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Saturday 25 February 2017

Maui Releasing The Sun

Maui Releases The Sun As They Will Not Allow Him To Take It As Part Of His Carry-On

Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
Address: 1 Keolani Pl
Date: Feb 2017
Website: hawaii.gov/ogg

  Maui is one of our favourite places in the world.  When your vacation is over and you are reluctantly departing from the Kahului Airport you can see a statue of Maui.  It is located in a small garden area just before the security check.  In Hawaiian mythology, Maui is a powerful man who is responsible for you throughly enjoying your vacation.

Maui Rises From The Ocean.

  There are many myths involving Maui, but here are two of the most popular.  The first myth has to do with the creation of the Hawaiian islands.  It is said that Maui used a special fish hook and caught the bottom of the ocean floor.  He then told his brothers to row their boat with all their might.  They rowed and rowed as hard as they could.  Behind them an island rose out of the ocean.  Maui did this several times to create the Hawaiian island chain.

Sunrise At 10000 Feet.

  Maui is also said to be responsible for the sun moving so slowly across the Hawaiian sky. His mother complained to Maui that she was unable to get anything to dry as the days were too short. Maui climbed up Haleakala which is a dormant volcano that rises 10000 feet at its peak.  As the sun appeared over the clouds Maui lassoed the sun and captured it.  We also went to the top of Haleakala and captured the sun, but only with our cameras.

Haleaka National Park Sign.

  The sign as you enter Haleakala National Park shows Maui with the sun in his grasp.  In order to be released again, the sun agreed to shine longer over the Hawaiian islands each day.  The statue at the airport is called Maui Releasing The Sun and depicts Maui letting the sun return to the sky.

Maui Releasing The Sun
  So as the sun sets out over the edge of the Pacific Ocean and you settle back in your chair lulled by the sound of the crashing waves you should be thankful for another beautiful day in Hawaii.  Whether it be because of the man or the island, you owe it all to Maui.

Sunset Over Maui.

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Maui Releasing The Sun , Haleakala National Park Sign
Haleakalā National Park Visitor Center

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Monday 20 February 2017

Immigrant Family

We come from the land of the ice and snow. From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 18 Yonge Street
Date: May 2014
Website: www.tomotterness.net

   Where they came from, we don't know.  It is possible that they came from New York City, as we have seen some smaller yet similar people in the subway there.  This Toronto sculpture and the "Life Underground" figures in New York are both created by artist Tom Otterness.  The other thing they both have in common is that they are very cute.  The family with the big round heads are part of a work of art called "Immigrant Family".  They stand in front of a Yonge Street condo welcoming people to Toronto.  Or is that being welcomed to Toronto?  Either way this family always brings a smile to our faces.

We Are Family.

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Immigrant Family

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Wednesday 15 February 2017

Someone Call A Veterinarian

Someone Call A Veterinarian!

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: Colborne Street
Date:  Oct 2016
Website: www.omnihotels.com

  We had decided to watch the entire television series of Due SouthDue South was a show about a Canadian Mountie (Paul Gross) who ends up in Chicago helping their police department.   The show took place in Chicago, but was actually filmed in Toronto, Canada.  The fourth episode of season one is called "They Eat Horses, Don't They?" and features Richard Moll (Bull from Night Court).   In this episode a family gets food poisoning and Benton (The Mountie) suspects that it was caused by wild horses being captured illegally and sold as meat.

A Jutting Curved Glass Roof.

 Benton takes an early morning horse ride through the streets with a woman that is also fighting to protect the horses.  When they start to ride their horses we recognized the curved glass roof that juts out from Commerce Court.  This would put them heading east on Colbourne Avenue.

Looking West On Colborne Street. It's Not Unusual To Be Served Filet Mignon.

  As they continue to ride along, the woman charges ahead on her horse and heads past the Tom Jones Steak House.  When she turns to look back at Benton we realized that a famous movie scene had also been filmed here heading in the opposite direction.  Surprisingly, it also featured horses.

Gimme That Bike! Come On Move It This Is Official Police Business!

  In the Police Academy movie, Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg) and Lieutenant Harris (G.W. Bailey) are stuck in traffic.

Traffic Is Much Lighter On Colborne Street Today.

Officer Hooks (Marion Ramsey) is quietly trying to restore order after a truck full of chickens has been involved in an accident.. A vehicle pulling a horse trailer is also stuck in traffic just past the stop sign above.

Passing Tome Jones Again.

  Harris is frustrated so he commandeers a motor bike and speeds off along the street heading west.

High Flying Harris.

 A sports car suddenly pulls out in front of Harris and he is sent flying.towards the horse trailer.  A loud whinny is heard and a woman on the street faints.  Mahoney is seen standing in front of a street light (first picture at the top of this post) and shouts "Someone call a veterinarian!".  It was fun to visit this movie/television filming location.  We had seen the King Eddie many times from the front entrance but we never had any reason to go around back.  When we did we were surprised. We suspect that Lieutenant Harris might say the same thing about horses.

This location is near King subway. Visit other Toronto TTC stations.

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Someone Call A Veterinarian
Tom Jones Steak House

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Friday 10 February 2017

Humber College (Police Academy)

Integrity Knowledge Courage.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: July 2014
Website: www.humber.ca

  As you approach the Lakeshore Campus of Humber College it might seem very familiar.  That would be because you have seen this location many times in the Police Academy movies.  You remember it from the original film as well as Police Academy 3: Back In Training and Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol.  You don't recall it from Police Academy's 2, 5, 6 or 7 because those movies were filmed in Los Angeles, Miami and Moscow.

Welcome to the new Police force.

  The roundabout in front of the main bulding is where most of the main cast comes together for the first time.  This is where Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg) and Jones (Michael Winslow) arrive at the academy.  Mahoney is wearing a "One in the Oven" t-shirt and Jones is blasting Frankie Goes To Hollywood on his boom box.  Cadet Martin shows up with a car full of girlfriends and Tackleberry (David Graf) pulls up in his jeep ready for action.  Cadet Fackler shows up at the academy with his wife clinging to the hood of the car.  That is until he stops.

Look at that Scum.

  Up in the main tower is Commandant Lassard's (George Gaines) office.  He watches the new recruits arrive with Lieutenant Harris (G.W. Bailey) and the Chief of Police.  This is also where Mahoney waves to Cadet Thompson (Kim Cattral) from the lower office. 

Cumberland House.

  The house next to the Humber College buildings is Cumberland House.  In the first Police Academy movie, Mahoney is told that this house is where the Commandant and his wife live.  He sends Cadet Barbara over to the house and tells him to say that "Mahoney sent you".  Mahoney does this in hopes that it will get him kicked out of the academy.


  In Polce Academy 3 a rich recruit mistakes Hightower (Bubba Smith) for a porter and asks him for help with his bags.  Hightower is more than happy to help and delivers the luggage through the air to somewhere inside the building above.

Hi. Was I Going Too Fast?

  Back at the roundabout both Zed (Bobcat Goldwaith) and Sweetchuck (Tim Kazurinsky) arrive as new recruits.  Zed is on his motorbike and Sweetchuck on his moped.  Zed loses control and ends up in the flower bed while Sweetchuck crashes into the trunk of a police car.  In Police Academy 4 Mahoney and Jones end up in the flower bed this time.  Lassard accidentaly shoots a golf ball out of his office which then cracks their windshield.

You will work and train with the Police.  The Police will work and train with you.  Working and training.  Training and working.
It's a door no more.

  Commandant Lassard announces the new COP (Citizen's On Patrol) in front of the main doors.  Sharon Stone plays a role in the movie as a reporter and Mahoney is quick to offer to field any questions that she may have. When we arrived at the campus, the building was sealed off and a pretend door had been painted over where the real door used to be.

Thanks to them all, this academy will carry on its fine tradition.

  It was fun to visit where the Police Academy movies started and where they returned again and again to bring integrity, knowledge, courage and comedy.

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Humber College (Lakeshore Campus) , Cumberland House

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Sunday 5 February 2017


Winter Diamonds.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Jan 2017
Website: www.waterfrontbia.com

  Icebreakers is a new art exhibit along the Toronto waterfront that hopes to draw people out into the cold.  We decided to check it out. The first exhibit we encountered was Winter Diamonds.  It looked like someone had been playing with a very large Rubik's Twist and then left it on the grass beside the Toronto Music Garden.  This exhibit lights up at night so you should visit in the evening to get the full experience.

Tailored Twins.

  The next exhibit we encountered featured two giant, golden hands sitting on either side of Maple Leaf Quay. This exhibit was called Tailored Twins and the two hands seemed stuck in the moment before they would be forced together for a clap.

The Sound Of One Hand Clapping.

   Our favourite exhibit was one called ICEBOX.  This was a large box sitting next to Lake Ontario.

Reflections on the ICEBOX.

  The exterior of the box reflected the view of the lake behind us.  The doorway was a convenient spot for the photographers to remain hidden from view.

  Inside the box were insulated walls and once you worked your way along you suddenly arrived in the open center.

IC the CN Tower.

  As we looked out we could see the CN Tower peering down at us.  On such a cold day this exhibit brought us a little insulation from the weather.

Canoe Colour.

  We crossed the Rees Wave Deck and received a splash of colour.  A long-tailed duck was swimming in the reflections of stacked canoes stored away for winter.


  The next exhibit was called Incognito and relied on a lack of colour.  It was designed to blend into the snowy landscape.  Unfortunately there was no snow which meant that the zebra striped blocks stood out against the brown grass beneath them.

Deliberately Ambiguous.

  We stepped into Harbourfront Centre to warm up for a little while.  A tiny little piece of art caught our eye even though we are unsure what it is.

Little Red Birdhouse Lady.

  Another exhibit was featured in the gallery and our favourite was this lady in red who had a bird house on her head and was holding a smaller one in her right hand.

Leeward Fleet.

  Once again we ventured outside to see the last of the Icebreakers exhibits.  This one was called Leeward Fleet and featured some windsurfing sails.  It gives you a chance to get some surfing photos while wearing your winter coat.  The sails do not turn though so you only get three different angles. Icebreakers continues until February 26, 2017 for those who don't mind that it is always colder down by the lake.

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Icebreakers (Winter Diamonds) , Icebreakers (Tailored Twins) , Icebreakers (ICEBOX) , Rees Wave Deck , Icebreakers (Incognito) , Harbourfront Centre , Icebreakers (Leeward Fleet)

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