Saturday, December 27, 2008

I Cracked.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens - $750
Tripod - $ 50
58mm Lens Filter - $ 30
4GB Compact Flash Memory Card - $ 20
Lens Cloth - $ 7

Tax - $ 102
Total $ 959.00

Money Well Spent.
Up Next:
Wide Angle Lens

Sunday, December 07, 2008

$400 Are Better In My Wallet.

I want it so bad I can taste it.
I guess this is the true essence of adulthood though.
You want something so bad,
But know better than to just buy it on impulse.
Sometimes being an adult sucks ass.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Naivety Of Youth.

I remembered something the other day.
Which for those of you who don't know me well,
Lets just say its a big deal.

I remember way back in first grade something struck me as being quite odd.
But I thought nothing of it.
Until I noticed it again in second grade,
Only this time it was much more noticeable.
And when I saw it again in the third grade I'd had enough.
I had to find an answer to my question:

"Why are all the older kids getting shorter every year?!"

I thought the human species was de-evolving in some way.
Getting shorter and skinnier before my eyes.
The kids used to be HUGE!
Now not only did I not fear them,
I was bigger than some of them!

My confusion lasted another 2 years,
when finally after reaching the top of the food chain in grade 7 I knew the answer.
THEY werent getting smaller,
No no, I was getting bigger.

It makes me laugh to this day how naive kids can be.
Granted I was never a genius,
so my example may be due more to a slow mental processor,
but it makes me impatient to have kids,
and see their innocence and naivety play out before me.

And if they ever look scared,
as if they don't know why people are rapidly shrinking...
well I think I'll let them figure it out for themselves.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Vancouver 2010.

I remember this video to this day.
I watched it live as it was presented to the IOC.
I never felt more proud to live in Vancouver.
To be a Canadian.
To be given the chance to showcase our natural blessings with the world.
And in a year and a half we will share them with the world.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How Appropriate

Listen and enjoy.
I know it brings me solace each year I get older.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Generation Bling.

I stumbled upon an interesting article the other day in the Tuesday edition of the Metro newspaper. I was reading it as I ate my lunch in the trailer at work. I was so sucked in, everything else around me ceased to exist. It said everything I have thought for a long time now, and what my parents have said to me for as long as I can remember. It put into words what I can't articulate, and I think they're words everyone in our demographic could stand to listen to. I will do my best to edit out the mindless drivel, and only write the important bits.

Here goes:

" A recent study indicates that we are not alone in our financial ingnorance. Charles Schwab reports that most 'Generation Xers'- aged between 27 to 40 - are way behind when it comes to retirement savings. Almost half of those surveyed reported being so overwhelmed by debt and living paycheque to paycheque that they could not even begin to think about savings and retirement planning.

As we began to think about what advice we could offer, we also thought about how generations before ours dealt with their money and what advice we could take from them now. One of our own Smart Cookies recalls chatting with her grandfather about how individuals of his age group spent and saved, and his answer was simple; 'we had no credit, if we wanted to buy something, we had to have the cash to do so.' Here are more lessons from previous generations:

Cash, cash and more cash- It may sound old school, but Smart Cookies live by the cash system. We allow ourselves an allotted amount of 'fun money' each week, and when the money disappears, we are not allowed to resort to credit. It's helped us get out of debt, start saving and also has kept our priorities in check.

If the shoe fits, you don't have to buy it- For whatever reason our generation never learned this lesson. Instead we feel that we are entitled to everything our parents worked their whole lives for - the beautiful home, the luxury car, the fabulous wardrobe- by the time we are thirty. You will have all these things, just not right now. If you wait until you can truly afford them, these possessions will mean that much more.

Whose life are you living anyway? -
It's easy to fall into the trap of trying to keep up with your friends
when it comes to portaying an image,
but if it means using your credit,
it's time to reconsider your priorities.

In recent years our generation has felt even more pressure
to pretend as if we have it all.
But really who are you fooling?
Not your friends or your family,
who know your are living way beyond your means."
Written by the Smart Cookies.

I dont know if anyone else will take from this what I did.
As much as I might think I already understand it,
hearing it from someone else's perspective,
and not just my parents,
only helps reinforce it.

I have goals I want to achieve in life.
Not the least of which are complete financial independance
and monetary stability.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Welcome Back.

So we're back home.
And just in time to find out the job has fallen behind.


It was fun to get away.
I needed the break.

Even if I have been thrown to the wolves upon my return.

Ah well.
Nothing good in life ever comes easy.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Life's Little Quandries.

I love nature.
I know, big surprise.

I love meat.
What guy doesn't?

But what happens when my two loves contradict eachother?
Which one wins the tug of war?

Does the heart pull out the 'W' because of raw emotion?
Or will the stomach because of hunger?

Ah how life does love to tease.
To throw a bone into everything it possibly can.

I would love to shoot this moose....

But only with my camera.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Tempting Death.

I know Im going to cause myself bodily harm by doing this...
But here goes nothing.
The following msn conversation actually took place:

Marlee: you want the mezzanine did you say?

Marlee: but that's all the way at the back?!

Dario: ok fine so somewhere mid or back of the orchestra

Dario: Its all good.

Marlee: Okay :)

Marlee: I think I have to poo.

Dario: Ok. for fucks sake

Dario: Good bye!

That is my girlfriend.
Whom I love?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

One For The Books.

So here it is.
An achievement that belongs in the personal record books.
My sixth blog in one month.
Never been done before.
Woo hoo.

I have gone hiking the last 3 Sundays in a row.
And I could not be any happier.
I feel so reconnected to a lost aspect of my life.
It doest quite replace or make up for not having done any camping...
Sadly now on a two year streak,
But I'm thrilled none the less.
Im 9 pounds lighter thanks to it.
I have some amazing pictures to be proud of.
And its been nice to go with a couple good buddies.
I feel reinvigorated.
I'm loving life right now.

Not bad for a record setter.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Greatest Place On Earth.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Why would you live anywhere else?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Clear Skies Above.

It sometimes strikes me as odd that I feel so emotionally connected to weather and nature. I don't know if others feel it, or if they would think I was wierd for what I just said. But there is one particular feeling, one emotion I get and its at the strangest of times.

I hate clear skies.

Despise them actually.
I feel empty,

Peculiar I know.
And the strangest part:
I don't have a clue as to why.

I love being able to see the mountains. And seeing how the suns light affects different objects and settings. Blue skies are a relief to see when I want to go out and do something without having to worry about rain. But i hate not seeing clouds. I almost fear being able to see as far the bare eye can.

Its a feeling of infinite unknowns, of empty void space. It almost leaves me feeling desperate. As if somewhere in that emptiness my true self lies in vain, trying to find something I've lost, or worse: never had.

But to see the sky come alive with the clouds! Ideas, possibilities, beauty. So much emotion and energy flows through me. It as if millions of doors have appeared in front of me and behind each one something to be discovered waits.

Im an odd ball, I know.
But we all have our quirks.

And I just happen to hate clear skies.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Brain Melt.

I don't know if I can fathom this.
22 years of bliss.
And in two fell swoops massive change.
Sabrina Perizzolo becomes Sabrina Baron.
Danielle Rossi becomes Danielle Ciavarro.
My head is spinning.
Somebody stop the room please, I'd like to get off.
Brain... cannot... compute...

Congratulations Chad And Danielle!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

It's Official.

Marlee just agreed.
We have a deal.
And this blog is the binding contract.
Our first born daughters name:
Fuck yeah!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Same Band- New Respect.

My hands-down number one "no-one-comes-close" favorite band.
I've loved them for years.
Their sound is unique.
Aaron Lewis has an absolutely amazing voice.
And they dont prance around as if they were God's gift to the world.

Me and Marlee went to see them last night.
Words cannot explain how I felt.
It was all my favorite songs, played live and loud.
It was honestly a defining moment for me.
Years of admiration for their music finally experienced in the flesh.
I didn't want it to end.
I could have stayed there and listened to them play the rest of the night.

I will never forget that performance.
It was all I expected and more.
They ended the show by thanking all their fans.
They said they were honored to have played for us.
What other band does that?
Is that humble and down to earth?
I can't think of one.
And for that I have a whole new respect for them.
For being real people.
Not drugged up rock faggots.
Thank you Staind for a performance that will not soon be topped.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Man's Best Friend.

I'll be blunt...
I have a good life.
A big family who I love spending time with.
A good job that keeps me busy, healthy and pays the bills.
A girlfriend who I love and am one day going to marry.
But there's something missing.
And it has been missing my entire life.
I can honsetly say I have never wanted something more.
Because some things are out of your control.
So you can't force your hand.
Some things you can control,
But you can't force your hand.
I want a dog.
A german shepherd to be exact.
Im excited at the prospect of moving out.
Getting married and doing all that great stuff.
And right up there with getting married is getting a dog.
I don't know what I'd call my dog.
It would depend on his personality.
But I can no longer look at other people with dogs.
It kills me.
It leaves me feeling like I only have one hole left to fill in my life.
Ok well maybe two, the other being a family of my own.
But that can wait.
I want a german shepherd.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Say What?

You wanna hear something funny?
Is that not just the strangest thing you've ever heard.
It continues to blow me away.
My sister is married.
And I have a brother-in-law.

Congratulations Sabrina and Mirko.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Aaaah Aaaah Aaaaaaaah... THUNDER!

Ok I know theyre not that great.
But they're my first ever attempts at lightning.
I have a few others that aren't all that good.
These are the three best.
And hopefully I'll get a chance to do more.