Man, talk about falling behind, last time I updated this page was over 5 years ago. I'll try to clean it up here.
For some nice Thunder Bay Pictures, head over to that area where I take them from work. As for an update, those are old, taken with a 1 megapixel camera, so I have all my pics index over here now, not always the Giant in Thunder Bay, but all over.
I had to get a new picture up, I can't believe people let me put the old geek one up, egad.
This is me, well a while back, it's my grad picture from like 15 years ago. Have I changed that much?
ok, this is the summer of 2003, Shannon came up for a visit at Chippewa and Ryan was in town as well, and Joy lived here, so it is all the kids in one spot, photo op.... me, Shannon, Joy and Ryan although Shannon and Joy should be swapped for desending age. Well now Shannon lives here with Todd and their kids, Joy is off in Whitecourt, and Ryan is in Wawa. I'm still here, for now. Keep saying I'm going to leave, but never do, have to look into that.
I have a number of hobbies. I am into rollerblading, biking, anything outside really. I like to curl (the sport) and hockey when I can, although it's been a few years now. I like squash, badminton, soccer, camping, travelling, heck, not much I don't like to do, or wouldn't mind trying out at least once. I used to like spending a good deal of time with the SCA. I started the all Canadian Red Baron group called Knights of the North Star, and I still stop in to read the boards once in a while, but I stepped down in the summer of '99 as CO. I now fly Pacific Fighters/IL-2 with a bunch of local guys and some of the old Red Baron gang. Fun to fly all at once with friends. I used to be a long distance runner and I walked to University, almost an hour each way, everyday, so one of my best features is my legs. It seems I never show them off, but I have had a couple requests. You can go look under the Hallowe'en pics on my photo pages, and look for Hallowe'en 2002 and 2000. I do like computers but haven't played them as much in the last couple years. EQ, UO, WoW are no more. Although recently I have jumped back into NWN2. As well we have our regular D&D sessions, scary eh?
No, not who likes me. It's who I admire.
For music, I can't get enough Mike Oldfield and Enya. Back when I was growing up, I listened to The Cars, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Big Audio Dynamite and much more. I am very much into classics and love my Mozart and Johann Bach. Recently, hmmm, I like Treble Charger and more Canadian rock. Sarah Mclachlan (incredible voice live), Elton John and Billy Joel. Even more recently I like Coldplay and just good rock music, I really can't stand rap or most music today.
People, hmmm. I have always liked Val Kilmer, since he made Top Secret. Another actor I really like it is Alec Baldwin, not really sure, but he seems to do work and not really care about pleasing others, he just does it. Along those lines, I also like the down under man, Russel Crowe, since he seems a little non-american and like Alec, he just makes movies for the sake of making them, not for the posh Hollywood thing. For actresses I'm not really sure, I always liked Jodie Foster, ever since Walt Disney! and Sandra Bullock, she is the sweetest, cutest thing.
Some quick things:
Colour: Green, followed closely by black and sometimes red
Movie: ouch, tough, Star Wars? just incredible when it came out in '77, nothing was even close
Hobbies: camping, hiking, computers, canoeing, travelling
Drink: Earl Grey tea, smoothies?
Book: Well the Hobbit started me, again, a toss up, but it would have to be one of the Dragonlance books
Song: Enya's Longships and recently Rave Techno House-Matrix II Trance Mix
Scent: Fresh berries, or any scent of the summer forest
Cartoon: Simpsons or Family Guy
and I'll have to come up with more later.....
I was born early in the morning on September 28, 1969 at Port Arthur General Hospital in Port Arthur (now part of Thunder Bay with Fort William). Shortly thereafter I moved to Wawa. According to my parents we moved around for quite a bit the first couple of years while my father worked for Ontario Hydro (about 20+ times she tells me). But we settled in Wawa and that's been my earliest memories. Everyone knows Wawa for the Goose:
I stayed there until 1980 at which point the family moved to Nanasivik, NWT for a bit (my father was a miner for many years, even before he married). Nanasivik is well, way north and quite the plane trip to get there.We would leave Montreal and fly to Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit), then to Nanisivik. The mine's resources were lead and zinc. I'll have to go home and get some good pics of this place, it was kind of neat. The 24 hours of light in summer and then 24 hours of dark in winter had to be experienced. The plane ride was 6 hours in a 737 or DC-8 from Montreal, pretty much straight north. Think that it takes 1 hour to go from Thunder Bay to Toronto in the same plane, you get an idea of how far north it really was.
One of my students at Toronto School of Business lived in Nanasivik much longer than I and was able to get me these pictures from a friend of his. I do not know his friend's name, but my former student was Daniel Walsh, thanks Dan! I have the full size shots as well if anyone wants these. Just made them small to fit on the page. Dan informed me recently that Nanasivik has finally shut down, it be no more...
Then we came back to Wawa for a year and then off to Great Village, Nova Scotia, which was my father's hometown in 1982. We stayed there for two years and then back to Wawa in 1984. While in Nova Scotia I attended West Colchester Junior High School. My father was actually there the first year it opened. I went for Grade 8, Grade 9 and then went to High School briefly in Truro at Cobequid Educational Center.
I attended Michipicoten High School in Wawa for part of Grade 10 to Grade 13. While I was there I made some good friends (you can read about them over here).
I finished High School there and graduated in 1988 and left to Sudbury for my first year of University at Laurentian University. After Laurentian I came back to Wawa for the summer.
Didn't like Laurentian much but wanted to stay in Northern Ontario, my other choice was Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. So in 1989 I moved to Thunder Bay and stayed here till I graduated. While in Thunder Bay I didn't make too many friends and stuck with who I knew from High School. I did get to meet a few guys, Ralph, Moose and a few others. I moved all over the town over the next 6 years, whee!
Ya I just cut it from their homepage, guilty, so here's the
link back to them:
University was university, lots of drinking, but mostly computers. Was going to move when I graduated but in my last year I joined the SCA, or Society for Creative Anachronism and other things happened, but I landed up staying.
I tried Confederation College out for a semester where I enrolled in the Flight Management course. I got my student pilot's license and should really finish it off with my brother in law, Phil. But after finishing University, I just wanted to get my license, not the 30+ hours of feeble courses the college was making me take, like high school math? egad... On a side note, I met a friend named Sarah there and almost 10 years later, my best friend Jeff Jerrard has started dating her, kinda spooky, as they met at a Hallowe'en party I dragged him off to all those years ago. They seem good together!
I eventually moved with to Kitchener-Waterloo in 1996 I just wanted a change but found out I didn't like it much, nice town and all, just the attitude of the people was not something I was used to coming from a northern town. I'm used to people smiling and saying hello on the streets. This town, if you got in the way, were ran over.
So in January, 1997 came back to Thunder Bay for a job offer and stayed until early fall. At which point I had another job offer to come back to Wawa. I was there until December, 1997 and came back to Thunder Bay again.
Now I am here in Thunder Bay. To be honest, quite sick of moving so I started
my own business where I will be working in Wawa and Thunder Bay. I am hoping
this gives me the stability I've been looking for. I have my business and I
contract at the Toronto School of Business which gives me steady work and a
good income. I work right beside the marina pictured below. My Thunder Bay pics
are taken from our office over the marina.
So here I am, 33 years old, working away. I am not sure about staying in Thunder Bay, as there is nothing holding me here anymore, and I am ready to move on. I want to experience life and travel, go places, do things, and most of all, share memories with someone. If you are a friend that I haven't talked to in a while, please drop me a line, if you are someone I have never met yet, please, as well, drop me a line, I'm always open for chat!
My mother said to update this, so I am. Nag nag nag (hehe) I'm still in Thunder Bay, but I now work at the MNR in the Geomatics Service Office doing GIS and software development. I took computers and geography in University, so wow, I'm actually working in my field. I did more environmental work at LU, but this is pretty darn close. So that view above is no longer mine, I get to stare out at Mt. McKay now, the mountain way off in the distant, I'll get some pics up.
37 and still ticking. Still in Thunder Bay working at the GSC at the MNR and full time permanent now. We'll see what the future holds.