Everynow and then I come across a hunk of software on the web that is just right, perfect, so topical, or just plain down right nasty. Today's find is the Trump Filter an add-on to Google Chrome that will filter out all news about the Donald. You can get this software by going to Trump Filter. This gets two thumbs up. Trump Filter

Two of my favourite people - one gone; and I do miss him.

Barack and Anthony

Parkland

Parkland Never Again

From Rachel R. Gonzales

Don't forget to set your clock one hour forward this Sunday. Or if you're Republican - about 200 years

We are at our final stop of this vacation. Everything is heading home from here - two days at sea, followed by 4 or 5 days on the road. Carol and I both feel like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day - every day when we go for breakfast we hope to find something different. Instead if it is Monday I have the lamb chops, Tuesday Carol has the ravioli, Wednesday we see the Michael Jackson show (quite good), Thursday . . .

Here are some photos. Be sure to click on one and then forward through the stack.

The High Seas

We are in rough water tonight, rocking back and forth. Actually, I am not too fond of it. So I started to Google "Caveman Thoughts" to see if I could find anything to take my mind off the creaking and groaning of our cabin. Here is what I found:

  • are stone tools making our lives too easy?
  • now that we have words, nobody's going to be able to keep secrets from each other.
  • Is ding-dong good for more than just slapping on rock.

Now I feel better. Good night.

My Dad was born 117 years ago on February 26. I was thinking about this today, kinda sad that I did not realize that it was his birthday a couple of days ago. He was a great guy and it does me good to think about him. It was years after he died that I realized just what a good person he was. He was fair and honest, fearless but quiet, humble and fun. He taught me to look at everything carefully before making a judgement.

We are in Cozumel gunkholing in the MSC Seaside. The MSC Seaside is 1060 feet long and has a beam of 135 feet. She carries 5,179 passengers on 17 decks and sales with a crew of 1,413. Her god mother is Sophia Loren.

Gunkholing is a boating term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, spending the nights in coves. The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, marshes, sloughs, and rivers that are referred to as gunkholes. While not necessary, gunkholers typically seek out the serenity of isolated anchorages over the crowds of marinas and popular bays, and a minimal draft is preferred, since gunkholers tend to go as far up and into the gunkholes as possible, seeking ever more inaccessible destinations.

So we are not quite gunkholing we are cruising in a ship that would hold the entire population of the town that we have chosen to live in when we return to Canada. The gunkholing thought arose because another large boat docked along side of us and caught Carol exiting the shower. You cannot get privacy anywhere these days.

Our walk from the ship to the centre of San Miguel was fun. We returned to the hotel that the family was evacuated to in 1995 when Roxanne swept through. The hotel was partially boarded up but probably not as a result of the 1995 winds. We tried to find the bakeshop where I laid in supplies for the event. It was gone. The eye of Hurricane Roxanne passed right over the hotel knocking out sliding doors, peeling the garage-like security doors, uprooting the palm trees, and knocking out water, electricity and food supply. Everybody had to hunker down in the hallways of the hotel until the storm had passed. We were a couple of day before we were transported back to the mainland. Quite a night for all.

Big Gun Control News for today - Dicks’s Sporting Goods will not longer sell assault rifles and will not sell any gun to folk younger than 21. Their stock is up over 2% today alone. Wonderful.

Aimee Mann

We wanted to skip dinner tonight but then we remembered that our waiters were in possession of a partially consumed bottle of wine of ours. The all-consuming question “Could we go for the appetizer and then sneak off with our bottle?” We gave it a fair bit of consideration and decided that we would continue with skipping dinner. We have just returned from the buffet. Apparently “skipping” has a lot in common with “later”. Aimee Mann Just listening to Aimee Mann’s latest album “Mental Illness”. Aimee won the Grammy for Best Folk Album back in January for this album. I bought it right after the Grammy's but had not really had a chance to plug it into a good pair of speakers until tonight. What a lovely album. She has been around for 25 years and I had purchased her music in the past, but this is her best work.

Ocho Rios

Photos

Stopped for a minute to unload the camera, clean up some shots and post them to The VOX. We are cruising for three weeks back-to-back on the MSC Seaside. It is quite the boat operated as a pizza bistro. Breakfast pizza, lunch pizza, dinner pizza - pizza 24 hours a day. Very nice though. So far we have had a beer in Antigua, US Virgin Islands Amalie, Grand Turk, and Jamaica. Tomorrow Grand Cayman, then Cozumel, Nassau, Antigua, Amalie, Grand Truck and home to Miami. We will start the drive home. Here are some photos:

Parkland FL

Have you been following the kids from Stoneman Douglas those that survived the mass shooting. I have been following everyday and contributing whatever support that I can to each of their tweets. They are brilliant. Everyday they get stronger and their message is reaching more and more people. They have started movements to eliminate the sale of automatic rifles and bumpstocks that turn automatic rifles into machine guns. They have taken on the National Rifle Association in a forceful way, convincing corporate sponsors to drop their sponsorship - Delta Airline, United Airlines, all of the car rental companies and on and on. When trolled by right wing nut cakes they effectively counter their arguments and quietly put the them in their place with well considered responses, but they fearlessly attack politicians with statements like “The AR-15 should be renamed the Marco Rubio because it can be bought so cheaply.” I am very impressed. Follow JaclynCorin, Emma4Change, sarahchad_, cameronkasky, davidhogg111.

If you go the Twitter route you might consider following Sarah Beattie a long lost relative of mine. Her handle is nachosarah. Careful though she is not droll.

We are driving to Miami to go on a cruise. Well, not a cruise but cruises. Since October we have been living in a beautiful AirBNB in Scarborough near Katie's home. We were to stay for 10 weeks, then we expanded it to 14 weeks and finally added another two weeks so that it would be a total of 16 weeks. Staying this long would allow us to do our drywall inspection at the new house and then head south for a bit before we take possession. So we are driving to Miami.

This morning we woke up in downtown Savannah - walking distance to the historical centre of the city. It is really quite a fun place. Savannah has an "open carry" law - no, not guns, but you can carry up to 16 ounces of beer in an unconcealed plastic glass. My kinda town - beer to go - you can drink a beer will shopping in the clothing stores, you can bring an unfinished beer into a restaurant to have dinner. Very civilized.

Dinner at the Flying Monk. They had me at "Succulent"

I have made a change for 2018. Last year when Heather Heyer was murdered in Charlottesville, I was determined to keep her memory alive at least as part of my email signature. Every time I proofread an email it would cause me to remember her and what a senseless, useless loss her murder by a neo-nazi was on the streets of Charlottesville. Each time that I saw her name it was also a reminder that I need to step forward when the principles that I hold dear are under assault. I also need to fight my prejudices everyday.

But it was time to change. For 2018 I have decided to celebrate my father and the CBC. My father was a quiet man yet brave and with strong moral principles. He was abused as a child yet never raised a hand to me. He was rumoured to be a drinker in his youth, yet I never saw him have more than one drink, and then only a couple of times each year (except once at my wedding reception). He was in both the RCN and the RC Mounted Rifles yet the notion of war repelled him. He and I would argue politics and history at the dinner table most every night. He always fought fairly and made sure that I felt that he had learned something no matter how unlikely that was. It was years after he died that I realized what a profound effect he had on who I was.

I listen to the CBC almost every day. Primarily CBC 99.1 the talk radio station. I listen to The Current, and "Q" (Tom Power is the best), and on and on. . . Every program has something to offer. We are so fortunate to have it at our fingertips. I listen to Toronto until it is out of range then switch to the Parry Sound transmitter or the one in Wingham. London has a new transmitter so I will listen to it once we get to New Hamburg. Every damn day they teach me something new.

So there it is - my new signature.

. . . . most of the good I have learned is from my Dad and the CBC.