In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Today Was a Good Day.”
Today was a good day in Ottawa, a wonderful day to visit Parliament and the Canadian Aeronautical and Canada War museums.
Saturday, August 22, 2015, was just a perfect warm, sunny, day with a sprinkling of cumulus clouds to cut the sun’s glare when “we loaded up the truck and moved to..” well, you know where we ended up.
After travelling about two hours we reached our destination, the Canadian Aeronautical Museum just outside Ottawa. This place has a fantastic collection of aircraft dating back when aviation just began.
There were early prop Wright Brothers type aircraft to modern high-speed, high altitude, military and civilian jet aircraft and components like engines, and even an original Canada Arm that travelled in the US space shuttle Columbia into space to the International Space Station.
Our next destination was the new Canada War Museum where we saw tons of military hardware, images, arms, and artifacts dating back to when Canada or more accurately New France and later New England were founded and colonized. Visitors could also hear and see the sounds of important events of yesteryear while visiting and observing the displays.
After spending about five hours at the museums we headed to the Hill to revisit Parliament and adjacent buildings and monuments populating the Parliament Block area. My little video shows some of the new statues recently installed, those of the famous ladies who fought for women’s rights. A spot of tea was just the thing to sit down and relax after all that fighting to be allowed to vote eh!
Just out of his shell cicada Ralph, let’s call him that, finally got his permanent rest heck, it’s not easy being a cicada these days with all that competition.
It took a whole seventeen years for Ralph’s moment in the sun and it all was gone in a just a few short weeks. Life however, was wonderful and included much singing, flirting with the girls, and then the exciting sex in the tree tops wow!
Life as a cicada is mostly underground and for a long seventeen years sucking on plant sap in the dark. When they emerge from the ground they have a real chirping rock concert hitting 90 decibels in concert with billions of their fellow performers.
Their ultimate goal is to get lucky, to find a female that is in tune with their own music. If they’re lucky she clicks her wings and the romance goes into overdrive. Both lovers croak..ooops, expire soon after the female lays her eggs.
Billions of their fellows do the same and because of their massive invasion numbers, the species survival remains assured even if they lose a few million or even billion to miscellaneous adventure or predators. They will be back again in another seventeen long years to repeat this ritual.
Our friend Ralph is just an empty shell now compared to what he used to be just a few weeks ago. He’s still hanging around, stuck to the treated wood fence member, until a gust of wind and some rain help sweep his remains away returning once again to the warm embrace of Mother Earth.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Beneath Your Feet.”
Construction beneath your feet is happening at multiple project sites in downtown Montreal like the one depicted in this picture.
My recent walk along Rene Levesque boulevard allowed me to see the progress of at least four large downtown projects each one at different stages of the work. Two of the projects are just about complete while the other two, this one being one of them are at the preliminary stage. It is however, far ahead of the deep hole in the ground the other is.
A career politician is somebody interested in political power promising citizens anything to win it then continuing the façade to keep that power.
Once they have their membership in government secured they continue providing a façade designed to convince their electorate that they are doing everything to keep their promises although not all of them just the ones that they judge will allow them to keep their comfy position.
Real career politicians have no moral scruples and they swing the way of popular sentiment without having any firm position
on anything just empty promises designed to make them look good.
Presently, in Canada a federal election is looming for next October and all five registered parties have their leaders working hard to
either get elected or keep their seats in Parliament. Televised leaders’ debates have started and last night we saw the first between our PM Stephen Harper representing the Conservatives, Thomas Mulcair representing the NDP, the official opposition, Justin Trudeau representing the Liberals, and Elizabeth May representing the Greens.
My tiny video composed of a series of photos is about what the Conservative party claims NDP leader Mulcair to be. This video would not be possible without appropriate sound (music) from www. archive.org.
T-bone night was wet and electrical power down when Chrysler min-van got broadsided and lost control.
The rain came down very intense, in sheets, when the dark metallic-green Chrysler mini-van lost it after being broadsided by a car travelling a high-speed across the cross-shaped intersection.
It had been a wicked storm that July night and much of the electrical power including the traffic lights were down, it was a classical, typical scenario for a car wreck because all the elements required were present.
The green mini-van driven by a young woman with two young children strapped down to the backseat was heading west across the large four-lane boulevard just a that critical moment her children temporarily distracted her and she failed to notice that the lights were out. The driver of the mid-sized sedan meanwhile, was speeding heading north along this boulevard and failed to take into account that power was off in this area because it was raining intensely at that moment.
The resultant, violent impact sent the mini-van into an uncontrolled spin scattering parts of it all over the roadway. The car having smashed into the mini-van also sustained extensive damage its front crumple zone absorbing much of the energy caved in morphing its size into that of a small car. It ended up on the sidewalk not far from the local police station and obviously caused the police to be on the scene in minutes.
The debris field from this side-impact collision was extensive and took some time to cleanup meanwhile, ambulances took all involved to the local hospital.
Although I happened on this scene some time after it happened I can imagine that there were significant injuries to everybody involved just by observation of all the debris that still remained on the scene because cleanup had already been started.
The xtraterrestrial imposter masqueraded as US president with ease because of thousands of years of visiting Earth studying humans.
The alien being likened his masquerade to a chameleon in his pursuit of both his personal safety, attaining material wealth, and attacking his prey if needed. He knew that if he is invisible, camouflaged, appearing human he could carry out his assignment easily. So far so good heck, being president of the USA, the most powerful country on this planet, has a lot of advantages and he was going to use them to the fullest.
He remembered the excitement he had in Earth time, year 2008, when the citizens of this society gave him, an extraterrestrial, his immense power over them. He recalled thinking to himself that it wasn’t necessary because after all, he already wielded considerable, awesome, advanced, technological power enough to exterminate all humans.
Yes, that was certainly a very interesting time fooling all these humans with his lies and the great oratory skills he picked up from some of the masters, humans from an earlier time that he knew personally like..like hmmm..Cicero..then again, Frederick Douglas..yes, he comes closest hmmm!
The crane operation in progress is this monster tower alongside the massive Bell sports Center.
Crane operations blanket this part of downtown Montreal as massive structures are evolving emerging out of deep holes that suddenly appeared since last year. This one is interesting because it seems attached to the Bell Center, at least from where I was when I took my picture.
My visit on Saturday along Rene Levesque boulevard (formerly Dorchester) allowed me to see the progress done since my last visit along this stretch. What seems new is the progress on this monster tower going up besides the massive Bell sports Center.
As you can see there are twin cranes working on this large black colored structure which may be another hotel or pricey condominium complex. What you see is the structure’s middle section and there is another smaller, narrower, section that is just a skeleton, on top where these two cranes are. My topmost picture provides an overall side view showing what is missing in the other two pictures.
Just over on the left a another huge crane is helping to put up another tower that probably half done. Not shown in my picture on the left side, that is the north side, further up more construction is going on two more towers. These structures, more than likely, are office space along Rene Levesque boulevard.
As I continued my walk, I came upon two huge, several stories deep, holes dug in the ground just west of our black tower where work is progressing for another pair of large office towers. Yes, folks Montreal is evolving turning into another large city conquered by shiny glass and steel behemoths.