Passage Pirates

Went down to Fishermans Cove and McCormack’s Beach Provincial Park in Eastern Passage, where there was a Pirate Festival going on with live music, a bouncy boat, and a treasure hunt. I’d just recently dusted off my old Google Glass and recorded some POV video:

Ezra ended the day with a haul of several replica gold doubloons, a “real” gold nugget, and various other treasures. Avast, me hearties.

Pirate Festival Treasure Hunt
Pirate Festival

More photos in the Pirate Festival photoset.

Carnival and Coasters

The fair was back in town (same traveling carnival we saw in 2019), so we went over at an uncrowded time to go on some rides, especially the “Orient Express” dragon mini-coaster.

That got me thinking about roller coasters in Nova Scotia — or the lack of them, as there currently none active as of 2022. There was the Tree Topper in Upper Clements Park, now closed. Atlantic Playland (now Atlantic Splash Adventure) used to have Rockin’ Roller Coaster, retired in 2016. They’ve imported Runaway Mine Train from Gillian’s Wonderland in Ocean City NJ but construction on that has been delayed.

Currently if you want to ride a roller coaster in Atlantic Canada it looks like there are three working coasters on Prince Edward Island. That’s for future PEI travel plans.

Clam Harbour Beach

Tried visiting Clam Harbour Beach on a neighbour’s recommendation, bit farther than the Nova Scotia beaches we usually visit in our immediate area, but well worth the drive.

Clam Harbour Beach

The beach had fine sand and no rocks, with a gentle slope and shallow water, warmer than the water at most other Atlantic-facing beaches in Nova Scotia. Very crowded (as expected on a summer Saturday) so we had to walk a bit of a way down the beach to get to a place with not too many people. Quite fun to watch the local surfing school.

Some time in the off-season it would be nice to return and hike the coastal trail.

Open Street

Scenes from Open Street Sunday in Downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia: (they had a little Halifax Ferry mobile!)

Open Street, Downtown Dartmouth NS
Open Street, Downtown Dartmouth NS
Open Street, Downtown Dartmouth NS

And on a walk through Dartmouth Commons, a lovely view of Halifax over the Harbour, with the fog creeping over the South End.

Dartmouth Commons
Dartmouth Commons


At six years old (six!) Ezra is now able to read books, play soccer, finish Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch (assist mode), and has asked if he will have a girlfriend when he is older.

Ezra turns 6

For his birthday we got him a scooter, which he has been zipping around on quite well. I have also acquired a scooter for myself, to scoot with him, which, at my age, may turn out to be a mistake.

COVID-19: Descent

After a couple years, it’s become pretty clear that COVID isn’t just a droplet-spread respiratory virus, but a fast-evolving, airborne, neuroinvasive disease that can have long-term multi-organ inflammatory, autoimmune, and neurological effects, even for mild and asymptomatic cases.

Contrary to received knowledge spuriously derived from previous pandemics caused by other pathogens, the SARS-CoV2 virus can evade non-neutralizing mRNA vaccines, does infect children and spreads from them to other family, does not necessarily evolve towards milder forms, can infect people through the air over distances farther than three or six feet and intervals under fifteen minutes, doesn’t care how much you work out or take vitamins, does not strengthen the immune system or necessarily impart lasting immunity to itself — and looks ready to exhaust the Greek alphabet that the WHO was using to label variants. (Which is probably why seem reticent to go past Omicron.)

Local governments have given up, made masks optional, eliminated contact tracing, cut down case reports, and will probably eventually make people go to work and school sick, all the while pretending the pandemic is mild or over and delaying updated vaccine boosters. Meanwhile, reinfections, hospitalizations, and deaths rise, healthcare workers die or burn out and quit, and survivors face increasing risks of long-term sickness with repeated infections.

Right alongside antivaxxers and covid denialists, we’ve also seen the rise of covid “minimizers” who, driven by desperation for normalcy (or possibly sheer eugenics), think an outdated vaccine is enough reason to end all other mitigations, and will actively mock anyone taking other measures to avoid infection as deranged germophobic shut-ins. Sadly many minimizers are now in positions of power and influence, leaving the reasonably cautious feeling gaslit and isolated. So I end up surrounded by people coughing at me to “live your life, it’s endemic now, take off that mask, covid is here to stay” without regard for how the virus outsizedly affects minorities, the poor, the immunocompromised, and other marginalized populations.

Given all this, plus more communicable variants, our masking posture has gone from “we’re all in this together” community protection to individual-defensive: N95 masks with tight side seals, rather than leaky surgical masks and porous cloth. No more triple-folded keffiyeh; I managed to get a nice big box of 3M Aura 9210+ masks and am considering going semi-Vader with a half-face P100 respirator.

Gonna keep trying not to get it, but it’s getting tougher.


I’m suddenly very tired of words. Here are some sunrises.

Just another Nova Scotia sunrise
Snowy Sunrise Sunrise Sunrise Sunrise

Happy Easter.

Small Bean

I ordered a small Bean Burrito from Barburrito and it came with this written on the brown bag:

small bean

(It was a good and spicy burrito.)