Oh what a beautiful morning...oh what a beautiful day, Everything's coming up roses,
Everything's going my way!
Well, off my soapbox, and onto getting dressed now and taking the dog and Tom for a walk maybe down to the seawall and the pier to see the people fishing, or off to the Library to restock my supply of reading material. I must have read 4 books this week. All Sophia Kinsella's Shopaholic, easy read books, but quite funny and entertaining. Her character in the books is such an air-head!
I'm going to add a little piece of Vancouver's sights and news to show you around the area in upcoming blogs. This first attempt is the Nine O'Clock Gun which is heard as far over as we are and it's really kind of neat. We also have and can hear from our place the first few bars of "Oh Canda" at noon. Have a look and then I'll tell you of a prank that happened.
By Lena Sin
Thursday, February 28, 2008
VANCOUUVER -- Stanley Park's historic nine-o'clock gun was back to its rightfully bronzed self Thursday morning, weeks after a prank by University of B.C. engineering students left it coated in red latex paint.
"It's the best it's looked since I've been here," said a triumphant Dennis Dooley, a groundskeeper for Brockton Point, where the gun is located.
After weeks of silence, the gun's restoration was marked with a morning blast.
At 10 a.m., Dooley used a wooden stick to carefully tap a bag of gunpowder into the newly polished cannon, then stood back as a computer triggered an electric shock to ignite an ear-deafening pop.
"Vancouver doesn't have a lot of tradition," he said. "I know we're happy to have it back just for tradition."
In early February, UBC engineering students kicked off a booze-filled week to celebrate engineering week. As dictated by tradition, the students pull off pranks and hang a red Volkswagen Beetle off a public structure every year. (This year, they chose to hang the car off the Lions Gate Bridge.)
Vancouver Parks Board chairwoman Korina Houghton said she hoped the students would show some goodwill and pony up for the cost of repairing the gun.
Dooley, who's been loading the gun every morning with a pound-and-a-half of gunpowder for the past 22 years, said he wasn't too happy when he found it swathed in red.
"The engineers have had their week and hopefully they'll think of something better to do next year and in the future," said Dooley. "It's not the first time they've picked on the gun, but hopefully it's the last time."
A bill will be sent to the students, but Dooley refused to disclose the exact amount.
He said it cost several thousand dollars to power-wash, sandblast, polish and assess the structural integrity of the bronze gun.
The gun's wooden carriage was sanded and repaired.
The gun was cast in Woolwich, England, in 1816. It was brought to Stanley Park in about 1894 and used as a 9 p.m. time signal for the public and to allow chronometers of ships in port to be set.
Miserable kids eh? What prank to paint red on that lovely brass. I'm going to attempt to put some soft music on the blog as soon as I wake up one day, with enough brains, to figure out how to do it. Let me know if you like the added feature or not.
Picture of the day: Picture of Indian carvings around the Totem Pole area of Stanley Park.
Thought of the day: There is little chance that meteorologists can solve the mysteries of weather until they gain an understanding of the mutual attraction of rain and weekends