Archive: October, 2008
Having never climbed the CN tower, I am happy to annouce that I climbed it last night as part of a United Way fundraiser. The organization of the event was horrific... and yes, I could have done better organizing it myself. I'll save my rant for now (or maybe you'll get it in another paragraph or so!). Anyway, it took me 19 minutes and 4 seconds. I was happy with that! Kim climbed it too... I'm very proud of her! And her time was great as well, at 27:20. I think my longer legs really helped me as I was taking double steps for the first 70 floors or so. Then single, then double again. If it weren't so crowded, I think I could have done better.
OK, I can't resist. Now the rant.... and you can treat this as an open letter to the organizers of the Enbridge CN Tower Climb for United Way. I have a few suggestions for you... without getting mean and pointing out areas that were obvious shortcomings in organization, I do want to mention that 3.5 hours of waiting for a 20 minute climb is a bit ridiculous! The waiting really killed the experience for me. As a first timer, I was amazed how many things haven't been figured out, which to me, are probably obvious lessons that would have been learned from previous years.
Here are 3 suggestions to implement that can make next year's experience so much better:
2. Issue time slots. When you have as many people as you have climbing, there's a massive wait. There's no reason I couldn't have shown up, registered, got my stamp, and then got issued a time card as to when to climb. If I have to wait 2 hours, that's fine... but let me wait how I decided... not standing in a line. And if you can hand out timecards before the event... even better. 3. Don't make people wait outside in the cold! This was absolutely irresponsible and got me madder than anything last night! I had to wait in my shorts and t-shirt outside in near freezing temperatures before I could enter the base of the tower. I don't think this was a problem near the start, but later on (after 8 or 8:30), you let way too many people leave Simcoe Place and the security guards at the tower were regulating the flow. It is unhealthy to freeze people like that! Your volunteers were in parkas and were shivering, holding hot coffees and teas to keep themselves warm and they were still freezing. How do you think those of us in shorts & t-shirts felt?!?!? Come on... this is easy to overcome.... the whole base of the tower was empty and the security guard could have given his "no cellphone, no camers, please don't be a terrorist" speech indoors.
There. I feel better now that I got that off my chest.
OK, time to go out for a bite to eat... I'm starvin! Later!
----- 10.22.2008 --------
Anyway, enough chatter, more pictures! I haven't been posting many lately, but it doesn't mean I haven't been taking any! I think I'll start getting a portfolio together to show off some of my better stuff and post it up at Argee Images. Anyway, lots of time to get all this stuff sorted out. For now, here is my final project from my last course. I call it "Reflections". All of the pictures were taken of the same indoor fountain in a mall.... Queens Quay Terminal, to be exact, down at the Harbourfront in Toronto. I decided to go with something a little more abstract... hope you enjoy it. Feeback is always appreciated (good or bad!), so I encourage you to email me with any comments. Thanks!
----- 10.15.2008 --------
Well, even though it's been ages since my last post and there is lots to update on, I am getting tired. A really, REALLY brief update since my last post: I saw Weezer and I saw Beck, both in seperate concerts. Photography class (Vision and Technique) has come to an end as of tonight... WOW... 7 weeks goes by fast! Saw a Raptors game last week with Tom (my previous boss and good friend). Hit up Windsor for Thanksgiving. But probably the biggest event is the fact that I asked Kim to move in with me... and she did! So far, so good. It's fun playing the decorating game with a bare-walled, new condo :)
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