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Trainwreck

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The Lady notified me of this new movie called Trainwreck last week shortly after it had been screened. I checked the trail and realized it was a little bit extreme but we went anyways since she wanted to watch. She was bored! First, for someone whose English is not the first language, I wondered what Trainwreck might mean. According to what I found the term means having intercourse with multiple guys or to be exact getting a gangbang. There was no gangbang in the movie but Amy Schumer , the star of story is a girl who sleeps with almost everyone whom she finds attractive and even at times the ones whom are not so attractive! So maybe the term means something quite similar to promiscuous, maybe! In the end this is what the movie is about: Average North American girl: Start sex under legal age, some at around 12 or 13, smoke weed, sneak out of school and home whenever the opportunity presents itself, drinking and drinking and more drinking until they reach an age that they're

Plateau Mountain (Alberta)

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Plateau Mountain in the southern part of Kananaskis which is called Cataract had been on my mind for a very long time until I finally found the full information as how to get to the trail-head and how to go up, last week. To me, from what I had read on the web, it always sounded like a different hike and in fact it was but not as special as some have mentioned. The interesting part is that its coincidence. I was sitting at the desk, I guess it was last Tue., when my buddy approached and asked about my weekend's plan. He is no hiker and has not done any sort of sport in his life but has heard stories from me. While I was a little bit surprised I explained to him about this hike and added that he would be more than welcome to join, considering it is not a very challenging trip. He said he would let me know. In a few hours another colleague, the one who had wanted to join me for a hike and then he didn't join due to being extremely drunk(!) and I did Mt. Sparrowhawk i

Workpalce Stories (21): Freaking Miserable Stingy

I've written about this piece of shit whom I work with several times. I just can't help writing this. It truly should show how some cheap bastards live their nasty lives! So this guy is notified that he would have to attend a meeting at a company we work with at about 10:00 AM or some time around that and he was so happy that he would not have to bring lunch and he would be served free lunch buy the said company! This is from a guy who possibly gets around $7000 per month, maybe even more! And in all these years that I've been working with him he has never spent a Penny on outside food. Not a Penny . He always brings home-made food and east as much as an 8-year-old girl! So the meeting day comes up and he's so happy that he can save $3 today(!) because that's how much his food costs but his happiness ends as soon as he realizes that someone else is attending in spite of him! He's so sad and keeps complaining about the situation but he's not sad that h

The Big Sister: Another Failue

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I'm very tired from today's hike but because sleeping now prevents the nigh sleep I decided to tell the story of another failure: The Big Sister in Canmore , Alberta . Exactly one year ago, or better to say in 18-Jul-2014 I had the sucessfull ascend to the Middle Sister although it was with a minor injury, losing at least 1 hour over route finding and getting home very late. This whole past weekend I was planning for this trip and checking the weather forecast every day. When I opened my eyes in the early morning, even before the wristwatch's alarm goes off, it was almost 05:00. I didn't feel very comfortable waking up and going but I grabbed my gear and slowly sneaked out to make sure I'm not waking up The Lady . I needed to buy gas so I stopped at Stadium Shell , went inside for pre-paid and get authorization for $25, I guess. When I grabbed the nozzle to fill up the tank, I realized I had parked in a way that the tank gate is located at the other side of th

A bit of West Edmonton Mall

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So we wanted to spend a few hours in West Edmonton Mall and for that reason we needed some rest after our hike in Elk Island National Park . I had booked a room in Four Points by Sheraton in Edmonton Gateway so we headed that way and it was not hard to find it. Upon arrival we were greeted by the receptionists but surprisingly they didn't have any record of my booking! The young lady tried both my confirmation number and surname but none of them worked. Eventually I went to their computer in the lobby and printed a copy of the confirmation e-mail I had received.  We were given a nice big room with everything and clean bathroom. That would definitely be a hotel which I will be staying at, if I ever have to go to Edmonton .  Many might not even look at things like that but I liked the ceiling decoration in part of West Edmonton Mall Getting to West Edmonton Mall after a little breakfast (which was not of course served by the hotel) was not hard. The Lady wanted to do s

Elk Island National Park

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This past weekend The Lady wanted to go to Edmonton area and asked me if there was any interesting place to see. I suggested Elk Island National Park so we saddled up and headed north early morning. We knew about the wildfires in north but the forecasts all suggested better weather for the time. We have not been far away from the city that a sever thunderstorm started. It was so fast that I found myself in no situation rather than pulling over and waiting for the storm to pass. Most of the drivers did the same. I guess we waited for 15 to 20 minutes and started again. You could see the smoke over the entire area though. Not having the G. P. S. , as it had been stolen from the car almost a month prior to the trip and that is another story which I might tell later, it was a bit hard to find the way to the park. We headed east as we reached Edmonton city limits and took Anthony Henday Dr. We were hoping to get to AB-21 and head north from there but soon we realized we had gone m

Mt. Allan (Kananaskis)

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I'm happy, not proud, because it has nothing to do with pride, it's just a challenge, that I reached the second summit of this year just past weekend: Mt. Allan in Kananaskis . And why am I happy? Because achieving a summit gives a great sense of accomplishment. In addition to that it is very frustrating to wake up early in the morning of Sat. or Sun, drive at least for hour and a half, gear up and go up for at least 2 hours or more and not being able to reach the summit. This has happened a few times so far including the following attempts in the current year: March in Arizona a failed attempt to Flat Iron Mountain due to extreme heat which was the result of late start.  April in Alberta another failed attempt, this time to reach the summit of The Wedge in Kananaskis due to extreme ice and snow. Bad timing was selected but it was a good exercise.  Early July. A good hike up The Wedge again but was not able to recognize the trail in rocky area and climbed back. 

Rose and Crown

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We had a few ticket for a Budweiser Stampede Party to Rose and Crown  so we went there around 18:00. It was hot and sunny and only a few people in. That was my first time in the place but realized that from my previous drive-by. Got a Budweiser Stampede edition which was a nice design of can and enjoyed. Other fellas showed up and we decided to get a Hamburger. So we went to the smoking grill. The Hamburger was not bad but no tomato, pickle or anything else. Just Ketchup and Mustard was available as well as radish. Enjoyed it though.  Few songs was played by a band which was nice and we took the second and third trip for Beer and Hamburger.  Budweiser Stampede 2015 edition can At the end I believe I ended up eating 4 Hamburger and 3 Beers but I was fine. You know what people do when they find themselves by the grill and cooler of beer. The only difference here was that we didn't have to pay. So it tasted even better when it was free! We had a glimpse at the inside of

Stampede 103

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I have to admit that at first I didn't want to go to Stampede this year but when The Lady insisted and I went I really enjoyed it. It was quite fun and it could be even better. We first started from Stampede Parade which was held on last Fri, and I believe they had shorten its route because after leaving 6th Ave., they took 10th St. instead of their regular which used to be 11th. I guess we spent as long as probably 45 minutes or more and that was excellent. On Sun. we decided to use the opportunity of Family Day and although it was a bit crowded in the morning, it went very well. The reason that Stampede gets very busy on Family Day is its free breakfast which attracts all refugees, welfare, Value Village and similar people. Some come early just to get the return stamp but anyways we didn't mind them.  Barbecued Turkey Legs are among the favorites in Stampede and quite costly too A new arena has been built in Agriculture Center and I guess they now perform som

No Luck with The Wedge

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After I injured my ankle the Fri. before and wasted a weekend, I decided to compensate and reach the summit of The Wedge that we had attempted earlier with The Chef but I failed again! I set the alarm for 05:05 hours while Fitbit was set to 05:00. The wristwatch's alarm went off and I woke up. I didn't feel very determined and comfortable to go but started getting dressed and that was when Fitbit silent alarm went off! Either there's a problem with this device or it's clock is behind, compare to my wristwatch. I grabbed my stuff and drove toward Kananskis . I was at the pond at 07:00 and shortly after that I started the hike. There was no other vehicle parked. I didn't even have to look for the trail-head this time and easily hit it. The trail looked completely different this time due to vegetation and wildflower grow. It looked like I was walking on a completely different terrain! Wildflowers alongside the trail and on the hills are so beautiful I felt

The Wall

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I was walking besides a part of Crowchild Tr. and got the chance to get really close to the wall the Municipality has put up to protect the nearby residences from the continuous noise of the road. I don't know how efficient this wall is. The residents of the neighbourhoods close to such major roads should say but getting very close gave me this chance to realize that they are not concrete walls unlike I had thought originally.  The first impression someone might get is that the municipality has put of concrete walls but this kind of wall is very heavy so would have been very expensive to build and install, had they have used them but a good close up shows they are made of a kind of pressed material maybe pressed wood chip. If that is the material then I assume they are good noise barriers but planting trees is another good sound reflector but they need to be really dense. That was my observation today! Noise is a real problem in the city and one of the reasons that I hate Do