The Afterlife

Do you believe in ghosts?

Truthfully, I am not sure myself – I do however like to think that the people in my life that have passed are still able to look in from time to time.

During stressful times, I like to ask my dad for help and guidance, he passed away 26 years ago this month. I thank him after regardless of the turnout.

I have always wondered about what comes in the afterlife. Is there a heaven or hell? Does your mind or spirit ascend into energy and become a higher being? Are you simply gone? Is it even possible to get a firm answer on the subject?

I was sitting in A&W, at a table alone one day. This restaurant has been in the same spot for many years – my father and I would go here semi regularly and sit at the same table, over the years and post many renovations- that table has managed to stay in the same spot. I was having a rather complicated day and I thought I would go have lunch with him. In my head I asked for a sign to know he was still around… The power went out. Could it have been a coincidence? I did the same thing a few months later, and then again a few months after that. I got no similar signal.

On Halloween, or the day of the dead, it is a great time to have a pondering moment about the afterlife.

Because there is no correct answer, I would love to hear your thoughts on the dead and what could be next….

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Thanksgiving for Two

It’s just me and the boy for thanksgiving this year, and we couldn’t agree on Turkey or Ham….. So, what happens when you leave two hungry undeceive men at home alone?

Saturday’s menu:

  • Roast Honey Glazed Ham
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • Roasted Baby Potatoes
  • Chocolate Covered Almonds
  • Cold Shrimp and Seafood Sauce
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Pumpkin Pie & Whipped Cream
  • Egg Nog

Sunday’s Menu:

  • Roasted Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Dinner Buns
  • Pumpkin Pie & Whipped Cream

Have a great Canadian Thanksgiving!!

Put your pipe where?

Somebody made the mistake of asking me what I thought about pipelines and oil the other day.   My answer? “People just like something to bitch about, more then half of those opposed to building pipelines to move oil have no idea what they are bitching about.”

Kinder-Morgan_photo-by-Mark-KlotzHow can you possibly come to the conclusion that pipelines are bad for the environment when the alternative is moving it by truck, train, and barge?  All of those other options burn diesel is mass quantities by the way.  Is that better for the environment?

Yes, the crew is going to come in and dig a trench, they are going to connect chunks of pipe, and then they are going to refill the trench.  Soon after, a reclamation team is going to come and ensure clean up is complete and plant some grass.  Then there will be no more pipeline to look at.

The new age of technology brings computer monitoring to the pipe as well, meaning if there is a break or failure, the sensors will close valves and try and mitigate the situation.  I will admit that similar systems have failed in the past, but every failure brings refined systems and policies. How many tanker trucks have hit the ditch spilling their load?

Today.  Right Now. This entire planet relies on oil, gas, coal, etc.  That is not going to GettyImages-930208830-810x445-1520890773change tomorrow, or possibly in your lifetime.  I do believe that the world needs to shift its focus to renewable energy.  I believe that is necessary to give our great grand kids a planetary fighting chance.  But not today, we are not ready yet and we have not made the right plans to achieve that any time soon.   The world leaders really should start making those long term plans…

Building the Keystone XL and Trans Mountain pipelines is essential to cleaning up the world and making this country a greener and cleaner place.   Simply put, as I said above, the pipeline will eliminate the need to truck it or run it by rail.

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I don’t recall much bitching about the pipes that bring water or natural gas to the protesters houses, nor the pipe that removes sewage from it… weird… 

Fury on Ice

I got a sample of Fire and Fury delivered to my kindle the other day. Proudly, i had held out for some time despite a curiosity that many people shared.

I got to the end of the prologue and realized I don’t want to read this fucking book!

Before The last few years I’ll admit I had always found politics somewhat interesting. But then the people in North America went nuts.

In Canada 🇨🇦, we somehow felt we needed dramatic change. Eastern provinces overruled the west and elected a spoiled casual drama teacher to lead the country into greatness bankruptcy. Canadians for the next one hundred years will feel the burden of Justin Trudeau’s careless and reckless spending.

In the United States 🇺🇸 nobody predicted (I did) that Donald Trump would emerge victorious. This election cast the entire world into chaos. Forget the Canadian lavish spending, the American President is telling every country one-by-one to go fuck themselves. (Except Russia) there has got to be something there?!!?

This book only adds to the ego of Trump, and lately the last thing I’m interested in is fuel for a egomaniacal dementia patient. Don’t get me wrong, he has a lot of decent ideas to better the American dream. He’s just not focused enough to lead anybody to it.

I will wait until after the impeachment and read the book that comes out after the farewell speech.

I won’t read a book about Trudeau either in case you’re wondering.

Highway 77

(C) Solitary Views 2018

I always seem to find myself the most comfortable in the middle of nowhere. I do love nature.

I took the above picture today, it’s on highway 77 between Fort Nelson and Fort Liard, In British Columbia.

I took the below picture in 2015, from roughly the same spot and direction. The difference… besides summer and winter… they replaced the bridge.

The old bridge was made mostly of wood and was single lane, apparently it had been there since the late 30’s.

Also had a bit of artwork… that’s gone now too. (Maybe for the best)

The new bridge is far more safe, but I do miss the old adventure crossing and the history.