Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Diagonal step then 2 steps sideways

This cranky leg thing is getting old. Seriously contemplating getting more detailed medical advice. It seems a long time for what I thought was locked up muscles to unlock and relax. It's been getting better, but still.

Didn't swim today. Yoga though, including plank. There was an interesting move added onto Thread the Needle, where the opposite leg from the tucked arm is lifted up and stretched out, turning it into a balance pose.

I have to include this shot of our weird icicles this morning. No tricks, this is what they really looked like.


The food trucks are out and about, so it must be spring. I met Linda for lunch. Even though I've been working downtown for a few years now, I think this is the first or second time we've done lunch together. It was nice to go for a longer walk than usual. I had a chicken in a fluffy pita with lots of goodies in it, and some Fiasco Gelato.

Afterward we went down to the banned art show in City Hall. This is the one that was making a statement about the pristine wilderness that Enbridge wants to run a pipeline and tanker route through. Somebody made a phone call, and yanked the chain of their pet Alderman, who reared up on her hind legs and declared it was political, so it wasn't allowed to happen at City Hall. Nice touch that. There was a bit of back and forth, and since the show was supposed to close that same day anyways, they let it play out with a few face saving restrictions. I think everybody was happy, the show because it just generated more interest, and the city because it demonstrated they were firm and protecting the interests of their masters and by golly we won't let anyone do that again.

For those that are interested, I think it's dumb to export jobs. We should ante up and build the refinery somewhere reasonably near the source, and ship processed product, not raw bitumen. I know a thing or two about pipelines, and they can be the safest way to move petroleum products. Then can also be somewhat less safe than could be desired, depending on a lot of factors, most of which are well understood. Proper monitering and mitigation processes will go a very long way towards keeping a pipeline out of sight and out of mind for most people.

My big problem is the tankers. They are proposing to send tankers through some of the most storm prone waters on earth, through a long narrow twisty channel to Kitimat. I don't know what they were thinking. Why not Port Rupert, just up the coast a bit, and right on the ocean. I'd scrap the project as long as the pipeline terminal is in Kitimat.

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