of my life, a week at a time.
A creative outlet.
That's how all this started. I graduated from university in
1999. I didn't have my college radio show anymore, I wasn't
writing for the school paper anymore, I grew desperate for a creative
outlet. Then I remembered that I had a website that I wasn't
00's started, and the term "blog" started entering our lexicon, I grew
annoyed when people called this a blog. Blogs were just off
the cuff comments. I actually sat down and wrote
mine! I put thought into mine! I wasn't a blogger,
I was a writer! But looking at it now...yeah, it's a
re-read a lot of these, I find them moody, angst-ridden, and way too
personal. And yet, I don't remove them. At the end
of the day, it chronicles a very interesting stage in my
life. I've recently discovered that it's called a
"quarter-life crisis," where you're done with school and experience the
culture shock of the real world.
years, once a week, I wrote a 2-page essay describing the state of my
life. I've picked out some of the highlights for
The College Years
The inspiration came from my opinion column in Augustana University's
college paper, in a mark of cross promotional brilliance. The
Angst, and Jell-o: November 1998
Pure, college-level pseudo-intellecutalism.
Seperation: February 1999
A rambling about the differences between the arts and the sciences.
University finished in the spring of 1999, and it took me until the
spring of 2000 to get a job. It was a year of deep introspection,
confusion, and Star Wars: Episode I.
of the Clock King: July 12, 1999
My 22nd birthday makes me stop to think about what's to come next.
Vacation 99: August 2, 1999
A summer camping trip with Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, and cousins.
Irony or Poetic Justice: November 29, 1999
Seeing an old rival on the 6 o'clock news makes me reflect on when we
last crossed swords.
Movies with Dad: March 13, 2000
A trip to the video store with Dad makes me realize how different we
Bag Boy Blues
A right-of-passage in the quarter-life crisis seems to be spending too
much time in a minimum wage job. Mine was as a bag boy at Extra Foods.
But I worked my way up to head cashier. I grew quite angry and bitter.
These ran from 2000 to 2001.
Tree Falls: July 17, 2000
The removal of a dead tree from my front yard makes me contemplate life
The High Cost of Groceries - September 25, 2002
Actual dumb questions asked by actual grocery store customers.
July 16, 2001
A nice long drive to Lloydminister
Only: August 13, 2001
I wonder what lies in the back room at the video store.
The Vancouver Series
This is where things get very personal. I went to visit my friends in
Vancouver. It was my first big adventure on my own. I deeply analyzed
everything about the trip, including my relationship with my friends.
Got three months worth of articles from a one week trip. These ran in
the last bit of 2001.
of Lynn Canyon: November 12, 2001
A visit to one of Vancouver's famous suspension bridges.
Tourist Things: November 26, 2001
A trip to Vancvouer's famous Stanley Park.
This is where things get very moody. Returning from Vancouver, I wanted
out of Extra Foods more than ever. This is the chronicle of working
towards getting out. This ran for the first half of 2002.
Origins II: How I Got the Holy Grail - January 21, 2002
The tale of how I met my best friend
Secrets of Womankind: March 18, 2002
I think that Cosmo magazine holds the key to understanding women.
This Job and Shove It: April 29, 2002
My actual letter of resignation from Extra Foods.
Life Evaluation Form: June 10, 2002
How I think the afterlife begins.
Scarecrow Goes to Japan
Many agree that this is the best. I went to Japan to teach English as a
second language. When you're surrounded by another culture, going to
the corner store to buy a carton of milk becomes an adventure. These
are those adventures, from 2002 to 2003.
Panic: September 9, 2002
I hop a train and head into the Japanese countryside
from Boot Camp: September 30, 2002
The interesting sorts that I met in training.
Full Marky: December 30, 2002
My first time at a Japanese hot spring - where all go in nude.
View from the Top: February 16, 2003
My visit to the site of the 1972 Winter Olympics.
Welcome to my Midlife Crisis
When I went to NAIT to study broadcasting, one of my classmates told me
to "have [my] midlife crisis on [my] own time." This is how a man at
the ripe old age of 26 goes back to school. 2003-2005.
Purple Rose: August 11, 2003
One of my rare attempts to be artistic, and do some fiction.
Moons of Jupiter: November 24, 2003
My lack of a love life, tied to the life of Galileo.
Totoro pt. 2: I Wish I Could Stay Forever - April 25, 2005
One of my final Japan stories, chronicling my trip to the Studio Ghibli
Museum. Complete with picutres!
December 5, 2005
A camping trip with the folks makes me reflect on the state of the
Deja Freakin' Vu
I finished college (again). I was living at home (again), looking for
my first job out of college (again). But I finally got my job in radio.
These ran the first half of 2006.
Evening with Kevin Smith: February 20, 2006
I got to see a genuine Kevin Smith Q&A. Here's my blow-by-blow
Stop: March 6: 2006
Happy memories of the Edson Rest Stop
Tales of Japan: Nagano - March 20, 2006
While in Japan, it was my goal to see the site of the 1998 Winter
Olympics. Here's 4 days of touring Nagano.
the Adventure Continues...
As is said in one of my favourite movies, "there can be no happy
endings, for nothing truly ends." The saga continues at my blog, Midnight