February 2004
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Tickets are here ... Vacation is near

February 24, 2004

OHhhhh! Yeaaaa!

So, Jeff, the tickets are in. Our spots our reserved in the middle of the mosh pit. Excited yet ??? This is definitely the way to begin the vacation!

Hmmm vacation, sweet sounding words. After a year of hard work I think it is about time that I get some time off and enjoy some of the delights of the area. Disney World, Busch Gardens (again), Sea World, and much much more.

But not before we host another HPSN conference (The main reasons I have not been updating lately). We having (and continue to) prepare all our current projects for demos. So ... once it is all over I will be ready to a little movin' and goovin' ... oh yea!

Posted by csb at 5:58 PM


For a second there I thought I was going to a show :(. That's okay we have HOCKEY next week :).

Posted by: the OTHER jeff at February 25, 2004 8:48 AM

Glad you're going to get more space. Much of a Rent increase? Did you get your confirmation for this Weekend.

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Posted by: Jasmine Rigby at June 29, 2013 6:57 PM

Pictures are up!

February 17, 2004

It has been a few days ... a few busy days. But we finally picked the 27 pictures we felt represented our Valentines day best.

The day was full of excitement as we crawled out of bed late ... slept in for the first time in recent memory. It was nice! Then it was off to Busch Gardens for the afternoon. The weather was moody but Amy and Eric kept us company giving us the tour. The whole "Fun Pass" is going to be a well used park pass I think. ($10 more gets you unlimited entrance until December 31st) The zoo alone (not to mention the rides, bands, shows, etc) is well worth the price.

The park is kept in great condition; the animals are provided tons of room to rome (or swim). And there is tons of 'hands on' interaction with the wildlife providing great guest education. We really enjoyed the bird exhibits, but all of it was a lot of fun.

Then it was on to enjoy another hockey game in Tampa; Lightning vs Panthers in a Florida rivalry. I have been blessed this year ...

Posted by csb at 1:20 PM


Looks like you had a good time! Also looks like someone had too much coffee. Some of the pics are a bit blurry.

Posted by: John at February 17, 2004 4:03 PM

AAARRRGGGGHHH!!!! Sleeping in late!? Busch Gardens!? Hockey!?!?!?!? You probably ate well didn't you? Well while you were off galavanting with your Valentine I was stuck in a windowless cube sharing Valentine's day with my boss, enjoying 3 day old sandwiches out of the vending machine. Needless to say that last year in the keys was better. Now my misery aside I'm glad that you were able to escape from here if only for a day.

Posted by: jeff at February 18, 2004 7:43 AM

great pics.... that gator in the first shot is freakin' enormous! the hockey game was good fun, can't wait to go to another.

Posted by: krishen at February 18, 2004 9:38 PM

Campfire songs

February 14, 2004

Thursday night Melissa and I made it out to the campfire pit at Myakka (we are out there a lot eh). Playing was the national slide guitar champion, Kraig Kenning.

Chalk up another wonderful night of music, all played in the great outdoors. Who could ask for more ?

Posted by csb at 9:45 AM


Sounds like Oilers had fun last night ...

February 12, 2004

Now this would have been a game to watch. Love the quotes!!!

Posted by csb at 1:01 PM


The Game

February 11, 2004

Darren managed to snag a couple free tickets to the Leafs-Lightning game though work, and I could not pass up that kind of offer. Getting out of work on time was tough ... but we managed to squeeze out in time to grab subway and hit the road.

Check out the photos.

It was a great game ... Leafs dominated the first, Lightning pulled back in the second ... then pulled ahead. Down 4-2 in the third the Leafs would not give up. They pulled back to within one about half way through the third and applied the pressure. With an empty net and 6 attackers the Leafs tied the game following a disputed icing. The final frame kept us on our feet ... however, the game would end 4-4 (29 shots to 29 shots).

Next time I will be part of the home crowd as we head up for the March 5th game against the Devils. Though I must admit ... with the number of Leafs jerseys in the crowd I almost felt like I WAS as part of the home crowd.

Posted by csb at 9:08 AM


Cam i am so jelouse!!!!!!
hope u enjoyed the game which i could have been there!you dont even know how much i wish!!!lol
talk to you later

Posted by: kari at February 11, 2004 2:19 PM

Glad you had a good time at the game. Looks like you got some nice pictures to remember it by as well. Did Mel get to join you?

Posted by: John at February 11, 2004 3:37 PM

No ... ended up being a guys night out :) Melissa is planning on joining the Devils-Tampa game on the 5th.

Posted by: Cameron at February 11, 2004 4:23 PM

kari: i'm sure it was über-cool :-)

cam: looking forward to the 5th!!

Posted by: Krishen at February 12, 2004 12:41 AM

Where's the love for the home team? I hope somebody (besides me) is rooting for the lightning on the fifth. BTW we gotta start thinking about playoff tickets :).

Posted by: jeff at February 12, 2004 12:42 PM


February 10, 2004

Dinner at Kai's

Kemp, Jeff, Krishen, Melissa, and I enjoyed dinner put on by Kai. Sushi (Yes, she is Chinese ... so! She lived in California), was followed by veil stew and french bread, and topped of with a Florida tradition; Key Lime Pie. We are truly a multi-cultural group here at METI.

Tonight I will be heading to Tampa ... to enjoy one of those traditions that I miss the most from back up North. How I long for CBC Saturday nights.

Posted by csb at 2:20 PM


Must be nice. Canucks are so popular a person can't get any. Believe me, I have tried.

Posted by: Dale at February 10, 2004 7:59 PM

And here the seats don't fill (especially mid-week) ... just wish they played the Canucks more.

Posted by: Cameron at February 11, 2004 9:09 AM


Posted by: davin at March 8, 2004 3:22 AM

Which way again ?

February 7, 2004

Posted by csb at 4:59 PM



Posted by: krishen at February 9, 2004 11:42 AM

Ummm...just look for the gator and go the other way.

Posted by: Jeff at February 9, 2004 1:51 PM

On a sad note ...

February 6, 2004

The city of Sarasota is feeling a loss today. The body of Carlie Brucia, missing since Sunday, was found. They have a man in custody which brings some relief. The whole situation has hit the town hard ... just so close to home.

In brighter news, Melissa and I enjoyed another evening under the stars out at Myakka River State Park. This week they had a American Indian style flutist playing, very lovely work. Calming in our hectic world.

Posted by csb at 1:23 PM


Ah, an American Indian. I thought you meant Indian Indian when you told me at work today.

Posted by: Krishen at February 7, 2004 12:56 AM


February 4, 2004

Melissa found a new friend, common jumping spider (about the size of a quarter)

Image looking down at your feet after just returning to the ATV to stop for lunch and finding this little guy tucked in between your leg and the tongue of your boot. Yes ... this boundy bundle of joy (along with several friends) decided it would be a fun game to play with Melissa. And if any of you know Melissa, you know how fun she thought that game was! In fact ... she had tons of fun that day ... you should ask her about it sometime.

See ... she gets all the excitement and have to site in a cube and stare at a screen. And she complains ... ha!

Posted by csb at 7:27 PM


So, can you identify what kind of bundle of joy it is?

Posted by: John at February 4, 2004 8:05 PM

My guess, and this a pretty wild guess, is wolf spider.

Posted by: Jeff at February 5, 2004 8:46 AM

Ahh. I can almost see the venom dripping off its huge fangs. Good thing Mel didn't startle it. :-)

Posted by: John at February 5, 2004 11:10 AM

It is hard to startle something when you are frozen in fear :)

Really, spiders are not that deadly ... while they are all venomous, very few are strong enough to cause damage. They just look really freaky :)

I think this is a Phidippus otiosus. Though, based on Melissa's description, I think there were a couple Anasaitis canosa joining in on the fun. Part of the Salticidae family of spider, according to Melissa they lived up to their name.

Posted by: Cameron at February 5, 2004 11:25 AM

Two species of jumping spiders occurring in Florida,
Gray wall jumper, Menemerus bivittatus (Dufour) and,
Pantropical jumper, Plexippus paykulli (Audouin)
These jumping spiders as adults may be as small as 1 mm in length or as large as 23 mm, but most are 5 to 10 mm.

I was lucky enough to have a few of both species riding along with me this day. I was only able to get this one on "film".

Posted by: Melissa Bahan at February 10, 2004 12:34 AM

Close to home

February 3, 2004

Caught on tape; image courtesy of CNN.com
If you have information please contact the authorities.

Seems that life finally hits home. Carlie Brucia was abducted on Sunday evening while taking a short-cut through a closed car-wash off Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, Florida. Krishen did not have an hour between finding out about the news and having his mother emailed to ask about it. Word definitely travels fast these days. Guess it being on CNN helps! There has been an Amber Alert issued for young Carlie Brucia, so hopefully it won't take long until her safe return.

I will first say that ... yes ... this is close to home. Not only in town, but directly in our neighbourhood. The McIntosh middle school, the school Carlie attends 6th grade, is not even a mile away from our front door and the car wash where she was apparently abducted is within 4 miles. (see the map)

Generally we live in a nice, quiet neighbourhood. I have felt safe and secure most places within the city. Sarasota has the same sort of feel you get from Victoria, just without the islander touch. The people are friendly and courteous. The city they are working hard to improve the downtown look - and the improvements look nice. Sarasota blends into Bradenton (a more blue collar district) which lies a little to the north. You get a distinctly United States view driving between the two cities; lots of strip malls, billboards, lights, restaurants , signs, etc - like driving down Aurora in Seattle. For some reason it just presents a different feeling than driving down the streets of Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Victoria. Interesting to find that the same style holds from Washington to Florida though. However, there are only a few areas in town that would make me nervous and only a few more that I would not want to raise a child in. And our area did not raise any flags.

I will post more if I hear anything. I wish the family the best of luck in their search and want to let them know that our thoughts are with them.

Posted by csb at 1:53 PM


Super Bowl Sunday

February 2, 2004

Amy puts the disc up

After Ultimate I headed over the Amy and Eric's place to watch the Super Bowl. Not a big football fan, I thought I would take in some of this American culture ... plus, I would finally get to see all those Super Bowl ads.

The half-time show had issues being as it was on prime time TV, but the game itself was decent. There were some great catches by both teams and since the game came down to the wire ... we stayed glued to our seats. Except with Amy made those wonderful brownies ;)

Posted by csb at 9:06 AM