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Dyingitis – If I don’t make it, tell my family and friends I love em’

Dyingitis – If I don’t make it, tell my family and friends I love em’

What is Dyingitis?

Women often refer to it, and down play my recent horrendous affliction as the “man cold”… but here’s the thing… in a scientific study that took 40 plus years of extensive research by the Ambrose Institute, its true nature is to try and turn your masculinity into the  “Whiny Baby Syndrome” (in some cases its works, but we haven’t seen that happen to Jayson, ever). 

I’m pretty sure I have Dyingitis – my nose is stuffed up, head hurts, coughing and throat is sore…Welcome to Winnipeg…If I don’t make it, tell all my family and friends I love them…..

The first symptom always starts off with,
“I thinking I’m dying”,
then, “I’m pretty sure I’m dying,”,
followed up with the hard cold facts,
“Yup, I’m definitely dying.” 

As I lay there on my death bed, some female friends offer words of encouragement, “Suck it up buttercup, you’re not dying, its just a man cold, ugh”..…You ever notice that they always end it with “ugh”, it’s like their’s no compassion or sympathy in their tone.

What does it feel like to have Dyingitis?  In layman terms, Dyingtis takes a full sized beefy masculine manly man (case study – Jayson Ambrose)… pushes you to the brink of death and just before you cross over, it reaches in, grabs you by the throat and pulls you back, so it can do it to you again in the future…… Whaaaat? Can’t argue with facts.

A friend sent me these hard cold scientific facts …. 

Case in point, obviously the picture dictates that the man’s cold is worse …look at him suffering, can’t even get out of bed….. poor guy

 

Dealing with a scare – my eyes

Dealing with a scare – my eyes

This post is not about the details of my eyes, but how I dealt it…

Several months ago, I had to have my eyes checked, particularly one of my eyes that was causing me problems. There was a little concern and I had to keep it monitored.

A month ago, that one particular eye all of a sudden became an issue, I was having a difficult time seeing (blur!) and it scared the heck out of me because it was almost instantaneous.

So when it came to my photography, I had to adjust for the blurriness, including the stain on the other eye.  See (no pun intended), when taking pictures, it was completely blurring for me.  I couldn’t see the focused image in the view finder, it was very frustrating to say the least.

So I’d look for shapes, composition, lighting….and hope the camera’s autofocus would do its job for me.  

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blind, I can see, I just had to work around the blurriness of it.   Heck, I know what a stop sign looks like, and I know what a kid looks like as he runs across the street….well, I’m guessing he looks scared, but why focus on the negatives, 😉   


ps. It’s all good,  eye was checked…just became weaker and will be monitored. 🙂  


 

Traveling with a Tin of Cookies – What could go wrong?

Traveling with a Tin of Cookies – What could go wrong?

First thing in the morning, packed and ready to go exploring!

Besides the essentials and having good healthy snacks for the ride, you gotta have a little something sweet or something not so healthy. It’s all part of the journey.

Well, a friend gave me a tin of cookies to take with me, but what she failed to do was give me instructions.  I suffered greatly that evening as a direct result of her negligence.  

Maybe if I knew ahead of time with good clear instructions, I wouldn’t have had to ask with a stomach ache, “How long should the tin have lasted?  Until bedtime, right?”.

Although she claimed to be in great shock and was horrified that I could do that, it was her gut busting laughter that made me think she wasn’t very sympathetic. Geez, it’s not as if I ate them in one sitting, I did have 10 hours to complete the task. 

Oh! And can you believe this, she even made a  grand assumption that if the tin had come with instructions, I would have only removed the instructions to get at the cookies anyway.  Geez… umm…..oh….umm ya, I got nothing for that one.  

Ever had Canadian?

Ever had Canadian?

While living out of my Kayak in Florida….

You know that expressive look  that someone gives, (eyes wide open, head slowing turning to the direction), when they hear something that they reeeeeeally had hoped wasn’t what they had heard …..Yup, guaranteed to soil your shorts every time.


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Here are a few of the Alligators I had come across…


Through my own actions I hope to inspire & encourage others to get out, explore and discover the beauty that is all around.
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Monkey Tosses Kayaker into the Water!

Monkey Tosses Kayaker into the Water!

Kayaking through Blue Springs State Park  – Florida

Having come around the river bend, some guy was completely drenched in water while sitting in his kayak. On the shore and among the trees were wild monkeys …. pointing and laughing.  Actually, other kayakers were pointing and laughing too.

What had happened …. the guy was on a sit-on-top kayak when he got a little too close to a baby monkey at the water’s edge. The mother monkey took exception to the close proximity, she screamed and charged at the kayak. The guy panicked and rolled into the water.  The mother grabbed the baby and scrabbled up the tree.

Eventually a few monkeys returned to the shoreline while the kayakers kept their distance.

Further down the river, an alligator lay in the water motionless, but with its eyes looking directly above.  A few small monkeys were on the tree, looking down and screaming at the alligator.  Eventually an adult monkey came to their rescue and guided them away and onto a different tree.  The alligator swam away.

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Nature’s Old School of Slapstick Comedy: Bird vs Turtle

Nature’s Old School of Slapstick Comedy: Bird vs Turtle

Kayaking through Silver Springs State Park in Florida…

While a turtle was sleeping & basking in the sun on a log in the water, a bird swooped down and landed right beside him. I guess the bird didn’t like the 30 degree angle he had landed on because he took one look at the nice flat angle the turtle was resting on and decided to put one talon on top of the turtle’s shell. In one sweeping motion, the turtle was flung backwards and into the pond! lol, poor thing.. The bird then moved onto the flat surface of the log and looked around, like he did nothing wrong.

Turtle, pond, Florida
This is not the turtle in the story, but this turtle was nearby

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Ocean Kayak Scared of Water: Flips Over Three Times

Ocean Kayak Scared of Water: Flips Over Three Times

kayak, Destin, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, LivingHaving entered The Gulf of Mexico at Destin Florida, not only was it making me a little nervous with the waves crashing down on me, it was totally exhilarating!

It was an amazing experience paddling the blue clear water and glimpsing down to see the bottom between the crashing waves. I was soaked! However, the water was warm and refreshing at the same time. It was a well needed break from the relentless rays of the sun.

We had a 3 1/2 mile fight against the waves, swells, wind and current…I was exhausted but still loving the moment of being there. At one point, a huge sea turtle stuck its head out of the water to observe my struggles. Just before he disappeared into the water, I’m pretty sure he, “Tisk-tisk”, and shook his head in disbelief. He wasn’t the only one though. A search and rescue helicopter came pretty close to check us out too.  

Gulf of Mexico, Ocean, Kayak, GearIt was time to make our approach and get onto the beautiful white sandy beach!  I positioned myself in the direction of the shoreline and with the waves, trying to make sure my kayak doesn’t end up sideways, which would give the crashing waves the perfect opportunity to put me in the ol’ spin cycle….…. Ugh! Too Late!!!… A huge wave picked me up, tossed me to another huge wave and just like a Football Quarterback, that wave threw me and my kayak in the perfect spiral spin to the next wave, which totally fumbled me.

So there I was, upside down in the crashing waves, thinking, “Oh boy, this sucks”, because I lost my sunglasses in the process. Oh, and it tasted horrible! “cough cough gag”

Out of the kayak and holding on, the waves pushed me to shore, where a family of 4 assisted with dragging the drowned kayak onto shore.

According my GPS, at one point I had traveled 8.7 miles / hour. Ya, kayaks were not meant to go that fast. The Quarterback Wave proved that theory wrong.  

kayak, ocean, beach, sand, gearThis is were we stayed the night, on the open white sandy beach, under the blanket of bright stars. Although most of my gear was soaked, the weather was beautiful.

The next morning we decided that we would backtrack to Destin and proceed on the ICW until it was absolutely necessary to get back on The Gulf.

But first, we would have to get into our kayaks and enter the Defensive Linebackers of Waves who would do their best to keep us from getting back onto the water…..ugh.

Trying to time the waves and when my attempt might be successful… ya, I blew it twice. Flipped over both times. Now I was frustrated and thinking, “Who’s dumb idea was it to kayak for 15 months?”…ugh!

My third and final attempt to get into my kayak and get past the relentless incoming crashing waves of 3 – 4 feet….. Success!

Having flipped over three times, it was plainly obvious, my kayak was new to the sport, so it was scared of water. Poor thing.

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