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Day of the Longboat (or oversized canoe!)

Stroke, stroke, stroke, stroke! Golly, that word sounds weird after a while.

For those you you who haven’t heard about it, Day of the Longboat is a UBC REC event held at Jericho Beach.  Basically, you form a team with whomever you like (I went with a faculty team) and you race against other teams in an oversized canoe.  It’s more fun than I describe it to be, I promise!

Here’s how my day went:

  • I got up at 6am this morning.  Yes, on a Sunday (the horror!).  There was no sun, and the moon was still high in the sky (and it was really, really bright).
  • I drove to Jericho Beach, which took me half an hour.  It was a lovely drive because all the lights along my route were pedestrian lights, and since no-one was out at 7 in the morning… What? Of course I didn’t speed!
  • Paying for parking at the lot was a pain for three reasons:
    • Today, you have to pay for parking; tomorrow, parking is free.
    • $3 an hour.  Seriously, why so outrageous?
    • I had no coins, which meant I scrambled around for twenty minutes looking for people who had change for a $10 bill.
  • I met up with 8 other first-year kinesiology students. Our team name? The Kintagious Kinky Kinners!   …Oh boy, do Kinners love their puns.
  •  We went out in our oversized canoe longboat and paddled hard. I’m pleased to say that there was no capsizing of any sort, although we came close. There was, however, lots of screaming, splashing, cheering, and laughing.
  • We did not come in last place. 😀
  •  We soaked in the (really, super-duper-ultra-hot) hot tub for a bit, and then went out for lunch and cheered and heckled incoming teams from other heats.  There were a lot of kinesiology teams out there, and we cheered for them all!

The KKK: After the race!

What disappointed me (a little): after we finished up, it felt like there wasn’t much to do. There was a feeling of “What now?” once we got out of our lifejackets, and there seemed to be no incentives for us to stick around. (Maybe that’s good, because we all had to study for our physiology midterm).

Still, I’d say Day of the Longboat is one event that all UBC students have to do at least once.  If you’re looking for spirit, you’d find it here!  It’s definitely a team bonding activity, so I’d recommend that you gather a group of friends, or people from your floor, or your faculty. And for goodness’ sake, not that kid you really can’t stand. 

Can’t wait for next year!

Finally, freebies!

Today, I picked up some free Kin swag.  It was pretty awesome, because all I had to do was fill out a couple of surveys and huzzah! free t-shirt and beer mug.

Although it would’ve been nice if the mug didn’t have “Class of 2011” etched on it.  But borrowers can’t choosers!


I’m going to wear this to Day of the Longboat.

We’re number 1!

Warning: could appear to be an extreme case of faculty pride.

Imagine Day was awesome (oh yes, I mean it in the slack-jawed-astonishment type way).

First off, I’m pretty sure our (kinesiology) day started way after almost everyone else’s. We started at 9am, whilst most other faculties started around 8:15.  I think this was because they went in for their respective deans’ speeches.  If you remember from my first post, however, kinesiology is not a faculty.  We’re a school within the faculty of Education; thus we were treated to a speech by our (awesome) Director of Kinesiology, not the Dean of Education.

Between the introductory gathering and the pep rally, we were fed a huge amount of information.  We went through dozens of buildings, trekked all the way to the village, and noted the best parking areas.  We met a number of professors and instructors, each of whom gave us invaluable information about succeeding in our kinesiology courses.  I tried my hardest to absorb it all, but I’m pretty sure I’ll forget the course structure of Kin 103 by January.

UBC’s pep-rally was the epitome of awesome.  I painted my face and arms green with body paint, and felt pretty cool (by the way, nothing gets a group of quiet people revved up faster than a bottle of sparkling, bright green body paint).  It was an exhilarating feeling, shouting at the top of my lungs in an effort to drown out scores of other students.  It felt like Kinesiology was cheering the loudest; but at the same time, I felt obligated to cheer even louder and secure our spot as the best faculty in the arena.  Having heard comments from some other non-kinesiology friends, I decided there is no doubt about it: KINNERS RULE.  and shame on you Sauder for stealing one of our chants

All in all, I felt rather inspired today.  There’s an unlimited amount of things I could do to enhance my time at UBC, and it’s up to me to take charge and initiative.  Within multiple orientations, I’ve come to realize that UBC offers so much, and that I’m incredibly lucky to be receiving an education at this institution.  My program and my university feel like a perfect fit, and I am prouder than ever to finally be a student of  UBC, the awesomest ever university.

PS. Not to wreck the mood or anything, but where was all the free stuff? I didn’t get anything 🙁