High School Jacket

So, back in high school, I used to hang around with Jay and Gary. We all had Belmont jackets which we pretty much wore every day. Here’s picture from the 89-90 yearbook:

Yours truly, age 17(?)

Yours truly, age 17(?)

A couple of days ago, Gary posted a picture of himself wearing is Juan de Fuca hockey jacket, and I commented:

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So tonight, he did. And I’m a man of my word…

Gary in his high school jacket

Gary in his high school jacket

And me!

And me!

Morning Derailment

You may have seen it in the news already, but one of our c-trains overshot the tracks at the far end of Tuscany Station this morning.
Both Ian and I noticed a traffic chopper circling around Tuscany while we were waiting for his school bus and we were wondering why. I thought maybe someone was lost or had escaped, but I realized once I had reached the station that it was about the train. They still don’t know what happened. Luckily only 3 people were aboard. It was just at the start of the morning commute and it could’ve been a lot worse.
I came home on the 3 o’clock train and we all had to get off at Crowfoot and get on another train to get to Tuscany. Prior to that there had been shuttles. The station is still closed on the westbound lane and the traffic moving toward Cochrane was bumper-to-bumper. I can only imagine the commute home for drivers will be even more of a nightmare.

Hello from Leduc

Now I’m in Leduc. It’s a half hour south of Edmonton, for your reference.
I had dinner with Tammy and the kids at Mittilini’s, then took my rental Hyundai Elantra and drove north. I got here just after 8, and all is well. I’m not sure what to expect tomorrow, but we’ll wait and see.

My First 100 Mile Ride

Today was the MEC Fall Century Ride. Most of the MEC rides are “metric century” rides, i.e. 100 km. However, the fall ride heads south from Turner Valley and up into the mountains, so there are 60 km, 100 km and 160 km distances. Last year and the year before that, I signed up for 100 km. Last year, Peter, the guy I was carpooling with to the ride, was doing the 160, and I thought I might try it, but the headwind was horrible that day and I made it a grand total of 106 km. This year, way back in the winter when I signed up for the three MEC rides and the Tour de Victoria, I selected the 160 km distance. It was something that I knew would be a challenge. After the Tour de Victoria’s 140 km distance, I was a bit leery.

I drove out to Turner Valley, with the full moon still in the sky.

Quiet highway on a Saturday morning

Quiet highway on a Saturday morning

There were a number of guys from the Bow Cyclists there, and Derek, Peter, Phil and myself agreed to ride together. We stuck together all day.

Me, Peter, Phil and Derek at the 50 km mark

Me, Peter, Phil and Derek at the 50 km mark

The ride was hard, but I feel proud to have accomplished it. We started at 9:00 am, and rolled through the finish line at 3:28 pm. Six and a half hours to cover the distance, including climbing up into the Rocky Mountains.

View from just below the 70 km aid station

View from just below the 70 km aid station

The guys resting at the lookout

The guys resting at the lookout

We took our time, stopping at every station, and even along the way as well. Phil’s in his forties, Peter’s in his fifties, and Derek’s a twenty-something who was working too hard early in the day. So we all were in fine shape by the time we rolled back to the finish.

The weather was good, with a headwind out of the southwest that wasn’t nearly as bad as last year’s. If it had been, I think I would have turned around. It was warmer this year as well.

Notes:

  • I commented to the guys as we took a break at the 80 km turnaround before heading back down: “Now I’ve done the stupid part, let’s see if I can make it back.”
  • As I sat in the bath at home with a couple of Advil and talking to Tammy: “I’ll be honest, I feel like someone’s been hitting me with a two by four.”
Us at the turnaround

Us at the turnaround

Last Wednesday Night Ride of 2016

The summer’s over, and the evenings are getting shorter. So tonight was the last Wednesday night ride with the Bow Cyclist Club. As you can see, that’s not to say that the weather is bad. It was beautiful tonight.

Stopping at Nagway Road

Stopping at Nagway Road. From left: me, Hannah, Mark, Peter, Dave, Derek and Louis. Tommy took this shot. Not in photo: Brett.

Tonight, I wanted to go on the ride, but I was at a client’s office until 5:00, and then had to take the train from the south side of downtown. I got home late, had some supper, and got ready to ride. I headed out, trying to find the club, who I was guessing was heading up into Tuscany from the shop. I found them at the top of Tuscany Hill, and joined in for the rest of the ride, at least until we went back down through Tuscany and I peeled off. It was already getting dark by that time.

And the living room is done

Today was putting the colour on the accent wall, finishing the second coat of clay beige, and then the second coat on the accent wall.

Rollin', rollin', rollin'...

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…

We didn’t get started until about 1:30 though. Despite the weather, I went down to Bow Cycle just in case anyone showed up. And wouldn’t you know it: some hard core guys did. First it was Peter, then Kevin, and Brett. Then Kurt came out of the store, took a look at us and said “Are you kidding me?” and then went back in to put his gear on.

Me, Kevin, Brett and Kurt

Me, Kevin, Brett and Kurt

Tammy took the kids to Costco in the morning, so we had a nice warm chicken pot pie for lunch and some apple pie for dessert. Mmmm… energy.

So the painting was done before dinner, but then Tammy washed the hardwood, and then we started moving everything back. It took until 8:30 to do it. The room sure looks different now.

The finished product

The finished product

So, I’m exhausted. My back is trying to seize up. And it’s Monday tomorrow.

Blue-Green Begone!

It’s been a while since we last did some painting in our house. We got busy with the bedroom, and then quickly moved on to the bonus room and the hallway upstairs. But the bonus room was much more work than I expected, and I was pretty burned out after that. But now, fully two years after we started our renos in the ensuite bathroom, Tammy and I have tackled painting the living room.

There were two major obstacles: the piano, couch and bookshelves in there are difficult to move, and the painting needed to extend into the kitchen, because the deep blue-green paint extends along the support beam across the kitchen. While I was in Regina this week, Tammy and the kids took care of the bookshelves and various other things. By Friday night, we were ready to paint.

Living room cleared out (mostly)

Living room cleared out (mostly)

We started today with a coat of primer. By lunch time, the blue-green was covered.

Nearly finished primer coat

Nearly finished primer coat

This afternoon, we tackled the neutral colour (clay beige) and we had a full coat by suppertime.

Me painting the bulkhead

Me painting the bulkhead

Now we are planning to put the second coat of neutral on the walls and bulkhead directly adjacent to the accent wall, so that we can put “grass cloth” (green) on it tomorrow. We should be able to finish and start putting things back in order. That’s pretty cool: from zero to finished in two days. Admittedly, we took a short cut, not replacing the baseboards. But the room is already feeling so much airier and spacious without the dark colour on the walls. Now we’re thinking about painting the kitchen.

The other major thing was a wedding. Dusty and Mike across the street were hosting the wedding of Dusty’s son today. Their plans for a wedding in Kananaskis fell through, so they had it in the back yard. We watched from our window across the street. We enjoyed it, and the kids were fascinated and watched the whole thing, too. We couldn’t hear any of it, other than the odd bursts of laughter, but when the “you may now kiss the bride” part happened, it was pretty obvious what was going on.  🙂

Wedding across the street

Wedding across the street

 

Hello from Regina

I am in the rectangular province again, to see SaskTel this time. I have met with these people before, so that’s a good thing. The two-day workshop is a little different this time around: it’s a security workshop, to help them set up their GIS so that it is secure.

I’m here until tomorrow, when I’ll fly back to Calgary. It’s a lot easier to fly to Regina from Calgary than it was from Victoria when I was doing it again and again and again back in 2009.

Labour Day

School starts tomorrow. I’m back to work and off to Regina tomorrow. It’s the end of the summer and time to face the autumn. I’m really glad that we got the deck finished this week. I think that would have bugged me all winter otherwise. Now Tammy and I have started talking about painting the living room before the weather really turns and we can’t have the windows open.

We’ve discussed the kids’ orthodontic needs. The higher priority one is Ian: he needs to get space in his mouth so that his adult teeth can come in and his crossbite can get fixed. Miranda’s braces we will postpone until January. But the fact is we’re going to be financially constrained for a little while. No smart trainer for us this winter. 🙂

It was a cool morning at five degrees, but the afternoon shaped up, and Tammy and I went for a nice bike ride together.

At the pond in Royal Oak

At the pond in Royal Oak

I Got Dusty

That is to say I brought out my pastels today. I had been thinking about them the last little while, and when I went by WetCanvas last night, the monthly challenge in the soft pastels forum was “sunsets”. I like painting skies and I have been known to tackle a sunset or two.

Despite having only about four and a half hours’ sleep last night (I was awake at 3:30 for unknown reasons and couldn’t get back to sleep), I brought up my table easel, pastels, gouache, brushes and palette. It took me until the afternoon to find the energy and ambition to do it, but in the end I spent probably a couple of hours and created this.

Adirondack chairs and a sunset

Adirondack chairs and a sunset

I don’t think the photo quite does it justice, but that’s okay. I selected the last reference photo from the challenge:

Source photo

Source photo

I’m reasonably happy with it. If I wanted it to be better, I should practice more, right?

Updated

Based on the feedback I got on the forum, I touched up the clouds a bit. Here’s the updated photo.

Updated picture

Updated picture