Drove up to Rocky Mountain House

I’m so tired right now. You see, I just got back from my road trip, visiting my mother, leaving Friday morning and getting back tonight (Monday) that I just did too much in such a short period of time. I’m wiped! But it was all worth it. The drive, which I was dreading, turned out to be great. It was not as bad as what I thought it was going to be. Of course, being with Mother was a real treat too, I had not seen her in over a year, but it was her news that made the trip worth while. I’ll talk more about that a little bit later…. But for now, please click on the link right below to read the rest of the story. 🙂

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They may not be the roses that the “old saying” mentions, but for the time of year, they are close enough. I took some time to “smell them,” so to speak. They are out in full force covering every garden patch, field and ditch along the country side. They are the one true indicator that spring, the warmer weather and good times to come are around the corner. I needed the break with finals in the next couple of weeks. This could be my last time until mid April that I have this opportunity to do this. The walk around the park and down to the river was nice and relaxing. Hardly a soul around with the long weekend winding down. What a great day so far. *smiling*

The Morning After, Day One of 2005

Gee, I thought I was going to be up all night, sitting and waiting for the grand fireworks and people yelling out at the top of their lungs, “Happy New Year”? But instead I found myself sitting in my armchair with my book in hand and somehow, subconsciously I awoke to the clock seconds away from ringing midnight, then I drifted off back into deep sleep. So that is how I celebrated the New Year. I guess I could also add, this is how I felt about the last year. Well, we will see what is in store for all of us. I see that in the weather forecast, we have snow in the menu with a low of -3C. Hey, we may yet get a winter that I have to shovel? Too bad we could not of saved some of that heat from Summer and use it now?

The year in retrospect: 2004

As I look back at 2004, it reminds me that I’m not getting any younger, but I’m getting a whole lot wiser. With a summer that was a deadly heatwave to a killer wave that killed over a 120,000 people half way around the world, a roller coaster would have being boring compared to the ride I had in 2004. It was a year of change, enlightenment and loss. I bid it farewell and usher in the new year with hope, happiness and plans for a great future. But oh, what a year it has being…

Perhaps the best thing I could say about 2004 is that this was the year that I became debt free. For the first time since I joined the work force, I now have no personal debt whatsoever. The effects of have such debt was huge as the amount if interest paid to the powers that be, in this case Banks and other lending institutions, were almost One to One. For example a Forty thousand dollar loan almost topped the Seventy thousand mark because I refinance it through the last quarter of the loan period. Another example was the interest rate that the Bank charge on credit and line of credit. Having this weight gone has being an almost spiritual enlightenment for me. For the first time I now can save, not to worry about payment deadlines and best of all, no more service charges from Banks. As part of my grand plan of debt freedom, I have also terminated all my Bank accounts and any relationships with them whatsoever. I have an agreement with my employer that allows me to cash my pay cheque without dealing with a financial institution. I live and operate in a cash world now. I owe this lifestyle change to my Sociology Professor who gave me the tools and source of great writers who have deconstructed our social economic system and published works that throws mud in the faces of all those who claim that investing your money in Banks will give you riches beyond anything else. I own everything I have and best of all, I have now saved to the point that buying new with cash has in it’s self made me richer than I ever could of imagined!

Also for 2004, this was the pivotal turning point in my academic life as I now earned enough credits to shed my undergraduate label and now move toward mastering my chosen discipline. After many months and hard work, the goal is within arms reach. My “pay as I go” policy made it slow and cause some bumps along the road, however, I’m still a free man with now student loan dept or holds on my transcripts.

This year marks the first anniversary that my father past away. The family never really celebrated X-mass in 2003, thus 2004 was the first X-mass we had. I miss him. I is hard to accept that this is part of the natural life cycle of a human being. We take death for granted as it is apart of us just as birth and birthdays are. I am great full that I have my siblings and a Mother and now have made it more of a priority to keep in touch with them and cherish every moment with them.

Technically, this blog is now one year old, although the domain name didn’t go on-line until March of 2004, however, January 1st 2004 was my first entry. I really wanted a blog after reading about the concept from journals and a CBC documentary that open my eyes to the world of blogging. Actually, NetChick’s website was one of the first blogs I saw because of that program. Since then, I have being hooked. I bought some web space and this name from a local server and started to learn the language of PHP and HTML, researching what would be the best tools for me and my humble little piece of the inter net universe.

Wow, has time gone by fast. this year was fast and action packed. Perhaps, in a hopeful sense, 2005 will be a little slower and a chance for me to enjoy it a little more? I guess we’ll fine out in a couple of hours?

Happy New Years everyone! May 2005 be the best year ever!