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November 26, 2003 11:48 PM PST
I met Steve, Chelsie, and Caroline down at Ferris' on Monday night for the opening of Blayne's photo show. He was displaying about 30 black and white prints of pugs - yes the dog. Apparently the owner of Ferris' (Somehow I don't think his name is Ferris, but I don't know why) has a thing for pugs. Not, of course, like the thing dear old MJ the Thriller has for kids, but a thing none the less. I swear there is no such thing as news any more - just "infotainment", as Homer puts it.

However, it's late on this Wednesday evening, so I'll postpone my diatribe on tactics of the media for another day.

I have been trying to get to my blog for the last few days, feeling more urgent every day I miss it. Not that I desperately need to get something off my chest, rather I feel that I have to make good use of it, since I have the camera now (and thus pictures), and the fact that I went to all the effort of getting this blogging software installed.

Last night after hockey, Sheena, Chelsie, and I wandered down to the ol' mega-corporate coffee house. It was a great walk: not too cold, and full of laughter. Poor Steve missed it because he was at work until late. Oh, the poor boy, off to Santa Cruz tomorrow to visit with all our Californian friends. Meanwhile, I stay here and work on my geek projects and correct Steve's HTML.

The sound of the wind eminates from my speakers, creating the illusion of a breeze in my room. Fellini's Satyricon is playing to an uncaring audience - Sheena dozes lightly, and I focus on the computer screen. After seeing the exhibit on Fellini's women at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, I regained my interest in checking into Fellini. Now, however, is not the time for me to try and watch any. My eyes and I have a contract - they'll stay open until I'm done writing this entry, then they get some much deserved rest.

I realize that this posting has been kind of a ramble through the back-country of my current state of mind, but that's alright. Hopefully, I can empty out the junk in this way, so as to be sharper for work tomorrow. I'm getting that kind of information overload feeling you get when you try to multitask too many things ... and the standard beginings of a cold you get when you're stressed and tired.

Heh, back the the sleep topic in less than a paragraph. I think it's a sign. And one of Fellini's characters just died noisily and distractingly. Time to turn everything off, including me.

See you after the reboot...

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November 19, 2003 09:00 PM PST

It's been a quiet night - just relaxing at home, enjoying music and food. I've been fiddling with a bit for the past hour or so. In my orange room, with Lee Burridge setting the mood.

It truly must be the onset of winter, as the geek in me is stirring again. It seems that I have not lost all my computastic leanings after all. Thoughts float through my head, concerning servers, website work (Rave Victoria and cheezy), etc. It is almost time for geek-hibernation to overtake me, though I feel that it will be lighter than years past. I am growing up and out, and though I will probably always be a geek, other more normal interests are starting to engross me more.

In support of this, I look down upon the beautiful golden head lying by my side as I write this and determine to end this post here. Not that I have too much more to say anyway ... and besides, it's time for Simpsons! ;)

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November 17, 2003 10:07 PM PST
The weekend saw Sheena and I enjoying a relaxing getaway on Saltspring. We had nothing to do but chill out and enjoy ourselves - a calm in the storm of life. So, what could be more natural than almost falling asleep at 7:30pm? I mean, when you have the freedom to do anything you want, obviously the mind becomes overwhelmed and sleepy, right?

Other than the preponderance of sleeping, the weekend really was good. Our hosts were extremely friendly, and the little things were anything but overlooked. The surroundings were beautiful, and the area was extremely quiet. Our little cottage looked out over Fulford Harbour, but the ferries don't blast their horns near Saltspring ... and I don't think we heard more than 5 cars go by the entire weekend!

However, all is not rosey on the salt-sprung isle. For some eerie unknown reason, the entire town seems to shut down before 7pm on Saturday evenings. Had we been in Victoria, we could have hit up any number of evening or night spots, but on Saltspring the selection was far more limited. We found 3 places open - a bistro, a pub, and an "inn" (the type of bar which only has trucks parked outside, and all the locals turn to stare as you come in the door ... creepy!). I guess it was lucky we weren't there to party!

In all seriousness, however, I can see the attraction of the smaller islands, the quietness, the small-town feel. However I don't know if I could ever live in such a place. My none-too-dirty silver sporty car drew a number of looks from locals, though it's apparent rarity on the island did not dissuade the myriad of hitchhikers from thumbing for a lift.

In true big-city spirit, and perhaps due to the fact that the last hitchhiker I picked up turned out to be a prostitute (long story for another day), I left all the scruffy-looking denizens right where they were. Beep-beep - out of my way, you dirty hippies! ;)

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November 14, 2003 12:41 PM PST

Just in case anyone thought it odd me writing about getting ready last night for the trip, I didn't do jack all. Instead, I read for a bit after posting the entry, and ended up 25 minutes late for work this morning 'cos I had to do all my packing and preparing then, in a frantic rush.

Only 1 hour and 49 minutes 'til the weekend starts!

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November 13, 2003 11:10 PM PST

Prepping for a weekend away - my second in so many weekends. Yes, Davin, I will be busy and not updating *again*! And you'll just have to deal with it.

There's a small cabin on Saltspring that awaits Sheena and I. Last weekend was about hanging out with great friends; this weekend is about a private hot tub on the deck.

Oh crap - I have a whole bunch of things that still require attention. I'm leaving from work tomorrow, so everything has to be ready tonight.

Well, bye. :)

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November 11, 2003 05:57 PM PST
Remembrance Day is one of the few holidays I "celebrate". I mean, sure, I enjoy my days off on BC Day, Canada Day, etc, but Remembrance Day is one where I truly try to capture the spirit of the day.

Driving in to work today (I had to make up for some serious sloth on Friday), I realized that it was the 11th hour. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. I started thinking about the much lauded HBO series Band Of Brothers, of which I have seen a couple of episodes. I watched Saving Private Ryan (am I corny?) on Remembrance Day a few years ago. I was there to experience its depiction of the war, rather than the story line. I have to say that the first 10 minutes made me sick ... but this is a good thing.

As I was thinking about the attrocities of war, I passed the Saanich Municiple Hall. The street was half cordoned off, and there were a few hundred people participating in a Remembrance Day ceremony. The cars in front of me slowed down, and I think that this time it was in honour, rather than the usual rubbernecking and gawking that goes on when passing some spectacle (like a car crash). At least, I hope so.

I have been interested in the 20th century wars since my grade 12 history class, and carried on studies in that area at university. I find myself growing much more appalled by war as I grow older. I never liked it, but as society grows more tolerant of violence in TV and film, we can be exposed more and more to the gruesome realities.

I didn't watch too much of the Gulf War in the early nineties, and even less of the war in Iraq earlier this year. I think it's pretty amazing that we can watch in the detail that we do, but common decency (and military censorship) doesn't show the actual gritty truth.

So, back to Band Of Brothers. I found the couple of episodes that I watched *very* disturbing. The idiocy of some costing the lives of others, the (in my mind) insanity of running at a fortified enemy strong hold in order to try and take it, the gruesomeness, the death and pain. I don't really want to watch, but I will do anyway - to try and understand.

It may seem to be trivializing war - to watch a rendering on TV - but I feel that, out of respect, I should try to understand what these men and women have sacrificed for the greater good. Right or wrong, these people went out into hell, losing lives, body parts, loved ones, and their souls for that which we all believed in so strongly.

As the card beside the rose says: "Thanks Dad, Thanks Grandpa".

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November 10, 2003 09:17 PM PST
I do so love Seattle! Of anywhere in the northwest of the continent, I think Victoria and Seattle would be the only 2 places I would like to live. Victoria because of the history I have with it, and Seattle because it is just a great place to live!

Steve, Kenzie and I went down to visit our CSTO friends for the weekend. It was a beautiful weekend, with the sole problem that I only got to hit up *one* of my favourite restaurants; there are so many in Seattle that I love.

That's not to say that we didn't eat well; on the contrary, we ate wonderfully well thanks to Softie's unbelievable cooking abilities, and Hank's knowledge of great Seattle restaurants that surpasses my own.

In addition, our minds were fed well, too. Hank took us all to an exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery. It was fabulous, and I whole-heartedly recommend looking into James Turrell. His light scultures were absolutely amazing! I don't know if an artist has impressed me so much since Salvador Dali.

So, the weekend was great. Thirteen wonderfully close friends spending seriously quality time together. I only wish Christmas was this good!

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November 08, 2003 03:19 AM PST

Yes-oh-yes, I meant to write something after Wednesday's chat with Davin. I meant to, and yet I didn't. Let's just say "busy" is the right word.

I type this from a cozy corner of a friend's apartment in Seattle. I have come down for good times and great friends. I have managed to take something like 40 pictures tonight, and though some of them are blurry or otherwise unfit, I have picked up a few of which I shall shortly share.

Can't say much more now, as it is highly unsociable to be on the Interweb while visiting someone! Meanwhile, I present a pic which I consider to be the best of last night.

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November 04, 2003 12:48 PM PST
Whoa - a week and a half of silence! Forgive me; I have been ill. Down since Thursday with a wikked head cold. I'm mostly better - enough to make it to work today, but still not 100%.

So, yeah, no Halloween for me. That really SUCKED. And then I heard from absolutely everybody over the weekend how much fun Halloween was. You all can go to hell! ;)

Sunday was okay - the only okay day of the weekend. I managed to go outside for a few hours, as Sheena and I both had some errands to run.

On the first pass through town looking for parking, we passed Craig. On the second pass, at precisely the same spot, we passed Davin. We met up for coffee some 30 minutes later (with Davin et al, not Craig), after I'd managed to park the car. Well, actually, we'd both parked and shopped in that time.

Jim (where's your website??), Davin, and Neil all spent some time trying to convince me on the "buy a camera, you bastard" front. I've been thinking about it for a while - in fact I think I even mentioned it here a while ago, saying something like I think posting with pics would make it easier for me to write - not that I seem to be having any problems in that dept anymore.

So anyway, I had some ideas of what I was looking for in a camera, and, well, accidentally kinda got one.

It's okay, though - I have 15 days to return it for a full refund!!

It's pretty slick, from the little I've tried it yet. I dunno about the price tag exactly, either. I mean, it's decent for the quality of camera, but dude, my bank doesn't do loans like that for anything short of a car! ;)

(Okay, for those who use and are dying to know, Canon PowerShot A-80)

Anyway, it's under evaluation for now (as you can see from the pics I've posted here), and there are some more photos here. I'd love to know what people think of them - positive AND negative. You're going to help me decide if I'm going to stick with this rather expensive purchase.

Thanks, btw. =)

Oh dear - I just realized that Paint Shop Pro seems to have rather messed up the quality of the shots. I guess I'll have to get some suggestions on good re-sizing programs from my photographic friends.

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