Friday, 04 September, 2015 –

Friday, September 4th, 2015 -( 19˚C / 66˚F with “Scattered Clouds” @ 12:45 pm )- on Mike Piazza’s Birthday.

[ No, I’m not a baseball groupie, I’m a Virgo with silly memory retention on a lot of birthdays. -shrug- ]

Woman at a table enjoying a beautiful view of the St John River.

This is the view from the deck at the Lighthouse on the Green as of September 4th, 2015.

We recently sent a link from here to a restaurant mentioned way back when we began this blog. Then, looking at what we had started and noticing that we hadn’t posted much lately, with the possibility that we hadn’t posted anything at all since a storm named ‘Arthur’ had ravaged the area, in what? July of 2014? – um, we’ve been thinkin’ – that maybe we should take this blog/service a little more seriously.

Another view of the river from the deck.

I found it remarkable that when I was sitting there, looking out at the river, my imagination zoomed in and ‘cropped-out’ a lot of details this photo included. I was paying attention to the river and a little bit of green on both banks, with the hills to the north in the background. That rates a, “Hmmmm -” -jim-

We made two trips downtown today. Early in the day we paid a visit to Service Canada which is east of the Green where tourists can be treated by ‘Redcoats’ marching around with period rifles and listen to the re-enactors firing off loud volleys with ‘blank shots’. Most of the times I’ve heard anyone fire an old cap and ball flintlock type rifle it’s sounded like a cap pistol. Lately I’ve been shocked by how loud they can be when several at once are fired off by re-enactors in a semi-enclosed area. The Lighthouse on the Green is also across the street, east of the green, directly behind the Service Canada building. There’s at least one other building in between.

In the early evening we went back to enjoy ice cream and take in the view. The Lighthouse on the Green will close for the season at 6 pm on next Monday, Labour Day. We think that’s a shame. But we’ve never asked anybody if the cooks, waiters and waitresses are comprised solely of students from area schools – and we never pried into whether or not they might make enough money to justify opening earlier in the season – They now open for business after school is out for the summer – or close a bit later in the autumn.

Closeup of sculpted fish spitting streams of water into a fountain.

We thought this fountain had a very European feel to it. This is a closeup.

I should take more notes about where I shoot photographs – yes, I can go back and note where various photos that I’ve published here were taken, and then edit this later, for now this is “Somewhere on the North side of Queen Street in Fredericton.”

Fountain in Fredericton

This is the same fountain as above, with most of it visible. If I wanted to be a bit more professional here I would go back and reshoot this photo earlier in the afternoon, or wait for a cloudy day when the contrast between sunlight and shadow wouldn’t be so obvious.

Cathi looking at the fountain.

And here we have ‘my favourite spouse’ looking at the fountain with the play of sunlight and shadow in the background.

— I never thought of myself as any sort of Chamber of Commerce spokes person or as the eyes and ears of any Tourist Bureau. And frankly, the voice in my head as I sub-verbalize while composing the text here, being careful to keep this friendly and positive, scares me a little. I don’t like believing I can be ‘annoyingly optimistic’ or sound like I’ve just had my brain dipped in some kind of warm syrup, or taken a course in ‘mindless advocacy’.

— Fredericton attracts artists and thinkers. There are also politicians here, the provincial government and legislature hangs out in buildings on Queen Street. I haven’t posted any photos of Fredericton’s homeless citizens. I haven’t taken any photos of Fredericton’s homeless citizens. Last year there was a minor confrontation between young women high school students and the local school board. A local blogger accused one local policeman of going a bit farther than he should and taking himself a bit too seriously and possibly exceeding his authority and/or crossing a line between professionalism and ‘pushing people around without just cause’.

— So, not everyone in Fredericton is 100% angelic. And I can still love the place while exercising my poetic license and laughing to myself about the grammar police who would find this paragraph quite annoying. The Anal-Retentive among the grammar police have taken lately to looking down their noses at anyone who begins a sentence with the word ‘so’. And they would probably rather shoot me on sight than let me get away with beginning a sentence with ‘And’.  – insert winking faced sticker here –

~~~~~ Jim

 

 

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Movie Theatres In Fredericton (& X-Men – Days Of Future Past)

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014. 2:33 am (insanely early in the morning, or late at night?)

There is only one “Cineplex Cinemas” in Fredericton. It’s in the Regent Mall. I’m not sure whether there are 10 theatres inside the ‘Cineplex’, or maybe the #10 is their address inside the mall?

Anyway, I went there for I think the third time I went to a cinema in Fredericton last evening. I went to see “X-Men / Days of Future Past” and I’m glad that I got to see it before it goes away.

On Tuesdays you can see a movie for $5.00 cdn (five Canadian dollars plus tax comes out to more like $6.99 Cdn$) That’s pretty good. If you come in for a late show (this one started at 10:40 pm, the only time they’re showing this movie lately) There’s a sign at the ticket desk saying “Box Office is Closed. You can get your tickets at an atm or at the refreshment counter. 4 ATM terminals and they were all busy, so I went to the refreshment counter. Yes you can pay there (sigh of relief). The young woman who waited on me was trying to do too many things at once (not her fault) and didn’t press the right space on her screen at the right time or the right pressure, I stared at a blank screen on the card reader for almost a full minute before I asked for her help. She was friendly and courteous and explained what had happened and pushed the right button or space at the right pressure. I had to pull my debit card out and re-insert it, but we got through the process and everything was fine and I got to the theatre inside the complex in time to miss a few seconds of previews which didn’t bother me at all.

The movie, The X-Men / Days of Future Past, was better than I’d expected. I think I started reading X-Men Comic books when they were ten or fifteen cents each. And thought it would be really cool to have laser beam eyes. I’m not the most critical movie goer. And I’m more than a little bit critical about Formulaic Adrenaline Rush plots. But I like this genre. And they did a good job. And the message the movie left me with was hopeful (hopeful for the future of the human race).

I doubt that the statements I just made would spoil anything for anyone. I left the theatre thinking about my science fiction / fantasy novels (which I haven’t finished writing) – thinking I should finish them and publish them somewhere,  even if I just publish them for free on the web somewhere. I think I have a positive message here and I think I can deliver it in a positive manner without boring any adrenaline junkies to death.

Besides, two of my favourite Canadian Actresses (Ellen Page and Anna Paquin) were on the screen. (Anna wasn’t there for more than a cameo, but Ellen played a major part in this movie’s plot. Our ‘Tiny Canadian’ who, as Kitty Pryde, can walk through walls, has developed into quite a powerful character in the X-Men world, she can send people’s consciousness back through time, in this case to try to undo a web of events that is killing not just mutants, but anyone who might have a mutant baby in a very dark future. This movie’s plot moves too quickly to give the Actress a chance to show off her real talent, but, if the ‘real world’ doesn’t implode in the next few months, or years, the not all that bright people who make decisions in Hollywood  just might get something right and knock us out.) ((Don’t tell her I said that, she’s a Pisces and Pisces-es are stereotypically afraid that people who matter to them might expect too much from them. Of course, no generality is ever true in all cases…))

Yeah, so there is a theatre complex in Fredericton, and it shows movies for $5.00 + tax on Tuesdays, and I would recommend the movie I saw. (I don’t know if the 3-D theatres are that inepensive on Tuesdays, probably not….) (but they do have one or two 3-D capable theatres inside the complex).

~~~Yay~~

~~~~~Jim

After Arthur: Eeeek!

Monday, 07 July, 2014.

trees and pole hanging on wires

Gibson Street: Long shot of trees and utility pole hanging on Electric Wires @ 7 am, 06 July 2014.

Closer shot of trees and pole hanging on Electric Wires.

Gibson Street. Closer to the same trees and Pole hanging on Electric Wires.

Large Tree hanging on Electric Wires

Gibson Street, just south of the above two photos, another large tree looking dangerous as it hangs over Electric Wires.

Our Post-Tropical Storm left a mess here… I went out looking for an open Tim Hortons at 7 am. Nothing open on the north side. South side, the Timmy’s on Regent street had a very long line of cars, stretching almost all the way up the hill to the Irving station. The Timmy’s on Prospect Street (the one with the temporary trailer for a drive through-) had signs up everywhere “No Power!” and employees shouting, “We’re not open, we have no power” to three or four vehicles per minute who did not read the signs. I didn’t think of trying the Tim Hortons on Smythe Street, inside the fence at the Fair Grounds (I think that’s the Fair Grounds).

I turned around drove back to Regent Street and got in line for the Regent Street Timmy’s (a long time before I could see the happy end  of that line). Some traffic lights were working. Some were not. I did not block intersections, especially when I saw cars coming toward Regent Street.

After half an hour in line, with many people behind me, line stretching farther than when I joined it, stopped at a red light. Two cars swooped in ahead of me from the west. A grey Honda and a black Malibu. I took down their license numbers. If I had the telekinetic power to explode their heads on the spot there would have been dead drivers and a lot of blood everywhere. Thank goodness I don’t have that kind of power. It took over an hour from when I first got in line until I got to the Tim Hortons. Both of those cars that had jumped in line in front of me turned left against the “no left turn sign”. I saw people standing in line as I was getting my coffee and breakfast sandwiches there. When I turned right on the no left turn street, I noticed that the line of people on the sidewalk waiting to get inside and stand in line until they were waited on went down to the corner and back South on Regent Street. I couldn’t see how far it stretched, but I was glad I did not park and think I would have an easier time going inside.

When I got home and sipped my coffee and ate my breakfast with “the love of my life” I thought, hey, if I was just a little bit crazier I might have kept the piece of paper with their license plate numbers handy and some time in the future popped all four tires, or worse.

The more I thought about that, the more I remembered a friend telling us, “Don’t think about getting even with somebody who goes out of their way to do something nasty, that will only poison your outlook on life and keep you miserable, Pray to transmute that negative energy into something positive. Ask for help with this-” (Us mere humans can’t transmute that kind of frustration and anger by ourselves, we need Heavenly help.)

So I’m hoping that anybody who would cut in front of people who have been in a line for half an hour or longer will think twice and not do that in the future. If not, they just might meet up with some angry son of a gun who doesn’t believe in trying to be a good, decent human being, who just might have had  a really bad day or two, who might jump out of his or her car in a blind rage and cripple them for life.

A lot of the Prayers that went out from me on Sunday started out with “Help! I don’t need this anger-”

~~~~~I shouldn’t sign this, should I?

The Snow (finally) Went Away – On Mothers’ Day

Thursday, May 15, 2014. 10˚C / 50˚F @ 8:00 am.

Photo of yard with stone retaining wall, trees, a bit of snow and a deer.

This was taken on Monday, May 5th, The snow near the stone wall there was the last bit to hang on. (There is a deer in the photo, can you spot it between the white birch on the far left and the first pine tree from the left side?)

The last traces of snow in our yard finally melted on Mothers’ Day (Sunday, May 11th).

 

Several Deer in a line atop a small hill.

Committee Meeting, May 5th, 2014

I think I’ve spotted little nubs of antlers on a couple heads as these guys continue to come around looking for oats and bread and decent foraging stuff.

~~~~~Jim

National Novel Writing Month

November 2nd, 2013:

November is NaNoWriMo month.

Press Start
Graphic Link to NaNoWriMo Start Page.

I might not get a lot of blogging done if I’ll be chugging out at least 1600 words a day for all of November writing a nano-novel.

But then again it’s taken me 2 & 1/2 hours per night to write almost 2,500 words per night.

& because this is happening while Mercury is Retrograde, I didn’t start a brand spankin new novel, I picked one up I’d started a couple years ago and continued on with it. So far so good, the test will come on November 10th when mercury stops and then begins to move forward again, lets see if this novel can hold my interest when that happens.

 

~~~~~Jim

Almost Halloween @ the Northside Market

26 October, 2013.

On our second trip to the Northside Market, we had a wonderful brunch from “Brewed Awakening / Conscious Coffee”.

Then we discovered that there had  been a contest for costumed vendors.

Woman Dressed as a doll.

This costume won first prize for a vendor.

There were a lot of happy looking children there, many in costumes.

Kid Dressed as Dinosaur.

There were plenty of kids in costume. To ensure Children’s safety and anonymity, this is the only photo we’ll publish. 

—It’s sad that we feel that we can’t show lots of photos of happy kids who deserve positive attention, but we’re only publishing this one photo because the child can not be identified (or stalked, thank goodness).

—There was also a “House of Horrors” put together by one of the Vendors (Mike Henderson of E.T. Mechanical, whose Fredericton store is at 85 Sunset Drive (506) 444-4663. They specialize in Geothermal, Solar and Heat Pump systems.)

Mike announcing winners.

Mike from E.T. Mechanical seen here announcing the winners to the ‘Best Costume’ contest.

I’ll Add as many photos of the ‘House of Horrors’ below as I can fit here.

Mummy.

This Mummy welcomes you to his House of Horrors.

Seasonal Decorations and "Beware!"

A grave marked RIP, Pumpkins and Skulls, and Seasonal decorations around a sign that says, “Beware!”

Skeleton in Black Robes and Chains.

A Skeleton in Black Robes and Chains…

Crystal Ball, Black Cat, Rat and something Scary on a table.

Scary Character with beautiful Visitor.

“Hello Dearie, I’ve been dying to meet you-“

Skeleton in Cobwebs.

This Skeleton must have been waiting a long time for its next victim…

Candy in a  Caldron and Skulls and severed arms.. and...

“Trick or Treat-“

Candy, bones, & Pieces of Skeleton

Halloween Tricks and Treats…

Skeletal Bride and Groom.

Skeletal Bride and Groom await their Honeymoon in a dark corner.

Mascot with Mask.

Even the E.T. Mechanical Mascot had a costume…

—Sigh, we saw so many happy children enjoying themselves that we wished there were happy dress up holidays more often. We’re glad we live in a place where kids are protected and safe, and wish the world was more like this wonderful city.

Thanksgiving Dinner At Kings Landing

—October 12, 2013— King’s Landing Historical Settlement

(( On Monday, October 14, our friends in the USA will celebrate Columbus Day. In Canada, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. ))

Village in sunlight ahead.

The Village, Period Buildings Rescued and moved to “King’s Landing” where Re-Enactors in period dress don’t mind explaining their lifestyle to silly 21st Century folks. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

—We heard about King’s Landing Historical Settlement Near Fredericton, New Brunswick. (Not the city in the television series “Game Of Thrones” – Based on George RR Matin’s seven book series “Song of Ice and Fire”.)

Shadowed Wagon Driver and Autumn Scenery

A Wagon Driver made room for passengers and gave us a ride down the hill to the Settlement Village. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

—We also heard that this weekend before Canadian Thanksgiving Day would be the final weekend of this season that the theme park would be open.

—The spouse of my dreams had been to “Upper Canada Village” and wanted to see King’s Landing.

Horse Drawn Wagon with passengers.

A Local Wagon Owner is happy to give you a ride up or down the hill in the Settlement of King’s Landing.

—We realized that the King’s Head Inn was a real restaurant that actually served food, and thought we’d get a sandwich and a coffee.

Waitress in period dress serving Thanksgiving Dinner.

Properly attired women serve really good food to oddly dressed people and have the uncommon decency not to point out the fact that we are, dressed very strangely according to 19th Century eyes. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

—We didn’t realize that this was a real Restaurant that would serve a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner. We got lucky.

Yum!

Thanksgiving Dinner as served at the King’s Head Inn. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

Map (closed)

This is a Map of the Historical Settlement. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

—After dinner, we didn’t have long to explore the village. But we did take a walk down beside a farmer’s fields (with a scarecrow), took a peek into the Blacksmith’s Barn, Stepped inside an authentic General Store, Had a very nice talk with a caretaker at a genuine Anglican Church, and made it back up the hill in time to buy a very nice tapestry type blanket.

Farm near river with authentic scarecrow.

This is the farm closest to the river, complete with a realistic scarecrow.

wagon and carriage and tableand chairs inside a barn

Inside the Blacksmith’s Barn. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

One side of the General Store

One wall inside the General Store. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

Another side of the General Store.

Another Wall inside the General Store. Several items appear to be hanging on a clothesline, including a portrait. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

Inside an old Anglican Church.

This is a real Anglican Church. They actually hold church services here on Sundays when the settlement is open to the public. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

—We had a surprisingly good time on a beautiful day and had a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner while we were at it.