Author Archives: Ronnie Cole

I Can’t Wait For Normalcy, NEVER FORGET!

When I brought up the word “normalcy” with a dear friend the other day I was very perturbed to hear them say “I forgot what normal even is.” Well, let me be the last one to remember, whatever it takes! I’ll never forget what life used to be like before the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada was a free country. Now, it seems we’re on the verge of being a communist dictatorship. The best I can do from the safety of my alcove is inspire hope and remind people of what Canada used to be before these crazy mandates restricted our freedom.

I can’t wait to walk into a grocery store without a mask on my face. I can’t wait to go to a movie theater without proof of vaccination. I am so excited for Canada to become Canada again!

Visiting Nanaimo BC

nanaimo landscape

Keep in mind while reading this that I’m writing as someone who just visited Nanaimo BC for the first time and I’m writing for people who have never visited there but plan to in the future. First, before I talk about my experience there, I would like to answer the question “Why would anyone want to visit Nanaimo BC?”

Why Would Anyone Want to Visit Nanaimo, BC?

I have 3 very good reasons why someone like me would want to visit Nanaimo. The first two have to do with ease of travel, but I’ll start by saying that if you grew up in a landlocked province in Europe like me then it might be enough just to see the ocean. I have better reasons, though, so here we go.

  1. There is a ferry you can take directly from Vancouver to Nanaimo, which makes traveling there easy because yo can fly to Vancouver from anywhere in the world.
  2. If you decide to visit Nanaimo by taking the ferry from Seattle, that means you’ll need to land in Victoria BC first and that’s the best excuse I can think of for not just visiting Nanaimo but south Vancouver Island in general. On the highway from Victoria to Nanaimo there is so much to see that I would almost recommend this route to American tourists who have more time on their hands.
  3. Like I said earlier, Nanaimo is a great place to visit if you’re not used to being by the ocean. This is because Nanaimo is a small city right by the ocean and they have some of the most beautiful dockyards and ocean views in all of British Columbia.

Now that we’re done talking about the three reasons why going to Nanaimo may be easier than you think and how you can do it, I’m ready to talk about my own experience and why I went there recently.

Why I Visited Nanaimo, BC

The truth is often more exciting than fiction, or stranger as some say it, but not in this case for me. The boring truth is that I visited Nanaimo BC because my great aunt retired there and I hadn’t seen her in years. Our visit was magical, something I’ll never forget. The reason I’ll never forget it, however, is not because my great aunt is a fabulous host, but rather because Nanaimo was so kind to me and I met many wonderful people and shared many fabulous experiences that I didn’t expect before hopping on the ferry.

I never expected that the technician I called from Appliance Repair Nanaimo to fix my great aunt’s deep freezer would become my tour guide and show me all the best pubs in Nanaimo to check out that night. I also didn’t expect that our taxi driver would be joining us for drinks after he got off work. Nanaimo loves tourists more than most places I’ve visited in the world, and they enjoyed showing me around, I’d guess, more than I myself enjoyed being showed around. It was a great time!

One thing I discovered while there was the best recipe for Nanaimo bars I’ve ever tasted, and, you guessed it, that recipe was made by my great aunt herself, a family secret – so don’t expect me to ever repeat it! I ate so much sugar while I was with my great aunt that I still weigh myself in the bathroom every morning partly regretting it to this day (t was only a week ago).

The last thing I want to say before I let you decide for yourself whether Nanaimo is worth visiting or not, is this: If you didn’t have enough time to visit the place in 2021 then consider waiting until the summer of 2022 because summer is by far the best time of year to visit because this is when the ocean is so pretty to spend time at. There is so much to do in the surrounding area, from ATVing in the woods to sailing around the coast, I’m sure you’ll have nearly as much fun as I did 🙂

I highly recommend it…

Does avoiding sugar make you younger?

my experience with sugar

Before I get started on my anecdotal, let me give a brief disclaimer: I’m not a doctor nor an expert in sugar. I asked this question “Does avoiding sugar make you younger?” because I’ve been experimenting with alternative diets and want to explore the possibility that sugar may be worse for your health than many people think.

All my life I’ve been told to eat carbohydrates. I grew up on sugary cereals, white bread and white rice with a bit of butter and soya sauce. Or was it soy sauce? No matter. It was mostly sugar and carbs and now that I’m in my middle ages wondering why I look like an old man it’s supposedly clear that all the carbs and sugar I ate over the years impacted my health. Because I never smoked, I never did any weird drugs, but I ate mostly carbs my whole life…

But not for the past two weeks. I feel transformed. I feel like a new man, and all because I saved a little money at the grocery store. Instead of buying popcorn, noodles, and bananas like I had been doing for years (I forgot to mention the pure white bread) I bought broccoli, sausages, and cabbage. It wasn’t a big change. It even saved me money. But after a few days I began to feel ill. I Googled it and discovered the ketogenetic diet. It’s a beautiful thing.

I don’t know if I’ll ever eat a single carb again. I deleted Skip. I deleted Doordash. I cancelled Walmart. Now all I do is shop at my local organic market and eat fat. I eat lots of fat and dream of eating fat. Screw carbs. Yes, I will say, avoiding sugar does make you look younger because my neck shivers as I tell you the truth. Carbs are inflammatory but fat is life.

Don’t take my word for it. I already gave you my disclaimer at the beginning. I’m not an expert, just a writer on a high dose of ketogenesis who hasn’t consumed sugar for two weeks. I might relapse though…

Being on time – How a roofer taught me to be punctual

never be late life lesson

Many people wouldn’t hold up a roofer as a wise teacher to share life lessons, but I do. In this story you’ll learn why I think doing things on time is important and how I came about to practice this life lesson in my own life.

It all started back when I was a lazy teenager. I was never on time for anything, even the stuff I loved. I never saw the use of picking a time to do something and sticking to it. I never got any consequences for being late, not until I was a full adult. When I wasn’t a teenager any more I started noticing things going wrong whenever I was too late to act on something. I would plan a date for 8 and show up at 8:20 only to never go on a date with that person again. I would set a doctor’s appointment for noon and show up at 12:30 like its no big deal, just to see that I had to reschedule because the doctor had already visited 2 other patients.

Things like this kept happening to me even as I was in my mid twenties still living with my parents, until the oracle came to visit. This young man didn’t know it but he would change my life. He was just a roofer, albeit a roofer Victoria was blessed to have, and he was the same age as me, had a good paying job and drove a nice truck. I wondered how he could be so independent and mature not to mention successful compared to me if we were the same age. So I started to compare my behavior to his to see what I was doing wrong with my life.

He had been working on my parents’ roof for a few days when I noticed he was never late. He would wave goodbye before getting into his truck at the end of the day and say, “I’ll be back tomorrow at eight AM to finish the left side of the roof.” And then surely enough he would be hear exactly at 8 AM. I knew, because I had been up all night playing video games and was finally going to bed when he would be stomping on the roof again laying down his shingles.

One day, when it was his last day working on our roof, I decided to climb up one of his ladders and surprise him with a friendly chat. We shared a cigarette and I asked him what he did to become so successful at our young age. What he said I have never forgotten to this day and that’s why I think of him more of a wise wizard than a roofer.

He said, “I couldn’t rely on father for anything, so it was me helping ma around the house, and I was always there when she needed me. I was always on time to pick up my little brothers from school and I was always on time when I had to pay for the rent after my father left us.”

I was fascinated about this idea of always being on time. Since then, I can count with one hand all the times I’ve been late, for anything. This has been one of my strongest ways in keeping my life from disaster. I’m still not the successful man I dreamed of being but thanks to that roofer who I wish I could really thank in person again today, for we’ve never talked since, it’s safe to say I’m no longer a lazy bumb, and there’s a good chance I won’t be late again.

So thank you, man. Your words are still with me and I hope you’re doing well out there.

Eat healthy!

healthy food

Today I just want to briefly rant to you all–eat healthy! At a certain point people can’t keep blaming their health problems on bad health care when all they do is eat garbage. I got really annoyed today on social media arguing with a woman who blamed her obesity on society when there are hundreds of institutions in the world who are designed to help her yet all she does is eat trash and blame society for it. It’s crazy, literally insane.

Eating healthy, I understand, costs more than eating garbage but if you’re willing to subscribe to Netflix, have YouTube premium, have a fancy new phone and a bunch of other stuff you spend money on, then there’s no excuse for you to not spend a few extra bucks every month to eat local organic whole foods.

That’s all I want to say, and I hope this helps someone.

Sucking at life…

how to stop sucking at life

Is there such a thing as sucking at life? I think for each individual our standards are different. For me, it’s impossible to suck at life because I’m not bothered with trying to impress anyone. I just do what I enjoy and leave life simple. Other I know try so hard to be some kind of “success” and get mad at themselves if they don’t do what they planned. Most of the time it’s their own fault that they don’t get the girl or the job they planned, and so they say “I suck at life.”

But what if their goal had simply been to pay rent and smile at least once per day. In those terms, they would be very good at life. So i guess the moral of this story is to stop beating yourself up for sucking at something that is only subjective. Why not make life simple? Because you rock at life!

What I Do On My Spare Time

Hello, I’m Ronnie, and you probably don’t care but I’m gonna tell you what I do on my spare time anyways. I mostly like to play World of Warcraft and go fishing with my brother. When I’m not doing those two things I’m usually… how about I just make a list for you to read all my favorite things to do that waste time.

A List of Things I Do To Waste Time

  1. Play WoW
  2. Go fishing
  3. BBQ
  4. Scroll on Twitter and argue with lesbians
  5. Read comic books
  6. Watch Netflix
  7. Stare at the wall
  8. Eat chicken
  9. That’s about it.

As you can see my life is fairly boring. Don’t get me started on what I do when I don’t have spare time. That’ll be a whole other post which will be even more boring than this one. If you still want to know more about me go here.

Bye for now.

The Random Blog by Ronnie

ronnie blog

Welcome to Ronnie’s blog of whatever he feels like at the time. I’m Ronnie! But you can call me Ron. Or whatever you like. That’s the benefit of my blog. It’s random here. One day I might talk about fairies and another day I might talk about trucks, but I could be wrong. I plan to surprise myself just as much as my readers, as I write whatever I feel like.

Today is an introduction to what the future beholds – random!

So with all that said I hope you stick around. It’ll be an adventure.