Weather Update: Calgary | Sept. 2nd

It’s been awhile since I posted here, and I thought, it’s high time to start blogging again here, especially since my Twitter profile has listed this website link for some time.

And so, after a very windy walk, and of picking up garbage and putting it away from neighbours back alleys and road sides, I thought about posting a snapshot of the weather.


This was much better than the suggested first source by Google.
Here’s the link if you’re curious about the current weather in my location.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/weather/alberta/calgary

And now that it’s only 5 months until Ground Hog Day! (Yay!) I am excited to continue the harvesting of my garden — of Swiss Chard, Beans.  Hopefully, frost won’t occur until October, but if it does, according to the Farmer’s Almanac of September 6th as the possible earliest time, then I have a little time to prepare.

And thus, I end my post about the weather.

There’s a joke…

Question: “How do you tell if people are Canadians?”
Answer: “They like to talk about the weather!”

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Remembrance Day 2019 (Part 2)

Continuing where I left off, the televised and radio broadcast via airwaves, cable, and streaming Internet, was quite interesting to me, especially after having attended the Remembrance Day Ceremony earlier (on Friday, Nov 8th) at the Silvera Spruce Community Centre.

Please visit https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadians-mark-remembrance-day-1.5355284 to read the post broadcast blog and comments.


While I was watching and listening to this, I was struck by the sheer number of military and civilians.  The accuracy and performance of the events in the event, were precise and deliberate.

At times, I was almost moved to express tears of thankfulness and reverence — and inwardly, did cry.  Many emotions about my Grandfather Orr and Juanita’s Grandfather, who served in WW2, along with the many stories and histories remembered and shared during the broadcast.

It was one of those rare times when political differences seem to melt away, and the nation (and world) is unified in respect for the survivors and the dead.

I believe that it is very important that we remember and recognize the sacrifices that many have made for our freedoms and standard of living.  And as I get older, I am made more aware of, and appreciate more the temporary and short time enjoyed by those of us who are alive on this world.

While I could mention more about the horrors and awfulness of the wars, past and present, I will refrain to another time.  I want to focus more on hope and peace instead, as this is the legacy and treasure of freedom that we today have to appreciate and learn.

It’s important to take time to ponder and reflect upon life, and how each of us has affected and continues to affect others.

It is my sincere hope that we will turn our hearts to and honour our beloved family and friends, and cherish the moments that we have had, are having, and will have together in love and gratitude.

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Remembrance Day 2019 (Part 1)

I had the privilege of attending the Silvera Spruce Community Centre Remembrance Day Ceremony in Calgary, Alberta Canada.  I was invited to attend by Dyre Scheer-Peters, a friend of my son Adin.  What was interesting was that the observance was on Friday, November 8th.  While it wasn’t on November 11th, it was even better in that I was more prepared to appreciate and enjoy the Internet video and audio streams from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

And so, I start this blog with the goal of simplicity of composition and selection of effective words, so that you, my “best beloved”, with apologies and gratitude to the late Rudyard Kipling of this phrase from his collection of Just So Stories, and to you, my dear reader, that you might understand (and rejoice with) me in regards to our annual observance of the traditions and reverent celebrations related to honoring the veterans and survivors of the end of world war one, and subsequent wars, including the current military and safety services: police, fire, and ambulance.

I’m listening to the audio recording, the second time, of the ceremony and to the previous and post files, to help me to remember and reflect upon the original and present thoughts and feelings.  Right now, I’m hearing the congregation and the trumpet, played by Joanne, Dyre’s Grandmother, and the Casio keyboard, played by Dyre.  The first number was O Canada, the first verse.

And now, I’m listening to the announcer and presenter talk about the profound ways of how the veterans and families who have sacrificed much for our freedoms.

Now, Elizabeth, is lighting the candles (electronic lites) — “This candle is: 1) Lit for Canada our Country, which is known worldwide as a peace keeping nation.  2) Lit for the World that believes in Freedom, Democracy and peace will continue to fight for our freedom.  3) Lit so that everyone throughout the world may know peace and freedom as we do here in Canada. ”

The poppies survived the chaos and destruction of the war (WW1).  The inspiration for Flanders fields was given.  Here’s the poem of In Flanders Fields.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Then, the group sang Amazing Grace.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember much more than some of the words of the first verse.  (This isn’t a hymn normally sung in my church services.)

Recognition of the current service members was given.  Including those not named.

Then God Save the Queen was sung, accompanied by Dyre on the Keyboard, and Joanne on the Trumpet.  Fortunately, I was able to remember almost all of the words.  Again, you can here this on the recording, if provided.

A prayer was given — to ask for blessings on all affected, for past and present service men and women.  Plead for mercy on all included even from Korea, Vietnam, Afganistan, Iran.

Then, laying down of the specially made paper poppies on the table.  While these was laid, Dyre played I Vow to Thee My Country, a folk tune that was also arranged by Dyre especially for today.  Here are the words that you may like to read, even though the words were not sung by those of us gathered.

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace

The laying of the wreaths followed.  They were put on stands that were part of the display.

They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning,
we will remember them,
we will remember them.

From ‘For the Fallen’ (1914), by Laurence Binyon

Then the Last Post, played by the Trumpet, preceded and followed the approximate minute of silence.

Then, the amazing rendition of Dyre singing and playing the Maple Leaf Forever.  Dyre’s singing was powerful and amazing — with great gusto — I was totally surprised and did not expect this.  Well done, Dyre!

And that ends the review of the Ceremony, and this portion or part 1.
Please stay tune for the following blog, part 2!

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2019 Election Stuff (Part 2)

It’s been a week since I last wrote, my best beloved, and almost 2 weeks this coming Monday, that the federal election was held.  And as I attempt to resume my writings, I remember where I left off, and in complete silence, except for the tapping of my fingers on the keyboard, and the occasional noise of vehicles from the street, I bravely continue on.

I was about to reveal who I ended up voting for, and some of the choices that I made, and then realized that ending Part 1 with the passing away of Deepak Obrai, the Forest Lawn member of parlament, that it was the most logical break.

As I struggle and flip-flop between wanting to continue writing this blog, and forgetting that this was all a bad dream, and that voting is a personal matter and best left to those who are more politically inclined, I summon the courage necessary to continue, even though this part may be less entertaining and more serious than the previous one.

In the provincial election, I was sworn to secrecy and prohibited from sharing my opinions (or political leanings) for neutrality while working my duties as an information officer — the one who greets electors and tells them where to go (and don’t get me started, please!).  Any confidential information shared with me, is not to be shared, which interestingly enough, became rather easy as I helped many, many people, and forgot most everything — their addresses, the details, etc.

And even though I got sick and actually vomited during my shift outside (away from the front door close to the bushes because the closest bathroom was busy), due to indigestion and stress, I was able to continue — thankfully, my shirt was black, and the stains were not that noticeable, although I worried a bit about the smell.  Indeed, it was a humbling experience.  (Curiously, Josie has a joke about this, and teased me about throwing up at the federal election, and I asked if I should get sick before or after the election.)

And so, my best beloved, I return back to the federal election and perhaps may bounce back to the provincial one.

Here’s the list again of candidates, followed by my reasoning process.  Again, in my weaker moments, I was tempted NOT to vote because of incomplete information, but I justified that it’s better to vote because the principle of voting is more important than who actually gets into power (or is it really?).  And I later learned, that the provincial elections may count the invalid or blank ballets, but the federal ones don’t.  So, the question is, is it better to vote for anyone, than not to vote at all?  My preference, would have been to hand in a blank vote, but that seemed rather weak and so, the serious game of picking someone became rather irksome (and rather adult-like).

The children’s game of “Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe”, comes to mind, and this could have been the strategy used to pick the one to vote for.   However, I usually pride myself for my intelligence and wisdom (at times of course), and so played a more cerebral and though-provoking game, that is documented and shared though this blog as well.

Okay, I did not want the Liberal party voted in, so I decided NOT to vote for Jag Anand.  I am mad a Trudeau, and in particular for legalizing recreational cannabis to young adults whose brains are not fully developed at 18 in Alberta and Quebec, and 19 in other provinces.  And there are other issues and perceptions and reasons, but suffice it to say I am still ticked regardless.

The Green Party, didn’t seem to have a strong enough platform, although I did not really do much research there, and depended on previous knowledge and memories of the party.  And I was less enthused about their emphasis to protect the environment, for which the Green party is well knwon for (and give jobs to millions of environmentalists), even though long-term we should do something.

Normally, I would have voted for the Conservative Party of Canada, as they were the leading party of the West, but I felt that I needed to vote based upon who I strongly felt should represent me, rather than going with the flow of popularity.  For this reason, I did not vote for them, but thought that they and the candidate would probably get in, because of the past elections.  (Unfortunately, in the end, I still didn’t feel that my choice really represented the best choice.)

While I was impressed that a volunteer from the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), was the first to knock on my door, I wasn’t sure, but intrigued.  After doing some discussion, and not knowing the leaders and candidates well, I dismissed voting for them.

The New Democratic Party seemed too much like the Liberals, and after finally getting rid of the NDP majority government in Alberta, this was not something that I wished to cast my precious and measly vote for.

The Veteran’s Coalition Party seemed very segmented — organized by war veterans for war veterans?  I didn’t read too much about this, and wondered but eliminated them as a possible choice.

The Christian Heritage Party was interesting, and I liked most of their drafted policies except for their opposition to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).  I love the radio stations, and don’t mind the billions of tax dollars spent here.   And then I thought about the reason why the Church and State are separated and about all of the non-Christians, and felt that it’s one thing to take a stand and enter an election race, it’s another to actually make things happen.  Pity, but again, I didn’t really know the candidate or the leader, except for reading the website.

In my weaker moment, I would like to vote for the Communist Party — because our socialist so-called democratic government is not far away from this.  However, the responsible side of me decided not to indulge my fantasies.

And the last candidate, an Independent, Brent Nichols, was the last choice (if not alphabetically sorted, then at least in my mind).  And because my disdain for party politics, I chose to vote for him, even though I did not find much of anything about him, in regards to his character.

I suppose that I threw away my vote to the Independent, and did not jump on the Alberta-Saskatchewan bandwagon of voting Conservatives.  Yet, think about how the party has changed.  It’s not the same as before when Harper was in power.  It has changed.

And here’s the results of the election, of the national and Forest Lawn riding.

https://calgaryherald.com/news/national/canadian-election-results-2019-a-live-riding-by-riding-map-of-the-vote

And I see that my word count is at 1,157 words, and so, I should end this now.

Thank you, my best beloved and dear readers for your time and attention.  Hopefully, this has been helpful to you for your own edification and purposes.

 

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2019 Election Stuff (Part 1)

There were two elections in 2019.  In the spring on April 16, there was the Alberta (provincial) election.  And in the autumn on October 21, there was the Canada (federal) election.  I hope to share a little of my feelings and experiences and knowledge that I had or gained through participation as a citizen.

Now, in case you are wondering, the intent of this blog is neither to become ponderous, nor dull, although at times, it may become pompous or arrogant (at least in my dreams and fantasies).  Please note that my opinions about politics are not meant to discourage you from having your own opinions.  Rather, I hope to have a basis for discussion and a reference point, as I place this in my current news blog.

Starting with the most recent election and comparing it with the first, I found a few differences between the federal and provincial elections.

The first, most striking and abrupt difference was the taped yellow line on the gym floor in front of every polling station desk.  I was jarred into attention from one of the clerks, and I quickly apologized, and felt like I was being reprimanded for my somewhat casual attitude.  (If there was a yellow line at the provincial, I don’t remember because I voted in the advance poll instead.  Regardless, it was a shock.)

You see (my best beloved) I came through the election doors with Juanita and after being greeting by the information officer, walked beside her to the station.

Well, my mistake was that was standing by her side, and then in front of the yellow line, which I did not realize was there consciously until I was told.  (I had not thought about why the line was there, as I wasn’t quite in the ‘mood of waiting’ until then.)

And so, I sheepishly stood beside the line.  However, that emotional response didn’t last (or stay) very long.

Then, the one clerk started talking to Juanita about the instructions.

And in a rather loud voice, to try to save my face and personal pride, I surprised myself and caused that the supervisor and poll clerks ‘laugh’ (or chuckle) a little.

I said, “Please don’t talk about anything confidential.  I have good hearing.”

You see, my best beloved, and apologies to the late Rudyard Kipling and his Just So Stories, there were two voting booths, side by side, behind the desk of the polling station.  And this brings up difference number 2, which seemed rather extreme compared to the previous (provincial) election.

And so, after waiting for Juanita to finish voting, and put in her ballot into the collection box, and then, even waiting (again for what seemed to be a rather long time and) for the poll clerks to be ready for me to approach, I was again subdued by and reminded of the (quasi) sacred and reverent voting process.

I walked back into the booth, without anyone to the side (lest I copy their vote, for crying and laugh-ting out loud), and contemplated my vote.  This was made ‘much’ more challenging because of my research and thinking and discussion with Juanita before then.

What happened next, and in my somewhat solitary confinement, again it surprised me, and but then again, it didn’t really surprise me.  It seemed to be the most logical choice and I’ll go through this in detail (well, at least dish them up in byte and bite size chunks for you, my dear reader and dearly beloved).

For those of you who are tired of or distracted from reading, please feel free to skim-read, and then come back this again perhaps.

For those of you who are still interested in learning about my thought process and the reasons for why and who I voted for who I did, please continue on.  Indeed, you are my favorite type of reader, at least for now, although I wonder if you might be a little bit obsessive or compulsive as a serial reader.  Whatever your reasons are, please be assured and know that I really do appreciate your attention, and hope to continue in delighting you (or at least entertaining and/or educating you somewhat) with perhaps some things that you did not consider.

(The text that was cut off or truncated in the screenshot, was October 2nd, 2019)

And so, in the Forest Lawn riding of the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, there were nine candidates to choose from.

And lastly, I present to you the former incumbent of our riding, since 1997 with the Progressive Conservatives.

I was surprised to learn or remember that the incumbent, Deepak Obrai, had passed away August 2nd, 2019 due to Stage 4 liver cancer.   I was saddened by this, as I had enjoyed reading his news updates over the years, even though I had not spoken with him at all.

I had wanted to send back the postage free survey cards, but for some reasons, did not.
And although I had good intentions, they were chalked up to be pleasant wishes, and perhaps in general prayers for our nation’s leaders.

What more can I say about a man who seemed to be well loved and appreciated and who did the thankless job representing us despite criticism, change of governments, and other unknown issues!

This seems to be a good place to wrap up this part 1 blog.  I leave the following text that was composed before editing this a second time, here, hoping that the continuity and balance of the word flow is reasonable.  (And then again, it’s too easy to think with my fingers and edit on WordPress!)

And so, our riding had a vacancy for over two months.  I wonder how the business was maintained, because we didn’t have an elected representative.

Anyways, back to the 9 candidates and my solitary confinement, my best beloved…

Actually, this blog has already exceeded my expectations…
And, there’s more, my special, awesome dear friends, best beloved notwithstanding.

Stay tune for Part 2.
Coming soon through an e-mail message notification near you.

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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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