It’s very apropos to dine out on a celebration of birth, and for me it was noteworthy for the first time in a really long time. My lovely sister was in town (read relative geographic proximity) and we spent the day together frolicking in search of sanity and trendy clothing.

As I cowered from the sun in vampiric fashion, in other words literally leaping for every shadow known to mankind due to multiple sunburns, it was commented on many occasions that I had a sunburn on my face. Due to it’s colour of bright right, my initial reactionary response was “No Shit Sherlock” but due to that not being socially acceptable, and not wanting to be overly prickly, I just rolled with the punches and let it slide.

Moisturiser was obtained, and despite awkwardly applying it in a food court while onlookers look at me with confusion and/or disgust (how is this different than a day in the life of me?) we continued onward to obtain much needed alimentary nourishment.

The choice was legendary: The Pickle Barrel – Atrium at Yonge & Dundas. Why is it so noteworthy? For reasons which will be disclosed herein, but most notably free pickles.

As we were seated, we were welcomed by a frazzled looking employee named on our receipt as “Lounge PM.” As we thought about our drinks and chatted unceremoniously, I couldn’t help but notice that our wait-staff member had a cast on the arm. Because we are both so clearly socially awkward, I asked what happened. Our server recounted an incident with a car, which ended up a draw, and which resulted in obvious injury on both sides. Confirmation: work required on car, and cast on arm.

I won’t lie, we were laying it on pretty thick and being flirty. The thought of further aging is depressing, and I don’t do it very often, but in the presence of my unfathomably beautiful sister, I couldn’t resist. We debated ad nauseam to whom reciprocal flirting was directed, and since it’s well known that I don’t take compliments well or think anyone could be interested in me, my answer was without question: her. As expected, her response was the opposite: me.

Regardless of this, we went through the massively intense menu – that is for lack of a better word epic – and I decided I had questions. At this point, it was obvious that we were making our server nervous as voices quavered, and nervous glances were aplenty. What’s the skinny on this Sundried Tomato Burger? Confused look again as my pronunciation of “tomato” is clearly not understood. It’s smaller than it looks, you aptly stated. The atmosphere was flustered.

Our appetizer arrives and is delish – those Avocado Spring Rolls – take mental note next time to order these! As I was melting in these deliciously and somewhat healthy choice, I started to comment on our server; I was clearly interested. Only downside was the Barbara Striesand nose, which resulted in much laughing on our parts. I think I can look past that (pun intended!),

Our meals came and I requested malt vinegar. Server disappears to fetch and returns with white wine vinegar. As we exchanged nervous glances at each other, there was a clear fear in our servers eye, then confirmed by “is it the right one?” I laugh because our server doesn’t know what malt vinegar is, but we learn quickly that it’s actually called “Fish & Chips Vinegar” on the bottle with no mention of malt – weird eh? At this point I’m bewilderingly charmed.

And then my moment of absolute clarity and ridiculously arose: “Excuse me, could you hook a brother up with some pickles – you know – the really good juicy kind?” Needless to say the one slightly drupy pickle served with my sandwich was insufficient, and since we were at The Pickle Barrel, I wanted more… pickles. My pickles were delivered ceremoniously in a Bud Light beer glass, held together with a toothpick in a very artistic and loving fashion. Needless to say at this point I was enamoured.

Cue more flirty conversation and wondering if we would be charged the pickles, which I believe are normally a side dish. Cake was ordered and more awkwardly adorable conversation continued, until it was time for our server to collect our plates. The pathetic nature of my existence came out when we crowded my plate with the beverage glasses from the table. The goal was to make it more difficult to get the plate, and thus keep our server at the table a bit longer. Success was had and I relished that extra 2 seconds.

Words can not express how much amusement we had with our server, and when I saw that the pickles were not charged (!), a tear fell on my sun-kissed skin. What does this mean? Did our flirting go noticed? Was it a message to be further looked into? I doubt it, but a boy can dream can’t he? I got comped pickles! :wave:

Bathroom breaks were taken and as I was alone at the table our server approached and we engaged in a conversation regarding my painful sunburn. A pesky blonde curly haired co-worker hovered and interrupted our conversation, and as I was left alone I scowled and cursed that skanky ho.

The Pickle Barrel - Atrium

To my mysterious “Lounge PM” : thank you for your attention, your fun attitude, your free pickles, your personality which I’m crushing on (and which put a smile on my face) and most importantly making my day infinitely better with your presence. I would gladly enjoy the presence of your uplifting personality at any time! You made my birthday memorable, in a train of birthdays that are far from memorable! Who art thou?

Be thankful that we withheld our instincts and decided not to ask to sign your cast. I will likely never see you again, but I will never forget these moments that are dear to my heart. Whenever I taste a juicy garliced pickle, I will think of you!

Today is the 169th day, and as a hommage to the day of the year that I happen to be paired up with, July 15th, that is to say also my birthday. I am writing this as a nice informative piece of research regarding this day, in hopes that people can be more educated about the importance of each day of the year. This is also because I’m feeling very academic, hiding the fact that I feel like an old fart who can’t do anything anymore. I’ve added comments about some entries just to show that I’m actually reading it.

All of the following informiton is thanks of Wikipedia.org, my undying resource for random information.

Today I also proclaim today to be St. Swithun’s Day mostly know because it was referenced in a Simpsons Episode when Bart wrote a drama. It actually turns out to be an actual religious reference that is explained henceforth. It has often been said that the saint was a Benedictine monk and even Prior of Winchester. From the first translation of his relics in 984 till the destruction of the shrine, St. Swithin was the patron of Winchester Cathedral. He is best known from the popular superstition attached to his name and expressed in the following rhyme:

St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.

ual details of the day!

Holidays and Observances

  • Botswana – President’s Day.
  • Brunei – Birthday of the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
  • Palermo, Sicily – Festival of Santa Rosalia.
  • Japan – Third day of Obon feast period.
  • Confuflux (Discordianism).
  • Brazil – International Men’s Day.

Liturgical Feasts (1)

  • Saint Benedict, bishop of Angers, confessor [Angers]
  • Division of the Apostles
  • Saint Donald’s feast day.
  • Saint Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor
  • Saint Swithun, bishop of Winchester, confessor (Translation) [England] (2)
  • Saint Margaret, virgin, martyr [Basel, Chur, Constance, Strassburg]
  • Holy Nine virgins [Scotland] (3)
  • Saint Reginswindis, virgin, martyr [Würzburg]

(1) for those of whom actually believe
(2) what an awesome holiday to have, eh?
(3) love this one!

Events

  • 2006 – Mogadishu Int’l Airport in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu re-opens after an eleven-year closure mainly due to the Somali civil war.
  • 2005 – the EPA approves a 70 parts per million addition of fluoride to all processed foods.
  • 2005 – Jack Nicklaus plays his last hole of competitive golf during The Open Championship at Hole 18 at St Andrews, finishing with a birdie.
  • 2004 – The BBC airs the documentary The Secret Agent, exposing racism by members of the British National Party.
  • 2004 – Monorail service begins in Las Vegas.
  • 2003 – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed its SARS-related travel advisory for Taiwan, the last area to have such a travel alert.
  • 2003 – AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
  • 2002 – Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan awarded death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life term to three other suspects in murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • 2002 – “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and for the possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
  • 1997 – In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan guns down Gianni Versace outside his home.
  • 1996 – A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport.
  • 1995 – First item sold on Amazon.com
  • 1979 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter gives his famous “malaise” speech, where he characterizes the greatest threat to the country as “this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.”
  • 1975 – Clifford Antone opens the legendary Austin blues club Antone’s on 6th Street.
  • 1975 – Apollo Soyuz Test Project: Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft take off for U.S.-Soviet link-up in space.
  • 1974 – Christine Chubbuck becomes the first person to commit suicide on-air.
  • 1974 – In Nicosia, Cyprus, Greek-sponsored nationalists launch a coup d’état, deposing President Makarios and installing Nikos Sampson as Cypriot president.
  • 1959 – The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
  • 1958 – In Lebanon, 5,000 United States Marines land in the capital Beirut in order to provide military support to the pro-Western government there.
  • 1957 – Full-scale production of the Edsel automobile begins.
  • 1955 – Eighteen Nobel laureates signed the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.
  • 1954 – First flight of the Boeing 707, the first American jet passenger airliner.
  • 1953 – John Reginald Christie, British serial killer executed.
  • 1945 – President Harry Truman disembarks the heavy cruiser the USS Augusta (CA-31) in Antwerp en route to Potsdam for the Potsdam Conference.
  • 1931 – Kid Chocolate becomes Cuba’s first world boxing champion.
  • 1929 – First weekly radio broadcast of Mormon Tabernacle Choir radio show, Music and the Spoken Word.
  • 1927 – Massacre of July 15, 1927: 89 protesters are killed by the Austrian police in Vienna.
  • 1926 – BEST buses make its début in Mumbai.
  • 1918 – World War I: Second Battle of the Marne – The battle begins near the River Marne with a German attack.
  • 1916 – In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).
  • 1895 – Archie MacLaren scores County Championship record cricket innings of 424 for Lancashire against Somerset at Taunton.
  • 1870 – Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory are transferred to Canada from the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories are established from these vast territories. (3)
  • 1870 – Post-American-Civil-War Reconstruction: Georgia becomes the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Confederates break naval blockade of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • 1823 – A fire destroys the ancient Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.
  • 1815 – Napoléon Bonaparte surrenders from aboard HMS Bellerophon.
  • 1806 – Pike expedition: Near St. Louis, Missouri, United States Army Lieutenant Zebulon Pike begins an expedition from Fort Belle Fountaine to explore the west.
  • 1799 – Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta, by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard. (4)
  • 1789 – Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, by acclamation, named colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris.
  • 1685 – James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth is executed at Tower Hill, England after his defeat at the Battle of Sedgemore on 6 July 1685.
  • 1410 – Battle of Grunwald, allied forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeat the army of the Teutonic Order.
  • 1381 – John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England.
  • 1240 – A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.
  • 1207 – John of England expels Canterbury monks for supporting Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton.
  • 1162 – Ladislaus II of Hungary declared King of Hungary.
  • 1099 – First Crusade: Christian soldiers take Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.

(3) I knew I was always connected to the north!
(4) no wonder I have a connection to languages!

Births (5)

  • 1553 – Archduke Ernest of Austria (d. 1595)
  • 1573 – Inigo Jones, English architect (d. 1652)
  • 1606 – Rembrandt, Dutch artist (d. 1669)
  • 1631 – Jens Juel, Danish diplomat (d. 1700)
  • 1918 – Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1930 – Richard Garneau, French Canadian sports journalist
  • 1932 – Ed Litzenberger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1934 – Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (d. 1977)
  • 1941 – Denis Héroux, French Canadian film director and producer
  • 1946 – Linda Ronstadt, American singer
  • 1949 – Carl Bildt, Swedish politician (6)
  • 1963 – Steve Thomas, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Jasper Pääkkönen, Finnish actor and film producer
  • 1997 – Prince Lukás of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • 1998 – Camille Gottlieb, daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco

(5) trimmed list to things of interest
(6) this kind of disgusts me

So that’s all basically why today is so freaking awesome. This is repost from 2007 when it was originally posted right here on my blog!

I was rummaging through my room a few minutes ago and I came across something that made me stop. Firstly, let me set the mood: I’ve been watching random films and sorting through photos, and listening at this present moment to Estonia’s Eurovision entry for 1997, Maarja-Liie Ilus singing Keelatud maa. With this music playing in the background, I found something that was mailed to me last year, during the always depressing time of my life: my birthday.

I turned 22, and a few days before I found something in the mail from a most-un-expected source. It was a simple envelope, with a single piece of paper on the inside and a page taken from the infamous Rick Steeve’s Survival Guide for Europe. For those of who know me well, or at least enough about me to connect the dots, this was the book that we used in the Cinque Terre. The page that was taken out was the map of the region with a bunch of little comments written in, all of which made me smile and laugh a little to myself.

And so now you know what I found whilst looking through my things. With the harmonic structures of the music, the nostalgic picture sorting, and these documents I find myself on my bed in tears reminissing about what my life is like and what I’m doing with it. I guess the only silver lining with that whole situation is that I’m someone’s backup plan should they be desperate at age 30. Words that I will never forget: “If you’re still alone when you’re 30, give me a call and we’ll work it out.”

For those of who do not know, age thirty for people like me is basically death and/or old age.

Today is the 169th day, and as a hommage to the day of the year that I happen to be paired up with, July 15th, that is to say also my birthday. I am writing this as a nice informative piece of research regarding this day, in hopes that people can be more educated about the importance of each day of the year. This is also because I’m feeling very academic, hiding the fact that I feel like an old fart who can’t do anything anymore. I’ve added comments about some entries just to show that I’m actually reading it.

All of the following informiton is thanks of Wikipedia.org, my undying resource for random information.

Today I also proclaim today to be St. Swithun’s Day mostly know because it was referenced in a Simpsons Episode when Bart wrote a drama. It actually turns out to be an actual religious reference that is explained henceforth. It has often been said that the saint was a Benedictine monk and even Prior of Winchester. From the first translation of his relics in 984 till the destruction of the shrine, St. Swithin was the patron of Winchester Cathedral. He is best known from the popular superstition attached to his name and expressed in the following rhyme:

 St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.

ual details of the day!

Holidays and Observances

  • Botswana – President’s Day.
  • Brunei – Birthday of the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
  • Palermo, Sicily – Festival of Santa Rosalia.
  • Japan – Third day of Obon feast period.
  • Confuflux (Discordianism).
  • Brazil – International Men’s Day.

 Liturgical Feasts (1)

  • Saint Benedict, bishop of Angers, confessor [Angers]
  • Division of the Apostles
  • Saint Donald’s feast day.
  • Saint Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor
  • Saint Swithun, bishop of Winchester, confessor (Translation) [England] (2)
  • Saint Margaret, virgin, martyr [Basel, Chur, Constance, Strassburg]
  • Holy Nine virgins [Scotland] (3)
  • Saint Reginswindis, virgin, martyr [Würzburg]

(1) for those of whom actually believe
(2) what an awesome holiday to have, eh?
(3) love this one!

Events

  • 2006 – Mogadishu Int’l Airport in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu re-opens after an eleven-year closure mainly due to the Somali civil war.
  • 2005 – the EPA approves a 70 parts per million addition of fluoride to all processed foods.
  • 2005 – Jack Nicklaus plays his last hole of competitive golf during The Open Championship at Hole 18 at St Andrews, finishing with a birdie.
  • 2004 – The BBC airs the documentary The Secret Agent, exposing racism by members of the British National Party.
  • 2004 – Monorail service begins in Las Vegas.
  • 2003 – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed its SARS-related travel advisory for Taiwan, the last area to have such a travel alert.
  • 2003 – AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
  • 2002 – Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan awarded death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life term to three other suspects in murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • 2002 – “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and for the possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
  • 1997 – In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan guns down Gianni Versace outside his home.
  • 1996 – A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport.
  • 1995 – First item sold on Amazon.com
  • 1979 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter gives his famous “malaise” speech, where he characterizes the greatest threat to the country as “this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.”
  • 1975 – Clifford Antone opens the legendary Austin blues club Antone’s on 6th Street.
  • 1975 – Apollo Soyuz Test Project: Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft take off for U.S.-Soviet link-up in space.
  • 1974 – Christine Chubbuck becomes the first person to commit suicide on-air.
  • 1974 – In Nicosia, Cyprus, Greek-sponsored nationalists launch a coup d’état, deposing President Makarios and installing Nikos Sampson as Cypriot president.
  • 1959 – The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
  • 1958 – In Lebanon, 5,000 United States Marines land in the capital Beirut in order to provide military support to the pro-Western government there.
  • 1957 – Full-scale production of the Edsel automobile begins.
  • 1955 – Eighteen Nobel laureates signed the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.
  • 1954 – First flight of the Boeing 707, the first American jet passenger airliner.
  • 1953 – John Reginald Christie, British serial killer executed.
  • 1945 – President Harry Truman disembarks the heavy cruiser the USS Augusta (CA-31) in Antwerp en route to Potsdam for the Potsdam Conference.
  • 1931 – Kid Chocolate becomes Cuba’s first world boxing champion.
  • 1929 – First weekly radio broadcast of Mormon Tabernacle Choir radio show, Music and the Spoken Word.
  • 1927 – Massacre of July 15, 1927: 89 protesters are killed by the Austrian police in Vienna.
  • 1926 – BEST buses make its début in Mumbai.
  • 1918 – World War I: Second Battle of the Marne – The battle begins near the River Marne with a German attack.
  • 1916 – In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).
  • 1895 – Archie MacLaren scores County Championship record cricket innings of 424 for Lancashire against Somerset at Taunton.
  • 1870 – Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory are transferred to Canada from the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories are established from these vast territories. (3)
  • 1870 – Post-American-Civil-War Reconstruction: Georgia becomes the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Confederates break naval blockade of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • 1823 – A fire destroys the ancient Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.
  • 1815 – Napoléon Bonaparte surrenders from aboard HMS Bellerophon.
  • 1806 – Pike expedition: Near St. Louis, Missouri, United States Army Lieutenant Zebulon Pike begins an expedition from Fort Belle Fountaine to explore the west.
  • 1799 – Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta, by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard. (4)
  • 1789 – Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, by acclamation, named colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris.
  • 1685 – James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth is executed at Tower Hill, England after his defeat at the Battle of Sedgemore on 6 July 1685.
  • 1410 – Battle of Grunwald, allied forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeat the army of the Teuton
    ic Order.
  • 1381 – John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England.
  • 1240 – A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.
  • 1207 – John of England expels Canterbury monks for supporting Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton.
  • 1162 – Ladislaus II of Hungary declared King of Hungary.
  • 1099 – First Crusade: Christian soldiers take Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.

(3) I knew I was always connected to the north!
(4) no wonder I have a connection to languages!

Births (5)

  • 1553 – Archduke Ernest of Austria (d. 1595)
  • 1573 – Inigo Jones, English architect (d. 1652)
  • 1606 – Rembrandt, Dutch artist (d. 1669)
  • 1631 – Jens Juel, Danish diplomat (d. 1700)
  • 1918 – Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1930 – Richard Garneau, French Canadian sports journalist
  • 1932 – Ed Litzenberger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1934 – Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (d. 1977)
  • 1941 – Denis Héroux, French Canadian film director and producer
  • 1946 – Linda Ronstadt, American singer
  • 1949 – Carl Bildt, Swedish politician (6)
  • 1963 – Steve Thomas, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Jasper Pääkkönen, Finnish actor and film producer
  • 1997 – Prince Lukás of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • 1998 – Camille Gottlieb, daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco

(5) trimmed list to things of interest
(6) this kind of disgusts me

So that’s all basically why today is so freaking awesome. I’m off to orchestra concert in Orrilia, so no time for dilly-daddling!

So on Monday night for the second week in a row we decided to have a social gathering, but this time to celebrate our Columbian friend Ricardo’s birthday. Becky was in Turkey so he was quite upset about that, but despite that he had a lovely time. We went over to Alex’s room at 22.00, but this was after a rushed shower and various attempts at matching my limited clothing to something that might remotely match in some way. I figured I would be too tired to go out anyways, which turned out to be true. But before anyone got too tipsy we were able to take pictures, and in the above one we have Laura, Myself, CrazyDan, Elle, Emma, and Scott.Yes Scott is mégaüber tall, but so is Dan but you’d never know since he is bending down to make fun of Laura’s apparent shortness.

Turns out that Dan has this really posh accent that is so easy to understand. He had to go to private school and wear 16th century uniforms that made him look like a freak, so I can’t wait to see these photos, so we had a good laugh. Also he’s so intrigued by Canadian accents, whether he’s joking or not it was all in good fun trying to think of rhyming couplets to entertain him with. Eventually he got bored and moved on, but I kept going since it was the only conversation that drunk english-men could have.

I have already cursed Matthew for taking this photo of me when I was clearly not ready and completley out of context. Never-the-less I’m posting it becasue it’s so ‘natural’ or ‘je ne sais quoi’. I think I was telling him that I thought he was crazy for doing something or other.

On a happier note I have vacations coming up in a month (already yes I know), and I’m seriously toying with the idea of going skiing in the alps with Emily, Dan, Siân et al. It costs roughly 700€ but we are going to be staying in chalet and everything with lift passes and skii rentals. I’m excited about the possibility but I’m looking into more information so that I can make a decision. I’d like to spend more time with them and get to know them in the non-drunk stage of their lives, but also I just want to go skiing damnit! This may be the only opportunity I have to go skiing in a place like the Alps and I don’t want to pass it up. I just need to work out the logistics because I didn’t bring any of my stuff obviously.

I will talk to my mom sometime this week on Skype and see how she feels about it, and if she can send my winter jacket in the mail superfast as it’s far too expensive to buy here, along with skii-goggles, which I will go check out at the store. In any case, just toying with the idea but I really think it would be cool.

Also, I really wish that I had better abilities of telling when someone is hitting on me. Apparently someone who shall not be named was flirting with me all evening but I was completely oblivious, as usual. Is it due to my social awkwardness or is it just that I’m in denial? Who cares, it’s just good for the ego!