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WARNING ~ DRINK H2O ONLY ~ JUST IN CASE ~ HA, HA!!!

A pretty good sign that you should only be drinking good old H2O in case you’re pulled over for a breathalyzer test and the cops have to resort to THIS when the breathalyzer unit isn’t working!!!

Uploaded by JustForLaughsTV on May 19, 2011

Here at Rainsoft Ottawa – Eternally Pure Water Systems, Inc. we have all the best water treatment equipment you’ll ever need for the very best tasting drinking or cooking water EVER!  ~ Just try our Rainsoft Reverse Osmosis system  – NO DANCING NECESSARY ~ WE PROMISE!!!

VIDEO ~ Rainsoft Ottawa Reverse Osmosis System_2012

Call Rainsoft Ottawa for ALL your WATER TREATMENT NEEDS.  We’ll be more than happy to answer all your questions and offer a FREE WATER TEST of you city or well water system.

Eternally Water Systems, Inc. (Rainsoft Ottawa)

613-742-0058     Mon. – Fri.    9:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m.

Web site: http://www.rainsoftofottawa.com

Link to Justforlaughs site ~
http://gags.justforlaughs.com

DANGER ~ RECYCLE YOUR UV LAMPS!

If you have been following our Rainsoft Ottawa Product description series you know that  ultraviolet (UV) light water disinfection systems are an excellent choice and much more effective than other systems in eliminating unwanted and dangerous microorganisms in your water (city or well).

For those of you who haven’t watched our videos, I am including our Rainsoft UV light water disinfection system video.

I would like to bring your attention to “Keeping Tubes Out of Our Landfills” article in the July/August 2012 issue of WATERCANADA magazine.

We know that: 1) a UV light water disinfection system is a popular choice for eliminating microorganisms, and 2) a UV light water disinfection system is a safer and more environmentally friendly system than a chemical system.

BUT…

It’s vital that you know that these UV lamps contain mercury so disposing of them in a responsible manner is extremely important. Otherwise the mercury will be released into our environment when the old or broken lamps are trashed.

Contact with mercury poses threats to human, animal and environmental health.

Please ensure you dispose of these lamps at a hazardous waste disposal site to keep everyone safe and healthy.  According to the WaterCanada article some provinces do not have a recycling programme in place and some manufactures accept the cost of having the bulbs returned to them for disposal.

If you have any questions regarding the Ultraviolet Water disinfection systems, or about UV lamp disposal please don’t hesitate to call Rainsoft Ottawa at 613-742-0058

 

SKI TO SEA 2012 RELAY RACE ~ 93 MILES ~ INCREDIBLE ENDURANCE TEST!

 

 

 

SKI TO SEA 2 PHOTOPAD

 

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY ON THE 2012 SKI TO SEA RELAY RACE

Nature Conservancy teams from Washington State and Canada engaged in friendly competition at this year’s Ski to Sea relay race based in Bellingham, WA at the end of May on the American Labour Day holiday weekend. 

This annual race, a 100-year tradition includes seven legs: Cross-country ski, Downhill ski, Run, Road bike, Two-person canoe, Mountain bike and Sea kayak. The ‘not for the faint of heart’ race will take hundreds of eight-member teams through a gruelling 93 mile journey from snow-covered slopes near Mt. Baker to Puget Sound.
The legendary Ski to Sea Relay Race ~ the origins of the Ski to Sea Race date back to the original endurance race, the Mt Baker Marathon, first held in 1911.

Next year I’ll try to blog the event in time for us to support The Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts.

YouTube video, “Sea to Ski 2012″ ~ Race information

~ CANADA VERSUS USA ~

‘When Conservation meets Competition’   Video HUMOUROUS QUIPS from the Washington program’s ‘Team Rotten’ video ~
“Canada’s going DOWN“
“Hey are you worried about the Canadians ~ all they do is eat poutine and play hockey”
“You can either be inside watching the Canucks lose or be out here training for Sea to Ski”
AND ‘back-at-chas’ from the Canadian program’s ‘The Average Joes’~
“Well we do live in the great white outdoors”
“We have to ski to pick up our groceries and fetch the mail”
“Bring it on Washington!” (as the guy gears up in cross-country ski equipment and leaves for work)
“C’est fantastique! – I think it’s great that our Americans are dragging themselves off the couch to struggle through this race ~ Bon Chance” ) translated

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S WINNING TEAM ~  

Ski to Sea web page ‘Results’ comment ~ “May 29th- Race officials have been working since race ended Sunday on correcting times.  There was a timing machine malfunction.  Our apologies to all the racers.  Results are still UNOFFICIAL.”

I guess I’ll have to check the Ski to Sea web site periodically to see the result of our Canadian teams.

Links ~ nature.org/washington

http://www.youtube.com/user/thelegendaryskitosea?feature=results_main

http://www.facebook.com/skitosea

HOVER CAR ~ CHINA ~ NO WAY! ~ YES, WAY! ~ AWESOME!

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE ULTIMATE in the ‘MOST AMAZING THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN’ CATEGORY!!!

Volkswagen gathers ideas from the people of China to help innovate future cars. We took one girl’s idea for a hover car and made it into reality ~ uploaded May 7, 2012 by

Click link below and choose the FIRST OPTION on this web site for a short video with background info of the life of a young Chinese girl, Wang Jia, living in Chengdu, China and her dream come true.
http://www.zaoche.cn

THIS IS ONE VIDEO,Volkswagen’s The People’s Car Project: Hover Car, Part 2″  YOU WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE “FULL SCREEN”

Volkswagen takes ideas from the people of China to innovate future cars. We secretly took one girl’s idea for a hover car and made it into reality. Watch how Volkswagen – with the help of her friends and family – reveals the surprise to Wang Jia in the following YouTube video ~ “Volkswagen’s The People’s Car Project: Hover Car, Part 2″

I don’t know how any of our viewers feel about this car, but I KNOW that I DEFINITELY WANT ONE!!! 

Ottawa had better have the prerequisite underground minerals to enable me to ‘fly’ around this wonderful city of ours ~ no more traffic gridlocks ~ YAHOO!!!

Let us know what you think.

WIN 5 FABULOUS ‘DREAM GETAWAY’ PRIZES!!!

Ontario’s Highlands boast some of the most scenic rivers, lakes and forests in the province of Ontario. It’s all so close, and yet so far away from it all. Ontario’s Highlands is nestled in an area 30 minutes west of Ottawa and just 2.5 hours traveling from town to town along our scenic roadways from Toronto. Many people visit us to relax and enjoy our down to earth hospitality, while others seek the outdoor adventure of their choosing.

“FAB 5 OF SUMMER SWEEPSTAKES”

1 OF 5 DREAM GETAWAYS THIS SUMMER.

SWEEPSTAKES CLOSING DATE  ~ deadline for entering the Sweepstakes is Saturday, June 30th, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.

GETAWAY ONE ~ THE ADRENALINE SEEKER

 

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at RiverRun Rafting and Wilderness Resort; full day of High Adventure Rafting; passes for the Mustang Experience at Calabogie Motorsports Park; 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner and 1 lunch at the resort; dinner for two at Calabogie Peaks Resort AND MORE!

GETAWAY TWO ~ SCENES OF ART & NATURE

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Heather Lodge; full day “A Natural Work of Art” guided tour presented by Yours Outdoors, including a hands-on pottery work shop; day passes to Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve, including passes to the Wolf Centre and a Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour; 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the lodge; lunch provided by Gravity Coffee House during the art tour; dinner for two at Sir Sam’s Inn AND MORE!

GETAWAY THREE ~ CULTURALLY CONNECTED

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Code’s Mill Inn and Spa in Perth; tickets to a show at Classic Theatre Festival; tickets for a Rideau Canal Boat Tour; “Fun in the Falls” museum passport; breakfasts at the Inn; dinner for at The Stone Cellar; dinner at Fiddleheads Bar and Grill AND MORE!

GETAWAY FOUR ~ WELLNESS & WILDERNESS

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Marmora Inn, including access to their heated pool and sauna; full day wellness retreat at Grail Springs Wellness Retreat and Health Spa, including yoga, spa treatment, guided hike and access to meditation gardens; treatments for two at the Evergreen Acres Holistic Wellness Centre; 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the Inn.

GETAWAY FIVE ~ LEISURE ON THE LAKE

Quick Breakdown ~ 3 night stay including meals at Land O’ Lake Lodge; Friends of Bon Echo Park interpretive boat tour of Mazinaw Lake; Full day 21’ Vectra Pontoon Boat rental from Smart’s Marina.

CLICK LINK BELOW TO ENTER CONTEST ~

http://www.ontarioshighlands.ca/win/

We wish all entrants the  best of luck and

“HAPPY DREAM GETAWAY”

to the winner!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA! BONNE FETE CANADA! ~ SPECTACULAR VIDEOS!!!

 

HAPPY  BIRTHDAY  CANADA!!!
BONNE  FETE  CANADA!!!
145 YEARS OLD!!!

… with glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free…”

  On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day.
The provinces and territories of Canada combine to make up the world’s second-largest country by area. There are ten provinces and three territories:  Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. The three territories are Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.

   FIRST:

Let’s celebrate our country’s birthday by watching three superb, entertaining and educational videos. Canada is an incredibly diverse land: geographically and culturally
from “sea to shining sea”.

The following is a spectacular example of how music enhances photography.  This video is accompanied by Il Divo and Celine Dion’s , “I Believe”.  To fully appreciate Canada’s incredible beauty, watch the three videos in ‘FULL SCREEN’ MODE.

For all of our friends around the world the following YouTube video, “Tom Brokow Explains Canada to Americans”, is a great introduction to Canada ~ and I must admit that, although I have lived in Canada all my life, I LEARNED A GREAT DEAL BY WATCHING THIS VIDEO AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE!

~ Uploaded by on 27 Feb 2010 ~ Tom Brokaw explains the relationship between Canada and The United States, in a pre-recorded short film that aired on NBC, prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

AND LAST, BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST ~ this special video, “CANADA REGIONS – CANADIAN PERSPECTIVES CLASS”, has slides, videos and TEXT DESCRIPTIONS of the photographs ~ Beautiful video expressing Canada values and attitudes. What a majestic landscape and incredible people ~  the second largest country on earth.

       SECOND: 

Now that you’re incredibly ‘PUMPED’ about this GREAT COUNTRY of ours ~ get out with family, friends and neighbours to participate in all the ‘Canada Day’ activities that are offered in your communities – fellow Ottawans see the link at end of blog for what our city has to offer. 

Your friends at Rainsoft Ottawa are very proud, thankful and blessed to be living in this spectacular country of ours ~ CANADA!


Link to Canada Day 2012 Events ~

http://www.ottawakiosk.com/canada_day.html



Link to history of Canada’s Provinces and Territories ~

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_and_territories_of_Canada

I hope you enjoyed my tribute to Canada and that you will store this blog in you ‘Favorites’ folder for encore viewing.

           HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!

“LET’S GET TANKED”, NYC’s WATER TANK PROJECT UPDATE WITH NEW VIDEO

 ~ ENJOY THIS SUPER VIDEO AND MUSIC ~  

Please visit my 3 previous blogs on New York City’s Water Tanks for plenty of background information and lots of photographs:
1) New York City‘s Water System  –  How Bizarre! –  April 3, 2012,  2)  New York City’s Water Tank Construction  –  Apr. 4, 2012 and 3) Word Above the Street’s, “The Water Tank Project – Apr. 5/12

Water Tank Project updates ~  

1)  The project is to last for twelve weeks during Summer 2013, and
2)   That the art work will be created off-site – artists participating in TWTP will donate original works of art, which will then be scanned and printed on vinyl material that will be installed on carefully selected tanks. These artist designed tanks will spark a global dialogue about the future of one of our most precious and endangered resources: WATER.

Video link ~

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/734752095/the-water-tank-project?play=1&ref=users

Here’s the latest artistic addition to the Manhattan skyline – with thanks to Architizer.com blog, June 5, 2012: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/42914/reclaiming-the-water-tower-as-public-art/

Photo: Robert Banat

…”The latest in the trend is artist Tom Fruin‘s imaginatively transparent and colorful “Watertower” project, which he recently installed on a DUMBO rooftop. The piece, which opens this Thursday, June 7, maintains the proportions and size of a typical water tank, but has been rendered a glass tapestry of salvaged materials. Visible from Lower Manhattan, the sculpture is a De-Stijlesque jigsaw of upwards 1,000 polychromatic fragments of discarded and recycled Plexiglas Fruin collected from building sites all over the city. During the day, the sun sets the water tower ablaze, while at night, projection designer Jeff Sugg will illuminate the structure with a light show boogie woogie planned to play every nightfall throughout the year”

Mary Jordan
Founder/Creative Director, Word Above the Street

 PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ~ this is a mammoth and most worthwhile undertaking of Mary Jordan and Word Above the Street to raise global awareness about the future of one of our most precious and endangered resources: WATER.

NUDIBRANCHS UPDATE ~ INCREDIBLE FACTS AND VIDEOS

Since I first posted “NUDIBRANCHS – SAY WHAT?”,  May 14, 2012), I’ve found the time to delve further into these fascinating and exotic ocean creatures.  You will be thrilled and amazed with the facts shared on these YouTube videos and the awesome video footage from around the world (Indonesia, Philippines, Bali)

First a few very interesting facts:

Nudibranch ~ means “naked gills”
Nudibranchs ~ are sea slugs
~ are beautifully colored tiny vessels of danger
~ store toxins/stinging cells they steal from their prey
~ more than 3,000 species
~ range in length from 1/4 inch to over 1 foot
~ are hermaphrodites (meaning they have both male and female sex organs)
~ are found in oceans from Antarctica to the tropics

I won’t overload you with information, for as they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

“Nudibranchs”, by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Adventures ~uploaded by on Dec 5, 2008 ~ “They might be tiny, but nudibranchs can pack a poisonous punch. Learn more about these extraordinary creatures”.

 

This next video is amazing ~ the music, “The Tahiti Trot” is very artistically adapted to the bizarre antics of the nudibranchs  ~ an award winner in my opinion!!!

Colorful nudibranchs in Lembeh Indonesia” ~ uploaded by  Delveroudis on Jul 5, 2010 ~ “… But they are the most colorful creatures on Earth and their body patterns exceed the imagination of the best designers on the planet.”

“Nudebranches of Amed – Bali Reef Divers – Dive Bali” ~ uploaded by on Nov 9, 2010 ~ courtesy of Hero Productions ~ “These nudibranches were seen around Amed and Tulamben this season… wide variety of nudibranchs species around here… Night dives at Jemeluk are also a great opportunity to see these creatures!”

http://www.balireefdivers.com

T.G.I.F. ~ ANOTHER SUPERB INSPIRATIONAL MOVIE

DANCE IN THE RAIN

Sit back, relax and turn up your speakers for this inspirational movie by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher from Simple Truths, “Learning to Dance in the Rain”. The words, the photographs and the music are beautiful!  Enjoy!

Learning to Dance in the Rain by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher can change your attitude about facing adversity. It’s not the adversity, but how we react to it that determines the joy and happiness in our lives. Learning to Dance in the Rain shows us that while we all face challenges, embracing the power of gratitude can change your life forever. During tough times, do we spend too much time feeling sorry for ourselves, or can we, with gratitude…learn how to dance in the rain?

“Learning to Dance in the Rain.”
“Life is not about waiting
for the storm to pass…
It’s about learning to
dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene


It almost sounds too simple to feel important, but understanding the power of gratitude can change your life forever. Sarah Breathnach said it best… “When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…we experience heaven on earth.”

VIDEO LINK, “LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN” BELOW ~

We all face adversity in life, it’s how you react to it that determines your joy in life. An inspiring book to guide you through life’s rough patches…Truly understanding the power of gratitude can change your life forever.

We encourage you to visit Simple Truths web site for many more inspirational books and videos.  I recently purchased 2 books for my family – books arrived in just a few days and were extremely well packaged. Included with the purchase were videos and lovely gift cards decorated with coordinating graphics.

Another inspiring video to share with your families, friends and co-workers.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

OMG!!! GREAT WHITE SHARK VERSUS SEA KAYAKER

Before we get to the “OMG” video of this blog I thought I’d share  some amazing background information, featured on the Discovery Chanel video uploaded to YouTube, on the great white shark –  length, weight, speed of travel, nature, favorite foods -“triple hot fudge ice-cream sundae with 3 cherries on top” (SAY WHAT??  I’m sure glad to hear that I taste like a lima bean!

The following is a YouTube video ‘Great White Shark’, uploaded by on Aug 30, 2007 – great white sharks leap out of the water in pursuit of their favorite food.

Breaching (fish and mammals jumping out of the water)

Cape Town, South Africa, “Great White Shark Jumping”.  A shark attacks a seal at Seal Island  – airborne shark jumps out off water 12′ – another YouTube video uploaded by on Sep 22, 2007.

In the past I’ve posted a few blogs concerning: The Great Barrier Reef; and Our Coral Reefs are in Crisis.  I have just learned about the very important role that great white sharks play in the life of the coral reefs.

Having received permission of the Coral Reef Alliance, I would like to share excerpts of their article, “CORAL Campaigns to Protect Sharks” (link provided at end of blog) with you:

Sharks are commonly misunderstood and widely feared. These remarkable animals, however, are incredibly important for overall ocean health and, in particular, for coral reefs.

Sharks are often “apex” or top predators, helping to regulate species abundance and diversity while maintaining balance throughout an ecosystem. Studies have shown that coral reef ecosystems with high numbers of apex predators tend to have greater biodiversity and higher densities of individual species.

The loss of apex predators in a reef ecosystem upsets the natural food web and changes the composition of the reef community, eventually leading to the decline of critical reef species like herbivorous fish. With fewer herbivores, algae can become overgrown, suffocating the reef and reducing the number of available niches for fish species. In addition to being important for overall ecosystem health, sharks are also valuable to the tourism industry and to the economic health of coral reef destinations.

Despite their ecologic and economic value, shark populations are declining at an alarming rate. Roughly thirty percent of shark species are threatened or nearly threatened with extinction, and the status of another roughly fifty percent is unclear due to insufficient data.

NOW WHAT YOU’VE WAITED FOR – THE “OMG’ PORTION of this blog - click on link below photo

“A fishing trip off the coast of Australia takes a frightening turn when a great white shark starts harassing a sea kayaker” Discovery Channel “Outdoor Thrills” – Untamed and uncut.

http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/outdoor-thrill-videos/

Link to the Coral Reef Alliance (a most worthy cause!) web site -

http://www.coral.org/sharks