Missing: Date Night

Matt & Mike

In the same way that our culture has evolved, so too has the way that we date a future partner. Relationships develop and move at a much faster pace.  Why do relationships move so quickly, and can we protect our relationships from fizzling out?

Previously, the way in which we met potential partners was through face-to-face meetings.  We were limited to our circle of our acquaintances and those circles of friends and family.  However, with improved access to the internet and cell phones, our circle of friends have expanded exponentially.

As technology enhanced people’s addiction to information, we have applied this craving to knowledge about future partners.  Instant messaging allows us to quickly assess total strangers and interview potential partners. Social media applications also provide us a massive list of potential partners to consume.

With this rapid access to information, we can gauge our partners at a quicker rate than ever before.  While old practices such as courtship are not generally used, perhaps there are some positive aspects that we can bring apply to our current-day relationships.

I propose we back dating.  Whether we just met a prospective partner or have been living together for many years, creating special moments together are important to keep our relationships invigorated outside of the home.  Here are a few ideas:

1. Geocaching

Geocaching is a free outdoor activity that you can share with a partner by using a GPS-enabled device to find different hidden containers or geocaches in cities all over the world. You can download the geocaching app onto your iPhone or Android, and after a free registration begin searching for your first cache in a matter of minutes.  You will be amazed at how close you are to the nearest cache!  Go to www.geocaching.com and happy hunting.

 2. Museum

Visiting a museum can be a fun way to learn about our history, and also gives us the opportunity to explore our partners past though stories they share from their families past.  Perhaps their grandparents were pioneers or soldiers and used various pieces of equipment that are now showcased in the museum.  A trip through the past may provide you both an enhanced journey.

3. Art Exhibit

Beauty is different to each one of us, and going to an art exhibit can provide you with an opportunity to learn more about your partner’s likes and dislikes.  Abstract art work can provide us with a way of expressing different feelings and emotions, and sharing those thoughts and emotions can be a very intimate experience.

4. Restaurant Block

If you want an easy way to have a number of dates with your partner, choose a city block or a street and make it a goal to try every restaurant in your chosen area.  Each week you select the next restaurant down the street until you have completed it.  This is a fun way to not only get to know your partner, but share the experience of getting to know your neighbourhood together.

5. Sports Event

Going to a professional sports game can be an expensive night out.  Why not go cheer on the local University or College team?  These games provide a much different atmosphere at a much lower cost and can provide you with special memories.  Plus you will be supporting the local community.  It is win-win.

Hope this provides you with some new ideas.  If you have more, share them in the comments below.

Happy Dating!

I survived a month of vacation



The weekend is rapidly approaching and I am falling behind in writing yet again. This time I am blaming it on returning to work.

Having a month off was perhaps a bit too much time away from the desk. I didn’t make any safety errors, but certainly was feeling a little rusty upon my return. It is wonderful how quickly our memory is able to retrieve skills and put them back into use. After a few small errors, I totally am back into the swing of things feeling refreshed.

The night shifts have been a bit more challenging to come back to. My sleep pattern has strayed very far away from staying up until 5am; and wasn’t helped at all by spending the weekend on time zone ahead in Winnipeg.

I had an amazing visit with friends, and thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my gay mama’s 50th birthday with his friends. On Sunday before I left, I also found myself able to enjoy a dinner party hosted by Désiré. Moving away was hard, but being able to take part in some of these events makes the experience that much more special for me.

I am also working on a new video project that you can look forward to being posted on YouTube as well very soon. I just need to take an hour to record the necessary audio component which is missing and then it will be ready to share with you.

I hope you all are amazing as always and I look forward to sharing the pictures from my vacation within the next few days with you. Until then stay fabulous.

Alberta Aviation Museum

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This past summer, Mike and I had the chance to tour the Alberta Aviation Museum located beside the Edmonton City Centre (municipal) Airport or YXD.  I found it while I was aimlessly driving around one day while he was at work.  As I passed the airport, I looked over and saw a retired Pacific Western 737 sitting behind the fence and knew that this was a place that we had to visit.

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Admission ranges from $6.00 for children up to $10.00 for adults, with discounts for seniors.  The facility features over 40 aircraft ranging in age from old wooden hulled prop planes up to military and comercial jets.

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It seems like the common trend in aerosexuals is that they are fascinated by military planes.  However, the Alberta Aviation Museum have a very neat collection featuring various sections and displays.  As you enter the museum, you will find yourself face to face with some of the original aircrafts to fly in and out of YXD.

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The displays then move into an entire wall dedicated to the various commercial and passenger airlines in Canada’s history.  With various cabin artifacts from playing cards and napkins to old flight attendant uniforms, this collection is one of the best I have seen so far.

There is also a large collection of various war medals and historical facts from both sides of the Second World War.  They also have restored several military aircraft in both indoor and outdoor displays.

The museum will take between 60-90 minutes to view and depending on the weather, you can also get up close and personal with several large aircrafts located outside the museum.  Groups can arrange guided tours by the volunteers that run the museum.

Happy Anniversary to Me!



Yesterday, WordPress informed me that my blog celebrated its first birthday!  I am a little disappointed that I didn’t remember that it was coming or planning a party, but alas one year of blogging has come and gone.

The last year has been filled with many changes and most of those I didn’t see coming.  I am lucky to be sharing a life and home with Mike in Calgary, I am glad to have accomplished my goal of returning to work for one of the two major airlines in Canada, I am happy to be driving bus again and seeing things that I wouldn’t have if not for this hobby made into a job, but most importantly I am blessed with amazing friends that I am able to share my story with.

I will admit that I had hopped that I would have been more dedicated to writing, but life got in the way and it is impossible to change the past.  Writing is one of my favourite creative outlets as it allows me the opportunity to organize my thoughts, share my experiences, and hopefully benefit you as the readers in one way or another.

Over the next year my blogging goals include to share more travel stories with you as Mike and I, along with friends, travel around the world and hopefully make some amazing memories together.  I would also like to be more dedicated to writing as I love sharing my thoughts, ideas, and experiences with you.  Lastly, I would like to make time to create video memories along with the written ones to share with you.

Its not in me to give!

I am going to start off by encouraging you, if you are able, to make an appointment to donate blood. The supply of blood products to save a life is essential for our medical system.

However, I am getting really tired of listening to Canadian Blood Services radio commercial telling me that blood is in me to give. The policies laid out about men who have sex with men not being able to donate prevents me from participating in the donation process. Therefore, my blood is not in me to give cause apparently it isn’t worthy of the standards.

I find it discouraging everytime I hear that commercial that there is a shortage of blood supplies, but I am not allowed to donate because I have an active sex life with my partner. The debates I have heard on this issue have estimated that one additional contaminated unit of blood could enter the system by allowing men who have sex with men to donate.

I don’t want to discourage you from participating in the donation process. My goal is to bring attention to three issues. First, get out and donate if you are eligible to save someone’s life. Second, CBS needs to reevaluate their policies on blood donation. Lastly, I hate the slogan “its in you to give.”

A day at Nikiska


This weekend I had the opportunity to drive a bus charter up to Nakiska for the day. It was for a group of international students that were in Calgary, Alberta, Canada studying oil and gas to work for various companies around the world.

Nakiska is located on Highway 40, about 15 min south of Highway 1.  The short drive 45 minute drive from Calgary makes this the perfect opportunity for a day of skiing.

Nakiska was one of the Olympic sites for the 1988 Winter Games.  It was named after the cree word “to meet.”  Featuring over 1,000 acres for you to explore, there are over 70 trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to black diamond runs.  There are four chair lifts and two magic carpets to take you up this 735 meter (2,412 ft.) slope.

There is a mid-mountain lodge available serving burgers, hot beverages, and most importantly beer.  At the base of the hill there is also lodge with plenty of seating for you and your family to enjoy a Starbucks coffee or something from the Slopeside Deli.

If you are after a proper sit down meal, the Finish-Line Lodge has you covered.  The menu has put a unique twist on some popular favourites.  I had the opportunity to try the chicken quesadilla, which was made with apples in the blend and served with a house-made cranberry salsa.  The staff was really friendly and made sure that everything was served to perfection.  Thankfully, my server also notified me of their “no-refill” policy on soda.  If only she had told me this before I spent $3 on my glass of Coke and drank half before my food came.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to enjoy the hill as I was working, but I look forward to making a trip out here skiing soon.   Have you been to Nakiska?  What is your favourite part of this hill?

My Thinking Spot

As most of you know I have a weird fascination with transportation, which is slightly embarrassing to admit.  Mostly, this includes airplanes and buses which I feel is a bit of a strange combination.

There have been a few days this month that I have been feeling pretty lonely as Mike and I were working completely opposite schedules.  As much as I love working night shift, it resulted in us passing each other on the highway at 5am as I return home from work and Mike heads to the airport.

Sometimes it is nice to get out of the house and just have some me time.  One thing that I love doing, rather than cleaning which really needs to be done, is driving around the city exploring bus routes or watching the train.  I recently discovered several youtube channels of people recording bus routes and thing that it is a really neat way to document the changes our cities go through for people to see in the future.

I was out for a drive last week and decided to test out my new Nokia Lumia 1020.  I have shared a quick video clip of 14th Ave at 14th St NW of the Calgary LRT route 201 passing headed to Crowfoot Station.

What do you do when you need to escape reality and refocus yourself?