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Calgary Weather

April 24th, 2010
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Calgary weather is funny.

It really hasn’t changed a bit since I was younger. We live near a mountain range, which can cause weather shifts with very little notice.

We’re also far north enough that a strong arctic wind will carry down to us. Even in the spring.

A couple days ago, for example, it was +22 Celsius outside. Girls wearing shorter skirts, Men wearing shorts and sandals.

I laughed when I saw it. This is why.

Snowy Spring Day in Calgary

Car Show

March 14th, 2010
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Had a great time, did not take nearly the same amount of pics as previous years, but here are a couple of the good ones:

Canadian Whirly Bird

April 26th, 2009
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Can’t even describe how great it was to be close enough to feel the blast of air hit us.

The Diesel fumes a bit much, and with the turbine its one screaming loud engine, but it was pure awesome the entire time.

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Storm

July 14th, 2008
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One heck of a storm went through the city tonight.

I’m no Troy Feener, but I did manage to snap a couple of good shots of the thunderstorm tonight.

Truthfully, it really makes me want to upgrade my point and shoot to an SLR, if it wasn’t for the fundage.

Christmas lights, 2007

December 9th, 2007
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The memory of the moment, caught as a photo.

Backyard

August 28th, 2007
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Just some pictures taken in our back yard. We’ve spent a lot of time on it during this year, so its nice to sit back and take in some of the sights every now and then.

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Car show

March 18th, 2007
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**Updated

Updated Sep2007, seems http://www.com16.info/V8.htm is a spam site in which they have stolen my content verbatim.  Direct links to images, the whole nine.

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We received a pair of tickets to the Car show this weekend, so we made a day of it and went down to check it out. A lot of people were there, it was most certainly hard to focus on any one vehicle. A few dream cars but to be honest, nothing notably rare or esoteric.

Anyways, here are a few highlights of the show:

Shelby GR-1

Most excellent car, by far the best presence for when you first walk through the door. Huge rubbers, and impressive lines.

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Ford Mustang GT500 Cobra

There were actually a few mustangs from the California Specials to the Shelby GT500. Outwards all are very similar with most differences under the hood. V6 engine appears to be complete different technology than the V8’s so IMO, pay the difference and go for the power.

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Jaguar XK

Jaguar always makes a nice car, this one certainly no exception. They speak for themselves, and I’ve found you either love them or hate them.

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Infiniti M45

After losing the Q45, it was nice to sit and dream for a few minutes. This M45 certainly lives up to and exceeds expectations. MP3 cd in dash and DVD in center console, backup camera, and engine panels create a great look in this luxury car.

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Dodge Charger

Hated the color.. there is a Nova in the city this same car and its just as ugly. I feel it would have been nicer to make the car black with this color as the accents rather than the other way around. Its so bright that the lines of the car are less pronounced and the whole shape looses a little appeal.

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Dodge Viper

The Viper is always nice to look at. Its an excellent car if you want some serious G-Force shoving you into the seats. I’d like to find out if they’ve improved the noise issue at all. The one Viper I was in was so loud, that it was hard to hold a conversation about anything other than the sound of the engine. Same sexy car though, and as always a treat to witness.

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Chevy Corvette

The front end of this car belongs in a Pixar animation. Seriously. The front end is rounded and accented in such a way that I would imagine an older female actress would readily lend her voice with credibility to the role. Its ironic that such an iconic vehicle that has featured a 454 engine and names such as “Stingray” has undertaken a slightly less aggressive look. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, and the rest of the car is full of shiny goodness. We just need to get the designers to bring back a harder line on the front end.

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Chevy Camaro

Nice car, but lots of influence from the past molded with modern designs. The rearview mirrors remind me simultaneously of old 50’s hot rodders and also the Viper. The ultra small side windows are the same feeling. You can tell they wanted to bring some muscle with some attitude to the table, but it all feels like its been done before. It will be interesting to keep an eye on the Camaro in the next couple of model years and see what polishing they perform.

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Suzuki Grand Vitara

This was an excellent display that had slot car versions of the Grand Vitara traveling in a pseudo 4x4ish terrain. The only issue was that like everyone else, the slot car toys really stole the show and I can recall more about them than the new Vitara. Oh well, at least it was cool. Video below:

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Saturn Sky

I’m not all that intimate with the Sky, but It looks like a nice car, I did like the color matched interior details. Reverse light below the rear bumper in the center was a nice touch. I will have to test drive one of these and see how they perform.

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