General interest

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night…

Wherever you are in this world, Josée and I wish you a safe, fun and enjoyable Christmas season.  For our friends in South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Canada, Tanzania, Holland and beyond, we miss you and we’re thinking of you!  Keep in touch, stay safe and enjoy your friends and family.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best for 2016.

Click below for a little newsletter of our 2015.

Christmas 2015 p.compressed

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Westward Ho…

I just returned from my annual fishing trip to the West Coast all stocked up with salmon, halibut, rockers and cod.  Thanks to my friend Captain Bud for taking me and my friends. Enjoy my video!

(PS..when you go to youtube and start the video, make sure you click the settings button in the bottom right (looks like a cog) and set your video to 1080 HD in order to get the good quality)

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So part of my time thus far has been spent collecting names of reputable contractors, builders and service providers.  Thus far, we’ve met with three builders, two interior designers, an alternate energy dude and an HVAC company.  Tom and I visited the CVRD to discuss plans, zoning and environmental concerns.  I’ve discussed grey water systems and had a fairly positive review of alternate septic options with VIHA/Island Health.  Thus far, I have to say that most people I’ve (we’ve) dealt with have been great and it is making the decision making process difficult.  I’m sure we’ll have dozens of meetings over the coming weeks and months but I think putting the time in to assemble a tight team is worth it.

Does anyone recommend local trades, suppliers, service providers and the like?  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!  Onward we roll…

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Shred the red…

A couple months ago, Josée and I joined a few friends for a quick jaunt to Sedona, a town in Northern Arizona.  We were going mountain biking in the famously beautiful red rock desert – hence, shred the red.  It was an amazing trip, full of great trails and lots of fun with our friends.  We will definitely go back.  The video below is a compilation of a bunch of my videos from various trails.  If you’re a biker, you might watch the whole video – if you’re not, feel free to skip through it!  Enjoy!

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Summer evenin’ stroll…

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Tofino 2015

My recent trip to Tofino – great times, great friends!  Enjoy!

Click below to view….

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Oh Canada….

I think I’m very fortunate to be living in the greatest country on Earth – Canada!  It’s not without issues and definitely far from perfect but overall I think we’ve got a pretty good thing going here in the True North!  The video below is an oldie but a goodie from one of our true Canadian heroes!

Enjoy your Canada Day wherever you may be.

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Heart attack….

Today was Tim’s first ride post-transplant.  He nailed it!  We did a bunch of the lower trails which he handled with no problem except the odd break.  Next stop – Thirsty Beaver, Blue Collar and the rest.

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My first Uber…

urlI know there are plenty of good taxi drivers but we’ve all had the stereo-typical experience with taxis – waiting forever for a taxi to show up; having a driver who has no idea where your destination is or argues with you about the best route to take; being cheated on a fare.  A couple weeks ago, I was in Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles and decided to try hiring an Uber taxi to get to the airport.

UberPicI had the app on my phone so simply set my pick-up location.  Immediately I could see real time car icons driving around, like this image shows.  I could see my car driving toward me with an estimated pick-up time of two minutes.  I checked the car – a black Prius with the driver’s name, picture and profile.  About two minutes later, he pulled up and off we went.  Prior to getting the pick-up, Uber told me that the trip would be about 16 minutes and estimated the fare to be $13-15.  Sure enough, after a pleasant trip, we arrived at LAX Terminal 2 and I was ready to go.  One nice feature of the Uber app is that Uber acts as the intermediary with the taxi driver.  I just jumped out of the car and my credit card was automatically billed; no worrying about finding change or if the driver had overcharged me.

I think Uber has had some growing pains and it has most definitely caused some conflict with local taxi companies and some city governments (see Toronto, Vancouver).  It will be interesting to see how this leading edge technology pans out over the coming months but my first experience was excellent and I look forward to using it again.

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A monster night…

I haven’t been to Saratoga Speedway in years, probably decades.  This past Saturday some family and friends ventured up to the speedway for an evening of monster trucks, smash to pass car racing and some overall noise, burning rubber and action.  It was quite a fun, family-friendly night and I really enjoyed it.  Here is a small sampling of the action we saw:

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