Monday, 17 April 2017

Something important is happening

This September from 24th to 30th here in Toronto, a type of Olympic games called The Invictus games. The games were created by His Royal Highness Prince Harry in 2014, he started the games to spotlight soldiers who were wounded or injured as a direct result of active service.

There will be over 550 competitors from 17 countries, participating in 12 sports over 6 days.

Now, the reason they are called Invictus Games, well that stems from what Invictus means, it's a Latin word that means unconquered, there's a poem that I think explains it better then I ever could.

By: William Ernest Henley





The motto for the Invictus games is I AM.

Me and daddy are going to be going to as many of the free events as we can.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

More stuff

I've got some pictures and updates on me and daddy's Wheel-Trans rides. So, since my last blog we fixed the problem so we don't need to fold my stroller up and not have room in trunks for our stuff. Daddy had them designate my stroller as a non-folding walker, it is sort of, basically all it means is that we won't get anymore car type rides. Instead, we'll only be riding in the accessible vans and buses.
This is the kind of taxi we won't be using anymore
I really like this kind of bus, it's awesome

I don't really like this kind, I can't see out the windows
 Now, the reason I like those big buses. The windows are low enough to the floor that I can look out the windows while still in my stroller.
The black rubber is the bottom of the window

I can see out the window

There's loads of room for us, plus several more people in the big bus.
We used the regular bus for a very short ride yesterday (it was one stop), it was the first time we'd done so in a very long time (a month). But we got dropped off at one place, and were being picked up a short trip away at a grocery store.

Last weekend was a busy one, Saturday we went to PetSmart to get some toys and a special surprise.
You see that green toy, Sunki had one like that, that's why daddy won't let me have it near water

Don't worry we got a toy for Chewie too

This is what happens when that green toy gets in water, it turns the water into toxic waste

Daddy got us a new kind of hay to try

This is the surprise daddy had, a picture with an Easter Bunny
I'm sorry, but that Easter Bunny SUCKS. It looks like Elmer Fudd hit Bugs Bunny in the face with a shovel. I know the truth, this Easter Bunny was a girl in a costume.

The very next day April 9th was a very important date in history both military and Canadian. 100 years ago the first world war was at a stalemate, both sides had dug in and thousands of miles of trenches had been dug across the French countryside. The Germans had dug in and fortified a ridge in northern France near the town of Vimy. Vimy Ridge was a thorn in the sides of the allies, both the French and British had tried to take it, and both suffered more then 100,000 casualties in the failed attempts. The allied commanders tasked the Canadians to take the ridge, what would be different? The Canadians would use planning, advanced intelligence gathering, and new combat techniques. The Canadians used aerial photography to make new maps of the trenches, they use those maps to make exact scale models of the battlefield, every single man would know the battle plan, from the lowliest infantryman to the highest ranking general.
The artillery launched a nonstop bombardment for weeks in advance of the battle, at 5:30am on April 9th 1917 15,000 Canadian troops (the first time all four Canadian divisions had fought together), went over the top. A creeping artillery barage preceded the infantry. On April 12th, three days later, the Canadian's had taken all of their objectives and taken the heavily fortified ridge. However they suffered heavy losses 10,000 plus killed or wounded.
In my tartan vest

This is a Maxim machine gun that was used by the allies

This is also a Maxim machine gun, only this one was used by the Germans
 Yep, Maxim supplied both sides with machine guns.
The entrance to Fort York

Poppies grew wild in France and thrived on the battlefields because they love to grow in chalk.
 The poppy is where we get the poem "In Flanders Fields" which is read during Remembrance Day November 11th.
This is a Casualty Clearance Center, a first-aid station

Aid stations used triage, sorting the wounded based on severity of their injuries. Triage is still used today in modern hospitals, which is why someone gets taken in before you, even though you arrived first.

WW1 was the first war where motorized vehicles were used alongside horses

Horses gave way to horsepower

Now horses are used more in a ceremonial roll

Tomorrow me and daddy are going to my Granty Flo's place to watch movies, then on Sunday we are going to watch an Easter parade, hopefully they'll have better looking Easter Bunnies then PetSmart.

Monday, 27 March 2017

New stuff

For those of you that have followed Sunki's blog and mine you know the issues my daddy has with getting around the city, not all the subway stations are accessible, same with the GO train stations. And it generally takes a very long time to get anywhere, mostly because there aren't any direct routes to places that we go.

So our city transit company has a fully accessible branch, that is all they do, transport disabled people around the city. And it's not like regular transit, this one goes from point A to point B directly, no having to switch between buses, subways, streetcars etc to get to where we want to go. We don't have to walk 5 minutes to the nearest bus stop, in fact we get picked up at our apartment and taken directly to where we are going. The only time we've been able to do that is when we use Uber, but Uber is, well, uber expensive. The great thing with Wheel-Trans is that the fare system is somewhat the same as on regular transit, tickets, tokens, passes etc, so it doesn't cost quite as much as Uber does.

There are just a few minor things daddy would fix about it, like an app that shows you when and where the vehicle is that will pick you up, right now it's a rough estimate plus or minus 15 minutes.

The drivers aren't all that consistent when it comes to pickups, by that I mean they don't come in to find the person they are supposed to be picking up, they sit in the vehicle and wait, if no one shows up they leave a notice and leave. Why they can't check when they go in to leave the notice, we don't know.

Now, me and daddy did our first trip, well, first official trip, on Wheel-Trans on Saturday. It went okay, except for two minor problems. The first one was that daddy over estimated how long we'd be when we were shopping, he thought 2 hours would be just enough, it was 90 minutes to much. Even with stopping to talk to our friends in the store, we were done in 30 minutes, so we went and sat down in McDonalds and daddy had lunch, which left 45 minutes to wait. Luckily daddy had all his gear with him to keep him entertained.

Oh, and I am discovering the joys of playtime outside my pen, we are finally down in the big apartment. But I told daddy that we need toys to play with, it's so boring just running around (plus the floor is really slippery, I keep wiping out), so me and daddy are going toy shopping on Friday to see if we can find stuff (using Wheel-Trans to get around).
I swear I was there a nanosecond before, I'm to fast for daddy's camera

I figured out how to get up on the couch all by myself

cuddling next to daddy

I need toys daddy, it's so boring

Can I have some pets daddy

Chewie's making all kinds of noise over there
 My pen is the one to the left of the picture, the white is Chewie's pen
I'm a content little bunny.... for the moment

Daddy put this silly hat on me, and in public no less
Daddy has also come up with a new game to play, it's called Trunk Tetris. The rules are simple, fit everything into a cars trunk. For example, on saturday, we were picked up in a car type taxi. There was already an elderly lady in the car (they double up sometimes), her walker was already in the trunk. So, daddy and the driver had to try and move the pieces around (a box, the ladies walker and my stroller) into the square trunk, and be able to close the lid, it took a couple of tries, but they worked out the puzzle and made everything fit. Of course daddy would have helped the driver unload things, but we couldn't get out of the car, the child safety lock was on, so the door could only be opened from the outside.

Friday, 17 February 2017

An important milestone has been reached

Today, Friday February 17th 2017 is 300 days until Star Wars Episode 8 The Last Jedi opens in theatres.
Now, it might seem like a long way off, but we do have some information about it. Because Jedi in English is both singular and plural  (it means both 1 Jedi or Jedi order, more then one), it doesn't tell us much. But, when we look at the title is different languages we get a lot more insight, for example, the German translation of the title has Jedi as plural it tells us that the title means more then one. So Luke, Rey, Finn (maybe) and Leia are the last Jedi. I'm still not convinced that Finn is a Force user, or even Force sensitive  (Force user are Jedi/Sith, Force sensitive can sense the Force but can't actually use it).

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Happy Birthday to a Scottish poet

Today is Robbie Burns day, Robbie Burns was a Scottish poet that was born January 25 1759, he died July 21 1796. But, in that short time he became the national bard (poet) of Scotland.

He penned several poems and songs, the most used song is one everyone sings on New Years Eve, Auld Lang Syne. He also wrote Address to the Haggis (which is why Haggis is associated with Robbie Burns Day).

This is what Robbie Burns looked like.
 And just because this is my blog......
Here I am in my Black Watch tartan vest at a Scottish festival last year.
 This is Auld Lang Syne done by one of our favorite bands The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Oh, and before I finish this blog, I have important Star Wars news. On Monday Disney announced what the name is going to be for Star Wars Episode 8, so, here is what it is called.
Star Wars Episode 8, The Last Jedi.
And the title has been staring us in the face since the opening crawl of Force Awakens. Below is the text from the opening crawl of the movie, I've circled where the new title appears.
The opening crawl from Force Awakens.
There is only 7779 hours to go until opening day (that's 324 days). And just for fun as of the time of this blog there is 466750 minutes away from opening.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

lets get caught up...... again

Okay, more catching up.

The first week of January my Toronto Maple Leafs held a 100th anniversary party (I just thought it was for the Leafs, but it isn't it's 100 years of NHL hockey, it still sort of counts as the Leafs are one of the original six teams in the NHL). They held skating parties/events across the city, 6 days worth from Tuesday to Sunday, we only made it to 3. At all of the events they had autograph sessions with some of the Leafs alumni, 4 players each day. Everyone who has read Sunki's blog knows about "The Hat", the baseball cap that him and daddy started getting autographs on. Well, me and daddy continued the tradition, adding ten more autographs to it.
"The Hat" with all the new autographs on it.
The first day we got four new autographs, before I go into that though, me and daddy had a bit of a happy accident. Daddy was looking for a bathroom when we got off the subway (it was a rather long trip), we ended up at the movie theater in the same building. What made it a happy accident, we found out that they had Star Wars collectors cups. So, daddy got lunch at the theater, poutine and a drink (in one of the collectors cups).
Notice that daddy got the one with Darth Vader on it.
We also saw that they had the 3D collectors glasses, more on those later.

When we finally did find a bathroom (why can't daddy use a peepad like I do when we're out). Once he'd emptied his bladder we headed across the street to the event, after getting bundled up.
Daddy got a new toque (Maple Leafs, of course).
Trying on the new toque, it doesn't seem to fit me
 We then headed inside to get autographs (at least this one was all inside, the other 2 we went to weren't, and it was even colder). When we got into the line it was already very long, but we made some friends with the people in the line, so that passed the time. Our first two autographs were from Gary Leeman (we didn't get his card, but he did autograph the hat) and Peter Ing.
 For the second autograph session we were smart, we stayed right up near the front of where the line would start, that way daddy didn't need to stand for to long. Our next two autographs were from Mike Palmateer and Darryl Sittler.

Darryl Sittler said I was the most awesome thing he'd ever seen.
Daddy also got me a hockey stick.
It isn't a Maple Leaf stick, but it is a hockey stick.
Oh, and we got to meet the Leafs mascot, Carlton the Bear.
Of course me and daddy were in our Leafs gear.
The next event was ALL outside, and it was FREEZING, so we only stayed long enough to get two out of the four autographs.

Daddy also got a new t-shirt.

The third and finally event was WAY out on the other side of the city, it took us nearly 90 minutes to get there. So of course we were going to stay for all four autographs. It was just as cold as the day before.

We didn't get this guys card, but you see he is signing the hat, his name is Johnny Bower.

In front of the Maple Leafs 100 sign.

Got to meet this guy, who is he? That's John Tory mayor of Toronto.
Daddy also got two vouchers to get 4 tickets to a Toronto Marlies game, me and daddy poured over his friends list to see who we could bring to the game. It ended up being a family boys night out, it was me, Sunki, daddy and grandpa. But only three of us were in Leafs gear.
On the big train heading to the game

Sunki joined us in his Leafs gear (it's a rubber wristband sort of thing)
Daddy also brought a pen that him and Sunki got years ago, it, well, I'll just show it to you.
That red part lights up and it makes a horn noise, when you press a little button on the side. It's a signal that our team scored a goal.
Sadly our team (The Marlies) only scored once that night, and lost 2-1 to the Scranton Penguins, so we only activated the pen once. Oh, you can also see the Marlies flag on my stroller, we've had that since Sunki and daddy first went to see them. On the other side is the Leafs flag that we've had for even longer.
The lower pin we've had for a very long time, the top one is the one I got at the game.

Watching daddy watching the game

My ticket, okay not really.
Daddy got all four tickets, thinking that the other two friends we'd invited would show up, they didn't. So daddy said I could have one of the extra tickets.

Okay, me and daddy have now seen the new Star Wars movie Rogue One 3 times. The last time we saw it daddy was finally able to snag a pair of the collectors 3D glasses (we didn't get any when we saw Force Awakens, which sort of upset daddy).
These are the Stormtrooper version, there's also a black version of these

These glasses don't seem to be working for me, what a ripoff.
Speaking of Star Wars and movies, I have some BIG news about the next one. Until yesterday everyone had just been refering to it as Star Wars Episode VIII (8), well, today it has a proper title.

*****DRUM ROLL*****

It is called......
The Last Jedi!!!!!!

Me and daddy spotted a plot hole in Force Awakens that is so big you could fly Starkiller base through it, and have enough room on either side for a Death Star to go through at the same time (in other words, IT'S HUGE). This plot hole concerns a certain Stormtrooper FN2187, we come to find out in the later part of the movie that FN2187s job was Sanitation (he's a janitor). So what the heck was he doing on a combat operation to Jakku? General Hux said that "his troopers are the the best, programmed from birth", programmed, meaning trained to do a certain job, in this case janitor.
Now, going by current military training methods, everyone enlisting in the military goes through the same basic training, even officers have to do basic training. Going off of that, it is reasonable to assume that FN2187 would have had the same training as any other Stormtrooper to start out with, cleaning uniform, marching, basic weapons etc. After that they are sent to complete their training in whatever job they are assigned (like a janitor), so it stands to reason that FN2187 wouldn't have gotten the more advanced combat conditioning that other front line Stormtroopers would have gotten.
It's no wonder FN2187 broke through the conditioning, he wasn't ever meant to be in combat. There is a term for that (actually several), Shell Shock, Combat Fatigue, the newer version of it is called PTSI (Post Traumatic Stress Injury). So the First Order only has themselves to blame for FN2187 defecting to the Resistance (it was probably Captain Phasma that ordered him on that mission).
Okay, that is my rant over.

One last thing before I forget, this Wednesday is Robbie Burns day. That day we celebrate the birthday of the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns. Who gave us Auld Lang Syne, Address to the Haggis among others. Robbie Burns would have turned 258 years old this year, he was born on January 25 1759, he died July 21 1796.