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Old 11-05-2006, 05:10 PM   #121
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I desperately want to go to Vancouver now that I've seen photos.

But that'll have to wait a while - I just found out that I'm (probably) going to LA for Spring Break this year, courtesy of my parents! I've only ever left the Maritimes four times in my entire life, so this is massive news!!
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Old 11-05-2006, 09:12 PM   #122
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You know, it occured to me that if we took away Quebec, my Constitutional Law text would go down from about 800 pages to 100 and if we could just get rid of Alberta too, that should shave off another 90 pages.

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Old 11-06-2006, 12:06 AM   #123
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You know, it occured to me that if we took away Quebec, my Constitutional Law text would go down from about 800 pages to 100 and if we could just get rid of Alberta too, that should shave off another 90 pages.


Canada is a very complex read.


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Haha, you guys have snow already. We're not far off, though...
It actually snowed (or maybe hailed) outside my place today. It was weird, because it was sunny at the same time.

Your pics are awesome, GG. I've never done that trail, but it looks otherworldly and truly tempting (he said, in his hiker man voice). Hiking is one of my favourite things to do, so I just might have to set my sights on that place soon.

Speaking of the great outdoors, you can't beat the West Coast of Newfoundland! (It's also where I'm originally from, so there's a certain built-in bias involved here.)

I took these last year, during a trip to Gros Morne National Park, which is about 8 hours from St. John's.











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And GG, you're right, Trinity Loop is the last remnant of the Newfoundland railway, I only rode on a Newfoundland train once when I was a little kid.
I never did get around to taking a ride I came close, just before it shut down in 1988. The railway was giving free rides as part of a last hurrah kind of thing, and my entire family (except for me, of course) went along. I think I was in Ontario on a summer trip of some kind. But the whole railway story here is interesting, and the reasons given for uprooting it are practical, but also silly. It was basically a funding issue between the federal and provincial governments. Claims were made that it was too expensive to maintain--so to help alleviate the situation, the federal government gave us a "Roads for Rails" deal. Basically, they poured major amounts of money into highway infrastructure while they ripped up the railway beds. I can understand the finances of it all, but I think that the tracks should have been left for scenic tours for tourists and locals right across the province.


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Old 11-06-2006, 12:51 AM   #124
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I desperately want to go to Vancouver now that I've seen photos.

But that'll have to wait a while - I just found out that I'm (probably) going to LA for Spring Break this year, courtesy of my parents! I've only ever left the Maritimes four times in my entire life, so this is massive news!!
Yes, you should convince your parents to go to the "other" west coast city. Vancouver is Hollywood North now, you know.

Actually, LA is much better in the winter. Go there, enjoy the sun and the California palm trees....say hi to Dan Cloutier for me.
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Old 11-06-2006, 01:09 AM   #125
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Presently in my corner of the Great White North, it is -16 C going to a low of -21 tonight, which reminds me, I better go plug in my car.

We also have about 15 cm of snow on the ground, snow tires go on tomorrow.
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Old 11-06-2006, 02:15 AM   #126
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Some of my only decent pictures of the Vancouver area that I could find:






These were taken at the Celebration of Light (fireworks competition) earlier this summer





These were taken on the Sunshine Coast, where I lived for 8 years. It's a 40 minute ferry ride away from Vancouver. I really need to take more pictures of the area - it's such a beautiful place!
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We're getting so many pictures of the coasts - how about one of our Ontario denizens takes some photos?
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Old 11-06-2006, 09:24 AM   #128
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We're getting so many pictures of the coasts - how about one of our Ontario denizens takes some photos?
I'll work on it over the next few weeks


I was actually thinking the same thing yesterday when catching up on this thread. I think I've got some good spots in mind that are all within a few hrs drive to get some variety.
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Old 11-06-2006, 11:48 AM   #129
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Some of my only decent pictures of the Vancouver area that I could find:





These were taken on the Sunshine Coast, where I lived for 8 years. It's a 40 minute ferry ride away from Vancouver. I really need to take more pictures of the area - it's such a beautiful place!
Re: the 1st picture - great shot.....English Bay has to have one of the most unique atmospheres in Canada.....the ocean staring out between the Coastal Mountains and Vancouver Island, while the sun always setting back into that familiar light that's only found in that part of BC. It has to be my very favourite part of downtown Vancouver.

Re: the 2nd picture - Isn't the Sunshine Coast incredible? I should find some pics of that area....with all those islands and mountains jetting into the ocean....oh, and of course, Arbutus trees! It's a breathtaking area.

Whenever I see pictures of the west coast, it brings me back to when I was 7 or 8 when I couldn't miss an episode of Littlest Hobo. "There's a voice that keeps on calling me...."
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It snowed here yesterday, some of it is still left
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Okay, so we're not as demonstratively patriotic as Americans are, but I'm sure you've all had this experience: have you ever had a situation where you're SO enveloped in Canadiana that you feel it seeping out of ever pore, and you just have to stop and think "damn, I'm glad I live here, and I'd rather be here than any place else?"

Last night, I saw Gordon Lightfoot perform at Massey Hall in Toronto. It's an annual event he does, several shows each November. Apparently, this year was his 39th.

If you youngsters out there don't know who I'm talking about, go here for a history lesson:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Lightfoot

I've never been more than a casual fan of Gord's, but I can remember when the 70's Canadian music scene was just starting to take off, back when pretty much all you heard as far as Canadian music goes was him, Anne Murray and The Guess Who. I grew up hearing his tunes as a young kid, and always felt this sort of pride when hearing them. He is about as Canadian as it gets. And, he was always just there. I grew up, my tastes evolved, the Canadian music scene exploded into what it is today, something I think we can all be immensely proud of.

Anyway, a couple of years ago, I was deeply affected and saddened when we almost lost him due to an abdominal aneurysm. Kept wondering why the hell I'd never seen him perform live. Thankfully, he recovered, and I promised myself I'd see him play.

Wow. He's 68 now, and visibly more frail. His voice isn't what it used to be, but he gathered steam as the night went on and seemed to get stronger and stronger. But my god, the songs! What an amazing wordsmith. It was an amazing show. Not flashy, very humble and understated. Very Canadian.

Some of the hits he played:

Cotton Jenny
Rainy Day People
Alberta Bound
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Carefree Highway
Early Morning Rain
Baby Step Back
Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Beautiful
If You Could Read My Mind
Sundown

Gord announced several celebrities in attendance - Ronnie Hawkins (man, another legend, how awesome to see him! He walked by our section several times, stopping to pose for pictures with people, his personality so huge it nearly filled the entire hall! And his seats were several rows behind ours, showing that in Canada at least, celebrities are just ordinary folk ), former PM John Turner, and sports radio personality Bob McCown.

When I got home last night, I looked up reviews from a few of Gord's recent shows. While doing so, I discovered that he apparently had a mild stroke five weeks ago. Hopefully he'll have improved health and continue to play for us for many years to come, but I'm really grateful I got the chance to see him.

I posted this here rather than B&C because the night was about so much more than music for me. It was about our identity. It was about a Canadian hero.
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Gord announced several celebrities in attendance - Ronnie Hawkins (man, another legend, how awesome to see him! He walked by our section several times, stopping to pose for pictures with people, his personality so huge it nearly filled the entire hall! And his seats were several rows behind ours, showing that in Canada at least, celebrities are just ordinary folk ), former PM John Turner, and sports radio personality Bob McCown.


I posted this here rather than B&C because the night was about so much more than music for me. It was about our identity. It was about a Canadian hero.
Lucky you!! Canadian music is filled with amazing artists which most of our US neighbours have never heard. Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, and Neil Young would be one the greatest shows evah!!

Funny you mentioned the celebrities being average folk in Canada. I was listening to DNTO on CBC this past weekend. Sook-Yin was interviewing a couple of CFL players from the Argos. They played briefly in the NFL and have played here for a few years. Anyway, one mentioned how he loves how Canadians respect the celebrities and athletes but treat them as normal people. His perspective was that in the US, celebrities and athletes are respected too but are treated like gods and better than everyone else.

I have that attitude towards the famous people I have come across. I would totally feel comfortable chatting with Gord Downie or Geddy Lee instead of gushing over them. They are just a couple of Canadian dudes.

Lotsa Canadianisms in that post.
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The girl I had a crush on not too long back was/is obssessed with Canada.

Personally, the best thing about Canada is a certain Neil Young.
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Okay, so we're not as demonstratively patriotic as Americans are, but I'm sure you've all had this experience: have you ever had a situation where you're SO enveloped in Canadiana that you feel it seeping out of ever pore, and you just have to stop and think "damn, I'm glad I live here, and I'd rather be here than any place else?"
Two winters ago I was the perfect picture of Canadiana for a morning.

Picture the scene:

It's -35 outside, and 20 cm of newly-fallen snow is on the ground. It's 7:30 am and I'm sitting in a Tim Horton's with a hockey bag and stick at my feet, wearing a toque and those mitts with the cut-out fingers, blaring Tragically Hip on my iPod. I have never felt more Canadian in my life.
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Two winters ago I was the perfect picture of Canadiana for a morning.

Picture the scene:

It's -35 outside, and 20 cm of newly-fallen snow is on the ground. It's 7:30 am and I'm sitting in a Tim Horton's with a hockey bag and stick at my feet, wearing a toque and those mitts with the cut-out fingers, blaring Tragically Hip on my iPod. I have never felt more Canadian in my life.
Ha, that's great. Would have made a great photo.

Speaking of Tim Horton's, am I the only one who thinks the new breakfast sandwiches are REVOLTING? Maybe it's just because I've only tried the sausage one...I'm scared to try the bacon.

P.S. Dear Newfoundland: please stop being windy. I nearly blew over into oncoming traffic today. Whilst standing, oh, about two metres from the road. Ah, November.
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