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Wet.

As you read this take comfort in the fact that you are probably sitting down, warm and dry.  For an hour yesterday, I too was lucky enough to be sitting down but I was far from warm or dry.

Growing up in the Niagara area has always been a blessing when it comes to cool things to do. I grew up on Clifton Hill and spent most of my youth taking advantage of all the attractions and fun things available to do.  Then I went to college; moved out of Niagara and landed in the big city of Toronto. That was 1992.  Coincidentally that was also the year that Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours opened commercially and took people on the wettest, most wildest ride of their lives. Sadly though, I was not one of those people.

Fast forward 25+ years.  Here I am. Warm and dry.  What fun is that?  I felt it was about time that I conquered this attraction and experienced what hundreds of thousands of people have experienced over the years.

Here we go.  We first listened to how to be safe while being covered in thousands of gallons of water.  First and most important rule – stay seated! Remember this one! We will revisit this later.

As we made our way to the dock the most overheard question was, “How wet will we get?”

Before we launched they were nice enough to take a photo of us while we were still dry and looking great!

Prior to launching, one final photo was taken before we took a tour of the Category 5 rapids.

The drive up to the rapids was quite nice. Picturesque and worth getting on the boat in Niagara On The Lake.  They have 2 locations in Canada and by getting on in NOTL you get a nice scenic cruise up the river.

We are now at the point of the post where you get to see the good stuff.  The wet stuff.  The good stuff.

As we enjoy the last moments of dryness our guide counts down……

3…..

2….

1….

Remember the stay seated rule?  Reflexes took over.  Breathing at the wrong time could fill you up with river water so be careful and keep your mouth closed.

It was amazeballs!  I have never been so wet.  You don’t get this wet in a shower. You don’t get this wet swimming!

I think we made it!

The cruise back to the dock was equally enjoyable as it gave us a bit of time to dry off.  I most definitely will be back.  This will now be the go-to attraction that I take visiting family to.  We had a great time and totally want to thank the staff at Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours.  They were great.

Lastly I have compiled some of the best footage that I took with my GoPro.  Man, I love that camera.  Enjoy this attraction. Share the video, share this post!

A post filled with Substance

August 30st, 2018 is a day that I had been looking forward to for a few months.   I have recently reconnected with a beautiful woman that I had first met in high school and I can be honest here and say she is the most obsessed New Order fan that I have ever met/known/will meet.  I remember 30 years ago how she was into them and over the past 30 years that love has only gotten stronger.  Part of me was a bit nervous though to attend a show with such a big fan. I started to get anxious and a bit worried.  Would she want to camp out? Sleep at the gates to be there as soon as they open?  Will we have to stand for 20 hours? Would we even get tickets? Well to find the answers to these burning questions you need to read more.

The week leading up to the show I spent a lot of time listening to my go-to New Order records.

Fast forward to August 30th!  Once we parked, we needed to let the world know we have arrived!  This has since become one of my favorite photos.

How early will we need to go?  Doors seem to open at 6.  We managed to get tickets in the pit – no seats – on the floor. Yay!  But how many others are in the pit?  A quick bit of research of the venue shows over a thousand. Damn.  General Admission and fighting to get to the stage are 2 of my favorite things! Who wants to go to a show and sit back and watch from a distance? I prefer to be up front and right by the action.  When you add the ‘obsessed fan’ factor into the mix that changes things. I love music. Music flows through me.  Live music is even better and I love the energy at a live show.  She takes my love of music and amplifies it a million times over for New Order.

Have a look at her phenomenal nails! How many other fans did this?

Ok, now I’m rambling, let’s get back on track.  Ok,  doing some clock math and calculating the sun and doors opening time and direction of the wind we determined that getting in line around 4 would be a smart idea.  My wonderful girlfriend, the aforementioned fan I spoke of, was so considerate towards me, recognized that I may not be as big a fan as her and as motivated to stand 20 hours so she went out and bought me a chair. In essence, a disposable chair. One that I could use for a number of hours prior to the show and then just abandon it once the gates opened.  Here is me in the chair. #RIPNEWORDERCHAIR

As you can see though, I am first in line. Well, 2nd. You know who is 1st.

Now for the show itself.   Oh, wait, I have always been a fan of New Order;  I’ve purchased their albums over the years but Substance is truly epic and the best.  I’m going to backtrack a bit for a moment.  Last week my gf trekked across America from Canada to see them in Ohio.  I did not attend this show with her but I did make a pretty awesome photo for her lol; marshmallows and New Order are close to her heart.  I think the band should Tweet or post this pic, its amazeballs.

Ok, NOW for the show itself.  It was awesome.  The sound was stellar, the light show was brilliant and the video screens totally complimented the show.   Being a photographer that specializes in band photography I was saddened to be given the news I would not be able to secure a media pass.  If I had you would be seeing some stellar shots here so you’ll have to be content with shitty cell phone photos.

It was awesome to watch such a big fan knock something off her bucket list.

As we were leaving the show we were stopped by a few other concert-goers letting us know they saw us up on the big screen a few times.  So cool.  This meant that I spent the next morning watching every clip that was uploaded in the hopes I could find a clip with us on the screen. What I ended up finding was legendary. Bernard takes a moment to address the crowd and talk to a guy with a Joy Division shirt. Well guess who that was?? FML! ME!

One of their best songs is Bizarre Love Triangle.  Here is a clip of it. Don’t mind the audio at times lol.

All in all it was a fantastic show, I had the most amazing woman with me, the energy was awesome and it will be a day that I will not forget. Oh, we also got a guitar pick lol.

Who knows that the next show is going to be.  Until then.

 

 

Sessions on the River with Frank Crytes

This past Friday my buddy Frank had a special live to air sold out cd release party at Sessions on the River in Fort Erie hosted by BS Live.

Was a pretty sweet night.  Never been to a performance in a studio let alone one being streamed globally.  Frank was joined by Filet of Soul (Frank Crytes, Johnny Biller and Randy Bishop) to rock this session.

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He took her on a helicopter tour and what happened next will shock you!

Sometimes in my line of work I meet some great people doing some unique things.

This day was no exception.  I was contacted by Niagara Vintage Wine Tours to be a secret photographer on a secret marriage proposal shoot.  The bride to be had no idea!

The location for today’s secret proposal?  The wine cellars at Peller Estates Winery.

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Frozen Niagara

This week I decided to play Tourist in my own town.  Yes, I chose to do this during one of the coldest spells in the history of cold.

I tend to do that every few months for a few reasons.  It keeps me in the know if random people ask me questions like where is this, where is that, is this thing cool?

My stay-cation started with Niagara Helicopters.  Been in Niagara for over 40 years and never wanted to take a Helicopter ride.

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Family movie and pizza night

This week it was decided that we were going to watch Happy Gilmore. I hadn’t seen it in years.  I remembered it was funny but was it going to be bore my kids? They happen to be the pickiest kids in the world.  They did not want to watch Frankenweenie because it was in black and white. They thought it looked ‘old’.  I wasn’t going to hold my breath with this.

To compliment the movie I made some pizza. I love making pizza.  My first job was a dishwasher at an Italian restaurant.  I advanced my career to pizza boy and learned mad skills.

If you want to see how I made this…….keep reading.

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My Friday.

Started the day at the Seaway Mall.  The #blxstore is in full effect. Never has Welland or Niagara seen such a unique venture. A creative local artist group given mall space in prime Holiday season to sell their art and put #localartonlocalwalls .

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#BLXSTORE is now OPEN

For almost 2 years I have been a part of a fantastic artistic movement in the Niagara region. Specifically, in Welland.

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Sorry sold out of donuts but we have lots of Wonton Soup

I am very much at times someone who likes to try things that are trending.  I have lived in the Niagara Region for over 40 years, give or take a few of those years .  So many of my friends raved about the Wonton soup at this donut shop next to 7-11 yet I had never gone.

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