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Been on another hiatus, nice to see you all. Lori and I have had a very busy summer. During our vacations, we decided to work together on a new project, incorporating a variety of social media platforms. The gist of this idea is to chronicle our journey towards retirement. We’ve been working towards this goal for about 10 years now and have made many left, right and 180 degree turns. We have come up with many plans that cover both our economics and our wish list, while discarding some, expanding on others andrevisiting many. There have been many twists and turns, but we always move ahead and grow in the process. We plan to chronicle our journey from this point on and take a look backwards on how we got to where we are today. We look forward to your comments and help in helping us figure out what to do next. At the same time, we hope that we can help you in your journey in some small way.
Here are the links to the various sites.
This site will continue, with the variety of posts that I’ve become accustomed to placing here. So if that is what you enjoy, that will not change. The same goes for its sister site, The Real Canadian Music Blog. If you are interested though, I have posted the links to our new project below. And, if you are wondering, JohnLoriEh is the name of our 1979 25 foot O’Day sailboat that we have docked on Kootenay Lake in the Canadian Rockies. You will see a fair bit of our adventures in that setting. Here is a glimpse of that. Hope to see you on the new site.
Hi everyone. Been a real busy month, and it is only getting busier. Off to Candle Lake this weekend, back for a few days, then off to Kaslo. Also planning our next big adventure. In case you missed me, i have popped up a quick link for you, showcasing some amazing places. I am 1 for 40, Sintra being the one. If the other 39 are anything as incredible as Sintra, then they are very worthy to visit.
A bit of a change in the place. Some may have noticed that the music appears to have gone away. I played with a music blog in the past and have decided to resurrect it. The reason, continuity. I get carried away with the tunes and lose what I wanted to see here. What is that you ask? Simply put, my other passion is seeing places, as in travel. I also love general stuff as well, such as funny things, general events and the such. When I get crazy on the music, I tend to lose my train of thought and ignore my intentions for this place.
If you like the music, you can follow me here. Same amount of posting, just more organized.
And while I am shamelessly plugging, don’t forget to hit the Facebook Like thing-me in the sidebar, on either blog.
Once again, I am taking the trip to my old home town, Winnipeg. The moment I have dreaded is close to arriving and I am on my way to be there for the sadness that will be coming. In light of this, I will be posting on a minimal basis, if at all.
See you soon!
This prompt from WordPress “Daily Prompt: Goals” dropped into my email the other day. This one got me thinking. When I started this blog, I had an idea to create a personal storehouse to help Lori and I remember our various adventures and share them with our friends in some way. I held to this for a while and then, miracle of miracles, people started reading about these adventures, people I didn’t know. I soon realized that WordPress is a very large community, filled with people with the same general idea, that being, I have something to share with the world. I started following blogs, getting involved in comments and, all the while watching my blog grow. As it grew, I began to dabble in other areas of my interests, music, sports and opinion. I eventually came to a crossroads in that I felt I was losing focus on my original thought for this blog. I even went so far as to create 3 other blogs, splitting my interests in 4. This did not work, we don’t get paid for this, and 4 blogs was like a full-time job. I folded up 2 of them and went to a music blog and the original. I figured out again that it was far too much work and folded up the music blog as well. Now I am what I am, and feeling pretty good about it.
I still have the urge to track back a bit and concentrate on the travel side more, but, I really love my music as well. No matter what I end up doing, I do know on thing. I can’t see me quitting. This is way too much fun.
Rock on my WordPress friends, and never miss an opportunity to go somewhere.
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Catastrophic Findings recently passed on the Sunshine Award to me. I have followed this blog for several years and now more about Moomins than I ever thought possible. As usual, these awards come with rules and things to do. First was link to the post that nominated me. See that italicized, red lettered name at the beginning? That is the link. Hit it and visit a great blog.
Second, I have to answer a bunch of questions. So here we go.
1. Who is your favourite philosopher?
2. What is your favourite number?
3. What is your favourite animal?
4. What are your Facebook and Twitter URLs?
Twitter is @joebeans2002
5. What is your favourite time of day?
Anytime can be, but I am partial to suppertime.
6. What was your favourite vacation?
The next one
7. What is your favourite physical activity?
It was hockey, now it’s really not much. Unless sailing is physical, then we will go with sailing.
8. What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?
Drinks come without alcohol???? Whodda thunk that?
9. What is your favourite flower?
10. What is your passion?
Currently sailing, but that could change at any moment.
There, part 2, check. Part 3 is where I lose it. Rather than pass this on, I will bestow it upon the first 10 people that hit the like button. A bit lazy perhaps, but practical.
Thanks again Catastrophic, I appreciate it.
That’s right, this blog is now officially into its terrible twos. Thanks to all the people on here who make it so interesting and fun to keep showing up day by day. I look forward to engaging people on here and like to think many of us have made a connection through this exercise. I don’t profess to be a writer in the sense of a traditional blogger, merely someone who enjoys putting stuff out there that I like and hoping to enjoy a few minutes of pleasant conversation. Once again, a big thanks to all the people who visit. It’s a great community.\
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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)
Thought For The Day
What if farting was contagious like yawning?
A quick note to thank a couple of blogs I have followed lately for bestowing the World Famous Liebster Award to me. I am a bit of a party pooper (hmm, my thoughts are pretty potty today) though, as I will happily acknowledge the receipt, but am far to lazy to pass it on.
First The Grimm Report. Love this one, very good sense of humour and one I love to pop in on regularly. Check this one out.
Second The Ratchet Review. Another recent addition to my reading day. Lots of quick posts, very nicely done, with plenty of humour. Worth the time to pop in and say hi.
And now a song. I heard this on the TV the other night, no idea what show (we were drinking a touch of wine). Blew me away. Bought the album, very happy guy. The artist is Parov Stelar, the song The Paris Swing Box.
Had a lovely break. Got some new glasses, some prescription swimming sight utensils, a pair of deck shoes, a haircut, booked some swimming lessons and a physical and bought a cool hat. Basically, nothing. What did you expect. I did manage to stock up some good stuff as well. Enjoy this beauty.
The Arrogance of Authority
A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas, and talked with an old rancher.
He told the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.”The rancher said, “Okay , but don’t go in that field over there…..”, as he pointed out the location.
The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, ” Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!”
Reaching into his rear pants pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher.
“See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish…. On any land !!
No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear……do you understand ?!!”
The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores.
A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher’s big Santa Gertrudis bull……
With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he’d sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified.
The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs…..
(I just love this part….)
“Your badge, show him your BADGE…….. ! !”