.: I was born on June 28, 1953, at 0105 hrs, in Winnipeg. Today I turned 53, in the year my age matches my year of birth. It’s a scorching, sunny day in Edmonton, and I am glad to be alive, surrounded by good and caring friends, family, and colleagues. I am fortunate and grateful for many things in life, and today is a good day to reflect on all of them, and give thanks. To everyone who has been or is a part of my life, thank you. – Randy
.: Photos from my trip have been uploaded to my space on Flickr.
.: Instead of being on the ground in Edmonton, I am in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Explanation: The flight this morning from Baltimore to Minneapolis was delayed almost two hours, apparently because a nail was discovered in one of the tires in the landing gear. We were placed on a different jet, a Boeing 757, which remained parked at the gate for 90 minutes after all the passengers had boarded. The late departure resulted in me missing my connecting flight to Edmonton, leaving me here for another 10 hours. I cannot articulate here how angry I was as this developed. This is the third time in the last four round trips I have taken where I have missed a connecting flight.
I am at my cousin Janet’s house in Prior Lake, a suburb of Mpls. I called her from the airport to tell her what had happened, and that I was essentially stranded at the airport. Janet drove to the Mpls airport and took me back to her house, where she and her husband Steve are celebrating Father’s Day with their two sons, two daughters-in-law, three grandchildren, and Steve’s father and stepmother. We just finished eating burgers and salad, and it is nice to relax and visit with everyone here. Considering the alternative, which was to hang out at the airport for ten hours, this is a much better way to spend the afternoon, which is with family, as Janet said. I owe my cousin Big Time for this – thanks, Janet, for saving the day.
.: I am sitting in a MARC Train railcar at the moment, on the way from Baltimore to Washington DC. When I arrive in DC I will spend the day walking around the area known as The Mall, which includes The Smithsonian, Capital Bldg, White House, Library of Congress, etc. My friend Meghan, from U Minnesota, will meet me at Union Station and hang out with me.
Later on, I’ll grab another train and go to Alexandria VA to visit with Alexia for a couple hours before returning to Baltimore.
Yesterday I went to Johns Hopkins with Mary (at whose home I am staying in Baltimore), and then we drove to Annapolis, where we walked around the US Naval Academy grounds, and had dinner at a restaurant where we dined on an outside table overlooking some Chesapeake Bay marinas while the sun set. In all, a glorious day. Pictures will follow soon.
.: I’m off to Baltimore MD this morning, to attend the Special Libraries Association Conference. Afterwards I’ll be staying with my friend, Mary, and plan to rent a car to drive to Washington DC and perhaps Annapolis, and who knows where else.
.: Hardy Drew and The Nancy Boys played its first gig with the current lineup on Sunday, 28 May 2006, at The Fox in Edmonton. We had a lot of fun, I loosened up as the gig progressed through the selection of fourteen tunes, twelve originals by David Leigh, the drummer and lead singer, and two covers: a lounge version of Whip It, and a noisy interpretation of Surrender. My thanks to Niki West and Angela Pond for taking a number of photos, which have been uploaded to Flickr. This one may be my personal favorite – can the guy still rock out? The bass player, James Wakefield, and I go way back, to 1990-91, when we were members of The Flicks, a seven-member so-called alternative band, and it felt very comfortable to be working with him again. David, James and I had good chemistry on stage, but we were plagued with poor on-stage sound, which we dealt with as best we could.
After a 15-year absence playing this kind of music, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was also hung up on personal age issues. In other words, I was concerned about being on stage playing music ostensibly of interest to people less than half my age. In the end, it didn’t matter, and I’ve shelved the imagined ageist issue for good. It was fun to play electric music again, especially with good musicians like David and James. The band gets together tomorrow for another rehearsal, the last one before I go to Baltimore on Saturday. I’m looking forward to learning new tunes and working with David and James on future musical collaborations.
.: Steve sent a link to images from Harrisand, The World Championships of Sand Sculptures, held annually at Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. Check the photos of these amazing sand sculptures, the work is outstanding. I wonder how they do it.