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Everything posted by Nrthwnd

  1. ^ Sending some BIG HUGS over to ya, Bert. And to Nick, too.
  2. Sad news. We saw them last at the PNE (2018?) when they had free seats, as well as the reserved middle section. Great show!
  3. I love in the art concept, they've made sure to totally fill the entire queue with 'people.' Very important to show, I'm sure.
  4. ^ Pre-show? Or .... they're pulling a WTF and putting the Gift Shop first in the queue .... followed by having to use lockers at the station. That was a joke.
  5. Looks great on the outside part of the coaster. Makes me wonder how (and where) the drop track part is worked into it?
  6. We're in the last weeks of July, and it's been really nice. Clear skies and temps at an average of 26C'/80F' every day. It's great!
  7. ^ I went to the park last Friday evening, to get some night shots of the rides. But honestly, the number of flats down, made it look pretty depressing. Hellevator, the launch/drop tower was still in it's place. But closed up. Scrambler wasn't even there where it usually was, within reach of Hellvator. So if Hellevator is "maybe" to be removed, it's area, plus where Scrambler was, equals quite a good sized chunk of space for a new ride/attraction. Add to that the Flume ride is down, too. Which creates more space available .... for "something big" in that entire front area of the park. Of course, certain rides down, could be a maintenance thing, or limited staffing, etc. Still, lots of dark spots there. Crazy Beach Party was still down, as well as Hells Gate. And without their night lights on, it's a dark passage way at the back of the park. I want to keep going back to the park, when I want to. I get free admission, having been a past 2020 Pass Holder. But until Coaster is up and running, it's a thing I'm not repeating as often as I'd want to. When I get myself organized, I'll post the night shots I took, including that "new walk-thru" they've put together, opposite the (also closed) Haunted Mansion.
  8. Been awhile, but I've made two new loaves since then... The first one is a repeat of the Cheese & Jalapeno Loaf I've made before. But I 'cut the cheese' (HA) into much smaller pieces than before, and really REALLY sliced the jalapeno pepper thin, still w/o seeds as that's too hot for my tastebuds. It turned out great, and we got through all of it in time. Then recently, I made what's called a 5 Seed Loaf, which consists of (duh) five seeds in it: Pumpkin ~ Sunflower ~ Sesame ~ Flax ~ Chia. Yes. "those Chia" seeds. Like one's old Chia Pet. Came out great, but - tastewise, I didn't taste much, if any, of the individual seed tastes I thought I would. Hmmm. Bread came out alright, but the Olive loaf and Cheese/Jalapeno loaf still top this one. For now. Looks great outside, but pretty meh inside, IMhO.
  9. Something new, to wander through, in Playland! Introducing Adventures in Happyland – Presented by BCAA "For this summer only, Playland and BCAA are taking you on a magical journey…. Get sucked down the rabbit hole into a storybook world where you’ll encounter enchanted creatures, explore a neon forest, be invited for tea, take some selfies, and ultimately escape the labyrinth. ( ^ Artwork and this photo, from the PNE) The Adventures in Happyland exhibit is included with Playland passes. As safety is our top priority, masks are strongly recommended while enjoying this walk-through experience." This is most likely "the Attraction-to-be," I encountered on my first visit to Playland, back in early June. Photos taken on June 6, 2021. It's mainly for kids and families, but still free, so worth a one time walk-through. To be continued... (P.S. Happyland is what Playland was originally called, back in the early1900's.)
  10. We did the glass enclosed "lovers car" back in 2013. It was a trip. Don't think I'd want to be standing up during my entire ride cycle on this, now. It was fun, while it lasted. July 3, 2013. And being able to sit was nice, too. TPR 2013 Japan Tour.
  11. I baked a new loaf of bread today. Woo hoo. But I didn't go to Playland cause I was having aches and pains so much; they haven't gone away, which is really pissing me off... It's all in my body "below the waist"... and the aches and pains just do not seem to GO AWAY. Pissing me off, and putting me off about usual stuff, like shopping on The Drive, and such, Pisses me off, still. I think it will go away, eventually. But for now FUCK IT ALL! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I am done. Rant over. I can only FREEK OUT for so long, right? Fini.
  12. ^ It was! We enjoyed the rest of our Olive-Rosemary loaf after the picnic, and Clark emailed me that him and his partner really REALLY enjoyed the Cheese-Jalapeno loaf we gave him. Here's the pic of me and David with a friend and the O-R loaf, pretty much devoured by all. Myself, Trevor and David in the shot, with The Loaf in my hands. Thanks Clark, for taking all the great photos of us all!
  13. Here's a pic of myself, Trevor and David at a nice park-side picnic a friend organized. Clark also took the photos so ... thanks! June 19, 2021. Me holding my homemade/baked Olive-Rosemary loaf (which everybody loved!), Trevor behind us, and my David.
  14. Been feeling crappy, with all sorts of "pains" in my body, mostly below the waist. Left leg, right of my back. across the tail bone 'line'.....

    Have put off re-visiting Playland, till I feel much better about going....

    ... And of course it would be absolute awesome if COASTER was running too ........ ???? ........ HINT TO PNE ....... 😊


  15. Maybe they'll put the filled barrel on display in front, with a sign explaining it all.
  16. Yeah, I know. Anything and everything that used to be 'free,' is eventually turning into a "pay for" thing. It happens. I am hoping that we will be able to deal with a Fall 2022 visit, still without the use of a cell phone. Or ...... we may actually rent one, to be able to use Internationally, get the Apps all in, figured out, and used, etc. etc.
  17. ^ Hmmm. Maybe, eventually, they'll ditch this, and go back to FastPasses again, when/if we're there next year in the fall.
  18. I couldn't resist getting this book, since we've repeatedly always tried to figure out "what burger" they had on the board, each episode! Usually hilarious puns, or 'themed' burgers. Always fun to figure out. And this will help me reproduce a few of those burgers in question. I got my copy through Amazon.com (.ca for us 'Way Up North').
  19. Our HEAT DOME finally moved on, yesterday. What was in the mid-late 30's C for us (usually mid-90's F) is now back down to a more respectable 25-28'C. Also a nice breeze is running through the city, so that helps everything cool down. Now the DOME is over the Prairie provinces, and then onto Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces. Good luck to them. So glad we got through it, first.
  20. ^ Thanks for this. I just got 2 emails from them about all that you've posted from the news release. Lots more info. can be had from the site itself ...... www.pne.ca No "Season Pass" for the Fair available, But as an Elder it's only $12 a visit. Hmmmm. EDIT TO ADD: Playland is now open 11-5pm on Friday thru Sunday AND 6-11pm on Friday and Saturday nights! Another night shot, of AtmosFEAR, from the PNE.
  21. ^ Nope. I didn't know there was this GI-normous article written up! Thanks for finding it and posting the link for all to get to! <sighs> At this time in my life ... I really doubt this is ever going to come to fruition in my life time. It's just sad truth. But for now, we still got Coaster!
  22. ^ Yes it is. Wish I had taken it, or something like it, a couple of weekends ago. But I arrived for the Friday Evening (18th)... just after 7pm. And it never really got dark till after 9:30. Which of course, is when i was leaving, just before that. Then, I found out that busses stop running past Playland after ..... 7pm <Grrrrr> Took me nearly two hours to get home, instead of the usual under a half-hour, if the busses were running. Crap. So I waited till Sunday (Dad's Day / 20th) and took in a few hours there. But still, with Coaster, Hell's Gate, Scrambler AND Hellevator not running at all ..... hmmph. It was an easy run through the place, with nothing special to photograph. And now, this past weekend. We are in the 'entrails' of what's being called a HEAT DOME. These past three days have seen sunny, clear and (for us) monumental temp.... like mid/hi-90's F? With added humidity to up that icky sweaty feeling. So there was no way in heck I was going back to the park. We're near the end of this ultra heat wave, but now it's heading East across the entire country. So in hindsight ... glad we got hit first, lol. So I got me another free ticket, for this coming Friday (6-11pm). But not arriving there until after 8:30 etc. And I have a ride to get home, too. And Sunday, I'll go for the late morning opening, as afternoons there are still kind HOT with bad asphalt pavement and all to walk on. Thought I would repost this, found at Customer Services, as Pride Month comes to an end.
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