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Raindrops and roses or: Top Ten reasons that I reveal in fall’s glory!

As September wanes and the leaves drop, ski season is on the foremost of many of you young wiper snapper’s minds. As for myself, I am too busy reveling in the glory and absolute loveliness that is Fall. Lethbridge only gets a brief glimpse into this seasonal young lover mind and I intend to enjoy every lovely morsel that’s available.

Top Ten reasons that fall can make my heart beat faster that an unclapable clap track:

1.       Live shows – For real folks. Everyone knows that summer is music festival season but fall is the time of year where smaller bands are touring for their last vestiges of musical gained income before it gets too cold to risk that tour van on Canada’s highways. As well, the colder it gets, the less evening outside options you have so opting for the warmth and comfort of your local indie venue is an excellent plan.

2.       Warm sweaters and huge, colorful scarves – Fall is the perfect season for us cardigan, boot and scarf lovin’ peeps. So many great options for layering and finding the perfect wool cardigan and huge pashmina can give you more satisfaction than the Top Hat.

3.       Cuddling – Keep those heating bills down (and your carbon emissions lowered!) by finding someone to cuddle with. Cuddling is the greatest form of human contact ever and as an extra bonus, that huge pashmina can work as a great blanket.

4.       Long drives – Southern Alberta is killer for fall aesthetics. Grab some friends, a vehicle and go country driving. The freshly cut fields and crisp leafy smell is amazing this time of year and fall nights offer excellent star viewing.

5.       Long walks – the more sustainable way of appreciating the lovely fall days and nights! Lethbridge has some pretty decent parks which offer lovely walking paths and great opportunities for conversations. A mug of hot cider and a great pair of boots is all you need to enjoy this. Plus, pretty soon it is going to be too cold to be walking for any length of time so jump on it while you can.

6.       Halloween! – This holiday does lend itself to hoochie mama’s dressing up like “slutty” whatever but man o’man is getting a costume actually so much fun. Think outside the box this year and dress like your favorite Watchmen character, or children’s TV show (Jem and the Holograms…amirite?!). There is also going to be a screening of Rocky Horror Picture at The Galt on Halloween night, so get your tyranny on and come out!

7.        Baked Goods – So, baked goods are probably my favorite thing in the world and fall is the perfect season for them. Eating homemade banana bread while walking through a park on a fall afternoon…sigh. Like me and are baking challenged? Get a friend to give you a lesson, or find someone who loves to bake and offer back rubs in exchange for baked goods. Or, just man up, grab some Company’s Coming cookbooks and get to work!

8.       Nights in – Fall offers the most perfect night in. No matter if your curling up with a great book and some Fleetwood Mac or with some good friends and a killer movie (Calgary Film Fest recommendation: Let the Right One In…Swedish vampires…need I say more?) with the wind and rain outside pattering on your window and the warmth and love inside, could you get any happier?

9.       The Coulee’s – This time of year, the Coulee’s and the river bottom becomes stunning. The trees turn a million different colors and since it’s the last ditch effort before it becomes inhabitable, there is a flurry of cute and furry animal activity to watch and enjoy.

10.   ULSU events – Sorry, this is a full on plug but the ULSU has a trillion things happening this fall semester and they’re all pretty cool so please check ‘em out. You’ll probably be pretty stoked when you do and better off for it.

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Top Ten Movie/Book Awesomeness

It’s pretty hard to find movies which are equal in awesomeness to their literature equivalent but there are a few out there and I feel that they deserve a little cudo’s.

So, for this weeks top ten:
Top Ten Movies That Can be As Loved as Their Literature Equivalent:
1. The Secret Garden –  Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and adapted a shawk of times, the 1993 adaptation by A. Holland is clearly the best and totally captures the charm and English loveliness from the book. Plus, Dame Maggie Smith is killa.
2. Harry Potter the Secret of Azakaban – The third movie adaptation of this series to so dark and creepy I still get chills when think about Dementors.
3. The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring – The book and movie both tug at my hearts strings and The Shire is pretty much the cutest imaginary English town imaginable. Although every part of the series is fantastic, the beginning of the tale gets me every time.
4. Closer – A play written by Patrick Marber adapted to film by the playwright and starring Clive Owen, Julia Roberts. Jude Law and Natalie Portman. Those four names should be enough to make you run to your nearest HMV.
5. Fight Club – Written by pop culture lit. maverick Chuck Palahniuk, the 1998 movie directed by David Fincher brought this novelist to whole other level of pop culture worship. Both amazing in their right and man o’man can Palahniuk’s words translate on screen.
6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – I think this is pretty much a given, but if you haven’t read the Hunter S Thompson novel or the seen the 1998 Terry Gilliam movie, you are missing something in your life.
7. Glenngary Glen Ross – Written by David Marmet, a 1993 movie with Ed Harris, Al Pacino and Alec Baldwin, this bad boy’s got everything a girl or boy could want. No holds barred, winner gets all, business time. That’s right, management students rent it now.
8. Everything is Illuminated – Written by Jonathen Safran Foer and adapted to film, starring Elijah Wood, this move and book vary drastically but each hold their own in their respective mediums and are equally brilliant.
9. To Kill a Mockingbird – Gregory peck. That’s all you need to know.
10. James Bond – Casino Royal – That’s right, betcha didn’t know that this action packed manly man series is based on a book series by mister manly man himself, Ian Fleming. Honestly, the books are just as fantastic as the movies. Promise.
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five years and still no degree…oh jeez!

Top Ten Things I have learned here at the University of Lethbridge:

Well, another year finds me here and as I am going into my fifth (yes, fifth year, this is something many of you can look forward to…) I only hope my extensive experience here will aid you if you’re new or give you a chance to commiserate if you’re not.

1.       Finishing in four years is kinda like watching the first The Terminator and The Terminator: Judgment Day but refusing to see The Terminator: Rise of the Machines. You’re already in so deep you may as well enjoy it. Four years is a long time yes, but don’t get hung up on the four years business. If getting a sweet gig sets you back some time, no worries. If volunteering, or pursuing something you love causes you to take 3 classes instead of five, it’s worth it and if you think the only way to be successful is finish your degree fast and get out, you’re wrong. You are already paying for school and already committed to being a student, you may as well enjoy it. Just be warned, there is a fine line between enjoying and roosting. Seven years and Terminator Salvation is a bit much. Quit while you’re ahead.

2.        You will get fat. Well, maybe not fat but trust me. By the end of each term you will see students at the gym in numbers you have never seen before because once finals are over you will start to care about how you look again. Don’t stress about it but just know, it may happen. Love yourself from within etc…

3.       On that note, the University and its various subsidiary services offer free food all the time. You can usually dine for free at least once a week. This is great, especially for CJ loving residence kids. Lectures usually offer wine and cheese, go to these. There is always some random reason the university decided to dish out free cake in the atrium or have a free BBQ for students. Keep your eyes peeled and if you don’t mind waiting in line, you will be good to go!

4.       Midterm season in the second semester coincides with the windiest days that North America will and has ever seen. Do not walk outside if you can help it. Do not walk with loose papers anywhere, even inside the school, trust me. Realize the wind is your friend. Helping you stay in and study, helping you practice your meditation skills at 3 am when it rattles your window. Embrace it. Love it.

5.       Volunteer at CKXU. Well, volunteer anywhere. If you want to have a good experience here do something. Old episodes of Degrassi Junior prove nothing else but that clubs are awesome and will help you be a better person.

6.       Go to cool things and events happening here. You are paying to be educated here, you are choosing to live here, embrace it. The UofL art gallery is wicked and has new exhibitions every semester. There are always free recitals and lectures happening. Take advantage of this stuff now, because that middle management office job will at best offer you free cake on someone’s birthday and we’ve already explored the consequences of that.

7.       This is a list of places off campus which are worth checking out:

–          Red Dog Diner – Cheap food, fast and really really good. Family owned business that is open to midnight Sunday – Wednesday and 2 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This is amazing for Lethbridge.

–          Blueprint Records – The only record store in town, specializing in hard to find stuff and used CD’s/Vinyl. Anything you want, they got it. Mike, the owner is awesome at ordering stuff in so do not be afraid to ask.

–          The SAAG – Southern Alberta Art Gallery. It’s pretty amazing and has world renowned art collections. Check it.

–          Andrew Hilton – Amazing wine selection and often tastings are available.

–          Westside Backstreet – Super chill place to grab a bevi and a Jamie. Sandwich that is. No one names Jamie works there that I know of.

–          Cuppers – Amazing coffee and tea. Huge selection. Trust me; these are two things you will need.

8.       Talk to people in your class. This is a little after school special of me, but Little Foot was way better off once he had his posy to help him out in “The Land Before Time” than when he was on his own. Friends are good, the more you surround yourself in the better.

9.       Take advantage of every opportunity this University can offer. Stop into the co-op office often, check what’s available, see how you can get a co-op. Talk to your adviser about an exchange, there are tons of international universities you can attend while paying the same amount of tuition you would pay here. This is awesome. Go on an archeological dig, run for student office, become the president of a club or just really really enjoy our luscious shower facilities.

10.   Don’t complain. The more you complain the less likely you are to seeing the positive points and the more likely you are to hating whatever you are doing. Either change what sucks or get over it. Awesome Sauce.

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The Wheel of freedom

Yesterday, this awesome sauce of a guy I know got me a shawk of Trades to occupy me in my limited free time. If I start to fail at life, I blame him, Alan Moore and Robert Kirkman.

In my rooster of life failing aids?

The first two trades of Invincible – This wicked awesome comic about a teenage boy superhero who saves the world one group of bad guys at a time.

I also have been jiving on this new Alan Moore thing: Top Ten. Super interesting and a bit of a departure from Moore’s previous anti-government, overtly political, intensely intellectual works. This is a bit lighter and very super hero-ie.

Also wicked awesome? Check out Image Comics web page. You can read the first issue of a bunch of the titles in their rooster for free. A chance to get to know what you like and if comics are not your thing (yet…) you will be sure to get a good introduction.

In my puruesing of Image Comics site I found all this cool stuff! Including this brand new comic I totally wanna check: Suburban Glamour by Jamie Mckelvie. “Life’s tough when you’re a teenager — homework, boy trouble, and meddling parents. So when Astrid Johnson has to deal with imaginary friends turned real, monster attacks and faerie magic as well — that’s just not fair, is it?”

No, no its not.

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How many emo kids does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

This week I was finaling and hanging out with wicked student leaders. I am currently gearing up to take my position as official VP of keeping the rest of the ULSU in line. Nah, just kidding. We have staff who are way better at that than me.

This weekend, a bunch of student leader political heads got together to nerd out about federal lobbying and how funny Rob Anders can be. Canmore was lovely and even more so was the pole dancing aficionado from the one and only UBC. Myself, the ULSU’s current and future president and incoming VP Administration bonded like Elmer glue on the ride up. Apparently a four hour car ride also gives ample opportunity to see how many indie/music/misrepresented emo jokes can be made. (I lost count at 28 837…) So, due to my weekend filled with patience testing emo jokes, political mayhem, federal lobbying information and all around nerdy good times:

This week’s web comics: Politics and Music – they’re both funny!

A non web comic notes- just finished the Top Ten Trade from my beloved Alan Moore and loved it. The plot is a little wierd and sometimes a little all over the place and the writing surprised me a bit as this particular trade series is much lighter and a lot less overtly political and radical as Moore’s previous work’s. Still, no complaints and pretty cool to see a lighter and much more humor based side of Moore.

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Comic book date

I have found a brilliant mentor. Lets call him El Devo. Someone well versed in the art of lovin’ the comic books. Plus, he is going to give me all his old ones! Stoked.

I have to say, when I first started out on this expedition I was incredibly nervous. I still am. This is a very touchy subject to many a person and I would hate to ignorantly step on any toes. I would only hope that my deep need to understand this crazy world and my total devotion to this discovery makes up for my huge abyss like lack of knowledge.

On another note – I have traversed some comic web sites recently and for a bunch of nerds, there are some very crap-ola websites. For real. Next post – top ten BAD comic book sites and top ten GOOD comic book sites. Just for some nice balance.

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