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Last time I posted was on Wednesday, just before using my new Ventilator.

The first night was pretty rough. It kept beeping every few minutes, which meant i got almost no sleep that night. The next day was pretty much a write-off.
I went out for about an hour to try to wake up, but it didn’t really help.

Later that night, I had a surprise visit from two friends of mine, Ashley & Cedric.
They both used to look after me for awhile, and we’ve stayed friends. My Wife & I even attended their Wedding a few years ago, which was pretty fun.
Anyways, I hung out with them for about an hour, which woke me up, and cheered me up.

Thanks guys

I was pretty tired by the time I went to Bed, so I slept like a baby.

Personally, I never understood that saying.
Babies poop, pee, and usually cry & scream at night. I don’t cry & scream, but ok whatever.

Anyways, the next day, I stayed home, but hung out with my Wife that night.

Saturday was a very busy day for us, but we had a blast.

Our first stop was Expresso Cafe, so I could grab an Espresso.
From there, we headed to La Petite Mort Gallery, which is a small Art Gallery in Ottawa.
They’re running an Exhibit, and my Wife knows one of the featured Artists.

Things got interesting.
A few days ago, I emailed the Gallery to see if they were Wheelchair Accessible.
The guy said they had a Ramp, but it was stored in the Basement, and to let them know when I was coming, and they’d get it out.

Well, they put the Ramp out for me when we arrived. It looked pretty steep though, and I didn’t want to try.
The Guy brought out two Sculptures which were made by my Wife’s friend.
One happened to be a Penis, and the other one was a Vagina. So there I was in the middle of the Sidewalk with a Penis & a Vagina on my tray. The whole time, we’re just talking away about them.

After a few minutes, we headed off.
Special thanks to the people at La Petite Mort Gallery for showing me those pieces.

From there, my Wife and I went into a few Stores in the Market on our way to get Gelato.

After the Gelato, we headed to the Rideau Centre for a bit.
My Wife bought me a Starbucks Card, and put $10 on it.

We headed home for a bit to rest up before we headed to the Greekfest.

We arrived there shortly before The Zorba Show.
The Zorba Show is where people dance, break plates and glasses while getting drunk on Ouzo, which is Greek Booze.
I should also mention that part of the show involves them dancing in the middle of a fire circle.
It’s insane!

Speaking of Ouzo, I had three shots of it, and it’s pretty good, perhaps too good.

After the show, they invited everyone to dance, and sure enough we did.

At one point, I got stuck in the middle of a dance circle, so I just started dancing while I was in it. I wish I got that on Video though. It was pretty funny.

Trying to dance while driving a 500 pound Wheelchair is pretty hard, especially after having three shots of Ouzo, but I managed to avoid running anyone over.

We headed home awhile later, but we had a blast though.
OPA!

As for today, I had Coffee with my Wife. She tried to make Espresso with her Espresso Maker, but it tasted more like Coffee. It was still pretty good.

After that, I did Laundry.
Tonight, I’m heading out to watch WWE Summerslam.

As for this Week, besides the Meeting on Tuesday Morning, no real plans.
My Sister & Nephew arrive on Thursday, but I probably won’t see them until Saturday Morning.

I might go to the Ex on Thursday. The Ex is our annual Fair.

That’s about it.

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So yesterday, another major Festival contacted me about helping them improve Wheelchair Accessibility.
This time, it’s the Casino Sound & Light Festival.

My Wife and I attended it two years ago, and we didn’t have fun, largely to how unaccessible it was. I had a hard time getting around, and by the time, I found a spot, it was under a Tree.
We also had a hard time trying to get out.

Needless to say, it’s a big catch for me, and hopefully I’ll be able to help them out.

As of right now, I’ll be working for three major Festivals in Ottawa.
They are:

Ottawa Bluesfest
Ottawa Folk Festival
Casino Sound & Light Festival

I’m still waiting to hear from other Festivals/Events, so who knows what’ll happen next.
Hopefully, more will be interested in hiring me.

After finding that out, I made a few Phone Calls, and then headed out to have an Espresso.

For the rest of the day, I stayed home.
I’m still using my Nintendo Controller to drive my Chair, so I can’t really go far.

This Weekend’s a long Weekend, so I’m hoping that my regular Controller will be fixed by Friday.

I had an Appointment today, and on Thursday, I’m heading to a Park Downtown to hear Bagpipes.

That’s about it for now.

On Saturday, my Wife and I headed to Westboro to walk around.

Our first stop was Thyme & Again, which is a place where they make you food for a Week or something, and you can pick it up. I don’t know, something like that.
Anyways, I had an Espresso on the Patio there, which was pretty good actually.

From there, we headed to The Cube Gallery.
My Wife is from Montreal, so she wanted to see the Exhibit on Montreal.
It was small, but pretty good.

I love Montreal. I think it’s a beautiful City, but not overely Wheelchair Accessible.
The Subway isn’t even Accessible.

After the Gallery, we went to The Ottawa Bagel Shop.

This was my first time there, and I was impressed.
Besides the Bagels, & other food, they have a Restaurant, a Bar, Patio, TV’s, and a Coffee Bar.
I’ve never even heard of a Coffee Bar before, but I plan on checking it out before Summer ends.
The only bad part about the place is that the Bathrooms are downstairs.
If it weren’t for that, this would be a perfect place for me to hang out.

From there, we headed to a Store to check our Lottery Tickets, but we didn’t win.

In a funny moment, we passed by a Sex Shop, and right beside it was a Bar called “The Wood”.
So, basically, you can go have fun at the Wood, and then walk next door and buy stuff to fix your wood.

I should’ve taken a picture of the two places, maybe next time.
I personally found it highly amusing.

We headed to The Irving Greenberg Thetre to check it out.
We’re going to see “Time To Put My Socks On”, which is a Play written by, and stars, Alan Shain.
Alan’s a good friend of mine, and one of the reasons why I got into Comedy.

Here’s what the show’s about:

Time To Put My Socks On follows Marc – a 30-something year old guy with cerebral palsy who is about to celebrate his first anniversary with Linda, his nondisabled partner. Marc is bursting with excitement. He loves Linda! Linda loves him! She is poised to move in … Marc is plagued with doubts. Linda has a sock fetish. The more elaborate and colourful the sock the better! But Marc swears by white tube socks. They are quick and easy to put on. Can the love between Marc and Linda survive their war over socks?

An Original One Act
Created by Alan Shain & Michele Decottignies (Stage Left Productions)
Directed by Michele Decottignes & Nicole Dunbar (Stage Left Productions)

July 8, 9, 10 @ 8PM; SATURDAY MATINEE@ 3PM
Preview July 7, P.W.Y.C.

THE IRVING GREENBERG THEATRE CENTRE STUDIO, 1233 WELLINGTON (at Holland)

TICKETS $15 /$13 students & seniors/$12 MATINEE

CALL 613-236-5196 TO RESERVE
NO REFUNDS OR TICKET EXCHANGES
WARNING: Nudity & Adult Content

If you’re in the Ottawa Area, I urge you to please check it out.
I’m really looking forward to it.

Anyways, we headed home afterwards to get out of the heat.

A few hours later, we headed to see the Movie, The Last Airbender.
It was ok, but for $13, I expected a little more.

On Sunday, I headed downtown to have Beer, & walk around.

On Sunday Night, my Wife wanted to see Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.
We saw them last year at Bluesfest, and they were great.
We didn’t want to pay $50 for Tickets, so we watched it from the outside.
Eventually, we got in and caught the end, which was pretty good.

Today (Monday) was interesting.
I got up at 10, and headed to the site of Bluesfest to check out Wheelchair Accessibility.
I was mostly concerned about the new Comedy Tent that they’ll be using.

One of the Organizers discussed the specifications of it, and how to get in.

When I first arrived, I noticed that the floor was two inches above the ground.
For people in Wheelchairs, that would be a problem, so I suggested that they put a Ramp.
I just received word (as I wrote this) that a Ramp will indeed be installed.

Voila!
It feels good to actually be listened to.

The Wheelchair Area will be along the side of the Tent, and you should have a clear view of the Stage.

The other problem that I brought up previously was not being able to see the Main Stage if people are standing. The fix for that was to add an elevated Platform, so we can see.
I checked it out, and it seems good.
It could be a little higher, but it’s a good start.
It seats between 10-15 Wheelchairs, and it’s really close to the Stage.
Unfournately, they weren’t able to put a Platform on any of the other Stages.

Personally, I’m very proud of the work I’ve done for the past three years at Bluesfest.
They’ve come a long way, but there’s still alot more to do as far as making it more Wheelchair Accessible.
It’s a great feeling watching it grow, and get better every year.
I plan to continue doing this for many years to come.

As far as being interviewed about being a Wheelchair Accessibility Advisor, that’s still a go. We’re just trying to figure out when, but it’ll either be this Week or next.

Speaking of Bluesfest, the fun starts in less than 24 hours.
If I get a chance on Tuesday, I’ll run down who I plan on checking out at Bluesfest this year.

I headed home after checking out the site.

As I turned the Corner, I saw Fire Trucks outside my Building.
Luckily, it was a false alarm, but the Elevators stopped working while people were returning home.
I decided to go have a few Beers at The Royal Oak.
An hour later, everything was back to normal.

Yesterday, I met my Wife at work at Lunch time, and we headed to a Park to hear some live Jazz. I don’t remember who they were, but they were pretty good.
After that, my Wife went back to work, and I headed off in search of Espresso, and some fun in the sun.

I stopped off at Timothy’s and drank my Espresso on their Patio. It’s not a bad way to spend a Friday Afternoon.

After that, I went to a Tattoo Shop to get some ideas for my sixth Tattoo.
The ones I have now are a lightning bolt on left bicep, barbwire around left wrist, chain around right wrist, pot leaf below left knee and chinese wording which means unique, which is on my lower right leg. The Pot Leaf is designed like the Canadian Flag, and below it, it says Oh Cannabis.

Each of my Tattoos means something to me.

The lightning bolt represents my ability to quickly destroy things in my way, plus I enjoy driving my chair around fast.

The Barbwire represents the feeling of being feeling imprisoned for 19 years when I lived in the Hospital, and how I managed to jump the fence so to speak.

The Chain represents the fact that I feel chained to/by certain things in life. It also reminds me that other Disabled people are too, and to keep fighting in order to break those chains, not just for myself, but others too.

The Pot Leaf is because, well, I used to smoke Pot often. Even though I don’t really smoke anymore, I believe that it should be decriminalized or even legalized. I know a few people who smoke it for Medical reasons, and I strongly support the cause.

The Tattoo that means unique is because I think it defines my personality, my life, and even the way I look. I happen to take alot of pride in that too. I’m unique, and proud of it.

As far as my next Tattoo goes, I think I’d like to get the Wheelchair Symbol, but I’d add a Celtic twist to it or something. I’m actually Half Irish, and well, in a Wheelchair.
Pretty self explanatory I think.
I’ll probably get it on my Forearm.

As of right now, the plan is to hopefully get in done in August when my Sister’s in Town.

While on the topic of Tattoos, I was going to take my Wife to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo tonight, but she changed her mind.

In other news…
Apparently, this new Chair is pretty quiet, which is both good and bad.
It’s good because I can sneak up on people and scare them, and be stealthy. I love being stealthy. It’s refreshing to actually have some people NOT notice me for once.

The bad part of not sounding like a Tank is people aren’t getting out of my way as much. In my old Chair, they’d hear me coming, and the smart ones would move. I was like Moses parting the Red Sea.
The not so smart ones stare or ignore me, and if they got in my way, well, they’d become bowling pins.

And that’s just another reason why being Disabled is fun at times.

Despite the title, this isn’t a post about my sex life.

I know it’s been awhile since my last post.
I have alot to say, so let’s get to it.

So last Saturday, it was crappy outside, so I stayed home.
Later that day, I spent the Evening with my Wife.

Luckily, the next day was beautiful, so we took full advantage of it.

We started off by heading Downtown to check out a Cafe that my Wife heard about.
The place is called Xpresso, and it’s right behind the Metro Grocery Store on Rideau Street.
It’s a pretty nice place, but the pictures on their Website make it look bigger than it is.
The Bathroom is Wheelchair Accessible, they also sell my favorite Beer, and their Espresso’s pretty good.
They also have TVs everywhere.
On Thursdays, they have live Music, so I plan on checking that out at least once this Summer.
If you’re in Ottawa, I suggest you check it out.

If you go, tell them Ryan sent you. They’ll have no idea who the hell you’re talking about, but it might be funny.

So after that, we went Shopping.
Now, as most Married Men know, Shopping with your Wife or sig other is never as quick or easy as we envision.

By the time we were done, it was time for me to go home for a bit.
About thirty minutes later, we headed back out, and walked down by the River.
We just walked around, took pictures of the scenery, and then headed home.
It was nice & romantic.

Monday was my big appointment for my new Wheelchair.
This is the day that I’d get to take a loaner Chair home to try it out.
Before I did that, I got transferred from my old Chair to a bed, so they could transfer my seat to the other Chair.
From there, I got put back into the new Chair, and all set up so I could try out the new Joystick.

At first, I had a hard time driving it because it was too fast, and it kept tipping backwards. I also kept running into things.
After a few minor adjustments, I tried it again, and it went much better.

Later that day, I went to the park to try it out in a wide opened space.
Everything kept getting easier, plus I’m typically a quick learner.

Originally, I was just gonna try it until Thursday, but I was unable to get to my Appointment.
As of now, I’m not sure when I’ll be returning it.
I wish I could try it out for the whole Summer while the paperwork’s being processed, but I doubt it.

On Wednesday, I co-taught a Workshop about Stand-Up Comedy.
This was for people with various Mental Disorders, which made things interesting.

We started off with six people.

One person decided to draw instead of taking notes.
One person became agitated/uncomfortable and decided to leave.
Another person kept coming & going, but eventually stayed.
We ended up having 5 people left by the time it ended.

All in all, it was an interesting experience.
I hope to do it again eventually.

I got home around 1:35 pm.
Little did I know, my day was about to become more interesting.

At 1:41 pm, as I was heading back out to get an Espresso, an Earthquake happened, and it was big, at least for this Area.
My Wife called to see if I was ok, and luckily, everything was ok. Nothing fell or broke.
Her Office Building was being evacuated.

From there, I headed out to try to find her.
I just had this sense that she needed me, and I wanted to be there for her.
Sadly, I couldn’t find her though.
I guess I’ll never make the cover of a cheesy Romance Novel.

There were TONS of people standing around outside because every Office Building Downtown got evacuated.
After awhile, I gave up looking for her & tried to get an Espresso, but most places were closed due to the Quake.
I came across Tim Horton’s, and managed to get a Coffee.

I headed home, & my Wife called soon after that.
She bought me an Espresso, which was damn good.
So at that point, I had half a Cup of Coffee, plus an Espresso.
Since I got up at 8, I needed them both.

We were supposed to go to the Jazz Festival that night, but it rained.
Instead, we ended up having a nice quiet Evening together.

Thursday was a Holiday for French people, so I was able to spend part of the day with my Wife.
We had Espresso, and really delicious Chocolates.

As of now, no real plans this Weekend besides seeing my Mom before she leaves for a Month.

Sorry that this post was so long, but I hope you enjoyed reading it.