Do You Love History? Coronavirus It Will Surprise You!

For the month of June, we have been dedicating our entire blogging segments to the world at large and specifically about the Coronavirus. We felt that we had touched on the subject here and there throughout these very interesting times but wanted to share a bit of additional knowledge that we had found during our…

To Take the “Jab” or not? Its a Difficult Human Decision

Let’s all be totally honest for like twelve-seconds then we can come back to this “Tough Human Decision” brought to you by needles around the globe. For more than a decade I’ve been an avid world traveller, jumping from one country to another. Some of those countries were more civilized then others and some of…

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…

A Beginner’s Lathe Tool Kit

For a couple of weekends now, I have been traveling outside of the city to learn how-to operate a lathe and several other tools inside my father-in-law’s wood shop. The first thing you need to understand is this is all very new to me. I am a total newb. And everything I am writing comes…

Lesson # 2; An Introduction to Beads, Shoulders and Curves

Bags already packed I poured coffee into both a travel mug and a 40-ounce thermos then headed into the garage for the forty-something minute drive out to Grandpa’s Wood shop for my second lathe lesson. “Well… at least you are on time for this morning’s lesson,” said Grandpa followed by, “you look like a bag…

Lesson #1; An Introduction to Operating a Lathe

Prior to setting up the cylinder onto the lathe he wandered across the wood shop in search of yet another tool that was required in the preparation of the lathe. Inside my mind I kept thinking respect the tools, followed by respect the process to understand the proper lathe methodologies. In this hand was a…

Headstock vs Tailstock; An Introduction to a Lathe

Rising early this past Sunday morning at an unusual eight-thirty-three in the morning I leapt out of bed to get the kettle brewing, and grab some breakfast. As I did not want to be late to my father-in-laws home as it was a forty-minute drive from the City. Today, I would begin my first ever…

To Lathe or not to Lathe; That is The Question?

Every time I have stepped into Grandpa’s woodworking shop it fascinates the curiosities inside the visual being that I am. This workshop holds a lifetime of stories and I’ve only been fortunate enough to glimpse into the belly of the beast upon occasion when the man whose hands have carved, crafted and produced thousands of…

Three Rides in Three Years

Twenty-four months of using a plethora of public transportation in Australia led me across the world to the United States to meet up with a couple of friends and travel by plane to Central America landing at Tobías Bolaños International Airport in San Juan, Costa Rica. We spent the next 3 1/2 weeks traveling across…

Modes of Transportation; An Alternative to Owning an Automobile

The Boeing 747 landed on the tarmac at Brisbane Airport on the 2nd day of February 2002, the temperature when we landed was 29 degrees Celsius (84F) the sweat poured down the side of my face as I used several napkins to control this initial blast of heat. List of Vehicles Used   Ages 28…

A Life Lesson from Buying a Truck

Nearing the end of my weeks in the Pacific Northwest I knew I would require a vehicle to transport all of my belongings to my next destination back in Colorado prior to my departure for Australia in a year’s time. At the time I didn’t want to merely rent a U-haul truck and drive across…

Five Years, Two Cars and a Motorbike

Fourteen months of walking, taking the bus and hitching rides from friends to get back and forth to college and work, I had finally raised enough cash to buy a new vehicle. But I wasn’t looking for a classy vehicle. I just needed something to get me through the next six months because then I…

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…

Stead Fast; The Formative Years

Recently I’ve been engaged by the possibilities of Electric Vehicles and driving them around in the backcountry of Alberta and across Canada. This afternoon I was thinking about and talking with my wife about all of the vehicles I have ever owned, where I was in my life and what happened to each of them?…

Vroom Vroom

Alberta Aviation Museum Edmonton, Alberta Canada

How Do You Celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

This delicious idea came to us a few nights ago as we were standing in the cooler at Sherbrooke Liquor store starring at the thousands of individual bottles of beer before James and myself. “Dude, we should start a section on the blog where we just talk about beers we are tasting!” I starred down James like he must…

Is Your Sleep Priceless?

Yesterday, I realized on Wednesday of the upcoming week that it would be St. Patrick’s Day!, and that’s when the shitzpa really hit the fan. Yesterday, I realized we only have 5-more months on our lease and then we can release ourselves from living above the boiler room and perhaps I can finally get rid…

Summer Sketches Along Eighty-Second Avenue

Sitting on a park bench along Whyte Avenue sipping on a takeout coffee just watching people on a Saturday afternoon with not much to do. Beside my feet lay my knapsack with the DJI drone, all three-spare batteries and a novel by Louise Penny. This weekend the wife was training others how to be better…

What has One Love, Two Doors and Three Storeys?

On a cold Monday back in January 2012, my wife and I had just begun to settle into our empty one-bedroom, one-bathroom open concept-condo. We had moved half-way back around the world from Paju City, Gyeonngi-do South Korea to Onoway, Alberta Canada. We spent the last two weeks of December 2011 living in the basement…

What is Your Origin Story?

Origin: the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived. or·i·gin Its simplicity at its finest… where does someone come from? I used to joke with people and say “my mom!” followed by a lengthy laugh. Sometime around 33-years of age I decided to visit the “homelands” of my American ancestors. It’s smack…

If You Knew A Pandemic Was Coming; What Would You Have Done?

A few days back we were sitting in a colleagues’ office discussing a leftover project from another colleague whom recently departed on long-term leave. As we sat discussing his fingers began rapidly entering data into the Excel spreadsheet we were working on. As he began to type in January 13, 2020. A short muffled giggle…

A Laundry List of Towns We’ve Called “Home”?

It must have been two or three nights ago, I was driving the Tacoma home after work and I started humming along to this hip hop country song or was it a cover by a hip hop artist singing a country song.? When I finally realized it was a remix of a country beat with…

A Round of Nine on the Park Meadows at Osoyoos Golf Club

Foot on the brake pedal we shifted into drive then pulled the Tacoma off the driveway turning left, a quick right and another left we traveled down route 97 for a block and turn right beside the peach orchards. Heading west we drove a kilometre veered left between another set of orchards and turned right…

Scheduling a Tee-Time at Osoyoos Golf Course with Grandpa

Prior to turning down Sumac Road to drive down to the end of the road and visit Shauna’s favourite vineyard we made a phone call to Grandma to pour the BBQ sauce into the crockpot as the pork shoulder should be about three-quarters cooked and it was time for the saucing. Hanging up the phone…