….of ‘bubbles’, logic & camping…

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…”Vancouver tops list of ‘bubble’ cities on global real estate risk ranking”…”If logic had anything to do with the U.S. election, it would not be such a close race”…”Wild camping: share your stories and photos”…

The folks who study such things, say that British Columbia’s recently introduced foreign buyers tax together with the City of Vancouver’s vacancy tax have “elevated significantly the risk of a substantial price correction” in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Interesting to note that, just behind Vancouver, London, Stockholm, Sydney & Munich are said to be #2-5 on the ‘bubble city‘ list!

Indeed it does seems obvious from the start that Trump lacks many of the qualities one would logically expect in a President…..qualities like competence, judgment, integrity, decency, stability, understanding of basic principles of constitutional government — and not in the sense of being deficient by the standard of most candidates but deficient by the standards of most Americans.”

And so the campaign continues, defying all logic! God Bless America!

I don’t think that it’s just me, from time to time, that could think, after reading many of the day-to-day headlines, —“I need a getaway!…a getaway from it all!”

A UK newspaper is looking for folks ‘wild camping’ photos & stories!  A fine testament to yes in spite of it all we do indeed live in a wonderful world where one can hopefully get a chance to occasionally get away, re-calibrate, rejuvenate, relax & refresh!

Have you camped out recently beyond the confines of your office or workplace?!….

Camping: nature’s way of promoting the motel industry.  ~Dave Barry, Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need

Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations.  When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.  ~George Carlin

Camping:  The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet.  ~Author Unknown

Sometimes I long for a lazy camp
Five hundred miles from home,
Where the eagle flies in the clear blue sky
And the grizzly bear does roam,
A snow white peaklike giant stands
In the midst of the tall pine trees,
Away from the constant ring of the phone
For ever calling me…
~J.H. Stallings (b.1874), “Zanjero”

When using a public campground, a tuba placed on your picnic table will keep the campsites on either side vacant. ~Author unknown

The glories of a mountain campfire are far greater than may be guessed…. One can make a day of any size, and regulate the rising and setting of his own sun and the brightness of its shining. ~John Muir

Cheers to a wild & wacky & wonderful Wednesday that sings—-SHINE!

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…of ‘anniversaries’ & ‘choices’…

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Well, as the google doodle alerts us to the fact that it’s Google’s 19th birthday, the headlines on that topic seem to indicate some confusion around the date & the years. Lest, the search engine of choice for accurate information be called into question, I’ll just leave that alone and extend good wishes that all things google continue to be about “the world’s information that’s universally accessible and useful”.

Bon anniversaire google!

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…”Trump as President?: No reasonable voter could want that after the debate”…

As but one pundit put it—“Donald Trump was loud, angry, rude, boastful. He bashed China and Mexico, he constantly interrupted, he swaggered and strutted and jutted his chin. Most of all, he described a dying dystopian republic brought to its knees by Hillary Clinton and her friends that he alone could redeem.”…
And so it goes—winners? losers?  for another month and a half before election day!….God Bless America!

One that has a choice has trouble. ~adapt. Dutch proverb

A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. ~Rita Mae Brown

When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. ~William James

Choices are the hinges of destiny. ~Edwin Markham

In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. ~T.S. Eliot

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions. ~Author Unknown

To decide is to walk facing forward with nary a crick in your neck from looking back at the crossroads. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, 2010

Cheers to a decidedly Terrific Tuesday!

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…of Great Bear rainforests, royal visits, & presidential debates…

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…”British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest part of an international conservation effort”…”Vancouver embraces Duke & Duchess with warm welcome”…”When Donald meets Hillary: A viewer’s guide to the reality-TV show of the season”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“a protected area that spans 6.4 million hectares of the coast from the north of Vancouver Island to the Alaska Panhandle. It is one of the largest intact tracts of coastal temperate rain forest in the world and an agreement signed in February between the province, environmentalists, First Nations and the forest industry ensures most of the forest will remain protected from logging.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“a welcome so warm that it felt like a truly Canadian embrace–respectful, enthusiastic & multinational.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“tonight’s presidential debate could be the most-watched in history.and the debate stage do’s and don’ts as Hillary and Donald aim to break open a deadlocked race.”

So go the headlines for a fine final September 2016 Monday and week that sings–cheers to environmentally sound!, royally resplendent!, & logical elections: now, that’s debatable!

 

 

…of Autumn…

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The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many…. September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894), “Autumn,” The Atlantic Almanac, 1868

No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face….
~John Donne, “Elegy IX: The Autumnal”

Besides the Autumn poets sing
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze…
Grant me, Oh Lord, a sunny mind—
Thy windy will to bear!
~Emily Dickinson

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,—
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band….
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky….
~George Cooper (1840–1927), “October’s Party,” c.1887

can smell autumn dancing in the breeze.
The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.
~Ann Drake, 2013

green-veined leaves suddenly blushing copper
bronze-edged trees swaying in autumn breezes
gold foliage drifting past pewter branches baring all
brass-hued leaflets dying in beauty, falling in grace
~Terri Guillemets, “In the Autumn Wood,” 2016

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

Cheers to an Awesome Autumn Friday & weekend that sings!

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…of equinox, robots & eccentricity…

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Alas, September 22nd and in our Northern Hemisphere, it’s the Autumnal Equinox!….“when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night are equal”

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“Can robots pass as humans? Not yet. They’re too perfect”...

It seems the ‘artificial intelligence’ technology industry is making great strides however in the end analysis of developments to date, one pundit says “the robots were trying to trick us into thinking they were human rather than communicating on an equal basis”.

Interestingly enough, all in the context of a C.S. Lewis maxim—““When you meet anything that is going to be human and isn’t yet, or used to be human once and isn’t now, or ought to be human and isn’t, you keep your eyes on it and feel for your hatchet.”

Might we not say to the confused voices which sometimes arise from the depths of our being:  “Ladies, be so kind as to speak only four at a time?”  ~Madame Swetchine

See, the human mind is kind of like… a piñata.  When it breaks open, there’s a lot of surprises inside.  Once you get the piñata perspective, you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience.  ~Jane Wagner

I am but mad north-north-west:  when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.  ~William Shakespeare

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.  ~Mark Twain

Develop your eccentricities while you are young.  That way, when you get old, people won’t think you’re going gaga.  ~David Ogilvy

I suppose it is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one’s doubts.  ~G.B. Burgin

Cheers to a thrilling thriving Thursday of eccentricity that sings–excellent!

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…of hospitality, resistance, & procrastination…

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…”Government House preps fine crystal and food for Royal visit”…”The biggest threat to modern medicine: UN agrees to fight antibiotic resistance”…”Students-How to Procrastinate Creatively”…

Apparently, “he silver is polished, the fine linen pressed and the pantry stocked with B.C.’s best food, wine and beer, as staff at Government House in Victoria put the finishing touches on preparations for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

Here’s hoping all will enjoy some royally good BC hospitality!…

Increasingly alarming, it seems there are more & more superbugs these days “that are estimated to kill more than 700,000 people per year as they don’t respond to traditional antibiotic treatments.”

It’s good to know that 193 UN member states have signed onto a declaration to collectively fight this mounting problem that needs attention now!

As that old adage rings through our ears–“never put off for tomorrow what you can do today”, interesting enough there’s a headline that expounds for students—How to Procrastinate Creatively!

Seemingly this involves some recommended time-wasting websites like http://www.adultswim.com , http://wikiverse.io , www.hazlitt.net , www.instagram.com/natgeo

Wednesday whispers—you didn’t learn of it from me!!!! & sings—-

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…of ‘sexless’, all ‘atwitter’, & sake…

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…”Sexless society: Japan has a worrying number of virgins, government finds”…”Twitter’s new relaxed rules on its 140-character limit on tweets go into effect today”…”The right wine to enjoy with sushi”…

Interesting to note that “Japan’s demographic challenges are well-known: It’s home to the world’s oldest population and has a shrinking birthrate and an astonishing number of single people. A new survey of Japanese people ages 18 to 34 found that 70 per cent of unmarried men and 60 per cent of unmarried women are not in a relationship. It gets worse: Around 42 per cent of men and 44.2 per cent of women admitted that they were virgins.”

Interesting to note that “media attachments and @replies will no longer have an impact on a tweet’s 140-character count.”

Interesting to note that “there’s plenty of choices to share with prettily pre-cut pieces to pop in your mouth mess-free.”

Of course we all know that the traditional pairing with sushi would be the rice wine known as sake.  Amazingly multiple varieties of sake are available in our local liquor stores and even our own beloved Granville Island is home to a local renowned sake maker, Masa Shiroki!!  http://artisansakemaker.com

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that has you all ‘atwitter’ & sings—fine pairings!!!

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…of parliament, pets, & potato…

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…”Peacekeeping, pipelines, and climate: Parliament is back and Liberals have some big decisions to make”…”‘They really want to keep (them) but they’ve lost everything’: Oil crash prompts spike in surrender of pets”…”Sweet potato toast: we made it so you don’t have to”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…”big decisions to make in the PMO’s office and for some key cabinet ministers but little to do for MP’s for the current sitting….all amidst construction projects and relocations that could eventually see honourable members displaced out of the House of Commons and their current offices for up to a decade”...yikes!…

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SOMETHING ABOUT….sadly the Calgary Humane Society reports “people in the city facing job losses and economic turmoil are being forced to surrender their pets.”

SOMETHING ABOUT…nixing the bread & “three rounds of sliced sweet potato in the toaster oven and then smothered with avocado and feta”...

Apparently, “the finished product: looks good, tastes not good”

As September gives rise to another Monday of ‘marvellousness’, take a pleasing, perplexing,  practical,  look all around you;

May it ‘taste & see’, & sing—fine panorama!!!

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…of ozone, guacamole & Seattle…

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Bet you didn’t know it, because I didn’t either, but today, September 16th is:

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

National Guacamole Day (in the USA)

Stay Away from Seattle Day (according to Chases’ calendar of events)

So there you have it!…

A fine reason to think twice about using that aerosol can!

An invitation to enjoy some avocado, chilies, onions, & tomato avec some tortilla chips!

A dodge the insomnia dilemma on a Friday night whether to watch a movie (Sleepless in Seattle, a great choice) or to fuel up with more post-dinner java refills…(Seattle’s Best, an appropriate selection)

Whatever be your thoughts about making today your best September Friday yet, remember–

—-“after Tuesday, even the calendar goes  W T F”….

Cheers to a W ildly T errfic F riday & weekend!

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…of ‘markets’, taxes, & tenacity…

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As today’s google doodle honours a New  Zealand aviator who’s part of the history books & records for solo flights, a few consecutive days of summery temperatures and sunshine has seen Vancouverites and tourists alike spirits’ soar amidst all the beauty of the North shore mountains, sea & sky!

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…”Seattle market white hot with Chinese demand as Vancouver market freezes”…”Incomeless students spent $57 million on Vancouver homes”…”Vancouver’s vacancy tax will require owners to self-declare”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….”mainland China buyers seeking to invest overseas are fleeing Vancouver and flooding Seattle.”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…as I said in yesterday’s blog about ‘parking cash’, now it seems some research shows that’s just what’s been happening with increasing frequency whilst many other acquired properties sit vacant and on some levels provide a poorly maintained eyesore in many cherished Vancouver neighbourhoods.

Seems to me that any tax based on self-declare vacancy by the owners is more often than not going to result in neighbourhood ‘snitches’ which will only exacerbate the accusations of ‘race card’ that get pulled which will do nothing to promote community and compassion for all in our city.

A difficult topic without easy answers for the betterment of Vancouver for all…

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The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. ~Henry Ward Beecher

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground. ~Author Unknown

Cheers to a Thursday that sees you thriving!