||30: Born in Mississauga, Ontario.|
|| Began school at St. Clare Catholic School in Mississauga, Ontario.|
|| Began Grade 3. Was placed in Mrs. Smiley's gifted class because I was too bored in math class and a
few others. Introduced to Games Magazine.|
Thank you, Mrs. Smiley, on both counts.
|| Taught kindergarteners in their classroom math and logic from a kit called "What's in the Square". My
first teaching gig.|
|| Placed in St. Jerome's School in a gifted class for students from around the whole area for Grade 8.
|| Graduated from grade school. No ceremony.|
|| Began attending St. Ignatius Loyola High School in Mississauga, Ontario.|
|| Family moved to Oakville, Ontario. Began attending White Oaks Secondary School.|
I wasn't put into the local Catholic high school (which, strangely, was also called St.
Ignatius Loyola) because the school focussed too much on athletics for my parents' tastes. As a
result, the one half-credit in physical education that I'd received in my first year of high school in
Mississauga was essentially worthless: in Ontario, you need a full credit, and my new school didn't
offer half-credits in anything. Most kids like me took their first year and ran far, far away. End
result: to save me from being put in a school full of jocks, I had to go into a class full of
|| In Grade 10, I tool the Pascal Grade 11 Math Contest from the University of Waterloo, and got the 11th
highest score in Canada.|
|| Attended ceremony for the year's scholastic achievements.|
My 11th-in-Canada finish is glossed over. Most of the ceremony is focussed on athletics. Although I
continue to be honoured for highest achievement in math in my grade, my family and I stop attending
the annual ceremonies.
|| Winners of various math contests attend seminars at the University of Waterloo.|
I decide that this is where I want to go to school.
|| Graduated as an Ontario Scholar. Did not attend the graduation ceremony. See next entry.|
||24-28: Competed in the inaugural World Puzzle Team Championships in New York City. Achieved
second-highest indivdual score at the event.|
I got around 560 points, I believe, and my roommate there, also a Canadian, beat me by 5
points. I beat the person in third place by less than 10. I got my photo in the
accompanying article of Games Magazine.
|| Attended the University of Waterloo.|
||30: Competed in the second World Puzzle Team Championships in Brno, Czech Republic. Team Canada
got third place overall.|
I tanked on one of the questions myself, which greatly lowered my score for the event. In
later years, I did not compete because I either qualified for the team, but didn't have the
money to pay my way, or I didn't qualify and didn't have the money anyway. This was my one
trip outside of North America. So far.
Saw the magazine for the National Puzzler's League for the first time.
|| Started a puzzle column in mathNEWS, the U(W) mathematics student newspaper. Followed by a
biweekly cryptic/American-style crossword dual puzzle in later years.|
|| Graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics. Did not attend convocation
in May, 1998. See next entry.|
|| Moved to Vancouver, British Columbia with two friends. Travelled by car.|
|| Worked in Chapters at Robson & Howe in downtown Vancouver. Was not at work for the night of
hostage-taking. Seasonal work ended in January, 1999.|
|| Worked at International Travel Maps and Books, as retail clerk and producing their catalogue.
Uncomfortable work environment ended in December, 1999.|
||22-25: Attended my first NPL convention in Big Sky, Montana. went on harrowing whitewater
rafting trip that convinced seven of us that we were all gonna die.|
|| Downloaded Font Creator Program and started making typefaces.|
|| Began taking day courses at New Horizons Computer Learning Centre in various pieces of
||31: Demonstrated great faith in humanity by spending Y2K night in the Washington, D.C., area,
where theoretically the bulk of old Russian nukes were aimed.|
|| Began doing various temp jobs. Placed in banks often because of my math degree. Did mostly arithmetic
and typing there.|
||11-14: Co-hosted the annual NPL convention here in Vancouver. Was approached to be webmaster for
Also helped to create the multi-puzzle extravaganza that year. My picture later appeared
in Games Magazine for the second time as Mountie Banque. (You had to be
|| Created Arithmetricks exhibit for Science World along with fellow Vancouverite NPL mathie, Jonathan
|| Taught math (statistics, financial, calculus) at KTC Learning Institute, an ESL school, teaching the
GAC program to a group of very frightened students. Welcome to the real world.|
|| Finally got to go to a graduation: my first class's. It was worth the wait.|
|| Got traded to a second ESL school, the Canadian College of the English Language.|
Taught math, science, computer studies, personal development and Intermediate English. Exhausting
work environment ended in December, 2005.
||1: First book published.|
Sit 'n' Solve Commuter Anagram Puzzles is compiled from material that I used for the JumbleTime
website. It costs only $4.95 US / $6.95 CDN, and, to my great relief, it is not in the shape of a
toilet seat. You should check it out. No really, you should.
|| Working as a workplace educator, teaching math to apprentice tradespeople and creating
and editing teaching materials. Unfortunately underfunded work environment had to let me go in December, 2006.|
||Now: Working as an instructional tutor at a community college, tutoring math, physics, chemistry,
biology, ESL and writing, both in person and in instant messenger format.|