Forty years ago in Kamloops, B.C. as a teenager when at home
listening to Loverboy’s self titled album with my aunt and mother on what can
now be described as a vintage cabinet record player enraptured by songs titled “The
Kid is Hot Tonight” and “Turn Me Loose” in no way could I have imagined that
last night I’d be back stage of a concert in Calgary shaking hands with the
lead singer Mike Reno and guitarist Paul Dean.
As if intended through some unknown protagonist, upon taking
up guitar and piano there’s been opportunity to circulate in music circles and attend
performances which have proved to be sources of inspiration and everywhere I
turn I discover fellow amateur guitar players where we share about the
Don’t be shy if you’re a single male in the crowd with a
backstage pass encircling your wrist. Work it with the ladies preferably in a
fashion that at least gets you a date. You see Tom Cochrane was actually the
closing act and he apparently offered leverage power to backstage pass holder.
The question I had for Mike Reno last night was, “have you
ever had voice training”? His answer was “no”. He still carries the high pitch
exemplary of his singing. It’s not falsetto but just a high range he’s
obviously carried throughout his career.
It was thanks to a client with connections that made this
night out extra special. It was also fun to wear a neck badge with photo of the
band purchased for me by my client’s wife from the souvenir stand. In response
to perplexed inquiries I represented the keepsake as my “premium backstage pass”
much to their astonishment and my silent guffaw.
Ski day at Nakiska and first foray into vlogging March 14, 2019. Busted out with a day off work after the schedule cleared. I’ve had a season pass here for the past five years. Definitely good value if you catch the early bird discount. It’s really the quickest trip from Calgary and need not occupy the full day.
Those learning to ski need an easy going comfortable setting with appropriate terrain. Nakiska fits the bill.
There’s never a snow issue here because of the well developed snow making infrastructure. The snow park is well equipped with ramps, jumps and rails. Downhill skiing not your thing? Just jump on a tube or snap into X country gear and tour the picturesque landscape of Kananaskis Country.
Does the human mind have limitations when confronted with
multiple variables presented during short time windows requiring a life and
death decision? I took a course in third year university called “Human
Performance” and in the course we pondered the question of “reaction time”. It
was postulated by our professor that when a football team was confronted with a
“third and one” (American rules) scenario that the offensive team should be
guaranteed a first down because of their advantage of snap count cognition.
However; any fan of the game has witnessed the defence putting on the stop.
After all, a quarter back sneak requires execution after the snap.
Airplanes now have all this automation which is predicated
on electronic data flow. In fact, some of the data flow is initiated from
conditions exterior to the fuselage. Ice pellets, rain, snow, wind, lightning
and thunder are all conditions which airplanes may encounter and hence require
the pilot whether automated or not to interpolate. But wait…shouldn’t these
automated systems adjust for the conditions? Hasn’t every imaginable metric
been created to account for weather events which have now been deployed within
electrical circuit boards and decision switches? Has it not been established that auto pilots
can now drive the plane from just after take-off to just before landing? Does a
pilot dare interfere with the scientific deployment of automation when his /
her instinct has been aroused? Has the human mind been compromised through
excessive deployment of automation in an environment which carries living souls
through the air in a cargo machine?
Your Attorney General of Canada claims that your Prime
Minister placed undue influence on her with respect to a prosecutorial decision
in lieu of criminal evidence. In my mind this amounts to “obstruction of
justice” subject to the penal code. It’s apparent that Justin Trudeau was
motivated politically to save an engineering firm, namely SNC Lavalin, from
consequences arising from their apparent conduct. The firm is based in Quebec.
Trudeau is a Quebecer. It’s postulated that pensions would be saved by
interfering with the prosecution of the firm and somehow that would philanthropically
justify such immunity. I suppose Canadians are now expected by our Prime
Minister to rationalize the penal code depending on circumstances of a person,
or a company? This in my opinion makes our country’s leader unfit to lead. Now
that he has cast away Jody Wilson-Raybould from her post as Attorney General in
lieu of her steadfast integrity, the next incumbent will be faced with an
office stained of its independence. Canadians are asking whether our justice
system is now not only pitiful in its timely and cost effective execution but
also lacking in credibility. If our Prime Minister is not ousted from office in
the short term, I will be asking whether Canada is any better than corrupt