Education • Photo Restoration • 56 • Gabičko • University

• Engineering was the hardest four years of my life. I studied seven days a week, usually till late into the evenings, with only Friday or Saturday night to unwind.  Physics didn’t come easy to me. Semiconductor theory, special & general relativity, radio communications, quantum physics, nuclear science – all of it was hard. I had to find a way to visualize what I was learning, and that was my biggest challenge. I nearly failed physics in the second year, while  enrolled in the Engineering Physics program! To this day I honestly believe that physics professor would have failed me. I can’t say for sure, how I passed, but, but I’m certain that he let me go because he saw I had passed my other courses. I scraped by with my lowest grade ever: 52%.

• I was petrified of failing any course. Not for fear of failure, but because I knew that if I failed any course, it meant adding an additional year to my studies.  From 19 students, I managed to graduate in the top half. During the week of my graduation I visited the Dean of Engineering, Gary R. Purdy and thanked him for accepting me into the engineering program. According to the Top 500 Universities in the World, there are four Canadian universities in the top one hundred. McMaster University ranked 90 in 2014.

• After graduation I realized there weren’t many options for me. I could have pursued a Master’s degree, which was a logical direction for some of my colleagues. That didn’t interest me. I struggled so much in the undergraduate program I felt I didn’t have the brain capacity.  Another option was to go for an MBA, but wanted to get some work experience first. Also, my graduating class entered the middle of a recession in 1991. So applying for any engineering job was a crazy affair.  I recall submitting my resume to a job that had 2000 applicants. In hindsight I wasted two years before realizing I should have just gone for that MBA while I still had the cognitive capacity. By the time time I wrote the GMAT, I had missed that boat, acing the math, but fairing poorly on the English part.

• This year commemorates the 25th anniversary of my graduation.

 

• 1991 May • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • Faculty of Engineering, Class of 1991

 7 minutes 20 seconds

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation photo)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation photo)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation class)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation class)
91 - Hamilton · McMaster University · Engineering Physics Class
91.May – Hamilton · McMaster University · Engineering Physics Class

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, degree)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, degree)

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, brochure)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, brochure)

 

• 1991 May 31 • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • McMaster University, Convocation

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation, photo)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation, photo)

• My mother only paid for my first year of studies. I managed to finance the latter three years from my summer jobs and working as the bookkeeper at my mother’s animal hospital.

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Rituals of Convocation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Rituals of Convocation)

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Announcement)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Announcement)

 


87.Jun - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, graduation photo, premiere pro)

Family • Celebration • Daddy’s Birthday

Today my precious boys surprised me with this video production for my birthday. Thanks for everyone’s birthday wishes today. Enjoy!

Friends • Photo Restoration • 55 • Gabičko • Bullies

• In elementary school, I wasn’t overly bothered by the physical nature of bullying. What really got under my skin was the hatred in their eyes. Ally Kennelfry*, Jell Ruleimi*, and their leader, Jean Hopenix* – this trio were Holy Rosary’s mean girls in my day.  I still remember seeing the disgust in their eyes when I would catch their stare. Following their lead was the class alpha-male, Canon Sooner*. What shocked me the most was when I bumped into them individually – they would be nice all of a sudden. But as soon as they were together their nastiness came out like fireworks. On a few occasions I witnessed how herd behavior manifests itself, when kids turn from observers to participants. The students would feed off of collective hysteria and find themselves as fellow bullies. Thankfully, by the seventh and eighth grade new kids joined our class. As they became new targets, the bullies attention diverted away from me. Maybe puberty had a part to play, as well.

• I had to deal with a lot of anger issues from the many years I spent in that war zone. I had built up many layers of defense, The problem is that the bullied often becomes the bully. I first realized this when my cousin Roman pulled me aside after swim practice one day. I had joined the Burlington YMCA swim team when I was eleven years old. Roman started six months later. He said that the other kids didn’t like me because I was being mean to them. I was shocked to hear that, and it became a turning point in my behavior. I started to be nicer to everyone on the swim team, realizing that I needed to segment my behavior from school.

• Being bullied either makes you stronger, or it can break you down. I often look back at those years and feel that I kept my sanity because I had three sets of friends: Those on the swim team, my Czechoslovakian friends, and then there were the school kids. Since I was only hated at school, I managed to rationalized that the problem wasn’t in me.

• When I watch movies with an antagonist, I often wonder if real life bullies identify with the villain, or with the hero. I have always identified with the hero, even if I have played both sides at different stages in my life.

*Names have been modified to protect the guilty.

• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 8 seconds

94 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (Rocc Computers)94 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (Rocc Computers)

93.Nov - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (empty beer)
93.Nov – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (empty beer)

 

93.Nov - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (cigar & beer)
93.Nov – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (cigar & beer)

 

94.Jun - Prague · Gabriel Dusil
94.Jun – Prague · Gabriel Dusil
95 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil
95 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil
96 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping)
96 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping)
97.Aug - Prague · Gabriel Dusil
97.Aug – Prague · Gabriel Dusil
99.Oct - Antigua · Gabriel Dusil (beach)
99.Oct – Antigua · Gabriel Dusil (beach)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding reception)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding reception)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding, getting ready)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding, getting ready)

 

Family • Photo Restoration • 54 • Mamička • Horses

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• My family didn’t share my fascination with animals. My parents didn’t understand how the odor of animals and farmland could fill me with delight. Whenever we traveled through the countryside I’d bath in the smell of freshly fertilized land. My mom found it funny that I liked the smell of manure. As I’d breathe in, my imagination would fly. When I would ride on the train I’d looked out the window and day-dream of galloping horses through the meadow, alongside the rail cars. For my two brothers it was just a countryside stench. My oldest brother Csaba didn’t like animals, but Attila loved them. We were city people. Animals were associated with farming and peasants. In Communist-Socialism, science and engineering were revered far above agricultural disciplines. My parents asked themselves, “How can our child ,from the city, have such rural interests?” They were still supportive of my interests.

• The Slovak countryside is hilly, interspersed with farmland owned mostly by co-op farms. There were many sheep and cows grazing, with peasants bent over tilling the land. In those days horses were used mainly for transporting farm produce. At Hotel Schalkház on Roosevelt Street where I lived, there was a station for horse drawn carriages. I went there frequently to admire them. Seeing how they would stand endlessly for most of the day made me feel sorry for them. Sometimes they’d have bags over their noses. Through my never-ending questions to the coachmen I learned that this was how they were fed. Their bags consisted of grain, or some mixture of molasses.

 

• Digital Photo Restoration

 • 6 minutes 16 second

61.Jul - Barca · Eva Kendeova (braking horses, teaching to kneel, Jednotné rolnícke družstvo)
61.Jul – Barca · Eva Kendeova (braking horses, teaching to kneel, Jednotné rolnícke družstvo)
61.Jul - Barca · Eva Kendeova (horses, Jednotné rolnícke družstvo)
61.Jul – Barca · Eva Kendeova (horses, Jednotné rolnícke družstvo)
61.Jul - Keszthely · Eva Kendeova (horses, riding)
61.Jul – Keszthely · Eva Kendeova (horses, riding)
61.Jul - Královský Chlmec · Eva Kendeova (horses, Steeplechase team)
61.Jul – Královský Chlmec · Eva Kendeova (horses, Steeplechase team)
61.Jul - Královský Chlmec · Eva Kendeova (horses, Steeplechase riding team)
61.Jul – Královský Chlmec · Eva Kendeova (horses, Steeplechase riding team)
61.Jul - Košice · Eva Kendeova (jumping Ramona at Veterinary Collage)
61.Jul – Košice · Eva Kendeova (jumping Ramona at Veterinary Collage)
84.Jun - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Horses, Babe, parking lot)
84.Jun – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Horses, Babe, parking lot)
84.Jun - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Horses, Babe, jumping)
84.Jun – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Horses, Babe, jumping)
84.Jun - Burlington · Eva & Alica Dusil (Horses, Babe, parking lot)
84.Jun – Burlington · Eva & Alica Dusil (Horses, Babe, parking lot)
87.Sep.1 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (dressed up)
87.Sep.1 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (dressed up)

61.Jul - Barca · Eva Kendeova (braking horses, teaching to kneel, Jednotné rolnícke družstvo, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 53 • Gabičko • High School

• The summer before going to high school terrified me. I had anxiety in anticipation of five more years of bullying. In the first week of my freshmen year I breathed a sigh of relief after realizing all the kids that had bullied me went to a different high school. I started with a clean slate, and established new friendships.

• I had five great years at Aldershot High school.  I made friends that have lasted a lifetime. I was also lucky to have an older cousin, and a few tough friends to create a protective aura throughout middle school. While swimming throughout my teens I decided to try my hand at Karate, and a bit of weight lifting in between to stay in shape. In hindsight we were all lucky to be in a relatively calm social environment in Burlington, Ontario compared to the level of youth aggression experienced in metropolitan cities.

74 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten, gif)

• Digital Photo Restoration

 11 minutes 19 seconds

Gabriel Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School '74-'87)
Gabriel Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School ’74-’87)

 

74 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)
74 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)

75 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)
75 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)

76 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)
76 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)

77 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)
77 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)

77 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, communion)
77 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, communion)

78 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)
78 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)

79 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)
79 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)

80 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)
80 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)

81 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)
81 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)

82 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)
82 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)

83 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 9)
83 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 9)

84 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 10)
84 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 10)

85 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 11)
85 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 11)

86 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 12)
86 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 12)

87.Jun - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 13, graduation photo)
87.Jun – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 13, graduation photo)

 


74 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten, restoring, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 52 • Mamička • Farm

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• The first two years of middle school were hard on me. We learned about farming, agriculture, and how to work the land. But my studies had little to do with animals, and that demotivated me. I was immature and undisciplined. It also aggravated my teachers, and subsequently upset my mother. She frequently had to come to school to smooth things over. I was bored with sitting in class when all I wanted to do was be on the farm. By the third year I found my calling since we were finally allowed to spend time on the school’s farm. I loved to be around the horses. I befriended one of the shepherds and many of the farmers. I was in my element, but quickly learned that the horses were not bred for the aristocratic activities that I had imagined. Instead, once they were mature they were sold to co-ops for farm labor.

• One summer my father kept pestering my mother, asking why I was spending so much time on the farm. He didn’t know what I was doing, or even if I was lying about my whereabouts. Most teenagers my age spent their days at the city pool. I did as well, but then went to the farm in the afternoon. By this time my father had retired. My mother eventually had enough of his nagging and told him to go see for himself. So he dressed up elegantly and accompanied me on this one and only visit to the farm. It was the closest he had ever come to such a grassroots lifestyle. When we arrived he talked to the farm employees and I showed him how I taught a mare to kneel, rear up on her hind legs, and kick on command as I tickled her rump. He was amused and it satisfied his curiosity. Then he watched as I disappeared into the distance on my dappled horse. My father had an excellent sense of humor so it became a running joke, among family and friends, that his daughter was more interested in four legged animals than the two legged kind.

• Digital Photo Restoration

 5 minutes 41 seconds

71.Dec - Bampton · Eva Dusil (gallbladder surgery)
71.Dec – Bampton · Eva Dusil (gallbladder surgery)
72.Jul - Orlando · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Disney World)
72.Jul – Orlando · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Disney World)
78.Oct - Kitchener · Eva & Vaclav Dusil (Octoberfest)
78.Oct – Kitchener · Eva & Vaclav Dusil (Octoberfest)
74.Dec.24 - Burlington · Stefan Kende & Eva Dusil (dinner)
74.Dec.24 – Burlington · Stefan Kende & Eva Dusil (dinner)
74.Dec - Burlington · Eva & Alica Dusil (bedroom)
74.Dec – Burlington · Eva & Alica Dusil (bedroom)
73.Sep - Brampton · Gabriel & Eva Dusil (1st day of school)
73.Sep – Brampton · Gabriel & Eva Dusil (1st day of school)
73.Dec - Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Kwanas skating)
73.Dec – Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Kwanas skating)
91 - Burlington · Karol, Inchy & Eva Dusil (guitar)
91 – Burlington · Karol, Inchy & Eva Dusil (guitar)
95.Dec.24 - Burlington · Gabriel, Eva & Alica Dusil (christmas)
95.Dec.24 – Burlington · Gabriel, Eva & Alica Dusil (christmas)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (wedding ceremony)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (wedding ceremony)

 


71.Dec - Bampton · Eva Dusil (gallbladder surgery, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 51 • Gabičko • High School

• Physics was my passion as far back as high school. It’s thanks to Mr. V. Cantlon, my grade 13 physics teacher from Aldershot Secondary School.  He was also my favorite teacher from middle school.  The subject wasn’t particularly my strong point, but I felt I enjoyed the subject enough to pursue it into my undergraduate studies.

• My other favorite teacher was Mrs. L. Tessler, my ninth and eleventh grade English teacher, giving me the passion to express myself in words. Mrs. Tessler had the most wickedly teaching voice. It hypnotized me every time I listened to her, going as far as falling in love with her voice. I always wanted to impress her with my writing skills. But I could never seem to exceed an 80% grade on my essays. It wasn’t until I read the words of a 90% English student that I realized what it takes to get to the next level.

• Digital Photo Restoration

 5 minutes 56 seconds

86 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 - Burlington · Tim Steele, Gabriel Dusil & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 – Burlington · Tim Steele, Gabriel Dusil & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
87.Jun - Burlington · Mr. Cantlon, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (high school graduation)
87.Jun – Burlington · Mr. Cantlon, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (high school graduation)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · David Forsyth, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · David Forsyth, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Doug Little, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Gabriel Dusil & David Forsyth (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Doug Little, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Gabriel Dusil & David Forsyth (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Blake Paterson & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Blake Paterson & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
97.Dec - Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew's, 1)
97.Dec – Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew’s, 1)
97.Dec - Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew's, 2)
97.Dec – Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew’s, 2)
99.Sep.22 - Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (stag)
99.Sep.22 – Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (stag)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (wedding, best men)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (wedding, best men)

86 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers, premiere pro)

• Family Legacy • Mamička • Taci • Googičko • Gabičko • Photo Restoration • Digital Restoration • Photo Repair • Historical Photography • Martial Arts • MMA • Mixed Martial Arts • Kick boxing • Karate • Self Defense • Fitness • Strength & Conditioning • Circuit Training • Aerobic • Anaerobic

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