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Pre-Prom Party Pix Lia and Friends

I agreed to take photos of Lia and her friends before they went to the prom knowing that I could royally screw up. As usual for prom night, everything was running behind schedule. I was actually fifteen minutes late and I was one of the first ones there. Or thought I was. I didn’t recognize the people who I was going to be shooting a) because I’d never seen them dressed so well and b) because they were made-up and…
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Silver Star Mountain Resort, B.C. Annual Ski Trip 2017

Last year, we visited Canada for the first time by going to Big White. While there, we experienced a very dense fog on our last day that prevented us from skiing. I learned that day that the resort’s nickname is Big White-Out. This year, we flew back into Kelowna but instead of going south through Kelowna and going 45 minutes east, we went north 45 minutes to Silver Star Ski Resort. After last year’s near collapse of our plans, I…
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Kimbell Art Museum Weekend Get-Away

Thea and her former co-worker, Geoff, had been planning a get-together in Dallas just to chat and catch-up. Fortunately for me, the spouses were invited as well. It was also a good excuse to get new tires for the Civic. (The old ones were nearly slicks.)  So we hopped in the car Friday afternoon and drove down. Google Navigate had us taking exits and following the frontage roads at least three times. I had originally assumed that it would be…
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Casa Loma Part 6 of our Toronto Vacation

Thea was not really excited about Casa Loma.  She said that she would rather spend her last day at Saks Fifth Avenue and rest at the hotel afterwards.  I think that the prospect of climbing the Baldwin Steps was just too much for her.  She charged me to take pictures for her.   At first blush, I kinda thought that this would be a waste of a trip. It doesn’t seem especially big from the outside. But it is. And it’s…
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Art Gallery of Ontario Part 5 of our Toronto Vacation

This was our fifth day in Toronto and I still had some bucket list items that I needed to take care of. Fortunately, they were within walking distance of our hotel, each other, and our next destination. From our hotel, it was only a two block walk to the Old City Hall, New City Hall and a fifteen minute walk to the Art Gallery of Ontario.   After the whirlwind of our previous day, the late-start and slow-pace of a fine art museum was…
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Niagara Falls Tour Part 4 of our Toronto Vacation

The other thing that we did on Monday was to arrange our Niagara trip. On the list of things to do, that always came up as one of the Toronto attractions. I’m sure that it comes up as a Buffalo attraction too. “What’s one of the best things to do in this city? Get out of the city.”   I say that we arranged it. But it was actually our concierge, Andy, who did it all. He asked the particulars…
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Gardiner and ROM Part 3 of our Toronto Vacation

The Gardiner Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum sit across the street from each other. You just get off at Museum Station and walk up to the street level and you’re on the sidewalk in front of the Gardiner.   We got to the Gardiner as it was opening and it was dead quiet and peaceful. But not ten minutes went by before a group of third-graders showed up. It got loud. Really loud. Loud enough that it chased us…
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Toronto Zoo Part 2 of our Toronto Vacation

From my last post, you might think that didn’t do anything between having nachos and eating dinner. In point of fact, there was quite a bit of planning that went on. The next item on my bucket list of things Torontoan was to visit the Toronto Zoo. But the Zoo isn’t in downtown Toronto, where we were, but far to the northeast. Far enough that there isn’t a direct route to it.   There are routes for subway-to-bus, trolley-to-bus, and…
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