My 10 Year Wedding Anniversary

The wedding ring. I still have it tucked away in my sock drawer.I was a runaway groom.
It’s the type of thing you see in movies, but it doesn’t really happen in real life… does it?

Anyone who knows me well already knows this story, but a long time ago I was a runaway groom.

Exactly 10 years ago, on June 26, 2004, I was supposed to get married. My fiancee and I had been planning the wedding for months, getting all the details sorted out. We were to get married at Parkwood, in the sunken garden where so many other weddings had taken place before us.

Afterwards, dinner and a reception were supposed to happen at a nearby golf course banquet hall. We had the flowers, the DJ, the photographer, the limo, people coming from out of town… everything was all ready for the big day. Except me.

I didn’t go to the wedding.

Well, it’s not like I … Read the rest

Reddit Secret Santa – Disappointing Experience

This year, I decided to participate in the Reddit Secret Santa gift exchange. I know a few people who’ve done it in the past, and it seemed like a really neat idea, plus I’d be part of a Guinness World Record.

When you register, you have to option of being matched up with someone in your own country, or someone from a different part of the world. I chose the worldwide option, and I sent my match a cool Hunger Games pocket watch that I purchased off a really nice seller on Etsy. I was excited to see what kind of fun and interesting gift I would receive, and wondered what part of the world it would be coming from.

I came home today to find a note on my door that I missed a delivery. I rushed off to the post office, grabbed the yellow box and was … Read the rest

Switching Jobs

Today is my last day at Sun Life. I was recently offered a new job at a local pharmaceutical company, and I took it.

The whole thing was unexpected and happened so fast. I heard about the position, sent in my resume and had an interview just a couple days later. The interview went very well, despite the fact I went in totally unprepared. I didn’t dress up, didn’t even shave that day, and basically just winged it. Surprisingly, it seemed like everything I said was the right thing to say. I left the interview with a feeling they would offer me the job, but also thinking they wouldn’t offer me the compensation I was looking for. I was surprised when they made a very competitive offer.

I had just one day to consider everything before giving them an answer. It was a really tough decision, but in the end … Read the rest

Stuck Floss

The other night, I got floss stuck in my teeth. Like really stuck. I still don’t get it.

My 2012 resolution to floss every day got off to a rough start, but I’ve been flossing pretty regularly for the past few months. Even on the weekends when I stay up until 4am. Flossing before bed is now part of the routine. I’ve come to terms with it and now I spend the extra minute or two flossin’ it.

So anyway, the other night when I was flossing, the dental floss got stuck between two teeth. It was smooth sailing, then it suddenly jammed up. I kept pulling in every direction, but it hurt a bit and I swear I saw my tooth wiggle in the mirror.

I had a mini moment of panic, but then I realized it’s just a bit of nylon string, so I just let it hang … Read the rest

RAAM 2012

A few years back when I was really into cycling, I heard about the Race Across America (RAAM). It’s a 3000 mile (almost 5000km) race across the USA, but it’s different than most other well known bicycle races, such as the Tour de France.

The Tour de France has various stages that are scheduled over a 21-day period. RAAM has one giant stage – ride across the country as fast as you can. Riders in the Race Across America are usually on their own, or in small packs. You don’t see huge pelotons, since riders are spaced out so much more.

RAAM is very underappreciated race. It doesn’t have the big sponsorship backing that most of the Tour de France teams have, so you see a lot of family, friends and volunteers supporting the cyclists across their ridiculous ride. People that complete RAAM are true endurance athletes. They ride … Read the rest