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Emerald City Comicon 2010

ECCC 2010 Badge & GuideWhen you say the words: Comic books, science fiction, and road trip in a sentence you have my attention!

The 8th annual Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) was last week. I joined a couple friends for a weekend in Seattle to get my geek on at my first ever comicon. My interest in comics isn't big enough by itself to draw me south of the border. However, ECCC has a SciFi/Fantasy pop culture element which included talks by Leonard Nimoy and Wil Wheaton, both people I'd like to hear, and some interesting panels. I was in. Would I regret it?

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Vernon Takes Gold!

Eric with gold medalMore minor hockey news from Mission: the Vernon Coyotes took gold!

There was a game at 7:45am this morning I took a pass on. I love my nephew, but there are limits. They won the game, which put them in the final playoff for gold against Burnaby. Said final game was at a much more civilized 3:30pm. The game was all the more anticipated because they had lost to Burnaby in their first game of the series.

It was a great game. Scoring was very close for the first half of the game. There was a definite tension in the crowd as Burnaby drew first blood and Vernon started attracting penalties. Then in the latter half of the game Burnaby's goalie got rattled and let a couple in. He was subsequently replaced, but not only couldn't Burnaby recover, Vernon scored a couple more goals. The final score was 7-to-2.

The Vernon fans were amazing. Despite Burnaby being only an hour away, there were very few Burnaby fans there. By contrast, the Vernon bleachers were filled with an extremely lively bunch. And they made one hell of a lot of noise. I've been to a few Canucks games and I have to say the crowds at these amateur games are a lot more fun (even without my brother-in-law's so on-the-mark social commentary, that's just icing on the cake).

I meant to ask Eric if playing as a pickup member of the team made the victory any the less sweet but forgot. Judging by the smile, it felt pretty good none-the-less.

And if you're not tired of the photos yet, a few more for your consideration.

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Hockey Tournament Visitors

Thank God for visitors, it's the only time I get motivated beyond the basic cleaning regime! That's not the only reason. I pretty much only get visitors I like.

My nephew, pictured right, and brother-in-law are down for a hockey tournament in Mission. They came down a day early and spent the night at my place, did some business Friday, then headed for the tournament Friday night. After this blog entry, I'm surprised my sister isn't here as well, though based on last paragraph here, one wonders what the "boys" will be going home to.

Eric brought his X-Box and we got to spend some quality gaming time playing a head-to-head racing game. Goes without saying he mostly whipped my ass, but I managed to beat him in a few races with my trusty Aston Martin Vanquish. Now everyone is gone and I'm left with much tidier apartment ... Eric remembered to take his X-Box ... again. I keep hoping he'll forget it, but so far no joy.

I popped out to Mission today and watched the Vernon (Eric's team) vs. Ridge Meadows game. Vernon cleaned up with a 7-to-1 win. They were down two men when the single goal was scored against them. That makes them one and one so far. I played around with the video feature of my camera and actually caught one of the goals. Watch the white player just to the left of the net, I think player is number 10. Eric also appears in the clip. He's number 5 and shows up in the lower right corner.

A Vernon Goal

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