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Skiers' Denial

I like to try many different things.  I guess one of my biggest fears in life is that there may be something somewhere that I have not experienced.  So in keeping with that thought I once took up skiing.  Now this story is really not about me or even that much about skiing so feel free to skip to the next paragraph.  When I did learn to ski I took lessons and practiced on small hills in the city.  It was 15 minutes up the hill and 30 seconds down.  It took a long time to get little practice.  After a while I was ready for the mountains and what I found was that it was half an hour up and half an hour down.  I learned more about skiing on my first trip down the hill in the mountains than my entire practice time in the city.  Who knew?  Well... I guess every skier except for me and the people who told me to learn how to ski in the city.

Many skiers I talked to told me stories and one of the common threads was the one where they had a skiing accident and / or someone they knew had a ski…
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Plane, Trains, and Automobiles

Exactly one month after I started to date Angelle, my wife and the love of my life, I asked her "If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?".  After some kidding around Angelle answered that she would like to go to the Orkney Islands in Scotland.  Well, my name being Kirk McDougall means that I have a wee bit of Scottish heritage so I said "You make the arrangements and we will use my Air Canada frequent flyer points".

Angelle immediately went to her Mother and asked "What do I do?  I just met this guy and he wants to take me to Europe".
Her Mother gave Angelle some sage advice that she will always remember.  "If you don't go, I will".

With that idea in her head Angelle decided to come to Europe with me.  We only had 10 days until we left so all that was available for Angelle to book was a trip to Munich.  We also had no choice but to go first class as those were the only seats left.  It was tough but we soldiered through.…

Kirk McDougall's 3 Rules of Income

These are my 3 Rules of Income.

1 - You are spending more money than you are making.  You will eventually go bankrupt if this continues.

2 - You are spending as much money as you are making.  You will be doing the same thing forever if this continues.

3 - You are spending less money than you are making.  You will eventually be wealthy if this continues.

The third rule has helped me incredibly.  The first two... not so much.



Accidentally Sneaking into the Hockey Hall of Fame

We had just arrived in Toronto that day and, as usual, Angelle had booked an awesome hotel.  We were staying at the Hotel Victoria which is about the best location we could want in Toronto.  After supper at a local restaurant about a block away I suggested that we take a look at the Hockey Hall of Fame.  I did not think that it would be open but I just wanted to see the building and get an idea of where we would go when we visited it the next day.  To our surprise the front door was open so we went in.  Angelle pointed at the champagne glasses but I thought they must just be complimentary water because how could they afford to give out champagne to all the visitors.  There was no one at the door so I thought it must be free to enter.
We walked around a bit and noticed a photographer by the Stanley Cup.  He said that he was just packing up but he would be happy to use our camera to take a picture of us standing by the Stanley Cup.  How could we say no to that?  We got our picture and …

Hoey the Truck

Growing up I spent about a third of my time on the farm with my Gramma, Grampa, and Uncle Hoey.  How did he get the name Hoey?  When I was very little I tried to say "Uncle Harold" but what came out was "Hoey, Hoey, Hoey" so that was my Uncle's new name.
As I grew older I was able to help out on the farm shovelling wheat and eventually driving the grain truck.  In Harvest I would drive the truck out to the combine, load up with wheat, and drive it back to the farm yard.  I backed up to the auger which carried the wheat up to the top of the grain bin.  It was a bit tricky and if I did not back up just right it would take longer to unload and delay the entire operation.  At night Gramma brought the half ton truck out so that she could shine the headlights on the area where I was backing up.  This was in addition to all of the other things that Gramma did on the farm.  I tried to sneak into the yard so that Gramma would not hear me and she would be able to get so…