Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
|As a bus driver I have the most uncommon experiences, mostly with the public. From being attacked to being praised to being rewarded with tips, everything in between as happened. But are bus drivers getting hugged…?|
Today I had a young couple and their 5yr. old daughter on the bus. I dropped them off at the Airport. They were already on the curb when suddenly the little girl walked up to me, looked straight up and gave me a bear hug with a big smile. I was totally stunned and so was her parents.
That little girl sure made my day.
WE HAVE A HEAT WAVE
On a day in January one would never expect Alberta winter temperatures to raise to 10C (50F), but it so happened today in Edmonton. At the same time the temperature in Phoenix,AZ was 15C and Las Vegas,NV had 14C. Not really much of a difference I’d say. What feels warm in Edmonton must have been a rather cold day in Phoenix and Las Vegas.
All I can say is that we are enjoying this early “spring” a lot.
Thanks for dropping by!
For pictures pls. visit Bea’s blog: www.gosidewalk.blogspot.com
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
|The community of St.Albert, AB is mourning the death of an RCMP-officer which was fatally wounded as he was investigating a car theft in a St.Albert Casino. What should have been a routine police procedure, turned into a deadly assignment for officer David Wynn when the suspect Shawn Maxwell Rehn fired shots at officer Wynn and his colleague Aux. Const. Derek Bond. While Bond was hit in the arm, Wynn was shot in the head and died without regaining consciousness.|
Rehn is a guy with the most impressive rap sheet with nothing less than 55 convictions. His criminal career started at the tender age of 15. He has been known to law enforcement for most of his pitiful life. He has been in jail and released, went back to jail and was released again. Over and over and over. Even police officials are asking the question why this villain was allowed back into the public. However, the judicial system is still finding all kind of excuses of why and how this man’s acts can be explained and that society failed to straighten out this guy, implicating that he is innocent of his crimes.
“Maybe he was suffering abuse, mental illness or drug abuse”.
This is exactly the point where our justice system fails to function. Rehn was a living time bomb ending up with killing RCMP officer Wynn who also was a father and a husband. Shall we excuse criminals because they abuse drugs? Can society take responsibility for someone’s mental illness or that parents abuse their child? I think not.
What do YOU think?
Monday, January 19, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
I bet you are one of them computer users who are just that USERS, but not totally tech savvy. Right? When you encounter your computer running slow or get en outright message that a nasty virus is rampaging between your precious data folders then you eventually succumb to call tech support – which most likely is a non-English speaking expert located in India.
From a friend I received the following dialog about a special “software” he’s been having problems with for years. (hint:…his wife might be part of this)
Dear Tech Support,
In addition, Husband1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance9.5 and Personal Attention6.5; and then installed undesirable programs such as NBA5.0. NFL and Golf Clubs4.1.
However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence2.5, Happy Hour7.0, or Beer6.1. Please note that Beer6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta.
Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources).
We recommend Cooking3.0 and Hot Lingerie7.7.
Over here It’s been packing day as we are to move into civilisation tomorrow. Luckily, the heat wave is prevailing so we don’t have to battle the problems of a frosty winter day. It might seem strange to you but I am almost feeling sad to abandon the days of camping, yet I know that life will be a lot more comfortable if I don’t have to worry about frost getting into our water system. We will leave the stubborn fridge behind and disconnect the trailer from the greedy power meter. I have purchased gallons of pink-colored plumbing antifreeze which we will inject into the water lines and tanks tomorrow. Said 4l of antifreeze has a local price tag of nearly 11 Bucks plus tax, while the same quantity can be had in the U.S. for around 4-5Bucks/gal.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
|It would take a whole lot of optimism to assume that the flowers of spring would appear any earlier this year than normal. Yet, a person could come to such foolish anticipation if he would take today’s measured temperatures to be a sign that winter is bleeding out its force. Today Edmonton was hit with a WARM SPELL bringing today’s high temps up to 5C (41F) Snow and ice was melting before my eyes, but creating somewhat slushy road conditions which mandated the use of copious amounts of window washer fluid. |
Midways through the day I received a text message from Bea saying that our frozen sewer pipe had sprang back to life, meaning that icy obstacles had vanished. Just in time, I’d say, given the fact that we need to leave the trailer on it’s own for the next 3.5 months. And who would want holding tanks filled to the brim, freezing up. Now at least Bea was able to empty said tanks, which really made my day.
We are still trying to lure the fridge back to life, but haven’t been blessed with any success. But I will let you know if this biggest of wonders will happen before we change our where-abouts.
YES,YES,YES…..I know…only 3more sleeps!
Thanks for dropping by again!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
|Doing camping during an Alberta winter can be a real adventure. We had never done this before and had to make adjustments to our equipment and it sure makes for an interesting life style.|
Here are a few things which can occur on a regular basis.
- locks and handles for compartment doors are freezing so they can’t be operated without thawing them out.
- one morning after freezing rain our entry door was frozen shut and needed to be warmed up with a hairdryer
- when electric heaters are running on the same circuit the breaker kicks out and the heater dies. That in turn will result in freezing up your water line before you notice the problem. We now know that and have 2 heaters on 2 different circuits.
- below the windows we find ice build-ups, which when thawing turn into lots of water. In order to avoid damage the water needs to be wiped off every morning after the furnace has warmed up the trailer.
- when outside temps are reaching arctic-level, inside temps have problems to reach 20C. (68F) and your mattress is freezing to the wall. Woolen sweaters and extra bedcovers become a necessity.
- also under arctic temps you need to heat the fridge. RV-fridges tend to freeze up when temps are going under –30C. Ours is now frozen and our food is outside in a cooler. Saves a lot of energy but a little trouble lamp put in from the outside would have helped tp prevent the problem.
- under our mattress we have a layer of 1.5” heat- radiant Styrofoam, otherwise our butts would freeze to the mattress.
- our entry door step is turning into a slide which may or may not result in a broken leg.
- in order to survive ANY winter temps we needed a radiant Styrofoam skirting. Ours is 1.5” thick and is taped to the body of the trailer. The radiant foil is turned inward. Without a skirting we would have no way of heating the underbelly of the trailer and our shoes would freeze to the lino.
- Our windows are covered with bubble-wrap which helps reduce condensation.
- cupboards and closets are clad inside with silver reflective insulation foil.
- all wall openings like for water-and power lines needed to be “stuffed” with fiberglass insulation.
- with fresh fallen snow piling up, we need to leave our shoes at the door. Snow off the shoes needs to be thrown out to where it came from, that is unless you thrive with puddles on the floor.
- we have a “battery” of 6 propane tanks to keep us warm.
That is in the short what we have been dealing with so far. 7 more sleeps and we will move into a house.
We will leave our trailer in storage mode in the park as it would be a rather grueling undertaking to move it.
With all that in mind be sure not to venture north any time soon. You WILL be sorry.
Thanks for dropping by!
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
|We were walking across the Walmart parking lot when we were approached by a CTV interview and camera team. They were on a mission asking us the very same question. |
Not an everyday question to receive I guess, but truthfully I answered “yes”. Their next question nearly blew me out of my socks: “Would you pay somebody to cuddle with you?”
Why not? There’s no need for Pete’s sake, we have been married for nearly 30 years.
Background for this survey was a Vancouver-based company who had already offered their cuddly services in the western metropolis, now wishing to establish a branch office in Edmonton.
Now, what would be YOUR answer?
And here’s a CBC link to it.
I don’t want to ridicule the idea of it. There might be situations when individuals are under enormous emotional distress with no friends and family around. But just to get a Wednesday evening cuddle….. I would certainly not enlist such services.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
|The continuing story is that Alberta is going through a sudden cold snap which makes even seasoned Albertans go cold – ice-cold!|
We just went from around –20 (-4F) to staggering –38C, (-36F) even –40C (-40F) in certain places. Wind chill brought it even further down to –45C.
(-49F) Now, folks this is bone-chilling cold. Even short stays outside can give you serious frostbite if parts of your skin are exposed.
Frost smoke is wavering through the city and the nights are frightening cold with a big round moon laughing to it all.
According to Bea Molly started limping along on 3 legs, finally laying down with the freezing 4th paw under her to warm it up. No weather to even let your dog outside!
How is camping in these temperatures?
It is an ADVENTURE! Our water line is now frozen, but we have 2 big water containers inside. Inside temps are staying around 20C (68F), and that is the max we get at these temps. Of course one has to watch the contents of the propane cylinders. Like last night Bea noticed the furnace didn’t work anymore. Tanks empty! But I have a two-bucket-wife. She got dressed (while I slept) and changed propane tanks on the trailer tongue. We were back in business!
Our vans are still starting even without being plugged in. Not too bad!
For further info stay tuned!