Archive for April, 2010

The Nerds’ Trip To Vulcan Alberta

The Lethbridge and Calgary Nerds On Site teams decided to go to Vulcan, Alberta on Friday, April 23, for the “homecoming” of Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy.

We parked our VW Beetles along Centre Street and took about an hour to enjoy the large crowd the festivities, including a BBQ.

(click thumbnails for a larger view.)

The Calgary and Lethbridge NerdMobiles along Centre Street, to the left of the Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station.

The BBQ, though the lineup had less people by this point.

After lunch, the Nerds decided to explore downtown Vulcan, check out the stores, Trek memorabilia, and to have conversations with the fans and residents walking the streets.

 

We then made our way back to the Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station, where a massive crowd had gathered. In the span of an hour, it had also rained, snowed, and blue skies even peaked through.

Around 2:30pm, Leonard Nimoy arrived. I would have taken photos or video his arrival, but it was still raining and I didn’t want to get the technology wet. Mr. Nimoy was quickly rushed into the Trek Station. Everyone quickly rushed up to the stage where Mr. Nimoy would be speaking. The crowd grew quickly, but thankfully it was sunny skies in that part of town. 4 blocks away. Gotta love Alberta weather.

The town of Vulcan put on a small parade. First was the CCH band.

Next, was a mock-up starship of sorts with a guy pretending to be Capt. Kirk and shooting a phaser at a Klingon in a truck in front of him.

Leonard Nimoy was next in the parade. He was smiling and seemed to be really enjoying the entire experience! Of course, he gave his famous Vulcan salute to the crowd!

Another view of Leonard in the truck.

A couple of people on stage greeted and thanked the crowd, but quickly introduced Mr. Nimoy, who seemed thrilled and very humbled at the outpouring of love.

Mr. Nimoy unveils the bronze bust of his spock character along with the Mayor of Vulcan, Tom Grant.

click the video twice to go to the YouTube page for a higher-quality version.

After the ceremony, Mr. Nimoy must have been in a rush to prepare and rest up for the Calgary Expo the next day, because he quickly left town in his Escalade. The crowd quickly dispersed and some explored Vulcan stores.

For more photos, click the thumbnails for a larger size or go the Facebook photo album.

 

 

A Day Without Power

A colleague and I made a spontaneous trip to Calgary yesterday to pick up a piece of equipment for a client in Lethbridge. Due to some shipping problems, the computer would have been delayed another couple of days, which was unacceptable to the business client, so we went and picked it up ourselves at the warehouse. We weren’t too happy about that. To be fair, it was a result of my improperly putting through the order, a mistake that will not happen again.

Anyway, we had a fun trip, except for journey back to Lethbridge, the last half of which was when we saw the beginnings of a freak snowstorm and whiteout on the highways. We made the effort to not even stop for a drink so we could get back to the Lethbridge before the snowstorm really kicked into high gear. We made it, but just barely, and yes, we were very careful.

Last night at 3am, the power went out. This wasn’t entirely surprising, considering snowstorms have a tendency to do that. The power came back about an hour later. However, at 7:30am, the power went out again, and this time it was a 9 hour outage! I decided I couldn’t do anything anyway, so I went back to sleep. I woke up at 10am, and pretty much spent the next 7 hours doing a whole lot of nothing except listening to my the battery powered radio I found in my closet, and my eyes glued to Tweetie on my iPhone for updates.

I did venture out to do some shoveling and to dig my car out of a small snow bank, which took about an hour in total. The snowstorm was fizzling out and the temp was keeping steady around the freezing mark. The snow was already starting to melt, so the majority of the snow was turning to mush, which made it heavier, and not so fun for shoveling. Anyway, I got the job done. I didn’t need to go anywhere today, but it’s good to know I now can if I need to.

As I said, my eyes were glued to Twitter for most of the day. Since I only made a couple of phone calls, my battery life was impressive. I do have a usb battery charger that I keep fully charged, so I didn’t run the risk of not having my phone.

The power was out for most of the day across Lethbridge, with part of the west side getting theirs turned back on this morning, and the rest of the city between 2-4pm. The city was effectively at a standstill and most everything closed down for the day.

Twitter was a fantastic resource today! From the tweets that people and radio stations posted, I learned about road conditions, school closures, and how different parts and different people in the city were coping with the snow storm’s aftermath. Of course, I contributed as well, relaying what I was hearing on the radio and ReTweeting others’ tweets.

Twitter is an absolutely fantastic tool!

All in all, the past 48 hours has been nothing close to what I expected, and despite the massive power outage and snowstorm, has actually been quite fun! I even attempted to enjoy a forced day off work, albeit with the inability to do anything. It’s been an adventure, that’s for sure! 🙂

A Day Without Power

A colleague and I made a sponteanous trip to Calgary yesterday to pick up a piece of equipment for a client in Lethbridge. Due to some shipping problems, the computer would have been delayed another couple of days, which was unacceptable to the business client, so we went and picked it up ourselves at the warehouse. We weren’t too happy about that. To be fair, it was a result of my improperly putting through the order, which will not happen again.

Anyway, we had a fun trip, except for journey back to Lethbridge, the last half of which was when we saw the beginnings of a freak snowstorm and whiteout on the highways. We made the effort to not even stop for a drink so we could get back to the Lethbridge before the snowstorm really kicked into high gear. We made it, but just barely, and yes, we were very careful.

Last night at 3am, the power went out. This wasn’t entirely surprising, considering snowstorms have a tendency to do that. The power came back about an hour later. However, at 7:30am, the power went out again, and this time it was a 9 hour outage! I decided I couldn’t do anything anyway, so I went back to sleep. I woke up at 10am, and pretty much spent the next 7 hours doing a whole lot of nothing except listening to my the battery powered radio I found in my closet, and my eyes glued to Tweetie on my iPhone for updates.

I did venture out to do some shoveling and to dig my car out of a small snow bank, which took about an hour in total. The snowstorm was fizzling out and the temp was keeping steady around the freezing mark. The snow was already starting to melt, so the majority of the snow was turning to mush, which made it heavier, and not so fun for shoveling. Anyway, I got the job done. I didn’t need to go anywhere today, but it’s good to know I now can if I need to.

As I said, my eyes were glued to Twitter for most of the day. Since I only made a couple of phone calls, my battery life was impressive. I do have a usb battery charger that I keep fully charged, so I didn’t run the risk of not having my phone.

The power was out for most of the day across Lethbridge, with part of the west side getting theirs turned back on this morning, and the rest of the city between 2-4pm. The city was effectively at a standstill and most everything closed down for the day.

Twitter was a fantastic resource today! I learned about road conditions, school closures, and how different parts and different people in the city were coping with the snow storm’s aftermath. Of course, I contributed as well, relaying what I was hearing on the radio and ReTweeting others’ tweets.

All in all, the past 48 hours has been nothing close to what I expected, and despite the massive power outage and snowstorm, has actually been quite fun! I even attempted to enjoy a forced day off work, albeit with the inability to do anything. It’s been an adventure, that’s for sure! 🙂


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