Heyo again! I’m aware its late August, not July. It has been awhile because the year 2020 has been harsh to me, thus this late blog posting. I was not able to blog in a cheerful manner because of the figurative cards it had dealt me causing a chain reaction of craziness to occur. Wasn’t able to blog, had to move locations, and just basically doing damage control. Certain people weren’t supportive while certain others were; I’ve seen people come and go and its been a semi-frustrating experience. I’m thankful for the help certain people have given me while seeing others giving me a cold shoulder either intentionally or unintentionally. Its been a crazy year, or at least a rough few months thanks to my father having passed away from liver disease. With that, it had opened my eyes to a certain things allowing me to see things in ways one wouldn’t normally see things otherwise. People have tried, though this is more than how they tried to guide and assist me years before 2020 had even occured.
I’m still car spotting, I’m still making note of things. I play Pokemon GO, as with Azur Lane. I still have fun, where able…..I’ve gradually been “clawing my way back” by getting my PC set up once again, though with new habits. Things are still going to be rocky forcing me to be unable to livestream, to attempt various projects. People may probably see me as “lazy” when that isn’t the case. Life is throwing me various curve-balls constantly knocking me down and stunning me. Either way……….
Happy Belated Canada Day! Now, without further delay please do allow me to post my belated images I’ve been meaning to share for a long while.
Snowbirds (May 7th, 2020):
I was happy we were getting a fly-over of these snowbirds. I stupidly waited outside for an hour, though glad I had done so while heavily tracking activity through Twitter awaiting their eventual arrival. There were people who were waiting during those moments. I stood there awkwardly as people sat nearby doingtheir own thing. I was grateful and thankful for this because I had an opportunity to take a screenshot of this. For any kid who could see this hopefully was happy to see this as well. Its a shame to hear what had happened out west in Canada with a crash and a death. My condolences and respect, though still thankful and grateful for this flyover.
I wish people weren’t so negative all the time when reading their responses about this in both Canada & USA. Understandable people wanted masks for medical staff, but now is not the time to be a negative fools. I’m sharing these pictures because it makes me happy; Makes me proud, though tied with sadness because I can’t share this moment with my father who passed away shortly after this. This is what I mean,……… People are taking things for granted needing to appreciate life more…..Be grateful and thankful for what you have in life, or make the most of it at the very least.
Again, regardless of what the whiny internet said about this I’m honestly grateful and thankful we had this fly-over as thanks to the medics. Just like art, it takes time to get supplies so this was a nice gesture until those supplies arrived. Small gestures go a long way. And just to clarify I’ve seen positive reception locally on Twitter, it was mainly those in other areas trying to flex for clout and attention. (Noting this for blogging reasons).
And again, I wish I could have shared this moment with my dad….. He was barely alive, though in a heavy daze where wouldn’t have been able to comprehend what I was sharing…. His simple acknowledgements is something I now miss and would have loved to witness one last time. Things happens, life-is-life,… time moves,…. Time to move on. I however had to note this for the blog…… People are taking life for granted though proud I made note of the Snowbirds……
Back to the various car spotting and on a happier note…..
Tornado warnings are nothing new to the area. They’re rare, though should be expected at least once or twice during the summer here. They usually won’t hit, but they will threaten to spawn. Two decades ago I’ve witnessed a few tornado seeds passing by in clouds during thunderstorms when being introduced to my highschool at that time. We get nasty storms with crazy downpours. We had one major power outage back in 2018 causing a major blackout for a couple days. It was nuts.
Jumping back in time a bit to May, though adding things recently as well. The below images are panoramas taken from my phone appearing further than my folder, thus shared below in the blog also.
Prematurely Visiting Ottawa’s DND Military Monuments:
Eager to see HMCS Iroquois’s dismantled bow in my city I went to visit it, though had to search for it first. It took a few minutes to find first by going parallel to many majorly sized parking lots before we stumbled across it. Once we had found it I was disappointed to find it was still under construction. It was being touched up, though glad it was polished from its rusted self months previous as I’ve seen [noted on Flickr from another person].
“What the hell is that guy doing taking pictures of this right now?” – Them
That’s what they’re probably thinking….. For blogging, Twitter? Just making note of things because that is the way I am. I do plan on revisiting this place before winter so hopefully they’ll be done with this by then in some manner. At least the bow & the tank.
For the unfamiliar I visited this place with special thanks and influence from two games called ‘Kantai Collection’ (KanColle) and Azur Lane. I visited this place because of my desire to see Canadian (RCN) naval vessels in a WW2 naval game. I want to see Canadians added in ‘Azur Lane’ without any lame excuses or reasoning by seeing their full naval roster of numerous destroyers, 2 light cruisers, and various aircraft carriers suitable for those games.
I recently visited HMCS Haida back in September 5th, 2019, something I’m still highly proud of. I’m just trying to connect with my Canadian side of things because I myself am Canadian. Oddly enough, Canadians feel ashamed in connecting with anything military related because they will somehow feel barbaric in that Nazi Germany manner, or something. Canadians don’t want to appear “militaristic”. People are strange. That is a whole different topic so I’ll avoid it, or keep it brief. Basically put I love Canada’s technological side of things when it comes to navy and aviation because when serious Canadians know what they’re doing. Mostly. Canadians are a fearful type though……Skittish and worrisome of their own national identity outside of respecting the flag. I however respect our aviation & various other accomplishments. I’m simply desiring to pay my respects and connect with my Canadian side. o7
Loving WW2 movies I had to watch this, especially hearing about a Canadian Corvette being present in the movie. I wanted to watch it more for the anti-submarine warfare side of things, though fell in love with how it represented the Canadians, how it took itself seriously, and how it portrayed things accurately, if in an obvious Hollywood manner. Downside is it may be short, though quality over quantity. This movie goes next to ‘Das Boot’ as the best World War 2 naval movie out there. Not everybody can do it right because they tend to tunnel vision too hard missing out on the things they desire to focus on.
What I especially loved is how focused ‘U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause’ (Tom Hanks) is. You see his struggle and pains all throughout the movie to where the ending shows the true strain of the crossing, on the crew, and especially on Ernest.
I admire how serious and dedicated they were in being true to the real world by using HMCS Sackville as a model for HMCS Dodge (Dicky) making sure everything is authentic. This is why I praise Greyhound so much and why I place it next to ‘Das Boot’ as an awesome ‘must-see’ movie. The music is great as well. They used HMCS Montreal to gain specific seascapes for various scenes, the water in front of the bow, and various other movie related scenes. Special respect to HMCS Sackville & HMCS Montreal for allowing this movie to be what it is. Canadian respect and pride right there!
I love this movie. Shame its exclusive to Apple forcing me to watch it through alternate means, though love what I watched. If only other movies could do national representation as this movie had done, its not hard. Tunnel visioning is what costs a good movie to turn into trash. Shame.
Same reason why I admire ‘Silent Hunter 3’ game because it added numerous other nations (even Canadians), something other game developers refuse to add.
On a final note: If there is a way for me to visit HMCS Sackville I’ll do so. I want to visit any accessible Canadian naval monument I can. I want to even revisit HMCS Haida for video & panorama purposes.
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed my image dump. If you notice any odd grammatical errors then do note I’m going through a lot trying to keep calm. I’m far more exhausted than I ever was struggling to gain any sleep. I do gain 8 hours, though feels less. Eating slightly less…. I’m still roaming around trying to survive in the year 2020. I’m trying to have fun, and etc. Hope you admired the various images in a similar manner as I had. Catch you in the next blog postings o7