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April 24, 2005

Under the Tuscan Sun

Ok, I am almost ashamed to admit that I just rented and watched Under the Tuscan Sun. It's such a chick flick, yet I found myself grinning from ear to ear through the whole movie. Does this mean I'm a girl?

Oh, and in other news... I really need to visit Italy sometime soon.

Europe pictures

For all my loyal readers who've waited for weeks and weeks with bated breath, here at last are the picks of my photos from the recent Europe vacation. Head on over to my spanking new photo albums at cwhitt.myphotoalbum.com and enjoy!

April 23, 2005

Brief life update

First of all, I'd like to wish my sister a happy 26th birthday. Sorry that my gift hasn't arrived yet, sis. It's on the way, I promise.

I planned to post some pictures from my trip, but I haven't gotten to it yet. So, here's a brief life update since I haven't posted in a while.

I'm back from vacation safely - Sonya and I had a great time. The morning after I returned, I was shipped off to Cape Breton for an install, and had an unexpected overnight stay. Thankfully, I had that Friday off, and I had a really nice weekend with time to relax on Saturday and a great afternoon of riding my bike with Krista Beardy on Sunday.

This past week has been fairly busy at work, mainly occupied with the Canadian Association of Principal's conference. I did the setup overnight Tuesday, then worked Wednesday night and all day Thursday and Friday.

Next week will be even busier since I'm doing sound for eight or nine of the Halifax Comedy Fest events. It should be a good week, though, and the extra income will certainly help with the vacation bills.

Oh yeah, I have to remember to file my taxes soon. I've got the paperwork mostly done, I just need to double-check and file.

April 04, 2005

VACATION!

In a mere 8 hours I'll be taking off for a brief, but much anticipated vacation. I'm flying with my good friend Sonya Marcott to London, and from there we'll take a train to Paris. We'll have a total of 7 days split between the two cities, so we'll be packing it in each day, I'm sure. I'm really looking forward to enjoying the break from work and soaking in as much of the culture as I can.

Look for pictures in this space in about 8-10 days!

April 01, 2005

Armdale Rotary

I almost write this entry just about every day, since work has moved from downtown to Spyfield. Now my morning commute includes the Armdale Rotary. Thankfully, I'm always heading the opposite direction of the rush hour traffic, but I still get frustrated just about every time I go through there.

From what I understand, the policy at the rotary is one for one. That is, in heavy traffic, cars in the rotary should yield and let one car enter the rotary ahead of them at each entrance point. This is just ludicrous. It's no wonder the rotary turns into a parking lot every afternoon and the city blocks off a part of it to keep traffic moving.

I think the rotary should operate like roundabouts elsewhere in sensible parts of the world. Once you're in the rotary, you have absolute right of way. Inner lanes have the most right of way. If Armdale operated like this, I think there would be a lot less slowdown in traffic. I've seen it in action elsewhere and it works! It's easy to enter the roundabout in the natural breaks that occur when other cars leave the roundabout, and it has the huge advantage that once you're in the roundabout, you know that you will be through the intersection promptly, because there is no backlog of cars in front of you stopping and starting to fulfill the one-for-one policy.