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Sunday, December 17, 2006

I have internet from home. So heres that blogpost that has been sitting on my computer for over a week.
My family arrived last Wednesday (the 6th) , I managed to get off work in time to book it down to the airport in time to meet them fresh off the plane. Which was nice, not to tough of a journey either (about 45 minutes on the bus). Both my mother and sister where pretty disorientated and tired. Kim Campbell very kindly gave them a lift down town to where they where staying, adding to the huge list of things I'm thankfull for her doing. Apparently we're going out to dinner on Sunday with the Campbell collective.

Wednesday became a pretty disjointed mess for me. I had work in the morning, went home to tidy up enough that I wouldn't get sarcastic comments from my family if they decided to drop by. Then went to the airport (Keep in mind I had been up since 5am to work and it was now about 4pm, 5pm when the flight came in). After going through various introductions, getting into the apartment, dealing with semi-awkward exchanges (about the morality of using someone else's net connection, apartment prices, the usual stuff), trying to take in a greater amount of information than you actually have the capacity for and all that jazz... it was about 7.30pm. I threw some food together for them and then made tracks home, as I had to work early on Thursday.

Next day at work was pretty crazy. Not exhausting, thank god, but busy enough to make the time pass fast. Talk of the day was about the audit, which apparent had happened the previous day after I had left. I voice the opinion that there really wasn't point in discussing if we had failed and what on until we had received a report telling if we failed or not and what on. Apparently, I don't have the right attitude. Worrying about things you no longer have control over is the correct way to deal with such issues. Perhaps I'm just bitter because I found another stupid note on the oven this morning.

I called the place where my mum and sister where staying (to be known as "the fam" short for "the family" for simplicity's sake). They where feeling pretty good, and ignored my instructions to take the bus to where I worked and walked. It took them longer than they expected, which as I explained, was why I told them very carefully how to take the bus. I smacked my head against the table in dispair. We made it anyway, I finally cashed in on my free drinks at work, whilst doing the introductory rounds. I also grabbed them half a pound of fresh coffee.

After we hit commercial drive together (via Value Village, I bought a new bag) mostly for looking and seeing, and a quick snack stop at Juicy Lucy's. Never been there before, they had good grub for under $5. We took the Sky Train back, although the view wasn't as good as I had hoped, I did a little explaining of the various sights. Once back we walked back and crashed for a bit and watched a movie (Dodge ball, it kicked ass AND it had a Pirate, booyah!).

Later I hit up the VM lounge as I usually stop by for the video game night. Kinda annoying tonight. Only the XBox to play, no new games, Duran failed to get any nex gen consoles for the night. On the top of that, a man I know only as Hosay (or, that annoying wanker) kept on going on about playing Fifa, which we didn't have. Someone had brought it for the 360 the previous week. How people fail to grasp that XBox and XBox 360 games are two different things is beyond me. In the end I left him flailing around the XBox menu, absolutely CERTAIN that he could get Fifa 2007 working without a disc (or an XBox 360). Hopefully he broke something and Duran yelled at him.

Outside that, I got a couple of games of Donkey Kong and Mario War. Wanted to play Gauntlet and mebbe Golden eye. Although the former was giving me emulator trouble and the latter ended because I gave my controller up to said Hosay, who sucked horrifically and nobody wanted to play him. Next week I'm going to rent some games myself.

Anyway, I gotta run. I'm sitting at home, it's about midnight and I still have tidying to do. I may have to lend my place to someone else overnight and want it to be cleaner.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just want to say hope you have a brilliant Christmas and a fabulous New Year.

3:13 am  
Anonymous Canada Goose said...

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year. Please let us know when you know when you're planning to return, as it will provide us with an excuse for a large party, possibly with a moose theme.

10:21 am  
Anonymous The Honey Family said...

Hi Duncan,

How are you doing? In England it's cold but I bet it's colder in Canada! Hope you're having a great time!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From Alex, Kris and Emiko

7:08 am  
Anonymous Emiko said...

Hi Duncan! I hope you are coping well with your mum and sister ! Please make sure that you tell them off for leaving such a generous christmas present before they left the UK for us!

To Sarah and Hannah: Have a very special Christmas in Canada and hope to see you when you're back!

2:30 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have been back from Vancouver since 20th December, luckily managed to get back into Gatwick on 21st in spite of freezing fog etc.

We are able to report that Duncan is a chaotic as ever and his idea of a tidy room remains much the same as before!

It was great to see him and we can see what the attraction of Vancouver is for Duncan too.

The Campbells were very kind and hospitable and we especially would like to thank Kim for collecting us from the airport and providing us with groceries. We also throughly enjoyed our meal our with the family. It was also nice to meet Pat and Jim as well as Shana.

We also send our wishes to Duran at the Video Monster Lounge (Raving Monster Looney Lounge as I affectionately rename it!!)and to Vicky from Portsmouth who travelled back to England on the same plane as us. Yes Vicky, I really did cut Duncan's hair - ask him yourself when you get back to Vancouver!

We also visited JJ Bean and Adam has enjoyed the Mojo since we came home!

Hanna is setting up pictures of our Canadian adventure on line and here is the link for anyone interested

As you can see we managed to pack in a lot in 2 weeks even though Vancouver had it's worst strom since 1962 and Stanley Park was closed for 4 days.

Emiko, we are back now so hopefully we can catch up at some point. Thanks for your message.

Concur with Canada Goose re party, but hope you are successful in getting your visa extended.
Love M x x x

8:36 am  
Blogger Canada Goose said...

Thankyou very much for the Canada Goose.

4:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Duncan,

It's the New Year! What about a new posting?

12:35 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For someone who has internet from home now you don't actually seem to be using it to tell us how lovely it was to see your mother and sister, how wonderful your Christmas was and how drunk you got on New Year's Eve.

I think we need to know.

12:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll give up checking this blog if you don't post something soon....

4:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is no posting by Friday I am giving up. Duncan, how could you do this to your loyal readers... and it is cruel to animals (and birds - sorry Canada Goose!). What are you going to do about it?

M x x x

7:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Pulham calling.....Hello Hello anyone there... repeat is there anyone there.

10:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the chances of you posting something new before you actually come back to England?

8:25 am  
Anonymous Harg said...

Duncaaan! What about the hordes of rabid fangirls? The loyal fanboys? The little kids who want to be like you? SURELY you're not gonna let them down, huh? Huh? Huh?

10:57 am  
Blogger Alan said...

Here, here Harg! The fan-club is huge, especially if you include all those rejected girls! However, to keep up a private diary every day, let alone a Blog to be appreciated by the whole world is a discipline few of us could (or do) manage.

Duncan was alive and living 'lif' to the full a few weeks ago (i.e. Christmas Day). I expect a huge blog soon or I will have to buy a ticket to Vancouver and glomp him into submission! Which will be a great pleasure (for me):P

Rgds: D x x x

1:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monster Raving Looney Lounge?

5:06 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duran's Place. Named after a famous English polictal party!

4:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wot no postings. You miserable git. Uncle Mark

1:15 pm  
Anonymous Emmuh said...

Two more days and it shall be a month.

6:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uncle Mark, language please!!

4:43 am  

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