Accept yourself as you were designed – a photo essay.

Hi Bloggers. I had a late summer bike ride today. I was taking pictures down by the river. There are a number of painted rocks there. Lots of feel good affirmation type of quotes and sayings. It’s very colourful. One of the rocks had painted on it ‘accept yourself as you were designed’. Yes, I think that makes for a nice title for today’s photoblog.

 

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Accept yourself!

 

 

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U of S grain elevator. I didn’t even know they had one… 

 

 

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University cows. Smartest cows in SK. 

 

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Feed bins at the U of S dairy lands.
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Don’t look into the sun!
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Soon these lovely walking avenues will be frozen ice rinks…. 

 

 

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That’s pretty gay… 

 

 

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The observatory. 

 

 

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Broadway bridge, I love you, man. 

 

 

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I’m Canadian, and I’m ok! 

 

 

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I was NOT meaning to be all dramatic in this shot. It was done with the timer and I had to straddle two rocks. That awesomely composed cool look is co-incidental, I had sweat stinging my eyes pretty badly at this point! 

 

 

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Give me my bike and some good weather and I’ll see you in a few hours, maybe. 

 

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Today’s bike ride…. a photo essay.

Hi bloggers,

If you know anything about me from following my blog, you know I like nothing more than pulling on my lycra shorts and riding on the trails around the city I live. Its fitness, its fun, and it feels wickedly kind of nekkid ;). No underwear, as per usual. 

 

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Self absorbed selfie. 

 

Ok, so I went out the front of the house this morning. The sun is shining, its not yet too hot to enjoy the day. There is no breeze at all and its a super comfortable 20C or about 70F. ‘That’s perfect for a bike ride’  I though to myself. Even the bugs are having a day off. Unbelievable.

I started my ride after pumping the tires in the shed. 50 psi, I like them kind of hard. As I pedalled off I thought about how damn nice it feels with no shirt and just a thin layer of spandex between me and the world. There was very little traffic, I took the back streets. My mission today was to ride from the south traffic bridge all the way up the river to the north traffic bridge. It probably took me about 1-2 hours, but I had no agenda, no where to be and only myself to answer to. Awesome.

 

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The south traffic bridge. 

 

 

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Sweaty jogger. I wonder if it was a personal best?

The air had a mild coolness about it as I rode onto the river trail. I stopped to grab some pictures at the area with the bench seats. A sweaty jogger came up the trail and stopped to check her watch before making the arduous climb up the steps to the parking lot above. The river level has come down a bit. It snakes its way gracefully alongside the city. In a way it divides the city, yet provides a focal point that brings us together.

 

 

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Saskatoon Shines. 

 

I crossed the first bridge and rode along the river trail on the far side of the bank. A lot of people are out enjoying the mid summer weather. There are  families and joggers, and bike riders, and everything. I rode by the skateboard park. A surprising number of people are using the park so early in the morning. I rode past the area that later would host the yoga in the park.

I continued on through the pathways at the city centre. I continued north, and rode past some bicycle cops. Eventually,  I found myself at the far north bridge. I crossed over it, taking some pictures as I crossed. Some people were fishing in the river. As I went onto the trail on the other side, I passed by a guy on his bike, out with his kids.

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The trail winds in and out of river bank tree stands, and occasionally opens up to panoramas of this beautiful city. A small furry mammal crossed the path and entered a burrow. ‘Was that a ground squirrel?’ I thought. A bee buzzed its way across my path. At the University crop area a harvester was collecting what looked like grain, loading it into trucks that drove along side it.

 

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I wonder what a police pursuit would look like on bicycles? I wonder if I could out ride them? I don’t want to find out. They have Tasers and shit. 

 

Soon enough, I was back at the Broadway area. The last piece of the trail that I took on was a windy dirt side track. It was a real rush scooting along and taking the turns and rises and falls among trees and bushes. I passed a couple of joggers, and had a close call with a bike rider coming the other way. It was a great day for a ride, and I’m happy to share it with you all, enjoy!

 

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Some tai chi ladies posing for a photo, with their fans. 

 

 

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The north traffic bridge. 

 

 

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Mural on the north bridge underpass. 

 

 

 

 

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?

Musings from a Saskatoon Café…. Changes…

Hi Bloggers,

I had a day off yesterday. I went gym, worked out (overhead press, power cleans, one hand dumbbell rows, lunges, high step ups… good workout 😉 ). I had some downtime in the afternoon. It was a warm day. Full sunshine, very little breeze. No bugs. It was approaching perfect, in the shade.

I had a problem with my bike back wheel hub, so I packed that in the car and drove down to a back street near Broadway. I took the wheel into the shop, and an enthusiastic bike repair guy took my wheel and after putting the special tool into the vice, he cranked the wheel by hand a couple of times, and tightened the nut that keeps the sprocket cassette in one piece. Awesome, job done, I can enjoy my bike again. I asked him ‘what’s the damage’ and he replied, ‘no charge’ (thank you again Bike Doctor!).

So I put the bike wheel back in my car boot, and walked on down (as in the Door’s song – but not walked on down the hall – The End…) to the main part of Broadway. In the summer the city really comes alive. There are hipsters, and bearded guys, lgbt folks, families, immigrants, couples, and all types walking the streets. Its a real parade of people.

The city allows cafes and restaurants to extend their outdoor spaces into the parking lane which makes for a nice outdoors area for the several months a year that this climate allows. Its a real treat. I walked into Museo Café and ordered a latte, and a lime cheesecake slice. I took a spot outside, in the shade. Cars drive by in the lane right next to where I was sitting and it was a little disconcerting because you want to glance up each time a bus or truck or car comes by. I thought maybe facing away from the traffic might have been a better strategy.

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The lime cheesecake was divine. I brought my books with me. I flipped through my borrowed copy of ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.’ I’m so inspired by this book I bought my boss a copy as his going away gift. I sure hope he reads it and applies some of the many simple lessons in loving-kindness and inner peace.

So I am going through some changes. We are all going through changes. Change is inevitable. Change is the only constant. One of the simple anecdotal lessons or whatever is the in the book. It says there is a Buddhist teaching (apologising to any Buddhist practitioners that I might offend by my interpretation) … it says that everything comes from something, it is made or formed, and it will return to nothing in time. For instance, a glass may be a glass now, but at some time it was sand or whatever, and in the future it will return to shattered glass, dust or maybe even be recycled to something else. The point is that everything will break, degrade and return to some other state.

We are all temporary, all our belongings are temporary, nothing is absolutely permanent. This provides us with a way of coming to terms with the changes in our lives. I copied the lyrics to David Bowie’s ‘Changes’ because I think that might sum up the situation pretty good right now.

I am grateful for those who have helped me, and continue to help me in my journey. I am remorseful for any harm I have done in any of my actions. I have some work to do as an individual, I am not yet fully developed in some aspects of life.

Hugs to all. Hands to heart centre. The light in me honours the light in you. Namaste.

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Source MetroLyrics http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/davidbowie/changes.html

“Changes” David Bowie

I still don’t know what I was waiting for
And my time was running wild
A million dead-end streets
And every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
Of how the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence and
So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Where’s your shame
You’ve left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can’t trace time

Strange fascination, fascinating me
Changes are taking the pace
I’m going through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Oh, look out you rock ‘n rollers
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time

Yoga in the Park.

Hi Bloggers,

Today, I went to  free Yoga in the park. It was hosted by The Better Good Yoga in Saskatoon. There was a really large turn out. The sun was shining, and its warming up to be a hot one in this beautiful prairie city.

First time for outdoor yoga for me. The sun filtered through the trees above. I put my hands up in some poses, partly to block the suns rays in my line of sight, and partly to absorb some of the wonderful energy beaming down on us.

When we were instructed to set an intention for the practice, as usual, I decided to focus on practicing compassion, and giving and receiving love, as much as possible.

Today’s bike ride – a photo essay…

Hi Bloggers,

Today I got the bike out again. We had a rain shower earlier. Actually, it was looking like it was going to be gloomy very early. Before sunrise there was a sort of foggy blanket over the sky. I was thrilled at about 10 am when the fogginess in the sky cleared to reveal a crystal clear blue sky. I even packed my bag for a few hours at the beach.

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Soon after that, the clouds came out of no where, started to group up, and later into the day we had some rain. As I was out on my bike ride it cleared and this afternoon is really nice – sunny but mild.

 

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Broadway Bridge

 

I rode my bike down Broadway ave, then rode along the river path. I had a plan to cross on the railway bridge. I stopped for a little ride around the university.

 

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Broadway Bridge

 

 

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University Bridge

 

 

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U of S architecture, beautiful!  

 

 

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The commons at U of S. 

 

 

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Citizens of the world, I have a message for you…. 

 

I rested my bike on the grass to get a picture of the communications dish. While I focussed my energy on the dish, the voices in my head became clear and concise. It was a message from space. It seems that I was intercepting government comms between the Trudeau government and Putin. The message was clear – we need to do more yoga, and love each-other. Apparently, I have been chosen to spread the message from the Government of Canada. “Be nice to each-other, for fucks sake.” 

 

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This little beauty was installed to cope with the massive increase in volume of SEXTING that is occupying massive amounts of telecommunications bandwidth. There is already plans to upsize this one because, its barely keeping up with you randy buggers out there! 

 

 

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Keeping it Saskatchuwon… Saskatchewin… Saskatchawon… er fuck it. 

 

 

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The Railway Bridge, build in about 1908 or so. 

 

 

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This rickety pathway is the railway bridge walkway. When a train comes, its rickety as shit and shakes around and the train is so close you can touch it. Its very exciting when a train comes. 

 

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