December 31, 2002
I'm on a plane

I've noticed that my logs have been getting rather stale. So, since I'm on a plane I thought I would actually devote some decent time to this particular entry.

Here goes:

Well it has been a busy last few days. The other night I went out for my friend's b-day. He invited me and some other friends to first celebrate with his parents and girlfriend in the South-End. This is a rarity in itself because I usually have to travel for 25-30 minutes to go see him in the city. I now only had to travel 5. I have met his family before but forgot what wonderful parents he has. His
mom is very French Canadian and cooks accordingly spectacular.

After dinner, Nick (my friend), his g/f, Dave & Emily, Chris and myself headed downtown for some drinks. I left the car at my place and got into Chris' car so I wouldn't have to drive after drinking.

We arrived at an Irish pub downtown with a live band on a Friday night. The place was pumpin' to say the least. The band even did a cover "extra-Irish-style-violin-and-all" of Hous of Pain's "Jump". It was amazing to say the least. I wish I got their name so I could invite them to the Blarney Stone in Vancouver.

I knew the bar manager/bar tender from high-school. He provided me with many a free pint of Guiness which was a wonderful treat. I know several bar tenders/managers in Vancouver, but I have never had such treatment. I guess it goes to show who your friends REALLY are. He picked up the tab for the whole party of us and got the b-day boy very intoxicated. (Thanks again Ryan).

The following few days I spent "chilling out" at home w/ mom, dad, and my brother. Watching him play SOCOM: Navy Seals online for his PS2. I have to admit, he is quite good at it.

So, I went to bed at 0230H this morning and woke up at 0600H to catch my flight at 0800H. As the plane pulled onto the tarmac, I watched little eddies of snow and salt whip around on the assphalt as the bits finally escaped the grasp of the engine's gust only to settle a few feet from whence they became airborne.

The take-off was as awe-inspiring as ever. Honestly it never ceases to amaze me how this huge tin-can manages to get off the ground. I even understand enough physics to explain it, but it still leaves me jaw-dropped every time.

The ascent was typical. A beutiful view of the semi-crystalized Ottawa River at dawn, the cotton-ball like clouds, and the glistening of moisture on the wings were all welcome signs as we approached cruising altitude of 30 000ft.

I believe that the feature film is about to start. I hope the oncoming day in Vancouver will be as pleasant as it started out in Ottawa.

The plane landed safely and rather long day was as great as it began. I got back, played Santa Claus by distributing gifts to those friends that regularly do a gift exchange with me.

All you can eat lunch was @ Shabusen. This is nice since it is right across the street. A bunch of Sushi later, and whammo... I basically passed out for 3-4 hours. It was great I needed a nap. I woke up in time to watch my friend Dave play some Tony Hawk 4. Drinks @ Monsoon at about 2230H. Just stayed for a short while.

Came back and started watching 24 Hours. It is apparently a series that was on TV. I don't watch a lot of TV any more so it was rather intriguing. Good show. (on DVD so we have the whole season at our disposal. Each episode last 1 hour in REAL TIME).. this feature is kinda neat. (commercial free though which is even better)

Now just catching up on some mail with the TV in the background.


Posted by cjones at December 31, 2002 02:00 AM
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