Thanks to mom who grabbed this shot of me walking off the field at our first scrimmage.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Monday, September 01, 2014
The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service by Henry A. Crumpton
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Good morning and happy Canada Day!
I am posting this from the cabin were we are chilling out this weekend. It’s been a weekend of good food, lacrosse, taking photos, and getting some swimming in. A great way to celebrate being Canadian, even if we didn’t make the World Cup.
So to celebrate this country that I call home, here are some facts about Canada that you probably didn’t know.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Jerry and Gloria gave me some cash for my birthday which was nice. They told me to ignore dad and just get whatever I wanted. I really wanted a compound bow and arrow which didn’t go over well with dad. He pointed out that we didn’t have anywhere at the cabin or in town where we could be sure it would be safe. He was right.
So I really wanted a Sigma 70-200 f 2.8 lens for my Pentax but that is $1000 so that isn’t happening either. I had also been looking at some Black Rapid straps for my camera. Dad saw that Case Logic’s version were being blown out at The Source and got me one there. It even has an exciting promo video.
He also got me a new case for my Sony Xperia J while he was out. That was cool.
After looking around, I got a double CD of Led Zeppelin and Coldplay’s new album.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Happy Father’s Day to the second best dad in the world. I know Darth Vader was a Sith Lord and everything but he did help Luke defeat the Emperor which has to count for something. Of course he also severed Luke’s hand. That isn’t good. Maybe Jordon is number 1 after all. Well let’s do this. Jordon is the world’s number 1 dad and Darth Vader is 1b. Then again he (Vader, not Jordon) force choked Padme leading to her death. So yeah, he’s off the list (Vader, not Jordon).
Back to Jordon. We are at the cabin this weekend celebrating all things dad. We went for a long photo walk north of the lake (there is not much south of the lake until you hit Saskatchewan Beach), played some badminton, lacrosse, and ate some fine food.
For Father’s Day Oliver and I gave him a book on photography (he needs to step up his game), a book on walkable cities (Dad is raising urbanists) and a podcast attachment.
Anyways, Happy Father’s Day! Oliver and I think you are the best, even if you don’t have a lightsaber.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
After the ceremony, we came home and ordered in some late night pizza while they gave me a couple of nice gifts. Dad & Mom gave me a Strider framelock folding knife while Oliver gave me a new watch.
Strider makes the knives that the U.S. Special Forces use which means that it should be tough enough to take camping with Uncle Lee, Aunt Brittany, and Camden. If the zombie invasion or a bear attack happens, I am not sure Lee will able to fend it off by himself. I am not saying that I am going to help Uncle Lee fight a bear but if it comes down to it, I may toss him my knife.
The watch is a Coleman digital watch. I have some really nice dress watches but nothing to bang around with or fight off zombies with. It’s nice and it will get a lot of use.
Grade 8 isn’t done quite yet. We have one last adventure and that is up north for a canoe trip. I can’t wait. Maybe that is why I wasn’t excited about After Grad, we still have one last great adventure with some great friends.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
I was surprised with an early birthday present. Mom and Dad gave me a Pentax K-x DSLR this morning. It was Dad’s old camera and instead of trading it in on his K-30, he set it aside for me.
Along with the camera, I got a 18-55mm lens that came with the camera, a really sharp manual 50mm lens, a Pentax 100-300 lens, and a Takumar-F 28-80mm manual lens. Dad says the Takumar lens kind of sucks but it is a macro for me to learn with.
They gave it to me on Saturday morning after I had gone for a walk with Oliver. After that we went to Strasbourg where grabbed some things that Mom forgot, grabbed a bite to eat at The Burger Barn (Dad says that by law, every town in Saskatchewan has to have a restaurant named The Burger Barn) and then went and explored some abandoned farm buildings.
We also wandered north to the marina where I tried in vain to get a good shot of some mallard ducks that were just out of my range. I guess I’ll need to save up for a Sigma 150-500 or the Pentax 560mm lens. Of course sitting in the tall grass had me covered in ticks. That wasn’t my best move of the weekend.
Today, I woke up to Oliver’s gift for me. He gave me Assassin’s Creed III. I have the first two. It will fun to play during the Revolutionary War.
After several hours of trying to free the United States from the British, I had a great steak dinner and chocolate cake.