I always felt that there was something missing in the city of Ottawa. The summer months can be boring and extremely hot. For me, this would lead to pent up energy that I would need to release. Then on July 18, 2014, football came back to the nation’s capital with its new team the Red Blacks. This was the outlet that I needed to release the energy that I had inside. The best part is they didn’t disappoint.
Heading down to Lansdowne Park, you could feel the energy. Each block that I walked by the crowd would increase and the anticipation would build. Once I arrive at Lansdowne Park, the first place I went to was the Cow Palace. That is where they were holding a tailgate party to show their appreciation to the fans. At the party, there was live music where you can have an adult beverage or two to cool off in the sun. On a personal note, I may have gone well above two beverages, but it was worth it. It was coming close to kickoff, so I had to rush to my seat. Fighting my way through the crowd, I was able to get to my seat on the north side. After waiting for a bit, the Red Blacks step onto the field. The crowd erupted with excitement. The sight of seeing our team back in Ottawa was a feeling of gratification. The team responded to the fans’ energy. The battle with Toronto was a nail biter and it came down to a field goal, to see the Red Blacks win. After the game there was more partying going on back at the Cow Palace. The party went late into the night, but who wouldn’t want to celebrate a victory like that. The whole experience was amazing.
It was good to see the city of Ottawa celebrate the return of football. It was something that was missing for way too long. The Red Blacks are a team that we should be proud of and I can’t wait till the next game to cheer them on, while having some adult beverages to cool off in the sun.
You might be wondering why I would name my website Corky Bloom Studio. I’m sure that most of you went to the about page and notice that my last name is Corke. Case solved, and now you can move on to the next blog. I have to tell you that you are partly right. That name has a deeper meaning for me and I want to share it with you.
When I was younger, the street that I lived on, all the kids played together. We would ride our bikes to the park, play tag and do all the exciting things that kids do. It was a great time in my life where I had no worries like bills to pay. One day a friend of mine decided to call me Corky. It sounded cool to me and I ran with it. Soon everyone around the block was always calling me Corky. Kids from other blocks would also call me by that name. The funny thing is most people didn’t know my real name which I found strange. There was a part of me that loved the celebrity status that came by the nickname. Like every good thing, it came crashing down. A show called “Life goes on” came on the air. There was a character called Corky who had Down syndrome that was on the show. Once everyone saw that show, people would tease me by imitating the character. We all know that kids can be really cruel, so that when I started to hate the nickname. I wanted nobody to call me Corky and soon enough the nickname faded. In my last year of high school people started calling me that again. This time I didn’t care if someone made fun of the nickname. It was part of me and I accepted it.
This is why I name my website Corky Bloom. People still call me Corky which is funny since I’m a lot older, but why stop people from calling me that. I think it is an eye catching name that put a little humor into it. Bloom on the other hand is a different story.