Author Archives: _Don

The First Lighting Gig

The first time I ran a lighting board with a well known comedian.
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Stage Crew: The Beginning

People ask how I got into volunteering with the stage crew. It was never something I’d considered, until on day a work colleague, who was a sound technician/volunteer, said it would be something I would be interested in, and they … Continue reading

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All the worlds a volunteer stage

I’ve been volunteering at a local theatre for thirteen years. The theatre is owned and operated by the City of Ottawa, and for the most part, is a volunteer organization. There are paid staff that take care of things and … Continue reading

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Powerful sunshine and solar panels

We had our first real snowfall of 2021, and winter really. Its a testament to climate change that here in Ottawa we can get to mid-January before any significant snow and still not be very cold. When I moved here … Continue reading

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Fall photos

What is it about autumn, trees and the need to take pictures of the leaves? The event happens every year without fail, yet people continually take and post photos of the leaves. I do too. Or at least, I thought … Continue reading

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Hip shots

As I usually preface, Ottawa is far from a hotbed of railroad activity, and when the chance comes to see a train, I go for it. With the local line near my house, I can hear the local freight run … Continue reading

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The result

As mentioned in the previous post (yes, its been a while to follow up), I was waiting on some trains in Brockville. While waiting, railfans who knew more than me, probably because they had scanners, showed up to wait on … Continue reading

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Waiting…

I recently purchased a new-to-me (used) car. A Volkswagen 2014 Jetta TDI. My previous Jetta was in slow decline, and as I needed new winter and summer tires going forward, it was time to look for something new. Of course, … Continue reading

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May flowers

As the warm weather arrives, that means it’s time to start planting. Some flowers and veg are scarce, due to the pandemic and people just plain hoarding things (formerly toilet paper, victory gardens are the thing now). We did get … Continue reading

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New kids in town

Ahhh spring. And with it comes warm weather and little creatures from their burrows. Here in Barrhaven, in the ‘burbs of Ottawa, there are many rabbits in the area. Over the winter there were three that frequented our backyard, to … Continue reading

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