Ghost Town

Finishing our third game of Dominion Intrigue at 12:19am Sunday morning. My head still sneezing for three-hours now, the sinuses clogging with clear fluids as my nose slowly gets worse. Standing up we go in search of a medicine cabinet. My wife begins digging and reading labels in her parents bathroom seeking out cold and sinus medication while…

Go to the Gym and Get some EXERCISE!

About two months ago, I saw the doctor. His advice, “Go to the gym and get some exercise.” Well that’s pretty easy, since I am a member of the YMCA of Northern Alberta. Then thing is, is I have been irregularly going to the gym for about 2-years now. I go and play floor hockey, shoot…

Swords to Dublin via Public Express Bus

After spending most of the morning dealing with the Rental Car and learning how to adjust to the TDI Blue Motion Automatic car which disengages the engine every time you stop at a street light or stop sign, we finally made it to our first bed & breakfast; San Augustine B&B. A quick chat with…

We Can Hit the Trails Together

Let me take you on a journey, back, back, waaaaaay back, to nineteen-eighty-five to where this assorted tale begins. You see I grew up in a house with 2-siblings; one older and one younger. Yep, I was the middle child (& still am), and I was always trying to keep up with the older brother, yet be…

Food Prep, It’s a Sunday Afternoon Thing

It’s 1:22pm on Sunday afternoon, I sit here typing into the blog when I hear, “Hey James, what would you like to eat for lunch this week?” my wife asks. She’s all dolled up in her Brazilian cooking apron, she’s getting ready to read recipes, plan the weekly food schedule, prep the veggies, tofu and spices then…

Discovering Southern British Columbia, Canada

There are three things road trip travellers should know about when it comes to driving to British Columbia from Alberta. First, it is approximately 5 to 8 hours away from you, depending on where you reside in Central Alberta. Second, always pack a cooler full of food because you never know if there will be…

As the Wheels Turn

Left foot presses down on the clutch and it goes inward as my left hand moves over the shifter knob and moves it from 1st gear into 2nd as my left foot departs the clutch and my right presses on the gas. The RPMs begin to climb 2300, 2400, 2500 just as our tires bounce over a…

How Did We End Up Here?

Standing at the end of the conveyor belt my pointer fingers are curled through the belt loops on both sides of my shorts. Patiently I am waiting for a grey bin at the end of the belt. As it now holds all my belongings: belt, wallet, passport and backpack. The TSA X-ray Analyst is peering at…

Somewhere East of Toronto

The plane gently rolls along the tarmac taxiing into position at Toronto International Airport (TOR) as the Co-pilot briefs the staff to brace themselves as the plane begins to generate speed. As the wheels roll faster and faster down the asphalt until its nose pushes the air out of its way peaking off the horizontal-plane along the tarmac…

Rental Wheels… Wonder What We Got?

Being defeated by land, air and long-distance travel before you reach the rental car counter was lesson number 2 this morning. We’d been traveling since 05:36am yesterday morning and my wife had only the briefest of naps along the journey. I tried persuading her into using an extra pair of ear plugs, or switching seats…

App Test

Testing This is only a test…

An Average Sunday Morning

Tick-tick-tick the seconds round up the clock until the arms strike 12. It’s midnight in our home and the view down to the street is veiled in a thin sheen of melted snow. Turning the knob counterclockwise on the lamp its bulb slowly fades, dimmed then darkness. Our drapes leak light through the white tree-pattern…

Hello 2017… into the New Year

5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!!! The celebrations happen annually on December 31, of any given year, people around the world celebrating the end of the last year and ringing in the new year. They review their previous year, what they were involved in? What they brought to the table? How they built…