To Sail Or Not To Sail – Antigua

English: Sailing in Antigua Deutsch: Segeln au...
English: Sailing in Antigua Deutsch: Segeln auf Antigua (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As one can see by the day ticker on the right side of the page, we are 3 days away (less than) from departing on another adventure.  That’s right, we are giving the sailing dream it’s due and spending 5 days sailing on a Royal Yachting Association course in Antigua.  Crew Competency to be exact.  Both Lori and I have some experience, but 0 ocean and no certifications.  We hope to knock a few things off the checklist.  First, spending an evening in NYC on a layover, and with luck, meeting up with all of our favourite blogger, El Guapo.  Hoping that works out.  Second, starting on our road to certification and creation of our log books.  Lastly, we will find out whether booting around on a 40 foot sailboat is something we want to do for a few years.  One door opens they say.

The downside, I still haven’t finished blogging ANY of our trips, and this will just add to the pile. At any rate, blogging will be quite slow for the next couple of weeks, and I will truly miss all of you for that period and hope to eventually catch up, both reading and writing when I get back.  Hope the weather in Calgary is truly miserable while we are away as well (Just Kidding, stop the hate mail)


Song Of The Day – The Guess Who – Running Back To Saskatoon

Broadway Bridge and the Central Business Distr...
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


It’s theme week on Song Of The Day.  The theme, songs about Canadian cities.  Winnipeg.  Check.  Montreal.  Check.  Now it is time for SaskatoonThe Guess Who did this one way back in 1972.  As an added city bonus, the song also has references to Moosomin, Moose Jaw, Broadview in Saskatchewan, Red Deer, Hanna and Medicine Hat in Alberta, Terrace in BC and for some reason Hong Kong.  No idea why Hong Kong.  The other towns would all be familiar to Winnipeg bands playing the Western Canadian pub and club circuit.  Enjoy the classic “Running Back To Saskatoon”.



The Skaters Of Calgary

You may remember my post on the Skaters of Seville, if not it is here.  There was another reason for our interest (insert parental pride here).  That is the talents of our sons as aggressive roller-blading.  Basically, like doing skateboard type tricks, but on roller blades. I bring this up as our youngest popped a video on Facebook which made think of, first, Seville, and second, how good he is on his skates.  Take a moment and watch the video.

Pretty cool.  Wish I was still agile enough to do that.

Song Of The Day – Raine Maida – “Montreal”

Raine Maida performing with Our Lady Peace in ...
Raine Maida performing with Our Lady Peace in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I did a song yesterday on Winnipeg, so let’s call this a theme week and do songs about Canadian cities.  Today is a new song from the front man of Our Lady Peace, a very good Canadian group.  He is married to a Winnipeger (nice segue from yesterday’s tune), Chantal Kreviazuk.  Chantal is a formidable artist in her own right.  This tune “Montreal” is a recently released single and is off his solo album, new this year, “We All Get Lighter”.

Raine Maida on CBC

Song Of The Day – The Weakerthans – “One Great City”

English: The Weakerthans performing on Decembe...
English: The Weakerthans performing on December 22nd, 2007 at Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Category:Indie rock groups Category:Musical groups from Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A Winnipeger is allowed to speak of Winnipeg in whatever way one wants to.  This song, “One Great City”, by Winnipeg band The Weakerthans, is literally a love/hate song of our mutual home town.  The band formed in 1997.  They are an Alt band with some punk roots.  This song is both melodic and ironic.  It was on their 2003 album “Reconstruction”.  A bit different that what I have featured lately, but, heard it on the drive today and had to post it.


The Weakerthans Home Page


The Weakerthans on CBC


The Weakerthans on iTunes



Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

This weeks challenge is lunchtime.  Conveniently, I am an habitual foodtographer when we are on vacation, or any other time when we have something thoroughly enjoyable.  Here is a couple of shots for you.

When in Rome
When in Rome
When in Toledo
When in Toledo
When in Lisbon
When in Lisbon

Song Of The Day – Mo Kenney – “Sucker’

Mo Kenney
Mo Kenney (Photo credit: Mira Shemeikka)

I originally posted this as one of my 2012 favourites and have chosen to go back to it as it deserves its own place here.  Mo Kenney is a rising artist out of Nova Scotia, Canada.  She is but 22, yet has played and recorded since 14.  This song has put her on the map somewhat up here in Canada, and should receive more recognition elsewhere.  The video is a duet with another terrific talent, Joel Plaskett and recorded live at CBC.  The song has an interesting feel to it in my mind.  Very subtle, yet powerful, very simple yet unique.

Mo Kenney Home

Mo Kenney on Twitter

Mo Kenney on iTunes



My Favourite Travel Blog Says Hi From Tafraoute

Morocco and Spain (NASA, International Space S...
Morocco and Spain (NASA, International Space Station, 12/31/11) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

Our friends Dean and Laynni are on the move again.  They are travelling Morocco and, as always, having a great time, seeing many new things and writing about it as only they can.  Great blog, well worth following.

Morocco – brought to you by the letter “T”

Song Of The Day – Luke Nicholson – “Just Fell Down”

Canadian Luke Nicholson released his new album “Mad Love” in late 2012.  “Just Fell Down” is a recent release off the record.  As seems to be the norm for me, I just heard this on CBC2 this morning and couldn’t wait to post it for you.  He has been playing and recording for 15 years and is now seeing his hard work move him forward.  Great song.  Has a nice pop feel,almost English and a very good chorus.

Luke Nicholson Home

Luke Nicholson on iTunes

Luke Nicholson on CBC

Red Green – This Is A Man’s Car

English: Line-up of the various characters as ...
English: Line-up of the various characters as seen in the 2004 season of the Red Green Show, prior to the taping of an episode in October 2004. Taken at CBC Building in downtown Toronto, nowhere near the woods or the outdoors, as portrayed in the show. Shown in centre, camera left to right: Bob Bainborough (as Dalton Humphrey), Jeff Lumby (as Winston Rothschild III), Wayne Robson (as Mike Hamar), and (possibly?) Jerry Schaefer (as Ed Frid). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Our favourite handyman, Red Green, upgrades the carburetor on his car.  Sweet!!!



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