Archives: July & August 2009

Wednesday, August 27th, 2009

Don, Chad & I were checking out this amazing apartment building in the D one random day. I came out onto one of the balconies and noticed a bra in the tree out front.

I looked back inside for Chad or Don & found Don standing there, so I told him to come over.

Chad came over to interrupt me and told us we probably shouldn't hang around for very long...but that there was something worthwhile to see.

Walking down the path Chad dictated, we found a very friendly cat in the hallway...

...then Chad opened the door to our left and pointed out this superb squat!

The guy wasn't home, but he had a VERY nice setup going. These apartments had only been vacated about 10 months prior and somehow this dude managed to rig up the electricity for his fine bachelor pad.

We stepped into his abode briefly and Chad was very amused at the plugged in & functional electric razor, while Don turned on his alarm clock which was set to 101.9 - D Public Radio.

I told the two of them that was enough and that we should leave the guy's place alone.

We went up and checked out the roof for a good 20 minutes before making our way down and out.

(I didn't notice that jar of sand until litter maybe?)

We stopped at a liquor store later in the day with this painted on the side:

"At H2's Liquor we do whatever it takes !!! We love our customer like a fat kid love cake. So love us now love us on a bus. We'll ask 21 question because this is hood is about yall and us. Peace out!"

I read the 50 Cent, 21 Questions knock off out loud as I exited the vehicle. Don looked up and said, "is that what Mickey Mouse says?" and kept moving like it was nothing.

He was more focused on the Camo Black Ice.

Anyway, after that we went over to the Guild Theater. Check that out.


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on YouTube: Radiohead covering The Smiths.

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Checking in with my fixation for places about to be demo'ed, I heard they were taking down the Devon Garages North Unit - at Clifford & Elizabeth - while I was away. I was saddened by this, but that's the said downfall of moving away.

The demolition of this structure was part of the government giving Mike Illitch $2.5 million to demolish 6 of his buildings; but by some stroke of luck, he decided to demolish the Devon North last and give me a chance at getting back.

Check it out.

Also lost in this demolition was the Adoms Theater and the Fine Ahts interior which we had visited in 2007.

We didn't get in any of the other 4; which included the Chin Tiki; one we tried, but failed to see.


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on The Atlanta Braves chipping away at my Ricky Nolasco.

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Am I obsessed with lighthouses?

If there is one reason I could stand another winter here, it's so I could do this again. Probably my favourite time in NL. So memorable and enjoyable.

Check it out.


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on The Texas Rangers roughing up Liriano in the name of Tommy Hunter.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

A frequent question I am asked is 'just how much snow do you get up there?'

My original plan was to take a walk around the Brook in late March since that seems to be the historical 'turning point' of the spring-winter transition...(read more).


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on Ricky Nolasco struggling against the 'Stros.

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Just a little update today; chronicling my adventures in combating the NL winter.


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on Mah O's battling the A's.

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Here Steve:

Although I think this is better:


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on Tommy Hunter having a bit of trouble, but pitching well vs. the A's.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The remainder of Christmas was spent with great friends having great times. There wasn't a bounty of stories or experiences, but here's some pictures I wouldn't mind sharing.

...and oh yeah! I guess there's one story that's pretty good. Plus I'm always happy to get something done from the top 10.

That's right boys and girls - Tiger MF'ing Stadium!

I can't hold much clout with the people who did the stadium when it was there in its entirety, but my heart still races and my face still smiles when I reread that write up. What a beautiful day!

Also, we were involved in some crazy milk conflicts.


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on Luke Hochevar struggling against the Mariners

Monday, July 27th, 2009

I'm not going to make a little image for this one because it's so tiny.

Anyway, after getting back from the Lou, I couldn't go anywhere because I kept having family obligations. I still found time for my favourite pastime though; in fact, it was something I've always looked for.


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on iTunes: Cloud Cult - Hurricane and Fire Survival Guide

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Going home for Christmas, I didn't even stop at home before heading on my way to St. Louis.


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on Luke Hochevar and the Royals against the Rangers.

Friday, July 17th, 2009

I was moving through the interweb the other day and came to find out that this church I went to in Prince Edward Island was being demolished.

This is pretty much the reason I take pictures and put in all this effort - to document something that will never be seen on this Earth again. I have a downright obsession with documenting things that are going to be demo'ed.

The thing is though; that this was sort of like that old folks home in Edmonton. I knew I'd likely never see this again; that this was the only time and the pictures would be all I have left. I sort of already accepted the loss before they were actually lost - therefore, I really wasn't that upset. I saw it coming.

Wrapping up other odds & ends, I hit up 2 more buildings in Stéphenville before Christmas time.


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on iTunes: Hayden - Bullet

Monday, July 13th, 2009

I ventured up to Labrâdor just before last winter. Even though I didn't get anything done (big surprise), I suppose it's still a worthwhile read, as you likely don't know too many people who get to visit Labrâdor.

Update: Okay, you want excitement? Well I got your excitement right here!

Upon returning to my pictures folder, I realized that I had forgot completely about this ridiculously captivating location!

Forgotten [horse] Trotting Park? Oooooh!

In all seriousness, it was about as exciting as you probably imagine it being. Although I was amused by the toppled dugout and its 'use at your own risk' sign.

Also in the folder were other memory-jogging pictures.

These are from one Saturday where I was utterly determined to finally drive all the way to the northern tip of the Island.

I left my house at 6:30 a.m. and passed a lot of things I had already seen and a lot of barren land. There wasn't much to take pictures of, but finally at the end of the road, there was the world heritage site: L'Anse Aux Meadows - which you probably know from those Canadian Heritage commercials.

If not, this is the location where Leif Ericson landed in North America 500 years before Columbus.

The site was unearthed in the 1960s and a Norse village was recreated based on how they believed the Norse to live.

They only lasted approximately 10 years before the conditions were too harsh and they returned to Europe.

Anyway, I checked that out and a nearby community while at the northern tip. I then decided to be cheap and drive home the same day.

Well, at 3 a.m., I finally arrived back home and realized that the journey there and back may have been a little much for one day.


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on iTunes: Coldplay - Shiver

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

If you know me, then you know my absolute love of cities. Pretty much the instant I got to Newfòundland, I looked at a map and planned on driving the 7.5 hours east to St. Jòhn's...(continue reading).

A little update concerning St. Jòhn's. This may be another case where you find this too boring and mainstream, but I see it as a necessity to those who always pester me to see 'Newfòundland pictures'.


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on iTunes: Cursive - Staying Alive

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Since I was already in Stéphenville early on a given Sunday, I decided to strike the Pơrt-Aux-Pơrt peninsula from the list of places I needed to visit on The Rock.

This will be the prototypical boring update to most - an old house and a fishing village. The only reason I updated this was because I thought the fishing village was sort of unique and interesting.

I hope you somewhat agree with me.

There are better updates coming...I promise.


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on iTunes: Kate Bush - Hello Earth

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Into November and I read about the interesting history of a town 70km south. Instead of racking up yet another Northern Peninsula trip, I decided to travel elsewhere.

The buildings in this one aren't very interesting, but I believe the overall history and uniqueness is. I'd rank it a 7, most likely worth the 13 minutes of your time.

Happy Canada Day to all! Have a good rest of the week.


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on iTunes: Lil Wayne - Hot Revolver

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