Reminiscing About Breaking Into Adulthood

There was seven of us hanging out in the backyard of a close friend’s girlfriend’s parents house the month after we had graduated from high school. Corey the quiet one in his grey long sleeved shirt with the Levi’s logo across his chest in pair of ripped 501’s sitting alone contemplating his weekly preparations before…

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…

An Update After 12-Weeks of Using a Lathe

As you may recall back on April 25th we had our very first introduction to the wood shop out in the countryside. “To Lathe or not to Lathe; That is the Question?” was the title of my first posting about how-to use a lathe. If you missed that article you may want to jump back…

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…

Pfizer-BioNTech; Are There Really Side Effects?

On Monday June 7th after receiving my first dose of protection from humanity in the form a vaccination shot into the upper left arm of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 happiness, I was one of the lucky people who received an additional 30-minutes in the room to sit and make sure I didn’t have an allergic reaction to…

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…

What’s Your Stance on COVID-19 Vaccinations?

For several weeks now James and I, have been discussing the philosophical debate that I am 100% certain every human being this world over has been discussing since December 2020 when the vaccinations started rolling out all over the globe. Why or Why not, to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine? As any good debater knows the…

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…

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,…

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…