Every year we go to the CNE for one reason and one reason only — to eat all the crazy food! This year we ate the bacon wrapped grilled cheese sandwich, deep-fried poutine, Jamaican patty double beef friend chicken burger and deep-fried Oreos, among other things.
When my father asked us to get the boys something special for Christmas, we knew there was only one thing the boys really wanted – passes to the Glen Eden Terrain Park.
Last year we skied as much as we could and the boys took to it like nobody’s business. At the end of last season we bought passes for this season so we could fuel our new passion with unlimited access to the hill. And over the winter break, we must have skied close to 10 times. Between last year and this one, the boys have more-or-less mastered the beginners terrain park, and have had their eyes on the big one.
At Glen Eden, season passes don’t include access to the Terrain Park. If you want to ride the course you need to complete a safety quiz and pay an extra fee. Both Hunter and Racer passed the test, no questions asked and are quite possibly now the youngest riders in the park.
Four year-old Racer signs the Terrain Park waiver
Over on Unofficial Networks, they have a blog post with a list of “6 Stupid Things People Do In The Terrain Park”. I am unabashed to declare that I an number 5 on that list – #1 Dad. Racer is the “one kid who decides to take a slide on his bottom down the rail, usually getting stuck trying to get on and ruining the on ramp” (as you can see in the video above). But Hunter takes the jumps no problem and can ride the boxes like a champ.
While I can emphasize with the author of the post and the commenters, I won’t begrudge my boys the opportunity to learn and experience the park. They’ve paid their dues in the beginner hill, they are respectful of others on the hill, and they spend more time upright and riding then most snowboarders learning to ride on the ski hills.
Do you ski or snowboard? How old were you or your kids when you started out? Got any advice on how to learn to do tricks in the terrain park? Let me know in the comments below!
Monster Jam has become a big part of our lives. For the past three years we have taken the boys to watch the monster trucks smash and crash through everything in their way.
This year when we went online to order tickets, we discovered that Nitro Circus Live was coming to Hamilton and since we are all big fans of the show, we decided to change it up this year and go see Travis Pastrana and the gang instead for their first ever Canadian show!
Christmas started in our house shortly after Halloween. Our home filled with Christmas music courtesy of RDIO; and baking, recitals at school and decorating the tree have all paved the road to Christmas morning.
This year both Hunter and Racer had their eyes on something special. For Hunter it was a book that contained a list of every known Pokemon. And for Racer it was a new Bruder crane. For the family we bought ski passes to Glen Eden. Last year skiing was a huge success, so this year we wanted to build on that.
Christmas can be expensive and extravagant, but it can be extravagant without being expensive.
We had a bountiful Christmas, but it didn’t break the bank. Through frugal living we were able to get everything our hearts desired. Here are three tips on how you can live the good life too!
Buy things at end of season – We bought our ski passes when they went on sale at the end of the last ski season and were able to get them at a significant discount.
Shop on Kijiji – A lot of the gifts we purchased for the boys weren’t bought in stores, but from Kijiji. For the fraction of the retail price you can score some serious deals on “gently used” goods.
Keep an eye out for deals year round – Racer’s Bruder crane retails for over $100. We found it for less than half price some time in April. It sat in a closet until Christmas and he got what he wanted, with out the hefty price tag.
What are your tips for saving at Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!
In 2003 I started making videos. At the time, I watched a ton movies and TV shows to study storytelling and cinematic techniques. Canadian media fascinated me and I was enamoured by David Cronenberg’s film Videodrome. The idea that television’s medium and messages could cause a physiological effect on a person fascinated me. If the film were made today, I think the internet would be the medium. In an age where we live so much of our lives online, the internet is the “new flesh” prophesied in the film.
Recently, my wife and I attended the Cronenberg “Evolution” exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox. It was amazing to see artifacts from his films on display. I loved seeing the “Spectacular Optometry International Helmet” from Videodrome and the props from eXistenZ. And the highlight for me was getting my picture taken with the mugwump from Naked Lunch.
The main exhibit takes place on the first floor of the building, but make sure that you journey up to the the fourth floor to check out the Body/Mind/Change Labs.
When you walk into the BMC Labs, it is like walking into a Cronenberg film. Bright screens show information about pods, small bio-computers designed to make us better. 3D printers birth the pods which are stored in glass containers filled with liquid. To get a pod you have to go to the BMC website and complete a series of tasks. Once completed, your pod will be available for pickup at the lab during a ceremony in the new year. What is your favourite David Cronenberg movie? Let me know in the comments below? Seen the exhibit? What did you like best? Let me know!