Last week, I went on Southern Adventist University's Adventist Heritage Tour. The real reason was that I just wanted an hour of credit. However, now that I'm looking back on it, the tour turned out to be the absolute best part of my entire semester. The long hours in a bus were great (I love road trips and prolonged travel of any kind), the sites were gorgeous, and (most importantly) the people were amazing. We had a busload of 42 peeps, and I honestly loved everyone. We all pulled together into such an awesome group, and I made some incredible new friends and ratified some already existing acquaintances. All in all, I think SAU's Adventist Heritage Tour is an event that should be experienced by everyone.
Over the past week.5, I have been across a continent, to a wedding, making new friends, eating well, moving residences, attempting productivity, and grappling with the myseries of life. After all, that's what the summer is for, right?
This past weekend, I drove down to Oliver, British Columbia to celebrate the birthday of a close friend. While there, I partook of a potluck feast put on by my friend's relatives and church members.
I had just finished a heaping plate of provisions, and was returning for more. As I reached for a few more scoops of luscious taco salad, a nice elderly lady started talking to me. It went something like this:
Lady: Where are you from? Me: Kelowna. Lady: What's your name? Me: Tyler Quiring. Lady: Tyler Kwyee? Me: Quiring. Lady: How old are you? 20? 25? Me: Yeah, 20. Lady: You must be married then. Me: No, not yet. Lady: Well you should come to the Oliver church, you'd find yourself a treasure. Me: Yeah, who knows?
The lady then turned from me to a young woman, and had this conversation:
Old Lady: What was your name again? Young Lady: Nina. Old Lady: What is that short for? Nina: (Said the name, which I forget). Old Lady: Well that's a fitting name for such a cute girl. Nina: Thank you, you're very sweet. Old Lady (to both of us): Well have more food. These are beautiful salads, and there's plenty left.
Then the lady moved on to speak with other people.
My life over the past 2 years can basically be summed up with the below image:
It's a file I have been working on laboriously for the past three summers, in a program that looks like this:
I am building and managing a digital catalog of cabinets at the cabinet factory where I work, and I can honestly say that my very life is sealed away inside that zip file. The project is now coming to an end and I'm wrapping things up, but it's quite sobering to know that so much of my time and energy can be contained in such a small thing. Oh well, it's on to something else now I guess.
I have this sweet idea for a film that I want to do this next year at college:
I want to make a film over the next several months, based on my favorite album The Winter of Mixed Drinks by Frightened Rabbit. I am envisioning a collection of 12 short films following the natural progression of the album, and using the album as the soundtrack. It would probably end up at around 45 minutes long (the length of the album), and have a loosely held yet overarching plot linking the individual films together. All I have right now is a very loose working idea, but if you would like to help in any way on one or all of the films (nudge nudge, my art and film school friends), then hit me up on Facebook or email, or comment below, and we can talk about it:
I recently bought a video camera, and brought it with me last week on my vacation to Fairmont, British Columbia. While there, I had plenty of time to play around with it, and tried my hand at my first real time lapse. I set the camera down and let it record the sky until my tape ran out, and then sped up the footage so that 40 minutes was compressed into 20 seconds. That's the first shot in the following video, and the rest is comprised of other, shorter time lapses and miscellaneous shots off the patio of the villa where I was staying. Watch: