Hot….

It is really hot, today. The hottest day so far this season. It is always hardest on the first few hot days of the summer since they usually follow some very cold days. One day you have your heater on under your desk to keep your feet warm and the next you are wishing your company had a no-clothes-in-the-office policy.
Just walking up to my chiropractor’s office and back took just about every last ounce of energy….. and I didn’t have much to start with today. I was practically falling asleep at my desk.
I didn’t go to bed as late as I normally do but what with the heat and humidity and the fact that I had a nightmare, I slept but did not rest.
The nightmare wasn’t about anything that actually happened but revolved around my overhearing the planning of a horrific crime which was to take place. There was nothing I could do to stop it and since I was one of the people it was planned against, this was all the more horrifying. When I have no resolution in a dream, I wake up with a feeling of dread. I spend my waking up trying to figure out how I would resolve the problem no matter how ridiculous or unbelievable the plot…. It often sets me up for a bad day.
The night my father died, back in 1988, I had this really terrifying nightmare which scared me so badly that I had to go in and spend the night in my parents’ bed with Mom. Oddly enough, sleeping in the bed my father died in was less traumatic than the dream was…. I still remember the dream vividly.
My friend Bob and I were at a reception being held in a large room which was about 2 stories high with floor to ceiling windows on the south and west sides. On the north side of the room, the inner wall, there was a balcony with a long set of stairs down to the main room. Bob and I were on the balcony looking out at a wonderful sunset. There were perhaps 100 people at the reception.
Suddenly, I saw these people on stilts walking towards us from the west. Since the sun was so bright, they were only large silhouettes. The stilts were several stories tall. As they became clearer, we could see that they were men dressed up as clown-kings. They were wearing these cheap costumes made from a foam…. sort of resembling a character from the old Burger King commercials. They had these huge floppy crowns on. All the people at the reception were laughing and crowding towards the windows to get a better look.
I don’t like clowns so wasn’t interested in getting up close to them.
Suddenly, they all pulled out chainsaws and started smashing through the windows and chainsawing the other guests….
Bob and I ran through a door but knew we had to get away. we went and got my car which was in an underground parking lot. We drove off but the clown-kings started chasing us. In a panic was trying to think what to do to kill them, when I woke up
I was so terrified that I went in to sleep with Mom. I spent quite a long time trying to get back to sleep…. Of course, it didn’t matter since it was a dream but I kept trying to think “How would I kill them?????”. Finally, I realized I could simply knock them off their stilts with my car and then run them over. I fell asleep hoping I could get back into my dream so I could do that. I don’t think I actually did but I can still recall the colour of the clown-kings’ costumes and the vivid sunset.

Photos ready to send off….

Photos ready to send to Shelley

I have finally gotten a new print cartridge and am ready to send my images off to Shelley as proof of my “word” having been completed. Now all I have to do is write my blurb for the footnotes to Ineradicable Stain. That will be the real challenge. I know once it comes to me, I will know just what I want to say, though, so no worries…..
I am pretty pleased with the photos. Neurotic perfectionist that I am, I hemmed and hawed over the “right” photos to use (aside from the portrait one which was “the” photo from the start) which was probably the reason for the procrastination over the print cartridge. I even tore my hair out over how to present the images…. one sheet or two…. small or large…. how to crop them…. I finally went for a sort of modified Polaroid style and I am very pleased with the overall look.

Hot….

It is really hot, today. The hottest day so far this season. It is always hardest on the first few hot days of the summer since they usually follow some very cold days. One day you have your heater on under your desk to keep your feet warm and the next you are wishing your company had a no-clothes-in-the-office policy.
Just walking up to my chiropractor’s office and back took just about every last ounce of energy….. and I didn’t have much to start with today. I was practically falling asleep at my desk.
I didn’t go to bed as late as I normally do but what with the heat and humidity and the fact that I had a nightmare, I slept but did not rest.
The nightmare wasn’t about anything that actually happened but revolved around my overhearing the planning of a horrific crime which was to take place. There was nothing I could do to stop it and since I was one of the people it was planned against, this was all the more horrifying. When I have no resolution in a dream, I wake up with a feeling of dread. I spend my waking up trying to figure out how I would resolve the problem no matter how ridiculous or unbelievable the plot…. It often sets me up for a bad day.
The night my father died, back in 1988, I had this really terrifying nightmare which scared me so badly that I had to go in and spend the night in my parents’ bed with Mom. Oddly enough, sleeping in the bed my father died in was less traumatic than the dream was…. I still remember the dream vividly.
My friend Bob and I were at a reception being held in a large room which was about 2 stories high with floor to ceiling windows on the south and west sides. On the north side of the room, the inner wall, there was a balcony with a long set of stairs down to the main room. Bob and I were on the balcony looking out at a wonderful sunset. There were perhaps 100 people at the reception.
Suddenly, I saw these people on stilts walking towards us from the west. Since the sun was so bright, they were only large silhouettes. The stilts were several stories tall. As they became clearer, we could see that they were men dressed up as clown-kings. They were wearing these cheap costumes made from a foam…. sort of resembling a character from the old Burger King commercials. They had these huge floppy crowns on. All the people at the reception were laughing and crowding towards the windows to get a better look.
I don’t like clowns so wasn’t interested in getting up close to them.
Suddenly, they all pulled out chainsaws and started smashing through the windows and chainsawing the other guests….
Bob and I ran through a door but knew we had to get away. we went and got my car which was in an underground parking lot. We drove off but the clown-kings started chasing us. In a panic was trying to think what to do to kill them, when I woke up
I was so terrified that I went in to sleep with Mom. I spent quite a long time trying to get back to sleep…. Of course, it didn’t matter since it was a dream but I kept trying to think “How would I kill them?????”. Finally, I realized I could simply knock them off their stilts with my car and then run them over. I fell asleep hoping I could get back into my dream so I could do that. I don’t think I actually did but I can still recall the colour of the clown-kings’ costumes and the vivid sunset.

Photos ready to send off….

Photos ready to send to Shelley

I have finally gotten a new print cartridge and am ready to send my images off to Shelley as proof of my “word” having been completed. Now all I have to do is write my blurb for the footnotes to Ineradicable Stain. That will be the real challenge. I know once it comes to me, I will know just what I want to say, though, so no worries…..
I am pretty pleased with the photos. Neurotic perfectionist that I am, I hemmed and hawed over the “right” photos to use (aside from the portrait one which was “the” photo from the start) which was probably the reason for the procrastination over the print cartridge. I even tore my hair out over how to present the images…. one sheet or two…. small or large…. how to crop them…. I finally went for a sort of modified Polaroid style and I am very pleased with the overall look.

The Skull Buckle Bunnies

Cat and I went out on Friday night to see the guys play.
Despite the fact that Kelly’s has been remodelled and the “stage” is now the former cloak closet and is really no bigger (I asked the guys if they needed be to get them a box of moth-balls). Despite the fact that Ken was jammed in against the stairs, behind a pillar, and if one of them turned suddenly, they threatened to either cause a chain-reaction of eye-putting-out or all fall over like dominos, they managed to pull of a really great show. A great time was had by all!
While we were there, this guy came up and, I am not sure why, asked if he use my camera and could take my photo. I was a little taken aback, since one usually doesn’t have complete strangers ask to take your photo for you unless they plan to run off with your camera. However, he is apparently one of the regulars and, as Kathy told us “likes to charm the ladies”, so I let him take a couple of photos. I set the camera up and I was really surprised to find that the result was one of the best photos of me ever!

Cat and Anneke… Skull-Bunnies

The Skull Buckle Bunnies

Cat and I went out on Friday night to see the guys play.
Despite the fact that Kelly’s has been remodelled and the “stage” is now the former cloak closet and is really no bigger (I asked the guys if they needed be to get them a box of moth-balls). Despite the fact that Ken was jammed in against the stairs, behind a pillar, and if one of them turned suddenly, they threatened to either cause a chain-reaction of eye-putting-out or all fall over like dominos, they managed to pull of a really great show. A great time was had by all!
While we were there, this guy came up and, I am not sure why, asked if he use my camera and could take my photo. I was a little taken aback, since one usually doesn’t have complete strangers ask to take your photo for you unless they plan to run off with your camera. However, he is apparently one of the regulars and, as Kathy told us “likes to charm the ladies”, so I let him take a couple of photos. I set the camera up and I was really surprised to find that the result was one of the best photos of me ever!

Cat and Anneke… Skull-Bunnies

Dr. David Suzuki

Last night Krys, Julia, Cat and I went out to hear David Suzuki speak. He is currently promoting his autobiography “David Suzuki: The Autobiography”. Dr. Suzuki is always a great speaker and last night was no exception.
He gave us a bird’s-eye view of his life to this point, spoke about his children, and touched on his environmental activism which really is pretty much part and parcel of his personal life. He is obviously proud of his children who have inherited much from him, most having followed in their father’s scientific footsteps. His daughter Severn certainly has taken a leaf from her father’s book and, apart from having recently received her Masters in Ethnobotany at the University of Victoria, when Severn was 9 she started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. At 12, she gave a forceful speech at the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro urging the delegates to work on behalf of their own children and the children of the world toward a safer and healthier planet.
I bought a copy of his autobiography, as well as three copies of his book “Sacred Balance” and three copies of Elizabeth May‘s* book “How to Save the World in Your Spare Time”, got them all autographed….
Julia with David Suzuki

* Elizabeth May, who is a good friend of Suzuki’s, made the introductions. I met Elizabeth when she graced our fellowship by speaking about environmental activism and spirituality. I was pleased to do the sound and provide the music for that talk and was pleased that she recognized me and even remembered my name.

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More resources:
David Suzuki
CBC Archives on David Suzuki
Technorati Search for David Suzuki
IMDB entry on David Suzuki
NNDB entry
Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Time Magazine article by Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Speaker’s Spotlight
Shameless: For Girls Who Get it” article
Wikipedia article
Elizabeth May
Library and Archives Canada bio
“How to be an Activist” Sierra Club of Canada article by Elizabeth May
“Elizabeth May to run for leadership of Green party” CBC
Wikipedia article
Others:
“David Suzuki Wrote Me a Note”
Tree Hugger
The Skyfish Project
The Sloth Club
Shameless: For Girls Who Get it
Kids For A Clean Environment (F.A.C.E.)
Sustainable Design Portal
Barking Crickets dot org
And, of course, I urge people to ALWAYS follow the links… You never know what amazing sites you will find unless you simply spend some time following links provided by websites and bloggers!
To get you started: “Tangents” the links page from the Sustainable Design Portal

Dr. David Suzuki

Last night Krys, Julia, Cat and I went out to hear David Suzuki speak. He is currently promoting his autobiography “David Suzuki: The Autobiography”. Dr. Suzuki is always a great speaker and last night was no exception.
He gave us a bird’s-eye view of his life to this point, spoke about his children, and touched on his environmental activism which really is pretty much part and parcel of his personal life. He is obviously proud of his children who have inherited much from him, most having followed in their father’s scientific footsteps. His daughter Severn certainly has taken a leaf from her father’s book and, apart from having recently received her Masters in Ethnobotany at the University of Victoria, when Severn was 9 she started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. At 12, she gave a forceful speech at the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro urging the delegates to work on behalf of their own children and the children of the world toward a safer and healthier planet.
I bought a copy of his autobiography, as well as three copies of his book “Sacred Balance” and three copies of Elizabeth May‘s* book “How to Save the World in Your Spare Time”, got them all autographed….
Julia with David Suzuki

* Elizabeth May, who is a good friend of Suzuki’s, made the introductions. I met Elizabeth when she graced our fellowship by speaking about environmental activism and spirituality. I was pleased to do the sound and provide the music for that talk and was pleased that she recognized me and even remembered my name.

_____
More resources:
David Suzuki
CBC Archives on David Suzuki
Technorati Search for David Suzuki
IMDB entry on David Suzuki
NNDB entry
Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Time Magazine article by Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Speaker’s Spotlight
Shameless: For Girls Who Get it” article
Wikipedia article
Elizabeth May
Library and Archives Canada bio
“How to be an Activist” Sierra Club of Canada article by Elizabeth May
“Elizabeth May to run for leadership of Green party” CBC
Wikipedia article
Others:
“David Suzuki Wrote Me a Note”
Tree Hugger
The Skyfish Project
The Sloth Club
Shameless: For Girls Who Get it
Kids For A Clean Environment (F.A.C.E.)
Sustainable Design Portal
Barking Crickets dot org
And, of course, I urge people to ALWAYS follow the links… You never know what amazing sites you will find unless you simply spend some time following links provided by websites and bloggers!
To get you started: “Tangents” the links page from the Sustainable Design Portal

Ken and Rob at Amanda’s Slip

Cat and I went out to see Ken and Rob playing at Amanda’s Slip. It’s the first time I have seen Rob and Ken playing together without Ray. It is always such a pleasure to see any of the three play (and the full band, of course) because there is such a great dynamic between any two and all of them.

I am also getting to hear more and more original songs, especially from Ken, who has apparently written about 100 songs. So far, I have heard 4 of his, I think. I am looking forward to hearing them all, eventually. (hint, hint, Ken :) )

Ken singing “Angel of lyon” (Tom Russell). All I can say is… Wow! It is one of my favorite songs

Ken sings his song “This Train Goes Home”. (sorry, there is a chunk missing ’cause my battery ran out at the beginning).

Rob Singing “Wilder Than Her” (Fred Eaglesmith). I am constantly surprised by a new song, consumately done by them.

Ken and Rob at Amanda’s Slip

Cat and I went out to see Ken and Rob playing at Amanda’s Slip. It’s the first time I have seen Rob and Ken playing together without Ray. It is always such a pleasure to see any of the three play (and the full band, of course) because there is such a great dynamic between any two and all of them.

I am also getting to hear more and more original songs, especially from Ken, who has apparently written about 100 songs. So far, I have heard 4 of his, I think. I am looking forward to hearing them all, eventually. (hint, hint, Ken :) )

Ken singing “Angel of lyon” (Tom Russell). All I can say is… Wow! It is one of my favorite songs

Ken sings his song “This Train Goes Home”. (sorry, there is a chunk missing ’cause my battery ran out at the beginning).

Rob Singing “Wilder Than Her” (Fred Eaglesmith). I am constantly surprised by a new song, consumately done by them.

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