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indy wknd camping


As luck would have it, I’ve gone camping every single Edmonton Indy weekend for the past four years.  This isn’t by choice, it’s completely crazy luck.  I’ve gone camping twice a year each summer for the past 4, and somehow one of those trips ends up on that specific weekend.  Even more luckily, every single time it has been absolutely PERFECT weather.  We didn’t see a single cloud for the entire weekend, we couldn’t have asked for anything better.  The moral of this story is:  Always go camping on Indy weekend, sorry if you’re a racing fan.

I got to play fifth wheel this trip, as I’m the only single guy left in my group of friends (because Ross and Sterling are irresistable manly men who can’t go five minutes without being approached - and I’m unemployed.)  Ross revelled in this situation as for the past three trips, he’s been the third wheel, so he couldn’t help but bring up how it would be so cool if we were an even number and could do girls vs. boys stuff, and kept insisting that I was ruining the flow of everything.  Ross+Elisabeth and Sterling+Martina were lots of fun as always, helping along a weekend that brought many beers, many sunburns, and a horrific road rash incident that you’ll surely run in to later on in the pics, stay tuned (let’s just say Ross got what he deserved for all the fifth wheel jokes).

The event this year was the Enterprise/Alamo summer picnic/camping party at the Watipi campgrounds near Blackfalds, AB.  Every year they hold a huge BBQ/open bar party at a campground, and it was an awesome event.  Luckily, they didn’t need proof that Sterling was the only one from the fivesome to actually have anything to do with the company hosting.. I figure giant corporations are ok to lend a helping hand to a few enthusiastic campers even if they’re there a little bit unethically, right?

 Our chariot: Sterling’s 1987 Camaro, with a ghetto homemade roof rack to carry the 2-person kayak.  This thing normally gets lots of looks because it’s loud, and is always playing Iron Maiden full blast with the t-tops and windows open.. add a kayak strapped to the roof, and those looks multiply in frequency by about 6x, and in horrified/disgusted faces by about 11x.


To say the least - it’s not very efficient.




 Alberta’s exciting, right?


Never saw a sign of this police dog, he must have been plainclothes/undercover.








So, the map to the campground has a trail leading to a dock on Lake Lacombe.  We searched around where it said it was for about 20 mins, and couldn’t find anything.  We found an employee and asked him about the whereabouts of said dock, and he says “Well.. the old man insists he built one out in the brush, but no one here has ever seen it.  The path’s supposed to be somewhere near the gazebo, I think?”  We weren’t super confident in his knowledge of park landmarks, so we asked another employee who gave us the same “Supposedly there is one, but I’ve never seen it” comments.  Our hopes were slightly damaged, but we trekked on looking for the mystery dock.  After about 1.5 hours of driving and hiking through thick wilderness, we came upon the dock.. I’m sure it hasn’t been used in 20 years, everything was overgrown, and it was covered in slime, but it was a dock nonetheless.  We trekked through the wilderness again, this time carrying the kayak, and we were waterbound soon after.






 After all that hiking and kayaking, Sterling was tired because he’s a girl.




The smoke made pretty colors through the trees/sunset.


 Sterling really spent the rest of the weekend in his underwear, much to the chagrin of the rest of the campers.  There were a few unfortunately placed holes, and I picked up a few unfortunate glances of his business.  Whatever, it’s camping, anything goes.  (barf)


 Elisabeth models keylimes for the newest Corona campaign.


 Martina trying her hardest not to be embarrassed of Sterling.


It must have been really, really hard :(




Pre-accident ross enjoys a pre-accident Corona.


 And by hard I mean completely impossible.






 I’m yelling at him not to stretch my sunglasses :(


 And also not to pour beer on them :(




 Luckily, it mostly ended up on his shirt.


 Three amigos :D


 Ross working on getting the fire up.. Everything was covered in dew in the morning (Including my iPod which seems to have survived), so it was pretty hard.


 But determination conquers all.


 PROTIP: It’s probably not a good idea to hop on the back of a Camaro, with only a homemade roof rack as support.

PROTIP(2): If you choose to ride on the back of a Camaro, make sure the driver knows you’re there.

PROTIP(3): When it becomes apparent that the driver does NOT know you’re there, and he starts gunning it down a gravel road, it’s best to hang on for dear life.  Poor Ross :’(


 Elisabeth patiently waits for Ross to return from the hospital.


 I lighten the mood by taking cutesy photos with Elisabeth.


 And I take out my frustrations on some wood.


 Sterling gets back with the fixed up Ross..


 And it’s all good, just some polysporin and he was on his way.


Imagine how bad-freaking-ass he’s going to look with that gnarly scar.


 Until next time: Here’s lookin at you, kids.


Oh and my iPhone broke and the only error report just says:  Debugger Message: Panic.

That’s uplifting, right?  FFfffuuuuu…


Surf’s up, dude.

it didn't rain - so we bbq.

Took advantage of one of the thirteen minutes of dry weather that we’ve had over the last two weeks and had a BBQ with my friends Sterling and Martina.  Everything was taken with the Sigma 30mm f1,4. 

This was a particularly important day, because Sterling just got confirmed for a job in Calgary with CIC (Canada Immigration and Customs).  He’s been one of my best friends since grade 6, and it’s really too bad that he’ll have to leave at the beginning of August.  It’s a real job, so it’s great for him and I’m really happy.  We’re going camping and kayaking this weekend, I can’t wait.

Weapon of choice


Ammo of choice, Ster and Martina went for pork chops.. I’m not much of a pork chop guy.  I have no idea how to marinade anything so I just rubbed it with olive oil, lemon, and mtl steak spice.. all worked out.


Out came Scrabble, it was too perfect a day not to do something outside on the balcony










I think I like BBQ’ed peppers as much as I like the steak.


Basking in the rays of defeat, I won.


Jul 18, 2010 - Capitals v Scorpions

This afternoon the Yuma Scorpions were in town to play the red hot Edmonton Capitals.  It was the Caps’ “Christmas in July” event, where santa and his reindeer (Yes, real reindeer) were there to entertain the kids, and to offer a cool, free photo op to everyone in attendance.

I’m still totally clueless about baseball.. maybe I’ll need to watch a game or two to get a better sense of anticipation.. because it’s certainly not in my brain yet.

Dasher?  Dancer? Prancer?  Anyway, there were three of these guys accompanying Santa.

Santa stands for the anthems.


Uh oh.. an argument, of course in my photographer braing I’m thinking “SWING AT HIM, TAKE IT TOO FAR!”

They swung, it went too far, and a bench clearing fight ensued.


And then they played more baseball.




LOL gtfo.


celebrate heroes

On June 28-29 Edmonton played host to the “Canada Celebrates Heroes” event, during which we paid homage to our Canadian Forces, and to our Canadian gold medalists from the Vancouver Olympics.  The event consisted of a ring presentation, a golf tournament, and an appreciation day at Commonwealth Stadium.  Both hockey teams were VERY well represented, with less than a handful missing from each team (One being Chris Pronger, so who cares right?).  It was a fun time, unfortunately not as well attended as they had hoped, but still amazing because the access to players was almost unlimited. 

Members of the Canadian Forces watch the festivities from atop a tank.

Flag bearer along the entrance, he seriously didn’t blink/move for 30 mins, I didn’t know we employed robots in the Forces.

Ryan Getzlaf signs autographs

These rings cost $20,000 each.. I’m sure they didn’t need them, but I hope they appreciated them.

Sid the Kid… I still get starstruck, I almost asked him to sign my jersey but he was SWAMPED by fans.

David Ash, the Canadian “Superfan”.  You saw him on TV every single game, and that is the exact flag that the team was carrying around on the ice.. this guy has seen some incredible sporting events.

Some country group?  Apparently they’re pretty big, but I have no idea who they are.  I’d appreciate it if you let me know if you know, that way I can fix some captions on these :)

30 days of soccer

So, expectedly I’ll admit, the World Cup 2010 in South Africa completely took over my life for the period of June 11-July 11.  I’ve been a Netherlands fan since I can remember, and this was a very special tournament for them.  Forever known as underachievers on the world stage, they’re certainly the best country to never have won a World Cup.  They made the finals in ‘74 and ‘78, but nothing of note since then, despite incredibly talented squads.  This year they came into the tournament on a GREAT run of international matches, they won every single qualifying game, and hadn’t lost in two years of play. 

I’ll spare the details of the tournament, but they had an excellent showing.. ousting teams like Brazil, and incredible players like Diego Forlan of Uruguay.  They made the final against Spain, and unfortunately did not come out on top.  It felt like when the Oilers lost game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, I was completely crushed.

Here’s a few pics of the gear that I sported throughout the tournament, every single game day I went around everywhere with this on.. When I said it took over my life, I really mean it.  I hope everyone had a good month, and hopefully everyone was able to catch some action of the beautiful game, on the biggest stage in the world

I even did crafts!  I made this #1 finger out of an Oilers #1 finger I picked up at the draft party on the 25th, it was perfect!





Also, made this shirt for a friend of mine, because I couldn’t let her show up to the Dutch bar in Calgary sans team identification.  (PS:  The Ship and Anchor in Calgary was the BEST sports atmosphere I’ve ever been a part of.  It’s apparently owned by a Dutch guy, and everyone there was legitimate Dutch, legitimate obsessive fan.  They even stood and sang the entire anthem!  It was so much fun.)


Even when I’m talking with Hollywood execs, I’m KNVB’ed out.


PS: I’m aware that the flag is upside down in the floor pics.. meh.

sasquatch festival 2010.

What a crazy month, capped off with a crazy long weekend at the Gorge ampitheatre in Washington State.  This was my May:

Apr29-May11: Dauphin, Manitoba for the 2010 RBC Cup

May13-May24: Brandon, Manitoba for the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup

May26-June1: The Gorge Ampitheatre for the 2010 Sasquatch Music Festival

Total kilometers traveled, all by car (ugh): 7717km(ish)

The hockey stuff is boring for you guys, so I’ll just go over the highs and lows of Sasquatch here.

Favorite Performances:

1) Pavement - This band is the whole reason I went this year.  Honestly, I thought the lineup was as weak as ever, save for Pavement, they made it a no-brainer to be there.  Here’s Pavement’s story:  Indie band in the early nineties who never really made it “big”, but enjoyed modest commercial success.  They’re considered the first, or one of them, real indie band to experience any kind of mainstream play and acknowledgement.  They were around for about ten years, producing five incredibly diverse and influential albums, and a bunch of EP’s full of absolutely awesome music.  In 1999, they broke up, and went their separate ways.  I discovered them in 2003, and was totally bummed that they weren’t around anymore; in my head, I was never going to see them.  Late last year, they announced a reunion tour was happening in 2010.  The first show announced was a 4 night stint in NYC in September (I have tickets to all four shows, and can’t wait until September).  They announced a bunch more afterwards, and one of them was the 2010 Sasquatch Music Festival.

This show was perfect.  They played an amazing set, full of b-sides and stuff you don’t hear very often.  The crowd was very, very receptive and knew a lot of the words.  It was one of those experiences that you could tell was VERY special, and the whole time my head couldn’t get around the fact that I was seeing one of my favorite bands, despite being sure I never would.  Highlights were Silence Kid and Gold Soundz, but they couldn’t have gone wrong with any setlist.  Stephen Malkmus was as charming and loose as ever, Bob Nostanovich was crazy and uncontrollable, and even had his son come out and play piano on a song! (His son was probably 8-10 years old.)  To cap it all off, the crowd sang SM Happy Birthday, as the show was on his birthday, it was a relaly unique experience.

2) LCD Soundsystem - I knew this band was known for their live act, so I expected a LOT, and they didn’t disappoint.  James Murphy is such an anti-rockstar regular dude, it was awesome seeing how the crowd reacted to him.  They played lots from their new album, despite not playing Dance YrSelf Clean, which I thought could have been the festival highlight.  The other obvious big one from them was All my Friends, the crowd was so into it.. about 3 mins into the video you can see the synchronized arm-dance-thing everyone was doing, and when I turned around to see that from the pit (third row), it was pretty incredible looking.  Highlight was YEAH, the whole hill turned into a gigantic dancing mass.

3) Tallest Man on Earth - I’ve only recently started listening to him a lot, and live he was just as great as he is in the studio.  It’s really impressive that he can make so much happen, when it’s only him on stage, no support whatsoever.  The big surprise and highlite was the cover of Graceland by Paul Simon.  I didn’t know that he did any covers, so it was a really cool surprise.  If anyone has deserved a real comparison to Bob Dylan, it might as well be The Tallest Man on Earth, he’s a super cool dude.  He commented a few times on how he wasn’t used to that type of crowd, he pulled a huge crowd to his stage.. to put it in perspective, when he played Edmonton, he played at the Brixx Bar and Grill (Where?  Exactly.)

Also amazing:  Deadmau5 - Not really my style, but I was REALLY into it, super hard super loud dancey type music, just right for 1am in a gorge.  New Pornographers - This was the 4th time I’ve seen them, and the best.. probably a 99% Canadian crowd.  The Seattle Rock Orchestra - a 50-piece orchestra playing Arcade Fire’s ‘Funeral’, need I say more?  The Very Best - More dancey stuff, really good atmosphere and they were having so much fun on stage.  No Age - was front row, it was the loudest show of the weekend, really high tempo.

The biggest surprise for me though?  I brough two cameras and took almost no photos.  I took about 5 when we got there, just to say I did, and I took a roll of film while camping on the way home.. after a month like this one was, I needed a break.  Hope everyone had a good long weekend!

Tha campground wayyyy early on (You couldn’t see any grass once everyone got in :(  We were there quite early:


And now all my clothes smell like this:


the 2010 mastercard memorial cup - abridged

Here are the highlights from the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Brandon, MB from May 14-23.  The Windsor Spitfires repeated as champions, and Taylor Hall became the first player in history (93 years!) to win the tournament MVP twice.  That kid is a special, special player, it’s becoming very hard for the Oilers not to choose him first overall in one month’s time.  We’ll see June 25.

I have to also mention that I loved Brandon as a city as well!  It was really green, lots of trees everywhere, the university building is BEAUTIFUL, it was built in 1906.  Everyone there did a great job running such an important event, it went super smoothly.  Unfortunately, at the end of the tournament, since I wasn’t there for a wire service, I wasn’t allowed on the ice, so I didn’t get the great trophy shots I had hoped for.. it put a bit of a damper that I didn’t get the “icing” after 9 days of shooting, but it was a lot of fun nonetheless.  The Memorial Cup is one of those events that every Canadian hockey fan should treat as a pilgrimage, somewhere you HAVE to go at least once.  I’m so happy I got the chance to witness it, and I hope it’s the first many (Road trip to Mississauga next year, anyone?).

Special thanks to all the talented and helpful photographers who made the days even more interesting, and who gave me an awesome birthday the night before the championship final, it was great to meet everyone, including Aaron Bell, Andy Devlin, Frank Gunn, Greg Plante and Richard Wolowicz. I saw awesome work from everyone there, and it showed me how challenging it will be to break into this industry; I can’t wait.

Game 1 - Windsor Spitfires v Brandon Wheat Kings - Images by Dylan Lynch
Game 2 - Moncton Wildcats v Calgary Hitmen - Images by Dylan Lynch
Game 3 - Brandon Wheat Kings v Moncton Wildcats - Images by Dylan Lynch
Game 4 - Calgary Hitmen v Windsor Spitfires - Images by Dylan Lynch
Game 5 - Windsor Spitfires v Moncton Wildcats - Images by Dylan Lynch
Game 6 - Calgary Hitmen v Brandon Wheat Kings - Images by Dylan Lynch
Semi-Final - Brandon Wheat Kings v Calgary Hitmen - Images by Dylan Lynch
Championship Final - Windor Spitfires v Brandon Wheat Kings - Images by Dylan Lynch

Now I’m home for another two nights, then off to the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington state. It’s been a whirlwind of a month, I’m not sure I’ll have the patience to bring a camera with me there :)

2010 mastercard memorial cup - day 2.

Today’s game featured the Moncton Wildcats and the Calgary Hitmen.  The Wildcats completely comtrolled the first two periods, bruilding up a lead of 3-0 and 4-1.  The Hitmen exploded for 4 in the third period and took the game 5-4 with a last minute goal off a poor play by the Moncton goalie.

Someone decided it was a good idea to steal my rolling stool, and another milkcrate seat I had ready at two spots in the arena, so i missed the first 6-7 mins or so navigating my way through the crowd to get to a secondary spot, that was really frustrating.

Here’s a selection from the game: