Tuesday, November 30, 2010


A few days ago I was reading one of my childhood stories to my daughter. The book is called Barbapapas Christmas. It's about a family of rather odd shape-shifting folk who get a group of tropical birds from Santa for Christmas. Living in the far north (Winnipeg), the birds get very sick and in an attempt to keep things warm for them, they employ a variety of electricity-generating feats, all of which are doomed to fail. The above picture is one of their grandiose schemes to make the birds happy. I wonder if this was one of my initial points of interest in the ideas of both green energy and riding a bike?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What a B-day

Sunday was my birthday. Aside from the usual affair- great food, family, raclette, cheescake, etc., I was privy to two special gifts this year. First off, As far as I can remember, it's never been 15 degrees and sunny on November 7th. What a day! Second, I won gold in my age category at the Manitoba Cyclocross Provincial Championship! Definitely a fantastic day.

Friday, November 5, 2010

White Rabbit

I was on my way home from work in the dark tonight looking forward to a relaxing evening with my wife watching the (relatively) newer version of Alice in Wonderland. As I pedaled across the empty field by the Nairn Street overpass, i was joined by a large (actually massive) white hare who bounded across the field in front of me. I swear the ears on this thing must have been nearly a foot long. There are obviously tons of rabbits around the city, but I haven't happened on many of these... so I decided NOT to follow it as it darted temptingly off under the bridge. But now I'm beginning to wonder what might have happened if I had...