Archive for December, 2005

The green, green grass of home?

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

Before we forget — a very Happy New Year to all. Please also check out Stupidism of the Week and Latest Article, both with new material posted. It’s always easy to think the grass is greener somewhere else, and when you’re travelling you can test your assumptions immediately. Inhabitants of the Great White North may not [...]

Still road ragin’ on potholed winter highways

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

Click here to read my Western View column in the December 2005 Ski Canada on the state of the highways in Alberta and B.C.’s ski country.

Make that a regular coffee

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

“I told you there’d be snow up here. Now you owe me a double expresso!” — Overheard on the chairlift at Whistler-Blackcomb ski area Clearly there’s no eckscape from the mangulation of the English language. Mr. K. felt there was no ecksplanation necessary, but Dr. J. was of the opinion that the mispronunciation of the word [...]

Merry Christmas, Peace and Happiness to All

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the days beyond. We won’t be blogging much, if at all, over the next week or so. (But Latest Article will continue to be updated!) Dr. J. and Mr. K. are spending Christmas with their respective parents, then vacationing with their most treasured loved ones. George will be [...]

From bogeyman to Everyman

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

From the op-ed pages of the Calgary Herald, December 22, 2005: The 2004 federal election saw Liberals portraying Conservative leader Stephen Harper as scary, angry and (hence) unacceptable to eastern Canadians. Now, the Liberals can’t run on their or Prime Minister Paul Martin’s record, so they’re trying the same trick again. The key hammer last [...]

Tears for Rudolph

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

The fate of western Canada’s woodland caribou is again in the news. Besides the vast herds that roam the Arctic, smaller populations are scattered farther south. These are thought to be isolated groups hanging on since the last Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. Like other endangered or threatened species – the Vancouver Island marmot [...]

Heli-skiing at Mica Heli Guides

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Click here to read the feature story from the December 2005 Ski Canada on my visit to Mica Heli Guides, north of Revelstoke, B.C.

Dr. J. and Mr. K.’s in-house poet laureate

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Paul Bunner, an Edmonton-based freelance writer and a longtime crony (and former boss) of Mr. K.’s, dips a toe into the roiling waters of cyberspace with this guest-blog entry (and threatens to topple the recording empire of Snoop Dogg): Out here in the WestWhere the fishin’s the bestEastern Liberals treat us like dogsSo we started [...]

BONUS — It’s a Mr. K. Stupidism!

Monday, December 19th, 2005

“Those two are like a mongoose and a scorpion fighting in a bottle…Whoops —I should have said two mongeese. No wait, mongooses like each other. I have it — they’re like two scorpions in a bottle!” — Mr. K. in full rhetorical flight while behind the steering wheel, discussing two acquaintances who recently wrecked their own business. We knew our Stupidism of [...]

Champollion or champignon?

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

John Duffy’s latest opus in the Friday National Post again boasts of his ability to decipher the cryptic opinions of Stephen Harper. He claims to have found the Rosetta Stone necessary to understand Harper’s deepest held views in the 1997 speech recently unearthed on a metaphorical Liberal dig at the banks of the St. Lawrence [...]