CONAN IN ISRAEL

A few weeks ago Conan traveled to Israel for another one of his globetrotting trips. He of course brought along his cameras. This evening, the special aired on TV and the videos are now on his site. His material when he travels is some of his best work.

HEAT

In a series of posts that I wrote last winter, I described how I removed the fake fireplace from my living room. It increased the enjoyment I got out of my living room but it also removed the only source of heat in that room. The plan was to wait until around November to figure out a new heating solution. I might need to move the schedule up a bit.

Summer is definitely over in Vancouver. The low temperatures are now starting to drop into the single digits. I left work this evening and it felt like autumn was upon us. At home, I actually had to close the living room window from completely open to just a few inches for fresh air.

It can’t hurt to get a quote for a baseboard heater installation.

GREENHEART TREEWALK

On the weekend, I visited the Greenheart TreeWalk out at the UBC Botanical Garden. It’s a much smaller scale version of the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, without the canyon, but with fewer crowds. Even though I went on the weekend, I wasn’t faced with wall to wall tourists.

It’s about half the price of the Cap bridge but you still get to walk amongst the tree tops, from tree to tree like you’re an Ewok. The price of admission also gets you access to the botanical garden which is pretty interesting as well. The tree walk was the main attraction for me though. The suspended walkways have a lot of give up and down and sideways, which adds to the excitement of being dangerously high in the air.

It’s a nice way to spend an hour or two if you’re out by UBC. I’d recommend going on a non-rainy afternoon if possible.

TEN YEARS AGO

It was ten years ago today that skate was released. It’s amazing that a whole decade has now passed since we shipped that game out the door. Today, I am full of nostalgia and fond memories. It was the first console game I ever helped make. It was also arguably the most influential game that I was part of and most importantly the best team I’ve ever worked on. We were like family. It set the bar so high for what a team should be that I’ve resigned to the fact that I will most likely never be part of something so special ever again. Alas, the memories will always bring warm feelings to my heart.

TRIP ANECDOTE

The morning of my departure for San Diego on Saturday, I had a regular poop session at home before I left. I didn’t poop again until sometime mid-day on the following Monday. For some people, 48 hours in between poops isn’t out of the ordinary but for me it is. I also ate a ton of food in that time. So when it was time to clear some space on the Monday, I was feeling pretty relieved. It wasn’t as bad as when I had to poop at E3 but it was close.

CONSTRUCTION

In the fall of 2016 I had to deal with not one but two construction sites around me as they were in the pile-driving stage. The incessant and loud pounding started way before my scheduled alarm and bothered hundreds of people in my general vicinity.

The noise finally ceased before 2017 rolled around but a new challenger has appeared. The building beside me is going to be rental apartments and it’s located just feet away from the Skytrain tracks. The three existing buildings along this block also are near the tracks. Each building has canopy which extends over the tracks so that residents can’t throw stuff from their windows and onto the tracks, which would be disastrous. This new building also needs a canopy to prevent the same tomfoolery from happening as well.

Unfortunately, the canopy cannot be erected and put into place until after the Skytrain finishes running for the night, which is usually around 1:30am. For two weeks now, I can hear construction happening at 2am in the morning. While unpleasant, it actually hasn’t affected my sleep too much. If I had to pick between trying to go to sleep with construction noise or woken up early with construction noise, the former seems to be easier to deal with. I’m sure some of my neighbours would disagree however.

Well, it should be another hour or so before the construction dudes clock in for the night.

I HAVE RETURNED

After a week in sunny and warm San Diego, I have returned home. While I was away, I missed all the smoke and haze that returned to Vancouver. San Diego was warm without being too hot. The exception was my first day, the Saturday, where it was unusually hot for SD. Temperatures were above 30 degrees Celsius, which is not normal for the city. The rest of the time was very pleasant.

I got into a few adventures on my vacation, which I will go into detail over the next several days. As a sneak peek, I can tell you I tried UberEATS for the first time. I also had some incredible Wagyu beef that defies description. Finally, after flying for decades, I missed my first ever flight (though it was totally not my fault).

Alas, I have to go back to work tomorrow and return to reality.

VACATION

I last went on a vacation at the beginning of June, 2016 when I traveled to Los Angeles for E3. That was well over a year ago. Since then, I’ve toiled away at work, experienced a brutally cold and snowy winter (for Vancouver at least), and most recently, put up with all the smoke from the provincial wildfires. Luckily, on Saturday, I’m headed off to San Diego for some rest and relaxation. A whole week of vacation awaits me.

I might be light on posting for the next little while so please accept my apologies. See you when I return!

I was told the name of the movie would not appear on the hotel bill