About

Stats:

Name: David Darling

Born: May 22, 1978

Hometown: Fonthill, ON (click here for a satellite view of my parents house, the house I grew up in – the big building in the bottom right is a barn, the house is the green thing in the middle)

Family: Mom (Diane), Dad (Ron) and three brothers – Ian, Jeff and Paul.

Married to Lindsey Darling. My son, Daniel Darling, was born on June 1st 2011.

Education:

Richmond Street School K-8 (Richmond Raiders)

Thorold Secondary School 9-13 (Thorold Eagles)

Lakehead University – Bachelor of Arts, majored in English (Lakehead Thunderwolves)

Brock University – Bachelor of Education, specialized in Technological Education (Brock Badgers)

Click here to see my Certificate of Qualification with the Ontario College of Teachers.

Jobs I’ve Had:

Rock picker-upper (walked behind a tractor, and, you guessed it, picked up rocks)

Dishwasher

Cook (promoted from dishwasher when real cook quit)

Delivery truck driver for a metal store (oldest, crappiest truck ever)

Courier for a currency exchange company (drove around with bags of money)

Home Depot (quit after a few weeks, not fun)

Fitter/Welders Helper/Laborer at a Industrial Fabrication Shop

Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer

Newspaper Editor

Computer Store sales guy

Office clerk at HRDC (government office for employment insurance, really dull, involved putting away files and sorting hundreds of applications daily)

Teacher (but you already knew that)

Lately I have been working as an independent contractor doing small renovation work and construction.

Sweet Rides

First Car: 1980 Jeep Cherokee – Free. Massive, orangey-brown, fast, gas-guzzling. Lost control on ice one morning driving to school and smashed it to bits (don’t worry, I wasn’t hurt)

1985 Nissan 4×4 Pickup – Bought for $100. Horribly ugly, but fun to drive. Gas tank was rotten so I had to bungee one of those red plastic cans in the back. Ran out of gas all the time. Sold for $200 (in worse shape than when I bought it)

1985 Ford Ranger – Bought for $500. Small, gutless, yellow. Shared it with my younger brother. Went on many fun road trips. It basically disintegrated, I got it towed away when I was unable to sell it for $200.

1989 Jeep Cherokee РPaid $2000. Sold for $100. Was becoming more and more decrepit every time I drove it, and I was finding that I needed more carrying capacity for my construction projects..

1980 Jeep CJ-7 (current) – Paid $2500. Sold it for less than that. I didn’t have the time or inclination to put the amount of work that it needed into it.

1942 International KB-2 Pickup – Free. It’s sitting at home in my dad’s barn. Needs quite a bit of work but hopefully I can get it up to Dryden somehow.

1991 Chevrolet Silverado Ext. Cab 4×4 – Current ride. Bought it from a co-worker for $1200 bucks. I really like being able to put tons of lumber or other things in the back. Hopefully it will last me a few years (I don’t see why it wouldn’t).

Miscellaneous Info

I hate oranges.

I could eat hamburgers for lunch and dinner every day for the rest of my life without getting sick of them. (note: plain hamburgers only, no toppings please).

My first computer was a Commodore 64. You plugged it into the TV and stored programs on cassette tapes. In retrospect, it sucked, but I loved it at the time.

I love building things. Recent porjects include a sauna, built in bookshelves, kitchen renovation and many home improvement projects.


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