Archive for December, 2007

Fight Night

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Brittany and I went to the mall in the morning and we got some bubble tea and waited through the half hour return line at Future Shop to get me about $40 back for a keyboard that I got that was the wrong item… it came with a stupid easy call speaker thing that took over my sound card.

After our return, we wandered around the mall for a good hour or so and I found a sweet new hoodie that I really like! I got it for about $40 from Randy River, which cancels out the $40 returned from the keyboard.

Later in the evening, Nathaniel hosted a “fight night” at my place because Mark was unable to due to having family over. It’s a good thing that we just happened to buy and setup our new shaw box just yesterday! Nate and I, being new to the whole thing, ordered the fight, but later realized that we ordered it in standard definition, where we could have gotten it for the same price in high definition! It was a little unfair, but we still had a blast sitting and watching Nate and Sheena enjoy the fight… we got into it quite a bit too.

After the fight, we hung around and played huge a two deck game of Go-Fish with some funny cards!

I won in the end with 16 pairs, and Janet insisted I make a fish face for winning Go-Fish!

Frets Behind the Scenes Reel

Saturday, December 29th, 2007
Below is the full 13 and a half minute behind the scenes reel from the making of Frets. It’s super long, but very entertaining for everyone who was involved in the project!

Snowboarding Julie to the Hospital

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

I gathered a few people for a good evening of snowboarding, and we stopped at Plateau Pizza on our way out. I had promised I would hang out with Christine and Greg, so I killed two birds with one stone on our way out of town.

We picked up Sheena after eating, and the four of us headed up the mountain!

I was teaching Julie how to board, and on our second run she fell pretty bad and hurt her wrist. The ski-patrol came by and offered to grab a snowmobile, which took forever to show up, but eventually it took Julie down the mountain.

I boarded down holding her board, and we met her at the first aid building, where they put a sling on her and filled out some paperwork.

They also gave each of us a free pass for Cypress to come back another time. I wanted to do a few more runs, but I found it a very good idea to head off and take Julie to the hospital.

We got it all checked out, and it turns out there is no broken bones, but just a really really bad ass sprain. She should be alright with time. They put a fiberglass cast and tensor bandaged it to her arm.

Brittany came back from her Christmas vacation back at home with her family and I got to hang out with her when I got back from the hospital! It was super amazing to see my darling for the first time after a week!

Boxing Day Fienza

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

My boxing day started right when the clock ticked off of Christmas Day. I was planning and organizing the assault on Future Shop. Here’s how it went down:

Nathaniel, Brian and myself piled into my Subaru with a few blankets, and some video games that I couldn’t get to work off the inverter because they drew slightly too much power.

We arrived and lined up at the corner around Montanas.

Brian wandered inside while Nate and I waited in line, and Brian called us shortly after saying that he volunteered to help with some merchandising because they were short staffed and he clocked in! Nate and I were left the two of us in the cold for a few hours with nobody to take shifts with to warm up in the car. There were two chairs in front of us that belonged to two guys who let us sit there while they waited in their car. We won because we got to sit down, and they won because we saved their spot in line!

I left and picked up three hot chocolates from 7-11, then headed up to Greg’s house where I threw rocks at his window and knocked quietly until he answered. He then made me a sandwich, and lent me a hoodie because it was freezing. I drove us down the hill and back to the line where we met up with Nate.

When we arrived, Nate took off and went into the Subaru and rested. After a short while, Brian came out and told us that he clocked out after two hours work of merchandising, and can come into work two hours late now. Good for him. Christine also called and let us know that she wouldn’t be coming out because she got snowed into her house out in Mission!

Soon, I realized that since Greg had company and was fresh to waiting in line, I could finally be relieved too, so I took off and joined Nate sleeping in the back of the car. It was surprisingly roomy, much like a three man tent.

However, the spaciousness of the car ended quickly when Ray showed up and I half-jokingly invited him to crash in there with us, and he actually accepted and squeezed in with us! It was a good ten minutes of bickering from all three of us before Ray decided to head out and go talk to Brian and Greg. He left after another twenty minutes or so. Nate and I fell asleep in the car.

Greg woke us up because the store was to open at 6am, and he wanted to be prepared because the line was shuffling a little. Nate and I saw that we had a half hour so we lay back down. I peeked out five minutes later and noticed the line was moving very oddly in the direction of the door… Nate and I decided it would be best to get up and be ready.

We changed out of our pajamas just in time to lock up the car and run up to find Greg and Brian up about 15 feet from the door! It was intense because they were slowly letting people in about 20 minutes before they were supposed to! Nate and I just barely managed to make it, and we were in the first group of people they let into the store. They tried to stop Nate because they were full, but I told them he was with us and they let him come through! Brian had informed me of the whereabouts of the $99 HD-DVD player I wanted was, so I promptly ran straight across the store to it! Brian told me they had about 36 units, and when I got up there to the stack, it was down to just SIX! The lady infront of me grabbed three, and I quickly picked up two, and within a second the last one was gone! I grabbed one for myself, and one for Greg who was hobbling towards me with his broken toe! It was super close!

I strolled over and picked up a wireless keyboard and mouse, and the four of us met up and took about 20 minutes strolling the store before casually heading out.

As we walked out of the store with our items, we saw the massive line of people stretching about 150 meters of tightly packed customers!

We piled back into the Subaru victoriously and drove up to Greg’s place where his mom made us breakfast and we hooked up his HD-DVD played and watched some transformers! Nate and Brian fell hard asleep, and after a while I headed home and crashed.

When I woke up, I went with Mark Bakker back to the mall, and took a couple ridiculous photos:

We also had our regular Boxing Day open house at my place in the afternoon where we had a bunch of people over:

I went with Nate to the theatre to watch PS I Love You with him, Amber, Amanda, and one of their friends, but was saved at the last minute by Mark Condon, Petrin, and a few others showing up for National Treasure 2, so I tagged along with them instead!

After the movie, a bunch of us went over to Boston Pizza and we had some snacks before I drove everyone home.

As a final thought on this day, I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to try to get a Boxing Day door crasher item the following advice:

1. Have around three or four people – good number for doing shifts, but not too big of a crowd.
2. Do your research – know exactly what item you are getting, but don’t get greedy and go for too much.
3. Bring fold up chairs, but remember to pack them up into the car at least 40 minutes before the store is scheduled to open.
4. Make sure someone can do a hot drink run – it’s cold out there.
5. Dress warm.

Christmas Morning

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Christmas Eve with Dad’s Side

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

On Christmas eve, we gather with my Dad’s side of the family. This year, we went to our relatives out in Langley’s place and had a good time with some great food!

Jason and Brian drove out late because they worked until 6ish, and we used that car to come home an hour or so early around midnight.