The third day of Vancouver 125 Birthday Celebrations (I only went to 2) was a whole line-up of musical acts but the headline evening concert was the Recent Vancouver Legend Dan Mangan. Playing in his Home-town City Dan brought life to the massive crowd putting on an awesome show.
Happy Birthday Vancouver!
The BC Ride To Conquer Cancer is a 2 Day, 220km ride from Vancouver BC to Seattle Washington. For 2011, more than 2800 riders raised in excess of $11.1 Million. WOW!
With work, I took on the challenge of keeping all of these bikes in working order for the duration. Offering free tech support to the onslaught of cyclists I do not want to see another flat tire for some time. With countless flats, bent wheels, mis-aligned derailleurs, missing pedal cleats, etc. etc. etc. I am happy it is over but I had a lot of fun at the event.
Next weekend I am doing the same thing all over again in Calgary. I will update on that one in a week or so.
and a video.
The Stanley Cup final is something that does not come to Vancouver all that often. It is a time to celebrate, a time to rejoice, a time to spend with friends. And then there is the other side. You would think that Vancouver Canucks’ fans would be used to losing by now, but now. The Stanley Cup game 7 loss to Boston is nothing more than an excuse to break shit.
Shame on you Vancouver!
I am a Canucks Fan. I am a Vancouver fan. I am a Canada Fan. I am a Hockey Fan.
If this happened during the Olympics a mere 14 months ago I would consider saying that I was ashamed to be associated with Canadians. This is the result of a loss. This is a shameful act of defiance and utter disregard for everything that is Canadian.
Bike To Work Week is something that holds some hidden resentment. We all like the idea of being eco-friendly, saving money, being healthy etc. etc. etc…
But then, it is really easy to strap yourself to the top of the Hemi and catch the easy train into work. I know this solely because I am describing myself. Despite my discomfort in the rain, and affinity towards dry warm places – this past week I took part in Bike to Work Week. For the first half of the week I rode my bike into work. A total of 120km in two days. For the second half of the week though I took it to the streets to do some photoggin’ and bike repairs. Plus, after a bit of rain, the sun came out and made for an awesome end to the week.
It isn’t all bad… Plus, June is Bike Month so maybe continuing on with the whole enviro-health-$$$ kick could be a good idea?
May 30th – June 5th is Bike To Work Week in Vancouver BC. An initiative set up to encourage people to set down the car keys and give the bicycle a chance it can be a great choice for health, the environment and simply feeling good. That said, the 5:45 wake up call, slow drizzle and single digit temperatures do not exude the same level of inspiration. That said, it is Bike To Work Week and I will do my best to ride my bike into the office as much as possible. Wednesday’s hockey game is a sphinx that I have not yet solved though. Anyways, here is a quick photo lay-up that shows the morning commute. Tough to take photos while riding but I think this gives a decent account of the morning’s commute.
I was lucky enough to get some free tickets to a Vancouver Canucks game a little while back. Right next to the media area at the home end, the seats were front row!!!! not too shabby if you ask me. Getting into Rogers arena they restrict max the lens length to 100mm. Because of this I brought the 10-22mm and a 50mm. Being front row, this limited length still worked pretty well. Here are a few shots from the game.
The start of 2011 was not necessarily one big adventure. I had no grand destination, no epic ascent, no definable goals of discernible value. This is no white flag though, I have not thrown in the towel on life and all things adventurous. Rather the opposite occurred, for the winter break I took it upon myself to enjoy some of the short and sweet gems close to home. Through snowshoeing, mountain biking, running, and spending time with good friends the holiday and new year was brought in with smiles, friends and high expectations in the year to come.
The following photos are justifiably not all related and not all part of one single story. They do all though, represent the theme of the holidays. These photos show the beauty of the outdoor world, the beauty of the city around and the joy of spending time with friends.
As Cheesy as this all sounds, it is ultimately true…
Happy New Year
I have always liked the noisiness and imperfection of old photos. Really now, all I can do is try to reproduce the effect through taking a certain style of photo then manipulating it digitally. Not something that I will say I am great at but I think this came across in the right direction.