- heft 2 full glasses of beer, make any toast you like, and drink by yourself, always looking onto the bright side of life.
- go into your basement or wine cellar and dust off some old wine bottles and make some great fresh wine of your own.
- go to your tool box and look to see if you still have a claw hammer. Pull it out and build something. You have the time, and if you can come up with something you have always wanted to make, but have set it aside, now is as good a time as any.
- I built three (3) large bookcases, installed casings around two (2) other built-in bookcases, put new moulding around some door frames, installed 12 pot lights and wired them, finished off several walls which I primed and painted.
If you feel like getting onto your knees (no praying required) and laying a new tile floor, as long as you have the diamond cutter, the thin-set mortar, the trawls, and the tiles, there is no reason what-so-ever not to have a good stab at that rather time-consuming job.
Still not your cup of tea?
If you are a golfer, several of the local courses in Greater Vancouver and on the Island are open or will be opening very soon. To keep everyone safe, I will provide the latest rules for a proper game of golf under our present safety restrictions. Although I have submitted them to both the PGA and the LPGA, I have not, as yet, had them rejected outright. Therefore, they are very much IN EFFECT. Please follow these rules tongue-in-cheek.
Current (non-rejected) North American Safety Rules for ALL 18 and 9 Hole Golf Courses (excluding Quebec):
- Players are to play only one ball at a time (I take it that they don't want you to tee off and play three or four balls on any given hole)
- Only one player to be on the tee (no two players waking the ball at the same time, I guess)
- Only one player to approach the ball at a time (please ensure it IS your ball before you swing and miss the darn thing)
- Players further ahead must keep at leat one club length back or
to the side from the player who is about to swing the club (so as not
to get hit by the iron or wood with the backswing, side-swing, etc.)
- Fellow players to step even further back if a player misses the ball repeatedly and may end up tossing their club in any direction deemed necessary to get rid of the offending club (it IS always the fault of the club if the ball is not hit the way you intended to hit it)
- Keep the game moving forward (don't play hole #6 and then walk back to play hole #5)
- When approaching the green, not even one golf cart may be parked on that green (new rule, I guess?)
- Play like the pros. Only your caddy and the player furthest from the pin may be on the green at one time, keeping at least that social distance of one putter away from your caddy.
- If you two, three, or more putts, just write down 'Par' for that hole. It keeps the game moving forward as less putts = a faster game (See Rule #6 above)
- If you are not having fun, do your bit for Canada and Stay the F--- at Home.
- Handicaps may only be used by blind and one-eyed players. (Please look around the clubhouse pay booth for the Score Cards issued in Braille).
- As the bars are closed, bring your own beer and don't get caught (a regular PGA & LPGA rule)
- No Green Jacket will be awarded to the best player* (Note* unless I am winning the game.)
- If the game is tied after you play the course, no extra holes are to be played. Go to the parking lot and duke it out the old fashioned way (fist-fight) while keeping your social distance of at least 6 feet between the tied players. (Player with an arm reach of over 2 metres will likely win the game).
- Enjoy the great outdoor sport of golf no matter what your final score is. (broken clubs must be removed from the course and put into your vehicle. Clubs tossed into water hazards become the property of the golf course owners and may be purchased after regulations permit the opening of the pro-shops)
If you cannot abide by these rules, see Rule #10 above.
Pacific Ski Club - Camping planned for
- June 5, 6, & 7th up at our sponsor's location, John Henry's Marina & Resort, Sunshine Coast. The Blues Festival is cancelled, and the weekend will only run if we are permitted on the BC Ferry system.
- June 26, 27 & 28 - Manning Cold Stream camp ground (remember, we can use the swimming pool, hot tubs, and shower facilities behind the Manning Park Lodge) E-mail Bruce Chadwick or Iain MacIver
- August 27/28 to September 1st/ 2nd - Anderson Creek Camp Ground. We have many sites booked and reserved in the central area. Please E-mail Sven or Iain MacIver
- Stay safe.
- There is always room in Greater Vancouver to go for a walk or go for a bike ride.
- The playgrounds are closed, but the beaches are open. Why not take a stroll along the shore, providing that you are not someone who has just returned to Canada and are supposed to be in quarantine.
- Remember, if you have just returned to Canada from outside, regardless where you have been, it is your duty to STAY AT HOME for a full 14 days.
- Bored to tears? Call Sven any day until about 11:00 pm. I don't mind talking, although I rarely have much to say.
New Rules are at play, so do your part to keep everyone safe. Stay 6 feet - 2 meters apart. How far is that? The span of an eagle's wing, or the average length of a panther. By the way, you should stay more than 2 meters from your nearest Panther, or you may be on the menu!
- Check out the President's May 2020 message! As always, he wishes everyone remains healthy and stays safe, otherwise he has little else to say.....
- Iain MacIver, our Socials and Activities chairman suggests you try out some new receipts while in your kitchen or out back at your barbecue. If the food really is awful, no one will know as you are at home by yourself. You should, however, keep your sense of humour, lift a glass of red or white wine and smile, smile broadly so that your face hurts!!!