These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The 45th Annual Hyack International Parade

The rain and showers didn't let up for the entire hour and a quarter. One really couldn't have asked for poorer weather today. Rather than the usual thousands attending, the figure may have been in the hundreds.

Great Day!
Hyack Parade 2016

New Westminster's Hyack Festival schedules our parade over the US long weekend just to get some festival floats up here from Washington State. We used to get groups from further afield, even high school marching bands from California. I think I can also remember floats from Alberta in years past. Now even the Seattle SeaFair Pirates no longer attend to end the procession with a bang.

Hyack Parade 2016
Hyack Parade 2016

Still, you'd not keep us from our local annual event. We didn't move to New West until July of 1996, so I am sure we missed the one that year. Years that we've been here, we always go. Today, we parked on the roof of the Westminster Mall. My truck was getting dusty so the outing worked to provide a free wash today. We stood for the parade but didn't go to the uptown events afterwards.

Hyack Parade 2016
Hyack Parade 2016
Hyack Parade 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Not Much to Track

Today was pleasant enough although I didn't accomplish many amazing things. I can definitely live with that.

My Mi band shows just 6701 steps at the moment. It says that so far today I've walked a mere 4.4 kilometers which is distance enough to have burned only 362 extra calories. That is okay too.


I did walk down to Hyack Square via the Westminster Pier Park and back by the way of Columbia Street. That accounts for nearly half my totals. I love my day's modest activity and my little city of New Westminster, BC.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cruisin' Around

It is always nice to see the return of cruise ships to downtown Vancouver at this time of year. They are an important part of our images of summertime. Perhaps, I'm just excited about big ships as we are holding tickets for our 11-night Baltic journey. What a neat way to explore some port cities in Scandinavia and Russia from next week!

Today, I wanted to add this video from the Port of Vancouver. This spot sometimes plays on TV during local news. I guessed the little, 30-second advertisement would be on YouTube. It is.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Financial Hoos

Last night, we purchased the primary air tickets for our five months away during the upcoming winter.

The New Westminster 2016 Property Tax bill arrived in the post this morning.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spending More to Get Free Shipping

An order arrived from this morning. It seems as though I've received more merchandise through them since getting back last month than ... well ... ever! It just seems easier to click. The free delivery on orders of $25 or more always works to their advantage as I make additional purchases.

2016_05_24Today, for example, I received an inductive charging pad for my tablet and cell phone. That cost just $10.99 so I thought I'd might as well buy a pack of rechargable AA batteries for several remotes. Those items totaled just $21.98 so I needed to find something else. I decided to order a 32GB SD card for the camcorder seeing how one was just CDN $13.99. Voila, I just spent $37.99 when taxed but had managed to snag shipping for free. Sigh.

An interesting thing was it was delivered via Amazon's own shipping. Previously, in New Westminster, BC, I'd always gotten my Prime packages via UPS or Canada Post. A white, unmarked van was driven by a cheerful delivery lady. She said that if I'd not been home they would have tried again with a known window of specified hours.

Now, I want a USB wall charger that outputs 5 volts at 2.1 amps. (Plus another $20 of gadgets, wires or something so it'll ship gratis!)

Monday, May 23, 2016

So Much Television!

I shall not confuse this with The Vikings, I shall not confuse this with The Vikings, I shall not confuse this ...


Sunday, May 22, 2016

McArthurGlen Vancouver

Visit to Outlet Mall
Visit to Outlet Mall

The weather looked threatening at times during the day but it was quite warm and ended up sunny.

Last night we'd mentioned getting together with the guys today. So, we thought we'd go to Richmond and meet up with them. Transit seemed like a fun option, so we took the SkyTrain to 22nd Station, the #100 Bus to Marine Drive Station on the other line, and then a trip to Templeton Station. We'd heard about the McArthurGlen designer-label outdoor mall at the airport, but had never been.

Richmond's Outlet Mall
Visit to Outlet Mall

It was quite packed and I'm surprised there were so many people waiting in lines to purchase products in the various outlet retailers. I guess it's good that people throw around money. None of our group had a single bag when we went back out the front gate. It was fun seeing all the others though and the design of the complex was very nice. All the fake facades reminded me of Disneyland.

We left and after an extravagant fee to get back to Richmond by TransLink, we walked to a T&T Supermarket and ate in the Asian food court. It seems as though trips started at any of the three stations on the YVR Airport spur, get an extra $5 charge. It's money grab and makes sense for people actually leaving the airport. One should not be subjected to a five buck surcharge to go to a shopping mall. What a ripoff, TransLink!

We returned home after dinner and got home just as it was getting dark at around 8:30. Most of Canada is off tomorrow too.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Next It's Our Turn

We headed downtown this afternoon and made it to the first duck swap of the year about 10 minutes early.

It was good catching up on all the news. We went for a little walk in English Bay. The weather was a bit better than usual for the May long-weekend. By that I mean we didn't need umbrellas.

First Duck of 2016
First Duck of 2016
First Duck of 2016
First Duck of 2016

The meal was chili and cornbread. We watched a Netflix documentary on King Henry's Hampton Court. Before we knew it, it was time to head home. We may meet up tomorrow afternoon as none of us need to work on Monday.

First Duck of 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Goats in the City

As I'd driven uptown to pick up a few things, I decided to make a few minute's use of the sunshine and pop into Queen's Park.

Queen's Park on May 20th

This is now the beginning of our long weekend and Victoria Day signals the unofficial start of summertime in Canada. It was lovely to see all the public green space and a few moms with their kids enjoying the cool but sunny weather.

Queen's Park on May 20th
Queen's Park on May 20th

The real reason I went however was to sneak a peek at any animals which may have arrived early at the petting zoo. Many of the farm animals on loan for the summer were already adjusting to their new environment. The gate was still locked tightly but always opens over the Victoria Day long weekend. It's a lovely tradition in the city of New Westminster. Even today, a few exotic peacocks were happily strutting their stuff for the few outside onlookers.

I'm always as excited as the children in having a chance to pet these critters during the summer months. I could sense a few of these small livestock were impatient for a good chin-scratching.

Queen's Park on May 20th

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Where's the Nexus 7 2016?

My ancient Nexus 7 tablet won't charge. I think the problem is in the port itself. YouTube surely has a lot of foolish videos on how to fix everything, right? Everybody seems to think they're a star.

This is the most-used device I've ever owned. It is years old but still meets my everyday demands extremely well. As a Nexus device it always gets software upgrades before other Android devices. I've been running Marshmallow for a really long time.


This tablet has been treated roughly and proudly displays chipped corners. I know that its days are numbered but Google hasn't sold a similarly-sized Nexus device since 2013. It has a bit of a cool reputation and there's always ongoing talk of a possible refresh. All I can say is, "Please!"

Until then, rather than prying it apart to get inside, I think I'll buy a $12 inductive QI charger. Okay Amazon, what have you got for me?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hey, Mr. Postman!

During the winter in Egypt, my Xiaomi Mi Band wristband broke. For a while I kept it together with a dob of superglue but eventually I had to stop wearing it. I missed having something on my wrist. Yet, I missed not knowing how many steps I completed in a day, even more.

Today, several $2 plastic bands arrived from China. The newer Mi Band with a heart rate monitor is not very expensive but I'm sufficiently happy with the original I got about a year ago.

Mi Band

Nowadays, the only time a mailman (or woman) gets to put anything in my box is when I order junk online. Previously, we had asked for a hold on all unsolicited mail and flyers. As well, I think we have managed to turn off paper billing for everybody with which we do business. Now that I got Canada Revenue's My Account online code, I will not even have to wait for next year's documents to arrive by post. I will be able to file taxes from anywhere right at the end of February.

Gotta go. I'd better 'get shopping' in order to give Canada Post some reason for existing.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Big Boy BA Bird

I am going to change my cover photo on Facebook. It is my way of getting ready for our next trip.

BA-A380-at Vancouver Gate

Two weeks from just about now, we'll be at the airport. I was trying to remember the last time I was on a British Airways flight. It was most probably in the 1990's. And we've never been on an Airbus A380.

We're heading to London for a transfer flight. From the beginning of this month, BA has been running the enormous plane on this route. We have been watching them fly in for the last several weeks because we have a good view from the apartment. Many inward flights from the east end up around New Westminster before they start descent along the Fraser River. We must be about 20 kilometers from YVR.

Apparently, BA has had trouble loading up the world's largest passenger aircraft as none have arrived on schedule since we started watching.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Google Spaces?

Just as I was considering that Facebook was getting too damn bloated, along comes something new. Of course, Google has had a very checkered past in trying to create a social networking platform.


I don't even know how I discovered the new Google Spaces implementation. It seems so easy to set up a little mini-zone for specific communications. Student study groups or small work groups have it so easy nowadays! Anyway, we have a small social group get-together this weekend. It will be the initial 2016 "fellowship of the duck," as Tim calls them. I am looking forward to seeing the guys as it was well before our winter in Egypt since we had one.

I'm not sure if I can convince these folks to use just Google Spaces for all future ducky correspondence. Except for Jay, Shinji, and me, these individuals do not even participate on Facebook. I know. I know. And I hate email and never use it anymore except for conducting business with companies and strangers. Let's hope I can move these trilobites into something a wee bit more modern and messenger-like. That remains to be seen, I guess. I suppose the success of Spaces, in general, remains to be seen as well.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The First BC Summer

We got off a plane at the end of June back in 1996.

Overpass to Hell

Exploration is always fun for us. It was a real adventure coming to Canada to make it home. Twenty years sound like much more time in theory than they do in practice.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sometimes Brevity Says a Lot

"The Wild Within" Vs. "We Like It Here. You Might Too."

Ummmm, well .... okay. That was a rather pious and artsy, Destination BC. It did have three minutes of pretty video, I guess. I'm not sure how approachable this makes BC to a potential visitor.

On the other hand, in a mere 22 seconds, Travel Oregon showed me that I might like to take a little road trip south this summer.

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