Advice From My Son After He Get’s His First GF

August 12th, 2018

little man burned me.

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Silent Lake Provincial Park | Solo

August 11th, 2018

Plan C was heading up to Silent Lake Provincial Park for 5 days and 4 nights along.  Plan B was with the kids, but my ex squished that and Plan A was taking the kids to Europe and that was impossible to make happen with my ex.  So I packed my backpack and went up to Silent Lake which is such a sweet park north of Peterborough and just south of Bancroft, Ontario.

Last minute booking was perfect in Site 85 in the walk-in campsites.  I had nobody behind me since that was open forest that went towards the lake,  Nobody to my left since there isn’t a campsite there and I had a open campsite to my right.  In front of me was a campsite I did not have a view of so it was really private.  Nice big rocks by the fire which was kind of nice.  I moved the picnic table to be near the fire and great slope for the tent since water would run away if it rained.

I sat by the water quite a bit.  It was nice to go in the morning with my coffee and also at dusk and listen to the lake brush against the rocks.  A loon came to see what I was doing and just like that it was gone.  A twisty road would lead you uphill to the nice modern showers and laundry room.  Just walk to the lake and follow the “blue” marked path that would take you along the shoreline up and down rocks with the lake by your side.  Walk the 16km’s around the lake if you want.  Kayak and Canoe rentals are very reasonable and so it firewood at 7 bones for a bag.

Easy stuff to cook and woke to two lovely omelets with veggies.  I used my little one burner stove for this trip to cook and boil water.  Even cooked steak over the fire on the first night which was sweet.

Set up the hammocks that I bought each for the kids since it had a little bug fly on it that you zipper yourself inside.  I spent 4 hours in it the first time I crawled into it.

Fires each night and two nights had some brief rain which is nice to listen to and I had some nice music by the fire.  Yes… I like to listen to sappy stuff since it was nice to think about how much fun it would be to go camping with someone that you want to kiss.  Cooking for them and enjoying a fire would be nice… so I let my mind wander a little.  I had my good buddy Ben with me a little… so that was nice.

The last night was some unexpected rain so no fire on the last night and went into the tent early.  By doing so and spending a extended night in the tent… I was dying to get out and stretch my back in the morning so went down to the beach before sunrise and waited for the sun to come up.  After it came up the dew started to burn off and the mist of the morning over the lake was quiet and magical.  I found a rock in the sun and had a little nap for about a hour which was nice.  It was not my plan A or B… but plan C with myself was nice and the reflection and solitude was quite refreshing and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Recent Flicks & Trying To Complete #1 of 101 Things To Do In 1001 Days

August 5th, 2018

A little look back at the most recent flicks I’ve watched.  One of my 101 things to do in 1001 days is to have my watchlist drop below 300 and my rated movies to be over 400.  As of today my watchlist is at 299 movies and my rated movies is 385.  I will complete this soon.  Below is movies I’ve watch in the theaters or steamed mostly on Putlocker and a bit on Netflix.

 

The Mountain Between Us: 7/10  Kate is great and I would fall in love with her also on the mountain too like “Stringer”.

Disobedience: 6/10 (Rachel McDreamy kisses a woman 😉

12 Strong: 6/10  I don’t know why but I end up watching war movies.  This one was based on a true story.

The Shape of Water: 6/10  I’m a sucker for love stories… but this one was too weird

Outside In: 6/10

Only The Brave: 7/10 Don’t play with matches in the forest.

Meru: 7/10 I should have ranked this one an 8.  Who in the world has the idea they want to try and complete that… I don’t know.  Wild climbing movie.

Phantom Thread: 8/10  I’m always in love with a movie like this.  The quirkiness of him and the tease.  She is stunning.  Her voice.  This one never came out in the theatre here so could not have a date night.

Steve Jobs: 5/10  Not feeling this one.  Maybe since the charging cord on my iPhone is so damn expensive to replace.

Pedal The World: 5/10  I was expecting more.

Human Flow: 8/10  What a great doc and so important in today’s world and hopefully it teaches people compassion and helps find solutions.

Lady Bird: 6/10

Under The Arctic Sky: 5/10  At the screening at the Banff Film Fest I attended was a doc about one of these surfers.  I was hoping for more with this one.  The doc I watched at the Film Fest was much better.

Backcountry: 5/10 Hold your tits… this one freaked me out.  Not sure why I gave it a 5.  It feels like a 6.

Hunt For The Wilderpeople: 6/10  This one was funny and the little dude had me laughing.

The Carter Effect: 7/10 A must for every Raptors fan.

The Circle: 5/10 No wonder it’s on Netflix.

The One I Love: 7/10

 

Flint Town (First Series): 8/10  Excellent doc on the struggles with trying to police one of the highest city with crime in the United States.

Casino 5/10  This movie could have been a little shorter and it would have been more powerful.

The Wall 6/10: Another war movie.

Jarhead: 5/10  LOL it was war week

Breach: 7/10

Touching the Void:  7/10 A great doc about climbing the impossible.

Like Crazy: 8/10  I’m a sucker for chick flicks.

Two Lovers 6/10

Source Code: 7/10

Ghost Writer: 6/10

In The Loop: 5/10  One dude in this movie had so many funny lines.  Just would not want him to be my boss.

The Post: 7/10  Nice movie on the big screen.

 

Here is the rest of the movies I’ve watched leading up to this blog post with the rest of them.

 

Newness was interesting with relationships in today’s world.

What if… was a great movie shot in Toronto and it was great to see so many places they used.  Jessica in Miss Slone had killer clothes.

Lion was a 9/10… a must watch.  Sully and Everest was also great.

Spotlight was a great movie.  What a story that broke the church around the North America.

 

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Khruangbin | Pitchfork Live | Sweet Evening Vibes

August 3rd, 2018

Khruangbin @ Villain | Pitchfork Live

This band is coming to Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall… which would be a sweet little concert.  I find this band interesting in the chillout vibe it gives.  This little trio from Houston has many worldly influences.  Their first album was Thai inspired from the 60’s and the most recent album released in January of this year is influenced by Spain and the Middle East.  Check out this little website they created that is inspired by vintage air travel that allows you to make a little customized playlist.

So below is a little set that you can play on the big screen and just let the vibe creep into your house.

 

 

Khruangbin plays a set accompanied by Drippy Eye Projections for Pitchfork Live.
00:38 Cómo Me Quieres
04:14 Dern Kala
07:45 August 10
12:41 Friday Morning
19:27 August Twelve
24:45 Mr. White
29:26 Two Fish and an Elephant
34:14 White Gloves
37:19 Lady and Man
42:37 Evan Finds the Third Room
48:19 Maria También

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Packs

August 2nd, 2018

Purchased a pack for Noah for our trip.  He needed a good little pack for travel that can be used as a carry on.  This little pack from MEC will be good for him.  It’s a 24L pack and also can be used with a hydration system that can go inside for hiking.  His is the MEC Trail 24 Daypack.   430g this bag is perfect for him and his smaller frame.

 

Below is the MEC Flair 60 Backpack for Chantal.  This 60L pack is perfect for a weeks worth of gear and the great thing about this pack is that there is 3 different ways to get inside to your things without always going down via the top.  So you get at your gear from the sides and the front.  Lots of pockets in this waterproof bag.  This pack is designed for women.

 

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Where did June + July Go?

August 2nd, 2018

it’s been a long time since i did my little quarterly update.  life has not been that fun.  it’s been work, sleep and… well… not that much.  why is the summer going way too fast?

my friend shelly has a nice deck and it’s nice to sit out but this summer the mosquitos have been brutal.  i’ve taken myself out to dinner now and then.  nothing wrong with going out alone for dinner or a quiet coffee downtown.  some shots above are from Tim’s cottage north of PTBO which is such a lovely retreat.  planning on spending some time next week at silent lake provincial park and hopefully some time at the cottage before the summer moves into fall.  such a beautiful lake for swimming and just relaxing up at Tim’s cottage…  more about that below on why silent lake and not europe with the kids.

everyone needs good coffee. and so happy I picked up a really great grinder and pour-over set for work or camping.  looking back a little…  casey in toronto for bufferfest was cool.  a little stealth camping to help with work has been nice.  a little ball in the spring and for some reason… i’m not in that great of shape which will change.  played a bit of tennis which has been nice.

did a little bit of shopping for a trip to europe with the kids and a second place last minute camping trip in Ontario.  also picked up some hammocks for camping and camping stealth… which leads into a trip with the kids to explore europe… which failed >  you can view this blog post for more context how this trip attempt #3 was turned down by my ex.  speaking about my ex she is planning a wedding for two weeks from now 😉  can’t be a real one since we are technically still separated… but this “i promise to..” wedding is happening and her dude is a normal nice guy that is nice with my kids so that makes me happy.

Chantal is enjoying the summer working at DQ for the hustle and Noah is in video game land.

love this new little band i found on spotify (Khruangbin)

me and my roomie will find a new place to live in sept and oct since the landlord is selling the house… so new beginnings for both of us.  change helps you i feel… so change is good.

 

yes what’s stopping me?  WTF.  Something has to change and change it will.  enough typing it or saying it.  in front of me is 302 to 232.  it’s all about tracking everything into my pie hole via the “Lose It” app on my phone/website and also being healthy by going to the gym for cardio, weights and yoga.  being in shape gives me a shot at being attractive to someone.

women are magical.  you should see my private tumblr… which you won’t 😉    who wouldn’t want to go away to italy or anywhere with someone.  life is full of beautiful souls and they keep me up at night wanting to kiss them all   look at my spotify playlists or my “crazy” tumblr and you will have an idea.

i crave many things.  simple is sweet to appreciate once you are in her presence.  she is 3 things.

work.  approaching 4 years in sept.  can feel a change in culture.  need to use my benefits more for little sneak away trips.  today… I was looking into Passenger tickets in LA for Nov 6th and the 3 hour train to San Diego along the coast the next day to see the Paper Kites and fly home with the thought of a sweet woman who can sneak away.  Lufty has turned 15 in YPQ and they held a little party and the company passed out some gifts for getting the fifth star from skytrax.  cool they are the only 5star airline in europe.

 

well… i will try and update more on a quarterly basis and try and blog more and share.  also time to get going harder on my 101 things to do in a 1001 days.

for a little bio on me… you can find it here.

 

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