Archive for February, 2014

A stratagem; a plan or scheme to deceive someone or something. That aside The Beaux Stratagem – by George Farquhar opens tonight at the TRU Actors Workshop Theatre. The play is about two young gentlemen Archer and Aimwell, who devise a stratagem to travel from place to place deceiving young women and taking their money. However this stratagem goes terribly wrong. Both Archer and Aimwell fall in love for real. This play is going to be a great combination of comedy, drama, and hilariously inappropriate jokes.

I am really excited to open this show. I have the pleasure ‘again’ of running the lighting board. (For this show only though.) This is always fun because you get to observe the audience’s reactions for the first time.Until this point you can only laugh at the parts you think are funny but you can never really tell. I anticipate however that most of the places that I have laughed will be laughed at as well.

The Sweet Cherry, the ship the play takes place on

The Sweet Cherry, the ship the play takes place on.

Aside from Archer and Aimwell, this story centers around a highly disfunctional couple in Mr. and Mrs. Sullen. Mr. Sullen is always drunk which causes his wife to be upset most of the time. Aimwell falls for Mr. Sullen’s sister Dorinda, while Archer falls for Mrs. Sullen. This throws a major loop in their plan as even though Mrs. Sullen is reluctant at first she begins to fall for Archer.

Mr. Sullen and Dorinda’s mother Lady Bountiful is this crazy woman who loves to use her “medicinal powers” to help people. However, her “medicinal” ways may not have the strongest effect as like stated earlier she tends to be slightly crazy.

Over the course of the story Archer and Aimwell realize after a while that they both love Mrs. Sullen and Dorinda. They also hear of a plan to rob Lady Bountiful. Because they start to feel guilty and more loyal to Dorinda and Mrs. Sullen. So along with their own plan they decide to protect Lady Bountiful from being robbed by this guy named Gloss.

I haven’t told all the details here, why? Because I don’t want to give away the plot line to those who have yet to see it. Oh wait, that’s most of you. Having already seen this play multiple times I can say that most of you will love it. I can only hope it brings you as much entertainment as it did me when I first watched it. I still have moments when I burst out laughing because of places I find absolutely hilarious.

As much as I would love to keep writing about this fabulous play. I will leave you off wondering this. Do Archer and Aimwell find true love? Come watch the show at the Actors Workshop Theatre Feb.27,28, and Mar. 1st Along with Mar. 6,7,8 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12.00 at the Box Office. Come and enjoy the show everyone.

Excellent Post Hannah 🙂

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Everyone wants a relationship. It’s the fact and desire of most people in life. Most people will admit that they think they know relationships. How to handle them. How to approach them. The fact of the matter is we are all learning. Every 2nd of every day we learn something new about our relationships. Do you agree? (Leave a comment below with your answer.) But sometimes we think we know more or everything about our own relationships. Well for all of you out there who think that. Sorry for disappointing you but we don’t, we never will.

So what’s my point? My point is that Relationships are complicated. Anyone who says different is either a fool or a liar. It doesn’t have to be a relationship with a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Relationships with parents and siblings are just as important. If you can’t have an honest relationship with your parents then what’s the point in trying to maintain a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend?

Is it impossible for you to pull this off? No, it’s not.You can make relationships work against your parents or your siblings will. Your parents might hate your boyfriend or girlfriend, they might despise them and their guts. But what matters more then that is how you perceive each other in the relationship. If you can work with your boyfriend or girlfriend and your parents can learn to accept them, (which in most cases they eventually do) I believe you will be fine.

Not every relationship will end up working out. Sometimes couples break up. whether it be after days, months, weeks, years, and even after marriage. It’s always tough and every relationship has a different toll on us. Ones that are longer are harder to get over.I read somewhere or heard something a couple of years ago that it takes just as long to get over someone as you went out with that person. To make this clear. If you dated someone for 2 years, it would take your 2 years to get over that person.Makes sense?

Relationships throw us hurdles. It’s up to us to jump them and keep pressing. Never forget that When it comes to relationships just remember that every moment counts and never pass up the opportunity to find that dream relationship. Keep fighting guys!

In the next post I will talk more about my relationships and what effect they have had on me. I will be posting photo’s along the way of special quotes I’ve found from the Relationship Truths page on Facebook. (So I took the photo’s of the quotes but I do NOT own them. I end now with a quote of my own that I have carried with me for years.

Love is a mystery in the eyes of everyone; never truly discovered, only found by two people.

For Part II Click HERE

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Part II:

Its really sad when both guys/girls have to say this.

Its really sad when both guys/girls have to say this.

In my life I’ve been full of disappointment. I can honestly say that now I’m at the point in my life where I haven’t decided if I care or not. “I’m used to it.” Nobody in life should have to say this. But unfortunately it happens. More than you think. Being hurt by relationships hurts and it hurts big time. That I don’t think I need to stress to anyone. It sucks. Most of us have been there and will definitely be there again. I know that I will be. But just because we get hurt doesn’t mean that we should stop trying. Because regardless of if you get hurt or not, there is always going to be someone out there that is right for you.

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1 Song is all it takes to change the outlook of a relationship.

Do you ever miss someone so much that every time you play a certain song it reminds you of them? (I almost wrote them of you, I must be tired if I’m making simple mistakes) I know I do. For me it’s Hey Girl by Billy Currington (attached below.) Every time I hear this song it makes me think of what could have been between the said person and myself. But as I can’t go back to the way we were before it’s definitely harder to do for sure. It also makes me think of one question that I have asked myself in every relationship. “Where did I mess up?” That is the one question that i ask myself constantly. It’s also the answer that I get the toughest answers to. What I mean by that is, when I ask that question the person I ask often doesn’t want to answer the question. I still haven’t received a complete answer from the last one. I’m hoping to however. For that however you have to read a previous post.

Referring back to that previous post. This can go for most of my relationships. I haven’t had the greatest of lucks keeping them. But once in them I’ve managed to keep Girlfriend’s for over 2 years. So in essence I haven’t dated much but I definitely know what I’m doing to keep girls around for over 2 years each. But once you break up it’s slightly more complicated. Depending on the method of breaking up.IMG_1696 If it’s a bad break up you don’t want to remember anything about the person you’ve broken up with. But it’s so hard to let go completely, isn’t it? Memories are precious things guys. Don’t lose the important ones. When my first Girlfriend and I broke up we hated each other. It was a bad breakup. We didn’t speak for maybe 6 months. After we got over the worst of our feelings we both ended up seeking closure. After we managed to gain that we went on our separate ways. But the memories that we shared lasted for a long time. I wanted to forget them really bad but I couldn’t. Some of them faded but as we all know when a significant event happens to us we have a hard time ignoring or forgetting that. Good or bad. So despite the memories that still haunt me they are overridden by memories I want to keep.

My 2nd relationship was better. We did end on rough terms but we still ended up being good friends. We don’t talk quite as much as we use to but the memories I remember are still there. There are times when I wish they didn’t happen when it twinges at my heart but other times I don’t regret what happened for a second. Lately we haven’t been speaking because there is one thing that forgot after we broke up is that she is extremely sensitive. Especially to certain things. Most of our memories were special. Especially the ones where we got intimate. Those ones were always special.

We would create our own little world and that created some of the best experiences that I have ever had in my world. They were amazing. What we would do is create a story where we started as people our current age but then fast forward to where we were married and have kids. We would create multiple scenarios and everything. It was quite nice. After awhile though that got old is where we started to fall apart. One fight after another. Days of not texting. That sort of thing. It made for a living Hell for a while.

You see if you get to know me, and I mean super well you will find that I sometimes won’t show it but I am incredibly friendly and nice. I try to be friendly and polite in general but if you really get to know me I am an incredibly sweet person. Most my friends will say that themselves but be warned. I can turn quite nasty if I have to be. I’m not usually nasty but give me the opportunity and I will not make you super happy. Given what I have just said, it takes a lot for me to get to the point of wanting to hurl insults back at people.

So to end off this section of the posts. I haven’t had many relationships but when I am in one they last an incredibly long time. But the last time I was in a relationship was when I was 15. So over 7 years ago now. It sucks being single because you can get incredibly rusty. I thought for a little while I found someone who was different but as it turns out I was wrong. Sometimes I think that the single life is the only life I’m going to have by the end of my life.

Stay tuned for Part III in a few days, or weeks, or even a month depending how busy I am

Thanks for reading guys

Jophis23

First off I’d just like to say, ‘Welcome to Canada,’ no, let’s take it a bit further and say ‘Welcome to British Columbia (BC),’ even further, ‘Welcome to the Thompson-Nicola Region of BC,’ and even further ‘Welcome to Kamloops, BC!’ For those of you who are new to Canada, BC, the Thompson-Nicola Region or even Kamloops this applies to you. For those of you who live in Canada, BC, Thompson-Nicola Region, or Kamloops, thanks for tuning in.

Before Kamloops was established the Secwepemc people (Sushwap) shared the area with the Cree-Saulteaux people. When David Stuart and Alexander Ross set out from Fort Astoria which at the time was a Pacific Fur Company they established a trading post known as ‘Fort Cumcloups’. Over time rival trading companies began to merge. Eventually all of these became known as Fort Kamloops.

Downtown Kamloops

Downtown Kamloops

Over time Kamloops began to grow until 1893 when it became known as The City of Kamloops with a population of about 500 people. Fast forward 118 years and you will find the population has grown from 500 to ~85,700 people. The word “Kamloops” comes from the Sushwap word “Tk’əmlúps” which means ‘meeting of the waters.’ To learn more about the history of Kamloops you can click HERE or HERE. Or vist The City of Kamloops page to learn more.

But this post isn’t so much about Kamloops, but what lies inside Kamloops in the form of a small university called Thompson Rivers University. Again, instead of me going into the vast history of Cariboo College or TRU click HERE to learn more. Thompson Rivers University or TRU as students here call it is an excellent university. It’s not huge like say UBC (University of British Columbia) or McGill over in Quebec. But considering the size of Kamloops to the amount of University students is quite a nice size. UBC has about 70,000 people in total (staff and students.) TRU has about 13,700 in total (staff and students.)

So why am I writing this post? Well, maybe this movie will show you why?

Does that not show you what a university experience should look like? I’m looking directly at those in Whitehorse where I grew up. TRU is a fantastic place and I’ve loved most of my experiences here. It’s a wonderful place to come if you want to experience University like I have but not want to go to something huge. Now I can understand that some people prefer to go to places that have better connections. And coming from the Yukon I do understand that UBC, the University of Lethbridge (UofL) and University of Victoria (UVIC.) But I know that you’ll love TRU if you are willing to give it a chance.

The Campus is great, it has nine main buildings. Each one most TRU students shorten to initials when we text each to save us having to write out each building as some of the names are quite long. The buildings are the Campus Activity Center or CAC, Arts and Education or AE, International Building or IB, The Brown House of Learning or HOL, Old Main or OM. Old Main was actually the original Cariboo College building back when it was established in 1970. It also has the Science building or S, Clock Tower or CT and Trades and Technology or T&T.

Each building is unique as it holds different classes in each one. As you can guess AE would hold lots of English, Philosophy kind of courses. IB has has lecture halls and usually holds all the bigger classes. This can range in many subjects. The HOL is interesting because it holds many uses. It has a huge lecture hall, a library, offices, a computer lab, and a Tim Horton’s.

Campus Activity Center

Campus Activity Center

And I tell you the Timmies line up is insane most of the time. OM has a combination of most subjects as well as Starbucks. OM is usually where offices, the clinic, the registrar and other places are. It also holds the black box theatre which is where most of my classes are. The CT has the big lecture halls and more classrooms. The Science building is pretty self explanatory as is the T&T building.

Right in the middle of AE, IB, HOL and CAC is what students call Campus Commons. It’s a big open area where in September and October when it’s still quite nice out students hang out with friends. Lots of times during the warm months I’ve seen as many as 100 students lounging around enjoying the sun. It’s also a great place to play catch, frisbee or other games if you have the time.

Campus Commons

Campus Commons

I personally go there when I can to enjoy the sun. In the winter it can be a bit annoying to walk from say the CT to AE, which are on opposite sides of campus. Despite the small nature of the university it can still take over 10 minutes to get from one class to another. That usually isn’t the case however.

TRU also has a variety of housing arrangements, close to or actually on campus. There is the Residence or New Rez. Then you have On Campus Housing or Old Rez. Both of which are on campus. And finally Upper College Heights which is just off of campus. Most people tend to want to move out of New Rez after one year there because it turns into such a gong show. I don’t know about Old Rez and Upper College heights isn’t bad honestly.

TRU New Residence

TRU New Residence

The dorms when it’s super hot still are unbearably hot. But I’m not trying to sway your decision. Personally I think everyone should experience Residence at least once in their life time. I mean what’s university without a little Hell right?

My suggestion if you are trying to decide where to go? I would suggest New Rez. It maybe crazy, loud, and outrageously expensive but out of the 3 it is by far the nicest. Besides New Rez comes equipped with a TV, cable and internet. So you never have to worry about Internet bills. (All the free downloading you could want!!!!) I can’t say if Old Rez is bad as I have never lived there. But Upper College heights is a no go for me next year.

Now let’s approach this a little differently. Let’s go into some of my experiences here at TRU. I’ve had some amazing times here in Kamloops and some not so good ones. I’ve made plenty of amazing friends. In general I’ve enjoyed my classes. Some more than others. I’ve also been on the losing end of a couple of potential relationships. It’s been extremely hard, but in life you may get knocked down. But when you do you must learn to get back up. However, you never can know you just might meet your future partner. It’s where a lot of partners actually meet.

Obviously, every year people can and will go through a rough patch. I recently dug myself out a seven year rough patch. That story is for later. Last year I felt I was playing referee and councillor to a ton of my friends in New Rez. Another negative thing by the way. That’s one reason I moved out of Rez.

But in all I feel that it was a good move coming here to Kamloops and Thompson Rivers University. I have amazing friends, I’m enjoying my classes and every day presents a new challenge. I’m not saying make up your mind right now, but do consider possibly giving it a chance. You never know you’ll be surprised as to what you find…….