Ryan (qwantz) wrote,


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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