Monday, October 31, 2005

Salt Spring Island...

A weekend on Salt Spring Island, home of this winters Poi Retreats.

I've been living in two worlds lately (when I'm in BC that is). One is Vancouver and the other is Salt Spring Island. I'll be living on Salt Spring and coming into the city two or three days a week. This flies in the face of the "get some stability and rest up" plan, but as I said in a previous post, I do crazy things.

The good news: I'll be living a ten minute drive from Flying Dream Studio, a huge, 1,800 square foot studio owned by a silk arielist. We'll be using this studio for retreats this winter. I'm expecting it to be very magical.

First retreat will be fri-sun Dec 9th-11th or Dec 16th-18th (depending on which works out better for those who want to come) and possibly the week leading up if at least 5 people want to do that.

Pictures below of the ferry trip, the "web" at Andrea's house where I'll be living, and the studio.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Still Poi with Muffin

Soaking up good old Vancouver. Getting back to Tai Chi lessons (pictures coming soon). That feels good, but my legs are gonna have to get back in shape. Below is a work entitled "Still Poi with Muffin."

Not a good shoulder day. I hope I keep up the exercises better when I've got a place to live! Meanwhile, it turns out I can teach one class a week in my Tai Chi studio. How cool is that? :P

Thursday, October 27, 2005

A g5 for Marc

This past year I've really been struggling with being a bit of a crazy person. I do crazy things. I get big, crazy ideas and then I launch big, crazy projects thinking I can pull them off with little experience and resources. I've now decided that I should just go with it and be crazy. To get it off to a good start I bought my good friend Marc an Apple G5 Tower. He has been helping me so much with the DVD project and all that I figured it just made sense. Marc and his circle of friends are like "the Lone Gunmen" in the Xfiles, if the Lone Gunmen were like the Fellowship of the Ring team :P

Oh, and I also bought myself a digital camera so I could document it.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Happy to be on Blogger

Welcome to my new posting home: blogger :P

I went to a web 2.0 conference thing at science world last night. I have fallen behind with what's happening on the internet it seems. This is the beginning of my attempt to catch up.

...not that I need to be on top of things. I just want to be doing things in smart ways rather than silly ways.

To sum it up: I'm excited about google, ajax, and some of the new tools that are falling into the hands of communities. I can't wait to put it into practice on, which will soon be born anew.

On that note: I'm back in Vancouver, working out where I'm going to live and how I'm going to make rent for the next few months, and how I'm going to have time and a place to practice, and etc. etc. etc. I wish poi spinning communications revolutionaries made enough money to keep a home even when they're on tour. Alas :)

It looks like this: I have made the rash decision to move in with Andrea, who lives on Salt Spring Island. Rash because I'll be in the city a lot, paying partial rent here as well, and on Salt Spring I'll often be over visiting a special somebody anyway, and I'm totally stressed about whether it makes sense, and, and, and...

And I've decided I might as well just go with being crazy, collaborate on turning Andrea's living room into a poi consciousness acceloration chamber, invite people to Salt Spring to stay there and do poi retreats in Victoria's incredible 1,800sf studio, not worry about the fact that I'm going to be spending an awful lot of time traveling between Vancouver, Salt Spring, and Fays, and generally be happier with being a crazy person. Do they have special pentions for people like us? Do they start at age 32? One can hope.

For the past couple days I've been staying at Marc's. He is a saint. He is helping me so much with video editing and coming DVD authoring. I'm planning on remunerating him as much as I can afford, but it's really obvious that he's not expecting anything, and seems to be doing it entirely because he wants to help. He's a lot like I imagine Jesus would be like, except I wouldn't expect Jesus to know so much about internet technology and movies.

So much to write. I don't know why I didn't post to my other blog very often. I guess it's lack of time.

Ok sweet internet, goodnight. Dream of flying.


Monday, October 10, 2005

Poi Tour finished. In Halifax, resting

(Picture of me and my brother kicking it with some old school relatives in New Brunswick).

Well, I didn’t blog as much as I exptected. Uploading photos to this blog program is a bit labor intensive, and I often felt too tired after catching up with email. I’m now visiting my family in Halifax, and will head back to BC next Monday.

The tour was really something. I had a lot of emotions to process after shutting down the studio, some of them not so happy and posibive. The miles of road and the company of Ben and Jocelyn was a good situation for that. Meeting all the incredible people and making such great friends was a blessing. Each stop was a real treat. We loved all of you! So many people to thank. I’ll mention Tracy, Ashvin, Cara, Alex, Sarah, Graham, Holly, Lindsay, Ananda, Amber, and Chirine for now. You were all wonderful hosts and friends.

Much poi was spun. Much silliness was had. Many chocolate chip cookies were consumed. Ben drove the entire trip so Jocelyn and I could work on video editing and other projects. Ottawa was the most attended workshops, which surprised me.

Revelstoke won for the most-desireable-place-to-move. It’s a beautiful little town as you enter the rocky mountains in BC. Calgary won for most intesting place to discuss peak oil with loveable oil industry marketing experts. Cara’s mom won for most adoptable mother. Winnipeg has a very cool fire spinning night on a front lawn. Parliment is a fun place to play poi with statues. Montreal is a great place to visit the Sufis.

After Montreal I visited Fay (my girlfriend) in Quebec. Then I met with Ben again in New Brunswick where we visited our grandmother and aunt. It was great to see them. They are loveable women. Now we’re both home in Halifax. Coast to Coast. Next time I’ll do it from Tofino to St. John’s.

I’d write more, but I’m tired. More coming…