Monday, September 11, 2017

Screech!!!!!!


It's another episode of your favourite vlog, Life on two wheels! Screech1!!!!! in this case is not what you get when you spin your wheels or slam on the brakes. Fasten your seat belts, this is by far the most ambitious vlog episode to date.

In this episode I take you all the way to easternmost Canada. That's right, you're coming along for a trip to St. John's Newfoundland. It's a nice bookend for the earlier episode when you got to come with me to Victoria British Columbia. From one end of the Trans-Canada Highway to the other, in two painless clicks. You have to admit, that's not too shabby.

The annual conference of Governance Professionals of Canada was taking place in St. John's, and Susan had never been to Newfoundland, so off we went. I had been there for the first time back in 2009, and was already an honorary Newfoundlander, so I wisely considered, having already been screeched-in, that I was dispensed from having to kiss the cod a second time. Besides, on Tuesday night, in the midst of the rowdy mayhem on George street, I looked that blessed, twisted, frozen, lifeless fish in its muddy dead eye, and I'm pretty sure it was the same slimy character I kissed on the lips back in '09.

The conference was a resounding success and Susan and I left The Rock with memories to last a lifetime. Newfoundland has a kind of mystical wonder to it. Its ubiquitous pastel-coloured jellybean clapboard row homes, cottages and sheds brighten its rocky shores wherever Newfoundlanders live, from Come-By-Chance to Cornerbrook, and from Burgeo to Bonavista.

Tag along with me for a taste of Celtic Canada at its very best. You're just a click away!

The music for this episode is Celtic Impulse by Kevin MacLeod and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license and is brought to you courtesy of the excellent YouTube Audio Library.

For the story of my new (old) pirate hat, please click here, and for my obsession with Rick Mercer, please click here. For the lyrics to Rant and Roar, please click here.

Things have been hectic in the Life on two wheels studio and there are plenty of episodes to come. You have 5.0 in The Six and Parts are Fun to look forward to, as well as a long delayed jaunt down south of the border to spend some time with legendary fellow moto-blogger and dedicated Vespa-holic Steve Williams. Unfortunately that might be delayed into 2018. There are some technical bits to come relating to an oil change, and ignition work on the Vespa as well. So the upshot is that there's lots to look forward to.

Stay tuned!

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12 comments:

  1. In September 2008 we also got baptised the Newfie way. Screech was probably the worst booze I have ever had. I'd rather just want to kiss the fish... this is how bad it tasted.

    If the town of Dildo gets the crowds excited, try the Bavarian mountain named Wank or the Austrian village of Fucking (I kid you not!). I have seen plenty English speaking tourists posing in front of the signs. Not sure, why...

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    1. I love the unconventional Sonja, and those towns in Hermany and Austria certainly beat the Dildos in Newfoundland. Perhaps one day I'll pass that way.

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  2. I enjoyed this! I live in St. John's, been here since 1993. Originally from Toronto. I stumbled upon your blog by accident. I was checking in on Conchscooter (Key West Diary) post-Irma. I sure hope he's okay. That's where I found a link to your blog. All the best to you. PS I have recorded a few GoPro videos of St. John's, recorded in my Miata (and a few others in my Prius). Have a look sometime https://youtu.be/t60MzLPUSPw and https://youtu.be/7xZV9n-0GJI

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I'll certainly check your videos out.

      Conchscooter is a good friend and on a couple of occasions has been our guest. I'm sure he is fine. His wife and trusty pooch evacuated. News reports from the keys paint a picture of widespread devastation. There is no power, no cell service, and no internet. Michael will have quite a tale to tell when he surfaces.

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  3. On YouTube (in case the above links don't work) I go by Rob Wadman-Scanlan. You might find the winter videos interesting. Thanks again. Keep up the blogging (as you can see, I haven't). I'm more of an Instagram guy. My Instagram account is called parkedinstjohns.

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  4. That's a great hat! Seemed like a lot of waiting for a small drink re the Screech Ceremony...but when in Rome....

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    1. Thanks Dom! The source of that saying is murky, but maybe the US Navy, along the lines of "all shore leave is cancelled until morale improves"

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  5. David, you may want to check your anti-spammer settings for your blog postings....

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  6. Wow! That one slipped by. It's toast now. Poof!

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  7. Now I see the origin of the hat! I've been enjoying your videos, David! Did you try the "Newfoundland Steak" they were passing around?

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    1. Thanks Taylor!

      That's no joke. At the hotel fried bologna was in the breakfast buffet, and it's on the diner menus too.

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