release of their new system, The Nintendo Wii U. Now don’t get me wrong I love games on other systems as well but the fun factor has always been high with Nintendo who always have said fun over graphics. Nintendo though seems to be going after hardcore gamers who have scuffed at Nintendo’s offerings in the past because of graphics. Their new system will be more powerful than both the Xbox 360 and the PS3! So for all the Sony and MS fanboys, what now?
I mean this year was suppose to be the year all the companies went to their new systems as on an average systems are usually on a 5 year cycle before the next gen systems come out but because of the recession and the fact that turnovers haven’t been as fast Sony and Microsoft decided to get as much out of the existing systems as possible. Not being biased (maybe a little) but Nintendo won this generation hands down making profits off the first set of systems to go out and then continuing the trend while the other two operated at losses for years to recover the cost of building their flagship systems.
But enough on that! Said I would keep it short. The Sony Vita is a new handheld and has me excited. After owning a PSP and having all the multimedia at my fingertips this is a true upgrade. Sony tried but failed with the PSP Go so this is a direct competitor to the Nintendo 3DS with Gryoscope and way improved graphics among other sweet features. Coming to some hands near you (hopefully mine).
Now to the games! This is year liek so many years in the past, the scene was taken over by Army type games. From Halo to Battlefield to Modern Warfare it’s all about guns and blowing ish up. I love Halo and the fact we’re getting not one but two Halo titles soon but I miss playing fantasy games which is why the new Fable has me excited. I mean are we training soldiers or something? Zelda as well put a smile on my face but we know Nintendo will be showing this one at maybe the next 2 or 3 E3 shows..
Not going to lie though between the first person shooters and the third person shooters, the few car games and even fewer puzzle games it was a good E3 and like the NBA Finals is the best in years. This event is defintely on my list of places to go before I die.
Check out my top 3 for very system I’ve ever played