I love Safeway

But I can’t afford Safeway. It’s too expensive.

However … there are a few things in the Deli and bakery that I will pay the Safeway surcharge for.

Yesterday a clerk informed that Safeway Canada discontinued their loyalty card program in April 2014:

“There are just too many cards in the wallet these days … “



I hate loyalty cards. :-)

Nova Scotia-based Sobeys, Canada’s second-largest grocery store chain, acquired Canada Safeway stores for $5.8B in June.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Rockin’ convinced me to attend a 3D movie, a cultural imperative.

He was right. This is brilliant film making in 2014.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team …

The film is directed by James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman, and features an ensemble cast …

The film became a critical and financial success, having grossed over $500 million worldwide. A sequel has been announced and is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017. …

In February 2014, Gunn revealed that the film would incorporate songs from the 1970s and 1980s, such as “Hooked on a Feeling”, on a mixtape in Quill’s Walkman …

By August 2014, the soundtrack had reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart …

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating …

Ron and I cycling Whistler

In the heart of Whistler lays Lost Lake Park; a recreational wonderland just steps away from the village. Summer activities include hiking, walking, swimming, canoeing and cycling.

The park boasts an incredibly fun network of mountain bike trails referred to as Zappa Trails. This extensive network of manicured pea gravel pathways, along with fun rocky and rooty singletrack trails take the rider from one end of the park to the other and provide ample opportunities for families, beginner and intermediate riders to explore Lost Lake on their mountain bikes.

The Zappa Trails are a favourite among locals looking to get out for a quick cruise after work or when short on time. The trails are well marked and maintained year round by the Resort Municipality of Whistler, making them relatively easy to navigate. If you do get lost, you’ll find maps at all the major junctions to get you back on track.

The Zappa Trails are well suited to families looking at exploring Lost Lake on two wheels. …

Bike Pirate


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Nanning China in September

Ticket booked – arriving Sept 25th for the World Gymnastics Championships.


Nanning is known as the “Green City” because of its abundance of lush tropical foliage. …

Nanning has a warm, monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate …

Nanning is close to scenic Guilin, with its world famous hillscape, northern and western Guangxi and its minority villages …


I’ll exit by train to Vietnam en route to Nepal. Hiking in both those nations.

visiting Quesnel, B.C.

My first visit to the north, central B.C. town. I was there for a 5-day Gymnastics course.

Located nearly evenly between the cities of Prince George and Williams Lake, Quesnel is on the main route to northern British Columbia and the Yukon.

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The sunsets were brilliant due to forest fire haze. Forestry is the town’s lifeblood.

It’s on the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers.

I mostly walked and jogged the North and West Side Quesnel Trails when I wasn’t in the gym.