Tuesday, July 07, 2020

heat, hot or warm

Pretty warm week.

I don't mind.

In fact, not all of the toothbrushes that are used to dry the ceiling after it has been hosed down can be said to have a colour that reminds very few people of an event that almost kept from not happening.

Friday, July 03, 2020

yep yep yet yes

Awoke at 1h55, got to the bus stop at 2h12, bus arrived to pick me up at 2h24, got to Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue at around 2h40 (I didn't check the time).

I was not able to get a clear photo, but it says 2h28.

Where the bus let me off I was just a few streets away from entering Senneville.

I saw my first nocturnal at around this point: a skunk that paid no attention to me as it nosed through the front lawn of a house I passed. A little further along there was an opening that let me see the Ottawa river and the moon looked really good. This is the best my mobile phone could do with it:

It was soon after this, or just before, that it occurred to me I should have done this walk in the opposite direction. The houses along this road in Senneville are mostly mansions with vast well kept designer grounds. Some of the houses had lights throughout their garden lighting up the trees and other vegetation. Perhaps I'll do this same route again next, or in the near future, where I walk to Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue along the same route, and take the bus home.

The road called Senneville passes under hwy 40:

After the highway, more houses, and then it was just forest, and then there was a short section where there were not even street lights. It was a little creepy at first as the forest was thick to each side, but at about the half mark of this section of unlit the forest cleared and it was wide open. I could see a vast amount of sky. It was here I saw my next nocturnals - I saw a few fireflies. Then finally the road was Senneville no longer and this is the first instance of Gouin that I saw:

Just a bit later I came across Cap St-Jacques, first, a sign leading to the beach, and then second, the main entrance road. You can see the sky is starting to lighten.

After Cap St-Jacques, Gouin mostly had houses on the water side of the street, but in a few spots it opened up allowing for the following photos to be taken.

It just around here I saw my next nocturnal - another skunk, this one I got fairly close to and was angling to photograph him, but just as I got ready he noticed me and jumped through a hedge, no longer visible.

The sun was rising:

And then Gouin meets St-Charles:

The sun shown through between the buildings as I walked this section of boul St-Charles as it was still low in the sky. Here I meet up with hwy 40:

I am fascinated by the construction of the REM and some day I hope to see Anne in action. The following photos are all at hwy 40; this new transit line runs parallel.

Then it was Elm, to Donegani, to a path that joins one part of Donegani with the next.

I got home just before 7h.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

day 300 and counting

So in this post I mentioned how getting a GP at my age (17178 days) is probably a good idea to start looking into things as a preventative medicine path. Today marks the 300th day since I submitted to get a GP and I was told at the time of application that it could take up to 612 days, so I'm just a few days short of being half way through the wait.

I wonder if this SARS-CoV-2 pandemic will delay further the assignment of a GP. I guess time will tell.

Monday, June 29, 2020


This past weekend I took my three kids with me to camp at my friend's lake front property. Photos and a description of the place we went are at this post, so I did not bother to reproduce all of the photos and description of the place, you can read that post first if you are interested.

As I am and have been car-less since December, I decided to rent a vehicle as there really wasn't any other way to get to his place.

Here is the photo of what I rented, at the camp site:

It was an F150 Platinum Premium Cab; it had all the bells and whistles. On the drive there I tarped it up so that if it happened to rain during the drive, the camping gear would mostly keep dry:

Take off the tarp; and there's the gear:

Take out the gear, and there's the truck bed:

We got there at around 13h30 Friday afternoon; and from the moment until departure I didn't have a good grasp of what time things happened as I didn't have a watch and I left my mobile device in the truck. I figured that while I was on this weekend vacation, I didn't need to track the time. Friday the weather was pretty good, we swam in the lake, had hotdogs for supper, and all of the kids except for G-bot that were at the camp that night slept in this tent:

My buddy had a hammock with him and so that is where G-bot slept the two nights we were there:

It had been forecast that Saturday would be a very rainy day and Sunday there would be a chance of thunderstorms. So we had a few protected areas from the rain. The first was the awning on his camper (within which I slept the two nights we were there):

Directly opposite the camper we suspended a tarp that variously had a number of camping chairs beneath it.

And then finally we had this kitchen tent that had room within it for a picnic table where some of the kids ate some of the meals and where we played board games, and just outside the front of the tent there was an awning allowing for another place to keep dry in the rain.

Saturday morning, probably around 7am, it started to rain and it continued to rain fairly consistently until lunch time when it started to clear. The rest of the afternoon it got sunny and ended up being rather pleasant. The kids went swimming during the rain in the morning; and then again in the sun in the afternoon. I only swam in the early afternoon. I managed to get a nap in on Saturday in the late afternoon.

Due to that nap, Sunday morning I arose early, perhaps at 5AM, and went down to the water and swam for a good 15-20 minutes. The sun had only just risen, but it couldn't be seen because the lake was covered in fog. It was rather of a surreal experience to be swimming out there. I never got so far that I couldn't see where I needed to return, but it really was very nice. The water was perfectly and reflectively smooth and flat, so I was the only 'thing' to disturb the water at this windless time. A short while later the fog began to lift and I decided to go out for a kayak ride; that was also very nice, being in the middle of our part of the lake to watch the fog lift up among the trees surrounding the lake.

Eventually I came in and found that my buddy had come down and was reading, so I sat with him for a few hours until the kids finally awoke.

There isn't much else to say about the rest of Sunday except for three things.

C-Ling and V-8 were staying, so when I packed up the truck, I put a bunch of the stuff in the back seat leaving only a few things in the truck bed that I tied down with a rope. As what I left there could safely get rained upon I didn't tarp any of it. G-bot had to be back on Monday as he is starting a new job, and in any case, the rental had to be returned by 21h.

At around 14h we were all down at the water when we noticed a cumulonimbus cloud forming just behind our camp coming towards it based on the wind direction; we heard some distant thunder so knew that this could develop into a severe storm. We rushed up the steps into the campsite and attempted with speed to create a campfire, and just as we were starting the rain began, in earnest. Eventually my buddy who owns the property got a tarp that he had a few volunteers hold while he got the fire going. As the fire started it billowed out a tonne of smoke and so those of us who were inside the tarp holding it up were quickly sent outside. The rain stopped perhaps seven or nine minutes after it had started, and the sky was blue another ten minutes later. In the end we needn't have panicked about getting a fire going, we would have simply waited for things to dry out a little and then do it. As we had no idea how long the storm would be we rushed to it.

G-bot and I were going to leave at about 17h30 so after that campfire ordeal I ended up going back into the lake for just a quick cool-off dip as I had spent the previous 30-45 minutes getting all of the last minute packing done into the truck. There was another family arriving that day, and they arrived about 20 minutes before G-Bot and I left, it was nice to see them and it is really too bad that I had to return the rental car; I would have liked to have stayed another day or two.

Well, I had taken Friday off of work but not Monday, so I really did need to get back.

The drive home was uneventful, we stopped at about the halfway mark of the two hour trip to grab supper at an A&W Resto.

It is looking very much like this camping trip is all that is happening this summer for me. I have no other trips of any kind planned. Indeed, not only this summer, but I have no other trips planned at all in the near or distant future. I suppose I am not alone in this, what, with the C19 lockdown still more or less in effect.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

not all of what is said

Just remember that the least important thing to do or know is not relevant to anyone that knows how to spell words that exceed twelve letters in length.

The odd thing about even numbers that count to twelve, are that they do not know what time the clock spins, be it clock-wise or smart-wise.

The bow of the boat on the starboard side has a name that is pontifically energized, much like the midship and cockpit can be announced by the main sail but not the head sail.

Dividing girth by breadth is not the kind of thing that a septuagenarian would do on a Tuesday morning after having watched a re-run of a Jeopardy TV show featuring Ken Jennings.

That today is a celebration in Quebec that is a holiday where almost every worker gets to take a day off is really quite nice for those workers.

I, for one, am not made exclusively of cream cheese.

Sunday, June 21, 2020


Yes, very early Saturday morning I went on another long Night Walk. This is the path I followed:

In order to start the walk at Atwater, I had to take the 354 night bus, it was scheduled to arrive at 1h40 that morning, I took this photo after I got in and settled into my seat.

When I got on the bus there was a couple sitting in the very back of the bus, the guy was reading a book, the girl was lying down, her head on his lap. About five stops after I got on, one other person got on.

In past walks that I would do in the suburbs I made it a thing to do, to count
1. The number of other night walkers
2. The number of nocturnal animals I see
3. The number of other night buses I see, and
4. The number of police cars I see

For this walk I did not track any of those things as each category would be too numerous (well, except for nocturnal animals, of which I saw none). In the city there were plenty of other night walkers, I probably saw 8-12 night buses and at least a few police cars. Here's the first intersection:

The next two photos show where Atwater and Dr. Penfield meet, and the school where C-ling goes.

Shortly after that, Dr. Penfield comes to an end where it meets Cote-Des-Neiges in a parallel connection. In the foreground you can see the Dr. Penfield, further back you can see CDN.

Just a little further past that I thought to take this photo of the sidewalk on the north side of CDN, it was very pleasant:

It was shortly after the previous photo that finally I crested the hill. More or less from Ste-Catherine and Atwater to this point, it had been a mix of gradual and steep uphill walking. Coming down on the other side, there was an interesting spot of art along a wall of an apartment complex; here is just one small part of it:

I bit later I turned the corner from CDN to Queen Mary:

And just a few minutes later I saw this:

Next I turned the corner onto Victoria, and it was just moments after this, I marked the time, it was 3h26, that I started to hear bird song. Up until that moment there wasn't any. It dropped off as I passed through a commercial part of Victoria, but picked up again at around 3h45 and I heard it the rest of the way.

Here is Cote-Ste-Catherine metro station, closed at this hour.

Here is one entrance to Plamondon metro station, also closed at this hour. I saw another entrance to this metro a block later.

Then I turned the corner from Victoria to de la Savane.

On de la Savane there is a cemetery, this gave me the opportunity to see that the sky was starting to lighten up. The photo was taken at 3h53.

De la Savane turns into Royalmount when it crosses the Decarie expressway.

This is the Decarie Expressway looking north, rather empty (not surprisingly).

After I crossed Decarie, a few blocks further on Royalmount, I started to hear this immense noise. As I got closer I figured it out - there were perhaps two or three hundred seagulls camped out and flying around this one industrial building. If I was to guess, not a single one of them was resting still and quiet - they were making so much noise!!! As I passed by, a few of them flew near me, others flew to the closest building to me to look down and watch me. I was eerily reminded of Alfred Hitchcock's movie. I should have at least taken a photo, or a short video, but I just wanted to get past them.

Here I turn the corner of Royalmount to Devonshire. The sky is starting to lighten further.

Where Devonshire ends at the highway, and where I then join up with Cote-de-Liesse there are no street signs at all. Devonshire goes underneath the highway, however, there is a pedestrian crossing of the railway, underneath the highway that allowed me to join the Code-de-Liesse service road. It was too dark under there to take any photos. Here's a closeup of that section:

This was my first street sign of Cote-de-Liesse

All along Cote-de-Liesse are industrial building and hotels. Of the industrial buildings I found about half were 'for sale' or 'for rent'. Of the hotels, I found about half were clearly shutdown, with no vehicles of any kind, while the other half did show signs of life. As I was passing I had this idea, if I was a multi-billionaire to buy up all of the empty industrial buildings and also the closed hotels, tear down all of those buildings and remove the infrastructure that supports them and plant Miyawaki forests. Yes, I know, the local municipality would lose out on tax revenue from businesses that might have been put there eventually, but with my multi-billions I could create a foundation that pays the city some amount in perpetuity to keep these new forests safe.

The next two photos are when I decided to turn to look behind me to see how the sun rise was faring.

Soon I crossed highway 13, rather empty (not surprisingly).

Cote-de-Liesse turns into Michel-Jasmin, and soon after that change, I've crossed over the Dorval Circle and have reached the train station.

The sun had risen at this point and so it was casting long shadows; then Michel-Jasmin was no longer Michel-Jasmin, it was Cardinal.

Then I reached the Pine Beach train station and finally Cardinal wasn't Cardinal anymore, it became Donegani.

There aren't any more photos of this walk, from there it was Donegani to Ashgrove and then I'm home.

Having had a nap the day before the walk was a bad idea; it made it so that I didn't fall asleep as easily earlier Friday night. This meant I had fewer hours of sleep before the walk, and I was starting to feel it near the end, around where CDL turns to Michel-Jasmin. It was just a sense of grogginess and a bit of fatigue. I'll endeavour to not nap for my next walk.

I'm thinking of taking the 354 bus all the way west instead of east, into Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, and then walk along the north side of the island, through Senneville into Pierrefonds on Gouin, and then turn south on St-Charles to Elm, taking Elm east where it turns into Donegani.