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The World Makes Sense Again!

As some of of you may know I’ve been playing recreational slo-pitch, it looks something like this…

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The glove you see in the picture is not a fancy glove, it’s not expensive either and it doesn’t make me a better player, but it’s my glove, I’ve had it for a few years and I’ve grown to like it very much.

Then three weeks ago, it went missing, we show up to our weekly game and no glove. My best guess was that I forgot it at the previous game the week prior. No way on earth I’ll ever see it again.

In a last ditch effort I contact the Calgary Sports and Social Club, the people that run the slo-pitch league that I play in. Laura takes down my details and tells me that she’ll reach out to the other teams to see if anyone found it. I don’t hold out much hope and about ten days later I’ve written the glove off. Then literally the next day I get up in the morning and check my email to get an email from Laura that my glove was found by Chris from another team. She provides Chris’s details and I reach out to Chris who responds within a few hours and later that day I’m re-united with my favourite glove.

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Sometimes things happen and the world makes sense again. It was a little thing but still.

Things that go boom!

Some¬†years ago my friends and I heard about¬†Tannerite¬†and for a few years we all were wishing that we had it in Canada. Tannerite is the brand name of a binary explosive intended for target practice. In essence it’s inert and perfectly safe until you mix the two ingredients at which point it’s “primed” and will be detonated by the impact of a high velocity round.

A Canadian brand of Tannerite is Gryphon Energetics and as it turns out we can now get it legally in Canada. We decided to go shooting on public land and I was sent out to go and get some exploding targets. The “targets” are in fact 1lb jars of unmixed binary explosive which you then mix and leave in their jar (once you’re at the target site that is). The jars are roughly¬†4″ by 4″ and actually challenging to shoot at 100+ meters.

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We had four of these, here is the video of us shooting one at about 125 meters, at about 5 seconds into the video we are using slo-mo mode so you can see the full effect of it, also listen for the report after the initial rifle shot.

Some people may wrinkle their noses but it’s fun!!!

Hiking the Inkpots in Winter

Friend of mine invited me to do some hiking with him, in theory it was going to be a beautiful day and we’d both bring our dogs. Nice and easy 4km (round trip) hike on a sunny day, sounds great!!!

Then Murphy’s law kicks in, Buddy (my dog) was being an idiot, he wanted to scrap with the other dog all the time, was barking at everything and generally being a grade-a¬†a-hole. The 11km (round trip) trail was mostly frozen and I didn’t have any icers on so the number of times I fell on my face on the way up was only surpassed by the number of times I fell on my ass on the way back down.

None the less…

It was worth it!!! Again, it was a beautiful day and seeing the Inkpots made it worthwhile. I actually wore Buddy (he slept in the back of the truck all the way home) out and utterly crushed my (Nike) fuel points for the day.

Hair and Ageing

Jeremy and I went to get haircuts at the same time then we went back to get trimmed at the same time again.

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Martin, dad was asking why I needed a haircut, seems pretty obvious to me.

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Marty – Biking Navy Seal

Sunday was a beautiful 12C day so I decided to go for a bike ride after lunch. From the highway the trails looked dry but it turns out there was lots of slushy ice on at least one half of the trails and heading west in fish creek was straight into a wind most of the way.

Did I quit? No, I whined like a baby but I kept on going, just like the guys from Seal Team 6. For part of the way I had to go on grass and I ended up eating quite a bit mud and I may even have ended up with some dog poo in my beard.

Still making a point of going for walks with the camera, todays pictures;

Fish Creek Park – It’s better than the Calgary Zoo!!!

We went for a short walk yesterday to stretch our legs and my new camera and we saw, deer, an owl, chickadees, and a nut hatch (Shareen doesn’t know which one). All that with no crowds or crying kids.

Here are the pictures…damn I wish I had my rifle!