Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sunset in Victoria

Here's a few shots of the sun going down on the coast when we were in Victoria.
And here's how we got there.....

He's a very good driver....just has trouble reaching the gas pedal & keeping his eyes on the road




So many things to do...not enough weekend



This weekend will be a busy one. I'll have Project work to complete for Monday. There's a very slim chance it will be nice enough to dig post holes for a deck. B-Ball on Sunday. A garage to clean (bottles to the depot). Paperwork. And a bunch of other stuff too boring and time consuming to mention. With all of this, I still have to find 2 hours to sneak in a viewing of the new Wolverine Movie (even though I've heard from numerous people who have seen the leaked version that it sucks ass....I'll still go see it). And if lucky, I'll find a way to get a couple hands of poker in. All this in 2 days, while minding the boy (mom will be out with Grand-ma-ma for the weekend).

How can a seemingly mortal guy do all of this in just a mere 2 days ? Yes...it's true....I have super powers....and I'm freakin' cool too ( I drive a 4 door sedan dontcha know)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Flames are out


I just broke the news to the little man that his team is out of the playoffs....

Pictures from my iphone

Here's a new thing I'll be posting entitled "Pictures from my iphone". This one was taken last week when I was leaving the office. The clouds looked kind of funky, so out came the iphone.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Will it never end ????

The weather was so nice when we got back from our UK trip. I had intended to do some pre-deck building post holes on the weekend. And on Friday after work, this is what I drove home to:

And now it doesn't know what it wants to do outside. It was snowing last night, then a bit today. The weatherman says it will be -something tonight and we expect the same for at least 2 more days. Please GOD Please, can we have spring now ? Please ?


On a side note, the flames are do or die tonight. Maybe this picture will give them the inspiration they need:




Sunday, April 26, 2009

My Nerd Afternoon



While the boy and his mom went swimming, I enjoyed a few hours hangin' with my nerd brethren, at the Calgary Comic Expo [ http://www.calgaryexpo.com/ ].


I was surprised to see how many people were in attendance, which is encouraging since I plan to open a small comic/collectible shop sometime in the future.


Along with the adult nerds, like myself, there were tons of kids and of course people dressed as their favourite characters (Darth Vader and a bunch of assorted Storm Troopers, Wolverine, Bison, Emma Frost, et al). For the most part the core show was local vendors selling their wares (some trying to take advantage of unsuspecting parents I think....some of the prices of action figures were a bit on the high side). Around the perimeter were the guest artists and the actors. Some of the actors that made it Calgary were Edward James Olmos [Adama from Battlestar Galactica], Margot Kidder [Lois Lane from 1977 Superman flick], Sean Astin {Mikey from the Goonies, Rudy and of course Samwise from Lord of the Rings], Ray Park [Darth Maul, Toad from the X-Men, Snake Eyes - Upcoming G.I. Joe Movie] and others.


I had a nice chat with the creator of Groo - The Wanderer, Sergio Argones. And I capped off the event by getting my picture taken with the aforementioned Ray Park (he's bigger than I thought...I have to scan the picture, I only got a hard copy...they wanted to charge for a jpeg...greedy so and so's)
I will definitely take this show in next year and come prepared with some items for artists and actors to sign.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

London Pub Crawl Wrap Up

As usual, the Big Daddy H Long Weekend Pub Crawl in London was a great success. How do I measure this ? When I got home, I felt like I had gone 30 rounds with Mike Tyson and needed a vacation.


Usually on these trips we try to find a hotel that has 2 qualities. Clean and Cheap; emphasis on the CHEAP. I had found a hotel up in Woodford for 48$ CDN per night that looked pretty good, but was advised not to go there by my UK friends (I'm curious now and will probably head there next time I'm in London to see if it's as bad as they say).


So, I reviewed our options and found a twin room at the Chelsea FC hotel for 125$ CDN per night. For those that have never been to London, this is a very very good price for the class of hotel we stayed in...I mean, it had a MARCO WHITE restaurant. ( I apologize for the picture quality, I had forgotten my camera at home and had to use my phone).





This worked out well since a friend of mine, who works as an architect in London, lives near the area and had recommended that we visit Parsons Green ( walking distance from the hotel).

We had begun our path of destruction as soon as we got off the train. The first rule of UK Pub Crawl, must go into each pub we see, the second rule of UK Pub Crawl, see first rule.

We hit quite a mix of Pubs this time around, from the "Old Man" style, the newer "Gastro Pub", to the "Clubs". We also got our fill of Fish and Chips, Proper English Fry Ups and late night pizza and Ka-Bobs (my insides are still paying for this).

The highlight of the weekend had to be when we met up with a 50-something bear of a man in a fairly 'posh' pub. Ol' Tom was already 3 sheets to the wind when we met him at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon, but he managed to slug down enough with us to make my legs turn to jello by 6pm. I'm not kidding when I say this man was a bear. His hands were the size of my head, and he 'clapped' me on the back of the neck and shoulder and I thought he gave me a concussion. Nice old guy that had many an interesting tale and a knack for upping the blood pressure of the girls behind the bar.

Fulham is worth checking out. It's upscale, lots of Astin Matins roaming around (funny enough, a very stereotypical 'yuppy' place..I lost count of the guys I saw who had their sweaters tied around their necks), nice looking streets and parks, easy walk to the Thames, and just a quick jump on a train to anywhere (Fulham Broadway is only 2 stops from Earls Court Piccadilly Line).

Here are a few of the pics (sadly, most of the pictures with the phone were too blurry).





Finally, here's a snap of Ol' Tom getting a round in.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lazy Sunday Post - Updates


A few updates:


The big boy is officially crawling. He's on all fours and movin'. Also, anything he can grab that's higher than him, he'll get a hold of and pull himself into a standing position. He does a slow walk down the edge of the couch. I think he'll be visited by some new teeth soon. Lots happening in the last few days. He's diggin' his lawn chair (present from his GG last year). He'll be hangin' on that in the back yard very soon.

My next adventure starts Wednesday after work. I'm off to Jolly ol' England for another of the Big H's Weekend UK Pub Crawl. This time we'll be in Fulham/Chelsea area. I'll try and take a picture of each pub we visit.




Thursday, April 9, 2009

Worst of US Job Loss Over ?

Here's an interesting article from the National Post:


NEW YORK -- The U.S. job market continued to weaken in March, but the worst stages of job losses may be over, the Conference Board, a private research group, said on Monday.
The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index fell to 90.1 in March 92.2 in February, which was revised higher from 91.0.
The index -- which has declined for 20 straight months -- is down 22.1% from a year ago, the Conference Board added.
"While we see a continued sharp fall in the ETI, the decline was not as strong as in the previous four months, suggesting that the most intense stage of job losses may be behind us," said Gad Levanon, senior economist at the Conference Board.
"However, the drops in each of the eight components of the ETI in March signal that many more jobs will disappear over the next several months."
The report comes after government data on Friday showed that the U.S. unemployment rate rose to a 26-year high of 8.5%, as employers slashed 663,000 jobs under the strain of recession.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Home...until the next flight

Just made it home from Vancouver Island. Had a great time and the little man was a great traveller. I don't have to wait long until the next trip. Off to Jolly Ol' England on the 15th.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Big Boys first flight



Today marked another first for the big boy. It was his first flight. He's a very good boy when he travels so I wasn't too nervous. Until, that is, we got on the plane.

As some of you know I do a lot of traveling and one of the things that drives me crazy is a crying baby on a flight. There's nothing you can do but hope you didn't forget your ipod.

In this case...I thought I was going to be "that guy"...that "jerk", who brings a screaming baby onto a quiet 8am flight. I thought for sure, he would start screaming and everyone on the plane would focus evil adult traveler eyes on me as if to say "If it weren't illegal, I'd kill your ass for torturing that kid"...

As we sat on the plane, the boy was quiet and content....I felt a wave of calm fall over me...that calm was broken...not by the boy, but by the business woman next to me who took one look at the little man and said ' I'll just move over there and give you some extra room"....it was as if she jinxed it....i could feel it (my fear was going to come true).....then we began to taxi...and he started to fidget. (no)..we arrived on the runway ready for take off....and it began...low at first(no, no, no)...next a fuss...I could feel the heat of the passengers eyes on me...burning into my skull as the plane began to pick up speed. A bottle, I thought, that will work...NOPE...the plane rumbled along picking up speed...the boy got louder..(no, no, no. no. no. no)....I had no idea what to do...I thought for sure the flight attendant was going to come over and tell me I was a horrible dad for putting him on this flight..I was now becoming one of the people I bicthed about on countless flights...the plane left the ground...I was almost ready to crack....and then....it stopped...silence....I looked over and the boy was looking out the window in amazement and smiling.

In the end, he was like he is most of the time, a good relaxed boy. After staring out the window lost his interest, he snuggled up on his moms chest and feel asleep.

The entire day was a treat with him.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Another first

The big boy has another first instore for him tomorrow. His first plane ride. This should be interesting.