Five years ago me and Eric my son crossed Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland and the never ending climb up St Gotthards Passed to Italy. He told me before he left....Dad if anything ever happens to you I will finish your journey. Now he gets married at the beach where I watched the meteor showes a year ago. I have some great stories to tell. I am so proud to be MC at the wedding. So proud of Eric he is such an honest, good honorable man. The world needs more Eric's.
It makes me feel old but I don't care. Born right here at home in Vancouver yesterday it was amazing. She stole my heart and made me cry.....Gramps.
In three weeks I will attempt a full Ironman.Its 2.4 mile (3.86 km) open water swim, 112 mile(180 km) bike, 26.2 mile(42.20 km)run. Dehydration , cramping and bonking from no food stores left are the biggest obstacles not just the marathon distances of each sport. The average male competitor will require 11,000 calories of fuel and about 25 litres of water and electrolytes. As far as food thats 110 Clif Shots; or 45 PowerBars; or 88 bananas.
My goal is to raise $10,000 for Police/Firefighters PTSD
A girl from San Francisco thats a long distance swimmer saw my posts. She wrote asked me to join her on a swim from the Mainland to Vancouver Island in September. She said only 3 women had ever done it and wants a team mate and saw I was training for a full Ironman.. So well I just did a Forrest Gump and said...sure! Besides Ferry's are real expensive now and there is a great Fish n Chips place in Nanaimo. Its roughly 32 km from Sechelt to Nanaimo. Tides/daylight hours historical inds early September are perfect it should take roughly 13 hours at our pace. I never take on a challenge that I dont think I can't do............
So its a GO.
Well today I found myself caught "Between The Rock and a Hard Place" I made a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco " Where when I touched ground I was promptly arrested by the SFPD. They want to keep the record to nobody ever escaped! As I expected the water was very cold, a two foot chop with 4 foot swells, strong currents and I swallowed a lot of water. I was pretty sick on shore from the water ingestion and vertigo inner ear from the cold water but nothing serious. But Hoo Lee Chit I made it. I am just so happy today I conquered that fear and had another chance after cancer to challenge myself like this.
I hope I can inspire you be all you can be---- even if you never had cancer.
No turning back. 4 sleeps to Alcatraz, 40 sleeps to Ironman, 409 sleeps to plant my flag that travelled the world signed by hundreds---- to its final resting place on top of the world
Fire captain to run for Burnaby council
Fire captain Rudy Pospisil says he'd aim to cap building heights at 30 storeys if he is elected.
Photograph By CONTRIBUTEDAfter working for the Burnaby fire department for nearly 30 years, former Burnaby fire captain Rudy Pospisil is hoping he can serve the public a new way, by running for city council as an independent candidate.
Pospisil has lived in Burnaby his whole life. He remembers swimming, playing, and catching fish in Burrard Inlet as a child, now the place of Trans Mountain’s Westridge marine terminal. He’s raised three kids here too, and they all went to BCIT.
First, he says he’s not pleased with the rate of development. He would cap new highrises at 30 storeys because the new towers are “an eyesore” and make fighting fires difficult.
“I think the densification and square-footage in these towers and highrises are there for a reason. The height cap is there for a reason,” he said. “Burnaby is prostituting itself to the developers.
“You look from Metrotown to the mountains and you see the giant black nails going in between your view … I mean, it’s ugly. If you keep it below the sight-lines, and you keep it within a certain amount of the hill ranges for views, then it’s more acceptable.”
The city should be demanding more amenities from developers too, he says, such as in the new developments in Metrotown.
“They’re pushing people out of the three-storey walk-ups to build towers,” he said. “This non-market housing should have all been part of the negotiations in the beginning.”
He also doesn’t like the way the city has dealt with Kinder Morgan and said the mayor’s refusal to pay policing costs was “embarrassing.” Though he wouldn’t say whether or not he supports the pipeline, he said negotiations could have been better.
“They’ve drawn battle lines in the ground, and nobody’s talking to each other,” he said. “I think the federal government is going to legislate, that it’s going to go in, and we’re going to have lost our opportunity to really deal with Kinder Morgan and do it the way we wanted it to be done.”
Another thing he’d like to see is more bike trails. As a cyclist, he says he spends most of his time cycling in Vancouver because he doesn’t like the trails in the city.
Pospisil also noted that he is “truly independent” because, as a retired firefighter, he doesn’t have an income from a business or union.
“I have a vested interest in my city. I grew up here. I have family that’s going to grow up here and continue on, and I want my city to continue in the right direction.”
I visited the plaque at City Hall that they just mounted. I was excited to see it written in stone! But then felt like I was looking at my own headstone.... surrounded by headstones of the non-living. I think they figure Everest will finish me . I'm not dead yet!
But it was nice knowing you guys!
Many desert animals wait out the heat of the day in shade or underground. The most interesting animals I found are active at dawn or dusk Coyotes, bats , owls etc. (crepus-cular), and others strictly at night (nocturnal), to take advantage of cooler temperatures and moister air. They must be able to find food and keep away from predators in the dark. Some animals have these things to help them get around in the dark:
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