Wednesday, June 16, 2010


For some reason my new blog post at
is showing as being over two weeks old.
I may have started it back then but actually posted it today.
Sorry for the confusion.

Stay well,

Monday, June 14, 2010

Another thing of note

Before I forget again I want to mention something.
It occurred to me the other day that there are a couple of folks who
read this blog stuff but are not on or up to date on my Facebook or
Twitter posts.
This means that they have been missing out on the Youtube videos that
I have been uploading of the Piano and Drummer Wonderboys (I love
those names.)
So you folks, go here and get cracking. Especially you Uncle Mike!
I expect to see many new high ratings on all of my videos. :)
The reason I'm bringing this up is that I uploaded a new video of the
drummer lad again playing Rush's YYZ today (we have Rush on the brain
after seeing the documentary the other day) as well as a great video
of our piano guy posted last week.
Please go have a look and don't forget to comment and rate.
We really like hearing from you.

Stay well,

A couple more

Hello again. This is just a quick one.
I had two other historical photos that I wanted to use but didn't have time for the other day.

These are both taken in 1885 in Marysville and show Boss Gibson's cotton mill.
For those who aren't around here and don't know the mill is now provincial government offices.
Marysville is actually part of the City of Fredericton but is still referred to by its original name.

The photo taken nearer to the mill shows a building just beside the mill structure. That building isn't there today.

In all of the pictures I have done I love the ones that show a vehicle or people in the shots the most.

I think that's all for these for now.

Stay well,

Friday, June 11, 2010

Okay, what do you think?

Here is that neat idea that I told you about yesterday. I did a whole lot of running around at lunch and took these pictures.
What I did was go to the provincial archives web site (one of my favourite spots on the internet) and downloaded a whole bunch of old photos from around Fredericton.

Some of them I have used many times over the years to show the York Street Station in it's former glory. In fact I used them in the other blog with the way it was then and the way it is now.

This is a variation on that idea. As I mentioned yesterday this was not my idea. I saw another person had done it on the internet and liked it so much I decided to try it myself.
I was thinking at first that I should do something to totally hide my hand from the shot but the other guy had his hand in there and it didn't take away from the effect at all in my opinion.

So off I went.

The quality of the shots isn't the best but I was working with old black and white photos from a web site.

I was disappointed in the one I did at Fredericton City Hall and didn't even bother putting it in here.

I should point out a few things of note.

In the photo showing the banner over the road "Fredericton Welcomes Canada's Premier" they are actually referring to Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. This was taken prior to his visit to Fredericton.

It's a little blurry but one of the photos shows a group of people playing croquet on a large lawn.
This is at on the back lawn of Old Government House and was taken around 1885.
Old Government House is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, as well as that in Fredericton of the Canadian monarch. It's a pretty amazing place. You should check out href=",_Fredericton"> to learn more about it.

The photo showing the old railway bridge shows the first train to cross the bridge when it was initially completed. I should know but I don't remember the date, sorry. All I know is that it was a long time ago. I'm sure someone reading this will be able to tell me. Steve? Are you there? :)

Those living here know that this has been a walking bridge since 1997 and is the world's longest walking bridge at 1905 feet long.
On June 07 2008 it was renamed the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge. As you know Bill Thorpe was a dear friend and was the first president of the Fredericton Friends of the Railway until his passing in 2006.

In one photo you can see Harvey Studio on the old sign. Look into the recent photograph and you'll see that Harvey Studios is still there. I thought that is pretty cool.

I won't bother going into the details of the York Street Station photos. You can see about them in my January 7 blog here. href="">

In one of the old ones you see "Ross Drug United" on the building. Ross Drugs is still there and still has that historic look about it.
In fact, I believe they still have the old soda fountain in the back.

The parade photo was taken in 1937 on Queen Street and was, coincidentally, for Queen Elizabeth's Coronation Parade.

I don't know the details for all of them but I think that's good enough for these.
I had a whole lot of other photos of different spots but I think these were the most interesting. You tell me.

I hope you like them. I had fun doing them.

Oh by the way, I have had a TON of people asking me when the work is going to continue on the York Street Station. I don't have a clue but I have put the question through to J. D. Irving. They will be getting back to me and I will let you know.
Don't worry.

Stay well,

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Something neat is coming

For anyone who drops in to read this I'm sorry that I haven't done a blog in so long.

It's hard to explain but I get ideas to write about but when I try to write I run into mental blocks or things that just prevent me from getting it done.

There is one that I've been working on that I'll finish eventually. I'll explain why in the blog.

There's also something really cool (well I think so anyway) that I started working on today.
It's a variation on the blog I did with the old and recent photos of the York Street Station but it involves many other places around town as well.
I'm going to try and get a lot done tomorrow on my lunch hour since I won't have much time this weekend.

We're heading to Moncton on Saturday to see the new movie about my all time fave band RUSH. Wowzers, I HAVE to do a blog about RUSH one day. I'm surprised that I haven't really.

The movie is only playing for 2 days in theatres in just a few cities then is coming out on DVD.
It sure would be amazing if we could actually see the real band but that's not happening any time soon out here.

Anyway, the variation picture thing I'm doing isn't my original idea.
I saw someone else's on the on the internet yesterday.
That's all I'll say about it for now.
I think you'll like it.

Stay well,

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

No Toy Gets Left Behind...

Since I have started doing this blog there have been times that I had to stop somewhere in my writing because the emotions were too strong for me.
I can think of two occasions where I never did post the blog that I had been writing and deleted them completely. One was a rather angry blog and the other was very sad.
I just didn't think that anyone would want to, or should have to, read them.

On a couple of other instances I just stopped where I was, pushed the "Save Now" button and left for a while. A time later I returned and finished them and the blog was posted.

I have wondered if someone would be able to sense while reading at what point I had stopped and restarted again by a changing tone or emotional level?
I try to keep a consistent level throughout and make reading seamless.

This is one of those that I stopped and returned to. I actually started it three times but only just finished it.
I wasn't sure where I wanted this to go or how I wanted it to feel.

In the end I decided that I don't want to bring a reader too far down but just wanted to say what I want to say.
So here it is.

In 1995, a relatively unknown animation studio by the name of Pixar released Toy Story and it was distibuted by Walt Disney pictures.
Some time before it was released into the theatres I remember seeing a commercial on TV for it and thought "that is going to be a very cool movie!"

When I still lived in Ontario my sister Hayley, my mother and I used to go out for dinner and a movie on occasion to catch up with what was new and enjoy ourselves. We all agreed that Toy Story was a good choice and went to the theater at Square One in Mississauga to see it shortly after it was released.

Of course we loved it and my love of everything Pixar was born.

Since that time Cheryl and I were married and our twin sons were born 12 years ago.
As with so many homes around the world we have seen every Pixar Animation movie released since then and loved them all.

A couple of years ago I heard that Toy Story 3 was in the works so on March 7, 2008 I sent this message to Hayley and mom.
"I've read that Toy Story 3 will be out in 2010.
Let's plan to see it together in the theater like we did with the first one in 1995.

Hayley replied with
"I'm there!!! :o)
Love, Hayley xo etc."

And mom with
"Me too, definitely! Looking forward to it!
Mum xoxoxo"

And that was our plan.

Hayley was sick at that time but it looked like it would all work out.
Mom wasn't feeling 100% but the "C" word had not been used yet in reference to her condition.

No-one could possibly have imagined that within the next 9 months we would lose them both.

So here we are in June 2010. Toy Story 3 will be in theatres in a few days.

I have been waiting for this and feeling very excited and sad at the same time.

Mom and Hayley won't be in the theater to see Toy Story with me this time.
In their places will be my wife Cheryl and two great little guys that have never known a world without the wonderful work of Pixar.

But sadly we have had to adjust to a world without mom and Hayley.

I'll be thinking of them as I watch the movie and may have a tear or so but we'll have a lot of fun and enjoy the show.

Mom and Hayley would want it that way.

Stay well,