You may know this as a walkie-talkie. Set it to a channel with at least one other WT and both devices could listen and hold a button to transmit or “call.” Of course, any device used for non-cellular wireless communications in a relatively small radius has a story. This particular one was my link in to the Victoria Electronic Music Festival Operations on-site team for many years.
During the years that I was involved (2004-2011), we would have up to 15,000 people visit the festival grounds in a single weekend. Over that time, we encountered many situations that required rapid response by members of the team. Some were security, some were related to talent, and some were scenarios which necessitated escalation.
If you’ve heard me use the term “roger dodger” or “10-4,” it came from use of this device. We also liked to use code in case someone was listening in on the channel – for example, “We need to go for a coffee run” meant we were going to do a money drop from Market or Centennial Square to another secret location. While DJs were dropping giant tracks and people were having the time of their lives, we kept the event on track with these little devices, some quick thinking and a whole lot of care.
Generally, if you see someone with one of these on at any festival, they know what’s going on, and they are probably working (so be nice to them!) I recycled this on Sunday, but the memories will live on for a long time to come.
It used to be that when the topic of a hike or a bike ride came up, it was a nice option. It still is. But with the amount of desk and office work we (my peer group) do, these activities are moving from nice options to mandatory for the sake of balance. I’ll take it!
There is a bit of a surreal feeling while you walk across the Blue Bridge, as it is now shut-off to motor traffic. Years of arguments, talks, votes, plans, delays, budgets, shipments, etc. Worthy of a documentary, I am sure. It’s nostalgic, but strangely not yet in the past.
Spotted this on highway 97, north of Williams Lake. Learn more about columnar jointing.
Inspired by the Wednesday 6:29 AM November Project workouts, this was actually the soundtrack of a recent session that a few of us guest-hosted. It can be challenging to feel energetic through the cold and dark winter months, but exercising in the face of that makes a big difference. So this mix is a bit about maintaining a rhythm despite whatever else may or may not be happening around you. Maybe that rhythm actually maintains you. Hmm.
Anyway. Many of these are the tracks I’ve been spinning at the clubs. Some a bit funkier, all pretty energetic and fun. Enjoy!
- Justin Martin & Christian Martin – Midnight (Original mix) [Dirtybird]
- Ben Grunnell – That Rhythm Vibe (Original mix) [Intimo]
- Daniel Steinberg – Let Me Down (Tube & Berger remix) [Defected]
- Olivier Giacomotto & Kiko – Reckless (Original mix) [Noir Music]
- Bassheavy – Mugshot (Kenji Max Felony Edit) [Kindred Sounds]
- Volac – Uzi (Original mix) [Cuff]
- Krankbrother – Circular Thing (Original mix) [Circus Recordings]
- Dosem – Your Turn (Original mix) [Suara]
- Nick Muir, John Digweed & Ian O’Donovan – Dawnbreaker (King Unique remix) [Bedrock Records]
- Mat.Joe – Nighthawk (Dosem remix) [Toolroom]
- Model1 – The Sixth Day (Original mix) [Baroque Records]
Download mix: AFK – Maintain Your Rhythm (192k MP3)