Category Archives: Friends

Weekend: Gasparilla 5k 2011; Avenue Q; misc awesome

(1) Hanging out with Cam, Melissa and Frank Thursday night.
(2) Hanging out at Devin’s Friday night with Christina, Melissa and Eduardo; good food, beer and shark stories around a backyard fire pit
(3) Saturday morning, Gasparilla 5k in Tampa, beat my goal by 30 seconds with a time of 33:27.
(4) Saturday night, Avenue Q (great) at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre downtown with Joy, Heather, Pam, and two new friends, Leonor and Cynthia.
(5) Sunday afternoon, watching my first-ever polo match at the Sarasota Polo Club with Jovee, Chrissy and Saba. Dressed up as Jeff Goldblum for a celebrity look-alike contest. Met two ultimate players, Dan and Justin, from out of town, just because we were throwing a disc around.
(6) Sunday evening, birthday party with Jovee and Chrissy at South Lido County Park. Played beach bocce!
A few pics from this whirlwind:
Gasparilla 5k:
IMG_1260.jpg
IMG_1300.jpg
Pano_IMG_1273.jpeg
Avenue Q:
IMG_1325.jpg
IMG_1326.jpg
IMG_1327.jpg
IMG_1330.jpg
Sarasota Polo Club:
IMG_1365.jpg
IMG_1367.jpg
Birthday at South Lido County Park:
IMG_1340.jpg
IMG_1344.jpg
IMG_1362.jpg

Camping Hallowe’en 08

This past weekend Joy and I went on a camping trip to Hillsborough River State Park, about an hour’s drive north of Sarasota. Picked out gear Friday, then it was up to the park on Saturday morning. There we met up with Cam and Melissa and Joe and Owen; Mark, Laurie and the girls; Rob, Jeanine and the kids; Louis and Jasmine; Jean and Peter, David and the rest of the crew. A big group from work came, and it seems to grow bigger each year. It was a pumpking-carving, site-spookifying, tram-rider-scaring affair for the traditional “Haunted Woods” trick-or-treat; we all had a blast…. already coming up with ideas for next year.











Okay, this is just to get a few words down…

…on paper, because I think it’s the pictures that have been weighing me down the most. This here computer isn’t as fast as it once was, and I think iPhoto is beginning to choke at 29,000 photos.
Music: EM006 – 04-12-1993 – Future Sound of London, Studio Session (thanks Davin)…
Yeah as I alluded to the past entry’s comments, the past four weeks have kind of been crazy. Just in quick bullet point (and I’m not even going to make them proper HTML bullets, cause I just want to get it down):
-Sonia’s birthday party! (Jan 18)
-Going to the circus! (Jan 19)
-Photography meetup group with Louis & Tori (Jan 27)
-Hockey (Lightning vs Canucks, Jan 31)
-Hilary and Brian visit (Jan 31-Feb 3, Feb 8-10)
-I ask out Joy and she says yes, woohoo (Feb 14)
-Work gets crazy (Jan 4-Feb 19)
-I’m in Tampa for a week for our annual trade show (Feb 17-21)
-My team makes it to the city-league championships in Ultimate (Feb 21)
-I get pretty sick, first experience with a US walk-in clinic, turns out to be an upper respiratory infection (Feb 23)
-Hockey: Lightning vs. Bruins (Feb 23)
-Mostly better (Feb 26)
So there it is in a nut. I really need a new computer, hahah…
Update: Okay, the entry just didn’t feel right without a pic… this one is from Sarasota’s beautiful Lido Key Beach. Clicky clicky!

Christmas 2007 in Victoria

Yeah, these are WAY late but better late than never, right? Clicky for you-know-what.
[picture: IMG_2239.jpg]
Waiting the in Tampa airport, en route to Victoria
[picture: IMG_2261.jpg]
Having Tim Hortons for the first time in a long time
[picture: IMG_2281.jpg]
Cam’s parents and Joe
[picture: IMG_2284.jpg]
Me en route!
[picture: IMG_2289.jpg]
Arrival in rainy Victoria
[picture: IMG_2291.jpg]
Melissa and Owen hike off the tarmac
[picture: IMG_2298.jpg]
Avocado tree growing in Mom and Dad’s dining room
[picture: IMG_2309.jpg]
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)
[picture: IMG_2312.jpg]
Mom with one of her paintings, and the mother of the girl pictured
[picture: IMG_2317.jpg]
At a little cafe in Estevan Village in Victoria, with Dani and Davin *dumple*
[picture: IMG_2324.jpg]
At the ECHL hockey game, Victoria Salmon Kings vs Alaska Aces
[picture: IMG_2338.jpg]
Some of the action
[picture: IMG_2373.jpg]
Final score — home team wins!
[picture: IMG_2377.jpg]
Me, Cal and Nick
[picture: IMG_2380.jpg]
Cal, Amy, Me, Nick, Tex
[picture: IMG_2382.jpg]
Island microbrew
[picture: IMG_2383.jpg]
A refined pool hall, who’d a thunk it
[picture: IMG_2388.jpg]
View from the outside
[picture: IMG_2390.jpg]
Lori, Nick, Mavis, Me at the Blue Fox cafe for breakfast
[picture: IMG_2391.jpg]
From the outside
[picture: IMG_2418.jpg]
Carla and Mark and family, Mavis, me
[picture: IMG_2427.jpg]
Christmas eve, mom killing time…
[picture: IMG_2431.jpg]
…while Anand plays
[picture: IMG_2438.jpg]
Hanging out in the livingroom
[picture: IMG_2440.jpg]
Anand snaps a couple shots
[picture: IMG_2442.jpg]
Caroline
[picture: IMG_2446.jpg]
Neil
[picture: IMG_2451.jpg]
Davin showin off his new duds
[picture: IMG_2460.jpg]
Caroline gets canvases from Mom!
[picture: IMG_2469.jpg]
Anand is now part of the exclusive Elbow Patch Network, or EBN for short
[picture: IMG_2474.jpg]
Me being arty.. did I succeed?
[picture: IMG_2475.jpg]
Dad gets a giant book of guitar tabs from Anand and Davin
[picture: IMG_2481.jpg]
Davin and Caroline
[picture: IMG_2495.jpg]
Santa rocks!! I mean socks
[picture: IMG_2499.jpg]
Neil offers Anand some of the traditional Greenwell potato chips, haha
[picture: IMG_2501.jpg]
At the family reunion up at Auntie Arlene and Uncle Hans’ place.. Uncle Neil
[picture: IMG_2502.jpg]
Uncle Hans
[picture: IMG_2504.jpg]
Auntie Arlene
[picture: IMG_2506.jpg]
Auntie Carole
[picture: IMG_2507.jpg]
Auntie Maureen
[picture: IMG_2510.jpg]
Uncle Bill, my cousin Cathy, and Anand
[picture: IMG_2511.jpg]
Auntie Sylvia
[picture: IMG_2512.jpg]
Neil gets the golf ball on the tee.. much harder than it looks
[picture: IMG_2514.jpg]
Cathy and Cheyenne
[picture: IMG_2517.jpg]
Mom
[picture: IMG_2519.jpg]
Anand with co-op coffee
[picture: IMG_2520.jpg]
Cousin Kelly capturing the action
[picture: IMG_2523.jpg]
Alicia and Auntie Arlene
[picture: IMG_2525.jpg]
Davin, Anand and Uncle Neil
[picture: IMG_2527.jpg]
Uncle Steve
[picture: IMG_2529.jpg]
Sharon and Lucy
[picture: IMG_2530.jpg]
Eloy
[picture: IMG_2532.jpg]
Gail
[picture: IMG_2533.jpg]
Cheyenne and Uncle Hans
[picture: IMG_2536.jpg]
Eloy and Alicia
[picture: IMG_2538.jpg]
Singing carols
[picture: IMG_2539.jpg]
And back to Victoria… Out with Kathy and Sean for sushi
[picture: IMG_2541.jpg]
Sean and me after a brisk walk up Mount Doug… Sean you’re gonna kill me if we keep that pace up
[picture: IMG_2545.jpg]
Me and Aaron at Tim Hortons
[picture: IMG_2547.jpg]
Aaron’s pimped out iPod touch
[picture: IMG_2553.jpg]
Aaron and Tex
[picture: IMG_2559.jpg]
At 5th St Bar and Grill with Kathy, Daniel, Nicky, Ben, and later, Sean and Jackie. Here’s Kathy.
[picture: IMG_2560.jpg]
Sean
[picture: IMG_2565.jpg]
Jackie
[picture: IMG_2576.jpg]
At Rene’s place. “How to Fix an iPod nano”
[picture: IMG_2579.jpg]
Fixed
[picture: IMG_2581.jpg]
Out front of Rene’s; Tex, Nicole, Paul and me. It’s 3am and pouring rain.
[picture: IMG_2582.jpg]
Out at Shizen sushi with Brian, Hilary and Todd.
[picture: IMG_2587.jpg]
Sean loves him some banana bread. Mmm good
[picture: IMG_2589.jpg]
The van. I am *so* glad Anand is okay. Watch out for black ice people.
[picture: IMG_2593.jpg]
[picture: IMG_2600.jpg]
[picture: IMG_2602.jpg]
[picture: IMG_2605.jpg]
From the Dec 2008 photogroffee. I’ll be making a separate post for photos from it.
[picture: IMG_2657.jpg]
Karen and Maryanne at Mar’s wedding reception
[picture: IMG_2671.jpg]
Dad and Mom’s scrabble game… on an ACTUAL BOARD and not on Facebook!! Crazy. Haha.
[picture: IMG_2672.jpg]
At Ferris’ for brunch. Michael enjoying his food 🙂
[picture: IMG_2674.jpg]
Kathy and her anonymous blueberry tea
[picture: IMG_2681.jpg]
My meal, mm
[picture: IMG_2683.jpg]
Edd and Megan
[picture: IMG_2686.jpg]
Coreen, Kathy and Mark
[picture: IMG_2688.jpg]
Edd, Megan and Coreen
[picture: IMG_2693.jpg]
Coffee
[picture: IMG_2694.jpg]
Tex demonstrating the awesome focusing power of his Canon Powershot S5IS 🙂
[picture: IMG_2697.jpg]
OJ
[picture: IMG_2705.jpg]
At Capital Iron
[picture: IMG_2707.jpg]
At the art shop
[picture: IMG_2713.jpg]
At “Liberty”… upscale home furnishings
[picture: IMG_2718.jpg]
Nicole and Tex at Bean Around the World… they have the best mochas
[picture: IMG_2727.jpg]
Coreen and the BATW storefront
[picture: IMG_2730.jpg]
In the world-famous Fan Tan Alley
[picture: IMG_2742.jpg]
Out for dinnner with Calvin, Amy, Brian, Derek, Coreen and Tex.. here’s Cal and Amy
[picture: IMG_2743.jpg]
Hil
[picture: IMG_2745.jpg]
Bri
[picture: IMG_2749.jpg]
Me, Tex and Coreen
[picture: IMG_2751.jpg]
Best buds
[picture: IMG_2755.jpg]
Derek and Me out for Thai
[picture: IMG_2769.jpg]
My brother opened for Adam Freeland. How cool is that? So cool.
[picture: IMG_2771.jpg]
Great to see tech making positive contributions like this.. Sarasota’s doing pretty well on the solar front, too
[picture: IMG_2773.jpg]
De dutch bakery. Love the mix of old and new buildings in Victoria
[picture: IMG_2783.jpg]
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.
[picture: IMG_2784.jpg]
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.
[picture: IMG_2789.jpg]
New Year’s Eve at Sean’s place, hanging out and having fun 🙂
[picture: IMG_2790.jpg]
More of Sean’s living room.
[picture: IMG_2803.jpg]
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
[picture: IMG_2819.jpg]
Walking by my old highscoool with Karen, saw they had the old grad photos close to the door…
[picture: IMG_2820.jpg]
Oh, and look, there’s Karen
[picture: IMG_2821.jpg]
And there’s me! Hahah…
[picture: IMG_2822.jpg]
Walking to the new Starbucks by yon olde 7-Eleven
[picture: IMG_2823.jpg]
Hanging out with Karen
[picture: IMG_2824.jpg]
My old highschool! Man it looks small. Still have the portables in the back, 13 years later.
[picture: IMG_2832.jpg]
Me and Tex getting breakfast at Floyd’s
[picture: IMG_2840.jpg]
The bumper stickers read “Got Grog?” and “I brake for saucy wenches”
[picture: IMG_2843.jpg]
Getting lunch with Jim at Azuma…
[picture: IMG_2844.jpg]
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
[picture: IMG_2845.jpg]
In the Eaton Center
[picture: IMG_2849.jpg]
Mom, Neil and Dad seeing me off at the airport
[picture: IMG_2850.jpg]
Joe playing with the big toys in Calgary
[picture: IMG_2854.jpg]
It was a long trip back