Saturday, September 29, 2012

Eating Dirt: How not to ride a bike

I made it through the entire summer on my road bike without incident.
Get on the mountain bike and end up in the trees.

Maybe I should just stick to my road bike.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Heading South

A sure sign Fall is in the air ...

... the birds are starting their annual migration south.

Monday, September 24, 2012

k.d.Lang at the Phoneix

I went to see k.d. Lang at the Phoenix last night with my wife.

Yeah, that's right, I said k.d. Lang. Not normally an artist on the top of my list, but a favorite of my wife's and that's pretty much how I ended up at my old stomping grounds, the Phoenix, to see k.d. Lang and her band, The Sis Boom Bang, perform to a packed house of about 500 loyal fans in this rather unique and intimate venue. If I was to wager a guess, I would say the wife and I were two of the youngest people in the audience, but we didn't let that deter us. k.d. put on A SHOW, and even I was impressed with the power of her voice and her well rehearsed stage antics.

I really wasn't really a k.d fan before the show, but I certainly am now.

Friday, September 21, 2012

GoPro Action Shots

I got a GoPro camera recently and not only does it take some pretty kick ass video, but it's also a pretty cool little still camera as well. Check out some of the still shots I took with it earlier today down at the beach.

How's that for cool.
This little GoPro rocks.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Yonge Street Celebration

We went to check out the much hyped Yonge street celebration yesterday. The normal four lane road has been reduced to 2 lanes from Gerrard street to Queen street to allow for restaurants and store fronts to take over the curb lane and add planters and patios and areas for street performers to entice people to come down and enjoy what the downtown core has to offer.

I kind of liked it. It gave the city a kind of European feel to it, being able to walk down the street without traffic. I would of liked to see more street and music performers and it extended up to College street, but not a bad idea. 
Good job Toronto.

Art In The City

I saw these two paintings hanging on the wall in Hyatt Regency on King street west and just had to take their pictures.

I kind of like it, but I may be just a little biased.
What do you think?


The wife and I went to see Backbeat - the birth of The Beatles, on Saturday at The Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Backbeat is the musical journey of how the group the Beatles began, focusing on the early years with members Pete Best on drums and the forgotten fifth Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe and his relationship with John Lennon and the rest of the group.

If you were a true Beatles fan, this is would be all be old news to you, and judging by the majority of crowd that was in attendance, it was, but if you were just a casual fan, then this story would have been very hard to follow.

Sure there was some Beatles tunes, but because this was a story of how the band began, there were a lot of  other stuff thrown in there as well to highlight the sounds of the times and the covers they had to do in order to become the band that we all know today.
There was also a lot of important facts that they glossed over or moved around in order for the story lines to work which added more confusion to the already hard to follow show.
While I didn't hate it, I certainly didn't love it either.
Lets just say it was a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon in the city with someone you love.
I give Backbeat a 5 out of 10.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

All Backed Up

Another typical weekday morning down in the Beach at the Neville Park streetcar loop. Three streetcars stopped in the left lane blocking traffic and waiting on two streetcars off to the right out of camera frame.

This is just another reason why streetcars make me so crazy.

Summers Last Hurrah

Enjoying the last weekend of summer.

Rusted Mess

I went to check on my BBQ the other day, because I had planned to have a little backyard party. I also have to admit, that the last time I used my BBQ was the 2010 summer season, about a year and a half ago. I pulled off the cover and this is what I found.

Apparently keeping a metal BBQ like mine under its cover for such a long period of time without letting it breath is not such a good idea. My BBQ was a rusted mess and a write off. Looks like its going to be beef brisket with BBQ sauce on a bun instead.
Pretty sure though no one will care after one or two or five of my gummy bear shooters ....