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Happy 5th anniversary, Carmella!

Happy 5th anniversary, Carmella!

Five years ago, today around 13:00, we re-met* at the Burning Man staff commissary. Thank you for five incredible years! Yes, re-met. We actually met in 2010 at UnScruz, a Burning Man-related event held in Santa Cruz, California. I was asked to head up the Ranger presence at the event, and Carmella was a participant, complete with costume and poi to spin.

❤ → ☎ → ☻ → ✈ → ❆

❤ → ☎ → ☻ → ✈ → ❆

Happy Birthday, Carmella A week ago Carmella shared with me a song that touched her: ♫ I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz. With her birthday a week away, I spent my free time collecting some pictures and videos taken during my trips up to see her in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I spent a bunch of time converting many of the stills into motion photographs via the "2.5D parallax" technique. Here's an example:

A work trip

A work trip

Early morning breakfast in cabin 11.317 before Carmella’s work training starts. Then it’s up to the Windjammer restaurant for crispier bacon and really great miso soup! Then it’s down to the On-Air Club on the Royal Promenade for the travel agent training. During a break we take a picture with a vertical art featuring world dress done in bells and beads, so when the ship moves… As I write this we’ve come 622 miles… Nice to see position completely offline….

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Vancouver, out of the rain, playing the travel game

Vancouver, out of the rain, playing the travel game

First thing this morning we got an email saying or Amtrak train had a change in schedule, and we needed to call the main office. Carmella, with statue entitled “Woman in a Wetsuit”. Seriously. Several hang-ups and three-quarters of an hour later we’re told that an avalanche has blocked the train tracks, and that we’ll be bussed the last leg of the journey, from Everett, WA, to Seattle. Then an email confirmation for an upcoming flight shows the wrong month, and…

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The Rockies, the morning after, into Vancouver

The Rockies, the morning after, into Vancouver

This is the view that greets me this morning. The view from the other side of our train car isn’t too shabby either. The clouds hide the peaks, and it’s long stretches in-between glimpses of anything other than very raw nature. We cross over another train, this one ferrying freight, both of us on bridges. These guys are working in the very cold, in the snow, in a space perhaps 10 meters wide, between cliffs dropping down to the river…

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On The Canadian, Edmonton to Vancouver

On The Canadian, Edmonton to Vancouver

Our family business in Edmonton having been accomplished, after a months’ work, we’re ready to move on, southward. The weather has been incredible, from an unseasonably warm 15 C when we arrived to a chilly -25 C today (with wind chill that’s in the neighborhood of -40 C). I took an hours walk on our last night here, just to say I did. Packing done, apartment-cleaning done, our next voyage is one sleep away… This morning, at 06:30, we’re arrive…

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The HUB Mall displays an unusual rainbow pattern tonight

The HUB Mall displays an unusual rainbow pattern tonight

Unlike the HUB Mall’s usual late-night color single-color state:Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download Tonight it’s displaying an unusual rainbow pattern. It’s beautiful to see, and the photo doesn’t capture it. I wonder whether it’s a late-in-the-event bit of solidarity with the repressed gay and lesbian communities of Russia, as tomorrow marks the end of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi (and the Canadian hockey team going for the gold). Whatever the reason, the colors are pretty.

Winners all around today

Winners all around today

You know you’re with a Canadian when (1) there’s maple syrup in the sugar bowl, (2) she accessories with earmuffs, and (3) she wakes you up at 05:00 on a Sunday to watch her country beat IKEA at her country’s national sport). I’m not complaining. :-) Tim Horton’s — Canada’s beloved coffee chain — is having a Roll Up the Rim to Win contest. I went with Carmella’s dad, and won a free coffee! I brought that free coffee home to…

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