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A Real Treat

I have always found it interesting to watch sub-cultures. I currently inhabit the music culture and have many friends interested in photography. A long time ago, I was quite immersed in the motor sports world, but there aren’t many places to indulge my passion in Alberta.

One of my former co-workers is a young fellow very interested in racing. He moved to Calgary last year but we have kept in touch. He e-mailed last week and said he was participating in a ‘track day’ at a small track near Edmonton and invited me to come along and watch. I had forgotten how much fun it was. And not only did I get to watch, I was able to ride along in my friend’s Subaru WRX but also in his friend’s Mustang.

Brad's Subaru on track

Brad’s Subaru on track

The track is called Stratotech Park and while is not particularly long, it is challenging. There is one long straight and Brad’s Subaru was touching 150 kph at the end. I also got to ride along with Brad’s friend Joel, whose Mustang has been heavily modified. It sports a supercharger and is putting out about 500 hp. That is a quick car and while I couldn’t see the speedometer from the passenger seat, Brad figures the Mustang is over 180 kph at the end of the straight.

Mustang with a Focus ST and Brad's Subaru in the background

Mustang with a Focus ST and Brad’s Subaru in the background

What a blast! I really had forgotten the thrill of going fast. And while I am probably past my prime for this sort of thing, I still can get excited about the experience. Thanks to Brad and Joel for the rides – they certainly made my day!

Braking at the end of the pit straight

Braking at the end of the pit straight

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I phoned our organization’s IT help desk this morning for an issue with my laptop. After explaining my problem to the person on the other end, there was a bit of a pause and they asked what time they could phone me back … their PC was freezing up and they were waiting for tech support on their end. I wonder how long they had to wait for a resolution to their problem 🙂

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More Music

The Big Sky Gliders (of which I comprise one-third) made our sixth appearance at Flower Fest this past weekend. They bill themselves as a ‘micro-festival’ and it is held on an acreage near Lake Wabaman, west of Edmonton. And for the third time we were rained on and had to play inside the cabin on the site.

A wet start

A wet start

It was a bit chaotic as we had to move all the equipment inside from the main stage. And I did something I haven’t done in quite a long time – I broke a string on my RainSong guitar. What was annoying was I wasn’t even playing – I was just putting it on the stand and the G string let go at the nut. This taught me a valuable lesson – carry a replacement set of strings. Luckily Don had a set so after a quick repair, we were ready to go.

Don mocking me as I change my guitar string

Don mocking me as I change my guitar string

All in all, it wasn’t our strongest set but we have a good response and Breezy (the organizer) let us do an extra song, so it was a good time all round.

Helping Don on "Something I Miss" - one of Don's tunes

Helping Don on “Something I Miss” – one of Don’s tunes

I think next year we will opt for an afternoon slot – hopefully before the thunderstorms move in!

The Big Sky Gliders at Flower Fest 2013

The Big Sky Gliders at Flower Fest 2013

 

 

 

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