These images are 8 random "Daily Pics" from my Flickr collection dating back to 2005.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rustic Rental?

One of the main reasons we decided to quit working before becoming rich, was to ensure the chance to get away during winters. I don't think Vancouverites fit the category of Canadian snowbirds as the Lower Mainland seldom sits under much of the white stuff nor for long. I do think it is as important for us to get out from under the clouds and rain which start in November and stick around through April. Right on cue, today's weather was stormy and dark.

Planning hasn't been very thorough for the upcoming winter though. We've been recently burning through Internet data checking on Asian cities such as Penang, or Siem Reap. Interestingly, as soon as I turned in the marks for my class which finished yesterday, I got an email from my Puerto Vallarta property rental agent. I'd said that we were searching for a tropical, urban camping experience in a very basic, little apartment. She surely seems to have come up with something rustic! Now contemplating this will give us something to think about. I supposed we don't want to sit still too long.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Personal Quote

"It's really not retirement; this just involves not allowing work to interfere with my life."
Dennis Sylvester Hurd (1959- )

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They were wrong. Today, I had my cake and ate it too. So much for that figure of speech!
It was nice having colleagues stop by my classroom today.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It Wasn't a Long Way to Tipperary

I didn't have much to do today. I had already printed my last activity and examination for tomorrow's class.

Jay had thought about renewing his passport but filled out the form with tomorrow's dates. Rather than locating the dried bottle of Whiteout, he decided to do this tomorrow. We still drove over to Surrey Central as we'd not been to the T&T Supermarket for quite some time.

While there, we noticed a Shopper's Drug Mart near the entrance to the mall. A few minutes before leaving the house, I had called the local one and found the seasonal flu shots were available. So we waited around for a half hour by looking in the Futureshop and picking up just a few things at the market.

My arm doesn't hurt.

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Later in the day, I walked up to Tipperary Park. The new park by the river means I've been ignoring my previously-favourite park near the City Hall. It was still there and I feel much better for having walked up the hill and back.


Monday, October 20, 2014

My Final Group

My Final Class

This week, the images part of my eJournal and images seems to be taking the front seat. Today is no exception. I have been adding photos of my classes for years and years. It is nice to be able to go back and remember specific individuals and groups.

Today's inclusion seems even more precious as it is my last one as a permanent BCIT instructor. We were on the library steps as we had a special interviewing activity. I have done this since teaching the COMM 0005 level and it is a little sad thinking that I won't be doing another in the foreseeable future.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Start of a New Era

He doesn't get home from his last day of work for a few hours, but the cheesecake is waiting.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dr. Art in New West

New Westminster is old. By that I don't simply mean the city has a lot of history, but rather it has always had an older population demographic as well.

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Today, we saw how the new Anvil Civic Center can be used. We walked to visit the city-sponsored Seniors' Festival. Just because we're retiring doesn't make us senior citizens yet. Mostly, we went to see Dr. Art Hister. We watch him on the local Global TV and knew he is always out and about. Now, we know that his humour is one of the reasons he is so well received as a guest speaker.


Friday, October 17, 2014

A Final Screening

I walked from the parking lot to the NE 1 building across the Burnaby campus of BCIT. It was raining heavily, so I carried an open umbrella as well as my thermos of coffee, the netbook computer, and all of today's materials. I had to put down a bit of the junk to snap a photo of the walk. When I uploaded the picture to Facebook, I called it number three. That means as of tonight, I will walk that path only two more times as a permanent, PTS instructor.

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On the "Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale" retiring counts as a 45. I don't think there's going to be a gread deal of personal difference, as my job has been remarkably flexible over the years. I am a little sad thinking that I won't be scheduled to assign future COMM 0005 PowerPoint oral presentations. My BCIT students this term, as usual, amazed and entertained me with their superb variety and efforts.