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Durham Region Transit meets with the Accessibility Advisory Committees

Durham Region Transit has booked a meeting to discuss transit with members of the AACs from Durham municipalities and the Council on Aging Committee as requested for Wednesday June 13 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Regional Headquarters in the Lower Level Conference Room.

From the City of Oshawa, the following Councilors sit on the Durham Region Transit Commission:

  • Commissioner Aker
  • Commissioner Carter
  • Commissioner Henry
  • Commissioner McQuaid-England
  • Commissioner John Neal
  • Commissioner Pidwerbecki
  • Commissioner Sanders

(You can simply email all Councilors by: council@oshawa.ca

Every Municipality in Durham, as well other municipalities have an Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), made up of volunteer local residents who advises and assists their city/town’s agencies, boards, commissions, committees and City Council in developing and facilitating strategies and actions toward developing and maintaining a barrier free community with a goal to improving the quality of life for those with disabilities.

Each AAC has a work plan of activities they perform. Here is a link to the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee (OAAC) Work Plan 2018-2019.

For more information about the OAAC’s mandane, work plan, meetings, making a delegation request and submitting a correspondence click here.

Although this discussion involves solely the AACs of Durham Region, I wanted to submit a Correspondence (letter) to the next OAAC meeting about accessibility and customer service while commuting with DRT. I asked the Downtown Oshawa Facebook group about there accessibility issues with DRT. With ‘The Wisdom of the Crowd’ – I hope my letter to the OAAC contributes to some of the ideas they will discuss.

Here is a list of key points I will address in my letter to the OAAC:

  • They need to start earlier and run till at least 3am for people who work or attend bars downtown. At least select routes. Especially on Sundays. Perhaps a Special Community Bus.
  • Drivers should request that parents with children over 3 to fold their child’s stroller, so commuters with walkers and canes don’t have to stumble to the back and risk falling.
  • At each DRT bus shelter, there should be a system map and schedule for each route to help commuters navigate.
  • Driver’s need more training in customer service, such as: being more vigilant about observing customers with mobility issues hurrying to the bus, instead of closing the door on them because the driver is frantic about keeping on schedule, waiting until people are seated before slamming the gas pedal, letting on persons with scooters and walkers first, and asking passengers respectively to move from priority seating to allow seat for person with disability.

Final Thought

I believe the Durham Region Transit drivers do there best to deliver good service. Its not fair to scapegoat the drivers for sometime poor service. Its a high demanding job and emotionally draining depending on the drivers schedule and route.  I believe that passengers need to understand DRT Drivers are human beings, nobody is perfect, and it be radical to exercise some decorum and being a good samaritan, so everyone enjoys public transit.

SHWACITY & Other Stories Vol.1 Issue 1

I wanted to create a community newspaper or a downtown Oshawa fanzine. I created a draft and proposed the collaborative project with downtown businesses who like to sponsor this fanzine as an experiment for a creative collaboration project. Everyone was enthusiastic about it and I worked tirelessly to gather content and produce this fanzine on my own. I would love to do another fanzine. Keep on the look out… 🙂

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Together We Dance

Together We Dance: A Dance Showcase Celebrating International Dance Day

Sunday, April 29 from 1-3pm at Memorial Park

Memorial Park

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On a chilly sunny Sunday afternoon, I attended Together We Dance, an event in honour of International Dance Day. Appearing on stage were dancers from across Oshawa to display the diversity and excellence of Dance. This event aim to bring together dancers and advocate for the art of dance and movement and highlight the medium’s creative, expressive and technical capacities.

Participating artists include:

Anishinaabe Knowledge Keepers – Kim Wheatley and Alexandria Bipatnath
Kim & Alex will demonstrate Women’s Traditional and Fancy Shawl dancing which are typical Pow Wow dance styles seen across North America.

They are Ojibway from Shawanaga First Nation and dance to honour all of Creation. The Traditional Regalia they wear represents a visual narrative of their beliefs, relationships, ceremonial practices & customs that honour the past present and future.

City of Oshawa Dance Programs
The City of Oshawa offers a range of dance programs for all ages. Classes include Ballet, Hip Hop, Salsa, Zumba and much more.

Dance Performance:

Hip Hop – Try Everything by Shakira from Zootopia
Ballet – Part of Your World – Little Mermaid

Chandrasegara Dance Academy – Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham (TCASD)
Chandrasegara Dance Academy – Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham (TCASD) Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham (TCASD) is a registered non- profit and non-political organization operating in the Durham Region since 2008. The primary focus of this organization is to provide youth and young children opportunities to engage in activities that will improve their knowledge about rich Tamil culture and traditions at the same note educate other communities about our culture, excel in academic endeavours and involve in community events.

Dance Performance: “Pushpanjali”

Pushpanjali literally means folded hands full of flowers. It is an offering of flowers to the Gods and is the first dance in a Bharatha Natyam performance. It is the salutation to the lord of dance Nataraja, the Guru, the musicians and the audience. We will also see Kanapathi Vanakkam and Amuthe Thamil to begin today’s event on an auspicious note.

Kalavriksha Dance Centre trained by Neeraja Ramani
Students of Kalavriksha Dance Centre trained by Neeraja Ramani will be presenting Indian dance, Bharatanatyam. Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance form. This dance form has intricate footwork, elaborate expressions and hand gestures that tell stories and convey emotions, with lyrical music that is composed of melodies and rhythmic patterns.

Dance Performance: “Alamelu Manga”

This dance is about a teenager who is dancing by herself while her friends & Lord Vishnu watch her. Choreographed by Leela Samson.

Loreley Youth Dancers
Loreley Youth Dancers grew from its humble beginnings in 1970 teaching traditional German dances. They are known throughout the Region for both their traditional German and jazz performances.

Dance Performance: Loreley Youth Dancers Junior and Senior groups will be performing Maypole and Polka dances.

Maxwell Heights Secondary School
Maxwell Heights Secondary School Dance program prides itself on teaching students so much more than dance moves! It’s about commitment, dedication, reliability and pushing yourself to be the BEST version of you.

Dance Performances:

“The Boys of MDC”- all boys hip hop group
“Beauty in Colour”- Fernando Jimenez and Ceci Mohammed
“Goodbyes”- Miles Clarke and Kiara Smith
“Duke”- all boys jazz/theatre dance

Riddim Fitness Inc.
Riddim Fitness Inc. provides instruction in Traditional & Modern Caribbean Dance Styles. Teaching the foundations of Caribbean History and keeping the Culture alive through dance & education!

Dance Performance:

The Senior dancers will be dancing to “Iskaba”
The Junior & Intermediate dancers will be dancing to the song “Kingston Drummers”,
The Senior dancers will be dancing to the song “Sweet for Days”
All dancers will dance to the song “One Island”

The Bisland Dance Centre Inc
The Bisland Dance Centre Inc is conveniently located just North East of the Oshawa Centre at 360 King Street West, BDC has students from all over the Durham region who train in our beautiful facility and are a part of the BDC family. We are so excited to have the opportunity to bring the joy of dance into your child’s life by teaching them how to really dance!

Dance Performance:

8 dancers performing a jazz piece called “Dancing On The Ceiling”
18 dancers performing a hip hop routine called “Warning: Incoming Game”

The Humming Bird Dancers of Club Carib of Oshawa Inc
The Humming Bird Dancers of Club Carib of Oshawa Inc are a group of children ranging from age 3-18 who all share a similar passion, dance. Their choreographer, Martin Scott Pascall, teaches them various dances consisting of Jazz, Latin, Folk, Spiritual, African, Hip-Hop and Calypso.

Dance Performance:

“D’ Journey” – Folk/Spiritual
“Soca Rock” – Calypso/Soca

The Odessa Ukrainian Dancers
The Odessa Ukrainian Dancers comprised of a group of energetic high-school students, has flourished for more than three generations at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Oshawa, Ontario.

Their repertoire includes dances from the Central, Hutzul, Transcarpathian, Bukovinian and Polissian regions. Odessa strives to retain the beauty and true spirit of Ukrainian dance by focusing on traditional choreography with authentic costuming.

The Odessa Ukrainian Dancers have performed at Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin Manitoba, Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations, Canada Day celebrations, Fiesta, Kingston Ukrainian Festival, and for the Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada.

Dance Performance: The Loreley Youth Dancers Junior and Senior groups

Groups will perform a Polka and a Maypole dance more specifically:Choboty, Zaporozhetz, and Poltava Polka.

Oshawa Senior Citizen Centre – Line 4 Dance Level
Oshawa Senior Citizen Centre – Line 4 Dance Level is led by Donna Davidson at the John Street location, group members learn steps to a variety of dances. Level 4 dancers are very experienced as they have completed all previous levels to join the group!

Dance Performances:

The Twist
Maria Magdalana
When You Wish Upon A Star

Sunday FunDay and A Week of Birthday

This Sunday, concluded my 37th birthday-week-long marathon. My Mom, Dad and I drove to Colburg, to visit my sister Rose-bud and Darrell. It was some good famJAM. We ate Dominoes pizza, bread bites, chicken balls, and wings. I had a caramel and crumbles birthday cake.  Rose and Darrell got me a funny bday card and Blue Jay tickets. I  did some channel surfing of the Blue Jay vs. Yankees game and Pittsburg and Philly game 6 game. it was a good time.

on my ride home, with the folks, i asked if  they could drive me downtown Oshawa. I want to attend the cocoa and joe cafe open mic, as well slurp some tomato basil soap. there was homemade quishe available, but i was determined to slurp tomato basil soup. the open mic was grand. ukegirl performed, as well local musicians. i sang karaoke: cranberries – ode to my family, and queensrchye – silent lucidity {probably a typo}.

my evening downtown ended at stags head. i shared some fellowship with friends and Oshawa arts/culture/ creative economy to renew downtown Oshawa  discussion. with a buddy. i had a stellar tedley tea.

at home, i stressed a bit configuring the wireless network  from  my mom’s hp officejet printer to her laptop. long story short, mission accomplished. “YAY!”

Fellowship for Intentional Community

2017 culture summit at the arts resource centre

schedule of events

6pm – culture meet-up (green room)

6:30pm – welcome ceremony led by rick bourque, traditional knowledge keeper

7pm – introductions
remarks from major john henry and deputy mayor/councilor bob champman
-city update on culture counts: arts, culture, and heritage plan by catherine richards
cultural leadership council(clc) update by derek giberson, chair of clc

7:30pm – bringing history to life: the oshawa museum’s scenes from the cemetary
-presentation by oshawa bmuseum and council rick kerr with live performance by actor glenn rabjohn portraying rev. robert thornton

7:40pm – crown lands
-psych blues-rock duo playing 3 of their hit songs

7:50pm – examining/experience/explore history: the challenge of designing an Escape room based on history of camp x
– presentation by durham college about the mad xscape room

8pm – sindanai (rumination)
– a tamil poem translated to dance by neeraja ramani

8:10pm – mobilizing the museum: changes at the canadian automotive museum
-presentation by the canadian automotive museum

8:20pm – beauty by colour
-a dance curated and performed by maxwell heights secondary school

8:30pm – closing ceremony by rick bourque

Spevcial thanks: cultural summit working group (mc derek giberson), carla sinclair, and lisa terech), durham shoestring performers for stage lighting support, and recreation and cultural services department staff.

 

2017 culture update
achievement & highlights (there were many listed, these are a couple notable ones)

  • 6600 attended peony festival
  • 1900 attended concert in the park
  • 4 new community led events in memorial npark
  • cultural leadership council: 2 professional development workshop, 4 culture meet ups

next culture meetup

OCT 6 First Friday @RMG

*Author’s note: i haven’t posted much lately, the earthly rat race has had me. i have a few archive blog ideas that i hope to get published soon. It was fun to be at RMG First Fridays. a lot of high energy moments, and wish I had a few more photos capturing these happenings in this post. I look forward to the November RMG First Friday.

RMG Fridays: Hygge
November 03, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The art of being cozy. Imagine big blankets, comfy cushions and the smooth, soothing tunes of Brooklyn Doran & Rory Taillon.

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Friday October 6, 2017 –

Tonight i attended RMG First Fridays, at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG).

As i was making way down the path at Oshawa City Hall to the RMG, i noticed a new garden. a Monarch WayStation. A project by MonarchWatch.org

When i entered the RMG, there was a table that had two raffle boxes: first raffle box was for two tickets to see a rock band at The Moustache Club and second raffle box was for a RMG kid’s package in Gallery A. I filled out one raffle ticket and put it into the raffle box to see a rock band at The Moustache Club  I also notice a large banner hanging on the wall. The RMG First Fridays is branding well I thought.

There was a gluten free snack table serving cookies, brownies, pastries and sandwiches. i bought a lemon tart.

I than walked up the stairs to sit and listen to tonight’s featured music performance by FIURAN.

RMG First Fridays is a nice social gathering to catch up with friends, meet new people, an opportunity to see the newest art exhibit and hear new music.

On the first Friday of the month, join the RMG in celebrating local talent. The gallery buzzes with live musical performances, interactive art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and more. Suitable for music lovers, youth, families, date nights, and culture-vultures.

Free to attend | 7-10pm | Cash Bar | All ages welcome.

Follow the twitter feed at #RMGFridays!

Following RMG Fridays, join us at The Moustache Club for the official after party! Present proof of attending RMG Fridays at the door and get a discount on cover at the Club.

Are you a film-maker and you’d like to show your film at Friday Film Features? Learn More

Are you interested in performing at RMG Fridays? Please contact Carla Sinclair, Manager of Community & Volunteer Development at csinclair@rmg.on.ca

Tuesday Funday

Tuesday September 26, 2017 –

Today was the last day my neighbor and I got to hangout, but we might squeeze in another one, before I move next Tuesday to North Oshawa. I always enjoy our happenings and today was no ifferent…maybe alittle. Heh 😛

First, we had ourselves some coffee, than shared a Dr. Oetker Spinach Pizza, some random discussions about things I cannot recall, and I ask my friend to make a video of me unboxing my :”I Love OSHAWA” mugs I got from VistaPrint. Afterwards, we hungout in his man cave. He is hard to hear, so he typed on his desktop what he wanted to tell me, and I read it off his monitor. Since he can type as fast as he could talk, this was great. Lol. That was a fun conversation. I would later head back upstairs to leave. I said “goodbye” to my friends parents as a neighbor. His Mom thanked me for leaving a mug as a gift. I said bye to my friend and neighbor and left through the garage. I been his neighbor for 7 years.

In the evening, I would go to the Brain Injuries Association of Durham (BIAD) for Youth Engagement Services (YES). I haven’t been out to the last two because I was attending the Alexandria Bounty Potluck and Drum Circle, and Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee.

It was nice to see everyone. YES Staff was serving Chicken Alfredo for supper. I had just ate, so one of the staff put some in a styrofoam box to take home. I had a look at the games shelf, there were some cool games: Sorry, Battleship, Guess Who, Clue, Pop-up and Connect Four. I ask my buddy if he wanted to play Connect Four, he said sure.

The YES Staff gave an announcement and notice about an uncoming event…

Tonight we did karaoke. I sang, Blink-182 – All The Small Things. It was nice to be back. I left around 8:15pm to catch Pulse bus Downtown.

On the Pulse, I saw an acquaintence. He saw me too. I waited till we got off the Pulse bus at King Street and Centre Street to talk. He likes to talk conspiracies and shows on Coast to Coast AM. I like Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, and its been awhile since I heard a show. Topics include: UFOs, Giants, Illuminati, Angels, Climate Change, Esoteric Teachings, and many more fringe type topics. The guy would get the King bus home and I walked to Tim Horton’s on Athol Street for a coffee, 2 chocolate dip donuts, follow a bit of the Blue Jays game and read a couple pages of The Convoluted Universe Book Two.

It was almost 10pm, I could pop over to the Stag’s head to watch the remainder of the Blue Jay game (they won 9-4) and sing a karaoke song. When I got to Stag’s head, I met most the karaoke regulars and friends. The karaoke MC had my stack of songs ready for me. I decide to sing a new song, Jack Johnson – Sitting, Waiting, Wishing.

I would later say my goodbyes. Outside the Stag’s head, my friend noticed my DANZIG patch on my hoodie. He mentioned that he loves that band. I thought, “Yeah, DANZIG is pretty badass.” I bought the patch at Let it Rock (downtown, Oshawa). I would catch the 402 King bus at 11pmish and go home.

Oshawa City Council Meeting and Other Happenings

Monday, September 25, 2017 –

When I attended the Durham Region International Film Festival at the Regent Theatre, I had the opportunity to join the VIP Pre-Screening event on the balcony and schmooze with the big cats. One such cat was Councilor John Neal. To make chit-chat, he ask if I was going to City Council Meeting this Monday, and I told him thanks for letting me know and I will it into my calendar.

Monday was a slow day, so I didn’t cause too much trouble today. My Mom gave me a ride to Brew Wizards for 4pm. I spoke with Pat finding easy games to donate to Brain Injuries Association of Durham (BIAD) because their game stock needed better fun and simpler games – like: matching cards, Snakes and Latters, Connect Four, Guess Who and Shark Attack to name a few. Pat was impressed with my “Shark Attack” name drop. He told me he would try to help me out. I order va samosa, 3 cookies and coffee, went into back room to chill and read a chapter from The Convoluted Universe Book 2.

I left Brew Wizards around 6:10pm. Oshawa City Council Meeting starts at 6:30pm. I didn’t know what was on the agenda, but if a City Councilor ask me about attending, I figured the Universe was conspiring fdor me to be there.

As I enter Oshawa Civic Square, I noticed it was a lovely day there, and I started to snap photos. I notice I was pressing up against time, it was 6:25pm. I decided to slow down on my photo snapping and get my butt into Oshawa City Hall fot the City Council Meeting.

When I enter the Council Chambers, the Council meeting had started, so I grab a City Council Meeting agenda from the table and found a chair and sat down.

HERE IS LINK TO: September 25, 2017 6:30 p.m., City Council Regular Meeting Agenda

A couple items on agenda were of interest:

  • David Conway had a Delegation Request to ask

“…Council to rescind the council seat appointments made on March 20, 2017 and revist the appointment process for filing the vacancy.”

 

  • In the Standing Committee Reports section, a couple of the “Reports of the Corporate Services” Committee fascinated me:

1. Board and Committee Best Practices (CORP-17-39)(See Page 500 and Pages 1 to 8)
Recommendation1. That Council authorize the City Clerk to implement administrative practicesby Q1, 2018 in support of:
a. measures to identify required skills, experience and representation on boards and committees;
b. flexible board and committee recruitment methods to broaden potential applicants reflective of required skills, experience and representation;
c. measures to encourage recruitment of individuals reflective of the City’s diversity, including outreach and potential partnerships with relevant community organizations;
d. measures to identify and monitor the progress of diversity represented on the City’s boards and committees including a voluntary, self-identified, confidential diversity questionnaire to be included with application packages for appointment; and,
e. applicant screening and short-listing methods to support appropriate fit and Council’s review of applicants, to be determined by the City Clerk in consultation with applicable staff; and,

*I read this and though this could be a sample of what a Policy and Procedure Guideline could look like for EOII

2. That the City Clerk provide reporting to Council on the progress of the administrative practices implemented, including aggregate reporting on diversity represented on boards and committees in a manner which would not identify any individual and other best practice recommendations; and,

*That’s an interest way to use words to hold boards and committee unaccountable and lack transparency

3. That the City Clerk prepare any necessary housekeeping amendments tothe Advisory Committees of Council Policy and Procedure for Council’sconsideration; and,

4. That Resolution CORP-17-20 be removed from the Corporate Services

2. Appointments to the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee and the OshawaCentral Business District Improvement Area Board of Management(CORP-17-40)(See Page 506 and Pages 9 to 10)

Recommendation:
That Lisa Hart be appointed to fill the vacancy for a person with a disability on the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee for the term September 2017 to November 30, 2017; and,

*I’m on the OAAC. It funny that this term is just 2 months. We can meet quorum as is. Why not just wait till November when notice goes out in the Oshawa This Week newspaper and online for residents to apply for a year, 2 year or 4 year term.

2. That Cindy Malachowski be appointed to the Oshawa Central Business District Improvement Area Board of Management for the term September 2017 to November 30, 2018.

*I hope Cindy’s appoint to the Oshawa Central Business District Improvement Area Board of Management is a good one for the downtown businesses.

3. Technical Amendments to Designated Driving Services Standards in LicensingBy-law 120-2005 (CORP-17-41)(See Page 506 and Pages 11 to 14)

Recommendation:
That Licensing By-law 120-2005 as amended, be further amended as detailed in Section 5.2 of Report CORP-17-41 dated September 7, 2017 concerning proposed amendments to Designated Driving Services Standards in Licensing By-law 120-2005 respecting Designated Driving services standards; and,

2. That the notice provisions of By-law 147-2007 be waived for the technical amendments Committee Outstanding Items List.

*An angry lady spoke to this item. She spoke how this By-Law amendment is a cash grab and is strangling the Designated Drivers Industry. When spoke as a Delegation Request, I only heard her volume and not recognizable speech. When she came back to her seat (Which was a row behind me and 5 chairs over to my left – I walked over to her, told her I was hard of hearing, and asked if I could read her deliberation, and she handed me it. I read it and return it and thank her for letting me read it.

 

Before I left, I walked over to David Conway, I showed him a note asking if he gave his Delegation, he said he did. I don’t know what the City Council response was, but I know David will post it on The Oshawa Citizen – The Voice of Oshawa

I packed up my stuff and left the Council Chambers. I rode the elevator down with 4 people who were at City Council Meeting tonight in support of the Lady’s delegation opposed to By-Law amendment affecting the designated drivers Industry.

Outside, I recognize it was a warm night, a nice night for walking about. I began walking to Tim Horton’s on Athol Street. On my stroll – a friend bumped into me. At first I didn’t recall where I met him, but after a bit of talking I knew who he was. His name is Michael and I met him at The Vault like 3-4 years ago. We walked into Tim Horton’s together. I told him to keep in touch and handed him my business card. I ordered a green tea and sat down to finish reading a chapter in The Convoluted Universe Book 2.

Around 9:30pm, my buddy Mike C came in to sit with me. He was just visiting a friend in the South end. I told him I was gonna do karaoke at Gravity Lounge. He told me he was tired and was gonna go home to crash.

At Gravity Lounge I met my comrades and said I was gonna sing a song, but would leave shortly – for a needed rest for a long day of happenings tomorrow with my neighbor and at the BIAD in the evening for Youth Engagement Services. I grabbed my stack of songs, randomly choose “Sting – Fields of Gold” to sing and than I went home.

Catching The DRIFF With Style

Friday, September 22, 2017 –

My day of happenings began at brew wizards for a knowledge café with Brian Rideout. Our discussion centred around my WordPress theme ‘ArtHive’ for eoii.org that had some glitches with changing the Menu font colour. After some source code investigation and genius work by Brian – I now have light blue Menu colours. We also had a simple analysis of the Google Analytics for eoii.org, and Brian explain some of the readings to me.


In the evening, it was to be DRIFF at Regent Theatre with my friends Mo, Dezz and Kezzy for a night of high jinx; and because the Universe hatches its generous schemes at times, if we got to the Regent Theatre for 5pm – we could part take in the VIP pre screening. We were down for that.

6:00 pm – Red carpet and photo session

FILM SCREENINGS | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Pollyanna | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Roman Gubin | 02:23 mins | Short Film
A young girl’s internal struggle is expressed through a contemporary dance.

Erika | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Hanna Jovin | 17:40 mins | Student Film
Set in 1940s Nazi occupied Bosnia, an unlikely friendship forms between two young girls on opposite sides of the war.

The Meaning of Life | Oakville, ON | Directed By: Cat Hostick | 91:22 mins | Feature Film
A struggling musician gets a temporary job as a therapeutic clown, working to help a 9-year old leukemia patient get past her illness through music.

 

Rick Kerr and I

Random people on balcony

DRIFF Official

DEZZ & Mo looking non-chalant on balcony

Bob Chap,man and Roger Anderson

Me, Mo and Dezz

Me, Mo and Dezz

Mo, Derek and Dezz

Outside Regent Theatre red carpet

DRIFF Organizers

DRIFF Ticket

DRIFF’s People’s Choice Award Ballot. Kezzy gave me hers before she left. I forgot to hand them in. Pollyanna was the better movie, because it was a cool short film, a happening of a girl with paralysis getting out of wheelchjair to do contemporary dance in a semi busy train terminal, than sitting back in her wheelchair.

A View From The Balcony

Mo, Dezz and arrived at 5:05pm. We were the first on the balcony and first to treat ourselves to the Cater food.

On the balcony, I watched an Oshawa Count Counts promotional trailer. I saw a quick clip of me being a Toronto Para Pan Am Games torch bearer and lighting cauldron at Lakeview Park (1:13 mark).

After the shows, we all caught the DRIFF, we had to sneeze and make are merry ways home, yet I decided I would cruise downtown and do karaoke at Stag’s head.


As I stood contemplating on a pole, outside the Regent Theatre, my sneaky friend, Brad, pranced into the screen. I told him about DRIFF and mini miracle, Shannon and myself are trying to forge with Feelgood Natural and Backdoor Mission. Brad told me he thought his friend ‘Jesse’ was playing at The Atria tonight. He thought he might like to go, but wasn’t sure if Jesse was playing. I told Brad I would check it out (it wasn’t far from where we we’re too.) Brad jettison to make a phone call and I went to Atria.

At The Atria, there was differently a show going to happen. I ask the bartender if there were a “Jesse” playing, it took me 3 tries to explain my request, but I did finally get a “Jesse” was playing and he was tall with short hair. By that time my friend Naomi came by for a warm greeting. I texted Brad that “Jesse was playing, he was tall and had short hair.” Brad texted back that his friend ‘Jesse’ was a girl, and that she was playing a show tonight, but was in Peterborough. LOL. I left Atria and than walk to Stag’s head.

At the Stag’s head I got lots of compliments and looks. It was the outfit. “Style is the Man.” I choose to sing, The Fray – How to Save A Life. As I sang halfway though the song, my buddy Curtis came near waving a lit lighter in the air. It was a special song. I needed some air after that one. I stood outside Stag’s head and greeted a few friends till, Rick strolled in and said, “Man you know everybody.” I smiled.

Mission Impossible: STIRFRY

You are what you eat, so I want to be a yellow pepper not a ROLO.

Cooking is an art, for me – its a job because its a task that don’t come easy. Plus when it involves food preparation, it feels like brain surgery. But I gotta eat, have a measure of independence, so ‘stirfry’ seem like a great meal idea to try work on my cooking skill.

My friend wrote me out a list what stirfry should be. See photo below.

So with a good like of ingredients – I had some idea my first stirfry should be. My Mom took most of the responsibility to cook the first bowl: kale slaw, mushrooms, onions, I think green peppers too;

the second bowl – I had more control: yellow and green peppers, mushrooms, onions

and the third bowl I almost burnt the house down: tofu, green peppers (which are burnt), mushrooms

In that stirfry mission, I thought I would attempt to cook tofu. It was the ‘regular’ kind, very soft. I also thought I would cook with soya sauce, probably added too much coconut oil and stove was on to HIGH a level. The house slowly filled with smoke, set-off the smoke detector and my Dad trumpeting about burning the house down with the family inside.

Once the smoke was gone with the drama, I sat down to eat what I ‘cooked’. My Dad said, “Tofu is not suppose to be that dark.” I told him that was the green peppers. He than replied that they didn’t look very green. Happy situation turned humorous. The tofu was actually best thing I ate on that plate. My Mom said she would look after the stirfry cooking, so I haven’t cooked stirfry since.