Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Proud To be Canadian

Tomorrow is Canada Day. Why are you proud to be Canadian?

Monday, June 29, 2009

What Do You See?

When you're praying, do you get a mental picture of God? If so, what does he look like?

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Danger Of "One Day"

Crystal and I went to see UP last night, (I know I'm kind of late on this one), and it totally lived up to the hype. I had heard from a number of people that the movie was amazing, and that they cried (it's a CARTOON!). It was a great movie though.

What hit me the most was how much I am like the main character, Carl. Yes, I can be a crotchety old man at times. But that's not what resonated with me the most.


The early part of the movie follows Carl and his wife, Ellie, through their marriage. From the day they met, to the day Ellie passes away. What initially drew them together was their mutual love for adventure and travel. In fact, they agree that one day they will travel the world, eventually ending up in Paradise Falls, where they will live from that point on. Despite all the talk and planning, they never actually do it. They get caught up in "life" and soon they are paying bills, working on a career and fixing up the house and can't find the time or (the money) to make their travel dream a reality.

That's me. I want to travel around the world. I want to experience Europe, Asia and Australia. I've always wanted to backpack through Europe. I've always wanted to go on safari in Africa. I've wanted to travel to India and China and experience life without the luxury of personal space. I want to see how the rest of the world lives, and come back to Canada with an entirely different view of the world. But it's all talk. I keep telling myself "one day I'll do it" or "one day when I have more money."

As I sat in the theatre watching Carl and Ellie's dream slip away I began to feel the same for myself. I've got a job, a house, a car and the responsibilities that come with it. I can't just push pause and take off for a couple months. As much as I would like it, the bank won't put my mortgage on hold, work won't say: "yeah go travel for a couple months, we're cool with that."

I've fallen victim to the "One Day Syndrome." Putting things off to be done "one day." It's a little depressing thinking that as a guy in his mid-twenties, my window of opportunity has passed me by, but that's how I feel.

Granted there is an easy remedy... Just go do it. But I've worked hard to get where I am. What would my parents think? Would I be throwing away the work I've done in the past 5 years? What do I do with my house? Where does the money come from?

I'm unsure what to do from this point, so if you have any sage advice I'll take it in the comments section below.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Caption Please

Caption Please...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Another Appology

This past weekend I ate my share of crow. You see, in the past I made fun of people who played "Settlers" because I saw them as nerds. Well Saturday night I played for my first time. I am now hooked.

So to all you Catan-heads, I'm sorry.

Friday, June 12, 2009

We Are The Champions

Congrats to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions.

As a Stars fan I'm happy the Red Wings didn't win it.

Congrats to Sidney Crosby and the Pens. (Sorry I called you a whiner Sidney)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Is This A Fake?

Some debate raging here at the Slammin' headquarters. Is this video for real? I think so. Baby-T says, "NO WAY!" What do you think?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


For me the hilite of the Wakeboard Weekend wasn't the wakeboarding. (that's weird) It was a leap off a 47 foot cliff into the 45 degree water.

As our wakeboarding session was wrapping up on Saturday I asked if there were any cliffs we could jump before heading back to Widjiitiwin. Our guide (Tim) said "oh yeah" and took us to this cliff in Port Sydney. From the boat it didn't seem so high so I climbed up and what I saw made my knees shake. It was HIGH! I was so scared to jump off this thing. I had jumped off a 25 foot cliff before, but this was twice that. It took a while but I sucked it up and threw myself off the edge. WHAT A RUSH! Seriously it was amazing. So good I climbed up and did it again.

Had I not sucked up my fear I would have missed out on something amazing. Now I'm glad I did it.

Have you ever been scared to do/try something, but once you faced that fear and did it you loved it?

Monday, June 1, 2009

It Gets Better!

I stole this vid from a friend's blog, but the theft was totally worth it.  You see Taylor Swift's "Love Story" is a guilty pleasure of mine.  I love it.  I'm also a big fan of Coldplay (who isn't).  So when you take two epic tunes, combine them and make them better... It has to be shared.  Check it out baby!  It gets better!  

Make sure you watch it in HD