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Tree Tinkler

In our city on Vancouver Island we still have a local newspaper.  One of the regular items in the newspaper is the "Beefs and Bouquets".  One of my beefs won the number 9 spot in the top 10 Beefs of the Year.  I have copied it in its entirety below.

BEEF To the woman who went into the trees in our yard to tinkle. She was undoing her pants as she was running from her car to the trees so it was pretty obvious what she was up to. Does she realize she is next to a 24-storey building with a clear view of her makeshift toilet? At least I hope she was only tinkling.

Here is a link to the Newspaper’s top ten Beefs of the Year.

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Resolutions Made Easy

I once saw a fellow who said that he back dated his New Year’s resolutions. It may sound funny, but it has always helped me to start the New Year in a positive way by concentrating on my accomplishments.

So… here goes my New Year’s resolutions for 2017.
- Support my lovely wife Angelle through her knee surgery.
- Help Angelle support our Mom through her knee surgery.
- Learn about and start to write game programs.
- Buy a ton of computer stuff to write game programs including Apple and iPhone so that my friends and family can play my games.
- Write a game for Canada’s 150th birthday… Canada 150 Trivia Quiz.
- Publish my game on the web, Android, and iPhone.
- Have my 150th game download on Canada’s birthday July 1.
- Downsize our television.
- Finish a jig saw puzzle with four pieces missing.
- Renovate our home and have it done by professionals.
- Buy groceries with Bitcoin.
- See my wife, Angelle’s, artwork hanging in a Victoria art gallery.
- Meet Tim’s girlfriend Kristen. She is a keeper. You a…

Space Game

In the late seventies (yes, the 1970s) I was enrolled in an Electronics Engineering Technology program.  There was some minor programming involved.  I had to write my first program on ticker tape but I loved it right away.  I could write some code and then watch the machines do what I asked them to do.  It was just awesome. 
The school had some minor games on the central computer.  One of them was a space game.  No one had personal computers at the time so this was brand new to me.  Just picture yourself at 23 years old being able to play your first computer game.  It was mesmerizing.
We did not have terminals, just teletype machines, so each move we made in the game had to be printed out.  It took a lot of paper.  And now we see the problem.  The school shut down the computer games because of all the paper use.  It was a sad, dark time indeed.
We were all quite upset so in programming class I inquired about the space game only to be told that it was not coming back.  Then I asked “What…

Picture This Nanaimo

If you want to see some of our local history and the pictures I took just follow the  link to Nanaimo Historical Monuments
and / or
link to Ladysmith Historical Monuments.
A couple of weeks ago I was looking up some information on Wikipedia.  I have always wanted to contribute something to Wikipedia but have not gotten around to it yet.  Well... this time when I went to Wikipedia I noticed that they were having a Historical Monument picture taking contest.  Being an amateur photographer, with way more equipment than I can ever use, I thought to myself this is right up my alley.  Really it was.  I had to go up many back alleys to get some of the pictures.

I was very excited and immediately created a Wikipedia account.  I checked out Nanaimo (the place where I live) and found that there were well over a hundred Historical Monuments.  The vast majority of the Monuments did not have pictures yet.  I set out with my camera and started to take pictures.

It was great fun and I learned so mu…

Saving Money - Made Easy

Kirk McDougall's Rules of Saving Money Make It Easy
Let the company you work for save money for you.  Many companies have savings programs, bond purchase programs, stock purchase programs, or something similar.  If your company does not have such a program you can try a bank.  Many banks have similar programs.  Just remember that the people in the bank are sales people no matter what they call themselves.  I am not saying that you should not trust the people at the banks but it is good to know that they are sales people and also how they get paid.

It is great to know the 3 Rules of Income but how does that help you unless you can save?  Well... read along and I will show you one thing I have done.

Here is my story.

   Saving money... How boring.  I could never save money, yet I was semi retired at 38, fully retired at 53, and spent over 3 full years vacationing.  So how did I do it?  Well... I made it easy.  I got someone else to do it for me.  The company I was working for had a s…

Quit While You are Ahead

Quit While You are Ahead / 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 a…

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.…