Awkward Moments: That’s Not My Name

"Yeah, Gray...Like the colour." I say this at least once EVERY DAY. No, I'm not exaggerating. I deal with the public on a daily basis and am frequently introduced to kindly patrons wanting to exchange names. This is Canada and people are friendly. It gets awkward. "No, not Greg. Gray. Nope, Gary has two syllables. It's pronounced Ggggg-rrrr-eeeeeeeh. Dre? [...]

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Humanity vs. Stress

Before I start, I'd like to acknowledge a few things. I realize that I'm incredibly lucky to live in a first-world nation with a developed economy (Canada). Yes, I'm considered middle-class. Which is actually pretty damn awesome...check out how 98% of my fellow humans live and try and say my situation doesn't ROCK. I'm from an [...]

Tequila Shots in the Dominican: A Coming-of-Age Tale

In the June of 2009 my friends and I were to be released from the confines of high school through the magical process of 'graduation'. It being our final year in public school we decided to go on a grad trip. The Destination The plan was to fly hundreds of teenagers across Canada to a country that [...]

House Party Done WRONG

In my final year of high school I decided to have a house party. With graduation coming in June and the pressure to have fun dominating my every thought, I adopted a time-tested strategy: beg my parents for the opportunity to let a bunch of random kids walk through our front door and do illegal [...]