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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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I spent most of my day on Saturday shooting Video for Life In A Day.

Life In A Day was a Project done by Youtube. Basically, you filmed yourself on July 24th, 2010, showing what happened to you that day.

Some of the submitted Videos will be featured in a Documentary at The Sundance Film Festival. The Movie will be made by Ridley Scott, and Kevin Macdonald.

I first heard about it a few Weeks ago from a friend of mine who sent me the link on Facebook.
I read about it a few times, and thought about it alot.

One of my big goals in life is to be famous. Not just for my own personal gains, but I also believe that there’s a SEVERE shortage of Disabled people being used in Commercials, TV Shows, Movies, and/or Music Videos. I’d like to try and break down those walls, and be able to get myself, and others like me, on TV and the big screen.

Of course, there’s also the fame & fortune aspect for me as well. I’d like to be able to move away from here. I’d build a fully Wheelchair Accessible House for my Wife & I. We’d just sit back, relax, and feel good knowing that we overcame another barrier in life.

If I were to become famous, I’d also use my status to further educate people about Disabilities etc. I’d also want to do shows and/or Movies about us.

For example, I’d have a Disabled version of The Bachelor. The guy would be Disabled, and you’d have Women trying to woo him.
To some, it may sound far fetched, but I honestly never thought that a show like The Bachelor, or Survivor would exist, but it does, and they’re very popular.

I learned at a very young age, quite possibly on day #2 that anything’s possible if you want it bad enough.

Back to the Videos that I made.
The first Video that I shot was of me getting suctioned.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, that involves putting a small tube down my throat to suck out stuff in my lungs.

At first, I was nervous about filming it, mostly because it’s a personal, medical procedure for me. I wrestled with the idea for awhile. In the end, I decided to film it for a few reasons.

1. I wanted the World to know what I go through on a regular basis, and to hopefully show them it’s not THAT scary.

2. There’s other people out there that get suctioned too, and I wanted to show them that they shouldn’t feel weird or awkward about it. It’s a part of your life. Yes, it sucks, but if it keeps you healthy and alive, don’t feel uncomfortable about it.

3. I also made the Video in hopes of educating others. Alot of times when I do it in Public Bathrooms, people stare, and I know they want to ask about it, but they rarely do.

4. I also wanted to show people that despite having to do it hourly, I still manage to live a pretty normal life.

Other Videos I did were of me going out, having Coffee, and talking about being in a relationship when you’re Physically Disabled, getting a transfer into bed, and lying down with my Wife.

My personal favorite is the one where I’m having Coffee & talking.

All of the Videos can be seen at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ryanlythall

As for Life In A Day, all submitted Videos will start appearing on their Youtube page in August.

Their Website is located at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/lifeinaday

Winning Videos will appear in a Movie at The Sundance Film Festival in January 2011.

I also plan on buying a Video Camera at some point. I have a pretty interesting life, and I want to share it with the World, and perhaps have someone do a Movie about my life.

Stay tuned.

I decided to take a break yesterday.
Yes, I fully realize that I don’t have a real Job, but managing my life is a Job, plus I have projects on the side as well.
At least one’s Internet related, but I’ll discuss it another time.

The only thing I did yesterday was go shopping at Walmart with my Wife.
We both bought stuff that we needed, so it was pretty productive.
As far as it being fun, not so much, but at least we went out together.

We came home, and got caught up on America’s Got Talent.

That was it.

As for today, I’ve been trying to work on things, but stuff keeps happening.

So, as some of you know, I was on the CTV Ottawa News this Weekend talking more about Wheelchair Accessibility at Bluesfest, and my involvement with improving it.

If you missed the story, you can view it at http://ottawa.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100711/OTT_bluesfest_accessibility_100711/20100711/?hub=OttawaHome
(Please copy & paste the link into your browser.)

I thought they did a really great job putting it together, and it made me actually feel more a part of Bluesfest. I already felt like it, but this further cemented it, if that makes sense.

Anyways, I returned to Bluesfest around 8:30 on Saturday, just in time to see The Flaming Lips. The opening was crazy with balloons, streamers, confetti, and the Lead Singer got into a giant bubble and went into the crowd. It was like Crowd Surfing, but in a huge bubble. I need one of those.

The show itself was great. I don’t really know any song titles, but I wanted to see them mainly cause I heard it’s like a party. It definitely was.

I headed home before it ended, but it was great.

That brings us to day 6.
I spent most of the Afternoon with two buddies from Montreal.
One of them wanted to see the Finals of The World Cup, so we headed to The Royal Oak to watch it.
After that, we came back and chilled out before RUSH.

We got to Bluesfest around 8:30, and off I went to the VIP Section, and Scott & Kris went into the Crowd.

The Platform was packed by the time I got there, but I managed to get a spot.
The show started at 8, and they covered alot of material in three hours.

Part way through the show, there was an Intermission which I found kinda odd, but my bladder was grateful.
I got back just in time for the second part.

As I said, they did tons of old stuff, & even some new stuff.
I usually worry when a Classic Rock Band chooses to do new songs in their sets.
I think most people pay to hear the songs that they actually know.
On the other hand though, if you want to hear old stuff, you can get it online for free.
Humans can be odd at times.

Anyways, RUSH did a good job with their new stuff too.

After that, we headed home for a bit, then we headed to a Patio nearby for some drinks.

As for today, nothing`s on at Lebreton Flats today, but I have to be down there at 5 pm for a Photo Shoot with The Ottawa Sun.
They’re doing a story about my involvement in making Bluesfest more Wheelchair Accessible. The story will appear in tomorrow’s Paper.

I talked to the Reporter by phone earlier today.

My Wife is gone to Montreal until tomorrow.

I may just relax tonight or check out Bluesfest stuff in The Byward Market.

So yesterday, I started the day with having Coffee with my Wife.
We watched some of the Festivities from Parliament Hill on CBC TV.

For some reason, the Queen looked PISSED off.
My theory was she didn’t like having to sit through French Singers, which included Natives doing Hip-Hop.
Trust me, I’d be mad too.

After I finished my Coffee, I headed off downtown.
I got stuck for thirty minutes right in front of Parliament Hill.
The Queen was giving her speech right at that moment.

After I got passed that, I still had about 10,000 other people to deal with.
It isn’t easy driving a 500 pound Powered Wheelchair with that many people around, I managed to avoid running over anyone.

By the time, I made it to the Rideau Centre, I really had to pee.
I headed to the Bathroom to do my Business, and I see a guy who used to serve me Coffee daily.
So we started chatting while guys were coming in & out, and probably wondering what the hell was going on.
Luckily, I had zipped up by then.
It was good to see him though.

From there, I headed to the Market, down Rideau Street, up Rideau to Sparks.
By this time, it started raining, so I heading home for a little while.

I met up with my Wife about an hour later at the Jazz Festival.
We checked out Elliot Brood, and they were pretty good actually.

We headed home after that, so my Wife could eat, and I could relax.
It started getting windy & cool outside.
I didn’t want to have a repeat of what happened last Saturday, so I spent a nice Evening with my Wife.

As for heading, I’ll be heading downtown in a little while to hopefully have Gelato with my Wife.

Tomorrow night, we’re heading out to see The Last Airbender.
It looks like an awesome Movie, and it’s in 3D.

Have a good Weekend, and Happy July 4th to all Americans out there.

First of all, I’d like to wish all of the Canadians a Happy Canada Day.

So, with today being Canada Day, I figured that I’d share some of my favorite memories of Canada Day.

Let’s start when I was a Kid.

As most of you know, I lived at the Childrens Hospital Of Eastern Ontario. Some of you also know that I spent the first six years in ICU.
At the time, ICU didn’t have any windows, so I wasn’t able to see Fireworks until I was at least six years old.

It was a big event for me.
Not only would I get to see Fireworks, but I also got to stay up late too.

I watched the show on CBC before they started, and suddenly I heard BOOM!
I started crying because I had no idea they’d be so loud.
I went to one of the big windows to watch it with the other kids.
After awhile, I calmed down, and thought they were beautiful.

A few Years later, or something is when my next story takes place.

One Year, my Mom took me to my Dad’s Office to watch the Fireworks.
We had a great view because he worked downtown.
At some point, I had to pee.
Normally, when I pee, I just whip it out and piss into a small Urinal that sits between my legs. Sexy eh?
As it turned out, my Mom forgot to pack it.
We couldn’t find any Cups or jugs that would work, so I ended up peeing into a Rubber Glove.

As if it wasn’t embarassing enough having my Mom help me pee, she also had to hold a Rubber Glove to my Crotch while I peed.

Luckily, everything worked out, and we enjoyed the Fireworks.

So, my next favorite one happened about six years ago.
I had just started talking to my now Wife, and had recently met.
She wasn’t able to be here for Canada Day that year, so I decided to one last hurrah.

I headed to a Bar in the Market, which had turned its Parking Lot into a huge Bar, complete with a Stage.
Lucky for me, the Stage had a ramp.
After a few Beers, I decided that I needed to get on the Stage. So, I started going up the ramp.
Well I tried to, at least.

I got stuck halfway up because the ramp was really steep.
I asked my Attendant to help me up.
We tried again, but something else happened.

My leg had fallen off the side of my Chair. Whenever we tried going up the ramp, my foot kept getting sandwiched between the ramp, and my Chair.
I started yelling, but my Attendant couldn’t hear me.
Eventually, we made it up on Stage, and I started dancing on Stage.
At that point, all was fine, until I went pee.

The Bar had set up Port-O-Potties, but I couldn’t fit inside. I peed outside, which was understood, but my Attendant decided to do the same.
He got caught, and they kicked us both out.
As for my leg, I woke up the next day to it being black & blue.
I thought I broke it, but luckily I didn’t.

My next & last memory that I’ll share here happened a few years ago.
My Wife & I were near Parliament Hill watching the Fireworks.
Suddenly, the Battery for my Ventilator started beeping just as the Fireworks began.

So picture this…

Most people had started running down the Street towards the Fireworks.
We were running away from them, and for some reason, screaming and yelling.
People were looking at us like we had done Acid and thought we were being attacked.

We made it home safe & sound.

So as you can see, I’ve had some crazy times on Canada Day. No matter what, I always make it a point of seeing the Fireworks.

I guess in a way, it reminds me of the first time I saw them.

All those Years ago, back in the Hospital.

Happy Canada Day!

On Saturday, my Wife & I headed out for Ice Cream.

As I headed home, my hands started getting cold.
When that happens, my hands become weak, and eventually I can’t do anything.

By the time, I got near my place, my Attendant had to use the Joystick, so I could get home.
Besides a few mishaps along the way, we made it back.
I was hoping that my Joystick would be easier to use when that happens, but sadly, no.

So, it looks like I’ll have to go back to the old drawing board, unless we can figure something else out with this Joystick.

More wacky fun lies ahead.

On Sunday, my Wife made me Coffee.
There was no way in hell that I was going out after what happened the night before, plus it was bad Weather.
My Back was sore from the night before, so my Wife gave me a wonderful Back Massage.
The reason why my Back hurt was because by the time I got home on Saturday, I was really low in my Chair, which is really hard on my Back.

Luckily, I felt better after my Wife took good care of me on Sunday Night.

I have no official plans until Thursday.
Thursday is Canada Day, so my Wife & I will probably be out and about.

Last year, we went to Parliament Hill for the Noon time show.
We had pretty good seats, so we were on TV quite a bit.
We also got to meet the Prime Minister, and the Governor General.

This year, the Queen’s coming.
I really don’t understand why Canada’s still connected to the British.
I mean, Canada’s turning 143 years old, isn’t it time for us to move out from our Parent’s Basement?

To be honest, I wouldn’t mind meeting the Queen.
If I meet her, I’d ask why British people have bad teeth.
My Dad’s British, and well, he’s just not easy to look at.

Besides that, I have no real plans.