June 17

June 18th, 2007

I know I’m still behind on my journal, but I’m getting closer! Ontario has been incredibly busy. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.


I woke up confused. I didn’t know where I was, how I got there or even what time it was. But reality came slamming back down. I was still in Kingston, of course! I think the confusion was triggered by the fact that I was able to sleep past 8:30 am. My body really didn’t know how to react. It couldn’t tell if it should be happy to have received the much needed rest, or if it should be ticked off knowing that it will not likely get another chance to experience the sensation for quite some time. My brain quickly stepped in and made the decision to enjoy the moment. But it also reminded me not to forget Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there. Hopefully your kids don’t pull you into any journey’s the way I suckered my Dad into this one!


There wasn’t too much planned for today. It wasn’t going to be like my days off in Halifax or Charlottetown. This time I didn’t have any site-seeing to do. Instead of cramming as much into the day as possible, I could focus on organization and PR work for the Skate For Hope. But first thing’s first. I had to get to work on the website. I know there’s hundreds, if not thousands, of lurkers on this site salivating for the next installment of my journal. In fact, one woman in Vancouver thought I had quit the skate because I hadn’t updated the entries in a few days. Don’t worry, Murielle. I’m not a quitter. To all the avid followers who read this, I know you’re out there! I actually love the fact that so many people are finding my adventures so entertaining. Don’t be shy, though. I love getting messages. Even if it’s just a one-liner to introduce yourself and Hi. Keep enjoying my tales and tell everyone you know to read. The more people that know, the better. Having worked on my site all morning, I took a break to wander through my old stomping grounds on Aylmer Crescent and visit with some neighbour’s. I stopped in to see the D’Agostino’s who’s son, Mark (a year older than me), is engaged to be married in September. It was nice to see them, and it was nice to have the opportunity to walk to their house rather than rollerblade, but my day off came to an abrupt end.


Although I wouldn’t be skating any kilometers today, I was asked to make an appearance at the new Telus Tyroute store across from Boston Pizza. They were putting on a promotion and had K-Rock radio station broadcasting on location, as well as the local 15 year-old stock-car driver phenome, Chris Raabe. It was great exposure having my RV parked beside the stock-car and the K-Rock Hummer. When I arrived at the Telus store, a bright-eyed bombshell with a grin from ear to ear was waiting with open arms. It was the one and only, Corrina Zinck from Boston Pizza. She has been one of the most enthusiastic, energetic and supportive person of my entire trip. She has single-handedly gabbed the attention of Boston Pizza and has been pushing for support from other Boston Pizza’s across Canada. Boston Pizza on Gardiners Road will be donation 10 % of all sales between 11am and 2pm to my cause tomorrow afternoon (that may be redundant, but it’s important to emphasize!). The majority of my publicity in Kingston has been a result of the hard work and dedication of Corrina. Thank your, Corrina. You are a fantastic person. I hope you come see me in Vancouver when you visit your son!


The afternoon was great. Although it wasn’t too busy at the Telus store, the people who did stop by were very encouraging. A few donations were made and I was given a some plugs on K-Rock. The rest of the afternoon was a lot like the morning. I spent some time running some errands and even got a donation from Best Buy. I bumped into a few other old high school friends who I haven’t seen in years like Sherri, Chris and Heather. It’s really amazing who you see when you come back for a quick visit.


You may remember me mentioning Jim and Bev Stevens. Jim is my parents’ friend who contact all of the Quebec media, and then sent them all another e-mail slamming them for not contacting me. Well, they are now back in Kingston and had us over for dinner. As much as I enjoyed the incredible meal, I think my mom enjoyed not having to cook even more! Bev and Jim, I know you read this religiously, so I want to say thanks again for the continued support. You’re detailed maps of Napanee really impressed my dad. And your organization was a true lesson for my mom.


Hopefully by this time tomorrow, I’ll be practically caught up on all the website stuff I’ve been falling behind on. Be patient, everyone. As I get ready to continue my trek through Ontario and move towards the GTA, I know I’ll be looking for more help and support. So please don’t hesitate to contact your local media, tell friends and family I’m on the way, let people at work know that a couple dollars from everyone will change all our lives, or e-mail me if you want to come skate with me. I’ve had a few requests already, and I hope I can get thousands of people out blading before I reach Vancouver in September!

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