Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
|This Alberta winter is by far the craziest in a long time. And looking across Canada it is not any less crazy other places, even though in a different way.|
Yesterday Edmonton temps reached 6C (43F) and good was that as I was busy replacing the rear window in my van. Today, however, temps are going down to –7C (20F)
While we needed high boots to splash through the puddles we need skates today to make it along the curbside. And the half-frozen slush is hardly negotiable, even Molly got stuck in it. While Calgary, only 2hrs. south, has no snow at all, it just started snowing again in Edmonton.
And speaking of snow: While the Maritimes got pounded again and people are digging tunnels to their entry doors, people in Vancouver can still admire flowers blooming. Ontario may be the only area being “blessed” with a normal tough cold winter this year.
Since a Canadian winter can be so awful, I have decided to fight it with some nice summer pictures of our favorite spot: CAMPOBELLO ISLAND
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
|Never before had I to smash a window but yesterday I had to. My van was running, the lights were shining onto the bus which I just had parked, but then I had to go to the bus to plug it in. When I returned to the van all doors were locked. With my phone safely stored inside, a minus 16C and absolutely nobody around in a mile’s circle, I slid out the trailer hitch and shoved it through the rear door window. |
The window burst into a million small bits, leaving a gaping whole through which I reached the inside central locking button. It was the smallest window in the van farthest from the front and I figured the cheapest to replace. I was right on the first two counts but wrong on the third. It is almost the most expensive to replace and a full 150 Bucks more than the windshield. Go figure!
Right now I have “patched it up” with a garbage bag and some good old duct tape.
When I got back in, Bea showed me a video she’d found. It’s horrible to watch. It is about winter. Winter in New Brunswick. People there are having problems getting out the door. The pile-up of snow is nothing short but extraordinary. You can watch it yourself….and be happy you are not there. That is if you are NOT in New Brunswick.
Oh, understandably, the man in the video uses a few choice words you might not like, so now it’s your choice.
Right now we are very happy about staying in Alberta. And here’s 2 pics of our house in NB. Brrrrr..
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
|I know, I know…I have been ranting about our crazy-world TV programming before, but I’m not done. |
This house has an “advanced” form for TV-watching. A multitude of Channels are coming via an optic fibre cable and for us, who are only used to the few channels an aerial can receive, this is a bit too overwhelming. I am overwhelmed by how much stupidity is actually produced for our so-called “entertainment”.
What this entertainment really does is the re-forming of our thoughts and “knowledge”. Now, I was almost writing de-forming, cause that’s what’s really going on.
When Doctors OZ and PHIL together with “JUDGE JUDY” are advancing their positions to being show masters then I think they have chosen the wrong professions in the first place. Problem with doctors being show masters fluttering across TV screens is that people actually BELIEVE every word they are saying. And by believing their well-honed message people are changing their lives incrementally. They might even chance a self-diagnosis, skipping a necessary visit to their real-world doctor entirely.
We are told how to loose weight by eating a few pills or hanging onto a special diet, which conveniently happens to be available at a discounted price if you call right away.
Problem with all this, and reason why we are having these hapless programs are that these entertainers are making unreasonable amounts of money. Yes, it’s good business. And the money is better than being a real-world doctor.
Now, of course, nobody is being forced to watch these programs. But how often haven’t you been zapping through the jungle of channels just to stop at one of these voyeur-driven programs curiously following the act when Judge Judy is delivering her harsh-worded verdict. Yep, there is entertainment value, I know, but does it ANY good to us, beyond enjoying a few moments of satisfaction?
And then there is Fox (Faux) News, a notoriously reality-twisting lying news channel which has only one purpose, making people believe that 1% of America’s population should be entitled to rule the rest of the country. In fact they are so twisted that they were barred from sending programs in Canada and a few other countries.
But hey, it’s show time, maybe this is all meant to make us laugh.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015
|Well, I shouldn’t really say “unexpected”, for after all it is just the beginning of February and we KNEW that winter wasn’t over. |
No Sir, but it still was a shocker to see what was happening today. It started with a little bit of windy conditions and a few flurries, really. From there on it progressed rapidly into one of the worst blizzards I have seen in a long time. Visibility was cut down to 2 vehicles up front. It got to be a total “wipe-out”.
My commute, normally taking about 35 minutes, grew to 90 minutes flat, and much of it was a total crawl. Listening to the radio I heard about a multi car accident right ahead in my pathway. So I chose the big Ring Road east called “Anthony Henday”. For the longest time I thought I had made a smart decision!
All-of-a-sudden traffic tightened up and pretty soon it became a parking lot. Listening to the radio some more I understood that another accident had happened in my newly-chosen home commute route.
I will never be able to understand why Edmonton has so many “people” on the road who seem to have gotten their drivers license on boxing day at Wally World. While I was holding a 35mph speed I was passed several times at 60 and more mph speed. Constant lane changers and trucks roaring through the snow like it was a summer day in August. Most of these guys were driving pickups. Though snow was deep and treacherous I didn’t see one single plow.
At least today’s commute gave me plenty opportunity to study the ugly side of the city as I was driving along the stinking “Petroleum Alley”. Not only is this part of the city extremely ugly, but it boasts an incredible air pollution which made me gag inside my vehicle. Imagine to stand right above an open petroleum pit. That’s about how it felt driving the eastern part of the “Anthony Henday”.
Over monstrous illuminated steel towers were ghostly flares casting their horror-like fiery shine through the snow showers.
Mel Gibson and his post-apocalyptic movie “Mad Max” comes to mind. Edmonton’s petroleum alley is the perfect spot for ANY horror movie location. I just can’t wrap my head around that normal people are actually working there.
Finally coming home, I had to shovel/push snow off the walkway along the house and the curb. Luckily the snow was like soft powder and didn’t resist my efforts.
Is there more snow coming?
You bet it is. After all we just had February 5.
3 more months to go!
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
|When Bea and I hooked up with each other some 28 years ago our lives together have never been plagued by boredom. We have lived through lows and highs and have enjoyed most of it to the fullest. I have earlier told the story of my love to Canada which has led me into most of my adventures. I am proud to say that I have always done what I wanted to do. There are not many things I have been prevented from experiencing. Maybe being a trapper in the Yukon was the only thing I had a desire for but never got to do. But who knows what’s coming…..?|
In my current job I mainly enjoy the contact with so many people. People who travel. People who are on the move to something. People who are driven by curiosity to meet…..people.
I remember a nice young fellow who was about to have a first trip with his girl friend to Las Vegas. He was totally “in charge” and did not pass up any chance to be the leader of them too. And when I dropped them off at the airport he handed me a generous tip of USD, making sure his girl friend would be aware of this as well. When I got back behind the wheel I had to smile of the two young folks.
I have now been working without a break since January 20 and today is the first day off. It’s a clear cold day with a deep blue sky. Bea and I went shopping and also been paying a visit to our trailer in the RV-Park. We still needed a few items from the trailer and also paid our power bill there. From now on the trailer will be without power. I hope our batteries will survive the cold weather. By-the-way next week we will get yet another mild spell.
From Thursday to Friday there will be a rise of 27C to 11C. At least that’s what the weather guru says.
Later we did a walk around our neighbourhood where we saw this beautiful house. It was built by the original developer in the early 1900s.
Compare that to today’s faceless new constructions.
And now I am just chilling and relaxing with a coffee in a good chair. Life is so good!
Due to a continuously low oil price, Alberta is now in a state of economic worries. Reports of thousands of lay-offs, especially with contractors, have already caused a 34% downturn in the Calgary housing market. At the same time house inventories have spiked with 37%. There is definitely a doom and gloom mood out there. Alberta government is struggling to make up for massive budget shortfalls. All kind of rumours are spreading for how this shortfall will be compensated for. It has been shocking to learn that 70% of the Provincial budget is used on salaries and wages. Maybe it’s time to cut down on expenses?
I’m just saying.
Want to know what Bea has been doing?
Look at the picture down below. She made it on my laptop.
Thanks for dropping by again!