The Calm after the Storm – Video: The Piano Guys – The Cello Song

The QuipperyThe Hail Storm

Southern Alberta (hailstorm alley) experienced a severe hail/rain storm Saturday night. According to news reports, 48.7 millimetres (1.8 inches) of rain fell between 7 and 8 p.m. Some parts of Calgary saw hailstones the size of tennis balls that fell at speeds of 80 to 100 km/h. They punctured house siding and broke windows; pockmarked car bodies and caved in windshields.

We were fortunate this time. We got the rain but the hail was small and didn’t do much more than put holes in the rhubarb leaves. We haven’t always been so lucky, as you can see here, here, here, and here. (We are so glad our house still has 40 year old cedar siding – a blob of paint quickly covers the gouges a hail stone can make…)

The Covid-19 Storm

Alberta is lifting restrictions. At our house, family and repair people have been coming and going. We’ve personally relaxed some of the more diligent social distancing and mask rules – but our visitors are certainly welcome to distance and mask in whatever way they feel comfortable.

‘Autonomous Zone’ Storm

I’ve declared our home and yard to be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ – free from the  authority structure in which we are embedded. I’m working on my manifesto, but rest assured it will grant equality to everyone, including pirates.

I was inspired to make this declaration as a result of the occupation in Seattle by Antifa and Black Lives Matter.  They call their zone the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone – CHAZ.

The biggest difference between their zone and mine, however, is that I’m not displacing any people and businesses. That seems too much like colonialism.

CHAZ is doing a few other things that seem similar to the actions that are frequent targets of other protesters:

–  CHAZ put up barricades and walls – an act very similar to the contentious construction of walls between Mexico and the United States.
– CHAZ posted armed security guards around their perimeter (courtesy a self-appointed police force led by a rapper named Raz Simone) – an act in direct contrast to demands for greater gun control.
– CHAZ required residents who live within the boundaries to show ID to prove they “belong” there – an act very similar to segregation
–  CHAZ assaulted a street preacher (who was apparently saying things that upset people) – they supposedly pinned the man to the ground. This seems very similar to the police brutality that they oppose.
– CHAZ welcomed the homeless into their land (and discovered that the homeless took all their food) – well that is just too funny to even comment on.

Other than those items, and maybe some things I don’t know about, I’m in full agreement about freedom from the authority structure (Canadian Liberalism) that I am embedded in…

After the Storm Music – Hello Cello

It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
– Johann Sebastian Bach –

Speaking of which, just imagine what went into taking 8 cello tracks and turning them into one song!

The Cello Song is based on one of the most recognizable classical pieces ever written, J.S. Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude… Steven Sharp Nelson decided that this piece needed some accompaniment… Adding some original material and 7 more cello parts stacked on top of each other…
The Piano Guys

What positive things are starting to happen in your part of the world?

11 comments

  1. Glad to hear you came through the storm unharmed. This has been a crazy year for weather across Canada. We went from snow and freezing temps in May to high heat and humidity a month later; we’ve had the air conditioner on, followed by a flip back to the furnace at night. At least the restrictions (re: COVID 19) are easing up here in Southern Ontario (more so where we are – outside the GTA) so I’ve been able to have my granddaughter here for a sleepover and more stores and services are opening up. It will be awhile before I feel confident about going out for dinner or heading to busier areas, but at least some semblance of normalcy has returned. Stay safe.

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    • Yes, crazy weather. It is still cool here – more like mid May than mid June!
      Hard to say what it means to ‘Stay Safe’ anymore. The rules are different in every area (as they should be) but so many cities have thrown the rules right out the window because people wanted to protest. When our Prime Minister can’t even follow the rules he tells everyone else to follow… let’s just say I am more disappointed with our federal government than I have ever been.

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      • We have the same problem with the Premier of Ontario – he says ‘Don’t go to your cottage’, then goes to his; tells people to stay away from family members, then allows his daughters to visit on Mother’s Day. Its discouraging (especially when ‘regular’ citizens are getting fines of up to $1000 for breaking the rules!) We’re not so impacted out here in the rural district but I have friends in the GTA who say things are still really frightening! I’m sticking close to home!

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  2. The hail photos were amazing Margy. I like how you compared them to golf balls in the picture and the picture of ice coating your property and damaged flowers was amazing to see. At least you maintained a sense of humor about the deer meals going forward. Mother Nature has been fractious everywhere it seems. We were supposed to get severe weather last Wednesday (torrential rain, hail, 70 mph (113 kph) winds and a possible tornado). We just had the high winds, but I had a lot of angst worrying all day.

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    • That would have been a horrendous storm, Linda!
      Hail is such a given where we live, that we just make sure that all the vehicles are in the garage when a storm is in the forecast. Not much else we can do but enjoy the yard when it looks good, and marvel at how it bounces back when it gets pelted!

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      • I’ve seen hail here but not that size Margy Thankfully I have a garage and we get those warnings too that we should put the car in the garage or a carport. I one time left the house in sunshine to drive two miles to the allergist for my shots. It was just a drop-in appointment and no chance of rain, etc. was predicted. The sky was not dark when I left, but in ten minutes tops, hail just started coming down hard. It was maybe dime-sized hail and it dented the roof of my car and hood/trunk. It was not enough to have it bumped out, but noticeable, especially on a sunny day. Storms scare me now Margy … the Derecho was bad and we have very erratic weather the last 7-8 years. Right now we have 30-degree ranges from one day to the next … that’s really strange.

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