Sunday, January 31, 2010


An old man rocking on his porch sees a young kid and his fishing pole walking down the dirt road. "Where you goin' with that pole?" he calls. "Gonna git me some fish with this here fishing pole!" answers the kid. Sure enough, as the sun is setting the old man sees the kid going home with a bucket of fish. Next day, old man rocking on his porch sees the kid walking down the dirt road with some duct tape. "Where you goin' with that?" he calls. "Gonna git me some ducks with this here tape!" answers the kid. "You can't git no ducks with tape!" hollers the old man. But sure enough, as the sun is setting the old man sees the kid going home with the tape strung out behind him and ducks stuck all over it! Next day, old man rocking on his porch sees the kid walking down the dirt road with some chicken wire. "Where you going with that?" he calls. "Gonna get me some chickens with this wire!" answers the kid. "You can't get no chickens with wire!" hollers the old man. But sure enough, as the sun is setting the old man sees the kid going home with the wire strung out behind him and chickens stuck all through it! Next day, old man rocking on his porch sees the kid walking down the dirt road with some pussy willows. "Now hold on just a minute" calls the old man, "wait while I get my hat!!"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Snakes & Frogs

A man went fishing one day. He looked over the side of his boat and saw a snake with a frog in its mouth. Feeling sorry for the frog, he reached down, gently took the frog from the snake, and set the frog free. But then he felt sorry for the snake. He looked around the boat, but he had no food. All he had was a bottle of rye. So he opened the bottle and gave the snake a few shots. The snake went off happy, the frog was happy, and the man was happy to have performed such good deeds. He thought everything was great until about ten minutes passed and he heard something knock against the side of the boat. With stunned disbelief, the fisherman looked down and saw the snake was back with two frogs!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


You may have noticed some AC/DC t-shirts showing prominently in the pictures from a recent NSE trip report. That may warrant some explanation, and we think it's a good story.

You see, last August, AC/DC played a big outdoor concert in Regina. Being small-town metal-heads of a certain age, we all really wanted to go to Taylor Field for the experience. However, tickets were expensive, sold quickly, and being parents of a certain age, none of us bought tickets. That didn't quite stop us though. You see, Jay had a stroke of brilliance. About 4 in the afternoon on the day of the concert, about the time we should already have been on the highway heading south to Regina if we were going to make the concert, Jay decided a little thing like a lack of money, tickets, time, planning or spousal approval should not stop us. Jay had come up with a idea that was the type of brilliance which I had not seen in some time, especially from him.

Jay's first act was to call up Rob and line up some A/V requirements. Next he was off to the local discount department store. There, he found the key component in his plan - an AC/DC live concert DVD, along with a Johnny Cash live concert DVD just for good measure. Also at the store, he found a stack of AC/DC t-shirts at a bargain basement price, so he grabbed the pile - one shirt for each person on his exclusive private concert guest list. Somewhere along the line he sent out a few e-mails and made a few phone calls to invite about 8 friends over to his house that evening. His invitation was vague, but mentioned not to bring beer; something unusual was afoot to be certain.

We arrived at Jay's back yard on a warm August evening to find a bed sheet hung in the yard amongst the trees as a screen and Rob quickly set up the DVD player, projector and speakers. A merchandise table was already arranged off to the side, well-stocked with a variety of AC/DC t-shirts. The camp fire was lit, chairs were set up and the beer was circulated. As the crowds arrived t-shirts were selected from the merch table (free) and we drank more of the beer from Jay's fridge, left behind from various gatherings over the last couple years.

The concert started with the amazing (and normally quite dead) Johnny Cash as the opening act. That was very good, but was a tad mellow. With the full concert crowd now in attendance and quite hyped to see the main act, AC/DC  took the stage and rocked the back yard in their full (though somewhat dimensionally limited) glory. Some of us got rather into the atmosphere of the concert, and it was a great time to be certain. In fact, toward the end, certain elements of the crowd got a tad out of control. Thankfully, that element didn't have far to go to get to bed afterwards.

During the following weeks I wore my t-shirt to work and it would garner many positive responses. Some folks stopped me to ask if I went to the concert. To those I would reply "well, sort of..." and begin my explanation of the excellent AC/DC experience. Others would say "awesome concert" while passing and to those my response was, "yeah, awesome, simply awesome."

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Videos: Montreal River, North Falls & Otter Camp

Back in September of '09 we did a day trip on the Montreal River followed by 3 days of paddling on the Churchill River. We posted about that recently and you can find all the details and photos at this link. Rob took some videos with a water-proof point & shoot camera. Here are those videos.

The first video was taken as we cruised a Class 1 section of the Montreal River. The camera was bungee corded to the bow plate of the canoe for the down-river point of view. 

This next video was taken from the North shore of First North Falls. We're not sure what Rod said, but Jay and Bryan sure thought it was funny.

Finally, here is a video showing our campsite on Otter Lake a couple of kilometers from Robertson Falls. Bryan is building some tasty cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

For the full report visit

Apparently there are more videos to come but Rob has to edit them for language first.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Under-Ice Fish Finder

Speaking of ice fishing, these guys take their dedication for finding fish under the ice to a new level. Impressive.