Category Archives: Travel

Weekly Photo Challenge: LOOK UP

This week is all about taking a moment to check out what’s going on above you.


This is looking up at the Skydeck on the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois USA, where at the 103rd floor (or 1353 feet up) you can step out onto a sheet of glass and get an amazing view of the city.


Willis Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, home to more than 100 companies including prominent law, insurance, transportation and financial services. The iconic building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, encompassing more than 4.5 million square feet, including its Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform.



Yes I did go out onto the Skydeck (in 2014), it was a little unnerving when there are 20 people on it, some jumping up and down…like who does that?  We are already tempting fate, why kick her in the teeth at the same time?

Anyways, if you like “LOOKING UP”, Chicago is a great city to do that in. Beautiful buildings and such a vast variety of architecture…loved every minute of it!

The Daily Post Photo Challenge – LOOK UP


My Blue Jay’s Long Weekend

Well it’s been a while since I slapped something up on “Ye Ole Blog”, so let’s put up some pics and fun from a train trip down to Minneapolis to watch some baseball.  The Blue jay’s took on the Twins for four consecutive games, of which I attended three.  The Jay’s ended up winning 3 of the 4 games.  The weather was perfect, the company was fab, the beer (and whiskey) was cold, the city friendly…couldn’t have had a better long weekend!

Game 1
We also did some exploration of Minneapolis itself, taking in some parks and the Stone Arch Bridge.

When renting a car…..

Just this past week, I went to Los Angeles to visit a friend for a week.  When there I had rented a compact car for the week.  Same routine, check the car for dints and dings, cracks and paint scrapes so you don’t get charged for any damaged upon returning the vehicle.  No problem, I do it as I have always done when renting a car, filled the form and took off.

Three days later, after some considerable cruising around in pretty extreme heat, and heat from the freeways, I had used the air conditioner extensively so decided to top up the fuel tank, just as a precaution. While at the service station, a little thought pops into my head…”Maybe you should check the oil”?  Being on the freeway, lots of traffic, lots of heat…it would really suck to break down right?  Good call conscience…I pop the hood, check the oil and low and behold…..

There is NO oil in this car!  The oil was actually burned onto the dipstick and as you can see as black as the inside of a cow!  I’d had this rental for 3 days and already driven over 150 miles like this.  So I take this as a lesson learned and when I am doing my Rental vehicle Inspection and walk around, I will be for sure checking the oil.  If this engine had of blown on the 405…It would have A) Really Sucked and B) How could I have proven that I didn’t cause that engine damage?  I may have been on the hook for it.  So in short, don’t just trust that the vehicle you are renting is in tip top shape when you get it…take a few extra minutes to do a thorough check…it may save you a breakdown or a hassle in the long run.  I know for sure I will.

Porcupines are SOLID!!


Porcupines are a solid animal.  This is what happens when you clip one at 120 km/hr.  Over $3400.00 damage to my poor Pontiac.  Good news is…my baby is FIXED!  and I am off to Saskatoon right away to go and pick her up.  Lesson of the month…Don’t mess with a Porcupine…they are SOLID!


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Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that defend them from predators. They are indigenous to the Americas, Southern Asia, Europe, and Africa. Porcupines are the third largest of the rodents, behind the capybara and the beaver. Most porcupines are about 25–36 in (64–91 cm) long, with an 8–10 in (20–25 cm) long tail. Weighing 12–35 lb (5.4–15.9 kg), they are rounded, large and slow. Porcupines come in various shades of brown, gray, and the unusual white. Porcupines’ spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated erinaceomorph hedgehogs and monotreme echidnas. The name porcupine comes from Middle French porc espin (spined pig)