I’m not on Facebook

Facebook Deleted
Facebook account deletion; March 2018

I deleted my Facebook account. I’m tired of what it’s become in the grand scheme of things – a place where people post false information without fact checking, spend countless hours playing games that nag friends for engagement, allow people full of hate and vitriol to harass and bully and threaten people who are different to go unchecked, and also leaks data like a sieve while finding more and more ways to pervade itself into every bit of activity we engage in online on all of our devices.

And you should too. deletefacebook.com

If you’re wondering how you’ll keep in touch with people, remember that there’s still email and telephones and even handwritten letters!

So I’m Getting Into Lighting Design

Lighting Desk at VancouFur 2019
Lighting Desk at VancouFur 2019

So, you may have heard somewhere on the internet that I am a part of the furry community. I go to a bunch of events every year, primarily on the West Coast. Last year, an event called VancouFur (yes, in Vancouver, Canada) gave me the opportunity I never thought would happen. I knew most of the AV crew already, so I showed up on load-in day and said “put me to work and learn me things!” Little did I know the spark that was about to hit me.

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Centennial Park

A few nights ago, I was driving around and stopped to take a break and park on Elliott Avenue, which is the ‘main drag’ between Belltown/Lower Queen Anne and Interbay, Magnolia, and Ballard. If you’ve ever driven here, there’s the unmistakable sight of the Louis Dreyfus Terminal 86 grain elevator and the Helix Bridge at Galer Street which connects pedestrians to the former-Amgen soon-to-be Expedia corporate offices. There’s a park hidden back there called Centennial Park (formerly Elliott Bay Park) and it offers amazing waterfront views of the Seattle Skyline in addition to what I think are some neat photo opportunities with the grain silos as a backdrop. Anywho, here’s some photos from that evening walk.

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Trying Lyft Express Drive

Over the summer I went on a trip to Edmonton and on the way back home, I got myself into a crash at a stop light and wrecked the front end of my car. It was a simple error in judgement and I feel really dumb about it. In the mean time, I still needed income and had the opportunity to try out Lyft Express Drive. In Seattle, this involves going to a location in Renton which is operated by Hertz but only serves the Lyft Express Drive program and is staffed by Lyft folks.

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Ten Thousand Rides

On the evening of December 2, 2014 I signed on to the Lyft platform for the first time as a new driver. I nervously awaited for the first ping to come through as I sat in my Toyota Prius, thinking about how to do this new thing and if I’d do a good job at it. I stressed out over how I’d handle interacting with other people in the confines of my personal car, but after fifteen years in retail, hospitality and foodservice, I was sure I’d be just fine.

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Howarth Park

I was feeling lazy last week and went for a drive to a park I heard about not far from my place in Everett. The park is Howarth Park, and it’s got a bit of deception to it which will reward you for your effort to explore it.

When you first turn on to the street it looks like there is a small playground park (which I did not photograph because there were too many people around. This is where you can find washrooms and picnic benches, but there is no way to the beach. For that you have to walk a bit or drive to one of the two other (small) parking lots.

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I can only imagine the emotions and feelings of the families, friends and community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

I simply want to add my voice to the many who are thinking about Humboldt, that I am as well.

As some may know I learned to play hockey in 2007 with Madison Gay Hockey Association and it has forever changed my life. My social connections may not be as strong any more and I may not have played in years, but I know what that bond is like and it’s incredible how it brings everyone together.

There is a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the families.