By: ycd0108, 4:34 PM GMT on October 28, 2015

The sinking of a whale watching vessel, which resulted in the loss of five British tourists and a missing Australian, has me pondering what could lead up to such a tragedy.
Preliminary releases from the Canadian Transport Safety Board investigation suggest that a number of the passengers on the upper deck had gathered on one side of the boat when a 'Rogue Wave' hit the other side causing the fatal capsize.
I have some background and a personal interest in...

Updated: 2:23 PM GMT on October 31, 2015

Wilbur the Bear

By: ycd0108, 4:31 PM GMT on October 22, 2015

Heard something odd outside so I put on my shoes and went out in the cool (+4C) morning light.
The plastic 45 gal. drum we put kitchen compost in has been tumbled down the slope.
Yesterday I was pushing dirt around with the Tracktorous - setting some shrubs and a new Magnolia in the ground and making a new way around the larger sundeck.
Late in the day I loaded the "front-end" bucket with the ceramic plant holders that need to be wintered in the green...

Updated: 10:08 PM GMT on October 22, 2015

"Salt of the Earth'

By: ycd0108, 2:09 AM GMT on October 19, 2015

Tomorrow Canadians get to vote for (or against) the existing Federal Government.
From Joan Baez's version of Mick, Keith and the Rolling Stones' "Salt of the Earth":
"Spare a thought for the stay-at-home voter
His empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows
And a parade of gray suited grafters
A choice of cancer or polio"
Read more: Joan Baez - The Salt Of The Earth Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Supposedly we have three parties in Federal runn...

Weather Window

By: ycd0108, 4:21 PM GMT on October 08, 2015

Had to put the "Hammer Down" to catch the Sched. out of Comox - got there just in time to park the pickup and scurry in through security to sit and watch the fog on the runway and no airplane.
Eventually the small airline put me on a shuttle bus to Campbell River Airport where I wandered around for another couple of hours waiting for reports from Bella Bella Airport to see if we could land there.
Just after 1200 hr they told us we could take off but no gua...


By: ycd0108, 3:25 PM GMT on September 10, 2015

The weather is perfect:
Cool 13C, blue sky, calm wind.
Looking around my computer cockpit for inspiration for a new blog I chose:
The Olympian Gods were just in chaining 'What''ssname' to that rock!
Without fire we could never have gotten ourselves into this jam.
I sit here with a smoldering cigarette in hand staring at a screen lit by flaring pixels.
Earlier this morning the crescent moon and Venus were on...

Updated: 4:50 PM GMT on September 10, 2015

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