driver’s license expiry

I renewed my license today.  It expires in a week (my birthday).  I just happened to notice the expiry date while doing some other paperwork.  Good thing – otherwise, I’d have never noticed.  There were about 20 people in line.  A woman said, after small talk about the lineup, “I thought I’d chosen a day that there wouldn’t be a crowd.”  I replied, “Maybe you did!”

This is the kind of thing I’d normally have an English lesson on, if I were still teaching English.

The true meaning of the end comment was:

  1. You came here before when there wasn’t a crowd, and now you’re back.
  2. There really aren’t many people here today.  This isn’t such a big crowd.
  3. I had no idea what to say, so I said something that makes no sense.  My bad!
  4. There may be not as many people today as on other days; this could be a slow day, comparatively.

puncture resistant tube, cycle in dry coulees

I got on my Giant bike this morning to cycle up a sweat only to find it anaeris.  I patched the rear tire yesterday but apparently missed a small hole.  Canadian Tire sells a puncture resistant tire tube, so I bought one.  It’s quite heavy, but with all the add-on stuff, the bike’s heavy anyway.  Better to be heavy than weak.  That’s why I have a full mountain bike, not a hybrid.

To test out my new tire, I went for a ride in the coulees.  Wow – very dry, hard, dusty ground out there.


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Lot of fun.  The tire survived.

Sask-Man didn’t happen

I didn’t actually get to Saskatchewan or Manitoba.  I went to BC instead.  I heard Father was in hospital again.  He’d had a seizure a few days previous but was home from hospital the same day.  When I got there this time, he was just going in for routine preparation for more radiation on his tumour.  They kept him in for a few days and was still there when I left.

I’d intended to be on my way the next morning but wasn’t able to.  Someone I planned to meet wasn’t available until late in the day, so I didn’t leave Chilliwack until after 5pm.

On my way back home I stopped at Othello Tunnels the first night, Arosa Rance B&B the second, and Pass Creek Campground the third.

It looks like I won’t be making it to Manitoba after all – at least not this time around.

heading to Sask-Man

I think I’m heading East to Saskatchewan and Manitoba tomorrow.  I was going to go today but had a headache and decided to wait.

I’ve kind of finished all I wanted to do to my new server and its web sites, and I have a more-or-less completed list of other things I wanted to accomplish this summer, so there’s no reason not to go.

…Aside from finances.  I quit Flexibility Learning Systems in April since they had no summer hours for me, and evening classes would start in September, the same time my college classes start.  I thought it prudent to spend all my energies in classes at the college rather than juggling Flex and the college.  Sure, Flex was only part-time, but just the same I’d rather focus on the future, not the past.  Nonetheless, this stretches finances.  Limited budget this time.

The car, my little 2012 Kia Soul, continues to run smoothly (knock on wood!) despite replacing the back window again.  Yes, another gravel road, this time near a bridge just outside the Blood Nation here in Southern Alberta.  Hopefully no more rocks rocketing through my windows.

Mom is up and down these days.  I leave with apprehension as she’s more winded and low on energy than ever.  …  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I remember when she was in her first year or so of therapy.  She was extremely tired back then.  Nonetheless, this is six years after, so every month, week, day is a blessing.  I worry about her – will do so while I’m gone East.

This is my new blog, the Ongoing Letter version 4.  You’re welcome to comment or send some kind of feedback if you can figure out how to do it.  It’s using WordPress, an open-source CMS (Content Management System) with PHP, MySQL, and IIS 7.5 all on Windows 7.  Not the newest of technologies, I know, but it’s a step up from version 3 of my blog which ran on Microsoft’s FrontPage Server Extensions.  Woo-hooo!  Yah, I know – like 15 years old at least.  I’m somewhat old-school.  But as the Bellamy Brothers once asked, “Should he hang on to the old, should he grab on to the new?”

new Ongoing Letter online … again

Hi everybody.  This is the latest attempt at going on with my Ongoing Letter, my blog to the outside world.  It’s my third attempt at using a CMS (Content Management System) on a database server and the third generation of the allansplace web.  Hopefully it’ll take this time without any server-self-destruct buttons being pushed.  We shall see.

There are also some changes to the other webs.  If you already know the addresses, you’ll also know they’re not quite up-and-running yet.  Check back often.

In the mean time, enjoy!