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Edmonton Photo Walk Winner Announced

GreenThe World Wide Photo Walk created by Scott Kelby took place in over 73 countries around the world and included Edmonton for the 2nd time. The World Wide Photo Walk is unique in that photographers from around the world meet for a few hours on a specific day, in a city hosting the photo walk and shoot photos while the group walks a planned route of their city. The winning photograph is selected by the walk organizer for their city and then sent in as an entry for the global competition.

Edmonton photographer Darlene Hildebrandt participated in the and was selected as the this year with her image of the Gibson Block building.

My personal favorite image is Darlene’s unique view of the siding of the Shaw Conference center where the world wide photo walk began. I’ve included it here.

32,600 photographers participated in the 2nd annual World Wide Photo walk this year, so she’s got some stiff competition for the world title.

Good luck Darlene.

Beer Prices Go Down

beerThe Alberta Government reversed their 3 month old liquor tax today, which lowers the price of a 12 pack of beer by $1.30.

Nobody seems to have expected this sudden change of heart by the Stelmach government, but it’s created a lot of happy campers. Beer campers that is.

I prefer red wine, but when I do drink beer (and I do enjoy the odd pint), it’s not usually domestic. I enjoy Corona, Heineken and Alexander Keiths, the only domestic beer I drink.

When the beer prices went up in April, a Calgary reporter Peter Akman to inquire about the price of a 12 pack of Labatts Blue.

A case of beer in Alberta was selling for $24.99, second highest only to the Yukon which charges $26.90. Can you believe that?

So now we’ve dropped $1.30 a case and we’re saving a few bucks while the government loses. Maybe we’ll just roll the savings back into more beer.


Oktoberfest 2007 Edmonton

At 39 years of age, I finally attended my first Oktoberfest. I’m no longer an Oktoberfest virgin.

Edmonton Oktoberfest 2007

Darlene, myself, Paulette and Darlene’s brother in law Troy attended the Oktoberfest celebration this past Saturday night at the Shaw Conference Center. Doors opened at 6:30, but we left home at 7:30. We were wondering when they would stop serving food (how late I mean) and we risked it. It seemed that they kept serving to at least 9 PM. So if you’re wondering this yourself, I would risk it up until 9 PM for the years coming.

Music was provided by some Umpah pah band for the most part of the early evening and then David Wilcox for the rest of the night. Troy didn’t believe me that David is blind. I’m not completely sure if he’s blind, but I do know that after a show at the Edmonton Northlands Exhibition a few years ago, he had to be led off stage after his set. A guy came out, stood in front of David, put David’s hand on his shoulder and then led him off stage.

So at the end of David’s set, sure enough, a guy came out and led David off stage. Anyone have any confirmations or explanations on this?

oktoberfest Helga costume

Paulette borrowed a “Helga” outfit from a friend in Calgary and it was a big hit.

oktoberfest Edmonton Paulette and Darlene

My girlfriend Darlene and Paulette a few drinks into the evening

Edmonton Oktoberfest Rob scarey face

This has been officially named the “Coop scarey face” by Koralee Nickarz.

Paulette's Breasts

This is where the evening begins to get a bit weird. A typical photo taken by Paulette. I should do a post of “just” Paulette’s breasts. I could fill a page.

This is the only photo completely approved by Darlene for showing. The top one I like, you know, the green Oktoberfest hat, great looking girl, etc, but Dar’s not too happy with herself in it. So, the top one of Us, I like and this one is Dar approved.Is Oktoberfest a Holiday? anyone know? Or just a celebration of sausages, beer and music?Darlene approved photo

Taking The Thanksgiving Turkeys For A Walk

thanksgiving turkeys

My girlfriend Darlene is a . A good friend had asked for some shots of her, her new boyfriend and his family, so we headed off to Edmonton’s Fort Edmonton Park. We got to the location when we began to be stalked by these two Turkey’s. They just wouldn’t leave us alone, and having just read about how Turkey’s are quite dangerous and can “snap your head off”, I decided to keep our small group safe.

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