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Jonathan Riverwalker 12:49pm, 20 December 2006
2007 MDPD

Me at work
(Photo by fluke on Jan. 22)

I want out.
Outside that is.
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BellaGaia PRO 12 years ago
i definitely need to get out more.... you're life is like a 4 wheel drive commercial....
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
out is where it's at BG - but i must point one big difference between my life and an SUV ad - im a whole lot better than that!

(That's guru style LOL eh phillipe? - i watch, i learn haha)
barb howe 12 years ago
haha... wow that's an incredible photo Jonathan! and yeah... I like the "diary that talks back" description! It's pretty cool so far! :-)
AliThinks 12 years ago
Great photo for the 21st, and I love the "accidental" photo you've posted at the top of the thread!

Alison, part of the diary that talks back.
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
thanks LWG - only 49 more weeks to go - oh my geeez
thanks Ali - i had been feeling a little bad about not having a self portrait - i never went after one too hard cause of my rule of only outdoor photos - then this one came to me - i guess it is perfect for the beginning cause it shows me inside - trapped in the computer - the rest of the journal will be made up of my escapes :)
It is a fun shot and a great self-portrait.
As far as making the rule of only taking photographs outdoors--well, does one always follow the rules? (She says with her tongue firmly placed in her cheek).
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
lramiro520 12 years ago
Love the self portrait at the beginning of your thread.

It's awesome that you actually go searching for so many waterfalls in the middle of winter! The pics that you linked me to are awesome! Looks like you've got plenty of beautiful falls around you!

The Other Side Of The Fence
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
Day 22, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007

Technically i don't have to post a photo at all today because Guru said we weren't to follow strict time boundaries but go by when we rise and sleep - i havent slept yet - happens - i get behind then i get carried away and then i get stubborn -
going to bed as soon as i post this - i thought i was dieing about 11 pm last night but fnally had a chance for supper and some COFFEE - a few gallons later i felt great and ready to roll - there comes a point deep in the work where all that physical stuff like food and sleep disappear - by the time i had all the must-do stuff done, i only had a 1/2 hour to write my column - knew it wasnt coming so i went for a quick walk and opened up to this great idea:
I am going to write a book - a collection of tennis ball essays - my valedictory speech 20 years ago featured a tennis ball and so did today's column

before that though this morning - nicole went to tims for breakfast -that made me very happy and the sun shone in my window and i was able to get this photo without really moving or planning anything - thanks to whoever or whatever provided me with that

then the fire alarm went and i walked out the end of the wharf to see what the commotion was - a fisherman had died of a heart attack and they needed the winch to get him off the boat some 20 feet down (low tide)

the wife was there and she didnt know until she saw him coming up in the stretcher with his head covered and just his big green rubber boots sticking out from beneath a red dalmation blanket - im sure she knew but wouldnt let herself know it until she saw him

tough - i didnt take the photo - no way - i dont take photos in church either - who wins if i take that photo? no way.
now last year the mounties here killed a guy in the RCMP parking lot - and the photographer (the staff was three before i came so now i do the work of two) got a shot of his sneaker sticking from under a cloth on the parking lot pavement - people here were very upset but - that 's a big story - in retrospect i would take it but would i have taken it if it were happening now - i dunno

no dooubt in my mind today - nope - one of the firemen mentioned it to me later - said he thought it was big of me - i dunno - it was just me - no way

handled all that emotion pretty good for no sleep and all - though i wont soon forget his rubber boots - woof

writing is poetry to paraphrase my diary friend gypsy - wrote all day and even enjoyed rewriting some Ad copy. twice. - the client - nah - not going there - the client is always right - oooh boy

took in council and another weird thing there - afterwards the deputy CAO says "there's pizza in there - take it all." so im in there and i see on the board room table are briefing notes for a story ive been dieing to unlock - i just took the pizza and walked away. why two choices like that in one day?
and why last week did i have no stories unitl thursday 2 p.m. and this week i already have 15 stories to work on?
i dunno but i need to sleep
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
@ La maquisarde - yeah you're a good one to talk but i think your self portrait is indoors too?

@iramiro - there's a few at this end of the province - most of those are where i used to live - in fact this is my frist winter here - but nova scotia does have it all - and then some!
ebilflindas 12 years ago
I know you're ok with it, but I just wanted to echo the fireman's sentiment--that was big of you. Huge.

Although, (said with a mischievous half-grin) to play devil's advocate, an opportunity (morbid though it may have been) was presented, you declined; opportunity knocked a second time, still you did not answer. If something happens to cross your path a third time, well, you know what they say...
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 12 years ago
My self-portrait was taken at the Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz in front of a fun house mirror--and yes, indoors. I could have posted one that just shows my reflection in a pond--hmm, maybe I should change it to that come to think of it. I'll try it out.

You were right not to take those photos. I was the grieving widow after my husband was killed in a climbing accident and I sure as hell wouldn't have wanted anyone to take my photograph when I was at the morgue identifying his body.

Hope you get enough sleep tonight.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
@ebilflindas - still waiting for that third shot :P
@LA M - i been thinking about the pond shot too but ponds of open water are getting hard to find.
we spent a lot of time discussing the ethics of this stuff at jschool - there are no rules - just judgement and values and decisions - this one was easy cause there was no real need for the general public to know - it was a private grief with no wider interest - now i know there are people in my profession out there who could find a reason to take it - but not me - my sense of right and wrong was pretty clear on this one.
i got lots of sleep thanks - it feels funny actually - like someone hit the reset button on my brain - like my brain is working on new patterns today ??
sorry about your husband - that must have been difficult
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
@ ebilflindas - third opportunity just arrived - i was covering the announcement of a federal candidate and the conservatives over-estimated how many were coming - so they offered me a veggie tray when i left - i took it - oh yeah - again my values are very clear onthis one - food is always a yes with me
food yes :P
lramiro520 12 years ago
Good of you not to take that pic.

Get some rest! Hopefully, coffee can only get you so far, although from your story today, it seems that it can actually take you quite a ways.

The Other Side Of The Fence
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
@iramiro - i had a talk with one of my old j profs today - brought it up - ithink his instincts were i should have taken it - but he said after listening to me talk about it that maybe i know more about "surviving" in a small community - he is going to talk to the director about her thoughts and get back to me - he's great guy that way - out here, there are few people to talk to about this stuff

coffee - i heard there are pills out now that unlike coffee and othe drugs actually eliminate the need for sleep - u just dont need to sleep - oh lord - i love sleep so much - i wouldt want to get rid of it ??? but i am going to research these pills - im curious -
If you don't sleep then you can't dream. Dreams are very important.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
~magpie~ PRO 12 years ago
Oh.... that poor woman. I'm sure she appreciated your respect, although now that I write that she probably didn't notice much at the time.

I had missed the photo of Jan 12th somehow... is that an angel in his shopping cart?

Glad your brain has been reset.

[Erica Day by Day 2007]
ebilflindas 12 years ago
See that, Jonathan? Someone else who thinks Ronnie's in cahoots with angels!
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
barb howe 12 years ago
wow, that must suck, coming out to meet the boat to find that your husband's died. gosh. that's awful. I agree, good not to take the photo in that situation. Anyway the photo that you did take is very good. made me want to know what they were doing there.

I agree with la maquarade. sleep is important! you work too much!!!

--barb (and here's my daily photo diary)
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 12 years ago
hey gypsy - I LOVE sleeping and dreams and waking up and everything absolutlely everything about sleeping - you kow how people talk about what they'd do with a millin big ones - id sleep LOLOLOL - i would honest

13 great places i have slept - i am probably forgetting some
13. the train to brindisi - on a straw mat in the aisle where i was kicked a lot - why top5? cause it is a great story and better than the spot christine slept which was sitting wedged between two women with chickens in their laps
12. a soccer field on the outskirts of florence infested with lizards

11. a cow field in texas that we didnt know was a cow field until we woke up
10. a tent made of jury riggged poles in the woods of cape chignecto with my son my favourite hiking partner
9. in my bivy sack on the banks of the st. john river where i woke up to a great blue heron leisurely flying right over - when he realized i wasnt grass but a human you should have seem him/her freak out
8. in the middle of a cobble stone street in meersburg right in that ditch that goes down the middle of the street - woke up to a delivery truck beeping as it backed up at 5 a.m.
7. mom's the summer i worked construction cause she got up every day and made me two eggs, bacon, toast, yoghurt and a bowl of fruit -life was tooo sweet
6. freda wales hut on top of the ski hill so we could have first tracks after the impending storm
5. lorne's boathouse on st. margaret's bay
4. rencontre ouest - a zillion miles from nowhere - when u wake up to piss you have to go outside and the stars are the greatest in the world
3. on the floor of the bar at the ski hill - norm and i led a "jam session/ sing song" every thursday night for years because we worked on the lifts thurs pm and friday am - for years - so we used to find places to crash at friend's houses and then we started using the ski patrol hut and finally we decided we would have more time in the bar, wouldnt have to worry about drinking and driving, wouldnt have to worry about being late and would be easy for the boss to find - he'd give us a kick at 6 a.m. and away we'd go
2.a moss covered gully on the debert river where the ground was as soft as any mattress
1.the nutshell - a tiny semi-underground skylit cabin in the woods where "sleeping" was the richest experience of my life

@erica and ebliflindas - ronnie is an angel for sure - i saw him in a suit and tie yesterday for his uncle's funeral :(
@lwg - actually they hadnt left to go fishing yet - he had just climbed down to the boat (because of our tides - the world's highest ill jave u know) he had to climb down about 30 feet he got on the boat and died - i dont know why she was there - how she knew - the crew must have called her - she knew he was hurt but didnt know he was dead til his boots came up

funny for a photo i didnt take to generate so much comment :P

yes sleep i simportant LOL see above
Ooh can I list some of my favorite places that I have slept? (like sleeping in my cave in the winter time in Yosemite National Park, etc.)
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
list away LM oh please do
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
*does doubletake -
in a cave??
we are going want all the details on this winter of cave sleeping you know - sometime before the year's out we want to know everything!!
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 12 years ago
Day 23, Tuesday, Jan. 23
Bright blue sunshiney day
sunny day in jew cove

slept later than i planned today - but well - i slept well Mom - and when i got up, i whistled my way down the block to work - down "front street" as the locals call Water Street - i live in the middle of front street and the Courier is in the corner of the waterfront that locals call "Jew Cove" - our street as already mentioned is refered to as the Idiot's Loop - met Jacqes who is also called Jake and I think he forgets which one is really his name - then Special Constable Parry came along marking tires with his pink chalk

making the world rosier one chalkmark at a time - i tell him - he doesnt get it - it probably isnt funny

work was a calm and wonderful place today - i love my coworkers pretty much most of the time - nicole is leaving for a week in california on friday so she is crazy busy which i guess is why she spent half the day in my office - have i mentioned the den?

it is a little corner of my office i decided to feng shui- ify - the window has a great view over the harbour and on days like today (sunny calm) it is heaven to slide the chair in there and watch the gulls and wild cats and the scallop boats come and go - that's what nicole did most of today

we had some good news today - good news sort of - October 15 a new daily started up here to compete with us - and today they folded - i say sort of good cause you have to feel for the people who lost their jobs today - and having competition was a good thing really - keeps you sharp - and helps you too - just one more nose sniffing around you know - and they had a bright keen kid working here and i liked the idea of showing him up every week LOL

but this is a business and one less business slurping at the advertising trough is good news

last week it took me all week to get going and i had no ideas as late as thursday around 2 ish - this week i am overwhelmd with story ideas - it is ever thus - and i am leaving early friday - (i hope to spend the weekend with jony - probably skiing - have to check the weather and book a room with my buddy conor - my bed and sheets are still there from when i lived there three years ago - i made the bed (hahaha - it is four 'six by six' laid in a square with a box spring and mattress thrown on top)) - so i have to get a lot done tomorrow - period.

after "work" there was a reception at the Legion where the federal conservative candidate announced he is running again - and a big name Tory came down from Ottawa to add ooomph to the announcment - Stockwell Day - ive been to a few of these things now and it's always fun to see people get all excited and gushy - Stockwell is quite famous as he was the conservative leader for a while and during one campaign he made his entrance to a rally on a sea doo - in a wet suit - too cheesy by half

today's foto - reflections of the fishplant next door to us
the scene nicole was looking at all day

going to sleep now - okay mom?
Good sonny boy as it sounds like you need to catch up on some rest. Have a fun weekend.
I'm still working on my favorite places that I have slept--starting with my grandma Andrade's house where before bedtime she would give us steaming mugs of hot very strong homemade red wine with cinammon and sugar.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
what a wonderful picture!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
lramiro520 11 years ago
Love the reflection photo! And I like the use of your new word, "fen shui-ify"...lol! I've always enjoyed making up new words like "funktify" (verb- to make funky). Apparently, the planet/term "pluto" has just been named "word of the year" by the American Dialect Society!

The Other Side Of The Fence
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
@ La M - that's my kind of gran'ma!
Thanks Sunshinecity and Iramiro
i really dont know the first thing abut feng shui LOL - but i made it comfy and liveable and sweet :P
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
Day 24, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007
White and black
carved in snow

Not a very original title - im empty of original right now - today was a business kind of day - first off i slept late again - it doesnt matter to anyone else but me really - i like to be ahead of the day rather than chasing its tail all the time :(

so when i arrived at work Liz reminded me our submissions for the Community newspaper awards had to leave by courier at 10:30 - it was 10:05 and I hadn't even started - ooops - had that all together by noon exactly and the courier will take them tomorrow :}

then i got myself organized - made appt's all over the place for tomorrow and this night just past - i also called the young reporter who worked this area and lost his job yesterday - i only met him once in the three months they were around but i just wanted to let him know he was doing some good stuff and wish him luck whereever he ends up - course the good news is he gets two months severance pay - jeeez- how can i get laid off?

tonight i took a pretty fun picture of some minor hockey players - i had just spent a 1/2 an hour in the dressing room with three kids picked by the coach - trying to get a shot of them putting on and checking out and being excited by the new jerseys - a total loss -

so i came out to see if i could get some good shots of the kids falling down on the ice but these keeners were still waiting for the zamboni to finish and they started mugging for me without me saying a word - just pointed the camera and started clicking - then i said just a sec and climbed up the bleachers to get this shot and they started going crazy again - woot

on the way out of the rink i ran into "grand chief" xxx xxxx and heard all about his illegal hunting trial - scoop for me - it has gone to federal jurisdiction and xxxx will be prosecuting it, confirming the rumours everyone heard this week - i confirmed it first - xxxx cant get a lawyer to take his case - the rink is the place to go for info - let me tell you

then to cover the senior boys bball game - the weirdest thing happened - the annapolis team is fantastic - they are so hungry for the ball and so athletic and they just never give up - they come at ya and at ya and at ya and at ya - actually i dont know if i ever ever saw a team in any sport in any league at any level play with that much intensity for a whole game - it was incredible - but they have no sense of measure - no compassion - not a drop of sportsmanship - they were like a machine - i wouldnt have held that against them too much - they are very good at winning - but but but

the coach had only made maybe two subs all game - but with a minute to go and up by 20 points, he took his whole team off the floor, put in a line of subs and then he and his starters went in the locker room until the buzzzer sounded - WTF?

i was too blown away and didnt think to chase him down but tomorrow im putting in a call to the school to find out what the hell that was all about? is there a place for that kind of crap in high school sport - i for one dont think so

breathing in - breathing out - breathing in - breathing out - they were a very exciting, talented and hard-working group of ball players though

back to the office and wandered out the wharf (having missed another bright sunny day of photo taking grrr) my first walk out yielded crap but then a light snow squall blew over and i noticed the snow had covered the ronald m - long story here - she was orginally a scallop dragger but then it is rumoured the fellow who bought was using her to smuggle drugs - whatever happened he's in jail and she's on the bottom of the harbour - she was still floating when i got here but u could by the taut lines at low tide that she was taking on water - i guess the Caost guard pumped her out twice or more but not enough times - one morning she was under water and there she lies the last seven months - no one responsibilty - that is a real long story that i am not going into - anyway every day at high tide the ronald m disappears and at low tide reappears - she was white when she first went down but she has since turnded a pretty sickly green - because the snow squall just happened to coincide with low tide she is white again - why wont that happen during the day ever?

i am tired of taking my daily photo at night - very tired - it aint happening no more, period

LOL gnight
AliThinks 11 years ago
It's a lovely photo.
Samrag 11 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

Your text is fantastic as usual, and makes one think. I thought all these couches in American films were just made-up - but clearly they do exist... everywhere...hhhhmm

The photo of the boat is like a photo of miniature..

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
humorous cats [deleted] 11 years ago
minituare yes! enjoyed your coverage of sports. any pics of the bball game?

blow/up diary
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I know you write for your bread , but man, I love reading your thread! I'm not sure what I'm visiting for anymore--for you photos or the accompanying text!
Would dig a shot of the Ronald M during the day, in all its sickly glory!
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
thanks ali :) - i joined this and decided to take outdoor photos as i way to push myself to get out more often - the way you sign up for a running race to make sure you get out and run every day - and while it has helped push me to spend my free time outside, i havent made enough time in my day to get out and do it (as opposed to 11:30 pm - OMG take a photo quick) - it's a work in progress but that's where im headed :)-
i will say that the daily exercise of looking - searching for a photo must be helping me - forcing my mind to open up to possibilities - im excited about what that discipline will make of my photography -

@samrag - that's coach heehee - i was trying to think what you meant abuot couches lying all over the place in America - hheeeheee - this guy really is a special case so i hear

@blowup - no photos of bball game - my co-reporter DeMings has a much better set up than me and lately he does the shots and i do the writing - i havent much success with my camera when it comes to sports: .... yet

@ebliflindas - bread. thread.
im not sure what i visit for
do i like text or fotos more
give's a shot of 'M in the day
green and gunky in all her gloray
here she is as the green begins to grow in October
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Nice flow, bro
Jus' thought I'd letcha know.

Samrag 11 years ago
Damn... gotta love my English sometime!!!!
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
hey samrag - no worries you know my Íslenska is hroðalegur

ebilflindas is a poet
and we didnt know it
I love the boat. It looks like a toy in a child's bath.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
thanks LA M - i hadnt seen it that way but i see what you guys are talking about - haha - funny i think
barb howe 11 years ago
Half sunk boats terrify me. I remember seeing a boat that sunk at it's dock. It was still tied up at the front so that the bow was sticking out but the stern was under water. I don't know it's just very disconcerting to see the water be where it's not supposed to be. Scary. I don't like it.

--barb (daily photo diary)
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
Day 25, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007

interesting day really, only I wish it happened say two days ago - i set up meetings for three stories in Bear River which is only 10 minutes out of town but like entering another world - they call it the Switzerland of Nova Scotia - very hilly and lots of hidden gullies and brooks tumbling everywhere - i had planned to get some photos for the diary today but... we'll get to that :P

first stop was bob benson and his wife - she offered me my choice of tea or coffee and actually brought the coffee to me on a little tray with a creamer and sugar bowl (it is unkind of me perhaps to say that i think they knew that the judge is my grandfather - he lives just above them -they live on the river road and he lives on the riverview road :) anyway it was a very nice and warm touch of hospitality - she even came back in the room after i'd had a few slurps and asked if it was too strong - my regret was that i was just about to tell her how good it was but was too slow and she asked me before i could offer it

bob and i talked about hiking trails and then he took for me a drive all over the area - i thought i had been on all the roads in Bear River but he showed me my ignornce and then some - even pointed out the way to a set of waterfalls - yeehaw - im glad we couldnt get up the road to them because of the snow cause now i can go and "discover" them some day -

next stop "downtown" bear river to talk about a village wide play they are doing this summer - the province just gave them $20,000 for the script and costumes and advertising etc etc - this is today's photo - it was so fun to have a set of models to play with - i did get them to dance for a few but i really liked the tension and drama of this one - i had to do just a little photoshop to get rid of some annoying 2007 xmas lights :(
next stop the community store to talk about a plebiscite - i had read in the provincial paper that the community would be voting on whether to allow the store to sell alcohol - we never had prohibtion per se in the 1920s but many communities voted to close liquor stores and bars - one of them was the Annapolis County half of Bear River (on the east side of the river).
The grocery store is in Digby County and on the west - he has applied for an "agency" to sell alcohol in his store but the plebiscite is about something else entirely - gasp, the other papers were wrong hahaha

The plebscite is for a winery on the east side - so i go to the house of the farmer who wants to sell wine and he lets me in somewhat hesitantly - makes me wait while he finishes a phone call then takes another and after i've been there ten minutes tells me he doesnt want to talk to the media - well geez - he is a cocky "i dont care if im rude - im me" kind of guy - so i left there shaking my head

ok to be honest my blood was boiling - it shouldnt have bothered me and im totally over it - i gave him a chance to hav some input, he didnt want to play - no biggee - but when i left i was spinning and drove right out of bear river before i remembered i wanted to do some walking - called chris instead and we met for lunch - he is still in a bad place about her so it was good i called - we talked about that and i forgot about "jerkface" LOL

had a nap on the floor of my office for about 45 minutes - nicole didnt even know i was there whch was good cause she would not have let me sleep for a second - and then i set off again - this time for culloden where the electricity is not up to snuff and is blowing up TV's and microwaves - talked three families up there and then rushed back to digby... to talk to the chair of the relay for life - a cancer fundraiser - she has never talked to anyone about her cancer (great !thanks for picking me LOL)
she had a pile of surgeries from 16 to 21 but now at 47 she is (knock on wood) healthy and "still here" - so we were both on the verge of tears the whole time - her story reminded me of course of my sister who died at 34 of cervical cancer and left four kids motherless - i have been in this position a few times now - interviewing cancer survivors - and it does get it easier - it rips the heart out of me everytime but it gets easier to hide it is all - the tricky part is you dont want to be some cold rude machine interviewing her - mining her for info - but if you let yourself go too far man it wants to all come bubbling up - ack - luckily my pen was quite noisy LOL and i was able to focus on how silly the pen was

i will cry for sure when i write that one - it's a given :)

out for a run after that and now to start writing - LOL - wont be seeing jony tomorrow - sposed to get a dump of snow - but hopefully i can get out on saturday -

todays photo
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.
I feel that often in my work - not cynical but just dealing with so many "realities" - i let myself get too serious about the wine maker - if i had seen it as more of a game, i m sure we both could have been happy iinstead of me leaving in a funk - fun day really - and u win some, u lose some
(P.S. - i talked to the coach who left the game early yesterday - glad i did cause he had a whole other side of the story to tell - still dont agree with what he did - he says he was upset and scared of the official who was picking on his team - and that the referee had done it before - ??)
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Damn referees, always pickin' on the couches!
(just teasin' ya, Sam!)
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
haha barb
didnt mean to scare ya - this boat would be the scariest because of the way it "sinks" and "resinks" every day - ooo - ooo ooo ooou

im just the opposite - i love to climb on them and swm in them - i was always the kid under the upside down canoe who didnt want to leave
i remembr before i could swim, we were staying at a campsite with a big rope swing over a river - i dont know if my parents even knew what we were up to - i never thought of that all these years til now - haha - anyway, we told the adults who were using the rope swing"of course we can swim" my brother and i - well everytime we'd swing out and swing back to shore and jump off - no prob
until i fell i off midstream and fooey (my name for my brother) says calmly to some lady - Hmm, he cant swim you know
i was just sitting on bottom looking around - i remember seeing a big tree branch and rocks and stuff and then i saw the lady's legs come splashing into the water - i never thought for a second about panicking hahaha - today i respect the water but ive never been afraid of it - im afraid of "things" like eels or "monsters" under the water IF im barefoot but if i have sneakers on im cool LOL
thats enough from me - sorry again to scare you LOL
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
too long for me to read !
I must confess
but I still come and chekc you out from time to time
with pleasure

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
too long? - yes i get that a lot
dda1605 11 years ago
great pic. on the 23rd
What is the history of the place, why is it called "jew cove"

(Didier 2007 )
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
@dda 1605 - my grandfather tells me that right here next door somewhere to my office on the Idiot's Loop a shopowner had a store - he was jewish - i forget his name - damn - and my grandfather wasn't allowed down this end of town (near the docks) and he says he and is friends would sneak down to the "Jew's store and creep in just a trembling," hold out their money, get their candy and run away - he retells it as one of the great adventures of his childhood - it was known as Jew Cove because the store was down here
(not so much anymore - people call it the marina or town centre now)
in fact my grandfather thinks my paper should run a contest asking kids to find out from their grandparents what all the old place names refer too = i think we will when he gets back from down south...
Samrag 11 years ago
You know guys ... I could go and edit this couch coach thing... but that would just ruin the fun - so just keep making fun... Sam the Icelandic Viking will be back with revenge =)

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
yeah, me too -- i need the cliff notes version... i'm at work -- i'm gonna get in trouble reading all that, love the photo -- the saw.... gotta love the saw.... by the way, what i read is interesting, I just need a synopsis.... again, i think it's the adult ADD thing.... just my two cents :-)
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
dont get yourself in trouble BG - i havenet time to read anyone's this week short or long - there will be no cliff notes version here sorry - enjoy what you can and let go the rest - thanks for stopping by
more time in the bath and less on flickr would do us all some good
( ;-D see i check your diary too :)

i just realized there is a coles notes version - i keep a list of smiles almost daily - it is just the smiles -
I am so saddened by your sister's death. I lost my eldest sister about 2 years ago and I still haven't recovered from that.
Let us toast their wonderful lives and great courage.
( A Gypsy Outdoors)

And p.s. I read every word--not too long for me. I find it fascinating.
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
Jennifer my sister was so incredibly courageous. The day before she died they tell me she asked my sister and brother i think... Ill have to ask jacqui - to wheel her up to the roof and she sat out there in the sun for a few hours and smiled -
thanks La M- to our sisters
you've suffered some heavy losses - strength :)
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
Day 26, Friday, Jan. 26, 2007
Skyful of gulls

The sky did all of a sudden fill up today - with a huge thick cloud of fog and then a gigantic flock of gulls - they werent even being noisy - id put them at 600 or more. You ll probably want to see it on Large - not because of any great detail but just to sure what you are looking at - I was going to use this photo today until i remembered i took it from my office window and thus it does not qualify - the duck was standing on a submerged pylon while he preened himself -
writing all day - and answering calls - i like the day after ive been out and around - it's like the visits cause ripples and the world starts moving - i know Nova Scotia Power is hopping - they will have a crew working in Culloden before i can get my story to print... which is fine - whatever it takes - phone always rings all day friday - the judge called a 1/2 dozen times and missed me every time :(
i guess someone decided this was my week to cry - the Digby Adult Learning Association wanted to show me and their board what the students have been learning about the holocaust - if you want to cry too look for a book called "And I never saw another butterfly" - it is poetry and art recovered from the Terezin Concentration Camp near Prague.

From there i literally ran to the high school to judge student art about the dangers of smoking - i got to interview some kids and man - someone needs to help these kids - tobacco companies make me mad like nothing else inthe world - these were 14 and 15 year old kids -addicted to smoking - and one girl told me it is too hard to quit when all of her friends are smoking ... but one girl (and her name was Jennifer :) has quit for four weeks now - she said she eats more but she doesnt stink anymore LOL

so it aint all so bad - life is pretty good - i like it rich -
msspider66 11 years ago
I love your pic. Isn't it a bit strange and scary when the sky suddenly fills with birds?

[Ms Spider66]
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
yeah - i guess that's why the romans and greeks etc used to prescribe omens to them eh?
i cooulndt explain why so many today - hmm, if i were a roman priest what would i say? - the birds foretell the coming of a great army delivering bread and flowers and sunhats - definitely sunhats :)
Samrag 11 years ago
Love the photo.... gets a STAR Star
But I am unable to view it in large... not offered when you look at it!

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Same here--can't see it large. If you want it so that people can see it large you can use this toy;


I once sat at Elkhorn Slough while thousands of elegant terns flew above my head all whirling about and crying loud. I could feel the motion of their wings. I didn't find it at all scary but instead quite thrilling and memorable.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Oh my. Reminds me of the time a couple of weeks ago when we saw hundreds of buzzards circling in the sky. I thought there must have been a decomposing body somewhere, but Allan thought they were just waiting for a place to roost. It was late afternoon.

But wow, your photo is just excellent.

~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Oh, I love the birds... Nice one!

Erica Day by Day 2007
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
I add my congrats on this photo - it is not often when gulls are quiet ! Very nice contrast on the docks.

CollardGreens: Oops

If the night didn't lie in the darkness then the daylight would be too hard to find - Lyle Lovett
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
@samrag - thanks for the star - fixed the large thing i hope
@LA M thousands - wow - ths was the biggest flcok oif anything i ever saw i thnk - i think bad weather drove in a flock from the "outside" which normally doesnthappen - usually they head farther out...
@Ali - buzzards - crazy - i saw a couple hundred broad winged hawks in what they call a "kettle" this fall - long story and if iever get it written ill post it in diary fo sure
thanks magpie annd LBT
@greens - 2 things they were quite high up and the wind was off shore LOL

im away for the weekend and no way to upload fotos - later yall
Well, I didn't stop to count but you can see the photo I too of a small part of them whirling around at

So, I am eager to see the new photographs when you return. Have a great time.
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
humorous cats [deleted] 11 years ago
love this pic of the sky filling up with gulls. at first i thought it was noise n the film, which did not detract from it, but when i looked closer -- particularly at the ones near the top left hand corner -- I could see what they were.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
hey blowup - i thought it was armageddon when i first saw it !
i snapped a lot of shots but was no where as successful as Gypsy was at showing the vast number of birds and detail at the same time - still it works for me tooo - thanks

hey G - that is a great shot - i didnt disbeleive the 1000s - i was just amazed - that's a lot of birds !!
Hey some of us will miss you while your gone; but have a great time and take lots of photos.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
im back :D
just sorting out photos - i didnt take that many - i slept and told stories and listened and laughed - posting in progress :P
lramiro520 11 years ago
Wow...now that's a lotta birds...and a very beautiful winter shot.

The Other Side Of The Fence
Well, get on it guy.
Excuse me Mr Space Cadet but you just posted your day's journal entry on my page. Did you mean to do that?


( A Gypsy Outdoors)
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
Day... uh what day are we on, I've been away ... oh yeah...
This photo is
Day 27, Saturday, Jan. 27
My boy

[this space here is where my photo and text somehow erased themselves - but i think im on track now]

And Gypsy - i saw my mistake as soon as i made it and erased it right away so you must have pounced right on there - this is what happens to me when i take a break - i lose my grip - exciting isnt it LOL
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
ackkkk - ths is driving me nuts
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
Day 27, Saturday, Jan. 27
My boy

My son

He signs letters and cards and presents to me with "The Boy." He was ral nice about this photo - I told him I needed an outdoor shot and at 10:30 at night or something he put on his shoes and let me take this - one snap was all gave me - so it's out of focus, poorly composed and the smile is hardly enthusiastic - but it's my boy.

We didnt get up to too much - he had to study for his organic chem exam and i wrote a few stories - but then millions of little wonderful things happen when we are together

we watched fearless - jony's pic but he feel asleep not very far into it and the next day i inadvertently ruined it when i casually blurt out - "it's too bad they poison him" LOL oh boy

too much living to even stat to write it all down

(Jony was not so cooperative on sunday)

there gypsy - it's done - i hope - knock on wood
only two more days to do :P
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
Day 28, Sunday, Jan. 28
city lights

Sunday Jony and I just chilled - i kept suggesting a walk or explore or a drive - I thought he might like to go out to Lawrencetown to watch the surfers - but no - we read, we wrote, we sang a few songs - we play boxed, and tickled and then it was time to hit the road again - i got gas in enfield and let him drive from there - thinking it would be relaxing - nope - it reminded me of the time i was driving him and his mother back to tata from my mom's house in b'water after xmas or something - i was wiped by truro and asked lisa to "take a trick at the wheel" - i woke up in north river, five minutes past truro, - lisa snoring and the car over the yellow line and headed for the ditch.
"Im awake now dear. ill drive from here."

jony isnt used to the standard and my gear cable is getting way tight - so yeah - i was AWAKE the whole drive - people talk about mondays - we dont really have them in this job - but for me the worst day of the week is the day i drop jony off - it is yucky - at least now i know it is coming - i know im not gonna like it - it used to creep into and ruin the weeknd - now i keep it at bay - and on the drive home i stop in everywhere and visit and distract myself - .........................................

it was nice to be with him though - i live so alone im not used to all the physical contact - that's the way we brought him up - he hangs on me, falls asleep on me, punches me, pushes me, hugs me and is it ever hard to get used to - i dont flinch or push him away but the whole time im thinking about the first glass of water when you've been in the desert for months LOL

so i went for a drive with rob when i got back to dartmouth and took this foto of halifax - in a hurry cause rob was waiting - i want to go back and do it right another calm night....

but still this shot speaks to me - the city is dazzling when you've been in digby all this time - even the selection in the shops, the pastries at the bakery - and wouldnt i love to be downtown hfx drinking beer and listening to some tunes at the Auld Triangle ,,, or Rogues Roost -
and tomorrow's photo i know will show the same skyline but in daylight...
AliThinks 11 years ago
I'm smiling at your last two photos and their "explanations."

Thank you for sharing this bit of your life with us. It makes me feel a bit less alone (as a non-custodial parent), and it gives me hope for the future, because my children are younger than your son is. I hope that one day they will live with me, and I just have to say that this all has nothing to do with my parental skills. It's just a choice that was made based on what was best for the kids.


Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
Day 29, Monday, Jan. 29
A path


saw rob and shel and the boys off to work - dayad this is bayad - and learned all about shel's new job - great news for her

went for a run down along the dartmouth waterfront - for so long i have wanted to see what was between the ferry terminal and the bridge - not a secret or hidden but it was just a blank spot on my map - found lots including this path leading out an old abandoned pier - a wonderful picnic spot - man - right in the middle of the city but a million miles away -
also found a ship wreck right under the bridge, a colourful pile of metal junk, a few rusty submarines , and a pile of rusty metal that may once have been a ship.

all today's photos were taken with rob and shel's little 2 MP point and shoot - i cant wait to back to that spot on a sunny day with my slightly less crappy camera and see what i can get - but it is a long year aint it

stopped at mom's on way home - and had supper and visited grammie - mom gave me an xmas present she says she bought two years ago - a big numbered print of sunflowers - beautiful - and a cast iron fry pan and dish for the oven - all is well there - even grammie looked good and bright

long drive home - here we go again
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
@ alismiles - no words - only strength!
i just have faith in our bond - and it's a real big lesson - learning to trust that to snap him back to me no matter how far away he seems to be stretching
AliThinks 11 years ago
I can't express how much those words mean to me. Thanks.

Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
Day 30, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007

red curve

I love bridges - love crossing bridges - I first was conscious of it when i moved from Wentworth to Halifax - crossing the McaKay bridge (the new one) with everything i owned in the back of my little ford ranger, the city lights all laid out and sparkling before me, i knew i was fully aware of starting something new- i moved there to work the last few months before going back to university - at 34 - oh to be 34 again LOL

i have always loved this bridge over bear river - it always held a fascination for me and a sense of joy - even before i knew Digby was my birthplace and the strange great aunt and uncle we visited there were really my grandparents - now the sense of arriving home when i get this bridge is overwhelming everytime

this was my first time down here under the bridge - i wanted to wait until the steep road was completely snow covered and iced up - joke - but it was and yet today was the day for visiting here - not a picnic spot im sorry, but a thrilling place to take people for a look and a gawk and maybe a stroll - the place has a strong energy (the river mouth, the bridges) but i dont fancy eating under the highway so much

immediately as i was taking these photos i was thinking about how we all have an idea where our lives are headed, but the future stays just out of sight, just around the bend - it's exciting really - i love that feeling of centrifugal force as you swing round a curve - change - energy - pull - it is so exciting

at least that's how i feel today, on a ho-hum tuesday (which is more like everyone else's monday)
" i was thinking about how we all have an idea where our lives are headed, "

Golly, I still don't even know what I want to be when I grow up. :P
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
exactly - you know that tomorrow AM you're going to the gym then to prune something but two weeks? three months? next year? when you grow up?
whooo - what is around that bend?
lramiro520 11 years ago
interesting how you compare bridges/curves to the future. i often take the curves a bit more quickly than i feel comfortable...feels out of control. kind of like my current state of confusion over what i really want to do with my life...

a very nice entry you've written.

The Other Side Of The Fence
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
thanks iramiro - i think (La maquisade pointed out) no one knows where they're going - but people have different levels of comfort with that feeling -me i'll take a heaping spoon of curveball please
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Man, I love visiting you diary!!!
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Man, I love visiting your diary!!!
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
AliThinks 11 years ago
Wow, I love this photo and the analogy that goes with it.

barb howe 11 years ago
yeah ditto what Ali said! I like the lines and curves of the photo and it's a great analogy for life!
--barb (daily photo diary)
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
@ebilflindas - your love is worth twice of anyone else's
@ebilflindas - your love is worth twice of anyone else's
@ebilflindas - hell,, it's worth three times anyone else's

@ebilflindas - thanks :)

thanks Aliloves, thanks LWG - curves - hmmmmm :)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Streakin' ,,,Florida,,,yeah stickin to it ! Could have been thought of first in the colder climes but it took a sweaty hot 100% humid 90F day to get the job done ! Who really knows? I do remember many a traffic light wait for 20-30 nekkid types to traverse the intersection. Of note - as the asphalt was very hot, most would be in tennis shoes !

Oh yeah - I like bridges too. Your last photo is great because rail next to it. Gonna go down south of here and get a set from the big one in Fr one day. Agree - life is a set of bridges that move us from here to there normally with twists and turns unknown.

CollardGreens: Oops
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
Day 31, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007


Bogged down in details all day - accomplished nothing - sad because this happens too often - a whole day wasted on niggley little things -

last night i officially offered to join the fire dept, was interviewed, and outfitted with all the gear - jacket pants boots helmet (we use a euro style helmet here) gloves and the pager - the hall will vote on my membership next tuesday

chris called and im heading over for nachos and beer - hopefully that sweet combo will lift me out of this details funk - man you can see it in the photos i took today - head down looking at details - almost all of them coould have gone BnW - weird - i feel weird

well i guess ill finish my to do list for the week and then get me some nachos LOL
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
Day 32, Friday, Feb. 1, 2007
WEEEEooooooo - smush bang


Went for my first call with the fire department today - the pager they gave me does not work but i heard the horn at the hall and ran across the street, up the snow covered (ex-railway) embankment to the station

deputy chief cleveland was there and told me grab my gear and jump in the van - turns out i was fourth in to the hall after the driver richard and ben and the priest wayne - i've always loved putting on gear and this was no exception - bouncing around in the back of a speeding fire truck, siren blaring, horn blasting a few times -

thankfully no one was hurt too bad - looked way worse than it ended up - the boys were reeking of beer - didnt stop when the cars in front of them signalled to turn left - a dog in the back of the tracker just sat in the car the whole time and finally had to be led away by police - good introduction - the police who know me as the local reporter were making fun of me for impersonating a firefighter - i told them i had one of their uniforms at home too

lots of writing to do tonight - over to chris' for supper again tonight - nachos last night, tonight fajitas - and tomorrow he leaves for mexico - ves un patron?

jony tells me he was swimming with his friends again today - that's my boy :)
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Oh, I missed your journal for a while somehow... I want to third what Ali said. Your entry below makes the photo even better. Love the red in contrast to the white...

Erica Day by Day 2007
girlzoot PRO 11 years ago
Particularly fond of the dog in the shot with the dark coated onlooker so prevalent in to foreground.

Very striking.

Girlzoot Gadding About
Samrag 11 years ago
Gosh... who are you!!! You get to travel in the strangest circles... I know I know, haven't been reading last few days - sorry... will at some point read all your days - they should be collected and published!

Glad to hear that the boys were alright - lets hope that they learned something from this!

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
@magpie - thanks - there might have been a little bit of subtle PS :) not to be confused with BS ;)
@girlzoot - yeh now that u mention it the big man/little dog does create a whole drama for the eye - i had tried to crop him out but couldnt and i was only thinking "he adds a bit of the onlookers"
@sam - i could tell u who i really am, but then i'd have to kill you ;D
i called them "boys" but i shouldn't have - they were in thier 50s or more id guess - i guess i used boys in a judgemental way - i think the judge will have some lessons for them... here's hoping
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
just a random thought and no photo yet but i wanted to get this down:

it is just a question of appetite and mine is huge
breathe in the bad, out with the good

sometimes my eyes are bigger than my stomach i guess
or is it that i panic once i really bit into the good ( i mean BAD) stuff

well it makes sense to me, and ill make more sense with it tonight
barb howe 11 years ago
hmmm... in with the bad and out with the good? like a fern that soaks up all the lead and heavy metals in the soil and leaves the ground cleaner. like a bodhisattva (sp?) someone who's reached enlightenment but stays back to help others get there too. It's a nice thought! good luck on that! :-)
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
Day 33, Friday, Feb. 2, 2007
Look what i found today


do they look to you like three people sleeping under blankets of white?
stumbled on these today - sort of by accident - here's how it worked - it was 3:15 pm - id been pounding on the keyboard all day with the phone held to my ear and i needed out for a breather - i thought maybe id drive out the lighthouse and see what the rocks looked like under all this snow - never got there

saw a family playing hockey on a pond and stopped to shoot them, then i saw the ferry leaving and thought a few photos of her passing through the gut 'd be nice - i was driving a little faster than i liked over an iced up dirt road and then i had to jump out and boot 'er down the beach to get ahead of the boat - she goes at 24 knots so you know i was moving - over a cobble beach !!

from there i thought id just expore the shore a little - i d heard there were cannons along here somewhere but i figured they were in the other direction - i only climbed up the bank cause i wanted a better view along the shore and then bam - i should be sad to see them rusting away there in the woods but i was so excited to have found them - ill get upset here in a few days when i have time and raise a fuss LOL

not a bad day - all business - oh boy - and tonight a hockey game in clare - excting rink because the Acadiens (Nova Scotian French) are loud and passionate about their hockey - plus we are nearby rivals so the rink is full and rocking when we visit - then more writing - but im hoping to have some down time this weekend - we'll see

gotta go run before the game - gnight
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
giant chess pieces....
I know what you mean about wanting to consume life--taking if in at huge gulps without discrimination.

Your photo reminds me of an incident from my past. Details to follow; but today my whole body hurts because I have a stiff neck and sore shoulders. Too much pruning perhaps or too much falling in my past.
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
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