Just out for a walk an a beautiful sunny evening in Edmonton.
Sometimes you just have to stop and look up.
Life through the screen
I am not really sure when it happened, but all of a sudden we seem to living life through the screen. I am not saying this is a bad thing, nor is it a good thing, it just is what we (and possibly you) do. Documenting out lives through photos, tweets, status updates and sms, this is the 21st century.
Is it really that different?
I would argue that people have been tracking their lives as long as there have been tools to do so. From writing journals to making photo albums to what we do now, we have always wanted to document our experiences. Our brains are hardwired to forget trivial information and experiences, but that doesn’t mean that we want to forget them.
This is to remembering (or documenting) the trivial, and not so trivial experiences.
While visiting friends in Calgary, we went to Wild Rose Brewery for lunch. I decided to order the sample pack and taste the beers that Wild Rose Brewery produces. Here are my favorites (and not so favorites).
- S.O.B. is a slightly bitter and friendly session ale. This is the perfect drink for a weekend afternoon.
- HooDoo Hef is really nice. A well balanced hefeweizen with character, interesting, slightly sweet, and with the promised clove flavour. There is a slight banana flavour as well. Great mouth feel, great beer. This is a seasonal brew and is one of my favorites.
- Wred Wheat is a good amber ale, balanced, interesting, dependable and something that you could drink all night.
- The Brown ale is chocolatey and malty, delicious and another great beer by Wild Rose Brewery.
The not so good
- Velvet fog is boring, no flavour stands out, and this unfiltered beer looks more interesting then it tastes. The beer does have great mouth feel, but not worth experiencing twice.
- The IPA is a little off, I can’t put my finger on it, but it just isn’t like the IPAs from Victoria and Vancouver.
- Alberta Crude has a great start, complex flavours, a smooth beginning and a great middle, however, the finish doesn’t live up to the start. A bitter note near the end leaves you a little confused, and you wonder what happened to the great start.
Wild rose has a full line of beers with great variety. There are some real treats (Wred Wheat and Brown Ale). The seasonal is fun and interesting, definitely showing you that the brew master knows how to make new and interesting beers.
The fog in this second growth rain forest has a spooky feeling to it. Juan de Fuca park.
The street cafe provides a unique setting, special to cities: a place where people can sit lazily, legitimately, be on view, and watch the world go by. Therefore: encourage local cafes to spring up in each neighborhood. Make them intimate places, with several rooms, open to a busy path, where people can sit with coffee or a drink and watch the world go by. Build the front of the cafe so that a set of tables stretch out of the cafe, right into the street. The most humane cities are always full of street cafes.
A Pattern Language
People watching is one of my favorite things to do, and I love sitting down and watching the world walk by while I drink a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, Canada doesn’t seem to have too many cafes like this.
While hiking in Goldstream, we came across this trestle. It is very high up, at least 60 meters and there are no railings.
Still in use?
I don’t think this trestle is used much anymore. The rails looked pretty rusty and I didn’t see any trains. If there was a commuter train between the Cowichan Valley and Victoria, it would run on these tracks, so there is definitely potential there.
I like the ideas of taking old railways and converting them into mixed use pathways. Railways are particularly good because of their nice grade. This would be a great way to get from the Cowichan Valley to Victoria via bicycle, just like the Kettle Valley Rail Tral.
Decided to go for a hike at Goldstream, the leaves looked so green and amazing.
The first images we have of our soon to be child. Being pregnant for the first time is kind of weird. You know something earth shattering will happen, but at the same time everything seem the same.
A little more real
Last week we got an ultra sound when Tanya was almost 5 months in. It is pretty incredible to see the photos of this little human being moving inside Tanya’s body. Little hands, little feet, little everything. When we saw its feet move it was really amazing, this is the real deal.
Big changes coming
We both know that things will be changing, but until then, we will be blissfully unaware, eating when we want to, having spare time and living life like we are 22 years old. Come October, things will change for real, and we will understand what it is like to raise a child.