Tuesday, September 6

Saskatoon from A-Z

For school I have to shoot the alphabet for my photography class.  Dad and I went out for a photowalk this morning and I took a bunch of shots of Saskatoon.  I got most of the alphabet but I decided to post them here to see what I am missing.

A

Audio Warehouse in Saskatoon

B: Broken Bike Lane

Broken bike lane in Saskatoon

C: City Hospital in Saskatoon

City Hospital in Saskatoon

D: Dinosaur

Dinosaur at BN Metals in Saskatoon

E: Elwood Flynn

Elwood Flynn

F: Ferris Wheel in Kinsmen Park

Ferris Wheel in Saskatoon's Kinsmen Park

G: Ghandi

Ghandi in downtown Saskatoon

H: Darren HILL

Darren Hill in Saskatoon

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J

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K

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M

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N

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O

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P

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Q

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T

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U

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Y

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Z

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Monday, September 5

My summer in review

I worked all summer long at Safeway on 33rd.  I guess this means I passed my probationary period and they intend to keep me.

  • I used the money to buy a lot of t-shirts in Banff and Moraine Lake, a new lens for my camera, a great looking Timex Expedition watch, and all of my Christmas shopping.
  • Who was done his Christmas shopping in August?  This guy.
  • We went to Banff and Yoho National Parks despite dad being really sick. 
    • Dad pulled it together and still was a lot of fun on the trip.
    • We hiked in the backcountry.
    • Oliver and I got lost in the woods.
    • Dad was almost eaten by a bear.
    • We discovered Montreal Smoked Meat Crepes.
    • I found out that Lake Louise is just minutes away from British Columbia.
  • We went to Fort Carlton and I learned a bunch of Treaty 6 history with Oliver, Mom and Dad.  I enjoyed it a lot.  Dad and I walked around outside the fort (and were eaten alive by bugs) while Mom and Oliver made bannock.  Oddly enough there were no bugs inside the fort the day we were there.
  • I wasn’t going to play football after the trainwreck of a season I had last year but I had a lot of long talks with Dad about it who reminded me that everyone gets knocked down, it’s how you get up is what is important.  So when football started a week ago, I was out there.  It felt good.

Thursday, September 1

Sigma 70-300mm lens for Pentax

I babysit Oliver all summer long.  Well technically the dog is in charge but if there is something she can’t do because of a lack of opposable thumbs, I have to do it.

I don’t really babysit Oliver anymore, he is pretty chill but Dad cut me a deal and said that if I take care of him and the dog, I could pick out a lens I want.

The first couple of lenses I wanted are only made for Canon and Nikon.  After suggesting them both Dad and I cried a little bit.  I then asked for a 70-300 lens so I can shoot some outside sports.  Dad was cool with that and tonight on the first day of school, he gave me a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens.

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Pentax DSLRs

I am taking yearbook for credit this year and this means that I can get some better shots of activities and sports around Bedford Road Collegiate Institute and the city.

Wednesday, August 17

New cell phone (again)

Samsung Galaxy Prime cell phoneSigh.  I dropped my Windows Phone and killed it the other day.  In the last year I have wrecked three phones and a tablet.  Dad and Mom are about to lose it.  I think the vein on his head is still pulsating.  That’s not good.  Not only that but I just paid back dad this week for the phone I broke.

I am working but I need to stop breaking my phones. 

Mom moved from Bell Mobility to Fido because she gets more data for less money and upgraded from her Samsung Galaxy Prime to a Motorola Moto G4 Plus.  She told me that I could buy her phone for $50.  She had a white case for it and I bought a new charcoal case for $30.  We set up both her phone and my phone this morning.

The good news is that while doing it, Samsung sent a big Android update which updated the phone.  It’s not a gaming phone which is fine by me.  I need it to text, check email, and keep in contact with work, Jordon, Wendy, and Oliver.  It also plays Spotify well.

Now I just need to stop dropping devices.

Friday, August 12

Winnebago's Concept Adventure Vehicle

From NewAtlas

Winnebago's Concept Adventure Vehicle is ready to rough it

Winnebago may still be synonymous with large Class A and Class C motorhomes that tour via highway and camp in paved lots with full hookups, but the company is determined to push its way onto the dirt and rock. It has been trying to woo people like the outdoor-crazy crowd at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market with its the Era 4x4 and all-new Concept Adventure Vehicle, which was unveiled at the 2016 Summer Market last week and shows the possibility of an off-grid-capable 4x4 Winnebago optimized for boundless adventure.

Not many of us can afford this (it starts at about $110k in US dollars) but I think all of us want one.  It looks spectacular.

Monday, August 1

Moraine Lake

On our last full day in Banff National Park, Dad took us to Moraine Lake where we hiked around the iconic lake.  It was a great hike and a lot of fun.

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