Thursday, June 26, 2014

Every step you take...

I always feel like somebody's watching me.
And I have no privacy.
I always feel like somebody's watching me.
Tell me is it just a dream?
-- Rockwell

No, that is not a quote from Norman Rockwell, famous painter of slice-of-life America from a gentler, kinder time.

They are lyrics from the 80s dance tune by singer Rockwell. In many ways these words are even more relevant today than they were 30 years ago. From our Internet browsing habits to security cameras everywhere we are all under surveillance in ways that would have shocked and horrified Norman...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Better call Saul!

Fans of the excellent TV series Breaking Bad are familiar with the phrase "Better call Saul!" Saul Goodman was the sleazy -- sometimes noble -- lawyer who provided legal aid to people with few morals but lots of cash.

Recently in Sudbury, I was surprised to see several highly visible, opportunistic law offices within a block of the city's law court. It's not something that exists here in Victoria. The one above was located in a strip mall and was something that would look more at home somewhere in the United States.

Most of them provide legal advice to people who break traffic laws. And let's be honest, most of these people are likely guilty of impaired driving. It smacks of the same sort of questionable ethics that Saul would approve of.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


On a recent visit to Sidney, we saw this field of poppies and crosses dedicated, I assume, to those local natives who lost their lives during D-Day.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

She works hard for the money...

There's more to life than being really, really, really
ridiculously good looking...
-- Derek Zoolander (aka Ben Stiller)

I was wrong about modeling. It turns out that it's a lot harder than it looks. A few months ago, I was part of a modeling photography workshop that featured local models-in-training A. and M.

The workshop lasted about five hours but at the end of it the girls were tired for sure. Much like firefighting, a lot of modeling involves sitting around and waiting for 'THINGS' to get set up... flashes, scrims, reflectors. Once that is done the models then have to be 'on' for the camera immediately. No bored or disinterested looks allowed.

I'm not sure that supermodels are worth the money they make, but your journeyman model earns her money.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Who's that girl?

Unless we're travelling I rarely feature myself or my wife in my blog, preferring not to insert myself too much into the story.

However, my wife is actually my favourite model, blessed as she is with great looks, blue eyes and blonde hair. Plus she's looking over my shoulder right now...

Okay, so THIS impromptu photo doesn't show off her eyes, but I love it for the hint of a mischievous smile.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Russell Henry is the son of Brian Henry, owner of Ocean River Sports beside Capital Iron. Brian and his business are well known in the local kayaking community. His sons – Russell and Graham – were fellow Cubs and Beavers with our sons. We had lost touch with them until a recent news article in our local paper highlighted their amazing South America to Florida paddling trip last fall.

I remembered them as two small, slender boys of 10 or so. I was shocked to see them as full grown men. I could have passed them in the street without recognizing them. Memory is a funny thing… in our minds people always remain frozen in age based on the last time we saw them.

As of this date, Russell is on a solo trip paddle around Vancouver Island trying to beat the current record time of about 15 days and 11 hours.