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Christmas Morning

Merry Christmas everyone!

It was a nice Christmas Eve around here.  Dad and Mom had it off.  Mom invited some of our friends for lunch at Alexander’s where we discussed politics.  After that we wandered in and out of some stores.  Oliver found a Lego Batman movie.  After that we went over to Uncle Lee and Aunt Brittany’s place.

Aunt Brittany made the Christmas lasagna and we watched Oliver’s movie. Uncle Lee gave me my yearly threat when I had seconds of lasagna. He wasn’t isn a sharing mood.

Uncle Lee and Aunt Brittany gave me an indoor basketball net, a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Day Zero Edition, a Denver Broncos toque, and a poster.  It was pretty awesome.

Denver Broncos Toque

After heading home and getting some sleep, we opened some gifts today.

Mom and Dad gave me a new Asus MeMo Pad 7 which kind of blew me away. 

Asus MeMo Pad 7 tablet

Oliver gave me a Bluetooth keyboard, stand, and stylus.  Since they know me so well, Dad gave me a cool retro case that looks like a real manilla envelope.

Mom gave me a VIA Rail laptop bag that will hold my laptop and my tablet. Inside was drafting notebook. Dad calls it a murse.  Of course Dad would but I like it.  

Pepsi

Mom (who is currently my favourite parent) also gave me a massive can of Pepsi and a cool looking Pepsi t-shirt.  Don’t laugh, some of us like Pepsi.  Now I can wear some Pepsi as well as drink it.  Life is good and oh, so refreshing.

Dad isn’t all bad, he shocked me and gave me a Pentax 35mm f2.4 lens

I have wanted this lens ever since I got my camera.  I was saving up for it but I definitely didn’t expect to get it for Christmas.  Here is why it is awesome.

PENTAX 35mm f2.4 lens

The smc PENTAX DA L 35mm F2.4 AL has a fast F2.4 maximum aperture for handheld photography in low lighting and depth of field flexibility. It is built with a highly lightweight design for improved comfort and portability. PENTAX Super Protect coating helps repel dust, water, and grease, making the lens easier to clean. An aspherical lens element helps to compensate for spherical aberration to maximize image quality. Equivalent to 53.5mm in the 35mm format. Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLR cameras.

Santa Claus gave me a Canon tripod while Maggi gave me the manly version of the photography gloves we gave Mom.  So yeah, now I need to get out and take some photos.

Oliver gave me Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale and Santa gave me a Pentax 200mm f4 prime lens which should be awesome.   They also tossed in some photography gloves which are almost a need in our weather.  In case I need to go out at night, I was given a compact red Maven Police Security flashlight.  130 lumens should be enough to blind anyone who is out at night.  You’ve been warned.

Dad was in a giving spirit.  He gave Mom a Sigma Art 19mm f2.4 lens and Oliver a Nikon Coolpix S31 camera so that means all of us got some new photo gear to explore tomorrow.  

Tomorrow after a big breakfast we are headed downtown to take some shots of what should be a totally empty downtown coreRiver Landing, and Meewasin Trail.  Then I will help Mom and Dad make Christmas dinner.  I’ll post some photos to Flickr tomorrow so you can check out the lenses and also what life was like around here.

Have a great Christmas everyone!

Follow up to my birthday

Jerry and Gloria gave me some cash for my birthday which was nice.  They told me to ignore dad and just get whatever I wanted.  I really wanted a compound bow and arrow which didn’t go over well with dad.  He pointed out that we didn’t have anywhere at the cabin or in town where we could be sure it would be safe.  He was right.  

So I really wanted a Sigma 70-200 f 2.8 lens for my Pentax but that is $1000 so that isn’t happening either.  I had also been looking at some Black Rapid straps for my camera.  Dad saw that Case Logic’s version were being blown out at The Source and got me one there.  It even has an exciting promo video.

He also got me a new case for my Sony Xperia J while he was out.  That was cool.

After looking around, I got a double CD of Led Zeppelin and Coldplay’s new album.

Graduated

I graduated from Grade 8 and the Let’s Lead Program at Westmount School tonight.  Dad, Mom, and Oliver were all there and we had a good time during and after the ceremony.

After the ceremony, we came home and ordered in some late night pizza while they gave me a couple of nice gifts.  Dad & Mom gave me a Strider framelock folding knife while Oliver gave me a new watch.

Strider makes the knives that the U.S. Special Forces use which means that it should be tough enough to take camping with Uncle Lee, Aunt Brittany, and Camden.  If the zombie invasion or a bear attack happens, I am not sure Lee will able to fend it off by himself.  I am not saying that I am going to help Uncle Lee fight a bear but if it comes down to it, I may toss him my knife.

Strikder Knife

The watch is a Coleman digital watch.  I have some really nice dress watches but nothing to bang around with or fight off zombies with.  It’s nice and it will get a lot of use.

Coleman Watch

Grade 8 isn’t done quite yet.  We have one last adventure and that is up north for a canoe trip.   I can’t wait.  Maybe that is why I wasn’t excited about After Grad, we still have one last great adventure with some great friends.

Christmas 2013

It was a nice Christmas Eve yesterday.  Uncle Lee and Aunt Brittany invited us out to their place in Warman.  They picked Oliver and I up early and then Dad and Mom came out around 5:30.

We had a nice dinner of lasagna (of course) while Dad make fun of Uncle Lee for wearing a Rob Gronkowski jersey.  Thankfully Uncle Lee didn’t dance topless, break his arm or suffer any concussions while wearing it.

We then opened our stockings and gifts.

Dad gave me a Vivitar Action Cam.  I wanted a GoPro but at $400, I knew that wasn’t going to happen but I was really surprised when I opened up the Action Cam.  Oliver gave me some X-Mini Speakers which I am blasting right now.  I also got some computer speakers for my laptops which are pretty cool.  I was really surprised when I opened a gift from Santa Claus and in it was a Sony Xperia J and a new case.  Here is the promo video for the Sony Xperia J.  According to it, I will be invited to cool parties with attractive older women.  

When we got home last night, Dad set it up with a wide variety of cool apps from the National Film Board, Vimeo, CSR Racing and apps from Google and Yahoo!.

Uncle Lee and Aunt Brittany gave me some really nice Huskie Athletics sweatpants and hoodie.

I gave Mom and Timex Ironman watch which I gave dad a book by Joe Clark, err, the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark. 

 

The Power of Choice

I was invited to go to Regina with Dad and Jeff Jackson to attend the Ford Power of Choice event at the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina.  We were down in Regina to take a look at cars like the 2013 Ford C Max Energi, 2013 Ford Escape, and the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

It was an early morning drive to Regina.  We left Saskatoon at 7:00 which meant that I needed to be up by 5:45 a.m.  I grabbed my iPod, phone, camera, and headphones and fell asleep in the back of the 2013 Ford C Max we drove down in.  When I did wakeup, I listened to my new headphones.  The night before I realized my headphones were busted, so dad went out and got me a pair of Sony MDRZX100 headphones for the ride down.  Thanks!

The RCMP Heritage Centre

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We got down there, took a look around and then went into the RCMP Heritage Centre where we talked with Ford executives about the Ford Hybrid and electric vehicles.

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After a short discussion, we headed back outside to take some Ford vehicles for some test drives.  Below is the Ford C Max Energi (and Dad!)

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Of course my place was in the back seat but I did enjoy going with Dad and a Ford product expert for a drive in the C Max Energi.  We had the Ford C Max Hybrid for a week and a bit so I was used to it.  While dad was driving, it was pretty cool as it shifted between electric and gasoline.  I learned that while some early Prius’ battery packs only lasted around seven years, the Ford C Max Energi batteries can last 15-20 depending on how much you drive them.

In case you were wondering if I made it to the front seat, I did not.  Here was my view of the Ford C Max during the test drive.  Sigh.

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I also learned a lot about how Ford is trying to be more environmentally responsible while building the cars.  From the looks of it, they might as well be building these cars in Saskatchewan.

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In other words Les Stroud (Survivorman) could live for a month just off the inside of a Ford vehicle.

They also had a charging station for your Ford C Max Energi.  It works with a variety of electric vehicles which means that if you have a Nissan Leaf or a Tesla, it will charge it as well (Dad told me that Sean asked).

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Of course Ford fed us really well.  Sandwiches, drinks, and as you can see cupcakes.  There are some rumours out there on the internet that I had a cupcake malfunction.  It may or may not have happened.

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You can see all of the photos that I took at the Power of Choice Test Drive event on Flickr. (Dad’s photo set of the event can be found here) It was a lot of fun and if you ever have a chance to go to one, make sure you check one out.

Christmas

My mom already wrote about her Christmas here and my dad wrote about it here.

On Christmas Eve I went to Dad’s work and helped out in the kitchen.  Ryan and I made pizza and I helped Job with setting up lunch.  Dad also let me have a large double-double coffee from Tim Horton’s.

Later on that day Taylah and I went sledding at the park after her mom and her came over.  Once supper was done we opened our presents.  In my stocking I got a copy of Thrasher Magazine which dad used to read when he was my age.  I also go a iPod lock, a lot of candy candy and body wash.

Samsung m330 from VirginSamsung m330 cell phone from VirginI can’t believe it but Dad and Mom gave me my own cell phone.  It’s a Samsung m330 from Virgin Mobile and it’s a slider phone.  Dad sent me some of the names of friends from his address book so I could send some text messages.   Not only can I send out text messages but Dad showed me that it has a camera in it and I can send out picture messages.  How cool is that?  I’m not allowed to bring it to school but I can keep it on me when I am at the baby sitter or out with Mom and Dad.  I was really surprised.

Dad set it up so I would have unlimited texting for a month and then he said that he would see how I did with it.

I also got a H0 model train set which is really cool.  Mom also got me some extra track which is really cool.  I have it set up on the dining room table.  I am just nervous that Oliver will grab it but he has been really careful with everything.

Dad also gave me a really cool looking Survivorman t-shirt that says, “You Sweat, You Die” on the back.

I also got two books, one on projects that I can do on weekends and one on Allied Fighters of WWII.  My great-grandfather was an air force mechanic in World War II and Dad showed me some of the airplanes that he worked on.

Oliver gave me a cool Tech Deck case and some Tech Decks to put in it that I really like.

Maggi gave me a junior sized Saskatchewan Roughrider football.  Too bad that she isn’t allowed to fetch it.

Uncle Lee gave me two Nerf N-Strike guns and a Nerf basketball hoop for my bedroom door.  Uncle Lee also gave all of us a Playstation 3.  It only does everything.  He gave us some Call of Duty: World at War, Force Unleashed II, and Madden 11.  The last two games are Dad’s but I can play them.

When we went over to the Reimer’s they gave me some DVD’s of IMAX videos that we already had but they are going to exchange it for some other stuff.  Kristi gave me a really nice Calgary Flames watch.  I know the Flames are horrible this year but the watch is really nice.

Tonight Bert and Don are coming over.  Bert was sick for a while and had to go to Calgary for an operation but he’s back now and I am excited to see them again.  Anita and Jim are also coming over which will be a lot of fun.

Thanks everyone for the gifts.  I really appreciated them.