is Bicycling SAFE

4 cyclist It’s that time of year to put the ozone polluting car away and get your bicycles out. Leave that car parked as long as you can, and let’s get cracking, I mean biking. You know there is nothing more enjoyable and that moves the most amount of mussel IN YOUR BODY AS cycling. Good for the environment, good for your health and let’s not forget just the fun and sport of it. With all the new bike trails in our cities of Ontario whats not to like.


When you, the cyclist enjoy the sun in your face, the breeze in your hair and just the peacefulness of cycling, there is a downside. It’s the 2000 lb car behind you.

Most motorists will agree that some cyclist leave something at home, their common sense. With the adrenalin rush of cycling, most people are in a different world, they feel that the highway rules and regulations don’t apply or maybe, they don’t even GIVE IT A SECOND THOUGHT.


There is not a day that goes by that you don’t hear of a cyclist being hit by a car, truck or just a mirror, always something bigger and heavier than them. But through all reality, can you always blame the vehicle driver for a mishap with a cyclist?

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It’s not uncommon to see a cyclist moving out of his bike lane, into traffics lane, in and out.  It’s not uncommon to see cyclists on the road that are three, side by side to each other, two cyclistnot in a single file, which would totally make more sense.

Our highways system is being more accommodating to the cyclist, every year they design new highways and or revamp old ones to incorporate bigger and better bike lanes.  The trick is to train the cyclist to stay in those lanes.

I watched a cyclist go through a stop sign and motioned for him to come over; I said to him, “you know you just went through a stop sign”. His answer was,



And yes, you do have to abide by the same highway rules as everybody else, certainly, for no other reason, than,


I always keep in mind when cycling; “I WILL BE THE BIGGEST LOSER” when a 2000 lb car comes roaring down on me.


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Are your cats trainable

Are your cats trainable or are you just fooling yourself

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If you throw a stick your dog will run as fast as he can to retrieve. He will bring it back in hopes you’ll throw the stick again, and you do.

Just try throwing a stick and expect your CAT to fetch it, THE JOKE IS,

“It would be easier to train that stick to fetch the cat”.

Just in case you haven’t noticed, cats are un-trainable, they will only do something if they want to and, or if there something in it for them.

If for one moment, you entertained the idea that your cat just listened to you and “did what you wanted them to do”.   You have just been duped/had.

They did it, that ‘whatever’ thing because the cat wanted to do it, not because you think you finally trained them.

Cat-scientists say they are the only known species that has not been through major changes in their evolution. They say,  that cats first got domesticated by the Faros in Ancient Egypt, but most say they go back at least 9000 years. Today our domesticated inside living cats would still have no trouble surviving in the wild. So their hunting instincts are still there.  But, … why would they leave? They have it made right here.

Now, have you ever upset your cat? Eh

Take, for example, that you went out in the afternoon and youcat peeing cartoon

“FORGOT TO FILL UP their CAT DISH”. And they ran out of food!

NO  food.

You’re back and you just opened the door and you see your cat perched up in a spot, WELL, where they’re not supposed to be.   So, do they have a way of getting even or at least getting your attention? Didn’t think they were that smart. “Don’t be surprised, evolution says, they’ll never change, but yoooou will” And, YA, …  they are that smart.

They will brazenly sit there long enough until you make the big “eye contact” then they leisurely come down off the mantel amongst all your Royal Dalton collectibles. “NOW YOUR CAT says, DON’T FORGET to feed me NEXTIME”! They just give you, that mental gesture. “Or the finger in our language”


So, make no mistake, your furry lovable Cat friend is your buddy because he lets you be his buddy, “not the other way around”. Consequently, contrary to a dog, you can’t really own a cat and guaranteed one thing for sure, “You wouldn’t teach them to fetch you a beer”.

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dave's work stationBlogging for the HEALTH of it.

As a newbie blogger on the block, my purpose was to have fun, share my points of view as an ordinary Canadian and maybe share a little WISDOM along the way. Eh!

Blogging just might have an added bonus, “reducing stress”.

I write about anything and everything.  As the old guys used to say in their day, “make sure you have lots of meat and potatoes” They weren’t talking about blogging back then, but I will use it as a metaphor for my posting. “SUBSTANCE”. I try and have some good information in my postings.

But I also learned, which is equally important, spelling has to be perfect, from labeling photos properly, to blog posting, which, may I say, “Spelling is NOT my best suit”.

Thank goodness for Microsoft word, that’ll take care of the spelling department.

But I do try and keep my posts interesting and my spelling in check.

There are very few things in this world that are free, but blogging comes close. Pay your yearly hosting service fees, set your site up in less than 5 min, and you’re good to spiel off anything your little heart desires. JUST …  (DON’T BELIEVE THE  5  MIN  THING). AND, for all you people that are just starting out, you might find blogging a good STRESS RELIEVER.

Write down what you ’re thinking, post it, and you’ll be surprised at how many people out there, say, “Yeah, that’s right” and now you have a follower.

Post what you want and when you want, watch a lot of YOUTUBE videos on the do’s and don’ts of web and blog building. Learn at your own pace. Weed out all that unnecessary information, and use what ONLY pertains to you and what your goals are as a blogger. Try to watch and read only the latest up-to-date information.

The web and how it operates seems to change weekly, hourly. Learn to be in favor with the Google gods, “that part really helps”.

The World Wide Web even says you can make money at doing this fun thing, SO I SAY,

bring on the Denaro’s, But … IM STILL WAITING!

Note: if you don’t find it fun, then it’s a job. The choice is yours.

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U.S. Flood Damaged vehicles go to Canada?

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Is the U.S. dumping their flood-damaged cars into Canada

The United States has had some bad weather in the past and all the videos show cars and trucks bobbing up and down in the flood waters. Are these waterlogged vehicles heading North to Canada?.

Many of these vehicles from hurricane states have been written off by insurance companies, too unsafe for the road and too expensive to repair. BUT, are they still destined to our country as workable vehicles?

As the story goes, some of these vehicles come across legally into Canada providing they are sold as scrap. “Not fit for the road”.

 So now, you just purchased your dream car, cheap, what a deal you tell your friends.

But there’s one problem, it never made it off the car lot. The mechanic comes out, checks the no start and he says. “must have some electrical problem”. 

Two things would worry me, it’s from the United States with no history, and it has electrical problems that would raise a BIG RED flag.

Beware of those good deals.

We, in Ontario, have to purchase a “USED VEHICLE INSPECTION PACKAGE” before buying a used car. I always thought it was a government money grab, but it does somewhat protect the consumer.

The complete car history is in this package and it divulges all the previous owners, accident reports, etc. The problem stems from when a vehicle crosses the border, there is no information, no accident report, or any information of being written off by a US insurance company due to water damage (Cars being submerged in SALT water) “that would worry me”.

So that’s where the problem lies. Water on its own might not be that bad. Dry the vehicle out, it starts, it runs, and it has no miles on it. What’s not to like. CHEAP.


We in Canada see our fair share of what salt can do to a car. It rots out the metal, the structure of your car, making it over time, unsafe for the road. Try submerging your vehicle in THE OCEAN. The salt water would discolor your interior, it would work its way into the very fabric and metal of your car. The engine could have been submerged in the salt water doing major damage to internal components and that, might not show up right away, but it will!

Salt is a form of acid and is a real killer for anything metal / cars etc.

 And let’s not forget the sensitive wiring on your car. Most automotive computer sensors and systems on new cars work on very low voltage and any disruption of bad connections, or water in the plugs, will have a major effect on the performance of your vehicle. In worst case scenarios, the car just won’t run at all and all problems in-between.

Dealerships charge major shop rates for tracing electrical problems in cars.

If you’re really hot after that car, knowing that it comes from the U.S, at least do your due diligence and check its history.

The United States insurance companies wrote these vehicles off for a good reason.

Always “try” and get a “used vehicle inspection package” history from the state that the car came from.

( in case you don’t know ) All vehicles from the U.S.have

“MILES PER HOUR” on their SPEEDOMETERS instead of kilometers per hour.


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Storage Auction Notice

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Storage locker Auction in your area.

I started off my daily routine by checking and answering all my e-mails and inquiries, and I came across this one that just stood out, “Storage Auction Notice”.

Now, that’s a definite call to action!

“Closing in your area is good, today is good,” well, it’s not like I had a lot of inquiries or my agenda was full.  I could entertain the idea, so I opened up my e-mail.

Well, this was a last minute decision. But that’s ok.

Ah, it’s the same storage auction I read about a few days earlier. When I first looked at the auction ad, I found nothing of interest and now giving it a second look, it still didn’t improve my opinion. “Nothing”. But it is in my area and the price looked right. My normally “heavy” day was free; (darn), and, I had no e-mails to answer!

WHY NOT! So I put in a lowball price and behold, nobody wanted it, well then,

“Lucky me” Eh!

I just bought an abandoned locker. Now after looking the locker over, you have to wonder, why would people pay good hard earned money to store absolutely nothing of value. Many of the articles I found were not even good giveaways.  I’m not totally surprised by few bidders, BUT I didn’t pay much.

I shouldn’t forget, a lot of people do fall on hard times and at the last moment, storing whatever valuables they had looked to be their only option.

And having said that, if by chance they foresee that the monthly locker payments won’t work either, (food or locker payments) well, that would be a no-brainer. So these same people would scavenge what good belongings they do have and leave the rest.

Most of these lockers, do tell a very sad story.

So yea, I cleaned out the abandoned locker from the people that just left in a hurry. I cleaned and nearly washed the floor for the locker company, (that’s required) just so they can cut their losses, and re-rent the unit as soon as humanly possible.

What did I find?

Pots and pans that went to Good Will, winter clothes, 3 office chairs, that all went to Good Will,boat anchor the city landfill got their share and I got the rest? … O YA, an old cash register, that’s only good for a (boat Anchor) 2 old couches, some bed frames that you couldn’t put together because … there were “parts missing?”… But, I did find some high-end audio speakers, that thankfully paid for the locker.

Me, I just bought a job.

Now through all fairness, this was not, household material. People do not pay to store these kinds of “items” so I have to wonder after all these years of buying lockers, do the companies themselves use one of their units to store “garbage” and knowingly auction off the locker as “abandoned”.

“They wouldn’t do that, WOULD THEY?”


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Best Truck Pull Event

 Calling all truck drivers to The Best Truck Pull Ever

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Notre-Dame-du-Nord truck Rodeo.

Notre-Dame-du-Nord truck rodeo is calling us.… Beg, borrow or steal an RV, AND if all else fails, “rent a MOTORHOME “ (RV). Grab some of your trucker comrades or buddies and go to the best truck pull/show in North America and it’s in Quebec  Canada …  (10-4) This is not an advertisement, not a  paid endorsement, hell, I’m not even getting any brownie points.


I personally have been to this truck rodeo with a bunch of my trucker buds and did exactly that, rented a big RV motorhome, zoomed up to Notre-Dame-du-Nord truck rodeo.  And the address, you guessed it, is in the village of (Notre-Dame-du-Nord, QC. Canada). Park the RV, open the door, and there you are, parked in the most serene, peaceful part of our country, well until the truckers roll in.

This beautiful tucked away village of Notre-Dame-du-Nord is on the top end of the Ottawa River and has hosted these semi-truck pulls as far back as I remember. It just gets bigger and better, not to mention all the large prize money that they give away to these silly truckers to do what they do. (Legal drag racing) Nothing finer.  Eh!


These silly truckers drag race their perfectly good and in some cases, brand NEW highway trucks up this big hill, that’s at least a 12 % slope/grade.  Now for you trucker want-a-bees, that’s an awful grade. Think about it. Two trucks standing side by side, just torqueing up their engines, Black smoke just pouring from exhaust stacks, the frame just twisting as these two silly “BOOGERS” drag race up this hill, approx 700 ft, (213.36) meters, and these trucks are loaded with 45,000 ton of sticks/lumber… That’s a site of good, skillful driving.

SORRY, “It’s called a “TRUCK PULL”, not drag racing”?

THAT’S NOT FAR UP THAT HILL, YOU SAY? …… You tell your boss that you’re taking his brand new Peterbilt and drag race up a 12 % hill with fully loaded B Train, and he will tell you exactly how far that is, and how far you’ll be going looking for a new job … (10-4 … RUBBER DUCK).

When I learned about this event in Notre-Dame-du-Nord, I thought it would just be a fun getaway for the boys. It was a challenge to talk some of my trucker buddies into going and on their day off no less. But nobody ever regretted going that extra 6-hour drive from our home-20 and seeing this one of a kind truck pull and show. It was worth it.

Spectators come from all over North America to see these guys.

I SAID, Yeah RIGHT ….. Two fully loaded trucks, drag race up this hill, this I have to see. There is going to be parts and pieces of drive shafts, engine parts flying everywhere. Maybe, I better take out a little more life insurance, just in case I get a little too close to the action, getting hit by flying truck parts, (debris).

But, I have to admit, watching these skillful drivers torque up these big trucks and watching their frames just twist. These drivers knew exactly how to drive them and without even breaking anything. I was somewhat disappointed though, not even seeing a driveshaft falling off or something, anything that I could fix, but “NOTHING”. I did see a lot of skillful drivers behind the wheel though.

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Notre-Dame-du-Nord  Truck Rodeo …. “I will be back”.


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Trumps Nafta



Nafta unfair trade practices.

As a Canadian, I watch and read as much news that comes down the pipe about U.S President Trump and how he is going to straighten out the unfair trade practices that CANADA has over the United States (Nafta). (North American Free Trade Agreement) (I really thought he was joking in the beginning).

“You know how silly that sounds”?

I swore I would never get caught up in politics, BUT here I go?

I was going to save this post until my regular post time on Saturdays, but I’m upset with the stupidity and had to voice my opinion…


We have always been trading back and forth with the U.S, forever, but, little old Canada supposedly is putting a big dent into the USA economy which is not even worth the discussion, because of …


The U.S. President calls Canadians, Spoiled and “he’s going to straighten us out”.

As long as I can remember when the United States says to Canada, jump, our Government always directly or indirectly say ”how high” That’s a given. It always has been that way, forever, and why our Canadian government hasn’t pulled us away from that bullying mentality a long time ago, boggles the mind.

When Trump came into power, he swore, he would shake up the White House and from an outsider looking in, that’s exactly what he’s doing or did.

Probably the only type of person that could have pulled that off would be a really wealthy person with an “I don’t care” attitude. I don’t have any friends but I “can buy as many as I want or need”, attitude. He looks to be a good poker player (bluffing is his game) and then throws in the mixture of having one of the most powerful positions in the world.

I call that,  #A PERFECT STORM.


But I’m only going to say this ONCE.

(He might be right about Canada and he MIGHT JUST BE DOING us a big favor in the long run).

It is time to be more of a sovereign country. Stop spending and giving away large amounts of money frivolously, make more investment in Canada and Canadian people, that are going to stay in Canada and help build this country’s status to where we should be on the world stage.  STOP the sale of Canadian corporations to foreigners. People from outside the country own more of our land that Canadians.

Who do you think owns the

(I AM CANADIAN) slogan, Americans

We have the education and the knowledge to build and make anything and certainly have all the resources known to man.  I feel Canadians got blindsided by our brothers to the south and there is nothing worse than a brother against brother.  President Trump surely should remember that part of their “DARK history”.

So times have changed and he’s going to straighten us Canadians out. He’s going to put us on Trump’s highway, to where ever land?

We as a completely separate Country from the U.S. I think we should start acting like it. So unlike Mexico, I say it’s time to build our own wall.


Wall between Canada and U.S.

And maybe by that time, the US Army Core of Engineers would have built their own shipping lanes into the great lakes from (let’s say) the … Atlantic Ocean (on their side of the border). instead of going through Canada.

I cannot foresee that happening any time soon,  “but it’s a thought”.

Some say, “it’s only business”, others like myself say, the repercussions will go far deeper than,  “JUST BUSINESS”.

We have just been bullied by a Friend/Brother and there can be nothing more cutting.




Note… By the way, slandering our Prime Minister just reaffirms my thinking, it’s time to be less dependent on US! and more on ourselves. (Canadian)

Please read,  US flood Damaged Vehicles go to Canada

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Freedom 65 just sucks


Freedom 65, riiiiight. Getting up in the morning, you have to roll yourself out of bed, almost afraid to do such a mundane thing. I say to myself, “I’m pretty comfortable in my bed, but I can’t stay here all day. … I don’t have any aches or pains if I stay right here.”

Someday you have to even worry about tying your own shoes, for it might throw my back out, and then, you’ll get your wish! “Stay in bed.” Freedom 65 just doesn’t work for me.

I have places to go, people to see … things to do,

 I don’t have time for this shit!.

I was going to say in most cases, but it’s like in all cases, the mind is willing but the body just isn’t.

Sure you can do the aerobics thing, do your brisk walk through the park and yeah, 5000 footsteps a day should keep you fit, Eh!

But the hard reality is, your body is just getting older and worn out and there’s not much you can do in that department.

Time waits for no man.

All through life we all have given the “age thing” at least a passing thought. I’ll never be that old the way my lifestyle is. I can’t see me living past 35 years. No sir, not me.

But time has a way of creeping up on you. Before you know it, you’re there (and only if you’re really lucky).  SO, Life is going pretty fast and just seems to, well, just pick up speed. It seems like yesterday we did this, NO! That was 2 years ago you did that whatever thing.

My famous saying would be,” look at that old guy” and my wife would interrupt my sentence and say…” have you looked in the mirror lately?” NO, I’m too scared to. Ha! Ha!

 SO, Does age really matter?

My dog (Six-Paque) and I went for a walk through the park. We’ve had our dog a lot of years, but who’s counting time. Coming back from our walk he had to stop and rest, and even then it didn’t register, maybe he did it for me, maybe I needed to stop and catch my breath. Who knows?

But this one day we went for a walk and I turned over to look at my buddy and saw this old guy walking beside me. It was my dog. Then I knew how old he was. He passed away not long after that walk.

I too looked into the mirror and saw this old guy. But I’m not ready to pack it in yet.

I guess we have no complaints. Our dog shouldn’t have any complaints either, for he lived a good life.  We’ve done a lot of things, went a lot of places and we’re still a relatively healthy family, even if I have to roll out of bed to get up.

BUT … “I blame it on the bed; it’s 3 ft off the ground”.bed high off the ground

I wonder if most people can say the same about doing things they always wanted to do. You know, you can’t depend on next year, or tomorrow to do whatever. AND IF YOU CAN

“Let’s get doing it”. You can’t leave this place with regrets of any kind. Remember, TIME WAITS FOR NO MAN.


And no, I don’t see an old man in the mirror. I SEE ME.

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Is Trench Art Highly Collectable

Some HISTORY on Trench Art

figurine trench artWhat Is Trench Art Collectables and why should I collect them.

Trench Art is highly collectible and some think “Decorative“. Trench Art is considered items made out of used and discarded war materials by soldiers of war.

They were made by imaginative soldiers in trenches, POWs camps, war casualties (hospitals) and civilians with access to mounds of war leftovers and just some people that had the time. (Boredom)

Shell casings of any shape or size were widely used.  Bullets, Landmines,scrap shell caseings and mortars were easily made into some kind of an art form, including picture frames, ashtrays, paperweights, flower pots, candlestick holder, etc.

I would almost consider this a form of “Folk Art”

Trench art started to be noticed during the 1st & 2nd world wars, but I’m sure all world conflicts have their own form of “art”.

The majority of Trench Art (as the story goes) was made because of pure BOREDOM in Trenches, “POW camps”  and some, as they say, made them as a MEMENTO of their time served, or the art could be just traded for much needed useable goods.

This continued many years after the war with civilians making their own form of trench art. There certainly was no shortage of discarded leftover war material.

This art is a little funky looking and not for everybody’s taste, but most of these items do have a good, bad, or ugly story to tell by people that know firsthand what war was really like.

Believe it or not, there is a following of collectors out there that are into Trench Art/War Memorabilia.

This article was based on a lot of independent information and I am passing it on, however,

BORDOM or MEMENTOS, I’m not sure I agree. “Trench Art” images   “trench art”[]=trench%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=art%7Ctyped


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Is Canada Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Canada IS Legalizing Marijuana by midsummer and we will be open for business, at least in the Cannabis department.

More tax revenue.

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By Legalizing marijuana in Canada there are a lot of good as well as some bad points, do away with the underground economy, more tax revenue, keep it out of the hands of children.

Look at all the money Canada will be saving by not charging and jailing all these bad guys, you know the ones, selling this stuff illegally. Overnight these bandits will become honorable Canadian citizens again and now will have to go out and just, find real jobs… Eh

I have to admit though, going to a local dispensary will be easier than importing the Jamaican Gold, from you know where.

But again you have to wonder, how is our government going to regulate this weed smoking? It’s illegal to smoke cigarettes anywhere around or near a public building, can’t smoke around children, and they’re even trying to pass a law by banning cigarettes in your home and car. They actually have special officers that heavily fine the offenders.

Up to a couple of years ago, the only place you could buy a six-paque of beer was in a special beer store and since then, they have loosened up that ruling. Now you can buy it in selected food chains.


Pot, even though it is legal in the Netherlands, it is widely available and probably considered a nuisance more than anything. As luck would have it, we went to Holland for our holidays and this is off the subject, BUT NOT.

∞ So, while we were in Holland the curiosity got the best of me, and I had to visit the famous RED LIGHT DISTRICT. As I looked over at these display windows I noticed this “lady” had spotted me. She did the consecutive finger gesture to come in for a “visit”. I pointed out that I had my wife with me and she gave this wave with her hand, who cares gesture.

Only in Holland. Eh!


Having been in Amsterdam all those days, there was no distinct Marijuana smell. We were there for the Queen’s birthday and partygoers were everywhere. There was no heavy smoke/smell.

Maybe they weren’t smoking that day, Marijuana smoke-free day, or maybe they found a way to remove that distinct order.

Well, as I understand it, major growers in Canada will have up to 50 different flavors of this weed for your liking. So our Canadian growers must have found a way to get rid of the smell.

But, I still have to wonder if some Canadian pot will include a menthol or a cherry flavor.

A few years back the tobacco companies polluted my Cigars with those oddball flavors, and that took the fun right out of smoking stoggies.  Eh!

I think our illustrious government is sailing in


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