All posts by Clayton Imoo

Husband to Gail, Father to Sean, Jacob and Kayla. I am passionate about my family and my faith, and I love to speak, write, play music, play sports, and nap.

My Wedding Proposal to Gail

My wedding proposal to Gail on Sunday, February 28, 1999 at St. Paul’s LIFE TEEN Youth Ministry’s annual “KNACK” Talent Show.

This proposal caught Gail completely off-guard because of the location and the timing. It fell exactly half-way between Valentine’s Day and Gail’s birthday of March 13. Thus, she didn’t suspect a thing (given that the other 2 dates would have been more opportune times).

Check out the look on Gail’s face when I first call her up…priceless!

Thanks to Gary, Mark and Brian for helping me out. It turned out as well as could be expected despite the bad acting (them) and bad singing (me)…haha!

Being a Canucks Fan in Calgary

I arrived in Calgary today for meetings with other diocesan Directors and Coordinators of Catholic Youth Ministry before heading to Banff for a national youth ministry conference. So, as I like to do when I travel to other cities, I bought a ticket to see the local professional sports team, in this case the Calgary Flames. And I had the awesome company of youth ministry colleagues Peter, Laurie, Denise, Lecia, and Sarah. Peter in particular was very excited to see a team other than the Maple Leafs in person. I can’t say I blame him.

I proudly donned my brand new Vancouver Canucks jersey, the one that says LUONGO in big letters on the back. Upon entering the Pengrowth Saddledome, I knew that I was walking into enemy territory, as the Canucks and Flames are battling for first-place in the Northwest Division (in fact, the Flames entered the night one point ahead of the Canucks in the standings).

I had no reservations about wearing the blue and green among the sea of red. After all, I am an Ultimate Canucks Fan . And most of the Calgarians probably thought I was clueless. After all, the game was between the Flames and the Phoenix Coyotes.

The first comment directed at me was actually a positive one. “Nice jersey” someone said as I made my way to my seat. Couldn’t tell if he was being sarcastic or not. But it didn’t matter. I was too busy focussing on not tripping and falling down the seemingly 257 stairs I had to climb to get to my seat in the highest row in the arena! Peter had me in stitches all night with his one-liners about our mile-high seats, the best being “So this is what it looks like for God when He watches a hockey game.” Classic.

Every time that Phoenix scored, I cheered. And every time that Calgary did something good (not a lot) I stayed silent. Phoenix played a strong game and won 3-1, much to the dismay of 18,000 and to the delight of one (me).

I knew the true litmus test would be leaving the arena. After all, the home team had just been drubbed in their own arena. And the arena sold beer.

Sure enough, I saw 2 guys pointing and snickering as I made my down the 257 stairs. Then, in the concourse, I rather tall cowboy-type brushed shoulders with me and said “Vancouver? What the f**k is that?” I knew better than to respond. Actually, I didn’t even know what a proper response would be. I guess it would be: “A city on the west coast.” Or “host to the 2010 Winter Olympics.” Or “the most beautiful city in the world.”

Then, a chant of “Vancouver sucks” from behind me. Another guy muttered “Luongo sucks” under his breath while walking by me. Then for fun I went into the Flames Store and looking at the wall of Calgary jerseys, I asked the employee (with my tongue firmly in my cheek) if he had any Luongo jerseys in large. His response: “Never in here.” Or maybe it was “Get out of here.”

I made my way back to hotel to greet more of the youth ministers. And my night came to a perfect end when Krissy texted me with: “6 rounds of shootout and Edler wins it!”

The Canucks had just defeated the Islanders 3 – 2 in Vancouver, taking over first place in the division. I then had my answer to the tall, foul-mouthed cowboy dude.

“What is Vancouver?”

THE TEAM THAT JUST PASSED YOURS IN THE STANDINGS!

Kayla Marie: The Ultimate Canucks Newborn

One year after being named the Ultimate Canucks Family with last year’s Ultimate Canucks Haiku, we’re back at it again…this time with a new addition to the family!

See Sean and Jake tackle their most daunting challenge yet: making their one-week-old sister Kayla the Ultimate Canucks Newborn!

This video helped us win the Ultimate Canucks Family for the 2nd consecutive year.

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Border Blunders

2flagsAs we started our much-anticipated road trip to California, we thankfully made it through the border without incident. In fact, Gail actually let me talk to the Border Guard and I didn’t have to pretend I was asleep in the back seat with the boys. I think I’ve finally gained Gail’s trust back when it comes to crossing the border. But it’s taken a while…and looking at the evidence I can’t really blame her.

My Border Blunders started way back in high school. I can’t remember if we were in grade 11 or 12, or if we were 16 or 17 or 18 years old. All I remember is that there were 4 of us and we weren’t that smart.

After buying a bunch of clothes and a new Nintendo system in the States, we headed north back towards the border only to stop about 15 minutes from the crossing. Being young and impressionable and immature, we decided that we weren’t going to claim everything (anything???) and we proceeded to throw out all of the boxes and receipts for the merchandise. We put on our new clothes, even ON TOP of our older stuff. I remember wearing 2 shirts, a sweater and 2 jackets up top, and 2 pairs of pants below. Needless to say, I was very warm. And unable to move. My Einstein friends even hid the new Nintendo underneath the spare tire in the trunk.

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The Ultimate Canucks Haiku (Japanese poetry)

Here’s the video that started it all:  The Ultimate Canucks Haiku.

With this video, we won the title of  the Ultimate Family in the Ultimate Canucks Search in the spring of 2007.

Sean is not only the Ultimate Canucks Fan, he’s also the Ultimate Canucks Poet. See how Sean (along with brother Jacob) has mastered the ancient Japanese poetry of haiku: 5 – 7 – 5.

Haikus feature Luongo, the Sedins, Sopel, Smolinski, and Cowan.

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