Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
I'm having trouble with everything...like uploading and very slow dial-up. I also spilled wine all across the computer desk, computer and all the papers that surround it. They all have a nice reddish tint to them now...that's all for tonite. Thanks..........
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Warning....boring blog post ahead.
OK, with that said.....this photo reminds me of a hairstyle I had in highschool...seriously.
How could I not be excited about the ski hill opening this weekend? I can't wait to go riding...I just wish my new board was here...well, actually I think I should ride the rock board until the base is a little deeper. No point in getting any core shots this early.
I didn't mind Casino Royale...it had a gritty realism to it...that and Eva Green was not hard on the eyes.
Only 33 shopping days left until Xmas. You better get busy. There is a craft fair in Nelson this weekend and there may be some cool stuff there....that or there will be a bunch of crocheted tea pot warmers...sweet.
If you're still reading at this point then you must not have anything better to do....but I am grateful that you stayed...show me how much you really care and prove you were here....leave a comment.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
I wanted to blog about a seeing eye duck but I don't have any photos yet....that should keep you guessing. Have you heard the one about the albino rabbit?
I spent a while trying to figure out how to get music off my ipod and onto my computer. I hadn't attempted this before so I didn't know it was so much work. I just received my new ipod and I was trying to clean out the one I'm selling. What a pain in the ass!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Snow falls....rain falls....repeat. That is the cycle of weather at the moment. I mention from time to time that I live out in the boonies...that means no cable, dial-up internet and a half hour drive to Nelson. I like to watch hockey and I participate in a hockey pool with 9 others. Not having cable or satelite means I rarely get to see any hockey...this blows. I'm fairly happy with my pool picks...here they are:
Dany Heatley Ott
Pavel Datsyuk Det
Brendan Shanahan NYR
Henrik Sedin Van
Peter Schaefer Ott
Jason Arnott Nsh
Ryan Smyth Edm
Fernando Pisani Edm
Mike Knuble Phi
Kyle Wellwood Tor
Darcy Tucker Tor
D Sergei Zubov Dal
D Brian Rafalski NJ
G Martin Brodeur NJ
Currently I'm in 3rd place but there are many games to be played.
Big Blocks are heavy...I almost popped some veins today trying to lift my 413 block up onto a platform...I tore the motor down for storage. My 1st time doing such a job. Sometime in the future I'll have it bored out and then rebuild it for my 330 wagon. There are other things that are a bigger priority on the car. I'd like to have the bodywork and paint done before I build the motor.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Luckily the snow had melted enough to allow me to drive the wagon out of the driveway and down the gravel road to pavement...the 330 doesn't do so well in snow. It had a lovely drive today with passengers. The pipe band always gets me going....just the sound of those bagpipes and the tam and bass. It turned out to be a beautiful day to remember.
Friday, November 10, 2006
In it's day, I'm sure this bike was "a thing of beauty". Now, after being run over by a truck , it has been resurrected as a track bike. That means it gets loaded into the race wagon and taken to the drag strip where we can ride it around and get back to the pits quickly if anything is needed. Last year when we went to Mission Raceway we walked to and from the start line and it takes a while....it made us thirsty. This year we were much wiser and brought the track bikes...our lives were so much easier....riding the bikes still made us thirsty but we also brought a keg of beer made by our friend Wade(shown a few posts ago). When we go racing for the weekend it's always the same debate at the liquor store.....so how beer are we going to need for two nites? The worst thing that could happen is that we might run out....this would be unacceptable. After some careful deliberation we decide on how much beer to buy and proceed quickly to icing said beer so that it may be consumed in short order.
Racing = beer drinking.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Here's Polara Pat giving an interview to Shaw Cable while we were at Thunder Mtn Raceway this summer. Since he is the most charismatic member of the WOSN race team it seemed fitting to have him do the talking. We all stood by and snickered but Pat handled the situation like a true professional.
It is really nearing the time for me to take my wagon off the road for the winter. I'm saving it for this Rememberance Day. I'll be driving it out to an event at the BBI pub in Balfour where a group of us go to every year(3rd annual). All the local vets and many other folks gather there and it becomes the local Legion. $10 gets you all you can drink noon til 5pm and then there's a big feast. The pipe band plays right in the bar and man is it ever loud! They hand out song sheets to everyone and we all sing along. They always make us feel welcome and that's what keeps us going back. It reminds me of my grandparents. My grampa was in WW II and I just can't imagine the things that were seen and done during any war. Remember....
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
So I bought some hockey shorts today so I don't have to go through the pain every time I fall. Eventually I will play hockey but it seems like skating well first is the right place to start.
I happen to love coconut....pretty much any kind of coconut.
Jennie's Coconut Macaroons are sooooo good. My favorite is to knock a ripe coconut out of a tree, shuck it, open it to drink the milk and then eat the flesh. Yummy! I'm sure location has something to do with it....since I would need to be somewhere tropical in order to perform such an operation. Liberte makes a coconut yogurt and it cannot be beat. Liberte also makes some other kick-ass yogs.
There is a newish Thai restaurant in Nelson (Busaba) and they do a really good job. The chef is young and moved to Canada from Thailand so he knows what he's doing. When I moved to Nelson from Vancouver 9 years ago...I couldn't really afford to go out for dinner very often. Even though there are many restaurants in Nelson...in my opinion there are not that many good ones. Busaba is great and well priced. Dining out can be difficult in a small town after you've lived in one for awhile. That's why when we go to the city its open season on food....always looking for good food. It was mind boggling to try and decide where to eat in San Fran...nothing like having too much choice. These three places were epic.
The Slanted Door
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Ice is really hard...Frozen solid in fact! I know this is a redundant statement but I happened to fall very hard today while skating and now I have a massive contusion on my hip....owwww! The women who supervises the adult skate is watchful and is always giving tips. She wears a helmet to promote the idea that it is safer to skate while wearing one...I agree and wear a helmet everytime I'm on the ice. Now I need hip pads if I'm ever going to learn my cross-overs. The music being played is always...interesting...today was Neil Diamond. I like Neil but not for a whole skating session. Last time was all 80's one hit wonders...the ipod may be necessary. I have much more respect for figure skaters now that I've been learning how to skate...I can only imagine how many times they've fallen.
Its that time of year when you know the snowboarding season is coming up fast and you know you should be conditioning but somehow the days keep slipping by and still...nothing. I know from many years of experience that the first weeks of riding brings pain...I would like to reduce this pain and not get injured in the process...red wine consumption will help..I'm sure of it.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Here's a shot of my buddy Wade during his 100th batch of beer. He's been home brewing for years and this was a special occasion. He chose a Double hopped IPA for #100. I have yet to try the beer but it is nearly ready. Yum. Many of the recipes he uses are his own and he makes really good beer..
In other news...my thumb nail is almost off. I smashed it back in July while taking the tranny out of the wagon and then smashed it again even harder the next day while putting the rebuilt tranny back in. Its been ugly and purple since then but now about to be free and the new nail is going to take it's place. Exciting...
Sunday, November 05, 2006
How exciting is that? Nelson gets to host Hockey Day in Canada. That means they'll be broadcasting from the new Nelson arena. Don Cherry and Ron MacLean will be here. This will be happening on Jan. 13 '07. While reading about the event I learned a few things about Nelson's Hockey History from CBC...They said
"Nelson was founded in 1886 and was originally called "Stanley" after Canada's Governor General, Lord Stanley. Nelson's hockey roots reach much further, however, producing great NHL talent including Danny Gare, Pat Price and Greg Adams. The small city was also the hometown of Lester and Frank Patrick, hockey's royal family, whom many credit with creating modern hockey with several innovations including the addition of blue lines, the forward pass, penalty shots and the playoff system."
For more info go to Wikipedia
The photo above was taken in St. Petersburg some time ago. It still ranks as one of the most beautiful cities I've been to. The buildings and waterways are phenomenal. On my way to the city on the train from Moscow I was befriended by a Russian man who spoke some English. He really helped me out a lot. Telling where a good place to stay was and then he helped me get my permit to be in St. P I was unaware that I needed one. Without his help I would have been parted from much more of my money than needed. He brought his daughter to the train station to say goodbye when I left and it was one of those moments when you're glad to have met such a great person.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Just like any other season....I get excited about the coming winter and all the snow I'll be riding soon. I bought a pass again this year and I'm looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces at the ski hill. I've been missing the social scene for the last few seasons. Working at a cat ski operation allows me to have a pretty good season without lift access.
If you want you can check out some of my work on a few of my client's sites.
Let it snow!
Friday, November 03, 2006
This is Tioga...he was a regular fixture at Baldface. I'm not really a pet person but there was a special place for him. There was alot of wolf in him and it took a while to get to know him. He'll be missed around the lodge and people will be sad to hear of his passing. Nice to have known you big fella.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The resurgence of Burlesque is widespread and Nelson had a little taste a while back. My friend Avril Fox (check out her shots) had her camera on hand and took some photos. All the burlesque shots are hers. The show was very entertaining. Kudos to these girls...I could not see myself on stage...I don't look good in women's' clothing anyway.
Looking back at the summer I realize that there was a shortage of good music around here. Seeing Social Distortion and Supersuckers in Spokane was great until I got chucked out half way through Social Dist. Its the second time I've been thrown out of the same club...Last time it was before Reverend Horton Heat started playing. The Venue has the most uptight security I've ever seen. It's because they have an all ages area and a bar. And before you say " that Lovewine must be a troublemaker" I'll also let you know that 5 out of 10 of us that went to the show got kicked out...all for different reasons. After driving 3.5 hours half our group got the boot. Not Cool! We've vowed not to go back there..the crappy part is that is the only place decent bands go to play..saw the Pixies there as well.
This Friday I'll be watching Tom Petty At the Greek Theater in Berkeley. Look out San Francisco...I'll be having dinner in SF tomorrow. I haven't been to SF since I was a little kid. Saw Disneyland on that trip. Now I want to get into the wine country...wine wine wine..yum yum yum. Luckily there's a bizillion wine bars in SF so I won't be going dry.
I've been drinking wine recently and its been great.
Here's some of my thoughts....
Las Rocas de San Alejandro/ Garnacha(Grenache)/ '04
This tasty Spanish red is ready for drinking. Bold in color and flavor. A few more of these in my cellar would be a good idea. Excellent grape on its own.
Campo Viejo / Crianza / '03
Another Spanish beauty....this rioja wine is fresh and nice to sip. The fruit is evident and the oak is subtle. I love the color of this wine. A couple of years in the cellar would be nice.
BV Georges De Latour / Private Reserve / Cab Sauv / 1996
This Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Cab has been in my cellar for 3 years and in a Californian cellar since its release. Truly a pleasure to drink. I would like to drink a wine this complex and integrated everyday but I'm not rich so I have to choose my moments. One of my best wines of 2006.
Katnook / Coonawarra / Cab Shiraz '02
Another aussie blend with full jammy flavor. Its really good to drink, especially with tenderloin. I want a case in the cellar...drink them over the next 10 years.
Valdivieso / Syrah Reserva/ '04
The chillean wine is really coming of age. I enjoy the Valdivieso wines and this is no exception. Easy to drink...like its really ever hard to drink wine. It is young but will definitely improve if you can manage to sit on it.
Cono Sur / Viognier / '05
Chile again but this wine is all about summer. It took over 2 months for the liquor store to get more stock...I bought 6 right away. Its a limited release which explains the wait. The fruit is excellent and I want a sunny patio, some pears, a topless wine server...ok I'm getting carried away but its really good.
Sandhill / Cab Franc / '04
This stuff keeps getting better..I've had the '02 '03 and these folks really know what they're doing. It doesn't knock you over with too much fruit but gives distinct flavors in good turn. I want more!
Clos Du Bois / Cab Sauv / 2000
This came from my cellar and this was a nice drink. Not a high end Sonoma wine but with a little cellaring it created a more integrated set of flavors. Too bad there was only one.
I'm all typed out...its time to go skating...seriously, what kind of person learns to skate in their 30's...I'm a sucker for pain.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The days are colder but the skies are still clear. There was a trace of snow on the peaks after a brief storm. I'll be putting the boat (Daphne) to bed soon and I'm trying to get more time on the lake.
While I was pulled up on this beach a couple of friends of mine showed up on his catamaran. We had a beer then he took me for a quick sail. Get out and enjoy the weather before the rain comes.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
The Weekend is back and there is a golf tournament I'm playing in this afternoon....ball golf that is. There is a chill in the air this morning and you can see your breath glowing in the early sunshine. Doing firewood is always a sign of the coming season...unless you happen to be crazy and do firewood in the summer heat. I've been bucking and splitting some wood on the property.
The photo here was taken last week in New Denver at the Hills Garlic Festival...The festival became too big for the little Hamlet of Hills so it moved to a more suitable venue. There is more garlic than you can imagine...the smell of frying garlic permeates the air. It gets busier every year. 5000 people were said to have attended this time. That's half the population of Nelson. I tried Garlic gelato and it was yummy...little chunks of carmelized garlic.
The trip was made more enjoyable by heading out the day before and camping at Wragge Beach, pictured below.
This time of year the fishing picks up and I hope to get more fishing done...its not really about how many fish you catch but more about not running out of beer while you're out on the lake. I was fishing last week and managed to catch and release a couple of trout as well as a decent buzz. There was a lot of smoke in the air as you can see in the photo.
Monday, September 04, 2006
The realization that summer is ending always throws me for a loop. The other day I noticed the days of August were dwindling and there are still so many things I didn't do this summer. There is a list at the end of every summer....I'm not saying I didn't do anything...I did what I could.
Here is a photo of the famed group 'Hank Pine & Lily Fawn' who played a packed dining room at a friends place recently....Aug 11th. A cancelled show elsewhere created an intimate venue for the rest of us. Meatdraw and David P. Smith were also on hand; touring with Hank & Lily. Living in the Nelson area can be hard if you like to see bands. Since we are in between larger cities we tend to get passed over. Having all these talented musicians play at a friends place was a summer highlight.
If you don't think I'm a geek yet...you will after reading this. On Saturday Sept 2nd I played in the Ymir Whirl Disc Golf tournament. Similar in play to ball golf, disc golf requires one to throw various discs at targets around a course with a minimum amount of throws.
Drinking beer is required and the whole event sure is fun.
I've fixed the links for the video clips below. Have a great Labor Day!