'Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
'Till you find your dream.
A dream that will need
All the love you can give,
Every day of your life
For as long as you live'
Climb Ev'ry Mountain – Rodgers and Hammerstein
Sunday September 8
We went to yoga this morning and then, on our way to grab a coffee, Wendy received a text fom Colin…
'you guys want to go to Brian and Renee's for breakfast?' (well, i am a might peckish)
Wendy calls Renee to see what we might bring…
Renee, 'Nothing, just yourselves'
Then Renee has an inspired idea…'You know what you could bring, some Perseco' (huh?)
I ask, “Wendy, what's Perseco?”
Wendy tells me that it's 'Villa Teresa Prosecco'…a bubbly white (oh right…Prosecco)
Wendy tells Renee that we'll be over as soon as we clean up.
Chris is at Colin's, helping him build a workshed. While we're there, we make arrangements to have Chris over for dinner….around six pm. Colin will be unable to join us as he'll be taking Zoltan and Teddy back to Victoria this evening.
Evening plans confirmed, we head over to Brian and Renee's house, which is five minutes away, on the east side of Redrooffs Road. Wendle knows where it is. She tells me that it was at Brian's neighbour's house where we caught sight of the bear's bum the other day. Very cool
As we enter the shared driveway, we skirt past 'Bear-Butt Lodge' and swing right to climb the incredible hill up to the house
“Thirty seconds and counting. Astronauts report it feels good”
In an area of many steep hills…this one is absolutely crazy.
“Twenty seconds and counting”
Our angle of climb is so severe that it feels like the car is going to flip back onto it's roof
Wendy says, “It feels like we're going to flip over”
We're continuing on faith now
'T-15 seconds, guidance is internal'
The car, already in first gear, chugs disapprovingly
'All engines running'
Then we hit a patch of even steeper road…the car tilts almost vertical. We can no longer see the road…just pure, blue sky
'Liftoff! We have a liftoff'
I have a sudden, stomach churning, déjà vu…a recurring childhood nightmare of this very scenario
Wendy says, “This is like climbing the hill on a roller coaster”
(that's a bad sign…she abhors roller coasters)
Straining against the G-Forces to peer above the hood, Wendy shouts, “I can't see the road”
And then we crest the hill.
Slowly, painfully, the front end of the car descends…
'Faint shadow. 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. Okay. Down a half''
…a sudden vibration as the tires slam down onto the hard packed lunar surface…
'Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Civic has landed'
“Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again”
You and us both brother
The view is well worth the flight. In the far distance you can see Nanaimo
The house is built on a rocky outcrop
This is the view from the main bath
Brunch is served around an oval 'T-Fal Raclette'
'Raclettes – Spend more time with your friends and not in the kitchen'
Renee and Brian had been searching for an oval one and then Brian found and bought this one at a garage sale for fifty bucks (concurrently training his son Owen, in the fine art of garage sale bartering).
Today is it's inauguration day. 'First-fry'. Back bacon, onions, mushrooms, cheese and toast for six kids (four of whom are visiting) and six adults (four are guests)…all cooked to perfection on the 'T-Fal Raclette'. Ha…eat your heart out George Foreman (Champ. Sir)
After brunch, Brian leads Wendle and I into his office where he is preparing to print out a character from the game 'Minecraft', for one of the kids.
The new object will be an actual three dimensional toy because Brian is using a 3D printer. He bought it as a kit and put it together with his son, and fellow genius, Owen.
It is amazingly cool. A computer program directs the actual printing. Two spools of plastic 'thread' feed into the printer. The printer first melts the plastic and then lays it out in very thin strips of progressively rising rows to create the desired form
Brian uses the printer to manufacture specialty items for his work and he and Owen use it to create useful personal gadgets. Owen designed and printed a unique item for his Minecraft game. Brian made a plastic sleeve to hold his cell phone and then installed it between the covers of an old book.
Voila…the ideal smartphone case
It even includes a pen…that was also manufactured on the printer
Today's effort will take two hours and forty-six minutes to print. It's fairly bulky and to save on plastic and eliminate weight, Brian has instructed the printer to create a honeycombed interior.
To someone like me, who is 'Electronically Amish' (http://www.urbandictionary.com/), this is nigh on sorcery.
(it looks like baseball card bubble gum)
We have to get back to Colin's before 3.30pm as Zoltan and Teddy will be leaving for Victoria.
Thanks Brian, Renee, Owen and Soleil…we had a fantastic afternoon
Funniest darn thing…on the descent…the hill is an absolute pussycat
We arrive a little late…Colin and the kids have already left the building.
At six o'clock, as previously arranged, Chris shows up…with Stirling. Stirling is a Weimaraner and Chris is taking care of him for Bernadette (who's in Hawaii)
'The Weimaraner is a dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. As the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraners were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits, and foxes. Weimaraners are great water dogs as evidenced by their webbed toes'
(note: not actually Stirling…but doggone close)
Stirling is gorgeous, friendly and high strung.
Of course after dinner, we play cribbage. We can't find the three peg board so Chris counts using paper and pen (that's old school). He uses the Japanese method of counting (that's even older school)
Here's how it works….
(Ichi, Ni, San, Shi, Go)
Of course Chris wins again…and I get skunked again (hey 'Mancuso', how do you count up to ten-thousand in Japanese?)
Before we turn in for the evening, we'd like to mention a couple of things.
First, Ellen has added our blog site to both her Facebook page and her Website…http://ellenbesso.com/ (where you can also purchase her book 'An Indian Sojourn'…just sayin)
Secondly, Wendy and I would like to give a shout out to all of our many friends (and former fellow employees) at Conservation Halton (Education, Ops and Customer Service). These amazing people begin training Wednesday for another year of outstanding service. Over the course of the school year they will share Biodiversity, Energy, Wetland, Map and Compass, Bird of Prey, Species At Risk, First Nations History Culture and Skills and Maple Syrup education programs to well over Forty Thousand school children. They will also entertain and educate thousands more with weekend and holiday programs including, Barn Life, Bison Rides, Raptor Presentations, Halloween, Snowshoeing, Christmas Town, New Year's Hoopla, Maple Town, Pancake Olympics, Guided Hikes and Frog Night…bringing additional, much needed money into CH coffers.
Guys…you are vastly underpaid and under appreciated…but you are also some of the most incredible and beautiful people we have ever met and Wendy and I love you dearly. We wish you to have your best year ever.
Moose and Wendle
Under the Category of…'You Can't Make This S**t Up'
'Ulysses Corwin Nevermissashot — yes, that's his real name — was arrested Tuesday in connection to the November robbery of a U.S. Bank teller at gunpoint in Quilcene, Washington'