Monday, July 12, 2004

Click Click, Mr. Clean, Click

Well, Stampede was quite enjoyable.

Myself, Roman, Greg Harlow and Kathleen (one of our classmates and former GFC Candidate for Law). The CD Player broke before we got out of the city (Roman blamed Harlow, Harlow blamed Weezer), so we had to content ourselves with discussions of proportional representation, regional alienation and democracy on the way down. Suprisingly enough, Kathleen didn't try and kill any of us.
Harlow stayed with a friend and his wife, while Roman and I stayed with Nick Tam. The presence of a a big screen tv and Super Nintendo only added to the warm company. While we had quite an early morning the next day to get up to watch the parade, we nevertheless stayed up past 3:00 talking hack and figuring out who was going to be running in the SU and UADS elections.

We were up quite early to make the parade. I quite enjoyed the parade, lots of pipe bands and people on horseback. I cheered when the Leduc float went by, while Roman threatened to annex the city. After the parade, we all went to the grounds, where there was much walking around, looking at animals, drinking of beer and eating of food. Kathleen's boyfriend Derick, who will be attending law at U of A in the fall, came by after he was done work, so we got to meet him as well. After Derick arrived, we went to see a hypnotist on one of the stages. It was pretty good. Before it was over, Roman and I went to watch a debate presentation taking place on another stage. It was mainly public speech while we were there. Later on there was a debate portion as well. Nick Krause, who I met at a tournament last year, and who was a student at Debate Camp when a number of my friends were councillors, advanced to the final which was held on Sunday.

After the hypnotist and some of the public speech, we all went to watch some extreme biking show at yet another stage (well, this was in a big tent). It was pretty interesting, though I'm not usually into the whole Extreme Sports thing. It was kind of cool how all the bikers had nicknames, like "Dangerous Dan", "Stealthy Steve" and "Rock and Roll Ryan". They should probably do that for hacks as well.

After that, and much discussion, most of us went our separate ways. Roman and I met up with Nick and Julia Lisztwan, another debater (Current VP Cusid West and my McGoun partner last year) at Kilkenny's, a pub-ish restaurant place by the C-Train station. Luckily, the football game was on the tv screens there, so I was able to watch Edmonton beat BC. It did get confusing for some as I drifted out of the conversation periodically while I offered commentary on the play calling of the Eskimos.

After a good meal and a few drinks, we went back to Tam's and watched (well, really more made fun of) Armageddon. Afterwards, to get the "bad movie" taste out of our collective mouths, we proceeded to view selected scenes from Braveheart and The Godfather, followed by numerous rounds of Street Fighter II (which is probably my favourite video game).

The next day we slept in and went for a late breakfast. After that, we walked around downtown Calgary for a bit, unfortunately missing the piano exhibit that was showing at the Glenbow Museum. We then caught Shakespeare in the Park with, meeting up with Julia and Monica Ferris (UBC Debater, Judge at Stellenbosch and Singapore Worlds and my Pac Cup partner last year). The production was Julius Caesar, which I quite enjoyed (for many obvious reasons). While there, we bumped into former VPSL Kail Ross, who was there with his mother. After the play, we retired to The Barley Mill for drinks with Kail and Mrs. Ross, before going back to Tam's house for some piano and more movie mockery (Top Gun and Something's Gotta Give).

The ride home was mostly uneventful, apart from the fact that the radio problem on the way down was apparently a portent of something else being wrong with Kathleen's car, as apparently it was acting up when she went to pick up Harlow that morning.

All in all, it was an enjoyable trip, helped along by wonderful weather.


Blogger . said...

1) SU elections? wow, it's only July! never too early for election talk, huh?
2) "Rock 'n Roll Roman" doesn't quite have the right ring to it...
3) Did Roman hook up with ugly girl to break up Kathleen's friend?

8:40 a.m.  
Blogger Kyle said...

Sadly, Roman did not. However, in fairness to said girl, I personally didn't find her particularly either "fat" or "ugly", but perhaps that may have been in reference to her personality.

12:54 p.m.  
Blogger . said...

I've never met said girl either, I just remember her being referred to as "ugly girl"... at least, that's what my neurons are telling me.

1:14 p.m.  
Blogger abboud said...

Fess up, who do you figure's running in the elections? Mostly SU, but I am curious about UADS as well. Tam for President?

10:14 p.m.  
Blogger Kyle said...

Well, without getting into the probabilities of the various races, for SU we had as possibilities:
BoG: Kirkham, Kotovych, Kelly
VPX: Kelly, Ryu
VPA: Kirkham
VPOF: Bazin, Knisely, Wicentowich
President: Abboud, Wallace, Samuel, Smith, Kotovych, Lettner, Taylor

As for UADS, are you planning another drive-by smear Alex? (and maybe three people that read this blog might get that joke). It's early to tell, but possibilities include Tam, Crossman, Lisztwan and Fowler.

Note, some of the possibilities in the various races were disproven during the discussions, but it wouldn't be any fun if I said which ones. And, though he never came up, Crossman may be an SU possibility as well (his rather unimpressive turn as ESS AVPA notwithstanding)

12:53 a.m.  
Blogger Spencer said...

Now I've never met Mrs. Ross but the lack of jokes either by yourself or Roman about hitting on her is truly disappointing.

Come to think of it, it's especially disappointing from Roman. I'll go berate him on his blog.

9:03 p.m.  
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