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A few weeks ago, we discovered a new GP doctor. As the custom is today, one gets an interview from said MD BEFORE you are accepted as a patient. Fair enough I suppose, since that interview will work both ways. It may turn out we don’t want him!

Our interview went well, I suppose, since we got to sign on, and frankly I’m glad we did. Our new doctor is from Africa, and has an accent, and during our chat he asked me if I had a hearing problem. My wife blurted out that I sure did. Gee, thanks a lot for that sweetie! That short episode resulted in me going in to a hearing aid supplier and getting an audio test. We sent a copy of the audiogram to the doctor and one to me, along with the analysis that I was likely a candidate for hearing aids. This was based on several criteria, the main one in my mind was that I simply no longer heard 20 % of any conversation since I could not  understand even simple words! The rest of the tests concluded that some portions of the audio spectrum were lost on me, such as higher frequencies, and the very low ones.

This helps explain why I no longer heard all the dialogue in the movies I watch on TV. The picture is just fine (even with double vision) but I sure miss the dialogue. The facts are, that like a lot of my peers, I have reached an “age” where my hearing has declined due to the ravages of the years, excessive noise from jet planes I suppose, since I have never liked heavy metal bands. I also had a medical problem when I was in my early teens with one ear.

OK, enough preamble. I got fitted with a mid priced set (you need 2 aids) of what I consider to be  perfect for my hearing loss. The movies are way better, hearing an individual in a crowd is no longer a problem, and I am not going around saying Pardon me!

A word on the supplier, if I may. There are any number of stores that will do a free audiograph, and analysis of your hearing. This store was recommended by my new doctor, and they charge for the audiograph. It cost $85:00, refundable if I decided to buy from them. There was no high pressure, just the facts of the case. I spoke to my doctor, and together we came to the same conclusion, that hearing aids would work for me.

The next step was to see the supplier, and select the aid I would use. We live in a 50 plus condo with about 240 people varying in age now up to over 90. All these people are of an “age” as mentioned earlier. Some have hearing aids, many of which were the kind that sat in the ear, and for me to watch these folks continuously fiddle with them and constantly complain about them, was a big time turn off. Recently I have seen a small aid that sits outside the ear, and the folks who have them seem happy with them. A short conversation with the people at the supplier confirmed my observations, so a couple of aids for behind the ear were selected, and then programmed using  the software in the aid to customize them to my needs.

OK, a word or so about what they will not do. No hearing aid will restore your hearing to what it was years ago. They come close, but it is not the same. What will they do? Lots. In my case they pre-emphasised the higher frequencies, they set up a directional microphone (one of the two in each aid) to focus on the sound coming directly from the front of me, like in a movie, TV or conversation.

Since getting the aids, I have been in a large room at our clubhouse with 50-60 people and I was easily able to carry on a conversation, instead of just nod and smile like an idiot. The sound from the rear microphones are supressed and the front microphones do all the pick up and the hearing is easy.

I was instructed to wear the aids daily for 2 weeks from the time I get up until I go to bed. The reason for this is to handle my and my ears learning curve. My ears needed to relearn sounds, it took years to reach the state they were in. I needed to accustom myself to the new hearing and to the fact I had these things in my ears That part was easy, within a couple of hours with them installed, I forgot they were there.

Another feature of the aids I have is a remote control that can hook up to the TV and play directly into the aids. This is an extra cost option on the units I selected but it can be added later. The TV doesn’t need to keep my neighbours across the street awake any longer, just so I can hear the audio. (In the summer when the windows are open, I can hear my neighbours TV on during the day through the open windows when I am sitting out!) They need aids! The aids also come with a remote to adjust the volume, or change programs. One other thing they do is pair with Blue Tooth and the remote so your smart phone will answer through your aids. My aids can be configured in a way to satisfy a varying background noise setting using this remote, I kept my system simple and opted to stay that way for now.

So, what does all this cost? Mine were $2100:00 each or 4200:00. From that the Alberta Aids to Living rebate to you $900:00, so now the cost is $3300:00. The $85,00 I had paid was refunded. If you are not convinced and satisfied with your purchase you can return them with a deduction of 100.00 per aid within in 30 days of purchase. They want you to be satisfied. In addition there is an added deduction available to lower income people, small but it all helps. The store helps you with all of this.

Batteries cost about a buck apiece, and you use two at a time, and last me just about a week. So for about the price of a coffee I can hear again! They are simple to change too. They give you a beep warning about 20 minutes before they are discharged to much for usage.

Me, I am tickled pink with my new aids, I have a neighbour, Keith who has had his from the same maker for a couple of years now, and we were comparing notes a couple of days ago, and he is just as happy as I am.

I bought my setup from Soundwave Hearing Care, in Calgary. They are located at 701, 14 street NW, phone number is 403 270 7425. Deanne Smigel set up the equipment for me, and answered all my questions. FYI, I am happy with my aids, and I am writing this to encourage people that need the help to go out and get it. I’m glad I did! I did not get any endorsement remuneration from this blog.


I am pretty lucky in that my email buds keep me well supplied with some pretty neat material such s this web page a got of some strange activity by a blue heron. Take a look: Heron


There are a lot of sites around that have some very neat video taken underwater. I like them a lot, and this is one of the best I have ever seen. Check it out: Undersea


Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

Theodore Roosevelt


A recent article in the Nashua Telegraph reported that a woman, Anne Maynard, has sued a local Hospital, saying that after her husband had surgery there, he lost all interest in sex.
A hospital spokesman replied: "Mr.  Maynard was admitted for cataract surgery.  All we did was correct his eyesight."

Grandma’s Invitation

Dear Family, I’m not dead yet.  Thanksgiving is still important to me.  If being in my Last Will and Testament is important to you, then you might consider being with me for my favourite holiday.

Dinner is at 2:00.

Not 2:15.

Not 2:05.

Two.  2:00 Arrive late and you get what’s left over.

Last year, that moron Marshall fried a turkey in one of those contraptions and practically burned the deck off the house.  This year, the only peanut oil used to make the meal will be from the secret scoop of peanut butter I add to the carrot soup.

Jonathan, your last new wife was an idiot.  You don’t arrive at someone’s house on Thanksgiving needing to use the oven and the stove.
Honest to God, I thought you might have learned after two wives – date them longer and save us all the agony of another divorce.

Now, the house rules are slightly different This year because I have decided that 47% of you don’t know how to take care of nice things.
Paper plates and red Solo cups might be bad for the environment, but I’ll be gone soon and that will be your problem to deal with.

House Rules:

1.  The University of Texas no longer plays Texas A&M.  The television stays off during the meal.

2.  The "no cans for kids" rule still exists.  We are using 2 liter bottles because your children still open a third can before finishing the first two.
Parents can fill a child’s cup when it is empty.  All of the cups have names on them and I’ll be paying close attention to refills.

3.  Chloe, last year we were at Trudy’s house and I looked the other way when your Jell-O salad showed up.  This year, if Jell-O salad comes in the front door it will go right back out the back door with the garbage.  Save yourself some time, honey.  You’ve never been a good cook and you shouldn’t bring something that wiggles more than you.  Buy something from the bakery.

4.  Grandmothers give grandchildren cookies and candy.  That is a fact of life.  Your children can eat healthy at your home.  At my home, they can eat whatever they like as long as they finish it.

5.  I cook with bacon and bacon grease.  That’s nothing new.  Your being a vegetarian doesn’t change the fact that stuffing without bacon is like egg salad without eggs.  Even the green bean casserole has a little bacon grease in it.  That’s why it tastes so good.  Not eating bacon is just not natural.  And as far as being healthy…  look at me.  I’ve outlived almost everyone I know.

6.  Salad at Thanksgiving is a waste of space.

7.  I do not like cell phones.  Leave them in the car.

8.  I do not like video cameras.  There will be 32 people here.  I am sure you can capture lots of memories without the camera pointed at me.

9.  Being a mother means you have to actually pay attention to the kids.  I have nice things and I don’t put them away just because company is coming over.  Mary, watch your kids and I’ll watch my things.

10.  Rhonda, a cat that requires a shot twice a day is a cat that has lived too many lives.  I think staying home to care for the cat is your way of letting me know that I have lived too many lives too.  I can live with that.  Can you?

11.  Words mean things.  I say what I mean.  Let me repeat: You don’t need to bring anything means you don’t need to bring anything.  And if I did tell you to bring something, bring it in the quantity I said.  Really, this doesn’t have to be difficult.

12.  Domino’s and cards are better than anything that requires a battery or an on/off switch.  That was true when you were kids and it’s true now that you have kids.

13.  Showing up for Thanksgiving guarantees presents at Christmas.  Not showing up guarantees a card that may or may not be signed.

In memory of your Grandfather, the back fridge will be filled with beer.  Drink until it is gone.  I prefer wine anyway.  But one from each family needs to be the designated driver.

I really mean all of the above.

Love You, Grandma.

Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another.

Ross Smile

One of the things that I have found out from the Blog and my email friends, is that there is a wealth of information, humour, philosophy, and so much more that we all want to share with our friends. I got the following piece from a friend in our community, and upon reading it, I knew it had to be shared with my Blog world. It is quite thought provoking. Read on.


You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.

Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.  I know that I lived them all.

I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is:
The ‘ back nine’ of my life and it catches me by surprise.  How did I get here so fast?

Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember vividly seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that ‘I was only on the first hole’ and the ‘back nine’ was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is:
.  .  .  my friends are retired and getting grey.  They move slower and I see an older person now.

Some are in better and some worse shape than me, but I see the great change.  Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant ..  .  .  but like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!

And taking a nap is not a treat anymore .  .  .  it’s mandatory!

Cause if I don’t on my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!

But, at least I know, that though I’m on the ‘ back nine’ and I’m not sure how long it will last, this I know for sure, that when it’s over on this earth .  .  .  it’s over.  A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets.

There are things I wish I hadn’t done .  .  .  things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done.  It’s all in a lifetime.
So, if you’re not on the ‘ back nine’ yet .  .  .  let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!  Don’t put things off too long!  Life goes by quickly.

So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the ‘back nine’ or not!  You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life .  ..  .  so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember, and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

"Life" is a gift to you.

The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.

Make it a fantastic one.


I have always enjoyed magic acts, even some of the cheesier ones, but this one is unique. It is a Chinese version of America has talent. This young lady does her magic act all the while she is dancing around the stage in a ballet costume! The audience and the judges are something to watch as well, as she does her routine. Take a look: Magic

The second page today, you might find interesting, is a portion of a larger web page. It concerns some forecasts as to what our future holds. The content on the page to read is the “Ten Things that will disappear in our lifetime”. Check it out: 10 things


I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts.
Will Rogers



Most of our generation was HOME SCHOOLED in many ways.

1.  My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELLDONE.
"If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside.  I just finished cleaning."

2.  My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3.  My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4.  My father taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that’s why."

5.  My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me."

6.  My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident."

7.  My father taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about."

8.  My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9.  My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck?"

10.  My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11.  My mother taught me about WEATHER "This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12.  My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times.  Don’t exaggerate!"

13.  My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out…"

14.  My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15.  My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do."

16.  My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17.  My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it from your father when you get home!"

18.  My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

19.  My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?"

20.  My father taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me."

21.  My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up."

22.  My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You’re just like your father."

23.  My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you.  Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24.  My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.

25.  My father taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"
OH yes I sure remember them.

Have a Great Day, and be kind to one another, there is so much madness in todays world.

Ross Smile


Trash)30755I am about 10% of the way through a fairly recent book by the writer, called “The Panther”. The “Hero” of the book is a smartass guy named John Corey, the Hero in a number of DeMille books. He is going to Yemen to track down a guy who was raised in the US but who was responsible for the bombing of the Cole.

As the book moves along one is introduced to the reality of life in Yemen, and all the small tribes and warlords who have been warring with one another for years, and why this has contributed to the continuation and growth of groups like Al Qaida.

From my perspective, it matters little about how many centuries this has been going on. The place is barbaric, and about 1000 years behind the times and much of it is the fault of occupiers, and their own people.

It is still a great read if you are looking for a good book.

The cartoon is of the Muslim Adam and Eve!

For anyone living in Canada, they must have read or at least heard about some of the money that has been diverted from money to be spent on education, housing, health care and so on, that has happened on some of our Indian Reservations. In my opinion it should be considered grand larceny and as such an indictable offense.

Our Calgary Herald has an editorial piece that says it better than I can. You will see that there is a very small and very poor band in Alberta, the Lubicons where the chief makes more in tax free money than the Prime minister of Canada and President Obama. It never would have been public record if it had not been for an audit forced on the individual bands expenses. Take a look: Lubicon Band


This is a video about a man who has walked a long way around the USA, where he stops and places a small flag and names it with a military person. It is not too long and it is quite a story. Check it out: One flag


Over the years, I have seen any number of videos on saving animals in distress. They have all been good, but this is one where a lot of new ones have been joined together into one video, and the work is great. The whale and the elephant joy and happiness has to be seen. Take a look: Rescued 


Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it’s set a rolling it must increase.

Charles Caleb Colton


Daddy, how was I born?BLOG)29540

A little boy goes to his father and asks ‘Daddy, how was I born?’ The father answers, ‘Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway!  Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo.
Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe.  We sneaked into a secluded room, and googled each other.  There your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive.  As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said:

‘You got Male


These two young boys are going into the hospital the next day for operations.

They are first on the hospital’s schedule.

The older boy leans over and asks, "What are you having done?"

The second lad says, "I’m getting my tonsils out, and I’m afraid."

The first boy says, "You’ve got nothing to worry about.  I had that done when I was four.  They put you to sleep, and when you wake up, they give you lots of Jell-O and ice cream.  It’s a breeze."

The second boy then asks, "What are you going in for?"

The first boy says, "Circumcision."

"Whoa!", the smaller boy replies.  "Good luck, buddy.  I had that done when I was born. Couldn’t walk for a year." 

Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another.

Ross Smile

End of Summer?

TREE DAMAGE RE SNOWFALL (13)I have been around for a while, and have live in Alberta Canada since 1960, I have learned to live by the the excellent information given me by a guy I knew who said when I commented on the weather in Alberta, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes”. The meaning was that it will change to something else very soon.

TREE DAMAGE RE SNOWFALL (6)Last Sunday, September 7, it got to a balmy 78°, and we were all in shorts enjoying a great day. By nightfall it had started to rain. On Monday it got cloudy, colder, and soon it was snowing quite heavily, and it continued into the night. It was rain and snow on Tuesday September 9, and we got 5 inches of snow in our yard, that melted as the day went on. Where it had been 34° in the morning, it warmed up in the afternoon, not by much, but enough that the snow on the ground was gone.

TREE DAMAGE RE SNOWFALL (27)The next thing we saw was that there was now a snowfall warning for our area. Again. They were right. The snow was wet and it was snowing heavily during the night. I measured it at over 8 inches depending on where it was measured.

The snow was wet, and heavy, so it stuck to the leaves that were still on the trees, and we had a lot of snow damage to our trees. You can see what I mean from the pictures in our condo complex. Many areas of the  city were without power, but we dodged that bullet. Trees were down or had broken branches on a lot of the city west side.

Considering that it is not even fall yet for another 10 days or so, it is still summer, and a teensy bit early to celebrate the arrival of winter.

I have included some of the pictures I took this morning of the damage. I took the pictures to thwart any denials by insurance companies as to the damage we had experienced.


I’m sure you remember when there was a big hue and cry over the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park. You will recall I’m sure hearing the protests that the bison and the farmers cattle would be attacked. Considering that there had been no wolves in the park for about 70 years, I wonder just how they came to that conclusion. In just a few short years since the re-introduction, the park has changed and improved in so many ways. A short video has been prepared to show how the park has improved over that time. Take a look: Yellowstone

Do you remember the long running TV show? If so you will love the following clip. If you don’t remember, it is still worth a look at one of the most edgy shows of it’s time with Archie and Edith Bunker, as they attend a Jewish funeral. Check it out: All in the family


As sure as the spring will follow the winter, prosperity and economic growth will follow recession.

Bo Bennett


50 Shades of Golf

Four guys have been going to the same Golfing trip to St Andrews for many years.  Two days before the group is to leave, Jack’s wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn’t going and that she’s got something else planned.
Naturally, Jack’s mates are very upset that he can’t go, but what can they do.

Two days later, the three get to St Andrews only to find Jack sitting at the bar with four drinks set up!

"Wow, Jack, how long you been here, and how did you talk your missus into letting you go?"

"Well, actually, I’ve been here since last night..Yesterday evening, I was sitting in my living room chair and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and asked, ‘Guess who?" I pulled her hands off, and there she was, wearing only a see-through nightie.

She took my hand and pulled me into our bedroom.  On her bedside table I saw the book ’50 Shades of Grey’.  She had lit candles and sprinkled rose petals around and on the bed she had handcuffs and ropes!  Then she slipped off her nightie, laid on the bed and said, "Okay tie me up, hand-cuff me to the bed, and do whatever you want."

So, Here I am!


Back on January 9th, a group of Pekin, Illinois bikers were riding west on I-74 when they saw a girl about to jump off the Murray Baker Bridge .  So they stopped.

George, their leader, a big burly man of 53, gets off his Harley, walks through a group of gawkers, past the State Trooper who was trying to talk her down off the railing, and says, "Hey Baby…..whatcha doin’ up there on that railin’?"

She says tearfully, "I’m going to commit suicide!!"

While he didn’t want to appear "sensitive," George also didn’t want to miss this "be-a-legend" opportunity either so he asked …….."Well, before you jump, Honey-Babe..why don’t you give ole George here your best last kiss?"

So, with no hesitation at all, she leaned back over the railing and did just that ….  and it was a long, deep, lingering kiss followed immediately by another even better one.

After they breathlessly finished, George gets a big thumbs-up approval from his biker-buddies, the onlookers, and even the State Trooper, and then says, "Wow!  That was the best kiss I have ever had, Honey!  That’s a real talent you’re wasting, Sugar Shorts.  You could be famous if you rode with me.  Why the hell are you committing suicide?"

"My parents don’t like me dressing up like a girl."

It’s still unclear whether she jumped or was pushed.

Have a Great Day and be nice to one another.

Ross Smile

Catching Up!

It has been a while now since I updated the blog, and I finally got some time so today it is.

Over the last few days we have seen a very large change in the number of birds in the yard. It looks like the Purple finch population has increased. We are seeing several adults and juveniles at our feeder, and they are not intimidated as they usually are by the sparrows. Good news for the finches. The sparrows are no where near as abundant as usual for this time of year. That is good news too, it gives the other birds a chance. The Chickadees too are flying all around the feeder, and it looks like we have several families of them as well. I have never seen so many at one time.

After not having seen any Robins in the yard for months, I looked out back at the bird bath and there were 2 of them just sitting in the water! Then as if on cue they stood up turned around and shook themselves a bath.

With all the avian activity, one can conclude that summer is coming to an end. It is inevitable I know, but it seems to me that summer was just way too short. Summer does not officially end until September 23, but we have had some snow in the mountains already and they are white already. At our house the temperature has dropped to a low of 4° C or 38 F so far this year. Just a few miles south and a bit west of Calgary, highway 22 has had snow a few days ago. See the attached video for a look at it. Highway snow

We celebrated our wedding anniversary the other day, it was our 58th. Coincidentally it was also my retirement anniversary on the same day. I have been in retirement for 29 years now. Loved every minute of it.

After all those years, and at the prodding of my family and doctor, I bought a set of hearing aids, and I am breaking them in and getting used to them right now. I think they are working well and I think they will go a long way to improve my hearing.

I have no direct knowledge of the source of this rant regarding our aboriginals, but I strikes the right kind of chord in me, so I thought that when I got it from a friend I would blog it. take a look:

This was printed in a Nanaimo, B.C.  newspaper last week, and as you can imagine, it had all the natives out banging their drums and whooping, but you know what..  if the shoe fits .


-Never "discovered" the wheel
-Never had a written language
-Never discovered astronomy
-Had no science or scientific discoveries
-Had no mathematics
-Made no medical discoveries
-Never had written music
-Only "figured out" a drum and a rattle for musical instruments
-Had no metallurgy
-Had no sails for boats (only had canoes and dugout trees for their thousands of years)

-Created virtually no mechanical devices
-Possessed almost nothing that required labour over a period of time, i.e.: building with or carving out of stone
-Made almost no inventions
-Are just in the last 200 years getting caught up to most of the rest of the world
-Have a history that is notable only for underachievement Think where an equal number of Chinese would be today; given only 10 years of the advantages Canadian Indians have—no taxes on any money you earn, while living on a reserve-free dental-free university, etc.  BTW the hunger striking chief and her husband, were paid $270,000.00 by the band last year.  Comments from a reader in the Globe and Mail.  It’s a short history lesson on natives…

This land does NOT belong to them!

Why do some people keep saying that it does?  Is it because that’s what they want you to believe?

Well then the marketing campaign must be working.

Let’s get this straight.

1.  These people’s ancestors did not just appear in North America, magically out of thin air one day 50,000 year ago.  They came in waves across the land/ice bridge from Asia.  What’s more, these waves, in many cases, were not related groups of people.  They came from various places around North Eastern Asia and were from different genetic other words the "natives of North America" are not a homogenous group of people and more importantly…They are immigrants too.  like millions of immigrants today.

2.  The idea that the "natives" were peaceful caretakers of the land or benevolent tenants couldn’t be further from the truth.  The various tribes warred on each other constantly.  They were violent.  Want proof?  Ask the Herons’ or the Neutrals…oh that’s right you can’t.  The Iroquois wiped them out.

How about slavery that was rife among the first nation tribes until the Europeans came over and freed the slaves and put an end to this "valued cultural tradition".  Is slavery peaceful and humane?

3.  The idea that we "stole" this land from them is also ridiculous.  A more technologically advanced and numerous cultures invaded and conquered.  This is exactly what has been happening since the dawn of humanity all around the globe.  To say we "stole" their lands is just plain wrong.  That is akin to saying the Saxons should return England to the Anglos.  Or maybe we should launch a campaign to have the Roman descendants give Italy back to the Etruscans.  It is a nonsensical notion driven by the politically correct bleeding hearts, some intellectually deficient politicians, the Government, and it will continue to cost this country needless and wasted billions and billions until we get some backbone and turn off the taps.

Are these people in trouble?  Yes.  Do they need help?  Yes.

Are they responsible enough to look after themselves and efficiently spend the billions the tax payers give them?

Certainly not.

The only way to fix this situation is to bring them into society as equals.

They should be getting jobs and paying taxes like the rest of us because in reality, they are no more special than any of the other hundred or more cultures that call Canada home.

Turn off the taps.  Do away with this "traditional use" and "cultural" nonsense.  Educate their children to become modern citizens ,instead of finding their identity and source of pride in some folks who occupied the land 12000 years ago.  Let them stand or fall on their own account.
Just like the rest of us have to do!


A truly fascinating video on the USS Pennsylvania, a nuclear-powered submarine powered by a lump of uranium the size of your fist that provides all of the power to navigate and provide power for all of the daily operations.  It has been running since 1989 without having to re- fuel.

Ever wonder how they make air to last six months under water ?

How do they launch a nuclear warhead?

How can they make the submarine quiet to avoid detection?

This is really fascinating, well worth the time. Check it out: USS Pennsylvania

While we are on the topic if the armed forces, you may recall a guy, Gene Simmons who was the lead singer for the rock group Kiss. He did a video some time back honouring the military units. It is worth a listen too, and I don’t even like Kiss! Take a peak: Gene Simmons

If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.

Norman Vincent Peale 


Raymond & Bubba ( Alabama mechanical engineers) were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up.
A woman walked by and asked what they were doing ‘We’re supposed to find the height of the flagpole,’ said Bubba, "but we don’t have a ladder.’

The woman said, " hand me that wrench out of your toolbox ." She loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down.  Then she took a tape measure from their toolbox, took a measurement, and announced, ‘Eighteen feet, six inches,’ and walked away.
Raymond shook his head and laughed.  ‘Ain’t that just like a Miss know-it-all woman!
We ask for the height and she gives us the length!’ Bubba and Ray are still working for the government.

A man in a Florida supermarket tried to buy half a head of lettuce.

The very young produce assistant told him that they sell only whole heads of lettuce.

The man persisted and asked to see the manager.

The boy said he’d ask his manager about it.

Walking into the back room, the boy said to his manager: ‘Some asshole wants to buy half a head of lettuce.’ As he finished his sentence, he turned to find the man standing right behind him, so he added, ‘And this gentleman has kindly offered to buy the other half.’ The manager approved the deal, and the man went on his way.

Later the manager said to the boy, ‘I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of that situation earlier.  We like people who think on their feet here.  Where are you from, son?’

‘Canada, sir,’ the boy replied.

‘Well, why did you leave Canada?’ the manager asked.

The boy said, ‘Sir, there’s nothing but whores and hockey players up there.’

‘Really?’ said the manager.  ‘My wife is from Canada.’

‘No shit?’ replied the boy.  ‘Who’d she play for?’

Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another.

Ross Smile

One can tell it is getting closer to winter, (I’m sorry), because it got to 39 degrees last night, and as usual there was frost on my neighbours house. It always does that when the temperature drops below about 40 degrees. I know there is an explanation as to why one can have frost when the temperature is above freezing, but for now it escapes me. Maybe one of my readers can explain it.
The truth be told, I will be putting up my Christmas lights on the first warm day in November, about 60 days from now. Where does the time go anyway?


Over the past several weeks the birds coming to my feeder have increased in number. The variety has not, just the numbers. About the only ones coming now are Chickadees, and where I once saw maybe 2, I think that their family has grown and there are now about 6 in total. They are hard to count because they do not sit at the feeder to feed, they grab a sunflower seed and head for a tree.
The magpies have returned as well, eating at my suet feeders, which is OK, I suppose. They are noisy garrulous black and white birds that are quite smart. Very pretty, but basically scavengers.

Our Purple finch population ahs grown so that I am seeing 4 to 6 birds feeding around the feeder. Except the magpie, they are all songbirds.

The odd thing is that we are seeing very few sparrows, they simply are not there! Last year I fed some 50 of these flying appetites.

I just got a call from my wife that there was a hairy woodpecker in the tree just outside of our front door. Just one, and I haven’t seen one for about a year now. Nice.

Another bird that is missing and has been for the entire summer is the American Robin. I suspect that we will next see some when the fall migration southbound comes up. They will stay around until they have had their fill of the chokecherries on our trees, and overnight maybe 75 robins will be gone. 

For some time now, I have blogged about the misery that I see in the Arab countries caused by Muslim extremists. Many others blog or otherwise write about the same issue, and it has only been recently that some of the Muslim leaders have spoken out about the radicals that are giving peaceful Muslims a very bad name and image.

In Calgary the Imam for the local mosque, has gone on a short hunger strike and has written a powerful piece, condemning the activities of these religious radicals that are subverting the ideal of Islam for their own warped idea of what being a Muslim means. The piece he wrote was in our newspaper the Calgary Herald, and I suspect that what he wrote may even put him in some danger within his own community. But I have to agree with what he is doing, and what he has said. I have a link to his editorial, check it out: Calgary Imam


The video I have here is the reason our local Imam has no doubt decided it was time to take a stand on the radical extremists in ISIS or in Syria or wherever they exist. There are many links on this video, and they are nearly all worthy of a moment or so of your time. Take a look: Radicals

This is another of those flash mob videos, but this one was so popular they have decided to make it into a regular event. It is fun and worth a visit.: Flashmob


A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

Mignon McLaughlin


While walking down the street one day a Member of Parliament is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St.  Peter at the entrance.

‘Welcome to heaven,’ says St.  Peter.
‘Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem.  We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.’ ‘No problem, just let me in,’ says the man.

‘Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up.  What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven.  Then you can choose where to spend eternity.’ ‘Really, I’ve made up my mind.  I want to be in heaven,’ says the MP.

‘I’m sorry, but we have our rules.’ And with that, St.  Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.  The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.  In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress.  They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes.  They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises….

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St.  Peter is waiting for him.

‘Now it’s time to visit heaven.’ So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing.  They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St.  Peter returns.

‘Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven.  Now choose your eternity.’ The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: ‘Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.’ So St.  Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.  ‘ I don’t understand,’ stammers the MP.
‘Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time.  Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.  What happened?  ‘ The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ‘ Yesterday we were campaigning..  …

Today you voted.

Time is like a river.  You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again.  Enjoy every moment of life.  As a bagpiper, I play many gigs.  Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man.  He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn’t stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight.  There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.  I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.

I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place.  I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.  I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends.  I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep.  They wept, I wept, we all wept together.  When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car.  Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently, I’m still lost….it’s a man thing.

Have a Great Day, and be nice to everyone.

Ross Smile

Over the past while I have somehow managed to collect a number of web pages I thought were a bit more interesting than others. the first part of the blog will deal with computer related sites you may find interesting. Take a look:

The first one is a kind of app that you can install on your computer, laptop, or tablet. The link I have is for Calgary in Alberta, but you simply select the area you want and it resides on your desktop only to disappear when you do something else. It has forecasts, active weather, highs and lows, All kinds of daily weather stuff. It installs easily and quickly, and is very easy to use. Check it out:Weather

I have used Google for years, and continue to do so. I have found that the Microsoft Bing bar will give me a different way of looking at and for information. In fact I go to it more often all the time. It sits quietly on your desktop just waiting to be used. It hovers at the top of the screen showing only a sliver of the bottom, or it sits in the task bar. All set to go to work. Oh, and one other thing, if you don’t use your own photos for your desktop, Bing will provide one for you, and they are some great images! Loads of dense colour. Check it out: Bing bar

Microsoft has a lot of free stuff to offer, in fact I write this blog on a free Microsoft program called Windows Live Writer. The  beauty of it is that it is so much easier to compose, insert images and web links than the original WordPress program, it is not much different than writing a letter! This link is not about Live Writer, it is about inserting a Theme pack into your desktop. Microsoft offers them for free, and if you are a fan of the old screen savers, they offer them as well on the same site! Some pretty cool images offered so that anybody can have what they want. Take a look: MS Theme packs

Finally, if you use your computer to play games, take a look at another Microsoft site that has dozens of free (at least most are) games. Something here for everybody, just download to try them. Games


I love seafood, I have for years, since I was real small in fact living on an island in the Atlantic. I still do love it, but I’m getting a lot more selective about where it is sourced. This video of fishing in the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam may get you to ask about where those shrimp come from. It is a scary movie! Mekong fishing


I found this site to be fascinating. I am sure that there is some propaganda to parts of it, but I don’t think it is all propaganda. Israel


I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.

Clint Eastwood


I came home from the golf course today.

The wife left a note on the fridge:

"IT’S NOT WORKING, I can’t take it anymore! Gone to stay with my Mother."

I opened the fridge, the light came on, and the beer was cold…

What the hell is she talking about?

The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees was absent but had not phoned in sick.  So he dialled the employee’s home phone number and was greeted with a child’s whisper.

‘ Hello ?  ‘ ‘Is your daddy home?’ ‘
‘Yes, he’s out in the garden ,’ whispered the small voice.

‘May I talk with him?’ The child whispered, ‘ No .’
So the boss asked, ‘Well, is your Mommy there?’ ‘
Yes, she’s out in the garden too ‘
‘May I talk with her?’
Again the small voice whispered, ‘ No .’

Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, ‘Is anybody else there?’
‘ Yes ,’ whispered the child, ‘ a policeman.  ‘

Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee’s home, the boss asked, ‘May I speak with the policeman?’ ‘ No, he’s busy , ‘ whispered the child.

‘Busy doing what?’
‘ Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the police dog men.  ‘

Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background, the boss asked, ‘What is that noise?’

‘ It’s a helicopter ‘ answered the whispering voice.

‘What is going on there?’ demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.

‘ The search team just landed a helicopter ‘

‘A search team?’ said the boss.  ‘What are they searching for?’

Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle…

‘ ME .  ‘

Have a Great Day, and be nice to everyone.

Ross Smile

Another dreary kind of day here. It was only 40 degrees this morning with fog, it is 54 now and the fog has lifted, but it is still cloudy. I think it is time to look at something else other than crappy weather. If it gets a bit nicer I will go for a walk this afternoon.

I have been a fan of Clint Eastwood movies since I can’t remember when. I have been able to collect a number of them, going from his Dirty Harry ones and his old Man with no name movies. ( A fistful of dollars, A few dollars more). One of his Dirty Harry titles I do not have is Magnum Force, and I found a copy on DVD at our local library, and took a look a couple of days ago. I still enjoy his stuff. It is clear that his politics are black and white, good guys vs. bad guys and the like. But I find they are fun. Some of his lines are memorable, and I guess they are still in use today. Lines like: “Do ya feel lucky, well do ya punk?” or “Make my day”. Or how about the one in his Magnum Force movie, “A man has to know his limitations”.

I have always liked westerns, even as a child during the late 30’s and early 40’s. In addition to Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Randolph Scott and even the Cisco Kid, I enjoyed the westerns that John Wayne acted in. I recently acquired a number of old John Wayne DVDs that I found to bring back a lot of memories. They were kind of cheesy to be sure, but the movie had a kind of plot, the scenery was out of this world, (western sunsets and sunrises), and all those mesas, mountains, and red rock take me back and also remind me of all the places I have been across the the US southwest. The titles I have watched recently are all with John Wayne, and starring with him in El Dorado, was Robert Mitchum, Hondo starred John, but also had a very young James Arness (Gunsmoke) , Geraldine Page, and Ward Bond. (an old friend of Wayne). This was a movie adapted from a book by Louis L’Amour, titled Hondo. The last one I have enjoyed is Big Jake one of Wayne’s later movies, filmed in 1971. All great old movies, I think anyway. I still have some to see yet.

Some of  the best parts about these older movies are things like, a plot, the absence of all the flash bang special effects that are such a huge part of any movie made today. And finally the pictures were made on site, not acted out on a green board and pasted into another picture.


Oh Boy, here we go! I have read a few of the old Louis L’Amour westerns and they have all been good, I don’t think Louis ever wrote a bad book! Most recent was the Riders of the High Rock which was actually a Hopalong Cassidy story! Ride the Dark Trail was another, as was Law of the Desert Born.

John Sandford is another of my favourites, and he didn’t disappoint with Bad Blood, Invisible Prey, and Easy Prey.

John Grisham is a favourite of everybody I suspect, and I got to read some of his work recently. Kid Lawyer was OK, and so was The Partner. The Innocent Man was a bit hard to read dealing as it did with the death penalty in Texas and how a young man was convicted wrongly and there seemed to be nothing that could be done. I got to read one other of his books, The Associate. Very good too.

Tony Hillerman is another favourite since he writes about the life of the people on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and surrounding area. His books are all about the efforts of a couple of police officers on the Reservation. They are both members of the Navajo Tribal Police. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee chase down the perps in the Arizona setting, and having travelled a lot throughout the area of ShipRock, Window Rock and all the mountains there it brings back a lot of memories.

I got a bunch of Michael Connelly yarns, mostly the stuff with Harry Bosch in them. There was one book of his I didn’t care for, “Crime Beat”, a collection of some of his early crime stories.

There were other writers, and some other books by people like Vince Flynn, a guy I finds writes a book that is kind of plausible. Scary stuff though dealing as he does with his Mitch Rapp character who is an assassin and seems to work for the US Government. Hmmmmm.

Take a 5 min Helicopter Ride (Vancouver area) to watch some stunning photos.
At times, you feel like you are on the helicopter ….especially when it’s travelling fast and down real low!
Pictures of a BC Ferry coming into Horseshoe Bay, West Coast of Vancouver Island, Windmill on Top of Grouse Mountain and looking down to the City, Cruise Ship Centre, Stanley Park –the Seawall…Go to full screen! Take a look!

chopper ride


A short video about a young woman who shows great determination. Check it out: Determination

Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.

John Wayne


President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.

Clint Eastwood

Two old Jewish men, Sid and Abe, are sitting in a Mexican restaurant one day.

Sid asks Abe, "Do you know if any people of our ancestry were ever born and raised in Mexico ?"

Abe replies, "I don’t know, let’s ask our waiter."

When the waiter arrives, Abe asks, "Are there any Mexican Jews?"

The waiter says, "I don’t know senor, I ask the cooks.

"He returns from the kitchen after a few minutes and says, "No senor, the cook say no Mexican Jews."

Abe isn’t satisfied and asks, "Are you absolutely sure?"

The waiter, realizing he is dealing with "Gringos" replies, "I check once again, senor," and goes back into the kitchen.

While the waiter is away, Sid says, "I find it hard to believe that there are no Jews in Mexico …..

Our people are scattered everywhere."

The waiter returns and says, "Senor, the head cook Manuel, he say there is no Mexican Jews."

"Are you certain?" Abe asks again.  "I just can’t believe there are no Mexican Jews!"

"Senor, I ask EVERYONE," replies the exasperated waiter.

"All we have is Orange Jews, Grape Jews, Prune Jews, Tomato Jews and Apple Jews, but no Mexican Jews."

A Greek and a Scotsman were sitting in a Starbucks cafe discussing who had the superior culture.

Over triple lattes the Greek guy says, "Well we Greeks built the Parthenon" and arched his eyebrows.

The Scotsman replies, "Well …  it was the Scots that discovered the Summer and Winter Solstices."

The Greek retorts, "We Greeks gave birth to advanced mathematics."

The Scotsman, nodding in agreement says, "Scots were the ones who built the first timepieces and calendars."

And so on until the Greek comes up with what he thinks will end the discussion.  With a flourish of finality he says, "The Greeks were the ones who invented sex!"

The Scotsman replies, "Aye, that is true, but it was we Scots who introduced it to the women!"

Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another.

Ross Smile

Yep, it is. It is August 21 and the weather is like it is in the fall around here. As I have noted in the past we live at 3400 feet in the rain shadow of the Rockies, and winter comes early to the high country. It might be the rain shadow, but that doesn’t mean no rain. Last night and this morning we got almost a half inch of rain. That part is OK, we need the rain. I do not need the current temperature of 54 degrees, the warmest it has been all day! The sky is grey with clouds that promise more rain yet to come. I don’t need that either.

Believe it or not, we have had snow on Labour Day weekend, a number of years ago, and we have had snow at the end of August, so winter is not far away! The skiers will not be happy until the snow comes and it stays. I can do very nicely without either snow, ice or the cold weather.


I have like many of you have a number of friends around the globe, who participate in the social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and any of the other social media programs that exist. Any blog I have looked at has a whole pile of links to various social media programs. I keep getting invites from people I know just a teensy bit, wanting me to “like” them on whatever program they participate in. I did look at one of the better known programs several years ago, and turned it down, because they wanted way too much information from me about me. To go back to tell the folks who keep requesting that I like them, I have to join their program and I’m just not going t o do it. Even to tell them that forget it, I have to join.

After some of  the things I have been reading lately about things like the riots in St. Louis, or the death of Robin Williams, I am proud to say I do not belong t o their anonymous hate mail venue. It can be a cruel world if you let it.

I got this a while back and was waiting until the right opportunity came along to add it to my blog. It is titled “SCARY” and it is.

This is all factually (and historically) correct – And verifiable.

In 732 AD the Muslim Army which was moving on Paris Was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell.

In 1571 AD the Muslim Army/ Navy was defeated by The Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross The Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lapanto.

… 1683 AD the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle Of Vienna by German and Polish Christian Armies.

…..this crap has been going on for 1,400 years And half of these damn politicians don’t even know It !!!
If these battles had not been won we might be Speaking Arabic and Christianity could be non – Existent; Judaism certainly would be…  And let us not forget That Hitler was an admirer of Islam and that the Mufti of Jerusalem was Hitler’s guest in Berlin and Raised Bosnian Muslim SS Divisions: the 13th and 21st Waffen SS Divisions who killed Jews, Russians, Gypsies, and any other "sub humans".

Reflecting A lot of Americans have become so insulated from Reality that they imagine that America can suffer Defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.

Pause a moment, reflect back.  These events are Actual events from history.  They really happened!!!
Do you remember?
1.  In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by A Muslim male.
2.  In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were Kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males.
3.  In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and Eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit On final approach, it was blown up shortly after Landing by Muslim males.
4.  In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome, With 33 people killed, when it was attacked with Grenades by Muslim males.
5.  In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over By Muslim males.
6.  During the 1980’s a number of Americans were Kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim males.
7.  In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was Blown up by Muslim males.
8.  In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was Hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was Murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair By Muslim males.
9.  In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue Passengers was murdered by Muslim males.
10.  In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim Males.
11.  In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed the First time by Muslim males.
12.  In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania Were bombed by Muslim males.
13.  On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two Were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into The US Pentagon and the other was diverted and Crashed by the passengers.  Thousands of people were Killed by Muslim males.
14.  In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim males.
15.  In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped And beheaded by—you guessed it was a— Muslim Male.
16.  In 2013, Boston Marathon Bombing 4 Innocent People including a child killed, 264 injured by Muslim males.

No, I really don’t see a pattern here to justify Profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, Particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport Security screeners will no longer be allowed to Profile certain people.  So, ask yourself "Just how Stupid are we???"

Absolutely No Profiling!
They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old Women, little kids, airline pilots with proper Identification, secret agents who are members of The President’s security detail, 85-year old, Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor Winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males, alone lest they be guilty of Profiling.  Ask yourself "Just how stupid are we?"

Have the American people completely lost their Minds, or just their Power of Reason???

Let’s send this to as many people as we can so that The Gloria Aldreds and other stupid attorneys along With Federal Justices that want to thwart common Sense, feel ashamed of themselves — if they have Any such sense.

As the writer of the award winning story ‘Forrest Gump’ so aptly put it, ‘Stupid Is As Stupid Does’.

As suggested in the writers comments, if you feel like forwarding this feel free to do so.


I know that some of my readers have attained what we euphemistically call “an age” and that is what this video is about. It was videoed at he 2014 World Aging Conference, and frankly it is a hoot! Enjoy! Aging


Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi looks in the mirror and sees a playboy of the old school.  And men such as Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Charlie Sheen no doubt look at Berlusconi and think, ‘Role model!’ Women, of course, know otherwise.  They see him as an aging, pathetic buffoon.

Graydon Carter


A couple of Jewish jokes, you do not have to be Jewish but it may help!

Doctor Bloom, who was known for miraculous cures for arthritis, had a waiting-room full of people when a little old lady, completely bent over in half, shuffled in slowly, leaning on her cane.  When her turn came, she went into the doctor’s office, and emerged within half an hour walking completely erect, with her head held high.

A woman in the waiting room who had seen all this walked up to the little old lady and said, "It’s a miracle!  You walked in bent in half and now you’re walking erect.  What did that doctor do?"

She answered, "Miracle, shmiracle.  .  .  he gave me a longer cane."


The Italian says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have wine."

The Frenchman says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have cognac."

The Russian says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have vodka."

The German says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have beer."

The Mexican says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have tequila."

The Jewish man says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have diabetes."

Have a Great Day and be nice to one another.


The link below will take you to an editorial in our local newspaper the Calgary Herald, and here is where I found out what I learned last Friday, August 15. While the world is watching all the crap going on with the various nations warring, there are an estimated 100,000 Christians being killed annually and nobody is writing a thing about it. That blew me away! The link will take you to the Herald Editorial page for the full text. I’m sure you will be as astounded as was I. Check it out: Christians
Saturday brought another piece of information that will also open your eyes as to the great nation to the south of us, and some of the troubles they face, due to the fact of American diversity. Interesting piece in the Herald, written by Michael Gerson, a columnist for the Washington Post. Take a look: Gerson


Today is a video from the National Geographic. It is the complete article from a recent print edition on food in the USA. It is estimated that the greatest and richest country in the world is currently subsidising the food that some 48 million Americans are eating, EVERY DAY! The story is amazing, and to me it shows up the need for more effort put into a decent education so that some of these people at least will be able to leave this situation behind.

It also points up that many Americans fail to make enough money to survive, and that the US with the massive amounts spent on making and keeping the peace, are in fact stifling the real growth of the US. I’m sure the piece will simply astound you. It is well worth the time to read it. Take a look: Food

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

Mother Teresa


Earlier this year while on vacation to escape the snow and cold, I passed through Florida on my way to the Caribbean cruise.  The day after returning from my cruise, I wasn’t feeling very well and decided that I really needed some medical assistance…  and decided to visit the emergency room at the closest medical facility.

Realizing that it would likely be very crowded and not wanting to sit there waiting for 4-5 hours to be seen, I put on my MAGIC GREEN HAT.

As soon as I entered the E.R., I noticed that over 3/4 of the people got up and left.  I guess they decided that they weren’t really that sick after all.

I’m believing that MAGIC GREEN HAT cut at least 3 hours off my waiting time.

Here’s a picture of my MAGIC GREEN HAT:

border patrl hat

It also works at the Dept.  of Motor Vehicles. It saved me 5 hours.

At the Laundromat, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, many of which were still running.

If you live in Texas, it might cut your wait time at the grocery store as well.

But .  .  .  don’t try it at McDonald’s.
The whole crew ran out the back door and I never got my order!

Have a Great Day, and be kind to one another

Ross Smile


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