Wednesday, 20 October 2021

The Other Side of Bikers

So far I have only appeared in the newspaper a couple times in my lifetime. Once was being mentioned by name in a gentleman’s obituary (true story) and the only other time, to the best of my recollection, was in this 2013 photo. That is me in the front left in the white shirt and black vest. On the far right front is my good friend Debbie.

 Great memories. 😊

A Biographical Sketch

Who is Will Rochow?

First and foremost, he is a Christian. He is also a college graduate and a seminary graduate, majoring in Theology, who went on to become a Baptist pastor. After having served three Alberta churches, he left the traditional institutional church system, and began participating in a non-institutional and more organic form of Christian fellowship. As a result, sometimes Will muses that he is now an outlaw preacher. A mid-life career change meant another educational opportunity, this time in a technological institution, to study Power Engineering. Combined with his time in the trucking and heavy equipment industries (and others), Will has been blessed with a rather unique combination of skills and experiences.

One of the more interesting and unique projects that Will had worked on as a part of his early morning devotions was the creation of a multi-volume hand-written Bible. This project (Genesis through Revelation) took three years to complete. Currently he is working on a similar project, that of creating of a hand-written copy of The Gospel According to John in the original Koine Greek. Will is also one of several contributing authors of two published books; Finding Church: Stories of Leaving, Switching, and Reforming, as well as, Simple Church: Unity Within Diversity.

Will is a humorist who loves a good laugh. Puns and one-liners are a common part of his repertoire, a trait that he shares with his father and brothers. Other interests that occupy Will's time include motorcycling, music, extensive reading, linguistics, and walks with man's best friend. In the warmer months, Will can often be found enjoying the outdoors on his deck playing a game of Cribbage with, as he sometimes jokes, his favourite wife. Though still actively working at a great career in the healthcare industry, he muses that he is now a retiree in training.

Will and Ginny have been married for forty years. They are the parents of one daughter and two sons, though their eldest son died as an infant. They have two grandchildren and two grand-puppies. Their household is further made complete with a beautiful 56-kilo (123-pound) fur-baby; a rescue dog who ironically rescued them as as much as they rescued her.

Will and Ginny live in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

The Other Side of Procrastination?

I have a confession to make. It begins with a little discovery I made recently in my garage. An old name tag from an equally old job of yesteryear. Who keeps stuff like this, especially after all these years? How did it not get lost in one of my previous dozen plus moves back and forth across the country? I hadn’t even met my wife yet when I worked there! The term pack rat comes to mind, as does the word procrastinator. Is it maybe time to give the garage a serious cleaning of old junk? Hmm. I’m sure that I’m not alone.

I am not going to say much more about that here, but rather use this as a trivia question for family and old friends. Who remembers what year(s) I worked for the CP Hotels? It doesn’t have to be exact. An accurate guess within half a decade is probably close enough. For extra points, (1) which hotel, and (2) in what capacity? Think you know? Drop me a text or comment. The winner gets bragging rights and a chance to help me clean my garage (Ha).


“In a sense, clutter is the end result of procrastination.”
(attributed to Jeff Campbell)

Monday, 18 October 2021

The Other Side of the Clothing Store

Someone once said, “You are what you eat.” Apparently I need to eat a skinny person, or visit my favourite clothing store … again. It’s probably safer to opt for the latter.

Then again, I suppose that I could go on a diet, but … 

… oh, look; free ice cream! 


Sunday, 17 October 2021

The Other Side of Embarrassing Mistakes

You know that you’re not yet fully awake when you look out your window first thing in the morning and think there is a fire in the apartment across the street. That happened to me a few days ago and happened once again this morning. Today, however, I was awake enough to take a photo of what almost resulted in an emergency 911 call.

I could just imagine the media report now: Man calls 911 on neighbour’s Christmas lights. Embarrassing!

It would have been an honest mistake, wouldn’t you say, especially since it’s not yet even All Saints Day? 😏

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Informed or Misinformed: Whom Do You Believe?

I saw a quote the other day attributed to Mark Twain. It said, “If you don’t read the newspapers, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspapers, you’re misinformed.” I don’t know if he actually said that or not, for by even ascribing the quote to Mr. Twain, could in itself be misinformation.

Today it’s probably less newspapers and more social media that inform and misinform. The joke says, “I read it on Facebook, so it must be true.” With the advent of Photoshop, you can’t even trust pictures as proof of anything anymore. Whom do you believe?

I thought of that quote again as I looked at some Covid information that recently found its way into my inbox. Am I being informed or misinformed? Both the pro and anti vaccination camps will claim the former for themselves and the latter for the other guys. Both sides have their so-called experts. Both sides are adamant that they are right and the other camp is wrong. Sadly, even families are splitting apart over this. Whom do you believe?

I was reminded of a book that was recommended to me some time back. It was called, How to Lie with Statistics. Well, doesn’t that just open up another can of worms?! You mean that we shouldn’t necessarily trust the so-called statistics that the media feed us either? Whom do you believe?

Remember the old child’s rant, Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire? Kids would call that out to one another when one of their peers got busted in a lie. Maybe our question of whom do you believe could be answered easier if liars pants really did catch fire. It would be kind of like a public polygraph test or truth serum; tell the truth or else you’re suddenly wearing hot-pants, and I don’t mean the 1960’s fashion version either. Then again, I suppose the downside would be that fire insurance rates would go through the roof. And how would one ever gain control of the never ending fires on Parliament Hill and other government offices?

Hmm. I guess liar’s pants actually catching on fire is too much to hope for. 😉

Caveat: To be serious for a moment, information and misinformation is not all a joking matter. When Covid first hit and they began talking about potential vaccinations, we too were a little sceptical at first. Whom and what do you believe? We looked closely at the facts and pseudo-facts. We looked closely at the implications for our family, extended family, and community as a whole. We looked closely at the question of mankind’s responsibility to fellow mankind. The result? We believe that this pandemic needs to be taken seriously. The decision that we made was to get ourselves vaccinated as soon as we were able. We don’t regret that decision. Our advice to those who ask is to do likewise. Peace.

Photo Source: Unknown (maybe it too was photoshopped)

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Election Campaigns: When it is Legal to Litter?

I always thought it would be great to have a sign made up that says, VOTE FOR ME, or VOTE FOR WILL and then maybe add a picture, such as the cartoon character from Mad Magazine. Remember him? I could post it on my front lawn during election campaigns. If nothing else, it might help to bring a chuckle to some stressed-out neighbours. 

Well another municipal election is upon us, and I missed that opportunity. Oh well, maybe next time.

Personally I detest politics at the best of times, and the campaigning process is almost enough to make one want to throw up. Still, until someone comes up with a better system that actually represents the constituents with more than simple cheap promises and platitudes, it’s all we have. One sign I saw said, “Every voice matters.” Yea right! I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night!

But I digress. It is not the political system per say that I wanted to rant about here, but rather campaign signs associated with those elections. Is it just me, or does anyone else have a problem with politicians and would-be politicians littering every municipal roadside with election signs? It seems like I cannot drive five blocks without passing one hundred signs! Yuck! What an eyesore! I’m sure people would frown if they saw me throwing garbage on the curb. I might even get fined for that. Is this any better? And to further complicate matters, there is always the question of distracted drivers and the potential for accidents because of drivers looking at all this litter! But maybe that’s just my own personal pet-peeve.

In today’s society where it seems that GREEN is the politically correct way to do everything, I find it ironic that municipalities even permit such pre-election littering. Sure, someone cleans up those roadside cesspools of signage eventually, but then what? Landfills? Recycling depots? To make matters worse, I would question how much they even work. I cannot prove it, but I would suspect that those folks who faithfully go to the polls already have done some homework and know which candidates they want to support. For all others, if they go to the polls at all, they are probably simply flipping the proverbial coin anyways. At the end of the day, the politicians are going to do whatever they want and vote however their leader tells them to vote. Election campaigns mean nothing. Well that’s the way I see it.

*End of rant* 😏

POSTSCRIPT: You may also be interested in The Other Side of the Campaign Trail

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Oh, Those Nasty SINS of Others!

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
- Jesus (Mt. 6: 14-15; ESV)

I have to wonder sometimes just how much we WANT to be forgiven, or how much we actually HAVE been forgiven.

One thing I’ve never had a lot of use for is a spirit of dissension and self-righteousness. It never ceases to amaze me how so many people are so quick to point out the flaws in others, and yet be completely oblivious to the stench in their own lives. What’s worse is when one sees Christians, presumably believing that “there is no one righteous(Romans 3:10), ironically oblivious to the fact that the same verse applies to them. How is that even possible? This is Christian love? Really? No, it is pseudo-Christian hypocrisy! Imagine if God treated us the way we treat others? God have mercy! 😞

Caveat: I realize that in many ways what I wrote above is very simplistic and does not include a lot of other factors. As someone once said, “There is always another side to the story,” just as there is always another opinion or ten. Still, the Bible also says in the so-called “Love Chapter” (1 Corinthians 13), “if I have not love, I am nothing.” Are we “nothing?” Still, I have even heard people debate that! So with that, I stand by what I said and will leave this little rant alone … for now. Peace.
Cartoon Source: Unknown