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Life in the US

For a while I’ve had this idea to use a large pile of scrap sitting in the backyard for something, I just wasn’t sure what.  Last couple of weeks I was thinking about a play house. Today the weather suddenly turned warm and sunny (as in it was raining and cold, the rain stopped and […]

Well, since I’ll be living here for a while, and I have a pretty nice workshop to use, I decided to take advantage of my current situation to start a project that I’ve dreamed about for years. A few years ago I discovered  the designer James Wharram who offers plans to make catamarans ranging from […]

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago now, I built some outriggers for my canoe to add some family friendly stability. It wasn’t until today though that I was able to test them out.  I really had three questions: Would they work at all, or would the things break apart? Would they be too […]

It has been a week since I’ve finished the canoe outriggers, but it has also been freezing cold. The temperatures have been in the teens  with snow. Since it was too cold to use the canoe, I decided to use the motorcycle instead!

After the first trip, I decided to accessorize the canoe a bit. The first addition was some bow and stern cleats. The canoe came with an anchor which I really haven’t used yet but now I can tie off easily.  Adding the cleats was actually really fast since there was a metal plate slid into […]

It has been a long time since I’ve done something “exciting and adventurous”. Too long. I drive over a river every day and pictured myself canoeing down it many miles. About 2 weeks ago I decided to get a canoe and fulfill this desire. I texted a couple of the guys from my unit with […]

In preparation our departure from the region, we decided to head up to Rocky Mountain National Park. Despite living near it for years, I’ve never gotten up there. Every time I do go, the highway running through the park has been closed for the winter season, so I’ve never even seen the park. Perhaps in […]

Recently I’ve been doing a bit of firewod cutting with my brother and his eclectic crew. We use Stihl chainsaws, my brother’s aging F250 crew cab, and for commercial work, a fairly underpowered log splitter. In many ways we are hampered by a lack of equipment. Other operations have Bobcats with claw attachments, we do […]

My last day is over.  I managed to get through the tons of quizzes and other things that had to be graded, then taught the class I had to do and left. A non event. Had dinner at a Korean BBQ place which was pretty nice and then headed home.  Mixed feelings about the job […]

Today is the last day for work. Unfortunately, it is one of the worst classes. They are not bad, just really young, with parents who are very demanding. Parents sit in the classroom most of the time, and the kids cry a lot. Their attention span is mere minutes and after 40 minutes, they pretty […]

Finished the weekend! One last day, one last class, and a bunch of quizzes, tests, and work cards to grade and return to teachers and students.  Then I’ll fade into the mysts of time, probably forgotten in a few days.

The packing commences. Nothing too major. I hope to go through each room gradually as the time to depart nears, but actually just thinking today (the 20th) I’ve got to have the entire place squared away by the 31st as we plan on doing a bit of visiting before we go.

Very excited to be returning home now. Just the feeling that there are two weekends left at work is also very nice. We’ll probably buy the tickets tonight for the return trip but we’ll see. I shaved my beard yesterday. An interesting experience. Already started to pack. My goal is to have the packing done […]

Susan got her visa! Very happy about that. We are definately going to the USA. Currently, we are waiting to buy the air tickets and pack up. We also have to get Katherine an exit permit. We have two more weeks at work, and then we’ll head to a city or two in China to […]

Click here to go to the gallery of skateboarding shots associated with this posting.            Probably the most photographed subjects for me this summer were skateboarders. There is a small skate park near my house and I’d see lots of skateboarders jumping and doing tricks and other crazy things every time […]

Been back in the USA now for over a week. Somethings take a bit of time to get used to still, and in some ways, I prefer Guangzhou. For example, its nice that you can walk a long time in Guangzhou with plenty of sidewalks. There were loads of buses and subways. So I really […]