Parksville, British Columbia

In April 2009 we journeyed out to Parksville British Columbia. It was a long trip, but with regular stops at what seemed to be every McDonalds on the way there and back, visiting family in Calgary, and enjoying our stays at the hotels along the way it was an enjoyable trip. There was lots of beautiful scenery along the way and some firsts for the kids. Like driving through the Rocky Mountains, riding a ferry across to the Island, and seeing the ocean for the first time.

While we were in Parksville we had a great time checking out the local attractions and just spending time together. A few of my favourite highlights were Cathedral Grove, our VIA Rail train ride where we had a whole train car to ourselves, and our hikes to see Englishman River Falls, and Qualicum Falls. The kids of course enjoyed the playground in Parksville and we had to make it a regular stop for the kids.

I was also able to increase my photo collection of pictures of me near signs that bear my name. In this case I could not get close to the actual road sign, but I thought the Lee Road Ahead sign would be good enough.
Lee Road Ahead

On the way back we stopped at the Vancouver Aquarium. Matthew has been learning about sea animals in Kindergarten and this was a great chance for him to see some of the animals he had been learning about. We took in the dolphin show, the beluga whale show, saw sea otters, jellyfish and the kids were able to release a salmon fry.

It was also a highlight for the kids to regularly eat pizza on the bed in the hotels where we stayed on the way to and back. While most of the places we stayed at were just regular hotels, the one that was the nicest was the Super 8 in Langley British Columbia. It is a fairly new hotel and has a great pool, waterslide and a nice breakfast area.

Here is a slideshow of some of the photos from the trip. I have more to upload still but this is a good start.

It was great to get away. Many thanks to Rhett for watching the servers while I was away and to our neighbour for looking after the cats.

Working in Pajamas

Working in my pajamas in my kitchen.
Working in my pajamas in my kitchen.
Ok I admit it, there are days when I sit around and work in my pajamas. There are some people that will give me a rough time about doing that, but you know what, those people are just jealous. Face it, given the choice of getting up, driving through traffic, sitting in an office from 9 to 5 and then driving home I’ll take the option to stay at home and work in my pajamas.

Working in your pajamas has its benefits. They are comfortable. They fit loosely and don’t bind in places you don’t want them to bind in. They keep you warm on those cool days in the house. You don’t need to change when you go to bed. All around they are the perfect working attire. Just think about how much more work people would accomplish if they were able to wear their pajamas to work instead of some stuff shirt and tie. Oh, just thinking of wearing a shirt and tie to work everyday gives me chills down my back.

Working in your pajamas has gotten a bad image over the years. People think if you work in your pajamas you can’t really be working, when the truth is how can people work when they are wearing shirts and ties? The only thing the people that are wearing shirts and ties are thinking about at work is “when can I go home and put on my pajamas!” I just cut out all the time of me sitting around wanting to wear my pajamas and actually wear them!

It is time to liberate the workers of the world that are bound by their confining shirts and ties and free them to the reality of working in their pajamas. Think of how much happier you will be when you can free yourself from those horrible shirts and ties and can finally relax at work.

Just Another WordPress Blog

With over 120 million blogs in existence the question of whether or not the world needs another WordPress blog is probably a resounding NO! That will not stop me from starting this new blog and yes it might be just another WordPress blog, but I am not just another blog author. That might sound egotistical, but it is not meant to be. It is merely a fact that I, like you, am a unique individual and I have a story to tell and all of our stories are unique.

While I have been working on the Internet and earning my living creating websites, blogs and as an Internet marketer for several years I have to admit I have been reluctant to create a personal blog. Writing for my company blog tends to be easy because I am solving problems or presenting information. Personal blogs are a different type of blogging for me. Perhaps it is the thought of bearing my all on the web that has made me reluctant to run a personal blog but ever since I bought this domain I have been contemplating a personal blog.

I will say that I do not have any big plans for this blog and I make no promises that I will post regularly or on any one topic. I know already that this blog will become the center for my online life and that is the reason for the LifeStream. I will probably keep the geeky stuff off of this blog and leave it for my company blog so if you are here wanting to discover how to become the next Internet marketing millionaire or want to know more about web development you really should just be reading my company blog, but there might be the occasional geek topic that slips in.

If you are interested in joining with me in a conversation, in getting to know me better then you are welcome to stick around and leave comments and a take part.