A quick week in the books…

I had a great drive to Calgary on Tuesday afternoon.  I was downtown in just over 2 hours, I am unsure how I made such good time, I wasn’t overly speeding.

I checked into the hotel, the Sandman, right near my office.  The hotel is undergoing renovations so it was a bit inconvenient.  The pool was closed which sort of sucked since I had called the reservation desk to confirm that the hotel had a pool and was told yes and it was open 5:30am – 11:00pm…  I guess no one told the reservation desk that it was closed.  Anyway, because of this, they gave me free parking, even though it should really be free anyway.

The hotel, unfortunately, it a bit run-down.  The room was clean and fresh, but the bathroom needs some major work, so does the AC.  I left a negative review on Bookings.com where I booked the room.  The staff were friendly anyway.

Tuesday night was the Babe Ruth year-end banquet.  A bunch of the Board Members met at a pub near the banquet hall for a couple of pre-banquet drinks and some appetizers.  The banquet was good, food was great, the entertainment, not so much.  The magician wasn’t particularly good, I didn’t think.  I will reserve other comments.  All in all, it was a good night and nice to see people I have worked with for the past 5 seasons.  I will miss working with Babe Ruth Calgary.

I worked in the Calgary office on Wednesday.  It was good to see people that I have not seen in a while.  Wednesday night, I went to Red Lobster for endless shrimp with a co-worker, ex-co-worker and my buddy from Crowsnest Pass who came to Calgary with me.  Great good there, love shrimp.  The drive home was uneventful.

The dogs were in a new kennel near my house.  I picked them up Thursday morning.  They were a bit tired, not their normal routine.  Crowsnest Pet Care came to pick them up for their weekly pack hike about an hour after we got home.  Hera didn’t want to go though, I think she wanted some down-time with me and that’s OK.

So, the week zoomed by and here we are on Friday already.  I have not watched any of the World Series as I was busy both Tuesday and Wednesday nights but I plan on catching it tonight.  Boston is ahead 2-0 and I hope they sweep.

No weekend plans I don’t think.  We will go for a hike, depending on the weather, as long as it doesn’t rain we will go.  Cold, we can handle the cold, we are Canadian.

Enjoy your weekend.

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Vacation in Calgary…

I’m in Calgary today. I arrived yesterday afternoon for the Babe Ruth year end banquet. The drive up from Crowsnest Pass was nice and smooth and I made it to the hotel downtown in just over 2 hours. Not bad time at all.

The banquet was at the Met downtown, good food. We stopped at an Irish pub next door to the Met before the banquet for a couple of drinks and some appetizers. Thanks to the prez for picking up the tab.

Great to see the people I’ve been working with on the board for the last few years including some of the umpires I’ve worked with. The president is stepping down after this season, his 7th or 8th so he got some well deserved parting gifts. I’ll miss this bunch but who knows, I may be back at some point.

I’m staying at the Sandman. Not a bad hotel, going through some renovations right now so no pool which sucks… I was told that it was open when I called into the reservation desk, so as compensation, I get free parking which is great.

I’m heading to Red Lobster tonight for endless shrimp with a couple of buddies then heading back home tonight, likely back in Crowsnest Pass by 10 or so.

The dogs are in a kennel until Thursday morning, so I hope they enjoy it. I’m looking forward to seeing them early Thursday.

All in all, it’ll be a good day and a bit in Calgary, I’m sure. Sort of like a mini-getaway for me.

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Another quick weekend…

That weekend, like most weekends, went by too quickly.

The weather was awesome for the middle/end of October though, temps were in the mid to upper teens.  I can handle that for sure.

I watched and was very disappointed that the Dodgers beat the Brewers in game 7 of the NLCS.  Now the Dodgers will face the Red Sox and, unless something goes horribly wrong, will have their asses handed to them by Boston.  As I have written, I can’t stand the Dodgers.  I doubt that I will watch the whole series.  I think, more than anything, I am baseballed out this year.  From watching games almost daily (with MLB.tv) to umpiring around 80 games myself, I think I’ve just seen enough ball.  Oh well.  I presume that come spring training, I will be ready to go again.

The weekend was relaxing which is the way they should be.  I went out with the dogs a couple of times and did some needed shopping as well.  Back to work today.

I head into Calgary tomorrow, working in the Calgary office on Wednesday, my laptop needs some updates that won’t download here.  The Babe Ruth year-end banquet is tomorrow.  That will close this chapter on Babe Ruth.  I am not ruling out returning some day, who knows.  Wednesday is my second, and likely last, trip to Red Lobster for Endless Shrimp.  My whale hat is ready to go.  The dogs are staying at a new kennel near my house, 2 nights for them.  I hope they enjoy their stay and I further hope that none of them are injured, I am sure they won’t be, but I would have said the same for their previous stay elsewhere.  Should be a good trip.

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The weekend is here…

It’s Friday, this is a good thing.  It was a quick week, quicker still since I was off on Monday.  Last night, the Astros were eliminated from the ALCS by a much stronger team in the Red Sox.  I did not watch it all, found out the result this morning when I looked at my phone.  I was not overly surprised.  Now, I can only hope that the Brewers are able to win back to back games against the Dodgers, otherwise, I doubt I will even watch the World Series.  I seem to be baseballed out this year.  Likely a combination of having MLB.tv, I watched a LOT of baseball and I did a lot of umpiring as well.  I would guess my total was in the low 80’s for games this year, including the World Series in Branson.

So, it’s the weekend.  No real plans, which is good.  I will watch baseball tonight and will be pulling for Milwaukee.  I am hoping I can sleep in a bit, that would be nice, but unlikely.

Next week, I am in Calgary Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Babe Ruth year-end banquet will be a good time and will be my last function with Babe Ruth.  It will be nice to see the folks I’ve worked with for the last few years.  I am looking forward to it.

The dogs will be trying out a new kennel in Coleman, very close to where I live.  I hope they have a good time, I am sure they will.  I will be staying at the Sandman in downtown Calgary, just a short walk from my office.  It will be like a mini-vacation.  How exciting is that?  A vacation in Calgary…  LOL

Well, enjoy Friday and then enjoy the weekend.

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More internet woes…

My continuing saga of internet access continues at my new place in Crowsnest Pass.

Yes, I called into Tough Country Communications to get an update to see if they’d be abe to provide internet service to me via a relay on a neighbours roof.  The person I spoke to was helpful and said she’d look into it and get back to me.  She did call back and said a tech would come out to my place yesterday afternoon.  So, I waited and watched the NLCS game, no tech arrived though.  So, I guess I need to give them a call back today.  Or, perhaps I won’t bother.  I haven’t decided.  They don’t really seem to be “on top of their game” so I am wondering how their service will be, anyway.  That decision will be made later anyway…

Right before they called me back, I received a call from the local Telus dealer that the Telus Hub I ordered came in.  Same type of thing as the Rogers Hub I am using, just a LOT cheaper to use.  I can get 500GB of data for $110.  Five hundred gig is essentially unlimited for me, I’ve never used that much.  I am buying the hub outright, since I don’t want to be trapped in a 2 year agreement.  The Hub is $279, when I get it, if it works as well as the Rogers one, I will then try to sell the Rogers hub, get some of my money back on it.  If it doesn’t work, I can return it within 2 weeks for a full refund.  They say it should work, but there are lots of factors in play.

At some point in the relatively near future, I am sure I will be able to get DSL here.  I’d guess within a year or two.  Time will tell.

So, for today and likely tomorrow, I will be using Rogers.  I will then try Telus and in the meantime, decide on what to do with Tough Country who really seem to NOT want my business.

Who knew the internet was going to be so complicated?

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It’s Wednesday, but feels like Tuesday…

Monday was a long day of driving.  The dogs and I headed to Calgary for their yearly vet visits.  We stopped at Costco in Okotoks on our way, I needed to buy them dog food, they like to eat, twice a day, but they don’t like to get their own food.  Mooches.  Anyway, Costco was fairly busy, but nowhere near as busy as the ones in Calgary would have been, I am sure.  I was about 30 minutes in total.

We stopped at Edworthy Park since we were early for the vet.  The dogs had a good run and got themselves tired out.  Well, Blondie and Twix, Hera was on leash which she doesn’t really care for since she’s not leashed at home any more.  I stopped for a quick bite to eat as well and shared some fries with the dogs.

The vet visit was good, all of them are healthy, good news all around.  I also discovered that when I bring in 3 dogs at one time, I get a 10% discount.  That helps for sure.  No issues anyway and now they are all up to date on their shots.

We headed out of the city around 4:30 or so, perhaps a bit later and stopped in Okotoks on the way home, again, this time to go to M&M Meat Shops.  Okotoks is probably the closest one to my house, perhaps Lethbridge, likely about equal distance anyway.  Their frozen chicken breasts, when on sale are a great deal and they were on sale.  It’s not like I can just hop in the car and zip over anymore, well, I guess I can but a 1.5 hour drive isn’t really zipping.  I had brought my cooler with me so everything was kept frozen for the trip home.

I was back to work yesterday and the day zoomed by.  Nothing out of the ordinary, just a busy day.  I expect the same for the rest of the week I would guess.

Next week I am back in Calgary for a couple of days.  The Babe Ruth year-end banquet is Tuesday evening.  I am going since it will be my last one as I am no longer involved.  It was 5 pretty good years with Babe Ruth.  Three of those years I was the Club Manager for the Rockies.  I enjoyed it, but we did not have the on-field success I had hoped for.  I handled uniforms the last couple of years on the Board and enjoyed that.  I will miss being on the Board of Directors for the most part but I will miss umpiring in Calgary more, I suspect.  I will need to find new things to keep me busy next summer and I am sure that won’t be an issue down here.

So, after the banquet, I am staying in a hotel close to the Calgary office and working in the office on Wednesday.  In the evening, I am going for dinner with an ex-coworker and my current co-worker – Red Lobster for Endless Shrimp.  I am looking forward to that already.

Nothing else planned for this week.  I will watch some baseball, but I am not enjoying it that much this year and I am unsure why.  Perhaps I umpired my fill of baseball this summer, don’t know.  I have only watched a few full games, otherwise it’s bits and pieces.  If the Dodgers make the World Series, I will probably watch less.  Both are good series and right now, it’s anybody’s guess who’s moving on.

Anyway, guess it is time to start my day.  Enjoy yours.

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Annual vet visit – for the dogs, not me…

Today is the dogs annual visit to the vets.  When I moved to Crowsnest Pass, I was going to switch to a vet down here and then when I thought about it, I figured why bother?  I found a vet in Calgary I really liked and it isn’t that far, plus I go to Calgary every month or so anyway, so I figured I’d incorporate a trip around the dogs vet visits.  I moved Twix up a couple of months, she typically went in January so that all three are now scheduled for the same time.  Next year, I may move all three ahead one month since September weather tends to be nicer than October weather.

I am lucking out today, the weather is supposed to be very nice with high temps in the mid-teens.  The roads are clear and dry, so it should be a good trip to Calgary.  I plan on stopping in Okotoks to go to Costco for dog food and some other house supplies.

I may make another stop or two in Calgary this afternoon, will have to see.  At any rate, it’ll be a fair amount of driving today but at least the dogs like car rides.  My day off will fly by, I am sure.

Enjoy your Monday and your week.

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Another long weekend…

This was a long weekend for me, sort of broken up though.  I was off on Friday because I worked last Sunday.  I also worked yesterday and get Monday off for that.  It was slow yesterday, so I wouldn’t really consider it a normal workday.

I didn’t do much on Friday, it was a relaxing day.  I did watch the start of the NLCS and saw the Brewers take game one of that series.  Unfortunately, the Dodgers win game two yesterday to even the series out.

Yesterday, as I said, I worked.  After I finished, I went into town to get some groceries.  I was going to drive into Lethbridge to get the dogs some food, but the weather was not the best and I didn’t really want to drive all that way in a winter storm. We didn’t get a lot of snow, luckily, only a few inches and it will all be gone by tomorrow as temps are supposed to be in the low single digits.

The Astros and Red Sox series started, but I wasn’t feeling well and was really tired so I went to bed, just to lay down at about 6:40pm.  I woke up around 11:10 to let the dogs out and went back to bed and slept until nearly 6am.  So, in total, I slept for around 11 hours – I must have been tired but I feel great today.  Even after all that sleep, I still had a nap earlier today.  Must have needed it, for some reason.

Tomorrow I take the dogs for their yearly vet checkup.  When I moved to Crowsnest Pass, I was going to get a new vet but then figured since it is only a once a year thing, I’d stay with the vet I found and really liked in Calgary.  It’s a bit of a trip, but the weather is supposed to be great.  I think I will reschedule next years trip earlier in the Falls, September sounds good to me.  I have a few other things I can do in Calgary and area, including getting dog food at Costco, likely in Okotoks (it won’t be as busy as Calgary).  Should be a good day, at least the dogs like going for car rides.

So, a short week at work coming up, that’s welcome for sure.  Won’t be as short as last weeks 3-day workweek, but I can handle four.  Hope you have a good week as well.

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The Story of Twix

I have written the Stories of my dogs, Zeus, Blondie, and Hera.  I have not written about my fourth dog, Twix.  It is time to tell her story.

In December of 2016, I joined a Facebook group for Calgary and Area Pets.  I was interested in the posts.  I had no real intention of getting another dog, I already had Blondie and Hera and only insane people had more than 2 dogs, right?

Anyway, I saw a post for a Golden Retriever puppy, the owners had adopted her and for some reason were not able to keep her.  I figured I would inquire, messaged them, they replied but then I never heard back from them, so I figured someone else took the dog.

A few weeks later, towards the middle of January, I saw a post for a beautiful Pitbull mix named Twix:


I messaged the owner and we chatted back and forth a little bit.  The family had just had a new baby and their work schedules changed and they didn’t feel they had the time for Twix.  The lady I was talking to said her husband would text me later.

He did, we chatted for a bit, he asked me a bunch of questions, I asked him a bunch as well.  We agreed to meet the next day at a dog park near my place so that Twix could meet Blondie and Hera.

We arrived at the park a bit before our meeting time and I played one of the dogs favourite games, ChuckIt!.  The dogs were pretty tired before Twix and her owner showed up.

The dogs met and got along well, right from the get-go.  I got to know her owner and he got to know me.  We talked about dogs and I told him all about mine.

We decided to head to my house, he wanted to check out where I lived, he wanted to ensure that if I took Twix, that she was going to a good home.

The three dogs played in the backyard for a bit, continuing the fun from the park.  We also went inside and they raced around.  The three girls were getting along great.

Twix and her owner went home and he said he’d call me later.  We decided I should sleep on it before deciding if I wanted to get another dog.  He called me early the next morning and asked what I was thinking.  I decided that I’d add another dog, dog number three to my pack.  I had a baseball meeting that morning and I’d pick her up after the meeting.

So, around 1pm that day (it was a Sunday), I drove to the south-east of Calgary to pick up Twix and her belongings.  She went very willingly with me, her owner was sad to see her go.  I was surprised that their little boy who was about 6 years old wasn’t sad, or at least didn’t appear to be sad at all.  We agreed that we could meet every so often at a dog park so that they could see Twix.

On the way home, we stopped at Pet Smart to buy some dog stuff for Twix and headed home.  Blondie and Hera were happy to see their new friend again, not knowing that she’d be staying this time.

We did meet up with Twix’s former owners, but only once.  Twix was happy to see them but didn’t try to follow them when we left.  I think she’s pretty happy with Blondie, Hera and myself.

Twix has been with us for 21 months or so now, it will be 2 years this coming January.  She moved with us to Crowsnest Pass and is loving life.  She loves having two sister dogs to play with, going for car rides, having naps with her Dad.  She bonded to me quicker than any dog I’ve ever known.  Although she wasn’t abused (so many Pitbull type dogs are), I don’t think she ever got a lot of love and attention in her early life.  Now, since I work from home, she gets all the attention and love she wants and she eats it up.

She is a great addition to the D’Arcy pack and although I do not regret getting her and giving her a great life, I’ve decided that I won’t have three dogs at one time again.  I’m glad that she’s happy and healthy and happy with my pack of girls.

Bt the way, I’ve read on the internet, 3 dogs is the maximum that you can have, without becoming a crazy dog person, so I will go with that.  🙂


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Excellent baseball, sorry Yankees (not)…

Great baseball game last night, from my perspective anyway, being a hater of the Yankees.  CC Sabathia was on the mound for the Yankees, I don’t care for him, likely only because he plays for the Yankees.  I didn’t like Jeeter for that reason and that reason alone.  And, guess what?  That’s my opinion so you can’t say I am wrong, it’s also my BLOG, so there.  Anyway, where was I?  Right, CC was on the mound and was not his usual good pitching self, shame.  The Sox scored 4 runs pretty early and lead 4-1 heading into the 9th.  Boston put in their closer, who, by the way, has one of the (if not the MOST) ugliest beards in all of baseball.  He did not pitch particularly well and it looked like the Yankees were going to win the game.  One shot, with bases loaded was about 10 feet shy of being a home run.  He did eventually give up 2 runs before getting the final out, which was a close play at 1B.  The Red Sox celebrated their ALDS win with sad Yankee fans looking on.  Glad it happened that way, sorry that the Yankees got one win in the series.  At least now, we don’t have to listen to how great the Yankees are, until next Spring anyway.

So, the Red Sox now move on and play the Astros, starts Saturday evening.  In the NL, the Brewers and Dodgers start their series Friday night.  I hate the Dodgers so I guess I am rooting for the Brewers to knock them off.  I can say I’ve only seen them play a few games this year so I really don’t know any of them.  They handled my Rockies with ease, of course, with how the Rockies were hitting, I think any decent Peewee aged team could have done that.  The Sox/Astros series will be nothing short of epic, I am sure.  It’s sad, sort of, that one of them can’t continue to the World Series.  My guess, whoever represents the American League will win and will win pretty easily, as easy as playoff baseball can be, anyway.

I will predict that it will be the Astros vs. Milwaukee.  The Astros will likely take 6 of not 7 games to defeat the Red Sox.  I have no idea on the NL side how many games it may go.  Seeing as I hate the Dodgers, I hope for 4.  We’ll see.

So, a couple of days off of baseball, next action is Friday night.  I suppose I will see what else is on to watch right?  Too cold to do much outside.

Gotta love playoff baseball.

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