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Thursday, May 27, 2010

My litte truck

I put my little Nitro to the test last week with some hill-climbing and narrow bush roads near Timmins while getting photos of a forest fire. The little Chevy Tracker I had before would go anywhere, rain, snow, mud, whatever. I am still not sure about the Nitro since it's a 1000 pounds heavier than the Tracker. It's built on a Jeep chassis with an excellent 4X4 package, but it doesn't seem as nimble. Although I was able to get over some big rocks without any trouble. Maybe I'm the one who is nervous, since the paint job is still so new eh.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Chatting with my brother


Had a great lonnnnnnng chat tonight with Ronald. It was good to hear his voice. He was a bit tired still from the jet lag from Afghanistan, but said he was glad to be home and relaxing. He is still active duty, but has built up some vacation time. We will be seeing each other in September and, for the record, he has a bottle of 12 year old Glenfiddich for me. That should be a good thing.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Oh Doctor, what's that smell?


Sometimes we will go to unusual lengths to get a photo of people doing their jobs. So that’s what happened Friday afternoon when I followed some forest fire fighters into the thick bush to snap a couple of photos of them at work on what they call hotspots. After the main forest fire is contained, there are always little pockets of fire. The problem is that the bush was black and charred from Wednesday’s fire. And the bush in Northern Ontario is thick like a jungle. Anyone knows, except me of course, that a charred branch is like a pencil and leaves a mark. These fellows were wearing dark pants, long sleeves and special boots. I had dress shoes and light khaki dress pants, with a short sleeved shirt. When we came out of the bush, my clothes and arms were criss-crossed with black stripes and scuff marks. It looked liked somebody with a black magic-marker attacked me. I even had char marks on my bare arms. That’s wasn’t the worse part. I had a four o’clock doctor’s appointment to pick up a prescription and no time to run home to change or shower. So I went and sat in the doctor’s waiting room and for several minutes endured the stares or ordinary people who must have wondered what I was up to. To make it worse, I was a bit sweaty and when that mixed with the smoky fragrance of a burnt forest, I must have been a delight for the senses. I just enjoyed the moment because I had several snappy answers in the back of my mind in case anyone asked … like, “Oh they’re shooting a Tide commercial next door, I just dropped in here for a break. - Or – Isn’t this the internet dating office? I’m hoping to meet the outdoors type!
Oh well, it’s now Saturday morning. May Run time in Timmins and the coffee smells great.

Friday, May 21, 2010

This is what it's all about in Timmins, Ontario

There was a big mining show in Timmins this week. One of the more popular exhibits was sitting right out in the open. Well to be fully truthful, there were two armed cops nearby. This is a brick of gold from one of the local Goldcorp mines in Timmins. When this photo was taken Wednesday morning it was worth roughly $880,000. Of course the price of gold has gone up a few points since then. The brick is a bit dark, because there were some 'impurities' in the gold... several ounces of pure silver. To give you an idea of the size of the brick, I took of photo of it with a couple of the mine managers.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Grrrreat news!

I was going through the e-mails this morning when I noticed there was a comment left on Wednesday's entry in this blog. The comment was from RAG ... that means it was from my brother Ronald, who has been with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan for several months. He wrote " ...I am home. Safe and good to go."
Great news Bro! Welcome home!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A long, long news day

I wrote here a few weeks back that May is usually one of the busiest months for news. Oh yeahhhhh. Just got home after a lonnnnnng, lonnnng day. Timmins had not one, not two but THREE forest fires today. Big ones! I am tired also from the fact that at two oclock this morning, I was following the story of a young lady who took Timmins Police on a high speed pursuit, through town, out of town and then crashed her car on the highway and rolled it over. Luckily she is alive. She's in the hospital under police guard, but still alive.


So yep, a really busy news day and a long one. I am signing off now to have a frozen TV dinner from the microwave and a beer so cold it will make my teeth hurt.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

It a good morning eh

Saturday morning and the coffee smells great today. I am drinking tea on the weekdays and coffee on the weekends now. Wow, I can understand why somebody wrote that phrase "Wake up and smell the coffee!" It's a good thing.
I covered the Ontario Mine Rescue dinner last night. It was nice to see the fellows from Goldcorp in Timmins win the competition for the second year in a row.
I was happy to see my brother in law Moe there. (click the photo at the right!) Moe is an outstanding mine rescue guy and I have to admit I felt some pride when it was announced he was one of a just a handful of guys who aced the written exam. Way to go Moe!
By the way, I think we're in for some interesting NHL hockey in the coming days. I notice there are a lot of fans out there for the Canadians ... there are still a few who are fans of the "Canadiens". Somebody the other day said, Jeez, there's a lot of Habs fans. I wouldn't call myself a Habs fan, but I do hope the Canadian team wins : )

Monday, May 10, 2010

Watch a wedding...

I will do something this week I've never done before. I will be watching friends get married. But I will be watching it online because they're in Las Vegas and I'm not. Oh how the world in changing. It's still kind of neat though. Jenn and Scott's sister (in law), Christine is marrying Demetrios on Wednesday at The Little Chapel, Chapel of the Flowers. You can go on the Internet Wednesday and peek in. (7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 4:00 p.m. in Las Vegas) Here is the Link: https://plan.littlechapel.com/Guests/Default.aspx?PlanID=551850.
I hope to be right here by my computer. I have a handful of rice and a box of kleenex! Woohoo.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Changing reality

Going through some old photos, I have decided I want to make a few nice prints to get them framed. But I am struggling with the colour on my computer. I am trying to get the old "1950s postcard" look, with the moody washed out colours. I am not sure if I can do it, but I will keep trying. The first photo with the fall colours is the original. The second photo is the one where I am experimenting with the colour.


As always, click on the pics to see them larger.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

An interesting day . .

It has been an interesting morning. I have been covering a visit by Governor General Michaelle Jean who visited the Goldcorp's Dome gold mine in Timmins, the longest running gold mine in Canada. I think even her security people were impressed with the level of security at a gold mine. I have seen tougher security in only one other place, the De Beers diamond mine.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

It's May eh.

Saturday morning on the first day of May. The coffee is good. The sky is overcast. We had a bit of rain and it's about 10 degrees. That's not bad compared to this day last year, when we had SNOW! It's true, I checked the blog from last year. I am looking forward to this month. For some reason, May is one of the busiest news months of the year. On Monday and Tuesday, I will be covering Michaelle Jean, our governor general. That should be interesting.
Photo Credit:Patrick Boyle. CP