Hit & Run

June 19, 2021

About 3 months ago I noticed when I came out of SuperStore the back right of our car was unusually dirty when the rest of it was clean. So I assumed someone hit the car, I wiped the dirt clear and spotted two scratches in the bumper. I checked the cars sentry footage and didn’t see anything recent, but I knew Desiree had a dentist appointment earlier in the day so I checked the morning footage and spotted the culprit. A white pick-up truck trying to reverse into the spot next to our car backed into the car .

Rear footage
Right Repeater footage

He pulled back out and parked on the opposite side of the car to assess the damage and of course left no information. It was only cosmetic so we weren’t in a rush to get it fixed, ICBC tracked down the the driver and he admitted fault. We waited about a month to get it fixed as we knew it wouldn’t be a quick in/out job given it’s Tesla.

He wanted to pay cash to avoid going through ICBC and was astonished at the 2k price tag to fix the car. Of course we said no and went through ICBC. We booked an appt and were told we’d be without the car for two weeks. About two weeks later we got a call from the shop letting us know there was damage to the car behind the bumper and because the piece that was damaged was aluminum and not steel and it couldn’t jut be fixed, they had to order in new parts. So the original estimate of 2 weeks is now 4 weeks and the quote of 2k was now 11k.

At the four week mark we were given a new estimate of 7.5 weeks.. So far we’ve been without our car for 5.5 weeks, spent about 500 in gas which is probably annoying more then the fact that I’m back to driving an ICE.


Our new wheels

October 25, 2020

As many of you are aware I’ve been kinda obsessed with EV’s for years, and always vowed to one day have one. We’re a one car family and were waiting to buy an EV that wasn’t Model X money but still fit our lifestyle. Once we got our trailer that made things more complicated so we vowed to wait it out for the Rivian R1S or Cybertrk.
The R1S was above what I wanted to pay and the Cybertrk was way too big, but fit all of our other criteria. I reserved it the night it was unveiled as a backup plan in case nothing else came out.

We recently decided we wanted a better tow vehicle for camping in the interim and after running the numbers I found it was the same cost for us over the long term to have 2 cars with our main car being an EV then it was for us to buy an older Truck/SUV to be used as a daily driver & tow vehicle. We decided to buy a Tesla Model Y as our main car, and later in the spring we’ll be looking to get a 2nd car for towing our camper. I’m also exploring the possibility of renting a truck for the once every 3-4 weeks we go camping half the year.

We had an appt for the showroom on Nov 12th where we had hoped to put down a deposit, and driving our new midlife crisis car by xmas.

Unfortunately becuase of the new lock down put forth two days prior we had to cancel so on Nov 28th, we made the decision to just buy the car without a test drive. With Tesla everything is done via online forms and email. We were contacted on Dec 7th and told we could book a day to pick up our car, we choose Dec 13th. We arrived 20 mins early for our appt, so we did a quick once over on our car in the lot. Paperwork with Tesla took maybe 10 minutes, and ICBC was about 30. We were in and out with our new car in under 45 minutes. Definitely the most painless car buying experience we’ve ever had. We’ve now had the car for 3 months, and still loving it as much as day 1. We went from 300 a month gas bills to a 90 dollar electricity bill, and virtually no maintenance.

Entertainment, Food & Wine

Wine Tours – 2019

September 20, 2020

We spent a few days in the Interior checking out wineries while staying in Osoyoos, Penticton and Vernon respectively. Some of the wineries we hit were:

  1. 8th Generation
  2. Nk’Mip
  3. Black Hill
  4. Silver Sage
  5. Time
  6. Indigenous
  7. Fitzpatrick
  8. Hester Creek
  9. Gehringer Brothers
  10. Hatch
Camping, Entertainment, Food & Wine, History, Music, Outdoors, Trips

Top Fives

September 20, 2020

Just a fun little post of my top fives…..

Top Five Concerts

  1. Arcade Fire – the Gorge – 2014
  2. Arcade Fire – Pacific Coliseum – 2017
  3. Stone Temple Pilots – QET – 2001
  4. I Mother Earth – The Warehouse – 1997
  5. Edgefest 97 (2x) – 1997

Top Five Albums

  1. Stone Temple Pilots – Core
  2. I Mother Earth – Quicksilver Meat Dream
  3. I Mother Earth – Scenery and Fish
  4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  5. Blind Melon – Nico

Top Five Bands/Musicians

  1. Stone Temple Pilots
  2. I Mother Earth
  3. Arcade Fire
  4. Tegan and Sara
  5. The Watchmen

Top Five Bands/Musicians from the 90’s

  1. Stone Temple Pilots
  2. I Mother Earth
  3. The Watchmen
  4. Nirvana
  5. Marvelous 3

Top Five Artists

  1. Salvador Dali
  2. Lawren Harris
  3. Leonid Afremov
  4. Emily Carr
  5. Linda Mackey

Top Five Outdoors Activities

  1. Mountain Biking
  2. Cycling
  3. Golfing
  4. Canoeing
  5. Hiking

Top Five Sports to Watch on TV

  1. Baseball
  2. CFL
  3. Hockey
  4. Ski Cross
  5. Adventure Racing

Top Five Sports to Play

  1. Mountain Biking
  2. Football
  3. Golfing
  4. Darts
  5. Baseball

Top Five Sports to Watch Live

  1. Hockey
  2. Baseball
  3. Football
  4. Softball
  5. Darts

Top Five Documentaries

  1. Long Way Around
  2. Long Way Down
  3. Blackfish
  4. Exit through the gift shop
  5. Icarus

Top Five Movies watched in Theater

  1. Matrix
  2. Avatar
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  4. Dark Knight Rises
  5. Avengers

Top Five Movies

  1. Matrix
  2. Braveheart
  3. Avengers
  4. Shawshank Redemption
  5. Lord of the Rings

Top Five Movies from 90’s

  1. Matrix
  2. The Crow
  3. Braveheart
  4. Shawshank Redemption
  5. True Lies

Top Five Movies from 80’s

  1. Teen Wolf
  2. Die Hard
  3. Star Wars
  4. Back to the Future
  5. Goonies

Top Five Xmas Movies

  1. Die Hard
  2. Home Alone
  3. A christmas Story
  4. Elf
  5. Santa Claus the Movie

Top Five Action Movies

  1. Braveheart
  2. Gladiator
  3. Taken
  4. Deadpool
  5. Ong-Bak

Top Five Comedies

  1. Spaceballs
  2. Step Brothers
  3. Superbad
  4. Galaxy Quest
  5. Monty Python and the holy Grail

Top Five Dramas

  1. Shawshank Redemption
  2. American History X
  3. Green Mile
  4. Good Will Hunting
  5. Truman Show

Top Five Rom Coms

  1. Princess Bride
  2. Notting Hill
  3. The Proposal
  4. Wedding Singer
  5. First 50 Dates

Top Five TV Shows

  1. Lost
  2. Heroes
  3. Saturday Night Live
  4. Battlestar Galactica
  5. The Wire

Top Five Restaurants/Eateries

  1. Oakwood Bistro – Vancouver
  2. Heartwood Kitchen – Ucluelet
  3. The Red Wagon – Vancouver
  4. The Combine – Simcoe
  5. Brodeurs – Abbotsford

Top Five Pizza Places

  1. Serious Pie – Seattle
  2. Via Tevere – Vancouver
  3. Pizzeria Barbarella – Vancouver (use to have a place in abbie too)
  4. Emilio Finatti – Langley

Top Five Trips

  1. Pacific Rim National Park – Greenpoint camping – multiple times
  2. Hawaii – 2012
  3. Killarney National Park – Canoe Camping – 1994?
  4. Quebec City – 1991
  5. Seattle – 2015

Top Five Camping Trips

  1. Pacific Rim National Park – 2003
  2. Pacific Rim National Park – 2007
  3. Kilarney National Park – Canoe Camping – 1994?
  4. Kearsley Creek – 2019
  5. Bear – 2012

Top Five Breakfast Meals

  1. Eggs Benny
  2. Fried Chicken & Waffles
  3. Waffles
  4. Pancakes
  5. Cereal (All-Bran)

Top Five Desserts/Junk food

  1. Millionaire’s Layer Cake
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Salted Caramel Ice Cream
  4. Coconut Cake
  5. Donuts

Top Five Meals

  1. Pizza
  2. Risotto
  3. Warm Kale Salad
  4. Turkey Dinner
  5. Fried Chicken

Top Five Vehicles (have never owned any :P)

  1. 2021 Rivian R1S
  2. 2016 Tesla Model S
  3. 2005 Subaru Outback
  4. 2009 Volvo XC90
  5. 2002 Mercedes Benz G Class
Weight Loss

Continued Struggle

September 19, 2020

As noted in my post in 2015, I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my adult life. I’ve yoyo’d between 185lb and 270lb multiple times. Usually coinciding with when we move offices and the bike commuting stops as its a lot easier to keep the weight off when your riding your bike 40-80km a day multiple times a week. We’ve been working from home for the most part full-time for the last 5-6 years, before that we’d go into an office anywhere from 1-3 days a week.

I’m currently sitting at about 272lb, luckily I started getting heavily back into weight lifting about a year ago and lifting heavy this time, so my lean body mass is about 20-30lb higher then it was when I was down to 185lb so I don’t have quite as much to lose as it would appear. One thing I’ve learned over the years is really doesn’t matter what you eat, but how much you eat. The only success I had was when I was either burning a shit ton of calories to make how much I ate not matter, or I ensured I consumed less then 2000 calories a day to compensate for my sitting on my ass for 80 hrs a week.

I was on a good path about 6 weeks ago and down to about 262lb while continuing to shatter all my personal bests in lifting but ended up giving myself a nagging shoulder/elbow problem by refusing to slow down and let it rest. I’ve finally after 6 weeks off weight lifting been able to wake up with no pain, but I’ve also gained back everything I lost. I hoping my post will re-invigorate me into getting my ass back into gear.

My metrics for the last 14 years to show the depth of my yoyoing are below.

My last measurement I took before my injury in early August I sat at 262.2lb and 24% body fat. I fear to check where I’m currently at as I know for sure everything feels tight as hell. Tomorrow will be Day 1 for me, I need to refocus on my goal, with a strategy to lose 1-1.5lb a week in order to ensure I lose minimal muscle as possible and will get me where I want to be post pandemic next summer.

My short term goals are to get back to where I was in early August by December.

My Goals – Short Term – Dec 2020
Weight: 258lb
Bodyfat: 22%
Bench Press: 275lb
Squats: 290lb
Deadlift: 365lb
Shoulder Press: 158lb

My Goals – Long Term – July 2021
Weight: 220lb
Bodyfat: 14%
Bench Press: 295lb
Squats: 315lb
Deadlift: 395lb
Shoulder Press: 175lb

I’m going to do this with the following objectives:

  • Weight training 3x a week for 45 mins
  • Require that all “pokemon go” play, must be done at a leisurely pace on the air bike.. usually takes 60-75min to get through my daily battles
  • Get back to mountain biking or golfing 1x per week
  • Eating low carb 4x a week, moderate/high carb 3x a week, and consuming less then 2000cal a day. I’ll adjust as I go.

Speaking of pokemon go, for those that play, feel free to add my accounts: travdes (465253346361), or my alt travdesdeux (994454259197).

Entertainment, Photos

Learning to Paint

February 20, 2020

I dabbled with painting in 2014 after doing one with Mallory. I started out mainly with acrylics and tried to paint whenever I had a spare few hours which tended to be few and far between. The following were some of my earlier ones.

Some of my acrylics from later in 2014 and early 2015.

Around 2015 I took a few lessons from Leonid Afremov and switched to Oil Paints and palette knives.

In 2016 I took some more lessons from Kevin Hill.

Unfortuately I haven’t painted since 2016, but I’m hoping to get back at it this year.


Camping – Summer 2019

September 9, 2019

We only get one weekend off together every three weeks so we tried to use those for camping every chance we got. Our first camping trip was 2 days after we picked up the trailer. We spent the summer camping at Kearsley Creek on Stave Lake for a total of 5 separate trips.


Escape Pick-up Day

May 5, 2019

Our pick up day for the trailer was on May 5th, 2019 at 830am. We arrived a touch early, and started off by getting an hr tour on how to operate the trailer, and hook it up to the car. We hired a trailer towing guy to meet us at Escape at 1030 to take us out showing us how to safety tow, and backup the trailer for four hours. By the time we got home with the trailer I felt much more comfortable with towing.


New Garden Beds

April 18, 2019

I spent 2018 building a new tier to fix the rounded yard on the 2nd level of the backyard. This spring we built new raised beds, Desiree’s only criteria was to build them tall enough that she didn’t need to bend over, and because we also didn’t want to spend a small fortune on dirt I build a 4ft bed with a platform inside about half way down.


Escape 21 Build Photos

April 18, 2019

While I was in Ontario visiting family we received build photos every day for a couple of weeks until the trailer was completed on May 5th.