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BIRTHDAY REPORT: OCT 20th 2006 [Oct. 22nd, 2006|11:07 am]
Ryan


So my birthday was pretty rad!

A few people came over early, we hung out and then went for dinner (cheap but delicious Chinese food) before seeing The Prestige, which was good times. Then it was back to my house for surprise cake and drinks until about 3:30 am. It was a great party!

Then my brother and I got an hour of sleep before getting up at 4:30 am to climb the CN tower, aka the tallest building1 in the world. It is 143 flights of stairs straight up, and Victor, Allene and I were among the first to start at 6:00 am. Victor was the hero, doing it 2 steps at a time most of the way up, getting to the top in 19 minutes. Also he was still drunk from last night when he did it, and puked literally minutes before he climbed the tower. TRULY UNSTOPPABLE??

I waited with Allene (NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND) and we did it in 33 minutes, 36 seconds. I got a shirt that says this and am going to modify it to 3.3 minutes, 3.6 seconds, which is a very complicated way of time measurement but which gives me ULTRA SUPER HUMAN TIME. Also: I dropped my little time card and had to go down 2 stories to get it, which means I actually climbed 145 stories, 2 more than everyone else, and those stories account for any slowness real or imagined?

The record for the day Saturday was 12 minutes (at least that was the lowest when we came down after watching the sun rise over the city, which was a rare treat), and the record EVER is a little over 7 minutes, which is insane. They said the guy ran the entire way up, which seems possible until you've done 5 flights of stairs and you think "Wow human bodies are not in fact truly unstoppable". The elevator itself, which moves so fast that your ears pop, does the climb in 60 seconds.

So while we did not break the world record, we did raise together about $500 for charity, and I started out my new year in style. Thank you everyone for donating! We then slept and at 4:00 Victor and Paul and I dressed up like Harry Potter, a Bell Canada Service Repairman, and a woman in a very pretty skirt, respectively, and participated in the Spooky Shred / Critical Mass ride downtown, which was a ton of longboarders, all in costume, riding through the city. Awesome!

sorry about the lack of sexy pictures, you will have to use your imagination
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[User Picture]From: warteen
2006-10-22 03:13 pm (UTC)
Happy late birthday, and stuff.
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[User Picture]From: theanimalmother
2006-10-22 03:17 pm (UTC)
A most happy birthday, indeed.
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[User Picture]From: sfllaw
2006-10-22 03:18 pm (UTC)
It sounds like your birthday turned out great. May this year be happy and prosperous.
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[User Picture]From: maude_lynn
2006-10-22 03:30 pm (UTC)
Happy belated! (birthday, that is!)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-10-22 03:32 pm (UTC)
That's rad. Happy birthday.

Any ill effects of the climb today? Sore calves? Knee cramps? Vertigo?
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[User Picture]From: goraina
2006-10-22 03:34 pm (UTC)
...that was me!
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[User Picture]From: nyahnyahnyah
2006-10-22 03:56 pm (UTC)
Gah, somehow it escaped me that you were doing the "climb" for chraity. That is rad!

And, of course, happy birthday, doooood!
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[User Picture]From: nyahnyahnyah
2006-10-22 03:57 pm (UTC)
Um, yeah, what I meant was, C H A R I T Y.

Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: wigu
2006-10-22 04:13 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your achievement, and best wishes! I trust you had a pleasant and professional time.
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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2006-10-22 05:51 pm (UTC)
I think we can all agree that a sensible time is the BEST sort of time.
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[User Picture]From: chime
2006-10-22 04:59 pm (UTC)
Woah, qwantz has the same birthday as me! Wacky!

We are at the opposite end of the year from Hitler, you know. I think that's a pretty good thing to be the opposite of.
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[User Picture]From: zamp
2006-10-23 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm on the opposite end from Christ's Birthday!

Which is also pretty good, but for different reasons.
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[User Picture]From: lizgreenfield
2006-10-22 05:08 pm (UTC)
Way to go Ryan! I vowed to never do anything for charity again after the Connecticon '05 webcomic artist auction that sent me out to dinner with a greasy kid named Doug who's greatest skill was eating cheesy fries through his NOSE and quoting VG Cats.

Oh the Webcomics Rights Group, I hope they made magic happen with those 167 dollars.
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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2006-10-22 05:50 pm (UTC)
Did - did that actually happen? How did I not hear of that before?

PIX PLZ
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[User Picture]From: yaytime
2006-10-22 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm doing the birthday dance for you!
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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2006-10-22 05:50 pm (UTC)
I will post one here just for you as soon as I get it off my brother's camera!
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[User Picture]From: spaininrain
2006-10-22 08:31 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! By the way, how high up do the stairs go? Most of the tower is an antennae, right? Where does
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[User Picture]From: spaininrain
2006-10-22 08:32 pm (UTC)
it end?

(please excuse the double post)
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From: thesis_avoider
2006-10-22 08:49 pm (UTC)
It was fun to see everybody again on Friday night. It had been too long.

Also, Ryan and Victor--you should have stuck around! We ended up going to Sneaky Dee's after...
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