Wednesday, July 31, 2013

FLASH BACK at the Emergency Department at the hospital



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FLASH BACK at the Emergency Department at the hospital

We all know the idea that when you come close to death – that some say their whole life passes in front of them… right?  Well there is a second part of that thought as well.  It can happen to other people outside of the person that encounters a close call with death.  There is a secondary level that takes place – and I am about to tell you about that one.

Flash!

Yesterday I was sitting in the waiting area of the Emergency Department of our Hospital. My wife was sitting beside me.  That is when the first Flash happened.

I was 19 and had just completed High School. I had been working and not yet enrolled in any further studies.  The money had been good over the summer and I was now enjoying the fruits of the first level of my completed studies and looking at the next.  I was on a road trip on my own – real freedom. With money to burn, a new small car(new to me) that hardly burned any gas at all… the 1957 VW was all mine and so was the world around me.

I had driven from Regina, Saskatchewan to Calgary, Alberta then on to Banff.  From Banff I had wandered back to High River, Alberta where my Aunt and Uncle Sigglekow lived.  My Grandma Lincoln was staying with my Aunt… along with all my Sigglekow cousins.  We had fun together.

At this point it was getting closer to Christmas 1963 and I had told my parents that I would be home for Christmas.  My Grandma Lincoln was kind of thinking about going with me back to Regina. After going back and forth she decided that she wanted to be with Sigglekow’s that year… and she didn’t climb aboard my VW Bug when I left.

I headed into Calgary before starting the 10 hour drive back to the east. After spending a whole evening as free as a bird I headed out on the Trans Canada Highway – back to Regina.  It was already late but there was no one to tell me I couldn’t go when I wanted to – I WAS TOTALLY FREE!

It was December 21, about midnight when I drove through Swift Current, Sask.  After eating another burger I headed east again.

There is a series of small towns all along the Highway.  I passed by Herbert, Sask heading toward Morse.

It was very cold outside and the notorious little VW had a very bad heating system… and defrosting system.  At Minus 28 C with the cold winds ripping across the Highway the front window fogged up a lot.  Using a scrapper and an old rag I was able to keep the front window clear of the creeping frost forming because of my breathing in that little machine.

What happened next is not totally clear even after 50 years. The memory was wiped clean in the next few minutes… only distinct bits and pieces still exist… while these bits and pieces include the horrific roar… the flash of light… the pain and then nothing… and then my reaching up to turn off the silent car’s ignition and putting the keys in my pocket… then nothing… not even the cold that must have been biting at my exposed skin… I don’t remember anything that happened in the accident.

My memory started to come back as I stood in the middle of the busy Highway. Two men were pulling on my arms to get me off the Highway. I am assuming at this point when both semitrailer driver saw me wandering on the road, my face covered in blood… that they could have easily run over me… but I don’t remember how I came to be walking down the Highway…

They both were questioning me at the same time.  “Was anyone with you in the car?” etc.  They told me that I must have been in an accident… I didn’t know… One of the drivers had a flashlight that he pointed out into the field about 150 feet away… and there was my pride and joy, the maroon VW sitting half buried in the snow… obviously not driveable.

“What happened?” one driver asked.  I couldn’t remember right then… it was slowly coming back to me… my grandma was possibly coming with me… High River… a loud roar… the flash of light… an accident?

I think I had reached for something that was under my seat… and as I did I drove closer to the shoulder of the road.  I can remember hearing the sound of gravel under the wheels… then my driving toward the shoulder and further into the ditch… then the roar…

At that spot, out of all the 550 miles of Trans Canada Highway between Calgary and Regina was the only place that there were huge boulders half as big as the VW… and as my little car scrapped over the first rocks at 60 miles per hour (100 Km/Hour) – it flew about two hundred feet before catching its nose then beginning its end over end roll missing the ground by I don’t know how much… landing on the back end hard and then falling forward on to the four wheels.

In 1963 we never used seat belts yet.  My body flew around inside of the VW with each bang and crash… likely a rag doll. The right side and back of my head went through the side window of the back seat(behind the driver’s seat). The driver’s seat was broken off and there was a gigantic hole in the floor under the battery which was located under the back seat.

The blood all over me was coming from the many cuts from the front of my forehead, on the side, and around to the back of my head… and the cuts were full of glass.

Flash…

One of the semitrailer drivers took me into Herbert to the small hospital… where I was checked out and checked in… where I slept all night.  When I called my Mom and Dad early I found that Mom had not slept all night. She knew something was wrong. She had immediately answered the phone.

“I’m alright” I assured her… “Can you come and get me?  My car is not going to drive and I cannot drive… I had an accident…”

Mom and Dad were there in about two hours after driving the long highway. Dad’s friend brought his tow truck – and my little smashed up VW followed us back to Regina.

Back at that time I knew nothing about concussion… nor did my parents… so I just went to sleep for the full two hours home.  Again I don’t remember much…

Flash forward – now in Emergency of the Peterborough Hospital…

My grandson Clifford had called his Mom from his accident scene… asking her to call Trent University Pool where he works.  “Tell them I won’t be able to work my next shift… I had an accident.”

Needless to say our daughter Dana called to tell us that we needed to come right away.  That is how we ended up in Emerge with our grandson laying in a bed being checked out by the medical staff.

What Happened!?

Clifford pulled up to a four way Stop. Stopped and looked to his left and saw a truck coming across the bridge quite away from where he was.  Then he looked to his right and saw another car stopping at his Stop sign… the other driver waved at Clifford to proceed first… to which Clifford did.  The next thing Clifford saw out his left side window was the grill of the truck about to smash into his car.

The truck had run through the Stop sign at quite a speed. The trailer of uncut logs he was pulling didn’t have the brakes attached – or as the police officer told Clifford, “they were cut…” The rapidly rolling truck likely couldn’t stop even if the driver tried.

The police officer told Clifford that they had been checking for poor conditioned trucks at the south end of the city… and he radioed the Transportation safety guys to get up to this accident now to see what had taken place.

Clifford could have been killed.  The police officer told him that if he was a cat he had just used up one of his nine lives.

My grandson is the same age as I was… 50 years ago.

The more I thought about what happened to Clifford… the more the Flash back came to me…

God protected me in 1963… and there was a great purpose and life ahead of me…

In 2013, God has done the same for one very special guy in my life… and I know there is a special life ahead for my grandson…

We are filled with nothing but awe today.

BTW… Clifford was trapped in his car and had to be cut out with “the jaws of life” by the firemen.  He had no cuts or broken bones. He is way passed the work “sore”… and his whole body was covered in the glass from the side windows being smashed.

God was there yesterday… thank you God for a miracle!

Here are some accident scene photos that we will not soon forget!!!
Cutting the car open...
Clifford at the wheel...
Carefully on to the stretcher...
 
Off to the hospital
 
~ Murray Lincoln ~


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

GMAIL – Whiz. Bing. Bang. WOW!



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GMAIL – Whiz.  Bing.  Bang. WOW!

All of a sudden everything went quiet in my “email world”. I was receiving less than three per day and then nothing…!?  What in the world happened?  Has everyone gone on holidays or what?

My primary email is GMAIL.  I stopped using the local, server provided email when travel became part of my life again. When I traveled out of the province and/or country using a local, server connected email it was difficult a few years back.(It may have changed now…)

But GMAIL has offered the best and smoothest way to use email.  With minor changes being made now and again it was still very stable and very clean – compared to other email providers. I had tried three of the most popular email programs but always found difficulties using the programs – often times they were easily hacked into.

Why no emails?  GMAIL has changed… oh boy!

GMAIL now has Tabs or Files that hold my different kinds of email. And now GMAIL makes a decision as to where to put the emails that I get – before I open the program!  Wahoo!

Up to now they have been graciously separating the SPAM emails from the ones that I want.  Now they separate out Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums – all into the different categories.  Bingo – it is done.

What an amazing addition to the working of email!  Brilliant!  Thank you GMAIL!

But whoa!  All the quiet time wasn’t so quiet.  There were about 250 emails to sort through in all the different categories.

With the “select all” feature added to the “delete” – bingo – they are all gone quickly and without any fuss!

GMAIL Folks – thank you!

~ Murray Lincoln ~


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Sunday, July 28, 2013

“I’m a little tea pot short and stout... "



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“I’m a little tea pot short and stout... "

There is an old song that we sang when I was young… and then I taught it to me kids… and I am not sure I dare teach it to my Grandkids now… they will think I am absolutely nuts!

Here are the words…to “I’m a little Tea Pot”


I'm a little teapot
Short and stouts
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up
I just shout
Tip me over and pour me out

I'm a very special pot 
It's true
Here's an example of what I can do
I can turn my handle into a spout
Tip me over and pour me out

I'm a little teapot
Short and stouts
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up
I just shout
Tip me over and pour me out

I'm a very special pot 
It's true
Here's an example of what I can do
I can turn my handle into a spout
Tip me over and pour me out

 

Why post this today…?

Well my life is a wee bit like the Tea Pot… lots of fire under it, lots of things coming at it, heat is rising and the water is getting hot… and I need to be doing something with what is inside of me!!!

In my case it is partly because I live way too close to the edge most of the time. The ‘water’ in me is never cold but always hot…and the least bit of outside pressure makes me sing – or blow steam off!

It is one of the reason that the Blog has missed my daily posting. Stuff happens to change the routine. Stuff comes along that was not expected and kind of causes the fire to be turned up under my kettle… and look out world I am whistling and boiling.

In the Tea Pot’s case hot is good. In my case it isn’t always good. YIKES!!!

Today is Demo Day where I will meet dozens of people from everywhere – at Lang Pioneer Village.

Oh Boy!  Tip me over and pour me out….

~ Murray Lincoln ~


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

You know it is Hot When - - -



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You know it is Hot When - - -

In Ontario, Canada our weather shifts from cold to Hot, Hotter and Hottest… then a few days back to cool again. We have change.

I received an email the other day that sums up our Hot Weather, where we look like and feel like a tropical country.  The following photos are worth a thousand words.  (It has been a busy day as I adjust to new schedules for our family… so enjoy.













~ Murray Lincoln ~


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Give your Life and Big Hug



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Give your Life and Big Hug

I heard her side of the story. I heard his side of the story as well.  Both told their stories at different times. It is not the same story.  Simple conclusion but easily arrived at.  Both people have a strong opinion about what did and didn’t happen.

Two very different views to say the least.

Here is a video of an impossible marriage.  A guy is driving the car and his wife is throwing a tantrum because he will not take her to Lake and take of out on the water. He doesn’t have time nor do they have the money… as he explains it to his screaming wife.  At least that is what I get from the video of this stupid woman(or guy who dares to take it).


The video was published on July 22, 2013 – 2 days ago. This morning it has had 562,296 people view it so far.

During the fight and her carrying on you will see her take her cell phone and begin Texting her friends because of the awful person her husband is… NO KIDDING!

As I watched this one it completely described what I have faced with other couples.

I can say one really important thing. “God I am so glad I married who I did!”

Watch the video and then shake your head over and over again… then give the life you live a big hug!  No not a word or typing problem – I did say LIFE – you could hug your spouse too if you want!!!

~ Murray Lincoln ~


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

3D Street Art and the “Coloured Chalk Man”



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3D Street Art and the “Coloured Chalk Man”

Remember when you were young and doing stuff on the sidewalk was fun. In my case the sidewalk was made of wood… and it burned easily with a magnifying glass.  It was my first pyrography work… and also my first experiments using the sun shine to make a picture.

Well today I take my hat off to some amazing artists and to one man they call the “Coloured Chalk Man”. I searched for his name but couldn’t seem to find it anywhere. (Anyone help me on this one?)

On YouTube you can find more 3D street art as it is called.  check out this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SNYtd0Ayt0

But here is a sample of “Coloured Chalk Man’s” work… enjoy and be amazed along with me. This is 10 or the 20 I found to date.


 


 
 



~ Murray Lincoln ~


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Monday, July 22, 2013

“On Secret Service” by John Jakes – a summer read



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“On Secret Service” by John Jakes – a summer read

The book has a Cancelled stamp in it but also a “New Until” sticker on the front cover.  The date on that sticker is January 2001 and it is from the Toronto Public Library. I found it laying on a shelf in a senior’s residence.  It was withdrawn from the Public Library of Toronto not long ago.  Finally it was published in 2000… so it is not that old. Why with draw it from a Public Library so early?

As I thumbed through the copy I looked closer at the title.  It was entitled “On Secret Service” and author is John Jakes.  Looking still closer I found that it was a story about the Civil War and had Abe Lincoln mentioned a number of times.  Lincoln being one of my relatives and also the fact that we collect Lincoln memorabilia it seemed like a book I should read this summer.

Well it is a story well woven and one that follows both men and women on all sides of the terrible conflict in the USA – entitled “Civil War”. Yikes there was nothing Civil about this War – after reading Mr. Jakes’ book!

It has been a good summer read for sure.  But you have to love the intrigue that comes from clandestine operations and secret actions of devious people.  “On Secret Service” has all of that.

I discovered when looking at the front cover there is a small wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth – almost exactly the same as the one we have hanging on our wall. However checking the Internet I found that our poster is not worth nearly as much as I would like to have been worth – i.e. $200,000 USD!!  Maybe it is $24.95 on e-Bay… hmmm?

Reading of the story that Jakes related has been fascinating. It opened my eyes to the times in the USA that it was very hard to live in… and thus one of the reasons for my relatives to come north to Canada.  I can only imagine how hard it was to live through the Civil War times… and Jakes made it easier(or harder) to understand. How could any group of people think this kind of thing about each other?

It has been a good summer read.

~ Murray Lincoln ~


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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Coping with the Heat and Hot Days – and loving the Cool Ones



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Coping with the Heat and Hot Days – and loving the Cool Ones

After days that seem to last forever the weather has changed.  Today it begins at a cool 14 C. What a difference from the start of this week when the temperature in the house started each morning at 28 or 29 C – inside of the house… and the outside temperature matched inside at 8 AM!  There was no relief on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – but today it has come.

Alida, my wife, looked at me one day as she was suffering greatly with the tremendous heat and said, “I could never live in the Hot Countries again… not even to go there for a holiday!  Those times are gone.”

I know what she means.

When we stepped off the airplane in Barbados in 1980 it was just before a hurricane was to hit the Island.  The heat in the airport was stifling… after the four hour flight south on the air-conditioned aircraft we couldn’t even get our breath. Our clothes stuck to us and every breath you took was hot and humid.  We had never felt that kind of oppressive heat before – let alone the high humidity.  But I shouldn’t say that.  I had felt it in a sauna but I had nothing but a towel on and I only stayed for a few minutes!!!  This adventure lasted three weeks.

When we started our 5 year adventure in Hong Kong in January 1981it was the winter time and the temperature was sitting at 21 C. You didn’t need a coat or a sweater… it was so beautiful to live in this country(I thought). That lasted about one month and then the thermometer started showing us how hot Hong Kong could get.  By Easter we were regularly at 27 or 28 each day… and by July/August it was well over 33 – 39 C each day with nights also being very hot.  In fact Hong Kong was hot for nearly every day for 10 months of the year.

We vacationed in Thailand in July and/or August… which was kind of like Hong Kong – hot and humid.  But the vacation was beside the South China Sea – which was cooler.  Thailand however often hit plus 40 C around Easter and early summer…. Too hot – way toooo hot.

My one month’s time in Irian Jaya (eastern part of Indonesia) was hotter than hot. The local folk had lived in this heat all their lives and knew it was best to rise early – say 5 ot 6 AM – work for about three hours and then quit at 10 AM.  Everything in that country stopped at 10 AM and then started at 5 PM just an hour before the sun would go down.  I witnessed the thermometer stay at 54 C all day long – every day. And I also went through the rains that fell each night at about 7 PM until Midnight making everything wet in most parts of the country.  The south however was just plain hot without rain falling that often.

Yes – we have felt hot, hotter and hottest temperature over these years. But now in our golden years a trip to cooler Scotland or very cool Europe would be a wise idea at this point in our life.

I am thankful for Canada where we can have it hot one day (or a few days in a row) and then cool after that.  It can change day by day… and we love it.

So as I cool down today beside the beautiful lake and sip my “Ice Cap” from Tim Hortons… I will think of last week and say Thank You Lord!

(PS – I am also thankful for the beautiful big Lansdowne Place Mall where sat for the better part of many days and soaked in the cool air.)

~ Murray Lincoln ~


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