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Georges Island

June 22nd, 2008

Last weekend, I went with John, his sisters and his dad to Georges Island, a textbook-perfect glacial drumlin in the middle of Halifax harbour that housed a naval fortification in the mid nineteenth century. It is off-limits to the public, as it is still an archeological site and is currently too hazardous to be turned into a tourist attraction (dark, slippery tunnels and steep cliffs are just a lawsuit waiting to happen). Obviously, the archeologists aren’t the only ones getting to the island, as evident by the beer cans lying around. But for one day last week, Parks Canada decided to divert a harbour ferry to the island and offered guided tours. It was pretty neat.
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Looking back at Halifax from the ferry.

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Looking back at Halifax from Georges Island.

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Looking down one of the steep cliffs at the Georges Island lighthouse. The tall gray building in the background is Fenwick Towers, where I’ll be living next year.

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This picture was taken from where one of the cannons used to sit. I think it’s cool because you can see the Halifax Citadel (the green hill in the background) from there.

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Free Wifi at the Denver Airport

March 1st, 2008

As the title suggests, I’m at the Denver airport right now - about a third of my way back to Halifax. The flight from Tucson was beautiful - we flew over the Rocky Mountains. I’ve got three hours before my flight to Montreal leaves and right now it looks like I’m the only person at the gate.

I’m debating whether to blow some of my American cash on overpriced airport food. It’s about lunchtime in Halifax but I’m not hungry and the only fast food I’d be tempted to eat right now would be Tim Hortons, which aren’t overly abundant in Colorado.

For the time being, I guess I’ll enjoy the free internet and the constant announcements of “Please to not leave baggage unattended. Unattended baggage will be destroyed.” and “The department of homeland security has rated the current threat level as orange. Please report any suspicious activity.”.

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December 07 Roadtrip Update!

December 21st, 2007

I’m in a Super 8 in Portland, Maine, with wireless internet access. We managed to avoid the storms. I drove from the Canadian border to Bangor.

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Summer Solstice

June 22nd, 2006

To celebrate the summer solstice last night, my parents, Roy, and I went with the Fresh Air Society (ps: mom designed and runs the website) to some beach near Heatherton. Despite the dramatic clouds in these photos, it was really nice weather. There were lots of mosquitos around our cars but none on the beach. I still ended up with bug bites.
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Fundy Funday

August 18th, 2005

Here are some pictures from our recent camping trip to Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. It was pretty and rainy so most of the pictures came out in shades of grey. The beaches were really warm for the maritimes because they aren’t exposed to the Atlantic as most Noca Scotia beaches are, but they were really muddy because of the sandstone geology of the province and the constant tides, which are also responsable for the creation of the Hopewell Rocks “flowerpots” as seen below, where the tides cut away at the cliffs to create interesting formations.

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In other news, Last night was my first class of driver’s ed. The instructor speaks WAY too loud and I haven’t got a clue about cars.

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University Tours

August 8th, 2005

This weekend I went to Halifax to tour two universities, St. Mary’s and Dalhousie, to see Shakespeare by the Sea’s The Merchant of Venice, and to shop. I don’t know where I’ll go to university yet, but Dalhousie seems impressive. It’s the biggest university in Nova Scotia, it’s where my mom got her economics degree, and it’s not too far away from Antigonish.
Point Pleasant park, (where we went to see the Merchant) was a shock. It has been transformed from a really tall, thick forest to an almost barren hillside after Hurricane Juan and the beatle disease. I think it should be renamed Point Unpleasant Park.
And as usual, with a big city there are more weirdos, such as the vagabond Robert Munch fan in the bookstore (I’s jus’a sixty-year-old goin’ on six) and the man going around Wal-Mart singing “What do ya get when you fall in love? Ya get pneumonia!” over and over again.

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Radical Roadtrips

July 11th, 2005

Today we went to Yellowsprings OH and visited a university so radical it had hammocks hanging from trees on the college green. The name of this university is Antioch and is known for its feminist history, which made me not feel so bad about walking around through shops in my sweaty shirt, unshaven legs and hiking boots from the morning of walking the gorge.
Now for something completely different…
“Give a man a fish and he’ll be satisfied for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll destroy his natural resource.” I can’t remember if I came up with this or not. Seems too clever to be mine.
Out of neglect, there are now 123 spam messages on this blog. Sorry.

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The Great Band Adventure

May 4th, 2005

At 1:00 am in the morning I depart for Orlando for our great band adventure. We had a send-off concert lass night. Here are some pictures:
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Stage Band

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When the Moon Hits Your Eye It’s not Very Pretty

March 18th, 2005

Tuesday evening we went to this “Italian American Music Festival” at the Mann Auditorium. When I heard the title I thought, Okay, they’re going to sing songs from the Opera greats such as Verdi or Puccini. It’s not really my favourite thing to sit through, because I think that you really need to see operas from start to finish, or else it’s just some guy in a tuxedo singing in another language. When we got there the stage, to my surprise, had not an orchestra but a swing band set up with for Saxophonists. That got my attention. However, the show was a big disappointment. It seemed to be a show for the offspring of talented people. There was Sandy Hacket, the son of Buddy, Deana Martin, Herb Gershwin, and some italian tenor who sang too loudly and with too much vibrato about religion, patriotism, and showtunes. It was something only fit for PBS primetime. In fact, I think my mother and I were the only to people whose age was anything under 50 in the thousand seat plus auditorium. It didn’t follow its original theme either, except for the fact that two of the performers had italian backgrounds and having to sit through extremely tacky performances of “That’s Amore” and “Maria”. The tenor kept giving encore after encore after encore as the audience streamed out that I wondered, a half hour later, once safely home, whether he was still up on that stage, singing.

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B-Ware the B-Man

March 15th, 2005

If I haven’t updated this blog, as my Grandmother has duly pointed out, it is because my band director has been keeping his ever increasing load of practices. First the Stage band had to practice non-stop for the dance. Then we had to make a recording to send to florida. Next we’ll be working on the provincial music festival in April, our trip in May, and university convocation in June. Lavinia, whose house I stayed in while my parents went to Hawaii, put it very well when I’d come home from school at seven thirty in the evening: “And how is that crazy band-man today? Has he had enough coffee?” she’d say in her thick Romanian accent.
Now I’m in Florida, far away from anything to do with band. Even a few hours before our I had to catch a bus to Halifax Airport I went to school to do the final recording. My grandmother and mother have a few concerts and activities planned, but to be honest, I’d rather just sit outside in the warm air next to the pool and read. I’ll need to have my energy: a few days before we leave my aunt Marcia and her family are coming. I anticipate chaos.

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