All posts by Paul Cipywnyk

Fascism Is Worming Its Way Everywhere

So a day after Remembrance Day, someone that I follow on FB posted a Mussolini quotation, with zero qualification or explanation.

WTF? The hoary old “day as a lion vs lifetime as a sheep.”

Hello? He was a a fascist dictator.

Don’t people read ANY history?

You know all those ceremonies we had yesterday? All those men and women who died to protect our freedom and democracy?

One of their key opponents was Mussolini’s regime, eh?

Volunteers Patrol For Spawning Salmon on Byrne Creek

Half a dozen volunteers with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society patrolled the creek in SE #Burnaby for spawning salmon today. It’s been a slow start to the spawning season, but we saw a couple of live ones today, and processed a couple of dead ones for size, sex, and spawning status.

Trying to Turn Around Falling Book Consumption

My consumption of books has dropped dramatically over the years. Twenty years ago I’d read 100 books a year no problem, but in recent years sometimes I barely get through a book a month.

There are a number of reasons that added together have put that big dent in my consumption.

  • The rise of social media, which eats up way too much of my time. Gotta put some limits there, eh?
  • The end of the confining tyranny of network TV. Now with NetFlix, specialty cable channels, cable on demand, etc., it’s just too easy to find all sorts of interesting stuff to watch for hours in front of the tube, er, screen. And PVRs add to the media flow by storing a backlog of stuff I want to watch.
  • An inability to say NO to volunteer commitments. I’m now down to being active on three boards, which is freeing up some personal time.

I noticed that following the injury to my ankle/foot recently, I read nearly a book a day over the last week. Hm. So it can be done!

It was also interesting to enjoy the interaction of reading. Active? I’m the kind of person who underlines, makes notes in margins. . .

With TV it’s more in one eye and out the other : – ).

Mystery of the Painful Ankle

Somehow my ankle got screwed up, and I have no idea what happened. I recall stumbling on some stairs, but it didn’t hurt at the time. Sigh.

Woke this morning with some minor pain, but by the end of the work day, much of it spent on my feet, I was feeling more twinges.

Got home, made dinner, sat down to watch the news, got up and YOW!

Nearly fell down the pain was so sharp.

What the heck?

I’ve been RICEing it this evening, and have it loosely wrapped for bed with a tensor bandage with a topical patch inside.

Sure hope it’s better in the morning, because I have another six-hour delivery shift. . .

bum ankle

UPDATE (Nov. 6): Well the ankle has pretty much come around, but a week of walking funny has resulted in a painful muscle in the foot.  Everything is connected . . .  Heading off to work with a topical patch and ankle brace.

Kanaka Creek Return of the Salmon

Yumi and I headed out to Maple Ridge for the Return of the Salmon  at the fish fence at Kanaka Creek Regional Park. It was a lovely day for the fun event.

Kanaka Creek Salmon Return
Glorious male chum in full spawning regalia


Thanks to all the KEEPS volunteers!


Ross Davies regales folks with nature tales, and explains the salmon life cycle


Yumi with a bunch of kids, checking out aquatic bugs


Metro Vancouver Parks display


The fish dissection was educational albeit a tad gruesome : – )


That wee ball is the lens from a chum salmon’s eye


A bear nonchalantly ambled by, ignoring the hundreds of people


Watershed Watch Salmon Society booth.

Defend the Heart of the Fraser!