Sunday, May 31, 2009

It was like Mecca

Tammy, Maxwell, and myself spent a few days in Calgary last week. We did the typical tourist thing, shopping, the Zoo, and the usual sleeping in late at the hotel and eating great food. The one special thing we did was go to the new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Store. Wow, what a place!

The Bass Pro store has to be the best shopping experience I ever had. I was concerned before going in that Tammy and Maxwell would be bored stiff after a few minutes while I wandered around looking at firearms and stuff. The opposite occurred. Tammy and Maxwell loved the place. The store is simply great. Walking in, I was surprised at just how well decorated and laid out the store is. It's gorgeous. There are examples of great taxidermy everywhere, some of it perched on beautifully created scenes of woods or mountain rocks. The center of the store, in front of the elevator, has a massive aquarium full of huge, healthy looking game fish. A waterfall spills over a pseudo rock face , falling into a stream that holds a figure clad in fishing garb, rod in hand, fighting some unseen fish. Very cool.

The staff were excellent and the store has piles of great merchandise. Tammy was impressed to find the store containing lots of clothing and other items aimed at her (or females in general). The store has everything from guns to stoneware dish sets. There were toys for the kid and a nice place to sit and have a meal too.

The whole time we were there (hours actually) I couldn't help notice how well planned the place is. Every place you look you'll find that someone made an effort to have store areas designed in a way to make them very attractive. The landscaping, woodworking, knickknacks, lighting, and sounds all lend to a very enjoyable stay. Looking down at the floor I could see that someone took the time to add animal tracks to guide shoppers along. The entire store is all about details. It is like they thought of everything. I only wish I had more money, as I could have stayed there most of the day.

Thanks Bass Pro. When we visit Calgary again, we plan on spending even more time at the Outdoor Store.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I am still working on the Titan

I bought the Mazda Titan (mentioned in a previous entry) without any maintenance history. I felt confident though, as the truck seemed well cared for, and research showed that most JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) vehicles are well cared for, due to strict government inspections and regulations.

To be sure, I had the truck's drive train inspected, brakes checked, and exhaust examined. I ended up replacing the exhaust, but was happy to find out that the engine is in great shape. With all those klicks on it (over 90K when I bought it), the engine checked out perfectly. I really just needed a oil system flush, and fresh liquids in the crank, tranny, and differential. I found that in the future I will only need periodic maintenance like oil changes.

This summer I plan on ensuring that all the venting and heating works. I need to get more of the dash out figure out the ducting to be sure that when winter rolls around, I will be blowing hot air real fast, and that no little leaks will allow cool air inside.

I love this truck. The more I drive it the more I love it. This May 24th I will join a bunch of mini-truck drivers on a little get together rally sponsored by Minibrutes. Who knows, maybe I'll meet another Titan owner.

Hostingpuppy Still Sucks.

It's been over a month since I asked that they cancel my account. They haven't even bothered to respond to that support ticket. I can still log in and use the control panel, etc. It makes me wonder if they even bother to update their Linux servers with new security updates.

I can't stress the following enough, "Don't do business with"

Don't just take my word for it, try emailing them at and ask them how long it takes them to respond to support tickets. I doubt they will even respond to emails.