Category: Writing

The Situation of my Mother with Alzheimer and Dementia

The Situation of my Mother with Alzheimer and Dementia

The Situation of My Mother with Alzheimer and Dementia. Doug, my mom’s husband/my step-father, collected me from the mall.  He told me that he barely recognized me when he first saw me because of my short hair.  Doug then drove me to see my mother at the care-home where she stays.  The home was having a hot dog and hamburger sale so entire families were there to be with their loves ones who have been institutionalised… I was not sure how...

A Conversation with a Transgender

A Conversation with a Transgender

A Conversation with a Transgender. I had been spending time in Manila, Philippines, with a lovely girl named Irene.  We had spent the afternoon roaming the Manila North Cemetery, which was amazing as there are residents everywhere, living in the middle of the cemetery among the tombs.  It was really incredible to see. On the way back to the center, Irene asked what I wanted to do for dinner.  I told her that at the moment I was not hungry. ...

Learning Liquor

Learning Liquor

Learning Liquor. 6 October 2017 Sometimes I get called ‘Soft’ or get called a ‘Pussy’ because I rarely drink hard liquor.  When I get called a ‘liquor pussy’ and I am never sure if that is an insult or a demand…  It drives me a little bit crazy because most of the people who attempt to taunt me have never come close to partying to the degree that I have over the years since this journey began fresh to the...

The Synchronicity of Tom Petty and the name, 'Jen'

The Synchronicity of Tom Petty and the Name, ‘Jen’

The Synchronicity of Tom Petty and the Name, ‘Jen’. 5 October 2017. Life is weird and has patterns. One could never understand how synchronicity seems to happen in the bizarre ways it does… Tom Petty’s death has hurt me. I loved his music and the way he carried himself as the coolest and most casual person one could ever wish to meet.  He is one of my heroes. I have been listening to so much of his music again over the...

Guns 'N Roses Concert - Edmonton, Alberta.

Guns ‘N Roses Concert – Edmonton, Alberta.

Guns ‘N Roses Concert – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  30 August 2017. I was up at 09:00 and my 17-year-old cousin Trevor was up and at it by 10:00 so that we could get on the road.  He and I got into his car and headed 5.5 hours north to Edmonton, Alberta… …Guns ‘N Roses. On the drive on the way there, I bought tickets on Stubhub for $145 ($183 CDN) for seats on the bottom of the Commonwealth Stadium, 36...

The Crotch Rocket at 212 km/h.

The Crotch Rocket at 212 km/h.

The Crotch Rocket at 212 km/h. 28 August 2017. I met up with Trevor, my 17 year old cousin, after lunch. Trevor asked if I wanted to go biking. “Heck Yeah!” That sounded like a blast! Trevor has a 2012 KTM SX-7, 250cc, four stroke dirt motorcycle with a lot of bottom end power. He also has a 2004 Suzuki GSXR, 600cc, crotch rocket. I would soon learn how accurate the nickname crotch rocket is for one of those motorcycles…not...

Forgetting How Old I Am

Forgetting How Old I am

Forgetting How Old I am.  31 May 2017. Some days crazy things just happen. Today was one of those. I went to a fantastic man-made archway over the ocean today that is a little terrifying to climb up, but I wanted a photo from the top of it. I was by myself and there was no one to take my photo, so I waited around knowing someone would show up. Two local boys, 13 years of age came along. I...

The Jacket and Signs in Life

Signs in Life and The Jacket

Signs in Life and the Jacket. Life has a crazy flow and vibe, and things happen that are incomprehensible to us humans.  But there is certainly an underlying layer the threads the eyes of the needles of life.  There is just no other way to explain why and how things happen that are just too much of a coincidence to be just that.  I call them the ‘Signs in Life.’  Actually, Bob Dylan called them the signs in life and...

Mexican Monarch Metal Brothers in Mexico City

Mexican Monarch Metal Brothers in Mexico City

The Mexican Monarch Metal Brothers in Mexico City. Jan 13. At 21:00 I went to meet Sara at a metal bar in Mexico City called Metal Brothers.  The website said there was no cover charge and stated that live bands play every night.  I was worried that it was going to be some lame ‘Cruise Ship’ band covering a version of ‘Hotel California’ for the eight-kajillianth time and fill me with regret. Nope! None of that at all…  Metal Brothers was...

The Bloodhound Gang are Wankers

“The Bloodhound Gang are Wankers!”

“The Bloodhound Gang are Wankers!” -Live transcript of Mr. Bob Slayer. nyone ever heard of a band called Electric Eel Shock?  There is a reason why you haven’t.  The reason why you haven’t heard of Electric Eel Shock is because I managed them.  And I may have held them back.  But they are a fantastic band, from Japan.  I toured with them from 2003, and I’m still a little bit involved.  I fired myself.  They are too nice to fire...

Santuario Nacional del Angel de la Santa Muerte: Mexico City

Santuario Nacional del Angel de la Santa Muerte: Mexico City

Santuario Nacional del Angel de la Santa Muerte: Mexico City. December 15. It took us a while to get out of the house.  Everyone is exhausted.  We have been hitting Mexico City hard for about two weeks now.  Eventually all three of us were ready. My date from last night had asked me what I was planning to do today.  I told her that my friends and I were going to visit Santuario Nacional del Angel de la Santa Muerte,...

Teotihuacan: The Pyramids Close to Mexico City

Teotihuacan: Pyramids Close to Mexico City

Teotihuacan: Pyramids Close to Mexico City. Dec 13. The house got moving around 10:00.  I thought Irmante, Clint and I would tackle the day earlier, but everyone was tired.  Irmante made breakfast and we headed for the Teotihuacan pyramids close to Mexico City. Teotihuacan was an ancient Mesoamerican city which was the largest city in the Americas…pre-Columbus.  The city is thought to have been of 125,000 inhabitants and was built from 100 to 250 CE. To get to the pyramids...

Mexican Bullfight in Mexico City

Mexican Bullfight in Mexico City

Mexican Bullfight in Mexico City.  Dec 11 At 17:30 we headed to Plaza de Toros in Mexico City for the bullfight.  Plaza de Toros is the world’s largest bullring with seating for 41,262 gore fanatics.  I had been to a Mexican bullfight (‘Corridas de Toros’ in Spanish) once before in Mazatlan when I flew in for the millennium.  I said I would never attend one again, but it has been nearly 17 years and my friends Clint and Irmante have...

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling: Mexico City

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling: Mexico City

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling: Mexico City. Dec 9 (cont’d) After the scorpion eating, Irmante, Clint and I stopped for some wine and cheese in the market, but my stomach was pretty wonky.  We dropped into Mercado de Artesanias La Ciudadela and by the time we had dinner in a local traditional dive restaurant, I was in tip-top shape again. We headed for to Arena Mexico for tonight’s event of Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling. The three of us had purchased masks...

Scorpion Eating in Mexico City

Scorpion Eating in Mexico City

Scorpion Eating in Mexico City. Dec 9 Clint showed up just after Irmante and I had breakfast at out AirBNB and we all headed to Insurgentes, an area of Mexico City, to change our American dollars into pesos.  It is a good time to be in Mexico as $1 is worth 20 pesos.  When I was here in 2010 it was about 12 pesos for $1. Get to Mexico right now people! Irmante was in charge and she lead us...

Unusual Jobs

13 Unusual Jobs

13 Unusual Jobs here I went to school in a small town, a class called Career Education was offered to those of us morons who did not want to take a second language (a clever career orientated maneuver).  However, ideas for the future seemed to be limited to a career as a farmer, rancher, grain elevator agent, teacher or banker.  With no outside-the-box-thinking teachers, neither were us learned students.  However, it is time to grow a better garden! For the...

They Charged Me with Murder

They Charged Me with Murder

“They Charged me with Murder” -Live transcript of my friend Mr. P. s a kid I was quite into boxing, trying to pursue that and fitness…constantly going to the gym.  But it didn’t really tweak with me that I’d never really have the dedication.  But I knew what I was doing.  I went to the gym and I’d been training for a long time. I went on a night out with me friends.  It got to the point where we’re...

Lonely Planet Soul Devourer

Lonely Planet Guide Soul Devourer

Lonely Planet Guide Soul Devourer – Pros and Cons The Lonely Planet guide-books are your primary travel safety net.  That safety net is also a devil that devours travel souls.  The Lonely Plant is the most powerful source in the world for completely sucking and absorbing real life out of anything it features, be it a village, a hostel, a restaurant…or by directing travelers to an ex-pat owned bar in town. But, Lonely Planet (or a similar guide from one...

Rock and Roll to the Rescue

Rock and Roll to the Rescue

Rock and Roll to the Rescue -The Rocco Valentino Live Transcript: friend and I were driving out in the bush one day and we decided we wanted to leave South Africa to go and see the world.  Both 21, listening to The Doors and doing a few other things.  Driving out there and we were deciding, “Well, where should we go?  Should we go to the States?  Should we go got Australia?” and we thought, “Australia is like South Africa. ...

I Fought a Dirty Cop for my Life in Tanzania

I Fought a Dirty Cop for my Life in Tanzania

I Fought a Dirty Cop for my Life in Tanzania -Live transcript of my friend Mr. P. was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and wanted to do the Kilimanjaro climb.  Really looking forward to it, and then I saw how much money they want for it, fees and park fees and all that guide shit.  I would’ve done it on me own, cause it’s only a hike, and I’m that type of person.  I would’ve just walked it myself.  But,...

Iron Maiden, Download Festival.

Iron Maiden, Download Festival – Day 3

Iron Maiden, Download – Day 3. June 12 It was pouring rain when we left Dan and Emma’s house in Nottingham. Sunshine would be unreasonable at Downland Festival anyhow… Whatever… We were ready to get into it again!  We had garbage bags in our pockets for extra-dryness covering.  Dan and I jumped on the bus to take us to the festival.  To say traffic was backed up would be an understatement.  A thirty minute bus ride from Nottingham became two...

Black Sabbath, Download Festival.

Black Sabbath, Download Festival – Day 2

Black Sabbath, Download – Day 2. June 11 Dan made breakfast for Emma and I and then Dan’s contact came through with two weekend passes for Download Festival that we could have for a £60 donation.  I sure wish that had happened yesterday before I blew £190 on my pass.  Then once Dan and I made it to the festival a girl was standing beside the box office to give away an extra weekend pass she had for free…. And,...

Rammstein, Download Festival

Rammstein, Download Festival – Day 1

Day One – Rammstein, Download Festival.   June 10 I was up at 06:35 to get ready for the day.  It has been over a month since I was near a time like that.   I caught my 08:30 bus to Nottingham to meet my friend Dan.  Download Festival.  I have wanted this festival for five years now… Nottingham is free of the shackles and the extortionate prices of my monster, London.  And believe me, I love my London, but it...

ACDC nee Axl/DC

ACDC aka Axl/DC in London

ACDC nee Axl/DC in London At 15:00 I rushed out the door to meet Karel at the Ritzy in Brixton and from there we headed for the London event of the night…AC/DC nee Axl/DC nee Axl/AC/DC! I have twice before watched ACDC during the ‘Rock and Roll Train’ tour in 2009.  Their show was totally amazing both nights, but I felt like I have been there and done that when the upcoming European tour was announced.  Then news hit that...

Shin Kicking World Championship

Shin Kicking World Championship in Cotswold

The Shin Kicking World Championship.   June 3 Convincing a 20 year old to get out of bed at 10:30 is no easy feat… It turns out that playing Slayer really loud at 10:45 will make the transition happen!  Now you know… We got out of the house at about 11:00 and caught the underground to Heathrow to pick up a rental car.  Just the thought of driving on the left side of the road through 12.5 million Londoners to...

The crowd, the stage, and the hair. Wow, I love this place!

Musical Candy – The Camden Monarch

May 1 I had flown across two continents for it, just to be a part of this night… England.  London.  Camden.  The Monarch.  Metalworks. It would be old bag of tricks in a new shirt. *In retrospect, I can say for sure from the evening that my lifestyle does not permit me to own a white shirt. I met Mike just after 18:00 and we went to a small establishment called Spiritual Bar to drink beer and catch up.  Justin...

I have never seen anything quite like this.  There is still hair on that skull...

Genocide and Poverty in Ethiopia: Addis Ababa

April 29 I woke up at 11:00.  I did not want to get up then, but sleeping is no excuse for wasting the only day I have in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I talked to the guy at the front desk of Global Hotel and asked him how to get around the city.  He told me outrageous taxi prices.  I asked him if there is a local convi-taxi.  He said there was.  I told him, “I have been in Africa for...

Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay: Opposite Day

April 10 Lala woke me up at 08:00 because she had prepared breakfast for me.  Julia, right behind her, had a nice morning shine and sat with me for breakfast. Today would turn out to be Opposite Day!  Awesome Opposite Day. Play this while you read.  I heard this today.  It has been years since I heard this song.  Somehow I forgot how great the Bellamy Brothers were.  This is a beautiful song… Well, today went down like this… I...

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures Wild Horizons – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Telephone  +263 (13) – 42313/42314 Email – info@wildhorizons.co.zw Facebook Wild Horizons March 13 I decided to tackle the morning at about 09:00.  I wanted to start it earlier, but it was important to have a fresh of a mind for the day so I stole a little extra sleep.  I was at Wild Horizons at 10:00.  Today was certain to be a great day. In no time after I...

Victoria Falls: Zambezi Horse Trails

Victoria Falls: Zambezi Horse Trails

Zambezi Horse Trails Victoria Falls Zambezi Horse Trails Email: info@vicfallshorsetrails.com  Skype: alisonhorses  Tel: +263 13 42847 Facebook Zambezi Horse Trails March 12 I had a morning, but my day really began at 15:30 when a man named Joseph arrived at Shoestring Lodge Backpackers Hostel to pick me up and take me to Zambezi Horse Trails.  We stopped to pick up a Gail and Faye, a really nice American mother and daughter team, and then pulled into the Zambezi Horse Trails, one...

Whitewater rafting the Nile River through Nalubale

Whitewater Rafting the Nile with Nalubale

Whitewater Rafting the Nile River.   Feb 21 – Kampala, Uganda. My telephone rang at 05:51.  It was my Ronald from Nalubale Rafting.  He was looking for the hotel in Kampala where I was staying.  Ronald arrived at the hotel at 06:10.  06:10!  They had told me last night that he would be there at 06:15.  Five minutes early?  In Africa?  Wow!  A professionalism seldom experienced on this continent…! Ronald helped me to get my backpack in the car and we drove...

Uganda Elections 2016 - Three Days of Grand Corruption

Uganda Elections 2016 – Three Days of Grand Corruption

Feb 18, 2016 Uganda Elections. Kampala, Uganda. Today is a big day for Uganda.  One of the biggest in recent history. Holy!  I just looked up at the television showing elections taking place as I started writing this and across the screen it says, “Besigye Arrested.”  Kizza Besigye is the opposition leader to the current president Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. President Museveni, has been in office from January 1986 to now.  Actually, I just looked the dates up on Wikipedia...

Meeting a wild silverback gorilla family

Meeting a Silverback Gorilla Family, Rwanda

Meeting a Wild Silverback Gorilla Family Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Feb 7 Life comes at a price… Sometimes emotionally.  Sometimes physically. Sometimes mentally. Sometimes monetarily… Today was a special day where I went to spend an hour with a silverback gorilla family in the mountains of Rwanda.  It was a $750 US price tag for such an experience.  But what I got for that hour today was pretty freaking amazing! I took this information from a photo at the Dian...

African Nations Championship (CHAN)

Kigali: African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Kigali: African Nations Championship (CHAN). Jan 30 I checked out of my guesthouse and moved to Panafrican, which is the sports bar where I was last night and made friends with Joseph, the owner.  He told me they also had rooms for around $10, which is half of the price I have paid for the previous two.  I checked into a good room and then Joseph drove me in his car to Amahoro National Stadium for the African Nations Championship...

Kigali Genocide Memorial Center

Kigali Genocide Memorial Center

Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. Jan 29 Today was a dark day and it made me teary eyed. I spent the afternoon at the Kigali Memorial Center of the genocide of 1994. It was free to enter as it is a place of mourning for the locals. This is what I learned this afternoon. There will be some horrible information and graphic photos here… *All points in “quotation marks” are direct quotations taken from the memorial. Kigali Genocide Memorial Center The...

Walking on Eggshells - Bery's Place - The Ugandan Sexual Abuse Recovery Home of 43 Young Girls

Walking on Eggshells – Bery’s Place – The Ugandan Sexual Abuse Recovery Home of 43 Young Girls

Walking on Eggshells Bery’s Place – The Sexual Abuse Recovery Home of 43 Ugandan Girls Sometimes one ends up in situations they could never expect.  Actually, it seems to be a daily part of my existence as a man on the road trying to avoid the mainstream.  Gifts of people and of life just sort of fall at my feet.  Maybe that is part of being as open as possible to everything around me… My local friend and I were...

East Africa Tourist Visa

East Africa Visa Battle: Tanzania to Uganda

East Africa Visa Battle: Tanzania to Uganda Jan 23 It was a crazy and stressful morning, but I really did not care that much and knew life would find a way to work itself out somehow… My friend Jasmine and I arrived at the bus terminal in Bukoba, Tanzania by 6:20 via motorcycle taxi.  She had to pay for my motorcycle because I only had $0.40 worth of Tanzanian money left in my pocket.  We climbed onto our Greyhound-sized bus...

Zanzibar, Tanzania, net fishing

Local Night Net Fishing in Zanzibar

Dec 12 I was tired, but I got up in time for the guesthouse breakfast in Nungwi, Zanzibar.  It is a free meal, and I need to think about money more than sleep.  As I was eating, James, my Tanzanian friend, came to find me to tell me that he had been at the fish-market this morning and he talked with one of his friends who said that they would take me out on the fishing boat to work with...

21 International Travel Tips, Airport Fun, and Flight Tricks

21 International Travel Tips, Airport Fun, and Flight Tricks

21 International Travel Tips, Airport Fun and Flight Tricks  (from a man who has been in more jets than taxi cabs…) 1) Wear your most loose and comfortable pair of underwear.  You are likely going to be seated for at least the next 4 hours, maybe more.  If you have not thought of this before, you will every time from this moment forward. 2) When arriving at the airport, the later you check in, the better.  The closer you are...

Potential country music superstar

Country Music Superstar Hillbilly to London Rock and Roller

Country Music Hillbilly to London Rock and Roller I wish I had learned two languages growing up…. I am not talking spoken word.  I am talking music.… It would be difficult for me to have come from a cooler life and cooler place in the world.  I am super proud to be from Big Beaver, Saskatchewan, population 55.  It made me.  It is so unconventional in comparison to anyone else I have met in my travels that it makes my...

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

The If I Knew Then What I Know Now Bullshit Spiel

The If I Knew Then What I Know Now B.S. Spiel The If I Knew Then What I Know Now and the If I Was Your Age guy is filling you full of bullshit, even though he may not know it.  I have encountered the ‘If I…’ man many times in life and normally take heed of what he has to say.  However, I recently spent three months in a sort of time reversal to have an ‘I know what I...

Vimy Ridge – Photos and Facts of the Battlefield

Vimy Ridge – Photos and Facts of the Battlefield

Vimy Ridge in France is where the Canadian Corps won in a battle against the German Sixth Army on the 12th of April 1917 of the First World War.  The ridge had been under German control since October 1914.  Our guide Grégory, a man who possibly knows more about war history than any other human alive, broke down the events that took place and explained the battle to us.  I do not have any nationalism in me, but I felt...

Moroccan female meltdown

Reverse Roles Damage Control

Reverse Roles Damage Control Xavier told me that running a hostel in Marrakech brings up hostel-cultural issues in the Muslim country that do not apply in most of the rest of the western world.  For example, hostels often have mixed dorm rooms, but in Morocco, it is illegal to have a Moroccan male and a Moroccan female sharing the same room.  A different set of rules applies to the locals.  But, being that it is a hostel, crazy things happen...

Magic Mushroom Girls

Magic Mushroom Girls

Magic Mushroom Girls My friend Mick used to manage a hostel in Amsterdam.  He told me that one evening he was at reception when two cute girls came down to the desk, completely naked.  He said he could see by their eyes that they were really high on something and guessed that it was mushrooms.  They were asking him questions about the hostel or Amsterdam and he pretended like they were not naked and tried to have a normal discussion...

The thong

The Thong

The Thong Alessio had been working in the hostel in Valencia for a while.  He told me that they had an older Colombian cleaning lady who had a great body.  He said she always wore thong-underwear that stuck out above her pants when she was bent over.  One day she was cleaning the bathroom and when she shut off the vacuum cleaner, she could hear a sound coming from one of the stalls that sounded like someone was masturbating.  Eventually...

Storage Room Hostel Sex

Storage Room Hostel Sex

Storage Room Hostel Sex. My friend Kate has been managing hostels for years.  I asked her for her best story.  She told me this: “There were three girls lined up at the reception desk to check-in.  I can not remember what time it was, but people had not checked-out of the rooms from the night before yet, so I guess it was before 11:00am.  Behind the three girls were three guys, and the three girls and the three guys kind of...

Skydive Interlaken, Switzerland

Skydive Interlaken in the Swiss Alps

Skydive Interlaken in the Swiss Alps ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and a ‘Skydive’ seem to reflect opposite directions, but for me they will now be forever linked… I was showered, up for breakfast, packed and ready for my hang-gliding adventure when I arrived with my backpack at the front desk of Balmer’s Herberge in Interlaken, Switzerland.  The wonderful staff told me they had bad news and that my hang-gliding experience had been cancelled.  They tried to get me a spot paragliding. ...

Porn is Killing Sex

Porn Is Killing Sex

Porn Is Killing Sex I was a young child in the 1980’s that grew into my teen years in the 1990’s.  It was an era where having a quality VCR (Video Cassette Recorder) showed status.  The VCR our family eventually bought to keep up with the neighbours and society was a thing of luxury at the time.  It was in 1990, and it had a feature on it called ‘Timer Record’ that would actually record your TV shows for you...

The Camden Monarch

The Camden Monarch

The Camden Monarch The Camden Monarch is musical art.  Unfortunately, not enough of this art is created anymore.  The potential loss of this culture and rock and roll is a sad future. Sunday in Camden, London, England, is the most consistent best night of the week…in the world.  Now, that is a very strong and opinionated statement, but it certainly holds a lot of accuracy.  If you are looking for a good time, any and every Sunday of the year,...

The Power of an Old Crush

The Power of an Old Crush

The Power of an Old Crush. I had not seen her in about 10 years.  I used to have a massive crush on her 19 years ago when I was growing up.  I have been away for nearly a decade and recently returned for a spell.  We became friends on Facebook.  Then, two days ago I received this message from her: ‘Umm…Just FYI, Your Facebook pages tell me that you might be the coolest. person. ever. 🙂 Just want I...