WARM

The official today was 14 degrees Celsius but it sure felt warmer that that. The sun was out all day and it was a very pleasant Sunday. I was out in shorts and a t-shirt this afternoon and the sun felt warm on my skin. It wouldn’t take much physical activity today to work up a sweat.

I wandered down to the local park by the river front where the sun was bright and shining. I saw people in coats and I felt a bit sorry for them as it seemed like they were a bit uncomfortable in the warm sun.

We’re a week and a half away from the beginning of November and I’m still gallivanting around in shorts and t-shirts. I guess I’m not complaining but it is warmer than average this month so far. I wonder if this is a taste of things to come due to climate change.

OPT OUT AGAIN

On my way out of Las Vegas back home, I was quite early for my flight, so I again opted out of the body scanning machine used by the TSA. I can’t remember the last time that I didn’t opt out.

Some people complain that when they opt out, they are harassed by TSA personnel but I can only give you my experience with this. I have only been treated with courtesy and professionalism. I never felt like I’ve been punished for choosing to opt out, for example, making you wait a long time before someone can manually pat you down. I believe two minutes has been the longest I’ve had to wait for a TSA dude to do the pat down.

The examination is also consistent across personnel and airports. They always do it in the virtually in the same order and in the same manner. I always know what to expect when they pat me down. It’s the same “back of the hand” brush across my “sensitive” areas, checking my feet, and the weirdly comfortable back “massage” they give me.

Some people get really offended by the nature of the exam but if the TSA intends to know if you’re smuggling or hiding something in your groin area, they’re gonna have to do something to figure that out, there’s no getting around that. Personally, I don’t think some TSA dude really wants to brush the back of his hand against my junk, so I don’t take any offense.

Like I’ve said before, I view it as a friendly and free pre-flight massage before you get on a plane.

DISAPPOINTING

I don’t know how the cafeteria at work does it but they seem to have this crazy way of serving the driest and toughest pieces of turkey in all their culinary offerings. Every single time I think it’s going to be different, I always get bone dry, tough as leather turkey meat. I don’t know why I keep thinking it’s going to change.

Today I had turkey bacon club sandwich and I couldn’t even finish it. I got half way through choking down the dry meat before I gave up and just ate the remaining cheese and bacon.

I can honestly say, without exaggeration, the work part of my job is having to eat the food at the cafeteria. It’s certainly a first-world problem and something minor in the grand scheme of things but man, you should taste how bad this food is.

I HAVE RETURNED

I returned home from Las Vegas late on Saturday night. I had a fantastic time and I stayed in one of the nicest hotels that I’ve been to in Las Vegas. The Palazzo was my home for four nights. It’s all-suite hotel and at 720 square feet, it rivaled the size of my own apartment. It gets a recommendation from me for sure.

I also saw two shows while I was there. It was my second time seeing Absinthe and it was almost entirely different this time around. I also saw Le Reve at the Wynn. It was my first water-based Las Vegas show and it was quite interesting. At one point, I saw a performer dive almost 100 feet into the pool inside the theatre.

Alas, my vacation is over and I must return to work tomorrow. What’s it like to wake up before 12pm again?

LAS VEGAS

Hello! I’m in Las Vegas this week, so the blog posts maybe infrequent while I’m here. Today was my first day here and I’ve probably already exceeded my daily calorie budget. Who knew you could buy a $15 milkshake that has no alcohol?

LONG WEEKEND

I didn’t sleep very well this week, which has led to some tired days. I felt kinda lethargic today and didn’t get much done.

It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend though and I am looking forward to getting lots of rest.

ATTACHE VISITS VANCOUVER

When I was doing research on London before my trip there I stumbled upon a travel-based YouTube channel named Attaché. Hosted by a gentleman named Alex Hunter, they had a great video on how to get by in London as a visitor. I learned a lot of useful and basic stuff that came in really handy during my trip.

Since then, I’ve watched several more travel videos from Attaché, even for cities that I haven’t planned to visit. Their latest video features my hometown, Vancouver. It’s really cool to see Vancouver given the Attaché treatment. I think they really did their research because just about everything they mentioned was true.

Anyways, if you’ve a resident or have already visited Vancouver, give the video a watch. If you like Alex’s style, check out his other city guides.

COLD

When I stepped outside to leave work this evening I noticed there was a sharp bite to the air. I was wearing a light jacket but I felt actually cold outside for the first time this fall.

I checked the weather online to see how cold it was exactly. I’m not sure if I trusted the data but it said it was 10 degrees Celsius outside. It sure felt colder than that. The low tonight is supposed to be anywhere between three to five degrees. That’s getting down there.

I suppose that shouldn’t come as surprise to me. We’re into October now and it will be November soon. It’s time to bring out the heavier coats.