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August 2023 - Bicycle Ride, New Bike, Bingo, Boat Refurbishment and Family Reunions

In this month it was full on summer with all the activities that come with it.  Bike rides to drinks, new motorcycle, bingo with Bonny, family reunions and more.

I just never get tired of sailing the summer sunsets.

A big bike ride with Nate and his boys Kade and Jake hitting a few great spots and a few good drinks.

Kade, Jake, Nate, yo at Cold Garden

Blues at the Blues Can

Look at this blast from the 90's, perfect for those with a DVD collection that need something to play it.

24" TV

And Built in DVD

An even bigger blast from the past weigh scale 60's I inherited from my Grandmother via my mom.  

Never really worked well
and with a rusted broken spring

Not working anymore...hope I
can figure it out one day

Good food section, hahaha

Homemade granola squares

Hybid tomatoes from Thomas

Great scores on Godzilla!

BAC baby!

Crushing Batman

Me and Bubs having fun

Oops...I did it again.  Just when I thought I was out they pulled me back in.  It was time to buy a Honda (Africa Twin) after all these years. A bike in Mexico and 2 in Canada...I need more Brad's to ride them!

Spirit and Styker.  Lots of room for you two.

A few days trying to clean up the bottom of my friend Thomas' boat hoping to get it ready and to the West coast some day.  Not much more fun than belt sanding upwards on the boat of a massive sailboat.  Didn't even finish in August.

Hunter 29.5, biggest highway
legal transporting sailboat

Still having fun

Lots of sanding

Family reunion for Mom and a bunch of cousins.  In the video a song they used to sing back in the day.

What a great photo!

Happy Birthday 75th Big Gary and long time family friend and lovely guy. Thanks for the invite.

With a latina daughter-in-law
a pinata was hung and wacked.

Man little Gary looks exactly 
like Big Gary his dad.

Bingo with Bonny, no luck on that day unfortunately, but fun all the same.

Friday night Volley Ball!  OH yeah, in Calgary with those dirty beaches. 

And then the dark ride home. 

Great spot

Side Story: I rode my bike about 14 km to get to volley ball up through the city centre and decided to take a more direct way back.  I can't remember the last time I felt lost in the city I was born in then I did this night when the bike path kept going East with out catching the bridge exits to get going West.  20km and complete darkness I finally got back home.

At the end of the month it was sadly the last Thursday night hockey which meant bbq and a few bevies.

What a spread

Finished off with ribs and ciders at Swigs

Other Stuff

Been watching lots of Sopranos
What's with shipping these days
That's a 14" computer in a 
huge wasted box
I thought $6 for chilly ain't so bad...
then I saw it was 3 spoonfuls in size.
Blackberry lens replacement
I will build this on my lot one day
Good winter Spirit
Signs you live in a country
full of poisoned products!!!
Inconsiderate. Who takes the time
 to do all that, then leave it.
Didn't even flush any of it.

July 2023 - Thursday Golf, Stampede, Whiskyroni, Pinball, Trivia and Lake Newell Sailing

In this month, which is one of the best times to be in Calgary, I reclaimed my basement and garage, got back to golf with the Thursday group, took in another Stampede, played Wednesday night pinball and hoped on a 19 foot catamaran at Lake Newell.  And of course all the other random stuff that comes in the summer in Canada.

After allowing a friend to stay in my place while I was gone it was time to do a little tidy up and repairs.  Good to help someone out who needed a place, and a great chance to make some updates and repairs on things that a less delicate person helps to point out need attention by using the crap out of them, hahaha!

nice clean fridge

after you defrost it!
That's a lot of build up
No food in the fridge so go for meat with CK
Why do organic bananas come
with so much inorganic waste?
Back in my day the cart guy at the store used
muscles.  Arent we trying to go green??

More going green, flying meat
all the way from Australia at
my local supermarket?

Burnt pots, Thanks A

Toilet didn't work for my first
10 days back, thanks A.

Let's get you on the road!

Then there was the washing machine which looked like it had done enough laundry for 5 families in the months A was staying at my place.  Well no surprise the motor burnt out.  Thanks A!

Off to Canmore to pick up a used unit the same
as the one that's motor died. Smart thinking
to have extra parts.
Super fun to take apart actually
In good shape from a guy who helped me load.
He had picked up a stacking system for free
so $50 for this one was easy. The motor I needed
for the other was $200 for just the part.

Tested and good.  

Brewsters Ranch Kananaskis Golf Course for my first time back with the Thursday group looking forward to a bunch of rounds this summer.   It was a good day with Phil and Tom as my cart buddies.

Just a beautiful course

Tee it up!

Later in the month we shot a round at Tooth of the Dogpound another good course outside of Calgary. Good day with Roger, Martin, Phil and the rest of the of the boys.  Won my first skin too!

Stampede 2023, lots of business development for ADIT and general fun to be had this year.  It just all flowed well this round.  Special thank yous to Bothar, Comco, The Crossing Group and Acero for having fantastic parties/ gathers!

Side story: Running with Holly and some others the first Friday we simply skipped in to the VIP entrance to get in to Wildhorse.  Good to see party crashing alive and well in 2023.

Bothar party with Andrew and 
Adit team.

Finished at Wildhorse
On the grounds mid week for 
fun at the rodeo and wagons

They'll let anybody in!

Wrote a song with this county
musician Don

A tour of the stables after the
Chuck Wagon races

And then the grandstand fireworks with an interesting to see new Drone version addition.

Acero Party and the invention
of the "Whiskyroni"!
Wildhorse finish, again...

Nothing like drinking your beer from your cowboy hat.  The sign of a good day!!

Wednesday night pinball and trivia at the Pinbar!  I never miss a Wednesday!

Love "Attack from Mars"

All the Rock n Roll pinball machines on this wall

Kicking ass

Tough to replay this one,
but I did!

And trivia!

Glow in the dark T-shirt!

At the end of the month it was off to Lake Newell, one of the largest man made lakes in Canada, thanks to an invite from Thomas to sail near Brooks Alberta on his 19 foot catamaran, FAST!

Every Saturday Polish Lunch

Ride on buddy!

Siksika Nation Reserve

North end of Lake Newell

Always a sign you took a wrong turn - Gravel!

Made it in the hot sun, 30+ C

Clever Thomas's Yaris custom boat hitch

works well

I'm glad I had the chance to come out

Solar farm

Grain storage elevators

Other Stuff

Neighbour's garage sale.

"Hot to use..." I'm in Canada
right?  These are the signs
you see in ESL countries

Other sign this may not be 
Canada...Previous years this
is a fine/ticket

Make shift taxi clearly using
an "Associated" Taxi for
"Checker" Taxi??? Confusion

Back to the grill!

Summer clean up

Big trees, big clean up

hanging at Cold Garden one of the few places
that keep a great beer price
Had to pick up the Cask 
Strength Alberta Premium 2023

Friday night Beach Volley Ball

Antique pipes Maria has worth serious money