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Happy Birthday JT

December 3, 2010

No it’s not Justin Timberlake’s birthday!

Today is my dear friend James G Thornley’s birthday! I’d like to take a few minutes to tell you about him.

He is an excellent chef and a BBQ master. Takes him forever to clean the grate though.

He loves adventure and has traveled the world.

He enjoys canning vegetables, even when he has stayed up until 4am partying the night before.

He grew up on a farm and still enjoys a good pony ride.

He's feisty though his bark is much worse then his bite.

He has more friends than anyone I know...

...ironically he will not join Facebook! ...ironically two hot birds and a Turkey.

He enjoys a good hike, here he is on a Haleakala in Maui...

...and here he is on Piestewa Peak in Arizona

He is quite the swinger!...

... incidentally he also enjoys golfing.

He and actor Michael Keaton share a similar profile.

He is thoughtful...

...and always has a rebel yell chambered and at the ready.

A few little known facts about James. He raised birmingham roller pigeons in his youth and used to show them at the PNE!. His favourite pigeon was named Bernice, sadly she was attacked by a hawk while James was training her. He was an extra on 21 Jumpstreet, Johnny Depp often stays at James home while in Vancouver!. Okay that’s not true at all, but he was on 21 Jumpstreet. He enjoys the odd pint of beer and occasionally dips into a glass of Crown Royal.

Seriously though Jamie you are truly a great friend, you have a big compassionate heart and your loyalty never waivers. You have learned to endure my close walking in the mall, my incessant arm bars and my steam rolls while on vacations.

Happy Birthday buddy!


Haleakalā Crater

April 30, 2010

Thanks to all of you who read my post about the Hana Highway yesterday. I actually made the Freshly Pressed (front page of WordPress) so thanks. Your kind comments were also appreciated, I never new a post on Hawaii would garner so much attention.

Soooo here’s another!.

These images are from the Haleakala Crater on the island of Maui. I don’t have too much to say about the crater that isn’t better explained here so I will keep it short. 8 hours of fun in the sun with a certain bottle of rum the previous day kept us from making the guidebooks suggested 4 am pilgrimage to the summit. A few observations, the air is noticeably thinner at 10,000 ft above sea level I found myself working harder to get a full breath. The silence is deafening. The temperature changes by 30 degrees from base to summit. The weather changes from minute to minute, and it’s home to a plant called the Silversword which grows only there and nowhere else on earth!

The views are stunning, it’s a worthwhile excursion but you might like to lay off the cocktails the day before you go.

Haleakala Crater


The crater is seven miles wide.

Mist rolling in.

Landscape on the accent.

One of the many hiking trails.

The view from the summit.

The one of a kind Silversword.

James looking cool.

Sugar Cane fields at the base.

Maui Wowie!!

April 22, 2010

Wowie, day two was more amazing than day one. Here are a few images from our drive to the west side of Maui.

Lahaina Boat

West Maui Mountains

Roadside beverage stand

Happy Birthday Mike “El Fuego” Johnston

April 17, 2010

Today is my good buddy Mike J’s birthday. Mike is a great guy and I’d like to tell you a little about him.

Firstly, he has an alter-ego that few people ever catch a glimpse of.

When he's not saving the planet he can sometimes be found relaxing on a mountain top in Arizona.

He's a flashy dresser...

...and a very good golfer!

He has high expectations.

He's a bit of a beach bum.

He is married to the lovely Kat...

...whom he treats like a princess.

He likes hot yoga, anywhere, anytime.

He likes the night life...

...and lounging in his crib.


Mike is one of the funniest, quick witted people I have ever met. He get’s “IT”. He is generous and hard working, he enjoys 80’s metal, traveling, golf and a splash of Crown Royal on occasion. Little known fact…Mike once appeared on the Geraldo Rivera show, true story!.

Hope your having a great day down in the dessert my friend, Happy 23rd!

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