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Day 21

Monday, July 11th, 2011

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The weekend was too nice to spend it inside a gym, so I tossed the kid in the canoe and we headed up Indian Arm from Belcarra. This pic is Jug Island, just around the corner, and it was a wild ride. The big power boats were out and some of the wakes were huge. Combine that with passing by some small coves where the waves rebounded into a washing machine-like roller coaster and it was crazy fun.

On the way back the tide was coming in, so we barely made progress at one point where it narrowed. The flow was fast and fairly turbulent, so I had to put it into turbo mode to just move forward a few inches. Erik is awesome in the canoe, between telling me pirate stories and singing songs, he’s great self-entertaining ballast and I’m crazy happy that he loves to come with me.

Independence Day

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The wife and I were scrambling to put in an order of free glasses at Clearly Contacts, and we had to repeatedly ask Erik (almost 4 now) to play by himself.

We suddenly noticed it was rreeeall quiet … the kind of quiet that makes parents curious. So Anita called out to him, no answer.

We called from the hallway “Erik??”

“Yes mommy?”

“Whatcha doing?”

“Playing Lego Hero Factory Dot Com” (what he calls Lego.com)

Turns out he went downstairs, flipped open the laptop, went online and started playing his favourite games.

Independence, finally.

Linus Torvalds, my kid really doesn’t like you

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Linux … thank GOD I’ve never spent a dollar on this crap. Ok ok, its not all crap, after all my Android phone kicks ass and I’m sure there are other iterations of Linux out there that don’t suck.

But you know where it does suck really badly? The desktop. To think that humanity has spent countless man hours developing these retched, awful Linux games like Monsterz, Secret Maryo Chronicles, Abe’s Amazing Adventure … whoever you are, you have failed terribly.

I’m tired of apologizing to my child for how terrible these games are.

I’m tired of your shittastic interfaces, your retarded naming schemes (kwhatthefuck? kshit? kidiotic?)

My kid and I have identical laptops right now, both are old and lie around for messing about with. Mine runs XP and runs like a champ, his runs Ubuntu and crawls along barely responding to mouse clicks.

Tonight while you sleep, son, I’m installing Windows XP. At least that doesn’t suck.

Science!

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

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ScienceWorld that is. Followed by a trip to Splitz Burger, mmm.

Atmosphere (the store) doesn’t like kids

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Dear Atmosphere Outdoor Store in Coquitlam, BC:

A happy dad and his happy son spending a minute to play around on the “big rock” and sitting in the kayak WHICH IS ON THE FLOOR end up spending lots of money as happy dad pictures himself and his son spending lots of time in the great outdoors together.  Kinda the whole point in visiting your store!

He had a blast hiding behind the curtains of sleeping bags, too.

But getting yelled at (enough to cause other patrons to stop and look) from a grumpy shoe sales girl who decided that my son sitting in that kayak was a threat to national security quickly turns the happy dad and happy kid into embarrassed, unhappy campers.

Next time we’ll go to MEC.

Good bye

Jens & Erik

Us west-coasters are so screwed, I pray for climate change

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

So this article paints a pretty grim picture for your health unless you get enough Vitamin D.  More specifically, it isn’t the Vitamin D itself that does something good to you, but its the absense of Vitamin D that screws you from head to toe.

http://singularityhub.com/2010/01/21/vitamin-d-deficiency-epidemic-affects-billion-plus-are-you-one-of-them/

I thought the milk my boy drank every day was enough to get him Vitamin O’D’d but apparently not.  How am I supposed to get this kid 10 minutes of sunlight a day here in Vancouver?  We haven’t seen the sun in weeks.  Does Vitamin D production happen when all you get is the small bits of light that actually do penetrate this constant blanket of clouds over our heads in the winter?

We get tons of sun in the summer, but then we’ve been so hammered with skin cancer scares that last summer we were paranoid about the whole thing and kept our pasty white kid covered in 99 SPF, a parka, and then limited his outside time to 1.34 minutes a day.  My sister had a few melonomas cut off, and my kid has the same fair skin, so my fears aren’t unjustified.  I probably need to tone down my protection though and let him run around without a hat this summer.  At least for .34 minutes.

Vitamin D is important, this is indisputable, so I need to read more to make sure I understand it all.  Oh, and the climate change thing in the title, well maybe it would bring us more sun.  I dunno.

Science World Needs More Scientists

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

I took Erik to Science World today, and while he had an absolutely fantastic time, I was disappointed to see so many broken exhibits.  I know kids can be hard on stuff, and that place sure had a lot of energetic brats running around, but too many things are just plain old worn out and dead.

That said, they have this great huge fun water thing with dams, waterfalls, balls shooting all over.  I’d kill to have something like that in my backyard to muck around with.  I was thinking it would make for a phenomenal 3D interactive game somehow.  Maybe more natural looking.  I’m picturing a flowing river, and you get to use all sorts of things like dumptrucks, backhoes and cement mixers and can just build and destroy as you see fit.

I recall my favourite fishing outing ever with my home boy Sean up in the Laurentians.  We got bored of fishing (which was good, plenty of little trout) so we set off to rearrange the boulders and rocks in a halfassed attempt to dam the river.  I don’t think anything is as fun as messing about in a stream of water.

Best thing about real streams, they don’t break.

Dear Erik

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Dear son,

You ate more than me tonight.  You’re only 2.5 years old, and I’m a 6’4″ 230-pound 40 year old with a plateful of tenderloin, fries, corn and leek soup in front of me.  Yet you ate and ate and ate so much that I finished eating, cleaned the table, cleaned the kitchen, stuffed the dishwasher, handwashed whatever didn’t fit, and you were still eating.

Where do you put it all?  You aren’t even half my size yet!  Well you are half my height.  Sounds impossible at 2.5 years old, but you are.

And I know you think you can run faster than me and always win our races, but that’s because I let you.

Yeah we’ll see how long that lasts.

Love you kid, thanks for the hugs today they feel better than anything else in the world.  XOX

Practice makes perfect

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Erik practicing his runs at the skate park down the road. He loves watching the big kids fly around on their bikes and skateboards. He sits on the grass silent and unmoving, spellbound by what they can do.



Happy Birthday Erik!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Our boy turned two last week, Happy Birthday you little munchkin.  Now quit digging up dirt from the garden and drink your milk.

Pics from the birthday party are here.