A Happy Saturday morning from the North Woods. Almost day after day it’s been overcast and most often days of rain (as soon as I finish the post I will probably get busy bailing the 4” of rain water currently inside of the Sea Nymph). Not exactly what in past years has been viewed as the most perfect month of the Northern summer.

Then we’re in a technical jungle and haven’t found the path out. Marcia has a Microsoft Surface tablet loaded with Windows 8.1. Every few days it automatically feels the need to update. The first bit of awareness we get is from our “Hotspot” provider informing that we’ve used up our daily allotment of high-speed connectivity and are therefore being throttled back, This lasts until we get a fresh start the following day.

I’ve checked on Microsoft sites and forums, I read everything I could find and interpret; all without success. Seemingly it’s impossible to control this beast. It’s a bit of a pain.

” Two short anecdotes ………when I was a boy, I was diagnosed with TB as well as partial retinal detachment. The cure was to confine me to a dark room with a heavy vest across my chest to prevent coughing fits. I spent nearly TWO YEARS of my childhood immobilized in this dark room. Suffice to say, nothing else could slow me down after that!” ~ Colin Cantwell @ age 84, I was[ ; …accepted to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural school + Working with NASA to inform the public on the first unmanned space flights + Being Walter Cronkite’s “Hal 9000” NASA connection during live broadcast of the first moon landing + Inventing the first real color monitor for Hewlett Packard + Lead star ship designer for Star Wars – I drew the original designs for the X-Wing, A-Wing, Star Destroyer, TIE Fighter, & Rebel cruisers. I was also the one who designed and sculpted the Death Star and gave it it’s trench]

to all my friends and family undergoing medical issues, lounging in medical never-never land, or experiencing setbacks, don’t let them get you down. Grasp for the stars and drink in the sunshine (just not during an eclipse).

Hydro One – We’re remote but not so remote that we can’t follow world events. For example we are fully aware that the little fat guy with the bad hair on the Korean Peninsula is busily “choreographing an Ester Williams style synchronized-swimming rocket dance in the waters around Guam” (Mark Stein). But here that is not what concerns us; it’s not what is talked about. It’s not who we curse. Here it’s Hydro One.

Where else are formal concerns (this is Canada, other places it’d be screeches and screams) sent to Ottawa the capital and Toronto the province with stops in-between with various politicos. Where else can you find a place where a newspaper’s front page is taken up on the subject of Hydro One.

Hydro One is the government owned electricity provider. We are surrounded by a group of dams all willing to generate a vast array of electricity. Yet, it is the most costly provider of power and delivery charges in Canada. It is also the most unreliable. Our nearest town, Thessalon, logs both short and lengthy outages (brownouts?) on a daily basis.

Last afternoon at about 3:30 we were getting ready for dinner out to be followed by a concert in town. Finishing my shower and reaching for the towel, pssssst, all went dark and quiet. It was daylight hence it wasn’t too difficult to hop around on one foot in the kitchen while drying myself; but really? At Donn and Marlene’s it was a similar story. By then Donn had information that power would be restored by 7:45 – fingers crossed.

After a stop at the library and a great dinner (Indian Seafood Curry for me and Arctic Char for Marcia) we drove, content and happy, to the Odd Fellows Hall (or was it the Legion’s Hall? – can’t remember). It was during the second song that all went dark. I most remember the 100 or so people making a run for the bar to get beers before the coolers warmed up – I think this was a learned Pavlovian response on their part.

Donn, Marlene, Marcia, and I went home. Back at Northern Comfort power had been restored. And so it goes.

Thessalon Days (part deux) – Over the years I’ve experienced a vast array of differing parades. Yet, it’s these small town events that climb to the top. Just watching kids shaking with excitement and greetings being called out to folk on nearly every homemade float is a beautiful thing. Enjoyable too.

Here are a few photos.

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Additionally, there is plenty of room for screw-ups. For example the Can-AM Poker Run of 70 or so massive ‘cigarette’ style racing boats. These things were so fast that when we showed up at the marina on the appointed hour to watch them make a quick card stop we were just in time to see the last two barrel off into the distance. The winner had some massive aircraft engine in it, yup these are extreme boats. One had busted and was waiting to be hauled away; I took a few photos.

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Animal Planet – We’re seeing more American Goldfinches, probably in the early stages getting ready to migrate south.

The other day another bear crossed the highway in front of us. Seeing very few around and about other than these road-side sightings.

Finis – In the civilized world Kirstin and Vince have moved into their new digs and shared some beautiful photos. We hear that Cathy and Jason’s re-do of their home is progressing and on track and we’re waiting for photos (hint, hint). Adrianne and Tevita seem to be hanging a bunch at the Bengals’ training camp and are sharing photos of them and some of their favorite players.

Here we’re beginning to get serious about decorating the Pontoon for it’s across the lake trip to the lake wide Fish Fry at the Cox’s. Marcia’s theme for this year’s boat decoration is “Red Solo Cup”. It should be good.

Next it’ll be the morning walk with Marlene, then THE bailing of the Nymph. Maybe afterwards sit in the sun and begin my read from the library; Neil Young, Waging Heavy Peace. You didn’t think a stop by the library was just for fun did you?

Make it a great week everyone.

Cheers.

Dirk

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