These are the pictures I'm allowed to post from Earl's bachelor party in Edmonton, AB.


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So Earl and Erik made the trek from Saskabush to Edmonton for the big event. The hotel of
choice was the very nice Mettera Hotel on Whyte, being that it's stumbling distance from most
bars. This is Earl enjoying a shrimp ring that he brought all the way from Saskatoon. I didn't
have the heart to tell him that Alberta has shrimp rings too!


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Our friend Ben didn't make the trip, so instead, Earl brought a duck to sit in his place. The
duck enjoyed the shrimp ring too.


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I'm not sure what Erik is doing with this monkey. This is in Natalia's living room.


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My sister Renee also joined us for part of the weekend.


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This is a symbolic gesture. If Ben is the duck, then the monkey on his back would have to be his
wife. Just kidding, Kristine!


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Benny having a Keith's to start the night. He got a little out of hand later on.


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Here is Natalia's sister Bohdanna getting down with Benny in the back seat.


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The triumvirate of trouble, Earl, Benny, and Erik. Actually, Benny is normally the Mom.


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I really have no idea why I took this shot of Erik, but it seemed great at the time. Now, looking
at it, it's a big picture of Erik's head. Weird.


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Equally strange one of Earl. This must have been one of those "pictures for posterity" kicks
that I go on occasionally.


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I'm pretty sure this had some deeper artistic meaning at one point. Let's call it, "Benny's fortune
eats the bill".


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Benny pulling up the sack and taking on the big boy - Warsteiner.

Go-kart racing


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As part of our celebration of Earl, we went go-kart racing. Once we finally found the place
(no thanks to Earl...), we got helmets and got the party started.


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Here is Earl getting strapped into his rig. He's about to feel the wrath.


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I've got Erik's number too.


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Earl's XL helmet was no match for my driving skills.


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Right out of the gates, Erik was slow, so I passed him and never looked back. Except, that is,
to take pictures with one hand. I thought I was going to drop my camera.


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This is pretty much how the race stayed from the beginning. I enjoyed a comfortable lead while
Erik drove strictly to keep Earl from passing him.


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No, I didn't throw this tire down, although I wish I would have.

Mini-golf


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So, we don't really play mini-golf like normal people. For instance, a round of mini-golf typically
takes well over an hour, and in extreme cases, we've actually drawn blood. The rules go something
like this, but even those change frequently. Effectively, we change the starting tee box, add rules
like "for this hole, you need to bounce off the garbage can over there, jump the little lake-thing
and then come around the windmill to get to the hole." Here is Erik, not very impressed that his
pink ball got stuck in the well. We normally have to let other people "play through".

Here's a video of Erik making his shot from out of the well: VIDEO


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Erik making a pretty decent tee-off. I think I actually smashed my club into this rock while
trying to get loft. Don't do this if you ever have a choice. It vibrates pretty hard.


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We could have probably used a driver I think from this tee box. I actually deleted a sweet video of
this one since Earl was concerned about someone pressing charges.


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Erik got fed up with actually putting since he's not very good, and moved back to using a pool cue approach.

Video of Erik actually sinking a putt like that: VIDEO


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I should've used a 6 iron from this tee box, but I still managed to get some decent distance. The
hole we're shooting for is actually behind me here.

West Edmonton Mall


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After our game of mini-golf (Earl won a free game), we headed to West Ed to shoot stuff. On the way
Erik decided that he needed a water massage. Yeah, that's right, a water massage. Laugh at him the
next chance you get.


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Earl and I - Before. I chose the cactus guy since the target was bigger.


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I think what surprised me the most was how LOUD the guns were. We shot a 9 mm and a .357. The
.357 sounded like someone was setting off rockets in your brain.


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Earl shooting at his target. You can see his gun kicking.


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I think my target was further back than Earl's.


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My first set, I shot for the big target. Then I had the big gun, and I shot towards the smaller target.
Then, I thought it would be fun to shoot the cactus.


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We had dinner at the Keg off Whyte Ave for Earl's day. Here, Earl is having a "muff diver". He
claims that he's really good at this shot but I think he just likes whipped cream.


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Expert indeed.

Short video of Earl showing off his skills. VIDEO


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The rest of the night is a bit of a blur, but we stopped in for (my favourite) donairs and somehow I found
a guy with a parrot. Who'd have thunk? Renee and Erik, this is for you.

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