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Sunday March 10th 2019

Today Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High zero. Wind chill minus 16 in the morning. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 14. Wind chill near minus 18

I was up at 0630 and I'd forgotten about the daylight nuisance time change, so it was actually 0730.  So had Mom.

We had breakfast, then I went out and began digging out the van.  The snow was layered with ice from rain, and deep on the far side. The wheels on the near side were blocked by ice and snow was piled over a foot deep on the roof and hood.

I always disconnect the battery when I leave so it won't be discharged by the security and door monitors, so I need to open the hood to connect the battery.  Until I do that, I cannot start the van, so, once I got enough snow off the hood, I tried opening it.  The release pulled easily and did not spring back, and the outside safety lever would not budge so something is wrong.  I fiddled a while and looked on YouTube, and went back out several times, but without success.

The day was breezy and perhaps ideal for kiting, but I decided to stick to Job One, getting the van running, but took a break after lunch.

Sharon and Mich came over at three for coffee and left around four.  I went back out, but found access to the grill and hood was difficult in the deep snow, so I dug the van out.

That job needed doing no matter what.  It had snowed and the plow can come anytime.   I wanted to have the plow clear the space where the van was sitting.

When finished, I went in and made supper and called Sharon to give me a tug with her 4X4.  Fortunately this van is not so new that it cannot be taken out of gear without electric power like the newest ones and I shifted into neutral and we pulled it to a more accessible spot.

I worked a bit more with better access and can now see I'll have to pull the knee bolster, unscrew the cable mount and pull the cable out farther than can be done with the lever and hope the core is still connected under the hood.

Apparently a small plastic piece that holds the cable sheath at the latch end deteriorates, and if that is my issue, the hood should pop open without much trouble when I can pull the core out more than normal. If not, I'll have to resort to much more difficult methods.

As it grew colder and as dusk approached, I came in and watched Jordan Peterson (more) videos and a bit of Canadian federal parliamentary Question Period for a while.

Jordan Peterson has an amazing intellect, is widely read, has acute reasoning ability, and uses language like a ninja uses weapons.

Whereas Peterson is a ray of light, our parliament is a disgrace, plain and simple, and Question Period is a demonstration of the overt, unthinking, and deliberate herd mentality of many of our 'representatives'.

Sadly, our Prime Minister who at first was adulated as a fresh breeze with his "Sunny Days" motto, is proving to be a poser, a disgrace, and if Pierre Poilievre is to be believed, a criminal.  Poilievre makes a very convincing case in Question Period, quoting the law and relating it to known facts.  It seems quite clear that young Trudeau is in far over his depth.

"Sunny Ways" has turned out to be Shady Ways.  If the RCMP don't investigate at least one of our PM's  several obvious offences it will seem that the Chinese have real reason to question our claims of "rule of law" without political interference.

That said, this government has done some good things, but I think Canadians are beginning to realise we could do much better.

On the provincial front, I pity our Alberta premier.  Rachel Notley is a very impressive leader and would be my choice over all the alternatives except for her ideas and the company she keeps.

Notley was somewhat naive starting out, but has been coming down to earth.  It is far easier to be idealistic when you have no power or likelihood of achieving power than to hold on to those views when the levers of power are in your hands and you see what happens when you pull them.

Tying this all together, interestingly, Notley and Peterson are not strangers. From a Christie Blatchford article in the National Post...

"And oh yes, the other great intellectual influence of his (Peterson's) life was Sandy Notley, the late mother of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

"He and the premier, a few years apart in age, were raised in the same small northern Alberta town, Fairview, and even double-dated occasionally.

"For four years, in fact, Peterson worked as a volunteer for Notley’s father, Grant, the Alberta New Democratic Party leader.

“I ran for the NDP vice-president in Alberta when I was 14,” Peterson says. “I almost won too. I lost by about 12 votes out of about 700…. So I was very serious about pursuing a political career but then I realized, I started to understand, the role that ideology played in these underlying horrors of the 20th century and that put me deep into the study of the psychology of religion and that’s really what happened.”

In 1977 a 14 year old Jordan Peterson was almost elected vice-president of the Alberta NDP

I'd love to hear his opinion on Notley today.  I could not find any references.

Anyhow, I think that I've about watched all the Peterson videos I'll watch on  YouTube because what is on YouTube gets repetitive and I don't see much point in spending time listening to people I agree with substantially. I have not watched his lecture series, though. Maybe I should.

Just when I was thinking that, I found this...“As deep a question as you can possibly ask” - Jordan Peterson in conversation with Iain McGilchrist.

And A history lesson for political radicals

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Monday March 11th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind up to 15 km/h. High plus 4. Wind chill minus 19 in the morning. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Clearing late this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 6. Wind chill minus 8 overnight.

I'm up at 0700.  The day looks dull, but the temperature is right around freezing. I see the plow came during the night, so the driveway is clear.

I didn't get out until after lunch and at that time, I found that the hood opened without any extraordinary effort.  I had, however, previous to this effort, removed the knee bolster and pried the release lever out to max.  When I tried the safety lever it moved easily as it should, so who knows? I see a little rust, but otherwise, nothing unusual.

I gather I was just not meant to drive yesterday.  Who knows?  Maybe this minor nuisance saved my life or someone else's?  We never ever know what fate might have waited down some fork in the road that was passed by due to some small inconvenience.

Now that I have the battery connected, the issue is the security system.  Having reconnected the battery with the door already open, the van thinks it is being stolen, so I have locked it up and walked away for fifteen minutes.  That is one method of re-setting it that is published.  If that does not work, I have several others.  I can't recall what I did the last time this happened.

That did not work and after trying several other suggestions for the 'net, the van would not even crank -- indicating I had really been totally locked out by the computer.

I went to YouTube again and my last-ditch plan is to disconnect the battery and short the plus and minus cables together for a while to do a total CPU reset. The idea came from YouTube.  This guy (right) and this guy (left) had similar ideas.

On my first try I only shorted for a minute or so and had no success.  For my second try I left the cables shorted for a half-hour. 

Then I connected the battery and turned the key.  Presto! The van started right up.

By then it was two, and Mom wanted to go to the bank, then to pick up her ring, and to stop for a coffee, so we drove her car to the Four Corners and took care of these matters.

It was four when we returned, just enough time to do some shopping, so I went out for groceries and bought a roast chicken for supper. Pre-roasted chickens are cheaper than raw chickens of the same size and they are ready to eat, then make good soup after a meal or two.

I though of going back out after supper, but decided to stay in, go to bed early, and go tomorrow.

I watched more YouTube and found I was watching Jordan Peterson again, but classroom lectures.

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until being strong is your only choice.
Bob Marley

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Tuesday March 12th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 3. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 7. Wind chill minus 4 in the evening and minus 11 overnight.

Tonight we go out for supper at the Apollo.

Susan was expected at eight but did not show.  A phone call found her at home in bed with a migraine. I spent the morning chatting with Mom and napping.

After lunch, I went out to Lowes and bought a counter organizer for the kitchen and rug for the back door.

At five-thirty, we arrived at The Apollo and met up with Mich and Sharon for supper.

We arrived home around eight and I went to bed early.

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 he treats those who can do nothing for him.
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Wednesday March 13th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this afternoon. High plus 3. Wind chill minus 14 in the morning. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Clearing late this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 12. Wind chill minus 6 in the evening and minus 15

I was up at four and had breakfast, stayed up a few hours, then had a nap until coffee time. 

The day is warm, slightly above zero and melting, but with wet snow falling intermittently.  There is maybe enough wind to kite-ski, but with the falling snow, it may not be pleasant. We'll see.

I have no plans for today except to clean out the van, check on my boat, and go shopping again for a few odds and ends.  I'll do some deskwork.

Getting to the boat looks a bit difficult, though, given the amount of snow nearby.  I'll lace up my boots and approach from the back. With luck, the drifts there won't be too deep.

I don't know what I'll see, but mostly I just want to knock the snow and ice off the tarps again to make sure the tarps stay up until spring.


I did knock the snow and ice off and the tarps are in bad shape.  I hope they last a little longer.  One tarp on the bow has ripped.

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Thursday March 14th 2019

Today Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High plus 2. Wind chill minus 15 in the morning. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 12. Wind chill minus 5 in the evening and minus 15 overnight.

I was up at seven and got Mom's breakfast. 

I see it is warm and sunny in Alberta. Here, it is warm, but overcast.

Seems my brother was affected by the Boeing 737 Max8 grounding and had his flight cancelled. He'll get here, I assume by the weekend, but may have to fly a red-eye since those are the only flights that are generally not always fully booked. I noticed earlier that my return flight from Mexico is on a Max8, but that is weeks away and I hope that this matter will be resolved by then. 

From what I have read, the issue is simply the new automatic trim system on these new models and a failure to inform and train pilots who are familiar with the standard 737s about its new and different characteristics.

Apparently, when it activates, pilots are surprised and fight it manually and that results in climbing, then descending in increasing arcs which can result in a crash.

These planes have completed thousands of safe trips, but two crashes within months have resulted in grounding them all until the reasons are clearly established.  Word is that the black boxes (which are actually red) from the latest crash are only now being examined in Paris.  (The Ethiopians don't trust the FAA). I hope that the results are clear and unequivocal and that the planes can be returned to service soon.

Having heard nothing since I was kicked out of the UBAC in January, I assumed the UBAC died after the hijacking and I posted an obit in the forum and took down the UBAC info from the www.albertabeekeepers.com website last night.

Is it a coincidence that this morning I received an email from Tracey that the UBAC has set up a site at https://unitedbeekeepers.org/ and suddenly it is live?  Would I please take down the UBAC material at albertabeekeepers.com?  As if she did not already know it was gone.  Is one of us clairvoyant? I'm not.  AFAIK.

As for what the new UBAC is actually doing, I have no real clue.  Somebody put some work into a website that looks well designed and businesslike, but there doesn't appear to be any members at any level and there is no record of meetings.  There are only four directors listed and all are from Calgary, except Tracey.  Looks like posing.

So, one might ask, where is the beef?  Anyhow, it does not matter.  The original reason for forming the United Beekeepers of Alberta Council -- UBAC (note the word "council" in the name) seems to have been lost and the founders have left or been booted.

We'll see if they can make this model work. My guess is no, and that it will take about two years to fade into nothing, but I wish them the best.  They were left about $3,500 from our first meeting, so they have some fuel in the tank.


I'm going to do a little shopping, then clean out my van to be ready to pick up my cousins at the airport tomorrow.  Joan and Carling are expected in town tonight as was Ron, but the Max8 problem may have affected them, too. We'll see.  At any rate, I am here.  Can I leave on Tuesday as scheduled?  We'll see.  Air Canada does not say on my confirmation what the aircraft booked might be.

Well, my van did the no-start thing again and best I can guess, the problem is the bad instrument cluster circuit board problem that is widely discussed on the Internet and exhibits these same symptoms.

Apparently the fix is not too difficult -- simply remove the dash, unplug the board, re-solder the affected connections (below) and reinstall. 

Apparently, too, the van will run fine with the circuit board removed, but of course there would be no instruments. I'm not looking forward to the job, but it will have to be done and I hope that solves the issue.

We had supper at five-thirty and after I spent the evening watching old TV shows on YouTube on my laptop. I was surprised to see Barney Miller and other old favourites there.

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Jimmy Buffett

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Friday March 15th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing near noon. Wind west 20 km/h. High plus 5. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 10. Wind chill minus 4 in the evening and minus 13 overnight.

I was up at five-thirty.  I seem to be sleeping six hours a night again. For a while it was eight.

Nicole is coming today to get Mom up.  I have to work on the van today.  Hope that I can solve the problem.

Sarah and Lindsey, my sister's daughters, are in town and I expect they will be over this morning.

My sister-in-law and niece are also in town and my brother, Ron, is expected later today.  Three cousins and wives are arriving tonight by air.  Another will be coming by road.  So far, 85 people have RSVPed for the party tomorrow and there will likely be twice that number with local drop-ins.  Mom has a wide network in town.


We have to leave here at 11:15 to get Mom's hair done for tomorrow. The driveway is a skating rink after the rain and I worry about the roof.  The roof has been re-shingled not long ago, and with quality shingles, so things should be fine as far as leaks are concerned. I wondered about the rafters, but this house is old and the quality and dimensions of wood were much better back when it was built. I looked into the attic and as far as I can tell, nothing is sagging or leaking. However, there is over a foot of wet snow and ice up there and I see an odd curl in the shingles at one edge.

 Otherwise things look okay. Just the same...

Sarah and Lindsey came by for coffee at ten.

At home, I see that the snow is disappearing. Fast. Patches of the driveway are now bare. So far, though, I see no signs of runoff.

The forecast for Tuesday, the day I return home, was for twenty degrees C, but I see now that the Environment Canada probs are modified to plus eight and eighteen for the next day.  Regardless, that will make a lot of mud.

Looking at Weather Underground (below), a forecast which IMO is more accurate, I see plus nine as highs Monday through Saturday.  We'll see.  I should check back next week and see who, if either, got it right.

I drove Mom to the hairdresser and killed an hour at a dollar store (which is more like a two-dollar store now) and then we returned to 1207.

After lunch, Joan came to borrow Mom's car and Bill brought me a soldering iron.  About then I had the van dash half apart and had just discovered that the van wanted to start again.  Odd.

I could have just put the dash back together, but figure if the van had immobilized itself without warning twice and this had not happened this way before, there is something wrong and the cluster printed circuit board is the most probable culprit.  So, I plan to proceed as planned and finish the job.

  

I took the cluster apart and at first glance I could not see any issues, but with a jeweler's loupe, I could see some tiny cracks in the solder.  See images below and click to zoom in.

    
A section of board and close-up.  Note the yellow circle.

I re-soldered the questionable points and put it all back together and guess what?  The van works!  I was afraid that in heating the solder, I might cause some secondary problems like lifting traces or damaging ICs, but everything seems okay.

Let's hope I fixed the issue.  I don't like surprises -- surprises like going out and finding the van is immobilized when I need to go somewhere.

Joan returned Mom's car and she and Ron were off to see the cousins. I made supper and am about to go see Bill, Faye, Myra, and Ken.

I spent an hour with the four and had two small glasses of malbec, seeing as that was what was being offered. We chatted, then I drove back to 1207, arriving at nine, and in time to put Mom to bed.  I went to bed shortly after.

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Satchel Paige

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Saturday March 16th 2019

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High 7. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming clear overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 10. Wind chill minus 3 in the evening and minus 13 overnight.

I woke up at around two and found I was a bit stuffy and dry.  Probably the malbec.  I should have known better. I stayed up until four, then went back to sleep until six when I woke up, smelling toast.

Mom had been awake since three, she said, and she decided to get up for a few minutes and have some toast. She went back to her room to sleep some more and I went back to bed.

I slept until 0930 and when I went down Nicole had gotten Mom up and Mich had just dropped over to see how things are going.

Joan phoned to confirm our arrival time at the venue and now there is nothing to do except relax until 1330 when the taxi comes for the electric wheelchair.and we leave for the Northern Ontario Water Sports Centre.

At home in Alberta, I see more and more of the driveway surface and can also see the snowpack dropping daily, so by the time I am home, it will be muddy.

The wheelchair taxi was twenty minutes late but we got to the party around two.  In spite of having been hustled to arrive on time, when we got there no one was  outside to guide us and we had to hunt around to find the elevator and when we did, it was not working.

Eventually, Ron appeared and we went up. The party went very well and I estimate we had about 100 guests.

After everyone left, Don and I drove Mom home. Mich and Sharon brought the odds and ends along.  Don stayed for supper.

The kitchen is full of flowers.

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 it makes you free.
Stormie Omartian

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Sunday March 17th 2019

Today Clearing. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 7. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 6. Wind chill minus 3 in the evening and minus 8 overnight.

I woke up right at eight and checked on Mom.  She was still asleep so I let her sleep. Mich came over and I said I'd call her when Mom wakes up.

Shortly after, Mom woke up and said she had the best sleep ever. I called Mich and she came back. After breakfast, Sharon came over and she and Mitch helped Mom dress for the day.

Not long after, Lindsey and Sarah came by and stayed until ten-thirty when Ron brought Bob and Anne Spence over for a visit.  Bob is Mom's 95-year-old cousin. They are totally nice folks. I'll be driving them to the airport and getting the ink refilled for this printer at the same time. I've printed a lot of photos.


I drove them to YSB, then stopped at Costco to have the printer ink cartridges refilled, seeing as the printer had reported the cartridges as being nearly empty and I have photos to print.  The woman at the counter weighed them and reported the black still has 10% and the colour has 50%.

So, the Canon software lied to me.  I assume that the warning comes early so a user will not run right out at a critical time, but that also probably results in a lot of people discarding perfectly good cartridges. I might have done that, too, although I generally run cartridges until they stop printing well. 

I was impressed by Costco's ink refill service.

I returned to 1207 and confirmed that the snow around Carpe Diem is now firm enough to walk on and drove to Bill's to return the soldering equipment.

Back home, I made supper for Mom and called it a day.

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you would never think a negative thought.
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Monday March 18th 2019

Today Mainly sunny. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High 8. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 7. Wind chill minus 3 in the evening and minus 10 overnight.

I woke up at 0730 and made breakfast.  Mom was napping, but soon showed up in the kitchen.  She has pretty well recovered from her twisted hip and is getting around well now on foot with her walker.  When I first came, she was using the electric wheelchair.

Nicole came at 0755.


This is my last day in Sudbury and I am sorry to be leaving.  When I reserved my flights, weeks back, I had to guess how long to stay or pay top dollar for a last-minute reservation and I need to get to La Paz before too long. Plus, I have things to do on the BC coast. I did not know at the time that I would be spending days on my van and that the weather would be adverse.

I have yet to get out kiting. Bill and I were going to walk out to camp again, but we have not had an opportunity.  The wheelchair ramp to the deck needs to be adjusted. I still have to decide how to re-tarp the boat and pack.

I could use a few more days, but that is always the case anywhere I go. When I get home, I'll be there only one week until I am off to La Paz.

I reserved an AirBnB in La Paz, but that trip is a leap into the blue.  I have yet to hear from my man there, Miguel.

I am finding that my Spanish comprehension has both increased and decreased. Whereas I understand far more of what I read and hear, my certainty about my vocabulary has lessened.

Most nights, I listen to lesson tapes while going to sleep. Lately I have been distracted, and missed some nights, but when I do, I am finding that I have forgotten some things on a conscious level, but remember on some other level. An interesting side-effect is that I notice that I understand more French than I have in the past and realise that I have afar greater French vocabulary than I thought.  That is not to say that I am fluent or could hold much of a conversation in either language, though.

I may take some one-on-one Spanish lessons in La Paz. I have not decided.

I fixed the ramp and took some summer furniture out onto the deck. Bill came over and we looked at the collapsed tarp on the bow of the boat and replaced it.

We pulled a new tarp over the boat to replace the torn one and tied it down, sat in the cabin a while, then drove over to the big box stores to look for a door intercom so Mom can speak to people who come to the door without rushing over to it.   These items used to be common and I figured finding one would be simple.

First try was BestBuy.  Nope. Only $200+ stuff that connects to smart fones. Mom is not a smartfone person. Next, Lowes.  Ditto. Then Home Depot. Nope, but I checked Amazon while standing there at the doorbell display and guess what? I found what I want and a door intercom is on its way, for $37.50.  Expected delivery date is Thursday.

We returned to 1207 and Mom gave Bill some of her many roses from the party for Faye. I cooked supper and made chicken soup.

Now I sit here, reflecting. Who am I?  Am I one of the centenarians on my mother's side, or one of the short-lived men on my father's side? As far as I can see, psychologically I am not like any of them, but tend in temperament to the maternal side. Physically?  More like my father. Who knows, though? Does it matter?  Only if I live too long. If I don't, will I know?

I read something interesting today from Dr. Mirkin.  He mentioned that people with blood type A tend to be more susceptible to heart attacks than other types due to greater clotting tendency.  I had noticed that my blood is thick and when younger, figured that donating blood to the Red Cross was beneficial and I take a daily aspirin to reduce that tendency.

More from sciencealert: "...That's a pretty small risk increase from an individual's perspective, but over an entire population, it can make a difference, and the team is now trying to figure out what could be driving the correlation..."

After supper, I noticed some bags in the dining room and we discovered they contain cards and a few presents that had been bought from the party but Mom had not yet seen, so she spent an hour opening and and reading the cards.

I watched Barney Miller on YouTube, then went to bed. 

I have an early morning tomorrow as I have yet to pack and I have to leave for YSB by 0830.  Tomorrow night I expect to be home.

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Victor Hugo

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Tuesday March 19th 2019

Today Sunny. High 14. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 4. Wind chill minus 6 overnight.

Up early.  Bill picked me up ay 0830.  My flight was delayed an I barely made the Calgary flight.  I had checked a bag for a change and my bag didn't make the second flight.

To pass the time, I slept a bit and played solitaire on  my phone and was surprised at how the card game killed the time.

The solitaire game I was playing must be rigged.  I played many quite a few rounds and never lost.

Bert picked me up at the door and we drove to the Super Store to get groceries. I dropped Bert off at home and drove home. The house is warm and bright.  It's good to be home.  I went to bed around seven.

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Victor Hugo

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