Orioles @ Blue Jays

My uncle, my dad and I had very lightly brushed on the idea of going to Rogers Center to see the Toronto Blue Jays’ last game of the 2014 season. It was not decided completely but there was a common understanding that we weren’t going as the afternoon of the game approached. My uncle made a light joke about when we’d need to go to catch the game. It’s a long story, but we ended up getting great seats online only an hour before the last game of the season! Talk about unlikely!

It was a great experience and we had a lot of fun, even though we ended up losing the game 1-0 to the Orioles. I was obviously hung up on the idea that this game was a “classic scenario”, (bottom nine, two out, down by one…) Strike out. Oh well. It was a great experience and I would definitely recommend it.

P.S. Tickets were so cheap, just over $15!

P.P.S. My mom inspired me to create this post.

P.P.P.S. Thanks,

Joshua Clarke

Toronto at Half

I began my trip in Toronto on September 18, 2014. As of today, September 28, 2014, I have spent 9 days in Toronto. I will leave Toronto October 5, 2014, which is 8 days from now. Halfway, I share my thoughts on my stay in the biggest city in Canada.

The first week, the one with my grandma and grandpa, we went out and did a lot, like the CN Tower and the ROM Museum. I enjoyed that quite a bit and there is a place for that, but I heard they thought a week was the perfect length for a balance of touristy and relaxy and I agree.

Now is just mostly the “chill” part of the stay, which also definitely has a place. Sit on the couch, watch Canucks and walk around the local area near my uncle’s house.

Phase Two of my stay… COMING UP.

Thanks a lot,

Joshua Clarke

The CN Tower

Today I went to the CN Tower with my grandma and grandpa while my uncle was working. I never thought twice about going up it, but when I saw it up close you can imagine I thought multiple, multiple times about going up. I decided I would, but I was anxious up there so we only stayed up for about 40 minutes. Still plenty of time to take pictures of the scenery and whatnot. Personally I really enjoyed playing with different angles and everything, but I guess you can’t blame me too much for not wanting to stay up one of the tallest building in the world for too long. Originally I thought the glass floor of the Tower was going to be cool, but I soon figured out it was more than that. It was cool, freaky, exciting scary, and any other words that mean that.

The CN Tower was amazing, and I would probably go up there again if I got the chance.

Thanks again for reading,

Joshua Clarke

The Toronto Blazing Ducks

My uncle joined a beer league in Toronto, and his team name is the Blazing Ducks. I wasn’t in Toronto to see his first game, (which the Ducks won 10-4 and he got 5 goals) but I was there for the second game of the season which was a blowout in favor of a well stocked Blazing Ducks team, which happened at 7:30 eastern time tonight.

My uncle scored twelve seconds into the game for his 6th goal in one game and twelve seconds! Then he went on his longest scoring drought yet. 42 minutes and 48 seconds which unfortunately was the rest of the game. The Blazing Ducks went on to win the game 10-2 and increase their season record to 2-0.

Thanks,

Joshua Clarke

My Second Day in Toronto

Today was my second day in Toronto if you don’t count the first night. We went to the Royal Ontario Museum and had dinner in Little Italy. The museum was cool, especially the architecture, and Grandma and I shared a bacon and pepperoni pizza… YUM!

The museum felt like it brushed over everything a little too lightly. It would have been better if it was specified on something and go into it deeply. However, we took some cool photos and it was overall a good experience. The pizza was great, and it was nice to share this time with my Grandparents and my Uncle.

Thanks a lot,

Joshua Clarke

Hockey Hall of Fame

Today we went to the hockey hall of fame. It was amazing! They even had a replica of the Montreal Canadiens dressing room with player lockers! I got to see the original Stanley Cup, and I even got to test my skills against NHL goalie and player sims!

I found it amazing how many milestone artifacts they recovered to show on display. For example, the Hall had all three pucks of the record when… I can’t remember who, scored a hat trick (three goals) in just 21 seconds! I mean seriously. How could they take all three pucks and put them on display? It was before the forties for crying out loud!

We saw lots of goalie masks (yes, Milo, GOALIE masks,) and surprisingly a LOT of jerseys. There is this new collection that has jerseys from all the goalies in the NHL from the 2013-14 season!

I would definitely go back again if I could to share it with my family.

Thanks a lot for reading,

Joshua Clarke

On the Plane to Toronto

I’m a little bit nervous on airplanes, and I haven’t been on one since we went to Disneyland in October 2011. I’m okay once we start flying, but takeoff and whatnot gets me a little nervous.

As I’m writing this, I am on flight 712 on September 18, 2014, and as of right now my grandma, grandpa and I are flying directly over Winnipeg, Manitoba. The flight has been pretty smooth so far but recently there has been some turbulence. This hasn’t been a very eventful flight except for the constant excitement from being able to see Uncle James, which, in my opinion is all I can ask for. I’ll keep you posted on my adventure in Toronto!

Thanks,

Joshua Clarke

P.S. It’s me 3 hours later and I just wanted you to know that I’ve flown most of the way across Canada! (I would guess 20 minutes till we land?)

For Private Schoolers and Parents… It’s Monday!

School is revving back up again for the new week. Oh, wait, for some people it doesn’t. But for private schoolers and homeschoolers, we’re still figuring out the dance to our new grades, and so hopefully Mondays can be exciting for some of us. I always like to be organized going into a new week. Surprisingly it makes me feel more organized. I am the oldest of three children. I am eleven, my younger brother is nine, and my younger sister is six. So you can probably imagine how much organization we need to feel relaxed in the following week. Thankfully, we began holding weekly family meetings every Sunday to sort out the new week.

For private and homeschoolers, have a great week. And Garfield, no commenting on the Monday pages.

(P.S. in three days I’ll be in Toronto! I’ll be sure to keep you updated… I’ll be there from September 18th to October 5th!)

Joshua Clarke

Vancouver Canucks With Nowhere to Go But Up

As the title reads, there really is nowhere to go but up for the team in 25th overall out of 30. The Canuckleheads are in that position, and are facing the season with a new coach, and a new no.1 goalie. It will be interesting to see the newfound Canucks faced with the challenge of getting back into the playoffs after a non-playoff year for the first time since 2009. Most of my friends have given up on the Canucks or have picked a new team to cheer for. I haven’t. So if you’re a Canucks fan, leave a comment in the comments section below. If you think they’ll make the playoffs leave a comment in the section below.

WE ARE ALL CANUCKS

Joshua Clarke

In Seven Days…

One week, 3 hours and 12 minutes from now, I will board a plane that flies to Toronto for a two week visit to my uncle’s house. He has been living in Toronto for about one and a half years. He was only going to move for 1 year to do some business for his brother, my other uncle (I have 5), the co-founder of Nail Polish Canada. The other co-founder is his wife, my aunt. The trip is a nice, healthy length, 17 days (September 18 – October 5).

My uncle is crazy about hockey. This is no joke, he could probably take over coaching for the Vancouver Canucks AND get them back into the playoffs in one year. The greatest mystery to me in life? That my uncle is such a hockey fanatic and he hasn’t even seen the Hockey Hall of Fame, which is in Toronto! The luck thing is, I’m as much of a hockey lover as he is. Even better? The whole Vancouver Canucks preseason is over my trip! And all the games are broadcasted nationally!

I fly in with my Grandma and Grandpa, I stay with them and my uncle for week one, and then they leave and my dad comes for week two, and then I fly home with my dad.

BEST TRIP EVER!

Thanks again for reading,

Joshua Clarke

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