I got to visit and drink a beer on the HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341).

Class and type:
Halifax-class frigate

Displacement:
3,995 tonnes (light)
4,795 tonnes (operational)
5,032 tonnes (deep load)

Length:
134.2 m

Beam:
16.5 m

Draught:
7.1 m

Propulsion:
2 ×
LM2500 Gas turbines
1 ×
SEMT Pielstick Diesel engine

Speed:
30
knots (56 km/h)

Range:
9,500 nautical miles (17,595 km)

Complement:
225 (including air detachment)

Armament:
24 ×
Honeywell Mk 46 torpedoes
16 × Evolved Sea-Sparrow SAM
8 × RGM-84 Harpoon SSM
1 × 57 mm Bofors Mk2 gun
1 ×
20 mm Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
6 × .50 Caliber machine guns

Aircraft carried:
1 ×
CH-124 Sea King

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Kubus armored car, the most badass improvised APC of all time.

The whole thing was based on a Chevy truck platform, and was churned out in only 13 days in the back of an auto-repair shop in Warsaw. For reference, modern mechanics take 13 days to replace a headlight, and that’s not counting the week spent waiting for the spring-clips to arrive from Korea.

There was no design or testing stage here, no written plan or blueprint: The manufacturer, Cyprian Odorkiewicz just threw it all together and then drove it out the front door, straight into the Warsaw Uprising. It was armed with a Russian machinegun up top, and armoured slots all around, from which the dozen Poles inside could fire their guns, tank-killing flame-throwers, depending on their ingenuity, resources, and how little of a fuck they wanted to give that day.

  • Main function of “Kubus” was take 8 to 12 soldiers to the Warsaw University complex, where it was to protect them during the attack on the bunker near the gate. In case of a failure, it was to evacuate them and retreat.
  • “Kubus” offered complete protection against small arms, rifle and machine gun fire, because of its sloped armor.
  • Hand grenades were not dangerous to “Kubus”, while on the move because of the sloped armor.
  • The main dangers to “Kubus” were enemy armor vehicles and anti-tank weapons.

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Superfriends 4 party.

We all left to the party around 2AM, just after the event @Glo.  A whole tonne of kids raving in the forest, it was all very old-school and really fun.  I played from 5AM till about 7AM, had a really great time.

 

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Poor raver.

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“My fancy new scarf gives a new spin to my week and 3/4 old, dirty as sin, attire.”

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Who’s the BIG BIRTHDAY BOY????????????

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My furry friend turned 3 yesterday.  We had music, cat-snacking, dancing, and I made him a little perch so he could growl at the birdies all afternoon.  Even the day after he still has a huge happy grin on his face.

Hooooly, my late dinner turned out perfect.

Picked up half a fancy/organic/hippy chicken from The Market on Yates, marinated her in some paprika/chilies/nutmeg/sea salt and pepper then set her on broil for a very patient 45 minutes.  Picked up three of the biggest white mushrooms I could find, cored, then filled them with some fancy Californian risotto, a dash of parmesan, then topped them off with more paprika.

As always, no recipe was followed and the whole meal turned out rather fancy.  The bird turned out super juicy (suuuuuuper juicy) and the mushrooms almost had a crispness to them, lots of flavors, yay.

(plus I have a great lunch for tomorrow).

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I really need to stop going to coffee shops, every time I enter a Starbucks or any other coffee shop for that matter I feel more and more like a shmuck.

“One of the most overrated companies in the history of mankind. Talk about ripping people off. Whoops did I say people I meant suckers”

“Yes but brilliant if you ask me. Sell folks a $.20 cup of coffee for $2.50 and make them look sophisticated. Then take a cup of coffee, toss in some ice, a few squirts of syrup, give it a fancy name to make the costumer sound smart as you charge them $5.00. I wish I thought of that. That guy is laughing all the way to the bank.

Take Chi-tea. Chi is Chinese for tea so you’re really asking for tea-tea but Chi-tea sounds more uppity. Great marketing ploy”

 

Starbucks are planning another price increase for their drinks and these are some of the comments (among many others) I read on their website.

There must be a better way, perhaps it’s time to stop.

 

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