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The Saskatoon Farm

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We just came back from The Saskatoon Farm in south of Calgary . I had made a call and had been notified that only Saskatoon Berry was available to pick up and not many ripened but we decided to go. It is not very far. After leaving the city from south, you just will have to pass the Okotoks overpass and turn left onto 338 Ave. and drive toward east for a few minutes. The farm provides all sorts of trees, shrubs and flowers as well as vegetables and fruits. The main fruits are Saskatoon Berry and  Sour Cherry as far as I could see but sour cherries were not ready. I had never seen Saskatoon Berry and never had tried one. It is similar to Blue Berry but different colour. It is darker and the taste is completely different. It is not as sweet as a Blue Berry but has its unique and pleasant taste of its own. It was hot and sunny so the two buckets given to us by the farm girl were not used both. When you are paying, you're not paying by weigh. You are paying by the number o

The Continental Drift

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F. F. is a big fan of Ice Age series so suggested to go and see the froth of the franchise movie called The Continental Drift . The movie in 3D is not as bad as what some say and is kind of good. I did not find anything wrong with the story. In fact it was something new with more characters were added and good to watch at least once for someone at my age. While kids where laughing their heads of in a few scenes I couldn't help smiling. I would give 3 out of 5 and recommend it for sure. (Photo: The poster of the movie consists the always running squirrel of the story holding the pirate's flag made by seemingly a skunk. )

Pig and Duke

There was this useless, asshole working with us whom I kept a good relationship with, regardless of his behaviour. Apparently and according to the other colleagues he had been trying to get a job somewhere else including Shell and obviously he succeed last week. So he sent messages to a few guys including me, a message saying that he was willing to have his last lunch with us before he says goodbye. He picked Pig and Duke at the corner of 11th Ave. and 12th St. SW. I did not have any problem going there. A few of us gathered there and started ordering. I had a Classic Burger with side salad. It was really good patty and thick too but did not have a long diameter! The side salad, which every piece of it had been put in the bowl by hand I bet, was OK. I enjoyed the burger but the surprise came after everyone finished his meal: Everybody was going to pay his or her own bill! I was like what the fuck!!? If I wanted to go and get a burger, I did not have to go with bunch of freaks!

Party in Desperado

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An invitation was given to us almost two weeks ago for a party in Desperado Nightclub to celebrate Stampede , I guess. We were amongst the first people who arrived. Everyone had two vouchers for drink, one for buffet and one for desert. Cowgirls were the hosts and a band was playing. We straight went to the bar and got a beer to get ourselves busy. There were other people from other companies aw well, mostly non- Caucasian s. The people were gathered in the tent because the club figures that they could not put everyone in their building. I was a little hungry because I have not had anything for lunch but a few pieces of fruit and I was looking for food but 17:30 and still no sign of it. I asked one of the waitresses about it and it was then that the lines started. I always hate lines but I had no choice. Fortunately the food was really good and it was enough although I wanted to get more but everyone got only one voucher as I mentioned earlier. The food comprises a very tasty r

Calgary Stampede at its 100th

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This year's Calgary Stampede was supposed to be special because it was the 100th year. I did not notice much difference but I enjoyed a bit more but it could be the last year I went to Stampede. Two things I enjoyed was first their Zip Line and the Firework. We also watched sheep shearing. Nothing special but too see how fast these guy do their jobs. The Zip Line was a bit scary for me because that was my first time. The distance was short and they charge you $40 but it's good for beginning. I held on to the ropes all the way to the end while I did not have to! I am not really comfortable in height especially if I'm sliding down very fast but worst trying. F. F. didn't come especially when it wasrealized that we had to sign a waiver! The normal shows were going on inside the Saddledome and other buildings and we tried a bit of each including the shepherds, the huge horse show and such. I even get a chance to try a pistol at where the Navy guys had a demonstra

Stampede Parade

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I have lived in Calgary for a total of 6 years now and last Fri. was the first time I watched Stampede Parade and not completely! My buddy at work said: Let's sneak out and watch the Parade and I accepted. It was not very far from the office but people were already occupied all around the Parade route. We were able to squeeze ourselves in the crowed and find a good spot for watching. Both of us used our camera phones and took photos. It was very organized and interesting to watch but after waiting for almost 15 to 20 minutes and watching for as little as 5 minutes I decided to go back while he stayed. If everything goes well I will probably take the next years Parade day off. (Photo: Participants on 9th Ave. SW with Calgary Stampede flags. It was such a fun parade to watch)

Onborad Canadian North

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I had never heard of Canadian North until last Tue. that I flew to Northern Alberta to see the  Project Site. Woke up at 04:00 AM and by the time I washed up, shaved and got in the cab, it was 04:25. Canadian North provides its service in Calgary International Airport but in a smaller section in the south side of the main terminal which is probably 15 minutes closer to Downtown . I guess I got there at around 04:50 while my departure time was 06:15! We got on a small airplane with a handful of passengers and landed in Edmonton in 45 min. It  was in Edmonton that half of the seat were occupied by the passengers and we landed in Albian Sands Airport after another 45 min. of fly. In Albian we immediately got on buses and fastened our seat belts! Yes. Seat belts are mandatory onborad buses to Oil Sands Projects . It was a long and slow journey to Camp Wapasu where workers stay. It is a nice facility with everything available but I did not go into the rooms. Someone with a big tru

Chicken on the Way (Stay Away!)

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This business at the corner of 14th St. and Kensington Rd., NW has been around for 10 years , I know. Its history goes way back, according to newspaper cuts that they have on the walls. I remember it from that the time I use to ride my bike back and forth to SAIT but never had tried it until last week. The business is ran by all Caucasian guys and gals and you expect it to be cleaner and more organized than a side road cafe in a third world country but in fact it is worse! in Chicken, Stay Away , that's what I would like to call it, the quality of food is something way below average. We got 4 small pieces including one wing for $7 , GST included. The pieces were so small and salty that you actually needed 4 litres of distilled water to clear that much salt out of your body! The place is a complete mess. Stack of boxes, piles of potato, you name it! The true meaning of dump! The first time we got in, there was a line. So I said screw it! Who, the idiot, is going to stay in