Traveling west – the digital humanities tour day 8 through 11

IMG_1041Janelle started her Digital Humanities class at the University of Victoria on Monday. This was a one-week class that ran Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm. The whole time was nice, but a blur for me because I took Janelle to school, hung out with Amelia, took Amelia to school at lunch so Janelle could feed her, and then back to the school when class was out.

It was a lot of fun discovering different parts of town while wheeling a stroller, and I met a lot of people that I normally wouldn’t have met because I become less threatening when I’m carrying a baby.

I did meet one woman in her 70s that told me to have many more babies because the white race was dying out and we needed to keep it going. There were so many things I wanted to say, but I figured if she’s been here 70 years talking like that she must have heard it all before and it had no effect, so why bother…


aea4f-11352308_409153475942973_1934917485_ne7ce8-11380092_410925335763470_1395719103_nWe visited downtown a couple of times, and I already posted a couple of the photographs, but I’ll put them here again, in better context.

While we were eating at a restaurant downtown, I had to do the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking victim, and that kind of stuff always puts a damper on dinner, but other than that it was a great time. Victoria is a beautiful city and I would love to go there again to explore it even further. I loved the AirBnB rental, so we would probably stay at the same place.IMG_1036

I highly recommend Victoria as a relaxing getaway. If you don’t have a college class and an 8-month old baby.

Learning by DOING!

As I look back on all the ways that I have learned, all of the things that I now know, that I have learned it all by doing. When I wanted to paint, I just painted, When I wanted to learn how to play a song, I just listened to it, and attempted to eke it out on the piano or guitar. When I wanted to build something, I just started sawing and nailing.

My stuff is CRAP! Well, it started out crap. The stuff I liked to do, the stuff I stuck with, ended up getting more and more refined. And the more I learned how to do that stuff, I got better at other stuff, stuff I didn’t even know related. The more I learned about music, the better I got at painting. The more I learned about martial arts, the better I got at building, The more I learned about building, the better I got at music. Life is amazing.


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Travel Log: October 2012 Leesburg, VA

We headed out there to drop Aunt Marleen off at our cousins’ house. While we were there:

Visited Historic Leesburg and the Steven F Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum.

We stopped at a second hand store and Janelle bought a pretty expensive dress suit at a great price, too.

King Street Coffee kinda rocked, too. We stayed a couple of hours drinking coffee and taking in the scenery.

Janelle was pretty sick the whole time, but she still kinda sucked it up and made herself enjoy!