Last weekend,  the weather was beautiful in Calgary. The sun was out and there was a nice breeze to go with it. My wife thought that this would be a good day for a hike. I don’t usually hike, I always use the excuse that black people don’t hike. Remembering that a happy wife is a happy life, I chose to go on that hike. Also, I had to get out of my comfort zone and try new things.

We went up to Alder Trail, which is at Bragg Creek. The trail is only an hour to hike, which is right up my alley. I have to say that it is a beautiful trail and it was nice being out in nature. Sure, I wore shorts, not realizing that there was going to be a bit of snow up on the trail, but I got through it. While walking on the trail we came to a fork in the road. We assume that both paths were part of the Alder trail, so we took the left path. Huge mistake.

The trail that went to the left was not the Alder trail. To make things worse, the trail felt like it went on forever. It just seems as if we were going deeper into the forest. What didn’t help was the fact that there were cougars in the woods.  My wife told me about this, but I laugh it off. Right on cue, that is when  I notice animal bones litter on the ground. Now I wasn’t feeling like a tough guy, I just wanted to go home. Eventually wandering through the woods, we bumped into a family that was also lost. The whole thing was crazy. This shouldn’t happen at all. We did work together to get out of the forest, but it took four hours.

I didn’t think that my hiking trip would turn into a game of survival. Okay,  maybe I  exaggerated the game of survival, but the hike was ridiculous. I won’t give up hiking, but I will respect mother nature and plan my hikes better.

 

On this crazy hike, I did actually take some pictures.

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Producing the Today programme

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Around this time last year I wrote an article about my then job, which was managing the social media and website for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Not long after publishing it, I was given the chance to to move off the online team and become a producer on the actual radio show. I thought now might be a good time to write an updated blog entry about what this job involves and give some examples of what I’ve been doing for the past year for anyone who might be interested in hearing more about the behind-the-scenes mechanics of the show.

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First of all, just to quash from the gate any suspicion that I landed this dream job by being some kind of ruthlessly ambitious careerist, let me say that this is a role that I never envisioned myself doing. Not because I didn’t want to, quite the opposite, but because working for a programme…

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Springtime Along The River

The weather has been great this weekend. I can say that spring has finally arrived and it’s about time. Now to enjoy this great weather, I had to grab my camera and walk along the Bow river. I did take some pictures while the sun was beating down on me, but I love it. I’m just happy that spring has arrived and here are some pictures that I took along the river.

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Saying Yes To Roller Skating

Sometimes you need to do things that are not in your comfort zone. I like to pride myself that I will try new things. Yet, the older that I get, my comfort zone is beginning to shrink. I believe that my time is precious  and the possibility of getting hurt has made me think twice about trying new things. Once in awhile, there is something that seems to creep in through my comfort zone and gets me to do something that I never thought I would do. That thing for me was roller skating.

To me roller skating has been irrelevant for years. Going down to your local roller rink to jam out to music seem so 70’s. Sure inline skating is still popular, but this guy wants nothing to do with it. When a couple of people took me to the roller rink on the weekend, it totally caught me off guard. It was like my stubborn will disappeared and a voice in my head was telling me to give it a shot.

The rink that we went to is called Llodys. I believe that this place has been around forever in the city of Calgary.  I really have no idea about the history of this place and I don’t feel like researching it. Once we got there and pay our way to get in, I couldn’t believe the crowd. The place was packed with people having a good time. Everything that I believe about roller rinks were thrown out the window. What surprise me the most is how the kids were taking command of the rink, showing off their moves and projected their confidence to everyone. On top of that, most of the kids had no helmet, knee pads or elbow pads on. It was like a throwback to the 80’s, where parents weren’t concerned about concussion. If you fall, they would tell you to walk it off.

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This is what I wanted to look like roller skating.

I wasn’t going to look like a chum in front of these kids. I went to the counter and got myself a pair of old school roller skates. I channel the energy of the 70’s as I descend onto the rink. Once the wheels of the roller skate touched the hardwood floor, that’s when I realize that I don’t know how to roller skate. I struggle to gain my balance, it was like my legs wanted to go in two different directions. I had no choice, but to hold on to the railing. Kids would skate pass me, snickering at the fact that a grown man was scared for his life.  I had to gain my composure and create the illusion that I can skate. I let go of the railing, but my body somehow prefers the floor. I’m sure that I was great entertainment for a family that was eating on the other side of the railing.

This is what I wanted to look like roller skating.
This is what I wanted to look like roller skating.

Still, I wasn’t ashamed of my lack of skills that I had for roller skating. I gave it my best shot even if it was only twenty minutes. I will admit that it was kind of fun, even if didn’t bring out the coolness in me. I’m happy that I extended my comfort zone, it made me realize that I should really try new things again, even if I’m horrible at it.  For now, I think I will put roller skating on hold as my injuries heal.

I had to post this video about roller skating, it’s priceless.

Springtime Jam

I’m a big Diplo fan, so when he comes out with something new I usually love it. In his side group called  Major Lazer, he released a new song with DJ Snake and MØ called Lean On. I love this song and the video. The one thing  that stands out in the video is MØ solid dance moves. Personally, I love the dance moves. MØ dance moves say to the world that she doesn’t care what you think and I’m just cutting loose on you guys. All I can say is do your thing girl.