The 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.

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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.

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Get yourself some Nice Laundry

These days, it seems like you can buy so many things to customize your look so that you feel more unique. From phone cases to watches and now socks. Fun and colourful socks have been around for a while, and while they are usually expensive, ranging from $12/pair to $30/pair, I’ve been wearing them for the better part of two years.

Sadly, the average fun dress sock life span is pretty short. I usually have a hole in the toe or the heel within a few months. Not exactly the best $12-$30 investment. Until now…

I’ve finally found a company that makes great socks at a reasonable price.

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Google Maps Improvement Idea

I use Google maps almost every day. I use it to find places in the city, draw out a quick route and most of all see if there are any options for me to avoid traffic jams.

When Google introduced the ‘Show Traffic’ feature in maps I was pumped! When I realized that route travel times were affected by the live traffic data I was even more excited! However, Google maps should take their live traffic data and go one step further to be even more useful…

Average traffic / travel times based on time of day

If I was running the genius team of dev’s at Google Maps, I’d have them work on coming up with an option to select a route (no different than now) and then develop an advanced option where people can choose the time and day of the week they will be traveling, because unless you’re on your mobile and traveling you’re most likely traveling later on, and have it re-adjust the travel times based on historical traffic data averages. Let me explain with a situation.

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Does money make you mean?

I’m learning to love research and any kind of analytical style of thinking. Statistics and analytics provide you with insight into people, problems and even the future. In the Ted Talk video above, Paul Piff presents his research findings on if having more money, or being ‘privileged’, can actually make you mean.

In my experience, this research is fairly accurate if you’re going to look at it on the average. I say on the average because I know many wealthy people that are just as humble, thoughtful and kind as those without money and I know many less privileged people that are cruel, spiteful and just generally terrible people.

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The Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner

Last night, I picked up a six pack of Russell Brewing Companies Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner. I’ve never had this particular Pilsner but I had heard great things so I figured why not give it a try.

The Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner is super easy to drink beer with tastes of golden malts, a hint of crispy spice, all of which comes together nicely for a smooth and clean finish. We paired this beer with a few pizza’s from Panago and I have to say it was a great match. With a low IBU of only 35, even the Mrs enjoyed this smooth and easy drinking Pilsner. The Czech pilsner is delicious and refreshing and definitely one I’ll remember and purchase again. 

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I’m cancelling my Rogers phone protection plan

I’ve been a Rogers customer for a few years now. I’ve also been an iPhone user since the first iPhone hit the shelves. So naturally, when Rogers offered me a phone protection plan where if ‘anything’ happens to my phone they’ll replace it with no questions asked, all for $10/month I should add, I naturally said yes.

See, I’ve cracked every screen on every iPhone I’ve ever had. I’m clumsy and my phone often drops out of my pocket when I go to reach for it or I’m trying to do to many things at once and… well I’ve cracked a lot of screens. So, when the Rogers employee that sold me my contract and iPhone 5s told me about this new protection plan, I figured it was a no brainer. A no brainer until I actually cracked my screen.

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My Portland Brew Tour

A while back, while there was a foot of snow on the ground back in Edmonton, my good friend Dan and I decided to get away for a guys weekend to Portland. Neither of us had ever been before and we both loved craft beer so we figured why not…

Portland is a very clean city with beautiful old buildings, tons of greenery and more craft breweries than you can shake a stick at. It’s a beer lovers dream come true. A place where you can walk around a fairly small downtown and visit some of North America’s most popular brew sites while popping in and out of ones that don’t ship outside the Oregon borders.

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Is Jlo desperate for fans?

Like most guys, I’m all for beautiful women looking great it very revealing clothing, but I can’t believe that Jennifer Lopez actually made this video and released it to the world. I mean Miley Cyrus I get, even though her wrecking ball video was criticized all over the web, because she’s young and needs the publicity but really?! Jlo is going to drench herself in water and oil while wearing a small one piece singing a song about her booty and where the word ‘booty’ is mentioned 37 times!?

My only question for Jlo is, what bet did you lose? 

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24 hours in Napa Valley

As part of Mrs Turny and I’s mini-moon in San Francisco, we rented a 2014 Mustang convertible and drove north across the Golden Gate Bridge to Napa Valley! See, I had origianlly told Mrs Turny that we would be doing some wine tasting in Kelowna, BC during our mini-moon. So, since I changed the location, I thought it would at least be good of me to keep part of the original plan in tact.

I planned on diving up to Napa one day, hitting up as many wineries as possible, spending the night, and then driving back the next day to capture more of that San Francisco greatness…

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