The Past

Summer of 2012: The Summer That Wasn't Friday September 21, 2012

It’s been about three weeks since we landed in Ottawa and set-up shop a couple blocks from the Rideau Canal. As we start to set-up a routine and explore the city we’ll now call home for the next couple of years, it’s hard to not reflect back on the Summer of 2012… or the summer that wasn’t.

As many know, our story goes that in December 2009, my wife and I were all set to marry. Three days before our wedding, my wife was accepted to George Mason University in Arlington VA. One thing led to another and we were whisked away to Washington spend two and a half great years living in the political heart of America. I probably will never be able to verbally describe the experience that was the district, but at the same time it was hard not to feel as though circumstances forced us to leave our hometown a little too soon. I know this may sound like a bit of a first world problem, but it’s always hard to leave home, especially hard when it’s abrupt and sudden.

So while packing up our lives and departing Washington for Calgary this summer was a bit of a bittersweet moment for us, we also had an image that those months in Calgary would allow us to reconnect with the friends and family that we had left back home – to have a simple two months. Of course, we didn’t have grandiose plans of extravagance for our return, as we were barely able to crawl back to Calgary on the skin of our teeth, but we were looking to recapture our breath and to hang out with the close friends we missed in DC.

… and of course, that didn’t really happen.

Outside forces had other plans, mainly my father’s unexpected heart attacks. And while life happens and it’s never something that any man can control, at the end of the day I can’t seem to shake the underlying feeling of being cheated out of the Summer of 2012 – and it’s been eating at me for a few weeks.

I understand that at age thirty the carefree nature of my youth is something that will never again happen, father time reminds me of that, but at the same time after two years of living as a non-resident alien in a foreign country, life does take it’s toll. So in a sense we hoped our time in Calgary would allow us to recharge in the familiarity of friends and the city – but such is life.

So I do want to apologize to all the people back in Calgary I didn’t get a chance to spend more time with or the people I didn’t get a chance to reconnect with or my new friends I didn’t get a chance to meet face-to-face. It was far from anything personal, but completely controlled by circumstance. So to everyone my sincere apologizes – we’ll catch up again under better conditions. And as always, if you’re ever in the Ottawa region our house is always open, so do drop by and say hello.

… and with that off my chest the c.t.overdrive is officially back. Posting will recommence and you can expect my wit and odd ball humour to fill your RSS feeds.

Categories: The-Past, The-Personnal, Bumptop, The Adventures, The Calgary Vibe, The D.C. vibe, The Site

It's Always Good To End The Same Way You Started... Tuesday June 12, 2012

This afternoon we leave Washington D.C. on our epic trek north back to Canada. So while I iron out the last of my few ode to DC posts, I figured I’d officially end this chapter in the old overdrive’s existence the same way it started – with the Magnetic Fields classic Washington D.C.

And while it’s been quite depressing to say good bye these past few days, as the saying goes… it’s been emotional.

And if you’re looking for one last parting gift, I leave you with the true history of this city’s fine namesake with the legendary George Washington video. (Which of course is NSFW).

Categories: the-dc, The-Past,

Remember Thursday November 10, 2011

Even with the barrage of design inspiration I come across on a daily basis, it’s rare to really find something that perfectly captures an event and a moment. But this poster design from the Historica Dominion Institute of Canada is just perfect.

Lest We Forget.

Categories: The-Past, The-World,

#occupyNFLBlitz Tuesday October 25, 2011

Alright, that could be one of the lamest jokes ever to infect the internet, but after a couple of serious posts and a record for comments on the c.t.overdrive, it’s time to get back to something a bit more fun. So, how about we all just take a look at the trailer for the new NFLBlitz 2011. Which after a 10 year hiatus, is the latest installment of the NFL’s version of NBA Jam.

This is easily one of my all time favourite video games, so I look forward to seeing the latest rendition of it… Especially if you can play as a team of the undead.

Categories: The-VideoGames, The-Past,

Thirty Plus One Sunday June 5, 2011

Well, well, well, it looks like the old c.t.overdrive is starting to get in to fossil territory.

Yes, today is my 31st year on this fine planet of ours. In past years, I’ve outlined a long list of things I’ve learned over the years or waxed poetically about life and cherishing the moment. So what to do this year?

Well, how about explaining why I watch James Cameron’s classic Aliens on my birthday.

As anyone who grew up in the Rideau/Roxboro/Elbow Park area of Calgary in the late 80s will testify, the movie Aliens was a bit of a sub culture hit. I can’t think of single boy who grew up in that region that didn’t know the words off by heart.

And of course a shout out to the Chomiak family is in order for. Thank you for introducing a blood-ridden R-rated movie to a group of young impressionable minds at the tender age of 10. Parents today just aren’t as cool as you guys were.

I’ve seen this movie at least 160 times over my life time and I would venture to say I’m not alone in this. It’s a classic and it really is the perfect movie. Aliens, Marines, Harsh Language, Androids & Knives, A Weird Cat, Airlocks, The heart-pounding Industrial score, Those nightmare inducing scanners and of course Bill Paxton’s most glorious of death scenes.

It’s a legend in so many ways.

When I was teenager I would watch it all the time, but as father time time crept on, I would have less time and too many excuses to not watch it. Things like university, work and adulthood kept devouring my free time and it became more difficult to sit back for 3 hours to enjoy the doomed fate of my favourite group of bad-ass Marines.

So a few years ago, I decided that instead of always talking about watching my favorite movie of all time, I’d do something about it. I decreed that on my birthday, from now until 2064, I’d take the 3 hours to sit back and take time out to relive the past… To take things back to the basics and remember simpler times.

So about 6 years ago I started waking up each birthday, shutting down my work email and watching Aliens with a tall frosty sugar-induced beverage. And it’s a tradition I have cherished ever since.

With that I hope you enjoy the day and do something fun for yourself, I know I will.

(P.S. shout out to Mr. Rennie for the Aliens link.)

Categories: The-Past, The-Inane, The Humourous, The Personnal, The Pop-Culture

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