If anybody needs me, I will be in my basement room, riffing away on the guitar… simple bliss.

Ah, the simple pleasures in life. Relative calm, my own room in the basement.

Riffing away with Bad Company’s Feels Like Making Love, or AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, or how about a bit of John Cougar’s Hurts So Good? 

That’s what I’m talking about. Just leave me be, with my guitar! Fuck yeah!!!! I’m a happy clam.

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Today’s workout, and other random happiness….. Current Mood – Ziggy Stardust!

Hi Bloggers,

I worked out yesterday. The weekdays can be a bit of a grind – I normally get a couple of workouts in during the  week and I really rely on weekends for catch up work outs. But Saturday was all about trying to find a room.

I headed over to my favourite gym – Blairmore, it’s so quiet there on weekend mornings and its a nice new gym too. I did a work out with squats, calf raises, bicep alternating curls, ezy bar curls, and zane cross over bicep curls. It was a good work out!

Later in the morning, realizing that it was an absolutely flawless glamour sunny day, I had something to eat, and headed to the beach. I went to a beach down on the river. It’s a short drive from the city, maybe 15 minutes. The road is kind of straight and lazy as it heads down a long decline into the river valley, but it’s Saskatchewan and its pretty flat so its not like a dramatic change in elevation, more like just a gentle rise.

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Soon enough I was at the dirt turn off to the beach road. Its a straight grid type road. About 2 minutes and I was pulling into the beach reserve parking lot. There were about a dozen cars there already. I thought that the beach must be somewhat populated already. I collected my things from the car, and I walked the short trail to the beach. There is a small cliff of dirt embankment that overlooks the beach. Two words: fucking glorious, that’s how the beach looked.

The sun was beaming down, glimmering and glinting off the water. The water looked inviting on this lovely warm day. The river flows steadily and ripples form in the eddies and open areas as it makes its way downstream.

There was no-one on the beach. It was absolutely devoid of people. The sand is lovely and white. Some areas are perhaps a bit browner and damp from when the water was higher. The sand compares to any beautiful beach anywhere.

I rolled out my beach mat, and set a towel down. I removed my shirt and shorts and got down to a skimpy black man thong. I always like the way the sun and the gentle breeze feels on my almost naked body. I took a bottle of sun screen – the spray on stuff. I got that going all over. The spray leaves a nice kind of a shine that makes me feel a little bit more tanned even though I’m not that tanned!

I walked on the beach for a while, just appreciating the awesome stillness and quietness. The sun warming my skin. I stepped into the water in a few places, the water was cool and refreshing. After a while I took my reading book and lied in the sun. A few people came down to the river to launch canoes and kayaks. I rolled over once or twice. When I was warm enough I took a swim. There’s something really nice about swimming in water when you are almost naked.

After a while a few people started to come down to the beach to enjoy this lovely day. I stayed for a couple of hours maybe and after a while I made my way home. That was just awesome!

 So last night I was having a little Bowie retrospective. No apparent reason. Who needs one to enjoy Ziggy Stardust? Watch out for the rock attitudes and guitar riffs!

 

Today’s Workout – if you are going to make omelettes, you will need to break some eggs!

Hi Bloggers,

Well I don’t think I could come up with a more insensitive blog title for what I am going through in life right now, so I’m focussed on being extra sensitive and kind hearted. Please, don’t be reading too much into the title. I made an omelette, and I literally broke a couple of eggs. This is in no way analogous for any situation, persons, or circumstances in my life at this time or in reference for past events or future reference. Phew, glad to get that out there, I get feedback from my blogs, and its not always good!

Alrighty then. This morning I went over to the Blairmore gym for a workout. It was good. The crowd there is very relaxed at about 8 am on a Saturday. The people there are just regular gym goers. Very normal people really (perhaps, except for me!!??).

So this morning’s workout was all about the biceps and triceps. Here’s what was in it:

Bicep curls on preacher bench.  3 sets of 10 reps, using a 40 then 45 then 50 lbs dumbbell.

Bicep concentration curls. Same weight.

Bicep curls on incline bench.

Tricep extension on bench.

Tricep cable curls.

On the way home, I was thinking about omelette. I got home and I cooked up a frying pan of bacon, onion, mushroom and eggs.

Later, my son was up and I helped him make pancakes.

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I’m not one of those people who post what they cook. I just don’t do that. Ever. Except today.

 

It was just awesome.

Saskatoon Pride parade – that’s sooo gay.

Hi Bloggers, disclaimer. I’m not gay. There, it’s said, we can all move on, right? Ok.

What I do appreciate is open minded people, as I am one of them myself. A little while back the Pride Parade boldly sashayed through the city streets. It was a fabulous celebration of colour and lifestyle choice. The parade was big!

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Saskatoon, I love you, man. You’re kind of open and accepting and a bit queer and artsy and you just kind of let me be me! Thank you!

 

One of the things that I really appreciated about it was that big business and organisations participated too, in order to show their support. I think this is wonderful. there was the fire brigade, the police, the navy, the school board, the TD banking organisation, first nations, and a whole lot of other community groups that were out there saying “it’s ok to be you, to be gay, or bi, or trans, or fucking straight or whatever.” 

So I’m happy to say, I took my kids to the parade. My wife/ex-wife whatever as well. We all hopped in the car and drove down together to enjoy the spectacle. It was a fun day out.

I’ve included some pictures to show you how cool it really was!

 

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Showing the love. Wonderful.

 

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Here’s our dog ‘Jack Black’. That’s my son in the picture. The kids enjoyed the parade and I think its nice to demonstrate tolerance and acceptance.

 

 

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Where can I get a maple leaf flag like this? Ohhhh Canada, you’re so gay!

 

 

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Saskatoon furries. A breed of their own.

 

 

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Native Pride. I talked to this guy. They refer to themselves as ‘two spirit people’.

 

 

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I can’t be sure but I think this lady was flirting with me.

 

Beaches near Saskatoon…

There’s a lot of things that make this city a great place to live. One of the truly awesome things is the beaches that are in the city area, and a short drive away.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Saskatchewan was a land locked farming scene with no place to sunbathe or swim, or maybe you thought it was just always under ice and snow? Well, you’d be surprised. The summers here are very sunny, and warm. This province has more lakes than you can poke a stick at, and some absolutely awesome lake and river beaches.

The great thing about the beaches, in my opinion, is that there’s something for everyone.  Here’s my breakdown of the beaches near Saskatoon.

  1. Bare ass beach. This beach is about 20 minutes drive south of the city and is located on the river. It features a large sandbank, and there’s plenty of room to spread out.  Just as the colloquial name implies, this beach is where you can go to go nude, if you want to. In reality though, one end is for the clothed people, and the other end is for those who like to go au natural. I really like this mix. The nude section is well known, and even though some sunbathers may be in sight of the clothed people, no one is hassling anyone. There’s a good mix of guys and gals who like to let it all hang out, and everyone is respectful. Awesome. The only detracting factor is that it can start looking like spring break with coolers and cans and bottles being left behind. Not cool.
  2. Cranberry flats.  Also to the south of the city, but on the opposite bank from bare-ass beach. This beach is a walk down a nature trail. Its a nice little oasis. You could be a million miles away here. The crowd that go there are mostly men, and I would suggest that its mostly gay. People are friendly and respectful here too. No spring break crowd or stepping over cups and cans left on the sand. Its awesome.

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    Cranberry Flats. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g155043-d7603128-i191938490-Cranberry_Flats_Conservation_Area-Saskatoon_Saskatchewan.html
  3. Poplar bluffs. This little gem is one that I only discovered recently. Its closer than bare ass beach. You can drive your car to a nearby parking lot then its a quick walk to the beach along side the river. The beach is long, and uncrowded. Its a really gem spot. I don’t know how I could have missed it before!
  4. Fred Heal canoe launch. This is another recent discovery of mine. Just a really awesome beach. Not as big as bare ass, or poplar bluffs, but a great spot. I went there recently and it was very busy, but then it was a hot sunny weekend day.

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    Fred Heal Canoe launch beach.  http://chiefwhitecapwaterway.ca/plan-your-trip/canoe-routes/
  5. The beach by the north bridge in the city. This is a big sandbar. Its a nice spot, but it gets busy with a mix of college types, and families. Its ok but I prefer a more laid back scene.
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    The beach by the north bridge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13H29qqumt

    So there you go, not bad for a big old province in the middle of the great white north, eh?

Today’s workout – it’s Friday, and I’m pulling my lycra hot shorts on – Awesome!

Hi Bloggers,

If you’re me,  nothing celebrates a Friday afternoon like pulling on my lycra hot shorts and hitting the gym! I regret to say that life has kind of got in the way of my workout routine lately. I can’t say exactly why. I’m starting work really, really, early in the mornings these days, and where I used to go in the morning before work I now need to find time in the evenings. Due to my extra early starts at work, often I need a nap in the evening, and sometimes, I don’t get back into “I wanna work out” mode.

I have been reading a book lately, it’s called the Book of Awesome. You might have heard of it. In a strange way, the universe spoke to me loud and clear, and I ended up with the book, in my hot little hand.

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If you want to keep a bod like this, get off your arse and into the gym! 

 

Here’s how that happened: I went to a charity pancake breakfast, where I was flipping sausages. I got talking to a guy there and he was telling me about the book. He bought a copy for his sister. I got chatting to this other lady there, and we started talking books, and she mentioned The Book of Awesome. At this stage I chuckled at the coincidence. About 24 hours later, I dropped in on a friend. Just as I arrived, I looked down to see The Book of Awesome right fucking there, staring back at me!

When I mentioned all of this to my friend (I was a bit excited and mildly freaked out), it was offered to me, and I gladly took it with me to read it. Turns out that she had picked it up at some book exchange or something. Now that’s Awesome! 

Anyway, the book is a great read. The guy tells a great bunch of little stories: simple things in life that we can celebrate, but he tells it in such a simple and comical way.  I am literally chuckling to myself as I turn each page! True story. Not many books have ever done this for me.

It’s just simple shit like, when you go to the laundry and you have to collect your socks, and you collect one, two, three pairs of socks that match perfectly, straight out of the wash. That never happens. Awesome! Etc, I’m sure you get the idea.

Ok, enough bullshitting, here is my work out for today:

Dumbbell bench press. Warm up with 80 lb dumbbells x 10 reps for one set, then 100 lb dumbbells x 5 reps for 5 sets. We’re not here to fuck around, ok! 

Shoulder lat raises.

Arnold press (alternating dumbbell shoulder press).

Cable cross over chest flyes.

Ab crunch machine.

What did you work out today?

 

Today’s Workout, and some words of compassion…

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Hi Bloggers,

Today’s workout:

Squats

Calf raises

Alternating dumbbell curls

ezy bar bicep curls

Cross over (Zane) curls.

I had a really good work out.

Be kind, be kind to yourself, be kind to others. Do one act of kindness. Let someone know how much you mean to them, even if the situation has been challenging. 

Be yourself, don’t compromise who you are, and allow others to adjust to the person that you are becoming, if you are going through changes. 

Love and hugs. Namaste.

8 jul 2017

The Story of the Good Ship ‘Lollipop’

So last week I was camping. It was pretty cool. We drove to a lake. It was several hours from Saskatoon, so by the time I picked up the package from the airport and drove north it was about 2 am when we rolled into the campsite. I had never been there before so it was a whole new experience.

The ride up was kind of nice. We were on provincial back roads. Almost no traffic at all at that time of night. We caught glimpses of northern lights – a green curtain of misty fog that dances slowly in the sky. It was also almost permanent twilight with the summer solstice just the day before. It never gets completely dark at this latitude and time of year, its as if the sun has gone down and won’t go away completely. It’s quite nice.

At the lake we did some crazy shit. Found a private dock thing to lay out in the sun. On the way back to the main camp area we traversed the lake ‘shore’ but it became a bit of a battle of sticks and wire and other obstacles because the lake water level was very high. I had found a paddle on the lake shore earlier in the day, and I scored another one up in the tangle of branches on the obstacle course getting back.

The good ship lollipop – she was a bit of a wreck. Half submerged and covered in sand and other lake debris. It looked like a hopeless case. Like us really. We tipped the crap out of it and bailed a bunch of water out. There were leaches in there and we had to scrape a shitload of what looked like fish eggs off the inside.

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She was in poor shape when we found her, with no captain or crew.

 

Once we got that done we realised, we had righted the ship, and she appeared seaworthy! We came back loaded up with towels and bags, and snacks and sunscreen. I was wearing my black man thong, because really, there’s no need to overdress for something like this. We took off and did a sort of oar paddle and peddle (because she is a paddle boat with peddles).  It was fairly efficient but she was lacking seats so my arse slid back a lot and sometimes she went in circles.

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But it did provide a fairly stable and even relaxing floating platform on which we could enjoy the lake!

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Lets go sailing!

 

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Out on the lake late at night it was so still, so serene.

 

 

Most Epic Campsite – Ever.

Hey Bloggers, here are some photos from my camping trip last week. We were looking for somewhere to pitch a tent. Wasn’t too fussy – could have been in an open field, a rail siding, or whatever. The main criteria was that it was to be away from anywhere people would come by, and cost nothing.

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So we found a spot. Its part of a village museum. Technically not supposed to camp there but, whatever. There was no one else around, except for a farmhouse on the other side of the grid road. We drove for about 20 km up a grid road off a lonely stretch of provincial highway to get to this spot. It was really out of the way.

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We debated for a while where the tent should be set up, I wanted tucked in behind the church, we settled on a spot in a kind of depression in the lawn bbq area. It was really nice. We even got a fire going and cooked some dinner.

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I got some great photos of the old church and graveyard as the sun was going down and again in the early morning as the sun rose. It was the most epic camping spot, because we took a gamble and broke a few rules! 

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“Here comes the sun, little darling…. “
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This is the basic travel/camp kit. You really don’t need any more than this, really!