Year: 2001

The week that was – November 19

I’m listening to a bunch of songs from the Buffy Musical episode, “Once more…with feeling”, and I’ve gotta say, the songs are actually pretty good even without the show. The best song is (of course) Spike’s “Let me rest in peace”, which has my favourite line “You’re scared, ashamed of what you feel, you can’t tell the ones you love, know they couldn’t deal. Whisper in a dead man’s ear that doesn’t make it real.”.

Album Du Jour: Big Shiny Tunes 5

DVD of the week: It’s been a Star Wars Episode 1 week checking out the DVD ROM features.

Movie of the week: Harry Potter and the Philosipher’s Stone

Game of the week: I got into NBA Street the other night for about two hours.

Website of the week: The Star Wars trailer is on Starwars.com right now.

Comic of the Week: Amazing Spider-Man #36. Wow. I don’t know what else to say. What a great response to the events of 9-11, and so far the most moving one. It was really impressive.

The week that was – November 9th

Life is pretty much back to normal. We spent last weekend painting our new bedroom (getting rid of the stupid ivy that was painted onto the walls), and generally straightening stuff up. On Monday night I went out and picked us up a new TV and Stereo, which I set up on Tuesday, and which still needs to be tweaked. Wednesday was comic night of course, and we went for a nice little walk, and last night Char and I saw a play called Picasso at the Lapin Agile which was written by Steve Martin. It was awesome. Tonight we’re going to stay in, and play with our new AV setup, and this weekend we’ll spend some more time organizing.

With a return to normal life, there’s a return to the weekly “list”.

Album Du Jour: The Tea Party

DVD of the week: Shrek, a great DVD with an entire disc of extras.

Movie of the week: Monsters Inc. It was an all animated week this week!

Game of the week: I’ve been playing with Windows XP, but not much in the way of games.

Website of the week: The Wayback Machine

My comic pull list

Every week I put up my “Weekly favourite comic book”, and as anyone who knows me will attest, I am something of a comic book freak. My office has several pages of original comic book art, I have a bunch of comic book related action figures lying around, a Bat-Mite stuffed toy on a shelf, two Sandman bookends on another shelf, and a Dark Knight Returns statue on yet another shelf. On top of that, I have about 20 comic long boxes in the alcove of our bedroom right now, which I would like to pare down to about 10 before the end of next year. My collection grows at a rate of about one box a year at this point, and it’s due to my weekly habit. Every Wednesday, like clockwork, I go pick up my weekly comic book fix.

This list is the latest version of my monthly comic pull list (The list which the comic book guy uses to put aside my comics every Wednesday).

Regular Comics;

DC/Wildstorm

The Authority

Batman

Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

The Establishment

The Flash

Green Arrow

Green Lantern

JLA

JSA

The Legion

The Monarchy

Nightwing

Planetary

The Titans

Wonder Woman

Image:

Clerks

Powers

Rising Stars

Marvel:

Exiles

New X-Men

Origin

The Ultimates

Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate X-Men

Uncanny X-Men

X-Force

X-Treme X-Men

Trade PaperBacks;

Captain Britain (Alan Moore/Alan Davis)

Ultimate X-Men TPB

Powers TP Vol 2: Roleplay

Ting 16 Graphics Studio Noteworthy Links

Ting 16 Graphics Studio Noteworthy Links

Wow, what a great set of links I’ll tell you what! Very cool indeed!

So I finally installed Windows XP last night, it’s running, and running well at that. This next few days I want to completely wipe my C: drive and re-install Windows XP on it, under NTFS rather than FAT 32. That should give me some performance boosts, and should mean that I can do whatever I want with it.

Just bought Shrek, can’t wait to check it out. We’re going to Monsters INC tonight, just to see the Star Wars trailer…that is going to be great.

The week that was – October 25

Album Du Jour: Still listening to the D

DVD of the week: Star Wars Episode 1 is the best DVD I own! The supplemental material on it is great.

Movie of the week: Boys on the Side, sure it’s a chick movie, but it’s a good one.

Game of the week: Max Payne Demo.

Website of the week: Windows XP

Back from the honeymoon…and living the good life.

Well, we’re moved into our new apartment, but things are still fairly chaotic. I don’t think we’ll really have a chance to get things under control for a month or more, and in the meantime we will live in one form of chaos or another for the next little while.This week is shaping up to be a busy one. Work is fairly slow with me just getting back into the swing of things, and shouldering some of my responsibilites onto the newly hired project manager (Joe Tek no less!). However, home life is busy busy busy. On top of the neverending series of unpacking, we did laundry tonight, have a Sloan concert to see tomorrow night, Charlene’s Birthday on Friday (which means I need to get her something nice for the morning), and then a halloween party on Saturday. It’s nuts I tell ya…nuts. I can’t wait until Sunday when we can just relax and maybe do some painting.

We went to IKEA to buy our new wardrobe, but to make a long story short, we paid for it, and it’s not there…grrrrr…they’re supposedly getting it in this week, but at this point it doesn’t look like it will be that easy to get it home.

The honeymoon was terrific, and we both had a great time with our ten days off. A week and three days after the wedding and I’m still a happy camper.

Ryan’s wedding speech

And this is Ryan’s speech in it’s unedited form.

Hello everyone, so far, it has been a great day, and I’m sure that it definitely lives up to the dreams that Charlene and Brian had for it. Charlene and her bridesmaids are looking beautiful for the occasion.

When I’m the Best Man

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ryan. Obviously, when picking a best man, Brian needed someone who would not offend, would show him a good clean time at his bachelor party, not sabotage wedding cakes or duct tape him to a table and force him to eat twinkies. He wouldn’t want any of that.

Unfortunately for Brian, I nominated myself – you see, he never actually asked me. I just kind of assumed. It’s a given. Brian gets married, I’m the best man. Sounded good to me.

When Brian told me that he was getting married, I thought of so many things – that he had found someone in Charlene who cherised his form of play and his sense of humour; of him finding a companion for life…but as a true guy friend, I didn’t say that. Instead, I merely said the two magical words, “Bachelor party.”

How Brian and I Met

Brian and I met in typical fashion – passing each other on the street, late by about an hour or two for our respective paper routes. We weren’t really friends – more just comrades who enjoyed highlighting each other flaws in details….though really, when I think about it, I guess that hasn’t really stopped for 18 years later.

After we were both fired from delivering newspapers, we coincidentally both found ourselves at Wendys. Our friendship was forged in battle – 7am Saturday mornings at Wendy’s restaurants, hurling tomatoes, ice, and chunks of frozen hamburg at each other’s craniums. It culminated in a battle that required two cases of tomatoes in under an hour. Eh (shrug) that was pretty much it for Wendys.

After we were forced from Wendys, our employment took us in different directions, but the seedling for Brian’s employment record was set. Soon after, he coined the term, ‘I’m feeling quitty’. That trend, luckily for Charlene’s mental health, continues today with his employment with Activate…eh, Alliance, no Headsdown, no TSN. I’ll be honest, I don’t know what it is this week.

Brian and I became good friends after our time at Wendys. We were the only two guys without girlfriends, so we hung out and laughed about how pathetic those other guys were. No way would we give up our Saturday nights for any woman. No way. We were tool cool for that. Others called us geeks, but we wouldn’t believe them.

Brian was originally one of the ‘London gang’ as they’re refered to in the Toronto circles. We both moved to Toronto several years ago to attend school. It was there that Brian helped perfect the ‘I don’t go to school if it’s raining technique’ and of course, ‘Work smarter, not harder’.

How Brian Met Charlene and My Involvement

Fast forward to two years ago. Brian was working at TSN (to clarify – I’m talking the first time around — he’s now on his second try at the Sport’s Network).

What Charlene and Brian won’t tell you, is that I’m the reason that they’re getting married. You see, I actually matched these two together. I can tell the anticipation is killing everyone, so I’m going to recount the tale.

It starts like this. My phone rings. It’s Brian.

Brian: “Ryan, I’m in Love. I’ve met the one.”

Me: “Oh man, what are you talking about? Don’t be pathetic.”

Brian: “No, no, no, you don’t understand, I’m in Luuuuv.”

Me: “What…what are telling me this for?”

Brian: “I need help.”

Me: You need help?

Brian: I…I can’t tell if she likes me.”

Me: “You can’t tell if she likes you?”

Brian: “Nope. No clue. None.”

So, my wife and I decided to head to T.O. to give the poor guy a hand and go on a double date. We went to the beaches and Charlene met us there.

Charlene: In sickly sweet voice, “Hi Brian”

Brian: A heavy sigh, “Hi Charlene”

Me: “Oh puke.” I cuffed Brian upside the head. “You dolt. You’re a perfect match. Now lets drink.”

Needless to say, I was left to drink by myself. They showed no appreciation for my caring services, though I’m sure everyone here is quite happy that I made that fateful trip to T.O that weekend. I don’t know if they could’ve done it without me and my interference…I mean help.

Charlene and Brian Perfect for one another

I might’ve masterfully gotten these two together, but I can’t take all the credit. Anyone who knows Brian well, knows that Charlene is the perfect match. You see, Charlene understands that Batman is an intergral part of his life, she is someone who understands that comics are not to be taken out of their acid free, ultraviolet filtering plastic bags.

She is someone, like Brian, who understands what ‘goodness in my belly’ means. Both of them share the same sense of fun and humour, which must seem like a strange mating ritual to outsiders. And by outsiders I mean anyone but them. They are the perfect match. Or so it seems.

The Dark Side of Brian

Unfortunately, all is not roses with Brian. He has a darker side. A side that I don’t think Charlene, her family, and even Brian’s family are really aware of.

As some of you may know, I am the villian who transported Brian for 5 days out of country to Las Vegas. Everyone thought it was a fantastic idea, and as I’m sure you all heard about. Anyhoo, moving on, I thought to myself ‘how much trouble can we get into in Las Vegas?’. Really, it’s Las Vegas. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

It wasn’t the gambling (though he did manage to lose a full $400 dollars earmarked for the wedding – but I’m sure he told Charlene all about that). No, it wasn’t the gambling. It wasn’t the drinking. It wasn’t the footlong hotdogs and a beer combo for a buck (though that made things rather unpleasant for both myself, Rich, and the hotel room).

No, it wasn’t any of those.

It’s time for the secret to come out. I was shocked and dismayed, but luckily, I had a camera on me. I captured this. Photographic evidence. Prepare yourself.

I think the world needs to know about this (and other) pictures, so I will post them on the wall so that everyone can take a look at them once the reception begins.

Why Brian is a Great Guy

I have the good fortune of calling Brian my best friend. Of those of you lucky enough to know him well, he is probably one of the most loyal friends you’ll ever have. He’ll always be there if you have problems. He’ll do anything to help someone out, and obviously, he will do just about anything for a laugh.

He’ll always be there if you’re feeling down. He’ll always be there when you have a broken bug light and you desperately need someone to stick their fingers in the live sockets to fix the problem. He’ll do that for you! I know!

Final Toast

I couldn’t be happier that he met and married someone like Charlene. The two of them will have a life of happiness and love. Could you please all stand to toast the Bride and Groom and their life of love and happiness together. Ladies and gentleman…Mr and Mrs Garside.

I’m a married man

I’m married! Can you even believe it? Here’s my speech from the wedding:

Before we get started, I’d like to thank Joachim for the great job he’s done tonight. When I asked Charlene to marry me, there was only one man I could think of for the job of MC. The voice of a generation, the man who makes every Saturday night exciting, and the man whom every good Canadian kid would want speaking at his wedding…but Don Cherry said he was busy tonight with some little “hockey game”, so I grabbed the next best guy.

Seriously though, both Charlene and I have known Joachim for a number of years, and Joachim was there when we first started out as a couple. Joachim’s gone from being “that wild and crazy guy Joachim”, to “that wild guy who lives in the room next to mine”, and I can honestly say (without offending any of my previous roommates who are here tonight) that he is in the top three roommates that I’ve lived with to date.

So I’d like to propose a toast to Joachim. Thank you for entertaining us,

We’d like to thank everyone for coming, many of you are coming from out of town, and we know how difficult it can be to get around in this city. Thanks in particular to Karen and Craig, who flew in from California last night, to Virginia who made it here from Eastern Quebec (and who is celebrating her birthday today! Happy Birthday to Virginia!), and to my cousin Brenda and her husband Kevin who made it all the way from Vancouver by way of the Dominican Republic.

We also want to take a second to thank Jeff for video taping our wedding, and our speeches for us, he’s had a busy summer this year, and I believe this is his third wedding that he’s video taped. Tiffany’s handling all of his bookings, so come see her after the speeches to reserve Jeff’s time.

You’ve probably seen a young lady wandering around during the festivities, speaking into her wrist, and tilting her head to hear the responses like some sort of secret agent. That’s Anne, could you stand up for a moment? We have her to thank for making this day run as smoothly as it has so far. She’s been pulling the strings from behind the scenes, and making sure that all of the players are in the right place at the right time. She’s also responsible for introducing us. For those of you who’ve been to the website, you’ve probably read “The Story of Us”, for those of you who haven’t…shame on you! But here’s an abridged version anyway. Anne is one of Char’s oldest friends, and one night she invited Charlene, and Tiffany out to The Bohemian for some drinks and some dancing. Meanwhile, half a city away, Jeff and I were invited out to the Bohemian for drinks and some dancing from one of our fellow college friends. It turned out that our friend Stacy, had met Anne on a cruise, and the two were meeting to reminice about the trip. Jeff, Jessie (who’s over there at that table) and I got to the bar, and did the whole introduction thing, and proceeded to have a few brews and get to know the gals. At one point during the night, I leaned over to Jeff and nodded to Charlene (who was doing something particularly cute), and said to him, “She will be my wife Jeff…oh yes, she will be mine.”

Well, here we are three years later, and those words have come true. So let’s raise our glasses and give a toast to Anne. “May friendship, like wine, improve as time advances,

And may we always have old wine, old friends, and young cares.”

To Charlene’s parents; I’d like to say, and thank you very much for helping us out with the wedding, we never could have managed this without your help. Thanks to Sharon, Stuart, Michelle, and Dennis as well, I’ve never felt uncomfortable around you, and I really appreciate how willingly you’ve let me come into your lives.

Piezano, over to you…(Charlene’s turn…Char’s parents, then her full speech).

Smooch bride;

Isn’t she the best?

I’m going to start out with my folks. Mom and Dad, I really appreciate all the support you’ve given me over the years, both financially in the lean, cheese eating years, and emotionally all along. You gave me the moral foundation to put me on the right track, but also allowed me the freedom to make my own choices, which has let me grow into the person I’ve become. You have always made me feel like I could do anything that I set my mind to it, and for that I am eternally grateful. I can only hope that we can be as good parents to our children as you were to me. Although I don’t say it enough, I love you both very much.

And now my guys. What can I say about these two that hasn’t already been said? I’ve known Rich longer than I’ve known anybody outside my own family. He’s been one of my best friends since grade six, and despite the fact that I tease him more than I should, he is still one of the people whom I most look forward to hearing from. This last couple of weeks has reminded me how much I value that friendship, and how easy it is to hang out with you. You always make me laugh, whether intentional or not, and being around you always puts a smile on my face. Thanks for being one of the rocks that I could always count on, and thanks for standing by my side today.

Ryan has given me the kick in the pants that I’ve needed on several occasions, both literally and figuratively. When I was really down, he continually sent me e-mails with sound files attached with famous movie quotes about why I should be determining my own destiny. He doesn’t hesitate to tell me when I’m a bonehead (like when I wasn’t sure if Charlene liked me, so I had to ask Ryan and Kari to come down and scope things out for me), but he is also one of the first to tell me when I’ve done something impressive.

Ryan’s opinion is one that I really value, because I know he will tell me the truth whether I need to hear it or not. Thank you for being the guy behind the guy behind the guy, and for always being there when I needed some advice.

I’d like to raise a glass to my two best friends. May there always be a private joke that’s absolutely hilarious to the three of us.

Finally my lovely bride.

Wow…and you thought this day would never come. You mean more to me than words can possibly say…but not exactly being a man of few words, I’m going to give it a shot.

When I first met you, I was just coming out of the darkest period of my life. You were the sunshine behind the clouds, and every day that I spend with you is brighter than the last. All my life I wanted to meet someone who inspired me, and who would love me unconditionally. The first time I saw you, I knew that I had found the person I’ve searched my whole life for, and I promised I would never let you go. You are so smart, yet never make me feel dumb, so beautiful, but so humble about it, and so funny, yet never fail to laugh at my jokes. We’ve both grown so much in these last three years, and I am so excited about what the future will hold for us.

One more toast. To my wife, may I bring you as much joy and happiness as you have brought me.

Stuff of the week – October 4th

Album Du Jour: Tenacious D is an awesome album.

DVD of the week: Haven’t seen a movie, DVD or otherwise in about three weeks.

Movie of the week: (see above)

Game of the week: Haven’t touched a game in a couple of weeks.

Website of the week: Spumco.com