We Went to the BEACH …

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It was a fabulous weekend in Ottawa. I love getting on a bus, and having someone else do the driving. I put on some tunes, or I hit a meeting in a pod cast, or I read. On the recommendation of a good friend, I had ordered a couple of books via Indigo last week. One of them, which I took to Ottawa this weekend was Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs and Steel” It’s a history of the world kind of book. Very interesting, a little academic, but so far, I have enjoyed the read.

Friday night we hit the Royal Oak for dinner, after my arrival and I got a free dinner because the kitchen screwed up my order. Free Food gets my vote any day.

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Saturday we packed the car and drove into Gatineau on the other side of the river from Ottawa to a National Park, and Lac Philippe. It is a HUGE lake, park, picnic and BEACH park, with all kinds of water fun to be had. Canoes, paddle boards, and stuff like that.

This car was parked right near us, and I had to photograph it because it was cool. A Canadian Maple Leaf car …

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I haven’t been in a body of water, i.e. a beach, since I left Florida all those years ago. We have a pool in the building, but it is enclosed on the 20th floor. And I never use it. So going to the beach was a novel idea.

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The water was cool, and very welcoming for sure. We hung out in the lake all afternoon, and watched people frolicking in the water.

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After the beach we went to Carlo’s for dinner. It is a roadside retro, restaurant in an old bus, with the retro neon sign above, serving easy quick fare of poutine, burgers, hot dogs and other sandwiches. They have a picnic table area to sit and eat. It was quite good actually. Very enjoyable.

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We then drove over to Wakefield for desert. Wakefield is close to the park we were at, so we parked the car and browsed the little shops in town, and had some ice cream. They built a brand new boardwalk along the river.

It was a special occasion. Rafa crossed his six-year mark a few months ago, so we gave him his six year chip standing at the river walk. Wakefield is where they want to live in the future, so I thought it would be a good spot to mark an anniversary.

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Old train tracks run along the river walk, and there are portal signs along the way explaining the history of the village where ever an old house or building stands along the line. We found this push car on the tracks at the end of the line. The kicker had been disconnected from the push bar, so the little car would not move, but you could push it manually.

The sun had set as we hit the road. And on the highway, the “You have low fuel light came on, and we were running on fumes by the time we found a gas station, thanks to Google Maps … We came into Ottawa around 9:15, and thought we should hit Parliament Hill to see the Northern Lights, light show. So we parked the car at the lot and walked back to the Hill, and got prime seats for the show.

The Northern Lights show runs all summer. It is a multimedia light, laser and film presentation, that is illuminated right on the face of the Parliament building itself. It tells the story of Canada and all the history of our country. It was the second time we have seen this particular show.

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At the end of the presentation, they play O’ Canada.

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Everybody stands while we sing …

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

It was last summer that we first saw this show, and it was an emotional moment for me, standing on the Hill, with my best friend, both of us had become citizens, he, a year or so ago, and me, in 2003. I did not get pomp and circumstance when my papers came through, so standing on Parliament Hill, with my best friend, two new citizens of Canada, singing the National Anthem … Gets me every time.

When I get to the line .. God keep our land Glorious and Free …

My heart swells and tears fall from my eyes. It is like that whenever they play O’ Canada at the Olympics too.

It happened again on Saturday night, however, all three of us were sobbing by the end of the anthem. I think that is the most patriotic thing to do, is stand on the Hill, with your friends and family and sing the national anthem.

I get very emotional over that.

Sunday we slept in until 1 o’clock in the afternoon, had a brief but tasty brunch and I took the bus home to Montreal. Today it is miserably hot. Supposed to rain for he next 4 days. UGH.

We really need the rain.

More to come.

Monday: IN ALL THY SONS COMMAND

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When does Political Correctness need to stop ?

When do we, as people, get to say, enough already with your penny ante bullshit needs for everything good and right needing to be changed because of the way you wipe your ass ?

The fluidity discussion has only grown in the last year or so, and I have seen this across many social platforms, and in my social groupings in the rooms I attend weekly. The classification of who you are, the color your skin, your nationality, your heritage, your background, your sexual identity, or lack thereof … has caused much fracas in these social circles.

Everybody is vying for a piece of the pie, so to speak.

We all want to be recognized, and respected, and equally represented, in all areas of life. Most importantly in our homes and in our communities.

Racism and Exclusion are very serious problems here in Canada.

And I am tired of having to prune my words in public and lately, when in conversation with friends, about many things, I have to actually, consciously “THINK” of what words I use in conversations that used to be so easily had. I cannot speak to friends like I used to speak to them before the P.C. Sexual Orientation/Fluidity topics have come to the fore.

Just the other day, I was talking to a friend, and within that conversation, he mentioned someone I know well and care about. Said person is on the S.O. spectrum (sexual orientation) spectrum. And as I was talking, I had to carefully MINE my words, having to actually choose words wisely, so as not to be offensive to them.

Do you know what kind of mental gymnastics that is ???

Having to carefully choose ones words, that do not come naturally, and having to think on ones feet, so to speak, making sure one uses the right pronouns or identifiers, is a real pain in the ass.

It’s like OOOPS, what did I just say ?

Did I use the wrong word there, because I cannot speak naturally, like I had been able for the whole of my life ?

They changed the National Anthem of Canada … Oh Canada …
The old version, written before W.W. I reads “IN ALL THY SONS COMMAND”
it now reads “IN ALL OF US COMMAND.”

The reference was put there to honor the memory of the great sacrifices that the many men who fought for this country in wars far and wide, that we remember them, respect them, and honor them for all eternity in song, every time we sing the anthem.

Now that has all changed.

Honor stripped from the Anthem. The memory lost to a bunch of tree hugging, politically correct pin heads, who bent over backwards and got fucked to make community more inclusive, because they just could not help themselves, could they?

  • Oh, I feel oppressed.
  • I don’t feel accepted.
  • I’m socially inept and sexually dysfunctional, and these days,
  • It is a Sin to be a MAN.
  • I mean really,
  • What the fuck WOMEN ?

Let’s just punish all the men in the world for the shortcomings of a few really bad apples. And while we are at it, let’s just change the whole fucking National Anthem for good measure!

When is enough ENOUGH already ?

I’ve spent HOURS walking the Canadian National War Museum in Ottawa with my best friend. If you’ve never been, you really need to see it.

I find it REPUGNANT that the national anthem was changed. Because the Honor, Respect and Memory of all those who died in service of Canada, have been just tossed aside for expediency and political correctness and for the whim of the female population, because they are SO HARD DONE BY, us men.

We should just RAZE the God Damned building for heavens sake now, because the hallowed honor of that building has been desecrated for sure.

I am all for respecting everyone … I mean we pray it over and over in the long version of the Serenity Prayer every night.

But enough is enough already.

This truly pisses me off to no end.

It sucks being a man. But I won’t stay silent for expediency and the fragile temperament of women who have their endless axes to grind with us.

There is a limit to my willingness to be accepting of social norms. But when you cross the line and begin to strip away honor, respect and memory from men who died for my country, you have taken a STEP TOO FAR …

The NEWS…

The Senate passed a bill that renders the national anthem gender neutral Wednesday despite the entrenched opposition of some Conservative senators.

The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member’s bill in 2016 that would alter the national anthem by replacing “in all thy sons command” with “in all of us command” as part of a push to strike gendered language from O Canada.

The bill was first introduced by Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger, who died in 2016. It now must receive royal assent by the Governor General before it officially becomes law.

Since 1980, when O Canada officially became the country’s anthem, 12 bills have been introduced in the House to strip the gendered reference to “sons,” which some have argued is discriminatory. All attempts have failed until now.

The song was written by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908 and has been changed before — including an update that dates back to before the First World War when the author added the line that later sparked so much debate. Weir, a poet and judge, changed “thou dost in us command” to “in all thy sons command.”

‘Very, very happy’

Independent Ontario Sen. Frances Lankin, the sponsor of Bélanger’s bill the upper house, said she was elated after the bill’s passage.

“I’m very, very happy. There’s been 30 years plus of activity trying to make our national anthem, this important thing about our country, inclusive of all of us,” she said. “This may be small, it’s about two words, but it’s huge … we can now sing it with pride knowing the law will support us in terms of the language. I’m proud to be part of the group that made this happen.”

My Line in the Sand has been drawn, when it comes to Political Correctness.

I’ve had enough !!!

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Lest, we never FORGET the brave sacrifices of our men who fought for this country in wars far and wide, and forever HONOR them. This is our anthem as it SHOULD be sung.

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