Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. [from I Read, I Travel, I Become by Derek Walcott]

Blogdate: October 7, 2017
meeting Chris Hadfield

Astronaut and proud Canadian Chris Hadfield with me and Rian.
Colonel Hadfield took a picture with every kid who stayed behind late to meet him at last night's VSO performance.
Late last night at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Rian and I got to meet Chris Hadfield, astronaut and musican. Colonel Hadfield performed with the VSO and spent a couple of hours after the performance signing books and taking pictures with guests. Four years ago I first tried to meet him when I chaperoned a dozen kids from my school to listen to him talk at the River Rock Casino about his experiences in space, but there was no chance to see him afterwards. Last year, we went to his concert with the VSO but there were just too many people waiting to see him. This year, and third time lucky, our chance finally came. And — no pun intended — what a super down-to-earth person. He took his time to sign our two books, talk to us, and take a few pictures..

Blogdate: September 23, 2017
helping out at the CMF

The Canadian Museum of Flight's one of two replica Sopwith Pups taxis out to the main runway.
No matter how many times you get to sit inside it, taking a break inside a fighter jet is pretty cool.
Early afternoon sun rays filter into the hangar at the CMF's Pups for Pups fundraiser.
One of the cool things about maintaining a membership to Langley's Museum of Flight is being able to help out at whatever functions that may interest you. Bodhi loves animals and airplanes so when the two came together he was interested in being put to work at the fundraiser geared towards airplane-loving dog-owners. The British designed 1916 Sopwith named "Betty" is a fully museum-built replica biplane flown by a Canadian ace during World War One and recently made fly-overs in France last April for the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

Blogdate: September 3, 2017
the last kick at the summertime can

Taking in a sunset at Vanier Park in Vancouver we got together for our last bbq of summer vacation.
Taken using my sister's Samsung phone, the boys with cousin Chris and Uncle Mike get ready to push off into the strait for an evening boat ride.
School return also means celebrating cousing Christian's birthday, his 19th this year, and we headed to Vancouver's Vanier Park for an evening barbeque and some boating. Some ultra-hot weather this past week meant waiting until about 5pm before getting to the boat launch where dozens of other boaters had the same idea in the last weekend of summer before school starts.

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