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|I did Rattlesnake Island Swim across Okanagan Lake and back for the fourth time. The outbound leg was very rough!! It took me a long time to get across the lake. Coming back was smooth, fast & easy. Here's a map of my track. Compare it to my track in 2012, 2011 and in 2007.|
|An article on the djembe and dundun, types of West African drums. I taught a summer course in African hand drumming in 2012 and used this as an introduction to the instruments used.|
|Ok, I did another Rattlesnake Island swim across Okanagan Lake and back. This one was 19 minutes slower than last year. I'm not sure why, but other competitors were slower as well. Here's a map of my track. Compare it to my track in 2011 and in 2007.|
|On Aug 13. 2011 I completed the 7 km Rattlesnake Island Swim across Okanagan Lake in 2h 21min, two minutes faster than in 2007. The course starts in Peachland, crosses Okanagan Lake, rounds Rattlesnake Island and returns to Peachland. Here's a map of my track. Compare it to my track in 2007.|
|In 2010 I joined Yamabiko Taiko in Kelowna. I already enjoyed drumming (West African-style), and I'd been doing various endurance sports for years. Taiko has turned out to be an excellent marriage of the two! Check out Yamabiko's web site.|
|I created a web-based Reference Map of Wineries of the Okanagan, and published a hard-copy winery map as well.|
|From January 2008, an Obsessive Compulsive Study in Brown, in which I photographically obsessed over the brown-ness of things at the official opening of the UPS Store in Penticton. I originally published this on facebook but later decided it was worth re-creating here.|
|This is often the case with cropping a photo. After lots of fussing & fiddling I'm still not sure which one is best.|
|I couldn't decide which background colour I liked best on this photograph of some crows. I posted number 2 on flickr, but now I think I prefer numbers 5 and 11. Which one do you prefer?|
|By accident, I came across an activity called phooning that is documented on Phoons from Around the World. It was only a matter of time until I decided to phoon and then made it official by submitting a photograph of it to the web site. It shows me phooning by the Romp sculpture in Penticton. Update: I phooned again!|
|Is it my imagination, or do things in Penticton tend to burn up more often than in other cities? On April 6, 2008 a nearly-finished "extended living complex" called "The Hamlets" went up in flames, and I got about 200 photos from a good vantage point. Arson was the cause. These particular buildings were the epitome of ugliness, so I wasn't sad to see them burn up, but they have since been rebuilt.|
|In February 2008, Diana McGregor posed by the graffiti wall in Penticton. She tried, fairly successfully, to imitate the images of faces painted on the wall.|
|Star Cleaners in Penticton, BC, was torn down in March 2007. It had been vacated a few months earlier after operating for over 40 years. Before it was demolished I went inside to see what had been left behind.|
|A lunar eclipse occured on 21 Feb 2008. Here is a time-lapse video of the moon as it rose over Summerland, BC. The picture interval used for this video is five minutes. Next time I'll use an interval of one minute.|
|A big wind storm from the south hit Penticton on 12 Nov 2007. Skaha Lake Park lost many trees - I estimate about 100. A significant loss for this park.|
|The assorted scary characters who appeared at Liz's Hallowe'en party in 2007.|
|The triathlon season wound down with the Skaha Estates Invitational Triathlon near Okanagan Falls, this year won by Peter's Pansies.|
|On Aug 11. 2007 I completed the 7 km Rattlesnake Island Swim across Okanagan Lake in 2h 23min. The course starts in Peachland, crosses Okanagan Lake, rounds Rattlesnake Island and returns to Peachland. My paddler used a GPS to hold a straight course. Here's a map of our track.|
|I created www.OkanaganDrumming.com as a source of drumming and percussion information-sharing for the Okanagan Valley. Organized workshops & other events are listed. The web site has lots of photos & videos of these events.|
Mark Harcourt wrote to say,
"I like your eccentric website. Perhaps, you can put a photo of yourself eating marmalade on toast on site. It would fit."I don't get it. Yes, this web site might be eccentric, but I don't see what's so strange about marmalade on toast. Isn't it normal breakfast fare? Mark replied that it is normal fare for
"... a British person living in the early 20th century, not to anyone else and certainly not to a North American."I'm not convinced, but nevertheless I have posted, for the potential amusement of North Americans living in the current century, a picture of some marmalade on toast, and a photo of me eating it.
|I'd just settled down with a good book on 14 Mar 2007 when my building caught fire. Upon evacuating I discovered the fire was on the same balcony that caught fire in 2005! That fire was caused by a discarded cigarette. A cigarette is the suspect this time as well.|
|One year after the Penticton SuperValu was demolished, some of the letters used for the interior signage have reappeared on the roof of The Music Club.|
|Photos of Chong Fah Cheong's sculpture entitled "Romp", in Penticton, in summer and winter.|
|Fire on Main St.
At 4 p.m. on 17 Dec 2006 a fire broke out on Main St. in Penticton. Wild Rose Cottage was badly damaged. Neighbouring Smartshopper & Peach City Runners had some smoke damage.
'The Scoop on Installation Art' is an unpublished article I wrote in 2006. I'm no expert on installation art. But someone asked me to write it, so I did.
In early July 2006, Tim McElderry erected his installation work in the Penticton roundabout. It is entitled
|Heather & Denis
||Heather Enns & Denis Peregrym were married on 17 Jun 2006 at Red Rooster Winery in Penticton.|
The photo and installation exhibit, SuperValu Redux opened ran from June 10 until July 14, 2006 It consists of over twenty photographs distilled from the 2000 images I took of the demolition of the SuperValu grocery store in Penticton. A portion of was later displayed at Penticton Museum & Archives as part of their '1965' exhibit.
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|Leaf #2 was part of a digital photograph exhibit at Leir House in Penticton. The show ran from Mar 3 to Mar 31 2006.|
Difficult Times for Freedom of Speech
||This Muhammad cartoon provoked attacks on freedom of speech.|
|The Kettle Valley Steam Railway ran a Santa Train on 17 Dec 2005. Here's an 11MB movie of the train in West Summerland.|
|My duck did not win the 2005 duck race in the Okanagan River channel in Penticton.|
|In the spring of 2005 I visited the Mascot Gold Mine in Hedley, BC. You can get a feel for what it's like by taking my photographic virtual tour.|
|Fire erupted in the Penticton A&W drive-through on May 11, 2005. Damage was minor enough that it reopened that evening.|
|This artwork, The Baggage Handler, erected in the middle of the new roundabout in January 2005 in Penticton, has evoked much controversy, only to be vandalized in February. I walked over to the roundabout and took some photos. By March 1, Frank, a.k.a. The Baggage Handler, had been removed for repairs with his suitcases being relocated. A few weeks later the City of Penticton decided Frank was gone for good. He currently resides at the Lloyd Gallery on Front St, and a bronze copy is situated on the grounds of the Red Rooster Winery..|
|At the end of business on April 14, 2005, Hog's Breath Coffee Co., the live music venue and triathlete hangout in Penticton, was closed forever. It was replaced by a Starbucks.|
|Penticton Ironmap and Spectator Guide was published and went on sale Aug 27, 2004! Co-authored with Carolyn Wick, it is now sold out, but the online version can still be viewed.|
|I bought an Epson 3170 scanner. To test it I have scanned my public school class photos taken between 1968 and 1976.|
|Troubled by apostrophization? Try using my decision procedure for inflecting plurals and possessives. If you find a word on which it doesn't work, please let me know. The apostrophe icon at left is from the Apostrophe Protection Society.|
|Here are some photos of my new apartment and my new (used) '92 Nissan Pathfinder.|
|In September 2003 I disputed a parking ticket. Here is the verdict.|
|In June 2003 I went to 56°N 120°W and 55°N 120°W, the first documented visits to these locations.|
|I was at a restaurant in San Diego and noticed a spelling mistake on their menu.|
|Here are some photos of me in the 1960s.|
|I began compiling my family tree. If you're related to me, send more info!|
|My slideshow index which is now obsolete.|
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