Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cottage Report

Sat - muggy and hot, perfect cottage weather, not a puff of wind.  The cottage didn't get that 3 inches of rain that Toronto got, so the water has gone down another couple of inches.  You can see a distinct high water mark on the rocks now.  Lots of bugs in the bushese .

OMG!  I finally caught a keeper!  A nice bass, and the dog still got her swim.  The fish were really biting now, and I saw a huge laker breach near me.  Didn't go for my bait.  Only a hundred more outings for the next one.

Sunday - the fish were biting because of a yucky cold front that moved in.  No biting today.  Going home early.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Start buying for Christmas

I get to review stuff, and OMG get this Batman truck for a 6 year old.  My experience is mostly boys, and they like to shoot stuff.  My daughter always liked crafts.

Here's my video.

And here's the link.

I'm not letting my son look at this.  It goes to the grand nephews.

The Summer of 77

(Inspired by just driving home from the cottage through 3 inches of rain)

The summer of 77, I had just graduated as an engineer in UoT Engineering Science.  I had my horrible summer in Calgary when the entire oil industry had collapsed around my head.  Because of this, I had signed up for a Masters in Rock Mechanics.  My Engsci speciality was geophysics, so I was going to slay everybody with my skills.

The good thing about the horrible summer was that I had unemployment insurance, and because of my degree they weren't going to make me take ugly jobs.  I had a free ticket and I was lounging in the back yard all the time.  My neighbour couldn't stand it, and convinced me to take a nice job as a construction inspector on the old air force base.

It rained every day that summer, and one job was to supervise the grass mowing around the air field.  It was a giant swamp and the grass was 3 feet tall.  All the air force types were yelling at me that it was against regulations because of a fire hazard.  That grass wouldn't light with napalm!  Anyway, I had to keep after the contractors who kept losing equipment into the bottomless bog.  Finally, I gave the job to a nasty forces guy who had just come back from something horrible.

This summer is now like that.  We have the full 70's conditions.  Wait until the winter!