Friday, March 31, 2006

QW-Mar29th, 2006

rich and tasty double Americano thanks to the fine Broadway Roastery staff

An intimate affair over at the Bway Roastery this week. James came by for a bit. We discussed muscial education for one and all. It was the decided opinion of the table that we would all have been better off learning basic musical theory rather than biological taxonomies (much as I personally enjoyed that unit). I guess there is a lot of disputing over educational priorities.

After James left, Vin and I had some good discussion about literature and about the value of having children and opening up to let them teach you. Probably not so important if you were one of those persons who paid attention in your formative years. But I find that there is a lot I have learned about being a kid since having them.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Quest New Year was a rousing success for me. I can't speak for everyone else, though it seems as though a good time was had by all.

I managed to get to our meeting spot in record time (which for me was 6:45pm). That gave me time to wait for a good table, do some last minute reading and set up the pool from which participants collected this years Quest branded gift of slate coffee coasters hand carved with the Q symbol. I had a really tough time hanging on to them until new years as I made them well before Christmas. As I had planned, they were snagged by the Questers as they arrived (after 8pm) at the table. Me, Dave, Geof, James, and Vin.

There were some good books picked for this year. As I recollect however, there was almost no discussion about last years picks. Without Vin's early prescence, there was just no one to jumpstart the HoL discussion.

Other than that, there was plenty of fun discussion of goals for the year (mostly mine) although James, Dave and Geof all seemed keen to come on my next attempt to walk around Saskatoon. It should be about 54km if we swim/canoe part of the river and 62 if we sweat the extra distance. My other goals include, entering a 24hr playwriting competition, running a new marathon (target 4h 30min), and producing my own mm DVD on the Quest and related enjoyments.

Later, James and I made an ill considered and under-dressed dash accross a snowy field that nearly left us unable to breath thanks to the icy, skin peeling wind.

At about 2am, people were getting bleary eyed and some stupid things seemed a little too funny. I tried to get the guys to come to campus with me and work on my video project. Instead I was greeted, as expected, with polite requests for a ride home. Well, at least I tried. After dropping off Geof and Dave, I somehow found the will to pass my own fireplace warmed bed and park outside the Arts building. All but abandoned, it was the perfect opportunity to get some of the footage I have been dying for. I won't post any of it here, but I have a couple of pics. The first one shows me playing the classic coin toss for beverage game. If you look just above one of the pot lights in the hall, you can see my toonie in mid-flight.

After a grueling climb at 3am to the top of Arts, I was treated to this wonderful picture. Worth the climb indeed!
Finally, I thought I would share with you that I got some footage of me climbing Thorvaldson at the famous ascent location. It was bitter cold and after coming down, I bee-lined for the warmth of Arts. I was ready to find my car and go home. Who should drive up in their shiny green and white car, but the campus cops. Seems they noticed me trolling about with my tripod and camera and were curious. I told them vaguely what I was doing, ommitting all the interesting bits and they seemed satisfied with my story. They let me proceed on my way. Though not a classic "telling" in the sense we are used to, at 4am on Quest New Year in the biting wind, I'll take what I can get.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Let it snow...

What is a hard working father to do after the 28mm of precipitation (The sum of the total rainfall and the water equivalent of the total snowfall observed during the day) that we experienced in the first few days of March. In my case you use the excuse of your daughter's birthday to call in the troops.Wendy and I worked for about an hour to clear our driveway and a path out to the back, then when the guys and the kids came over, I spent another hour or so working on our luge/skeleton run and some fortifications in case we have to pelt passing high-school kids with snowballs. My body complained insistently about this effort for several days afterwards.

Here you can see what fun we had with the snow that we weren't able to shovel onto the fort. I've kept these snowshoes around for a lot of years with little use to show for it. Now it all seems worth it.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Coffee, is there anything it can't do?

So I stayed up a bit late watching Immortel (Ad Vitam). It was a terrific late night movie. Surreal and beautiful. I can't give any review until I see it a second time. It was far too late for me to start a movie alone and I was constantly in and out of consciousness. Kind of pleasant really.

In the morning, which came all too soon, Leora and Anwyn had made cinnamon toast for breakfast and ground some beans, boiled water and pressed my coffee. It was perfect!