Royal Woodbine

So the main feature of today was a round of golf at the Royal Woodbine golf club today with some fellow Bell Mobility colleagues. The first thing I noticed was a Countryview green pass still hanging on my golf bag, from 2002. So it had been quite a long time and in a totally different province that I had last golfed. Additionally, I had only golfed 9 hole courses before. This would be my first 18 hole course.

The day started off with breakfast and an introduction to some of the department members who I hadn’t already met in my initial walk-about with my supervisor when I first started. I had a pretty damn heavy breakfast. Well, it was a buffet breakfast so naturally, I had to pig out a bit. Even though we were at a golf course, work never really left us. One of the main topics of discussion was various wireless technology subjects. As well, there was some yammering about PEI, which I may or may not have started. That was interesting. Seems like people’s views here don’t really change of PEI as they grow older. It’s still potatoes, Anne of Green Gables and the Confederation Bridge.

After breakfast was finished, we proceeded out to the golf course, where our rows and rows of golf carts were waiting. I had never driven a golf cart before. I think when I last played golf on PEI, we were still too young to rent golf carts. In any case, I was pretty excited to drive one. Tee off, first hole. Completely awful drive, which would stick with me the rest of the course. This course was pretty damn tough. There was water EVERYWHERE. I don’t think I’ve seen so much water since standing on a PEI beach. There were creeks running all over the place. Holes would have not just have one creek passing through it. The hole would be built on the bend of a creek so you had to hit the ball between two water obstacles (or whatever they’re called in golf). Luckily we were playing best ball, so once someone else drove the ball out a decent distance, I could get a chance to wack at it with an iron. Luckily, I was much better with the irons.

The course took us a solid 5 hours or so to finish. In our group of 4, two of us had played almost no golf (myself included) and the other two weren’t exactly regular golfers either. So we were a bit slow, and the marshal definitely made it clear we were going too slow. I also lost 6 golf balls over the course of the 18 holes. So overall, a pretty bad round of golf and definitely somewhat embarrassing, although in my defense, I haven’t hit a golf ball in what, 4 years and it was my first 18 hole, and a pretty difficult one at that. I will definitely have to put golf on my to do list in the future though. As my supervisor was giving me a drive back home, we were talking about golf and its position in the business world; how it’s viewed stereotypically as the business thing to do.

After the painful course, we all gathered again to eat a late lunch/early dinner. Again we chatted about different things wireless. It’s actually really interesting for me to talk about these kinds of things with people who know so much more about it than me. You can ask questions and get answers that are much better and easier to find that if you were to search it up in Google for example. And it’s always fun to argue about different handsets and why the ones the other guy likes sucks. 😛

That’s about it for today. I’m currently impatiently waiting for the season 3 premiere of House to download, but it’s going at a painfully slow speed right now. I can’t wait to see what happens. 😀

Airshow

Actually, this post is probably going to be a huge letdown since the pictures are on the other digital camera which my parents are currently in possession of. Hence, you’ll be seeing no photos probably until this coming weekend. It started with us leaving Niagara Falls around 11am, got to my place in Mississauga to drop some things off around 12:30pm. Then after driving aimlessly (it seemed like it…) we finally found ourselves on the Gardiner Expressway, headed towards Lakeshore. That was one hell of a drive. The roads were jam packed with cars. It seriously looked more like a parking lot than an expressway. After driving for a little over an hour, we finally got down to where the parks and the airshow was going on. Unfortunately, the parking lots were more than filled. People were parked behind other cars and it was basically a huge mess. We managed to find a spot in the median of Lakeshore Boulevard (yeah, it was that bad) and walked over to where we could actually see something.

We had missed a solid portion of the airshow already but I did get to see a CF-18 fighter jet, some random propeller planes and, of course, la piece the resistance, the Snowbirds. They are quite impressive. The synchronization is just phenomenal. I guess you don’t become famous for mediocrity. I took quite a few pictures, some of which turned out pretty decently. It’s pretty tough to get pictures of planes that are zooming by at low altitudes. The only thing I regret is not seeing that B1B Lancer bomber. That would definitely have been quite a sight. There’s always next year I guess.

There was also a festival thing going on. Tom Cochrane and Five for Fighting were performing along with some other bands; those are the two probably more well known ones. I didn’t really watch too much of it, but it’s sort of nice to be able to walk around and bump into a festival like that.

Well, that’s about it. I’ve got (essentially) a 3 day week this week since I’m going golfing on Thursday. I got my clubs from home and a few golf balls. It’s going to be one messy round I’m thinking. I’ve never played a 18 hole course before… Time to play some UT2003 before bed. 🙂

To all you people starting school again: Have fun. (yeah right) 😉

Wrap Up

I’m currently sitting in the Halifax Airport waiting for my connection flight back to Toronto, where I first began this journey. The past 9 days have flown by and after what seems like an extremely short visit, I’m already heading back to Ontario and very soon, my co-op job.

I have to say, the biggest thing I noticed was, well, nothing. Nothing really seemed to have changed. Sure some people grew and some people didn’t (moi peut-etre?) but generally, the people I knew are still the people I knew. Sure, there were a few surprises here and there, like oh you know, a marriage and a pregnancy, but other than that… No, seriously, the close friends were all pretty much the same. Some traveled around the world, but aside from some new experiences, I don’t think there was anything drastically different. Old habits were still there.

It felt as though I hadn’t really been gone for a year. I definitely have a greater appreciation for Island courtesy however. It’s still a unique feeling to be able to walk down the street and say hello to everyone and anyone without getting a weird glance or two. It’s also pretty cool to be able to walk through downtown Charlottetown and bump into people I know left right and center. It really is a small and connected place. With that said, I’m not exactly looking forward to the Ontarian ‘hospitality’. We’ll see though; I’m sure I’ll adjust quickly to avoided greeting random people lest I get dirty look…

The past week and a bit was filled with lots of laughs and good memories. I also did a few things that I’ve never done through the whole of my life on PEI. It’s amazing what peer pressure can do to you eh? I sort of learned how to swim during my visit and got this messed up looking tan, which I’ll definitely have to even out by lying outside when I get back to Niagara Falls. It look quite atrocious right now.

Well, I definitely need to go use the bathroom before I board this plane to Toronto. Ahhh, I’ll be ‘home’ soon, although I have to say, PEI still feels much more like the real home to me.

Busy Busy

Oh, I can’t tell you how great it feels to be back on the Island. It’s been 4 days already (going on 5 today) and I haven’t really been stationary for an extended period of time yet. Nick’s out at a master class right now, so I decided to take this time and write down a thing or two.

First off, I’m much happier with the amount of photos I’ve taken this time around. I haven’t actually counted, but I’d say I’ve probably taken about 100 photos already on my camera and I’m going to get photos from other peoples’ cameras as well. There are some pretty great photos in there and I’m sure I’ll have some good laughs when I look at them in the future.

Not only am I staying at Nick’s place, but a friend he made during his exchange trip to Austria is also staying at his place. We’ve gotten along mighty fine and it’s been some great times in the Howard household. It’s sort of sad, but this was like my home, even when I was still here on the Island during high school. It’s just so welcoming and friendly. I don’t feel even the least bit awkward.

I’ve got quite the sunburn, but it’s worth it. I told myself that I was going to get rid of this damned farmer’s tan and I fully intend to do so. We went to Basin Head to swimming and bridge jumping. Let me tell you something, it’s that much more scary when you don’t actually know how to swim. (ashamed) Still it was tons of fun. We also went out on a boat yesterday to do a little bit of fishing and swimming. Then we camped out at Brudenell last night. It was crappy for a little while because it rained, but it cleared up pretty quick and we were able to get a fire going. I also got a chance to talk to some good friends about their university experiences over the past year. One is attending Mount Allison and the other is at McGill. Let’s just say, they’re not quite like UWaterloo…

Okay, enough sitting around. I’m going outside. 😀

Holed Up

I’m currently holed up in the highest building on the campus right now, riding out a huge thunderstorm. While I should be studying calculus, the continuous lightning’s pretty fascinating and scary to watch. The wind’s also starting to pick up. We had a tornado warning earlier today and there’s still a chance of tornados spawning in this storm. It’s an absolutely massive storm, stretching from Windsor (right at the border to the US) all the way up to near Ottawa. I’ll update this post later, but I have to get back to watching this thing. It’s only about 10 or 15 minutes out from where I am now. Exciting times.