Years In The Making

 

Very neglected but now retooled marcbelke.com is now a thing again. I’m looking forward to using this site as for posting information about music that I’m involved in and maybe other things. Maybe. That’s a picture form our drive down the Glacier Parkway last Summer.
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Happy New Year

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This is a brand new runner from Vans.

It’s true, Vans will release this as part of a series called, Overwashed that will be released for the Spring/Summer of 2014. If you can’t wait maybe start dumpster diving in Santa Monica.

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The new groovy.

Modern tie dye looks pretty amazing when it’s done by these two.

Meanwhile… at the North Pole.

The pictures really are startling. A camera that is permanently stationed at the North Pole shows a lake appearing where it is usually snow, all year round. Click here to see the pictures and accompanying article.

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A new home.

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My latest transition is beginning to feel like it’s almost complete.

After living in Thunder Bay, Ontario for almost three years I find myself living in my fourth city in approximately five years. Unlike my moves to Smithers, B.C. and Thunder Bay I actually feel at home within the first month of moving here. This is not that surprising as I lived in Vancouver for almost twenty years and geographically speaking. Victoria is pretty much the same as Vancouver with the exception of sunlight. Apparently Victoria gets 28 more days of sunshine every year. Nice. As compared to my last to homes Victoria is culturally rich with all sorts of great restaurants, coffee shops, micro breweries, music venues and other forms of original art. In all fairness to Smithers and T-Bay, Victoria has a much larger population which naturally creates these kind of amenities.

Also, for the first time in over five years I am in the same city as family, some of which, by sheer coincidence live five blocks away. Being so near to any sort of family is something that I didn’t appreciate the value of until I didn’t have it-for way too long.

Life is getting better and changing forever in about a week or sooner, or later. Jen and I feel like we’re gearing up for our own version of a Super Bowl weekend. Pretty sure were going to win. Blessed.

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I’ve been buying cd’s for many years. Just like you, I made the transition from vinyl begrudgingly but quickly got over it, enjoying the ease of use, handling and cleaner sounding music that’s is stored digitally on a shiny plastic disc. I didn’t abandon my older and rather large collection of vinyl but over the years, I’ve been slowly getting rid of pieces here and there.

The main impetus for the purge of my cd’s is another (possible) long distance move and the evolution of my listening habits. Theses days I’m more than happy to listen to one of many online music programmers-radio stations from Europe & online stations that cater to specific genres of music. There are so many now that you can truly listen to focused collections from random artists of any genre, anytime from one stream. One of my greatest joys when listening to music is the discovery, hearing something that grabs my ears and instigates my brain to do some processing , making me curious enough to find out more about the artist. Listening to these stations allows me to just let it happen.

Surprisingly perhaps, I’m hanging on to some of my vinyl. I am weeding that garden though. The majority of what I’m keeping is my punk rock albums that mean more to me and are harder to find these days.

Thank you cd’s, it was nice to know you. I’m sure we will cross paths again here and there but I’m not sure I’ll invite you to stay over.

 

 

Not really into car culture but this concept car from the Paris Auto show is an eye catcher. A great combination of retro and modern.