Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Demo day 2

I am pretty sure that this is the breakfast of champions. Coffee and Folkfest cookies from the hippie bakery. This mug is supposed to be a travel mug but it has one of those silicone lids. It doesn't fit worth a shit and spills everywhere so it became my at home travel mug. I love the vintage 70s cafeteria feel to it...and it holds like 17ozs

Gorgeous morning and a dusty Village from the construction

The death of Vi-Ann continues. I headed out to see if they had started to demo the Movie Village building yet. They were loading chunk of the building into the demo bin.

I'll give them credit, this is the neatest demo I have ever seen and it is taking place in a very very small space. So small it's only 1 machine operator and a few guys on the ground sweeping up stuff as it falls on the sidewalk. Such a tiny area to work in. The road is where I am standing, Move Village to left, Shopper to the right and straight in front is a massive awkward parking lot for the whole big mess. The side walk has been usable granted I haven't walked the parking lot but I think that the demo is going well.

Whenever I stop to take pictures I am not the only one who is doing so. I bet the machine operator feels like a movie star. The freaking news was out too. A better shot of the tiny space that he has to work in. I bet these guys are being watched like hawks from a bunch of different people. This is a very very public demo.

Unrelated construction related construction kinda thing...the bridge crew stashes their lunches in the bushes. It's cute to see all these lunch pails hanging out in the shade.

Husbie and I headed out for an evening of a movie in the park. The downtown biz sets up a giant inflatable outdoor movie screen every Tuesday in August and plays an old movie. Wizard of Oz was the only one I wanted to go see. So we packed a blanket and headed out. These are the results of leaving the camera in the hands of the husbie. If you know him you are not surprised by this first shot. I thought he was getting my face as well until I saw his devilish grin.

Leaves...he doesn't tend to spend a lot of time on composition, he just snaps away randomly. Thank god for 32G memory cards.

A random lady, she must have been sweating as it was pretty hot last night. The flowers in the background a very lovely

He bounced the flash off of his sunglasses and we originally thought that the light effect on the top right was from that but now I think it is just one of those sun beam lights that randomly happen.

More flowers

A shrubery. He likes to take pictures of things like plants and buildings

I thought these next 3 shots were super cool, the light looked amazing and I very impressed until...

I grabbed the camera to take the bottom shot and realized there was a MASSIVE greasy finger print on the lens that was distorting the light and making it really cool. Sorry husbie, but good shots anyways!

The Pacman on a picnic bench was my last for night. I kinda zoned out at the movie people watching, watching them inflate the giant screen etc so I might have neglected the camera...what is wrong with me?! But the Wizard of Oz, on the big screen, outside on a gorgeous night in August was very lovely. Grease is next week and I am debating on going. I am bigger Oz fan than Grease but I know all the words to all the songs (and most of the movie) and I think that more people will dress up for that one (they encourage costumes)

Tuesday, 21 August 2012



The tearing down of the old Vi-Ann restaurant to make way for the mega Shoppers. Movie Village is slated to go today and I will be there camera in hand.

As I stood taking this picture a couple walked behind me and I heard the guy say "A sad fucking day". This has been a hugely contentious issue that has divided a lot of people. I would be angry if this hadn't been slowly happening over the past 10 years. When AA took over the hardcore bar (where someone died in the walls incidentally and where I met Bam Margera outside of a Suicide Girls shows like 5 years ago) the corporation take over had started. At least they are putting a Tim Horton's in the Safeway when they give Starbucks the heave-ho when their contract is up. Double doubles within in walking distance is dangerous!

 Shoot from the hip = capturing a moderately well dressed hipster man

? and I love the construction in the background. I don't really drive and they have been working on the bridge since like 2 weeks after we moved in here so I am strangely comforted by the sounds of construction

Village Beach lives! I am so happy this is still here and no one wrecked it

New wood art. I walk this path often and am observant enough to notice when new stuff goes up. These are so sweet and lovely. They are new within a few weeks. This is art.

This one was within 50 yards of the other one, nailed to an old set of steps that is  high up on the riverbank. I had to climb in my flip flops with the big mama jama and perch precariously on my bad ankle on a loose dirt covered river bank for this picture. I think if it had been nailed on the other way it would have looked like underwear instead of part of a skeleton man face.

We strolled and randomly happened upon Casa Bella. Homemade Italian food and amazing looking pastries.  Oooo mini canolli (bonus points for the person who gets the reference). We got a mocha mini canolli, a hazlenut horn (husbie called it a hazelnut porn when ordering which made the counter girl shake her head) and those things on the top left which look ah-mazing! It is still sitting in my fridge. I looks too good to eat.

"Call me Dusty, Dusty Cock"

Husbie's architecture photography


OMG, so I just happened to turn my head and saw this totally hoarded balcony. How shit hasn't blown off I don't know (or maybe it has!)

I went out for an evening bike ride. The light was so fantastic and it was just a little hazy out... So perfect. I don't ever approve of people putting mostly permanent things on to stone. Dumpsters, signs, most metal is wiped easily of spray paint and marker.

I spied a tiny squirrel!

As I kept biking I noticed I was getting grouchier and grouchier. I was biking myself into a funk, instead of what I usually do which is bike out of a funk. I captured stuff but I wasn't "feeling it". I was totally uninspired. I thought at one point I should take a panda but then was immediately followed with the thought, "meh, why bother?" This is how funky this funk was! I didn't even want to take pictures of myself which I love doing.

KUSH is everywhere and I was actually pleased when I saw this one. Do you remember the first one with the writing added by someone else? This one was writing added to it by the same person. Geographically these are a few kilometers aparts. I am not the only one who travels inside the same bubble.

* I shouldn't speak her name...

This is the other one from about a month ago. Same writing, same person adding to KUSH, same person talking about a woman.


Green eggs and ham anyone? This wall was covered in graf and in a very strange location. I think a building got bulldozed and this wall which was probably really hidden is now in very plain sight.

More KUSH...I swear we got it... I like this one

I saw these 2 really high up as I went to grab Drake to bike away

I think this is supposed to be J.Beibs on this Amuck poster. I wanted to scan the QR code but this was on a sign on a pole on the median except there was no median just a tiny curb not big enough for Drake so he was on the road. I was in between 8 lanes of traffic in downtown. I get some strange looks sometimes but I don't really care anymore.

The shiznit. This is a bike specific cross walk button. I saw this a couple months ago and finally got a chance to snap it. The pole is only chest height and it is really far back from the intersection and right on the curb so it is easily pressed while on your bike. Super smart and the only one that I have seen like it in the city.

I know "of" Carl Sagan but philosophy makes my head hurt

My bike ride did not improve as I lost light so I resigned to the funk and took myself home. Husbie and I got into Dexter on the suggestion of friends and it is rad! We are almost done the 4th season (NO SPOILERS ASSHOLES!) but I would highly recommend it.