Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oh Canada!

Don't get me wrong, I love Texas. But sometimes I get the urge to travel into the icy vastness of Canada, which is what I did on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. 

Stephen Ave - Alright By Me
I like Calgary; you can walk about downtown, go to restaurants, shops and relax under the bison head at the Hyatt bar. I always think it's a cross between England and the U.S., except of course that it's an oil and gas boomtown.

But whatever, you can also visit Pro Line Shooters in Inglewood. It's a small gun shop on 9th Ave in Inglewood, not too far from the center of town and distinguished for its barbershop. This means that you can get your hair cut and then buy a gun. Back in the day the barber was a communist called Doug and we got on well, despite divergent politics. He was a great character but died a year or so ago, may he rest in peace. They sell Sigs there, which the owner told me he didn't much like. We swapped stories of Browning Hi Powers and the force of large caliber battle rifles. He was very against the 5.56 and thought it was introduced to suit the small stature of our one time South Vietnamese friends. That was new to me.

What's that huge new NSDAP structure in the background?
Speaking of Inglewood, St. John's church, which left the bizarrely tiny ACoC (Anglican Church of Canada) to join the Roman Catholic Church, has been allowed to keep its buildings. 

If I was a betting man, which I'm not, I wouldn't have wagered my fighting monkey on the odds of that. Well done ACoC for doing the right thing. Then, all too soon, it was back to Texas and the mission field.

Fighting Monkey
Good city, Calgary. Visit if you can and say a prayer for St. John's, Inglewood. Well done them for keeping their buildings and avoiding a lawsuit.




Silverfiddle said...

And our prosperous friends to the north could teach us a thing or two about political corrections, freedom, and economic prosperity.

I saw a headline the other day in a US news website that said "The American Dream is Alive and Well, in Canada."

darlin said...

LSP when were you here? Did you experience the -45 with the wind chill? Now that was darn cold! I love your photos, IF you're coming back this way and make it to Edmonton please let me know. I'll come meet you for a cuppa tea and a hearty bowl of soup, if it's this cold that is!

Take care and God bless!

LSP said...

Alright there Silverfiddle. The thing about Alberta is that there's a "millionaire made every day on the oil patch" - or something like that.Calgary = Boomtown. Still a bit nanny state though.

Thanks Darlin' - I'd love to visit next time I'm in the area, it'd be fun.

Try not to freeze to death!