Monday, May 28, 2007

camping in NY state

For the Victoria Day long weekend (May 19-21 2007), I went with my family on a camping/RV trip to Letchworth State Park. Yes, this was more than a week ago. And yes, I've only just now downloaded my digital photographs.

Letchworth simply blew us away. The gorge cut by the Genesee River is, in places, 600 feet deep. The river makes three amazing sets of waterfalls.



My pictures of the middle falls are on 35mm... still undeveloped. I hiked all the way up to the top of the canyon, right underneath the railway bridge (right side) in the first picture.

It was a good weekend. The weather wasn't too bad, and I got to try some delicious wine from the nearby Finger Lakes: Salmon Run Petit Noir and Coho Red.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


omg lastnight! Lost. I am freaking out. FutureJack is crazed -- kind of like Malcolm McDowell desperate to get back to the Nexus in Star Trek: Generations.

omg tonight! Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip returns! Six new episodes. I knew it would come back... I just knew it!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

this post is like the mandatory sax solo in an eighties pop song

Expected. De rigueur. Kickin'!
What do we do with our lives?
We leave only a mark
Will our story shine like a light
Or end in the dark?
Give it all or nothing!
doo doo doo doo doo doo doooo doooo...
Tina Turner, "We Don't Need Another Hero"

Don't you get sad and lonely
You need a change from what you do all day
Ain't no sense in all your crying
Just pick it up and throw it into shape
INXS, "What You Need"

Always slipping from my hands,
Sand's a time of its own
Take your seaside arms and write the next line
Oh I want the truth to be known
Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I know this much is true
Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I know this much is -- true
Spandau Ballet, "True"

Dusty words lying under carpets
Seldom heard, well, must you keep your secrets
Locked inside, hidden deep from view?
Do I seem all that hard? Is it all that tough?
Now I've shown you all my cards, well isn't that enough?
You can hide your hurt
But there's something you can do
You can talk to me
You can talk to me -- when you're down, now
You can talk to me
T-t-talk to me
Stevie Nicks, "Talk To Me"

Friday, May 11, 2007


I walked home from work this evening. My usual route takes me close to Massey Hall and the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres.* The paint on the south side of the theatre is peeling off, and it's revealing the brickwork in a way that I find very pleasing. Tonight, the reflected sunlight from a nearby building added an extra layer of interest. Standing on Victoria Street, I took this picture:

There it was: through the streetcar wires, dappled in light... a pattern on top of a pattern that made my grumpy mood disappear.

* thanks to Salem for the geographical/architectural correction

Thursday, May 03, 2007


I took time to smell photograph the flowers this morning after my medical appointment. Forsythia gives us a jolt of electric yellow just when we really need it. It's in the same family as jasmine and lilac. Guess what else is in the same family? Olives.

location: between Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Vaughan Estate

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

It's the dirtiest clean I know

I'm heading to HMV after work to buy the new albums by Tori Amos and Feist. Well... definitely Tori, and probably Feist. I'm still getting acquainted with her music. I liked the cool seventies groove of "Inside and Out" after I heard it a few times. (Note to Salem: I didn't know she was part of BSS. I still have no idea who they are, but at least I'm one step closer now.)

What might clinch the purchase is how much I love My Moon My Man. I love men, I love men's moons, and I love the foot-tapping tempo of the track. How can I lose?