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The Irish Finale

I departed the Enterprise starving, and in pain a bit from the ridiculous amount of walking in Belfast. I went down the stairs to the tram station and the Google Transit app said there were no more trains but there was a dot-matrix display showing next tram in 7 minutes with a group of at least 15 people waiting for the tram. Then a local said to the group no more trams tonight and the screen was for the next station down the line.

A vocal man with an American accent convinced the group of people that the local was wrong. I looked at the sign and noticed it said “Busáras” and the blank one said “Connolly”. Since I can also read perfect Gaelic I recognized that Busáras means Bus Station and Connolly was the name of the train station. I decided the local was right and since I didn’t know where the Bus Station stop was, I just followed the track and it was not even a block away.

My plan for the night was to go to an Irish Pub and grab dinner there, but once I got off the Luas (what Dublin calls trams/streetcars) near my hotel most I just had a craving to go back to the Burrito place and have a large Fajita. It was so good.

Then I went back to drop off my stuff at the hostel locker and ended up at the bar in the hostel. I was breaking my rule of local beer and ordered a Tuborg. That is some of the best cheap beer money can by in Europe, especially the draft version. I had a great conversation with the bartender and the conversation lead to making TV shows and then he reviled that he worked on Vikings and Game of Thrones. I will refer to him as Viking Bartender.

As I was coming to the end of using up my cash this guy started talking like a beer snob on the intricacies of Guinness and what it is the greatest beer in the world. To which I countered that Guinness is only to its best potential when paired with a fine Irish Whiskey, and then explodes with flavour. That leads to a round or Guinness and Jameson’s Caskmates Stout for the group in that part of the bar.

At some point, a gorgeous Irish lass comes up to the bar to order a round of beers for her friends listening to the acoustic singer-songwriter in the other side of the bar. She orders a couple of Coronas. I didn’t actually she was Irish at this point. I said, “I would make fun of you for drinking Mexican beer in Ireland, but I just had a burrito for dinner.” She smiles and in a strong Irish accent smiling “While I guess you can’t then can you.” This is the point that I kick myself for not having anything further to say. Then she left.

Then later the other bartender started making drinks and as he cleaned the glasses kept spraying me with a little water. The second time I joked that he got me again. After the third time, he joked that if I stayed there I would just have to accept that I would keep getting “a little wet”. The bartender then began making a pair of Jäger-bombs and as he dropped the shot glasses into the larger glass, he shattered one of the glasses and the liquor soaked my shirt, shorts, arm, and leg. He also got some glass lodged in the skin of my arm. I then said, “This is a little wet?”. He then half horrified and half laughing was like “No I’m so sorry, you know the next drink is on me.”

By this point in the night, I’ve had a good 3 times more drinks than I planned on. I was just going to order another beer, but the Viking Bartender came over and said: “I know you been drinking the cheap beer and whiskey all night but since this one is on us let’s go for a special whiskey.”

I ended up with a special edition 200 bottle Jameson’s that was the most amazingly smooth flavour I’ve ever had. After finishing up, I called it a night as the next morning was a travel day back home to Canada.

For a country I was not excited about before going, I was one that I was sad to leave.

The next morning, I got up and shaved, washed, and packed up my stuff and left the hostel. The morning did not start well as I crushed my headphones in the locker door. As I had some time to kill I went to Costa and had my morning coffee and a breakfast sandwich. I caught up on some news, Reddit, and updated my phone to try to use up my remaining data. At this point, I went a block away and got the shuttle bus to the airport. Since I was trying to use up data, I live streamed the video to YouTube from the bus.

Until which point, I needed to conserve battery life since my boarding pass was on the phone. Once I arrived at the airport the Departures section looks amazing and modern and so not the back hallway looks of the Arrivals area. I checked my bag and placed everything in it so I could easily get through security and enter the duty-free shopping area.

I made the first stop at the Guinness store and bought an Irish Flute kit with sheet music, and a hard Guinness Wallet for holding cards. The second shop was an electronics store, there was no way I was going to use cheap headphones for a 7.5 hours transatlantic flight so I bought a good duty-free pair.

On the flight back, the meal was pretty good. There was this cool pickled cucumber salad side, a bottle of wine, I picked the Chicken and pasta dinner. After the meal I listened to music and podcasts as we flew, I liked to keep the entertainment system on the navigation channel to see where we were.

As we flew over Quebec, I had some land data and Facebook Live posted a bit, then took some long time-lapse videos. Coming back to Toronto there was a long line so I didn’t the “cripple limp” and the navigator pointed me to the fast line for disabled and airline staff. Score! After you go through customs, you end up on the outside and there is an out of the way door that most people don’t notice because the signs point them the other way. It is to the far left wall on the Departures floor.

I quickly cleared customs and went to my gate and waited around for about an hour as my flight was running a bit late. The flight was a success, unlike the Titanic, and I arrived home at the Saint John airport to my mother and stepfather waiting for me. It was the first time ever I arrived to people waiting for me.

That concludes my 5th Eurotrip.

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2009 Oscar Predictions Revised

At the point of the original post I had not seen some of the nominees. I have since seen The Reader and Slumdog Millionaire.

Here is my new list.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal) (WRONG)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax) (WRONG)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) (CORRECT)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax) (WRONG)

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Bolt” (Walt Disney) Chris Williams and Byron Howard (WRONG)

Achievement in art direction

  • “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Art Direction: Nathan Crowley Set Decoration: Peter Lando (WRONG)

Achievement in cinematography

  • “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) Chris Menges and Roger Deakins (WRONG)

Achievement in costume design

  • “Australia” (20th Century Fox) Catherine Martin (WRONG)

Achievement in directing

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Danny Boyle (CORRECT)

Achievement in film editing

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Chris Dickens (CORRECT)

Achievement in makeup

  • “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan (WRONG)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Thomas Newman (WRONG)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
    Lyric by Peter Gabriel (WRONG)

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) A Celador Films Production Christian Colson, Producer (CORRECT)

Achievement in sound editing

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Tom Sayers (WRONG)

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “Wanted” (Universal) Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt (WRONG)

Achievement in visual effects

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron (CORRECT)

Adapted screenplay

  • “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) Screenplay by David Hare (WRONG)

Original screenplay

  • “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter (WRONG)

Updated: 6 – 14 I suck at predictions.

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Farewell to 2008

2008, as you are bidding us ado for the uncertanties of what 2009 will have instore. I am going to take a moment to reflect on the times we had togeather as we prepare to spit on your grave upon your death this evening. Unless we are of the 45% that will pass out before your death.

This has been a year of taking things away so I will start with the things I lost this year. Disk 2 to my Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan set, my grandmother, my job at Zellers, two of my favourite Rogers TV shows to make Daytime and Too Close to Call, and my dignity (lol). Once again procrastination hampered this post.

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My IQ

I just did the IQ test on Facebook and scored a 134. I think that is pretty darned good, and typical to what I get on most of those on-line IQ tests. I only had 3 out of thirty questions wrong. Probably the ones I had to guess on.

And while we are on the topic of Facebook, I would like to point out how annoying some of those application invites get sometimes. And that vampire one actually sends an IM to you after you have left it and even blocked the application. I usually block many of the applications before I even get invited most of the time. And for my loyal crowd I’m going to give you all a sneak peek (moved to portfolio) at the graphics I have just created for the TV Auction that will air next Sunday @ 1pm on Channel 10. See www.lancasterkiwanis.net for more info on it.

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Toronto, Cabaret, and 25 other warm fuzzys.

While it has been such a long time since an update so this one might be a little longer than normal. And the full blame of this goes to www.facebook.com and www.youtube.com I have spent most of my Internet time on those two sites. Some of you might be even reading this from the notes section on Facebook.

Okay so let us start with Toronto, I took lots of pictures that I will add to my gallery soon, and some very interesting ones at that. The greatest story was the one where I was sitting in the Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Broadcast Centre as the marble tile fell off of the 60th story of First Canadian Place it shook the ground and nobody really noticed that is Toronto for you. And I went to see the show at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  www.medievaltimes.comit was defiantly one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life something that I would for sure go see again, and the food was amazing. I’m not sure what the soup was but my mouth is watering just thinking of it.

I also took a trip up the CN Tower again it was kinda boring I was not the same as my first time the highlight though was watching from the Sky-Pod a truck trying to make an imposable backup turn 142 stories below. But later that day I saw lightning hit it and it was cool wish I could of had a picture of that.

Oh, and I stayed at the Days Hotel on Carlton again, I was really lucky since I had reservations in another hotel and they were sold out. I was very fortunate to be on the very first WestJet flight out of Saint John, even though I had to suffer the ear piercing horrors of a Bag-Pipe farewell WestJet is soooooo much better experience than I have has in the past with either VIA Rail or Air Canada.

Cabaret

This is one of the most culturally uplifting shows I have ever seen. The performers were amazing beyond belief. This was definitely the type of show that you could go back and see many many times. There are not many words that can describe the greatness and hard work put forward by the performances of all the actors, and musicians.

25 other warm fuzzies

25- May 9th was my 25th birthday, and by tradition, I spend most of it including dinner alone.
24-My next movie is in the filming stage right now, some of it was even shot in Toronto.
23-I’m still addicted to FaceBook.com
22-Hi to the Goonz @ hiredgoonz.ca
21-I went to Elwoods a few weeks ago and it was good.
20-I went to O’Leary’s after Elwoods and at was still good.
19-Gulping half a bottle of Jagermeister before Elwoods and having it come back up and re-swallowing it was “not” a good thing.
18-Hitting the town with Tony was a good time.
17-I need to meet-up soon with Tony to revise my script for another project.
16-Walking against the crowd at Union Station at rush hour was not a good thing.
15-Sunset at Nathan Phillips Square was breathtaking.
14-Curry Chicken from the Bay will burn off all your taste-buds.
13-Daytime is one of the Best TV Shows Ever.
12-I’m tired so I guess you can use the comments to give me the rest of the fuzzies.
11-I will write more I swear.

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It’s Superbowl Sunday!!!

And I don’t really plan on watching it. Even though I made a prediction of the Colts 25-20, on 2C2C:Too Close To Call this evening.

So I just finished a first draft of a screenplay that I plan on Producing this Spring. It is a short that will be about 10 minutes in length.

So what have I been upto in the past few weeks… Well you could say work but I work so few hours that it seems more like a casual activity that a real job. Although it is getting kind of boring but the question at this point is that if I left what would I do?

I’ve kinda had bad luck with a few of my last several jobs. But anyways what’s next…

I’ve done 5 TV shows over the past few days. Some were very interesting.

Well, I guess I’m not going to get to finish this, Tony called and we are off to see “The Messengers”.

That’s all for now.