I spent a pleasant evening today on Hamilton Mountain at a political pub night at DiMaggio’s Italian Eatery on Upper Ottawa Street. The party was organized by my good friend, Hamilton family practice lawyer, Tyler Banham. I also met his mother. Some of my Ancaster and Dundas friends, such as Peter Greenberg and Dennis Newsome showed up, as well as bunch of our Mac alumni – Doug Calderwood-Smith, who took my Campaigns & Elections course, and Mark Ungar, who is a McMaster Humanities alumnus and currently teaches piano and is sitting his pedagogical ARCT exams. I also finally met one of the people I have only ever communicated with over Facebook – Fadi El-Masry: a student leader at Westdale High School.
Sophia Aggelonitis, the Province of Ontario’s Minister for Economic Development and Trade was there too – it was great to meet a young and dynamic woman Minister. She gave a rousing speech and then took the time to meet everyone in the room with a smile and a kind word.
I had a pint of Guinness and a couple of wedges of pizza. There were some great home-made perogies as well. Lots of good food and fun.
I had spent the day writing and editing the second edition of my textbook, Understanding Human Communication. It should be ready within a couple of weeks. It’s very exciting. But after a long day of Americanos and editing at the Chapters Starbucks in the Ancaster Meadowlands, it was great to go to a party and see some old friends.
A good day.