An Unexpected Stop in Glenridding

Right blinker on, I pulled the steering wheel turning south and drove 500m to the parking lot yanked another right and headed for a parking space. There they stood five stylish townhomes standing side-by-side all assembled in their brightly painted facades. Locking the truck, I nearly sprinted across the lot to the front door. Hand…

Living with Your Decisions

Have you ever made a decision you were one-hundred percent sure of at the time then several months after living with said decision you realized maybe that was not exactly what you had in mind? This is that story. Back in January 2012 we returned from teaching English in South Korea. We found a modest…

How to Avoid Tourists? And Enjoy the Hiking in Western Canada

Recently, a good friend from down south of the border reached out to ask the inevitable question when traveling to a fellow friend’s country… “what are the best places to go hiking in Vancouver? and where are some good places to eat?” followed by “can you advise us on the same in Banff? Oh Yeah……

The Midnight Following of a Red Giant

Last night I decided to take myself outside and look for stars using the app known as stellarium. Then I went with my Celetron binoculars and began looking at the only star that I could see inside the clouded sky What was interesting is using stellarium I was able to determine that the only star…

Tires; When Should You Change Them Out?

Realistically FrankenTaco will not require a new set of “shoes” until 2023 or later as long as they do not get a pesky puncture or run amok in the dirty potholes of life. From regular wear and tear, I’m told I should get around 120,000 to 150,000 kilometres on the current set of Yokohama Country…

Finding a Quality Piece of Wood

Last year, maybe even the one before that my father-in-law used to talk nonstop about pieces of wood. The grains, each pattern, each ring, the weight of a piece of wood, where it came from, its literal origins and oh so much more. Enough to give a guy an ulcer. One afternoon on a warm…

Thirty-Eight Minutes of Fireworks

For most of my life, I have always been in AWE of fireworks when they explode overhead. The brilliant colours and array of streaming lights in the sky. Once way back when I was a kid my father used to drive north into another state and purchase a plethora of fireworks in late June every…

The 2021/2022 Big Canada Run; Join Our Team!

Are you looking for something to keep you motivated for the next year with your Fitness Goals? Then you have come to the right place. We are putting together a team of runners, hikers, walkers, cyclists and swimmers to compete in the 2021/2022 Big Canada Run! This is a virtual challenge that covers 8,000kms from…

Round One with Pfizer-BioNTech; Did You Get Your Shot?

Here in Alberta we reached 69.4% of all Albertans over the age of 12 having their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination. What’s more amazing than that is in the whole of Albertan we have 4.4 million residents. As most of you will already know there are a variety of different vaccines and combinations of vaccines…

Are You Holding Out for a Fresh Start; COVID Shots Now Available

In the past three days I have had more conversations about receiving the COVID “jab” then the total number of cases which have occurred in the last 24-hours in Edmonton (348 new cases). Earlier today (Wednesday May 26) our Premier: Jason Kenney hosted a conference to inform our Province about the next steps in his…

In-flight Drone Failure; How does a Pilot Recover Control

There is something to be said about a person who is willing to play by the rules and learn to safely operate their drone whether it be for recreational or commercial use. Here in Canada there are several tests a person can take through Transport Canada that allows you to participate in safely operating your…

A Saturday Night Success; Chasing Aurora Borealis

Late Saturday night my phone notification alert went off at 10:48pm informing there was a 12% chance the Northern Lights being visible in the sky tonight. Opening up the Aurora app, I checked the map to see what the predicted location of the Aurora would be? According to the prediction map the Aurora was splitting…

Try it, Taste it, Love it; Hitachino Japanese Beer

South bound after work I slowed spotting the Liquor Store on the opposite side of the street thinking to myself, “Sherbrooke Liquor… oh man they have a tasty selection of beers for a fantastic Friday night.” The left hand tugged on the steering wheel as we eased into the roundabout drifting through its circled lanes and…

Practicing a Skill; One Bead after Another

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been driving out to the country side to learn a new skill its something I should have learnt back in High School when all that free knowledge was being provided but as a young man I did what some of us tend to do and just followed my…

Get Smart; Smart Watches

Recently as I was working from home the wife and I were idly chatting about random things that we are going to miss or not miss when we move to our next home as our current condo is directly above the boiler room where periodically you can hear the building maintenance men working with drills,…

Giants of Mining Museum

1977 O&K Dragline Fort McKay, Alberta Canada The dragline has a base diameter of 18m (59 ft) A working weight of 3,420 metric tonnes (3,769 US tons) The maximum dumping height depth is 46.2m (151.5 ft) The maximum digging depth is 53m (173 ft) The dragline is equipped with three each of 1,120kW drag motors 1,120kW hoist motors 600kW swing motors…

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Chasing Aurora Borealis; How Does One Accomplish This Feat?

It all started a few weeks back when a guy on Instagram that I follow started posting these elaborate images of Aurora Borealis with spectacular colours or pink and white hues. I’d never seen something so mystical and beautiful in the skies. Previously when we lived out west of the “Big City” we would catch…

From the Driver’s Seat; Five Years in a Company Vehicle

One afternoon I’m diligently typing away on the keyboard inside my office when my boss stopped by to discuss the latest issue we were having on a large multimillion dollar project and converse about the request for a pay raise. The issue dealt with we began discussing renumeration and he informed we were denied for…

Hobbies; Where do You Get Them From?

This morning as we sat down for leftover Indian lunch I looked over my plate of food and said, “Hey wife, I was thinking maybe I should get a new hobby?” She giggled and pointed to my cellphone then replied, “Isn’t playing chess online your hobby?” Looking up I starred at her then back at…

What’s All the EV Hype About?

Hey have you heard the hype about how Electric Vehicles (EV) will be taking over the world in the next five to ten years? Yup, it is unfortunately true. Depending on your perspective about the automobile. There is a movement now in the world trending away from driving an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle. And…