This Ain’t Your Mama’s Toronto — Getting it On at FNLROM

Going through my draft blog posts, I came across an unpublished piece from my former life!

If you haven’t been, you’re missing out — with the decline of Toronto’s Entertainment District and the condo set looking for safe places to get their party on, the Royal Ontario Museum’s Friday Night Live (or FNLROM) has become an amazing addition to Toronto’s nightlife!

On Fridays from May 2 through June 27, from 7-11:45 PM, you can dance, explore and wander through the Museum until close — galleries are even open ’til 11 PM!

So let’s take a trip back to Spring 2012, when the ROM first started FNLROM and I discovered that the museum offered more than just a bunch of old bones!

COMIN’ RIGHT UP: The We & We Free featuring Junia-T!

In a time before blogging was my extracurricular activity of choice, I used to draw like a fiend. On break at work. Zipping around on buses between home, school and work. I’d fall asleep with pens and markers in hand as I tried to draw just a little more (my Mom has the ink-stained sheets to prove it!)

It was in one of these scribbling sessions where I first crossed paths with Junia-T.

The We & We Free — Junia-T — Street Shot

Hailing from Sauga’s southwest, Junia’s been in the rap game since before most people knew what Internet radio was. Back in 2003, after we met and exchanged info while riding the city’s notoriously unreliable Mississauga Transit #26, you’d find me with Junia and his 3-5 Playa crew in their basement sessions while sketching out the cover work for Up to Par… Da Mixtape.

Over a decade later, and the Sauga City cat’s still at it, as one of the artists performing at the free upcoming The We & We Free concert on Friday, May 9th at the Izakaya Sushi House!

We Paint Like the BOMB, Though at Paint Nite Toronto!

Banu Iranian Restaurant and Vodka Bar at 777 Queen Street West in Toronto.
Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

Once upon a time, drawing was all I’d ever do. I carried sketchbooks and supplies wherever I went, transforming my imagination into all sorts of pieces. I don’t know when I stopped, but if you’ve got a good thing going, never stop, because you never know when you’ll pick it up again.

Other than sketches in the margins of meeting notes done in ballpoint pen, my days of drawing had become a distant memory — a dream deferred, perhaps never getting the chance to see reality.

But that doesn’t mean I ever stopped thinking about it. When I daydream, it’s like an animated movie playing out in my head, all my characters playing their part in a grand sci-fi odyssey. But I never make the time to make the ideas in my cranium any more than that — mere thoughts.

Which is what made Buytopia’s invite to a Paint Nite so appealing.

WHAT YOU MISSED — #SaugaTweetup VI: SCADDABUSH

SaugaTweetupVI — SCADDABUSH — Quynh Nguyen, Christine Pantazis, Lise Lo, Adeline Chan and Marcin Szablewski

“SaugaTweetup is like a tweetup in Toronto… without the Toronto douchiness.”

–unattributed

SaugaTweetup is worth the trek to Mississauga.

As someone born and raised Mississaugan, I know the city hasn’t been without its shortcomings in the past. Nothing to do but hang at the mall. Next to nothing open past 9 o’clock. You need a car to get anywhere. Mississauga doesn’t scream glitz, glamour or an expansive nightlife, but no matter how long I stay away, there’s still one word that resonates with me when I think of the city just west of Toronto:

Home.

You Can Take the Boy out of Sauga….

Despite how often I make fun of Mississauga (see “Mississucka”, “Miserysauga”, “My 27-year prison stint”), I will fiercely defend it against any outsiders looking to speak ill of it. Yeah, its transit system sucks, but I spent 15 years on it and earned my stripes to know how badly it sucks. The club scene was less than ideal, but I danced on those floors and got rebuffed by more Mississaugan women than I care to remember. (Note: I also did rather well with some Mississaugan women, but that’s not the point of this post.)  Square one was my mall. Hazel McCallion was my mayor. You can take the boy out of Sauga, but you can’t take Sauga out of the boy.

Which is why I support SaugaTweetup as strongly as I do.

The Skinny on SaugaTweetup

On Wednesday, August 7th, we socialized like we were out of control, making new friends and reacquainting with old ones around the wooden tables that made up the atmosphere at the newly re-christened SCADDABUSH, which was the Alice Fazooli’s just north of Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga.

One thing that makes SaugaTweetup a little different from the events you’d attend in downtown Toronto is the crowd. People were representing various parts of town that night, from Scarborough all the way across the lake to Hamilton; Oakville, Kitchener-Waterloo, Brampton, Barrie, Keswick — SaugaTweetup has cultivated its own culture, far removed from the one you find in The Big Smoke with its gridlocked traffic and sullen faces. Dozens upon dozens make the journey out to SaugaTweetup, and I haven’t heard anyone leave disappointed yet!

SCADDABUSH made sure to offer a sampling of their menu, ranging from pizzas to stuffed meatballs and fresh mozzarella. I’ll leave someone far more qualified and who was far less preoccupied with stuffing their face while trying to drink a beer, take photos and keep up conversation — but I enjoyed what I had. I found the pizza especially tasty!

Conclusion

So why go to SaugaTweetup?

More than the food, the atmosphere or the low price tag that comes with free parking and a casual dress code, you go to SaugaTweetup to belong to a community. Before I moved out East, for a long time I was steadfast that the West was the best. The East is nothing to overlook, but until a PickeringTweetup gets to the same level as this… well, let’s just say that the choice is obvious.

See you in the fall!

HYFR and YOLO,

–case p.

Scaddabush on Urbanspoon

COMING RIGHT UP: Getting My Learn on at #TheArtOf Marketing!

The promotional image for The Art of Marketing, June 6, 2013 in Toronto.

What I’ve learned from the years of social media so far is that a ton of people are faking it ’til they make it, and unfortunately we eat it right up!

These days, almost everyone and their grandmother is an “expert”. The Internet’s been flooded with experts, gurus, ninjas, advocates, influencers, early adopters, grand poobahs, and whatever other titles people want to give themselves.

So after far too much time (and money) invested in everything from eBooks and videos to online courses and weekly webinars, I’ve become pretty adept at knowing the real deal when I see it.

And The Art of… learning series never disappoints.

With two of these sessions under my belt already (The Art of Marketing in 2011 and The Art of Leadership in 2012), I’ve seen some great speakers sharing their experience and insights on-stage, such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Marcus Buckingham and Guy Kawasaki. I’ve learned about what it takes to capture an audience’s attention; how to really benefit from a good analytics strategy; how to best engage with introverts (as I’m on the other end of the spectrum altogether) — I haven’t yet been able to apply everything that I’ve learned simply because there’s been so much information.

The big draw this year is Biz Stone. Yes, that Biz Stone. Yes, the co-founder of Twitter Biz Stone, headlining with a talk called Things a Little Bird Told Me: Simple Lessons About Business, Life, Service & Creativity!

The other speakers are nothing to sneeze at, either:

  • Seth Godin – New York Times Bestselling Author, Purple Cow, Tribes, Poke the Box & Linchpin (this man is renowned in the blogging community!)
  • Charles Duhigg – New York Times Investigative Reporter & Bestselling Author, The Power of Habit
  • Jonah Berger – Professor of Viral Marketing at University of Pennsylvania and Author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On
  • David Usher – Juno Award Winning Musician & Creativity Expert (remember Moist???)

So if you want to join me and get your learn on, you can take advantage of their TWITTERFAN promo code at http://email.theartof.com/KT13/TWITTERFAN/ and save $50 off of your ticket, or $100 off if you can find some friends to go with and buy 3 or more tickets at once!

Do it. It just might change your life!

–case p.

[Disclaimer: I got a free ticket to The Art of Marketing 2013 in Toronto in exchange for some promotion, which is awesome because I would’ve fought to include it in my learning budget anyway!]

WHAT YOU MISSED: #AfterWorkDrinksTO 8 — The Dress for Success Edition

After Work Drinks Toronto 8 — #AWDTO —

As an event becomes more popular, you can’t keep it free forever. From its humble beginnings in February 2012 where every tweetup starts — a group of people from Twitter meeting up to go out and have a good time — After Work Drinks Toronto keeps raising the (wait for it) bar for events of its kind, building greater partnerships to make sure that anyone going can have an amazing time.

There’s only one way to start this post — I’ve never seen a tweetup get so full so quickly. By the time the event was an hour in, there were easily already 40-50 people in the bar area, ready to slake their thirsts with Mount Gay Silver Mojito cocktails (ridiculously addictive), Melville’s Craft Lager and Innis & Gunn beers and a decent selection of red and white wines!

Much like before, I volunteered my time and camera to Amanda and Graham because I believe in what they’re doing with After Work Drinks Toronto (or AWDTO for short). [Disclaimer: In return, they were kind enough to give me a free ticket, but that’s not why I offered my services in the first place.] Nothing worthwhile happens overnight, and through their hard work and diligence, AWDTO is really coming into its own. Each instalment continues to set the bar higher, and I hope we continue to see many more as we finally head into the summer!

 

The night went well — it was a mish-mash of food; drink, comments from our wonderful organizers (Amanda and Graham, as mentioned above) and sponsors (Mahit Lehang from First Choice Bartenders representing Melville’s Craft Lager and Innis & Gunn; representatives from Mount Gay Rum; and of course, Robin James Wynne, mixologist at Fynn’s Temple Bar); prize giveaways (none of which I won, don’t worry); caricatures (by Valerie White); music (by Matt Morgan and Craig Johnston of the Emerson Street Rhythm Band — at times accompanied by Joey deVilla); and just a lot of being social.

There was all sorts of activity going on, from discussion to dancing — if you looked out the corner of your eye, you could even see Christine helping run her weekly #RBchat Twitter chat at one of the tables! When you got in, you got an envelope containing tickets for beer sampling (of the Melville’s Fruit Beer — Innis & Gunn beer was on special for $5 a pint, though!), a Mount Gay Silver Mojito and  wine; a raffle ticket; and a playing card to play in the Best Poker Hand Draw, where you’d team up with four other people to come up with the best poker hand for a prize (a clever icebreaker)! They also drew for the person who was best-dressed as voted by the crowd, with the winner going to the County in the City festival with a friend!

While not conducive to heavy foot traffic, the Fynn’s of Temple Bar definitely has all the makings of an excellent pub…

Food Was Amazing

If I wasn’t trying to take photos and mingle, I would’ve stolen plates of bacon-wrapped scallops, pulled pork taquitos and duck confit on tangy pineapple flatbread and sat in a corner all night stuffing my face. The apps were glorious, and my stomach wasn’t taking “no” for an answer! The full list of food was as follows:

  • Duck confit on tangy pineapple flatbread
  • Pulled pork taquitos
  • Seared mahi mahi sliders
  • Potato & kale croquettes
  • Bacon-wrapped scallops with red pepper mayo
  • Spicy pork dumplings

Drinks A-Flowin’

I only had time to try a Melville’s raspberry Craft Lager and a Mount Gay Silver Mojito (which, again, was utterly delicious and ridiculously addictive), but there was a ton being offered up that night:

  • Mount Gay Silver Mojito (a strawberry basil peppered mojito)
  • Beer samples: Innis & Gunn’s Melville’s Fruit Beers in strawberry, raspberry and ginger beer flavours
  • Wines
    • Whites: Henry of Pelham Spring rivalry, Domain Faively Chablis, Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc, and Uma Torrontes
    • Reds: Creekside Estates Shiraz, Torres Tempranillo, Pelham Catherine Cuvee Rose, Malivoire Ladybug Rose

Live Music

 

The night’s entertainment were Matt Morgan and Craig Johnston of the Emerson Street Rhythm Band who were both talented and entertaining, doing a mix of crowd-pleasers (see Neil Diamonds “Sweet Caroline”, for example) and always making sure to interact with the crowd and keep the energy levels riding high! You can see some more details on the experience on Joey deVilla’s blog, who would accompany them for several songs later into the night!

Great Service

Robin and his Fynn’s staff were amazing — all smiles and service as they made sure that gusts were well-fed and having a great time (I will not confirm whether the alcohol samples paid any contribution to the great time being had)!

Killer Caricatures

I just missed the window to get one done, but Valerie White was super-talented, whipping up amazing profile drawings of various attendees in mere minutes for a pay-what-you-can donation to Dress for Success! Here’s some of the awesome that she whipped up:

What You Missed

In the end the event raised $383.45 for Dress for Success, and though I don’t know the specific turnout, from the photos and who I know was there, I’d guess a good 50 or so people in attendance, experiencing what AWDTO had to offer.

But that’s not what you missed.

 

What you really missed at After Work Drinks Toronto this time around was an opportunity to expand your social circles beyond what they are right now. The chance to meet people actually interested in exploring new things with you and not just out to give you excuses for why they can’t come (I heard of at least 2 groups of new friends going out for a bite after the event!) Events like AWDTO help remind us that we’re in control of our lives — in control of who we choose to hang around and what we choose to do with our time.

After Work Drinks Toronto reeks of possibility — so hopefully you make it out to the 9th instalment!

Change your life!

You can see more about the event at any of the links below.

The Epilogger run-down of After Works Drinks Toronto 8

My full gallery of 113 photos from the event on Google+

Fynn's of Temple Bar on Urbanspoon

–case p.

WHAT YOU MISSED: The #WBHILaunch Event!

The speaking podium at the Women's Brain Health Initiative launch party.

The world is in pain. There’s so much going on and so many problems that our response can often be to become numb to it and grow apathetic, but that is the completely wrong response. We need to stop complaining about the world around us and do more to make it the world we want to live in.

And that’s where events like the Women’s Brain Health Initiative Launch come in.

Food and Film For Thought

Designed around the premise that Alzheimer’s attacks women proportionally more than men, yet all the Alzheimer’s studies focus on their male counterparts*, the Women’s Brain Health Initiative (or WBHI for short) represents and advocates for the at-risk population of women who may eventually face Alzheimer’s and its debilitating effects.

 

Attending as Christine Pantazis‘ +1, the night started at Tryst Nightclub, where they plied us with as much food and drink as our bellies could handle; met old friends and made new ones; and prepared for the not-quite-long-at-all trek to Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatre to see the premiere of Michael McGowan’s Still Mine, a film about an elderly New Brunswicker couple’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and how it profoundly affects their lives.

The movie poster for Still Mine

 

While generally not one for dramas, I’ll admit that Still Mine is a great film. I haven’t been exposed to very much Canadian cinema (nor have i been farther east than Montreal within Canada), but I’d recommend this film to anyone. The story of Craig and Irene Morrison (as portrayed by Academy Award nominees James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold) and how it affects their family and town of St. Martins is a profound one. The love and witty banter they exchange after 61 years of marriage are things I think many audiences could relate to.

 

Kirstine Stewart, Chair of the WBHI (and fresh from her transition from CBC’s Vice President of English Language Services to the Managing Director of the very new Twitter Canada), bookended the showing with comments as well as a Q&A with the film’s director, Michael McGowan. It was within that Q&A that we learned that despite Craig Morrison’s November 2010 triumphs as detailed in the film, the celebration was sadly short-lived with his death this past February
at the age of 93.

So What Can We Learn From All of This?

What I took away from the event is that Alzheimer’s for women is a very real concern and that the WBHI would love your help in funding research and hopefully finding a cure.

But that’s not all I learned.

I learned that people care. That people want a better world, but realize that it won’t happen overnight. It requires generosity. It requires empathy. It requires all of us to see the bigger picture and to take action today for a better tomorrow.

Find a cause you believe in, get up and help out. Our world isn’t going to fix itself!

–case p.

* After publishing this post, an old classmate — who is conducting studies on Alzheimer’s — pointed out that while the argument is well-intended, it isn’t completely accurate:

I can see where the argument is coming from, it’s just over-generalized and giving people the wrong idea. Studies for safety, which are generally conducted before studies for efficacy, are usually done in healthy volunteers, often male, because you don’t have to worry about things like pregnancy or menopause. However, once it’s shown to be safe, then studies for efficacy are conducted in both men and women.”

Abby Li, Research Assistant at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

COMING RIGHT UP: After Work Drinks Toronto 8 — The Dress for Success Edition

If you want to make the most out of social media, one of the most important things you need to do is meet people. Gone are the days where you can simply exist behind a screen name and expect to change your life — people want a person they can relate to; someone they can understand… and no amount of detail on an online profile ever does this justice.
I met my first online friend back in 2005, and I haven’t stopped since — it’s a massive world out there; how’re you going to know how you fit into it if you don’t start exploring?

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After Work Drinks Toronto (or AWDTO) has always been a good place to start doing this. Run by Amanda Blake with help from her boyfriend Graham Rowlands and a cast of friends, AWDTO has always been about enjoying a casual time out with friends (both old and new) over drinks, and preferably on a patio (but definitely not with the weather Toronto’s been having as of late!) I’ve been to a couple so far, and even though I constantly think that I’ve met everyone I could meet on social media in Toronto, I’m always pleasant surprised to come across even more at AWDTO sessions, such as Adeline, who’s a nutritional consultant, brought cupcakes to my birthday party last year and sees me as her “older brother”; and Taylor, who I’d wanted to meet for ages and never got the opportunity to do so!

#AWDTO Movember (166 of 168)

Since the AWDTO Movember edition, AWDTO has given back as a not-for-profit event, and this time is no exception! $5 of every ticket goes back to the Dress for Success charity, which focuses on promoting “the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life” (and coincidentally based out of my church in The Annex!) And if you’re wondering — the rest of the cash goes back to the event and to make sure that future AWDTOs are just as amazing!
This edition of After Work Drinks Toronto will feature:
  • the best of Scotland with an Innis & Gunn sampling;
  • a special pint pricing on Innis & Gunn for AfterWorkDrinksTO guests;
  • a Caribbean getaway with a Special AfterWorkDrinksTO  Mount Gay Rum cocktail prepared by Robin James Wynne @djrobinjames, a Canadian award-winning mixologist and Mount Gay rep;
  • getting fancy with Select Wines for a wine tasting (region TBA);
  • a great selection of canapes to pair with the drinks;
  • live band playing awesome funk and Motown music (dancing encouraged!); and
  • great prize giveaways & swag!

Don’t think for a second that you need to be in downtown Toronto to get in on the AWDTO action — it’s open to anyone, anywhere, who wants a bit of fun, and to sweeten the deal, they’re giving away:

  • a $25 Hailo credit which you could definitely use to get through that rush hour traffic to the event; and
  • 2 tickets to After Work Drinks Toronto (worth $40)!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter (and feel free to get a few extra entries — you never know when a free taxi ride will come in handy!)

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Also, if you grab your tickets by Sunday, April 14th, you’ll be entered in a draw to win two (2) free Toronto FC tickets valued at $54! So get on it!

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So come out. Meet new people. Do something different. After Work Drinks Toronto 8 is $20 in advance (and are no longer being sold at the door — this party’s gotten that live!!!) and at Fynns of Temple Bar on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Find further details at http://afterworkdrinksto.eventbrite.com/ and we’ll definitely see you there!

–case p.

Whodunit?! — Once Upon A Murder, the Mysteriously Yours… Mystery Dinner Theatre VIP Launch

Never before have I gone to a blogger event and come home with extra toilet paper.

Once Upon a Time….

What started as a simple dinner would eventually turn into an event filled with confession, intrigue and a dash of killer instinct.

Nestled south of the Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood, the Mysteriously Yours… Mystery Dinner Theatre is a little-known Toronto gem that’s been operating for 25 years, where murder’s laced with motives and nothing’s ever quite what it seems.

Once Upon a Murder is a murder mystery based around a fairytale wedding, designed to get the crowd involved so that they can solve the mystery — but what happens if they start to become part of it???

The Plot

Justin has a knack for bringing people together. Knowing that you can only get so much from large events and the chaos that comes with them, he opted to bring a quartet of bloggers/business people together to dine, drink and discuss the night away.

When Val proposed that we all join her for a VIP seasonal launch at the Mysteriously Yours… Mystery Dinner Theatre, I was on board for a night of hijinks while having an event to shake things up.

So Justin, Val, Jamie and I found ourselves at Table 18 catching up… and eventually trying to figure out whodunit.

The Plate

Starting us off with glasses of fraîse champagne and plates of shrimp salad on rice crackers and pulled pork bruschetta, the menu by Rossy Earle, Executive Chef was a tasty one!

Even though murder was in the air, the only thing my knife was stabbing was the delicious boneless beef rib I ordered. Say what you will, Mr. Bussey, but I enjoyed my meal here! While I won’t rave about the cheddar jalapeno soup or the key lime tart (both tasty, but nowhere near as delicious as the main), I think the food was a little better than “okay”.

But we weren’t there for the food — the mean would be nothing compared to the mystery!

You Can’t Take Casey Anywhere

I’m pretty sure that growing up isn’t an option for me. I play like a big kid, crack jokes like it’s my second language and lose my mind if things are too dull, so putting me in arm’s-reach of an interactive fairytale story without expecting me to dive right in is insane :).

As we ate and caught up, the characters would mingle amongst our tables, giving us the lay of the land as they saw it and trying to get the audience as engaged as possible. We had some excellent interactions with Lupo and Little Red Riding Hood — or “Scarlet”, rather — but the one who took the cake for Table 18 was Prince Charmin, who would eventually come to sit with us through the majority of the production! We were getting charmed by Charmin!

Over the course of the mystery, a bromance was formed between myself and Prince Charmin (Ian Ronningen), involving manly hugs, questionable nicknames (such as “Winnie the Poo”, the mascot of his multinational toilet paper corporation) and general back-and-forth ridiculousness. The show was meant to be interactive, but I’m pretty sure that they weren’t ready for me and the brand of madness I bring to the table.

It was fun.

All’s Well That Ends Well… Well, Except for the Queen, Being Dead and All… But You Know….

I won’t spoil the mystery for you, but at least it’s no mystery as to why the night was full of fun! With good food, good company and a healthy heaping of laughs, I’m glad I made it out.

And of course, what would a wedding be without party favours for the guests? Keeping with the theme of a union between Ever After’s royal successor and its largest manufacturer of toilet paper, we went home with a sample of Prince Charmin’s quality product! I just hope we weren’t expected to read the media kit and drink our coffee while sampling it!)

Thanks again to Val for inviting us to such a fun night — even if you’ve been before, it’s a different adventure every time you go; there’s no way they could’ve stayed in business for 25 years so far otherwise! If you’re looking to do something different in Toronto or take a date somewhere a little more memorable, give Mysteriously Yours… Mystery Dinner Theatre a try!

Would it kill you to try something different?

–case p.

Too Early for a Mid-Life Crisis — The 2014 Corvette Stingray Canadian Reveal

The entrance to the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District.
Where it all went down…

Held in the Distillery District’s Fermenting Cellar, the Canadian Reveal of the 2014 Corvette Stingray was… an interesting event for someone like me.

Back to Life, Back to Reality

One way or another, soon I’ll see myself behind the wheel of a car. Driving isn’t something I’ve much bothered with, but as I get older and the responsibilities increase, leaving my fate in the hands of others becomes less of an option.

That in mind, it’s good to start looking around at what the automotive world has to offer — even when it’s something that I have no right to dream of owning.

Like a Corvette.

The Corvette: More Than JUST a Car

Definitely a sweet ride, the Corvette is what you buy yourself by your mid-life crisis — at the very least — after years of toiling away and buying a little something to reward yourself. It’s the car you’re not old enough to afford, but really wish that you were.

Wednesday, February 13th inexplicably found me in the company of parties far more knowledgeable on cars than myself, such as car enthusiasts Christine Pantazis and her husband Bobby, my buddy Rami and many others who I didn’t know, but could tell that they were well-versed in the automotive industry from what I’d overhear in their conversations.

The demographic at the event definitely reflected this —  I’m generally used to tweetups and events where I know most of the people when I walk in the door, but this one had me rubbing elbows with a demographic completely alien to me. A demographic with the means and the burning need to own a metal representation of the success they’ve gotten over the years. Perhaps something like… the 2014 Corvette Stingray?

The 2014 Corvette Stingray

The 2014 Corvette Stingray
I’ll admit it — even though I’m not a “car guy”, this looks pretty amazing!!!

Cars were never my chosen form of self-expression. While friends would be playing racing games, salivating over the latest models and giving money hand over first to make their high school rides as custom as possible, I read comics. Or volunteered. Or built websites. I wanted to create things and change the world — I never wanted to be driving around in a convertible, letting the wind whip through my hair.

But after seeing a car like this — I kind of want to.

While you won’t see me posing with it, the 2014 Corvette Stingray looked pretty sweet — the kind of car that’d turn heads as it drove by. The event itself was pretty calm — a close look at the tools needed to put a Corvette together, enough food and drink to keep anyone satisfied (if it weren’t a school night, I’d have drunk Stingrays all night) and the promise of a shiny new car to look at afterward.

So if you’re fortunate enough to have the means to get a Corvette, try it out and tell me what you think. I’m a ways off from getting one myself, but we can always dare to dream, can’t we?

–case p.