I am so dismayed by the latest motorcyclist death in Calgary this past Saturday night. The fellow was at waiting at a stop light when rear ended by an SUV. The SUV driver panicked and due to the panic, ran the fellow over. With alcohol and drugs ruled out, a distraction would appear to be the cause.
Also on Saturday, I checked my rear view mirror and I saw three motorcyclists. One was stunting with an apparent motive to show off to his friends. We all pull in to a Tim Hortons and little do they know I’m behind them in line. Upon over hearing their reference to the stunt, I remind them about responsible behaviour on their bikes. Sheepishly they concurred.
Then on Sunday I’m pulling out of a mall and there’s a skateboarder with her ear buds in and cell phone in hand wheeling through our intersection. I’m thinking, you should have your complete wits about you especially considering that those church goers down the street were just dismissed from mass.
Then there are the oblivious pedestrians that I witness every day transfixed in their cell phone alter ego without any regard to space and time. They’ll walk down the middle of an aisle at the store and they’ll look down and up and down and up while waiting at a stop light. They’ll ignore their friend / lover / wife / husband while dining because of their cell phone fetish.
Our governments are weak on the subject when it comes to distracted driving and fear imposing any real penalty due to the perceived challenges inflicted by an even weaker legal system. The topic is addressed nonchalantly and everyone knows it’s a big issue but it receives only token attention. Your governments believe that an ad campaign is in your best interest instead of a meaningful financial deterrent. I beg to differ.
When nobody was tethered to a phone, we needed to be organized when going to the store instead of calling home to learn if there were eggs in the fridge. We trusted that children in the care of a sitter or school would be safe without a compulsion to “check in”. We got our work done when at work so that our leisure time was our own. Employers respected family time. We could count on an engagement to be kept with directions and destination agreed and planned in advance without last minute texting of confirmation and detail. We participated in the spontaneity of a moment unfastened from technology and free to engage wholeheartedly in a spirit for adventure and newness.
My first non-white friends were the Kims from South Korea. Mr. and Mrs. Kim sought a better life for their kids Hak Gin, Hak Il, and Mejung by relocating to Tungsten N.W.T. Yes, the town was named after the metal mined. The Kim kids did not have much English upon arrival but the warmth of a cold weather sub arctic northern township earned them a little after school help inside the two room school house. Both Hak Gin and Hak Il became my friends. I was probably their closest friend during fifth grade. I was invited to their home for dinner and Mrs. Kim would be amused by my reaction to her traditional cuisine. Although father Bok Kim was a stern man, it was a joyous household of song and laughter.
My days as a promoter of health products always brought me in touch with different ethnic groups. I typically viewed other ethnicities as more open to a “pitch” and generally the statement holds true. My travels in prospecting strangers (basis of my livelihood today as a public accountant) put me in contact with Phillipina Rose, and Sri Lankan Arjuna. Both became my friends. Rose and I would sing karaoke one Sunday afternoon and talk philosophy on another. Arjuna received my moral support as he encountered hardship in his new homeland. I would remind Arjuna of his fiery spirit which would carry him through troubled times.
Membership in a private personal development club enabled me to sail the Caribbean on chartered cruises (two successive Januarys). While partying one night alongside cabin mate Randy, along comes Ochuko. One of the biggest bonuses of membership in this club was stumbling upon this soft spoken thoughtful Nigerian on the periphery of the dance floor while admiring the moves of those marvelous mesdames. Fate would have us hailing the same cab upon disembarking in Miami. Have been friends ever since.
My client database composes very cool Pakistanis…and recently three new Sri Lankan friends have become quite close. One of these three has come to learn my sentiment that I think he’s whiter than most whites given his manner and traits (and he reads my blog…so I know you’re grinning).
Dancing lessons and one lovely Russian lass blessed me with exposure to the Russian heritage and those distinctive traits of intelligence, passion and beauty known to this part of the world.
More people with experiences far greater than my own from a land I’ve never seen will continue to come into my life and enrich it with adventure stories, their aspirations, things they miss from their birth place, and characteristics of Canada for which they express gratitude.
I must share my gratitude for StichMethod Guitar over at Youtube. Ian’s down to earth approach, self deprecating humor, and technical framework for delivering material is superb. I’m discovering tremendous value in his Blues Master Class Series of which his next release is eagerly anticipated. Ian knows how to break down the mystery of how fabulous guitar riffs are formed without inundating the student with theory. He’s comforted that any musician can obtain good theory elsewhere and is passionate about ensuring that students learn the essentials of navigating the neck with his “pentatonic never lost system.” Although his free lessons are presented from the basis of the minor pentatonic for now, I won’t be surprised if he starts expanding into other scales and even modes. Anyone can now purchase quality video content from professional teachers utilizing youtube as a medium of communication. It’s quite impressive really. If you play guitar and feel like venturing beyond basic chords and into some soloing, I highly recommend Ian Stich from the Stich Method. As a bonus of tuning into the StichMethod, you’ll be curiously awestruck by Ian’s fascination for his favourite band Phish which has obviously been a huge influence for Ian’s passion behind the instrument.
I quite enjoy this topic because I see it as a kind of barometer for the maturity of mankind. Chelsea Covington from Maryland has been innocently asking questions and is now making waves. In some circles, breasts are symbols of feminism, in other circles they are objects of sexual desire, and yet in others’ they nourish babies during early development. I do find it peculiar that in a more modern age that some people are still hung up about bare breasted women at the beach. Breasts are in fact all of the above thank heavens. They provide value to our existence in a multiple of ways and therefore should be celebrated instead of shunned. Simple common sense practices of decorum would assume breasts to be covered up in the board room, in the class room, at the dentist’s office, and shopping for milk. Speaking of milk, if a baby needs some breast milk, logic would suggest that the baby should not be denied as a measure to protect some immature sojourner to the scene no matter where. These same places expect men also to be wearing a top. However; when it’s warm outside and women are spending their free time in leisure in nature at public parks, beaches, outdoor pools, and in the wilderness, women should have every right of a man to go topless because there is nothing innately offensive about female breasts. I expect people to behave civilly and respectfully in the context of this part of the female form having sexual appeal because it’s simply not too much to ask of a civil society. In fact, naturists describe men as docile (not aroused) in the company of nude women as opposed to sexualized and make reference to a normalizing socialized context. It’s archaic to resort to law in order to protect man from a perceived immaturity. The naked female breast is no more revealing that the female form on full display in every shopping mall across America by women today clothed in Lululemon tights shopping for another pair.
Religious circles of course spread their dogma regarding the fallibility of men in the context of matters of the flesh and I suggest that it is their inherent repressiveness which presents the precursor to deviance.
Summer does bring out a yearning to shed clothes because the well being mechanism compels us in such a way. It’s not an aberrant compulsion. It’s a fruitful expression of attaching our purist unfiltered form to nature at the right time and place.
In lieu of women’s liberty and personal privacy rights, the deviant man’s unauthorized deployment of recording equipment (camera, video recorder) should simply be sanctioned severely. Yes, doable.
You know it’s not going to happen because Calgary is a good market for an NHL franchise and the whole executive of the Flames organization knows it. Brian Burke would be well served to keep his tongue wagging about hockey instead of what he thinks Calgarians need. There are enough marginalized hockey fans in Calgary obediently paying their income tax, their excise tax, their property tax, their GST, while transferring wealth toward some neighbour’s Child Tax Benefit payment in our socialized way of life that if you piss him off just a little bit more, he’s likely to just give you the finger and walk away from those season tickets.
Here in Calgary there’s been a destructive force working on city revenues, namely commercial property tax from an office sector which is staggering through vacancies in the downtown core. Consequently, the city has had to shift the tax burden outward and if you don’t think they’ll come for you out there in the burbs, think again once saddled (pardon the pun) with an enormous capital expenditure via one new unnecessary arena. We’ve become a people of want instead of need. We want to keep up with the Jones’. We want the upgraded BMW. We want to have a nicer arena just like our rivals because our ego is bruised when the competition comes to town and they know what we know about their nice place.
Income taxes went up in 2016. The top marginal rate is now 47 per cent and this is only of those pesky income taxes you get to pay. Yes, the rate grows incrementally until you get there, but it was supposed to be temporary to fund world war one. Then you and yours decided you needed an awful lot from your governments like sports arenas and a health care system that has doctors laughing at you for paying them so much. That’s okay. They laugh in private.
Here you are in a conundrum because your favourite musician is skipping the Saddledome because of some idiosyncrasy associated with this practical structure of strength seating some 17,000. Some beer glutton thinks he needs the extended bathroom that a new facility would provide ’cause he apparently can’t be entertained on anything less than a six pack of Molson’s best. Then there’s the “revenue model” referenced by the silver haired hockey has beens now execs sitting lofty in their glass enclosed perches claiming more from the parking, more from concession, and more from the city ’cause “we are the culture that Canada craves”.
I say no. I say call their bluff with a Bon Voyage to Quebec City – that market that couldn’t sustain the Nordiques back in the ’90’s. We know that the Stampede can pack the Saddledome for the first two weeks of July. For some reason acts still show up. The Hitmen and Roughnecks would retain their home turf while the Circus, the Cirque….and soccer could find fame from the departed Flame. Yes Soccer and the River Dance and more music with more dates on the calendar. There could be variety shows, acrobats, art shows and exhibits. A modernization of the Dome’s innards could accommodate for sets made to order. Figure skating competitions and showcases could return with frequency. Events representing human splendour and wonder could grace a stage tired from the moribund movement of a puck too many days out of the year. Your venue could be revived as a city centre piece for cultural reform with a return on investment actualized through solid management and imagination.
The buffet on Saturday night at Calgary’s Cinnamon Cuisine is a tantalizing display of Sri Lankan ethnic specialties. This new hot spot with convenient access and parking up on International Avenue aims to please. The atmosphere is friendly and the value is exceptional! I might recommend an early arrival ’cause word is getting around and their space is quaint but a bit tight.
You’ve all seen the pop up to subscribe for digital news service. Just say no. You already pay a steep price for internet service while bombarded by peripheral advertisements. Hence; refuse to use the news page which may now have outsmarted your cookie deletion protocol. There are still credible news outlets worthy of your readership. In fact, in Canada your tax dollars support the CBC. To my delight and with the recommendation of a friend, I’ve rediscovered CBC radio as a tremendous resource not only for news but for more thoughtful music play selection compared to the likes of Jack FM or K97.
Big business wants to take you down some path of their liking and I’m seeing evidence that folks are losing self control as a result. Technological advancement does not mean you should jump because some new gadget or media request has come staring you in the face on your computer screen. Your future autonomy is going to be predicated by your absolutism in dealing with foolishness by corporate concerns today!
If you’ve encountered a job loss in this difficult current oil and gas Calgary market, this time it will be different – right? “When I have my new good job, I’ll continue to upgrade professionally and save for a rainy day. I’ll never take on too much of a mortgage or buy expensive lifestyle luxury items which get used only a handful of times per year. I will strive for a second cheque monthly that will be back up. I’ll be smart with my money and forget about keeping up with the Jones.’”
Welcome to the next down turn. Your realtor and your investment advisor have led you to believe that the future would be rosy. There were those glossy ads of new two story homes with luxury appliances and a double attached garage. Even your banker only wanted two years of financial history while always voiding the prospects of the economic horizon. That vacation you took in the summer of 2015 was the last extravagance before buckling down – right? Westjet whose corporate headquarters are here in Calgary has announced today a record number of passengers for the month of August.
Yes, you figured it right. I am an accountant. I’ve been doing tax work since 1994 and have been witness to much misalignment of the affairs of folks whom are for the most part strong thinking responsible people. Few folks actually prepare a household budget and without fail, these are the ones who stream through economic cycles unphased.
Our governments have also failed to learn the lessons of past down turns. Alberta has literally lost control of the public purse after a previous administration worked vigorously during a more difficult economic era to eliminate debt.
The Calgary Counselling Centre has just announced a 91 per cent increase in stress related calls associated with unemployment and fear of job loss since the same time last year.
Most people’s carbohydrate intake is imbalanced with too many simple sugars and too few complex ones so let’s take a look at Polysaccharides polypeptides and diet. It is the simple sugars that boost cell size and add to body girth. Although the research is somewhat incomplete regarding the effect of simple sugar ingestion and the production of free radicals in the blood, one is inclined to think with information currently available that our cell’s health is negatively affected by consuming too many simple sugars. Complex carbohydrates facilitate the effective processing of metabolic functions and can actually increase the motility of the cellular engine by boosting the production a critical enzyme called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). Dr. Peiper in his book Polysaccharides Polypeptides speaks at length of the importance of replacing simple sugars with complex ones. A daily supplementation can effectively move the consumption ratio of complex sugars to simple sugars in our favour.
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There are so many benefits to running and it’s peculiar that more people aren’t doing it for the simple sake of good health. It may have to do with certain fallacies that work on the mind. Perhaps, it’s much to do with the “no time” excuse that plagues the rational mind. Maybe it’s the broken commitments of yesteryear working as a stymie for stepping forward. Whatever the case, today is a great time to make a start just by starting. A doctor’s okay is an errand away.
Weight bearing stress on joint, tendons, ligaments, and bones is good for the body. Yes, I said stress. The body requires stress as an inciter of the life force. Your body was built to move and thrive under eustress (positive stress). If you are over weight, this is an issue because excessive stress on the knees can cause harm to the menisci (cartilage) floating between the tibia and femur. Non weight bearing aerobic exercise will be a better option until normal weight is restored.
Blood moves rapidly throughout the body including your heart. Oxygenation at the capillaries is increased. Imagine a washing of arterial walls at your heart as blood races through the pulmonary and coronary arteries. With increased demand on the heart muscle, the coronary artery is asked to perform more powerfully.
Adrenaline is a hormone of which the secretion is increased during exercise and gets you feeling good. What a way to start the day! If you are one who can jump right out of bed and hit the streets, I tip my hat to you. However; by 9:30 am you’ve digested a nutritious breakfast with caffeine perhaps inspiring your strength.
Running burns calories and enhances the motility of the digestive tract. You’re life style is improved with better energy utilization and mental acuity.
Most municipalities have running clubs and welcome new members. Make new friends and access recreational races through these clubs which often times have a component associated with fund raising for good causes.