Monday, October 13, 2008
Just posted my quick thanksgiving round up and noticed that I really hadn’t posted any pictures of Dexter since he was only a few weeks old. He just celebrated his 5 month birthday on Saturday, there are a lot of pictures of him over on my picasa page.
Pretty sure everyone now knows that Ian is down for two weeks, which meant he was down for Thanksgiving this year. We had some amazing weather this year which always makes for an amazing weekend and a really tired unproductive Tuesday morning. Posted some pics over on my picasa page , we had 55 people at dinner last night I heard.
Only a few days until I’m off to the Carolina’s for golf…
Day 2 passed pretty quickly, he slept alright during the night but woke up rather early Sunday morning. On the plus side though, his personality is very close to mine so Sunday afternoon we both curled up on the couch and had a nap.
Sunday night we took him over to the big Forsyth Family Birthday Blowout Spectacular, where I don’t mind admitting, he stole all my thunder. Other than trying to eat a couple of earrings (still attached to ears) he was good as gold, and he was so tired he slept the whole night without a peep. Here are a few pics from Day 2.
We finally picked up the new puppy today, a very long day spent picking him up and then driving back home, just to jump into another car and go the Ti-Cats game (great game, tough loss).
So with out further delay, here are some pictures of Dexter during the trip home and few more we snapped this evening.
The breeder sent us some new pictures of our still unnamed puppy today. These will probably be the last pics we get before we pick him up on July 12th.
Looks a lot less like a 'retarded gerbil' now :)
Just got a few more puppy pictures, they are pretty small (not my fault).
My Picasa Albums
Finally a new post, to be fair this is the first post worthy thing that has happened in the last few months.
We finally got the first pictures of our new puppy today. He was born a couple weeks ago and is a Cockapoo. We will pick him up around July 12th, at that point we hope to have a name picked out that we can both agree with...
More pics on my picasa page
Here are the pictures I have from our Blessing (Wedding #2), super big thanks to everyone that came, and super big thanks to everyone that came to both of our weddings :)
A big thanks to everyone that was able to join us for our Blessing on August 4th, we had an amazing time. We managed two hours of sleep before we left for our cruise, which made for a very long first day. We managed to rebound and had an amazing time though.
Wedding #2 (Blessing) Pictures (More Coming)
Our Honeymoon Pictures
I went down to the Ice House Microsoft built for their Vista launch event in Toronto today to check things out. First of all the ice house was pretty impressive with lots of details, but damn cold. They had some simple yet impressive demos going on all over the 'house' with even more MVPs and other 'experts' wandering around answering questions for the masses. The one thing that almost all the machines had was DreamScene, this is a new (in beta) Ultra Extra that lets you set a movie as your desktop wallpaper. Now you could set anything if you wanted, but it ships with a couple of small subtle looping videos. The one I was looking at was a shot of a rainforest (I think) and a waterfall. Looked amazing. Going to look into getting a copy of the beta. I've been running Vista Ultimate since mid-December and finally got a legit license for it now. The initial 'wow factor' has worn off, and I still love it. It's fast, it's sleek, and they fixed a lot of little things that really pissed me off in XP. I think it is a big step forward for my tech support customer (ie, my family). It will be a learning curve in certain spots, but it should keep their machines nice and clean (hopefully).
The event seemed like a success to me just wandering around, I heard lots of people talking about all the cool things, like DreamScene and Media Centre slideshows. Not sure how many of those 'oh I want that' will translate into a bought copy of Vista but hopefully a few of them at least. <Rant> I did of course hear 'dude, just download it off bittorrent you do know the url for bittorrent right?', so many things wrong with this statement, BitTorrent is a protocol, a site that hosts BitTorrent files is just that, a site that hosts BitTorrent files, not BitTorrent itself. </Rant>
Anyways, I snapped a couple of pics with my new phone. Turns out I should have looked into the Camera capabilities before I left. I had the thing set on the low quality setting, so I apologize for the lower quality pics, next ones will be better I promise.
Vista Ice House (PicasaWeb)
Well I just had an amazingly action packed weekend that has left me dead tired and VERY sore. It all started on Friday night when Steph, Julia, Gord and myself went to see Wicked,which was probably one of the better musicals I've seen in a long time. I highly recommend it. Saturday I was up nice and early and off once again with Gord and Julia in tow to Kev's place in Waterloo for Oktoberfest. Which was an amazing evening, big thanks to Kev and Mel for hosting once again. Saturday night was a bit of a late night, and Sunday morning we were out the door by 10:30 and on our way to paintball.
This was the first time I've ever been paintballing, and man was it a great time. I really wish I didn't have hockey as soon as I got home though. I had a really hard time walking for the next week though.
Went to the Penguins vs Sabers pre-season game in Hamilton last night. At some point you would think that Hamilton was hosting an important game, at other points it was clearly amateur hour at Copps. They had guys taking money to park in my normally free hidden parking spot, but then there were only 2 girls working the beer window, with no change. The line-up for beer was way too long, then when you got to the front you learned the big 'Molson Canadian on tap here' sign was just a lie. They only had Steelback. I thought that was ok, I'd never had Steelback before and I was willing to give it a try. Steelback is the gross.
On to the game... it was a pretty decent game. Crosby lost his temper and took a penalty for it, had 2 nice assists though. There was a good fight, some kid named Stone got his right arm free and gave the Sabers kid 3 good shots to the face and knocked him clean off his feet. And finally the game ended in a shootout, and a long shootout at that. 11 rounds before Clarke MacArthur ended it. Crosby also had a goal in the shootout. It was a pretty good game, but to the people in Hamilton I have one suggestion.... clearly people will not pay 60-80 dollars for lower bowl tickets to a preseason game. Copps was at about 50% capacity last night.
Check out John's pictures from the game.
Well I finally got my new Dodge Caliber. I ordered it on April 16th and it finally arrived around July 26th. I was really getting sick of my old car so it was really easy to love this car in the first couple weeks I had it. But I'm coming up on a month of owning it now and I still absolutely love it. I've only had one problem so far, and that is a broken button on the universal garage door opener that I can't even get to work anyway's. You can see a couple more pics over at my PicasaWeb page. I'll try and post a couple more pics once I get cleaned off again.
Pictures of my new house.
Nana and Aunt Fran's 80th Birthday Bash
Yet another great wedding.
Pictures are here
Well it might have been one of the most disappointing races I have ever
attended, despite a Ferrari 1,2, but it probably was the most
interesting and memorable. If you don't follow F1 or sports in
general, the F1 race last weekend was not run as far as any of the fans
The weekend started just like any of the previous 5 years, until Ralf
Schumacher hit the wall coming into the high banking. Everyone
laughed, Ralf had done the same thing the previous year during the
race, knocking him out for a few races. Little did we know that a
later problem with his sister Toyota driven
by Ricardo Zonta would lead Michelin (their tire manufacturer) to
believe that their tires were unsafe. Apparently Michelin had
under-estimated the lateral G-forces put
on the tires in the banking. The tires were blowing themselves apart, which is what put Ralf into the wall.
Now during the race weekend I meet my friend Donovan, who is a Speedway
local, so he was able to bring me up to speed on Saturday night after
an exciting qualifying (yes I actually tricked myself into believing
there was competition on the track during qualifying). Their were
rumours that Michelin was flying in a whole new set of tires for the
race, this is strictly against the rules and no one was saying what
would be done to appease the Bridgestone runners if this took
place. To be honest we didn't think much of it. On the
morning of the race the guy sitting next to us received a phone call
from his father watching the race back at home. He said that the
Michelin cars (which is all but Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi) were not
going to take part in the race unless they were allowed to use these
new tires or a chicane was placed in the lead up to the high
bank. Again, didn't think much of it, the cars had all made their
way to the grid, even if it took the Michelin drivers a little longer
than normal to come out of hiding in their garages.
What could they possibly do, they were on the grid ready to
start? I highly doubted they would just sit there and not move
when the lights went out. Well as they rolled off the starting
grid for their parade lap my fears were forgotten, all cars were
underway and the race was going to start in a few minutes.
However the McLaren crew were out in the pits, which is very
strange. Then with horror the entire grandstand was shocked to
see ALL the Michelin runners peeling into the pits instead of taking to
the grid. Only Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi lined up to take the
start. From their the race was a lock, the only excitement came
in the closing laps. Schumacher was behind
Barrichello before their last pitstops and when Schumi came out of the
pits they were side by side into the first corner. Both drivers
locked up their brakes trying to be the first into the corner, too bad
Barichello locked up his a bit too much and sent himself across the
grass and Schumi took the win. Good to see the Minardi's
and Jordan's getting points that will equal a fair amount of money
come the end of the year.
So, in the end, Michelin sucks. How did they bring a tire that
couldn't withstand the lateral forces of the banking. This isn't
their first trip to Indy
they must have known exactly what the G-forces were and exactly how
much their tire could handle. The FIA sucks, but on the other
hand they are running a competition with rules, too bad those rules
deprived me of a race.
I'm typing this on I-69 heading into the Detroit area, when I get home
hopefully there will be some word on refunds for those of us that were
at the race... and hopefully I will get the chance to go to Indy
Well got back from our vacation on Sunday morning at 2:30am, me and Graham had hockey back in Toronto at noon :(
We had an amazing time at the Iberostar Costa Dorado, it rained the
first two nights, but that wasn't a big issue at all. Other than
that, food was great, resort was great, weather was great.
Under water pics
The folks got a new dog, not to replace Tuxedo (the best dog ever)
More pictures... good ones too!
An amazing 5 days in Winnipeg
Here are my pictures from the 2004 United States Grand Prix.
Well I've finally made it home, and I've finally put my pictures up. I've added a short description to most of the pictures.
Finally a few pictures, more coming
Yea I know, lots of words that shouldn't be used in the same sentence together... the details are inside.
Some pics from the Wetland trail.
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