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It‘s 10:30 the night before leaving for DrupalCon. I am, as usual, both excited and concerned that I’m going to forget to bring something important.

I’ve got my list of things to remember and definitely not forget: business cards, disc golf gear, laptop, iPad, power cables, notebook, pen, headphones, book for the plane ... passport. I’m thinking maybe I’ll even pack some clothes, too. Although, I could probably manage with one shirt and just fill out the rest of my wardrobe at vendor tables at the conference.

It’s been about three weeks since I decided to do the Ride for a Reason and I’ve gone from being excited to suddenly terrified and back to excited and maybe even a bit confident that I’ll finish the ride in one piece.

I’d like to start by thanking everyone who has donated to the ride in my name. I don’t know who has contributed, but my total is almost double what my fundraising goal was, so thank you.

It’s been six years since I finished my university degree, but now I’m headed back to the classroom. This time I’m studying online and not paying tuition.

It was probably a year ago that I first heard about Coursera, an online learning platform where world class instructors teach university courses online to massive classes at no cost to the students. I’ve considered enrolling in classes there before, but hadn’t until recently.

My favourite hockey team is playing out the stretch in the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season. They won’t make the playoffs, and in a lot of ways would be better off losing the balance of their games. As a fan, it really sucks.

Last summer I sold my car and bought a new bike for riding to work. This summer I’m going to hit some new pavement with it, joining a 110km road ride.

This is how I get to work these days:

Brodie Voltage bike

I’m headed to Portland with some co-workers next month to attend DrupalCon. There are some items on the schedule that have me pretty excited already.

This will be the third DrupalCon experience for me after having gone to Washington, DC in 2009 and San Francisco in 2010. After a two year DrupalCon hiatus, I’m looking forward to heading back to the biggest and best gathering of Drupal users.

It’s just a part of being a junior hockey player. A handful of players are lucky enough to play close to home, and enjoy the support of family and friends at home and the rink. Many more move away at a young age to chase a dream. With so much of the year spent away from home, opportunities to spend time with family can be few and far between. Lethbridge Hurricane players enjoyed one such opportunity this past weekend, welcoming parents and siblings to celebrate Family Day together.

This article was originally written for CanesCast, then published on Flames Nation and in the Lethbridge Hurricanes' game day program

The Lethbridge Hurricanes have seen both types of player come through the system in recent years. Zach Boychuk and Luca Sbisa were drafted early and then ascended to pursue fame and fortune as professionals, while players like Cam Braes and Carter Bancks found themselves just off of the NHL radar, but winning Hurricane fans’ hearts as committed two-way players. Twice undrafted, Bancks now has something to prove.

Riding the RailsNo, not Ruby on Rails; literally Riding the Rails. We got to spend three hours riding the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority lines this evening as we trekked up to Boston to see the Bruins host the Canadiens. Not the fastest way of getting there, but it certainly was the cheapest and most stress free. Round trip, we each paid less than $13 in fares (whereas a cab apparently would've cost us over $200).

Okay, so we're not technically cooking. And I was smart enough not to put chili and cheese on my hotdog today, so there's really no gas, either. But the workshop rolled along with some real highs and lows today.