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Just playing around with some software and exposures on the Android tablet.

I installed Text + app for my Android tablet and think it works well. Sending and receiving texts works well. Text + to Text + can be made free any where. Calls to phones without Text + can be made to Canada, US, and Mexico for 2 .3 cents a minute. Great app.

1400_fra-bbr_690x460[1] I owned a Canon i960 for over ten years and it was the best printer I ever owned. It was calibrated to my monitor and Photoshop and always produced photo prints which were truly awesome. Unfortunately, after printing 1000’s of photos it’s day were over.

This time I went out and bought an Epson Stylus Photo 1400 and I really love this baby. The price was exceptional for the quality of printer it is. It is wide format and prints 13’”x19” and every size under this size as well as 13”x44”. It also prints on CD/DVDs.

I use this printer for photos only as I have a durable HP Office Jet 6310 which does regular workload and prints near laser quality. If you are looking for a good photo printer but can’t spend $1000.00 have a look at the 1400 which you can find for $300.00 or maybe less. You won’t regret it.

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on_the_rails_retro_600Keep checking out trainwreckof78.ca as there will be more graphic design and content added over the next couple of month. I have been very busy with the move to the farm and working on the house and shop. Any artwork, photography, and tales are always welcome at the Trainwreck so don’t be shy about making a contribution.

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I was married on Dec 6. 1992. Even though it was the same day, it was 3 years after 14 women were murdered at Polytechnique. However, it was a day which stuck with me for the feeling of those who lost their lives and for the fact that I grew up in a violent home. I chose to never allow myself or my home to be something so terrible. When I decided to end this marriage in 1999 I wrote this poem. As I wrote I heard in the background on the radio 5 more women were gunned down in Baltimore.

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This Day

On this day which is so special to me
there is a dark cloud above raining on a river which flows to the sea
It was on this day when I said, “I do,”
I believed I would learn about love and spend the rest of my life with you
So, why on this day which was special to me, did fourteen women need to die, fourteen of the best?

There is not a lot I can do or a lot I can say
I cannot bring back those fourteen lives
I can only know the poison and walk my own way
It does not seem like much and it haunts me to wonder why
So many dreams were crushed, so many tears were cried.

When I try to practice what I have written here, some comes easy and some comes filled with fear
I do not let this stop me from striving each day, to let my heart speak what it really needs to say
Here are fourteen reasons but, there are many more
Each one is special, each one opens a door
Each one is different and leads to a sacred place
Each one is full of love and leads to more open space

Look into her eyes when you want to come clean
Look into her eyes and feel what she means
Make a contribution to her endeavours without any strings
Trust her, never lie to her, and listen until her heart sings

Be interested in her beliefs even if they are different than yours.
Back off when she is angry and looking for more.
Do not use your physical advantage to dominate a fight.
Do not be stubborn even if you feel you are right.

Stop for a moment when you just want to shout.
Stop for a moment and think of what it is all about.
Laugh and cry with her and dedicate a safe place.
For it is the gateway to intimacy, the gateway to grace.

So, why on this day which was so special to me
do I just want you gone, do I just want you free
Why do I hear on the radio low in the background while I write
today in Baltimore, five more women were gunned down?
And, it’s raining… (Ken Bateman, December 6, 2000)

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Everyone is welcome to contribute to Trainwreckof78.ca. A website about the devastating storm of 1978 which caused major flooding in North Central British Columbia. It washed out multiple rail and road ways between Smithers and Prince Rupert, and Terrace and Kitimat. Two CNR men, Ken Bateman and Frank Watson, lost their lives when their train was pushed into the Skeena River by a slide twice near Usk. Cheryl May Halwas lost her life at her school yard when a tree was blown over and landed on her. Anyone who was there and has their story or other info or photos, please contact hoghead@trainwreckof78.ca

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