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Pahrump, Nevada

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I did the same mistake that I had done in 2015 in Arizona last night: Driving in the dark on a new road! My drive from McCarran International Airport to Pahrump was not as bad as my drive from Lost Dutchman State Park near Phoenix to Sedona . The car was worse though, in terms of power and comfort, my choice! No one else's fault! One should not drive on a major road in dark when he arrives in a new country. I know it would never happen anywhere but in Canada and the US because all the other prospective destinations of mine either have right-sided cars or driving would not be a wise idea. My plan is to go to Japan , Wales , Scotland and New Zealand , all right-sided cars. I know it looks very ambitious but that is what my plan is. I will try to go to as many as possible. in the meantime other countries in Europe , South America and Africa have either reliable public transport or I should not think of driving at all. American Flag is hoisted in front of Pahrump Nugget

An Easy Entry!

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Writing from Vancouver International Airport (in Richmond !) I just passed the US Department of Homeland Security a few minutes ago. Things obviously have changed since the last time I was to the US in 2015 . They have installed a machine which checks the passport, asks you questions and take a shot of you. Then you're directed to a line which ends to different booths with the US Department of Homeland Security officers. At my turn (which didn't take more than 2 minutes !) I was waved by an Asian lady. She asked me where I was going and asked me about the food that I had declared at the machine. I told her that I had made a few sandwiches for me and that was it: Stamp!  I then walked to the gate. A few people including me, were called to the counter for passport check. I had been told that it was a random selection and that was true. It was not only me. Caucasian s, East Indian s and other people of different ethnicity were also called to the counter and their passpor

Fahrenheit 11/9: I Was Expecting More from Moore!

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Preface: I found out about this movie about a month ago and wanted to catch it before it's gone. So I went to a nearby theatre and bought a ticket for auditorium 8. I went in well in advance although the seats were numbered. I sat there and after a few minutes of commercials an animation started almost at the same time that an Asian family, a father, a mother and a little boy came and sat next tome, probably Chinese . I thought to myself: What the hell is it? Why would Michael More start with an animation?! Is that like an introduction to the main movie?! This idea was strengthened particularly when the animation turned to be not a simple one. There seemed to be a message behind that. A homestay mom realizes that one of his foods comes out of the pot after being cooked and turned to a little boy! And then I thought again: Why the hell this family is here with their little boy?! Why would anyone bring a 5-year-old boy to a political Michael Moore movie?! Then the animation wa

B. C. Training Trip (2)

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I woke up early on day 2 and the last day of my trip for training to B. C. Got ready and went down. Checked out and got into the cab and got ourselves to the company. Today's training was just a bit better. There was this guy who taught us a few features of the software we use on daily basis but the problem was that he went too fast. Other people from other departments came as well and provided us with information which I doubt any of us would use soon! The lunch was again horrible! It contained Pasta of different type but all made of White Flour which I don't eat at all. There was some Caesar Salad as well. I ate some of those, ignoring the stupid Crouton s(!) I had to resort to the provided desert. It was not bad and I guess the amount of sugar I consumed was equal to what I normally eat in 3 weeks ! We left the company at around 14:45 . There was nothing special on the way back except the fact that our plane was a bit late. I was hungry as I had not have much for brea

B. C. Training Trip (1)

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This company that I've been working for since last Oct. sent me to a training trip and now I'm writing from a hotel in British Columbia (posted late). It's a very nice place that we're staying and the weather is nice as well. I checked the weather forecast before leaving Alberta and had lots of rain in it. Therefore I didn't plan for anything and even didn't bring my camera. Besides I'm so tired that barely can sit at the desk. The flight was OK except for the fact that the wrong gate was indicated on the boarding pass and had I not paid attention to the electronic board, there would have been a good chance that I miss the flight. The plane was only half full, mainly, I think because of the day. I had nobody in my row and was very comfortable. At the airport a van cab pick us up and dropped us at the hotel. I had not had anything but a few Date s since lunch. So it was a little disturbing. I got a jar of Peanut s from the nearby Shopper's Drug

A Racially Motivated Incident in McDonald's

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Everyone knows this but I'm indicating it here that McDonald's is the cheapest chain restaurant in the entire globe and for that its locations are, most of the time, filled with homeless, drug addicts, prostitutes, criminals and all sorts of unpleasant people, at the best cheapskates! I, though, go to McDonald's only for it's  Coffee because theirs is the best and I truly despise Tim Horton's, especially now that it is owned by a Brazilian company!   With that in mind when I and The Mumbling Guy get together, most of the times, we meet in a McDonald's . So we were in a location a few weeks ago and I went to the counter, as usual, to order something as he's a f**king cheap bastard! There was a young, lanky, Caucasian boy who served a few customers while I was standing there like an idiot, looking at the freaking board to see if my lucky(!) number shows up! I, unfortunately, lost my cool and asked him why he had served other customers whom their

(The Childish) Hike to Chester Lake (and Beyond!)

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I and The Chef continued our hikes, hopefully not for the last time in 2018 because he's going back to work this Mon. I decided to take the trail which we denied access to, two weeks ago due to Bear activity in the area: Chester Lake .  We saw this Fox at the side of Highway #40 looking for something and stopped for a shot We met at 05:30 in a usual rendezvous point and headed west to Highway #1 as usual. However this time our trip was different. After a short stop in the last McDonald's for breakfast we found the highway extremely foggy with a very limited visibility. I had rented a Ford Fusion and although it's a very good car, I was making sure that nothing happens to it and would not cause me any extra cost rather than just the rent and gasoline. I had to slow down to 60 Km/h for majority of the road until we reached Highway #40 where the fog almost was gone. We reached the trail-head with no difficulty after that. However we started the hike at almost 08

A Good Attempt to Mt. Whymper

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I talked to The Chef last Thu. and I realized that he will have the whole week off to himself, which is this week. This meant that we could go for a hike on Sun. Therefore I searched a little bit and I decided to go somewhere new. I selected Mt. Whymper in Kootenay National Park . I was hoping that after the disappointing trip we had to Kananaskis last week, we would be able to have a good hike in that area. This mountain is across Stanley Mountain , where I had this silly hike a little more than two years ago, to Stanley Glacier . After nearly half an hour, or even loner, walking in the forest and bushwhacking my helmet was about to be full of needle leaves as you can see here  I and The Chef got together to discuss the detail of the hike and have a meal on Sat. afternoon. We bought a couple of Pizza and a small bowl of Chicken from Pizza Hut . I was hungry but he had had something and played with the food and drank two cans of his favorite Beer . I finished my Pizza and

9/11 after 17 Years

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There are so many problems around the world now that no one goes back 17 years ago to review what happened in the US , particularly in New York City . It's a very controversial topic and for that I'm going to skip.  However I do remember that I was in the old country and, as I probably have written this before, I called my aunt to see how my cousin was doing. Many say the world has changed right after that day. I leave to people to do their research and conclude.  (Photo: World Trade Centre towers shortly after the incident from Brooklyn deck)

Eating Like a Freaking Pig

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One of the insults that Canadian s, or perhaps I can say Westerner s in general, use frequently is an insult involving Pig s! At the same time they are amongst the biggest eaters of different parts of a Pig ! Pork Chop , Bacon (on different sandwiches), Honey Ham and Pig Roast are only a few of a long list of dishes that Pig is the main ingredients. I don't know if Southeast Asian s and East Asian s have the same type, or different types of insults or not but some of them eat Pig even more than Westerner s and that's because Pig eats everything and doesn't have to be fed properly. Basically is much cheaper than Cow or Sheep to maintain, I would say. So what is that Westerners use when they get angry, at times?  You filthy pig! You eat like a freaking Pig? and stuff quite similar to these with a different wording! With that in mind I was at work yesterday that the Guy Boy came and I must have insist here that I have nothing against homosexual people but this on

Disappointment at Spary Valley Provincial Park

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We were both very excited and passionate for hiking this past long weekend since we had not been to a good hike for a long time. I had studied the available hikes and chose The Fortress in Spray Valley Provincial Park . My assumption was that even if The Chef did not follow me to the summit, at least there would be a good hike for him up until Chester Lake and a bit after that because the route to the summit of The Fortress is mostly an easy hike until Chester Lake and then at the end, near the summit becomes hard and steep.  So we rented a car and met in Downtown early morning. The Chef is always punctual but this time he was late and that was a surprise to me. Eventually when I called him he said that he was in front of Calgary Tower , some 5 minutes away from our rendezvous point! He added that he was confused and not able to find his way to the were we usually meet! I didn't argue with him but suspected him being under the influence of Alcohol , something he never d