Thursday, April 30, 2009

No I am Not Sick Again

I thought I better drop everyone a line real quick note, and let people know that I have not croaked. Just for the record Mellody has not killed me either, although if she had I guess I would not be sending this out...Grin Anyway I have just been busier then a one legged man at an ass kicking contest. We have officially launched Big Ape Productions. It happened really quickly after my recent discharge from hospital. If you ask Mellody it was too quick, but non the less we are up and running. So here is a shameless plug for all your Asset Insurance Photography, Slide Show Presentations, or VHS to DVD transfers think of Big Ape Productions. We can be reached by calling 403 488 6433. Keep in mind we are also doing matrimony dispute asset photos and land lord pre and post rental report photos.

I might add that I had a major computer melt down. I think the Good Lord was just testing me to see if I would snap or not. Well I am here to report that it was very close at times, but we are up and running again. Did I mention that technology is great when it works, but BOY WHEN IT DOES NOT.....

Well I am off to have the powers to be hook the big ape up with some electrodes and watch me sleep. Now that is an interesting job if I have ever heard of one! Well I hope I can keep them entertained. The last time we did this I stopped breathing for upwards of 2 minutes at a time multiple times a night. No wonder I felt like I did. Anyway they have me hooked up to a ventilator at night so I don't have to worry about breathing it does it for me. An amazing little machine! So it is great just in case I stop to think and forget to start again I do not have to worry about whether I am breathing or not....LOL

Anyway I better wander back into the jungle as Mellody will be home soon to cart my carcass off to the hospital in Calgary.

So until next time.....Remember the average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think.

From The Big Ape

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Very Sad Day in Society

Not in my back yard is what I hear. Drugs... everybody wants them removed from our streets, but when somebody or a group of people try and set up a clinic to help the addicts it is; "oh we can't put it there it will effect my property values!" So which is it people do you want to be part of the problem or the solution? Case in point is the Second Chance Recovery Methadone Clinic is being forced to close its doors because they cannot find a place that will take their clinic. Now this is in Calgary this time, but this could happen anywhere in Canada! How sad is that? In a time that the economy is falling apart and people are going to need a facility like this more then ever, they are being forced to close there doors because of people not wanting to do the right thing. Very sad is all I can say! I guess it will be better that these junkies will be going into the parks or shooting up on the trails in the parks. I have had the pleasure and I mean pleasure to work with the owner of the clinic in question. You cannot ask for a more kind hearted well intentioned man in your life. He will listen to anyone that wants to talk. He will help people that others have turned a blind eye to as a lost cause. Why you ask? He says everybody needs to be loved, and be given another chance. A true guardian angle in my books.

I am going to share a story with you. I was working in one of Mr. Leslie's clinics. He gave me a chance when others would not just because I was fresh out of school. Anyway we had one particular client that had been in and out of the clinic pretty frequently. We call them frequent flyers so to speak. Anyway I had asked Bill why he keep taking this client back when we knew that they probably would not stay straight. Why not leave that spot for someone that truly wants to become clean. Bill looked at me and said;"Kid (that was his pet name for me) you need to learn something early on. You have to take everyone seriously that comes through our door that says they want to get clean regardless of how many times before they have failed, because you just don't know when they will finally get it, and move to complete sobriety. Who are we to judge!" That has always stuck with me, and from that day on I look at every person I have or will ever will work with or have the pleasure meeting, and use that mantra.

You have to understand Mr. Leslie is not the healthiest of men. There is some days that I know it is all he can do to get out of bed, but he does. When most people would call in sick Bill is down at the office doing something. He is the first one there in the morning, and if he isn't he was there way past everybody else, and needed the extra sleep. He is also the last to leave at night. Like I said he is a true guardian angle.

Hopefully now that this problem has made front page news people will wake up and solve this problem before it is too late! Next time you hear someone complain about drugs in their community ask yourself one question. Will these people be a solution to the problem or do they create a bigger problem by putting up resistance. Remember one thing addictions can happen to anyone. Not only does it effect the homeless and poor it also tackles the rich and famous. That is one thing about addictions it shows no prejudice. Also remember it is not something you can help it is a disease. I pose the question if a cancer clinic was to open in your neighbourhood you would welcome it with open arms. If a heart doctor or a diabetes clinic wanted to set up shop you would roll out the welcome mat. So what is so different with an addictions clinic. Now before you start about the fact that these people have the criminal element follow them. You mean to tell me that crooks cannot have bad hearts or cancer too? Give me a break! I truly have come to the conclusion that there is a lot of hypocrites in society, and you will seek your judgment soon enough. Well it is time to lobby your local government, provincial and federal governments and tell them to wake up and be a solution to the problem.

Until next time....Remember we need to save the world … it's the only planet with chocolate.

From The Big Ape

Monday, April 13, 2009

What Is Considered Entertainment Anymore?

Well I must admit is nice having the opportunity to be back in the land of the world wide web. In some ways it was nice to be unplugged, and frankly I can say I was so sick for the first week or so I would have not cared if the cyberspace would have blown up. I know when you first get unplugged and you are not used to it, it is almost like you are missing something. Well I can say I was not totally unplugged as I did have my crackberry, but in all fairness that was used more for a phone between me and the wife. Just so I could keep her up to speed on what was happening. As it worked out I gave everyone a bit of a scare when they told her I was being transferred to the ICU. People panic too easily. You know I don't have a death wish, but I am at peace with it. I guess with me looking at my faith more and reading more about Buddhism, I am at peace with my life. Not that I really want to die, but if it happened I am at peace with it. I believe I am here for a good time, and what time I have I am going to try and make it everlasting. Now here I go again that does not have much to do with entertainment, but my tangents seem to pop up anywhere and everywhere. I guess that shows I am getting healthy again if I ramble along. Lol Anyway I posed the question; "what do you consider entertainment?" With the World Wide Web being as vast as it is any source of entertainment can be obtained. What is your pleasure is your wish granted if you look in the right places. Is that a bad thing? I think the internet is like the wild west was. Now people are getting arrested for child porn, and in my humble opinion I think they should! Porn is one thing, but when you start exploiting kids that has crossed the line in my books!

You Tube is a very interesting site. I know some of the younger, and some older people watch You Tube more then they watch their TV sets anymore. In some ways I think that what is on You Tube is probably more entertaining. Have you seen what they are putting on main stream television these days? It just proves that Yee Who Has Money can do anything they want, even produce bad TV shows. The only nice part is they generally don't last past about 7 or so episodes before the networks pull them as they have tanked. It is just the painful aspect for the viewers until the networks clue in that people are not going to put up with garbage. Some say; "garbage in, garbage out" is what the networks are producing. I do have my favorites though; House, Bones, Anything UFC. So with my guilty pleasures divulged, and I must say there is other shows I will watch, but life does not stop if I miss them. No TV is that important, but I do enjoy that programing. Also I do like documentaries. The nice thing is if you have an interest in what ever subject the internet is your virtual supplier of the media.

You Tube for instance is good source for seeking anything you have an interest in. Did you miss a particular concert? Well if you go search You Tube chances are someone with a camera on their phone is streaming it back for you. Go check it out! If you are interested in a subject chances are there is probably 10, 20, or 50 other people are too. A lot of these people that produce these little movies get main stream media attention. Reading in the Calgary Sun someone found the Iggy race for the playoffs. Now people surprise me that they do this as just a lark. These people have an amazing amount of talent. In this case a couple of radio stations have picked up the song and ran with it so to speak. You look at the you tube site nearly 32000 people have viewed the video. That is in my mind pretty good for just horsing around. It is totally amazing what these kids can do with a $500 video camera and a bit of thinking.

I typed in my residence city of Medicine Hat and of course we would find Medicine Hats finest of Kalan Porter. Some dedicated fans posted one of his songs on the web that he did at his concert here recently, actually the whole concert is there. Now if you want to feel like you were there and you missed the concert, and you can put up with 5000 screaming 14 year olds...check it out I do encourage you to go search Kalan Porter's bra story or the next one about growing facial hair itis right after that. They are amusing. Especially because he looks like he is about 12. He must have fun when he goes out to clubs. Anyway I will let you go surf your favorite You Tube sites. Drop me a line and let me know what your favorite is. Try to make it no more then PG14 as I have young readers.

Anyway until next time...Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

From The Crusty old Ape

Thursday, April 9, 2009

How To Plant Your Garden

I came across this in email today, and just had to share it with you as my readers. I think I have found the best directions on how to live a good life. Enjoy as I did.

How To Plant Your Garden

First, you Come to the garden alone,
while the dew is still on the roses...


1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul


1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness


1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another


1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another


1. Thyme for each other
2.. Thyme for family
3.. Thyme for friends


From The Crusty Old Ape

Just When You Thought It Was Safe...

I'M BACK!!!! Just when you thought it was safe to enter the jungle without a crusty old ape giving his flavored opinion. I rise like a phoenix out of the ashes more opinionated then ever. grin... Anyway I am back, and would like to thank all the people with well wishes, the visits in the hospital, and all the kind thoughts and prayers during this interesting time towards Mellody and myself. It is going to be a short posting as I am still not 100% so I am supposed to take it easy for a bit yet, but they thought I was stable enough to be released on the promise I go home and behave myself. So my wife as my guard or is that guardian lol anyway I do things in small doses yet. It is going to take me a bit to build my strength back up. I am sure it won't be long before a post is made in its finest form. I must admit I have been kind of kept out of the loop so it is going to take me a bit to get caught up. Over 300 emails, and that is not the well wishes. Those ones the wife either printed off or read to me over the phone when I was out of town. I would like to say if anybody knows somebody in the automotive industry that still has a job, and they work in the R&D department, and want to make some brownie points with the old ape DESIGN AN AMBULANCE THAT DOES NOT RIDE LIKE A BROKEN DOWN OLD DONKEY!!!! Wow they give whole new meaning to rough. As the one paramedic had mentioned they are built for speed not comfort. Well my comment to that is if you build them a little more for comfort you might not have to drive so fast! I have a few stories that I will share in coming days. On that note I am going to wander back into the jungle and go laydown in my layer...

Until next time remember Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body.
But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, a Coke in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO what a ride!'

Have a wonderful day!

From a Crusty Old Ape