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Background image -- The spot where Shongololo first went aground at high tide

 

Monday July 10th 2017

We woke up, still at the Garden Bay Pub dock and we were in no rush, so we walked to John Henry's for breakfast on the deck.

My neck was not too bad, but I had several sore spots and we speculated exactly where I fell and what I may have hit.

Once back on Mistral, we agreed to go to Thetis Island for the night to anchor and maybe go ashore there.  Maybe not. 

We went to Newcastle and tied up for a few hours and then went through Dodds at slack and arrived at Thetis Island mid-afternoon.  We motored as far in as we could go and dropped the hook.

I went to bed early, with a sore neck.

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Tuesday July 11th 2017

We woke up with the sun, raised anchor and left Thetis Island and headed back towards home.  Bob had decided he wanted to go to Brentwood Bay and get off a day early, but I did not want to go a few hours out of my way and talked him into Sidney, seeing as I had to go there eventually anyhow.  That was okay with him and he got off at Van Isle Marina when I stopped for fuel so we did not have to go into Port Sidney.

It was then he said he would not be going on the Friday delivery.  That was going to be a problem for Dawn in short notice.

I proceeded over to The Spit and anchored in my favourite spot.  I checked the water and it was too cold for swimming.  I spent some time studying and then watched video in the flybridge until dark.

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Wednesday July 12th 2017

I woke up at The Spit, raised anchor and motored over to Sidney.  I received a text from Bob saying he was coming Friday after all.

Having delivered Mistral back to Sidney, I moved onto Last Tango, my home (right) until Friday.

My neck was bothering me badly enough that I decided to go to emergency so I walked uptown and caught a bus to the local hospital.

I signed in and sat two hours.  Northing seemed to be happening, so I cut off the bracelets and left, headed for the drug store. I bought ibuprofen and took a few, then went to The Diner nearby for lunch.  The bus took me back to Sidney and my neck was beginning to feel better . 

Seeing as I had a day pass for the bus, I had thought I'd ride the buses all day and see the area, but decided to have supper and take it easy for the rest of the day instead.

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Thursday July 13th 2017

I had intended to study today, and maybe write an exam, but was uninspired.

I walked uptown for lunch at the Chinese restaurant and generally lounged around.

 

At suppertime, I went to the street market.  There was food available, but nothing too appealing, and long line-ups, so I went back to the Chinese restaurant.

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Friday July 14th 2017

Today Bob and I board Mariners Compass to deliver her to Powell River by tomorrow morning. 

I had just gotten up and had coffee when Dawn showed up with clients who wanted to see Last Tango, my temporary home.

They had returned early on Mariners Compass and were thinking of something bigger and fancier next time.  My stuff was laid out and scattered about as I was packing, but they ignored me.  Curious.

Anyhow, Mariners Compass was back and we were cleared to leave early for a rush trip, so I called Bob.  He showed up and we boarded Mariners Compass, a Westcoast 46 trawler, and a very nice boat, indeed.

We then discovered the cleaning crew had yet to do their bit and also that the diver had not yet come, so we were delayed.

A diver checks the bottom of each boat on return so any damage can be attributed to the responsible party.

We left around noon and made Porlier around slack after two.  The seas were generally calm and the ride was smooth. We motored inside the Gabriola  Reef and straight to Pender Harbour. 

We tried anchoring a few times of Hospital Bay, but could not get a set we liked, so we motored in and tied to the dock at the Garden Bay Pub and went up for beers and a burger.  This time, I did not overdo it, much anyhow.

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Saturday July 15th 2017

We woke up at four and waited for first light so we could get underway.  While we waited, we moved the boat to the end of the dock by hand and turned it around.  We did not want to disturb the people sleeping anchored in boats nearby with revving engine and noisy thrusters.

As soon as we could see well enough, we got underway and motored to Westview. The sea was rough at first, but smoothed out.  An hour out, I turned over the helm to Bob and went back to bed.

We arrived at the fuel dock shortly after seven and Bob ran for the ferry.  I fueled up and then docked at the North Harbour.  Larry took over and I walked to where my Jeanneau 35, Just Do It! was tied and went aboard. 

I hadn't seen the boat for a year.  That boat still looks as good as ever.  I did a photo shoot while there, then went to the ferry and killed two hours waiting.

When the ferry arrived in Little River, five of us were waiting for the bus, due in about an hour, so I said, "Who wants to share a taxi?" Three of us were game and shortly we were at the airport. I went through security and waited another two hours, then boarded my flight.

I had a window seat and the flight was amazing.  We were in a Q-400 and at times I think we were hardly above the highest peaks.  Smoke from the forest fires created a haze and the billowing clouds put on a show. At one point we flew over Princess Louisa Inlet.  I had not realized it is northeast of Powell River and Comox.

We landed at YYC around eight and I claimed my car, then drove to Airdrie to shop for groceries and then drove home and went right to bed.

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Sunday July 16th 2017

First day home. I'm tired today and spent the day at the desk catching up on the diary. It's interesting to look back and see how much I've done in the last month and how much has happened. I can hardly remember it all.

I did some laundry and that was about it for the day.

I listened to CBC off and on today.  I used to listen all the time, but am finding the content too political or too boring or too unpleasant lately and I listen less or pick and choose using the podcasts.

In the morning, some professor was talking about Climate Change and the politics.  Just listening to her tone of voice, I could tell her claim to be a scientist was bogus no matter how much she may have studied, and it was clear that she had been drinking the Kool Aid. Nonetheless, the media and public love a simple story.

The phrase, "The science is settled", is a guaranteed indicator of a lobbyist or agitator, not a scientist.  Any real scientist knows that such matters are far too complex to judge so definitively.  History is a series of known science being overturned by new evidence, and today, with the new light shed by better communication, we are learning that much of the 'scientific' information we have been fed and which the public believes is bogus or just plain wrong.

I'm not saying that human activity is not affecting climate.  The question is really how and how much. The truth is probably not a whole lot.

We have to remember that the elites have blamed public sins whenever there was detrimental climate change in history going back thousands of years and they always demanded sacrifices, but not by them.

In the afternoon, the subject was the Inquiry into murdered and missing women.  They did not bring in a lot of 'experts', as they too often do, but instead let the people who dialed in speak.  It was worthwhile.

After supper, I turned on the TV. I was about to watch Netflix, but was captured by the Stampede coverage. Only when a blizzard of ads came on was the spell broken.

Years ago we used to go into Calgary Stampede watch the Chuckwagon Races, the so-called Rangeland Derby. Ellen, the kids and I would drive to the city, buy rush tickets and take the tunnel underneath the track to the infield bleachers.

The Rangeland Derby is an exciting horse race with a western flavor. The idea is to simulate loading up a chuckwagon -- a mobile kitchen for feeding ranch hands out on the range -- and to race around a track. The chuckwagon has to come first but the outriders -- cooks and dishwashers, I guess -- have to do their task and catch up in order for the team to win. Nobody knows who won until all the penalties are assessed.  It's crazy race. Occasionally, people and horses do get injured or killed, but it is all in good fun and everyone, men, women and horses love it.

  

 

 When I turned on the TV bull riding was on and the close-ups were amazing. I never attended the actual Rodeo events like calf-roping and bronc riding much, but on TV last night, it was quite interesting to watch bull riding up close.

Bull riding is actually pretty silly. A grown man straps a rope around a bulls privates, climbs on the bull's back, pulls on the cord, and tries to stay on for 8 seconds and not get trampled when he falls or jumps off.  That's it.

Some say it's cruel. I don't think it is, particularly  I think it's more stupid than cruel, but it is great to watch. The bulls don't really seem to be too upset about it either afterwards.  Unlike in bull fighting, the same bulls come back year after year.

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Monday July 17th 2017

I slept in until 9 today. BP is good, but BG was 6.6 and my weight is 215. It seems my digestion is out of sorts and that's hardly a surprise considering what I've eaten and what I drank this last week.

I totally disregarded my diet and I ate hamburgers and fries not to mention drinking a fair bit of beer. Yesterday I ate RyKrisp and cheese with jalapeños and drank a bottle of Pinot Grigio, so it is hardly any wonder. Time to get back on track.

I started off the day doing a little bit of catch-up at the desk and then I wandered out to look at the swimming pool. Surprisingly it is still full of water, looking clean and it seems fairly warm so that is going to be something to enjoy it in the coming days. I still have to skim it and adjust the chemicals.

I walked by the three hives south of the Hedge and I see some activity but they don't seem really as huge and active as I would have expected by this time of year. I'll get out and look at them a little more later today I hope.

Reports are that the haze from smoke in the air from BC fires is affecting nectar secretion and bee activity.  Could be true.  My bees are not doing much.

The day promises to be reasonably warm but not as hot as it has been in the recent weeks while I was away.  Smoke from the fires in BC is causing a haze and inspiring public health warnings.

The lawn looks quite passable it's a little long and shaggy, but that doesn't bother me. When Ellen was alive I kept it well trimmed and worried about having it look even, but now I've let the garden grow wild and my main intent in mowing is to protect from fire and to keep down the rodents. That's not to mention keep the weed inspectors from bothering me.

I'm dictating this on my phone and I'm surprised at how accurate voice transcription has become. I can see I only have to make a few corrections before I can cut and paste this into my diary page.

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I had expected the pool would have leaked down seeing as there were some small leaks when I left however I see they sealed themselves. I also thought the water would be cold but right now it feels to be ideal swimming temperature and when I check the chemicals I was surprised to find out that the pool is almost perfectly balanced. Maybe the chlorine is a bit high, I closed the holes off in the dispenser, and that will adjust.

When I left to go west, I just filled the pool and threw in some stabilizer, put some pucks in the chlorine dispenser and figured I'd have work to do when I got back, but everything's just fine. Bonus.

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As mentioned earlier, I'm not feeling great today and not particularly inspired, but in the afternoon I decided to go out and mow some grass, seeing as I figure it's good to have the front lawn looking neat, especially while I'm away, and mowing does not take much effort or inspiration.

So, I got on the mower and got to work. It's windy out and when it is, chaff gets blown all over me so I took an antihistamine before I went out.  I figured being proactive might help.

My riding mower Cuts a 52 inch swath and it's pretty noisy so I wear ear protection. Under the muffs I wear Bluetooth earphones and today I listened to How to Make Friends and Influence People on Audible, using my phone.

I'm happy with this phone.  I've had it for a month or more and find that this Pixel XL is at least as good as the Nexus 6P was and has better battery life. Granted this phone is much more expensive, but it has a longer projected support life.  Not only that, I have insurance on it. From past experience I know I need insurance. I destroy a phone a year.

I guess I couldn't help myself. I went out to cut the front lawn and wound up cutting pretty well all of them.

I'm working on catching up the diary and frankly, without pictures and the dates on them, I cannot remember all the places I've been and when. I've been in Sudbury multiple times, Vancouver multiple times, Powell River multiple times, Vancouver multiple times...

Fast times...  Live large.

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Tuesday July 18th 2017

I slept until 1030 and am feeling more refreshed today.  BG is 6.3 and BP is okay. Weight is up though: 216.  Mostly water I assume.  I was up until; midnight, drinking wine and eating popcorn. Shame on me.

I should be eating better, but I bought too much fruit and other food and feel I have to eat it. As for the wine and popcorn, I must be feeling self-destructive.  I know better.

I know that eating because I bought too much fresh food makes no sense. If it rots and I have to throw it away, its the same result as if I ate it -- it's gone, but if I eat too much I suffer. In any case, eating too much just because I bought too much is not helpful and makes no sense.  Who ever said I am sensible?

I still have the canker sore on my tongue that has been there for three days now, but it is almost better now.  I assume it is a sign of some bug I picked up and which has kept me down. 

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My first task today was updating the forum software and I spent some time shuffling posts around to split a thread that had diverged into a political rant

My friend 'Countrytboy' has some ultra-conservative views and is not shy about unloading on unsuspecting passersby. A post by 'IlluminatedDan' caught his ire and it went on from there.  Maybe it was the 'illuminated' part that set him off?

Interestingly, this rant has drawn more interest than the bee topics and I am letting it run until someone says, "nazi" or "hitler", the traditional signals to end a thread on USENET, or until Doctress Neutopia shows up.  Remember her?  It?  Some say she is/was a 'bot.

I Googled Doctress Neutopia just now and Doctress Neutopia has seemingly vanished without a trace.  I notice that history is increasingly plastic and ephemeral, and the past is changing behind me like footprints in snow drifting in as we walk.

Maybe I should look on USENET, if I even remember how.

OK I went here and I guess she is not forgotten.

Oh, yes and there are beekeeping groups.

The day is sunny and the haze is not as bad.  There is a breeze and all in all it looks like a nice day to be outside.  The neighbour is here to bale the hay he cut last week.

I have to go over to get Zippy sometime today and I should do something about the bees.  My big black truck is holding up a lot of things.  I really need to fix it.  I've tried several times and even drove it to Acme and back a few weeks ago, but yesterday it would not even start. That's my Job One for today.  Faint hope, though.  I've tried twice before.  Intermittent faults are the hardest to troubleshoot.

I went out and pulled off the connector to the brains (ECU). I still cannot see the problem.

It was time then to go and get Zippy, so I drove to town in the Cranberry Marquis and got gas for the mower and propane, then drove to Ruth's. 

Zip was delighted to get into the car and come home.  I had half hoped she would prefer to stay as I come and go so much that if she preferred being there, I might let her stay there more permanently. No such luck. That's fine.

I've been working on back pages in this diary to catch up to present and am finding it to be hard work.

I pulled the ECU out of the truck again and pulled it apart. Again.  Still no obvious burn or break or bad solder joint.  Frustrating.  I put it back together.

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Wednesday July 19th 2017

Today Mainly sunny. Hazy. High 30. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clear. Widespread smoke. Low 12.

Today is promised to be hot, but has started off cool and hazy from the smoke of fires in BC.   The furnace is on and running.

I spent the morning catching up on the books and writing email. I have more bookkeeping to do, but not a lot.

I put the ECU back in and the truck still acted up.  I fiddled and then all was good.  For how long, though?  Until I am halfway to the dump with a loaded trailer?  I thought of going to Meijers for my empty supers, but am not alt all ambitious.  Is it this bug or drinking wine? Regardless, i mowed grass and admired the yard.  My how the trees have grown.  Ellen would be amazed.  When we moved here, it was so hot and dry and barren,  Nothing would grow, but in recent years, the climate is wetter and now I need to trim the growth.

I took my first dip in the pool.  It is chilly.  We need hotter weather before it is warm.

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