Monthly Archive: April 2011

Apr 27 2011

The “Official” Retirement Lunch

IBM gives retiring employees a lunch, and with a limited budget it was a challenge to decide who to invite… I picked 12 to share the afternoon with, and I think we all enjoyed it. The venue was Baka which Terry had suggested based on a Summerlicious event. The scotch list was enough to confirm …

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Apr 27 2011

One Trip, part of One Month

Back.Back to Toronto, back to the cool temps of early spring up here, back after a nice trip.Back, and already planning the next trip. It was a nice long week away, and the change on the way down was very noticeable! Warmer, greener, more spring-like. A day’s drive took us through Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania …

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Apr 25 2011

After One Month, and One Trip

I’m sitting in my study/studio (I refuse to call it an office anymore) and knocking things off my lists, feeling good about life. A month ago today I walked out of the doors of IBM and it really has been quite an exciting month. I guess it still hasn’t hit me, I have yet to …

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Apr 19 2011

On The Road, Trip One

Finally! On the road, at last. It’s been quite a while in the planning and this is the first trip in the list of possible trips. The next couple are already set too (more on that later). I had Babe in to get an oil change, and Dave looked at the small oil leaks from …

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Apr 14 2011

A Tasting

For a while now a small group of friends has been getting together to do a regular scotch tasting… we’ve tried to do it every three months and for the most part it’s worked out. When we started we were all employees of “Eightbar” and as of this tasting none of us are. I was …

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Apr 11 2011

Restored and Working… “My Retirement Watch”

Looks great, full of character and beautiful compared to “before” I took my father’s old gold watch in to Bell Jewellers (since 1937) last week to see if it was worth repairing. The woman behind the counter very quietly asked if it had sentimental value, I’m sure she knew it did and that’s a common …

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Apr 11 2011

What an amazing “Hell of the North” today’s Paris-Roubaix was

Cobbles and Classics… today was Paris-Roubaix!  (C) Peter Kraiker Close friends know Andrea and I were intending to go to Belgium for the Ardennes Classics and to see our friend Wim. That trip would have also included Paris-Roubaix. It didn’t pan out (stay tuned), so we watched it online instead. Not nearly the same, although …

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Apr 08 2011

Getting some opportunities, looking forward to exploring them

Photography: I’ve spent the past while organizing my time and putting it together on a calendar to share with the community I’m getting deeper into. And I’ve already gotten some positive feedback on events I thought were questionable… if I can get enough interest to cover expenses I’m all set to go. I know this …

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Apr 04 2011

Sunshine and Snow

I wonder what the race earlier today would have been like if this arrived earlier… I hope it will turn to rain, there’s still a lot of salt on the roads. And yes, I’ve seen the highlights reel from Flanders… wow.

Apr 03 2011

Covered My First Bicycle Race of the Year

The Homage to Ice is a MTB event held at Mansfield, ON and it kickstarts the season. There was a road race as well, and the one race I really would have preferred to be at (the Ronde van Vlaanderen — Tour of Flanders). I haven’t seen the results, I am hoping to get to …

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