Friday, March 27, 2015

Philosophical Friday: The Door

Is The Door a blessing or a curse?

Before you is a mysterious door. This particular door has a special property though. It's a portal to an alternate universe... a universe where everything you ever wanted is waiting for you.

Your perfect life is waiting for you. Perfect spouse, perfect family, perfect career, all the possessions that you've ever dreamed about. All you have to do is just turn the handle and step through.

But...

... once you step through the door, you give up everything you have right now on this side of the door.

Everyone you know ceases to exist. All the memories that you have... gone.

They will all be re-set when you step through the door to your perfect, perfect life. A dream that you won't even remember.

Would you do it?

Would you trade everything you have for everything you've ever wanted?

What does the answer tell you about your happiness and your current situation?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Not a happy Kat...

Kat protests in Victoria, BC...
Kat protesting against Bill C-51...
On our way through town on the weekend, my wife and I came across the remnants of a protest against the federal government's proposed Bill C-51.

Canadian flag with a native motif...
The bill would expand the powers of federal law enforcement agencies to spy on citizens deemed to be a threat to Canada without any sort of counterbalancing oversight.

Prime Minister Harper's Conservatives have frequently labeled environmental and Aboriginal protesters opposed to pipeline/tanker projects within Canada as 'eco-terrorists' opposed to the economic security of Canada. The fear is that these people and others who participate in protests and civic activism could be swooped up in this wider legal net.

Kat (above) was one of those protesting the bill as well as Solomon Gomorrah (below).

Across Canada on Saturday, thousands of people marched in parades denouncing the bill. The bill itself is -- in my opinion -- an overreaction to various incidents in the past year in which people with clear mental health issues killed or attempted to kill Canadians under the banner of Islamic jihad.

Solomon Gomorrah on a mission...
Solomon Gomorrah voices his discontent...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Brentwood Bay

Brentwood Bay seen from the Malahat summit...
Brentwood Bay seen from the Malahat summit...
To the north of Victoria on the east shore of Saanich Inlet is bucolic Brentwood Bay. There are a couple of nice restaurants there but not much else. It's mostly a bedroom community for Victoria.

It's a nice staging point for a kayak ride down Todd Inlet which will take you in behind Butchart Gardens.

It's also one end of the Mill Bay ferry route, one of only two ways of getting past the Malahat. The ferry (see below) doesn't take a lot of cars though and periodically there are calls for a bridge across the Saanich Inlet.

I don't see it happening anytime soon -- the current provincial government doesn't see fit to spend much money on Vancouver Island for transportation issues. Honestly, I don't want to see it happen anyway. Where roads are built, developers are sure to follow and the semi-rural character of Brentwood Bay and surroundings would soon give way to condos and big box stores.

The Mill Bay ferry pulls into Brentwood Bay on Saanich Inlet.
The Mill Bay ferry pulls into Brentwood Bay.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Malahat

Mt Baker seen from the crest of the Malahat...
Mt Baker on the horizon...
To the north of Victoria lies the Malahat mountain. Victorians have a love-hate relationship with it.

We hate it for the fact that it can cut us off from the rest of the island. The only way to easily get to the rest of the island is to drive up and over the Malahat via the one available highway. If there is a serious accident or winter snow closes it we're pretty much pooched when it comes to getting out of Victoria.

We love it for the fact that it frequently protects us from some of the nastier weather that can thump the rest of Vancouver Island in the winter.

We also love it for the fantastic views it provides of the ocean scenery surrounding us.

As our early spring continues to warm up, motorists traveling over the Malahat this past weekend were treated to spectacular views of Mt Baker in Washington State across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Even this eagle below took time to admire the view out over the water.

Eagle perched in a tree overlooking Saanich Inlet...
An eagle surveys the Saanich Inlet.