Archives for July 2016
At approximately 9:10 am on Sunday – a northbound motorcycle on Hwy 97 on the north side of Osoyoos collided with a car emerging from a service station.
The motorcycle struck the drivers side of the car. Both the rider and the car driver were taken to hospital with injuries. The 26 year old motorcyclist subsequently passed away. The car driver injuries are believed to be minor. The motorcyclist was a resident of Penticton. The 53 year old car driver is a resident of Osoyoos.
South Okanagan Traffic Services has taken conduct of the investigation. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact South Okanagan Traffic Services at 250-499-2250.
Quadriceps (front thigh) – bodyweight squat/kettlebell squat
If you haven’t done these before, use your bodyweight only! Stand tall with feet hip width apart. Shoulders down and away from ears and maintaining this position throughout the exercise. Engage core muscles for a stable spine throughout the exercise. The position of your spine should remain solid, not changing throughout the exercise.
Inhale and slowly lower the body, keeping body centered. Go only as low as is comfortable for you. Pretend you are going to sit on a chair but you only tap the chair with your butt & come back up.
Exhale while squeezing the glutes (butt) and front thigh muscles and slowly bring yourself back up to starting position. Imagine that your pushing the floor away from you with your feet as you come back up.
Hamstrings (back thigh) – leg curl
Stand tall, shoulders down & relaxed, core muscles engaged to stabilize the spine. Keep your posture throughout the exercise. Gently place your fingertips on a stable object if you need help with balance. Or you can lay on your belly on the floor.
Bring flexed heel towards butt & lower back down to floor.
Disclaimer: It is my pleasure to answer your questions regarding exercises. I am not however able to help you if you’ve recently had an injury or surgery & have not yet received your doctors approval to exercise. You must have the green light to start an exercise program before I can recommend appropriate exercises for you. I am all about safety first!
Move more to feel better.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way & I can find a way that works well for you :)
Quail are a wonderful part of the south Okanagan, first time visitors are always amazed and amused by the little fussy birds. Once or twice our guests have asked us if we trap or shoot them, for food. I’m sure our shocked silence gives them the answer immediately.
Coming to Oliver 26 years ago and buying the BelAir motel was our first experience with quail. Our regular, long term campers would feed them so the quail had their regular feeding schedule. Around 8.00am they would come from up the campground, where several people fed them then follow the exact same path, every time they arrived, over the pool deck, off the wall, across the grass, across the parking lot and to our patio, where they got our daily offering. Around 4.00pm they did the same circuit again but we never fed them in the afternoon as our cat was usually about. However they never varied from this route and always came at 8.00am and 4.00, for all the years we lived there.
Once we moved up to our new home, on the top acre of the property, they started off at our place and then headed off, under the hedge, to the campground.
The quail are always a lot of fun to watch, in winter about forty of them travelling together and then, as the weather warmed into May, they start to pair off and travel in just two’s. Many nests were found in the campground and avoided by the regular folks, who were interested in watching the families develop. Quite often the clutch of eggs would seem to have been abandoned, for no apparent reason and eggs left to be eaten by passing wildlife. By June most birds had a batch of 15-20 walnut sized followers, you could just see the movement of the top of their heads over the grass.
Dad quail, always a nervous sort, seems to be in a panic as his brood followed Ma Quail, and acts like a sheepdog, rounding up any strays and keeping them moving in the right direction. His high pitched three note call always alerts us that the troops are about to parade by. As day follows day the number of chicks get picked off by scavengers and soon the family are down to two or three chicks. At this point the families seem to see the value of travelling in groups and two or three pairs would be seen with 8 or 9 chicks in tow.
I wonder why nature gives these birds the ability to lay so many eggs, why not just one or two eggs that would be easier to manage?
This past spring my dogs discovered that quail eggs are a delicacy and they have eaten everything they discovered, however, the quail seem to survive and raised a couple of chicks, so they must have discovered a spot away from marauding Bichons. Nature always finds a way and I am so happy that the quail do their twice daily parade through the yard.
Long may they prosper.
Those interested in an All-female Shooting Stars hockey team had a chance Thursday to check out the interest with a free “Try Girls Hockey” ice session at the Sun Bowl.
Girls between five and 13 were invited.
The event was promoted as a “no-pressure, all fun” opportunity to try ice hockey for free. Interested players can meet some of the Shooting Stars players and coaches.
“Hey…how are you? Want to go out sometime?”
She was gorgeous. She answered, “That would be nice.”
I smiled. She smiled back so go out we did.
Six months later our friends threw the rice.
“Marriage is great,” she said during our very first year
“but I still like to look at the hunky young guys,
they make my heart thump and to tell you the truth
hard bodies like that are pleasing to my eyes.”
She added, “don’t take it personal, I am what I am
and my appetite always comes home to you
if you know what I mean.” “No harm I guess,”
if it inspires an adventurous young girl to get through”
Six months later she started doing more than looking
She had jumped in the pot with both of her feet.
She said, “If you’re already looking, you might as well find,”
“I hope you won’t mind a slight kick in the seat.”
“A kick to the seat?” I cried, “It’s a smash to the head,
A hard boot to the nuggets, a stomp to my heart.”
“I’m leaving you chickie, walk on by yourself
I have shoes too. I’ll find a new place to start.”
“Hey, how are you?” I asked. “Do you want to go out?
I’m recently free.” I explained to girl number two.
“Would love to,” she cooed, “that would be so nice.”
“Just curious,” I probed. “What size is your shoe?”
Poet Denny Bastian
6400 Block of Tuc-el-nuit Drive (between McKinney Rd and Eastside Avenue)
Accident involving a boom truck – wires from several homes pulled away from the buildings and a couple of poles had to be replaced.
Seeking comment from FortisBC Electrical Division.
Neighbour: It happened about 7:30 am Wednesday – truck left FortisBC yard proceeding south – hit one then two overhead lines (boom extended). Took till after 4pm to get power back to homes in that area (5-6) – All utilities will have to check their connections (cable, phone etc.) for possible re-installation.
Note: ODN lives and breathe on tips and information. One person cannot cover the entire South Okanagan without help. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 498-0753.
We had our first visit from Chris the Clown this year and he literally had the children and adults in stitches. Young George had the privilege of learning to be the youngest clown ever, a job he did well. The faces of the children show how entranced they were, no one moved or got tired. They begged for an encore and Chris obliged with two more tricks. Children can still join our Summer Reading Club program. Next up is Art with Leza on Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the library.
Okanagan Regional Library
To rate something is to label it on a scale, like a rating of 8 out of 10. I recall a movie entitled 10 where this guy would rate women he saw. It was just a thing he did until he saw a ’10’ (Bo Derek) and became obsessed with meeting her. There are companies that rate things, like TV shows, which are supposed to indicate how good the shows are, or not. If you say that I don’t rate, you disapprove of me
A rate can refer to a fee, an amount to pay per unit, as in so many cents per kilowatt hour to pay for electricity. The ‘going rate’ is the typical payment, which could be for anything, including small bribes to buying answers to exam questions. Oh oh. A rate can also refer to a rank, as in the military, where one can earn their rate. In this case there are criteria to meet in order to be promoted to the next rate
When I buy cable vision for my TV there is a monthly rate. But nowadays, if I bundle in the fee for my internet I can get a better rate. So a rate is not necessarily fixed. So too if I buy in quantity I can often get a better rate. Sometimes that goes the other way and if I only want one, the rate is much higher than what is advertised. I can give a better/higher rate for what I perceive is quality and/or special treatment
A rate, when I rate another person, is, most of the time, basically a judgment. The times it is not a judgment it could well be a score or an assessment of skill level, which can be helpful. To rate well, many might try to ‘look good’ and miss the option of actually ‘doing good’. To do well, in the long run, provides the best rating. The rate of a reaction can be a valuable measure in chemicals being combined. Not so much in humans
Mortality rate is about the number of deaths in a particular population sample. The bit rate is the speed and quantity of information moved/processed by a computer. When the temptation to rate another person shows up, I try to side step it. Gets me in trouble when I don’t sometimes. Besides, after getting to know them better, I like being pleasantly surprised at how wrong my rating was.