Sunday, December 23, 2007

What If I Don't Want To Have A "Merry" Christmas?

Or, rather. What if i do, but it isn't? It's more of a one day at a time Christmas.....
oh bother.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Victorian Reinvention Of Christmas

That's what i searched for. I found some interesting things. Such as:
(i especially like the paragraph about co-opting Santa Claus)

Anyway, it was in my search for the original lyrics to "Deck The Halls" that i came across the term about Victorians. As i have gathered, "Deck The Halls" was originally Welsh. The english lyrics are not a translation. They may be English, they may be American. It doesn't matter which, really. They are from the Victorian era. When carols about piety replaced songs about revelling. Christmas was once again celebrated, it had been banned by Cromwell. Banned for being secular. Interesting....

I am (still) looking forward to The Winter Solstice. Mostly because it begins my 11 days off work. Hmm, eleven days of vacation. That's almost like twelve days of Christmas. ;-)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Snow Snow Snow Snow

That about sums it up. We had a party. Only one couple came. Everyone else was snowed in. But.....the house is clean! :-)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


If it weren't December I'd say I'm suffering from allergies. I have a runny nose and I'm sneezy. It may have something to do with cleaning the garage last night. Well, attempting to clean the garage. Bringing some things in the house, throwing some stuff away, being displeased that mice (or a mouse) have destroyed some things. Not valuable things mind you, but things that are now a mess and must be thrown away. Bummer.

After all that lifting and throwing and carrying and rearranging, the car still didn't fit in there! That was the ultimate goal of the cleaning: to get the car in the garage. Alas it was not to be. Not yet anyway. Just need to bring a few things in, throw a few things away and Bob's your uncle (as they say). It's kind of like playing that game Rush Hour, but with heavy lifting, lol, and a mess.

....back to waiting for The Winter Solstice.....

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Okay, I've got one

There is a very large icicle hanging off the back of our house. It has grown slightly since i took a photo of it. Since it's in the backyard i don't think it's a danger to anyone. Squirrels maybe. A bunny? I dunno. I'm not to concerned about it falling ON anyone. I am a little concerned about it falling in general, and possibly damaging the soffit. I should knock it down, but part of me wants to see if it will reach the ground. That's be kinda neat....

Not much to say...

Hello Dear Reader,

Again i find myself without much to say. I avoided being in a collision Thursday night as i pulled into the driveway..... Meh, not interesting. ;-)

How abot a video of the cat?

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

To Blog Or Not To Blog

So, I've been at a loss before. Lately, however, i just haven't been blogging. There are things i could blog about, but i don't. I don't know why...

We bought a new TV. that was a bloggable experience. There's been snow to shovel, the sink hole is gone, Christmas shenanigans at work...

Maybe work is the culprit. More socializing going on, not as much need to blog about things? Not that there is socializing at the expense of work being done. It's just a "family" atmosphere, that's all. Once you've told your story to a co-worker, do you really need to write about it online?


I've got one! No, not interesting enough. How not worth mentioning.

Oh well.

Why don't we watch this

Sunday, November 25, 2007

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Holiday Shopping

So, we bought a tree. We then discovered that it was not lighted as we had thought. Back that tree will go. We bought a replacement tree, and outdoor lights, and tree decorations, and a wreath for the door, and a ladder with which to put up the lights. A ladder, it turns out, that isn't tall enough to reach the tallest part of the house. Hmmmmm..... I'll think of something.

There we were, along with everyone else, going up and down the aisles. Hoping to get everything we needed before the weather turned. And turn it did. Though it was after dark before the precipitation began. Stringing up the lights was done in the relative mild be comparison. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Currently "they" say:

Current Weather

Updated:Sunday Nov 25 2007,21:00 EST- London Airport

Ice pellets



Ice pellets

And forecast:

Cloudy with showers A few showers Rain Rain or snow
Temperature 2°C 2°C 5°C 4°C
Cloudy with showers
A few showers
Rain or snow
P.O.P. 40% 40% 90% 80%
Feels Like -2 -2 - 0
Wind SW 15km/h SW 15km/h SE 10km/h N 15km/h
Humidity 84% 99% 95% 91%
Rain less than 1mm close to 1mm 5-10mm 1-3mm
Snow - - - 1-3cm

From Sunday Overnight to Monday Evening we expect 1-3cm of snow and 10-15mm of rain.

The Squirrel

I noticed recently some tracks in the snow on the deck. At first I thought they belonged to a bunny. Upon further inspection i was afraid they belonged to a raccoon. It turns out they belong to a squirrel. One of the fat-bottom squirrels that are common in our neighbourhood. I saw him/her scamper out of the garage. You see, the rear garage door does not come all the way down to the ground. There is enough room for a small critter to get through. i knew this already. I once put a nearly full tub of ice cream in the garbage in the garage. The next day there was a shredded bag and no more ice cream. Lesson learned, foodstuffs go in the bin. Having said that i didn't think much of chubby squirrel coming out of the garage. Until i went to put the ladder away that is. The squirrel has chewed away part of a golf bag.


I'm not sure if he thought the head-covers were trapped relatives, or if he thought it looked like a good place to sleep or what exactly. Suffice it to say, the weather proofing capabilities of the golf bag cover are severely compromised. I have since barricaded the door and reinforced it with eavestrough guck and mothballs. That ought to work.

If it is slippery tomorrow we have new tires and brakes, so we should be okay. We also have one old tire to boot (pun intended) but that can wait for another day....

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

On more than one ocassion There has nearly been
A flood in the kitchen
Thrice now it has been averted
Once by a bucket
Once by a garbage can
Most recently by the dish dry rack

Had it been tilted the other way
A flood for sure there would have been
As it was though
The dry rack drain was higher than the level of the water.

Saved again!

Maybe i should stop putting potential vessels
under the Sink


Saturday, November 17, 2007


It snowed. And then it melted. The backyard sure looked pretty though..........

Today we are having our fireplace/chimney inspected. Who knows, we may have a fire tonight. :)

Or maybe just the furnace on ;)

So what did i do before facebook and myspace and ogame adn whatnot? i think i blogged, quite regularly. I'm not sure what i did before blogging though....

I think i talked to people on the phone or in person or something ;)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Picasso's Guitars

Somewhere, once, i read someone quote Jean Cocteau about wanting to hear Picasso's guitars. At the time i wasn't aware of Picasso's paintings of guitars, so to me it was a completely ethereal idea. The concept of cubism applied directly to the sound of a guitar, was my understanding, not wanting to hear the instruments themselves. So i thought to myself:

What about Jean Cocteau's guitars?


Alright, let's get something out of the way. It is Hallowe'en. Despite what spell checkers and search engines will have you believe, it's Hallowe'en. Not halloween. Got it? Good.

Having said that (and realizing that language/spelling is an ongoing fluid thing) It wasn't much of one. Not hear anyway. At work we had nearly 100% of staff in costume, lot's of fun. Last night I decorated the house. Cobwebs on the bushes, a phony tombstone, carved two Jack O'Lanterns, skulls on stakes in the lawn. Lot's of fun. Tonight we bought extra candy (just in case), and ordered Chinese food so as not to be occupied with cooking, also lot's of fun. We had twenty-one trick-or-treaters. :-|


That's it.

Not fun.


Not that kind of boo, Boooo!

Maybe it's the lack of time change. Maybe it's the lone house on the block giving out candy, perhaps it's the busy street. Twenty-one!? Last year (at the condo) was slow, we only had about 50. Our first year there we ran out of candy, turned out the lights and went to the horse track. Twenty-one. Sheesh. I was going to wear my costume while giving out candy. I took it off for dinner, and never put it back on. For the first time since living in an apartment building we made it through our entire Hallowe'en dinner without having to answer the door.


Maybe next year..........

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Installing A Toilet

Add another one to the repertoire. I have installed a new toilet. Fairly straightforward, actually. In the past I have replaced a seat (very simple), replaced the water control/flush assembly with a newer water saving one (ultimately more complex and time consuming than replacing the toilet, how odd) and the tank. I didn't so much replace the tank as i took it off and put it back on. That was necessary to install the new flush assembly. But all of that was at the condo....

The upstairs toilet here at the new house rocked from side to side. Something we were meaning to fix. Then, on Friday night, water started dripping into the basement, via the basement bathroom ceiling. The culprit? The upstairs toilet. So we bought a new one, at RONA. They sell a kit. (likely other retailers do the same) Toilet, tank, seat, nuts, bolts, seal, supply line. Everything in a box. the instructions were rudimentary. basically you put the seal in the toilet and put the toilet on the bolts. The hard/time consuming/dirty part is removing the old wax from under the old toilet. It doesn't stay attached to the toilet, oh no. It stays attached to the flange on the floor. Oh well, that's life. The water control and flush assembly were pre-installed, so i didn't need to consult the directions for that or for the seat or for the tank. Alright! I think it looks better than the old toilet (not that a toilet is every pretty or anything). We'll just have to wait and see if i installed it correctly. I believe our diagnosis to be correct.

You see, the floor in the bathroom and the front hall and the kitchen is tile. the rest of the house is hardwood. The tile is noticeably higher than the wood. Because of this and because the house is old and the floors not level the old toilet wasn't seated properly and rocked from side to side. as no water ever leaked onto the floor , and the one closet bolt was quite rusted i believe the leak to have been through the seal and onto the outside of the drain pipe. Let's hope i was right. :)


In other news, i have put flatwound strings on my Telecaster. I've been curious about them for years and i'm not sure why i didn't do it sooner. No more pick scrapes for me, but so what!? Warmer "broken in" tone from the get go, smoother feel under the fingertips, none of that Veruca Salt sliding sound (well, maybe SOME of it with high gain). Right on! Oh wait, i can do pick scrapes, weird.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Stormy Weather

This morning it's stormy, kind of make one want to stay in bed. At least it's Friday.

We've had good news this week. I'll elaborate some other time, when i'm more awake and don't have a lunch to make.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Taking a break

i'm giving myself a blogging kit-kat. If you know what i mean......

Check back later, i shall return....

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Tear-Down

I'm about to go off-line (oooh scary). Until there is cable at the new house. What if i need my email tomorrow!?

Oh well, it'll be like it was, long ago, when we were running Windows ME. LOL.

The computer needs to be torn down, the fridge emptied, the garage arranged so that only approved goods are transported by the movers, etc, etc.

This afternoon we get the keys, tomorrow (Sat) our stuff gets moved in.


Sunday, September 09, 2007


Rehousing. It's what we're doing. Of late I've been doing much online research about DIY electronics. Specifically music/guitar electronics. One of the common terms is rehousing. Taking a circuit out of it's original enclousure and putting it in a new one. Usually to make the device smaller or better suited to it's use. Par example: If it was originally meant to sit on the floor and the owner doesn't use it that way it could be put into a rack-mount enclousure.


We're moving. We are literally rehousing. We will no longer be housed here, but at our new house!

Can't wait. Counting down the days..........

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Sometimes you just have to let it go....

I haven't been blogging much lately. Oh well. Sometimes you just need to say nothing. i could go on about traffic, or other peoples apparent incompetence, or inconsiderateness, but why bother being downer?

how 'bout this: i love hardwood floors. Can't wait to move! :)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Things You Miss When You Sleep Through The Night

I am suddenly aware of time passing quickly. Something that happened in January has just come to my attention now. Goes to show how long it's been since i looked in to certain things. Goes to show how we all take things for granted. Goes to show I'm not a teenager anymore.

As a teenager my favourite radio programme was Brave New Waves on the CBC. It no longer exists. That's a shame. I wonder if sourcing ones own music online is going to adequately replace it? I doubt it. Suddenly hearing (and hearing about) a new band/artist is very different than stumbling upon something yourself. It's also much more likely you'll hear something you wouldn't have otherwise sought out. Oh well, whatareyougonnado? I'm obviously quite behind the times. I'm behind the times in other areas as well but that can wait for another day. I wonder what else is crumbling away while i sleep. The shores of Lake Erie I'll bet.........

Some links:
This one
This other one
Lake Erie

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's hot (Sweating 101)

Maybe it isn't. But i am. I've been lifting boxes and furniture and driving around with no AC. I feel a little gross. Oh well, that's what happens.....

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Welcome To My 100th Blogger Post

Wow, one hundered post! When i started it was just so i could comment on other blogs. And now look at me, ;). Anyway, Lollapalooza was good. Yes good. The music perfromances were great, The food was okay, the traipesing around was tiring. So all in all it gets a good. The music really was great though. i get to far too few live shows these days (one more thing to add to the list of took-it-for-granted-as-a-teenager) and it was a lot of fun to see so many shows. I'm not as sore as i was. But i was sore. Three days in a park, hotel bed, yadda yadda. The driving back from Chicago didn't help either. The surface quality of I-69 & I-94 leave something to be desired. Something like the 402, imagine that!

I would like to return to Chicago, there's so much more to see. Maybe take the train next time.....

The house is officially sold. Time to start the countdown to moving day. Also, must remember to change our address with everyone/thing/place.

Uh, ... i suppose i don't have much to say for blog #100. No hooplah, no fireworks, no superfantastic can't-stop-reading-it story. Just some stuff that happened recently. And not nearly everything that happened recently...just some stuff

Now i'll have to come up with my best introductory college course joke for the next post ;)

Same bat-time, same bat-channel

Holy Hyphens Bat-Man!!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Bumpity Bump Bump Thump

Ahhh, back in Ontario (eee-oh, eee-oh.) Land of smooth highways (technically freeways.) Illinois: thumpy; Indiana: bumpy; Michigan: bumpy; Ontari: smoooooth. :)

Maybe that's the real cause of serious collision on the 402 & 401. No bumps to keep the drivers awake and alert. Just smooth straight roads. Ahhh, taxes at work. ;)

Monday, July 30, 2007


Going to Chicago. Going to miss Daddy-O Grande by a day :(.
Oh well, there'll be other twangy-twisty shows to go to......

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mr Aloe

For quite some time now (8 years?) we have had an aloe plant. It grew for a while and then seemed to be dormant. One summer we put the aloe outside in the front garden. It thrived! It grew several offshoots and became almost to large for it's pot. Then we brought it back inside, where it has been somewhat neglected. Recently we moved it to the back yard. It started to look unwell, at first i thought it was the difference in colour from indoor to outdoor lighting. I think not. Today it looked a little brown. Currently it's in the front yard, where i will keep an eye on it. :)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

I'm on vacaton next week

So no excuse for not blogging, right? We'll see what adventures i ge up to. Laundry and surfing the 'net is my guess.

Monday, July 23, 2007


The house may be sold. Yay!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

House For Sale

The sign went on the lawn Thursday. The painting and rearranging and cleaning and fretting and lifting and whatnot continued until this morning(Saturday). Some people came to view the house. Now we sit and wait and keep our fingers crossed. :)

We're quite tired and are glad to be back home. Luckily we were able to fill our day with things that kept us out of the house. The cat has been boarded, it's just easier that way.

Here's hopin'

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

We're moving

That's right! We bough a house. When we move is not settled yet. I know when it will be before, it just might be a couple of days before, or a few weeks. It all depends on when our place sells.
-so exciting!-
Isn't this just the best i must say

Pictures to follow, stories to follow, memories for many years to follow.

-ah, sigh-

:( sore from packing and lifting, though

Monday, July 09, 2007

OKay, so now i can't input a title. Hmmm... Anyway, today i had an XL coffee. First one in a while. I think i can keep things under control. ;) No coffee this afternoon, none this evening, it's all good....

Saturday, July 07, 2007

For a while now certain webpages have been difficult to view. Especially ones with videos embedded in them. I changed some settings, including turning on script debugging. Much better! I can see everything on a page, no more freezing up when i click on a link. Yay! :)

It's amazing what happens when you have things set up properly. Except that for some reason i can't get in to the title field right now, weird.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

New Hire

So, today was tiring. More than i expected. We have a new employee, i am in charge of training. Who new training would be so tiring? I expect it would be more tiring if our trainee didn't catch on to things as well as she has......

I just realised how little i care for the word "trainee." Let's stick to new hire, shall we? Okay, good.

More later, tomorrow even!

Friday, June 29, 2007

The long weekend

Ahhhh. Weekend plus one. Nice. :)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Mmmm, foamy.

So, at what point does it stop being a cappuccino and become a latte? I believe it's similar to where blue ends and indigo begins....... :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Not a good start to the day....

Fire on the Skyway! Oh my! Hope noone's seriously hurt. My drive to work will be far less exciting. All images from:

Monday, June 25, 2007

So, i was thinking.....

If you were to turn a moebius strip inside out, what would happen? Would it disappear? Would it cause the rest of the universe (all things that are not that particular moebius strip) to fold in on itself whilst the strip stays exactly the same? Perhaps it would cause some problem in the 4th dimension......

Anyway, tonight i saw a woman walking along the road/curb. Not on the sidewalk on the other side, not on the path in the grass, on the road part of the curb. What pedestrian anomaly will I encounter next? Stay tuned....

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Family Picnics

Why do I eat devilled eggs? Why oh why? You'd think i'd have learned by now. My gastrointestinal system does not like devilled eggs, no matter how tasty they may be. Oh well. It's all good.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bloggity blog blogging

In keeping with the last blogs theme, tonight i saw this:

A teenage girl riding a bike while carrying a 6 pack of toilet her mouth! What's with my neighbourhood?

Anyway, lately i've been checking out custom/boutique and DIY fx pedals. Much like those found here. And here. This reminded me that i have a second printing of Craig Anderton's "Electronic Projects for Musicians". I read through it briefly. Methinks some manufacturers are using schematics from this book. No big surprise, just the age old DIY vs paying someone to do it for you sort of thing. Y'know.

So, about sushi.....

Fast Food vs Art Food

We went for sushi recently. Not all you can eat. Oh my. We came to the realizations that we've been eating fast food sushi. In a place with plastic plates. It was nice to see crockery again. It was the best sushi we've had in a long time. Beautifully presented too. And we got to take our leftovers home at no extra charge ;)

Well, i guess that wasn't so hard :)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Jogging After Dark

Last night i saw a man jogging at 9:45. Dressed all in black. With his hood up. C'mon! who does that!? Really........

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

My Watch

I have a watch that once belonged to my Grandfather. It's not fancy, but my recent photography of it prompted me to do some research. At first i came up with nothing, but i figured it out. From 1960 to 1977 Bulova made a watch called the Railroad. (or the Accutron "railroad approved") Or something like that. These watches came in several configurations, including date, pepetual calendar and even dual hour hands! (The latter for those travelling between time zones on a regular basis). Anyway, in 1989 and continuing through the early 90s Bulova once again made the "railroad." Seems to be only quartz movement this time around, no windup. Still a nice, wellmade watch.

This particular watch was made in 1992 and i believe purchased some time around 1994. I don't know why Grandpa chose this watch. Was it something he recognised that a co-worker had? Did the salesperson play up the railroad angle? I need to find out. I will. I'll keep you posted.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

The evolution of sound & vision

So, i was pondering social networking sites. I was pondeing the whole "Web 2.0" business. I was remembering use-groups and BBSs (be be esses?). I don't think much has changed, especially in terms of content. i think we've just gone from text to graphics, music and video. Really. Instead of a text post with your email it's now a video post with your profile picture. Instead of an all text group it's a mostly text group with an iconic photo of whatever it is you all discuss. The ability of nearly anyone to create groups seems to create much in the way of unneeded discussions about unneeded topics. oh well. It used to be circular sending of email jokes (which still happens to some extent) and now it's "sharing" of video, and links, and usless surveys (i seem to recall getting surveys emailed to me, now they get "messaged" to me, instantly not so much but "messaged" none the less) So, yes, form is no longer dictated by content, but i think content has taken a dive. Maybe not.....

Maybe it's just easier to find fluff. Fluff and chain letters, rotten chain letters.

This was more of a ramble than i intended. New & Improved indeed, it's just in fancier packaging!!!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

More like this?


This morning the Jehovah's Witnesses returned. Actually the one who did all the talking returned, with a different compatriot. We had a pleasant conversation about housecats. I declined more magazines and they went on their way. How civil.


I've been toying with the idea of changing this to a photo-blog. I realize there are other places online to do this sort of thing. We'll see how it goes. I'll keep you posted (no pun intended).

Did the Senators win?

Friday, April 27, 2007

Oh Bother

The Knights are out. The cat is ill. The car is threatening to become unreliable. BUT..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
There's Love :)

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Cat News

The kitty had an ultrasound on his heart. He either has a tumor or congestive heart disease.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

On th e mend

So, the kitty-cat is better. Back to his normal self. We just have to keep an eye on him, and wait for some lab results. :-\

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Cat

The cat had a seizure today. It was frightening and awful. He seems okay now. He may have had an episode of hypoglycemia. Hopefully he's not diabetic and he just needs an adjustment made to his diet. :(

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Today a courier package arrived while we were out. Sometimes Canada post brings packages of similar size. Usually the postman (or woman, i don't know) leaves it on our porch bench. Sometimes obscured by the rosebush, sometimes not. Today however was a little different. Instead of on the bench, or on the porch in front of the bench, it was under our doormat. Very obviously under our door mat. It would have been less conspicuous jammed in the mailbox, with streamers! Really now, under the mat? It looked like the cat had gotten out and was hiding. Whatever happend to a slip of paper requesting ones presence at the post office or courier store? Really now, under the mat? Who do you think you're foolin'? :P

Sunday, March 25, 2007

I didn't shut the door in her face.....

Once upon a time, on a cool snowy day, as i made my way to my basement apartment from the college i noticed those ahead of me crossing the street. There appeared to be no reson for this behaviour. No reasnon until i saw the Mormons. Everyone ahead of me was avoiding the Mormons. I did not. Not that i really wanted to stop and talk, to anyone. It was just that by the time i realized what was happening it waould have been very obvious had i also crossed the street. Obvious and rude and ridiculous. Anyway, i stopped and chatted with the two Elders. They wanted to come with me and talk some more. I said they could but it would have to coincide with me making my dinner. They declined to come to my apartment, they did take my name and number and said we would continue our conversation. I waited. They never called. Ever. Bah! Nuts to you Mormons! you had your chance and you blew it.

Yesterday, there came a knock at the door. Or possibly a rining of the doorbell. It doesn't matter. Two women were at the door. Jehovah's Witnesses. Only one did any talking. I was given an invitation to the Anniversary of Jesus' Death (a.k.a. Easter) and a copy of Awake! (Seriously, the "!" is part of the title) to read. They claim they will return to hear my thoughts. i doubt it. The only person who has ever come back to my front door was someone trying to rip me off over my gas bill. I live in a high density neighbourhood that is well suited to door-to-dooring. I will be overlooked.

Back to the once upon a time. I recall wishing for an encounter with the Jehovah's Witnesses, so that i could give them the Mormon's number as my own. Or something like that. It was many years ago and i was young and angry. Oh well, the only thing i've ever bought door-to-door was a bag of oranges. I don't think i'll be buying religion. :)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Ouroborus Lemniscate

I am currently intrigued by symbology. I don't know why. Maybe it's my lack of active religioning, maybe it's my feeling that words are often inadequate, maybe it's my desire for a tatto without a concrete idea of what it should be. I don't know. Anyway, one symbol i'm a big fan of is the ouroborus, the serpent eating it's tale (oops, tail). Unrelatedly, or so i thought, i have always been fascinated by the Moebius strip. Wasn't i pleasantly surprised to find a combination of the two. A serpent eating it's tail in the form of a figure eight, or infinity, or........THE MOEBIUS STRIP! Fantastic. Quite literally. The Ouroborus lemniscate. Ahhh.... The lemniscate itself is also interesting and infinite. Hmmm... It seems that many symbols, especially those turned into jewelry or tattoos, mean the same or similar things. Interesting.... Redundant? Not really. A reflexion of the many facets of humanity perhaps. We all find ways of being nearly the same. In very different ways. Go figure. ;)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


So, I recently went to a theme birthday party. This past Saturday actually. That's right, coinciding with St Patrick's Day. The theme was Pirates! It was a party for an adult. Or possibly an "adult." Depends on your point of view, i suppose. Anyway, 20+ people out at the bar dressed like pirates. Arrrrrr! I was going to make my whole costume but i did purchase some toys as accesories. A hook, a sword, an eyepatch, you get the idea. The toys make noise. Activated by a button on the hilt the sword makes clangy swashbuckly noises. The pistol makes pistolly noises. The hook, however, may be broken. It spontaneously makes clangy noises. The button does nothing. Remember this fact.

After sorting out my costume Friday night and Staurday morning i anxiously awaited the party. My chauffeur arrived and off we went. My bag of "weapons" at my feet. We discussed our respective costumes and who would or would not be attending. It occured to me that though fanciful and unrealistic my "weapons" may be frowned upon. We discussed this. One never knows what will be confiscated by a doorman at a bar. Anyway, immediately after i said "I hope my 'weapons' don't get taken away," from the bag came crash, clang, schink! Hilarious! Luckily my driver is skilled at busting a gut while driving. Maybe you had to be there. Maybe not. The fake-noise-making-hook was the highlight of "before the party". I did not get to experience "after the party" but that's just as well. The party itself was a blast. A ridiculous attention getting who-the-hell-are-those-pirates blast.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ahh, hand roll

So, on our latest sushi adventure we ordered our largest number yet of hand rolls. As i was enjoying one of them i was imagining taking some to a picnic, or a hockey game! It seems like it could go anywhere. I think the hand roll may be the world's most perfect food. I knwo some give that honour to the banana. I don't see much difference 'tween the banana and the apple in terms of portability and ready-to-eat-ness. True, fuit does not require preperation, however once prepared the hand roll is highly portable. And tasty too! Kind of like a seafood icecream cone, without the drips. Most excellent. As i may have stated earlier the handroll does not require bites of a specific size. One can take as much or as little as desired in a bite. Also excellent. Because of the seaweed "cone" there is much less chance for mess when compared to maki. Especially excellent for messy me. Hooray for the handroll! Boo for all the other crap that's been going on. We don't need to discuss any of that right now though.

PS I knwo i spelled know "knwo"

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Forest Whitaker? Really!?

I don't think i look like any of these guys. Get one for yourself.Or not.

Okay, two black guys? Really? I look like Wayne Brady AND Forest Whitaker? I don't think so. I'm pale, and NOT smiling. I barely even look like Ray Liotta. With another photo I supposedly looked like Magic Johnson! Seriously. Still not black, still not smiling. Oh well, whatever. Maybe it's the dark circles under the eyes, i don't know. Maybe I need a better photo. Maybe it doesn't matter. It is amusing though. BTW the Magic Johnson photo also matched with Jack Kerouac, George Clooney, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Bob Dylan. Y'know, they all look the same. ;)

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Nigiri vs ...Hand Roll?

So we've dicovered the secret to sushi portion control. The hand roll! Take as much or as little as you like. It's like a seabreeze ice cream cone, or something. I already knew the secret to avoiding rice: SASHIMI! Yum! From now on nigiri and maki will be no match for HAND ROLL. HA HA HA HA HA. All we can eat indeed!

The Car

It's making noises again. Similar to the old noises, just on the driver's side this time. Not good.

The Job

It's going well. The new position that is. I was away yesterday. Upon my return someone said something about "falling apart without [me]". Right on! In all fairness though, i wasn't the only one absent.....


Bertuzzi in HockeyTownUSA, eh? Hmmm. And no more Jason Williams.......

It's amazing who can be found on iTunes. ;-) Acker Bilk AND Clint Ruin!?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

New Links

I'm changing my links again. Once i get to it i may just add new ones. We'll see.....

Friday, February 16, 2007

Oh, little ramekin of slaw.
Perched on the side of my Friday fish dinner.
How tasty you are.
Oops i dropped some of you on the table.
Mmmmm, tar-tar sauce.
Tartar, slaw, tartar, slaw, tartar, slaw.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Drinky drink drinks, the drinks I drank

Recently i watched an episode of Good Eats in which Alton Brown claimed you only need know how to make three drinks and you can make any cocktail. Maybe. This might be true. His key cocktails were the Martini, the Daiquiri (the real thing, not the frozen blender thing) and a Mint Julep. He also briefly touched upon highballs. So four drinks might be more accurate. If you can make one highball you can make them all. Cuba Libre, G & T, Rye & Ginger, Screwdriver, all really the same. So first we have the Martini. Gin, vermouth, olive. Aside from the obvious variations-gibson, vodka martini, dirty martini, smoky martini, etc-it does transform easily into other drinks. Leave the gin alone and change the vermouth to Rose's Lime and you've got a Gimlet. Change the gin to whiskey and the dry vermouth to sweet and you have a Manhattan. Change the whiskey to scotch, pour the whole thing over ice and you've got a Rob Roy. Now, replace the scotch with vodka and the vermouth with Kahlua and you've got a Black Russian. Change that vodka to brandy and the Kahlua to creme de menthe and it's a Green Hornet. Remove the ice and make it clear, i.e. uncoloured, creme de menthe and you have a Stinger. Change the brandy back to gin, take out the vermouth and add bitters: Pink Gin. Supposed stomach settler. I could go on. I won't. Let's talk about the Daiquiri instead.

The invention of Hemingway, or The Floridata, so they say. Rum, syrup, lime juice. YUM. :-)

This drink must be shaken. The previous could be stirred. Has to do with the ease of homogenisation. Anyway, change the rum to tequila, the syrup to cointreau and you have a Margarita. Another drink often, disgracefully, made in a blender. Take the margarita, replace the tequila with brandy, the salt with sugar and you're drinking a Sidecar. Put in creme de cacao instead of cointreau, cream instead of lime and it's a Brandy Alexander. Change the brandy to creme de menthe and your alexander becomes a Grasshopper. Leave the cream, but replace the creme de menthe with vodka and the creme de cacao with Kahlua and you've got a White Russian. ;-) [Anyone for a B-52?] Change the cream back to lime, the Kahlua to syrup, the creme de menthe to gin. Shake it. Pour it over ice. Top with soda. It's a Gin Fizz. Stir instead of shake and it's a Tom Collins. Change the gin to another liquor and it's a Collins of a different name. (You can look them up). Leave out the fizz, add cranberry and it's Carrie Bradshaw's favourite: the Cosmopolitan.

Alright. That's quite a few drinks. More than enough to please a crowd. I'm just not sure how useful the Mint Julep is as a "blueprint drink". It begets the Mojito. ..........and the Caipirinni .............i suppose. Let's see:

Muddle mint/key limes with sugar. Add ice. Pour in Bourbon/Cachaca. Top with soda. Refreshing. That's three drinks. But how much muddling can one bartender do?

Let's recap shall we. Rum & Coke leads to "____" & "_____" drinks. And all highballs. Martini leads to Manhattan and any drink that can be stirred. Daiquiri leads to Margarita and any drink in need of shaking. Mint Julep leads to different kind of Mint Julep, ...........................and toddies. Change mint to orange slice, include cloves as well as sugar, keep bourbon, change ice and seltzer to boiling water. Administer to invalid. Maybe he's on to something......


Saturday, February 10, 2007

After cleaning out the fridge and freezer we realized we had very few options for dinner. Grilled cheese it was. Chicken fingers for lunch, seemed silly to have them for dinner as well. Maybe we'll finally get this meal planning thing under conrtol. Or maybe we'll just eat out all the time. Regardless, buying food and then throwing it away has got to stop. :(

Maybe we need a smaller fridge. Like a european fridge. Then things wouldn't get lost in the recesses of it and be discovered later when no longer edible.

"Maybe we will Lois, maybe we will."

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Garbage Night

It would seem ive made editing this thing harder on myself than i needed to. I should really pay attention to those update notices....

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

A little knowledge...

Is a dangrous thing. Or so the saying goes. with my limited know how i've change the look of this page ever so slightly. I plan to keep doing it until i find something i really like. Or until i can't be bothered anymore. Whichever comes first.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


In keeping with my plan i'm going to spruce up this place. Some new things to click on, or maybe just rearange the ones i've got. Anyway, time for a new look. Once upon a time it had been my plan to change things monthly. I think that's a little far fetched now. How bout instead of monthly, whenever i get around to it?That's when everything else on the web seems to happen. I also toyed with the idea of making every word a different link. Now that's having time on ones hands.....


Monday, February 05, 2007


I was going to change the links on this page. Originally i had plans to change the links every month. I also had ambitions to blog every monday and saturday. So my blog was going to be about not keeping my schedule, changing my links, and how links are like coffee table books. no matter, an other time perhaps. Can't be bothered cutting and pasting URLs right now.

What was I thinking

The other day i had a great idea for what to blog about. I figured it could wait until i had time. It was a good topic and i had much to say about it. Do you think i can remember what it is? I have no clue. Rats. I haven't got even the slightest idea. It'll come to me.... I hope.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

An exciting game, for a change

Again we found ourselves at the JLC for a Knights game. This Thursday against Guelph. The first period was discouraging. Outshot 24 to 6. Outscored too. We couldn't see all the action, but we could smell it! First row behind the bench, ripe! Right on centre ice too. Can't believe we bought the tickets the night before the game. Every game's a sellout huh? They rallied back in the second and then the 3rd was kind of a wash. Final score London 7 Guelph 6. Free hamburgers all around. When the number generator chose 6 the entire crowd moaned. That's got to lift your spirits as a player. All's well that end's well.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Flicker Flicker

As i stood in my kitchen this morning, putting my lunch together, the lights dimmed momentarily. Shortly afterward there was footage on the Weather Network(i think) about a transformer fire. Then it was on BT. Weird. No harm done here though.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Knights 6 Majors 0

So, that had to be the least exciting shutout i've ever seen. Last nights game at the JLC hardly got a rise out of the crowd, until after the final whistle when things got a little chippy. The game itself however was quite boring, if you saw it you probably stopped watching it. If you were there you know what i mean. We were a little late getting to our seats after the first intermission. 2 minutes late actually. And we somehow missed 2 goals! We heard the crowd cheer for the second goal, but it was dead quiet before that. What gives? Things were louder during intermission, mostly from everyone talking. Oh well, they can't all be barn burners....

Nigiri vs Maki: Epilogue

Our sushi adventures have not ended. Before the game we went for some. Then we had to have some pizza to completely fill up. We're a little out of touch. We ordered the cheapest things we could without it being "water and a side salad". We'd forgotten what a la carte sushi prices are like. Aye Carumba! No wonder the all you can eat place is so popular. So we had 3 rolls and 5 peices for what today's filling lunch cost. Yes we've not given it up. We're just modifying. Sushi for weekend lunch instead of weekday dinner, all for the same price as a nice appetizer downtown.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

An amazing ability...

I used to have an amazing ability to not have my calls and emails returned. To the point that i lost out on quite a few things. Eventually i even lost contact with some people. Sometime i wonder what they're up to......


I've tried writing something about the past. I've tried and failed. It's disjointed and inadequate. I've deleted it half a dozen times. I've been thinking about how i lost touch with people. How i didn't know some of them all that well. There used to be people whom i knew, or knew of, who probably didn't know me. But, there were people i did know who eventually i stopped seeing or talking to. But not for any good reason. Mostly because of unreturned calls and emails. Maybe because of busy signals. Maybe because of opposite working schedules. Some because of distance created by post secondary education. Distance, a lack of transportation and high long distance rates. However, just as often as my phone didn't ring I didn't make any calls. I suppose i took for granted that i'd see certain people again, and then one day the casual network i belonged to was too full of holes to be any use. :(

What are you gonna do?

Monday, January 22, 2007

Nigiri vs Maki: The Goodbye

So it has become our habit to eat at Wonder Sushi quite often. It's still not cheap (c'mon, it's Ontario) but it is very good and reasonable. Today i wasn't feeling so great so for the first time in a long time i had miso. Mmmmm warming miso. Anyway, we've decided (after watching today's Oprah about debt reduction) that we will make today our sushi farewell for a while. Also we will go back to the gym, instead of just paying for it. Along with that of course must be better dinner planning so we don't have to eat out so much and so that when we get home from the gym it isn't going to take forever to make dinner. Maybe there should be punctuation in that sentence, maybe not. With the money we save maybe we'll be able to take a trip, and be in better shape. Both physical and financial shape. We'll see. I'll [try to] keep you posted. Here's to the new plan. Moneysense, fitness and being on the ball.

I hear sushi's cheap in Vancouver.....

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Mmmmmm, coffee

So i cleaned everything. I took the grinder apart and brushed it out. I washed the parts that are washable. I washed the coffee maker itself, and i even washed the measuring cup i use for water. I took out the old water filter. I made a pot of hot vinegar, then a pot of hot water. I put the filter back in and made some coffee. Mmmmm. So, the beans were never the problem, it was likely the resevoir. Or it was the grinder. Or it was the water filter. Or it was my cup from the other day. Regardless, it's much better now. Mmmmm.


i've made some changes and you no longer need be registered to leave comments. However, i get to moderate them before they appear

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Unpleasant coffee

I've had a problem the last two days with my coffee tasting a little off. Maybe ive been drinking too much Timmy's and my palate is off, but i doubt it. The problem is that there are just too many variables to pin it down. I guess i'll just have too clean all the apparati. The beans might be stale (stoopid Costco and their giant quantities), the grinder might be gummed up and oily, the water filter might need replacing, the resevior does need cleaning, the carafe equivalent (i'll explain some other time) might need to be scrubbed out. I made some Moka Pot coffee too and it seemed off. Again, might be the water, might be the beans, might be the grinder, might be the pot. I'll just have to clean everything and start again. or i could just put lots of brandy in every cup. i'm sure that would make it tast better.....

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Looks like winter's sticking around....

Well, so much for our mild winter. It has arrived. We're living in an icy wonderland. Maybe not a wonderland so much as a dangerland. I'm glad we have a garage, no icicles on the car for me. no sir, just frozen nostrils like everyone else.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Once again i sit staring at a blank screen after logging in to blogger. Is it "logging in"? Or is it logining? Some programs prompt you to login. some to log-in. Perhaps sign in clears up the confusion. "I'm signed in" not "sign-in-ed". Or, whatever. It doesn't matter much, you're all washed up. ( imagine music notes dancing around my words).

Here's picture of a cat, beware!

Sushi Sushi Sushi!

Sushi has become our new Viet-Thai. Viet-Thai was our new Red Lobster. Red Lobster was Cutes' new Olive Garden. I could go on. But i won't. Haven't been to the gym yet this year. Been for sushi half a dozen times, or so it seems.....

Okay, 3 times.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

What was i looking for?

Things happen, or thoughts occur that i think would be good blog fodder. Then, when i go to blog i can't think of anything. I have a similar problem with search engines, i'll think of some topic i want to look up. "I should look that up," i'll say to myself, "The next time i'm online." Then i get online and i visit the same old sites, or i google people i know. (googling myslef is a lost cause, trust me). Very frustrating. The same thing used to happen at record stores (no one ever calls them "CD stores") still does, i just don't go as often. "I wonder if they have this band, or that band," i'd think on my way there."Perhaps i'll need to special order that Space Streakings CD." I'd get to the store and have an attack of 'DUH' and just go through the alphabet hoping something would seem familiar.

When i was younger than that i'd have trouble at comic book stores. (people still call them that) I'd be looking for a back issue of such and such and end up looking at them same 4 titles or going through the alphabet.

Maybe i need to write myself notes or something, obviously the mental ones don't work very well (please don't agree too strongly) Unfortunatley my note writing space is very limited. Anything more than 3 words is really pushing it. More on that some other time.

Monday, January 08, 2007

The Cat

He seems to be recovering. He had a cold. A sneezy cat is a very pathetic thing.

The Long Lost Friend

I've discovered that some people blog infrequently. And some people blog constantly, possibly fueled by coffee. OMG!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Dominican Window
Back at work today, it was mercifully slow. All the better to ease back in to it. Everyone wants to know how our trip was. Less than stellar hotel, so-so weather, Cutes getting sick. Everyone pretty much made the same face. "Aww, that's too bad." Yes, being sick on holiday is not good. It's too bad that it all photographed so well, but it just might be true that i took nice pictures. Oh well, what're you gonna do? Every January i think of the same song by Scrawl. Ah, memories.....

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

That's it, happy new year.