OK, we are almost on our way, we have made it to the airport, checked in, got the baggage gone, and are sitting at the gate awaiting our call to board.

While we wait, I recall the first time I flew. It was 1956 in a Lockheed Constellation equipped with 4 piston engines that were underpowered as I recall. I think it cruised at less than 300 MPH. People dressed up in their finest to fly in those days. I know it is only a memory, and a distant one at that, but they fed us! Yes, we even had options, beef or chicken. Wine was also available if you wanted! We had leg room, reclining seat backs that actually did, lunch trays that didn’t jam you up in the seat behind. Now get this, we even had metal knives and forks! The Mid East Radicals had yet to screw this all up.

Then the wild eyed radicals of a far off land changed all that! The airline bean counters had their way too, by cutting costs. putting more thinner seats on each plane. As a Capitalist, I can at least understand that. The wild eyed radicals from the mid east I will never embrace, or understand.

OK, the lady at the desk has called for boarding, and a few years ago, that was kind of a gong show. The boarding thing in  a specific sequence is more civilized today. One thing hasn’t changed, business class and people with kids, or disabilities are boarded first. This really makes sense. Some airlines board you by seat row, usually starting from the rear of the plane. That tended to get out of hand too, and our last flight on United was the best yet. The entry to the ramp had lanes defined in zones. the boarding pass has your zone on it, and you line up according to your zone. Should you feel entitled to cross over into a different zone for some perceived advantage, you will be redirected back into your proper line, but you start at the back. This was all announced by the gate agent. No mistakes here.  

So, here you re sitting in your seat, belting your body in so as to stay in your seat n the event the plane inadvertently hits something, The cabin attendants will be by to see that all hand carry-ons are stowed under the seat in front of you, and that you are buckled in.

Before the plane is pushed back in preparation for take off, you will go through the safety drill either on the video screen or by the attendants in person. Same drill both ways. So, the time has come, the plane is pushed back, and unhooked rom the mule, and you start to move forward. But right now it is in winter, and you are leaving from Canada, and you will need to have the plane de-iced before you get on the take-off runway. It doesn’t take long but an antifreeze solution is sprayed on the lift surfaces, read wings, to remove any frost or icing build up.

At last, we are moving again, taxiing out to the runway, and wait our turn to use said runway either for take off or an incoming landing plane. The power comes up, the brakes come off and the power goes to full, and in seconds you are reaching take off speed and climb power. You are under way!

The next blog will be in flight, landing, and change planes.


A  popular web site for anyone contemplating a cruise or want to do anything cruise related is Cruise Critic, Take a look here: Cruise Critic


Got this from a buddy a few days ago, and thought it should see a wider audience. Commentary is on the plan by our new Prime Minister Trudeau to repeal the Accountability Act. Lunacy incarnate! Read on:

“For Your Interest How can Trudeau cancel the accountability law that Harper had in place when we see this sort of stuff.

How do we stop it???

The city of Thompson, Manitoba with 13,446 residents pay their mayor, deputy mayor and council members at total of $80,474.45 annually for taxable salaries and per diems (the mayor’s annual indemnity is $29,745.45, council members are paid $9,915.15 per annum and the deputy mayor gets $11,068.40 per annum).

Now, some comparisons :- Brokenhead Ojibway Nation with a registered population of 1,918 paying their FN chief and band council members a total of $415,357 in TAX-FREE salaries AND per diems plus$1,557,766 in tobacco and fuel tax rebates.

Long Plains First Nation @ Portage La Prairie with a registered population of 813 paying their FN chief and band council members a total of $539,918 in tax-free salaries and per diems.

Little Grand Rapids First Nation with a registered population of 1,590 paying their FN chief and band council members a total of $706,182 in tax-free salaries and per diems.

Buffalo Point First Nation with a registered population of 126 paying their FN chief and band council members a total of $300,000 in tax-free salaries and per diems.

Shoal Lake No.  40 First Nation in Ontario with a registered on-reserve population of 293 people paid their FN chief and band council $267,799 in tax-free salaries never mind $58,930 in tax-free expenses.

Mathias Colomb First Nation with a registered population of 3,192 paying their FN chief and band council members a total of $601,726 in tax-free salaries and per diems.

Samson Cree First Nation with a registered population of 8,059 paying their FN chief and band council members a total of $2,149,998 in tax-free salaries and per diems ($266.78 per capita).

Fort McKay First Nation with a registered population of 827 (It’s not a typo, it’s 827) paying their FN chief and band council members a total of $2,067,098 in tax-free salaries and per diems, never mind $151,428 in travel expenses ($2,499.51 per capita).  Chief Jim Boucher was paid an annual tax-free salary of $644,441 tax-free ($53,703 per month), AND tax-free expenses of $35,359 ($2,947 per month), AND tax-free other remuneration $25,000 ($2,083 per month ) AND tax-free travel expenses of $60,157 ($5,013 per month) !!!!!  Per month!!!

Enoch Cree First Nation with a registered population of 2,469 paying their FN chief and band council members a total of $1,159,707 in tax-free salaries and per diems never mind $84,030 in travel expenses ($503.74 per capita).  Also, Enoch Cree First Nation are also paying their Board of Directors $1,511,457 in tax-free salaries and tax-free expenses.

There is poverty, no water, poor housing, no health facilities.  Why?  Because the money can’t seem to get past the chief and council, can it!”


TODAY’S QUOTE
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best. - St. Jerome


TODAY’S WEB PAGES

Take a peek at possible fixes for a poor Wi-Fi connection: Wi-Fi fix

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Kind of cute, the Kiss Cam in Chicago: kiss cam

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Pork Sausage Fresh! pork sausage


EXIT LAUGHING

An 80-year-old man went to the doctor for a check-up and the doctor was amazed at what good shape the guy was in.

The doctor asked, "To what do you attribute your good health?"

The old timer said, "I’m a turkey hunter and that’s why I’m in such good shape.  I’m up well before daylight and out chasing turkeys up and down the mountains."

The doctor said, "Well, I’m sure that helps, but there’s got to be more to it.  How old was your dad when he died?"

The old timer said, "Who said my dad’s dead?"

The doctor said, "You mean you’re 80 years old and your dad’s still alive?  How old is he?"

The old timer said, "He’s 100 years old and, in fact, he hunted turkey with me this morning, and that’s why he’s still alive…  he’s a turkey hunter."

The doctor said, "Well, that’s great, but I’m sure there’s more to it.  How about your dad’s dad?  How old was he when he died?"

The old timer said, "Who said my grandpa’s dead?"

The doctor said, "You mean you’re 80 years old and your grandfather’s still living!  How old is he?"

The old timer said, "He’s 118 years old."

The doctor was getting frustrated at this point and said, "I guess he went turkey hunting with you this morning too?"

The old timer said, "No…  Grandpa couldn’t go this morning because he got married."

The Doctor said in amazement, "Got married!  Why would a 118- year-old guy want to get married?"

The old timer said, "Who said he wanted to?

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A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, almost in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle.

Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm in two places.

Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his Walkman.

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We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.  – Aesop


Have a great day and be kind to one another.

Ross Smile

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Older type, enjoys computer, cruising, photography, fishing, travel, good food and movies

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