Friday, December 18, 2009

Post 50

Cooltina3 knocking back a cup of maple syrup

There haven't been many posts this month, thats because I had exams and final assignments. But thats all over now and I'm heading home in a few days! I'm so excited@! Unfortunately however my boss asked me to work over my holidays cause the D-Bag who shall not be named is on some sort of holidays... I don't remember taking time off in the middle of the winter season... but I guess things have changed. I really wish I didn't have to do it. But I accidentally deleted the email so I can't respond till I get home, which won't be till Monday hopefully.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Winter is here... kinda... for a little bit at least.

I've been in the lab for the last 12 hours... WELCOME TO WHOPPER WEDNESDAY!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cellphone Pictures

Winter and Train Waiting!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Are you telling me astral old men with furry beards and antlers don't brighten your day? Yeah didn't think so! Not much to say today, school year is drying up and now we are being told that at the end of the week we are being split into two teams. I'm not looking forward to that, I like my class and my friends! I don't need change! I just don't want to be the old man to another bunch of kids who, from what we've heard from the other classes are far dumber than us! Long Live P02!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Day After 2 Birthdays

I watched the Canadien's ceremony before their 100th anniversary came against the Boston Bruins and I was touched by the pregame skate with all the old timers. For me in my generation I got very excited when I saw 33 Patrick Roy pull down his mask to take a few shots on goal. And again for Dryden when he took his place between the bars. Seeing all of these legends out on the ice that had filled so many stories my dad would tell in my childhood, brought something special on the day that also is my 25th birthday.
Ron Mclean did what every non francophone commentator in hockey has done so well since probably 1909. He tried challenged the franchise on the one night no one is really going to give a non fired up answer. Dryden thoughtfully answered some questions and I know at least one answer made the anglo announcers take pause.
Dryden said that the problem with the current habs did not lie with the weakness of the players, but they have been concentrating so hard on the past that they were unable to celebrate their own story and their own future. When I look back I do see all those moments in my life when being a habs fan has really improved my life. win or lose. Also the fact I'm now 25 means I'm allowed to look back on that as well.
For me the Canadiens are more than just hockey. They are a family. They are the stories my Dad and Grandma would tell on a Saturday night while we watched Roy and the crew make a run for the 93 cup. Stories about my family gathering around the TV to watch the game. When the games weren't on TV they would tune into french radio stations to listen to the game when all of the big names were playing.
Its also a team of friendship. I remember spending a night every year in the holidays playing road hockey with my highschool friends. One team wearing Habs jerseys, the other team going without jerseys at all. We had enough away jerseys to outfit everyone. I remember evening classes with Tyler, school interfered with the hockey schedule so the only logical thing to do was listen to the game in one ear and look to be paying attention. French internet audio feeds. And once and a while someone would hit the table, or we'd give a little cheer in the middle of class. We may not have been great students but we shared the love for a team and a game which defined Tyler and I both.
I called my dad last night to thank him for my gifts and to see if he were watching the game. He told me a story about a drive he was making to Sault Ste. Marie. "I had to stop and watch the game," he said, explaining about how he went into the bar alone on a Saturday night right off the highway. "The score at the end of the second period was 5-2, I though about leaving, but I don't do that. I never used to change the channel, I always watch to the end. And you know what? I'm pretty sure Lafleur and those guys won 7-5 or something like that." I don't know if my dad could hear it in my voice as we kept talking but the story moved me. Hockey and the Montreal Canadiens have become part of who I am as a Canadian and who I am as a MacDonald and Norman.
The team is more than it's past players and its current woes. For a lot of Canadians across the country it is part of their families and friends. Its a thumb in the eye of every Toronto Maple Leafs giftset found in stores without another Canadian team alternative. It is a proud part of who we are as a nation. Before money changed the game with expansions. I was very happy with the win last night, but mostly I'm just happy I could share the game with my family and friends through the long distance that separated us this year on my birthday.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Mustache No More

It has been one full month with the mustache Movember goal is complete. Today is Ty's birthday and I gave him a call yesterday cause I didn't know what kind of schedule he was going to have tonight. Turns out he's hanging out with everyone. Which is good... kinda makes me wish I was hanging out with my friends on my birthday... I am going to have fun with Steph and she's having a little party so that should be fun, I just didn't realize how much I would be missing Andy, Paul and Ty plus their girls... Let alone how much I miss Jen. At least without the mustache I no longer LOOK old, now I only feel old.
Weather watch doesn't look good for friday now. I might see my first birthday without a snowfall. in 25 years, including the green christmas there was snow on my birthday, I guess that's what happens when you get too old.
Tyler and I had a quick lament about being old yesterday on the phone. and about families, and school and expectations on us compared to our parents who had already been married 5 years by the time they were 25. I can't wait for the year to be over, nothing is difficult this week and we can easily get everything done, I'm just going to "phone this week in."
My birthday is more important anyway...

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Weather watch has a 40% chance of flurries on my birthday! I am hoping this is the case! not much time left until Christmas, probably doing the last of my shopping today, everyone may not be getting big things but I hope my family likes the weird things I have found in downtown Toronto! Not much else to report, might get the cellphone today, we'll see. I'll have to put pants on first I guess! hehe.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Birthday winter weather watch! As of now light snow is the forecast for Dec 4th in Oakville, although it is almost 2 weeks away the weather will likely change... scratch that, it already has changed. Its showing mostly sunny but temps are definitely in the minus! Lets hope for a little birthday cheer and pray to Yukon Cornelius that it changes!

Classes go until the 18th, which means I have my final exam on snowflake day! :( so I hope we can postpone until Saturday for turkey tacos. I think I'm going to go on a photoing walk today, check out the area around the school for neat little creeks and streams which there are many of. I just hope the day it actually does snow I will be able to take some pictures. there are a lot of areas around here which have a beautiful quality about them which would be enhanced by a dusting of snow.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Newest word in the MACtionary

(Don't judge the quality, I'm still new at photoshop)

Used 3 times this week, twice in things I almost handed in to teachers...


pronounced with the emphasis on the "What" whateverthehell is an updated version of the old, "I'm still searching for a word" Andrew MacDonald standbys, whatchamacallit, whatchamahoosit, whatshisface and whatchacallit. In fact I use them so often that I seriously believe there are wiring difficulties in my brain, either the brain runs too fast and the cables can't handle the data or I'm slow and the cables can't handle the data, I'm hoping for the first one, too smart for my weak mortal body!

Sometimes I have an itch that only a liter of Pepsi can scratch, that was the case tonight.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Photo for Steve then off the grid

As soon as I'm done making this post I'm going off the grid. I'm going to unplug the internet then get to work on the homework I have for the week, as anyone who has listened to me speak would know, Left 4 Dead 2, Fight Club B-Ray and Star Trek come out tomorrow so I need to have no homework left to do. So today for the first time ever I'm going to complete my History essay before the hour before class! And I'm gonna do my newspaper thingy for Mary-Lynn and get a solid draft of my Health Promotion article done so that way I can just go to class, show Jody, edit and hand it in. I'm going to post my pictures from the Santa Claus parade tomorrow maybe. It was pretty good, but nothing can compare to the night parades in Sault Ste. Marie. The Toronto parade just seemed like a way to get people into the Eaton center. I don't think anyone out there had the Christmas spirit, really, I found it difficult to get into the mood with about 10,000 people bumping into me and throwing their garbage all over Yonge. My shoes stuck to the pavement and sidewalks like it was flypaper! (I posted an Aftermath picture on facebook)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Look its SANTA!

I'm wandering down to Toronto again today, this time to cover the Santa Claus parade for bonus marks. Cause I'm now that guy in the class. So on top of all the other crap I have to do this week I'm also going to write an article about the Parade. I hope Mom sees me on TV or something. I'm also going to finish scanning those images for Steph's book. I can't wait to see what main sponsor LEGO has to bring to the parade!!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Come out of the cold... for a coffee slushy?

Another update from Starbucks, this one finally live. Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Frappucino or whatever the hell its called.
It has come to my attention that My next writing assignment for... Writing for Journalism is an opinion piece, I guess throwing a bone to all the students thus far that have had trouble keeping editorial bias out of their assignments. I don't know what to do it on... so many things bug me living in Toronto but I don't want it to turn into a rant by some smalltowner with a big vocab and clever one liners about the ills of the big city. Nor do I want to review anything particularly. I'll have to see what kind of perameters Jody gives us.
Left 4 Dead 2, Star Trek and Fight Club B-Ray come out tuesday so it will be hard to find a free minute to complete any of my assignments. So after the Santa Claus parade we're all business. Fights Tonight hinder a head start.
I know everyone just laughs at my newfound Starbucks fetish but man oh man, I could see spending my life in coffee bars writing. And once I start publishing people can say "and that is the chair where Andrew MacDonald sat to write Who Is Frisbee Calhoun? and people would stay out of my spot and would have to clear out when I came in with my computer to write. I imagine this would cost me dearly in terms of the amount of Iced Tea and Espresso I'd drink. But it would all be in the name of the craft. I'm VERY excited to see Steph's book published... Hopefully she'll sign mine! :P As soon as I get it I'll put up a couple photographs of the inside and the outside with the bitchin art by Andrew MacDonald and clever text by Stephanie MacDonald.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A is for Andrew

New profile picture, I guess people are really starting to dig the suspenders. Makes me look pro, someone said I looked very "journalistic" the other day when I had them on. I feel the photo bug. I think I'm going to go take some pictures this weekend to add to the other book I have on the go. And I'm going to dedicate some time this weekend to writing for red hoodie. I want to get that together soon. With Steph's book almost ready to hit the shelves it gives me renewed energy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas is coming

I did a quick Facebook and Twitter post about the redundancy of putting the same information in two places, so depending which you go to first the other is at least "technically" a RePost or a ReTweet. Aren't I clever?! Since Steph is probably the only one who follows both... she'll just think I'm an ass. Oh well.

OH! The picture! apparently, according to abc news, this is this year's must have children's toy. a robotic hamster, I suspect it travels around at high speed on its very small wheels sucking up all the kitchen's dust bunnies until the wheels don't work anymore and it gets slower and slower. But I guess that's a long way off and it's much more likely to die at the hands of Fido or Mr. Jingles, the family pet who thinks it's an animate object. But I've seen this toy before! It's as old as toys are I think.
I guess you set it up with some plastic accessories and marketing... of somekind and you have yourself a little cash cow (or hamster as the case may be) Another thing, is it a hamster because they thought thats what those little balls of computer animated fluff were in G-Force, or is it a grab for the funniest character in Bolt? Either way... its just a battery powered rebrand of a classic. Which isn't bad... but with the demand you should probably tell your kids Santa comes around Family Day if they have their heart set on this thing.

Steph and I share a youtube account, we have for a long time. Its easier to look at movies back and forth. but I can see now a downside to it... the recommended for you section is completely swamped with a single theme. Thats because last night we had an MSN linkspam conversation about Sesame Street videos... so when we watch videos from a single theme I'll watch 20, she'll watch 20 and all of a sudden we've watched 40 videos in half the time it would take to actually watch them.

I hope I can convince someone to go with me, but this Sunday is the Santa Claus parade. I've always wanted to go to a major one. Now that I have the chance I'm saddling up for a sweet adventure into the heart of Torontonian yuletide spirit. hopefully it's better than their regular spirit... somewhere between a rabid badger and an irritable cheetah with mange.

Finally! a post that employs more than one paragraph!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

People are what ruin Toronto, but today was good!

This is the cover of a record I found while cruising downtown. The guy was almost not going to sell it to me. He hadn't noticed it before, and said it had an awesome cover. We had a couple jokes back and forth and he gave it to me for $2 I also found myself a set of headphones downtown. the place I bought them from gave me a free shot of liquor for my purchase. So I have new awesome Nixon headphones and free liquor on queen west. I also bought a Madonna tee cause it was on megasale at Urban Outfitters. Sunday Morning on Yonge and Queen West might have been my best adventure through Toronto yet! Save for the time steph and I caught the fire, and the Print Kids & Co. trip.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

History Day and the First Touch of Snow

Nearing the completion of my essay on Sault Ste. Marie I looked to the skylight and saw as those first slushy balls of winter fell from the sky. I have done well so far on my midterm exams and essays as I've gotten them back. I am still worried however for tomorrow's class and Andrew's exam. I don't know how I did on it and it frankly worries me. The schedule of the program, I found out, is one of the main reasons people drop. Because it you miss even a single class it can't be simply made up the next semester, these classes only run at one time of the year. Intimidating to be sure. I can't wait for the weekend. Hanging out with dad and Steph.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Back to the Grind... kinda

Starting school again the right way, a 55 minute class and 6 hours of movies. Not Quite Hollywood, about Aussie exploitation movies. Benjamin Button, cause I've never seen it. And Two-Lane Blacktop because I needed to watch a road movie. Steph and I are in the early stages now of planning our Trans Canada tour "Andrew & Steph v. Canada" I'm excited to have something to look foreward to.
I found out today that they are releasing Fight Club on B-Ray, at first I said, oh, well thats kinda cool, but I looked at the cover art, which read "10th Anniversary Edition" and got a good flash of old man feelings, so I have started an essay on 1999 in my life, the first time I saw Fight Club and since I haven't seen it in a good 5 years or so a screening and how it mirrors or doesn't mirror my life as I approach the age of the characters. Those movies I consider the best Apocalypse Now, Fight Club, Where Eagles Dare, No Country for Old Men, and 3:10 to Yuma I watch as seldom as possible, because I don't want to ever be bored with them. (note those films are not in order! I can never definitively give a number one film because I love so many different kinds of cinema!)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nearing the end of my break

I'm starting to get that nervous stomach feeling about going back to school. I know I'm ok for work in the coming weeks and that I anticipate no problems with any of the assignments. I just have had a taste of freedom and it will be hard going back. I wonder if I spent enough time with Jen, or my family or my friends. At least I got to watch a movie with my dad. That has to be the biggest thing I miss about going away. Well only 5 or 6 weeks and I will be back for christmas, Just in time for snow!

Friday, October 23, 2009

This is an image I made last night for Steph's book, she didn't want a traditional "about the author" picture so I created this in the style of the interior illustrations. I hope she likes it, I don't want her just being nice to me. I think it turned out OK.
Exams are done till the end of the year, time to take a break for the week, UFC tomorrow night with dad hopefully and Halloween in Sudbury, or so the current status goes. Time to shake this headache and gravelly throat and get excited for the weekend!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Midterms are coming!

Tomorrow midterm madness begins, simple enough with Eva's designing for print, than Jody's on wednesday after Michaels, then thursday another pair of history ones, and finally a research one from Andrew which will probably send my mark in his class into the red. But chin up. next week I'll be home in my own bed!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

In Need of Creature Comforts

I promise I'll blog properly soon... photobucket is for photos, blogger is for blogging... yeah I know.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009


Friday, Home Tomorrow... That is all!

Monday, October 5, 2009

I'm so glad it wasn't one of those "Be an angel, save a life" ones

(Zoom in for more Detail)
I'm so glad it wasn't one of those "Be an angel, save a life" ones. The obligation of donning superhero attire until a life is saved can get tricky when I have classes to attend. One class today, one class tomorrow. 8-5 on Wednesday, possibly 4 hours of Jody in one day... ugh! If only I were one of her favourites and didn't have to stress about her assignments.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

First Book coming soon

(working cover art)

My first solo book, the novella Red Hoodie, plus short stories now available for preorder, just $12 please email me if you wish to order one. Shipping costs are extra. The book will be shipping in January. All copies are personalized with a message or signature.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Poem after a bikeride!

I could tell on my bicycle ride today.
A sweet smell of fermenting leaves in fall puddles.
Forest paths swelling with mud.
The greens transforming to vibrant crimson, amber and gold.
Clove & pumpkin filled sepia toned memories.
Morning mists.
Heavy dew.
Cool winds.
4 am showers.
Wool sweaters
Dusting of snow.
Down filled vests.
Orange toques & Sunday drives.
Big family dinners.
Warm homes
Welcome back, Fall
My old friend.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I'm like one of those fertility statues I'm so hip!

True Story!:
I find it difficult to work on assignments in the limited confines of my room, because as anyone who helped me move in knows that the confines of my room contain limitless possibility for procrastination. Throwing on records, guitar, TV, DVD, B-Ray, XBox, Wii, Nerf Gun target practice, lego, and don't forget the vastness of the internet! Now that I have a bike though I have a way to escape the infinite impossibilities of my room and do my work in trendier Oakville spots. So I went to Starbucks. Got an espresso (if I'm going to drink coffee I'm going to get something I like) and sat down to go through the paper. A project I thought would take me the better part of the evening to complete was done in 40 minutes. I didn't have anyone to namedrop with so it went by pretty fast. It was a good time, I may not rely on it as my place of choice for assignments but it definitely didn't hurt to be isolated.


Well I started watching Monsters VS Aliens last night, yes there are some funny one liners but like everything post Shrek (1) it hasn't come across as completely genuine. Pixar movies roll out every year but the heart they carry with them, its like every movie is going to be the best children's movie ever made, and most times they almost succeed. Dreamworks on the other hand seems that their only goal is to make anthropomorphic animals do humanoid things. I did like the roll reversal with the two kids making out in the car, but it feels like I've seen it all before in something better. It was entertaining, but renting in blu ray wasn't really worth it. The quality didn't improve enough to justify a premium rental fee.
I know this has nothing to do with school for the most part but when your roommate is in character animation you tend to notice more of the little things and I felt I had to write about it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thats my new chariot... Lazerhornetflash! or something like that. Norco Yorkville Hybrid. Made in Canada. Hopefully Steph has space in her garage this winter for it.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall like weather... Good times for vests and orange toques, and flannel, don't forget flannel! Good week so far, Burger Fried Rice, highlight of the day. Quick visit from the sis and my laptop now has 2 stickers on it!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

When I Said...

This weekend has been pretty cool, I went downtown yesterday
  • Queen West to Criminal Records, bought Johnny Cash Remixed
  • Urban Outfitters, orange watch-cap and white orange and blue scarf
  • Apple Store, to see about a hardshell case for this weak aluminum computer (found, didn't buy)
  • Chum City Building, they were filming a TV show or movie outside. NYC cars everywhere
  • AMC, at Dundas to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (AWESOME)
  • Walked back to the GO station and then home while it poured rain.
Today has been a day of cleaning, procrastinating and homework. Rented Dr. Horrible and bought One Week cause it is a really cool movie, albeit quite sad. This weekend is fast approaching which means Print Kids & Co are hitting Toronto.

Friday, September 25, 2009

No big news today, got an assignment worth 20% of my grade today that is only 200 words or less. I'm kind of nervous about it. I bought some Montana spray paint today, for fun.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A week or so until my classmates and I descend upon Toronto. Adam's idea to have us all do something to get to know each other seems like a good idea to me. Hopefully we will come away from it with some good memories that will keep us together as a class stronger than other programs where you only really know one or two people.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

That movie last night was way cool! Jack & Meg White were there. Plus I almost bumped into Amy Acker when I turned around with our popcorn. I've had a crush on her for 10 years so I was too terrified to say anything. Another great start to another great weekend with Steph. Thursday is the 250th anniversary of Guinness! 17:59 Sept 24 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Under the Great White Northern Lights

A brother and sisters journey across the Greater Toronto Area to see a film about a brother and sister's journey across the Great White North. Hopefully Steph will have her phone on her this time and we can take some pictures, I'm so excited to watch Under the Great White Northern Lights. I have my White shirt and Red jeans ready to go. I just have to kill 5 hours till Steph gets here. Fringe and food should suffice.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Keeping up with the Joneses

Well I've got the mac. I've got photobooth, and thats all this computer is good for, well that and making me look cool at Starbucks. Kim died on Saturday, I still feel pretty shitty about it. I think I'll upload a picture of him sometime soon. I've got a good bout of homesickness right now, my mom sent me my first parcel. But class awaits, more later, more frequent from now on!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What I Learned Today...

The Macintosh Fiasco

(image wouldn't upload)

Well, turns out I need a Mac computer for school. So padre has found a line on a good one for cheaper than on the futureshop website. Then he's gonna buy it and I'll pick it up in Oakville, I will make another attempt at reaching the Oakville futureshop either tomorrow or Friday to get it. It doesn't seem right to me to pay double the price for half the computing power. I will always be a PC guy and this changes nothing really. I do think however that it requires me to go to starbucks as often as I pass one though.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Well that stuff is all squared away, met a couple of new people. So at least I won't be completely alone. So thats that for today.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

If it weren't for the terrible music...

I'm in. My family just left! And I've got a touch of the homesickness. This is my new workspace, sure its pretty junky but everything is in it's place, theres lots of people hanging around outside, playing giant twister and volleyball, I can already start to see dried leaves falling off the trees. I think I'll go throw on a record!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rocket Man

Zero hour, actually is 9 am. Well we did some pre-moving yesterday over at Steph's. Its good to see her. In a couple of weeks we are going to see The White Stripes CDN documentary at a gala showing, thats gonna be awesome! Well I hope everything goes Kosher today, I'llpost at the end of the day as well, since I didn't post yestarday.

ps. My back already hurts, stupid hotel beds!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Good Bye Sister Disco

Well, I spent part of the morning at work, I can't believe how they are limping along with my responsibilities now. Oh well, as long as the boss doesn't have a heart attack. I ended up putting in a little sod at the french immersion school. I packed the Jeep, which went way too easy. I'm not worried about class, or feeding myself, I'm just worried about the solitude, of not sharing a TV with my mom or dad.

I'm going to have to choose my own channels now, and that's what's really scary! I'm going to miss movie nights with my dad, and jen, and home improvement shows with mom. The only show I watch under my own accord is Mythbusters. At least I'll have Steph there to help.

I'm going to miss them, and that fugly skyline of ours!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Don't You Want to Know How We Keep Starting Fires?!

Aparently all my friends are going to dinner tonight with me and I get to pick. So, just like my last supper before surgery and celebratory dinner afterward I have chosen Fratelli's, possibly the best all around menu in Sault Ste. Marie. I'm excited but I still have to focus on packing today, which will be hard knowing that a panzo awaits!! I hope something can be worked out for my suicide week in terms of camping or adventure! I'd like a story to tell when I get back to school that doesn't involve videogames.

Monday, August 31, 2009


I wish I had time this week to get out on the board before I go to school, I'm stuck inside watching The Guild. But its not all bad. Also had a quick freakout about move in day, I thought it was today... Why the hell would the residence give us last year's handbook? Why is orientation a week before move in day? Why is the college's website so damn difficult to navigate, they must've got the same people to inconveniently locate functions that did it for windows vista.

Last Days on Planet Earth

Today is hardcore packing day #1, I tried to fit all my shoes into one box and realized that, HEY I have too many shoes! I wonder how many other boxes I'm going to fill until they burst. Jen's coming over to help at some point.
I am also trying to enjoy the solitude as much as possible, cranking records and sipping whiskey. Also dad and I are going to have one more movie night, The Rundown, Every Which Way but Loose or My Cousin Vinny are the most likely choices.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Zero Hour, 9 AM... ...On Friday

Friday I leave on my adventure to the great and mystical land of Oakville. I have never been to the campus, but I do notice from this photograph that if I didn't want to go outside all year I wouldn't have to! But to the east there is a creepy forest path I will need to check out, from what I understand there is a murky pond/swamp somewhere in the area that Ty told me about.
Tomorrow I start the final phase of packing, I am going to try and post a photo or something from every day of my experience with a word or two to accompany it (I can't play Left 4 Dead every day) So we'll se what happens, hopefully it will be interesting enough that I'll want to keep a copy of my tales like the FC book 101 Posts.