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Revelstoke

So here's a list of events and happenings that happened over the course of the past year in Revelstoke, in a vague order or importance: In the winter there was skiing in lots and lots of powder. Though Revelstokiens (or Stokers) knew it was one of the best years ever for snow, it really sinks in when you go to a place like Whistler and everyone there is jealous of you. In the summer there was biking. The downhill freeride mountain bike scene in BC is arguable the best in the world in that particular extreme sport - what with mountains literally everywhere and an outdoorsy scene into progression in any extreme sport. Downhill and cross country mountain bike trail networks have spread to all town, organized through local trail building and maintenance clubs, small groups of riders lookin' to make a new line, government and business sponsored networks, dedicated epic all-mountain and alpine trails, informal paths with some jumps and trick on the side criss-crossing all town

Java time

So Im applying to get into a GIS course. GIS courses demand mucho computer programming, so I'm trying to learn some. HTML's one computer programming language, its not too bad at all actually. I think I'll convert my blog to HTML if im up for it (technically it already is, and now I basically understand how it works). Then there's Java. It seems like a whole new world. I feel like I am delving into the deeper, darker subconscious that is a programmer's mind - there are countless versions and the download/file folder/path variable/MS-DOS promt stuff blows the mind (and thats even before the actual progaming). It dawns on you: even though you just downloaded, un-zipped and installed a 76 mega-byte program you can't actually open anything in the Java folder in Windows - at least I don't THINK you can. Never mind actually programming. I'm sounding like a nerd already. But before I learned of these challenges, I thought "hey HTML's a breeze! I did

Ski-Bum Theory

Being a ski-bum in Revelstoke is for many here is a right of passage. Today we posit that often a first-year ski-bum is tempted to repeat his experiences in another ski-season. We observe and draw conclusions of one first-year ski-bum's experiences in Revy. The Revy ski-bum is amused in many ways. The ubiquitous 6 - 25 foot tall snow banks along all roads that make driving exciting (playing in said snow banks is also fun, especially for a certain sister of subject ski-bum, especially after friends' birthday parties). Its good to have all wheel drive. Also amusing is the skiing. To people who have not done big mountain skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) and want to do it, it is a lesson first in humility. If you consider yourself an intermediate skier, perhaps even expert in Ontario (if you go by ski-run difficulty ratings out east), consider that no longer in Revy. You are a beginner. Forget what you know. This mountain has many and much more vertical, po

Back in Baja

Funny things, the randomized security checks in Mexican airports. Push the button to see if a green or red light comes on. Red means your bags get checked by the heavily armed airport security. Then the cacophony once you get out of security: "hey my friend, NEED A TAXI?". Thankfully Maby rescued me, and we're off to San Jose del Cabo. Spend the night at one of her friends, then the next day to the hotsprings. Its amazing how people live off the beaten path in Mexico, a settlement cut out of the thorny scrub desert. There's some irrigation, but most of it is broken, and not much is green, except for in the valley where the hotsprings are, hike a little ways into the mountains and its lush in the valley by the surprisingly cool stream. After that we head through Los Barrilles (definitely try the fish soup), then to La Paz. The adventures in La Paz started almost immediately. I meet Zack and the Karaka sail boat crew right away. Zack had been travelling o

Back in Canada

So the flight was good. I find myself in Van with the guys I left my car with while I was away in Baja. I spent the next three days hanging out there, mostly playing board games. They have dozens of them. My favorite was one called Bang, an old west style card game. I highly recommend it. Also went to a hookah party in a very fancy house. After that I ended up hangin with Evan and Eric, two folks from the Peterborough crew (and Evan's from Dundas too). That was a lot of fun, we went on adventures and drank most of my tequila I brought over from Baja. After spending six rainy days in Van I drove back to Revelstoke for a week. I stayed with at my old place, hangin out with Riley, Liz, Dennis, Erika and Hil. To be honest not much happened during my week there. Then I went to Calgary for a few days before I would head back to Ontario for the holidays. While there I hung out with Andre, Phil, Tom and Tracy and picked up my new fat skis for when I'd get back to Revy and shred the

The Baja Odyssey, Pt. 6

Once again, da map of our adventure in boats. Day 11: Finally, the end in sight. Took a leisurely paddle to Loreto, where our kayak trip ended. Slowly came back to civilization. Enjoyed the beaches, headlands and waters from our kayaks for one last time. Once in Loreto it was a bit of a pain to find a store which had phone cards for pay phones, but we arranged our ride, dropped off our boats, and got on the bus back to Mulage to hang out with Bill once more. When we got there he was drunk and happy to see us. Zack commenced to upload photos and do stuff on the internet while I drank with Bill, watched NYPD Blue and debated over the various stupid points of view of American right-wingers. I couldn't change Bill's opinions (I wouldn't be surprised if he's got a gun hidden somewhere in his place), but because I was in the military and a construction worker, he respected mine. I didn't tell him I was on welfare. The next day we took it easy in town, cleaned our s