Monday, July 31, 2006

The Ceiling

Here is a view of the ceiling of the cave showing the beautiful mineral deposits Posted by Picasa

The Entrance

During my visit to Vancouver Island I decided to stop and take a look at Horne Lake Caves. It was worth it. The picture you see is looking back up at the 2 foot square opening that is called the entrance. They have a very strong steel door that is locked open when there are tours and closed when they are not. You climb down the steel stairs to the base of the cave to start the tour. More pictures to follow. Posted by Picasa

A Walk In The Woods

Justin and his Grandpa (me) took a little walk around Cathedral Grove during our visit to Vancouver Island. You have to see these trees to believe the size of them. I have seen these woods several times and I still stand in awe. The oldest trees are over 800 years old. Think about it they where good sized trees before Columbus even thought about stopping by.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Electric Scooter aka the "Blue Bomber"

Well we have had the bike for a few days now and made a few discoveries. The bike goes about 40 km and still has some juice left. The brakes are terrible. They are noisy and hard to setup. But they stop good. We took the rear box off as it was kinda noisy. And we replaced it with our soft bag for our regular bikes. This works very nicely. I have taken it to work and found it runs great on level ground. Hills are a bit much with me on it. It is rated for 220 pounds and I meet or exceed that. Jackie has gone to work and back several times and it had done well except the brakes. We estimate the route to be about 34 km perhaps more and the bike does the return trip no problem. So I will keep you posted. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Not A Big Motorcycle (Just a groovy little motorbike)

Well we took the plunge. With rising gas prices we decided to try one of the new electric assisted bicycles. They are considered bicycles so no licence and no insurance. The claim is about 25 cents to charge with a range of 50 km. The top speed is 32km but I think that is optimistic. This translates into 875 km per gallon I'm told. The hope is that this little machine will get Jackie to work and back on a single charge. That should save us about 60 to 80 bucks a month. And zero emissions. I will keep you posted on how it all works out. Posted by Picasa

Monday, July 10, 2006

Oh yah My Eye

Well I returned to Dr. Hopp today concerning my torn retina. He took a look and decided that I needed some laser surgery to help the healing process and to make sure the retina was firmly attached. Apparently the air bubble that he injected into my eyeball will take a few more days to dissipate. I gotta tell Ya it is the strangest thing to look out your eye and see half your vision blocked by a blue green semi transparent bubble bouncing around inside your eye. Doc says all will be well in a week or two. It has been a strange journey that I hope I never have to go through again.

I Love Linux

This is a screenshot of my dual booting laptop. This is PCLinuxOS with some serious hacking to the GUI. I used a fractal generator to create the wallpaper and I like the results. Just click on the picture to see it full size. You gotta love a completely free OS that is fully customizable. For more info on all the Linux distros out there check out distrowatch

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Doves In The Yard

Jackie pointed out to me the other day that this dove returns every day to take a look around our back yard. So I pulled out her Minolta and got a few pics. He seemed interested in my antics and watched as I "shot" him. We hope to see him stay a regular visitor Posted by Picasa

Torn Retinas

I just finished typing a long story about this eyeball of mine and lost it all in a formatting issue so the new story is. Here is my eye after surgery. I had been suffering with some problems with my right eye and after much persistance it was discovered that I had torn the retina loose in the back of that eye. I was sent to the hospital and was quickly met by a surgeon and we decided on a method of treatment. Within a few minutes he was sticking needles in my eye and then injecting air. Which will remain for 10 or so days to disapate. I will keep you posted Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Just Another Screenshot

I have tried several, well many versions of Linux and I have consistently come back to PCLinuxOS. This is a screenshot of the latest fresh install. I have found this version of Linux to be fast and stable. It can be downloaded from their website or at . Distrowatch is a great site to explore if you are remotely interested in Linux. There you can find all the active distros and what they are all about. They include reviews and links to all sorts of resources. Take a look and have some fun.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Where There Is Smoke....

Just over the mountain there is a little fire burning. The ash is beginning to fall and the wind is blowing hard. I can hear the roar of water bombers and I'm hoping they kill the beast. Posted by Picasa

Oh The Oldies

Here are a couple more shots of the same group of cars and trucks. I love these old wrecks. Posted by Picasa

Old Truck Are ......

We where out for a ride on Canada day and rode by these trucks and I just had to stop and snap a few shots. a little Photoshop tweak and here they are. Posted by Picasa

Family Get Together

Here they are folks. from left to right. Kristine, Ralph, Mom, Jessi, and Xavier. We where able to have a little family gathering this Canada day and it was fun. Posted by Picasa