Thursday, 25 September 2014

Mental Health

I have a crazy family.  I think if we all are honest, we all do.  I am currently receiving professional help in this department, but I in no means have a monopoly on this.  

I was fortunate to have two sister's as I was supposedly growing up, actually they were half sister's on my mothers side which I never new till a drunken aunt revealed this when I was about 13.  Both of my sister's were quite a bit older than me and as such I grew up a lot as a only child.  

Why am I writhing this well .....I heard a Credence Clearwater Revival song on the radio and I remember that was the first concert that I ever saw.  It was at the Coliseum and my mom and dad, and myself had come down to Vancouver for some reason,  both my sister's were living here attending school.  They took me to the concert.

Now so what, except that you had the great privilege to see John Fogarty in his prime.  Believe me I remember it.

But here is the weird part, I remember the warm up act even more.  A keyboard player and a drummer.  that was it.  They played for about 30 minutes, in which there was a drum solo.  Now I am not a big fan of drum solo's but this guy did part of it with his head, which to an 11 yr. old was to cool.

This is what I found on  the net, it was the song but not the solo.  

Lee Michael and the drummer was Frosty.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Kinda like this lady's music.  She has the right lineage

Holly Williams

For your education

Holly Audrey Williams (born March 12, 1981) is an American country music artist. She is the granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. and half-sister of Hank Williams III. Williams has released three studio albums: The Ones We Never Knew in 2004, Here with Me in 2009 and The Highway in 2013. The Highway was released on Williams' own label, Georgiana Records and made its debut at number 1 on the Billboard heat-seekers chart.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Urinal

So yes, this is a truly great photo and I wish some hotel or bar in Vancouver would have the ....shall I say...."balls"  to decorate their facilities in .  Measuring up, what a concept and believe me something every man spends time considering.  The gentleman in the photo is practising  humility, a so called noble cause.

Think back to the famous Seinfeld episode when George was caught nude after swimming and referred to shrinkage.  Cold water has produced this occurrence in every man, wither (sic) he admits it or not.

So I really did have a laugh when I saw the photo, not sure if I could actually go with some of the ladies looking down on me.   We all don't measure up. :)

Friday, 19 September 2014

Rod Stewart, sings Maggie May live on Letterman (1993)

God bless Scotland and all my Scottish Friends.  My favourite rock star and a different version of my favourite song.  Wake up Maggie I think ........

Friday, 12 September 2014


So next Thursday voters in Scotland go to the polls, not really a lot being reported around our parts as we stare at our navel's and our ongoing teacher strike.  In the big scheme of things this may be a much bigger story.  Yes, I know a lot of you will be pushing delete or return or what the fuck ever because the vote in Scotland doesn't effect your nice little life as much as caring for little John or Barb and the unavailability of having the option of dropping them off at a government funded daycare.  But you know what....perhaps you should dummy up a bit on the issue.

First and foremost I am in no way an expert,  but I do have to laugh a bit and in someways see some irony in the issue.  I was in Scotland once or so I am told.  Left London on the Flying Scotsman Train arrived in Glasgow pissed as a newt left a week or so later in the exact same condition.  Was travelling with a friend of Scottish decent, I never held it against him, he and his brother were and still are "oatmeal savages" of the highest repute.  Never understood a word that was spoken the whole time I was there especially in Glasgow, not sure if that was because of the alcoholic buzz or just because, they talk like they have a mouth full of marbles. It still amazes me that after 20 years in Canada Scots still have an accent.  And then to make me a better expert on the Scots I dated a young lady from a town just outside Glasgow,  oh ya and Rod Stewart is my favourite male singer and the lady I dated was Maggie (Margret actually but artistic license takes precedence)

Hagas god help us all,  but consider it as their Maple Syrup,  ah ....maybe not and it could never stand up to Poutine.  But you know what think about it a bit, Vancouver has a huge Scottish connection, we as Canadians know what separation as an issue is all about, give it some thought, take some time.

I am thinking about this vote.  I do not have a real side to stand I want some syrup with that 

Mel for Prime Minister.  And could I spend a weekend at Balmoral??????????

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Mexican Tall Ship

The Mexican Navy's Tall Ship Cuahtemoc docked at North Vancouver's Burrard dry dock pier.

Maiden Head

Cuauhtémoc (Nahuatl pronunciation: /kʷaːʍˈtemoːk/About this sound kwauˈtemok  also known as CuauhtemotzinGuatimozin orGuatemoc; c. 1495) was the Aztec ruler (tlatoani) of Tenochtitlan from 1520 to 1521. The name Cuāuhtemōc means "One That Has Descended Like an Eagle", commonly rendered in English as "Descending Eagle" as in the moment when an eagle folds its wings and plummets down to strike its prey, so this is a name that implies aggressiveness and determination.
Cuauhtémoc took power in 1520 as successor of Cuitláhuac and was a cousin of the former emperor Moctezuma II. His young wife, who would later be known as Isabel Moctezuma, was one of Moctezuma's daughters. He ascended to the throne when he was 25 years of age, as his city was being besieged by the Spanish and devastated by an epidemic of smallpox brought to the New World by Spanish invaders. Probably after the killings in the main temple, there were few Aztec captains available to take the position.

ARM Cuauhtémoc is a sail training vessel of the Mexican Navy, named for the last Mexica Hueyi Tlatoani Cuauhtémoc who was captured and executed in 1525.
She is the last of four sister ships built by the Naval Shipyards of BilbaoSpain, in 1982, all built to a design similar to the 1930 designs of the German firm Blohm & Voss, like Gorch FockUSCGC Eagle and the NRP Sagres.
Like her sister ships, the Colombia's Gloria, Ecuador's Guayas and Venezuela's Simón BolívarCuauhtémoc is a sailing ambassador for her home country and a frequent visitor to world ports, having sailed over 400,000 nautical miles (700,000 km) in her 23 years of service, with appearances at the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' RacesASTA Tall Ships Challenges, Sail Osaka, and others.


                                                              Now that's a Flash!

This did not lend itself very well to street photography.  Built by Leica and sold to the U.S. Army Corp. and U.S. Navy just before Pearl Harbour.  Sales obviously dropped after that but came back after the war, this one tagged 1950.  Love to own it but looks kind of unwieldy.

                      This is the Kiev made in the Ukraine (U.S.S.R.) after the war.  A Leica knock off.

This is the Kwanon which is celebrating it's 80th birthday this year.  1934 and I am not kidding about the name.

The Hansa Canon, produced in cooperation with Nippon Kogaku K.K. (present day Nikon), was released two years after the Kwanon prototype

The Fuji X30 today.  With the upswing of mirror less camera's the more things change the more they stay the same.