Victoria BC - July 3-6, 2014
Highlight of the trip to Victoria BC was to listen to music being made by a group of talented budding artists.
Nikhil Ghosh, Palo Alto, CA, trombone, tenor
Cyrus Bhiladvala, Victoria BC, alto sax
Simon Farintosh, Victoria BC, guitar
Rowan Farintosh, Victoria BC, tenor sax
We were fortunate to stay with Rustom and Kamal Bhiladvala, parents of Cyrus.
On July 4th we drove to Bastion Square, downtown Victoria. The boys took out their instruments and began busking to the pleasure of passers by. It was a bright afternoon, full of shoppers and sightseers.
The afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel continues to be popular with visitors. Not many locals go to have tea at close to $60.00 (Canadian) per person.
Meantime, the young musicians had warmed up and the sound of jazz filled the air. They were rewarded fairly well. But more than the collection it was the pleasure of performing in public that energized them. Good vibrations. More power to them.
Simon Farintosh, who graduated from high school, is going to pursue musical studies in college.
Labels: Bastion Square, Buskers, Empress Hotel, Jazz, July 4th, Victoria BC
A recent day at Henry Hagg Lake, about 25 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon, drove home the point that when it comes to leaving a mess behind the Oregonians are no better than those who fish in California.
Found discarded water and beer bottles, food containers, plastic bags, and fishing tackles. You wonder about the state of their homes. But perhaps they believe in the right to leave garbage in public places and keep their homes clean.
What makes them turn a nice cove into a garbage dump and go home at the end of the day without giving a damn about others is a mystery. Posted signs "Pack It In - Pack It Out" are very visible. Perhaps they cannot read.
Hikers and backpackers don't do it. Bicyclists don't do it. Some picnic grounds show the effects of piggish behavior but not as much as fishing spots.
In California, apart from those who fish, commercial mushroom pickers are the only ones that leave a lot of detritus behind them.
Labels: California, Fishing, Garbage Dumping, Henry Hagg Lake, Oregon