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Narnia at the Farm

Everybody look for the Lion…

 
I’m sleeping with the dogs at the farm for the next 10 nights, and keeping the home fires burning for my brother. He has run away to Hawaii, the shit.

After swearing at the coffee maker that I couldn’t get to “coffee” (again – this happened to me this past summer when I “farm-sat”, and this time, Aubrey showed me step-by-step what to do – nothin’. His coffee maker will not make me a single cup of coffee.), and swearing at the wood-pile that didn’t want to give up a few sticks of wood to get the fire going in the the airtight stove (at least I won that battle), I took the dogs out into a Winter Wonderland.

Kaylee was stunned, ecstatic, and overjoyed with the amount of snow at the farm. She plowed non-stop through snow up to her neck in places. Bert and Ernie caught a bit of her joy bug and romped around with her, when normally, they usually all kind of cut away in different directions during morning runs.

Aubrey also showed me how to get Netflix up and running on his bedroom TV yesterday, you know, so I could take my new “No Netflix” lifestyle and just pitch it out a window and get all addicted again on Night 1. “You don’t even need to sign in!” he exclaimed. “See? Just turn it on!”

“Sign in to your account.” Is actually what comes up on that screen when I turn it on.

Thanks, Aub. Either your instructions suck, or I have become Tech Stupid (and that’s very possible).

I did get this glorious photo, though – which is now a Christmas Card at Les Becker Designs (you should buy one to send to your Gramma).

And I got the fire going, Former Girl Guide that I am! The farmhouse had better still be standing when I get back out there tonight.

[signoff]

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The 2nd Annual Square One Block Party

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It’s the 2nd Annual Square One Block Party!!!

Case’s Music on Queen St. hosted the 2nd Annual Queen St. Block Party this weekend. I didn’t get to see it all – I was hampered by a 2 hour parking limit with a 15 minute walk to and from the event from the van.

Are the days of The Walk-About gone? God, I hope not – those were the best times for photos. I think I got some of my best shots on the way to events, never mind at the events.

Anyway, here’s what I caught…

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Sun-Fried Brains Day…

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Pointe des Chenes, Sault Ste. Marie ON CANADA
Taken June 12, 203 with
Samsung Galaxy 3

Ky and I spent the day, hatless, like idiots, on the beach at Pointe des Chenes on Lake Superior.

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La Moustache!
Taken June 12, 2013 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
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Hmmmm…. Sandy Moustache…?
Taken June 12, 2013 with
Samsung Galaxy 3

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Yoga on the Beach!
Taken June 12, 2013 with
Samsung Galaxy 3

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Pointe des Chenes, Sault Ste. Marie ON CANADA
Taken June 12, 203 with
Samsung Galaxy 3

It was a good day. Sun-Fried Brains, and all…

Not-So-Random Song-for-the-Day: Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys

[signoff]

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A Not-So-Phony $3 Bill…

The Haweater $3 Bill
The Haweater $3 Bill
Taken February 11, 2013 with Samsung Galaxy S3

When Ruby ran a restaurant on The Manitoulin, the Tourist Association put out “The Haweater 3-Dollar Bill”. It was valid currency in most businesses, as well as every bank and credit union on the island.

She doesn’t think it’s still in circulation now, but I think it was a really cool idea to keep visitors coming back. Ruby says it was mostly the tourists that actually used the bill for currency (and most she had to convince that yes, it really was a valid currency). She thinks most of the tourists likely took it home as a souvenir, rather than spend it. Business owners put any they took in promptly into their deposit bags, and the locals never bothered to use it much, if at all.

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The BuskerFest Blogelation – Update

Well, it’s all over except for the rendering… LOL! I’ve had an incredibly wonderful weekend, and the only disappointment has been that it’s all over. . . Except for the hard part. I have gotten behind (what else is new?), but this time, at least, it’s not entirely my fault. I can blame it all on my dentist. ‘Nuff said, about that for the time being.

I’m currently working on ’shopping the pics and trying to find workable low-light-level video from the BuskerFest Cabaret (which was an unreal experience, let me tell you), and then it will be on to the Day 3 pics. If you believe at all in a Supreme Being, please pray for me. If you don’t have that kind faith, at least have a beer for me. If I start drinking now, I’ll just fall asleep, and that would be a pitiful waste of booze.

Meantime, I’ve thrown together a quick little vid of HBPTVNews-on-the-Fly “Plugs” that I begged from all the buskers (except Ivan, who had to blow town early for another gig – and I’m really sorry I didn’t catch him before he hightailed it). They were very generous with their time and I hope you’ll check it out.

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Blogelation – Buskerfest 2006 – Day 2

And a good time was had by all…
And a good time was had by all…

Kids by the droves today! I couldn’t get them all to stand still enough to get good shots. These ones were both patient and happy. Usually, where kids are concerned, those two things don’t necessarily go together.

My “Curb-Mate”, Cindy
My “Curb-Mate”, Cindy

She tried real hard not to let me take her picture, but I managed. She agreed to let me post it when I told her it’s not like it’s going to be on national tv or anything. Once I got the okay, I told it would go online – for the whole planet to see. So somebody from across the world better comment, now…

The Coralies
The Coralies

The Coralies, from Montreal, put on a spectacular, hilarious show. I got some great video of their bicycle balancing act, which will hopefully come later in the Buskerfest Extravaganza. Stayed tuned – but stay patient. It probably won’t be until at least Monday, as I have several more buskers left to video.

A little help from the strongest man they could find…
A little help from the strongest man they could find…
Although, I’d bet dollars to donuts the girls are stronger…
Although, I’d bet dollars to donuts the girls are stronger…
And dizzier…
And dizzier…

So, I’m busy blogelating away when I hear: “Les! Les! Auntie Les!” I turn to see a nephew-ish type personage bearing down on me with hugs and kisses. He had hitchhiked home for Buskerfest from BC! To all ye non-Canuckians that’s British Columbia – clear across the country (Yes, mothers, I gave him what-for for that one…)

“L’il Dirk” is not so little any more…
“L’il Dirk” is not so little any more…
Doesn’t it just feel like a party, now?
Doesn’t it just feel like a party, now?

And party, we shall – at the Caberet at Loplops this eve, for even more entertainment, and a lot of schmoozing. The boozing will be low-key, natch – I don’t want to drown the borrowed camera in beer, after all…

Got your tickets yet?
Got your tickets yet?

Come on out and say hi! The party starts at 11 pm-ish and is guaranteed to be a blast, so show up and show off! Don’t forget to stop me and tell me what a good job I’m doing (I’ll be the one with the weird hat on my head and the camera in your face.).

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Blogelation – Buskerfest 2006 – Day 1

I’m cheating. “Today” is “Tomorrow”. Cujo will know exactly what I mean. I had a back and forth email conversation with a friend the other day about how time gets away from us, and, you know, I wish I had a way to just pause things for the rest of you so I could get everything done when I want to. Ah, well….

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It’s The Blogelation’s second event!

I didn’t get to see as many of the buskers as I would have liked. The card on my borrowed camera filled up waaaay too fast to suit me… I’ve fixed that for tomorrow, though… I’ve gone into hock (again) with the purchase of another card. Either, my friend will get an extra card as “rent” for the camera, or my replacement will be the same model. I think I’m going to go for the same model (sorry, pal).

This year’s coordinator, Donna Hopper, was difficult to find in the melee before the show started. I finally discovered her hiding out back of LopLops, “slack”ing off.

Slackhopper taking a breather…
Slackhopper taking a breather…


Craig West
, always cool as a cucumber, helped Slackhopper deal with all the what-ifs…

Craig West: What-If Dealer...
Craig West: What-If Dealer…

Let’s get the show on the road!

The crowd really seemed to be enjoying themselves. I wish I could have got a lot more crowd shots, but I really needed to save the room for the buskers themselves.

I want your hat, Marlene!
I want your hat, Marlene!
One way to keep track of your family…
One way to keep track of your family…
Pink Flutterby
Pink Flutterby
Camera-happy kids…
Camera-happy kids…

“Trulee Odd” was exactly that: Odd. Fire-eating, balancing acts, mini-motorcycling…. he was a real crowd pleaser.

Now this is gutsy.
Now this is gutsy.
Trulee needed a little help to get on his bike…
Trulee needed a little help to get on his bike…
And, as promised, he didn’t kill anybody. Today.
And, as promised, he didn’t kill anybody. Today.

Jeff Hill, a Toronto Magician, was the next act to take to the streets.

Jeff was playing with fire, too.
Jeff was playing with fire, too.

I love magicians.
I love magicians.

Jeff did a great “Houdini-ish” straight-jacket, bound-in-chains escape trick. He actually fell to the ground right at my feet, writhing around – it was so cool. It’s been a long time since I had a good looking guy bound in chains, rolling around mere feet from me… and that time, I wasn’t wishing for my camera… I was just hoping the cops didn’t bust down my door.

Media Alert!
Media Alert!

Carol Martin was there with her jealousy-inspiring way cool camera equipment… I love to run into Carol, because she never runs away from my camera…

That was it for me today, unfortunately, but if I ever manage to get down to tomorrow’s show, at least I have that extra card…

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The Blogelation and Kenny vs Spenny

Kenny, of Kenny vs Spenny, himself is visiting our fair city this very day to take on one of our local boys in an arm wrestling match, for no good reason other than that this sweet little 14-year-old kid shares the same name as Kenny’s best bud/arch enemy, Spencer Rice, AKA “Spenny”.


Soo Spenny is a Fan! Well, he is now.

I headed on down to the Pavilion and see if I couldn’t get myself into some trouble.

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Or maybe on TV…
Can I be your Roadie, Guys?

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Media Alert!

I thought I’d let Dave Helwig at Sootoday know that Tyler Simpson was most definitely on the job today. I swear that guy has cloned himself. He is everywhere!


Our Mayor John
, felt that Kenny would bolt as soon as he saw Soo Spenny, so he wisely brought along Constable Brown and asked him to “keep an eye” on the fellow. Constable Brown did his job well. Kenny was near tears.

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Kenny Gets Cuffed

That task accomplished, Mayor John, got on to more important matters.

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The Honourable John Roswell

Things began to get a little uncomfortable, as it seemed for a while, that Soo Spenny was gonna be a no-show. Kenny got a little cocky and offered to arm-wrestle this tough customer in Spenny’s place.

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She seemed up for it, too…

But, Mayor John put his foot down, as he didn’t want Kenny to sue the city over his injuries later.

Soo Spenny turned out just to be fashionably late, and when he arrived in his white stretch limo, the crowd absolutely mobbed him, they were so excited.

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And the crowd goes wild…

Luckily, Mayor John was able to calm the wild folk down, as, by this point, Constable Brown became a little star struck…

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The Sault’s Finest is in Our Back Pockets, Blogelators!

Kenny was looking more scared by the minute, but Our Soo Spenny was cool as… well, he was just cool.

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No Fear Here

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The Stare Don’t Scare Spenny, Kenny

Spenny beat Kenny so easily in the first match, that Kenny whined and cried until Mayor John relented, and ordered the baby to be unshackled. Spenny said, “S’cool…”

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Suck.

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The Final Face-Off

I won’t go into all the gross things the little cheater did to try and win – I’ll leave that for when the show airs on October 16th. Don’t miss it – I’m sure you’ll be able to hear me calling Kenny all kinds of nasty names at the top of my lungs.

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Okay. I forgive you.

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FULL EPISODE (with ALL the cheating…)

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Let the Blogelation Begin!

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The Blogelation!!

T-minus 8 hours or some such, folks! I’m getting very excited. There’s going to be some really good music at RotaryFest tonight. As an “Official Guerilla Journalist”, I’ll be covering Second Stage between 5 and 11. I have not yet had the chance to hear any of these bands so far, and being a local Saultite, that’s really pathetic.

But that can only mean that I’ll have an unbiased opinion, right? Right.

I’m hoping to run into the other eight “Guerillas” tonight, too. Most of them I’ve never met. Those that I have met; well, I’ll try not to throw my drink at you tonight. What a bizarre uncontrollable reaction to meeting new people! “Hi, I’m Les Becker – Ya wanna wear the beer or is the bottled water, okay?”

Actually, I’m afraid I wouldn’t recognize most of the Guerillas unless they were lined up in front of me with a spotlight on them. I’d have a better chance, though, so if the Blogelation Producers could arrange that for me, I’d be most grateful. If that doesn’t happen, I’m hoping the Guerillas will find me.

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I’ll be the one with the hat.
And the flailing water bottle.

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Blogelation – Guerilla News in Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada

Blogelation!! Guerilla News!!

I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to be a part of this! This is so exactly what I’ve been trying to do for the last 2 years: “Relationship Marketing”. Now, I guess we can amend that to “Relationship Marketing through Guerilla Journalism” for the Blogelation.

When I was invited to come on board with this thing, I was, at first, a little too starstruck to see the enormity of the idea. I mean, holy ol’ shit, this is Craig West and Curt O’Neil!!

For all you non-Saultites, Craig West is a local celebrity musician, the founder of Startlefish, and also plays with the Chris Belsito Band.

To be working on a project like this with these guys (not to mention, really cool people that I know and respect making up part of the current line-up of guerilla bloggers) in such a News-Fly kind of way is both startling and tremendously exciting. And to top it all off…

I’m scared shitless. It came with a Ka-boom!

But, oh man, are we gonna have fun! I like to think of us all as the Un-Official Sault Ste. Marie Glee Club.

Please go check out the Blogelation site and see what it’s all about. Then go visit the current guerillas’ blogs. This is BIG news for Sault Ste. Marie, and I can only imagine the things that will come alive here in the next 1-5 years or so…