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The Open Road Project exists to spread kindness and meet the needs of strangers. We travel in a 1979 GMC Vanguard named Lily. These are our stories.

Monday, March 28, 2011


I have had a sweet time with my roommates this year. Many of you know that I am a don/ RA in a residence here at Wilfrid Laurier University. I am in an apartment style residence which means that at the beginning of the year I am placed with 2 random first year students. I could not have had better luck. Kevin, Alex and I have had a really sweet year and have been up to all kinds of crazy antics since day 1. We got along great and shared the responsibilities of running a household. I would say we kept the place pretty neat and tidy, providing our many friends with a homey and inviting atmosphere. Meals are always provided for our guests, what is ours is yours, so if you haven't come by yet this year, I would get on that. This post is a tribute to my roommates. Here are a few highlights of the year.

I came home one night to find a new pet in my room. (One of the many pranks played on me. I guess that is what I get for leaving my door open more often than not) Kevin got me a pet rock, appropriately named Rocky. We had a great time hanging out with him, although cuddling with him would provide bruises and scrapes. Sadly, he stopped eating and died. We gave him a proper burial by dropping him down the garbage chute from the 14th floor.

If you have not experienced the board game Settlers, well I feel bad for you. If you were to come to our house on any given evening, there is a good possibility a game of Settlers will be in progress or about to start. This is a game that is comparable to Risk but without the violence and like monopoly without the 6hr play time. Its usually the perfect way to relax after a long day of business lectures, although the game can get pretty heated. It's a game of trading, stealing, alliances and enemies. It brings out the best and worst in us all. I have been known to be fairly ruthless at times. Here is a picture of my settlements during my most recent win.

Nerf Wars
More times that I can count on my fingers and toes combined, I have been ambushed. By who you may ask? I would ask a different question. BY WHAT!? There are times when my roommates turn into something straight out of a modern war movie. It is times like these where I will be enjoying a meal and an episode of The Office and without warning be bombarded by a hail of Nerf darts. While some may call it childish to run around with goggles and plastic guns, I would refer to it as childish. Wait what? Oops! However, I must admit, I have joined in on the battles on occasion and it is a good time. I'm pretty skilled with a Nerf gun.

Alex's Cooking
My roomate Alex is a master chef. The best part: Kevin and I reap the rewards of being the ones who are around at dinner time. Whether he is baking pumpkin pie, apple cookies, making his famous pasta or tuna burgers, there has never been a time where Kev and I have gone hungry. Thanks Alex, for your expertise in the kitchen.

So boys, here's to you! Thanks for a solid year. I hope there are more good times to come as we still have a few more years here at Laurier! For the rest of you, if you haven't had a chance to meet these two goons, come on by. I'm sure you will be embraced with a plate of food, a few darts in the face and of course a good time.


  1. Aaaaaaw, Jer. I told myself that when I read that post I wasn't goin' to cry, but now I can't make such promises.

  2. Awee Jerr!! You were the best don!!

    P.S settlers is kind of like go-fish too :) well to me it is!