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Vacation Day 1-3: Mom’s Celebration of Life

My mom’s Celebration of life was on Saturday March 19th. We went down to White Rock on the Friday and stayed with my dad and step mom. We had an early ferry to catch and it was the only way to make it work. Our drive down was uneventful other than passing the remains of the semi truck fire. The back-end was burnt down to the frame rail and a Bobcat was scooping up cans of what ever he was hauling.

Kid Climbing
Kid Climbing

It was good to catch up with my dad but it was short as we needed to get up early to get that ferry. The ferry ride was interesting as there were a number of groups that were also headed to the celebration. On group was my brother’s old scout group whom I also know. It was good to see them as well.

The actual celebration was perfect in my views. The reading was Ecclesiastes 3.

The Purposes in God’s Timing

  1. There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven
  2. a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted
  3. a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build up
  4. a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance
  5. a time to scatter stones, and a time to gather stone; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing
  6. a time to search, and a time to give up searching; a time to keep, and a time to discard
  7. a time to tear, and a time to mend; a time to be silent, and a time to speak
  8. a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

It made me remember one of her favorite songs from when I was little. I would think that the Pete Seeger version would be the one she listened to but the Byrds one is more familiar to me.

There was a poem that I also remembered from my youth that I never thought of as a poem. I want a poster of it for my house. Anyways here it is as an image I found of Pinterest.

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There was also a beautiful eulogy that I can not possibly cover. The celebration ended with the sing with another favorite song of hers ‘The Saints go Marching in’. Overall the celebration fit my mom and she would have been happy with it.

There was a reception afterwards. Most of the people I didn’t know because they are from her life on Pender Island and that started after I was an adult and on my own. There was her scout blanket there that she had donated to the area scout house. With all the badges on it it was a living piece of history.

Scout Blanket
Scout Blanket (Click for Full Size)

We had dinner with my various family members. It was good as I haven’t seen Tony’s kids in like a decade. We talked a lot and the kids introduced Ticket to Ride to their daughter. Ian won by 2 points but there was only 6 points separating the top three players.

Church View
Church View

On the Sunday we went to church at the little Catholic Church. They have a great view on Magic Lake and with it being a small island they also knew my mom so we ended up talking after mass.

Kids on the beach
Kids on the beach

We spent some time at the house going through things. There are a couple of painting that were painted by relative like great and great great grandparents. I also grabbed my mom’s recipe box and discovered that she had my grandmother’s as well. I need to try some of those recipes.

We caught the late ferry back to the mainland and drove to a hotel in Vancouver for the next segment in our vacation.

My Trip To World Con (Daughter’s Post)

This is my daughter, Margaret’s post on her experience at Worldcon. My posts for the final two days are:

Sasquan World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Day 6 Final Day

Sasquan World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Day 5 Science

Day 1

It started with the long drive to Spokane where the convention was held. It was kind of boring but we played games like I-spy to keep us busy. We stopped for lunch at Subway on the way. We were travelling a day early because we had to take a detour around a forest fire. Still , we counted SIX forest fires on the way. Because we were travelling a day early we were in a different hotel than we would be in the rest of the vacation. We had supper in the hotel. After supper daddy went for a walk
while we played in the pool. Since I forgot my goggles I learned how to see under water. How? You wonder. First I went under water with my eyes closed. Then I made my brother do it because I was scared. I had to hold my eyelids up with my fingers to begin with. After a couple of tries I didn’t need to hold my eyelids up any more. After swimming, we went back to our hotel room and slept.

Day 2

My Ribbons
My Ribbons

Today we got our nametags and I got my first ribbon. It said “first worldcon”. I made a goal to get so many ribbons that they hang down at my feet. After that we went to “ Star Wars: Are We Hopelessly Spoiled”. It was interesting. After we went to the children’s program and made costumes for the masquerade. I made a time lord costume, Philip was a ranger and Ian was a rainbow kitty. Then we went to riverfront park. It was beautiful. We walked around. We looked at the falls and found a little kids park. The little kids park was boring. Then we went to the merry go round in the park. It went fast. It was so much fun. On the outside there was a thing that had rings at the end witch you could grab. Mommy was the only one who could get them because we(me,Philip and Ian) were on the inside. She got a few but you have to have a bronze one to get a free ride. We each had another ride but we were saving it for later. Then we went to opening ceremonies. Ian went to the children’s program. Me and Philip got to be in it. We got to listen to stories on stage. After the opening ceremonies we went to first night. We got free ice cream. Then I got another ribbon that says “first night”. Then we went to “Ook! A Welcome To Discworld Fans”. I was really excited because I had recently started reading Discworld. After that we went to choose your own apocalypse. There there were three people who sat a a table and told their apocalypse they made up. There was the cheese apocalypse,the bronie apocalypse and the weather apocalypse. My favorite was weather. Then we had supper and went back to the hotel room.

Boring Little Kids Park
Boring Little Kids Park
Giant Red Radio Flyer
Giant Red Radio Flyer

 

Day 3

Today we went to a doctor who fan fiction. It was made out of Lego and was good. It was made by a 14 year old. After the fan fiction was over there were questions. I asked which doctor he was dressed up as. After that there was a Doctor Who procession. I wore my time lord costume. There was a tenth Doctor, two eleventh Doctors, three time lords including me(not including the doctors), a fourth Doctor, a third Doctor, a twelfth Doctor( he was the same person who made the fan film) and a pink dalek (I may have miss some people that were in costumes). I had lots of fun at the procession. After I went to “Unseen University – A World Within the Discworld” although I missed some of it to go to “Logan Must Make Star Wars – PG-13” with daddy. It was funny. We then met up with mommy,Philip and Ian and went to get some lunch. While we were walking someone was yelling that there was free hamburgers and hot dogs in riverfront park. It was delicious. After lunch me, Philip and Ian went to “You Like That on Doctor Who? But How Could You Not Like This?”. It was talking about doctor who episodes that were under or over rated. We enjoyed it. Then we went to children’s program and I continued to work on my costume for a few minutes before I went to “Terry Pratchett for Kids”. I was the only kid there. It was in the children’s program. We talked for about 15 minutes and then I went back to making my costume. Then we made light sabers out of PVC piping. After I finished I went to “Docent Tour of the Discworld Exhibit”. I liked death feeding the cats and the part about Tiffany Aching. After I went to each table and asked whether they had ribbons. I got lots of ribbons. After that we had supper and went back to the hotel room.

Day 4

Kamakaze Kids
Kamakaze Kids

Today is the day of the masquerade! But first I went to “The YA Discworld novels, and Other Books by Terry Pratchett For Young People”. It was interesting. I forget what happens next but later a 1:00( the The YA Discworld novels, and Other Books by Terry Pratchett For Young People was at 10:00)I went to “Do We Live in the Marvel Universe? Marvel Conquers TV, Movies & Comics”. I was bored with that one. Then I went to children’s program to work on my costume. After we had supper and then we went back to the children’s program. We had delicious cookies, practiced how to walk on stage and then went to have our pictures taken. We were part of the kamikaze kids which means we made our entire costume here. After we had our pictures taken we walked though Smokane. It was called Smokane because it was so smoky out. There was signs on the doors saying dangerous smoke. It was not far. When we got there we waited and waited and watched the huge spider that was waiting with us and waited some more. Once we were done waiting backstage we went to side stage, lined up AND waited some more. Then they started calling us. One at a time we went up on stage. On stage we got our ribbons and went offstage. They led us up to where our parents were and watched the rest of the show. It was great. At the end when to judges went to pick there was a funny concert onstage. Then the judges came back out and told who won. After that we went back to the hotel room.

Day 5

The first thing I went to today was “The Costume Procession”. That was fun. After I went to “Magic Show”. It was funny but most of the tricks were just silly. Then I went to “Songwriting 101” though I didn’t pay much attention because I was writing a song. After I went to “Masquerade Show & Tell”. I found that very interesting. Then me and mommy had a quick lunch and then I went to “Family-Friendly Board Games”. It was interesting. I made a few comments. Mommy ask me about new to us board games we talked about. To be honest I can’t remember. Much later we went to “Carcassonne”. We have this game at home but we enjoy playing it. After we had supper and then went back to the hotel room.

Day 6

Fleeing a Dalek
Fleeing a Dalek

Another boring travelling day. Luckily we weren’t travelling until later. The first thing I went to was “Heraldry in Discworld”. It was meant for kids but I was the only kid there. It was funny. Then I went looking for a souvenir. Then I went looking for mommy and daddy. while I was looking I found Philip who was also looking for mommy and daddy. We looked in a couple of rooms. Later when we found them they were in the first 2 rooms that we looked. I got 2 souvenirs: a blue jay and a Tardis necklace. Later I went to “Kids’ Concert”. It was good. They told us that all the adults have their brain melted at this point. Then we went to “Stand Back, I’m Going to do Science!”. We got to put flowers in liquid nitrogen then smash them on the table! We also got ice cream made with liquid nitrogen and put chocolate sauce on it(real ice cream is much better). Then we drove home. It was dark by the time we got home.

Tardis Pendant
Tardis Pendant

Sasquan World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Day 2 First Night Celebrations

We moved hotels first thing in the morning. The hotel we had booked was the DoubleTree attached to the convention center. We wanted the kids to be able to return to the room if they needed. We got parked but couldn’t get our room until the afternoon.

The registration line was much bigger in the morning. Where I had just walked up to the counter in the evening, now it was a 30 minute line. We have a number of the changes we would make if we get to do this again.

Carousal
Carousel

We still had some time before everything started for the day so we went and explored the park. We walked down far enough to see the upper falls. We then walked back and came across a carousel built in 1909.

Upper Falls
Upper Falls

The first panel that I went to with the kids was one on the upcoming Star Wars movie and our expectations. It was interesting as they discussed the different expectations the kids have compared to us adults who saw it back in the 70s. Did they enter via I, II, III or IV, V, VI or the Clone Wars cartoons. They discussed for us old timers I, II, III were a disappointment because we knew the ending. There was little suspense. For example we know that Obi Wan can’t die because he dies in IV. They also discussed the changes in the DVD release to make the first three a little more PC. Han shot first!

Margaret's Hair
Margaret’s Hair

We then went and checked out the kids area. I like the way they set it up as it offered the most freedom without a lot of worries. The older kids were tagged as comets meaning that they could come and go on their own. Ian was tagged as a satellite meaning that he would be stopped if he tried to leave the room. It was by no means escape proof and they made that clear. It was also a lot of fun so really Ian didn’t want to go anywhere else.

The kids started making costumes. Unbeknownst to us a number of people helping out in the kids area were costumeers. They had a lot of knowledge that we should have made more use of early on. Still the kids had fun and it was mostly their work. Ian wanted to be a colorful cat, Margaret a Time Lady and Philip a Ranger. One of the fellows did a beautiful braid of Margaret’s hair that made a braid crown with flowers woven in.

We went to the opening ceremonies leaving Ian at the kids room. My older two kids were recruited as we sat down. I didn’t know what they were going to be doing. The ceremonies started with Native Storyteller giving a traditional blessing. From there he told three stories to his ‘grandkids’ of which two were Philip and Margaret. The stories were traditional but in the setting the fantasy elements stood out. All had a moral to them. We all enjoyed them.

They introduced the guests of honor. One was David Gerrold who among other things was the creator of Tribbles ie “Trouble with Tribbles”. One of the other guests was a NASA astronaut but his launch date got pushed back and he ended up on the ISS during the con. He appeared via video at the end of which he announced that one of David’s critters had snuck on board. He then threw a Tribble at the camera.

My Little Pony Attacks
My Little Pony Attacks

The first night celebrations were fun. First we got free Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream cones. Yummy and I haven’t one in ages. One activity was ‘Choose your own Apocalypse’. Three guests described their version of the apocalypse and we voted through a series of steps. We had Climate Change, Cheese Monsters (Think the blob made out of Cheese) and a serum that changed people into My Little Ponies (Think Zombies). The winner ended up being the ponies. Ian got to demonstrate by chasing down another kid with a balloon animal that he had from earlier.

Philip Trying On an Armour Helmet
Philip Trying On an Armour Helmet

We all enjoyed watching a group spar with medieval weapons and very heavy armor. The weapons clanked as they connected. They let the kids try some on.

Margaret Trying On an Armour Helmet
Margaret Trying On an Armour Helmet

We had a very late dinner and went to bed.

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