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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014



Much like tomorrow, today was a day between places.

Physically, I pretty much never left the apartment in New Westminster, Canada.

While mentally, I was playing out our arrival and activities in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Jay and I have gone on trips for nearly as long as this one, but there's a difference.

We've never stayed in one, far-away, vacation place for so long.

So, this seems new and unfamiliar.

I sort of crave that.

A Day in Puerto Vallarta 18

Monday, November 24, 2014


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Strangely, although we're soon to take off for five months, we are remarkably relaxed. We had little that needed to be done today. We did buy a Christmas gift card from the Army & Navy Department Store for our building manager. We also got a booklet of transit tickets, so we will be able to get to the airport late Wednesday night without using an expensive taxi.

A great deal of our relaxed attitude is due to the help of a property manager and agent in Puerto Vallarta. Although we know the area after a few visits, we surely had never tried to arrange for a half year rental. It could have been stressful trying to arrange for something so unfamiliar to our experience. Yet, Debbie has made the whole process easy. She has taken the time to answer a lot of occasionally-silly questions and helped us to find something that suits our wants and budget. I probably have never bothered one individual with so many emails in my whole life.


I hope to buy her a margarita sometime during our stay there this winter!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Last Swap for 2014


Thanks so much for having us to dinner before we go away for the winter. We went to the West End. We brought the ducks home to sit in the empty apartment in New Westminster. They'll get back into circulation when we return from Puerto Vallarta. Expect the next duck dinner to take place in May 2015.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Addition of an ---- ed!

This afternoon, I walked through Tipperary Park on the way to the barber. It was hardly worth the visit as I have started wearing a ponytail and just needed a bit off the sides. I took a photo of the duck pond. I often change my Facebook background image and wanted to replace the old one. I uploaded it.

I noticed that Facebook now indicates that I used to work at BCIT. I must have updated my work statistics months and months ago by entering my early-retirement, end date. Yet, the verb has changed without further intervention on my part. Hey Facebook, thanks for noticing.


My final day of class took place exactly a month ago today. My official retirement date from BCIT was on November 1st however.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Goodbye, Academy Ratio!

Landmark Cinemas

I suppose I have spent the majority of my screen life at a 4:3 ratio. That was how I watched Gilligan's Island. Yet, I think even for standard photographs, it is time to switch to a wider format. Today, I took this picture in the lobby of the Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster. I have switched my phone camera to save in this format even though that means giving up a bit of the image. Wide images have begun to personally feel more normal than the older standards.

I have always been intrigued by screen ratios. I've studied a lot about them on my own. This topic is a perfect way to show how most technology is incremental rather than revolutionary. Society sort of became accustomed to the old TV standard by decisions made long before the advent of broadcasting. It all goes back to failed patients by Edison well before even the previous century. It is strange that decisions from the late 1800's affected televisions until 16x9 screens became the most commonly sold format five short years ago!

There has been a lot of wild experimentation in between. These formats look very silly: 2.35:1, 2.39:1, or 2.40:1. It never really made sense to go that wide as theatres never suddenly increased in width. The top and bottom of the images were simply cut. That may have been novel but it surely wasn't an improvement..

1.77:1 is the ratio of a 16x9 screen and is the perfect modern compromise. I'd like to see all Hollywood films shot in a compatible format. Oh, and stop making iPad or Android tablets in any other dimensions!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Who ... Who?

Walk Way

We're only here for one week more, so we're not going to be around for the opening of the walkway overpass to Pier Park. I guess when getting back at the end of April, we will be able to get to the Fraser River much more easily.

I walked down to Sixth Street across the parkade. I am not sure when the demolition of the west end of that concrete monstrosity will take place. It'd be nice if that were also gone when we get back in the spring. The sun wasn't visible today at all. I walked through the Thrift Shop and back home via Columbia Street. There are such great donated items in there. For example, my Ugly Knick-Knack award today goes to the following ornament.

Who ... would want this in his or her house?

Who (Would Want This)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gimme Five!

Sundari Francis Bala said via Facebook, "I'm doing nothing. Just being," and today, I have to completely agree. The main accomplishment was a bit of planning for our next adventure. A week from tonight we'll be heading to the airport. Oh, and as the screenshot shows, my phone upgraded to Android V5, nicknamed Lollipop.

High 5