Annnyway, I picked up the newspaper in the lobby yesterday, and saw the 'Worms were playing at the Steveston Salmon Festival Canada Day concert. Count me in!
Best band ever to book for a Canada Day concert. They didn't play "Canada is really big", but they did play a bunch of other ones. I posted an Instagram on Facebook, and found out one of my friends works with the lead singer - he's an English teacher in Ontario! Small world - wish I knew beforehand - I would have said hi.
(This friend - I don't think we've ever met in Canada - but she was one of the incoming exchange students at ECU when I worked there in like 2000, so we hung out in Perth a few times. Added difficulty of Perthing.)
I love all the concerts we've been able to go to here. Canada is really
You might remember from when people used LJ and my ranting years ago, about how missing friends was an issue. It still is. I've just become comfortably numb, or something like that?
This week though, we had stephiepenguin visiting us! Stephie was my Best Man at our wedding, and we shared a house for an awesome year in 2003-2004. Hijinks from which are in the annals of history and LJ archives.
So nice. She moved to Melbourne at about the time we moved to Vancouver. We've seen each other three times since then, for a couple of hours each time, but this time she stayed with us for 5 days, and we got to do almost all of the things we've done over the years and said "stephie would like this". Totes awesome.
Dropped her off at the airport on Thursday morning, and when we came home, I was in a bit of a funk because I missed her. We went to clear off the sheets, and found a present..
Really cheered me up. Bless you Penguin ♥
I went to Tucson, Arizona in January. Mmm t-shirt weather. Loved it. Installed NetApps, saw planes.
I had an old friend from Western days visiting Vancouver last week, and hung out with her for a day. Lots of fun. It's amazing to be able to just pick up a friendship again after so long. We've caught up a few times over the years, but only for a few hours at a time.
I'd say that's all the updates in my life.. but really, who doesn't use facebook these days? You know what I'm doing.
Well, that and two Arduinos.
Let's take a few steps back.
Last year, I almost impulsively went to NYC for MakerFaire NYC. NYC and the Bay Area are the two big ones, and erikarn was going to be at the NYC one last year. Like, it was 8PM and I was looking at a 11PM flight for $cheap$
I didn't go last year, in the end, but I decided afterwards that I regretted that decision, so this year, I went, leaving poor lizbyrd home alone. I've been doing a fair bit of evening and weekend work for customers, and so had a bit of extra leave built up, so I took off last Wednesday night, and spent Thursday->Sunday in NYC. I was pretty happy I went :)
On wednesday, when getting the MacBook Air ready to take, it was clear that it wasn't dissipating heat properly, probably because I'd got the heatsink kinda loose when fixing it a few months earlier, and it probably displaced some heatsink paste or something. Anyway, so I decided to go get some more from the local computer store, and replace it. From leaving for the car, to rebooting the fixed computer, took 20 minutes total. I'm impressed by that.
On the thursday, I arrived in early from an overnight flight. It was a Cathay Pacific flight that was HKG-YVR-JFK. Because it was only stopping over in Vancouver, people continuing on to JFK had to get off the plane and get hand searched, since they didn't go through customs. Also because of that, it is essentially the only flight from Vancouver to the US that doesn't clear US Customs in Vancouver. I had had a bit of a nap on the plane, which was good, so after the dreary welcome of US Customs, I decided to rent a car and go driving around Long Island. Awesome place. Saw some nice seaside towns.
I dropped the car back in the afternoon, and caught the train to my hotel in Manhattan (Days Hotel on 94th). Nice enough, but still really expensive, but it was nice to get a place to change out of clothes I'd had on for almost 24 hours, and settle in for the night. Had a good night's sleep, then went to the WTC memorial on Thursday morning. Was in line behind a farmer from Newdigate, Western Australia. Of course. Then headed up to Central Park, and had a wander through there for a few hours, before heading back to the hotel to charge my phone (important things in life, of course). I headed out around 5 to meet up with TofuCousin Janet to see a TofuCousin of hers' movie at an indie film festival in TriBeCa. After the movie, we went out to dinner and had a good chat. We saw her briefly at her wedding here in Vancouver back in May, but understandably, she was a little busy then, so it was really good to talk with her 1 on 1.
Saturday morning, I headed out to Corona NY (Flushing?) for the Maker Faire! Met up with erikarn and his girlfriend, as well as another friend from Australia, who I'd originally met in California at WWDC, back in 2007. Hung out with combinations of that group for the day, while looking at cool stuff from various makers. Lots of boring FDM 3D printers, but Formlabs was there with their STL printer, which is AMAZING. I wants one I does ;) Heading out after the day there, Adrian and girlfriend Ally and I went to dinner at an amazing steakhouse in Manhattan called Quality Meats.
Had brunch on Sunday with Janet and her husband, and a friend of theirs and his wife and kids. Gluten-free waffles with maple syrup and bacon. Sooo good. Janet gave me a shirt she'd got from DuckDuckGo after writing this opinion piece on CNN. Yay duck shirts. Went back to Maker Faire for the afternoon, then out to the airport again, and back to Vancouver.
I think I'll try to make Maker Faire Bay Area next year though.
This week, I went to Las Vegas. For a day. I arrived in at about 9:30PM, and left the next day at the same time. I went along for Chris and Rachel's wedding.. and their wedding guest, Kim, Penny and Laura. Yay seeing Perth people. I also had a pretty full week at work.. so I'm sitting at home on Friday night thinking back over my week - “san installation, crazydayinvegaswithkimandpenny, san installation, network installation, san installation..”
So, 19 years later, he came to Vancouver (for the first time in 48 years!), and we went to see him in concert last night. Let's say it cost an awful lot of money, but it was worth it. The man has been involved in some of the most iconic musical acts in history, and to hear him play and sing Beatles songs is amazing. The crowd of ~45,000 were very impressed. His stage banter was also impressive - you get the impression even he is stunned sometimes by what he's done. My favourite bit (aside from his drummer doing "the horsey dance"..) was saying before a song - "I'm going to get you all to sing along for a bit of this next one - don't worry, you know the words". And of course, it was Ob-la-di-bla-dah, so yes, yes we did.
Set list was:
1. “Magical Mystery Tour”
2. “Junior’s Farm”
3. “All My Loving”
5. “Drive My Car”
6. “Sing The Changes”
7. “The Night Before”
8. “Let Me Roll It”
9. “Paperback Writer”
10. “The Long & Winding Road”
11. “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five”
12. “My Valentine”
13. “Maybe I’m Amazed”
14. “I’ve Just Seen A Face”
15. “And I Love Her”
17. “Here Today”
18. “Dance Tonight”
19. “Mrs. Vandebilt”
20. “Eleanor Rigby”
22. “Band on the Run”
23. “Ob la di ob la da”
24. “Back in the USSR”
25. “I Got A Feeling”
26. “A Day In The Life”/“Give Peace a Chance”
27. “Let It Be”
28. “Live & Let Die”
29. “Hey Jude”
31. “Day Tripper”
32. “Get Back”
35. “Mull of Kintyre”
36. “Helter Skelter”
37. “Golden Slumbers”/”Carry That Weight”/”The End.”
It was literally packed with meetings and other work things - the first night I had some spare time at about 8:30PM, so went for a walk around Western, which was right next to the conference centre. Was the usual spooky experience - empty streets and buildings, which had once been filled by friends and memories. Thinking morosely about how after 14 years, I obviously valued friendships with many of those people (present company excepted :P) more than they valued them. Yay! :P
Second night we went out for dinner downtown as a group at a new, about to open restaurant called Blu Duby. We got there at 6:15PM, and by 8:00PM they hadn't served anything more than very light snacks. But I left at 8:00PM, because even though I was only in London for 48 hours, I couldn't let a visit go by without seeing blu. We walked to William's Coffee House, and sat there for a few hours talking and catching up. After waiting for a bus for a while and talking about life, the universe and everything, I gave up and we got a taxi, dropped her off home, then me. It's been almost 3 years since we last saw each other, and almost 14 years since we met, but it was so good to catch up with a friend again :)
More meetings this morning, proof reading and finding a giant error in a bid for a giant contract at work, then back to Vancouver by plane. Watched 21 Jump Street on the way back (and Hunger Games on the way over). Time flies!
So lizbyrd and I plan to be back over Christmas, and we'll totally plan some visits with everyone then :)
- June - jphoenix visiting Vancouver June 25th (noon) and depart on July 4th (6pm)
- July - Dad visiting us, might do a weekend in Washington state
- August - greteldragon in US, we might head down to Washington State for a visit, also bug ilumiari?
- September - unfoldedreality visiting Canada, staying with us for a while
- October - Visit Quebec City, or PEI or something
- Christmas - Visit London Ontario
- April 2013 - Perth again for swancon?
- SIN - Social Insurance Number (Tax)
- UCI - Unique Client ID (Immigration)
- T-Number - Visa Document number
I've only had one SIN - It's a temporary one (begins with "9") that we got in 2009 when we first arrived on our "temporary" work permits, which was then extended again in 2011. Now that we're PR, it changes to a permanent SIN, which issued in BC will begin with "7", theoretically.
I have had at least 5 T-Numbers on various study/work permits and one final one on my Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) document. I discovered today however that my COPR T-Number (#5) invalidates the second-most recent work permit T-Number (#3), while my current SIN is linked to T-Number #4. Change of status from worker to PR means changing SIN, by invalidating the SIN that refers to the T-Number that the COPR invalidates. Do you see the problem?
All this means that I couldn't get a new SIN on the spot this morning and instead have to wait for a paper application for one to be processed, which hopefully should happen before the current SIN becomes invalid. I couldn't get a straight answer on what happens if it doesn't arrive by then, only that I should really call if I don't get a new card by May 7th.
While there, I saw alias_sqbr,alkland,ataxi,auntpol,azhure,bookbuster,carywin,distantcam,dr_jekyl,drayke_,ducts,e_bee,elaran,evilspyn,flyingblogspot,frenchiephish,frostlight1,grahame,greteldragon,hipikat,kadeton,lathiat,maelkann,miss_kittylix,mkj,nightmancyr,oliverm,originalnilson,paperishcup,reaps,stepham,tevriel,the_riviera_kid,tommmo,torque_635,unfoldedreality,utopos, and it was awesome.
On the way back, we got this stamp - which means we can stay in Canada as long as we want, which is also pretty awesome:
This brings to a conclusion secretprojectnumber5
But it's not all good - I think lost my iPhone SIM removal tool, and the Prius's battery was flat when we got back, so I took it for a jetlagged 45 minute drive yesterday.
Set list was:
(BNL) Alternative girlfriend / sheep in wolfs clothing
(BNL) Upside Down / (Solo) Set a course for a new shore
(VP) Wilted Rose
(VP) These Wasted Words
(BNL) What a good boy
(?) Something good is gonna happen
(BNL) Old apartment
(BNL) Bull in a China Shop
(BNL) Break your heart
(Solo) Different sort of Solitude
(Solo) Leave her Alone
(BNL) It's all been done before / it falls apart
(Solo) The chorus girl
(BNL) Brian Wilson
(BNL) Call and Answer / Bridge over Troubled Water
So cut about 45 minutes taking it down into component parts that can be safely lifted, and then installing it, and reassembling it in place. And to make matters worse, there's a chance HP will want this back one day (it was a freebie - buy 8 get one free.. kinda :P) and we'll have to do it all over again in reverse. Yaaay.
.. it now feels like we're rattling around in the apartment. It's 2 bedrooms. There were 6 of us here for a few weeks. It was cozy, but worked pretty well. We rented a Dodge Caravan and did thousands of kms in it. Ugh, 11L/100km. We also spent 5 nights in Tofino in a 4bdr house, which was awesome, and they spent 3 nights up at Whistler too, which was also nice.
So much fun. I miss them :(
I know, who says that about their in-laws? Me.
The weather was great, and on the last two days here, it snowed finally! They loved it, we loved it... this morning driving to work in near blizzard was a bit special, but whatevs ;)
Perth in April for a visit (03 - 21)