Look At This Boat!

One of the most time consuming habits I have is standing around day dreaming about things I see. The most random things can set me off on an internal litany of pretend conversations and scenarios. I blame it on being an only child. Or perhaps it was that skateboarding head injury mishap in ’88. Either way, my point here is that my day dreaming has to work overtime when I’m traveling. So many new things to imagine. For kicks I thought I would share one of the things I saw here in Victoria that got my imagination going.

We had walked past countless sailboats and it was just another morning in the harbour. All the proverbial chat topics were going on, “ohh that one is pretty” and “I could sail around the world on that baby”, and so on. Then amongst all the fancy boats this little beauty suddenly caught my eye and ignited my day dreaming muscles. Continue reading “Look At This Boat!”

Is The Grass Greener?

Do you ever have those days when you’re not certain why you travel? I’m in Victoria BC for February, and this morning I was out running errands. As I was about to turn into a government office I noticed a hardcore looking photographer taking pictures all around him. As I paused a moment to not walk into his current shot, I got to looking at what he was shooting and wondering what was so damn photo worthy. It quickly became a moment of realization that what I was ignoring as just normal scenery was some other guy’s great photo. Continue reading “Is The Grass Greener?”

Week Sauce: Zombie Edition

This week’s sauce has some great junk. Plus to be merciful there’s no random dodgy photos or videos. I’ve been having a great week. Left Montreal, passed through Vancouver and now I’m happily ensconced in Victoria. I already took one of the first aid courses I want to do, and I’m happily doing the foot work for a couple Victoria based posts that I want to do. Anyways, let’s get this baby rolling so I can go watch Zombieland. Again. It’s a cool movie! Continue reading “Week Sauce: Zombie Edition”

The Vancouver to Victoria Ferry Photography Experiment

In order to get on to Vancouver Island from the mainland of British Columbia you pretty much have two choices: plane or ferry. My favourite is definitely the ferry. The BC Ferries are remarkable in that they can carry 1650 passengers, and up to 370 vehicles between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. They’re the largest double ended ferries in the world. Plus they serve a damn tasty veggie burger on board. The most common route is from just outside Vancouver over to the capitol of British Columbia, which is Victoria. It’s an hour and a half voyage which winds through several small islands in the Pacific Ocean and is really quite scenic.

The sore point for me is watching this great scenery sail past while I have no photography skills at all. So a few days ago, I stood on the deck of the seventh floor, right up at the bow and tried my best to get a good photo. With it being a chilly February afternoon, high up on the bow of a fast moving ship, it wasn’t exactly crowded. I have a very tough time taking photos; I don’t feel comfortable taking them, plus I don’t have much of an eye for it. So excuses aside, here are a few that I got which seem fairly nice to me. Let me know what you think! Continue reading “The Vancouver to Victoria Ferry Photography Experiment”

What I Learned This Week: Jan 2

All holiday season I’ve been flying around North America, so I haven’t really had time to read much online. Normally I would do a little “what I liked on the web this week, omg isn’t the internet neat” post around this time. So this week is just a little wtf-ever potpourri of stuff. It’ll have to do until I get a bit more spare time and I can wash off the smell of flight attendant farts and cheap orange juice. That said, let’s commence with some bidtits from this week.

I learned that pumpkin beer is delightful. If you enjoy beer – I mean real beer, not budweiner – and you’re not struck infertile at the site of a pumpkin, then I recommend trying out some pumpkin beer. Good friends of mine are wise in the ways of beer, and they assembled a few pumpkin beers for me to test drive. For the record, pumpkin is pretty much one of my favourite things. There was Swans, Phillips, and I think the other was Granville Island. All three were quite good, and each surprisingly different from one another. It was nice though how well the pumpkin flavour fit with the natural beery flavour. It wasn’t out of place or contrary like some of the more gimmicky beer types can be. So if you have the means, I definitely recommend giving pumpkin beer a try, you may just be pleasantly surprised.

I learned that you can put salt on grapefruit. It was a normal grapefruit, not a pink one, and it was surprisingly pretty good. It doesn’t taste at all how you would think. Try it.

I learned that Chupacabra on 6th street in Austin not only makes damn fine cheap tacos, but they also have a good selection of imported Central American beers. Also some from the Philippines, Portugal and elsewhere. Definitely worth a visit since they’re just $2 a bottle! Speaking of taco beers, Adam just showed me this awesome Dos Equis commercial that makes me want to drink it even more.

I learned that playing tons of Wii frisbee golf on xmas day will totally make you want to play it for reallies. I’ve got my eyes open for chances to play now.

I learned that if you can make a bored barista laugh she just might give you an extra cupcake for free. Sweet!

Lastly, I learned that it only leads to frustration if I set lofty or detailed expectations of people. No one can match the expectations of a bored guy with a good imagination, so I need to just let people do their thing and be cool with that.

What did you learn this week? Have a nice new year, and keep on truckin’!

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// shawn