Archive for July, 2009

Last night, we headed to a Photo Exhibit sponsored by Wold Vision. The pictures were of kids in El Salvador & Africa. They had Free Food & Drinks from El Salvador, which was pretty good.

After that, we went across the street to share a Gelato. What better way to honour starving kids in El Salvador than by treating ourselves to a Gelato. We shared a cup of Chocolate & Creme Brulee. It was damn good.

From there, we headed to the Sparks Street Mall for the Busker Festival. We managed to see one full show. The one that we saw were The Flame Ons. It featured two guys & two girls from Australia doing various things with fire. I’ve seen TONS of fire shows in my life, but they were pretty good.

We headed home after that & watched America’s Got Talent that I recorded the night before. Next Tuesday, the LIVE shows will start airing, which mean the acts are set to perform. I’m looking forward to that actually.

Tonight, we’re heading to the Rideau Canal Festival if it doesn’t rain.

Well, that’s it for now, but I hope you all have a good weekend.
If it’s a long weekend for you, I hope you enjoy the extra day off.

Thanks for reading.

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My Wife managed to get Train Tickets for us to go to Montreal for a day trip on August 22nd. I think Montreal’s a beautiful city, especially Old Montreal. It’s not exactly overly Wheelchair Accessible, but I always have a good time there.

Actually, today’s childhood memory has to do with Montreal, but I’ll get to that later.

So, I had a busy day so far.
I went to the Bank this morning to pay bills. This Afternoon, I went to Walmart to buy household items. So long story short, I’m a poor man.

Tonight, my Wife & I are heading to a Photo Exhibit sponsored by World Vision. We actually sponsor a Child from Africa, and it’s been just over a year now. I have to admit it’s kinda fun hearing from her & being sent drawings from her. It’s pretty rewarding too. I suggest that if you can afford it, give it a try.

After the Exhibit, we’ll be heading to The Sparks Street Mall for the Busker Festival. Most of the acts were here last year or previous years, but we’ll still check it out. Tomorrow night, we’re heading to the Rideau Canal for the Rideau Canal Festival.

So, I’m gonna be busy for a few days, plus it’s a long weekend here.

So here’s another childhood memory.
My Classmates & I went to Montreal when I was a kid. This was my first time there, so I was pretty excited. One day, we decided to go to Park Safari just outside of Montreal. Our Bus is going down the Highway & we see a barriade set-up by the Police. I think there was an Escaped Convict or something, so the Cops were stopping all Vehicles.

So, put this image in your head cause it’s pretty funny.
Our Bus had four kids in Wheelchairs, including me. We’re all about eleven or twelve years old, give or take a year or so. Also, on the Bus were four Adults, including the Driver. We pull up to the Cop Cars and he’s talking to our Driver. She explained who we were & where we’re going. Next thing I know, the Cop gets on our Bus with a HUGE Revolver Shotgun, which I nearly crapped my Pants looking at. He assured us that nobody would get hurt & he was just looking around.

After we felt safe with the mystery man with a HUGE gun, we asked if he’d take pictures with us. So, sure enough, we all took turns posing with him. There’s a picture of him, me, & the Gun in my Living Room. If I remember right, I look horrified in the picture.

Well, that’s it for now, but I’ll be back tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

So last night, I spent the evening with my Wife. We hung out & watched America’s Got Talent. We were hoping to see performances in the second round, but there weren’t any. At least we got to hang out though.

In other news, my Wife & I are trying to plan a day trip to Montreal. So far, the phone lines & website are jammed due to VIA Rail’s 60% sale offer. Last weekend, they went on Strike and this is their way of apologizing for it. The offer was extended until this Friday, so hopefully we can pull it off.

I’m heading to Walmart tomorrow afternoon, because frankly, my life just isn’t funny enough. I have to pick up some household items, and I’m cheap. The answer to that equation is to go to Walmart.

Tomorrow night, my Wife & I are heading out to the Busker Festival on the Sparks Street Mall. I usually have a pretty good time, if I get a good view. I usually try to find Performers who are setting up & I quickly nab a spot in the front. I keep hoping one of them will pick me from the crowd to help them, or at least be part of their show. If any of the Performers are reading this, I have a really big powered wheelchair & I can possibly be used to jump over, or hell, just bang on my table. I’m also a pretty fun guy & know how to get the crowd going. I can do stuff, trust me. I used to be a Stand-Up Comedian.

Use me!

It’s a pretty rainy day here in Ottawa, so it’s time for another childhood memory from when I was living in the Hospital.

Today, I’m gonna talk about the second time that I broke my leg.

I was on my way back to the Hospital after spending the day at the Jack Purchell Community Centre. We were just about to cross the Pretoria Bridge by the Rideau Canal. A Car cut us off, and the Driver had to slam on the brakes.

The Seat of my wheelchair fell forward. I hit the Driver on the back of his head with my face & then I crashed to the floor face first. The Woman that was with me started freaking out and screaming. The Ventilator Tube had come off, so I wasn’t breathing during the ordeal. Luckily, the Woman quickly realized and grabbed the Ambu Bag.

An Ambu-Bag is something that goes on my neck to help me breathe. Everytime someone squeezes it, it fills my lungs with air. Part of my Disability affect my lungs and I can’t breathe on my own. So yadda, yadda, yadda, the Ambu-Bag saved my life.

I laid there on the floor until the Ambulance came. I was moaning in pain. One of the Paramedics asked the Woman if I always moaned or made odd sounds. I managed to yell, No! I’m in pain, damnit! He felt stupid for asking.

As they carried me out on the Stretcher, I asked someone if I was going to be on the TV news. Even as a kid, I was a Media Whore.

So I arrived “home” in an Ambulance, and got wheeled into the ER. The funniest thing about all of this was that the Nurses had no idea who I was. Even though, I had been living there for at least ten or eleven years at this point. They kept asking me where I lived & I kept saying, upstairs, I live upstairs!. I think they believed that I hit my head just a little too hard.

Eventually, they called upstairs and the Nurse vouched for me. I broke both of my legs, and my nose. The Bus Company paid me $3000 and I had a wonderful trip to Toronto.

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So, I picked up my Wife from work yesterday and we headed downtown for a little while. It looked like it was gonna pour at any moment, so we headed home.
As luck would have it, right after we got off the Bus, the Sun started to return. At least, we didn’t get wet though.

Before my Wife came to meet me, an old Woman came up to my Attendant to talk to her. I didn’t know what she said because I was a few feet away. Apparently the Woman told her that she felt sorry for me. Once we found this out, we all started laughing as we left the Building.

The last thing anyone should do is feel sorry for me. I have a pretty good life these days. I’m married to a wonderful Woman who I love very much, possibly more than she knows. I’m generally a happy person and I have the freedom to do whatever I want. Now, if you want to give me money, that’s a different story.

Just kidding!

Speaking of which, I remember one of the times that we went to Montreal and a Woman gave me two Dollars. All I was doing was sitting outside and waiting for my Wife. Oh wait, I get it, she thought I was panhandling. I thought maybe she wanted my “services”.

My bad!

It’s gonna be a busy weekend coming up.
On Friday night, we’re going to some Dance party for the Rideau Canal Festival. My Wife & I “Adopted-A-Metre” and I’m going to name our metre, Asphaltic. I’m just that damn cool. There’s also the Busker Festival this Weekend on the Sparks Street Mall, plus there’s fireworks at the Casino.

We’re not actually going to the Casino to watch them. We did that last year and they have a HORRIBLE setup for Disabled people. I had a good time when the show was happening though.

So, it’s gonna be a busy one. Hopefully, the weather co-operates.

Thanks for reading.

My Wife & I headed to Lebreton Flats to hear some free Beethoven Music. It felt very strange going to the same place where Bluesfest was held a week earlier. There were people sitting in Lawnchairs that were my Parent’s ages & even the age of my Grandparents, and kids & babies.

I had the thought in my head of showing up there with my KISS makeup and thinking that Bluesfest was still on. I would’ve done it too, but I don’t have a Video Camera. That’s the kinda thing that I NEED to capture and put it on youtube. People’s reactions would’ve been simply priceless I think.

We stayed there for about 45 minutes relaxing & enjoying the music. It was kinda odd for us, especially for me because I’m not exactly a fan of Classical Music. At least it was free & outdoors.

It rained earlier today & will probably rain more later tonight.
That means it’s time for another childhood memory.

Today, I’m gonna talk about the first time that I broke my leg.
Yes, even people who can’t move much, can still be spazzy.

I was eleven or twelve years old at the time and just recently got my first powered wheelchair. I was in a friend’s room in the Hospital. We were talking about a cute girl that was staying there at the time. We had both wanted to see which one of us would have the guts to go talk to her. I said that I’d go first. So, off I went.

I left his room and started driving my chair really fast up & down the hallway outside her room. In my head I’m thinking that this is gonna impress her & she’ll fall for me solely based on my Wheelchair driving skills.

Wrong!

In my moment of glory, I forgot to take my finger off of the button & I drove right into the window ledge beside the main entrance to the ward. The ledge was at the perfect level to hit just below my right knee.

I immediately started crying right before the Nurses ran towards me to help. At this point, I slowly returned to my room in pain. The whole time, the girl was sitting by her door & laughing at me. To make matters worse, nobody believed me when I said that I thought I broke my leg.

Two weeks later, a Nurse noticed while giving me a bath, that my leg was blueish. As far as we knew, it’s bad when a body part goes blue. Later that day, I had my right leg x-rayed and sure enough, it was broken.

I’m still not sure how I lasted two weeks with a broken leg without a cast. Back then, I was swimming three times a week, plus all the lifting from bed/chair/pool/bath tub etc etc. It’s a miracle that I didn’t need Surgery to repair the bones.

However, there’s a happy ending.
The girl remembered me the next time she returned to the Hospital. She apologized for laughing at me & we became really good friends for a little while. As for the other guy, as it turned out, she wasn’t too fond of him. Sadly, she passed away a few years later and he soon followed.

I guess it’s a happy/sad ending.

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I was happy to see the Sun come out & I took advantage of it. I headed downtown to the Byward Market & walked around people watching. From there, I headed to the Art Gallery to use the bathroom & to enjoy the free air conditioning for a few minutes. After that, I headed across the street to Majors Hill Park. At this point, it was getting really hot out, so I returned home.

As for tonight, I have no real plans.

I have promised myself to start designing my Website starting tomorrow. It’s gonna be tough, especially since I like certain things to be perfect. I hope you people like it because this time, I’ll be the one designing it myself. Needless to say, it’s going to be a reflection of me, but above all, it’s gonna kick ass. I’ll definitely let you all know when it’ll be up & running.

I was gonna post another childhood memory, but I’ll save it for a rainy day.
Don’t worry, that’ll be soon.

As I write this, I’m silently wishing that I had enough strength to bang my head against a wall.
Just for half a minute please!

I guess the other option would be to have someone toss a brick into my face.
Wouldn’t that be fun to watch, kids?

So, last night, I stayed home and caught up on shows on The Movie Network/HBO Canada or whatever they call it now. Then, I watched Pineapple Express. For some reason, I referred to it as Polar Express, but it’s slightly different.

Polar Express is about a Train and it’s a kids cartoon with Tom Hanks.
Pineapple Express is about two Potheads running from bad guys, but it’s not for kids.

Long story short…
Don’t do drugs!
I never believed that theory myself.

While I watched the movie, I was tweetering with some people, which was fun.

Here’s another childhood memory.
I remember becoming a Teenager while I was living in the Hospital. Like most normal Teenaged boys, I liked Porn. Every Saturday night, a show called Bleu Nuit would come on the French TV Channel.

Basically, it was a TV show that aired Softcore Porn Movies or shows. When you’re 13 and before Web times, this was a pretty big deal for me. Obviously, this was WAY past my usual bedtime, so every Saturday Night, I’d come up with an excuse as to why I couldn’t sleep. My usual one was that I’m too excited to sleep. Little did they know how honest that excuse was.

I remember one time, I had a mean Nurse or I pissed her off. She made me go to bed early. Luckily, I had a roommate at the time and he agreed to turn my TV on when the show came on. Sure enough, he came over to my bed & turned my TV on.

Our fun only lasted about 20-30 minutes because the Nurse was making the rounds. He managed to shut the TV off and quietly push it back right before she got to our room.

I think I got caught a few times, but I never got punished for it.
What were they gonna do, kick me out?
I kinda wish they had.

Thanks for reading.