This summer was awesome. Toronto was the shit, I would go back in a heartbeat. Not to live, though. Too busy, way too busy. We went for a wedding at the AGO and it was absolutely gorgeous, I've never seen a venue decorated so beautifully. There was just the right balance of laughter and tears in the speeches, which is all you can really ask for. I'd have to say that aside from my partner in crime face-planting and chipping her tooth (I blame the open bar), everything went flawlessly. And I will mention Kris and Brit looked incredible.
"What else did you do in Toronto?" people ask. Well, let me tell you, it felt like we visited every brewery in the city. We went to 5, and they were all great, we need more of those here. I went to my first MLB game, the Jays lost but we were too drunk to remember anyways. I have one regret, though. At one point I looked over my shoulder only to see the legend himself Paul "Biznasty" Bissonnette standing there, heading to his seat a few rows of us. We met him quick and got a picture, but I didn't get the chance to ask if he would be so kind as to unblock Jillian on twitter.
We did the classic tourist thing to do and went up the CN tower. It was really cool, I was into it. The Hockey Hall of Fame was neat, I found my hidden talent which is goal tending (I saved 3 out of about 10) and missed the net entirely about a dozen times trying to defeat Lundvqist. We hit up Ripley's Aquarium just for the 'halibut' and let me tell you, I was 'hooked'. Holy 'macarel' we had fun in there. Did you catch all that aquarium humour? Nothing like a good fish joke. After that we hit up the harbour front and said farewell to the city and headed home.
The following weekend was another awesome wedding in Lethbridge at the Coast for a couple of great friends. Lance and Caitlyn looked fabulous. I accidentally ruined their engagement by asking for a ride home when Lance had planned to pop the question, oops. We all danced the night away and spent an alarming amount of time taking bathroom selfies. That's what it's all about, right? One thing about Milk River people, is that they can drink. It's especially evident at weddings. I'll write a more detailed blog about that another day, though. I read a Lethbridge guys blog about how Lethbridge-drunk is this whole other level of drunk and people don't understand it unless they've lived it. Milk River blows it out of the water, it's not even a question. Until you've done a shovel shot or a dribble shot, until you've woken up to mystery chickens in your yard, until you've attended a Corvette dance, until you've tubed the river then went to a restaurant without pants, you have no idea. I left for 5 years and coming back has been the most challenging test my liver has ever had to take.
Throw a couple golf tournaments, bonanza days, and Coutts days into the mix and that about sums up summer 2014. My flight's booked for Vancouver and Victoria in the middle of November, that should be about the exact time I'll be depressed and whiny that I haven't been anywhere in awhile. I can't wait to head back to the coast and see a couple of my favourite people in the world. Ashley suggested that we go see a psychic. So, Blackhawks/Canucks game and psychic are the only planned events so far. Sounds great to me.
I'll end this on a musical note since it's Monday. Ryan Adams has a new album coming out tomorrow. His music is my heart and soul and my everything. I can say without second thought that he is my favourite musician, and I love me some music so that says a lot. I've got tickets to see him in October and I legitimately cried when I got them. I've seen him once before when he opened for Oasis and it was life-altering. So, get the new album, it's self-titled. But even more importantly, listen to his album "Heartbreaker". In my opinion it's one of the best albums ever written. This guy knows his shit. It's not upbeat by any means, but if you want to hear music that will haunt you (in a good way) you'll need to hear this. It was his first solo album and he nailed it.