Tuesday, October 11, 2005

"Falling" in love

Did I get your attention?! I thought I would hee hee hee.

I tell ya, fall here in Korea is absolutely incredible. It's about half way through October and the trees are still a good three weeks away from turning colours. (Oh Canada ....:-) What's been so amazingly wonderful about fall is the temperatures. For about a month now the temps have been in the low 20's during the day and mid teens at night. (That would be low to mid 70's daytime and high 50's to low 60's at night for me American friends.) How nice is that :-D We've had a few rainy days, but the other days are so glorious it's hard to even remember them. Every day is bright and sunny, and nice and cool. Ahhh, it screams get on your motorcycle and ride ride ride. Not on the sidewalk you freak, get back on the street! That's better. Now relax and enjoy the ride.

Daniel, the senior foreign teacher, told us that fall was a very lovely time of year here, the best time of year. As a lover of fall, I have to say that he is completely correct. You know what this reminds me of, the summer we had last year. :-) Remember how mild it was and how wonderfully exhilarating the cool temps were. Yes, it was the best summer I can remember. Oh shut up and puts some sweaters on you whiners! lol With these temps, when you first walk outside, it makes you take in a deep deep breath, hold it slightly and exhale with a smile on your face. Of course then you gag and sputter because of the smog, but hey, it was nice for a second. :-P Yes, it's very invigorating.

The only problem is that the stupid mosquitoes are still very alive and active. It hasn't gotten cold enough to smite the little blood sucking villainous bastards yet. I'm sure if the scholars looked at the Dead Sea Scrolls again they would find that mosquitoes were part of the curse that man and all that is in the earth have to endure. Thanks Adam! I'm sure it's just been lost over the centuries and should be added into our modern translations. Ok, now that I'm close to being smitten myself, I think I'll move on.

Yes, fall here is just amazing. I'm falling in love. :-) Man I love this weather.



At 7:56 AM, Blogger Al Menezes said...

Ok.... not sure about the advertising crap above me, but the mosquito issue is another great reason to be in Canada (North America). We get to kill millions of them, and the other 100 billion hide away till spring, and start the feeding frenzy all over again. Ahhhh spring! --swat-- Ouch...I'm feeling quezzy...must have beer to clear head.

At 11:00 AM, Anonymous me said...

Ya, as soon as I see the crap I delete it. It's almost as anoying as mosuitoes. They both are bloodsucking bla bla bla and need to be dealt with.

As a Canadian, don't you have beer iv's that you can take to work with you if you have a dr.'s note? :-P

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Darren B said...

I think I blinked and missed fall this year. Wednesday of last week I had my A/C on. Friday I was tempted to put my heat on. (Daytime high on Wed = 32 C, Fri = 16 C Yikes!)

I like fall too, and the mid to low 20's are where I'm really comfortable. We only had a handful of those days this year.

Although, one thing about this summer is that it was _so_ hot and dry that the black flies and mosquitos were almost non-existant at the cottage this year. That was nice.

Nice tabloid-style title this week, by the way. Certainly caught my attention!

I'm looking forward to seeing some fall-colour photos on your blog in a couple of weeks. (Hey, speaking of photos, Paul and I built a cardboard camera and took a photo with it last night. It actually turned out really well considering who the camera was made by!)

At 5:14 AM, Anonymous me said...

Ahhh Yes, today is another beautiful day. Bright, sunny, cool :-) how wonderful is that!

Paul??? Paul Tymstra? Exactly how does this alleged cameral work??? I know, many questions. Did you take a pic of the night sky using long exposure film? You're talking to a green orange here, (for those that don't know, I'm sorry, it's a personality thing). More information is required.

Fall in the North Country can be trying at times can't it. Many times I remember snow in September. I remember because I always got the week off for the county fair. :-D Life was tough back then. As it was, fair week sometimes got stinken cold. It was only the 3rd week of Sept. for Pete's sake. (Who is this Pete any way???)


At 7:12 AM, Blogger Darren B said...

Paul Stuckless (You know that actually crossed my mind when I wrote the original post - I decided that it didn't matter enough to explain who Paul is. As it turns out, he's one of the better photographers in the photography club that I belong to. We have a monthly competition for best photo in a pre-selected catagory (this month is 'action). Paul, Clair and I usually fight for top spot. This month I'm not pleased with any of my photos... oh well)

The camera was made from a cardboard box that we lined with black felt (to dampen any light that may leak into the box), then we cut a small hole in the front of the box and covered that with a piece of aluminum that had a TINY hole poked in it (sound familiar, Al? I poked the hole myself, didn't hire Shelley to do it). Then we covered the hole with black electrical tape.
In a dark room we mounted a piece of ISO 3 (Not 100, not 400 -- '3') photographic paper oposite the hole and took the box to the bluewater bridge. We found a place out of the wind, aimed the hole at the twin bridges and removed the tape covering the hole. We let the box stand really really still for six minutes while the image slowly burned itself into the ISO 3 paper. Then we covered the hole with the tape and rushed over to the darkroom at Clair's house (see above).
We developed the paper, rinsed, fixed and rinsed twice more (there seems to be a lot of cleanliness in darkrooms). We then had a paper negative of the twin bridges! (I'm holding the negative to the screen now, if you look closely you should be able to see it faintly).
We then pressed the paper negative to another piece of photographic paper and then sent it through the develop, rinse, fix, rinse, rinse, rinse cycle to get our final photo.

Very cool experience.

It's 13 C here today. *sigh*. Oh, Fall, oh, Fall, wherefore art thou, Fall?

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Al Menezes said...

We'll see fall in about 2 months, when winter reverts briefly. I love fall too. It and then spring are my favourite times of year.

Since all the political crap ahs come into the business arena, BIV's, as we call them, are no longer permitted. Blasted American owned companies!

Hey....speaking of Blasted... have you ever had 'Blasted Fruit Loops'?...Please pass the "Blasted Fruit Loops' I'd say....and Nancy would say....'here's the 'Blasted Fruit Loops'....they're actually really good if you like sugared cereals.

At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Potty mouths! All of you!!

At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well considering we were out tanning last week...and now we have the oven on to make the house hotter......

At 11:53 AM, Anonymous me said...

In my house growing up we were never allowed blasted cereals :-( I had to eat stinken cereals. I really liked the stinken cheerios though. Still do. :-) When I went away on youth trips however... freedom! Lots of blasted cereals. I preferred the luck of the irish meself.

The photo box... I really want to see that pic. Sounds like fun especially if you like to clean. :-P ISO 3, didn't even know such a thing existed. How did the pic turn out???

Oh, by the way, you could use your oven for tanning if you feel the need. :-)

At 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok...! but if we get that 'pizza burn' i dont think we'll be happy!

At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But does it smell like fall?

I associate the changing of seasons with definite smells, especially here in Michigan where we have 4 distinctive seasons.


At 9:11 AM, Blogger Al Menezes said...

The actual name on the box was 'Blasted Fruit Loops'. Special limited time offer....I think.

Fall smells and so does spring. I'm sure that's part of what I like about those seasons. Good point.

Ken any Catan players yet?

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need more pictures!!
And how do I put pictures on mine..???!!!
Gwen wants to be 'online'!

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Al Menezes said...

Kenneth do you still Skype?

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Al Menezes said...

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At 7:15 AM, Blogger Darren B said...

Greetings Ken,

You can find my pinhole camera's picture at:

Don't worry about the numbers - it's a DNS problem with my ascme.ca site. I've double checked it and the jpg there is fine and error-free. If you'd like to right click on the picture, choose "Save Target As" from the list and save it with your photos, then you could put it on your blog for all to see.


At 12:22 PM, Blogger Al Menezes said...

Looks cool Dar. I wonder if there is an easier way to get the image. What about using the same paper used for blueprinting? Hummm.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger John & Kathy said...

We've had some pretty amazing weather as well - can't say the same for the southern United States and Carribbean. But alas, all good things must come to an end - I had to scrape frost off my car windows this morning - ugghh! It's coming!
Enjoy the fall weather while it lasts - it's really a trick, you know - we get to enjoy the weather and appreciate all that the season brings us and them bam! -- winter is upon us and we're complaining about the weather through chattering teeth! I think winter was designed specifically to help us appreciate the other 3 seasons!!

At 5:25 AM, Anonymous me said...

Cool pic there Darren. I like the old photo effect. Are you going to try it again?

Ah Catan, well, I'm working on it. Everyone works so many blasted hours and when they aren't working they are at church. While that sounds good, I'm not sure.

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Darren B said...

Thanks, Ken. The old picture "effect" is because the picture was developed exactly the way they would have done in 50 years ago!


Almost 10 years ago now I was taking an 'overview of the Bible' class from a woman named Marge Gentry (an amazing woman of God) and when we got to the psalms she said that "Poetry is the highest form of human expression" (I'll never forget that). I had never written a poem (except under compulsion, and that doesn't count!)

So I wrote one.

One. And none since. I'm Green, and once I've proven to myself that if I really wanted to do something I could, then it can very easily lose it's interest. Poetry lost its interest.

Making old photos has lost its interest. I'll likely never make another for the rest of my life.

(If you ask in your next *post* -- Not in a _comment_ -- for the words to the poem, I'll post it here).


At 11:56 PM, Anonymous me said...

lol, hint hint, time to make another post! very clever.

I have some more pics ready to go online. I went to some musiums a few weeks ago. No pics from inside the musiums though.

At 2:25 PM, Blogger mrx65 said...

AWAY WITH ALL YOU "POLAR BEARS"!!! The best part of being bad is the eternity of nice "warm" temps. :))

You know that the next blog is way way over due when the comments are longer than the blog site :)

I would have thought that livin in Michigan that you would feel right at home with vehicles on the sidewalks. Must be that they are on motorcycles and not in cars that you find unusual :))

Cool photo Darren. Sounds like a lot of work. I like the digital... point, click, save and then spend hrs trying to find it again, hate it and delete it. :)

Have a little story for all you polar bears (brrr). I was in Wyoming (state) on a Sat about 3-4 weeks ago. Saturday Cheyenne, Wy was 85+ (30+), Sun it was 45 >>max<< (7)!! On Mon it was to drop to 0 (-18)
8(( BBBRRRR!!! x10 "what's that the sun tan oil is permently frozen to your skin!!" 8((
It was soo cold that the cattle who live in the fields all their life needed to be put in the barn!!

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