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Design Flaw

There is an informal bocce league at my workplace. Teams play most lunch hours. The shot below is two of my colleagues carrying their bocce set. It has wheels but they fell off with such regularity, it was easier for two people to just carry the entire rig. Not exactly the intended use.

Carrying the bocce balls so the wheels don't fall off.

Carrying the bocce balls so the wheels on the cart don’t fall off.

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Age Perception

One of my co-workers celebrated his 30th birthday today. Some of our colleagues decided to highlight the achievement on his whiteboard with the diagram below. It was nice they included me in their calculations – I am on the yellow sticky below the board.

Celebrating my co-worker's birthday ... I am referenced on the yellow sticky below - click to enlarge.

Celebrating my co-worker’s birthday … I am referenced on the yellow sticky below – click to enlarge.

Actually, I thought it was quite funny. Well played.

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A Little Mystery

Hobbits

Hobbits

I have lots of photos. I began shooting when I was about 11 and have been going ever since. I have about 900 on Flickr but there are thousands in boxes waiting to be scanned.

When we were in university in Southern Ontario in the early 70’s, we would go camping as a group on weekends. One of our favourite spots was Sandbanks Provincial Park near Belleville, Ontario. The shot above was taken in 1974 on one of our trips. My friends, Mike and Luke, are pretending to be hobbits – the joke is the vegetation is only about a foot high, but it was like a miniature forest and made for some interesting photo opportunities.

The interesting part is that I uploaded the shot to Flickr in November 2011. For quite a long time, the photo had a few views but nothing spectacular – until recently. Over the last several months, I have added about 400 views and average 4-8 views a day. I have no idea where the link is posted but some folks must like it. I had a similar experience about two years ago when one of my shots from the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix went viral – it was a photo of the first time a safety car had been used in a Grand Prix. The link to that one had been posted on a Turkish Formula 1 blog and in one day, I had over 400 views. Another shot from a trip back east was posted on Reddit and that one took off as well. But the hobbit shot – I have no idea. A friend once likened the Internet to letting something out into the wild – you never know where it will end up!

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I don’t know if I have always been a morning person. As I getting older, I find it more difficult to sleep in – plus, it doesn’t help to have a dog who has decided that anything later than 7:30 is past her breakfast (she is doing fine, btw). So, while everyone else is asleep, I have the house to myself. This morning it was a leisurely breakfast following by some time catching up with Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (great web series). When I went back upstairs to refresh my coffee, I was greeted by the sunrise. And yes, it was almost 9:00 but that is the price one pays for living here – short days in the winter.

So, having a camera always at the ready, I grabbed some shots of the morning sun in the front yard.

Soft Morning Light

Soft Morning Light

Rabbit Tracks

Rabbit Tracks

Sunrise

Sunrise

Iridescent Cloud at Sunrise

Iridescent Cloud at Sunrise

The morning light, especially with the sun so low, is quite pretty. I find the morning sun has a ‘fresh’ character about it as opposed to sunset where the light seems more calming. It was -17 C this morning but having the sun out with the beautiful blue sky does help to make up for the chill. And the days are getting longer so these are positive signs.

And yes, I recognize this is Groundhog Day and that a gopher that wasn’t asleep would see its shadow. But for us, six more weeks of winter would mean an early spring, so I’ll take it!

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Christmas Time

I must confess I am not the greatest fan of Christmas. I understand and appreciate the spiritual significance, but the materialistic nature of the season does bother me. I enjoy the camaraderie of the season though and this year we had a lot of fun at our office. A pot luck dinner followed by a scavenger hunt (in -20’s wind chill) was a great exercise. But the following day, I came into work early and found my cubicle had been ‘decorated’. 🙂

A Christmas theme for my cubicle.

A Christmas theme for my cubicle – btw, this was taken at 8 am – still pitch black outside

The funny part was that the people who did this scavenged decorations from around the floor and a number of visitors commented on the lack of ‘Christmas cheer’ in the workplace. Apparently the two large ‘trees’ in the foreground were ‘borrowed’ (with permission) from another floor. After the initial shock wore off, I found myself enjoying the trappings of Christmas. Unfortunately, it will all be gone when I get back in January.

A cheerful work environment.

A cheerful work environment.

Merry Christmas and a joyful holiday season to all!

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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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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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