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I wanted to post yesterday, but I was too brain dead from being outside.

Anyways, this is what I did this past Weekend.

On Saturday, I headed to the Sparks Street Mall for the Buskerfest.

I saw two acts that day.

Liquer FlambĂ© — These 2 were from Australia. Their act featured a Violin, Fire eating, and Juggling. It wasn’t bad, but I’ve seen better.

Checkerboard Guy — This guy was funny, but catered mostly to Kid. Good show though.

I headed home shortly after that.
I called my Nephew to wish him a Happy 3rd Birthday, which was on Saturday.
My Sister will be bringing him to visit at the end of August.

I spent the rest of the night vegging out online, and watching TV.

Sunday was a long day for me, but pretty fun.

My first stop was Pure Gelato.
Normally when I have Gelato, I’m with my Wife and we share it. It usually works out to about 6-10 bites. I’m certainly not complaining, but sometimes you gotta spoil yourself, especially if your sig other’s out of Town.

I went kinda crazy on the Gelato.
I ordered two flavors. One was Crem Caramel, and the other was Chocolate.
They were both damn good.
I quickly got full after a few minutes, but I managed to eat half a bowl.

By the time I left, I felt like a fat Pig.
For obvious reasons, I just can’t walk it off, and driving a Chair doesn’t really burn Calories.

From there, I headed to the Rideau Canal Festival. My Wife & I “adopted a Metre”, but I couldn’t find the spot for the Plaque with our names on it. I asked at the Information Tent, but they were useless. They said it starts under the Bridge, and that I can look it up online. Yeah, I did that beforehand, douchebag.

I was getting hot, so I decided to head to the Rideau Centre to cool off for a bit.

After awhile, I headed to a Patio and had a Beer.

Later, I headed back to the Sparks Street Mall to see some more Buskers.

When I showed up, right away I saw Silver Elvis.

Silver Elvis — He was standing elevated, dressed like Elvis, and painted all in Silver. Basically, he’d dance or move if you dropped Money in his Piggy Bank. He looked pretty cool, but he didn’t do that much.

Jeff Hill — I’ve seen this guy before and he puts on a great show. He swallows objects and brings them up, plays with & eats fire, illusions, and gets out from a Strait Jacket. His show’s Soundtrack is pretty rockin’ too. After the show, I went up and gave him $2.

I tried to see a few other acts, but I was too late. There were too many people for me to even attempt getting a spot.

That was it for my day.

As for today, I went to Starbucks to get an Espresso.

My Wife returns tonight.
Her Brother and his Kid will be staying with her, so we’ll probably hang out tonight, and part of tomorrow.

I hope you all had a good Weekend out there.

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On Wednesday, I called my Chair Tech Guy to see if my Controller would be back by Friday. At the time, he didn’t sound too positive about it. Needless to say, I was frustrated at the time.

Eventually, it ended in a good way, but let’s talk about in between.

On Thursday, I headed to B In The Park, which were Bagpipes in a Park. I decided to take a Cab because there was no way that I’d be able to go from the Bus Stop to the Park using my crappy beat up Nintendo Chair Controller.

My Cab showed up at 5:30, and I got down there about fifteen minutes later.
Now, it was my understanding that it would cost $10 to get in, but nobody asked me for it. It’s a good thing cause I spent $10 just getting there.

The first Band were Sons Of Scotland. I think they were a local Pipe Band. They were good, but not as good as The City Of Chicago Marching Band.

Shortly after they came on, I had to go catch my ride home. I booked my ride early, so I could get home to spend time with my Wife before she left for her Dad’s place. She’s gone all Weekend, but at least we were able to spend time together, both Thursday & Friday.

On Friday, I woke up & found out that my Chair Tech Guy dropped of my Controller. I found out soon after that it didn’t work, and neither did my backup one. Luckily, he was able to return a few hours later and he fixed it.

So now, I have my good Controller back, and I’m all set to enjoy the great outdoors this Weekend.

A few hours after he left, I spent a few Minutes with my Wife, and had Iced Coffee.
Not to sound like a Commercial, but Starbucks sells packs of Instant Coffee, which are actually pretty good. I recommend it.

I walked with my Wife to the Bus Stop to catch the Bus to the Train Station. The Bus pulled up right when we got there, so we just had time for a quick kiss.

There was no cheesy Celine Dion song playing or Rain falling, or me crying, or me ripping my shirt off, or glittering, or some crap. Have fun picturing all of that though.

After she left, I went to the Store to buy a Lottery Ticket, then returned home to do Laundry. Good times on a Friday night!

Anyways, like I said, I’ll be out & about all Weekend.
There’s the Busker Fest, & the Rideau Canal Festival, and I’ll be at both.
Both need to improve Wheelchair Accessibility, but I can’t save the World that fast.

I’ll be making mental notes this Weekend on how I can help, if they want it.

I hope you all have a good Weekend out there.

Day 9 at Bluesfest was headlined by Santana.

I made sure to get there early to get a spot.
Like a true Canadian/Concert goer, my first stop was the Beer Tent. I noticed that they had a Trivia booth set-up near by. I sat quietly for a few moments watching others, while silently guessing each answer. Once I realized that I knew Canadian Music well, I decided to play.

I somehow managed to get them all right. After that, they gave me a Fridge Magnet & a little flashlight.

After that, I headed over to the Platform to get a spot. It was a good idea because it was filling up pretty quickly.

It was an hour before show time, so I just sat in the back of the Platform drinking Beer after Beer, after Beer, well, you get the idea.

I saw the Superintendant of my Building, and he hung out with me for awhile. This seemingly set off a chain reaction, cause soon after, tons of people came over to thank me for getting the Platform. It’s quite gratifying when Disabled people went out of their way just to come meet me, say hi, and to personally thank me.

Speaking of which, I emailed four major local Festivals/events yesterday to see if they’d like my help with improving Wheelchair Accessibility. I contacted The SuperEx, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Westfest, and the Rideau Canal Festival. So far, none have responded yet.

Santana started, and after awhile, someone else stopped by to say hi. Bobby Slayton saw me on the Platform, and came over. I think he actually wanted to sit with me, but they didn’t let him. I was pissed about that because I really wanted to hang out with him, and talk to him. Like I said yesterday, I’m a big fan of his, so that would be awesome for me.

As for Santana, it was a GREAT show. He did most of his hits, plus old stuff, and new stuff, and some covers. I’m horrible with Song Titles, but he performed alot of familiar stuff.

Oh yeah, I just wanted to point something out.
Just because someone is Physically Disabled, it doesn’t mean they can’t be a Jackass.
Here’s an example of a Disabled Person being a Jackass:

So, because I had a few Beers (I lost count after the fourth one.) I had to pee a few times during the show. Each time I left, I got one of the Volunteers to save my spot, and my Beer.

One time I left, this jackass (I’ll call him roller jackass now.) decides to move into my spot. When I returned, roller jackass refused to move. He didn’t just refuse to move for me, but he refused to move for anyone, including others in Wheelchairs trying to get out. He also had a really pissed off look. At the end of the night, as I stayed to finish my last Beer, roller jackass was still sitting there pissed off, and not moving.

From there, I headed to the Bathroom. Driving into oncoming Crowd is quite hilarious at times. My favorite people are the ones talking or something, and not paying attention. Next thing they know, they’re face to face with a 500 pound Wheelchair in front of them. Their reaction is to either jump, scream, or move away. It’s even funnier when I’ve had a few drinks.

I headed home after that.

As for tonight, I plan on seeing Matt (don’t call me Matthew) Good, and Crowded House.
Crowded House was actually one of my favorite bands in the Eighties. Hopefully, both will be good.

I might check out some other shows as well.

As you all know, my weekend was pretty packed.
Between the Rideau Canal Festival and the Busker Festival, plus seeing Funny People, I was out there.

Yesterday, my Wife and I headed to the Bytown Museum as part of the Rideau Canal Festival. It was free admission, plus I’ve never actually been there before, which is an extremely rare thing for me.

The Museum talks about the history of Ottawa, formerly called Bytown. They talk about everything about how we became Canada’s Capital, its British roots etc etc. It was fun down there.

Another cool aspect of the Building is that it’s haunted, which is something that interests me. While I was there, I saw and or felt a few Ghosts hanging around. They were all still wearing Uniforms or other attire associated with that era.

Typically, I don’t get scared by Ghosts and I’ve come to accept the fact that this is just an ability that I have. I do my best not to disturb them and it’s more of a natural curiousity for me. Before anyone asks, I don’t watch Ghost Whisperer, but my Wife does. I personally find it too over the top for me.

After we left there, I headed to the Mall while my Wife went to buy some food. We joined up shortly after and headed home.

We headed back out again after Supper to catch the Grand Finale of the Busker Festival. We arrived late, so I had to push my way up near the front, so I could see.

Pushing your way through the crowd with a 500+ pound powered wheelchair can be quite daunting. Usually when they see me barrelling towards them, they move, and really, it’s the right choice to make.

It started to rain, but we stay for the whole thing. The show was pretty good and they managed to raise $900 for the Children’s Wish Foundation by auctioning off two t-shirts that were signed by all of the performers.

We returned home for the night and I watched WWE Monday Night Raw.

Tonight, we’re gonna watch America’s Got Talent.
Well that’s it for now, but thanks for reading.

After I posted here yesterday, I headed to City Hall to meet my Wife. She took part in a Bike Parade as part of the Rideau Canal Festival. When I arrived, there was a Band practicing the horns. The last thing I expected to see were horny people playing.

Bad joke, I know, but it’s free.

As I waited for my Wife to show up, people were biking around City Hall with whistles and bike bells. I just sat there and watched in bewilderment.

As luck would have it though, as soon as my Wife showed up, she wanted to join in. So, sure enough, I started circling with the other bike riders. They had different sections along the route. Ones where you hit your bell, one where you blew a whistle, and one where you had to be quiet. I didn’t get a bell or whistle, so I just drove around as Cyclists raced by me.

The whistles were pissing me off because they were right in my ear. I didn’t notice that it was over and I kept going, completely oblivious that everyone else had stopped. I only realized when one of the Organizers ran over to me and gave me the thumbs up. I quickly looked around and saw everyone parked at the other end. I made my way back towards them.

For once, I was hoping NOT to be on TV for that. Sure enough, my Wife spotted us on the late night Newscast. It was one of those “blink & you’ll miss it” moments. At least, they showed us riding together and talking, as opposed to me driving around in circles all by myself.

After the bike thing, we headed off in search of our Asphalt baby, and we found him. Oddly enough, it was directly across from where someone I knew killed themselves last Summer.

From there, we headed to Confederation Park and then to a nearby Coffee Shop.

We headed home for a few hours before we headed out to the Dows Lake Pavillion to see Boats covered in lights. This was actually pretty neat, even though they were just going around in circles while people cheered them on. Oddly enough, I did the same thing just hours earlier.

That was followed by Fireworks and then we headed home afterwards.

So far, it’s been a lazy day for me. I slept at my Wife’s place last night and we slept in until 11. We took our time getting up because it was raining.

We hope to see the movie, Funny People tonight.
I’ve heard some great things about it.

Tomorrow, we’re heading to the Bytown Museum, which I’ve never been to.
From there, we’ll probably catch the end of the Busker Festival.

Thanks for reading.

So last night, we headed to the Rideau Canal Festival.
On our way there, we took a Double Decker OC Transpo bus. My Wife went to the upper part, so I asked her to take pictures, so I could see what it was like up there. She did, and even took a Video of it.
I was joking around with the Bus Driver asking where the Elevator was.

Anyways, we arrived and right away, we heard Bagpipes blaring, so I got all happy. Anytime I hear them, I always think back to blasting the Record that I had as a kid. Those were good times. Sure, I was surrounded by death & illness, but it was a good day for me if I had my Mickey Mouse Record Player.

We started our journey looking for the metre that we adopted, but we couldn’t find it. I felt like a bad Parent that loss their kid. Our first stop was by the National Arts Centre. They were having dancing from the 1920-1940s. Odd thing was, when we arrived, everybody stopped dancing and parted so we could get through. Nice gesture, but we were there to actually watch them dancing. Oddly enough, they weren’t too fond of disabled people in the 40s either.

Times sure have changed, haven’t they?.

*cough*
*looks around*
Ahem!

From there, we continued our walk along the Rideau Canal heading towards the Canal Ritz to see some Belly Dancing. We got there to see some of it. I think Belly Dancing’s sexy, especially the ass wiggling. There’s nothing wrong with a little ass wiggling.
We decided to stay to have Dessert. We shared a Chocolate Pound Cake that had Rum, Chocolate Mousse, and Whipped Cream. It was delicious!

Just when we started enjoying the food, the scenery, and the romance, it started raining. At first, it was very light, so we took our time getting to the bus stop. I opened my mouth and said that I was expecting a downpour. Sure enough, a few seconds later, a downpour hit and we bolted to the bus stop.

Note to self: It’s not always good to speak of impending doom, especially if you’re on a date.

By the time we got off the Bus, the rain stopped as we headed home.

As of right now, it’s beautiful outside, so I’m gonna head out.
Have a good one!

Thanks for reading.

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.