Standard Time Madness

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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.

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: 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

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

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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Power Outage

It has been quite a night, with the power going off at about 1:20 a.m., and not being restored until about 4:20 a.m.  And Despite what the Enmax says, it wasn’t resolved at 3:30 a.m.

What’s probably even more bizarre, is the Reference #7441, was repeated twice, with a different count of customers affected, 1828 to 2446.


Called 311, and heard outgoing message about Power Outages, and for concerns to call Enmax.

So with battery powered lamps and radio, hunkered down to the wonderful world of no power.  Eventually, this got old, and decided to try to get some rest.

Looked out in the neighbourhood, and the street lamps were even not working.

Fitfully tried to sleep until 4:30 — then the power went back on, and I was able to sleep again because CPAP machine was working again.

Then, I got bonked on the head, and got out of bed, about 7:55 a.m.

P.S.  6 hour outage was reported for Rocky Roads  — mmm…..


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Parent-Teacher Interviews

This year for the first time, I was able to use the Calgary Board of Education Website and book (and cancel) appointments for Parent-Teacher Interviews.

Partial Screen shot taken from Calgary Board of Education Website.

After struggling with the value of meeting face-to-face with the teachers of my children, in this rather formal routine, I’ve decided that there may be value indeed if there are specific reasons for meeting.

After having set the appointments and then cancelled them, and then setting appointments again, I have enjoyed the extra ability to carefully select times and teachers that I can plan to meet them.

And still, as the time draws to an end for the freedom of booking, I am still wondering if it’s worth my time, beside having the social connection and general comments beyond report cards.

Wish me luck as I finalize my last school’s booking — to interview or not interview, that is the question.


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Spring Has Sprung

Yesterday, March 20th, at about 4:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Savings Time, the Sun crossed over the Equinox (or Equator) and marked the 1st day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Free (Mouse) Hand Drawn Coiled Spring with MS Paint

Funny though, it didn’t feel like spring, and while I was tempted to take pictures (yesterday), I felt that it would be a miracle to get over a really rough Winter, March in particular (along with illnesses), and also getting used to the forced Time Change from Standard to Daylight Savings.  (And please don’t get me started about this antiquated law of changing times.  Maybe this discussion deserves another post in another blog…)

And yet, here it is — the new Season of Spring, and all of the typical stuff associated with it.

I’m still getting over Ground Hog Day way back in the beginning of February, and found that that the last 6 weeks of Winter were surprising to say the least.

And being somewhat lazy and not wanting to go out in the cold to go exercising mid March at Village Square Leisure Centre, I didn’t.  In fact, the last time I ventured out was March 4th, and that was at Bob Bahan.  (Now, at almost 5 a.m. in the Morning, Tuesday, March 21st, I’m psyched to head out about 6:30 a.m.  Wish me luck as I brave the complications and joys of starting again.)

I suppose I have shared too much that is personal, but really, it’s my really local news (NewZ)– and keeping with the spirit of the tone of this blog site, I think that it’s appropriate unless someone decides to stalk me, after which I will have to resort to other drastic measures (and may need to edit this post and cautiously share other personal information).

And thus ends another short blog (and if it was a ditty, I would have some choice lyrics and music) about the weather and seasons, which in my opinion, is one of the few truly important things to comment about, despite all of the jokes about how Canadians like to make small talk about it.

Please share some of your observations and/or feelings about this year’s Winter and arrival of Spring.  You may leave a comment, or send a personal message from my contact page.

L.B. writes:

Spring has sprung
The grass has Ris
I wonder where
My Super Mario Mallet is
(for Gophers and Whack-A Mole, of course
And perhaps even 2-legged Rats in Alberta and Redmond)

And, again, L.B. writes (with copyright):

Am I a Poet?
Or a Fool with a Pen?
Manipulating Words and language at 3:00 a.m.?

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