09-SEPTEMBER 11-2020

                                                                         Good morning.
bathroom keyMost people probably remember where they were when the towers went down in New York City.  For me, I was putting on my shoes in the living room while watching CNBC on TV.  I saw the recording of the hijacked plane hit the first tower and the scramble by the hosts to figure out what was going on.  I called my wife into the room and we both saw the second tower get hit.  What a surreal moment!  It’s hard to imagine such devastation and loss of human life would happen in our time, but it did.  As we remember and reflect on this historic day, let us remember those that we lost but also find those around us that may need a helping hand of service.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Few things symbolize the dawn of the middle class better than shopping malls.  They’re big, clean, full of variety, and everything’s usually on sale.  Take the American Dream mega-mall, for instance.  It partially opened for the first time last year in New Jersey.  Once it’s complete, it will feature more than 450 stores, covering roughly 3 million square feet of retail space.  It even has an indoor ski slope.  But what if I told you that the last large mall like this one to open in the U.S. was New York’s Palisades Center… back in 1998?  That was more than two decades ago.  And I’d guess that you probably can’t recall the last time a new mall opened up near where you live.
In Asia, it’s the complete opposite.
Shopping malls have been popping up just about everywhere in this region.  Many of them make the American Dream mall look tiny in comparison.  And this trend is something you can’t afford to ignore.  Let me explain…
This is showing us where the middle class is growing fastest.  And I think it paints a clearer picture than any number out there.  That’s because shopping mall operators only build when and where they see a good market.  That means enough people who want things like home appliances, furniture, casual dining, movie theatres, and personal care services.  The businesses that set up shop inside malls do their homework, too…
Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Asia’s entire retail industry hard, with shopping malls among the worst affected.  But this is only temporary.
Today, there are roughly 116,000 malls in the U.S.  Asia is seeing an increase in the middle class … another area, the U.S., not so much!!!

September 11, 2019
Mike and Jasmine

A day to be remembered, for sure…

Mike and Jasmine drove out from Vancouver to share their plans for the next five years.  The smiles were not because they were visiting with us, specifically, but because they just finished a hike!  Best of luck on this AND all future adventures…

Continuing with my notes on “Winning Friends, Influencing People and Getting The Yes” … being liked by people is often more important than having authority or talent.  There are some individuals who don’t have much skill or intelligence, but they are successful because people love them and would do anything for them.  P.S. (Mike & Jasmine are two highly qualified engineers.)

To recap and remind us all, here are the eleven ways to make people like you very much:

    • Make as Many Friends as You Can.
    • Give Sincere Compliments.
    • Focus On Them and Their Interests.
    • Smile Genuinely.
    • Say These Three Magic Words More Often. [First name, please & thank you!]
    • Offer Value.
    • Share Your Secrets.
    • Make Him/Her Laugh.
    • Find Similarities.
    • Mirror Him/Her.
    • Conform to His/Her Primary Sense or Senses.

“The idea is the first currency of the Universe, so pay attention to the ideas that are in harmony with your vision.” —Mary Morrissey

Here’s to a great future!  😉

September 11, 2018

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September 11, 2017

It might appear strange — on the one day in which as a group we took more than two-hundred photographs a movie clips — to start with a picture of our hotel room at the Rodd: Moncton, New Brunswick.  The reason is quite simple!  We had one event planned for the day, rain or shine, and that was to take in Hopewell Rocks: both at low-tide and again at high-tide.  (period)  Waking up in the Rodd was great … there was no rush … we had lots of time to collect an extra layer of clothing for today’s adventure … and we were enjoying a relaxing continental breakfast downstairs.  The drive to “see the rocks” was about an hour away.

Sitting at our breakfast table together — we remembered this day — and what we were each doing and where we each were, when the planes struck the World Trade Towers in New York, NY sixteen years ago today!  We took a moment together to reflect on “just how truly blessed we have been.”  September 11, 2017 and we’re today going to visit the Hopewell Rock National Site.

Here we are together halfway around the world on vacation — no one had gotten ill or injured, everyone planned and contributed to each day’s events, each had taken a turn at navigating, and everyone was active in the day-to-day decisions required!  [Today’s weather forecast was for increasing rainy periods … with light to moderate winds.]

We talked about today’s Hopewell Rock National Site adventure FULLY aware that the weather could turn against us at anytime!  [Cat out-of-the-bag — this day would turn out to be one of our best, not too hot, not too cold.  Very complete!]  I tend to say that at lot … truth was … each day build on the last.  This vacation proved itself over and over-again to be great!

Your entrance fee for the Hopewell Rocks is valid for two consecutive days.  We got an early enough start to descend the stairs to walk on the ocean floor; returning up the many steps to the higher ground — breaking for lunch; then hours later, descend the same set-of-stairs yet again — this time putting our feet into the ocean as the tide came in.  We were able to learn all this upon arrival at the information centre, noting the proximity of the toilets, restaurant and souvenir shop.  We were on a mission — a very important pee-pee break — to be honest!  There are no toilets once you are down-those-steps!

We will be gathering back here in about 3 hours for lunch.  Caryl and I will chose to have a lobster sandwich!  It will be simply delicious.  We would not have had that choice back home.  In Calgary it would have been most likely beef-on-a-bun…

We listened-in as our guide touched on some of the precautions and items of particular interest to most quests.  (snap below taken when the tide was out!)

The time span between low and high tide is about 6 hours and 13 minutes.  This presents a unique opportunity to walk on the ocean’s floor from 3 hours before low tide until 3 hours after, so it’s important to check the tide tables.  Although the picture below was not taken at (its maximum) high tide, the ocean has once again returned and the tide is rising.  The water is about 50% from its peak!

On average, the ocean floor at our site is completely accessible from one end to the other (2kms./1.25 miles) 2.5 hours before and after low tide, 90% accessible 3 hours on either side of low tide and 80% accessible 3.5 hours on either side of low tide.  There are varying degrees of accessibility up until 4 hours on either side of low tide.  These time periods can fluctuate somewhat depending on certain variables.  

When we left Moncton this morning it was raining lightly, however, when we returned to Moncton later in the evening … there was no reason to carry an umbrella or wear a hat when we walked down Main Street towards Gusto’s Italian Grill for supper.  

We enjoyed superb “Italian” meals, myself enjoying spaghetti and meatballs: and for dessert we each choose a huge slice of cheesecake, each making the difficult decision of which to pick.  Congrats everyone … nothing was left on your plates!

REW

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