…of ferries, room service & hashtags…

Stanley Park, Vancouver, bee & hydrangea.

….”BC Ferries is outlawing smoking and staying inside your vehicle.”…”Travel indulgences: ring room service”…”Twitter hashtags are 10 years old and they wouldn’t have happened without old-school texting”…

It seems that by January 22, the days of the smoke-break outside on the deck of a BC ferry will be over and on those ferries that have both a vehicle upper and lower deck, by this October passengers will no longer be permitted to stay in their vehicles on lower decks.

All in line with Transport Canada safety regulations, they say, and supporting health & wellness for passengers and employees alike!

Sail on sensibly & in safety!….

With the sometimes fatigue of long road trips or international flights, one of life’s little indulgences, room service, can so simply sing–“I’ve arrived!”….

Extra time for yourself in your room, delaying some of the stresses and things scheduled for the day ahead can be so revitalizing!

Take time to smell the roses & enjoy that second mug of coffee/tea!

SOMETHING ABOUT….“Twitter users send more than 125 million hashtags a day, according to the company, which is celebrating the milestone with — what else — a dedicated hashtag and custom emoji.”

May all your Wednesday ‘groupings’ sing–SENSATIONAL !!!




….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 flavours of the day & tongue twisters…


Today, Vancouver’s prized waterfront convention centre sees the the stampede of football fans to the 102nd Grey Cup Festival.

“Three days packed with high energy will see family friendly events and a nightly concert series headlined by some of Canada’s brightest stars.”

The Red Truck Tailgate Party they call it apparently.

Cheers to—watch for the Red Truck!…

“BC Ferries expects to save millions by converting largest vessels to LNG”…”Protesters rally against Trans Mountain Pipeline but drilling continues”…”Decades of movie props up for auction in Vancouver”

There you have it!— some of the headlines & flavours of the day!

Speaking of flavour….

Apparently, “Bulletproof coffee” is a new trend!

Putting butter in your coffee, according to fitness junkies, has health benefits that
have you feeling more energetic & feeling “full” for longer & even improving your ability to focus!

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday that never leaves you tongue-tied!!

Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.
The butter Betty Botter bought was a bit bitter
And made her batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter makes better batter.
So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
Making Betty Botter’s bitter batter better

…of fare thee well, sail on, & answer me…


“Not everybody will be happy with the new YVR taxi rates”…”BC Ferries considers axing Horseshoe Bay-Nanaimo route”…”Debate: good questions keep mayoral candidates on their toes”…

Cheers to mid-week local headlines that swirl–controversy!

All in a day in our beloved Vancouver somehow sings ‘fare the well’—‘sail on’—‘answer me’!!…

Guaranteed flat rate taxi fares take the guesswork out of travel. Efficiency is in the plans. Mixed party city council inevitable certainty.

And so it goes…

In all seriousness, as controversies swirl & as folks agree to disagree or not, we must never forget the lighter side of life!

A compromise is an agreement whereby both parties get what neither of them wanted.-Author Unknown

All generalizations are bad. ~R.H. Grenier

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. ~Attributed to Arthur McBride Bloch

A gentleman is a man who can play the accordion but doesn’t. ~Author Unknown

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday of pushing all the right buttons!!!

A’cordially yours

…of ferries, docs & not-in-service…

smileA tale of proposed not-in-service ferry service for BC Ferries is causing consternation for island residents on BC’s west and today wet coast, but the effects extend to overseas travel firms after decades of working together promoting Discovery Coast Travel packages in Europe.

Cheers to tough decisions of sustainable, affordable and efficient but let’s not forget the citizens and entrepreneurs of Port Hardy and Bella Coola and all the gulf islands whose lives are affected….

Doctors are without jobs in Canada.

That’s right you read it correctly—surprisingly, a new study reveals about 16% of specialist physicians are unable to find work in Canada. At the same time, wait times to see non-general practitioners grow longer and longer.

Cheers to bureaucracies getting their act together to prioritize serving the needs of the public….

“Some Canadian cities running out of cash for snow removal as icy winter hits hard.”

“My beloved Texas Instruments calculator has blinked its last LCD number.”

“Stunning collapse of major Canadian law firm.”

“Appliance on the fritz–some call it quits.”

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that’s, as the pastors, preachers, priests like to say—-

At your service!…

With a smile!