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Happy March 193rd

#ManPlansGodLaughs

I had big plans for 2020. All postponed.

Instead I’ve spent most of the year in small town Parksville B.C. at my parent’s home. All is well with me and family. We have had very few COVID positive cases in this part of Canada. Almost everything is open.

We’re staying safe as possible in these troubling times.

Since March I’ve made about 15 overnight bikepacking trips. And now feel very confident in this new-to-me hobby.

cycling Vancouver to Calgary 2020

As days grow short I’ll cycle less, run more. Add more playground conditioning. Add basketball. Perhaps add Golf.

I’d hoped to get to Nepal for November. But they can’t get the virus under control.

I’m now looking at Hawaii.

Stay safe.

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I’m a Humanist

Author Yuval Noah Harari would say my religion is Humanism.

My bible the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The first Humanist Manifesto was issued by a conference held at the University of Chicago in 1933.

Signatories included the philosopher John Dewey, but the majority were ministers (chiefly Unitarian) and theologians.

They identified humanism as an ideology that espouses reasonethics, and social and economic justice, and they called for science to replace dogma and the supernatural as the basis of morality and decision-making.

So far, so good.

In 1941, the American Humanist Association was organised. Noted members of The AHA included Isaac Asimov, who was the president from 1985 until his death in 1992, and writer Kurt Vonnegut, who followed as honorary president until his death in 2007.

They advocate in Washington, D.C., for separation of church and state.

There is a sub-set called secular humanism that consciously rejects supernatural and religiosity.

I wouldn’t go that far, myself.

But I do believe strongly in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

 

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My Spring Allergies – MEDICATIONS?

In 2020 I tried Diphenhydramine HCI 25 Mg – Kirkland Brand.

They did seem to work. It helped my Dad, as well.

My brother bought Kirkland in the States, inexpensively.  Over the counter. Pink tablets.

Some people do experience side effects.

As I couldn’t find it quickly in Canada, I ordered something that looks identical from Amazon.ca.

More expensive.

Basic Care Diphedryl Tablets,

400 Count

 

I acquired allergies later in life.  In Calgary they start about May 15th, end about July 1st.

In B.C. with a much milder climate, everything is about 2 months earlier. In 2020 I was suddenly mostly better about May 1st.  And stopped taking the pills.

Before this year I mainly treated Spring Allergies by fleeing somewhere else in the world. OR … a combination of exercise and frequent showers.

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Saturday mornings when I was in High School

If I wasn’t watching Saturday morning cartoons, we would catch a bus to downtown Calgary because pool was free from 9am – noon at one hall.

What hall was that?

At noon I’d head over to Jaffe’s Book & Music Exchange to spend most of my $1 / week allowance on used comics.

It was located at 225 – 8th Ave. S.E.

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I’m on blood pressure medication

My GP tried me on 3.5 mg Viacoram.

It went down from 160 / 105 to 150 / 100.

He then doubled it to 7 mg Viacoram.

It stayed about the same at 150 / 97.

The third experiment has me on …

Viacoram 5/7mg every morning for the next 90 days.

Apo-Hydro (hydrochlorothiazide) 12.5mg every evening with dinner for 90 days.

I’ll be tracking results.

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my Grandfather Angus McCharles

My father is Eric. His father Angus.

Born 1900. Died 1949 of heart attack.

He was “an ardent outdoor man and keenly interested in both domestic and wild animals. He was well known for his hobby of raising chinchillas, keeping mink, guinea pigs, rabbits and canaries“.

Angus McCharles

Grandpa trapped that silver fox. Had the fur made into a collar on my Grandma’s winter coat.

Angus McCharles

He worked for Hollinger Mines in Timmins, Ontario the 20 years before his death at age 50.

Obituary (PDF)

Thanks Mark del Monte for sending me this. He’s keen on our family genealogy.