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Canadian Little League Championship Game

Whalley Little League wins the Canadian Championship and head to Williamsport PA for the LLWS
Canadian Little League Championship Game

Whalley (Surrey), as the host team, won the tournament in convincing fashion going 6-0 through the tourney and winning the championship game over the Ontario representative from Easy Nepean LL in 4 innings 10-0 on the strength of lights-out pitching, 5 big HRs and smart baserunning.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan represented the prairies, and Glace Bay, Nova Scotia represented the Maritimes plus a team named the Lynx from somewhere in Quebec.

The dominant Whalley squad leave tomorrow (Sunday) to Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the little league world series.

{Update: Batter by Batter recap at Unpage}

A few notes about Vancouver…

I posted a comment on Steven Wittens blog post about coming to work for Bryght in glorious Vancouver.  For posterity, i typed these letters in this order:

“Don’t listen to the right-coast curmudgeon, Vancouver is the best city going.  While Belgium undoubtedly has the best beer (please bring me some Grimberger Dubbel), Canada does alright … though the industry is kind of caught between micros which were purchased by macros, and micros which are still figuring out the zen of brewing and, as such, the CDN beer industry has lost of wee bit of the cachet it enjoyed for years.

The whining about raining is the local pasttime but honestly the rain is not intolerable (don’t hardly need an umbrella or rain jacket most days) and the constant drizzle just makes the shiny, glowing summers even more enjoyable. Plus amazing scenery all year round and fantastic food and eclectic neighborhoods make the area very livable despite the burgeoning pre-Olympic and condo-mania construction craziness fueled by speculators and hype.

As for weed, well, the short version is “yes” – though not Amsterdam, liberal smokeeasys do exist which is as much a comment on Vancouver’s strategic political climate of harm reduction as it is for preferred recreational habits … and yup, you’ll get to see a higher does of urban plight (homelessness, meth-addicts, flop houses etc,) than you are accustomed to in Europa.  Questions from the class?

cheers,  daveo”

The Sylvia Hotel – Symbol of Grace and History

I have re-read an excellent article from the NY Times (subscription req’d) Travel Footsteps found via Darren Barefoot’s web repository of goodness.

The article is about writer Alice Munro’s time spent living in Vancouver and while I am not very familiar with Ms. Munro’s work, i am fascinated by Vancouver history and locations, especially from a literary perspective. Anyhow, the article talked about various Vancouver landmarks visited by, or alluded to in Munro’s writing.
Vancouver's Sylvia HotelThis is not the shiny, internationalized Vancouver of Douglas Coupland, rather a time when Vancouver was a west coast outpost city in transition trying to carve out an identity and an economy after the first heady decades of mass harvesting of timber and minerals. The neighborhoods have changed, downtown has “moved” but many landmarks are more luminescent than ever.

The article finishes with a walking tour of Alice Munro’s Vancouver including points in Kitsilano and around to English Beach and the wabi-sabi Sylvia hotel. Now turned into apartments i do believe, the Sylvia stands out in a busy waterfront, a side thick-covered in ivy, no balconies or thermal windows or fitness clubs, just refined living from a by-gone day right in front of the idyllic driftwood and sand beach.

Makes me think of walking back to the hotel after a night listening to lounge jazz at a supper club on Main or Hastings – somewhere now turned to a flophouse welfare hotel, the only evidence of past glory, a faded sign or framed and glassed dusty prints of performers or guests stashed in a closet or forgotten on an otherwise vacant shelf.

Daily, i Ride the 15 Cambie

Here’s a photo of a photo of the Cambie bus on its first day of toil – the Inner Fairview route is a bit different now and the buses newer but worn.  Cambie Bus

I saw this on the rolling transit museum which included a video with narrative of riding the trolleys and buses in the 40s-50s around Vancouver and the inter-urban lines out to the ‘burbs (there is a movement to resurrect these lines).

I enjoyed the notion of someone taking the time to film their bus rides and preserve them for viewing now.  Makes me think i am not so crazy for filming Seabus voyages.

I also enjoyed the narrative comments about how the operators worked hard to improve seats and lighting to make the ride more pleasant – what an idea!  Encourage transit riding by making it comfy and clean.

Brother Bob on more adventurous hi-jinks

Older borther Lt. Bob is an naval engineer who – due to his Japanese language ability – ended up translating for some joint military exercise which involved a trip to a Aircraft Carrier named for the esteemed Republican President Lincoln (yes the same one on which BushII unfurled the Mission Accomplished banner). Besides his tripp to my old stomping grounds of Guam, he also recently embarked on trips to Italy, Hawaii and the Japanese Alps for summits and soaks.


LTJG Robert Olson, project manager at NAVFAC Far East’s Yokosuka Public Works Department Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division, participated as an interpreter for a group of Japanese military officers and reporters observing the Valiant Shield 2006 exercise in the Northern Marianas from 16 to 23 June. Olson, who is fluent in Japanese, escorted the group on tours of Guam military installations and aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The exercise included an arrested carrier landing and catapult-assisted takeoff from a C- 2A Greyhound. Valiant Shield 2006 tested joint operability of three carrier strike groups and over 300 aircraft. Military members from seven Pacific-rim nations participated in the foreign observer program.”

Fireworks exploding in the distance…

Finished up 2006 Celebration of Specialness Fireworks Extravaganza on a hillside at the border between English Bay and Stanley Park with a potluck picnic, new friends and more snapshots as we watched Mexico take the prize and then saw the whole deal end with a big shiny finale.
Mexico's Firework Performance

This time i framed up some of the shots with overhanging tree branches to give some perspective to the composition and also took some tighter shots with just the exploding bits suspended in space.

Recap (almost) the whole she-bang! See the whole Mexico set + Czech Fireworks set + Chinese Fireworks

Declared the finest fireworks picture ever!

Chinese Fireworks in VancouverThe esteemed Unabonger has declared this as his favorite fireworks picture of all time. While there is no contest occuring, i must say, i am really pleased with how they turned out.

I have dozens upon dozens from this night of the Celebration of Fire competition alone (China) and only posted maybe 6-8 so as to not flood my photostream but i’ll likley make something out of the whole collection. Plus still two more nights to shoot with Czech Republic and Mexico competing for the prize(?).

Anyhow, I ran them through a slideshow last night and really dug the dimension of the colours and and, when in full size, seeing the subtitles of the smoke of the water (dada dada dudada) and the details on the barge. Check out the whole set including the walk to English Bay and the sights and folks around.

on the way to chinese fireworks by Uncleweed