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Education • Photo Restoration • 48 • Gabičko • University

• During our first week of orientation, the keynote speech was delivered by the Dean of Engineering. He told us to look to our left, then then to our right, “Before the first term is completed one of you won’t be here anymore.” That prediction ultimately came to fruition.

• In the first year we were taught the fundamentals of science, math, and technology. Essentially it was to equalize all freshmen into the program, from varying levels of high school education across the country (and abroad). If you made it past the first year you picked an Engineering discipline. I distinctly remember asking my cousin which one to choose. It was a Friday evening in the summer of ’88. We were waiting at the entrance of The Phoenix pub, at McMaster University. I told him I was on the fence to choose Engineering Physics or Electrical Engineering. He was entering his fourth year of Electrical Engineering at McMaster University. He said that if I chose electrical then I could potentially work for a big company like Bell Canada  – the incumbent telecommunications operator in Canada. But I cringed at the thought, imagining that I would be installing telephones for the rest of my life. At that very moment I decided to go into Engineering Physics. I reasoned that if I started in the hardest discipline then I could transfer to an easier one in the middle of my studies with minimal damage to my  established course prerequisites. After four years in the undergraduate program, only 18 students graduated from the 40 that started.

• In the late 80’s there was an unwritten hierarchy to engineering disciplines: Physics was considered the top, followed by Electrical. Mechanical was in the middle and Civil was somewhere at the bottom. The rest: Chemical, Material Science, and Computing fit somewhere in between. This categorization may cause emotional outbursts, but it was my observation when talking to other students.

• I wanted to study Physics because I loved the subject. That passion came from my grade 13 Physics teacher, Mr. Cantlon – a phenomenal teacher. His lessons were a work of art.  I also migrated to Engineering because I was good at math. So Engineering Physics seemed the perfect fit for me. But it wasn’t long after graduation when I felt I had chosen the wrong path. My personality was more inclined to business. Pursuing a Master’s degree or PHD in Physics was out of the question – the undergraduate program was hard enough, and another two to four years would have probably broken me. Joking aside, I also realized I didn’t want to work in a nuclear power plant for the rest of my life. In hindsight I felt my cousin was right all along, and I should have gone into Electrical from the beginning. The employment options would certainly have been better. Even though many of my courses were shared with electrical engineering students, I never quite grasped the intricacies of their topics to the same intuitive level as they had. But I have no regrets. I never really had the passion to be a career engineer.

• As things turned out, I migrated to marketing and sales roles in the years that followed. University taught me mental endurance, how to learn, how to work hard, and it motivated me to pursue my life goals. Engineering Physics gave me a unique ability in marketing and sales to understand complex IT (Information Technology) topics and translate those concepts for business decision makers. I often considered myself strengths in being a liaison between the technical world and the business world. A manager once told me early in my career, “Gabriel, if you can understand it, then everyone will.” So I always wrote proposals, presentations, and articles, with the confidence that as long as I can explain it to myself, then everyone reading my work will also understand.

• Gabičko

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 3 minutes 40 seconds

87.Sep - Kingston · Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, frosh week)
87.Sep – Kingston · Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, frosh week)
87.Sep.6 - Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University campus)
87.Sep.6 – Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University campus)
87.Sep.6 - Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University)
87.Sep.6 – Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University)
88.Sep - Kingston · Gabriel Dusil & Jim Little (Queens University, frosh week)
88.Sep – Kingston · Gabriel Dusil & Jim Little (Queens University, frosh week)
91.May.31 - Hamilton · Roman & Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May.31 – Hamilton · Roman & Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May.31 - Hamilton · Vašek Vasak, Gabriel & Eva Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May.31 – Hamilton · Vašek Vasak, Gabriel & Eva Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)

• Documents & Articles

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering, Obligation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering, Obligation)
92.Mar - Hamilton · Tracking UFOs At Sea
92.Mar – Hamilton · Tracking UFOs At Sea
92.Mar.24 - Hamilton · Taking Their Research On the Road
92.Mar.24 – Hamilton · Taking Their Research On the Road
92.Jun - Hamilton · Radar Research Takes to the Road
92.Jun – Hamilton · Radar Research Takes to the Road

 

• These articles are from a research project where I worked as a junior engineer, after graduating.


87.Sep - Kingston · Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, frosh week, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 46 • Mamička • Circus

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

• I loved animals from the moment I was born. At least that’s what my mother told everyone. Anything on four legs fascinated me. When the circus arrived to my town of Košice, Slovakia, I was the first to run to the park. I watched with longing as the circus performers did their chores, wanting to be part of their daily routine. Other children rushed to see as the circus unfolded. My little heart trembled in the hopes that someone would call out, “Hey, you… Yes you… Come over here and help us!”

• The big moment arrived when they opened to the public and I could finally see the animals. I never had money to buy a ticket, but somehow I always managed to sneak in without being noticed. This was the place of my dreams. It was where I belonged. I loved the smell of horses, monkeys, and the wild cats. The smell of hay was the sweetest smell and remains so till this day. In the morning they would feed the lions and tigers and clean the beautiful Lipizzaner horses. The monkeys screeched as I walked by their cages. There was excitement in the air. I was in heaven.

• Finally the day arrived when my mother took me to the circus. It was a moment of great anticipation. With the little money we had I didn’t experience many circus performances, but this one was magnificent. Since I was a lively child it was difficult to keep me seated for long. I was ready to disappear into the stables at any moment. Nobody could stop me from going to see the horses. All I wanted was to caress and talk to them. I had no fear. I would hug them, blow gently on their nose, touch them as far as I could reach and watch those beautiful dark eyes as they followed me. I was one with them and never wanted to leave.

• Mamička

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 4 minutes 51 seconds

 

90.Sep.12 - Košice · Eva Dusil, Viera & Csaba Kende (cemetery)
90.Sep.12 – Košice · Eva Dusil, Viera & Csaba Kende (cemetery)
93 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (artist, Killaloo paintings)
93 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (artist, Killaloo paintings)
94 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (kitchen)
94 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (kitchen)
98.May - Rome · Eva Dusil (Cafe menu)
98.May – Rome · Eva Dusil (Cafe menu)
00.Sep - Whistler · Eva Dusil (waterfall)
00.Sep – Whistler · Eva Dusil (waterfall)
05 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (kitchen kimono)
05 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (kitchen kimono)
07.May.15 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Saturn)
07.May.15 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Saturn)

 

• Documents & Articles

 

86.Jul.26 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Dog's Fate Unresolved As Officials Probe Rabies)
86.Jul.26 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Dog’s Fate Unresolved As Officials Probe Rabies)

 

86.Jul.26 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington News, Rabid Animals Causing Concern to Local Parents)
86.Jul.26 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington News, Rabid Animals Causing Concern to Local Parents)

 

87.Mar.27 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Vet by Day & Painter by Night)
87.Mar.27 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Vet by Day & Painter by Night)

00.Sep - Whistler · Eva Dusil (waterfall, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 45 • Dusil • Capitalism

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

• When I was accepted at the University of Guelph to attend the Ontario Veterinary College, my mother had settled down with the assurance that I would finally finish my studies. It was my promise to her before we left Košice. Within a relatively short time I made friends in the dormitory. I was surprised how dedicated my classmates were to their studies. It was in stark contrast to the college in my home town, where few students would attend lectures. The atmosphere in Guelph was very collaborative, and everyone was ambitious. Students took their studies seriously. They knew that studying hard was for a better future. I realized how lucky I was that I was accepted into the program. My colleagues explained to me that the University of Guelph was one of the most sought after schools, and one of the hardest to get in.

• At the time, there were only two other universities offering veterinary degrees: Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the Université de Montréal, Quebec. Candidates were admitted to the program based on their scholastic achievements – not based on knowing the right person in high ranking positions, as was the practice in Czechoslovakia. Competition into the college was fierce. Moreover, in those days less than 10% of the students were girls. Once I graduated I felt that a new phase in my life had begun. I was in a new country, speaking a new language, and part of a new economic and political ideology. I would finally become what I dreamed of since I was a child – to cure animals.

• Digital Photo Restoration

• 9 minute 42 second

 

71 - Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Main Building)
71 – Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Main Building)
71 - Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Macdonald Hall)
71 – Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Macdonald Hall)
71 - Brampton · Slavo Sykorsky, Vaclav & Karol Dusil
71 – Brampton · Slavo Sykorsky, Vaclav & Karol Dusil
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation ceremony)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation ceremony)
73.Jun - Burlington · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital front door)
73.Jun – Burlington · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital front door)
74.Sep.18 - Alica, Eva, Gabriel, Roman, Vaclav, Vlasta & Sona Dusil (birthday)
74.Sep.18 – Alica, Eva, Gabriel, Roman, Vaclav, Vlasta & Sona Dusil (birthday)
76.Jul - Burlington · Eva & Cezar Dusil (roses)
76.Jul – Burlington · Eva & Cezar Dusil (roses)
76.Jul - Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (garden)
76.Jul – Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (garden)
76.Jul - Burlington · Cezar & Eva Dusil (garden)
76.Jul – Burlington · Cezar & Eva Dusil (garden)
80 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital)
80 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital)

75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs, premiere pro)

Martial Arts • Photo Restoration • 44 • Košice Judo

• Throughout the 1960’s, both the men’s and women’s judo teams in Košice were far more cohesive than the opposition. During competition they routed for each teammate with far more enthusiasm and passion. It was partially due to their deep routed friendships. Perhaps it was also due to the financial and physical hardships they shared. The team members spent a lot of time on trains – Košice is situated at the extreme East of Slovakia (Czechoslovakia at the time). So traveling from Košice to any tournament was lengthy and taxing. A trip to Prague was over 700 km and took over 11 hours. They would typically travel on overnight trains, and compete the day they arrived. A sleeping car was out of the question, because it was too expensive. An overnight train meant sitting on benches in a cabin that would hold up to eight people. The judoka learned to sleep on overhead luggage racks, or in creative places where there was a chance to stretch out. Friendships survived decades, including post-emigration, and continue to be strong today. Members often participated in many extra-curricular activities, such as hikes, camping, or going to the movies. Many teammates were best friends –  Karol Dusil, Pepo Vosecky, and Igor Fridrich were closest to my dad.

• Lokomotíva Košice was the rail company’s sport club. In the communist system, state factories sponsored various sporting sectors. So Lokomotíva had a sports organization spanning over 20 “oddiels” (translated as “sections” or “divisions”) – these oddiels were in judo, wrestling, boxing, European football, handball, basketball, etc. One perk for the judoka was relatively cheap travel costs. For instance, an express train ticket from Košice to Prague in the 1960’s would cost only 20 Czechoslovakian Koruna (around $1 American dollar in today’s exchange rate). That same retail ticket today costs €54 ($76 US$).

• Košice Judo

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 3 minutes 56 seconds

58 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (boxing gloves)
58 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (boxing gloves)

• My dad tried his hand at boxing before seriously taking up judo. When I was a kid I  remember watching Mohammad Ali on television, with my dad growing up.  I also had the privilege to accompany my dad to the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Ontario, Canada. We attending judo and boxing events.  I later learned that Larry Holmes had fought in one of them.

 

 4 minutes 46 seconds

60 - Košice · Igor Fridrich, Miro Brozek, Juraj Mazanek, Berco Allman, Vaclav Dusil, Adolf Kostrian, Jozef Lemak, Šterc, Jozef Arvay, Csaba Kende, Pepo Vosecky
60 – Košice · Igor Fridrich, Miro Brozek, Juraj Mazanek, Berco Allman, Vaclav Dusil, Adolf Kostrian, Jozef Lemak, Šterc, Jozef Arvay, Csaba Kende, Pepo Vosecky

 

Article - Judisti Lokomotívy Košice nepostúpili
Article – Judisti Lokomotívy Košice nepostúpili

 4 minutes 13 seconds

60 - Košice · Juraj Bialko, Edo Novak, Csaba Kende, Igor Fridrich, Joe Nalevanko, Vaclav Dusil
62 – Košice · Juraj Bialko, Edo Novak, Csaba Kende, Igor Fridrich, Joe Nalevanko, Vaclav Dusil

• This is the men’s Lokomotiva Košice team. In one tournament, Edo Novak scored a spectacular Ippon against the Czechoslovakian Champion Norbert Pomp using a Ura Nage judo throw.

 

5 minutes 50 seconds

 

63 - Košice · Honorary Trophy by the City of Košice
63 – Košice · Honorary Trophy by the City of Košice

• Standing (left to right) – Karol Dusil, Edo Novak, Csaba Kende, Mr. Gonda (secretary of the Lokomotiva Košice Sport Club), Ing. Robert Binder, Pavel Petrivalsky, Juraj Bialko, Dusan Halasz • Lower row (left to right) – Robert Dusil, Vaclav Dusil, & Joe Nalevanko

• Robert Binder was the founder of Slovak Judo in Bratislava in 1954.  According to my uncle, he was a fantastic person and a great help to Lokomotiva Košice, and in the development of Košice judo.  He “belted” my uncle from yellow to brown. Joe Nalevanko coached Slavia Košice, the second Košice Judo team, consisting of mainly engineering students, but Lokomotiva Košice also retained him.

 

 3 minutes 32 seconds

65 - Split · Vaclav Dusil, Dusan Halasz, Miro Brozek, Vlado Makovsky (Judo Tournament in Slovenia)
65 – Split · Vaclav Dusil, Miro Brozek, x, Vlado Makovsky (Judo Tournament in Slovenia)

 

65 - Split · Pepo Vosecky, Miro Brozek, Vaclav Dusil, Vlado Makovsky (Judo Tournament in Slovenia)
65 – Split · Pepo Vosecky, Miro Brozek, Vaclav Dusil, Vlado Makovsky (Judo Tournament in Slovenia)

• In 1965 my dad, Pepo Vosecky, Igor Fridrich, Vlado Makovsky and Stefan Bartus went to Split, Croatia (Yugoslavia at the time). They attended a judo tournament, competing in both individual matches, and five-member team competitions. In the spring of 1967 Lokomotíva Košice men’s team went to Leipzig, East Germany for another judo tournament and a reciprocal tournament was held later that year in Košice.

• Documents & Articles

Article - Šikovní chlapi
Article – Šikovní chlapi
Article - Noví majstri v judo
Article – Noví majstri v judo
Article - Najlepší oddiel Lokomotívy Košice Judo
Article – Najlepší oddiel Lokomotívy Košice Judo

 

• Tags

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65 - Split · Vaclav Dusil, Miro Brozek, x, Vlado Makovsky (Judo Tournament in Slovenia, thumbnail)

 

 

Family • Photo Restoration • 43 • Gabičko • Chapter III

Chapter III • 7,197 Days

• After graduating from university I treated myself by visited my friend Robert Fridrich in Prague. He had arrived two years earlier to teach English. By the time I visited in June of 1991 he was starting Mac Source, an Apple reseller business with two partners, Tony Hasek and Glen Emery. I witnessed how the market was developing and the opportunities to make a fresh start. My challenge as a fresh graduate was entering the workforce in the middle of a North American recession.  After struggling for over a year to get my career off the ground, I gave up on Canada decided to move to Europe. I arrived in Prague on the 21st of September 1993. Although I was grateful for my Canadian education, I ran out of patience and became apprehensive of the fact that my brain capacity was in perpetual state of decay. Besides, I saw the move as an opportunity to reconnect with my cultural roots. At twenty five I was ready for a tangential change to my life.

• Success is often defined by “time and place”. In 1993 I felt I had arrived late to the Czech Republic. In hindsight it was perfect timing. I was confident, ambitious, and brash, but had little experience in corporate business. I remember what Rob asked me, driving home after picking me up from the airport, “So what do you think you’re going to do here?” Clenching my teeth I said , “I’ll get a job.”

Chapters

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 5 minutes 3 seconds

86.Jul - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (haircut)
86.Jul – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (haircut)
86.Jul - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (haircut)
86.Jul – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (haircut)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Mar.16 - Dominican Republic · Gabriel Dusil (hat pose)
87.Mar.16 – Dominican Republic · Gabriel Dusil (hat pose)
87.Sep.6 - Kingston · Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, Rideau Park)
87.Sep.6 – Kingston · Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, Rideau Park)
88 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (book keeping)
88 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (book keeping)
88.Nov - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (studying)
88.Nov – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (studying)
89 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (studying)
89 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (studying)
89.Jul.12 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (change collection)
89.Jul.12 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (change collection)
92.Aug - British Colombia · Gabriel Dusil (drive across Canada)
92.Aug – British Colombia · Gabriel Dusil (drive across Canada)

93.Nov - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (cigar & beer, premiere pro)

 


Family • Photo Restoration • 42 • Dusil • Immigration

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

• Our family struggled financially throughout my youth. My father was paid very poorly as an appraiser of antique books – somewhere around 800 Czechoslovakian korunas per month (equivalent to 33 US$ at today’s exchange rate). My mother earned around 1200 korunas (49 US$) per month as a clerk. As a child I didn’t feel our financial struggle. I even managed to have a happy childhood. Looking back, even though the entire country was poor (in Western terms), I think we were poorer than the average. We lived from salary to salary and frequently my parents fell behind. I remember one day my mother didn’t receive her salary on time and we had nothing to eat. She scraped together some old leftover cottage cheese and mixed it with flour to make dumplings. It was very good.

• Growing up, my parents were very strict. My mom kept an eye on me and punished me if I didn’t do well in school. She consulted with the teachers when I misbehaved, and that kept me in line. I was repeatedly told that I would do better if I applied myself. Throughout high school I was an average student. I really came to my senses once I decided to attend university, and study veterinary medicine. Finally I was studying what I enjoyed. In my first year I met Vašek Dusil, who was in his fifth year of veterinary studies at the time. When we started dating he insisted that I regularly go to lectures, even though they weren’t compulsory. Out of 120 students in the class, less than 10% attended lectures. I came to realize it was good to be seen by the professors who later tested us, since all the exams were verbal. I was among the first in my class to complete and pass my exams. I finished four years of university in Košice before we emigrated to Canada. Once there I completed my veterinary studies at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.

• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 36 seconds

69.Apr - Košice · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping)
69.Apr – Košice · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping)
69.Oct - Paris · Gabriel Dusil (on the ground)
69.Oct – Paris · Gabriel Dusil (on the ground)
69.Oct - Paris · Gabriel Dusil (park bench & toy)
69.Oct – Paris · Gabriel Dusil (park bench & toy)
69.Sep - Košice · Gabriel Dusil (my 1st birthday cake)
69.Sep – Košice · Gabriel Dusil (my 1st birthday cake)
69.Sep - Košice · Gabriel Dusil (touching 1st birthday cake)
69.Sep – Košice · Gabriel Dusil (touching 1st birthday cake)
70 - Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (Leslie St., bowling)
70 – Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (Leslie St., bowling)
70.Sep.18 - Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (birthday cake)
70.Sep.18 – Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (birthday cake)
70.Sep.18 - Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (glass grapes)
70.Sep.18 – Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (glass grapes)
71 - Brampton · Gabriel Dusil (Jack & Jill Nursery)
71 – Brampton · Gabriel Dusil (Jack & Jill Nursery)
71 - Montreal · Gabriel Dusil (Slavo's flat, statue)
71 – Montreal · Gabriel Dusil (Slavo’s flat, statue)

 



69.Apr - Košice · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping, premiere pro)


 

Education • Photo Restoration • 40 • Mamička • University

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

• I began my university studies in Košice, Slovakia in September of 1965. There were three other girls in the program. None of them finished. In fact of the 120 students that started only 40 became veterinarians. Those that dropped out either couldn’t handle the curriculum or realized they enrolled in the wrong profession. From 8:00 in the morning until 17:00 I was busy attending lectures and labs.

• When I continued my studies in Canada, I realized the contrast in the educational practices between the East and West. I came from a teaching system of intimidation. I initially believed that I was accepted into the Canadian education system so they could show how little an “Easterner” knew – after being humiliated they would kick me out of the program. In time I realized that wasn’t the case. The objective in Guelph was to teach the students – surprise surprise – and help them become great veterinarians. I soon became a proud student and felt that I was a member of an important establishment. The teaching staff were colleagues as well as friends. They didn’t posture as senior educators, acting pompous or patronizing to the students. That regime was now behind me. In Guelph the lectures were comprehensive and geared toward teaching techniques that were relevant in real practice. I realized that as a student of higher education I could be a progressive force in society, and a positive instigator of change. I graduated two years later.  During my time at Guelph I made many friends with the students and teaching staff. I found them to be decent, hardworking, and ambitious. I learned what it meant to be Canadian.

• I lived in residence during the week and came home most weekends. Trips to Brampton on Friday afternoons were filled with anticipation, to see my son, Gabriel. He attended Jack and Jill nursery school until 17:00.  Then he had a babysitter until 20:00 when Vašek came home from work. These were difficult times for all of us.

• Mamička

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• Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 47 seconds

73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation photo)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation photo)

73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation alternate)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation alternate photo)

 

73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation, class photo)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation, class photo)
73.Jan - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation class)
73.Jan – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation class)
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, convocation program, smaller)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, convocation program)

 

 

73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, lawn)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, lawn)
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, waiting)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, waiting)
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, certificate)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, certificate)
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, Dr. Hans Selye)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, Dr. Hans Selye)
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, Dr. Hans Selye w. Vaclav & Gabriel)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, Dr. Hans Selye w. Vaclav & Gabriel)

• Postscript by Eva Dusil • 2014 November • This is an important photo with Dr. Hans Selye, the author of Stress without Distress. I heard of him when I was a young girl from my father. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague. Dr. Selye spoke several languages including Hungarian. In 1968 he was honored with the Companion of the Order of Canada – the highest decoration award, in Canada. I am very proud of this photo with him.


73.Jan - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation class, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 39 • Gabičko • Chapter II

Chapter II • 4,476 Days

• I had a strong mother to carry me into teenage-hood. I found my strength in her, even if I didn’t realize it at the time.  Losing my father at 12 meant missing out on the opportunity to absorbing many of his traits.  As I entered puberty I completely ignored the testosterone infused raw-raw spirit of team sports, for instance. I had no interest in football, soccer, or baseball. To me it was just herd behavior, and that reminded me of being bullied in elementary school. I watched as passive by-standards got caught up in the frenzy of the crowd, suddenly finding themselves participating with the bullies. I still had a competitive spirit and found my strength in individual sports like swimming and martial arts. I often felt that the war zone I experienced in elementary school made me stronger, preparing me for various battles I faced in the corporate world.

• Throughout my teens I acquired my emotional intelligence from my mother. She was the disciplinarian, but underneath her tough exterior was a loving heart. I saw that more as I grew up.  I realize in hindsight she had a profound effect my emotional sensitivity, and how I expressed it.  I was emotionally complicated, and it effected my social interactions in positive and negative ways. Mainly my girlfriends noticed it, as they were much closer to my emotions than others. I looked into someone’s eyes and see their soul. It was my way of understanding what made then tick. I sometimes needed to avoid eye contact to not see that part of them. Other times I found it unnerving when I couldn’t immediately see who they really were. As if they were hiding something. In business I would walk into a room and feel the layer of emotion that dictated the meeting. Then I would deliberately change it to suit my agenda. Controlling the room’s emotion allowed me to control the meeting.

Chapters

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 8 seconds

87.Jun - Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, graduation)
87.Jun – Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, graduation)
87.Jun - Burlington · Gabriel & Eva Dusil (high school graduation)
87.Jun – Burlington · Gabriel & Eva Dusil (high school graduation)
87.Sep.6 - Kingston · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University)
87.Sep.6 – Kingston · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University)
88.Jun.28 - Burlington · Alica & Eva Dusil (Holy Rosary, graduation)
88.Jun.28 – Burlington · Alica & Eva Dusil (Holy Rosary, graduation)
90.Dec.24 - Burlington · Gabriel, Eva & Alica Dusil (christmas)
90.Dec.24 – Burlington · Gabriel, Eva & Alica Dusil (Christmas)
86.Sep.18 - Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil
86.Sep.18 – Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil
91.Dec.24 - Burlington · Eva, Alica & Gabriel Dusil (christmas)
91.Dec.24 – Burlington · Eva, Alica & Gabriel Dusil (christmas)
92.Dec.24 - Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (family room)
92.Dec.24 – Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (family room)
96.Apr.14 - Burlington · Eva & Gabriel (driveway)
96.Apr.14 – Burlington · Eva & Gabriel (driveway)
96.Dec - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Christmas)
96.Dec – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Christmas)

 

86.Sep.18 - Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 36 • Dusil • Pets

• As huge as he was, Cezar was a gentle giant. He never bit any of us. Cezar even made futile attempts to play with our cats but was abundantly clear that – when push came to shove – he was terrified of claws. I loved our first cat Puci, but I was a bad guardian. As a toddler I wasn’t versed in the etiquette of looking after animals. To keep my toddler brain amused I tortured him endlessly. In one horrifying incident, I piled every single pillow I could find in the house, on top of him. When I eventually removed them one by one and couldn’t find him. Suddenly my mischief changed to terror, regretting that something had happened to my cat. It was one of those moments when the consequences of my actions slapped me in the face. As I scrambled to find Puci I saw him licking his wounds in the hallway. To my relief somehow he slipped out without me noticing.

• My most regretful moment was when a friend came to visit and I had this brilliant idea to impress him by dropping Puci off our first floor landing to the ground floor! “Cat’s can survive when they fall from a high distance” I said with conviction. Certainly not a proud moment. Thankfully he survived and wasn’t seriously injured. When Puci didn’t come home one day, I blamed myself. I felt that he no longer wanted to endure any more of my abuse. That realization had a lasting effect on my behavior towards our future pets.

• I cleaned up my act when we got Nuri, our second cat. He was named after the Soviet-born ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev. I vowed to be good to Nuri and never hurt him. He was a strong cat. Definitely an alpha male, and Cezar didn’t mess with him. In fact Cezar didn’t mess with any creature as small as a tenth his stature.

• Dusil

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 5 minutes 40 seconds

74 - Burlington · Gabriel & Puci Dusil (peeling potatoes)
74 – Burlington · Gabriel & Puci Dusil (peeling potatoes)
74.Feb - Burlington · Eva, Puci & Gabriel Dusil (foyer)
74.Feb – Burlington · Eva, Puci & Gabriel Dusil (foyer)
75 - Burlington · Puci, Gabriel, Alica, Eva & Cezar Dusil
75 – Burlington · Puci, Gabriel, Alica, Eva & Cezar Dusil
75.Jan - Burlington · Gabriel, Alica, Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (winter)
75.Jan – Burlington · Gabriel, Alica, Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (winter)
76 - Burlington · Alica, Gabriel & Cezar Dusil (dress up)
76 – Burlington · Alica, Gabriel & Cezar Dusil (dress up)
77 - Burlington · Gabriel, Alica & Cezar Dusil (riding)
77 – Burlington · Gabriel, Alica & Cezar Dusil (riding)
80.Sep - Burlington · Gabriel, Alica, Cezar & Eva Dusil (first day of school)
80.Sep – Burlington · Gabriel, Alica, Cezar & Eva Dusil (first day of school)
81 - Burlington · Inchy & Cezar Dusil (restored)
81 – Burlington · Inchy & Cezar Dusil (restored)
89 - Burlington · Inchy & Nuri Dusil
89 – Burlington · Inchy & Nuri Dusil
89.Jul - Burlington · Alica & Nuri Dusil (front porch)
89.Jul – Burlington · Alica & Nuri Dusil (front porch)

74 - Burlington · Gabriel & Puci Dusil (peeling potatoes, premiere pro)

 

Family • Photo Restoration • 35 • Taci & Googičko

• Introduction by Alica Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2015 April

• I am proud of what Taci accomplished. But I don’t have memories of Taci and don’t feel thankful for what he has done for me, other than give me life. To be clear – I’m not angry. I just believe that in the thirty three years I spent building my life, shaping my personality has nothing to do with him. Maybe it’s a clique that a daughter who has lost her father figure at such a young age doesn’t grow up with a great outcome. But I’ve worked hard to break that stereotype, and it hasn’t been easy. Although I still hold a grudge, I think that much of whom I have become is based on what happened to us. My true hero is Mamička.

• Taci

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 6 minutes 30 seconds

74.Aug - Burlington · Vaclav, Alica & Gabriel Dusil (milk)
74.Aug – Burlington · Vaclav, Alica & Gabriel Dusil (milk)
74.Sep - Burlington · Vaclav & Alica Dusil (reading in bed)
74.Sep – Burlington · Vaclav & Alica Dusil (reading in bed)
74.Oct - Burlington · Alica & Vaclav Dusil (front steps)
74.Oct – Burlington · Alica & Vaclav Dusil (front steps)
78.Jul - Toronto · Alica & Vaclav Dusil (beach)
78.Jul – Toronto · Alica & Vaclav Dusil (beach)
78.Jul.12 - Burlington · Vaclav & Alica Dusil (Alica's birthday)
78.Jul.12 – Burlington · Vaclav & Alica Dusil (Alica’s birthday)
78.Jul.12 - Burlington · Alica, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (trio)
78.Jul.12 – Burlington · Alica, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (trio)
78.Jul.12 - Burlington · Gabriel, Vaclav & Alica Dusil (trio)
78.Jul.12 – Burlington · Gabriel, Vaclav & Alica Dusil (trio)
79 - Jamaica · Alica, Jamaican & Vaclav Dusil (friends)
79 – Jamaica · Alica, Jamaican & Vaclav Dusil (friends)
80.Sep - Burlington · Vaclav, Alica, Gabriel & Cezar Dusil (first day of school, railroad ties)
80.Sep – Burlington · Vaclav, Alica, Gabriel & Cezar Dusil (first day of school, railroad ties)
80 - Burlington · Vaclav, Alica & Cezar Dusil (first day of school, garden)
80 – Burlington · Vaclav, Alica & Cezar Dusil (first day of school, garden)

 


74.Aug - Burlington · Vaclav, Alica & Gabriel Dusil (milk, premiere pro)