Monthly Archives: January 2016


I could have posted today about the death of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship leader Paul Kantner, but I’m not going to. If I post about every rock star that dies it’s going to be a long year. So, on a lighter note, this afternoon the National Hockey League showcases its talent in the annual All Star […]

Gun Nuts?

How do I get on these mailing lists? Dear Fellow Gun Owner, As a gun owner you understand the importance of being prepared for trouble. And unlike liberals… you get the “vigilance” thing without a lot of lectures. In fact… That’s why I’m writing to you. I have been regularly or at least semi-regularly receiving […]

Hiking In The Rose Valley IV

I knew from the faded frescoes on the walls and ceiling where I was though I didn’t know its name, if indeed it had one. It was perhaps the most emotional experience of my trip to Turkey. I was wandering through the Rose Valley and choosing caves at random to explore. People had been living […]

Hiking In The Rose Valley III

Before my son visited there in 2009 I knew Cappadocia only from the New Testament book of Acts, which doesn’t actually say much about the place. After seeing photos of his trip I knew I had to go too. You can squeeze a lot into a day if you have to. Weather conditions in Istanbul […]

The Truth About Cats

To say I have a love/hate relationship with my daughter’s cats would be an overstatement. It’s not really that extreme most of the time, though I do think they would be very tasty if barbecued. The black and white one might as well be brain dead, he is too stupid to come inside out of […]

Hiking In The Rose Valley II

Our balloon pilot said the caves in the Rose Valley were no longer inhabited, that the Turkish government had moved everyone into the towns about 50 years ago. Supposedly a safety issue. He was wrong. Oh, I’m sure the government did make that edict. But just because the government tells you to do something doesn’t […]

The Last Holdout

When the National Hockey League locked out its players at the start of the 2012-13 season I was annoyed. And not just because billionaire owners were having trouble coming to terms with millionaire players. I was annoyed that they would wait until almost the beginning of the season to begin contract negotiations. These people don’t […]

Hiking In The Rose Valley

For more than a year I have been meaning to tell you about an afternoon spent wandering through the Rose Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey. And I just never seen to find the time to sit down and tel the tale, to really do the place justice. I don’t have time to do that today either, […]

Customer Service

The city didn’t pick up my recycling last week. I didn’t bother to call to complain. I know from experience, since this happens several times a year, that if I complain someone will be sent the following day. But it is Winter so I’m not as concerned – the kitchen waste freezes, unlike in the […]

Frozen III

I forced the lock. Four days after Canada Post was supposed to have fixed the problem, and after 10 days with no mail, I took matters into my own hands. Canada Post ended door-to-door delivery in my neighbourhood in October, despite a promise from the new Liberal government to put conversion to community mailboxes on […]