Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Location, location, location

Last week I was in Toronto to attend a couple of days of meetings.  I sit on a volunteer advisory committee.  As I sat in an office building in downtown Toronto, I couldn’t help but notice the irony.  Our committee is focused on promoting tourism in Northern Ontario, yet here we were in Toronto. 

Compare the view from this office…  I sometimes don’t fly this high…


and my office…

Ignace Outposts

It is no wonder, the powers-that-be bring a few of us “northerners” in for a little advice. 

Where would you rather be? 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Make time


Sometimes we have to just sit down and figure out why we are so busy.  If making a living becomes more important than having a life, I think we have to adjust some priorities.   I doubt that at the end of it all our last thoughts will be “I wish I had worked a few more days”.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Congratulations Jo and Dean

This weekend, Karen and I traveled to Niagara Falls to celebrate with Jo (our youngest) and Dean.  

Jo and Dean

They were married on Sunday.

Jo and dean 2

Jo and Dean1

Monday, March 03, 2014

The Bright Side

This has been a brutally cold and long winter.  The media has in their zeal of naming winter storms, now come up with something to call the weather when it is not a storm.  They have invented the term “polar vortex”.  I guess it sound ominous enough to have more viewers tune in but to those of us who live in the midst of this seasonal cold, we call it “winter”.  Always have and always will.  This time of year sends many, who are tired of complaining, running south to bask in the sand and surf or to even somehow enjoy the desert.  

It is cold and snowy this time of year.  And such is life in Northwestern Ontario.  Our chief pilot Randy tells me there is a bright side however.  He says he hasn’t seen a mosquito for weeks now. 

Saturday, March 01, 2014

March Desktop Calendar

Karen has posted her March desktop calendar.

Find the size for your desktop here.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The words of work

I'm a bush pilot and remote tourist outfitter. Originally I wanted to work in an orange juice factory, but I would have been canned because I can’t concentrate. Then I wanted to work as a lumber jack, but I figured I wouldn’t be able to hack it and that they would give me the axe. After that, I thought about being a tailor, but I was just not suited for it, mainly because it is only a so-so (sew-sew) job. So next I pondered working in a muffler factory, but that would be too exhausting for me. After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally applied for a job as a historian, but I realized there was no future in it. Then before I finally settled on flying, I considered working at Starbucks but I had to rethink because it would just be the same old grind.

That in a one succinct paragraph answers “How I got to do what I do?”


Saturday, February 15, 2014


Some of our guests have put considerable thought into making their loads lighter this year.  Tom S and his crew sent me their plan.

“Some ideas for reducing weight:
Take only lite beer - Bud, Miller ...
For further reduction take Mich Ultra Lite
If you’re desperate, take Coors Lite empty cans.  When in camp, you can fill with water and no one will know the difference.”

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Giving it up

I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.
I took out my wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked,"If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?"
"No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless man replied.
"Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?" I asked.
"No, I don't waste time fishing," the homeless man said.."I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive."
"Will you spend this on hunting equipment?" I asked.
"Nope!" replied the homeless man. "I haven't gone hunting in 20 years!"
"Well," I said, "I'm not going to give you money. Instead, I'm going to take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife."
The homeless man was astounded. "Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that?
I replied, "Don't worry about that. It's important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking, fishing and hunting."