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Day 8:  10 Things You Don’t Know About Me (Darthregis)

As you’re probably all well aware, I have a pretty crappy memory for most things (yet some things I remember vividly).  Anyway, I may put something up here that you may already know or that I’ve mentioned before.

1)  Alright, I already made mention of this in my previous post.  In particular, the Wintersleep video.  They’re from my hometown, which is Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  I don’t live there any more and haven’t for about 10 years.  They say, “Home is where the heart is,” and Halifax is definitely home.

2)  I was in the Canadian military for four years.  I left in March, 2001 to prepare for moving to Western Canada.  No, I didn’t get called back after the 9/11 attacks and no, I didn’t go over to Afghanistan.  I’ve had a few of my old cronies and friends go, and I’ve had at least one that didn’t make it back.  Oddly enough, during Basic Training (aka: Boot Camp), Bryce and I often got mistaken for one another by our instructors – even if we don’t really look alike, at all.  He was also an engineering student as I was at the time, so I couldn’t help but think that some change in my circumstances could have put me in a similar situation.

3)  As stated above, I’m an engineer.  And not a very good one.  I’ve forgotten mostly everything I learned at school as I found myself in a job that didn’t really require those skills.  With that said, I think the engineering background has made me good at my job.

4)  I lived in Germany for 3 years.  My father was in the military as well and got posted there.  They had facilities for families and civilian contractors as well, so I went to an English school, shopped mostly at Canadian stores, etc.  We, of course, had access to German facilities as well.  We also traveled throughout a good portion of Europe, with France a mere 30 minutes away and Switzerland two hours away.  Notable places I visited:  Berlin, Munich, Paris, D-Day beaches, Zurich, Venice, Florence, Barcelona, Vienna, London, Edinburgh.  I only wish I was older when I lived there, so I could a) appreciate the history and culture more, b) appreciate the beer more.

5)  While living in Germany, I was on a swim team.  And I managed to make it to the yearly European Forces Swim League championship, which was held at the Olympic pool in Munich.  I was back-up for the medley relay team and sadly, I never got to swim.  I regret that.

6)  Another Germany story!  About a month or so after moving there, while horsing around, I managed to break my left arm.  It looked something like this:

I was supposed to be in a full-arm cast for four weeks and then a forearm cast for two weeks.  The bone didn’t set properly in the first four weeks, so they re-broke my arm and I had to do the whole thing over.  Ten weeks in a cast, baby!

7)  I made a feeble attempt to be a DJ at my University radio station.  You had to put in a bit of volunteer time while learning the equipment and such.  That fizzled out and turned into a couple of 2am – 8am shows with friends (Brokentree and Pach’s husband partook in that as well).  I was also a guest on a couple of afternoon shows with some other friends from my old high school and was also supposed to be part of a pre-recorded sketch series.  That also fell apart.

8)  I love golf.  And playing golf.  I need new clubs.  I also need to play more often to get better.  I just don’t make the time, nor do I find that many people wanting or willing to golf with me.  Maybe I’m just not asking the right people.  I don’t know.  But  it’s fun to get out and ruin a nice walk every now and then.

9)  A few years back I was friends with the developers of The Silver Lining, a Kings Quest based independent game.  I spent a lot of time on their forums, etc.  But the game took forever to get released.  I didn’t really get fed up waiting, I just stopped using forums a lot less.  If you ever liked the [Whatever] Quest adventure games, I recommend you download this one.  There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in this one.  And lots of heart, too.

10)  I was Best Man at Pacheco‘s and [Enhancement Shaman]’s wedding.  [ES] and I have been good friends for awhile and I must say that it’s been one of the greatest honours of my life to be a part of it.

Also, Best Man Pro-Tip:  Don’t write your speech at 4am the day of the wedding while completely drunk out of your mind.

For Pach and her hubby!

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Day 7:  The Reason Behind Your Blog’s Name

It’s a bit of a mix.  Given that we have more than one author, we knew we weren’t going to have a very specific “theme”.  Mage/Druid/DK + Hunter/Priest/Professionist tends to make for some pretty scattered thoughts, opinions, and topics.  Hence the “Wayward”.

We also left the blog open for guest-posts from fellow guildies.  (Brokentree is the only one who took us up on that, and lucky for us, his posts are great.)  Anyway, our guild name is The Zug Initiative, we took something from that.

Chawa coined “The Wayward Initiative”, and while she was worried that it may sound too close to the guild name, I evidently talked her into keeping it.

A video from the first band Chawa and I saw live together.  They’re also from my hometown!

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