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June 29, 2005

House Hunting - Conclusion

Effective August 16, my new address will be 27 Woodland Ave, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B3A 3J6. Unless something really goes awry, the house hunting phase is over and I'm now thinking about moving and renovating. It should be really easy to move, since I'm in a bachelor apartment now, and I'll try to move asap after closing. That will give me a comfortable window of time to clean my current apartment before my lease ends.

The house inspection I had done gave me a great list of things to work on, and I'm really excited to get started. There are a few important things I need to look at sooner than later, but mostly all of the todo items are really small, fairly easy, and/or not urgent. I expect to enjoy working on my house, first getting through the list, then changing and adding here and there to suit my taste.

Of course, with owning a house there are now lots of little things I need, so it'll be easy to make a Christmas list of gift ideas for the family. I already have a pretty good list of tools and so on.

June 28, 2005

Cheese and Onion Omelette

Note to self: a small onion is not too much for a three-egg omelette.

House Hunting Pt 4

Pictures will still have to wait, due to time constraints at the moment, but I'm the proud owner of a nice Bungalow at 27 Woodland Ave Dartmouth. Well maintained, nice yard, garage. I'm really excited. For the last week I've been making lists of home projects, things I need to buy and so on. More to follow soon...

Cable Mats

It's amazing how many people trip over cable mats at gigs.

We have this plastic trays about 40cm wide and 100cm long and 4 cm thick. They are designed to link together and they have channels so that cables can be run through them and people won't trip over the cables. They also allow heavy vehicles (up to tractor trailers) to drive over them without damaging the cables. They are extremely bright yellow and orange. One would think that it would be difficult to not notice these in your path, yet it is amazing how regularly I see audience members at shows trip and sometimes fall when crossing over cable mats.

All your base

...are belong to us.

If you saw the original animation sometime after it appeared on the net in 2001, then you might be interested in this complete re-animation set to Queen. Yes, someone set us up the bomb.

If you have no idea what I"m talking about, look at the history page here, or check out the wikipedia entry for All your base are belong to us.

June 24, 2005

House Hunting Pt 3

Well, today is the day. Last week I alluded to the fact that the house hunt was proceeding. In fact, I put an offer on a house last Friday, it was accepted, and since then I have had the house inspected and gotten my letter of insurability and my mortgage arranged! I'll be closing on August 16th and soon moving into my very own house!

Stay tuned for more details, pics, etc. I'll also be starting the process of sending out address updates in a couple weeks time.

Stanfest Coming

The George Canyon concert in Horton a few weeks ago was the first of the season, and next weekend we kick it into full swing with Stan Fest. The talk among techs who've worked it in years past is that the weather is always less than desirable and the accommodations are somewhat spartan. Still, it should be interesting, especially since this is my first time attending. I'm doing lighting, so my daytimes will be somewhat free, so if the weather cooperates I may even get to take in some of the festival.

Moon Rise

I had an easy gig tonight that kept me at work until about 11:30. It was such a clear night however, with the moon rising around midnight, that after work I had to drive home the long way through Herring Cove. I stopped for 15 or 20 minutes to go out on some rocks by the ocean a little bit away from the city and admire the stars like I haven't done for quite some time now. It's been a little too long perhaps. I think I'll have to find time this summer for a more serious star-gazing expidition. Perhaps the Perseid meteor shower around August 12 will be a good time.

Grass Allergies

It's that time of year again, and while I have noticed the occasional sneeze and slightly itchy eyes, it does seem like the allergy injections I had two years ago are producing the desired effect.

Global Warming

An interesting rebuttal to a WSJ editorial on climate change.

June 17, 2005

Multicultural Festival

I had an entry about this weekend's multicultural festival - I'm doing sound. Unfortunatly, I got distracted with some important email and now I don't have time to re-write it. If any friends or family are at the festival at Alderney landing, enjoy the great food and come by and visit me at the sound board!

House hunting continued

Today I'm making an offer on one of the places I viewed Wednesday. It's pretty exciting!

June 15, 2005

House hunting

I've been out a couple of times now to look at houses, and today I saw one in particular that seems promising. I'll post more as the process moves along...

June 13, 2005

Busy Season is here

It hit me halfway through last week that busy season has arrived. It's been building for a while, but two weeks ago I think marked the start. Plus side: income will be up for a while. Minus side: free time will be down for a while. And for some reason I've been looking forward to this summer more than any other I can remember for quite a few years. I'll have to make the most of weekends and evenings that aren't booked for work, and if I'm lucky there'll be an occasional weekday off in exchange for long weeks and work on weekends.

I apologize in advance to friends and family that I may be in contact with less frequently. The next three months look to be pretty jam packed (with occasional busy spots through the late fall). I'll be taking lots of pictures at work, so hopefully I'll make time to post some here.

Anybody going to Stanfest?

June 05, 2005

Cape Split

Yesterday, Krista and I hiked to Cape Split with Kendra and her friend Laura. The weather was great and the hike was really nice. Cape Split is a narrow peninsula dividing two parts of the Bay of Fundy, and aside from the cliffs and extremely high tides, it also has a really cool view of the ocean water rushing incredibly quickly through the narrow channel, due to said large tides. There were seagulls nesting on an isolated piece of land just off the peninsula, and along the hiking trail to the Cape there were plenty of fallen trees to clamber on, as well as lots of birds, including woodpeckers.

More pictures at cwhitt.myphotoalbum.com

June 01, 2005

Cape Breton - Again

I drove to Cape Breton and back today for work, again. For once, however, it was a really nice drive. It was too bad that the day was long and I didn't get back until late, but after three weeks of continuous overcast and rain, the sun finally came out, and the scenery was beautiful. I took a couple of pictures, and if they look any good, I'll try to remember to post them when I have some time.