Monday, November 26, 2007

My Friends Big fat Greek Wedding

So first off I want to apologize for my third bait and switch in a row. I meant for this post to address all the topics that I keep bumping for later topics. However, an old friend of mine got married this weekend and I couldn't NOT mention it in my blog. My friend Tony and I met in second grade so we have been friends for just about 20 yrs. Which when you consider the fact that I am only 27 is a hell of a long time to be friends with someone. He is the first one of my close friends to get married.

Anyways his wedding was this past Saturday. It was hands down the biggest wedding I have ever been to. While I am sure that not all of them came to the wedding Tony had told me that there were 570 people scheduled for the reception. I was also happy because this was the first time for my fiancee to meet some of my friends that she hadn't met yet.

As you probably guessed from the title my friend is Greek. As such he had a very traditional Greek wedding. Much more traditional than I was expecting. The ceremony was in a Greek orthodox church. And at the reception the band was Greek and they had traditional Greek dancers. However, the food was pretty much standard Canadian stuff.

Truthfully it was a very surreal thing to watch someone you have known for so long get married. I suppose it will be the same thing for him in 9 months when it is my turn.

Well congrats Tony, I wish you all the best.

Next week ... TV writers Strike/Lion Man/Reading

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Happy Anniversairy

OK, so first all I want to apologize for this being my second bait and switch in a row. I know that this weeks post was supposed to be about "TV writers Strike/ Lion Man". But i realized that this week marked a special occasion and I couldn't let it pass without acknowledgment. This week is the one year anniversary at my job and as such it is also the one year anniversary of my blog. This is actually my 49th blog post. I must say that I am quite proud of myself. With the exception of the two weeks when I had no Internet connection at home and the one week when I was on vacation in St Lucia, I have managed to put up at least one new blog post every single week. At one point I was worried that a frequency of once a week would cause me to run out of topics fairly quickly. But truthfully, I have never really had that much difficulty coming up with topics. I don't think I lead that exciting of a life so I am surprised by that. I guess the key to blogging for me is to just talk about whatever is on my mind or things I am interested in. I don't get into my personal life that much here but I have mentioned the important things. Namely my engagement and job changes. Both are topics that will continue to be staples of this blog.

Also, I am glad to say that I think my blogging has inspired other blogs. My friend, ex-coworker, and blog reader Todd has started a blog. As well my militant (LOL) older sister has also started one. I would like to think that I may have been of some inspiration to them.

I don't know if I consider my blogging to be therapeutic. There are very few things in my life that are truly stressful. There were a few times when writing helped me deal with things. The first would be my post about leaving Microsoft GoodBye Microsoft This was really difficult at the time because one of the reasons I took the job at Wunderman in the first place was for the opportunity to work at Microsoft. Another one that was a stress relief was my post on Wedding Planning I think I have a fairly high BS tolerance but some of the hoops we have had to jump through were getting on my last nerves. It was nice to get them all out in writing.

Finally I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention my two rants posts. BET and Celebrity Girls. You shouldn't read these posts if you have a problem with swearing.

Anniversaries are a good time to look back and reflect. Overall, I am happy with my blogging experience and it is my intention to continue doing it. I think it is a good way capture my experiences and my life in general.

I know this post has offered no new insights and has been the blog equivalent of a clip show but I had to acknowledge this occasion. My original intent was to do a year end review of my life but I think it's best to leave that post until the first of January. To my readers I hope you have enjoyed the ride and I will continue to drive. Suggestions are always welcome and if there is anything in particular you want to hear my opinion on please let me know.

Next Week ... Tying up loose ends.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Last Weekend

I know this post is supposed to be about reading but I want to keep this blog current. This past weekend I went to Niagara Falls with some of the guys. The reason for the trip was for a Bachelor Party for a friend of mine. He is getting married in two weeks. To be honest I wasn't really dying to go to this. I didn't think it was necessary. I don't mean that I think that we should not have had a bachelor party I just mean the trip all the way to Niagara. It seems to me that a simple night at any Toronto strip club would have been enough. We didn't end up going to a strip club in Niagara. We went to some other club that I can't remember the name of at the moment it is located right beside the fallsview casino.

I am guessing it is the only club in the city because the line to get in was completely insane. We had arranged to be on the guest list but that didn't mean a hell of a lot. In the end we had to bribe the bouncer to by pass the line. We gave him $15 a piece. Since there were 16 of us that amounts to quite a lot of money. Then we still had to pay the cover. Inside the club itself it was ok. It wasn't really my kind of music being played but was about what I expected. Unfortunately there were a few too many drunks there for my taste. I understand the fact that people drink in clubs but there were too many drunks there. There was at least one person who threw up. I didn't see it happen but I did see the puke on the floor. Thankfully, some one who works there mopped it up quickly, but it is still gross. Also, there were at least 3 fights that I saw. The best thing to do when a fight breaks out in a club is to just get the hell out of the way. The bouncers will get in there and start throwing people around and you DO NOT want to get caught in between. I also, don't think the bouncers did a good enough job of removing people. There were a couple of drunks there who were just looking for trouble and should have been escorted out. Honestly, the security in clubs is far too lax these days. A few years ago I remember being searched before I entered any club. Now I can't remember the last time I was searched before going inside. While being searched is not fun, it does provide the people in the club with some assurance that there are no weapons inside. The truth is that if you have young people in cramped quarters, listening to loud energizing music, drinking more alcohol than they can handle the possibility of a fight is always there. Overall though I guess I still had a good time but it is not something I would do again in a hurry. It's just not my thing any more.

Which bring me to the point, something that I have mentioned quite a few times on this blog. The concept of going out partying and drinking heavily is not something I have any interest in doing. I enjoyed spending some time with some friends but I was very glad when the night was over and was looking forward to going home and seeing my fiancée.

Next Week... TV writers Stike/ Lion Man

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Fights with Significant Other/American Gangster

Thankfully most of the time I don't get into many fights with my fiancee. But we are human and life isn't like the Brady bunch so they do happen occasionally. I think it is pretty natural for the most part. We are not clones of each other and we have our own opinions on things. And when you spend as much time together as we do sometimes those differing opinion's are going to get into conflict. We thankfully never have any of the over the top arguments that are always present in movies and music video's. We are both under a lot of stress right now and as such tempers can wear thin somtimes.

However, I do have a few tips for anyone in relationship who gets in an argument with your significant other.

1) Always remember that you love this person.
2) Focus on the the subject of the argument and and don't bring up old shit. (I can be guilty of this sometimes)
3) Stay calm and think rationally.

We try to follow these three rules and it works pretty well for us.

American Gangster

I saw this movie on Friday. Overall it's not bad but I don't think it was that great either. It's a pretty long film and I think that some things could have been cut out with out sacrificing any of the movies overall effectiveness. I don't regret seeing it in the theaters but I won't be buying the DVD.


Next Week ... Reading