Christmas 2007 in Victoria

Yeah, these are WAY late but better late than never, right? Clicky for you-know-what.
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Waiting the in Tampa airport, en route to Victoria
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Having Tim Hortons for the first time in a long time
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Cam’s parents and Joe
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Me en route!
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Arrival in rainy Victoria
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Melissa and Owen hike off the tarmac
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Avocado tree growing in Mom and Dad’s dining room
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At Daniel’s get together, held the night I arrived; shortly before I got sick and had to spend two days in bed (but unrelated)
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Mom with one of her paintings, and the mother of the girl pictured
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At a little cafe in Estevan Village in Victoria, with Dani and Davin *dumple*
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At the ECHL hockey game, Victoria Salmon Kings vs Alaska Aces
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Some of the action
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Final score — home team wins!
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Me, Cal and Nick
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Cal, Amy, Me, Nick, Tex
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Island microbrew
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A refined pool hall, who’d a thunk it
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View from the outside
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Lori, Nick, Mavis, Me at the Blue Fox cafe for breakfast
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From the outside
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Carla and Mark and family, Mavis, me
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Christmas eve, mom killing time…
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…while Anand plays
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Hanging out in the livingroom
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Anand snaps a couple shots
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Caroline
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Neil
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Davin showin off his new duds
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Caroline gets canvases from Mom!
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Anand is now part of the exclusive Elbow Patch Network, or EBN for short
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Me being arty.. did I succeed?
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Dad gets a giant book of guitar tabs from Anand and Davin
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Davin and Caroline
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Santa rocks!! I mean socks
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Neil offers Anand some of the traditional Greenwell potato chips, haha
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At the family reunion up at Auntie Arlene and Uncle Hans’ place.. Uncle Neil
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Uncle Hans
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Auntie Arlene
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Auntie Carole
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Auntie Maureen
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Uncle Bill, my cousin Cathy, and Anand
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Auntie Sylvia
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Neil gets the golf ball on the tee.. much harder than it looks
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Cathy and Cheyenne
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Mom
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Anand with co-op coffee
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Cousin Kelly capturing the action
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Alicia and Auntie Arlene
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Davin, Anand and Uncle Neil
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Uncle Steve
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Sharon and Lucy
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Eloy
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Gail
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Cheyenne and Uncle Hans
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Eloy and Alicia
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Singing carols
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And back to Victoria… Out with Kathy and Sean for sushi
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Sean and me after a brisk walk up Mount Doug… Sean you’re gonna kill me if we keep that pace up
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Me and Aaron at Tim Hortons
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Aaron’s pimped out iPod touch
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Aaron and Tex
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At 5th St Bar and Grill with Kathy, Daniel, Nicky, Ben, and later, Sean and Jackie. Here’s Kathy.
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Sean
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Jackie
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At Rene’s place. “How to Fix an iPod nano”
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Fixed
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Out front of Rene’s; Tex, Nicole, Paul and me. It’s 3am and pouring rain.
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Out at Shizen sushi with Brian, Hilary and Todd.
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Sean loves him some banana bread. Mmm good
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The van. I am *so* glad Anand is okay. Watch out for black ice people.
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From the Dec 2008 photogroffee. I’ll be making a separate post for photos from it.
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Karen and Maryanne at Mar’s wedding reception
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Dad and Mom’s scrabble game… on an ACTUAL BOARD and not on Facebook!! Crazy. Haha.
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At Ferris’ for brunch. Michael enjoying his food 🙂
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Kathy and her anonymous blueberry tea
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My meal, mm
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Edd and Megan
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Coreen, Kathy and Mark
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Edd, Megan and Coreen
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Coffee
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Tex demonstrating the awesome focusing power of his Canon Powershot S5IS 🙂
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OJ
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At Capital Iron
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At the art shop
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At “Liberty”… upscale home furnishings
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Nicole and Tex at Bean Around the World… they have the best mochas
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Coreen and the BATW storefront
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In the world-famous Fan Tan Alley
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Out for dinnner with Calvin, Amy, Brian, Derek, Coreen and Tex.. here’s Cal and Amy
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Hil
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Bri
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Me, Tex and Coreen
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Best buds
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Derek and Me out for Thai
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My brother opened for Adam Freeland. How cool is that? So cool.
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Great to see tech making positive contributions like this.. Sarasota’s doing pretty well on the solar front, too
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De dutch bakery. Love the mix of old and new buildings in Victoria
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At A&B sound, which, contrary to opinion I’d heard earlier, is still open (though, with much smaller selection). A healthy selection of blu-ray discs are for sale.
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And a good selection of HD-DVD discs, too. Though, now I think the balance is shifting toward Blu-Ray, since most of the major studios are dropping support for HD-DVD.
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New Year’s Eve at Sean’s place, hanging out and having fun 🙂
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More of Sean’s living room.
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Mark with a “Can I get a woohoo?” Midnight strikes and it’s 2008. Then we ran out on the porch, screamed at the top of our lungs and banged pots and pans, which was awesome
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Walking by my old highscoool with Karen, saw they had the old grad photos close to the door…
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Oh, and look, there’s Karen
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And there’s me! Hahah…
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Walking to the new Starbucks by yon olde 7-Eleven
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Hanging out with Karen
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My old highschool! Man it looks small. Still have the portables in the back, 13 years later.
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Me and Tex getting breakfast at Floyd’s
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The bumper stickers read “Got Grog?” and “I brake for saucy wenches”
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Getting lunch with Jim at Azuma…
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Outside of Azuma.. shortly hereafter we stopped by the camera store and checked out the Oly E3… had the fastest autofocus I’ve ever seen
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In the Eaton Center
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Mom, Neil and Dad seeing me off at the airport
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Joe playing with the big toys in Calgary
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It was a long trip back

Car broken into

Today sucked.
My car got broken into sometime last night, along with 4 others from the complex. Nothing was stolen (that I’ve found yet, anyway); a police report was filed; prints were taken. Just the right-passenger side window damaged. Called my insurance, but since I didn’t have comprehensive vehicle damage coverage, it’ll be all out of pocket. That’s okay; the deductible would have probably been more than the repair bill anyway (got a quote at $195).
I left a message with the apartment complex shortly after I discovered it around 8:30 this morning; so far they have not returned my call.










40 GB iPod 3rd gen: goodnight


And with that, I think my 3rd-gen 40gb iPod has finally died. In fact, it’s sitting on my computer desk right now, committing some kind of hardwari-kiri, stuck in a cycle of rebooting once every 9 seconds, and unresponsive to my attempts to power it off… an Apple logo, then the folder icon with a little exclamation in the lower left corner, then an Apple logo, then the folder icon, then an Apple logo…
It’s all very sad. But Perseus, you’ve had a good run. I hope your battery dies before things get too painful.

Boycott “Bodies: Revealed” exhibit at Sarasota’s G.Wiz Science Museum

Hi all… it’s been a while, yes, I know, and a big update is coming. I just saw something on the SNN6 — the local news channel — that shook me out of my blog doldrums…
Local Sarasota science museum G.Wiz will be exhibiting one of the body-plastination exhibits called “Bodies Revealed”. Here’s the press release; the exhibit is sponsoring the SNN’s weather forecast so it is being promoted heavily.
I would just like to ask that you do not go to see this exhibit; it is being put on by the same company, Premier Exhibitions, Inc, that ran the “BODIES: The Exhibition” exhibit that ran in Tampa last year.
Put simply, the Chinese government, which provided the bodies, does not have proper death certificates for the individuals, or permission from the families to have the bodies on the display. I think it is reprehensible that Premier Exhibitions would accept such bodies, and it is unfortunate that G.Wiz would accept the exhibition, because otherwise I enjoy their facility and would recommend it.
You can read more about the criticism at the “BODIES… The Exhibition” wikipedia entry.
Please note that I am not against body plastination, which I think is interesting, if a little morbid. If you want to see such an exhibit, I would recommend Gunther von Hagens Body Worlds, which is unaffiliated with Premier Exhibitions, and for which the proper permissions have been obtained.
That’s all for now… thanks for staying with me.