Miscellaneous

And nobody came

I was over at Bear Creek Park the other day and saw a vacant ‘tent city’ all set up. What an erie feeling, with no one around.

The fact is that they had everything set up for the Surrey International Children’s Festival the following week. Still, it felt odd to see it all there, vacant and waiting.

But nobody came

Imagine…

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across a random old log at a local beach. It was on a spit, away from the water, buried in plants and not really obvious at all. I only noticed it because I was poking around taking pictures of, well, old logs.

Someone had taken the time to carve the word “Imagine….”, ellipses and all.

For some reason when I saw it, I took a long deep breath, relaxed and just stared at it. And yes, I did start to imagine… To this day, even looking at the photos has that affect on me. Kind of a dreamer, I guess.

I must get back to see it again.

Beach art at it’s finest.

Inspiration on the beach

First experience with PS4

Infamous_Second_Son(Or perhaps I should retitle that: Confessions of an Xbox guy, heh)

After picking up a PS4 at the end of March, I’ve managed to play a few games.  The verdict is positive so far.

Just finished Infamous Second Son yesterday, and for the most part, I thought it was great. Beautiful, detailed graphics of the City of Seattle, a variety of powers to explore and an evolving story all bring the game to life. It’s fun wandering around the city meeting folks with superpowers just like you, or breaking up drug deals and acting like a rebel, confronting the authorities.

My least loved parts were the ‘boss fights’. That type of fight is supposed to be tough, but it just doesn’t make sense that when a boss finally goes down, he/she returns again more powerful than before. In fact, after the first return, the fun disappears and the irritation sets in really fast. At least for me.

But we endure 😉

Another positive for the game is that you can play it through twice, once as a good guy and again as a bad guy. I haven’t done the bad guy yet, but I’ve heard it’s  different.

After the credits, the game takes you back to the city and offers you the chance to finish collecting things you missed in the first pass. Nice. There is also an add-on after the credits that contributes still more to the game, so overall, it works out to a lot of bang for the buck once you’ve bought it. That’s rare for anything these days.

Other PS4 games I’ve tried include Knack and Killzone. Oddly enough, the game Knack was also quite good. There was a nice little story, great graphics and some imaginative action. The bosses were beatable with the skills you’re given, but I must admit, it got a little repetitious after about half way through. The saving grace from that point was that the story seemed to carry it through. It is a game for a much younger demographic, but I quite enjoyed it.

I tried the game Killzone as well, but it got really boring, really fast. It was just constant, fast action battles, with little story in between. Not great as far as I’m concerned. But that’s just me, it got rave reviews online.

So, I have to give the Playstation high marks so far. It was easy to set up, there is a logical interface and the opening set of games has been pretty good. Hopefully there will be more games for both the PS4 and Xbox One available soon.

 

 

Another year for 1225

Last year marked the first time in about 50 years that a BC Electric Rail car ran in Surrey.

A fleet of the electric train cars use to run throughout the lower mainland, around Vancouver, and out to Chilliwack, BC on a regular basis. As cars and roads got more popular, fewer people used the train, so the service folded into history.

Over the last few years, volunteers in the Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society put in thousands of hours and lots of sponsor dollars restore one of the few remaining cars to working order. With that car operational, they’ve started on a couple of more, for a small fleet, and they’ve built a station for the works. It’s becoming quite a tourist attraction for the area.

Throughout the summer of 2013, the restored car (BCER 1225) ran between the Cloverdale and Sullivan neighbourhoods in Surrey, about a 55 minute round trip. When the season had closed, over 5000 people had taken the trip, and some had taken it multiple times. Not bad for the first year!

They’ll be opening up again May 11, 2014, and the train will run for most of the day on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. Here’s wishing them luck.

Loading up 1225

Mask in the creek

Not sure what’s going on here, but going over a bridge in Bear Creek Park today, I looked over and saw this.

Quite disconcerting, actually.

Was it art? Was it some vandals getting rid of some stuff?

Whatever it was, it looks like it was placed in just that spot, looking up angrily at anyone who peered into the stream from above.

Ah, one of life’s little mysteries….

Mask in the creek

A bad day fishin’

I was out walking around a local lake yesterday and noticed this for the first time.

This is at one of a couple of spots along the shore, where some old gents periodically arrive on their electric bikes and settle in for a day of fishing. I suspect it’s mostly a social thing, and they seem to enjoy it immensely.

When I noticed this yesterday, I wondered if these floats belong to different people, or is it just one slow learner 😉 Clearly the alder tree is in the wrong spot.

A bad day fishin'