A bit of background information, me and jakethesnake both travelled down together from Ottawa, and we were sharing a hotel. Ok, so at this point we have already met up with some people and got acquainted with some others. Day 3 of the event went as standard as possible; the day before I wasn’t able to get a PC because the group players were around and they got them that day, but this day as more people got knocked out, I was able to get a PC and played some pratice games throughout the day. I was alternating between laddering and going back to the couch to watch the games, with whoever was on the couch too. We met up with Zeromus and his girlfriend this day too, so things were going pretty good today. This was in the metro convention center, so the place was massive, but for some reason there weren’t that many seats (maybe ~300-400?). There was a ton of people standing around, and sitting in between the rows and in front, and along the side. Nothing else happened much at the venue, I think this day we went across the street to try some burger joint that’s popular in Toronto, but I can’t remember the name. This was also the day of “the party” which endersword was kind enough to host for anyone that wanted to go. After the games were closing out, we were establishing a timeline to get food, drop off equipment and head to the party.
We decided to show our American friends the greatness of poutine, so we headed down a few blocks to grab some awesome fries from Smokes Poutinerie. Everything about downtown Toronto is great, things are very close to each other, this place was only 15 minutes away walking. There are a few photos of us eating in the album at the bottom. After finishing up our dinner, we headed back to our hotel to drop off some gear/pick up some alcohol. We stayed here for a bit, tried some of jakethesnake’s homemade beer which is INCREDIBLE, and then made our way out to the party which was a bit further from my hotel (20 minutes). Looking back now a cab ride would have been a decent idea, but either way we got there not too late.
So now we’ve arrived at the party, at this point there is me, Drekkonis, Zeromus, Steph, jakethesnake and pHaRSiDe that arrived in a party, and some other guys there already. They had smash set up on a TV in the main room, a back room with a pool table, beer in the fridge and a very nice patio. We started with a few games of billiards in team games, me and pHaRSiDe teamed up (thanks for carrying buddy) and we alternated between whoever wanted to play. I had brought some kraken rum which me and peanuts were suppose to split, but he disappeared that night! He ended up getting KBBQ with the pro koreans, and then after I dunno, but oh well more kraken for me :D.
Now endersword’s got cards against humanity out on one of the tables, and there’s over 10 of us playing. I remember there being some starcraft related cards (we require additional pylons?) and obviously it won the round, it was pretty fun. I tried my hand at some smash, I think i won a game or two, but overall I’m pretty shit at the game but I had a good time messing around. As time went on people started leaving, unfortunately Zeromus didn’t get a hotel close to downtown so if i remember correctly he drove back to his hotel, and eventually jakethensnake also headed back to me and his hotel calling it a night. I decided to press on, as I still had a lot of rum left. Eventually I get to doing some shots in the kitchen, and got to know some more people. I’m still inside with some people, and someone says “Do the fusion dance!” So me and drekken get up, butcher the shit out of it until someone shows us how to do it properly, and then we finally get in some decent dances. There are pictures out there, and a video I think, someone has them and I want to see them! But I don’t know where it is, we’ll have to see. So anyway we to the fusion dance, eventually make our way outside to the beautiful patio overlooking the city and socialize some more. Ok so at this point i’m very tipsy and it’s time for everyone to head home, so we all make our way downstairs and say our goodbyes to people and all leave. I put my headphones in, start bobbing my head jamming out to my music, and start heading back to my hotel.
This is a walk i’ve done plenty of times before, going back home after a night out on the town with copius amounts of alcohol involved, but this time shit got weird. Next thing I know is I’m strapped in a gurney, in the back of an ambulance, thinking “what the fuck did I do shit”. So I asked the responder, and I can’t remember what she said but I asked her if i can unstrap the strap at my feet and she said yeah so I did that. I asked if I can go back to my hotel and she says “no” and I said ok. We make it to a hospital (WTF) and they cart me in. I guess they checked my BAC and stuff, and they had to make sure I was ok and everything. I remember asked the security guard about 15 times if i can just go back to my hotel and he visibly got very annoyed with me, continuously telling me “nope”. I remember the lady telling me I was very nice, said I kept apologizing for things. What I think happened, and what i think we established at sushi the next day, was I fell asleep (?) somewhere along walking back to my hotel, and someone called an ambulance for me. What I think happened is pretty much the same, I think I sat down somewhere to catch my breath, since I was really fast everywhere I go, and closed my eyes and fell asleep. So good guy samaritan thank you for your concern, if this is what happened.
After they check me out of the hotel and everything, I get in a cab to go back home, which was an 11 dollar cab ride. I get back to my hotel and want to pay the cabbie, but apparently this canada doesn’t take credit or debit card… Seriously what cab in toronto doesn’t take debit/credit card.. and I didn’t have cash. I thought to myself “fuck what am I going to do” and then remembered jakethesnake was also in a hotel with me. So i told the cabbie that i’ll get my buddy to pay for the cab. We head up to our floor, and since my card key was in my wallet I banged on the door to wake him up. He wakes up, startled as hell and asks who the guy next to me is. I explain the situation, tell jake that i lost my wallet, can’t pay for cab, will pay you back etc etc, and we head downstairs to pay the guy off. I think at this point I also “lost” my wallet, but it was literally on the floor in the cab, so thank god for that too. Thanks for being a buddy jake. This was around 4am btw, and finally i got to go to bed.
From what we were able to piece together the next day, sometime after 2:30am (i think this is when the party ended) i started walking back to my hotel, sat down somewhere to rest, inbetween 2:30 and 3:00 is when the ambulance was called and they picked me up. 3:03am I tried calling drekkonis once, so this is when i was either done at the hospital, or when they first saw me and asked me a bunch of questions including if there’s someone i can call. The whole ordeal only cost me 45 dollars for the ambulance ride and my pride, I honestly had such an amazing weekend there and would do it all again, minus the hospital trip. This was my night out!
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