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BadlandsVikings
05-18-2008, 02:03 AM
1) How did you choose your screen name?

Well, I'm half-Italian and was a fan of the Rocky Movies, so it seemed logical to me.

2) ItalianStallion, could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family?

Was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
I love my city, although in the past 5-7 years is become a bit overpopulated and expensive thanks to the oil boom.
I'm a diehard Stampeders and Flames fan in addition to the Vikings (though the
Vikings are my favorite by far).
I'm the youngest of 3 kids in my family.

3) What type of student where you in High School? Did you play in any sports or where you involved with any school clubs and such?

I was actually a pretty good student.
I was in Full IB in high school, had an average hovering about 90%, despite the fact I don't (and still don't, hehe) have the best work ethic when it comes to studying.
I played Football in high school.
I played Center in grade 10, and RDE in grade 11-12 in addition to being the long-snapper all three years.

4) What did you do after High School?

I went to the University of Calgary for 3 years taking honors Biomedical Sciences.
I decided that I didn't want a career in medical research, and wanted to work with people so I applied to the Pharmacy program at the University of Alberta (in Edmonton), and have 2 years left before I get my degree and take my licensing exam.

5)What was your first job?

My first job was when I was 15, I got a job selling coffee, doughnuts and sandwiches at Canada'a-own Timmy Ho's (Tim Hortons).
It wasn't a bad job but very stressful with almost constant line-ups of undercaffeinated people.

6) When did you decide to be such a dedicated fan of the Minnesota Vikings?

I'll admit I started to get into the NFL when I was around 11-12, and at the time the 98 vikes were tearing it up, so I've stuck with them since that time.

7) Could you tell us one of your favorite memories that has to do with the Vikings or one of its past or present players, coaches, etc.

We'll I dont have a lot of memories of the Franchise but the best would probably have to be beating Favray and the Packers in their own house in the playoffs, despite being counted out by EVERYONE.
I still remember Steve Young calling a Packer victory the "easiest call of the year"

8}How did you come to find PP.O and what attracted you most to the site?

I found PPO in 2003 (when I became a member).
Probably the vikings specific news and info is what drew me to it initially, then I began posting and since then it has been a perfect diversion from doing work.

9) What other sports teams do you follow?

Like I said before I'm a huge fan of the Calgary Flames and the Calgary Stampeders, but I'm pretty much a fan of most sports.

10) When you’re not on PPO what could you likely be found doing with your spare time?

Going to class, jogging, drinking, watching TV, playing Xbox 360

11) Do you say a special prayer before Vikings games?

Only before the real important ones...(they rarely seem to work
:P)

12)Where do you watch Vikings games?

Where I watch all of them, online or on TV (gotta get Sunday ticket next year though)

13)What is your worst fear?

Haha, I dunno, being a failure in life?

14) What type of hobbies do you enjoy?

Playing video games, sports, listening to music (esp. Hip Hop)

15) What’s your favorite food?

No specific one, though I love Italian food and junk food in general (Subway, pizza, nachos etc.)

16) Where are some of the places you’ve been, and where are some of your favorites.

I've been to Seattle, Houston and Minnesota to watch Vikings games.
I love traveling/camping in the Rocky Mounties (absolutely beautiful).
I went on a road trip down the West Coast down to Cali and Vegas last summer with some friends and that was a blast.

17) What is one thing you've always wanted to do, but haven't done yet in your lifetime?

Travel outside North America (preferably Greece/Italy)

18)If you could live anywhere where would it be?

I'd want to say Calgary but it's becoming overpopulated.
So somewhere more secluded in the Rockies (Banff, Canmore?)

19) Do you believe the Vikings will have their big day someday? When they do win the Super Bowl, what will be the first thing you think you will do?

I hope to God they do, or I may go insane some day, haha.
I'll probably go on a week long bender.

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?

Umm, I don't really have any specific memory.
I like arguing with people haha.
Singer hooked me up with tickets to the Dome once, that was pretty cool of him.

Marrdro
05-18-2008, 04:33 AM
Thanks for sharing my friend.


16) Where are some of the places you’ve been, and where are some of your favorites.

I love traveling/camping in the Rocky Mounties (absolutely beautiful).

Does that include hiking?
If so what is the furthest you been up in them and did you take some pics?

ItalianStallion
05-18-2008, 11:14 AM
"Marrdro" wrote:


Thanks for sharing my friend.


16) Where are some of the places you’ve been, and where are some of your favorites.

I love traveling/camping in the Rocky Mounties (absolutely beautiful).

Does that include hiking?
If so what is the furthest you been up in them and did you take some pics?


Yah I like hiking in the summer, but I usually only go on a big one once or twice a year.
Probably the longest (and nicest) one I went on was in Waterton, where you hiked to crypt lake (right on the US/Canada border).

Here are some photos since I did not add them to the PM I sent BLV:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/DSC00320.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/camping1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/halloween2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/Vikings_Texans_2004_10_009.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/Chipmunk.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/Minny.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/PDW.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/LeslieDarcy-WatertonTownsite-008.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/Mountain2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/Mountain.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/n120600679_31940047_590.jpg

VikingMike
05-18-2008, 11:29 AM
Good to know more about you, IS. I'm a big fan of Rocky, too.


Going to class, jogging, drinking, watching TV, playing Xbox 360

Love how you just snuck that one in. :)


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/Mountain2.jpg

Nice shot.

Jilly
05-18-2008, 12:35 PM
Nice to know more about you IS. Those pictures look amazing. How nice to have that in your backyard.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/Mountain.jpg


Good luck in your Pharmacy program. I've heard that is a very tough major but it will pay off big time $$$.

marstc09
05-18-2008, 12:51 PM
15) What’s your favorite food?

No specific one, though I love Italian food and junk food in general (Subway, pizza, nachos etc.)


I don't consider Subway junk food. I am a big fan by the way. Let me guess your favorite sub. Spicy Italian. That is my favorite!

marstc09
05-18-2008, 12:54 PM
20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?

Umm, I don't really have any specific memory.
I like arguing with people haha.
Singer hooked me up with tickets to the Dome once, that was pretty cool of him.

You can say that again!

ItalianStallion
05-18-2008, 01:14 PM
"marstc09" wrote:



15) What’s your favorite food?

No specific one, though I love Italian food and junk food in general (Subway, pizza, nachos etc.)


I don't consider Subway junk food. I am a big fan by the way. Let me guess your favorite sub. Spicy Italian. That is my favorite!


Haha, no the meatball sub, only because it's one of the cheapest.

singersp
05-18-2008, 01:14 PM
Nice read IS. Thanx for the info.



5)What was your first job?

My first job was when I was 15, I got a job selling coffee, doughnuts and sandwiches at Canada'a-own Timmy Ho's (Tim Hortons).
It wasn't a bad job but very stressful with almost constant line-ups of undercaffeinat ed people.


LOL! I was in Montreal last summer & in Canada for the first time. I saw 4-5 Tim Horton's on the way to the hotel & that was just in the first mile or less.

Those suckers are everywhere!

singersp
05-18-2008, 01:17 PM
20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?

Umm, I don't really have any specific memory.
I like arguing with people haha.
Singer hooked me up with tickets to the Dome once, that was pretty cool of him.


I remember. Bears game 2005 or 2006.

Although I also recall you not showing up to the tailgate lot.
;)
:P

ItalianStallion
05-18-2008, 01:39 PM
"singersp" wrote:




20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?

Umm, I don't really have any specific memory.
I like arguing with people haha.
Singer hooked me up with tickets to the Dome once, that was pretty cool of him.


I remember. Bears game 2005 or 2006.

Although I also recall you not showing up to the tailgate lot.
;)
:P


Yah, I know, I was with my Dad and his friend and they had their own plans for the day, lol.

jessejames09
05-18-2008, 01:45 PM
"singersp" wrote:


Nice read IS. Thanx for the info.



5)What was your first job?

My first job was when I was 15, I got a job selling coffee, doughnuts and sandwiches at Canada'a-own Timmy Ho's (Tim Hortons).
It wasn't a bad job but very stressful with almost constant line-ups of undercaffeinat ed people.


LOL! I was in Montreal last summer & in Canada for the first time. I saw 4-5 Tim Horton's on the way to the hotel & that was just in the first mile or less.

Those suckers are everywhere!


We have 6 in a town of 30,000.;D

And only 1 liquor store.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/halloween2.jpg
;D Great pic.

ItalianStallion
05-18-2008, 02:53 PM
"jessejames09" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


Nice read IS. Thanx for the info.



5)What was your first job?

My first job was when I was 15, I got a job selling coffee, doughnuts and sandwiches at Canada'a-own Timmy Ho's (Tim Hortons).
It wasn't a bad job but very stressful with almost constant line-ups of undercaffeinat ed people.


LOL! I was in Montreal last summer & in Canada for the first time. I saw 4-5 Tim Horton's on the way to the hotel & that was just in the first mile or less.

Those suckers are everywhere!


We have 6 in a town of 30,000.;D

And only 1 liquor store.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/halloween2.jpg
;D Great pic.


Haha, they're always busy too.
Seriously though, they own dunkin donuts.
Horton's coffee is like crack cocaine.

gregair13
05-18-2008, 03:24 PM
tim horton's is win

singersp
05-18-2008, 03:34 PM
"ItalianStallion" wrote:


"jessejames09" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


Nice read IS. Thanx for the info.



5)What was your first job?

My first job was when I was 15, I got a job selling coffee, doughnuts and sandwiches at Canada'a-own Timmy Ho's (Tim Hortons).
It wasn't a bad job but very stressful with almost constant line-ups of undercaffeinat ed people.


LOL! I was in Montreal last summer & in Canada for the first time. I saw 4-5 Tim Horton's on the way to the hotel & that was just in the first mile or less.

Those suckers are everywhere!


We have 6 in a town of 30,000.;D

And only 1 liquor store.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/halloween2.jpg
;D Great pic.


Haha, they're always busy too.
Seriously though, they own dunkin donuts.
Horton's coffee is like crack cocaine.


LOL! I wouldn't know. I never tried either. I kind of wished I'd have tried the coffee while I was there though.

I'm not a bib fan of expresso, kapuchino, la'te & that sort of coffee.

Is it like a Star Bucks with that fancy ass coffees or can you get a regular cup of joe?

ItalianStallion
05-18-2008, 07:13 PM
"singersp" wrote:


LOL! I wouldn't know. I never tried either. I kind of wished I'd have tried the coffee while I was there though.

I'm not a bib fan of expresso, kapuchino, la'te & that sort of coffee.

Is it like a Star Bucks with that fancy jiggly butt coffees or can you get a regular cup of joe?


It's nothing fancy like starbucks.
The plain coffee it what's best.

Marrdro
05-19-2008, 08:56 AM
"VikingMike" wrote:


Good to know more about you, IS. I'm a big fan of Rocky, too.


Going to class, jogging, drinking, watching TV, playing Xbox 360

Love how you just snuck that one in. :)


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/Mountain2.jpg

Nice shot.


I like this one as well.
To bad you didn't have a fishing pole in your hands to exploit the natural wonders of those waters.
Bet a fish out of there would be damn tasty cooked over an open fire.
;D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/LeslieDarcy-WatertonTownsite-008.jpg

jessejames09
05-19-2008, 03:35 PM
"ItalianStallion" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


LOL! I wouldn't know. I never tried either. I kind of wished I'd have tried the coffee while I was there though.

I'm not a bib fan of expresso, kapuchino, la'te & that sort of coffee.

Is it like a Star Bucks with that fancy jiggly butt coffees or can you get a regular cup of joe?


It's nothing fancy like starbucks.
The plain coffee it what's best.


I don't like coffee but I will always have a Tim Horton's (neck scratch). And yes there's a lineup by 5:30 AM. He's not kidding you will be addicted.

Prophet
05-20-2008, 11:43 AM
Interesting read IS.
I love the Rockies, especially the Canadian Rockies too.
Incredibly beautiful place, tough to beat.

cajunvike
05-20-2008, 11:46 AM
"ItalianStallion" wrote:


"jessejames09" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


Nice read IS. Thanx for the info.



5)What was your first job?

My first job was when I was 15, I got a job selling coffee, doughnuts and sandwiches at Canada'a-own Timmy Ho's (Tim Hortons).
It wasn't a bad job but very stressful with almost constant line-ups of undercaffeinat ed people.


LOL! I was in Montreal last summer & in Canada for the first time. I saw 4-5 Tim Horton's on the way to the hotel & that was just in the first mile or less.

Those suckers are everywhere!


We have 6 in a town of 30,000.;D

And only 1 liquor store.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/djpadula/halloween2.jpg
;D Great pic.


Haha, they're always busy too.
Seriously though, they own dunkin donuts.
Horton's coffee is like crack cocaine.


AND they sell POUTINE!!!
;)

Prophet
05-20-2008, 03:38 PM
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http://pbfcomics.com/archive_b/PBF192-COP$.jpg

ItalianStallion
05-20-2008, 11:34 PM
"cajunvike" wrote:


AND they sell POUTINE!!!
;)


Not a Tim Hortons, but they do at burger king, hehe.

AngloVike
05-22-2008, 02:16 PM
"ItalianStallion" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


LOL! I wouldn't know. I never tried either. I kind of wished I'd have tried the coffee while I was there though.

I'm not a bib fan of expresso, kapuchino, la'te & that sort of coffee.

Is it like a Star Bucks with that fancy jiggly butt coffees or can you get a regular cup of joe?


It's nothing fancy like starbucks.
The plain coffee it what's best.

first up interesting read Italian.. as for Tim Hortons .. they do some cracking doughnuts and muffins.. not to forget the Tim Bits as well
;D