On October 23rd, the annual Winnipeg Zombie Walk took place. Thousands of living dead attended, flooding downtown streets and sidewalks.
Credit: Travail Design
Someone would need to “take care of” these zombies, that’s where we came in. City of Winnipeg Zombie Disposal.
Credit: Donn Coppens
Credit: Ruby Soho
The fight was long and bloody, but soon the streets were returned to their original zombie free state.
Credit: Shawn Fedora
In actuality, I bought a 92 Ford F150 at auction, painted it white and wrote the words City of Winnipeg Zombie Disposal on the sides. With an added amber beacon on the roof, we were able to create a semi-realistic looking public service vehicle.
The truck has a bit more of a purpose than just this one night however. I am in the midst of filming a Zombie Disposal mocumentary which should be completed late November. The Zombie Walk provided some fantastic footage and I look forward to putting it all together. Until then, keep surviving.
To celebrate the long weekend, we decided it would be a good idea to build ourselves a raft. Using old 2×4’s and plywood, we built a 8′ x 10′ raft. Using ~60 large jugs for floatation, our rough calculations told us that our raft could support up to 1600lbs. This made us quite confident our raft would easily be able to carry us to our destination in comfort.
We planned to start West of Brandon, MB and float our way to 1st Street where we would return to land. We launched from under the highway bridge which crossed the river.
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Amazingly the raft worked! After launching the raft was incredibly stable and did not seem to be sinking.
We nearly completed our trip without any issues, except for one fallen tree which nearly swept the raft clean.
Our trip lasted close to 5 hours, which was longer than we had expect, especially since the current was so fast. We had also started a lot later in the day than we would have preferred and after the 5 hour adventure, the sun was beginning to set. We cut our trip short and headed for land. The raft was recovered and has been stored away for future adventures. I anticipate more couches and perhaps a BBQ.
How much rally car can you buy for less than $500? Three teams compete through a series of challenging events in hopes that their car will come out on top.
This is the second year we’ve run the Totally Awesome Car Rally and it’s been a huge success.
All of the vehicles were bought for less than $500, and in fact the most expensive was only $250. We’re planning to host the rally again for the 2011 year and we hope that it will be better than ever. Details haven’t been worked out yet, but when they have I will make a post here.
If you are interested in participating in shenanigans like this, be sure to check back to be in the know.
Believe it or not, I’m not actually dead. The site was six-feet-under for a while, however I have revived it and I’ve began to work on some new content so that there will actually be something to post here.
In the mean time, here’s a Qik video of mine from a rooftop patio.
Ive put together a couple of videos from last years trial run of the Totally Awesome Car Rally. Competitors compete in a series of challenges throughout the day until and ultimate winner is declared. In our trial we had two events, a reverse relay race and a standard rally race.
For the most part our trial run was a complete failure, but having learned from our mistakes this years should be a complete success! Our original plans were to start in Rivers, MB and travel all the way to Winnipeg competing in challenges along the way. These plans all fell apart when Bill’s car “failed”.
This summer the rally will be held in the Westman area where any other vehicle “failures” can be easily taken care of. The 2010 Totally Awesome Car Rally is currently set for the end of June. With more competitors, more challenges and more cameras, the rally should be an event we won’t soon forget.
Yesterday I completed editing the 5th installment of Sports Awesome. For this episode we brought in a new co-host, Dane MacLellan. Overall the episode went well, however audio was somewhat of a pain. The audio and video were recorded separately during the shoot and this was my first experience matching them together. During the day of the shoot, we also filmed a tidbit on the Manitoba Bisons hockey team. This footage didn’t make it to the episode, however it will be edited and released sometime in the coming week.
Next time we film will hopefully be done in a studio with a blue screen, which should make for an interesting episode as well as a new editing challenge for me. I have always been interested in doing some green/blue screen work and this will give me my chance. Potential holiday episode?
I have added a photo gallery to the site so that I can share a few pictures that normally wouldn’t make it into any other posts or to my Flickr page.
I present the greatest birthday cake of all time. Lasagna with hotdogs for candles.
There is a link to the gallery in the top menu bar of the page.
On one of the last few weekends of the 2009 summer, we came up with the fantastic idea to attempt to bake cookies in my car using the heat from the sun and the vehicle’s heater. This idea became even better when it became a challenge between ourselves to see who could stay in the vehicle the longest.
Though it was quite warm out on the day we chose, if we had a warmer day I’m sure we could have reached temperatures in the 70C range. The maximum temperature we were able to achieve was 62C, which being from Canada, is pretty damn hot (eh).
Being a fairly spontaneous event, we didn’t do much planning ahead. None of us thought to wear shorts, and our drink of choice wasn’t doing much hydrating.
The cookies weren’t a total success, but they weren’t a failure either. If the temperature had been higher, or we waited a little longer, I am very confident that the cookies would have hardened and tasted just like the ones that would come from a real oven.
Last year, we drove a 94 Aspire to death. For whatever reason, we decided that it wasn’t quite dead enough.
Using axe’s and sledge hammers, we pummeled the surface of the car to a hardly recognizable state. We we’re almost successful in chopping the passenger door completely off.
To smash the glass we allowed Travis to show off his man strength and punch through two side windows. The rear hatch window needed something more spectacular however. We removed the drivers airbag and affixed it to the window. This proved very effective.
Since we really couldn’t burn the whole vehicle, we kept the fire contained to the roof. However, something happened that we didn’t see coming. The head liner of the car began to melt and did almost set fire to the interior of the vehicle.
I think we can all finally agree that this car is completely dead and now it will live the rest of its days in the dump.
Last weekend I made it out to Buffalo Point, MB to try their beautiful lakeside course. The course is an 18-hole, par 72, with over 6800 yards play. Again, I will not post my score.
This round I golfed with two other people. Riley, a friend of a friend who I met in the lounge the night before, and a man named Jim, who we were asked to pair with. I later found out that Jim was Jim Thunder, the former chief of the Buffalo Point First Nation, who led the initiative to build the resort and risked his own property to build the road to the location of the resort today.
I have been told that the course is ranked 6th in North America for its beauty. It’s very hard to disbelieve with multiple lakeside holes, dense trees and well kept fairways. The course is also full of wildlife with animals frequently crossing the fairways.
I hope to make it out there once again this summer to enjoy it at least one more time.
More information on the course can be found at http://www.sandhills.ca/
Information about the resort can be found at http://www.buffalopoint.mb.ca/
Also, information about the history of the Buffalo Point First Nations can be found at http://www.buffalopoint-firstnation.ca/history.html
Additional photos from my trip can be found on my Flickr page, http://www.flickr.com/photos/wesgill/