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November 28, 2004 05:56 PM PST

I am really enjoying this social environment I seem to be creating. Brunch at a local french crêpe restaurant, after a leisurely easy morning, was just perfect. After that, a wander around town. My camera was quite busy today - fun, fun. It continues to impress me ... "verimuch"! I *am* getting the types of pictures that I was hoping the new camera would allow. Those above are good examples - very clear and sharp.

Tired now, but with that great feeling of tired from being out in the fresh air for so long. Still, I have my various works on my mind. My main work is fine - left at the office - however, the other 2 contracts still require my effort. Must ... get ... motivated!! Hamburgers soon at ShanAmara's: yum!

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November 27, 2004 05:30 PM PST

What first week of work at a new job would be complete without working all day on a Saturday? Yeah, the work's pretty fun and interesting, but I was looking forward to working more normal hours now. Oh well, at least I spent a little fun time in the sun this morning waiting for the others to show up and let me in.

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November 25, 2004 11:33 PM PST

Another long walk last night, this time not alone. This time holding hands, this time chatting quietly together. Swinging on the swings, talking about this and that. The streets seemed quiet again, but this time they went largely unnoticed as we had other things on which to focus. Wet bums.

Thank-you all for your concern and lovins - things are all fine again! And, as Master Jim said, I definitely learned that there was even more to my feelings than I had thought. A good little "test", I guess.

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November 23, 2004 11:46 PM PST

I saw many amazing pictures tonight, though I have none to offer here. It was a walk of great sadness I embarked upon this evening, and I had not the heart for photography. It was a beautiful mild night and the streets were empty. I saw maybe 5 people along my way, and only as many cars. I thought of nothing and everything as I went, avoiding yet focusing on the subject under scruitiny.

Melancholy was a word that occured to me out of nowhere, but melancholy somehow doesn't do it justice. Sorrow, on the other hand, just seems to sound rather pretentious. So it is somewhere between the two that I now lie - on the sopping wet grass, my clothes drenched through to the skin, a couple of rogue blades, who managed to sneak around the folds of my shirt and pants, tickling my skin.

How will this night end? I do not know and am petrified of finding out. The bands of tightness in my chest are proof of the strength and depth of my feelings, however they also serve to remind that I am soon to find out where it all shall lead.

For the umpteenth time, I feel like crying. I don't though, of course. I wonder if I ever will again. I wonder why I can't, haven't for years, though not for lack of wanting or feeling. Sounds like there must be a story in there somewhere; maybe someday I'll find out what it is.

Back at home, the silence is obnoxious. I much prefer the dark streets - so much more natural and alive. Back at home the fridge is the only thing making noise (and what a noise - damned fridge!). The signs all seem very clear: there is no communication, no touching ... just void, emptiness. I pray it doesn't end here, like this, tonight.

A small kiss on the back of my neck, no other touch or sound. Nothing is resolved. Everything boils in chaos. Tomorrow is another day of work ... and as usual, I have no idea what's going on.

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November 21, 2004 01:39 PM PST

Busy, busy, busy day!

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November 19, 2004 09:33 AM PST

A rather poor photograph of a pretty innocuous facade perhaps, however, come Monday, behind that very door I will be earning a living wage. Yes, dear reader, I am officially the 'New Guy' at Mercurial Communications.

Proving once again that it ain't what ya know, it's whom, I am indebted to a former and now again current (and future?) co-worker for hooking me up with this new job. And it should be a pretty wicked job too, if all that I am given to understand is true! Lots of varied and differing work to be done, and what looks to be a pretty great environment in which to do it.

Last night a bunch of us went to see the One Man Lord of the Rings. It was the entire trilogy played by one man in one hour. Simply put, it was FANTASTIC! He did an amazing job, and I would definitely be interested in seeing his One Man Star Wars as well.

Much to do today, and unfortunately I have no idea how to operate the bodum...

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November 18, 2004 10:43 AM PST

Another grey morning dawns. I sit quietly half-naked alone in the office. The office manager, a small balding ferret, sleeps silently in her cage. Sheena has left for Seattle and her four-day shopping spree already, but has thoughtfully left me morning coffee to reheat. It's a private blend of my own, mixed carefully in the Thrifty Foods coffee aisle from mostly darks, but with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and irish creme. It smelled good in the bag, but what came out of the bodum this morning (and after a brief stint in the microwave) was not as delicious as I had hoped. Whether it was a fault in my mix (very possible since it was only my second time ever being sent to the coffee aisle, and first where I exercised my own creativity), or just the fact that the coffee had been stewing in its own grounds for 4 hours or so, I do not know. However, with a little dollop of sugar and the teeniest drop of milk, things are looking up. ...Although I think Sheena's right - cream would have been better.

Holy cow, I think I've just written a coffeeblog (somewhat) in the manner of Jim - I am SO sorry! ;)

The picture above is of my view from the office ... and accidentally overexposed due to my inattention to the camera's setting as I picked it up. The shot just below is a more realistic depiction of what my eyes perceive - or rather what my brain interprets my eyes perceive.

Well, with that behind me, and an actual blog entry posting on the immediate horizon, things might actually go well today. There's again the pile of work needing all (and more) of my attention, but I'm sorry, I just refuse to work more than 8 hours a day right now (well, maybe 10 at the outside - thanks a bunch for calling me at 5pm yesterday, IVL!). But definitely not 16! So sucks to Piggywiggy.

OMG! Okay, I have to share this! I just Googled the last sentence in the above paragraph to see where it came from. I knew it was a quote, but I couldn't remember from where. Google reminds me that it's from Asterix - though the find on Google is fan fiction and not the quote from the actual Goscinny & Uderzo story. That's the second time Asterix has shown up in my life in so many weeks. Oh, how I used to LOVE my Asterix comics!

A snuffle from behind me and the sound of the ball-bearing in the water dispenser inform me that the little office manager is now awake (no doubt disturbed from peaceful slumber by the keyboard that Sheena can apparently hear even from the bedroom). I definitely need to stop this and start looking busy!

PS- I quite like the coffee now!

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November 14, 2004 11:57 PM PST

Amara's grad celebration on Friday. Way to get the hell outta school, girl! The new Cactus Club is ... interesting. Quote of the evening: "Do they have TVs in the stalls too???".

It was nice and relaxing this weekend. The only real "work" I did was moving blogs (this one, Sheena's, and Jim's) over to the new server. Now we're running on mt3 and an assload of bandwidth. Hopefully this will help divert traffic from the old server, which had additional overage costs of 60% of my normal bill this month! Not pretty.

I got an overdue notice from Robbins Parking today. Apparently the fact that I paid them already does not phase their collections department. I'm pondering waiting until they send it to a 3rd party collections agency to tell them ... I figure they'll owe some penalty to the collections agency then!

Guess I never mentioned before that I was ticketed at Barb's Fish 'n' Chips immediately upon my return from Black Rock .. Sheena had a hankerin'. Anyway, I paid them online almost immediately, and my credit card statement has informed me that it'll back me up on that.

Still playing with the new camera ... that's a good sign! ;)

I'll leave off with one of my favourite things: a reflection shot!

PS- G6 rox!

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November 12, 2004 12:14 AM PST

Out of almost all our friends it seems that only Cam (see pic of sexy guy in toque and red hoodie below) actually had the day off today. He swung by this afternoon after the Remembrance Day ceremonies wanting to know if I wanted to go for a walk. Everyone else was working, and though I'd been working all day myself, I felt the need to spend a little time outdoors in the sun too.

I did make time for a moment of silence this morning, but it was work as usual both before and after. When we headed out for our walk, Cam and I started off going through Ross Bay Cemetary - which is where the first two photos came from. We talked a little about the history and purpose of the day while strolling by the few graves with wreaths and flowers.


Notice anything different about the pictures? Probably not, but that's okay 'cos I do. These awesomely clear photos were taken with Canon's new PowerShot G6 7.1 megapixel camera. Or rather, perhaps I should say MY new Canon PowerShot G6! Yes, it's only been one year (only a few days over, in fact) since I got my A80, but it's been a busy year, photographically speaking (well, a busy year no matter which way you look at it, but...) - I've taken almost 5800 pictures this past year! That's impressive anyway (in my mind), but especially since I came from taking only about half a roll of a disposable each year at Burning Man.

I made a quiet allusion to the new camera in my last post, but didn't mention it until now as I was not sure I was going to keep it. I was testing it out to see if it really would improve my photo results, or whether it was my incompetence that was holding me back from the shots I was trying to get. I had been feeling for some time that I was outgrowing my A80, and would need something new. Turns out that while it still may be partially me, the new camera has definitely improved my results!

hotness inc.

I'm very excited to to be taking pictures again, being outside again, doing things other than programming 24/7 again! I hope you like the new camera's results as much as I do ... though it's just too bad for you if you don't! ;)

PS- Sheena got a new camera today - an only slightly used Canon PowerShot A80 ... guess from where!

PPS- extra-uber-special thanks to Jim for his help in testing the new camera, advice, and ongoing mentorship. Jim is the photo and friend BOMB.

PPPS- I apparently have 6 gmail invites ... anyone want one?

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November 09, 2004 06:00 PM PST

Whoa - I'm back!!

Long time since I've posted anything. It's been 2 months since I got back from Burning Man, and 2 months of solid work. Slaving work. So much work!! It was 2 months of 10-16 hour days, 7 days a week. It was blistering and at times mind-numbing, but I got through it and it's amazing to be doing normal things again.

I was out with Jim today testing out cameras. It was pretty cool. Wow, and being outside was super-great! More on that later.

I'm also supposed to mention that today marks 3 years of being with Sheena. That is crazy! I can't believe it's been that long. Three years today, and we still seem to like each other... for the most part anyway. For those who haven't met her, here's a pic. I think she's f---in' beautiful. It'd be nice if she felt similarly about me, but I'm not totally sure. Is it just me, or does she seem a little embarrassed to be associated with me?

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