Hi we now have added Jake Phillips to our house for Billeting and he is a card. So we have 2 billets again , but as it turns out we will be down to only Jake as Nate has decided to go home.
Very sad to see Nate go but he will definitely be a force to deal with in his career. Good luck Nate next Falcon’s game Sat July 27th.
Hi everyone today we received some bad news one of our Billetters has decided to go back home.Daryl has decided that at this time this is the best thing for him. The Falcons know this and as we were put down for 3 Billets and are now down to 1 we told them that we would of course have no problem taking another 2 billets. At this time we are being told that they have no further need of host families.
We are sad to see Daryl go it was fun having him here and hope his career continues upward and for the better.
Hello folks the BILLETING of 2 Kelowna Falcons having Nate and Daryl is turning into a wonderful time & experience. We have a friend that was able to make it to one of the home games and Nate was kind enough to come over and talk to her and give a signed ball for her. This was the first time in 30 years she has seen a live game and yes that means she is in her 90’s. Nate was both very professional and personable personable with her and our thanks to him. About the only distressing thing so far is that both of the players have not played a lot. (yes i caught myself i was going to say both boys but that is incorrect because both of them are Gentleman and do there parents and team proud).
Hello folks when my wife and i decided to purchase a house in Kelowna we of course wanted to be able to rent some of our house out. We thought about Leasing but with all the red tape and some of the horror stories we have heard about tenants we decided against that. We decided to start with a couple of short term billets and began looking we decided to go with the Kelowna Falcons Baseball team. This experience is and continues to be fun and interesting we were suppose to have 3 ball players but have only 2 as 1 of the players was injured and could not attend. We Have Nate & Daryl who are and are proving to be a delight in the way they conduct themselves on and off the field and in our house.
Now for some people they will not be able to believe we have never visited Leavenworth even though we have been to Wenatchee at least a half-dozen times , but always assumed Leavenworth was like another 4-8 from there. So going across the border was no problem has we had passports and it was the middle of the week 5 minutes max. The drive was nice not to hot and not sunny. We arrived at our hotel which was Der Ritterhof Motor Inn which we had book thru Booking.com. The Hotel was clean reasonable priced also the breakfast was good with coffee, apple/orange juice, yogart, fruit, muffins,and danishes available even at 10:00am. the first night we had dinner at Kristalls restaurant & Lounge as it was a short 2 minute walk to it and the hotel had given us 20% off coupon.The food was good the service okay but they had forgotten to use the coupon we said we would be back and use it then but as is the case we kept trying all the other places. It is a wonderful town that caters to the Bavarian life style and look which was excellent to see and taste.
So i have been gone for awhile from the blogging as life has of course decided to make things difficult. We have sold our Townhouse and Purchased a fixer upper that seems to be more fixer then upper, but that being said it has again been an adventure and will continue to be for the next 1-24 years depending on how much fixing one can do. We taking a much deserved 3 days off and heading to leavenworth wa. for the first time . i plan on writing a blog with pics about our time as soon as we are back .Looking forward to sharing
IHOP Yuck Yuck Yuck the review
Well I do not pretend that I have been overly impressed with IHOP in the past but enough is enough. So here I am Sunday around 9:00 – 9:30 am expecting the same slow service and okay food. The service as it always seems to be is slow still, we order our drinks only to find out after 5 min that they can not get there Lemonade machine to work so no lemonade we have to order something else okay we can live with that. We order our food and about 10 min later and having to ask for a refill as usual our food arrives. The first thing I notice is that the hash browns which should be golden brown and hot are not what is on my plate, what is on my plate is cool white hash browns that are glistening in the light from the oil content in and on the thinly sliced potatoes they can not be called HASH BROWNS. Yuck Yuck Yuck . While I am trying to decide if anything else on my plate is edible another member of our party who had ordered the pancakes with strawberries has made the discovery that is so Yuck Yuck Yuck as to be Yucky, and what may one ask was it ! It was a worm and the worm was still moving Yuck Yuck Yuck. Now what really gets me is that it was not Fresh Strawberries but Strawberries in Syrup so how gross is that. It of course is brought to the waiteresses attention immediately we are informed a couple of minutes later that that batch has been thrown away and a new batch has been opened and what would the customer like. Now I have to tell there is no way in hell I would have been able to order it a second time but she did and it looked okay. Yes her meal was put on the house but I have to say Yuck Yuck Yuck and does Kelowna have a Health department inspector that goes to Restaurants and inspects them .
I must say yelling at the top of my lungs don’t eat there
Go to Perkin’s family Restaurant it is definetly a 10 out of 10 unlike IHOP which must be given a 0 out of 10 . My hope is that sometime in the near future it is rescued by the chain or that they simply go out of business and I hope this is before any one gets ill from there food!
Restuarant’s : Where’s the FOOD
So here I am writing a blog and wondering if any body else has had this happen to them.
Here are my top 3 and what if anything was done
1) Swiss Chalet I tried to order dinner for my wife and me from this Restaurant by phone one night using there 1-800 number
now here`s the thing we could literally see the restaurant from where we were. After talking to a representative for 5 min. that
could not get it thru there head that the address given to them was correct I asked for a supervisor. When the supervisor got on the
phone and still could not find our address here in Kelowna I asked were I was calling it was in fact Ontario. The Swiss Chalet went out
of business within months of this episode. The reason I bring this up is believe it or not a new one is and has opened up in West Kelowna
and I wonder if you can have food delivered to you from this one! No Response ever
2) Pizza Hut now you would think a Pizza joint would not run out of Pizza dough but 3 Friday`s in a row our Local Pizza Hut at around 9:30
10:00pm did not have any dough for there medium Pizza`s. I inquired from the person as to if they would sell us the large Pizza for the price
of a Meduim the answer NO. Now I don`t pretend to be a restaurantuer kind of guy but would you not think on a Friday night that you
would ensure that you have PIZZA DOUGH come on. Response to complaint nothing zippo nada
3) KFC Vernon taking the grandson and wife to the Enderby Drive-In thought hey that would be awesome grab some KFC and there we go.
Nope no Chicken now is that not ODD or what they still had the chicken sandwiches and salads. after some talking and being disappointed
we went to the Salmon Arm KFC and lor and behold they had CHICKEN . All in all it still was a great time with the grandson and wife at
the Drive-In. Now I complained and what do you know I got a response there had been an accident and because of this they could
not serve any fried chicken that day but in order to make up for the problem they gave us a complamentary 8 pc bucket with
extra salads and up sized the salads and the fries .
So as far as I can see this happens fairly often which I find totally bizzare but hey if I get customer satisfaction like I did at KFC I will
and have already gone back.
As for Swiss Chalet and Pizza Hut we have not gone back to and have no plans ever to go back again.
Restaurants Kelowna Perkins Family:
Much like Denny’s Ricky’s and dare I say it IHOP Restaurants Perkins was and had to be classified as an occasional decent Restaurant when the staff and cook were in good moods but for the most part these Restaurants have fallen into decline over the years in service and quality of food.
But I am very happy to say that the Perkins of the old seems to have had a serious up grade from service to the food I do not know when this transformation took place but was greatly surprised and pleased.
My wife and I had not been there for at least the last year and it was due to the service and the food.
I when unsure of the quality or am trying out a new Restaurant stick to hopefully something that can not be screwed up in this instance it was a Ham and Cheese Omelette Hash Browns and 3 Buttermilk Pancakes as I have been having a hankering for pancakes or crepes.
What a surprise it was with the food that was delivered in I might say a very timely manner it was hot and I almost did not want to it for the it actually look to good to eat but we were hungry so we ate.
Again a surprise as to the fact that it was as good to eat as it looked the Omelette was excellent I found the smoked ham to be a little to smokey for my taste but on the whole it was quite enjoyable.
The Hashbrowns although I prefer to have mine on the crispier side where hot and browned unlike some of the above restaurants seemingly good and uncooked servings.
Pancakes what can a say Blueberry syrup served hot filled my craving and then to my regret was not being able to finish all 3 of them.
The service was good needless to say no wait line on a Sunday around Noon promptly seated, our server was busy another server saw we were ready and filled in and took our drink order and that was within 5 min. of being seated.
Our server after doing a birthday celebration noticed we had our drinks apologized for the delay and took our food order food was delivered with in 10 min and like I said it was hot.
So my hat’s of to the Perkin’s Family Restaurant for an enjoyable brunch on a pleasant Sunday in Kelowna and keep it up we will be back more often
Branson day 6:
So here we are day 6 of our trip to wonderful Branson and we must go back to the Zipline so that we gan get the pictures that show where and how the zipline is set up we also go yes you got it shopping around Branson . In doing this guess what we found rain and lightning and thunder much like Kelowna lasted all of 5-10 minutes the rain the thunder and lightning about 1/2 an hourand then that was that . Had a couple of thoughts that we would need to find out about Tornadoes but luckily it they never appeared., and again shopping shopping and meeting the wonderful retail people of Branson
The Soapbox: HOV LANE
So in Sept of 2009 we in kelowna got the HOV LANE , a big deal was made of this lane for making the highway easier to travel and being more green. At the same time a big deal was made for the enforcement of the proper useage in regards to who and what can use the HOV LANE. In fact there were tickets given out and a lot of bitching was done by the people who recieved them. Then in 2010 and 2011 comes the big no no of no Cell phone useage no Texting while driving. At this time we are still constantly bombared with ads on the radio and the tv about this and yet there is NO ads about the HOV LANE and how to use and when to use it. Tickets are given out daily for Texting for Cell usage while driving but I ask anyone when was the last time any one heard or recieved a ticket for improper useage of the HOV LANE. It is a Wonder why it is called an HOV Lane and I predict that within 2 more years that the HOV LANE in Kelowna will be called nothing more then the 3rd lane of Harvey Ave. I constantly see between 5 and 10 drivers using that lane as a 3rd lane and not as an HOV LANE just walking across it to our local mall, I also see constantly people in that lane using there cell or texing so I ask the Question why is there no enforcement on this lane. I also wonder why the drivers that use the HOV lane Improperly are usually Business People or Drivers most definitely that are in there mid 30’s to late 40’s do these people feel that the law does not aply to them or do they feel they are above the Law. So I say good on the young people, those people over 50 that use the HOV Lane properly and if there are Business People using the HOV Lane properly good on them also.
Branson day 5 : Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf
So here on day 5 we start of with a nice game of Mini Golf at Pirate’s Cove now i have seen Mini Golf courses and have played on many of them. I do enjoy them and the different themes that the courses are. I do wonder thou who has the largest amount of mini golf courses in there in city wether they are indoor or out, because i can not believe how many there was for us to choose from. it was a Very Enjoyable game, before more shopping took place.
DRUG HOUSE RAIDED THANKS TO KELLY HAYES AND ANNA STEIN
Yes that is right GOOD for Kelly Hayes for doing the Right thing and Reporting what needed to be reported.
Yes that is right GOOD for Anna Stein also for standing up for her rights and doing the righ thing and calling on Kelly Hayes.
To the RCMP I have a couple of things to say first the general public can tell when they are being feed B.S. and when you state that Kelly Hayes Report on this drug house had nothing to do with your raid on it B.S. pure and simple. Then you feel in order to take the heat off of you that you may have to arrest and charge Kelly Hayes for purchasing the drugs this is pure retaliation by the RCMP for Kelly Hayes making them look bad. As for Castanet I hope that it does the right thing also and that is to stand by it’s number 1 reporter Kelyy Hayes for he is doing the job that he is hired to do and as such needs to be 100% supported by his employer. Now for the Landlord the City of Kelowna three words for you SHAME ON YOU as a Landlord it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your tennants, this was not done. Also the fact that the letter in reesponse to Anna Stein complaint was sent to the person that she was complaing about come on !! I hesitate to suggest that maybe there is a decent Lawyer out there that may offer there services to Anna Stein and sue the City of Kelowna I feel there should be some type of compensation do her.
Just Updated today:
Reporter Kelly Hayes will keep his clean record.
Branson day 4 : So my wife has had ziplining on her bucket list for almost 10 years as a result we felt that it was time to do it. So my mother inlaw who turned 71 the day before and my wife and I went ziplining . Now in order to put this in perspective for people i do not do any height things period so this was something I had been putting off for a long time . We went to the Branson Zipline and Canopy tours, because it did not need any braking by us which I liked as it was 1 less thing to worry about and really with no pricing difference between companies it seemed to be a good choice. As it turns out we had 2 guides that went with us and made it enjoyable and less nerve racking. First about the Harnesses i liked the safety aspect of them but as to wearing them well let’s just say they are not flattering people like me. We then climbed into a vehicle that took us to the top where the zipling begins which turned about to nice and easy . Now I am confident enough in age and self that I have no problems admiting when i don’t like something and i don’t like height. So on the first platform my wife goes then my 71 year old Mother inlaw then it’s my turn. When watching them I realized I liked this zipline for another reason also for over half of the time they were only 3-5 feet of the ground and i could deal with that. So with my turn I am ready and hoping that someone screams stop we have to cancel this until next year but it does not happen and off I go. Here we are at the next platform yes it’s that fast a little spinning not bad, loud braking noise not bad, arms from holding onto harness absolutely drained of all strength. Yes and the thought now going through my head I am done ready to go home leave never to attempt this again. The 2 guides say the only way down is the zipline I say hey it’s only a 30 foot drop no problem, but then before I know it, I am again headed down the line. Needless to say everyone makes it to half mark including me, we load up on food juice and I consider walking the rest of the way down but really it has not been as bad as I had thought it would be, so other then my arms being so tired from gripping the harness to keep myself from falling (it was all in my head) we continue. At one point the guide is pointing a camera at us and my arm was tired enough that it let go and give a thumbs up. At the last zipline section we are asked to let go completly and just let the harness hold us my wife no problem my mother inlaw no problem but she spins all the time. I tried part of my mind saying yes you can do it, but then the reasonable part of my mind went are you nuts continue holding on for dear life which I did. So with this ONCE ONLY IN A LIFETIME experience my wife and mother inlaw want to do it again at a different place that’s fine with me because this was my ONCE ONLY IN A LIFETIME of doing this, and i will sit and read a book / take pictures / drink coffee do anything while they hold on for dear life . P.S. folks my arms are still tired from holding on for dear life
Branson day 3 :
So here we are the first show Tom Mullica as Red Skelton and was excellent then guess what off we go for more shopping adventures
Then we are off to the Ozark Murder Mystery Dinner Show and because of perfect timing we go next door to the Shanghai Circus Acrobats
Branson Vacation Photos
Day 2: The Butterfly Palace Shopping and then Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
So we start of with what turned out to be a 45 minute drive to the Butterfly Palace now here’s the thing folks we have a GPS the Butterfly Palace is at best a 5 minute drive from the Stone Castle so between us and the GPS what can i say but yes 45 minutes.
Once there it has to be considered a premium Attraction for picture-taking and for various activities you can do , we spent the better part of 2 and 1/2 hours there.
Once we left guess what we went shopping again and had a small lunch at the local A&W, this was a mistake not because of the food but because it was around 2pm when we had this food and then we went to the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede!
What can be said well first thing the pre show was excellent and then the main show starts and the food. Now being on a diet or even trying to watch what one eats is a lost battle at this show and as we fond out in Branson period. So needless to say have a few pounds to lose now but hey the food was great and before you think of going i must warn the neat freaks everything is eaten by hand just like in the Viking Days.
But don’t forget you also go for the show and it is a great show , now being Canadian we still have the reserve British influence in us so it did and does take us quite a while to participate but lord when we did it was great fun. The Problem was the next day for man did our legs ache, and by the way so did our belly’s from all the food.
Review of the Dragon King Chinese Restaurant
Good day one and all in Kelowna or those Driving thru Kelowna.
You will notice that a new Chinese Restaurant called the Dragon King has opened up on Harvey Ave. For those driving thru Kelowna keep going and for the people in Kelowna what ever you do take it from me use Bernard Ave so that you won’t see this restaurant. This Restaurant if in fact it could be called that has to be among the worst. Now hear me out there was 1 fair to decent, now let me see what they were. Was the service Fair to decent no I asked for a diet drink never got it that took 15 minutes. Then another 5 minutes before anyone asked for our food order. 20 minutes later the food arrives well not really arrives we first get our Spring Rolls almost hot, about 5 minutes later the Barbeque Pork fried rice Served at room temp, a minute later the Sweet and Sour Boneless pork Warmer but not hot arrives, then 4 minutes later comes our Chicken Chow mein room temp, and finally after another 5 minute wait comes our Breaded Almond Chicken room temp. Now I can not say that the food tasted bad in fact it did taste okay but only if it was next day microwaved, and seeing as I paid for none microwaved food it was a disappointment I feel it was a total rip off I pointed out that I had not received my drink and believe it or not they did not charge me for it.This was the fair and decent thing to do. Now I paid for our meal and did not leave a tip at all and this is my right I tip for good service did not have I tip for good food I did not have as a result no tip was given. Some people will say this was unfair of me but I also do not tip the subway people the KFC people or any of the other Fast food Restaurants and their food was better and the service was better. So heed my warning and do not think do not contemplate any thought of trying this Restaurant.
Next Restaurant Review will be Earl’s at the top
So here we are on the first day in Branson Mo.
Of course we have to go to The Waltzing Waters as this is a nice and easy attraction to start with.
As always very colourful but as we found out very outdated my mother inlaw for it being her first time tho found it very good.
Then it was time to look around and check out various stores in the area and pickup tickets to more shows.
And to end an exciting and exhausting first day what a Night Sky
Vacation to Branson Mo. : What a start
Branson Mo. Was a place that i have wanted to spend some time in for the shows and attractions this april and may i was able to do this and able to enjoy it with my wife and her mom .
It was a very good trip for the most part a few complaints and a few problems the biggest complaint and problem both i and my mother inlaw had was the coffee. I do not know and have never had this problem while traveling the the United States but it was next to impossible to actually get a hot cup of coffee at any of the restuarants why that was i do not know. We had cold coffee, weakass coffee, luke warm coffee, and coffee that is best never to be described let alone drank. While on vacations i have found and it is the same even if you are not on vacation that some restaurants are okay some are bad and some are so good that you want them to cook for you all the time.The Andy Williams Moon River Good to eat , Grand Country Buffet Good to eat, Plantation Restaurant Take a Pass, Billygail’s To Die for the one and only place where we got coffee that was hot, the service was great and let’s just say I hated to leave that last bite of food, The Dixie Stampede Good to eat and fun, Fuddruckers Good to eat and fun, Bob Evan’s Restuarant bad/coffee cold/waitress could care less , The Showboat Branson Belle 50/50 Coffee cold at best never got past luke warm other then that good to eat, Applebee’s Good to eat.
We went to some shows Dixie Stampede Great fun, The Amazing Pets Good, Acrobats of China Good, Hamner Barber 50/50 Barber Good then you have Hamner For the most part can do with out, Tom Mullica Tribute to Red Skelton Good, The Branson Belle Showboat Good, The Ozark Murder Mystery Show Okay, The Waltzing Waters Very outdated Good to watch once. Now the only Complaint that i had with these shows are as a tourist from another country there was way to much Patriotism for us. Now i am not saying it was bad or even horrible but as tourists we go to shows to enjoy them and when you have the amount of Patriotism that these shows had it actually made the show experience a little less enjoyable and made us as out of the country tourist uncomfortable.
Activities that we did first The Butterfly Palace Good and Fun, Zipline and yes i said it Zipline first i must inform anyone reading this that my mother inlaw turned 71 the day before we went and i do not want to ever be more then 2-3 feet of the ground ever period. We checked out Adventure Ziplines and no disrespect to them both me and the mother inlaw felt they where to how shall i say MACHO for our taste my wife said she would go down the Vigilante Extreme Ziprider if we did not find one that i and the mother inlaw would go on. So as a last chance for the 3 of us we went to the Branson Zipline & Canopy Tour and in speaking with the people there felt comfortable enough to do it. The mother inlaw for her first time doing a zipline was way better then me and when i say that i mean relaxed enough to enjoy it , i on the other hand will admit i enjoyed it when ever my feet where on solid wood or ground other then that i will only say my arms and hands could not grip the wire tight enough and if you want i work out try that for 2 and 1/2 hours, and of course my wife breezed thru this like a pro. The Talking Caverns were amazing i find all caves amazing so i am completely biasis in this respect. Now for the Last Activity we did and by the way this activity was a 7 day activity we went shopping and i mean shopping we hit malls stores and on one day in particular i had to tell the wife that i needed some none womanly shopping and left her and her mom to check out some of the stores themselves. Oh And i almost forgot 1 other thing Old time Photos the wife and i always on vacations buy photos of our selves because that is the only time we get photos we had suggested it before going on the zipline but the mother inlaw wanted no part of it but after the ziplining oh my god off we went to the Three Sisters Old Time Photo store and what a fun time it was.
Restaurant Review : The Old Train Station Pub Located at 1777 Ellis st. Kelowna
So here we go with another review now i am old school in the fact that if you are going to a new eating place go with something the the restaurant should not be able to screw up . Now based on this old school philosophy i did the following and ordered the Honey and J.D. Bacon burger, with fries of course. The waitress was good until the food came in respect to service and refilling of drinks and was very knowledegable on the menu items and what was included. Now the plate of food that was served was as appealing as any good quality restaurant, upon the first tasting that one must try it is of course the FRIES and who do you compare them to Mc Donalds always first and secondly Harvey’s these Fries Were in fact right up there with these 2 companies and as a result a highly recommend them.Now for the Burger one word THYME don’t know why but all of a sudden when you go to restaurant’s and they serve up there homw made burgers that it seems that THYME is the main and only ingredient i am sorry but even the next day i can not taste the fries any more or the burger or in fact anything except THYME , and here’s the weird thing it is only in the last while that this spice has been so potent in the burgers and it also seems to only where Angus Beef is being used now if this beef is so could then lighten up on the spice. As a result of this i must and i stress must report that the Old Train Station Pub must get a Failing grade and i can not recommend that any one wanting a burger to think of trying this place for that item. I must recommend going to Mc Donalds or Burger King before considering this restaurant for a burger
The Soapbox Wal -Mart
good day everyone
today i went to wal mart to buy a dvd new release the muppet movie
upon purchasing this dvd i was asked if i would like to purchase insurance on the dvd
before i could reply the cashier said it would protect me if there was a power surge
at this point i almost laughed and said what and then i realized i had accutally said it outloud
and do you know the cashier again stated it would protect my purchase in case of a power surge .
now i have been in the business for a long time and also because of just pure
logic and reasoning the statement made was so ludicraous as to be idoitic
the worst part is that there are people out there that will buy this insurance because they do not know any
better alot of them will be people over 50 who are not use to this technology
i feel for this pepole but i must admit i am more angry that wal mart is sponsering this b s let alone
taking money from the pepole that they say they are trying to help with having low prices
what a croc i can not wait for some one any one to start a class action suit against them or
for some newsor ombudsman to take wal mart to task i wonder how much the ceo of wal mart
gets in bonus pay from this bogus insurance
i can tell right now the cashier does not get any bonus
Art Review :
Artist David Alexander at the
Kelowna Art Gallery
This being my first review of another artist i have no idea how it will turn out but here goes.
The first thing i noticed about David’s work is unlike me he loves to do big paintings.
Because of this when you first begin to look at his art and are close to the canvas’s you do not get a good let alone great feeling for his paintings.
Once you have moved away from the paintings this is were David then reveal’s his love of landscape’s and that love David then impowers into his paintings.
Being able to entrench the viewer of the painting into tasting and breathing the specific landscape’s truly signals that David is one of the Great Artists of our time.
I would suggest to any one reading this to take the time and go to the gallery and become as entrenched in David’s paintings as i did.
Photography: The Yellow Bellied Marmots of Kekuli Bay
Photography ; The One the Only Painted Desert In Arizona
Photography: Turning Torso Malmo Sweden
This is an amazing structure to see when you consider that there is nothing over 3 stories in this town, so this sticks out easily from anywhere in the city.
The disappointing aspect of this is that Joe public can not enter but only look at it from the outside.
It would have been one of the ultimate Tourist and City Night Life Spots if they allowed the public entrance especially if the top floor was Restaurant!
This Piece will be a Wax Piece in a Green Vase with what i hope will be look and feel of Seaweed just floating along. So far at this time of 7 attempts only one has met with any success and i am not sure if that one is one i wish to show . i will be attempting several more i feel before the one that is the way i envisioned it will be ready to have pictures taken and put up for sale .