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Inflatable Apes

I believe that my love of inflatable apes is well documented on this site. They are just so great! They make everything 150% more amazing. That is a scientifically proven fact, by the way — and you can’t argue with science.

So you can imagine my extreme joy when I attended an event at the Great Hall in Toronto a few years ago and went on a little exploratory mission to the upstairs balcony area, only to come face to face with a giant black inflatable ape lounging in the corner. It is possible that I may have uttered the words “this is the best day of my life!” before rushing over to the ape and proceeding to take a series of selfies with it.

I was recounting this story to a friend of mine recently who did not believe my account of the events. “Why would there be an inflatable ape in the rafters of the Great Hall?” she asked incredulously. “I think you hallucinated all of this!” I tried in vain to locate the photos on my iPhone — alas, they had disappeared. ‘Was I indeed hallucinating?’ I wondered. ‘Was it all just a glorious dream?’ That evening I sifted through the folders on my desktop…and lo and behold:

Apes!

I don’t know who the genius was who decided to hire this ape for the party, but whoever it was — bravo!

Lolcats

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You guys, I know that cats have been ruling the internet since…well, basically since its inception. Or at least, ever since the whole government/military experiment era ended and everyone dropped the pretense that the internet is ‘for science’ (obviously it is for downloading free music and/or following celebrity feuds on twitter). But anyways, I am totally new to the lolcat party! Seriously, I know it’s hard to believe, but I really wasn’t aware of this phenomenon until I read an article about it in Vanity Fair (of course) a while back. You’ll be happy to know though that I’m making up for my years of ignorance by googling lolcat pics as often as possible these days and texting them to a friend of mine to underscore/complement whatever subject we’re conversing about at the time (possibly earning myself the title of Most Annoying Friend ever, but amusing me to no end). There really is a lolcat for every occasion. I also factored them into my final project for my JavaScript class! (Predicted grade = F minus).

Anyway, here are a few that make me laugh. Enjoy!

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Drunk Octopus

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Ender’s Game

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I just finished reading Orson Scott Card’s 1985 sci-fi novel Ender’s Game. It was great, on many levels – plot, characterization, evocative imagery, insightful commentary on the nature of the human condition. Aside from all that, though, one of the other aspects of the novel that I really enjoyed was the character names. First of all, ‘Ender’s Game‘ is a seriously kick-ass title for a book. It just sounds cool. The fact that Ender is the name of the main character is a bonus. And the entire story is populated by characters with interesting names. Here are a few of them:

  • ★ Ender Wiggin
  • ★ Valentine Wiggin
  • ★ Petra Arkanian
  • ★ Carn Carby
  • ★ Crazy Tom
  • ★ Sargeant Dap
  • ★ Dink Meeker
  • ★ Julian “Bean” Delphiki
  • ★ Rose the Nose
  • ★ Hot Soup
  • ★ Fly Molo
  • ★ Pol Slattery

I mean, would you not want to hang out with any and all of those dudes, based solely on their appellations? And sure, yeah, a couple of those are Battle School nicknames, but most of them are their legit birth names. Awesome.

Wishful Skillin’: Underwater Hotel

Okay, so apparently this isn’t actually built yet…

But when it is, we will be there!

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Now this is what I call a room with a view.

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Chillin in the lobby.

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Fox in the Presidential Suite.

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Wouldn’t it be kind of ridiculously amazing if they didn’t serve seafood in the restaurant?

Wishful Skillin’: Real Genius

Speaking of Chris Knight

Sometimes when things are getting me down, I like to imagine myself as a student at Pacific Tech, hanging with Chris, Mitch, Jordan, Ick, and Lazlo. I would spend my days discussing subatomic particle theory, playing pranks on Kent, jumping around in huge piles of popcorn created by a giant laser beam from space, and following dudes who live in my closet down into underground abandoned mine shafts.

Sounds pretty good to me!

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“They’re student beauticians…”

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“It’s a moral imperative.”

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everybody wants to rule the world

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“Do you think it’s getting weird around here?”

Maple Sugar Wine

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You guys, I am like, addicted to maple syrup. I eat foods like pancakes and waffles just so that I can have it. Sometimes, when no one is looking, I do shots of it straight out of the bottle. I went to a maple syrup festival once and OH MY GOD IT WAS LIKE EVERYTHING THAT’S BEAUTIFUL AND GOOD IN THE WORLD, ALL IN ONE PLACE. Sorry, I still get pretty excited thinking about it. They put syrup on everything, from pancakes to apples to pickles (!), and they did that thing where they pour the syrup into the snow and then wrap it around a stick to make maple syrup taffy. It was, in a word, heaven. I ate about a thousand of those yummy maple sugar candies, and let me tell you, there’s really nothing quite like a maple sugar high. It’s really pure and dreamy, but insanely energetic at the same time. Mainly I just felt overtaken by a rather delirious sense of optimism. And for a day or two afterwards, ‘til I washed it, my hair still smelled like sweet, beautiful maple.

So, you can imagine my utter delight when I learned that there is a winery in Haliburton, Ontario that makes maple sugar wine. Yes! The intrepid geniuses at Moon Shadows Estate Winery have taken two of the things I love most in the world and put them together, and the result is nothing short of AMAZING. They also make all sorts of other delectable wines, including ‘Wild Blueberry’, ‘Golden Plum’ and ‘Strawberry Rhubarb’. Naturally I had to sample them all (in the name of research) and I am happy to report that they are all delicious.