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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Future Neighbours

I like living in a city because the environment frequently changes.

Today, I walked past a big hole at 6th and Carnarvon. To get a better idea of its true size, look for the workers at the far end. A new retail and residential tower will be built there. Downtown New Westminster has witnessed a lot of construction over the 19 years we've lived downtown. This new building will be in our neighbhourhood. In fact, we live in the towers in this center-background of today's picture.

Neighbourhood Hole

Six or seven years ago, I had intended to use the New West Public Library collection to create some then and now local-area comparisons. After the building takes shape over the next year, I will be able to update this older blog entry.

August 17, 2008


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tomorrowland

After the Nap

Today, I don't want to comment at all about the movie itself. I just wanted to say that I'm lucky to be old enough to appreciate all the retro-future references.

I sort of remember the idea that there was nothing that a society couldn't do. People really felt that the future would be better. Technology and science were good. The future is here and it really is better but we've been in a collective funk for a few decades now.

1947 ... atomic desert blooms!

Lest we forget though, during the same period of supposed-optimism, we were pretty damn sure that mutually-assured nuclear annihilation was inevitable.


Monday, May 25, 2015

The First and Only

I could never understand why some photographers take so many pictures of flowers. Trying to capture beauty is a noble goal, but honestly, a two-dimensional image can't compete with an actual 3D flower. As well, one cannot smell a computer screen.

Maybe it was just that I never had a camera where I felt comfortable trying to snap macro subjects. I had to put my little Nikon Coolpix S9900 through its paces to get used to it. It seems to do a pretty good job with closeups.

Yet, I probably will never include another entry with only images of flowers, unless I happen to stumble upon some rare orchid in our travels. These are five, simple, boastful plants recently near me in New Westminster.

No Excuse

A ... is a ...

Macro Practice

Wiwy Wittle

Biology Class


Sunday, May 24, 2015

A New Local Travel Goal

I posted this on Facebook earlier this morning:

"Hey, sometimes I forget we are retired. Scheduling a road trip poses no work conflicts. The problem with staying in the province of BC, is a road trip can take days and require traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles. Open the BC Driving Guide."

That prompted me to do a little research on the village of Bella Coola, BC. The only time we were there, we slept through it! It was a night-stop on a BC Ferry that was going from Port Hardy, over on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, to Prince Rupert on the northern coast. I cannot believe how expensive travelling on BC Ferries has become. Their website gave me a bit of a fright! It is most definitely too expensive for us to take along our vehicle nowadays.

Anyway, one has to pass through the Chilcotin on the way to Bella Coola. It is a part of the province we've never visited. Fortunately, the distance is only 1000 km, so if we go and come back by road it will make for a trip of only a bit over 1200 miles. That's a relatively short trip in this province.

vancouvertobellacoola

Another reason that it is a must visit place is because of BC Highway 20 and a small dirt section called, "The Hill". This is what the Bella Coola website has to say about it. That sent me scrambling to YouTube. I watched a number of clips such as this one. In one of them the guy driving is heading down a stretch with an 18% grade and says, "Awesome."



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hyack International Parade

Warning

Time surely roars along quickly nowadays. Jay and I returned from our winter in Mexico one month ago today!

Perhaps that's why the Hyack Festival Association picked today for New Westminster's International Parade. Actually, we know that it always occurs over the US Memorial Day Weekend. This date gives a chance for a number of Washington and Oregon organizations and floats to participate. It seems as though there were fewer out-of-town visitors this year. I guess, I'm just sad that Seattle's Seafair Pirates no longer come up for our event. In the past, I can even remember high school bands from as far away as California.

The weather wasn't the most cooperative today either. Although there was no rain, it was only about 14C and overcast at the time of the parade.

Still, it was fun and big crowds were lining Sixth Street. We watched from uptown. Here are nine photos where I tried to capture the spirit of the event.

Spectator

Patient Spectator

Old New West

Local Float

We're Casual

Puyallup

Young Sikh

The Race is On

Falun Dafa


Friday, May 22, 2015

Here's My Chance!

Email is not nearly as important as it once was. I find that it has become a means to sign up for promotional literature (and then later unsubscribe). I still have to use it with a few dinosaur friends who don't do social media. Even the gmail inbox incarnation is an attempt by Google to match the trends by making email more messenger-like.

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Today, I actually missed correcting grammar on students' writings. (Before retirement, I never thought I'd type that!) After twenty years of email, I can't see that this recent message would've been worth anyone's while. It was automatically added to my spam folder, but this particular one isn't compelling enough to try reading through the all of the horrible language.

-----Original Message-----

From: "Umair Jalo"
Sent: May 19, 2015 4:12 PM
Subject: Hello

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
TELEX / COMPUTER DEPARTMENT
TINUBU SQUARE
LAGOS - NIGERIA


CABLE: CENBANK NG
CONTACT NUMBER: (provide upon responds) (24 HOURS)
PRIVATE EMAIL: umairjalo@googlemail.com


URGENT


DEAR SIR,

MY NAME IS MR. UMAIR JALO OF THE TELEX / COMPUTER DEPARTMENT OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA. I AM SENDING THIS PRIVATE E-MAIL BASED ON THE CONFIDENTIAL NATURE OF THE TRANSACTION. PLEASE I WILL LIKE TO ADVISE THAT IF AFTER GOING THROUGH MY PROPOSAL AND YOU DO NOT ACCEPT IT, KINDLY KEEP IT TO YOUR SELF.

I AM STILL IN SERVICE WITH THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN) AND I WOULD NOT LIKE TO LOSE MY JOB. AS I FOUND OUT THAT YOU ALMOST MET ALL THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS OF THE CBN IN RESPECT OF YOUR CONTRACT PAYMENT.

YOUR PROBLEM IS THAT OF INTEREST GROUPS. A LOT OF PEOPLE IS INTERESTED IN YOUR PAYMENT AND THOSE PEOPLE ARE MERELY DOING PAPER WORK WITH YOU AND THAT EXPLAINS WHY YOU RECEIVE EMAIL AND PHONE MESSAGES FROM DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN NIGERIA EVERYDAY.

THEIR WHOLE GAME PLAN IS TO FRUSTRATE YOU INORDER FOR YOU TO ABANDON THE CONTRACT PAYMENT AND THEN THEY WILL BE COMFORTABLE AND FREE ENOUGH TO TRANSFER THE CONTRACT FUNDS INTO THEIR OVERSEAS ACCOUNT. HENCE, YOU HAVE LOST TRUST ON WHOM TO BELIEVE TO BE GENUINE.

TO SUM IT UP, I WISH TO ASSURE YOU THAT WITH MY POSITION HERE IN THE TELEX DEPARTMENT I CAN PUNCH THE COMPUTER AND CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT STRAIGHT WITHIN FIVE (5) WORKING DAYS. FIRST OF ALL, YOU HAVE TO LET ME KNOW HOW MUCH YOU WILL GIVE ME AT THE CONSUMMATION OF THIS DEAL.

FINALLY, YOU WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT TO KEEP THIS TRANSACTION STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL, IF YOU ACCEPT MY PROPOSAL, KINDLY GET BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY ON MY ABOVE PRIVATE MAIL,................. OR PRIVATE NUMBER:

EVEN IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT MY OFFER, I WILL SINCERELY ADVISE YOU TO FINDTIME YOURSELF TO COME AND REGULARIZE YOUR DEFECTIVE DOCUMENTS INSTEAD OF FRUITLESS EXCHANGE OF FAX MESSAGES WITH OFFICES HERE.

WHEN REPLYING THIS EMAIL, PLEASE RE-CONFIRM YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE NUMBERS, AND EMAIL ADDRESS.

REGARDS.

MR. UMAIR JALO.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Just Hoofin'

First Street in New West.

I may have read about the Little Free Library organization. I could have seen about the concept on the news. What I hadn't known is there is one on First Street to the south of Royal. I spotted it on this morning's walk around the neighbourhood. Also unknown to me, I saw a big hole for a future condo tower over in that area too.

Next, I walked past the new school that sits where former St. Mary's Hospital was. Royal Avenue is really busy and narrow through there, so the sidewalk was moved down nearer the parking lot. The space between was nicely landscaped. One section seems to have been seeded with lovely wild flowers

By the New School

I crossed the road at the signals and walked past the tennis courts into Tipperary Park. Well before the Pier Park was built, I was in love with the area near the City Hall. I still like how the uncovered stream, landscaping, and vegetation makes it into a real urban oasis.

Duckless Today

Realizing I still had not hit my goal for number of steps, I walked down Columbia Street and back later in the afternoon. My Mi band just might goad me into being a little more fit. The main drag of downtown New Westminster seemed pleasant in the sunshine.

Columbia Street