Thursday, 23 June 2011

Mystery of Life Solved

On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."

The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"

So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty year life span."

The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?'

And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."

The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give you back the other forty?"

And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this I'll give you twenty years."

But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"

"Okay," said God. "You asked for it."

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Turn on the Tap Motorcycle Ride & Fundraiser

Well, it is almost time for this year's TURN ON THE TAP ride here in beautiful Lethbridge, Alberta.

When, Where and What Does it Cost?
Date: Saturday June 25, 2011. Like last year, we will be meeting at the City Light Church, 4101 - 20 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB. Meeting time is at 9:00 am for registration and a free continental breakfast. Registration is a non-refundable $25 per bike (not per rider) at the door (not online). Ride starts at 10:00 am. In the event of being rained out, the BBQ will still be held at 3:00 pm.

The ride route is, like last year, through beautiful Waterton National Park, through Pincher Creek, and back to City Light Church where we enjoyed a barbecued burger supper. In the event of rain in the mountains, we will use the Hays maze as an alternate route. Last year's ride saw 23 participants. It would be great to double that number this year. 

What is Turn on the Tap?
Turn on the Tap is about water, and more specifically, clean drinking water. It is a fund raising ride, through Samaritan's Purse Canada, in which Canadian designed BioSand water filter systems are provided to the third world at an average cost of only $100 per unit. Each rider is challenged to raise funds for at least one filter system. You can read more about the Turn on the Tap ride here.

What is the Motorcycle Ride for Safe Water?
The Turn on the Tap Motorcycle Ride is a way for riders across Canada to raise awareness and funds to help families in the developing world get safe water. It is a fun day trip through some breathtaking scenery in Southern Alberta with old and new friends from the motorcycling community. But most importantly, it's about helping those less fortunate than ourselves with one of the most important basic necessities of life; clean and safe drinking water. For more information about the motorcycle ride, see here.

How does the BioSand water filter work?
For more information about this amazing product, check out this video.
For a detailed technical explanation, see here.

How do I make a donation?
Donations are easy. The best way is to do so in person immediately before the ride during the registration process. Donation forms can be downloaded here. These will be needed to receive donations. However, if you aren't able to join us and still wish to participate apart from the ride, you can make a donation online here.

How can I contact someone about this in person?
If you would like to speak to someone in person about this, please leave a comment on this blog with your name and phone number. As all comments go through a moderator first, in this case they will not be posted in order to protect your privacy. Someone locally here in Lethbridge will call you back ASAP.

What if there are unforeseen changes?
Please watch this blog for details on any change of date or time that may be deemed necessary.

Thank you.
We hope you can join us. Please remember to always ride safe.

Hosted by the Lethbridge chapter of the Chariots of Light.

The Phucket List

Do you have a "Bucket List?" Do you have a list of things that you really would like to do or accomplish yet one day before your time on this rock we call Earth is up? I guess I've never made an official Bucket List, although there have been a couple things that I've wanted to do, such as take in the Sturgis bike rally, which I'm happy to say that I've now already done. I would also one day like to take a cross-Canada train trip, from the Pacific to the Atlantic. I think that would be kind of cool too. So, yes, I guess I do have the makings of my very own Bucket List. If I thought of it a while, I'm sure I could add a few other items to it as well.

My friend David Hayward has an interesting list that he calls his  "Phucket List." David is a gifted cartoonist that I first discovered on Twitter. If you're not yet familiar with his work, I would strongly encourage you to check out his site at

I asked David for permission to share his "Phucket List" here on my blog, which he graciously permitted me to do.

So without further ado, here's David's list. Enjoy.

I watched the movie, “The Bucket List”. So I thought before I kick the bucket I should come up with my own personal phucket list. Here’s mine:
  1. Waiting for the good opinion of others. Phucket!
  2. Yearning for a quorum of affirmative support. Phucket!
  3. Excusing the obnoxious and unkind because they are Christians. Phucket!
  4. Hiding my true colors. Phucket!
  5. Pining for the endorsement and applause of the authorities. Phucket!
  6. Pleasing everybody and offending no one. Phucket!
  7. Mincing words. Phucket!
  8. Subsidizing the “Christian Cheap” in myself and others. Phucket!
  9. Waiting for minds to change before I proceed in my search for truth. Phucket!
  10. Fearing the reactions of those who encounter me. Phucket!

I suspect that David only just scratched the surface on this one. It might be kind of fun to see how long we can make David's list. David asked in closing, "What's on your phucket list?"

For me David's list screams out: STOP BEING PHONEY AND BE TRUE TO YOURSELF. I guess that's on the top of my phucket list. Isn't it about time we all did that?

Well, it's a nice day here so, Phucket! Let's Ride!