Thursday, February 25, 2010

Classic Daffy

I've had this song stuck in my head all day and thought I'd share a version done by my favorite Warner bros. character, Daffy Duck. Before he went all cerebral, Daffy was a maniac and I suppose that is why I like him so much.

This song always reminds me of the scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit where Judge Doom brings Roger out of hiding with the "Shave and a haircut" bit.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Budget Cuts At The R.C.M.P. or Trading Squad Cars For Pintos

To kick of our visit to Vancouver we went to the Surrey House Pavilion where we saw Mark Donnelly, the "O'Canada" singing good luck charm of the Vancouver Canucks, kick off the opening day with our national Anthem. In true Mark Donnelly fashion he only earned half of his paycheck by getting the audience to sing.

Mark Donnelly
At the Surrey House, they were giving out tickets to see the R.C.M.P. Musical Ride which we took in a couple of day after we arrived.

I tried to get the, back of the old fifty dollar bill pose in this photo below. I hope that I'm not dating myself by remembering that bill.

Musical Ride
On our second last day in Vancouver we walked around Granville Island were I snapped a few pictures of a glass blower at work. I was something else to see glass being worked right in front of you and the caliber of work in this guys shop is incredible. I just wish that I remembered the name of the place he worked out of.

Glass Blowing in Granville Island
That's it for now.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Olympic Fever or Who Set Supeman's House On Fire

Last week, Rae and I took extra days off on either end of the Louis Riel Day long weekend to go to the 2010 Winter Olympic City of Vancouver. Even though we didn't have event tickets, we had an incredible time experiencing the energy of an Olympic host city.

It was great to see all of the visiting countries wearing their pride, singing their culture's songs in the streets and supporting their athletes by traveling thousands of miles. Check out my Vancouver 2010 flikr set to see more pictures from Canada's new Olympic City. Only a few of the pictures that I took are there right now. I will upload more when I have the time.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Those Poor Kids Played Hockey For a Year

So I finally changed the banner for this blog. And it's about time. The picture of the kids playing hockey on the river at the forks was taken well over a year ago and was posted over the past summer. I thought that this photo with the cigar, taken at the Tropicana on a trip to Cuba, suited the tag line a bit better. I am not saying that I never plan to give quitting smoking another try, just that this past attempt failed. Plus this is one of the few pictures of myself that I like.

Tropicana Havana, Cuba 2009

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mango Tango and High Speed Adventure or Suspended Water and Fruit Covered Fish

I think that I am going to start giving alternative titles to my posts a la old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. Kind of like Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night or What You Will." I like the new technology where you can record television but now I have about 65 episodes of Rocky and Bullwinkle on my PVR that I need to watch.

Anyway that was not the motivation for this post but rather another restaurant review. I am by no means a food critic and had no intention of creating a food review blog but if one stumbled upon this blog or my flickr page they would find a plethora of food pictures (Sí El Guapo, I know what a plethora is) and my opinion on the restaurant.

Samurai Sushi
Samurai Sushi at 330 Portage was where I had one of my favorite maki to date. The roll in the bottom right of the picture above is called a Mango Tango roll and it had the right blend of sweet and creamy between the thinly sliced mango and avocado. It also had a smokey BBQ flavour from the BBQ'd eel inside the roll.

Then, last night, I played around with high speed photography by taking pictures of my leaky faucet.

Playing with high speed
This was fun and led to playing with lighting to get dramatic effects like in this picture of Rae.

Rae rae
I like how her eyes are lit up and the way the combination of flash and slow shutter make her image clearer on the right hand side and softer on the left. Actually, its all a bit blurry, but still one of my favorites none the less.

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