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.