Happy Collusion Day, 2018!

In case you are wondering what Collusion Day is, please let me explain…

As you may be able to see from the graphic, Easter Sunday and April Fools’ happen on the same day.  And for Latter-day Saints, the 188th Annual General Conference for Sunday occurs.

Now, you may be wondering why I chose the word “Collusion”.

Well, my Mother pointed out that the definition of collusion has changed from its older definition.  Formerly, it has a strong legal implication, but now, thanks to the similarity between it and ‘collision’, it has morphed into something else, even to include a political bent, especially with the Trump administration and other uses.

Of course, I claim artistic freedom in naming this day of oddity, especially when you remember the following joke.

Atheist: “It isn’t fair that believers have their special holidays and we don’t have any.”
Christian: “Well, there is one day that is reserved for you”
Atheist: “What is it, then?”
Christian: “April Fools’ Day”

Seriously, selecting what celebrations that you engage in, despite being prejudiced or biased, and depending on your beliefs and traditions, is no small matter, especially when it happens to be Collusion Day!

Please visit https://us.blastingnews.com/opinion/2018/03/the-significance-of-easter-on-april-fools-day-from-the-christian-perspective-002454507.html

This article (of the post shown above) on the Internet, entitled The significance of Easter on April Fools’ Day from the Christian perspective, and subtitled A day of fun and pranks coincides with an occasion that millions take very seriously, explores and describes the issue or problems of competing interest.

Also, for those who enjoy reading more about this subject, please visit https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/easter-and-april-fools-day-collide and Is it wrong for Christians to participate in April Fools’ Day? at https://rcg.org/questions/p103.a.html

And to top this off, #ldsconf or General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also occurs on this day.  And of course, there are many camps or groups of people, ranging from strictly orthodox to excommunicated and/or nonbelievers.  Please visit https://www.lds.org/general-conference

This poses a curious problem, and hopefully, helpful bloggers will be able to illuminate or shine some light on helping individuals find reasonable and fulfilling activities to do, whether they celebrate these things or not.

With Latter-day Saints, “Loud laughter or evil speaking of the Lord’s Anointed” is discouraged, due to a specific Temple promise and covenant, and so, a reasonable sensibility in context with the situation, seems to me, to be okay.

There are differences among the so-called types of humour — of what may be consisted funny and what is not.  And unfortunately, we live in a digital world, where awkwardness of language and precision, do not lend themselves well in bringing common sense.  And don’t forget the sheer amount of information dumped upon us everyday, of various agendas and political aspirations.

Mocking, or derision of Church leaders, who have been set apart, and called of God , (Please see Article of Faith #5 at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/a-of-f/1) is in violation of this Temple covenant, and so should be avoided by Latter-day Saints who wish to remain in good standing.

Boisterous laughing (that I interpret as Loud laughter), in the wrong circumstance, for example, during Church Service, may be misunderstood and take away from the reverent feeling of the meeting and respect of others.

So, with these two restrictions of humour out of the way, what is appropriate for celebrating with activities on both Easter Sunday and April Fools day?

I, myself, have chosen to compose and share this blog with you so that you might have a more joyful day, regardless of your beliefs and preferences.

Paraphrasing the Lord of the Rings with my own creative twist, I would like to end this blog.

“May the hair on your toes ever grow longer still.”

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Balzac Billy 2018

To emphasize and follow this blog site’s tagline of my REALLY Local News and Opinions, I could and rather would NOT resist creating and adding this blog today.  And especially, I am or was hoping to see if I can find a live, streaming video this year.  If not, at least I could reference News Articles, about our local (fake) Ground Hog, here in Alberta Canada, after they are published and updated.

For the complete “official” bio of Balzac Billy, check out:
http://www.balzacbilly.com/balzac-billy/about-balzac-billy/

Because the hamlet of Balzac is extremely close to the city of Calgary, it is this Ground Hog’s prediction that may or may not be true for the weather.  Global News has reported that Balzac Billy is about 70% accurate, although Punxsutawney, PA website (or somewhere close and related) says that Ground Hogs generally are, and perhaps Phil is also about 39% accurate.  Go figure! ;(

After doing a search on the Internet to see if they are doing a LIVE feed, I was disappointed to learn, no, that the ceremony, ritual and event is NOT being broadcast — probably due to a low budget (sheesh).

And now that it’s 8:20 a.m., and that I am not in Balzac, I must find out later, perhaps much later in the day.

In the meanwhile, you are welcome to continue reading some of the selected reference article photos and links posted here.  Otherwise, if you are impatient, then jump to the end of this blog to see what the prediction is going to be by checking out the last blog link there.

Picture from Calgary Herald Article, 2015

http://calgaryherald.com/storyline/as-any-fan-of-ridiculous-annual-news-events-will-tell-you-groundhog-day-is-almost-without-peer

I liked this article (above) because it pokes fun at the reasons and history why Balzac never had and still doesn’t have a real Ground Hog in the first place.  Instead and according to the article, they started out with a stuffed toy (that probably resembled a rodent of sorts), in the 1970’s and eventually morphed into the mascot of today.

I’ve contemplated going to the LIVE event, but each year, it seems that the day of the week is usually awkward.  Next year, 2019, Ground Hog Day will be on a Saturday, so I think I am going to attend, and change things out.  Hope to perhaps do some LIVE or at least Recorded YouTube coverage, as a responsible and concerned citizen.

http://bit.ly/BBAB2018

Found this photo and link (and shortened URL by me) above, that says that they will update it when the results are in (ready).

Anyways, it’s been a slice, and my muse has gone.  Take care my friends!

And the UPDATED results are: IT WILL BE AN EARLY SPRING! :)

 

 

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Ground Hog Day 2018

If you live in Alberta Canada, and would like to read the Really Local News and Opinions, please visit my Balzac Billy 2018 blog here on this site at: https://wp.me/p8tqrZ-2V

For several years, I have been doing the Ground Hog Day blitz, and also have included the Ground Hogs Eve celebrations, to get keyed up or in other words, excited out of my mind, in blogging and searching the Internet for cool Ground Hog day stuff.

Selfie taken Ground Hogs Day, 201x, with handmade puppet and washers for eyes.

And digging into my archives, of articles and pictures, it’s about time that I create a decent historical record, regardless of whether or not I maintain or keep certain social media accounts.

And now, I’m listening and watching the musicians at Gobbler’s Knob at 4:00 a.m. in the morning — a cute family and friends of violins.   (Started with Slim Forsyth)

Just in case you missed it, or want to watch it again, you can visit ABC Network Recording via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug7voYQnUaE

So, as I attempt to multitask, or rather practice interrupted single tasking, I am left to wonder, why do I do this (almost every year — except for 2016 when it was a Leap Year, and I decided to celebrate Leap Day instead)?

You may be wondering what I did to celebrate on Ground Hogs Eve — well, I went to Twitter, and tweeted and re-tweeted Ground Hogs Day stuff, including my new hashtag #GroundHogsEve .  And after consulting the @dummies article about Retweeting, I decided to just do the automatic, no comment stuff to preserve the size of the post for most of the activity.  You can check out my profile at http://twitter.com/LowellAaronC

Oh, by the way, I’m tempted to blog in real-time, the events of the LIVE broadcast, that is distracting the Willies out of me, as the presenters get audience participation, to sing the word “GroundHog”!

There were some dancing to beach boys, and other warm seasonal songs.  And it was interesting to see winter gear (hats, coats) with summer apparel.

Now, they are singing “You Are My Sunshine”, in HillBilly format — nice mandolin picking solo happening.  (And it’s lightly snowing, and the steel guitar solo, with the instrument turned upright, showed a collection of the white stuff.)

Okay, back to my archived and recent memories (or distant?) stuff.

Well, as you can see the top picture and website link above, it hasn’t been (yet) updated for 2018.  In years past, before the morning ritualistic traditions of the Ground Hog’s’ Emergence(s), the Ground Hogs were hidden in their ‘holey’ homes and would not emerge until the news was available.  (A most convenient way of tracking 6 popular Ground Hogs, and also Balzac Billy, the fake one in Alberta Canada!)

And I break this with an update of the Fire Works and American National Anthem, followed by SpaceOdyssey 2001 Theme Song, and then Star Wars Anthem on the LIVE broadcast!  Impressive — will share YouTube link if available.

And now, I’ve just been distracted with Twitter, and posting a snapshot of a Fireworks Display there — and I wonder how many crazy people are actually attending this event — kind of cool, I think.

And another LIVE Link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug7voYQnUaE broadcasted by ABC .  (And yes, this link is available after broadcast!)

Anywho — it’s now just past 5 am Mountain Standard Time, and I am shocked and amazed that the excitement is still getting more intense (and distracted of course) at what’s happening Punxsutawney, PA.  This must be quite the tourist attraction.

What’s interesting, is that despite shivering in the basement, and seeing other cold people in Punxsutawney, is that I am left to wonder what is the purpose of celebration of silly holidays.

Now, getting to the part of the ritual…

Tchaikovsky Fanfare

Now, the presentation…

And here’s some raw, real-time notes made while watching…

Crowd chanted, “I was at…”

And several officials were introduced —

Now, the two scrolls:  (you probably know what they are — early Spring, or not!)

Deally Deally?

President must have cane to understand (and speak) GroundHogEase.  And Then points to scroll after interpreting prognostication.

Sees Shadow — 6 more weeks of Winter.

Cute Groundhog!

Then, Pennsylvania Polka is played, as the crowd leaves.  Lots of toques, coasts, and people of course as they start to move.

And now, as I am or was composing this blog, that I am left to remember other important Ground Hogs that do something like this — again, check out http://groundhogdayroundup.ca to see past years Ground Hog Day News from 6 of the more popular ones.

Although I could go on and on, and possibly bore you to death, I will mercifully, and expediently end this blog so that you can get on with other stuff that you are wanting to do.

Earlier, I asked the question — “what is the purpose of celebration of silly holidays”?

Perhaps, you may have some thoughts about this — and please feel free to comment below.

And as a reward for those of you who comment, or get back to me, I will share some of my reasons.

Until then, “keep your stick on the ice”.  (And thanks to Mr. Red Green for this pithy, winter-kind of quote).

 

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Standard Time Madness

News Update — please visit this link at: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/alberta-scraps-plan-to-end-daylight-saving-time/88603 for October 2017 Alberta Government legislation.  For more details (and ads ;) ) Also see http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/alberta-kills-bill-to-get-rid-of-daylight-time-1.3656563

Once again, in my geographical location, I am forced to change time from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time (thanks politicians).  While one might think that it’s nice to get an extra hour of sleep (if one can), it is just one more thing that messes up our lives.

And so, in the wee hours of November 5th, 2017, I am (or thought I was) awake in the proverbial ‘hour difference’ between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. (2 a.m. is when the time changes officially in case you didn’t know) and with the artificial or rather abrupt change, I feel like I need to blog again, and let you know about my opinion and preferences in regards to this lousy situation, that somehow is ignored by many people (who are probably asleep) or at least accepted as part of life and inevitable.

Before I get too carried away with this rant (and news), I once again consulted Twitter for other sympathetic sentiments, and found a plethora of tweets that are tempting to add to my blog.  And lo and behold, there were many posts to consider.  And so, I yield to the lazy way of getting support (pretended or real) here.

Editors Note:  My stream of consciousness, or what is sometimes called writing style, has been altered by this ridiculous time change, and the order of the images added here, with text, may or may not remain the same, as I may continue to change it here.

Also please note that links may appear in the caption area of the screen shots, that are displayed with underlined blue text just below the image in shaded grey.

I was going to add more tweets, but am finding that I’m getting tired again.  The initial euphoria and excitement of having an extra hour to spend is wearing off.

However, I need to bring this topic closer to home — and found this article on CBC website.

After reading these articles, I am left to wonder again, why (bother)?

Perhaps, it’s this silliness that keep me going in blogging. And perhaps, that’s why I enjoy writing about Ground Hog Day as well.

Time is precious, mysterious, and confounding.

And lastly, I include more tweets for your reading and optional laughing or crying pleasure.

And lastly, here is my all time favorite meme — and to think, at 4:06 A.M M.S.T., I almost missed it.

 

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Autumn Has Fallen

With the recent snow/ice storm of October 2nd, and the turning of the calendar into the first full month of Autumn, it is time to reflect again upon how fragile and temporary or rather the frightening rapidity of the changes and turning of the seasons can be, especially in Alberta, Canada.

Fortunately, we have been spared the recent and horrendous hurricane disasters that have still left many people in Puerto Rico and other islands without power and basic supplies, and it is time again to hunker down and prioritize Autumn stuff before the colder weather takes place.

After having spent a bit of time collecting several screen shots from Twitter of Calgary weather, I am pleased to present them to you now, for your remembrance and my hobby of blogging about seemingly trivial changes of what Canadians can make small talk about with strangers.

I mercifully omitted the snapshot of the dog running around and showed this kid in this abominable snowman outfit.

I would have taken really local pictures yesterday, but I didn’t think about blogging.
And most of the snow has melted and so the horrific impact was not there.
Needless to say, these picture are fine, and capture the essence of our crazy weather.

And now, for a last picture, compare this…

Screen shot taken from Twitter search of Calgary Weather, early morning October 3rd. The heart count of 1 was my rating.

And thus, I end this blog — Nighty night tea has been consumed and it’s now past 2 a.m. in the morning.

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My Evening of Canada Day 150th

After spending a really lazy day, so lazy in fact, that I opted to skip the annual big day at Heritage Park, and instead, catch up on sleep, that I was hoping to catch something at least on the Internet.  And, on Twitter, I found this.  http://www.cbc.ca/2017/watch-canada-day-150-from-coast-to-coast-to-coast-1.4183613

When it started about 1/2 hour later, I was shocked and surprised — anyways (that it started).  Now I’m watching it as I compose this national scope blog — not quite really local NewZ, but at least, I’m documenting something that I’m doing, and in this sense, it’s about my local experience of watching (and creating my) NewZ (news).

Although I am tempted to include screen shots, it’s best that I refrain, owing that the photographs are owned and managed by CBC.  Perhaps, later, I will include them, (with permission of course) but for now, it’s enough to just write about them.  (I’m trusting that if this show is available as a recording, that you might check it out if you are curious.)

I was about to start listing the musicians and performances shown, and then I thought, nah — it would be better to give you my overall impressions of the broadcast.  And then, I thought, why am I so formal?

The quality of the LIVE broadcast was extremely good, through my High Speed Internet service from Shaw in Calgary Alberta.  A few times, the buffering of the video was hardly there, and the sound was very good with hardly any glitches.  Well done, for an excellent job!

I’m going to end this blog here, and perhaps, continue this thread of writing perhaps on another one of my blogs,  on my site — joy of LIVE performances.  And the short link is: http://wp.me/p8HAsT-34 that you may visit to read, enjoy, and share.

Until then, please enjoy viewing the fireworks screen shots !! (I believe that they are probably not copyrighted (or at least generic enough to allow fair usage of the pictures, courtesy of CBC), and so please enjoy my attempts of using the Snipping Tool in Windows 7, of streaming Video (which was rather slow and awkward, but hey, it worked)).

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Remembering Alberta Flood 2013

It’s almost 4 years since the awful flood of 2013 hit Southern Alberta — High River, Okotoks, Calgary, and other municipalities, and as the rains descend, I can’t help but wonder and relive the horror and devastation (in my memories) that occurred.

East Village Calgary Flood 2013

Wikimedia commons picture of East Village Calgary Flood 2013, featured on Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Alberta_floods

For me personally, this event really surprised me as I had just received my certificate for participating in the Largest Swim Class — and here’s the official YouTube from the City of Calgary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA46CoVoWmw.

After learning that several friends and family were affected, to the point of swimming in flash floods, and being air lifted from roof and top of van, made me think that yes, swim to survive is a life skill.

Anyways, the clean up afterwards was quite major, in that hundreds and thousands of volunteers and emergency crews were dispatched and organized.

I could say more about this, and perhaps I will.  Needless to say, my family and friends were affected.  Of course, there are many more articles that you can find about this…

I was about to close out this article with the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared” and that it is good advice — but if I do nothing then it is in vain and useless.

Resisting the urge to add more links of News articles here, I would like to end this with a closing paragraph.

Even though the Flood is over, the trauma and losses are still evident, and will continue to affect many of us.  I hope that despite this, that we can learn from this disaster, and ensure that we can prevent unnecessary loss by better preparation.  If nothing else, then at least, we might gain helpful experience to do more than survival.

 

 

 

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