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

Happy Birthday Louis

Saturday night a bunch of us hit Applebees to celebrate Louis’ birthday. Here’s a few pics!











Later, we attended the premiere of a local film production titled “Hallows Point”, which was good (in that cheesy horror flick kinda way):

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New toy… iPod Touch

On Thursday, after spotting this post on MacRumors that some people had already been able to purchase iPod Touches* from the SoHo Apple store in NYC (a full two weeks before the official release date of Sept 28th), I shot Jeff an email; I knew he was already interested in getting one, and so was I. We were going to make the trip up to the Tampa Apple store Friday morning (we get every second one off), but he was really busy and had to work, so we pushed it off until Saturday instead.
Saturday morning arrived, and Jeff and I drove up to Tampa, picking up Kosi along the way. They didn’t have any left in stock. They did however, have some on display, so we got to play a bit there. I’m going to copy and paste this from a MacRumors post I made about the experience:
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This morning I made the drive to the Tampa Apple store from Sarasota with a work buddy of mine.. they didn’t have them in stock; we were told to come back Monday. They *did* have them on display, though. It seemed like only half the staff even knew they were on display. Anyway, I ask one of the staff near the iPod touch area if I could take a photo, and he sneers,
“What, are you gonna post it on Digg or something?”
Me: “Nope… this is old news for Digg. I just drove an hour to come up here and buy one, I’d like to go back with something.”
Anyway… guess who just got back from Best Buy 😀
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So yeah. And after a day and a half of using it, while I haven’t exercised all of its features yet — like, purchasing a song from the Wifi iTunes music store; I got an error when I tried last night — I have got to say I am really impressed. The built-in web browser is the best I’ve ever seen on a handheld device, the photo/slideshow experience is great — flicking between photos is fun 🙂 — the battery life is still surprising me and the thing is so thin it’s ridiculous. And my fears about the screen, brought on by this DaringFireball post, have gone largely unrealized. The screen is a little dark on its default brightness setting, but for the most part, I like it. Blacks are SUPER black. I haven’t seen it go negative yet.
I have yet to load a lot of music onto it; slightly disappointing is the fact that it doesn’t seem to want to sync via Firewire, and my computer doesn’t have USB 2 built-in. Easily solved however; I’ve got the Sonnet Allegro 5-Port USB 2.0 PCI Card on order from my favorite third-party Mac-related online computer store, Other World Computing, which should arrive sometime next week. So I’ve been able to sync things to it, just at USB 1.1 speeds, which — for those who don’t know — is like pulling your fingernails out slowly.
Anyway I’m really looking forward to using it more; all I need now is a case 🙂 Here’s some pics (clicky)!

Photo I took in the Apple store

Me and Jeff with our new acquisitions

Carnage as I ripped the box open

Gonna need to make some tough decisions, haha

The now famous green syncing screen

*Yes, I know it’s “touch” with a lowercase “t”. For the sake of not needing to say “iPod” every time I want to reference it, I’m going to be capitalizing the T.

Lainey’s Housewarming


Cowboy guy and Cleopatra
I went to this great housewarming party last weekend at my friend Lainey‘s house. The theme was “come as your favorite celebrity, dead or alive”. I went as Elvis. There was Indian music, games of cups, great art, a congo line, yummy rum drinks, two Britneys, a skateboarding dog and discussion of how the house is held together by fishnet stockings. The pics, as well as a few video clips, can be found here.

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Hello delurkers!

Thanks for posting your comments… keep ’em coming 🙂
The pic below was assembled from vertically-oriented shots roughly aligned in DoubleTake and tweaked by hand. I left the edges in, just to show how much each photo had to be distorted in order to fit together. Clicky for mediumy (if anyone is interested in the big, let me know)…

Snead, Adventure Islands; Work; Greg

Mini post! Another good weekend; work, then out to Snead Island and dinner at Thai Palace Friday with Justitia; all day Saturday at Adventure Island with Cam and Melissa and Joe and Owen; worked Sunday and met Greg and family in the evening for a bite at the Old Salty Dog.

Welcome Owen!

I’ve had a wonderful time getting to know Cam and Melissa‘s new son, Owen Matthew Bahan, aka Kid 2.0 🙂 He was born this past Wednesday morning. After receiving a midnight phone call, I headed over to the Bahan residence. At the time of the call, contractions were still 12 minutes apart. We hung out and watched TV, until, around 2am, it was time to head to the hospital.
Joseph was already in bed; as labour-sitter, all I had to do was go to sleep 🙂 Woke up at 7am to Joseph wandering into my room and asking where mommy and daddy were. That didn’t last long, though. I got him on the potty and dressed, and downstairs we went. “Cars” on the TV; I warmed up some milk, which he downed readily; I got ready; fed him some oatmeal and lo and behold, at about 8:30, I got a phone call inviting us to the hospital.
Owen is a cute kid! Holding him I remember why I’m squeamish about babies. They’re freaking tiny! Joe seems like a giant next to him. But what I thought was really amazing was the way Melissa was up and about so soon after labour. That girl is crazy — she was up out of bed and and holding two two-year olds within a few hours of giving birth. That’s strong stuff.

Went over to Cam and Melissa’s with Louis and Tori last night to visit Owen, and the bruising on his face has reduced considerably. He’s looking healthy and happy. Still trying to figure out who he looks more like, Cam or Melissa… I suppose we’ll know in a month or so.
All my best to you, Owen, and to your parents too. 🙂

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