Tuesday, July 31, 2007


When I told Shane that I was bringing 6 books (I forgot that I actually had 7) because I was going to be away for 5 weeks, he said "You know, they have bookstores in California." Yeah, I told him:
I know.

Monday, July 30, 2007

A Warm Welcome Home

I have the bestest friends in the whole wide world.

Sunday, July 29, 2007


Naturally, the day I get a beautiful view of the Vancouver skyline, visit chinatown, walk along the seawall, go to Granville Island and Emily Carr, go to the science museum and build a tower of blocks to the ceiling and let two 8 year olds dive head first into the tower to knock it over, that's the day I forget to bring my camera. Grrrr! Oh well, here's the picture of Noah
I would have put up on Friday.

Saturday, July 28, 2007


I miss LSA a whole lot, but I still got a little lift looking out at those mountains and being back in Vancouver.

Friday, July 27, 2007


Uncle Jim did tonight. I found out after saying goodbye to all the people I met here at LSA.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Jingxia had over Albertans old and new (see below) for dinner tonight. I don't think we expected a 9-dish feast: red bean, eggplant, tofu, cashew, mushroom, beef, pork, chicken, and shark-fin soup. You can see how amazing it was.
(you can also see how few people obeyed my silly-face directive.)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


I got some cool pictures of kids playing dodgeball on campus, but one of the counsellors asked me not to publish them. Boo-urns. Oh well, this was the view I spent more of my day looking at anyway.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Can you imagine? Tyler's dad's friend from 30 years ago in Martha's Vineyard and my Aunt's friend's friend from Millbrae that I'm staying with in Menlo Park just happen to live right across the street from eachother. That coincidence got me invited to a nice dinner in a pretty sweet house about 3 somersaults away from my front door.

Monday, July 23, 2007


Man. My colour balance can not even handle how beautiful this place is.

Sunday, July 22, 2007


These little mountains along the California coast are probably the sexiest mountains I've ever seen, but man, it's hard to take good pictures from a train.

Saturday, July 21, 2007


I went to San Luis for the weekend. Aunt Viv let me stay at her house, even though the kitchen was being taken apart, and she had to run a triathlon early Sunday morning.

Auntie D invited me to not one, not two, but three 100th birthday parties, on the same day.

Then Grandma took Viv and I out to dinner, and showed us her place.

Friday, July 20, 2007

A Not-so-Novel Experience

Who wants to be 225th in line at Barnes & Noble, when you can walk in to an awesome independent book store at 23:00 the night the book comes out and be 2nd? It worked two years ago, and it worked today.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


I can upload movies now! Tell me if you don't like it.

This is not a caption - the caption for this post is auditory.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Library

If I'm not working downstairs i'm working upstairs in this library. Either way, it's usually until 12:00 or 1:00 am, and I'm not the last to bed.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Man, I should go to sleep with wet hair more often.

Monday, July 16, 2007


I hear Walt is a great linguist, but I haven't read any of his stuff (or seen his movies) yet, so the only thing I can tell you from first-hand experience is that he's an awesome guy.

Sunday, July 15, 2007


We went to the beach today. It was windy, and the water was extremely cold, but that didn't stop Tyler from being exuberant.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Richard Dawkins! See him there? Between the ear and the neck? Ah well, I guess I didn't go see him for his looks. I wonder if Kepler's expected this big a crowd.

Friday, July 13, 2007


Rickey told me this is the absolute worst place in Palo Alto to have sushi. He also predicted that, without knowing it, my fellow LSA'ers would choose this restaurant, either because there was a huge line up outside or because it was also the cheapest sushi in Palo Alto. You can see he was right.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Leland Jr.

What I thought was just a knock-off totem pole turned out to be a pole specifically made to represent Stanford by a Haida artist in Prince Rupert in 2002. This little guy on top is meant to represent little Leland Jr.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Technical Difficulties

Aunt Toni lent me a sweet bike, and it's done me well so far, but I'm pretty sure the pedals aren't supposed to look like this.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Guess What!

I'm not the only one taking a picture a day! I think Tamrika's photos are going in a gallery, though. I doubt the one she's taking here will make the cut.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Hard at Work?

Here's what the dorms look like. 3 of the 5 of us Albertans are in this one, so I hang out sometimes too.

Sunday, July 8, 2007


Grandpa'rents, that is. I finally got out to see Grandma and Grandpa today and Aunt Maddie. We had brunch at Denny's, where they serve a hamburger with onion rings right on the hamburger! Grandpa moves inspiringly slowly, and it was good to see him smile.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

The City

I went to the city today to meet up with Charlotte and Tyler. We went to SFMOMA, which was awesome, then got lost trying to find Mission's thrift stores. You can tell we didn't mind too much being lost.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Jing! Xia! Zai!

I saw Jing Xia today! Finally! I knew she was around here somewhere, but I didn't know that she had bought the exact same camera I have, except it's also a phone. Wow.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Temple

I told AMT that I was living in a minimalist temple out here. In reality, I'm staying with a kind family friend who really knows how to live, as you can see.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

San Francisco

Aunt Toni's friend Marianne and her family had me over for a 4th of July BBQ, and Rickey took me around San Francisco before hand to show me the sights. Many of the sights were houses, like the one below, which used to belong to Gorgan from Star Trek.

The one on the right was even for sale, at a measly $55 million.