Travels

Resignation Letter

So I put in my resignation at work the other day, my boss was not totally amused by the letter.

Good day all!
First off I wanted to say thanks for the last 4 years of employment here at MegaCorp. With
the exception of Tom I have enjoyed all of my coworkers here immensely.
I have decided that life is too short though and have decided to pursue my dreams of
becoming a backwoodsman and will be relocating to a mountain range in the interior of
British Columbia several hours from civilization. There I plan to live off of the land while
hunting a variety of animals for sustenance and crafting my clothes from their hides. It will
not be an easy life but I am looking forward to the adventures and carving a name out for
myself in the chronicles of our great country.
If you wish to maintain any contact with me you will need to come to the trails head at St.
Augustus lake and take a 3day hike in by mule.
Don’t worry about any stale cake or a going away speech, I’m AOK….
unless it’s an Icecream cake from Dairy Queen…those are pretty awesome…a 6 pack of beer would be
nice too but not required.
You can expect an almost immediate decrease in both the quality and quantity of my work
but I will still be available until Wednesday, March 23rd. After my departure don’t hesitate to
reach out to me if anything else is required.
Thanks,

Someguy
PS: I’m not taking my chair but don’t let anyone use it.

Resignation

 

 

Commute

I commute an average of 25.4 minutes to work according to google tracks, one way, each and every day that I work. My job could easily be done remotely without me having to get in the car…but I do because that is the way it is supposed to be done…

With only a bit or irony the average amount that an average Canadian commutes…according to statscan is..

 In 2011, commuters spent an average of 25.4 minutes travelling to work. This was almost the same as the average in the United States for the same year (25.5 minutes).Note3

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Scott Adams once said (and I paraphrase) that you can live in a nice house in a nice neighbourhood…or you can have a good job…but the two could never be close together…..and for that reason we move from our cubed houses to our cubed cars…driving them down straight roads to other cubed building to sit in a small grey cube and type on a cube into a viewing cube…cubes..

Anyways…for reasons I can’t quite pin point I’ve decided to walk from my home in Allendale Edmonton to my job…which is in the far North East…pretty much in St. Albert….I estimate it will take me about 4 hours to get there….nonstop….each way….

Getting in a car and transporting yourself great distances with relative ease is easy…so easy we don’t even think about it…at my work it’s totally normal for 15 cars…weighing an combined total of close to 100,000 pounds….drive an average of 2.2km at lunch…..to buy about 10 pounds of shitty food…and then drive back…..and we think nothing of it.

That’s the equivalent of 100 blue whale testicles rolling down the highway!!!

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So I’m decided that I am going to walk across the city to my work….the average distance an average Canadian commutes on September 18th…it’s a long walk…I figure it will take me about 4 hours each way…but I really think it’s going to give me a perspective just on how much we rely on the old fossil fuels…so yes…doing it.

Along the way I plan to post a few pictures to my twitter account (@justindechaine) unless it’s suspended…which it often is….because I seem to post some pretty pro ISIS type content on there….even though I don’t recall doing it…

I’m hoping to stop at a few places so if you are anywhere on the route (or close to it) feel free to offer me a muffin or a cup of coffee along my travels.

approx route

 

Trip to Jasper!!!

One of my fondest memories was travelling across the country on the bus beside a smell homeless dude who kinda changed my life, it was right around my 30th birthday and I was creating an unpublished blog post about “30 things I learned at 30”, since I just turned 35 I was pondering how much of those I embraced, and I’d say I am going pretty good…and homeless dude….those 25 hours were pretty awesome buddy…one of my biggest regrets is not staying in touch with you.

This time for my birthday the wife and I went out to the mountains to do a couple of hikes and spend some one on time. I do love camping so much, there is something about rustic camping outside that just makes everything seem so right.

This time going out we were planning to do a hike up sulphur ridge above the miette hotsprings but unfortunately a couple of annoying bears got in our way and were all like “Hey, I got two cubs here so why don’t you just get out of here” and the fact that the 10minute drive up the mountain took two hours due to road construction was a bit annoying….but sulphur ridge…I DO THEE DECLARE…that I shall hike you this year, I bought that park pass afterall.

Pics below.

 

 

 

Tiny house land scoping

Got to hang out with three great people, two new tiny haus enthusiasts and my lovely wife. Was nice to get outside the city and day dream about living in a true community.

This land we visited was offgrid and had been used by a large family as a sort of unofficial campground, you could feel the positive energy floating around and it was a beautiful winter day. If it’s still on the market this summer I’d love to check it out.

 

I met the Prime Minister

Me and the pm yo

I got hang out the with Prime Minster last Friday..it was a really great time hanging out with a great group of people. At one pint in the night I actually managed to steal the Prime Ministers beer and drink it throughout the night….sweeeet I also managed to get a really fly Iceland pin from his..ambassador? liason? I dunno..guy…