Sunday, October 31, 2010

On the road again


Mrs S & I did the Trisport brunch in Grim-town this morn, then some poking around Jacob, ON. Sadly we couldn't take Pat's new friend home to our garden (though we do have an emu egg shell, they're beautiful. I'm off to the CANDAC meeting in Halifax, stay tuned on the Purple Crow Lidar facebook page.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

OUAA Cross Country Championships


Time is short but I wanted to get these pictures and video up before I get on a plane tomorrow for the CANDAC workshop in Halifax. Congratulations to the team for a great season and showing a lot of character on a tough course today.

Pappa Sica


The little chapel in Kintore

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Annual UWO Engineering School Giant Pumpkin Drop

This is the 2nd attempt, the first time nothing happened and they had to take the pumpkin back down and try again.

Seriously big pumpkin


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dusk Firestorm: Day 2

Long day of interesting science talks at the OSIRIS/ACE Workshop at Environment Canada in TO, mostly concerned with exciting results from these Canadian satellites currently in orbit measuring the atmosphere. So after all the equations and graphs driving back to the Forest City with Mrs. S. the atmosphere reminded us how beautiful it is with our second night in a row of wild sunsets. The colors did the spectrum of yellow/orange/neon/red highlighting complex cloud patterns. Hardly noticed the drive back as the last 90 min we just watched slack jawed. And then we had some Vietnamese food from Quyuh Nih Restaurant in London, one of our favourites, yum!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fire in the Ontario Sky

Bright west horizon Sun, raining/grey overhead. Wow.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Amy P hi from New ON road. where is the Old one?


Saturday, October 16, 2010

3 Sicas having 1 good time in Victoria Park

Yo all Mad Rappers it all went down this AM on 8 mile

Beautiful Fall roll on the Dirt Dawg. Enjoy the view. Namaste.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday walkin Home


on the ipod:

"I did my best, it wasn't much I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you And even though it all went wrong I'll stand before the Lord of Song With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah"


Sunday, October 3, 2010

by the time we got to Tavistock we wuz cold and waterlogged...

…. by the time we got to Tavistock we wuz cold and waterlogged

and everywhere was a puddle and saturation

and I dreamed I saw Fausto Coppi raise his top tube to the sky

turning into cowbells to rock the nation….. (lifted from Crosby, Vroomen, White and Young)

well the plan was 105 km to Waterloo for the XC meet, surprising the Boy in the process. The hierarchy I learned in Grade 9 English twas:

1. man against nature

2. man against man

3. man against himself

Well at least 1 and 3, as for the size of the group, see 3, so no 2. I left with the faint hope clause that there was a bit of a break in the steady rain that was falling to the east and I might be able to get into it and track it up to Waterloo. No dice. Plus got to Plover Mills Rd and the bridge was out. You could get a bike over, but I had to let Mrs. S know to avoid coming that way. Workin the phone with numb fingers was no easy feat. Got back on the bike and kept going. Every 10 min or so I would be sure the rain was starting to let up, but when I finally rendezvoused with the team car east of Harrington reality set in, and we meet up at Tavistock (see picture). So I got ⅔ the way there, and qualified under Rule 9 as a hardboy for today anyway. (BTW Ironla/RW the Plover Mills Elementary School is for sale. I tried to talk Mrs. S into this, what an awesome place to live, your own gym and plenty of rooms for stuff, huge bathrooms).

The race was awesome, the steady rain and cold made perfect XC conditions on the Columbia Lake fields behind the UW campus. The race was an open, and I can close to signing up, but am too wise a vet to want to get that skooled by the young guys who would have lapped me on the 4 lap course. Brock’s top runner was injured, so the boys had to HTFU to try to get their points.  No results yet, so I don’t know how they did, but they all suffered and no one took any easy step. Chris BigSocks and Cass had a rather spectacular finish:


The rest of the photo gallery shows the immediate post-race glow. Their next race is in K-town. Strange, Cass will be going to K-town but there will be no family ties there any more.

"Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra

La-la how the life goes on (Ha ha ha)”



ps: "ob-la-di ob-la-da” is purported to be Nigerian (the hell does that mean, “Nigerian", kinda like “buenos dias” is in Mexican?). I’m checking with my Nigerian source on this one.