…of ‘wildfire persistence’, ‘alarming frequency’ & ‘drive-ins’….

….”No end in sight for BC wildfires”…”Americans crossing into Canada carrying guns with ‘alarming frequency'”…”Even in their twilight, drive-ins offer more than just a movie”…

Concerning for so many, the BC wildfires continue throughout British Columbia one month after the province declared a state of emergency.  Smoke persists in permeating the skies in the the metro Vancouver area.

Apparently, “the duration of the disaster is weather-dependent and without rain, crews are doing their best to contain and direct the fire away from communities.”

Let there be respite!

Seemingly, these summer months, it’s proving a trying challenge for border guards to let otherwise law-abiding people know they can’t bring firearms into our country while on vacation.

Interestingly enough, “many don’t realize they can legally declare firearms and leave them behind as they enter the country. Many of the tourists are 60 and older, and from the South.”

Education the best weapon!

Stay safe folks!

When’s the last time you went to a drive-in movie?

Perhaps for many, it’s a never experienced phenomenon!

Apparently, “the drive-in movie industry is still alive and well in many parts of Canada.”

One enthusiastic operator expounds  “We have modern playgrounds, immaculate facilities, and great concession offerings. We welcome dogs, we play the national anthem before the movies begin. It’s an entire experience people are after.” 

Bravo to “Everything old can be new again, especially if a community values it.”

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that sings–treasure your community & all that it offers!

Have a fine summer day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…of ‘hipsturbia’ & civic holiday Mondays…

….”Priced out of downtown Vancouver, millennials are building ‘hipsturbia'”….

SOMETHING ABOUT….Port Moody (a Vancouver suburb) used to be the place you’d pass through on your way to Buntzen Lake. But in the past couple of years, the city has transformed from strip malls to locally sourced mom and pop shops – and the hipster culture that entails.”

Apparently “an urbanizing of the suburbs is under way. In Langley, Port Moody, Burnaby and New Westminster, the millennial cohort is finding, and creating, urban pockets that fit a lifestyle demanding transit, affordability and walkability.”

A good thing, I think!

It’s a civic holiday Monday….otherwise known in BC as British Columbia Day!

Interestingly enough, British Columbia was the last province in Canada to establish an August Monday holiday not until 1974!

Cheers to a fine Monday of rest & relaxation that sings—-Oh!!!! Canada!!!!

 

…of pizza, ‘extreme heat’, & beer….

….”Important questions: Should you ever use a knife and fork to eat pizza?”…”Extreme heat warnings issued in Europe as temperatures soar past 40C”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“is a pizza place where you feel obligated to use utensils even one worth going to?”….And so goes the muse: “But as you start to reach in for that wonderful, first glorious slice of sauce and cheesy goodness, the unthinkable happens: the other person begins to grab the utensils sitting on the table. “Surely this is not about to happen,” you say to yourself, just before the crime is committed. Oh, but it did. Your date is using a fork and knife to eat their pizza – and it becomes immediately obvious that this just isn’t going to work out.”

SOMETHING ABOUT….“temperatures in the 40’sC in southern France, Spain & the Balkans, being the highest since 2003.”

Yikes!

SOMETHING ABOUT….

Cheers to a Fine Festive Friday & sensational long weekend that sings—‘sunshine’ in all that shall be!

Pour on!

Salut!

 

 

….of referendum, house prices & ‘brain freeze’…

Stanley Park sunflower.

….”A second Brexit referendum: It’s looking more likely by the day”…”Toronto home prices fall for third month in a row”…”Why we get brain freeze when eating ice cream and tips for avoiding it”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“The UK election changed everything and now deadlock in parliament looms.  The final deal may have to go back to the people.”

Seems reasonable to moi, that perhaps more serious consideration should be given to all the implications and whether or not just a 51% country wide direction to go a road less traveled and seemingly not well known about should be reconsidered.

SOMETHING ABOUT….“A 6% decline in house prices since June of this year with the trend seemingly continuing.”

As far as home affordability in Vancouver is concerned, disturbingly the upward trend in prices seems to be continuing unabated.

SOMETHING ABOUT….“The ice cream headache/brain freeze and when super cold ice cream hits the roof of your mouth, your body’s initial reaction is that the blood vessels there constrict.”

Apparently a quick subsiding of the pain/sensation can be achieved by putting your tongue against the roof of your mouth!

So there you have it!…..some of life’s profundities for the day!.

Make it a good Thursday!

 

 

 

….of ferries, wildfires & ‘distracted walkers’…

….”BC ferries turmoil: when full means half-empty”…”Heatwave & wildfires smoke bring increased dangers to BC’s south coast”…”Smartphone zombies: are distracted walkers the menace they appear to be?”….

SOMETHING ABOUT…..The Gulf Islands routes and changes in equipment and schedules and vacationing travellers and locals experiencing chaos not being able to get reservations and ships sailing half-full, to leave more room for standby drivers.

SOMETHING ABOUT….“Fire danger ratings rising from high to extreme as scorching temperatures and warm smoky winds further dry out local forests.”

Air quality warnings & fire risk shriek—-caution and take care folks!

SOMETHING ABOUT“Everyone seems to have a story of being struck on a sidewalk by a cellphone walker, so engrossed in their electronics that they lose track of the real world.”

It seems distracted walker regulations may soon be coming to a community near you, following examples taken from places like Honolulu, Seoul, Toronto and beyond!

Cheers to a wild wacky wonderful Wednesday that sings–fully present & giving all in your midst your undivided attention!!!

 

….of August….

 

“August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.”
–  Elizabeth Maua Taylor

“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.”
–  Henry David Thoreau

“Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
    Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
    Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”
–  Michelle L. Thieme, August’s Crown 

“August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied.”
–  Joseph Wood Krutch

Cheers to a fine August Tuesday!

…..of swim, & out with July…

“And July in her eyes hath place” –all nature sings in ‘April is in my mistress face’-madrigal.

As today is out with July and tomorrow is in with August, the sunshine & heat of summer is continuing in full glorious days.

….”Vancouver woman waits for nod to begin swim across English Channel”….”

Fun to note that Vancouver’s Jesse Harewicz is into a 7-day waiting window where she will attempt to swim across the English Channel. “She has her pilot boat waiting, her food packed, and hours of training in the cold waters of B.C. behind her. Now she waits for the weather to co-operate and for her to get the nod that the swim is on. She will learn by 7:30 p.m. the day before her swim will start. Known as the Everest of swims — it will be much tougher conditions than the Georgia Strait. The water is very salty, it’s windy, in open ocean, and the currents are so strong that you have to swim across them.”

All good wishes Jesse!

A perfect July summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~ adapt. James Dent

I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
~John Vance Cheney

A life without love is like a year without summer. ~adapt. Swedish Proverb

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James

Cheers to a fine July summer day!

 

 

…of ‘fireworks’ & ‘sashimi’….

Standing tall in Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park.

Well here it is the last weekend of July and time once again for Vancouver’s beloved “Celebration of Light” fireworks competition.

Saturday evening will see Japan compete against the UK and Canada later next week!

If you’ve ever had sushi, perhaps you’ve had sashimi too!

A japs

Be it raw fish or fireworks—-Cheers2 a Fine Friday & weekend that sings—sparkle & be dazzled!

 

 

 

 

 

….of loonie & a tune….

Summer continues with interesting blooms here, there and everywhere it seems!

…”Economists don’t really understand the soaring loonie or much else”…

 

SOMETHING ABOUT….the whole science of economic forecasting is something like forecasting the weather it seems….some might quip–wonder & blunder full !

Cheers to a tunefully terrific Thursday that sings—SUNSHINE!!!

…of ‘salty lagoons’ and Cobb salad & carpaccio…

…”A fresh idea to turn Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon salty again”…”When it’s too hot to cook, turn off the stove and serve up an easy meal”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“investigating the possibility of turning Lost Lagoon into the largest salt-water marsh habitat in the city & reconnecting it with Burrard inlet, as it was prior to 1917 and the building of the Lions Gate Bridge causeway”

Good to hear it’s not a “must do” but just something that’s being considered whilst a restoration of the intermittently functioning fountain is underway……

SOMETHING ABOUTCobb salad and bresaola carpaccio. That’s air-dried beef made from top round beef that’s salted and cured for a number of months, is thinly sliced for eating and is amazingly tender.”

Of course Cobb salad can be a favourite at the best of times, made with good-quality rotisserie chicken!

Indulge! Enjoy!

Miniature Golf

It was at a miniature golf course on a brutally hot day when one saw a lone father with his 3 kids.

“Who’s winning?” one asked cheerfully.

“I am” said one

“no, I am” said another.

“No,” the father said “their mother is!”

Cheers to a fully participatory summer winning spirit Wednesday that smiles—YES & sings—SO COOL!!!