Sunday, July 30, 2006

Celebration Of Light

On Saturday night, Natasha and I, along with a two other couples, went down to English Bay to watch the Celebration of Lights, a yearly fireworks competition.

After going out for dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill, we headed down to the beach, and staked out our little plot of grass to watch the fireworks display. In order to get any kind of decent seating, we had to show up two and a half hours early. We spent the time chatting, eating gelato, and getting drinks at Starbucks.

Our group at the beach. L to R: John, Rose, Kylie, Natasha, Eric

Natasha enjoying tasty gelato

Having fun at the beach

And how about the number of people who came to see the show? Check out this picture of the beach from where we sat. According to reports, there were more people there on Saturday than the previous Wednesday, and they were estimating over 300,000 then. We're planning to go again next weekend... it'll probably be even busier!

The massive crowd

And for the first time ever, featured video on the Trooper Scoop blog!

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If you can get out to see these fireworks, it's definitely worth it. Just leave yourself many hours of extra time, and an extra dose of patience!

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Pitch N Putt & Uke

Thursday after work, our company arranged for whoever wanted to go down to Stanley Park to play Pitch n Putt. We had about 35 people, and some pizza halfway through. Unfortunately, I had to move on to the Ukulele meeting on the beach so I only got through nine holes.

Chipping to the green

Natasha met me on the course for some pizza, then we headed down to English Bay for the Ukulele meeting. We spent about an hour and a half strumming the Ukulele and singing Hawaiian and all kinds of other songs.

Pearly shells... by the ocean...

Not a bad way to spend the evening... only wish there was more time!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Too Busy To Post

Hello readers! Sorry I haven't posted in 10 days. It's been really busy, and while I've taken a few pictures and have things to write about, I haven't been able to find the time.

Tonight I'm going to play Pitch n Putt golf with the company, and then to the Ukulele club meeting on the beach. Should make for some great photos, and I'll try to post something more by the weekend!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Sunday Afternoon Bocce

We spent some time with three other couples on Sunday afternoon. Had a nice picnic, enjoyed the warm weather, and played some Bocce!

Here are the teams! Across the top: Andrew, Nathanael, John, Jeremy. Across the bottom: Leanne, Shelley, Rosanne, Natasha

The guys played a round, then switched off with the girls. One very impressive shot by Natasha landed this position:

I've met my match. She's a natural Bocce player, and her team won while mine lost. =)


Friday, July 14, 2006

Friday Night Rainbow

Never seen anything quite like this before:

View of the rainbow from our window

Notice the multiple bands... in this picture you can see five bands. According to Wikipedia, these are called Supernumerary rainbows.

We could see the rainbow from end to end but weren't able to take the full picture. But I got that one a couple of years ago:

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Taken But Not Lost

A young lady we know recently passed away, and it's been a big shock. It wasn't an accident, no sickness, and doctors could find no reason for it. We will take it that it was simply her time to go.

Miriam Neis

Job 1:21 - "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

We saw her only a short while ago at her graduation, and a couple of times after that. A very nice girl, well respected amongst the people that knew her. Our only regret is that we didn't have a chance to know her better.

Our condolences go out to her family and close friends.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Dad's Photos Published!

Congrats to my Dad who recently had a photo printed in the local newspaper!

The photo was taken at a fireworks display on Canada Day with a tripod and a long exposure.

So far, I've only had a tiny portrait shot (about half an inch square) published in anything large scale, but someday I hope to improve on that.

Back in March 2005, I had taken photos of an Anthrax Investigation and actually received a call from The Province. But the Air India trial was big news right around that time and totally overshadowed all other news. Consequently, there was no news whatsoever about the Anthrax thing, and my photos were never published.


Clean Car, Dirty Car

After two weeks of sunny and warm weather, I decided it was time to turn my car from it's new grey color to the original sparkling black. So, yesterday morning I was out and washed the car inside and out and it looked great!

Guess what. It rained last night and this morning everything is wet. My car won't even make it for Sunday morning service sparkling clean. =(


Saturday, July 08, 2006

The Winter's Tale

Last night we went to see a Shakespeare play, The Winter's Tale.

The synopsis from the website is as follows (it's much better than I could write up myself on short notice):

"Unfounded jealousy sets the scene for this fantastical story of passionate error and romantic reconciliation. Driven mad by false suspicions that Queen Hermione has been unfaithful with his best friend, King Leontes imprisons his wife and exiles his newly born daughter. His friend flees, his wife is reported dead, and his only son dies. The tragedy seems unredeemable. However, sixteen years later across the seas, two young people fall in love and in their union lies the key to forgiveness and a magical reuniting of the past."

Bard on the Beach

These productions are put on by Bard on the Beach, a yearly event which takes place in Vancouver and runs through the summer months.

We had a great time. Live theatre is really a lot of fun. They have open air tents which the plays are in, and an area you can walk around and visit shops, buy snacks and drinks, etc. If you're interested and have the time (and the money, although it's really not that expensive), it's definitely worth a visit.

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Happy 60th Birthday, W!

I saw an editorial cartoon this morning that had a guy who looked like Bush but I didn't clue in until I read more about it on tonight. It's his 60th birthday today! He and his wife had an interview with Larry King, and you can see a clip of it if you check out the article.

Happy Birthday, Mr President!

What does one buy for the President of the United States on his birthday? Post a comment with your birthday greetings!

"Here's hoping the year 2-0-6, turns out better than 2-0-5!"

Update: July 7, 2006

Nintendo sent President Bush a brand new Nintendo DS as a birthday gift. Full story here.


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Rotisserie And Horseshoes

Monday was our day off because July 1st landed on the weekend. We went out to visit my parents during the day. They decided to make a special treat, rotisserie chicken on the BBQ!

Look at that delicious chicken!

While we waited for the chicken to cook, we pulled out the Horseshoes set and played a few rounds.

Natasha expertly tosses her horseshoe

Oh this brings up some news. See the hat Natasha's wearing? It's her very own brand new Tilley!

It's a ringer!!

To be honest, we aren't really horseshoe pros or anything, so if our form is out or something, don't be critical... we have no clue what we're doing. =o) It's just fun to throw the horseshoes around!

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July Long Weekend Trip

On Saturday, Natasha and I decided to take a day trip to Whistler. We went at a casual pace, and arrived into Whistler around 2pm, after having stopped at Shannon Falls on the way there.

Shannon Falls

When we got out of our car and were walking down the street, we realized people were sitting on the sides of the road waiting for the parade. So, we found ourselves a spot in the shade and watched it go by. They had a number of music floats, dancers, firetrucks, RCMP, and the other usual stuff.

RCMP officers marching

Once that was over, we toured the town for a while, stopping for lunch at one of our favorite places, Subway! Then we went up the gondola to the top of the mountain.

The most unfortunate thing happened though. Right as we got into the gondola, I switched on my camera to take a few pictures... and the battery is dead. And no back-up either! Needless to say, I (we) were quite distraught, but decided to not worry about it and just enjoy the trip.

When we got to the top, we decided to buy a one-time-use camera (for a fortune!) to capture the moment anyway. Here are a few pictures from the top:

The two of us at the top of Whistler mountain

You can see how thick the snow still is!

Me, enjoying the view

We hiked for a little while but turned back about halfway to the top as we realized it would be a fair ways to go, and a really long walk back.

The weather was great, the view was good, and Whistler is a cute town to spend a day in. Next time we go, we will try some of the other options such as biking or canoeing. Want someone to go with some weekend in the future? Just let us know, we might be interested in another trip!


Shuttle Launch

NASA is about to launch Space Shuttle Discovery in just under an hour from now. There were a few concerns with a crack in the foam insulation but after checking it out, they feel it is safe enough to launch.

Discovery waiting for launch

According to the NASA Blog, the flight crew boards three hours early to run through the pre-flight checklist.

If you want to see a live feed, click here: NASA Launch Live Feed

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Independance Day to all you Americans. Hope you're enjoying the long weekend, with great weather and excellent BBQ!

God Bless America! (Canada is God's country already!)


Saturday, July 01, 2006

Happy Canada Day, 2006!

Wishing all Canadians a Happy Canada Day this July 1st.

July 2nd will be one year from the day we got engaged so it's a special weekend for us. We're going to go on a day trip to Whistler today, and do a number of other fun things over the next three days.

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend, including all you Americans who get a four day weekend for July the 4th!