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April 2005 - Journal Entries

New Section and NEWS!!! Thursday, April 21, 2005

I decided to create a new section: Classified Ads. One of our friends owns a duplex and is looking for tenants. So that gave me the idea of helping people who are selling, recruiting, sharing, whatever - and putting up an ad. So, if you know me, and you want me to put something up, send me an email... Now, I don't have thousands of people checking out the site, but the more people hear about it, the more popular it should be, right?? hmmmm, maybe my site will be the next Yahoo! and I can create a public company and become a multi-millionaire by simply doing my hobby.... Hey! It could happen.....

And now the news!!! Got a call from the Dutch Consulate today and..... they have my passport! Woohoo!! I can now "officially" travel as a Dutch citizen... I cannot wait...

 
Greatest Game Ever Played Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Well movie buffs, the release date of the movie that I was in with "V" is set!! "The Greatest Game Ever Played" should open on September 30th - which means we'll have to wait ALL summer.... The movie stars Shia Lebeouf (from Disney's "Even Stevens") and is directed by Bill Paxton (Apollo 13, Twister). The shooting took place for several weeks in Parc Maisonneuve (across form the Olympic Stadium) and then for MANY weeks at the Kahnawake golf course.

I think it's going to be a pretty good movie. The story seems pretty solid and the acting that I saw while on set, was pretty excellent.

Of course, I might be a little biased since "V" is in it. She was the only kid wearing a bonnet (there were about 8 kids or so). Should be fun...

 
Cornwall: results Monday, April 18, 2005

What a great tournament. We didn't get the result we were hoping for, but the team played pretty well. On Saturday, we took 2 out of 3, to advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday morning. On Sunday morning, we played against a team we hadn't seen before (they were in another division). At the end of regulation, it was tied 0-0. So we go to shots right away. First off, is the 5-shots. We were down by two goals but Benny our ever-reliable keeper saved the last two shots and, so, it was tied 3-3. Then it goes to sudden-death shots (keep shooting until one team misses and the other team scores). I get up (I'm the 8th shooter) and bury it in the top left corner (what a relief since last year in the Labour-day tourney, the goalie saved my shot....). But their player scored as well. Next shooter, our guy missed the net and their player scored. End of game. Crap.... oh well - there's always next year, right? Right....

But because we were out so early, I managed to get back to Montreal in time for my referee-clinic. For this summer, I decided I would try my hand at being a ref. I've reffed games for tournaments and things but not as part of a league. So this year should be pretty interesting. I'll be a referee for Dollard and then next year, I hope to move up to the Lac St. Louis league to be a referee for Inter-City games. There are a several grades and a bunch of levels in between (don't completely understand them yet) so I'll just ref as many games as I can and then see where that takes me. Just another hobby....

 

 
Cornwall: re-visited Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Well, sports fans - it's confirmed!! There is a second Cornwall tournament which is happening this coming weekend. Got the call from my coach and we're back on. I just hope we do a LOT better than the last one. I should be feeling better by then too so that should help. I'll also be super-hydrating myself.

Found out that Lyric Theatre is looking for Baritones for their June concert. they're an awesome group. "A" and I went to hear their Christmas concert down at Ogilvy's and they did really well. But I think I'm going to have to pass as it will be too busy around that time. "V" has her play (in which she's the lead role!!!), and it's also her birthday that weekend, and since I'm getting ready to move, I need the time to get my boxes and pack and everything. I can't use the time to practice for a show...

 
Ottawa Savoy Sunday, April 10, 2005

Saturday night a group of us (about 30) went to see the Ottawa Savoy production of Patience. This would be interesting since LLO will be putting Patience on in 2006, so "in theory" this would be a good opportunity to see a production. Well, the show was anything but traditional. I think overall it was entertaining, but definitely not a G&S show. The majority of the songs were re-written with contemporary words and for some reason they had a fixation on "The Mikado" because they cameo-ed 4 songs into Patience (probably because they had performed it last year). However, I think the biggest let down was the solo sung by Patience in the second act - they did it in a jazz-style. This is normally a beautiful song and the best I have EVER heard it done was by Ellen Edwards at Montreal-West. Her voice was the purest voice I had ever heard. So I was looking forward to hearing it again. But what I heard was not at all the same thing. Anyways, the Ottawa show was definitely unique and reminded me of McGill productions. Next year they're putting on Pinafore - we'll see what they do to that one...

 
Indoor is over/Cornwall Saturday, April 9, 2005

Double arg!!! Well, our indoor season is over. On Thursday, we managed to win the second semi-final game to force the third mini-game. With 30 seconds left, and we were leading 5-4, they scored a real cheap goal that tied it up. If it stayed like this we'd be out and they'd be in since they would have had a win and a tie. But we pressed on and with 8.6 seconds left, my buddy Danny, working along the boards slid the ball to me and I popped it in - giving us the win! We all went nuts as we managed to stay alive! But then in the third semi-final game, we just had no more gas left in the tank and lost the game 2-0.

Earlier today, we went to Cornwall to play in their annual tournament. On paper, we had a strong team and we were expecting to go far in the tournament. First game was at 7:30am and we lost 4-1. We played terrible. Vowing to do better in the second game (at 9:00), we lost that one 3-0... In that game we played even worse. In between games, we managed to see the other games, and when we watched the two teams that we played against, play each other we were amazed at how bad they were. We just could NOT believe we lost to them. The third game, we won 6-0. If only we had played that game first....

Good news is.... there may be another tournament next weekend. Hopefully, that will work out - We had BETTER do better...

 
Game Results Friday, April 1, 2005

arg.... well last night's game was extremely poor. We lost - got killed is more like it. 9-4 was the final score. We actually tied it at 3, but for some reason, some people on the team just don't like to run. Benny, our goalie, played really well. The score could have been a LOT higher but good ol' Ben kept us in it by making amazing saves. There's only so much he can do with 2-on-1's and 2-on-0's... Luckily, we've got next week to try and redeem ourselves. We HAVE to win next week - I know we can beat these guys and it would totally suck if they advanced and our season was over.

This weekend should be a lot of fun. I'm going to try and finish the behind-the-scenes programming for this blog/journal thing and I hope to be able to introduce an RSS feed. On the right-hand side of the screen you'll see the Latest News. I have figured out how to extract certain articles from news sites, so I want to finish that this weekend. Saturday night will be dinner with some friends of ours and Sunday, I've got my refereeing clinic and then dinner at my little sis's place. Her in-laws will be in town. We haven't seen them for a couple of years so it will be nice to see them again.

 
First Entry Tuesday, March 29, 2005

My first entry... so, I've finally decided to keep a small journal... This past weekend, I played in the Midnight-Massacre up at the Laval Sportplexe. We lost both games 4-1 (I scored our goal) and 5-1. I am now looking forward to playing the semi-finals this week. It'll be a home-and-home series, so we play 2 games. If both games are tied, we play a 3rd mini-game. I think it'd be nice to win....

 

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