Andrew's Journal

Ed and Gerlinde's Wedding

Sep
21

So, recently a couple of really awesome friends got married. As I happened to have my camera at the ceremony and party and such, I took a bunch of pictures and small amount of video. This here is just to give them some way to share some of those photos easily with whomever they want.

Photos here!




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New York

Aug
27

So Brian and Olga, my wonderful cousins from Australia, came to the US for a few weeks recently. They ended that trip in New York City and I was lucky enough to meet up with them for their last weekend.

Now, because they had spent much of a week there already, they had managed to do most of the standard tourist stuff on Manhattan. This left me in the enviable position of showing them some of the less accessible parts of New York that many tourists end up skipping simply due to time constraints.

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Living History Part 2

Aug
23

Sometimes things just don't work right. For example, I couldn't upload more than 141 images to part 1 of this post without causing funkiness. Not sure why, but seemed easier to just make a part 2 than to spend hours fixing it.

If you want to see all the pictures at once, I recommend the Image Gallery.

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Living History

Aug
23

Ever wonder what it'd be like to live in the early 19th century? Every year the Grand Portage National Monument organizes a reenactment of a fur trade rendezvous, a gathering where much trading of furs for goods happened in slightly less wild parts of the wilderness. The Grand Portage site is a historically important rendezvous site and this event seeks to commemorate that and help educate the public on an important part of US and Canadian history.

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Special Events

Aug
16

A few weeks back, several quite cool things happened. I would have posted about them sooner, but things have been busy. At least I'm still able to keep having this fun without posting about it :).

First off that weekend, I convinced my dad to try skydiving again after a 42 year hiatus. He stopped jumping the first time after his main wouldn't open on a jump and he had to pull his reserve--decided he'd rather live than jump, although he did one last jump after to prove he still could.

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Caveat Emptor

Aug
14

So, in the past, I've done most of my trip planning myself or relied on close friends and family (like my dad) to handle the same. Recently, though, I've been planning a few trips with different organizational, logistical, legal and other issues that have pushed me towards some externally planned packages (like the guide requirement for Killimanjaro--you can't legally climb without a licensed guide). While most of the people I've dealt with have been very helpful on this front, one recent experience has given me even yet another reason to do what I can myself when possible.

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Pushing Limits

Jul
22

So, over the past few weeks, I've been doing a lot of skydiving. In doing this, I've come across quite a few "limits" and am enjoying how easy it's been to push on and exceed those limits.

One of the more obvious limits when talking about skydiving is terminal velocity, where wind resistance balances out the force of gravity and stops you from falling faster--about 120 miles per hour for a human jumping out of a plane. But that limit can be changed simply by adjusting body position (and, therefore, drag). Playing with this is part of what makes skydiving fun.

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Roughing It

Jul
19

Some people go on multi day canoe trips so they can "rough it" out in the wilderness. Others manage to do the exact same trip while living better than I do at home (which, admittedly, some people might consider roughing it)--they're out there to enjoy the wilderness. This past week, I got the chance to do this second kind of trip with one of my cousins (and a few others). Definitely a good way to get out there and enjoy nature (Ralph Bice Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park, in this case).

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The Memorial

Jul
10

So normally I'd write all about how I had a great weekend going skydiving and visiting Niagara Falls but this weekend I got to participate in something a bit more unique.

Several years back, a young man suffered head trauma in a serious skateboarding accident. He ended up in a coma and died a couple days later. This past weekend happened to be the anniversary of that tragic event.

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