Street photos...

2.28.2009

Real cannon, real thing

Hockey goal announcement device from the 1880s.
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Seen in a "Gentleman's Quarters" i.e. barber shop.
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Tyler and I are skipping the Toucan tonight and going to see the Oldtimers Hockey Challenge. Some retired NHL players take on some cops. It's a good time, but it isn't usually held on a Saturday, darn it. I guess the Toucan will still be there next week, and I haven't missed many Saturdays in three years.

Don't eat brown snow, either.

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I don't know if that's a scarf or a purse, but it seems to have been left behind.
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2.27.2009

Pucking around is for squares

Shots from Feb Fest, the re-enactment of an 1886 hockey game. Goals were announced by a man with a red flag, and a subsequent firing of a cannon. I wasn't able to get a good shot of the cannon firing.

I bet it would hurt twice as much getting hit by the corner of a square puck. No padding back in those days.

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Oops.

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They are all looking in the wrong place, eh? I thought it was kinda cool that I caught the puck in the air.

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2.26.2009

Bitch, bench and other random stuff

Even if a dog had good taste in clothes, it wouldn't matter until they got voices, too.
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After all this ice and snow fell from the bank roof, some guys put yellow tape up to keep folks away. There was no more in that spot, but hey...
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Just the thing for watching The Rockford Files...
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Death of an ice queen.
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2.24.2009

Beaver tails and flying gloves

Tyler and I went to the square for some beaver, I mean we went looking for tail. Oh, never mind. A pastry with our choice of topping is what we got.

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The city wanted to ensure the comfort of its guests to Feb Fest, so a man was walking around with boxes of small, red knitted gloves for the kids, and anyone who had small hands. I took at least a dozen shots of gloves flying through the air, but chose this one because of the young man watching this pair.

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2.23.2009

Soft on kids, hard on hockey players

Scary Armed Forces mascot, looks like he's recruiting kinda young.

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Former Toronto Maple Leaf Doug Gilmour, now the coach of the Kingston Frontenacs, Ontario Hockey League. Another former NHL player, Jim Dorey, is in the ref shirt.

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Ice skater

Ha ha ha.

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2.22.2009

2.21.2009

Tag. I'm it.

I don't have a night stand per se but I was tagged by B-e, so here's my sleepy time corner.

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From the top, left to right:
A wooden drawing figure, a beer can holder with tits, glass and plexiglass squares because I'm strange, supporting a 5"x5" print from JenV, and a broken Ott lamp.

Top shelf:
Glass insulator and an 80s vintage Sanyo AM/FM radio-cassette deck.

Middle shelf:
Three movies on CD (crappy .mov files) and another 80s piece, a Timex quartz clock. If I avoid using the light, it will run about five years on a C cell.

Bottom shelf:
A few Heavy Metal magazines on top of two black steel storage boxes.

In the corner is a stack of unread Heavy Metal magazines. One of these days I'll get around to reading them.

I'm not going to tag anyone, I had intended to do this anyway. Getting a poke from Breath-e just made me get off my butt and take a photo. Interesting photos to follow tomorrow :-)

2.20.2009

Hardware, softwear.

This might be the best one of it's type I have done so far. I like it.

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2.19.2009

Hardware Part 2

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This is not military, only militarish. K-ROCK needs to get rid of this old turkey.
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Getting ready to move out and head back to the base.
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Hardware Part 1

The Forces display a few things during Feb Fest. Kids of all ages get to climb over and into these.

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2.18.2009

It's official.

Actually, it's eight officials. From Feb Fest, Sat. Feb 7.

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2.17.2009

Your spaghetti will be served cold.

I don't know what's going on with this little restaurant. "Spaghetti's Ready!" closed sometime right around Christmas, and there is still a sign in the window that says "closed for the holidays". The wine rack is empty, but all the furniture is there. I hope it will be reopened. There were always at least a couple of people other than staff inside, and it seemed like a nice little place for a plate of pasta and a glass of wine. It looked very friendly.

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I'd name him George

Don't you think he resembles a politico who recently exited...?
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Not a bad Monday as Tuesdays go. No day off tomorrow *sigh* We'll get more snow, though, so, yay.

2.16.2009

Balls! On a fork!

Goofing with macro a while back. These are 1/4" ball bearings.
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2.15.2009

Like 96 birds on a wire...

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Exit, stage right

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Sunday. Mmmm. Bacon, eggs, toast and pancakes are started. It is a sunny but cold day, I think I will go out with the camera later.

2.14.2009

Don't lose your head...

...over a broken heart.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

It's just a photo I took a while a go, folks, everything is good here :-)

2.13.2009

Good bye, Mike...

You don't know him. I didn't really know him, nor did the others who read his blog, or the people on whose blogs he commented on. I think we all had a feel of what he was about, and some of us perhaps understood that he was unhappy most of the time, and hopeful some of the time. Unhappiness won out today at 12:18 pm.

What do you say to someone when they are depressed, besides words of encouragement, support and possibly humor?

What do you say when you find your own name in a final, good bye journal entry, knowing that it is likely too late?

What do you say, and to whom, besides yourself, when it turns out to really be too late, that he was successful in the one thing he knew he could control?

I have so many questions, feelings, thoughts, and I will have to ponder them for some time to come. There is no one to say them to...

Stand by for an incoming religious message...

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2.12.2009

Burned out and salty

Only firemen are allowed to play with fire...
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This is where we store our sand/salt mixtures for deicing and putting some grip on slippery roads
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2.11.2009

Gimme a smile, but pipe down!

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It's the real thing

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When I walk home from work, I pass by this Coca Cola warehouse. That's all it is now, but until the 70s or so it was still a bottling plant. When I was in public school way back in the 60s, we took a school tour of this plant. At the end of the tour we were given a bottle of Coke (I miss glass bottles) and a snack from Weston's Bakery, which was across the street. Coke and Westons would trade with each other.

I still like the look of this building. It has a few blemishes and age spots, but Coca Cola has generally kept it up pretty well.

2.10.2009

Green, blue and yellow, with age

Roof detail w/Christmas lights
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This was likely a gas station originally. It has also been a greasy spoon/bar. I wonder what it will be next.
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One room schoolhouse (?) now a child care establishment.
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