A letter to my MLA about Bill 10

This is a guest post from a good friend who is passionate about building his community. He sent this letter to his local MLA and copied the Premier and Education Minister.

I don’t usually do guest posts but in this case, I thought it was very appropriate considering everything that is happening around Alberta’s Bill 10. If you’re not aware, Bill 10 amends the Alberta Bill of Rights to Protect our Children and denies students the automatic right to form gay-straight alliances.

If you don’t know what your MLA voted, check page 8 of this Votes & Proceedings document. 

Read More

Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta

A few weeks back I drove and reviewed a luxurious Lincoln Navigator. Man, I loved driving that thing.

Following the Navigator, Ford hooked me up with a 2014 Fiesta SE for a week. It also happened to be the same week where Edmonton got it’s first decent snow fall, but more on that later.

My first impression of the Fiesta is that it was a very very small car. Looking at it parked beside an F150 was like looking at a small dog standing beside a horse. Actually, the moment I got my 6’2″ frame into the Fiesta’s driver seat, I immediately thought of a clip from Tommy Boy. Go about 25 seconds in and you’ll understand…

Read More

We’ve moved

For the past 2.5yrs, I’ve lived in a one bedroom 649 square foot condo on Edmonton’s most sought after street for downtown dwellers. My condo, which I rented, was on the 18th floor with a west facing view/balcony of  The Century building, which is located on 104th street and 102nd avenue. It had heated underground parking, the city centre market outside my front door and enough cool coffee shops and restaurants within a 5 min walk that I would never actually have to cook (even though I did).

My bachelor pad in the sky is where the Mrs and I became friends, fell in love and created many memories. 

Read More

New Addiction: Clash of Clans

It all started on a weekend trip to Canmore with a few friends. Naomi and John were playing this Sims looking game on their iPad and iPhone and I leaned over to see what it was. I asked if they could explain it to me and before I knew it, I had my own village, was part of their clan and had a new addiction. All within a few hours.

I know I’m not alone when I say this but I have a video game problem. I get completely hooked on the story line or building of anything. Doesn’t matter what it is, if there’s some strategy and or a storyline involved and I start playing it, I have to finish and find out all the details. It’s bad, I know. 

Read More

Review: Harry’s Razors

Being bald is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it takes me practically no time to get ready in the morning and a curse because I have spent a lot of money on razors over the years.

If I think about it, I’ve been bald for just over 11 years. Since I shave my head approximately once a week, which isn’t that much compared to other bald guys that shave every day, then that means I’ve shaved my head 572 times, give or take. For most of those shaves I’ve used something like the Shick Xtreme3 disposable razor.  It’s got 3 blades and works for about 2 full head shaves before it goes dull. If I buy them in a pack of 8 (about $10), I end up spending $10 every 4 months on razors. Not too bad for a decent shave.

Read More

Review: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

A few weeks ago I was asked to review the 2015 Lincoln Navigator. Never having driven a Lincoln, and knowing that I had a couple road trips coming up, I thought it would be fitting to do the review while seeing how many kilometers I could put on this brand new vehicle. I got it with just over 1,200kms….

Initial thoughts

I jumped into the driver seat, looked back and immediately started laughing. This vehicle is not only huge but provides a whole new level of luxury that I’m not used to seeing in an SUV. Which one should expect for a vehicle that costs $86,760.

Read More

Review: MVMT Watches

I’ve always loved minimalist watches so when I found MVMT watches, I knew I would eventually have to buy one. With a beautifully minimalist design and the idea of supporting a startup, I decided I would spend the $95 USD and order myself the classic white face with black leather strap (shown above). And then, I waited… and waited… and waited…

Truth be told, I received my watch in the mail exactly one month after placing the order. That may not sound like a long time to some of you, or something I should be bitching about in a blog post, but I’ve been buying online for quite some time and standard shipping to Canada for almost any product is 5-7 business days. One month is not okay. Not even for a startup that was funded on Indiegogo. If anything, they should have the best shipping options available so that their customers get their product right away.

Read More

Review: Sullivans Cove Whisky

A few months ago the Mrs and I got married and threw a big party with 125 of our closest friends and family. An important part of the post-wedding celebrations, at least to me anyways, was that I have a scotch and cigar bar for anyone that wanted to enjoy a whisky from my personal collection. Needless to say, it was a complete hit. We drank my entire collection (9 bottles) and enjoyed more than 40 cigars (cuban and other).

The reason behind the scotch and cigar bar was because I love scotch and cigars. I love the entire experience of enjoying a well balanced and smooth single malt, or peaty and smoky single malt (depending on the occasion and cigar of choice), with a few close friends. However, once the wedding was over and my collection completely gone, I had nothing left to enjoy with those few special people who stood up for me at the wedding.

Read More

Review: 2014 Kia Soul

Last week, the Mrs and I got into a bumper to bumper accident during rush hour traffic. We were hit from behind and then pushed into the vehicle in front of us. Thankfully everyone in the incident was alright but the damage to our vehicle deemed it un-drivable due to the hood no longer being able to be shut properly.

Before this incident I was fairly unfamiliar with what happens when you’re in an accident and you have to go through insurance. Now that I’ve been through it, or am still currently going through it, I have to give kudos to AMA Insurance and the Village Bodyworks Company for being so great to deal with. After submitting our claim and dropping the car off at Village Bodyworks, I was driven over to Enterprise to pick up the rental vehicle we get while the car is assessed and fixed.

Read More

On becoming a husband

On August 15, 2014 I married my best friend and the love of my life.

The wedding was held in my aunts backyard where 125 of our closest family and friends gathered to celebrate with us. That night, we became husband and wife. Something the Mrs and I had been looking forward to becoming since our first date. After the ceremony the night itself was a whirl wind of food, drinks, dancing and laughter. It was perfect and I couldn’t have imagined it any other way.

Looking back before the wedding, I imagined being a husband was going to be very similar to what being a boyfriend or fiancee was like. I imagined that life didn’t really change all that much and that being married was only a public declaration of our love for each other. Our relationship itself wasn’t really going to change all that much.

Read More