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Smoke Now

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

Hello everyone and thanks for joining me at From the Cockpit. First off, I’d like to thank Global Regina for allowing me this opportunity to represent the Canadian Forces Snowbirds to my fellow Canadians through their website. The intention behind this blog is to serve as a continuation of Global Reginas “Becoming Snowbird 6”. While the team is developing here in Moose Jaw you can expect to read a summary of the weeks training. This will include any significant milestones the team has made and any personal objective I’ve reached. Then when the team progresses into the 2011 show season, I’d like to share where I’ve been, where I’m going and any stories that would give you an insight to some of my experience as Snowbird 6.

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As far as this week goes, today was the first time that we’ve flown a 9 plane formation trip in nearly a week. What I find challenging is that it doesn’t take long for the “rust” to set in. Especially at this stage in our training it’s important to have consistent training days. We’re slowly putting together all the different formations into one complete show. Flying multiple sequences doesn’t happen in a few flights. Just to give a little perspective we’re on trip 62 of 100. We take about an hour to brief because when we step to the jets it’s essential that there aren’t any doubts about what training will happen. Once we’re airborne, there is no pause button for us to stop everything.

This week is also noteworthy since the team is conducting tryouts for the 2012 season. What many don’t know is that prospective team members are selected by their peers. It was this time last year that I went through this process. It seems like a long time ago but I vividly remember that it was one of the most stressful times in my life. That being said, over the next week or so we’ll know who’s going to be a Snowbird starting 2012.

Until next time.

Snowbird 6 out

Is it summer yet?

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

I didn’t visit Kelowna before I moved out here. The only interaction I had with anything Okanagan-related before my big cross-country move was this tourism video my friend and I found online:



One could say my jaw dropped while I was watching this video. A gorgeous looking lake! A boardwalk! Wineries! Golfing! Ski hills! Let’s just say my friend was very jealous when the video ended. And me? I was beside myself that I would be moving to such a beautiful city.

And Kelowna has not disappointed. I have had an amazing time here these last few months. Compared to Toronto, the air is a little cleaner, the landscapes are more appealing and the winters aren’t as harsh. 

But everyone is telling me…just wait until summer. I moved here right as summer wrapped up so I didn’t get to indulge in an Okanagan summer. You could say my expectations are high with all the things people have told me about the months of May to August. 

As February trickled into March and March gave way to April, I got more and more eager. And the weather seemed to be cooperating…until recently. A few weeks ago, the sun was out and I thought for sure summer was starting. But it was like Mother Nature wanted to psych me out and keep me on my toes! It’s still a little chilly outside. And weren’t the temperatures just below zero the other day? Where is summer? Or more specifically, when will it arrive?

So tell me, are you ready for summer? And what suggestions do you have for me as I get ready to experience my first-ever summer in the Okanagan?


New words out west

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

One of the most interesting things about moving around is getting to know the lingo, the slang, the jargon of a new place. Different words mean different things in different places, and it’s always an adventure figuring them out, so I thought I would share some of my experiences:


When I moved to Los Angeles from Toronto, my vocabulary started to revolve around the words “yo”, “dude”, “hella”, “totes” (aka totally).

The laid-back feel of Southern California starts to get to you after a while and, at least for me, I noticed I started to shorten words…even if they were already short to begin with!

People in California are notorious for not really having an accent. They tend to speak very flatly, though surfer twangs pop up every now and then.


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When I crossed the country and started a new life in Kentucky, I noticed a southern drawl slowly creeping onto my lips. “Y’all” became a norm as did “sir” and “ma’am”, “do what?” stands in for “what did you say?” or “pardon me?” and, for some reason, athletes score in basketball goals instead of basketball hoops.

Kentucky may be the northernmost part of the South but the southern accent was there and it was strong. Don’t get me wrong, I love it! I sometimes wish we talked like southerners up here in the Great White North.


And that brings me to Kelowna. In Canada, we have our own words: “eh” and “poutine” are the first words that come to mind. And for some reason, people in the U.S. say we pronounce words such as “roof” and “about” like “rough” and “aboot”. But even in the same country, slang differs out here than back east.

For those of you from B.C. or who may have lived your whole life in the Okanagan, this may be news to you that some of the things you say…made no sense to me at first, but they are starting to cotton on:

“Buddy” – someone who you don’t know the name of, a random stranger – e.g. I was driving along the 97 when buddy cut me off

“Hooped” – screwed, caught in a situation where you don’t know what to do – e.g. My computer crashed and I didn’t save my files, I’m hooped

“Choked” – angry, really upset – e.g. I got into a fight with my best friend, ah I’m so choked right now

What other slang am I missing? What words do you think I need to know so I can fully assimilate into life in the Okanagan?

My first visitor

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

I’ve been in Kelowna for almost six months now (wow, six months!) so it was due time to get my first visitor: my mom.

It is always exciting to show someone around your new home: this is where I buy my groceries, this is the restaurant I like to eat at and so on and so forth. She was only here for a few days but I feel like it was quite the whirlwind while she was here. Also, getting visitors gives you a valid excuse to visit the places you mean to see and explore but don’t really get around to.

We had great meals at a few places (RauDZ Regional Table, Mabui and Twisted Tomato) and she even mentioned how she thought the food tasted fresher out West than back East – Kelowna: 1, Toronto: 0.

I took her to Mission Hill for a wine tasting one day. It was also my first time there and both she and I could not believe the view! It was a gorgeous day: the sun was shining…the lake was sparkling…the air was crisp – Kelowna: 2, Toronto: 0

And of course, her trip wouldn’t have been complete without visiting the CHBC News station. Taking her through the station and introducing her to everyone reminded me of when I went to her workplace for “Take Your Kids to Work Day” back in the day. Except this was “Take Your Mom to Work Day”…a little different but not bad.

As we walked around downtown Kelowna and along the lake, she said she understood why I was enjoying my time out here, simply put, it’s really pretty! With the mountains all around and lakes surrounding the city, she was impressed, which made me feel so proud of my adopted hometown – Kelowna: 3, Toronto: 0.

Then she said she would spread the word back East about how great her visit was. So watch out Kelowna, you might get even more visitors this summer.


Newest LED Lamps Rule

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

Incandescent lamps are running hot, as in, many people are buying them and being that they are only 10 per cent efficient, they also create a lot of heat, which in itself,costs more on your electric bill compared to traditional heating.

They simply make no sense today, but because they are cheap they become affordable to replace.But theycost more on the long run…a lot more.

In today’s Tech Untangled segment on Global TV Morning News I showed a 40 watt Incandescent bulb running against a new Philips Ambient LED 9 watt. Both produce the same amount of brightness, although the LED bulb concentrated more than twice the light in one direction compared to the 360 degree coverage of the Incandescent lamp.

In the TV studio, I used a Belkin Conserve Insight $39, to measure the wattage, power bill cost per year/month and the carbon foot print.

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Here is a link to my Global TV segment:


LED lights have come a long way. You can slice and dice it many ways but my figuring shows that running one $3.00, 40 watt Incandescent bulb compared to a new Philips $25.00, LED 9 watt equivalent continuously for almost two years would save you $65, including bulb purchases and power bills.

So where do CFL (compact Fluorescents) bulbs stand today? They run about half the hours of LED models and consume twice the energy. They don’t turn on instantly like LED lights and can break easily, like Incandescent lamps. Moisture and cold also affect them. They also are not as smoothly dimmable as the Philips Ambient LED 9 watt I showed.

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