F 1 D 0 -- 2001 12 30 at 10 30 > So, exactly what do you do on your vacation besides > walk around a lake and make tapioca? Let me see. I try to exercise each day. I've bought an inexpensive membership to the Canada Games Centre, also called "The Rec". To buy a year costs 450.00, but to get a month cost me 29.00 - I like that. I bicycle. I'm one of four or five people in this city doing that. The roads are great. The streets are safe. The frozen air is not a treat. I shop. I like small over big, so I don't choose to head to the big malls with Future Shop, Sears, Chapters. (more on this later, tho). Often I buy things that I don't really need, just because I like the experience of buying small things. I cook. I try to cook every day, and this place affords me opportunities to do that. I'm staying with a Vegetarian, and so making things with meat has been a problem. I crave it, but if I want to have eating company, I can't even use powdered chicken noodle soup, as it has too much chicken in it. I meet new people. This takes the form of nightly parties and dinner dates. It seems I have been invited to one thing or another almost each night here. We rarely get back before 100am, over full and exhausted from yet another social thing. I see movies. I've seen Harry Potter again, and saw Lord of the Rings just the other day. I've been doing movies on nights we don't see people. I do coffee. This is hard, as I choose Starbucks as a coffee place. The only one in Thunder Bay is in Chapters, and that is right in the heart of the big stores with big suburban parking lots. Not particularily close by for me, so I cannot just up and go get a nice coffee. I map. My hostess likes to help me by taking me around in her truck. I prefer a slower pace. For me to Map, I like to wander around a place I've not been, camera in hand. I guess part of the experience is seeing it with new eyes. When I first catch sight of something, I want to record it as special. Mapping is probably not the right word, but it covers how the town changes from foreign to personal. Once a place has been effectively mapped, then it is mine forever, and I'll always be comfortable there. But there is more to it, really. What I want to see is sunshine. Sun on buildings, sun on trees, sun on people. Oh, I can cope with days sans sun, but the camera's job is to find a nice mix between sunshine and shadows cast. I think. I sleep in. Today was an exception. Normally, I rarely rise before 1100am, and when I do, it is rarely before 930am. Today I woke at 730am, and it was desolate outside, but I saw the sky change with time. It is like watching a sunrise, without actually looking for the sun. I read. I've been doing mostly comic stuff. I've done two books of Calvin and Hobbes, and just started a Dilbert. I have also been reading Diamonds, by Matthew Hart. I just got to the part where Eire Thomas has gone to see her dad. Both are diamond hunters and geologists. She's just discovered the biggest finds in recent diamond history: two pipes capable of producing 400M dollars rough. In Canada. Annually. For 20 years. Maybe. That's all I know.