As a special events management student, part of our course work involves actually planning events. The event that my group and I organized is called “Cafe Lumiere” and takes place tomorrow between 11AM-3PM.
This spontaneous four hour cafe will be set up on my campus and we’ll be selling a variety of beverages and pastries. Aveda salon workers will be present giving out hand massages and an acoustic musician will be performing throughout the day. We’ll also have boardgames and magazines available for those who wish to use them.
I was in charge of developing and running the food and beverage station tomorrow. Unfortunately we were unable to obtain the commercial espresso maker that we have in school so I’ve been practicing on a “made for home use” one for the past couple of days. I’ve also been boiling away to make homemade syrups to flavour the specialty drinks so some burns and mishaps have been had.
I attempted to make the beverage menu simple enough so that I can crank everything out with some sort of efficiency tomorrow.
- Shot in the Dark (a shot of espresso in a cup of coffee)
- Hot Chocolate
- Hot Apple Cider
- Peppermint Mocha
- Vanilla Latte
- Caramel Latte
- Mexican Hot Chocolate
So if you work or go to school in Toronto near Sherbourne and King St. E, please drop by the George Brown campus and support our event! All the proceeds from this event go towards helping us fund our big end of year events in February. The proceeds from that event are then donated to George Brown College and used to create bursaries for future students.
You can find out more information here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153251494720289
So if you noticed I posted a picture of a bunch of us Toronto SF players degenning in what looked to be a wooden box. That my friends is actually TOSFHQ, a new venue we opened up in Toronto last week in order to have a place to play casuals in.
(More information on the venue can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/TOSFHQFB and here: http://shoryuken.com/f248/team-stc-presents-tosf-hq-its-here-toronto-256046/)
Even though I am one of the keyholders, I don’t go as often as the other guys as I’m rather swamped with school work and other miscellaneous things. I do try to be there at least 2-3 times a week though since that is where I get the most practice.
On Tuesday Stephen (Dark_Dragon) was there and watching me struggle trying to land Rose’s jab, jab, short, cr. strong xx spiral combo. I couldn’t land the cr. strong after the short and I think he could tell I was getting annoyed at myself for consistently failing.
Luckily for me, Stephen is a nice guy wanted to help me out so he asked if I was “plinking”. Now, I’ve heard the term used before but I never knew what it was so he spent 20 minutes with me showing me how to plink, how it works, and why it is useful. Now that I can do it, I still need to practice it in training mode so I can get the combo down 30 times in row! (Juicebox style!)
Too bad my stick is now at TOSFHQ so I can’t practice it at home. I should steal it back this weekend.
- Darren: I'm tall, superior, and manly. You are short and asian. I WIN!
- Me: But I have boobs.
- Darren: I don't know which is superior. Boobs or an external urinating device? One has more use but the other is more fun.
This past weekend I travelled to Montreal in the company of some of the Street Fighter guys from Toronto. This is the first time that I’ve travelled to a tournament and my first time participating in one for Street Fighter. I attended not with the intention to win, but just to have fun.
We left Toronto around 2:30PM and made it to Montreal around 8:30PM. After droppign by MTLHQ quickly to say hi we went off to find a hotel and meet up with the rest of the Toronto/Waterloo guys. Dinner ended up being Chinese food where pineapple chicken was a huge bait out. Please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g9_uqfwiMA
Afterwards we just hung out in one of the hotel rooms and played SF matches/drank before going back to our hotel room and continued the drinking. (Also I mean that JS, Quan, DarkDragon, and Davero were drinking not me.)
After roughly 6 horus of sleep we woke up ate some lunch and headed to the already packed tournament venue. I believe there were about 60 or so people there and boy was it hot. I’m glad I wore my Team Spooky T-Shirt otherwise I’m sure I would’ve fainted at one point or another. As it was, I had to take a few trips outside into the cold air.
Arturo was running late to the tournamentso Dave had to hold it down for our team in the first two team matches. The first one he started off and OCV’d. in the second match I lost to a Balrog and Dave continued on to OCV them while I went to pick up Art from the lobby.
The next match I had to play was against Karamba, a Ken player from Montreal. Admittedly I was extremely nervous to play against him because I was watching him play earlier and he seemed really solid. I was also nervous because the match was on stream but at least Arturo was there to give me advice throughout the match. Even though I’m waiting to see the recording of that game, I know that I should have been anti-airing him. I’ll go over it once MTLSF releases the videos.
In my next match against Quan who is also from Toronto, I was able to get a round off him! Honestly, that was my goal for the weekend and I’m so happy that I was able to accomplish it. however I did drop it pretty hard in the last round because I was scared of the Sagat fireballs. I’m still a little unused to playing a game where moves like fireballs give out chip damage and eat away at your health. Even though it isn’t much, whenever I see my health bar going down because of the fireballs it worries me and I get reckless. Poorly timed jump ins and lots of button pressing that shouldn’t occur.
Arturo made the point to me afterwards that I shouldn’t be so scared of the chip damage. It may feel bad at first to have to eat it, but if I can pull of one combo it will more than even up the odds. Often times the opponent will get impatient and try to rush down too because they feel confident about locking you down at the beginning of the round. I’m going to try and keep that in mind as I continue to learn and play.
Overall I had a great time in Montreal. I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get much of an opportunity to see the city but I did get my poutine! After the tournament around 5AM, the Montreal guys took us to a 24hr restaurant that served up some amazing poutine. I had the smoked meat one and it was delicious! It was great getting to meet more people in the scene and talk to those who I saw at T11 but didn’t chat with. Everything is a learning experience and I can only improve from here on out.
Time to get playing. =)