|Nanaimo City Hall Steps. One of our Historical Monuments.|
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I was very excited and immediately created a Wikipedia account. I checked out Nanaimo (the place where I live) and found that there were well over a hundred Historical Monuments. The vast majority of the Monuments did not have pictures yet. I set out with my camera and started to take pictures.
It was great fun and I learned so much. I learned that Nanaimo drivers are so courteous that if I was standing anywhere close to the street, even if there was no intersection close by or if I had the camera up to my eye, people would stop so that I could cross the street. I got a lot of exercise crossing the street so as not to be rude and then crossing back to my original spot to take the picture.
I learned that many of our Historical Monuments have been lost to fires or other occurrences.
I learned that I did not know my city as well as I thought I did.
I learned a lot about our local history from the people I met.
I learned that no matter how many times I returned to a spot that some places were just not there.
I learned that Monuments included; Businesses, Residences, Churches, Dams, Libraries, Cemeteries, Government Buildings, Hospitals, Farms, Schools, and one Neon Sign.
I learned that contributing to Wikipedia is not as scary as I thought.
I learned of many wonderful places including the Colliery dams where my wife and I can go for walks.
I learned that perfectionism is the enemy of Excellence. Please remember that when you look at my excellent pictures.
I learned that anyone can contribute to Wikipedia so if you can take a better picture than I did, all you have to do is upload it.
I learned that I can do my part to help preserve things that otherwise may be lost forever.
I learned that it makes a big difference which word you emphasize when speaking the title of this blog.
I know Wikipedia is not perfect but I like to use the 80/20 rule (I can find 80% of the information I require in Wikipedia using 20% of my effort).
I realize that nothing is perfect so I also use the grain of salt rule (Take everything with a grain of salt because it may not be entirely true).