Last weekend was the last, long, holiday weekend of Summer. I had been commuting to work on my V-strom in the cooler temperatures . We even managed to get some refreshing drizzle and several bright cloudy days. While summer is coming to an end we are finally getting the heat we had been hoping for. I dreaded the thought of having to wear ATGATT with near record temps that were to come. If I have a choice of having to wear riding gear in the heat OR minimalistic summer attire, then summer attire will most likely, win. Also in case you haven't noticed the first thing I do when I ride to my destination is to change out into my preferred choice of footwear
which happens to be this type of sandal. I have quite the sandal collection, some still new and not yet broken in. Under my riding gear in hot weather I usually wear shorts and tank tops. I have not yet tried commando mode but I thought about it recently when I was making my way home and sweating at the many signal lights along the way. This weekend I decided to park my bike and take out my 'Vette. I don't get to drive it much and it is just sitting there gathering dust. It seems that every nice day I usually grab the keys to my V-strom and the 'Vette gets left behind again but it was not to be . . .
I make up these silly rules and one of the things I decided a long time ago was that I only drive my 'Vette with the top down and it is not enjoyable to drive with the sun beating down and drying out my fragile skin . It is more enjoyable to go out for an evening ride along the waterfront, beach areas and Robson Street where all the posers hang out on a Summer's night. Cars are cruising up and down the "strip" and sometimes you just have to join in the parade.
So I hopped into my commuter car, put on the A/C and headed down to False Creek to enjoy a lazy day wandering about and snapping a few photos
I tried to find an interesting place to pose for you and you may recognize this area from past posts. It never feels hot down by the water with the ocean breezes and I can easily find a vacant (free) parking spot close by. I wanted to show you what a daredevil I was but in the process I nearly fell down onto the rocks below
I don't think this railing is very secure, especially with an overweight, ageing person on top . Shortly thereafter I decided to just enjoy the warmth of the day and just watched the boats float by. It was very relaxing to just be.
Later that afternoon I decided to light the BBQ and put on the chicken
We are on the wrong side of the sun and on a normal work day it is too cool to sit on the sundeck and BBQ in the dark. We both get home late. It was very nice to be BBQing in the late afternoon for a change
The next day was another lazy day, I mean isn't that what long weekends are for ? to relax and recharge. After a home-made breakfast I decided that our cars needed a bath
it really wasn't planned that way. I was merely moving Mrs Skoot's WRX out of the way so I could get the 'Vette out. We have limited parking and the 'Vette is parked in the rear. It was too hot to go for a ride with the top down, so we didn't and then it was time to wash my commuter car
Washing your wheels is as important as washing the body. By now you may have noticed that I managed to ditch the sandals
While at home I manage to do without shoes most of the time but Mrs Skoot has an eagle's eye for dirty feet and gets after me all the time to wash my feet, so that's what I have to do . . . often
sometimes just a rinse will do, other times soap & water and often I require the can of hand cleaner or Comet
Lately I have been less of a consumer but after breakfast on Saturday, with the guys we decided to walk to the big box electronics store to look at Tablets, and I naturally had to walk over to the camera department to see what was on sale.
It was so heavy it needed two people to hold it steady. I was straining for the few seconds needed for my friend to snap a fuzzy photo
Then I saw the deal of the moment
I usually do my research before I buy anything and for cameras I usually select good performers in the mid price range, but this was cheaper than a toy camera. It was the demo model without a box or packing and without battery charger, but it didn't matter to me as I already have chargers capable of charging most batteries. I have always liked miniature gadgets and this camera was the size of a credit card, only thicker. Because this model was the "last", I managed to get the price reduced to only $30. because the battery was probably worth the price alone, making the camera FREE. I picked it up and it was a struggle to put it back down so it came home with me
If the truth be known, I was talking to the cute female salesperson and during our conversation she allowed me to take one of the dummy cameras at No charge. It was part of their camera display where one working model is on display to touch and play with, and other non-working models are there to show you the other colours available. I felt guilty taking apart the display and taking all of the 'dummy' shells so I just bought the demo, and she found me a battery
I have taken identical photos with this $30. Samsung as compared to my Canon T2i, with Tamron 17-55 2.8 DiII and if there are enough requests, I may post the photos. I think you would be surprised at the results as long as you know its limitations