Saturday, November 25, 2006

12 vehicles in the ditch and counting...

Kim and I went to Red Deer, Alberta this Thanksgiving long weekend. On Friday the four of us drove up to Edmonton for a little bit of shopping (West Edmonton Mall). The weather in Alberta this weekend was quite treacherous with temperatures around -22 degrees Celsius and lots of blowing snow. On the drive up to Edmonton we counted 12 vehicles that had lost control and spun out into the ditch. Most of these cars were near Leduc as we approached Edmonton; it turned out most of them had fallen into the ditch either the previous night or earlier that morning. See these vehicles reminded me that this is actually a fairly common occurrence in Alberta. I remember hearing of '40 car pileups' along Highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary while growing up.

I had hoped to see some snow during this trip and I certainly got that; a lot more than I bargained for :)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

A Truck Too Full

I don't really have an interesting picture, but I do have the picture I promised in a previous blog post (the one about our moving experience and the overloaded truck). Well here it is.

On the left is a picture of the truck slowly backing up from our Public Storage unit. Notice how the truck's roll-up door is actually closed here (as opposed to fully open in the picture above when we got to the freeway). To the right is a picture of the truck as we were wrapping up in the apartment.

Craziness, I'm still a little surprised the whole thing didn't end in a disaster with our couches spread out across the freeway.

Technical Specs: Fuji F30, Full Auto.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Clamps are really useful...

The most notable casualty from our move exactly a week ago was the TV stand. One of the movers attempted to lift the stand by the top of the unit. Given the fact that it was made of particle board and the top was fastened to the sides with only a lock screw the sides of the stand with the lock screws were torn apart. After a week of looking for our clamps and the need to watch some TV (the DishNetwork guy is coming tomorrow morning) we decided to fix our stand and get our TV set up. Which brings me to the point of the post, the clamps. Oh man, those clamps are amazing, so useful and easy to use. Everybody should have a few in different sizes too. You never know when you'll need one...

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 35L, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 400.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Giving Candy to Kids... erm... Teenagers

Edward had a little gathering at his place yesterday for Halloween. The company was good, the candy was plentiful and there was pizza. There weren't as many kids as I had expected, especially considering the fact that California weather is nowhere near as bad as Canadian weather (my sister and I went trick-or-treating in blizzards when we were kids).

The day previous I had also gotten a new toy (the Canon 15mm Fisheye lens) so I was eager to take it for a spin.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 15mm Fisheye, f/4, 1/8s, ISO 800.