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SHOW AND
SHINE 2001

Motorcycles and
Fund Raiser
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SOFTBALL

Fast Pitch 2002
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THE LAW

OBEY IT
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Esperanza para todos
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TIME SHARE
SALESMEN;

AVOID THEM OR,
EMBRACE THEM?
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TRAIN TOUR `99:

(A Tour of model
train lay outs.)

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A HOG ON A HOG.

LOTTA SHOW, LITTLE SHINE


(Trev Deeley Motorcycles `Show and Shine' Sat. June 16 2001)

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

Trev Deeley Motorcycles' fifth annual `Show and Shine' got off to a cloudy start but the short shower late in the morning failed to daunt the attendees. By mid afternoon the clouds had scattered and the participants enjoyed a relatively pleasant day.

Volunteers from the `XL riders', Barb and Chuck, checked in the competitors who started arriving as early as 8:00 AM.

GORDON
SANDERS
(Pic. of man on hog.)
Putting the shine on one of the first `Fat boys".

`The early bird gets the worm'. In this case, the early arrivers got first choice of the best locations to display their bikes and the first 25 entrants received a detailing kit courtesy of Trev Deeley Motorcycles.

YELLOW
HEADS
(Pic. of motor on bike with yellow heads.)
The true sign of a Fat Boy.

Throughout the morning, 75 entrants registered, up from last year's 48. All entrants received a limited-edition `Show and Shine T-Shirt' courtesy of Trev Deeley Motorcycles.

TWO
AWARDS
(Pic. of bike.)
This FLH took first in `4 speed' and `Peoples Choice'.

Entrants were competing for several categories; Dyna, FXR, Rubbermount, Sport, Sportster, Tourer, and Vintage. There were many entries in the `Full Custom' category and over twenty entries in the `Softail' category.

Motorcycle judging wasn't the only competition held at the `Show and Shine'. Door Prizes were held throughout the day as were 50/50 and T-shirt raffles.

SEAN and
TERRY
(Pic. of people.)
Sean Brassil and Terry Rea of Trev Deeley Motorcycles
award Chuck Bell with a door prize.

Prizes for the door draws included; a helmet, Billet Handlebar Grips', from sponsors, MID/USA and Power Twins/Parts Canada, as well as T-Shirts from Trev Deeley Motorcycles.

VHOG and
FIRE FIGHTERS
(Pic. of display.)
(L)Peter Hansen, Executive Director, B. C. Professional Fire Fighter's Burn Fund.
(Center)Flo Andersen waits to sell raffle tickets for the T-shirt from Switzerland. (On stand to her right)
(R)Gerry Rooyakkers, VHOG Safety Officer, buys a 50 / 50 ticket.

T shirts in the T-shirt draw were a Harley T-shirt from Switzerland and another from Venezuela. These shirts had been collect by Gerry Rooyakkers, VHOG's (Vancouver Harley Owner's Group) Safety Officer.

VHOG was on hand with two displays, their second year at the Trev Deeley Show and Shine, to raise funds for the B. C. Fire Professional Fighters Burn Fund Summer Camp for burn children.

CORPORATE
DONATION
(Pic. of two men and donation.)
Daniel McQuaid of `Think About It Design' in Burnaby,
gives a donation to VHOG for the Burn Fund.

The camp, held near Squamish, B. C, will host 62 children and 35 councilors this summer. Last year VHOG supplied water cannons, `supper soakers', for each of the children. This year they are going to buy them hats.

Also this year, like last year, VHOG will arrive at the camp on opening day and give the children rides on their bikes.

FOOD and
DRINKS
(Pic. of hamburger stand.)
Pat Jacobsen, Diane Bye, Darryl Huber.

As well as the 50/50 draws and the T-shirt raffles VHOG also had a hot dog stand. Trev Deeley supplied space at their show and other companies donated monies. The Delta Chapter of HOG donated $250

Despite the cloudy start, the day turned out to be a great success. VHOG raised over one thousand dollars for the Burn Fund and Trev Deeley Motorcycles had many happy competitors walking away with lots of awards.

WINNERS INCLUDED:

  • Dyna Category:
    3rd. Place: 1993 90th Anniversary FX Clayton Beynke
    2nd. Place: 2000 FXDS Virgil Kaulius
    1st. Place: 2001 FXDWG2 Larry Hartwell

  • 4 Speed Category:
    3rd. Place: 1967 FLH Ed Czap
    2nd. Place: 1976 Chopper Kelly Kaspar
    1st. Place: FLH Gerry Koen

  • Full Custom Category:
    3rd. Place: 97 Softail Stan Wiebe
    2nd. Place: 97 Fatboy John Forbes
    1st. Place: Custom Paul Stasynec

    PEOPLE'S
    CHOICE
    (Pic. of award presentation.)
    Terry Rea of Trev Deeley Motorcycles awards Gerry Koen
    of Abbotsford with his second prize of the show.

  • Peoples Choice Award
    Muraled FLH Gerry Koehn

  • Rat Bike Category:
    1st. Place: 85 U-Built Norm Hamilton

  • Softail Category:
    3rd. Place: 1993 Heritage Jim Tsiropoulos
    2nd. Place: 1997 FXSTC Lloyd Minosky
    1st. Place: 87 FXSTC Joe

  • Sportbike Category:
    3rd. Place: 1994 Ducati Monster John Bercic
    2nd. Place: 1997 V Max Kevin Healer
    1st. Place: 1998 Buell S1 Jeremy Wolf

  • Touring Category:
    3rd. Place: 2001 Ultra Glide Ken Rooney
    2nd. Place: 2001 FLSE Paul Stasynec
    1st. Place: 1994 Roadking with TLE Sidecar Don & Jerry Solem

    BEST in
    VINTAGE
    (Pic. of holding award by bike.)
    Tim Renshaw of `Renshaw's Movie Motorcycles'.

  • Vintage Category:
    3rd. Place: 1948 Panhead Mark Johnston
    2nd. Place: 1947 FL Ron McDonald
    1st. Place: 1980 Flathead Tim Renshaw

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    JARVIS Jars, JARVIS, ONTARIO. 2002 CHAMPIONS

    Copyrite `01.

    2002 Jr. MEN'S CANADIAN FAST PITCH CHAMPIONSHIP

    Photos & Story
    by
    LEE A. WOOD

    Each year the Jr. Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship is held in a different city, in fact, in a different section; Center, East, or West, of Canada. Consequently the championship is seldom held in the same town twice in one decade

    This year the games were held at the South Hill Memorial Park in Vancouver, B. C. (British Columbia)

    Competing were the: Aallcann Astros, from Prince Albert, Sask. (Saskatchewan); CBC (Conception Bay Central) Canadians, from NFL. (Newfoundland); Jaguars, from Edmonton, Alta. (Alberta); Junior Black Sox, from, Saskatoon, Sask.; Ken­s Auto Warriors, from Surrey, B. C. ; Mariners, from Vancouver, B.C.; Ocean City, from, Sooke, B. C.; Patriots, from, Kelowna, B.C.; Pride, from Grande Prairie, Alta.; Raiders, from, Roblin, Ont. (Ontario); St. Mary’s, a rural team from the area around St. John NB.; Young Guns, from, Calgary, Alta; Jarvis Juniors from Jarvis, Ont.;

    After a week of competition, during which the weather remained clear and war, the final three games consisted of: Raiders VS Mariners; Black Sox VS Mariners; and, as the Mariners had won the first two games of the day and the Jarvis Jrs had won all their games during the week, Jarvis Jrs VS Mariners, with the Jarvis Jrs winning the tournament.

    ASTROS VS PRIDE
    POP UP FLY TO FIRST BASE?

    AALLCANN ASTROS FROM PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN
    VS. PRIDE (In Black) FROM GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA.
    A PLAYER HEADS HOME FROM THIRD BASE.
    FRENCH FRIES - SNACKS

    FRENCH FRIES, POTATO CHIPS, HAMBURGERS, DRINKS, ETC.
    ICE CREAM AND POPSICLES

    SNOWBEE. UNIQUE FLAVOURS; MANGO; STRAWBERRY; PEACH; ETC.
    MADE IN VANCOUVER. TO THE LEFT, OFF CAMERA,
    ANOTHER VENDOR SELLING PIZZA & POPCORN.
    JARVIS Jr­s. VS MARINERS
    AND HE SWINGS, BUT DOES HE CONNECT?

    MARINERS FROM VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
    VS. JARVIS Jrs (In Black) FROM JARVIS, ONTARIO.
    THE MARINERS HAD A ROUGH DAY ON THE FINAL DAY, THREE GAMES IN A ROW.
    MEMORIES - SOUVENIRS ON A CD

    J & L DIGITAL STUDIOS. A UNIQUE SPORTS SOUVENIR
    PICTURES OF YOU AND YOUR TEAMMATES ON A CD.
    RETRIEVER - DARRYL

    HOPE I SPELLED HIS NAME RIGHT
    HE GOT HIS EXERCISE CHASING AFTER THE FOULED OUT BALLS.
    T-SHIRTS & BURGERS

    ON THE LEFT: T-SHIRTS.
    ON THE RIGHT: BBQ.; BURGERS AND DOGS.
    TRANSPORT
    WHERE ARE THE DRIVERS?

    THE VANS WERE RENTED FROM AVIS.
    TWO BY THE RAMADA INN AND
    TWO BY THE B. C. COUNCIL OF FILM UNIONS.
    MOST OF THE DRIVERS WERE VOLUNTEERS
    FROM TEAMSTERS 155, THE MOVIE LOCAL.
    ONE OF THE PERKS OF VOLUNTEERING IS
    (SOMETIMES) BEING ABLE TO BE A SPECTATOR.

  • The event was organized by Softball Canada and Softball B.C.
  • The Vancouver Park Board supplied the field.
  • The South Hill Sports Association supplied the areas for the concession stands.
  • The Ramada Inn on Kingsway provided accommodations for the teams and supplied two 15 passenger vans.
  • The B.C Council of Film Unions supplied another two 15 passenger vans.
  • Teamsters local 155 supplied most of the volunteer drivers for the vans.
  • Expenses were covered by Moments In Time.

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    ENTRANCE TO THE MAYAN PALACE RESORT, CANCUN, MEXICO

    TIME SHARE RESORTS

    Story and Photos by

    LEE A. WOOD


    If you have read travel stories, or traveled to tourist spots, you have heard about, or experienced, TIME SHARES SALESMEN.

    Let me set you straight. They are not Time Share Salesmen. They will not, and can not, sell you a time share. You can talk to them all day and you will not end up with a time share.

    They can: sell you a trip to a tourist activity; arrange for a car rental; or get you a good price on a hotel, depending on who they work for.

    Nine times out of ten the price they give you is based on you; going to visit a resort, and talking to, a Time Share Salesmen.

    I believe, though I don't know for sure, that there is a healthy commission in getting you to go to the resort. These front runners, whether they work out of a little stand along the street or just wander about freely, are very aggressive. Once they have your attention they will not let go.

    And even if you already own a time share they will still ask you to attend a lecture, at a different resort, because they get their commission whether you buy or not.

    If you do not want to talk to them, avoid them. Even if they stand in front of you, do not stop and talk to them. A polite, `NO, THANK YOU' preferably in their language, should dissuade them. If that doesn't work try a language from another continent.

    For instance if you are in North America, answer them in German, or Chinese. They will quickly stop bothering you because the Time Share Salesmen will not want to talk to you as it is to hard to approve your credit rating.

    I usually, politely, reply to their inquiries, but keep walking, until they give up asking me question. And don't worry about being offensive, they have heard it all before. They will, however, try to turn your offense against you. Ignore it, keep walking.

    However, if you are willing to talk to them, if you are willing to spend a day at a sales presentation; I know they say 90 minutes, but that doesn't include travel time, and believe me the lecture will take the better part of the day, (If it doesn't, make it. I will explain in a moment.), get the best deal you can.

    If you desire to rent a car, or if you want a good price on a scuba trip, then go for it. Whatever price they offer you, ask for more.

    Do not be afraid.

    Ask for more.

    When you have them at the very best price that you can get, stop, shake your head, think, out loud: you forgot; the little children are alone at the beach; you were supposed to pick up your wife at the bus depot»..

    Whatever the excuse, walk away.

    Watch how he will sweeten the pot. He is not going to lose you now. Whatever the offer was: ý price on a boat ride; one night in a hotel, just became a free boat ride, or two nights in a hotel.

    Remember this trick, you will use it again at the time share.

    Whatever the front runner has offered you, be sure it is all in writing.

    Whatever it is you won't get it today. You won't get it until after the presentation. Pick a day that is not going to screw up your schedule, because, as I said, the ninety minutes will actually become seven hours. If it doesn't you could get the shaft. And if you are willing to go to this investment seminar, and that is exactly what it is, you, for your own financial well being, must drag it out as long as you can.

    Do not leave any questions unanswered.

    Ask everything you can think of.

    Do not get snowed under by salesmen hype.

    Understand exactly: what you are buying; how much you are paying; and what you are getting.

    It could be the worst, or the best, investment of your life.

    Let me give you an example of each.

    There is in Mexico, off the Yucatan Peninsula, a hotel that was hit by a hurricane, several years ago. It is on the windward side of an island and is constantly being pounded by waves and storms.

    The hotel sat empty for several years and, as far as I know, some enterprising, and unscrupulous, gentlemen filled the cracks in the walls with polyfilla, and gave the edifice a cheap face lift, and a fresh coat of paint.

    To my mind, whoever buys into this timeshare is pouring their money down the drain.

    Within the not too distant future the paint will peel and the polyfilla will fall out. Heaven knows what will happen the next time the hotel has to endure a hurricane.

    And it will, it is in hurricane alley.

    On the other hand, a time share could be the greatest investment you will ever make.

    You may not be able to afford it at this time and it would, more appropriately, suit your budget at some time in the future.

    Presenting this argument will cause the salesman to redirect his line of attack. He may suggest you move to a lower price room, a shorter package, or even a package at a different hotel in a different town.

    He has you on the hook, he is going to reel you in. Make sure he increases the size of the bait.

    As I said before, when the deal is complete, and you have the best deal you think you can get, walk away.

    Watch how fast the deal gets better.

    There is one key ingredient here.

    At this moment you must take a moment, ask for it, demand it.

    Take a breath, count to ten, search your sole.

    Is this a good deal. Is the hotel, or salesman, on the up and up.

    If you firmly believe you can't trust him. Say so. If he can't prove you wrong, walk away.

    If you feel it is a good deal your next decision must be financial. Can you spare the down payment, and the monthly payments, or will it cripple you severely when you get home?

    If so walk away.

    If you can squeeze the down and the monthly's, out of your budget, then decide: why are you gong to buy; as an investment for your future holidays; or as a financial investment.

    Many people love to stay in lovely resorts with all the amenities. If that is your thing, this may be the deal for you. One or two weeks a year in a different hotel in a different country. Or you can stay at the same resort each year at a different time of year.

    If you have read any of my travel stories you know that I tend to cheaper establishments. I like to pay for a simple bed and eat in simple establishments where I can sample the local food and mingle with the local populace.

    If this is your style, like me, you may be interested in a time share as an investment.

    You buy the room, for one or two weeks, then, each year, you give up your time and the resort rents it out, with a portion of the monies being returned to you, and, hopefully, within a few short years, the investment will pay for itself and you will, eventually, realize a profit.

    The following pictures are of a resort that I invested in. If you would like to rent a week or two, you can contact me and I will arrange for you to take over my time period, or if you are interested I can arrange for you to meet with a salesman and you can invest in your own time share.

    Yes, I will receive an incentive for sending you.

    If my story inspires you, and you want to contact them directly, please tell them you read about it here.

    `04/03/25

    (Interior grounds of resort.)
    FINISHED WING
    (Buildings and grounds under construction.)
    BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
    Future plans call for a floating restaurant on this pond.

    (Open air restaurant with palm thatch roof.)
    THIS OPEN AIR BUILDING HOUSES A SMORGASBORD STYLE RESTAURANT
    AND A LARGE STAGE FOR EVENING ENTERTAINMENT.
    (Interior of restaurant.)
    INTERIOR OF SMORGASBORD RESTAURANT.

    There will be, with the floating, and the smorgasbord, a total of 7 restaurants.

    (Entrance to the smorgasbord restaurant.)
    ENTRANCE TO THE SMORGASBORD RESTAURANT
    Inside the entrance, the large column is covered with a cascade of water.
    (Interior of restaurant.)
    MAIN STAGE
    Above the stage are cables and trapezes for circus acts.

    (Undeveloped beach.)
    FUTURE BEACH DEVELOPMENT AREA
    (People and waves on beach.)

    (Pool with fountain and chairs.)
    NORTH END OF POOL
    (People in pool.)
    NORTH END OF POOL

    (Bin & Luis beside the pool, in front of a large fountain.)
    LUIS, OUR TIME SHARE SALESMAN, SHOWS BIN THE POOL
    (Bar in center of pool.)
    SWIM UP BAR NEAR CENTER OF POOL

    We were shown two display suites; the Mayan, and the Grand Mayan. Both are dividable into two separate units. You can stay in one side and use the other side for friends, or rent it out.

    (Interior of bedroom, with adjoining bath.)
    BEDROOM AND BATH
    Looking from the balcony.
    (Balcony with small pool.)
    BALCONY WITH SMALL POOL
    Not a hot tub or Jacuzzi.

    The Mayan has a separated balcony. The Grand Mayan has two sliding dividers to separate the balcony into; one, two, or three portions.

    (Interior; front room, dinning area, kitchen.)
    Front Room, Dinning Area, Kitchen
    Looking from the balcony.
    (Interior; dinning area, front room.)
    DINNING AREA, FRONT ROOM
    Looking towards the balcony, from the kitchen.

    The one side is only bedroom and bath, while the other side has the kitchen.

    (Interior; bedroom, bathroom.)
    BEDROOM, BATHROOM
    Looking from the balcony. Sliding dividers separate the bathroom from the bedroom
    and also divide the bathroom into two rooms.
    The bathtub is a Jacuzzi, soaker.
    ( Interior; bathroom, bedroom.)
    BATHROOM, BEDROOM
    Looking, toward the balcony, from the bathroom.

    Construction is over 50% completed and occupancy, of the completed part is about 95%.

    (A panorama of the pool and grounds from the balcony of the display suite.)
    A PANORAMA OF THE POOL AND GROUNDS FROM THE BALCONY OF THE DISPLAY SUITE

    Not being particularly wealthy, but still wishing to invest, I purchased two weeks in the Mayan style rooms, in the Mayan Riviera, just South of Cancun, Mexico, and two weeks in the Mayan Resort in Mazatlan.

    Unlike some Time Shares, my weeks are not fixed. I can phone in, or go on-line, and reserve them for, almost, anytime of the year. I can use them one week at a time. I can use them: in any of the Mayan resorts, Acapulco, Nuevo Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta; or in any one of the thousand of affiliate resorts around the world.

    And, theoretically, I could rent them out but that never happened and I canceled my timeshare as I was never going to use it.

    END

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    MEET `99.

    TRAIN TOUR `99


    Photos & Story by
    LEE A. WOOD

    I spent the summer of `99 chauffeuring Japanese tourist around the city of Vancouver, B. C. I suppose you are wondering what connection there could be between me, as a driver of tour busses, and the world of model railroading.

    As a youth I was heavily involved in HO. The idea to get back into it continually flickers across my mind. Imagine my surprise, and elation, when my boss asked me if I could work on the evening of November 13th, driving a bus load of RR modelers from house to house, so that they could view what our city has to offer in home layouts.

    ALL
    ABOARD
    (pic. of passengers in bus.)
    Wellstone Coach Lines # 602 Leaving on track€ Cameron St.
    Destination, Layout Tour `99

    Needless to say I jumped at the opportunity to partake in this annual event. The tours, by cars, had started in 1988.

    For the Sixth consecutive year busses from Wellstone Coach Lines gathered at the Cameron Recreational Center in Burnaby, B. C. where the 7th division of the PNR-NMRA was holding their annual model train convention and display.

    SECTIONS(pic. of railway trestle.)
    Modelers build sections to spec so that each section will complete a large layout.

    ONE
    SECTION
    (pic. of railway trestle.)
    It is hard to tell where the model hills become painted backdrop in this section.

    Saturday was a one day, members only, display and convention which was followed by a public show on the Sunday. The meet, Trains `99, wound up Sunday evening with a banquet and awards ceremony for members.

    SUNDAY(pic. of crowd.)
    Open to an enthusiastic public.

    Each bus carried approximately twenty passengers and a conductor. My conductor was George Massey. Though George doesn't have a layout of his own, at the present time, he has been helping on the Coquihalla Valley RR.

    A trestle that George had built for the CQVR was modeled after the one at mile 20.7 on the Coquihalla subdivision of the Kettle Valley RR. The model won, for George, his Structure's Award Certificate for the NMRA Achievement Program and second prize in structures at `Trains `97'.

    FIRST
    PRIZE
    (pic. of railway trestle.)
    George¥s prize winning trestle sits proudly on the Coquihalla Valley RR.

    Through the dark rainy night I took my charges past the Burlington Northern Yards, under a rail bridge, a car bridge, and the SkyBridge (LRT) in New Westminster. Then past the Southern BC RR yard to Burnaby. Though they were hard to see through the rain, I tried to point out these RR points of interest, for my out-of-town passengers.

    In a whirlwind tour of Burnaby, and Vancouver, the five busses deposited half their human cargo at five separate houses and then moved on to the next house where they discharged the second half of their cargo before picking up the half load that was left there by the bus before them.

    By only dropping half of the passengers at each house it gave the viewers more room in the, sometimes small, basements and made full use of both basements and busses.

    With approximately fifteen minutes travel time between each house, the viewers, from the far flung corners; Fruitvale; Quesnel; Kelowna; and the not so far corners: Burnaby; Pt. Moody; Coquitlam; of the Province, had twenty minutes to view each layout while the proud owners of the layouts were given a chance to explain their ideas and operations.

    Though I didn't have a chance to get in during the first round I did on the second. While the group I brought was waiting, for the group I was picking up to come out, I was able to slip in for a couple of minutes and take some pictures.

    The first layout we visited, in Vancouver, was that of the Spokane and British Columbia RR. An imaginary RR, based on an actual plan that was abandoned in 1919. The creator has projected what it would have looked like, in 1955, had it been completed.

    SPOKANE
    & B. C.
    (pic. of railway layout.)
    Computerized engines are run by radio control.
    Eventually there will be two more levels above this one.

    Our second stop was at the home of the Seymour Valley Logging and RR Co. which is a fignewton of the builder's imagination, as, to his knowledge, there was never a RR in the Seymour Valley.

    SEYMOUR
    VALLEY
    (pic. of railway layout.)
    The detailing is superb, from the forest fire in the far mountain, the lighting dimming to evening and the glow of the forge as the blacksmith pumps the bellows.

    Third stop was at the Kettle Valley Division of the CPR (Canadian Pacific). This layout is based on the Coquihalla and Princeton subdivisions of the Kettle Valley line circa 1949.

    KETTLE
    VALLEY
    (pic. of railway layout.)
    The guest book goes unsigned as viewers are enthralled with the miles of N scale.

    At stop number four we toured the Selkirk Division, an imaginary extension of the Burlington Northern RR. This multi-train, mainline, operation is set in the Pacific South West corner of Canada during the 1970's and was the only N Gauge system on the tour, the other four being HO.

    SELKIRK
    DIVISION
    (pic. of railway control panel.)
    One of the many control panels .

    Then stop five and our final destination of the evening. John Green the coordinator for the tours, has built his Coquihalla Valley RR based on the Coquihalla subdivision of the Kettle Valley RR. This layout is planned to be operated in two eras, the 1940's and the 1980's.

    COQUIHALLA
    VALLEY
    (pic. of railway trestle.)
    Two of the many bridges.
    The superb landscaping blends, magically, into the scenic backdrop.

    At the CQVR I picked up half of the people I had started with and by returning to the first house we had stopped at, having completed the circuit twice, I picked up the second half of my original charge.

    Passing through central Burnaby I pointed out several of the many film studios in Hollywood North before returning my model RR enthusiasts to the Cameron Rec. Center where I was given a real treat, a free pass to the next days showing of Trains `99.

    It was a great treat to meet the friendly people and see the wonderful layouts on the tour.

    6X6(pic. of contest entries.)
    Each entry was restricted to a width and depth of six inches.

    Who knows, maybe next year, instead of chauffeuring visitors from home to home, I may be letting modelers view `Lee's Line', an in coffee-table, N gauge.

    Currently still in my mind but I sure picked up a lot of great ideas, not to mention enthusiasm to get started, during the tour.

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    OBEY THE LAW


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    Judges must obey laws just like the rest of us. If they donÕt, why should we?

    Recently a judge in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada found a consortium `not guiltyÕ of distributing illegal drugs, despite the federal law that says illicit drugs are illegal. The judge stated that he didnÕt think the law was just and that the federal government should rewrite the law.

    This is my view on that.

    Judges judge.

    Judges decide if the accused is innocent or guilty.

    The judgment is based on evidence presented.

    The judgment is untainted by the judgeÕs personal feelings or anything happening outside the courtroom.

    Judges are employed by the people of Canada to judge. They are not employed to make, change, interpret, or criticize laws.

    Laws are made and changed within the house of Commons by Members of Parliament who have been hired, elected, by the people of Canada, to do that task.

    Justice Ian Pitfield, in making his public statement in regards to the `PHS Community ServicesÕ, case has overstepped the bounds of his employment.

    Laws, such as those against drugs, or drug dealers, have been passed in the house of commons, at the request of the citizens of this country, for our protection.

    Judges are paid to uphold such laws, not to criticize them.

    Imagine the example this sets for the rest of the populace. Any time a person wishes to break the law, their defense will be, `I donÕt have to obey that law because I donÕt like that law. Tell Ottawa to change itÕ.

    If Mr. Pitfield, I use the term `Mr.Õ instead of the title `JudgeÕ because he has lost the rights to that title, wishes to have a law altered, he, like you, or I, may write to his Member of Parliament and ask for said change.

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