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Friday July 20th 2018
6.2  218.2

Today Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms this afternoon. Risk of a severe thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. High 30. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms early this evening and risk of a severe thunderstorm. Clearing this evening. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late this evening. Low 9.

I woke up at 0430 and got up, having only slept about four hours, but I was not tired.

At one time, I used to sleep four hours, get up, work a while, then go back to bed. Lately, I've been trying for eight hours, and all in one stint but things have gotten more exciting since Colin called.  I have some thinking to do and some potential business to transact and I have to reassess the entire charter boat business again as circumstances change.

I've been assuming that the boats have been doing better than break even, but find, at present I am falling into the red in some parts of the business and that affects whether I want to go deeper or get out.  Also, my decision to buy a boat and spend time in Mexico has reduced my motivation to be involved on the west coast to the extent I have been in the past.  This year, I missed the Vancouver Boat Show for the first time in years.

I'm also realizing I have been asleep at the switch for the past two years or so. I had thought I was actually close to making money with Cassiopeia, but find that maybe my memorized P&L template on QuickBooks was flawed, and/or time has lapsed.  At any rate my recent calculations show a significant loss. That may be chalked up to the learning curve and the experience partly compensates on a personal level, but business is business.

Relying on computers can be dangerous. I've written about Excel Hell a time or two, but when I do a Google search today, I see the definition has changed -- as so often the case with words and phrases these days, and the old meanings vanished without a trace. I find this scary. 

 "The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."
George Orwell

Anyhow... Excel Hell used to refer to the tendency for spreadsheets to contain serious errors that are not obvious to the user.  This can happen due to input parameters changing and user errors, or corruption in use by accidental and undetected changes of formulae or constants.  Unless the results are cross-tested by other methods, serious management errors can result.

Spreadsheets and also templates on other software can invisibly omit or distort important components of a calculation, especially if the data comes from a list of accounts that changes over time.

Anyhow, it appears that I have been kidding myself, particularly in light of the changing market. Fact is that I have not been as sharp or dutiful in my analysis and management the past two years.  Maybe it is old age, or maybe I am depressed.  I have not been on the ball lately, at least in these matters.  I have also neglected my bees and property since last year, and that is not a good sign.

Whatever the cause, Colin's calls yesterday set me to doing some investigation and although I have been around breakeven overall, some activities are costing me money.

Ellen died five years ago August, then my cat died and then my dog. Losing the dog was a milestone, and a final straw in some ways. When Zip died, I lost my last companion here in the Old Schoolhouse, and that loss had a surprising impact on my interest in the place.  Added to that, other than my suppers and barbecues, I don't have many visitors lately. After Ellen died, there was a flurry of interest, but that has died down.

Today, I must make some decisions and either go to the coast or decide not to.  That aside, the mower deck is waiting for my attention.

There is still also the forum I promised to install.

*    *    *    *   

Colin called, I packed, and at eight PM I walked out of the terminal at YYJ and found Rick waiting in the Cooper van at the curb. 

We drove to Port Sidney and boarded the new boat.  Mike, a broker, joined us and we decided to move from the slip near the office to a deeper spot since we would not be able to later after the tide went out.  We were still thinking I would leave for Powell River in the morning.

Seeing as we were underway, we motored out into the bay and tested the engine and steering, but not the sails. The boat is quick and stable, but there is a rumble from below we wonder about.  We decided that it will need attention, but is probably okay to go to PR and for a charter, seeing as that is the priority right now, but will need checking sometime before long.

We returned, and Rick and I went to the Surly Mermaid for a beer then I went back to the new boat and went to bed. Rick had saved my bag with bedding, so I had all my stuff.

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Joan Rivers

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Saturday July 21st 2018

Today Sunny early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 30 gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening then partly cloudy. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low 11.

I'm in Sidney on the new 2018 Bavaria 34. I woke up at three AM and realised that buying this boat under the present deal does not make sense for me.  I'm not a decisive person, but this seems clear.

For one thing, I want to reduce, not increase my investment in the northwest.  When I am in Mexico, I don't want to be anywhere else, but when I am here, I like it fine.  Sidney is like a second home.

The weather here is cooler, though, and at night and early morning I need heat and a sweater. Swimming is not practical much of the year here either, whereas in Mexico I only need a little supplementary heat in winter and can swim year round.

At any rate, I am sitting here on this boat waiting to see what kind of deal we can cook up.  I may buy and deliver, then flip the boat in the next year, but I need a good enough deal now or will lose.

As for boating here, if I get around to finishing my instructing qualifications I'll be paid to take people out on boats and not have to own any boats.  Apparently everyone raved about the Secret Cove trip I led recently and all the participants signed up for more such adventures. I'm told that this was an unusually successful event so I am being encouraged to get qualified and get teaching.  I intend to, but when it comes to studying, events keep interrupting and learning Spanish is taking priority.

*    *    *    *    *    *

Well, it's 1 o'clock PM and I just bought a brand new 2018 34-foot sailboat -- something I said I'd never do -- and sold another boat in one phone call.  Shortly, I will be off to Powell River with two new dinghies tied to the deck. I have not written a cheque or even signed papers.  It is all verbal. We're all friends.  Like beekeeping, the boating community is small and reputations are like currency.

I bought the one and only new vehicle in my life back in 1967. That cured me. The first few years of depreciation are a killer. 

Same with boats. I bought this boat simply because the company needs it badly and Colin assures me I will not lose money, will have positive cash flow from the get-go,  has business lined up already (starting tomorrow night, in fact), and that we will flip it before long.  In the bargain, I get rid of Just Do It!.  That boat was making money, but also starting to need attention and I could see more expenses coming...

*    *    *    *    *    *

I left around two and headed for Sansum Narrows.  Currents are predicted to be mostly slight, so I expected to make good time.

I took it easy at first -- new engine -- but hoped to make Silva Bay by eight to buy more food because by Maple Bay, I had eaten most of what I brought.  I sped up, but I missed store closing by twelve minutes.

On arrival in Silva Bay, I began to anchor, but the safety pin was jammed in the anchor holder.  Hanging awkwardly over the bow and without tools (I don't have any  tools, dishes, a spare anchor, or anything yet), I could not extract it, and was drifting towards other boats.  So I gave up and tied up at the fuel dock.  From the dock, the job was doable and I got the anchor free, but I'll stay where I am.

So, here I am for the night and I am exactly halfway to Powell River with only six hours to go unless I sail or stop for lunch.

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Sunday July 22nd 2018
5.7

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 24. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers overnight. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 12.

I woke up at dawn -- 0510 -- after the best night's sleep in a while.

It's sixteen degrees Celsius outside with a brisk breeze from the north, meaning that the trip across Georgia Strait and up the Channel will be a bit rough and I'll have a brisk headwind.  At Halibut Bank, the wind is currently 12 mph from  the west-northwest, and northwest is the direction I am going..  The prediction is... "Wind northwest 10 to 15 knots diminishing to light this afternoon then becoming northwest 10 to 15 near midnight. Wind diminishing to light Monday morning."

Maybe there is no need to rush off.  If I leave now and make the same time I have been, I'd arrive around noon and that is early.

*    *    *    *    *

That is in theory, but as Yogi said,

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.  In practice, there is."

In my case, I was reckoning without wind, waves and tides.

Most of the time, these factors are fairly minor and may even cancel one another, but today, they all united against me, adding hours to the trip and making it tiring due to the wind and wave action and the difficulty in looking out for logs and debris ahead over my cargo of dinghies on the foredeck.

Due to the conditions, the trip was boring and tiring. I wanted to arrive as early as I could to accommodate the waiting clients and I only sailed briefly as I wanted to get there by mid-afternoon.  The wind was coming from dead ahead, then dropped to nothing so I mostly motored at a steady 2,800 RPM, to make 6 to 7 knots. I entertained myself with Spanish Lessons plus The Boy Crisis and The Myth of Male Power on Audible.

We always have to keep an eye out for floating logs around here and the dinghies on deck blocked my view from the most comfortable positions and the wind was chill enough that I had both sweaters and shell on to stay warm.

I arrived at the fuel dock at three-thirty and my dock at North Harbour at four. I spent $178 on fuel. The dealers had not given me a full tank to start and the trip at 2,800 RPM and a new engine consumed a lot of fuel, considering the horsepower is only 28.

Larry was there to greet me.  I packed my gear and then we unloaded the dinghies from the forward deck.

I moved to Stella Maris for the night, and now I am on a CHB trawler.   Stella Maris II is a nice older boat somewhat smaller than my Monk, now sunk, but well set up and well-loved and very nice in spite of the patina of age. It is just a place to sleep, but I like this boat.

The clients, who had flown in from Britain soon came up the dock and took possession of my new boat for their charter. After they were settled in, I bought some beer and shared a few with Larry as it was his quitting time.  Then he left and since I was in the mood for a meal, I walked up to Snickers for lasagna and ribs, a good healthy vegetarian meal -- not.

Colin says he will arrive at eleven-thirty tonight but I'll be asleep by then.  We have things to do in the morning.  As of yet, I have just said the word and taken possession of this boat, but no papers have been signed and no money left my hands, so we'll take care of that tomorrow.

I had planned to go home tomorrow, but we will see.  I am booked to fly east to see Mom on the 27th, so I really should get back home for a few days first.

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Ray Bradbury

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Monday July 23rd 2018
5.7

5.7

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning and late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 24. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 11.

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 24. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers overnight. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 12.

I slept well on this old CHB.  Gotta say, I like this boat.  I'm up at 0700, expecting to see Larry or Colin show up or text.  Nothing yet. 

At 5.7, I see my morning blood glucose is lower again the past two days.  Why?  Dunno.  I have started taking half a 500 glucophage pill each AM.  Is that it?  It cannot be my diet the last few days.

I noticed some variation in the readings the other day and did three in a row at that time.  They varied over one full point, but I decided that was a fluke. Other times, they fall within a close tolerance.

It is a half-hour since the previous reading and I have not eaten, so I decided to test again just to see.  I don't do multiple readings much since the strips are not cheap.

This time I got 7.2, 5.9, and 6.1 on the same drop of blood. Hmmm.  The high reading was when I touched my skin.  I've learned the trick to good readings is to have a decent sized drop and to only touch the blood drop with the strip, so I'll discard the 7.2 and go with the 5..7, 5.9 and 6.3 as being a cluster near the probable true number.  It is cool in here today and I have noticed that this affects readings because, after all, the strips use a chemical reaction rate to determine the result.

*    *    *    *    *

I expect we'll have to brief the charter guests on the new boat and inflate at least one dinghy for them so they can get away.  Then Colin and I have some business to do, and then???

I suppose I'll go home.

*    *    *    *

Colin and Cody, his son, showed up at my door at 0740 with a barbecue for the boat and suggested breakfast uptown.  Apparently the charter does not begin until ten so the guests had simply had a pre-boarding last night and are content to stay here until the and that gives us lots of time to add the BBQ, inflate the dinghy, and mount the outboard.

It took to almost noon to get the dinghy inflated and all other various details finished.  When they left they were in great spirits.

Next, we dealt with problems on a Carver which turned out to be a pulley on the generator. A working generator is required to use the electric cook stove and we found a workaround: a portable generator and a Coleman propane stove.  We thought that we had the problem solved and everyone seemed happy, and ready to leave, but the mechanic reported he had fixed the pulley but could not put it on immediately and they decided to wait.

Then they decided to demand a refund for one day, but the generator is listed in their contract as non-essential and they had a working boat so I wonder how this will go.  They stayed on board and enjoyed the town just as they would have at any other dock nearby, so other than having repair people on board they hardly suffered, and while plugged into the dock they had all the power they could want for cooking and whatever.

I was told a boat might need to go to Nanaimo, so I was waiting to see if a delivery was going to materialize.  That did not work out and by the time I found out it was getting late to catch a ferry and fly out even if we could clear up the business, so we went for supper and put it all off to tomorrow.

Another option is to go to Sidney and work on Cassiopeia.  She is at the dock until the 29th and has a leaky raw water pump and I'm expecting a rigger to tune the shrouds.  I'd have to cancel my flight east, though, for now. 

Getting to Sidney means an hour and half on the ferry, then taxi, then five hours by bus and another half hour by city bus.  I would not want to carry much with me.  Or I could ride to Vancouver with Colin tomorrow evening and take the ferry to Swartz Bay.

Here are the pictures of Magic Rabbit. That is the working name for now.

I spent another night on Maris.

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Michael Porter

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Tuesday July 24th 2018

Today Showers with risk of a thunderstorm. Local amount 5 mm. High 19. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight A few showers ending late this evening then partly cloudy. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Low 10.

I slept until 0745 and realised I was to have breakfast with Colin and others at 0800.  I dressed and texted him, then walked up to the office.  We stood around a while waiting for Cody to come up from the showers and went uptown.  Breakfast was quiche and coffee.

Colin has things to get running, then we meet.  I need to clarify some things and as of yet, I have not paid for the boat.  We bought on a weekend and Cooper floated the payment seeing as their office is next to the broker in Vancouver and the deal involves a trade. Hello Magic Rabbit, good bye Just Do It!.  So, we have several things on th4 agenda.

I'd like to get to Sidney, actually, to do some work on Cassiopeia, but getting there is  a matter of catching the ferry, a ride to the bus and two bus rides.  It would take all day, or I can stay here and ride to Van with Colin and Cody.

That choice would give me all day to study the Coastal Navigation course and I could write the exam tomorrow in Sidney. That's in theory.  Things have a way of drawing me in and distracting me.  Yesterday, it was the generator problem on Impulse.

I can pass the exam now at 75%, without much effort, but I want to get 90% or more to get the higher qualification and that means at least four hours of review before I write.

I passed the exam back in 2004, but somehow my pass was not recorded officially.  I wrote on the spur of the moment on a visit to Van and my log book had been at home in Alberta. I had not bothered to follow up to bring it west to get it signed and get the sticker. 

At the time it did not seem important. I had the knowledge and credentials were secondary. Now the instructor cannot find the record, so re-writing is the easiest and I need to bone up on it anyhow if I am going to be teaching it.

After passing this exam, I just have to do the first aid course and teach once with John, and I am certified.  First aid is offered daily in Sudbury, so that will be simple.  I can visit Mom and take the course.  Anywhere else would be inconvenient, although perhaps courses are available in Sidney.  I had not considered that.

Nope.  I checked, and I'd have to bus down to Victoria, $5 and twenty minutes each way.  Sudbury is better. 

*    *    *    *

Dawn phoned and wants me to take her and the cleaning staff sailing tonight in Sidney on Cassiopeia.  I explained I am still in Powell River but hope to be there tomorrow, so  I can't today, but promised for tomorrow.  Things change fast around here.

Dawn does many, if not most of the bookings for my boats and is a friend as well. It is hard to draw a line between business and pleasure when part of this community.  It is much like commercial beekeeping we are all friends and hang out together, and we all do business with one another. 

What is business and what is pleasure? I have to go out on my boats regularly to assess and repair them and I usually enjoy the experience. The boats suffer if I don't and it eventually means a cancelled charter booking or an unhappy client.  In spite of my checking out JDI! recently, the client immediately after claimed the furnace did not work and wanted a refund (in spite of being out a week regardless).  The fact I had just been aboard before him (fortunately) and used it without problems defeated his claim.

As for pure pleasure use,  I seldom could say a trip's purpose is primarily pleasure. Maybe the Thanksgiving Rendezvous trips would count as such, but I am also promoting my boat when I do things like that and talk up the boat and hang the charter sign on the boat at all times.

Ok.  Dawn just called again.  Seems this is Dawn day.  Now she needs to get a radio license for a boat pronto and has been running into a brick wall.  I've done the online process before, so will send her what she needs.

Colin came by  at three and we agreed I will drive one of his cars to Vancouver via Sidney.  That works for me.  It is a bit pricier than the other options, but gets me there sooner and with fewer probable hiccups.

I looked at cancelling my Friday flight to Ontario, but didn't yet.  I see the change fee is only $105 now, but I am not sure how soon I am free to go east and want to be sure.  I simply have too many places to be.

By five I was in the lineup at the ferry driving his wife's bright red  car. Once in Comox, I found the Island Highway and drove south to Sidney, arriving a bit after ten. Now I am on Cassiopeia.  It's good to be home.

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Stephen King

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Wednesday July 25th 2018

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High 22. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low 9.

I woke up at seven. Rick was knocking at the next boat behind me on the dock.  I got up, said, Hi", and we went to the Third Street Cafe for breakfast.  I had a huge omelet. I can't keep eating like this.  Restaurant meals are expensive and unhealthy, but eating with the crew is good business.

We returned to the dock and I found the leak that had been reported in the dinghy.  There was a puncture on the keel from running it onto the beach and hitting a sharp stone.

I then took the raw water pump off, an easier task than imagined, and took it to Gartside.  Ben promised to repair it today.

On my return, I helped get a charter underway.  A couple had chartered a Martin 244 for the day and could not get the outboard to run.  It turned out it was one of mine, the same one that had given me grief before.  Rick said he had had it running well yesterday, and then filled it with gas last night and now thinks the gas must have been stale. These modern outboards are very sensitive compared to the ones I grew up with.

I then mounted the outboard from Cassiopeia on the Martin and found that it would not start either, so we found a third outboard and got them underway.

A short while later Rick got a call and we ran out with the chase boat to help them with the genoa. In the outboard confusion, they had not received a full briefing about the furling line.  Once they found out about that, they were fine.

By now it is noon and Ben phoned.  The pump is ready.  I just had to give it an hour for the paint to dry. Never a dull moment.

We tried troubleshooting my outboard and it seemed to have an electrical issue -- no spark.  I figured it had gotten swamped when the dinghy was half full of water from the leak.  We went uptown for spark plugs and to get the pump, stopping at Dairy Queen for Rick's lunch.  I had eaten a can of beans earlier so just had two ice cream sandwiches.

We got the raw water pump from Gartside and I installed it on our return. The job was simple.  I tested the engine and it was perfect,  Good.

Rick's mechanic friend, Ken, was on the dock, so I borrowed his battery tester and checked the boat's batteries.  They read 850 CCA each, which is pretty good for golf cart batteries. The manufacturer actually does not give a rating since they are not a starting battery. Ken looked at the outboard with me and decided we have spark, so I checked the fuel flow and it seems none is getting to the cylinders, so maybe that is it.

Rick and then I ran to Van Isle in the chase boat for fresh gas returning around seven. I was tired and a bit chilled from the ride.  I lay down and the next I knew, it was ten.

I got up for a little while and went back to bed

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The impossibility of conceiving that this grand and wondrous universe,
with our conscious selves, arose through chance, seems to me the chief argument for

the existence of God.
Charles Darwin

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Thursday July 26th 2018

Today Sunny this morning and early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Fog patches this morning. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 25. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing overnight. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 7.

I'm up at 0717 after a very good and long night's sleep.  I guess I've been exhausted.

I think I'll stick to my list today.  I only have a day or two more and there are  few things to do on this boat before I leave.

I began by hosing the salt off the outboard and then filling the water tanks and walking to Fairway for coffee.

I'm a cheapskate.  I hate to buy the small cans of coffee when the large ones are a merely double, but hold far more, but I'm only here for a few days and big can is not practical. However, after spending $2.50 in a restaurant for one cup, the $8 for any can of coffee looks a bargain.  At check-out the cashier spotted a coupon on the can that took it down to $5. That is the price of two cups and I made four in the first pot -- with another 100 or so still in the can.

I had my coffee fix, but am still a bit tired.

I don't get a headache or any such symptoms if I skip coffee for a day, but I noticed on my trip from Silva Bay to Powell River that I was in a less cheerful mood than I would have expected, delivering a brand new boat, and I had no coffee that morning. My day invariably starts with at least two cups, but I had none that day.

I had not heard from Peter for years, but today he wrote and I pass this on for comment.

EFB in my operation has been creeping up in severity (% of colonies and severity per colony) and I need a more effective way to deal with it.

A July 2018 ABJ article by Alison McAfee talks about a potential link between EFB flare-ups and pH of the bee gut. Apparently Gordon Wardell's PhD thesis was related to this and he apparently made his MegaBee patty recipe more acidic to help protect against EFB.

Have you ever looked into the pH of your/Global Patties patty recipe? If you were going to make the recipe more acidic, how would you go about it? My first thought would be to add ascorbic acid (vitamin C) since it is relatively low cost, human food grade, not toxic to bees, mixes easily, and the amount needed can be computed with some knowledge of chemistry. However, I realize the possibility that making the food more acidic might not make the gut that much more acidic because the ascorbate could move across the gut wall or be broken down by digestion.

The more I look into EFB, the more complexity I see. It is almost the perfect parasite in that it rarely kills its host. I do suspect that there might be a co-evolution thing happening between EFB and varroa which might be a factor in why EFB is becoming more troublesome in North America. Common patterns suggest that hive stress and changes in pollen sources affect the disease. Hives usually recover on their own, but the reduced bee populations result in a reduced honey crop. EFB can persist, without symptoms, both in live bees and in brood comb. Therefore, cleaning the disease out of a hive requires replacing the brood combs and administering an antibiotic. Hives that need to raise a new queen during a serious EFB infection may not be successful at that.

It is possible, in theory, to breed a line of bees that are strongly resistant to EFB, but the variability of the disease makes it difficult to create a challenge condition to measure EFB resistance. I buy my queens from HoneyBee Genetics and they are strongly disease resistant. The owner/operator of that breeder recently inherited an EFB-infested beeyard from a friend and is doing an experiment by requeening the symptomatic EFB colonies. I've told him that the outcome of that experiment will be difficult to interpret. I have a number of EFB hives headed by his queens (marked). I requeened one such EFB hive with a new HBG queen and 30 days later observed a near-perfect brood pattern. I think the improvement was caused by a combination of reduced brood rearing during the transition to the new queen, plus general reduction of brood rearing post-solstice, plus a complete changeover in pollen sources. I don't believe 9 days of hatchout with slightly different genetics can!
account for all the capped brood having a great pattern.

From a practical commercial honey-producer beekeeping perspective, I think a good EFB management approach would have two components:
1) identified EFB cases get shookswarmed plus Oxytet
2) a special feed or resistant genetics reduces the severity of any EFB infection.

Comment here.

Personally, I have never seen much EFB either in my own hives or when inspecting all around Alberta or when lifting lids in the USA. In my experience, EFB was a seasonal matter where a few cells might show in spring, then promptly disappear.  Also, we used OTC prophylactically for AFB prevention in those days and OTC prevents and cures EFB instantly.

The consensus then was that EFB was a symptom of stress and malnutrition and it is very common on blueberry pollination in particular due to the monoculture and lack of good pollen.  I've heard EFB can be a scourge in Britain and is a reportable disease.  Not so here.

The stories that go around about bee diseases tend to be hyperbolic and alarmist.  There is a lot of conjecture and black and white thinking.  Fact is that most are around and do not show pathology most of the time. Diseases are unavoidable and extreme sanitation is pointless since the bees go everywhere and bring everything back.  Some care not to spread obvious contamination like AFB scale is reasonable, but many go away too far, and many 'teachers' don't really know much and scare newbees with false 'facts'.

As for the contamination of comb, EFB is not spore-forming, so I should think it cannot last long in comb and the source of new outbreaks is more likely environmental than residues in comb.

EFB is also opportunistic and is maybe the most obvious but last arrival of several co-infections.  If the others are viral, they are bound to be harder to detect and EFB would be the diagnosis, even if it is the only end point of a series of infections.

I wonder how much of the 'EFB' seen these days is actually snotbrood and actually only a visible symptom of the infections spread by varroa.

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After that, I worked on the outboard for the dinghy for several hours, and when I asked around, found an independent outboard mechanic working on the dock who agreed to service the Cooper fleet outboards on an ongoing basis.

He helped me troubleshoot, basically retracing the steps I had done earlier. We eventually gave up and decided he will take the outboard home to work on it.  We found another outboard and mounted it, then the new guy, Shane, Rick, and I put a new keel strip on the dinghy'

I had an hour to sit and think and clean up the boat after that and then Rick and I went for Chinese buffet.

I went to bed just after ten. Life is so interesting, Netflix has hardly crossed my mind this week.

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Friday July 27th 2018
6.1

Today Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning becoming hazy later this morning. High 28. Humidex 29. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing late this evening. Hazy. Low 9.

I woke at three,  got up for a while, did some organizational chores, and went back to bed.  After a while, I decided I was awake and got up, checked the battery water, and made coffee.

The boat has four storage batteries which provide lights and power for the furnace, navigation instruments, and other electrical items when away from the dock and city power.  Electrolyte water levels have to be checked monthly and replenished with distilled water if needed since water from the acid electrolyte is consumed over successive charge and discharge cycles.  Checking is a chore that is easily forgotten and if the level gets too low, damage can result. The staff should do this job routinely, but on occasion I have found the water levels lower than ideal.

I went back to bed and dozed until 0730.  Now I have a full day ahead and hope to avoid distractions.

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I guess I did because the day passed as a blur. I went uptown and took back several items and got a fuse for the stereo.

The fuse did not fix it, so I drove to Victoria looking for a new stereo.  The online Canadian Tire inventory was wrong, so the one-hour trip to the nearest store turned into a three-hour trip to a farther store through traffic.  I did get what I needed, though, I think.

On my return, Shane changed the toilet in the aft head and then Dawn, Doug, some relatives , Rick, Shane and a German student working on the dock came aboard with pizza and beer and we went for a sail.  There wasn't much wind, but that was idea for a casual cruise like that.

We were back at the dock well before dusk.  Rick and I sat in the cockpit for a while, then I went below and got to bed around nine-thirty.

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Saturday July 28th 2018
5.3

Today Sunny this morning and early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Hazy this afternoon. High 28. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing this evening. Hazy. Low 13.

I woke up around six and went back to sleep until 0717, then got up.

I'm tired this morning, even after ten hours of sleep.  Actually, the truth is more like nine since I was up at three for an hour and several other times for a few minutes.  Pizza almost always affects my sleep. I'm sensitive to something in some tomato paste it seems.

My plan is to wire the stereo, then pack and catch the ferry to YVR and fly home. We have find my spinnaker, too, somewhere in storage.

As always, I hate to leave, but need to move on.  I was to be in Sudbury by now, but canceled to finish things here. I'll be back here on the eleventh.

I wired the stereo and it worked right away, but then I realised the mount was still on the unit and moreover, I had not brought the wires through the mounting hole in the dash. 

The mounting sleeve is a close fit.  It blends in and not obviously a separate part. I had been so concerned about the electrical details, the physical details had been neglected. Now, I had to get the mount off and then feed the unit through the hole in the dash from the back.  Was there room, or would I have to cut the wires and re-do them?

Lucky for me, I was able to get the mount over the front panel and to tease the unit through from the back.

Then I packed and Rick came by.  We walked to the parking lot, stopping at the office and Dawn came out to get the parking pass from my car.

In passing, Dawn mentioned she was not comfortable with Magic Rabbit as a boat name.  Apparently it is the name of a vibrator that is popular with the ladies.  No one else seemed to know that, but I have now changed the name to Magic Memories, much to her relief.

I followed Rick to the U-Haul storage unit and we found the spinnaker. Oddly, I had to instruct him on it's sock and mounting. He is an instructor examiner, but maybe every kite is different.

I left as soon as that was done, skipping the lunch we had been thinking of doing next and I made the noon ferry by the skin of my teeth.

As my line moved onto the ferry, the last of the lines that made that sailing, I saw three teens coming out of the shops and looking in vain for their ride in an empty parking lot.  I guessed their vehicle had boarded without them since when your line moves, you have to move with the traffic or miss the ferry.

I assumed their people figured they'd catch up somehow.  (Who knows?)  I invited them into the car and when we arrived on board, they were immediately reunited with their family in a van right in front. I received many smiles and thanks.

On the ferry, I went online and reserved a flight at four, allowing myself plenty of time to get to the airport even though YVR is only a half-hour from the ferry.  I don't mind arriving early.  I have a lot of lounge passes and things to do there while waiting.

The premium lounges are quiet places with food and drink and comfortable chairs and tables for working or relaxing, unlike the general waiting areas at the gates. The cost is $50 for two hours, but my passes are free perk for being a Westjet frequent flier.

At the airport, I found the long-term parking but there were no attendants and no instructions and no shuttle I could see. I asked some people who were leaving and was told to take the Skytrain nearby.

I chose a good spot near the Skytrain entrance, locked the keys in the trunk, texted Genny a picture, and walked 100 yards to the train.  It was free from there to YVR and moments later, I was in YVR, walking to B13. There was no lineup at security.

Once through security, I went to the lounge for a bite to eat and when the time came, I walked to the gate where I found I'd been upgraded to Plus.  So, here I am, in Plus, with a free glass of white wine and saying no to a second.  I have to drive home.

At YYC, I caught the parking shuttle rode to the lot.  At the lot I found my car, but not until the patient shuttle driver had driven me around the huge lot for fifteen minutes, looking.

I had a card with the row number in my wallet, but a seven was written to look like seventeen so we searched in that area until it was clear it was not there, then the driver read the number a seven and we searched there.  I finally spotted the car from afar.  It was actually in row twenty-five.

I've parked at Park & Jet so often lately I could not recall which row and it turned out that he card I had was from a previous visit. I may not have been given one when I parked this last time.  Lesson learned.

I drove to the Superstore and bought some food, then called Bert and Fen. They said to come by, so we had coffee at The Mill and I continued home, arriving right at ten.

I stayed up until after midnight, catching up on things.

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Sunday July 29th 2018
5.9  219.0  0632

Today Sunny. Hazy. High 32. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Hazy. Low 13.

I woke up around six and went back to sleep until 0717, then got up.

It is a clear, bright morning here in Swalwell. I spent the morning catching up and reflecting on the past week. At noon, I'm going out to look at the mower and maybe cut some trees.

I see there is nothing happening in the way of hurricane worries down near La Paz. There is a small depression a ways out and that is all.

I went out and cut some trees growing up near the house and quit, seeing as it was around two and the peak for UV.

While out by the pond, I looked at some clover and saw bumblebees, but no honey bees.  The bumbles are small, meaning they are a new colony or maybe they are parasitized.  At any rate I assume there aren't many of my bees alive. I've totally lost interest.

I'm looking at the next several weeks and the time with Jean and family on Cassiopeia (blue) is coming up fast.  I want to be in Sudbury before then, so should go soon. I have barely a week before I plan to be back on Cassiopeia on the 11th.

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Today 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18

I don't have much to do here.  The place seems to be able to take care of itself.  I cut the grass late and short this year and that set it back enough that it is still barely growing. From the looks of things, I won't need to cut for a few more weeks.

I booked a flight to Sudbury for Tuesday and a flight to Victoria for the 10th.  Time is fleeting.  Summer will be over soon and I've hardly done any summer things here.

I went out and cut some of the saplings that have been bothering me.  There are more to go, but I had gone out at the heat of the day and came back in to avoid the sun.  I never did go back out, and accomplished little for the rest of the day.

I had a salmon steak for supper and sat down to watch TV, something I never do.  I still have about six on-the-air channels and some of them are in HD.  There were several cop shows and a Chinese drama with subtitles and I flicked back and forth.  Not having seen any TV for a long time, even the commercials were interesting.  I made popcorn and pigged out.

I'm up twelve pounds now over my lowest weight and it is time to exercise some discipline.  Although drinking beer has had a good effect on me mentally, it is probably the reason for weight gain -- that and eating in restaurants.

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Monday July 30th 2018\
6.4  219.0  0758

Today Mainly sunny. Hazy. High 34. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness early this evening. 30 percent chance of showers late this evening and after midnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Hazy this evening. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 late this evening. Low 15.

It's another bright, sunny morning with a heat warning. We'll come within two degrees of the temperature forecast for la Paz today.

I have to go to town today to the accountant and pack for the trips.  I have nine days in ON (pink) this trip, so need to plan.  I really want to go to NY, too, but that takes about four days minimum.  The trip each way takes a day.

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29 Today fly 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 fly 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 fly?

I heard from Carolyn this morning and she is feeling better.  She had been unwell the past few days but that has passed.  We agreed to meet for a walk at nine, so I met her at her door and we walked around two blocks in town.  That makes a good start on a day.

I'll be going to Three Hills after lunch to see the accountant and before that I want to look at the mower again and tidy the brush I cut. 

Later, I have to pack for both Ontario and BC as I fly direct to Victoria from Sudbury.

I find that always pack things I don't need and forget things I do, so I have been making lists and working on getting more efficient.  I leave some essentials at the various places I go to and take pictures of what I am  leaving there so I don't carry things I already have. 

I seldom check a bag.  It is always a hassle and when I have a connection, if it is short -- and I book short layovers when possible --  or if the first flight is a bit late arriving, bags often don't make the second flight.

I took the clutch off the tractor and found I must lift the engine to change the belt. Everything was filthy so I pressure-washed the deck and the tractor before I went to town.

As I drove north, I was thinking of replacing the windshield due to the crack that appeared a while ago, when suddenly I was hit by a rock.  Bullseye.  Right in the centre of my view.  Now I do need to get a replacement.

The same thing happened to my car two weeks ago. Coincidence?  Why are there suddenly rocks on the pavement on 21?  Gravel trucks?

The doctor was happy to prescribe glucophage, but not until she looked it up and found glucophage is metformin.  There is so much for a doctor to know these days.  I had metformin back in 2009 and quit for some reason. Anyhow, she gave me a script and I had it filled

I had some leftover from then and took 500mg in the AM and 500 in the PM and found that was too much.  I had some muscle aches, so I  cut back to 250 mg in the morning and it seems to drop my BG by a half-point the next morning. At least that is how it seems without doing a rigorous test.

From there, I went to the drug store, the bank, the beer store, and the hardware store. Then I remembered to go to the lab as I have a requisition form Dr. San Vicente for a test.

It is no longer a simple walk into the lab, get pricked, and walk out.  First, an inquisition at a front desk and document inspection, then a wait with a number, then the test.

Looks like a full employment government programme, adding one full job description between me and the lab. How many useless layers can they add to an already ponderous and inefficient system before it breaks?

It's 33C here in Swalwell and I might as well be in Mexico.  La Paz is about the same today. The difference being that tonight it wil cool to the teens here, but it will be 24 in La Paz.  Still, I am missing Mexico, but loving being here, too.

I spent 50 years here in Swalwell and love being here here, but now I feel I must visit Mom while I can, and I am delighted that Jean and family have decided to come aboard Cassiopeia on the 14th, so I am outahere. When will I have time to do this place justice?  maybe fall.

I looked at the tractor again and decided that is a job for another day and covered it up.  I then went and cut a bunch more trees from around the house.  I left hauling them away for later.  I will have to cut some up to be easy to move and I'll burn them nearby when the fire hazard is low, so it won't hurt to let them dry out.

I am of two minds about cutting trees because I love trees and we had to struggle so hard in early years to get any to grow.  Also, if I get overzealous, I'll regret it and there is no 'undo'. However, now, the trees have overgrown the place while I was not paying attention and some are actually hazardous, that spruce leaning in the background being a case in point.

I have yet to pack, but the job is simpler the more I do it and I have time in the morning, too.  I don't have to leave until 0830.

I watered some of the plants and will go around once more in the morning.

After that, I was tired and slept an hour or two, then got up and looked over some papers I had not realised I had picked them up at the accountants' earlier.  I had filed them at that time as I was about to leave and was rushed.

I'm glad I kept wondering because the accountant had not mentioned some important details.  He had been preoccupied at that time and had delegated that part of the job and when I had enquired today, he had not remembered.

I called Westjet to get a seat assignment and found I have been comped up to Plus (business) on my flights tomorrow. 

That's nice, but they had assigned the aisle seat in row one.  That means I am right where people wait for the washroom and if I board early as is my privilege, I am right where I get ogled and bumped by everyone else boarding after me. Oh, well. 

I was told I might be able to change at the gate.

I went to bed around ten.

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Tuesday July 31st 2018

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 29. Humidex 31. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight A few clouds. Low 15.

I woke at 0200 and found I was not tired, so I got up.  The nap earlier must have given me two hours toward my daily sleep quota.

I remembered to check in for my flights and found I could move to the window on my flight, so I did.  Still in Plus.

I drove to Airdrie, parked, and Mike drove me to YYC. I went to the Chinook Lounge and had breakfast, then went to the gate.  As usual. boarding started late, but I was first on and found my seat by the window and settled in.

I slept a while, had lunch and sampled a few movies, then gave up and listened to Spanish lessons for a while.  Then I slept some more and before too long we landed in Toronto.

I had forgotten how bad Gone With the Wind is.  It is considered a classic, but from today's perspective, it is awful.  I found the same when I tried watching 2001 on a previous flight. I'm sure The Hunger Games, Avatar, and many other current films will look horrible in the future.  They already look bad to me now.

This makes me respect films like Casablanca and Cleopatra even more as they have stood the test of time.  IMO, anyow.

I boarded the next flight after a long trek across the terminal and soon  I was airborne again.  As we neared Sudbury, we passed over two forest fires that are in the news.  From the reports, they are huge and threatening communities, but from the air, they did not look very big or very near obvious settlements although I am sure they burnt some remote camps and killed a lot of wildlife. I took pictures but they did not turn out at all well as I was shooting into the sun through a dirty window.

We landed at YSB and my shuttle was nowhere to be seen.  I phoned and there was no answer.  I tired again with no luck and then my phone rang and I was told the shuttle was on the way and would be ten or fifteen minutes.  In the meantime, another passenger and I were chatting with a cabby who was there with no fare. We felt obligated to wait for the shuttle, but when it arrived seventeen minutes after the call, and did not seem to know he was the shuttle, we decided to take the cab instead and split the fare.  The shuttle driver did get one passenger who had just walked up.

We arrived at 1207 and I got off, went in and found Mom.  We went out and sat on the deck until dusk.

I went o bed at ten.

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