||Hunter Sailboats - I
picked up a 17'
Hunter sailboat in May of 2008. I figured this would be a great way to
spend some time on the lake which is so close to my new home in Creston. I was
right, it was a gas I have been having honing my sailing skills, but just being
out on the water is what really matters. I find myself always checking wind
conditions and I am always looking for that perfect sailing day.
Check out my sailing blog here.
||VW Westfalia's - After driving wagons (see below) for the past 6
years, I decided to purchase a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia. Although I miss the
luxury of a fully loaded boat, the fun factor of the Westfalia more than makes
up for all of those lost features. My Westy is fun to drive and great for
||Woody Wagons - Station wagons are the most under-rated vehicles
on the road today. Which is great, there will be more for me. I drove a 1983
Caprice Classic Estate Wagon for five years. Then this
1984 Caprice Classic Estate
Wagon became available and I just had to have it. Scott (thanks for the
wrenches) and I spent a couple of weekends replacing all motor gaskets, fuel
system, cooling system along with a few other items that required some
attention. One nice upgrade was to rip out the hydro-boost braking system and
replace it with the upgraded braking system that GM placed in their 1986
vehicles. That made a huge difference, for the better, to braking. The next
summer Scott & I worked on everything from the frame down. That's right,
drums, shoes, rotor's, pads, brake lines, ball joints along with a few other
items associated with the steering and front end. This baby used to be a sweet highway ride, lots of room and so comfortable,
but now this Caprice is a real treat to drive. Below is my favourite
station wagon related web site. |
American Station Wagon Association
Short Video of '84 Caprice motor rebuild
||The Ultimate Comfort Bike |
[click on picture to enlarge]
Go on, try one; you deserve it. Experience perfection for yourself!
||Live Music -
(This section will change now that my new digs are in Creston) Nothing beats checking out live music while hanging at one of your
favourite local clubs. There is no need to wait for a good artist to show up
at the Saddledome.
Calgary is loaded with smaller venues with a great cross-section of
music. I prefer Blues and Roots music and some of the clubs you might find
me in are listed below. Live
at the Clubs|
Ironwood Stage & Grill,
1429 - 9 Avenue SE
KAOS Jazz &
Blues Bistro, 718 - 17 Avenue SW (now closed, check out...
Calgary Blues & Roots Festival )
Edward Hotel, Home of the Blues, 438 - 9 Avenue SE
"The King Eddy," as it is affectionately called, has been home to the blues
for close to 30 years. Dark, rustic and smoke-filled, it attracts an eclectic
crowd who come to quaff back a few cold ones while listening or dancing to
some premier blues. Reminiscent of an old Chicago Blues club. [Sadly - the
doors were closed in August 2004]
BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, 316 - 3 Street SE
Local Arts House, 2139 - 33 Avenue SW (where I first saw The Co-Dependents)
Probably the best venue I have been to for concerts... The Gorge at George
The Gorge Amphitheatre is a 20,000+ seat concert venue, located above the Columbia River Gorge, in George, Washington.
Administered by Live Nation, it is considered one of the premier and most scenic concert locations not just in North America, but the world.
The venue offers sweeping and majestic views of the Columbia River, as well as extreme eastern Kittitas County and extreme western Grant County.
The Gorge is known for its spectacular views of the Columbia gorge canyon and mighty Columbia river. It offers lawn-terrace seating and concert-friendly weather.
Folk Festival - July 26-29, 2012|
I attended for years, then volunteered for close to 10 - always a great show
currently on hold after a ten year run
||A few tunes that I'm listening to right now...
(Writing about music is like dancing about architecture)|
Beatles - I've Got A Feeling
- Don't Let Me Down
- One After 909
Tom Petty -
Live 2008 - Gloria
Lily Was Here - Candy Dulfer / Dave Stewart
54-40 - Live 2007 - She-La
McCuaig - Long Way to the Top
Rory Gallagher - Going To
My Hometown (1972)
Tired Pony - Dead American Writers
Jeff Beck - Brush With
Sam Brown - Horse to the Water
Santana - Soul Sacrifice (Video)
Nugent - Stranglehold
An Adult Now
The Who -
Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon
Singing - Who Do You Love
[Live from Letterman - Feb 14, 1997]
Audio - mp3 Video [media
patti smith, central park, nyc, 1976
an integral part of the Alberta
and Canadian music scene for
the past few decades,
died on February 17, 2006 at his
home in Calgary.
Allison Brock was a friend and
fan of Billy Cowsill and devoted the February 25, 2006 edition of CKUA Radio
- Wide Cut Country to a look back at Billy Cowsill. She was joined by
David Ward and Tom Coxworth in Calgary and Peter North in Edmonton. In
addition, a number of guests were invited to share memories of Billy.
Allison Brock's heartfelt
tribute to Billy Cowsill
Part 1 (28 minutes and 25 seconds)
Part 2 (31 minutes and 15 seconds)
Part 3 (28 minutes and 20 seconds)
Part 4 (27 minutes and 52 seconds)
media player format
On Sunday, February 26, 2006 on
CKUA Radio - Folk Routes, Tom Coxworth rebroadcast the one hour special
he did last year that included an interview with Billy Cowsill and a musical
retrospective. The interview was conducted December 4, 2004 at Billy's
residence in Calgary. Tom edited and updated the interview with bites that
he did not use originally to make it more timely and relevant.
Part 1 (33 minutes)
Part 2 (28 minutes)
*** Hidden Video Gem:
Co-Dependants Live at the Mecca (Lead
Vocals - Billy Cowsill)
more Canadian than the hockey stick?|
Odd ball fencing
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Force - Did
you grow up in the Military? Do you have trouble answering the question
"where are you from?" My parents
were both in the Air Force, I guess that makes me a true Air Force brat.
Born in Trenton Ontario, transferred to Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Cold Lake
Alberta, back to Trenton and then Greenwood. As they say... there's no life
like it and I believe that.