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Monday August 10th 2020

Today Sunny. High 27. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers late this evening. Clearing overnight. Low 9.

I woke at six

Jean and family and I are thinking of going to Sylvan Lake today.

We discussed it and decided against. We decided to sell he pontoon boat so we'll advertise it and see what happens.

Jean is Making up a poster and Kijiji ad.

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 > Unfortunately, it is not uncommon that a homemade fermented beverage (mead, wine, beer) is "hideously awful." The bad taste does not come from the water itself but is due to contamination by ambient yeast(s).

This is the truth. Hygiene is crucial. Environmental yeasts are everywhere, especially in a brewing location. They proliferate and morph over time and float around on the dust in the air.

Wild yeasts have a way of showing up everywhere. They ride on dust in the air, and drop in when you have finished sterilizing, pasteurization. They are on your hands, in rinse water, everywhere.

Metabisulfate is our usual solution to wild yeasts and other invaders, that and adding a large enough dose of cultured yeast of the chosen profile to out-compete any ambient yeasts that might drop in from the air or be introduced with utensils or aeration.

Brewing yeasts are a complex and fascinating topic. Many books and many scientific papers have been written and brewers debate the strains wherever they assemble.

Additionally, as we have just learned, metabisulfate apparently also deals with chloramines: https://www.ecosia.org/search?q=Chloramines+and+wine+making&addon=opensearch  so that probably explains why some never notice the chloramine problem. Ironically it is those who eschew chemicals that are plagued by chloramine taste.

Other causes of bad mead are bottling an incomplete fermentation, inability to clear the beverage, and/or oxidation. Being 'creative' and thinking the rules of good brewing don't apply is another big one.

> There is no yeast in municipal tap water. While it's technically possible for a yeast to be in well water, it is very unlikely. Using rainwater would increase the possibility of a foreign yeast, but I really doubt anyone does that. :)

I doubt that anyone would use rainwater these days either since it has just washed the filth from the sky and the roof, but some might, so how it would be collected without contamination or filtered is another topic.

I guess we could cover all the various water sources that are not ideal but maybe the best way to simplify it is don't use water you would not drink daily and enjoy. (The assumption here is that people actually drink water and, surprisingly, to me at least, some don't.)
> The most common wine yeast, Lavlin EC-1118, is a good overall workhorse, and results in a dry mead.

I confess to being lazy and sticking to the yeast (Lavlin EC-1118) that worked best for me, competes well and dominates the fermentation, and suited my tastes at the time. I like a clean, dry beverage with high alcohol, and ECV-118 fills the bill. I've tried others, but that is my go-to, can't-fail yeast and my friends never complained plus it made me more friends...

I don't care for sweet drinks and am suspicious of incomplete fermentations, too. I'm reluctant to recommend sweet meads to new brewers due to the risk of glass grenades, especially if they are 'organic' types and likely to disregard the advice to use sorbate because it is a chemical preservative. Sorbate stops and prevents further fermentation by the yeast and also any other organisms that may have snuck in that might generate gas that would blow up bottles.

Speaking of gas, I made honey 'champagne' one time,. I bought the special heavy champagne high-pressure bottles, froze the neck to get out the yeast, and the whole nine yards. It was fantastic, on a par with commercial products, but gave me a nasty headache even without overindulging.

Too many meads I have tasted, including more than one commercial product are sickly sweet and are more like sad liqueurs. IMO, they taint the public impression of what mead should be. I suppose that people think that if the product is made with honey it should be sweet, but maybe that has changed in recent years, though, and we see honey beers that are not noticeably sweet plus some pretty good commercial meads. I should also say at this point that my most active mead-making days were decades back when I made hundreds of gallons a year so many of my ideas may be outdated. I've gone on to other things.

At that time, the idea of brewing with honey was rather obscure and questioned by beer brewers and wine makers. Honey was hard to sell and after I was having huge success brewing and handing out mead like Johnny Appleseed, at meetings and conventions (illegally), I realized that if we couldn't get people to eat more than a half-pound of honey a year, maybe we could get them to drink it. So, I tried to get the Co-op interested in hiring a brewery to custom-brew and bottle and then market it under the Beemaid name. At the time, the regulations made the sort of thing that small breweries and meaderies do now impossible and the only way was to use a large brewery. The Co-op could not see the potential.

Alberta Agriculture was trying to find ways to add value to our commodities so I lobbied them a bit and worked getting them to outline on what one would have to do to set up legally in business. It was a bit onerous and large volumes were the minimum, but the idea was there and I think the people wanted to do craft beer too, so I I was not alone and they started working on making smaller operations possible. Although I promoted the idea I did not want to go into the business myself. I had enough to do and my wife was wanting to retire. Whether partly through through my evangelism or simply social evolution, the idea caught on and that brings us to where we are today with many unique small producers and many people drinking far more honey each year that they put on toast.

> Given honey is the prime ingredient, I would use Lavlin D-47 because it accentuates the characters of the honey, and has a big mouthfeel. It typically takes a bit longer to ferment than EC-1118. The mead is medium to sweet compared to the dry mead of EC-1118.

I would encourage anyone to try different yeasts with the understanding that they will require adjusting the ratios of the other ingredients like the acids and the nutrients and may require less honey per batch..

As a last note, I should address this: Many, even most people starting brewing are rightly suspicious of adding chemicals like metabisulfate, sorbate, dibasic ammonium phosphate, and malic or citric acids, kieselsol, chitosan, etc. and would like to go 'organic' with nothing but water, honey, and fruit. If in doubt, I suggest searching each ingredient for reassurance. Without the correct amount of nutrient the fermentation almost always stops half-way for up to a year or more, before resuming. With the nutrient in a sufficient amount, the process can complete the primary stage in well under a month, depending on various factors. The nutrients are apparently totally consumed by the yeasts and fall to the dregs.

I know some people are sensitive to sulfites, but the vast majority are not. In my experience, it may be possible to turn out a good product without using at least some or maybe all these ingredients but, if so, it has prove to be above my pay grade and IMO has the same probability as winning the lottery. Omit the ingredients or add to them at your peril. If you follow the recipe, success is practically guaranteed.

George Floyd Fatally Overdosed with Fentanyl

Big Pharma's 'Narrative' Is Failing
 


AMERICA'S FRONTLINE DOCTORS RESPOND
TO HIGH TECH CENSORSHIP

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I am a bit depressed about how the BC trip so ended I wrote to Colin about not getting any bookings.  Then I went out and cut the front lawn and an hour later, when I came in I found that Dawn had called. So I called her back, and it is possible I have a trip as skipper on Corus, my favourite!  If that pans out, I have to be in Vancouver on the 18th, and  I'll have to cut my Sudbury trip short, but what the heck? 

After paying for the flights, I'll not have made much, but I'm not in it for the money and I'll have the experience.  Chances are, too, that more work will show up if I am on the scene in BC.

There are good writers and there are bad writers and mostly mediocre writers.  Whether his topic interests you not not, this guy writes well, IMO, as he sits there bemoaning his underperforming portfolio. A Warning To The Compounder Bros… Failure To LYFToff…

I drove to Birch Bay for supper.  It is a two-hour drive each way but I should spend more time with the family. On the way i turned on the radio just in time to hear the host start an interview with someone named "Bill" who is halfway across the Pacific on a small sailboat.  He is returning from a solo trip around the world.  I soon realised it was Bill Norrie, a fellow Calgary Bluewater member and the husband of our commodore.

I left Birch Bay at eight and was home by ten.  Kenzie had recommended 'Shetland' on Netflix, so I started watching it and it was okay. So far.

I quit part way through the first episode and went to bed.

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You have to keep moving forward.
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Tuesday August 11th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm early this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 25. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Wind becoming northwest 20 overnight. Low 12.

I woke at six. The day is dull and cool. I now have two days to get ready to go east.  Thursday at four-thirty, I am out of here and on my way.  So far, it seems the Corus charter trip has not materialized so my original plan is still in effect: two weeks in Sudbury.

First thing, I put an ad for the pontoon boat on Kijij. Since Jean and family are moving and seem to have lost interest in it, it is time to let it go.  I own too many boats as it is.

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Sweden's Success is Kryptonite for Lockdown and Mask Advocates

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NJ Student Faces Potential Punishment After Using Trump Background On Zoom?

Trump Won Re-Election This Weekend
That's how I see it now, but when the Dem's dump Biden,
and they will if he does not dump himself,
there may be a new game afoot.
It's not over until it is over.

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Police Comb "Thousands Of Hours" Of CCTV Footage, Make Looting Arrests

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At ten C and I went for the walk with Ce Ce.  We were fairly quick today as C is feeling better.

After the walk, my ad for the pontoon boat was already drawing interest so that turned out to be a distraction.  I still have accounts to do and I need to fix the driver's window on the Grand Marquis today and organize things.  I'd like to cut more lawn as well.

Dawn called and apologized for not getting back to me.  The 5-day Cruise is on after all. (Green section at right)  I have to be in Vancouver Tuesday.  Apparently there are four clients and we will visit Gabriola and Hornby Islands and Pender Harbour. So far, I have enjoyed being skipper and I like Corus, the fifty-foot Bavaria.

I had checked fares yesterday and they were in the $500 range from YSB to YVR which is bearable. Today the same flight is over $700 so I reserved a flight from YYZ, 250 miles south of YSB for $220.  I'll have to park at the airport for a month or two at $119/month and drive both ways but the cost difference is just too much.  besides, with the van in Toronto, I am closer to new York and to Goodwood and Burlington, setting me up to visit friends when I return in October.

I took the door panel off the Grand Marquis and can't figure how the the window works so I called Linden Auto Body and will go there tomorrow morning to have him see if he can figure it out.

I also ordered more printed copies of the Salish Sea Pilots

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Maybe I spoke too soon. Biden now chose Karmela Harris.  She is highly qualified and a shrewd choice, but obviously selected to play the race card, and the Dems have been pushing race hard while claiming the Trump side is racist. I have not seen any evidence that he is, at least by conventional definitions, and have seen strong evidence to the contrary, but these days an accusation is a conviction.

Here is what Fox has to say...

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It is now one more day until I fly and I have to organize my priorities.  Where, when, and what. My things are in Sidney and Vancouver.  I am going to Ontario, then Vancouver... This gets confusing.

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Well! That was interesting.  Suddenly I got called in for tonight or tomorrow. Turn on a dime?  I started to change plans but then they found someone and I am spared.  We're back to the original plan.

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I was surprised by the amount of serious interest in the pontoon boat ad and spent some time relying to enquiries. Seems the price I chose is what people want to spend.  It almost makes me want to keep the boat. Almost.

San Quentin’s coronavirus outbreak shows why ‘herd immunity’ could mean disaster
This article shows how people use terms they do not understand. Herd immunity does not protect in place like this prison. It protects in a general free-mingling population. It also does not protect everyone. Neither do vaccines.

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You have to keep moving forward.
Conrad Hall

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Wednesday August 12th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning and late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. High 22. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Becoming clear overnight. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Low plus 5.

I woke at six again. The day is dull and cool--again. I now have one day to get ready to go east. 

Yesterday I arranged to take the Merc to Linden to have the window problem examined, so I drove over and was told the 'regulator' is broken.  The shop found a replacement online and says the repair will take a half-hour. The job should be done this afternoon, so I called Flo for a ride home and left the car.

Later, around noon, I expect to drive to Three Hills to get the books I am having printed, Most days I go nowhere, but today I'll be coming and going.

Now it is raining and I hear thunder.

COVID Incoherence

"...quoting Lord Sumption, former High Court Judge in the UK,...
“COVID-19 is a serious disease, but historically it is at the bottom end of the scale. For anyone under 50 the risk of death is tiny, less than for seasonal flu. In the great majority of cases the symptoms are mild or non-existent. Our ancestors lived with far worse epidemic diseases without rushing to put their heads in a bag. In other parts of the world they still do (world-wide, tuberculosis kills many more than COVID-19).”

1 in 5 COVID-19 Tests Give False-Negative Results, Studies Find
"According to the Johns Hopkins University report, the accuracy of the tests peaks at 80%."

My comment?  Humans don't stop playing pretend when they grow up. Playing pretend is what we do best. We pretend at home, we pretend at school, we pretend at work, we pretend at church. And we pretend we are not pretending.

Next, I got a call that my books are ready so I drove to town and picked them up.  They're quite different from the first ones I had printed but nice, and half the price. This printer decided to put the bindings on the sides which was a surprise,

 

I've always said that IMO most of what passes for creativity is due to incomplete, misunderstood or poorly followed instructions or errors in copying.

Storm season is underway south of Mexico.  So far the Baja is not threatened.

COVID-19 Is The New "Terrorism"

What do I think?  From what i post, it may seem I have a strong opinion, but really, I do not.

To much of what is going on in the world, I am simply a bystander, just trying to live my life and dodge the flak, the debris, and the do-gooders of all persusions.

I can see the valid and invalid aspects of most viewpoints and have to assume there is some basis in reality, no matter how tenuous for that viewpoint to exist. I do have a dog in the fight, specifically my own wellbeing and continued freedom and am always on the lookout for credible threats.  As long as there is a safe vantagepoint, life and all the craziness around us is a spectacle to be appreciated.

Seems the little dust-up in the forum a while back has had the usual effect, offending everyone and discouraging moderate commentary.  Too bad.  I like to get email now and then.

Here is an interesting article and I concur with the point being made: the extremists have made it so uncomfortable to say what one thinks that everyone lies.

If Gundlach Is Right November Is Going To Provide Quite The Shock, Again"
"US bond guru Gundlach says Trump will win again in 2020 – and he called 2016 right. His key argument is that a large number of Trump voters are deliberately saying they don’t know who they will vote for or that they will vote Biden, which makes polls unreliable".

C and I did the walk around town.  The day has turned warm and sunny.

After, I did some filing and when the car was ready, C drove me to Linden to get it.

I came home and did more filing, then had supper and will be off to bed early.  I start packing the day before, but never can really pack until the last hours before I go.  Tomorrow, I leave here at 0415 at the latest  to be at YYC for boarding at 6:45 and liftoff at 7:20.

Quote of the Day
You may be disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if you don't try.
Beverly Sills

Word of the Day
Pretend

to behave as if something is true when you know that it is not, especially in order to deceive people or as a game

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Thursday August 13th 2020

I woke at two.  I have two hours to throw everything into a bag and hit the road.

All went well and I arrived in Sudbury a little after three.  Mom's house painter picked me up and I was at 1207 shortly after.

My van tires were flat so I called CAA and soon the tires were back up.  The van started first try and runs well.

We visited and had supper.  I watched some video after supper.

Quote of the Day
You may be disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if you don't try.
Beverly Sills

Word of the Day
Pretend

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Friday August 14th 2020

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High 26. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Clearing before morning. Low 10.

I slept lightly and got up at six. At ten I took Mom to the audiologist to have her hearing aids adjusted.  I of course forgot the mask and had to beg one at the ear doctor's just so as to not appear too odd. 

These days in Sudbury, not wearing  mask is like not wearing pants, but nobody I speak to actually seems to believe in them much if they find out you don't.  Otherwise, they say what they think is expected..

We returned and had lunch.  After, I went to plug in my charger to top up the boat and car batteries and found my extension cords are missing. I saw one yesterday so I assume the painters took them.  Not only that, my boat was unplugged meaning the fan was not running.

I feared the boat would be mouldy, and when I opened the tarp I found the companionway was open and feared the worst, but other than the battery being flat, everything looks quite good.  Things will need a wipe-down, though.

Did I close up the tarp without closing the companionway?  I can't believe I did but the knots on the tarp look like my knots.

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The US Political Gong Show Just Gets Crazier


Not over your eyes, Joe.

Joe Biden Calls For Three-Month National Mask Mandate

Can anyone believe this?  Everyone, everywhere?  All the time?  Outdoors?  On the farm, on the sailboat? Even at home alone? 

...And this guy wants to hold the nuclear codes?

We all know that masks can have some limited benefit in some specific situations but outside and alone? 

On a different topic, there is talk about how Kamala Harris was chosen for her negroid and asian blood, but she looks mostly white to me. Just sayin'. 

Obama wasn't even all that black either and many say he is just a coconut.  To those of us who really don't judge by skin and don't identify with any race or religion or politics for that matter, all this racism and posing is annoying and scary.

Why do I follow the US scene? It bleeds over here and I have to watch my back.

Does Anyone Else Find This Ironic?

In the age of #MeToo and BLM, the most ‘woke’ political party in the Land of the Free has chosen a guy with multiple sexual misconduct allegations as its presidential nominee; and a lady who locked up countless black people (many for victimless crimes) as its vice presidential nominee?

Department of Redundancy Department
Said before many times

The Origins of COVID-19

The Attempted COVID Coup of 2020

Yale Prof: Hydroxychloroquine Haters Spewing 'Misleading And Toxic Disinformation'

Sweden Hits COVID-19 "Triple Whammy": No Lockdowns, Low Deaths & Minimal Economic Damage

America Desperately Needs a Second Opinion

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I was up until two watching Netflix.  Shetland is quite engrossing.

Quote of the Day
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Dalai Lama

Word of the Day
Surrogate

A person or thing acting as a substitute

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Saturday August 15th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing this morning. High 27. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Low 9.

I woke at seven-thirty, got up and had breakfast, chatted with Mom and Mich and went back to bed.

At ten, I heard voices.  Mom and Mich were on the deck having coffee so I joined them.

Unless True Origin Of COVID-19 Is Identified, Another Chinese Pandemic Is Assured

What They Don't Want You To See

Omar phoned and was having issues with the shower pump on Cassiopeia and I managed to find him a replacement from here. The first one I bought did not work so he took it back and got a second one I ordered at AllBay.

At four, Mom, Mich, Sharon and I went to MIC for supper. 

On return, I was feeling a bit 'off' so am chilling. I'm also planning my coming weeks.

I plan to sleep tonight.

Quote of the Day
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Dalai Lama

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Surrogate

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Sunday August 16th 2020


Today Sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 33. Humidex 35. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Becoming partly cloudy overnight. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 12.

I slept over eight hours, woke at seven-forty-five, got up and had breakfast.  Mich was here overnight for Mom.

We tried a Zoom meeting with family and Jon, Katrina and Steph connected, but Jean had a difficult time due to their terrible Internet and did not manage to stay connected for more than a few tenuous moments.

Sharon came over for coffee and we had a good visit.

After that, I connected with my cruising clients by Zoom and we shared a chart to plan our itinerary.  That worked quite well.

This visit is quite strange for me.  I am not the same person I have been and this WuWHOFlu environment has changed the world around us as well.  I took the boat out and washed the van with the intention of washing the boat, too, but time is short and I seem to be occupied during the days.  At night, I have no ambition.

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ShadowGate | The Documentary the Deep State Arrested Millie Weaver For Releasing


Alternate Link

Our plea bargain system can
make the innocent admit guilt

"There is, Neily says, “abundant, undisputed evidence” of innocent defendants pleading guilty. Prosecutors have discovered that almost any defendant can be persuaded to plead guilty, given sufficient inducements. This discovery has been partly a response to the fact that the over-criminalization of life, Of the 367 convicts exonerated by DNA analysis to date, 11 percent had pleaded guilty. "

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I watched Shetland until midnight and went to bed.

Quote of the Day
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Dalai Lama

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Monday August 17th 2020


Today Mainly sunny. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High 34. Humidex 35. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 12.

This was the best night's sleep in a while.  I woke at five then slept until eight.

I'm up and packing and intend to drive to Toronto and stay at a hotel overnight then catch a 7 AM flight to YVR tomorrow.

Problem is that Westjet rescheduled my flight from 9AM but has not given me confirmation.  I spent an hour on hold last night and gave up.

The hotel did not give me a confirmation number and when I phoned to confirm, they said they have not received the reservation yet.

Everything is screwed up her it seems. Covid is the excuse, but government is the problem.  One of my Mom's helpers has a cleaning business and she cannot get anyone worth hiring to come to work because of the free government money being sent around.  I imagine the airlines are having trouble bringing back staff, too.

Government is seldom the solution, but often the problem.

I'm doing a wash and hope to leave by noon.  It is a four-hour drive but I like to have plenty of time.  This is a 1998 van with 300,200 kilometers and has been faithful usually, but has given me the occasional surprise.

I have to be on the dock in Vancouver by Wednesday morning at the latest.  My plan is to arrive there tomorrow afternoon.  If Westjet keeps its word, I'll be there by noon tomorrow.

Between now and then will be an adventure and what used to be reliable may be flakey.  Is this a foreshadowing, or the first stages, of everything falling apart? Our society and economy has been a house of cards, a ponzi scheme, a bubble.  When momentum is lost the risks of collapse grow.  Westjet's email and failure to confirm is a hint.

After all that, I discovered I had reserved for September 18th not August 18th.  My bad.

Glad I did not pay for a hotel or charge off to YYZ.  The fares last minute from YYZ are not much better than from YSB and the hassle is greater.  I am too late for leaving today and there are no available flights from YSB tomorrow.

I booked to leave here at 6 AM Wednesday morning which should put me on the dock at Granville Island at eleven.  That is two hours late, but I phoned the client and I think all is well.

I read that Edge is eclipsing Chrome and have switched.  The switch is seamless and the only way I know which browser I am using is the speed.  Edge has noticeable edge in speed.

Neil emailed me that the genoa on Baja Magic is still up. Dennis was supposed to have taken the sails and bimini down long ago.

It seems there is a storm on its way, headed for La Paz.

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Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
Washington Irving

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Tuesday August 18th 2020


Today Mainly sunny. High 35. Humidex 38. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming clear near midnight. Low 13.

I slept well and was up by six.  I have to be at YSB by five tomorrow so I changed my sleep pattern a bit last night and went to bed earlier.

Today I am not stiff and my eyes are seeing clearly. The last few days I have been less than great and found I was stiff and not as bright as I expect to be. My eyes were not focusing well. I had a few visual migraines, too.

I was not inspired to launch the boat and although I talked with Bill about going to camp to visit the gang, I did not feel up to it.

I am feeling more organised today but also awoke realising I am getting older with no plan for when/if I become less able. 

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I have now made Edge my default browser.

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Dennis took down the Baja Magic sails last night and I notified Neil.  The storm grows closer to la Paz, but the centre looks aimed to miss the peninsula.  The winds at the edges can be bad enough.

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COVID-19 Mutation That's "10 Times More Infectious" Than The Original Discovered In Malaysia

Soros Warns Europe: "Beware The Leaders Within"
"billionaire hedge fund manager, philanthropist, and - some might argue - puppet master to a new world order"

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WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

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This computer is running better than it has for a while.  Very fast.

New research shows heparin prevents COVID-19 from attaching to host cells in the body and may limit the spread of the virus.

Patients who are critically ill from COVID-19 sometimes form damaging blood clots throughout the body and heparin can prevent this from happening.

New research shows heparin prevents COVID-19 from attaching to host cells in the body and may limit the spread of the virus.

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'No change in insect population sizes': Massive North American study challenges 'insect apocalypse' claims

in a newly published study that I co-authored with 11 colleagues, we reviewed over 5,000 sets of data on arthropods across North America, covering thousands of species and dozens of habitats over decades of time. We found, in essence, no change in population sizes.

These results don’t mean that insects are fine. Indeed, I believe there is good evidence that some species of insects are in decline and in danger of extinction. But our findings indicate that overall, the idea of large-scale insect declines remains an open question.

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After lunch, I vacuumed and cleaned the van.  After supper, I went to Canadian Tire and exchanged the inverter I had bought, then  closed up the boat.

I am planning on going early to bed.  My cab comes at 0430.

I lift off at six and I should be on Corus in Vancouver by eleven with any luck and anchored at Tribune Bay on Hornby Island by dark.

After the airfare and cab rides, I am actually losing money on this job.

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Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words of the day

open society

"Karl Popper defined the open society as one "in which individuals are confronted with personal decisions" as opposed to a "magical or tribal or collectivist society."

"He considered that only democracy provides an institutional mechanism for reform and leadership change without the need for bloodshed, revolution or coup d'état.

"Modern advocates of the open society suggest that society would keep no secrets from itself in the public sense, as all are trusted with the knowledge of all. Political freedoms and human rights are claimed to be the foundation of an open society.  Wikipedia

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Wednesday August 19th 2020

I was up at three and the taxi arrived at four-thirty. 

It was still half-light as we flew south.

I arrived at YYZ without issues.  We boarded flight 103 to YVR and rolled out to taxi. Then we sat there. Then the captain said there is a mechanical issue and back to the gate we went.

Then we were told we will change planes and expect to leave around eleven.  Go to gate 43.  We deplaned and walked to gate 43 where flight 105 was boarding.  I was expecting to get on a similar plane and leave by eleven.

Then I got an email saying I was booked on a later flight arriving at YVR at four-thirty. I was already late for work, but that extra delay would cost my clients a full day and not just an hour or so and be a black mark on my record.

I had walked by the AIr Canada help station and confident that we would be boarded as promised, I had not bothered to stop, but now realised that I should have stopped because I could have been on 105 which was boarding ahead of our promised flight, but now that chance had passed and I was screwed.

Never give up. I went to the desk and spoke with an agent and explained my predicament. He said my chances of moving up were between zero and none.  I said, please do your best.

He looked doubtful, but I was friendly and positive and looked worried.  He hacked away at the computer and consulted with the other agents for five minutes or more, then simply walked away. I figured he was off on a break or off to the washroom and was about to give up when back he came and handled me a boarding pass without comment.  I gathered then he had gone to another gate where the computers were working better. 

I looked and was for the flight currently boarding, not the later flight.  Surprise!  I gave him the thumbs-up and thanks and boarded.  To my further surprise, I  was in business class and, moreover, in business every other seat was empty!

I sat in comfort, was served a meal, and arrived at YVR about eleven.  I summoned Uber and was at the boat shortly after. 

I had been worried about being late, but it seems the clients' son had a tumble from a bike and was at the walk-in clinic so we would have been delayed even if I had come on time.

Even when he returned we were a bit slow leaving and they had chosen  long leg up to Hornby Island for the first day.  I doubted we'd make it, even motoring, and we did motor as what wind there was, was directly against us.

It seemed we would arrive about an hour after sunset and there is no moon, so we knew we would have to stop. I chose False Bay on Lasqueti. 

As the light faded, I was at the helm and they were below playing dominos. It began to rain, then darkness started to settle in just as we got to the destination. 

We stopped at the public dock and Roger ran up to ask if they were open and if we could tie up. The answer was yes and yes, so we tied up and went up for pizza and beer.  If there was any mention of the WuWHOFlu, I did not hear any and no one wore masks.

We returned to the boat and it was agreed I would rise at dawn and pull out while the others slept.

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Quote of the Day
I wasn't afraid to fail.
Something good always comes out of failure.
Anne Baxter

Words of the day

False

not real, but made to look or seem real: false eyelashes / teeth UK Modern office buildings have false floors, under which computer and phone wires can be laid.

not true or correct; erroneous: a false statement.

In a treacherous or faithless manner: play a person false. [Middle English fals, from Old English, counterfeit, and from Old French, false, both from Latin falsus, from past participle of fallere, to deceive.]

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