stuff i bought after work

here is some of the junk i bought after work today:

  • new screwdriver
  • cheese
  • whisk
  • saucepan
  • mixing flour
  • shotglasses
  • coke-a-cola to replace the old bottle
  • measuring cup

yeah it looks nasty out there. it started snowing on the north shore again this afternoon and the cars on the main roads were pounding it into a fine slush. it will freeze tonight when the traffic dies down and there will be hella accidents tomorrow; i will be working from home as it will be heinous out. i postponed all my plans tonight so i can relax, be creative, and have a good day tomorrow. plus it would not be a good idea to be out in this miserable weather. i am close to being 100% again.. not time to jinx it.

it’s colddddddddd!

today i have a few moments before i must go catch the bus.
did you know it was -11 last night when i was walking home to/from public transit? it’s hard to tell .. i just kept marvelling at how there’s still snow. i am so used to it melting after a day that it’s really making me double take whenever i see the stuff. everywhere.
my brain is slow ..
i am really tired today for some reason .. later this evening, after work, i am going to go hang out in the commercial drive area .. it’ll be cool to do some exploring and see what all the fuss is about. ‘the drive’ this, ‘the drive’ that, i keep on hearing. i have a few friends that live in the area.
cool :)!
i saw spanglish last night. it was really good .. not what i expected, even though i read a preview online it still unfolded in interesting ways. this isn’t your average adam sandler flick — it isn’t even an adam sandler flick really, he plays a supporting role.
tea with cayenne in it does wonders for the throat. mmmm. and maple syrup. that is good stuff.
i think i have to go now. bye!

secret little things

i fluked out yesterday and ran into christine on the skytrain yesterday and ended up going for brunch with her and pete as well as their two friends adam and kyla. we went to the elbow room cafe where i recognized the waitress — an older lady, perhaps 50? she used to work at john’s place in victoria, an old haunt of all of ours. she recognized the lot of us. funny lady, funnier place. kyla was getting up to grab some coffee when the waitress said “no! what do you think you are doing. don’t get up to get more. let him do it!” so adam was volunteered to go get more coffee .. ha ha ha! thank you waitress. anyhow it was a good time and the food was excellent.
it was a good way to start what turned out to be a very interesting sunday for me. got the usual apartment dwelling errands done .. but i *made* something yesterday. actually i made two things! secret things. secret personal cool little things.
pete is looking to move into the same area that i am looking to move into — robson and denman area. for me it would reduce my commute time to work as well as my social commute time. sounds like a no-brainer, and when you consider it’s less expensive as well, well, it’s a less than no brainer. which makes it .. The Right Thing To Do. my lease is up at the end of march ..
the signs are showing up .. it’s time to eliminate some more stress from my life .. ohh that sounds really bad, but it’s not. it’s good; it is good for me. you’ll — no, we shall see.
the g2 is acting up. . not charging batteries properly. the display isn’t flipping the image when the flip-out screen is rotated 180 degrees. the LCD turns off when it should not. it’s still only half way through its warranty though, so it’ll be fixed. just gotta decide when the next time is that i want to go for a month without my camera. ack.
everyone at the building i am in is double-taking at me this morning. haha, i know why, but i still think it’s funny.
please wish good luck to emily, who, after staying a few months in victoria from her world travel, is off to toronto to persue her writing career. go emily! next to go .. ria. to india! for four months. wow, that’s great.
speaking of writing, i read voltaire’s “candide” and i quite liked it. it wasn’t boring, things happen rapidly in his (or the) older style of writing. less time agonizing over details, which i think means less time painting pictures .. but if you have an incredible story, the reader gets to flex the imagination .. if you describe every last thing .. that leaves little room to fill in blanks .. that’s what i find anyways. so i did like it, and i would say that now that i’ve thought about it for a day, the book is about the zen experience — though it never comes close to mentioning it, neither in the story nor the supplementary texts.
one thing that i didn’t mention about saturday night .. was that i watched SNL For the first time in a long time. i am not a TV watcher; i do not even own a TV and cable is for internet in my books. but U2 was on SNL and they lended the show some serious and much needed performance cred. they did their new single (vertigo) and another tune from the new album which blew me away. must go get their new album. they’re proving once again again that they’re the real deal. at the end of the show they came out to do a third song, one of their classics “i will follow.” nice one! and they did a FOURTH song after that .. but the show ran out of time. the studio got a nice performance, i am sure. a bit of a concert even; bono was doing his usual camera antics and it looked like a lot of fun. oh yeah, this is why they’re my favorite band. they completely pwned that show. i don’t even know who their ‘celebrity actor’ was. totally eclipsed.
happy monday paracetamol everyone!

saturday night live from

sasha at the red light in the dodgiest part of manchester
that’s a shot i took of sasha at the red light in april 2004; the dodgiest part of manchester. tonight i am in surrey at kristen and ren’s place for sam’s b-day party; the dodgiest part of vancouver. really it is not. i suppose the east end is, but surrey has the reputation in vancouver like nowhere else. if you are a victoria reader, then surrey is equitable to vancouver as langford is equitable to victoria. and vice versa. it really isn’t that bad here, though i am still struggling to figure out how come the last skytrain downtown is at 11:30 PM on a saturday night. it is almost as if translink is encouraging drunk driving. not that i drive here; but if i did, i wouldn’t .. either. so what i am saying is that there is no real reason for the skytrain to stop running at 11:30 PM on a saturday night. i mean, it’s a freakin’ robot!
i got new shoes today and..
a microphone.
dun dun dun. really, this is a big thing.
oh and don’t forget emerald green. thanks pfaf.
i am feeling better than i have in a while.. oh! and i have new slippers. thank you may. so nice!

2005 the year of?

i don’t mean to sound really negative, but it’s going to come out that way anyways. please, i don’t want a whole year of anything. certainly i don’t want a full year of trance, a full year of drum and bass, a full year of minimal tech, a full year of progressive breaks, a full year of funky tribal banjo intelligent disco garage, or a full year of banging techno, a full year of nuskool breaks. this bores me to tears. please give it up! lets hear it for variety. stop predicting and start participating.

two thousand and four in twelve photos

one month at a time, starting with january:

a lone palm tree leaf survives the weight of the snow in victoria. january.

maria/freya, yoseff, ariz0na/me, and nigel after we finished playing a spectacular valentines day party in victoria. february.

it’s funny to think that these things that we love to swing on and feel free are dependent on things like chains. gorge park, victoria. march.

a rainbow streaks the sky, painting it brightly to contrast the granite grey town of aberdeen, scotland. april.

i met this swan on my lunch time walks in victoria. she had a bunch of eggs underneath her but didn’t mind my company much. i caught her looking at me from only a couple feet away and we traded this glance. may.

not far from the swan there were some flowers. it being june, the sun was in a good place to cast interesting shadows..

at christies pub with adrian and neil, and i think we got bored of waiting for the food, so we started experimenting with some simple time lapse in the dim light that the pub provided. a slow turn of the head. july.

the brilliant leonids were not so brilliant this year .. i didn’t catch any of them from the malahat lookout. that’s jim in the shadows who actually did capture some of them. august.

brent carmichael’s wake in victoria at the one lounge. drag queen performance .. was really moving indeed .. if you were there you know what i mean. it was intense. september.

at the end of september, it was time for me to leave victoria. i took my toys and went away. october.

i went away to vancouver, which is where one of my best friends devon lives. here she shows off her wedding ring, which drew (on the right) gave her. they are to marry in the summer. november.

not only do i have an eye on vancouver from where i am — the company i work for does as well. so does dj ariz0na.. december.