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…

Three Rounds; Who Are You Predicting Will Reach the Ultimate Goal?

This weekend marks the beginning of the end of the ’20/’21 season for the National Football League (NFL) as eight-teams embark on the greatest journey of every season as they head into the Divisional round of four-football games remaining in the year. This past season is one for the record books and NOT because of…

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…

What is the Best Way to Motivate a Person to Complete Fitness Goals?

Getting motivated in the gym takes more than just getting up or heading there after a hard days work at your regular nine-to-five job. It takes grit and determination. From experience I’ve been an on-again, off-again character at the gym since 2002. It wasn’t until November 2019 when I was sitting at dinner with Melcon…

Are You a Morning Commuter; Traffic Dance Party Goer?

You’ve all heard those people who sit in their automobiles on the roadway with their radio cranked up to 42 listening to some hip-hop artist or maybe its old school R&B or possibly a new track from Keith Toby or some new Top 40’s DJ. All you are thinking is there goes my peaceful quiet…

Pre-Travel Essentials, What Do You Do Before Departing?

Literally every person, I have ever met in Canada, outside of Canada, around North America, in South Korea, Australia, Costa Rica and even Ireland. We all have our own pre-flight routine before traveling, anywhere. This does not matter whether the person is about to drive┬áto seven hours to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving, or head down…

FIRE Your Boss to Gain Freedom Over Your Precious Time

I know this TITLE ^^ that one sounds completely batshit crazy, am I right? And yet there are thousands of people striving for this goal on a daily basis. FIRE Your Boss to Gain Freedom Over Your Precious Time. What does this mean? This is actually a plausible accomplishment. FIRE stands for Financial Independence Retire…

Goals are Important; That’s Why You Should Set Them Annually.

Way back in time, okay it was 2-days ago… The wife comes bouncing into our living room and wants to know what I have decided my “goals” will be for 2021? Blankly my eyelids move up and down blinking at her as I’ve not been thinking about this task and was not really considering it…

One a day, to Keep the Cold Sores Away!

Pulling a stark blue coffee mug out of the far left cupboard as the water below began to boil inside the kettle. Reaching into the next cupboard withdrawing a packet of Twinning’s Earl Grey tea, I tore off the top and dropped it into the awaiting mug. As the kettle finished percolating I picked up…

A Review of Living with a Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock

It starts every year around October first when our family starts talking about the “Ole Christmas List” and what that might look like. You see every year we create a list of about 10-items for the others in the family. The items on the list are valued at $50 or less CAD. Last year I…

Awaken Your Senses Beyond the Touches of Your Cellphone

It must have been eight months ago a colleague of mine and I were bullshitting about cellphones, how many times a person touches it and what our waking up routine is like before breakfast. This is when he says to me, “the wife and I stopped bringing our cellphones into the bedroom about 11-months ago….

3-Upcoming Modifications for a 3rd Gen Tacoma

Back in February when I first purchased the 2016 Toyota Tacoma the plans then were to keep it a stock truck for the first six-months of its existence before starting to research and review possible accessory parts. Then in early summer, around June 21st a good friend of mine gave me the first aftermarket item;…

Mid-December 2020 Report from Central Alberta

Hello Friends of the Internet … Have you wondered, where have they been ? To be quite frank we’ve taken a good couple of weeks off to reassess our blog, the volumes of drafts that we have on hand which require editing, sprucing up and of course those nice finishing touches before they can be…

Winter Running Gear 2020/21

The season is upon us here in Alberta where the temperatures have begun to slowly recess back into the misery of what will be the beginning of Winter soon. The bad part of winter is the extreme cold temperatures. The good part is you can break out your winter running gear and start looking ahead…

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…

Morning Preparations for an Afternoon at the Golf Course

On Tuesday morning the entire house seemed to have risen early. Grandpa started his day at his regular hours of 5:30am getting dressed, stuffing his pockets full of dog treats and heading out the door whistling for his morning walk-about the neighbourhood. Shortly thereafter the wife couldn’t sleep anymore and rose around 6:30am pulling herself…

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…

What Does a Geodesic Dome and an Apple Orchard Have in Common?

Part Three: Departing out the parking lot of Rustic Roots Winery we turned left onto Highway 3 heading back towards Osoyoos. On the way down to Rustic Roots we spotted a Geodesic Dome on the right hand side of the highway. More than anything I wanted to stop and pull out the drone to take…

An Arrival at the GP Lodge in Osoyoos, British Columbia

Part One: Upon arrival at the GP Lodge we were instantly let into their home and given hello’s and hugs from a distance. It was the beginning of a new COVID-era ritual each morning after rising from our slumber and in the afternoon when we returned from our daily adventures. The GP’s ordered up take-n-bake…

An Adventure in Hospitality at Hotel Zed in Kelowna British Columbia

We turned right off Route 97 onto Water Street for one block, then chucked a left onto Lawrence Avenue another block another left finally onto Abbott Street within seconds Hotel Zed glimered its bright hues into the early evening sky. “Just park alongside that van there,” I said pointing to a 1960’s VW Vanagon all…

Stories on the Road Between Cochrane, Alberta and Kelowna, British Columbia

Sometime after Cochrane we encountered hundreds of commuters heading west towards what we anticipated would be needing into the national park. As we neared the turnoff for Kananaskis Country at least fifty-percent of the vehicles peeled off onto the exit ramp. Ninety-nine percent of the vehicles turned left onto route 40 south creating a traffic…