Ok, so let’s try this daily blog meme for April. A to Z…you know how this works, I’m sure.

I’m going to use the alphabet thing, with a focus on where my work has taken me, places that I’ve been fortunate enough to visit, or cool things that I’ve gotten to do in this life.

Let’s start with “A”.


In 2009, I was given the chance to go up to the Arctic on the CCGS Amundsen to do some scientific research. I was up there with another colleague to take water and soil samples for analysis.

I was onboard for about two week and it was a wonderful experience…being on a machine that was designed to smash through ice that was metres thick.


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While still in Yellowknife, we had a very informative presentation from one of the Inuvialuit from Inuvik.

Tasted like baking powder biscuit

He bought along some samples of traditional foods for us to try.

I tried some

It tasted quite gamey, and the Inuit on our team put butter on theirs.

We arrived yesterday in Tugluktuk via Dash-8. The ship was anchored off the town and were waiting for the new crew to arrive. The crew on board had brought the ship around from Quebec City and were ready to go home.

Amundesen crew waiting for their replacement crew to arrive.

Once we settled into our hotel for the night, I took a wander around the town. It never ceases to amaze me how the old and the new coexisct in these communities.

They hang onto their traditional values and culture but happily embrace new technologies when it can enhance their way of life.

The new and the old

I am always amazed at how the past meets the present.

So now we are waiting to get onto the ship. There was heavy fog this morning and the charter flight that left Quebec City had to divert to Yellowknife. Things have brightened up here now, but it could be that it’s already too late in the day to get the crews swapped and back on the plane for Quebec.

Stand by to stand by…

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Yellowknife and a walk

Arrived up here at about 2pm and realized that I’d forgotten the charging cord for my electric razor…the new one that I bought so that I wouldn’t have to take messy razors/cream and go through the hassle that goes along with razor shaving.

I thought that I’d be able give a quick buzz everyday at some point and stay (reasonably) civilized looking…best laid plans.

A reason for a walk. I had checked into 4square and got a welcome tweet from @ykonline who suggested that Shoppers may have a cord…they didn’t, but I picked up some disposables and cream…we’ll see how that goes.

It was a beautiful afternoon for a walk…20 degrees and sunny…nicer that at home, so after I got my supplies, I wandered around town and grabbed a coffee, then back to the hotel for some emails with the office.

Some of the team met up in the lobby to go dinner. We went to Bullucks’ Bistro. Very tasty. It reminded me of a small Quebec style road side diner with the communal tables. There is no menu…the waitress tells you what is available based on what was caught that day. There were a few different fish varieties and bison. I went for the Arctic Char. It was grilled to perfection, a splash of teriyaki, fries and salad. A very nice meal. I had checked it out on Trip Advisor and the reviews where either 5 or 1. Folks loved the food, but many were put off by the rustic decor, and names that were written on the plywood walls with Sharpies.

I was there to taste the food, not admire the setting. Recommended.

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Erin’s Turn

Erin Optimus-Prime Macalister did her stint on TheZone last night. For her friends/family that couldn’t listen, here you go…Erins_Turn

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Hank is awesome

Headed south again. Just reach cruising altitude after pulling out of Vancouver. Managed to use coupons to upgrade for the flight from Vancouver to Toronto, then from Toronto to Sao Paulo.

These are the new Air Canada pods in business that fully recline. As I was headed to my seat, I thought that I recognized “Lacy” from Corner Gas. She was seat two seats behind me. I tried not to stare, but I was pretty sure it was her.

Then “Hank” started chatting and hugging her. That might be her…and Fred sat down beside me.

Not sure if he wanted to be noticed, I waited until drinks were brought round. I knew that I would regret not saying anything. I leaned over and asked him they were headed to a final show party of some kind and he said that they were.

He asked were I was from and said that he loved Victoria, having been born and raised in Vancouver.

I told him that Moe’s Dad had been involved in the theatre in Edmonton and that we were thrilled to see Len Crowther on the show. Fred remembered him and said that he was great guy and enjoyed himself on the shoot.

After 10 minutes or so, he said “Excuse me what was your name? My mother would kill me for forgetting my manners.”

Mrs. Ewanuick, you done good

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