Tuesday, October 25, 2005


A month or so ago, our Premier, Ralph Klein (or as some call him, King Ralph) told the province that "every man, women and child" will be getting at least $400 from the government due to the oil revenue surplus. Well I am one to go on record that it is a good idea. When George "W" Bush gave all American a dividend check, it benefited the local economy. This to will do the same...Just think about it. There is probably only 6% of this province that know how to invest money. The rest of us will look that this winfall as a chance to pay off bills or stick away in a bank account for a rainy day. BUT at the end of the day it most of that money given to us by our generous government will eventually end up back in the provincial government's hands.

ONE thing that you must remember to do is make sure that your taxes have been file as of 2004. This is the way that the Provincial government will determine how many people are eligible for this generous gift and also, I think, that it is another way to get people who do not file for taxes, to do so. Just think about it, if someone has a family of 4 they are entitled to $1600. If the breadwinner has not done his(or her) taxes, they will get squat. Another side to this is that you have to have your kids registered for the Child Tax Benefit program in order to get the money entitled to them. If they are not registered they nothing will come your way.


Sorry for the lateness of this entry. Still trying to get use to the whole blogging thing. Blogging takes time and sometimes I do not have the time to do so, but will make a more concerted effort to keep all that pass this blog site informed.

Spent Thanksgiving with my dad and mom in Kamloops. What a great visit as always. For a spin on things, my wife and I invited her parents (and little sister) along for the trip. A good time was had by all (pictures will follow, I promise) especially Rose's little sister Kendra. It was kind of funny to see her and her first crush on a boy. Also it was interesting to discover that I am now the youngest child out of my dad's side of the family (I met my oldest step-brother during the trip). The one comment about the trip that I must confess was brought up by my wife. It seems that I was keeping to myself for some of the trip, playing with the kids (I missed an opportunity to go for a drive to Merritt) and watching a bit of TV. I guess that I am still not sure how to act around my dad. See I have not seen him for many years and do not know how to act around him. I guess (I hope) over time that this will dissipate.

Monday, October 03, 2005


Surfing can be so much fun. I ran across this awsome article at www.lds.org . It is the Presidency's message about parenting and if read, will help create a roadmap for parents asking questions and parents that are currently raising children.

Here is a little of that message:

In my opinion, the teaching, rearing, and training of children requires
more intelligence, intuitive understanding, humility, strength, wisdom,
spirituality, perseverance, and hard work than any other challenge we might have
in life. This is especially so when moral foundations of honor and decency are
eroding around us. For us to have successful homes, values must be taught, and
there must be rules, there must be standards, there must be absolutes. Many
societies give parents very little support in teaching and honoring moral
values. A number of cultures are becoming essentially valueless, and many of the
younger people in those societies are becoming moral cynics.

There is hope for us all.