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C.T.OVERDRIVE: The Past Connor Turner Overdrive | c.t.overdrive

The Past

Following Up on The "Ex-pats" of D.C. Saturday February 1, 2014

When I was a kid I grew up in the Middle east in variety of British ex-pat communes in Kuwait, UAE and Saudi Arabia. One of the things that stuck with me when I grew older, was the interesting bond and friendship that popped up around those ex-pat communities. Basically, when people (white western families) get tossed in to a foreign land, westerners will tend to rally around in a community with a bunch of other westerners that they may not have necessarily associated with if there were at home. During the early 80s, all of the families of roughnecks in the middle east would rally together around the various consulates and British/American clubs in which ever city they were in. Now, one of things my parents were always interested in, was what happened to the people after everyone left. They would always tell me of stories of the things our friends in those communities had done post “ex-pat”.

And as my wife and I round out to the second year since we left D.C., I find it funny that a similar sort of friendship is forming around the friends we made in my wife’s Conflict Analysis and Resolution program. Now obviously, Washington D.C. isn’t Kuwait and our friends there were from all over the world and different backgrounds. But a similar thing is happening around the people who had left home to take part in that program. And because of the interconnectivity of Facebook my wife and I are able to follow what our friends are doing, much more closely than my parents every were.

Now a majority of the people my studied with have dispersed from the D.C. area. Some are headed to Malta, Mozambique, and The DRC and others returned home. Some are starting families. Some are starting businesses. Some are running for office. But because of the web and our increased connectivity due to social networks, once and while we get to see some of the cool stuff that our friends are now doing… and because I felt like it I thought I’d share a couple of the most recent things that have crossed my social screen.

For example one of our friends was involved with a project in the DRC to let children colour the vehicles of War Childe.

While another has expanded his role at Voices of America Armenia.

Anyways, a long rambling story short. With all negativity that people write about social media, I thought I’d show some of the benefits. I know, my parents would have loved to have this level of connectivity across boarders in their day and frankly nothing makes me happier than seeing our friends succeed and do crazy things.

Oh and if you’re curious, of the friends my parents made in the middle east as ex-pats… a good percentage of them ended up in jail in some form or another. And if I recall correctly, one was charged with murder.

okay, well maybe my parents wouldn’t have loved to have this level of connectivity…

Categories: The-Past, the-dc, The Random

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2013 Saturday March 16, 2013

Ah yes, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.

And while my days of stumbling along the streets in a haze of Irish stout are long past me, it’s still always good to think about Ireland and home. So to celebrate yet another St. Patrick’s Day in the book, I figured I’d post a couple of videos and links to get you in the mood.

As always there is the must read of proper guidelines for celebrating the day, with this fantastic site – Paddy, not Patty. Also while it’s not the most famous clip from the Simpsons, it’s still a gooder.

… and since some horrible euro-rapper butcher the Cranberries’ classic Zombie with a horrible sample here’s the heart wrenching original.

And it wouldn’t be a day to celebrate Ireland without honouring the Emerald Isle’s Charelton Heston … Liam Neeson.

Enjoy kids.

Categories: The-HomeLand, 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,

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