General interest

Are you distracted?

Once in awhile a company will come out with a great advertising campaign.  Remember the WestJet ad last year that was so neat!  Well, VW has done it this time with this stunner of a commercial.  I think the message is a great one and I hope everyone has a chance to view this short clip.  Please share.  Cheers!

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Had a bad day – watch this….

We love animals so this clip was an immediate hit.  If this doesn’t make you chuckle..well..no comment!  Enjoy!

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The Rainbow Gate

Awhile ago, we finished the fence with my neighbour to the east.  I still have some more to do out the back (another 500 metres or so) but that’ll come in the next few months.  Once done, we realized that now we don’t have a way to get back and forth across to each property so I dug out an old iron gate I found out the back, re-furbished it then hung it.  The rainbow gate is the result!

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Should Be Fun!

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Random flights

Random flight stills and vids from my recent LA and Big Island trip.  Unfortunately, I somehow deleted most of my takeoff landing vids so this particular movie isn’t that good.  The pics at the end are kind of neat – mountains in a sea of clouds.  Enjoy!

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West by Westjet

I just returned from a quick visit to Calgary.  I like planes and thought I’d make my return trip into a short video.  You can skip through some of the scenes if they are a little long.  This was WS 257, Calgary to Comox on a Boeing 737.700.  Westjet has some of the new 737 Max aircraft on order but I don’t think they are scheduled for delivery for a bit.  I’m hoping to get a ride on the new 787 Dreamliner later this year as it rolls into the Air Canada fleet.  I really like flying Westjet and have yet to have a bad experience with them!!

The video starts in Calgary, in sunny but frigid (-23C) weather, flies across BC, starts getting a bit cloudy just past Kamloops and then descends in cloudy, foggy weather to arrive in snowy (yes, it occasionally snows here) Comox.  At about 1:50 there is a cool shot of another WS 737 landing.  Enjoy!

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California dreamin’

We just spent a week in SoCal, headquartered in Anaheim, maybe 2km from the Magic Kingdom.   It was a family holiday, highlighted by my niece and nephew Charlotte and Oliver, and we had  great times, lots of laughs and some fun bombing around Legoland, Disney, California Adventure and Universal Studios and a ridiculously low-priced NHL game.  The kids seemed to have a wonderful, if perhaps a little overwhelming, time visiting the theme parks.  A few impressions:

  • If you can avoid it, don’t visit the above noted theme parks at Christmas unless you enjoy sharing your personal space with seven other people.  Disney was especially bad – crowded beyond belief.  We even heard a rumour that the gates were closed at one point due to numbers of people inside.
  • Legoland was good but not worth the admission.  I preferred the one in Denmark, although admittedly I visited that twenty years ago so it may have changed significantly.
  • At the risk of making a sweeping generalization, I was very surprised by the overall lack of recycling.
  • Take advantage of the fast pass options at the Disney parks; you can reduce your wait time from interminable to tolerable.  California Adventure had less wait times overall.
  • Definitely visit the California Screamin Roller Coaster – amazing.
  • The house we rented was great for a family and close to I5  and Disney (five minute drive).  Buzz me for info.
  • We had to fly in to LAX due to subsequent itineraries but consider John Wayne as it is closer – LAX was 45 minutes from our house.
  • The CityPass from Costco gave us 5 days admission to various parks and was a bit of a reduced price.
  • Overall, the theme parks were fun (I’d been to Disney a couple times, Legoland in Denmark and Universal in Orlando) but busy.  The days were long (the kids did a magnificent job and I was very impressed with them), crowded and very noisy but for a short visit – very fun.  I was very glad we did LA-Hawaii and not the other way around as it is sure nice to have a quiet getaway after the hustle and bustle.

We had a really fun trip although it was so busy we didn’t actually get much time to socialize with each other!  Days were frenetic and then we were in bed early due to theme-park exhaustion!

Next update – Big Island Hawaii.  Have a great 2014!

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To all a good flight…

In case you haven’t seen this video, watch the magic of the Christmas spirit presented by Westjet.  It’s a totally ‘feel good view’.  Merry Christmas!

And for those of you who like bloopers, click here to watch some out-takes from the above video!

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Modern Art…

This is not a photograph...

This is not a photograph…

I’m not much of an artist.  In fact, I have trouble drawing stick-men.  We often think of great art made using brushes, paint and canvas.  Well, the following video shows an artist making a painting on an iPad of one of my favourite actors, Morgan Freeman.  It took 200 hours and took nearly 300,000 brush (er..finger) strokes.  To watch the video, click here.  Enjoy!

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What’s your super hero power?

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