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…

Giants of Mining Museum

1977 O&K Dragline Fort McKay, Alberta Canada The dragline has a base diameter of 18m (59 ft) A working weight of 3,420 metric tonnes (3,769 US tons) The maximum dumping height depth is 46.2m (151.5 ft) The maximum digging depth is 53m (173 ft) The dragline is equipped with three each of 1,120kW drag motors 1,120kW hoist motors 600kW swing motors…

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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…

Chasing Aurora Borealis; How Does One Accomplish This Feat?

It all started a few weeks back when a guy on Instagram that I follow started posting these elaborate images of Aurora Borealis with spectacular colours or pink and white hues. I’d never seen something so mystical and beautiful in the skies. Previously when we lived out west of the “Big City” we would catch…

From the Driver’s Seat; Five Years in a Company Vehicle

One afternoon I’m diligently typing away on the keyboard inside my office when my boss stopped by to discuss the latest issue we were having on a large multimillion dollar project and converse about the request for a pay raise. The issue dealt with we began discussing renumeration and he informed we were denied for…

A Warm Welcome; Returning to the Driver’s Seat

Some people when they learn the total number of times that we have flown across the Pacific Ocean they gasp in disbelief then we lure them into the insanity of our lives with a bunch of stories about being independent worldwide travellers and they gasp in disbelief for a second time. I’ve never been able…

Public Transportation; A Second and Third Dose

After racing around Arizona and primarily the city of Phoenix, I sold everything I owned and moved North across the imaginary line between its neighbouring country; Canada. During the transition from one location to the next sometimes you need to suffer consequences of choices made and in doing so you will relive a period of…