Sunday, November 16, 2008
What can I make the house smell like next?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Anyway, the cat still doesn't like it. As I was playing he started meowing incessantly and was pawing at my hand so that I would pet him instead of play. However, as soon as I switched it off he sat silently at my feet while I played guitar. Odd.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
I discovered this animation!
I get it now.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I bought Tabasco today. I think it's bottle #7 for us. The newest bottle, like several before, is the club-store size. Not the grocery store size. I guess we've been married about 180 years according to the Tabasco calender.
Anyway, as we were walking in to our favourite Viet-Thai restaurant for lunch, I held the door for our party and for the people leaving. A couple with a baby and a fellow with takeout emerged. It turned out they were all together. The fellow looked familiar. He looked like an old friend from college. (Back when they called me Groovy and they called him Gyro). It turned out it was him! He seemed very surprised to see me. We did a little catching up but did not exchange numbers or anything. I thought maybe we should have, but it occurred to me later: I have a difficult enough time getting together with the people I have kept in touch with. How likely are we to actually get together? I guess we'll never know....
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Anyway, Cutes had to work late. She missed dinner. So we had some take out from Ben Thanh. And whom did I see there having dinner (while I waited to pick up our order)?
Whilst Cutes was at work I played some guitar at home. I had tried to fix my wah pedal. The pot is scratchy, so tried to oil it. Alas, the pot is sealed and the oil did not penetrate. So scratchy still is the wah. The cat was quite concerned while I was testing it out. I think he thought there was a cat trapped in my amplifier. It was amusing to play as he meowed at the amp and pawed at it. As soon as I turned off the wah he was no longer concerned. Maybe I should call it a meow pedal.......
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
It's looking like we will some fall red in the house of commons too. (If the early results are any indication). It is earlhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gify though....
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Monday, September 22, 2008
A couple of weeks ago now, out we went for dinner. As we usually do, when all dolled up, we matched. Cutes was in a black and white dress. So I put on my suit and wore a black tie over a grey/silver shirt. Initially I was just going to go with pants and a shirt. But I didn't really like the look, so I put on a tie, and then grabbed my suit jacket. All the while grooving to The Clash, then I put on my black and white Doc Marten wingtips. Anyway, out we went for dinner. As we were awaiting our desert another diner stopped to voice his approval of my "rude boy" look. Two tone shoes, three button suit, etc. It was a little unusual and uncomfortable. I refrained from commenting on his rockabilly-ness. Weird.
There was a story about work!? I don't know. Might be about the promotion....
Story about a golf tournament? I will tell another time. I don't think I can do it justice tonight.
This past weekend we went to Jazz In The Village in Sarnia . We had a good time, Peter Appleyard was very entertaining. And very spry for an 80 year old. Then we went to Michigan. Shopping, shopping, shopping. At least that was the plan. We did some shopping but nothing much to report. The hotel was pretty cool though.....
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
"The industry needs to go back to the single" I thought to myself.
I think it's been acheived. I think with dowloading we've gone back to the days of the 45. You like song X by so-and-so, you buy song X. You don't buy the rest of their songs. Of course this only applies if you actually buy songs. If you get them for free, well.....
If you care about copyright and royalties and sound quality you'll pay for music. If you really care about sound quality you probably won't download, (you'll buy CDs) or you will download and will complain and/or debate the quality.
...the "record industry" is really a 20th century phenomenon and continues to evolve and all that jazz. But I wonder if the days of the album are over......
Just like most commodities, you save money by buying in bulk.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I got to thinking though...There's nothing wrong with the casting. So it occurred to me to remove the propane tank and take out the ceramic briquettes and buy some charcoal. Amazing! If only everything in life were so easy to remedy.
So we were able to grill burgers tonight. Dinner was tasty, yum!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
We figured out what had happened. When we bought them they were still bundled for shipping, the plastic strapping hadn't been removed. So, we got 50 bags for the price of 5. Wow! I wonder how many others had the same good fortune. I wonder how much money the store lost. I wonder if someone was reprimanded.....
Well, it makes up for full price mulch when the garden centre is almost closed for the season.....
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Our street is not immune to construction and it is dug-up. One house away from us it starts. It has turned our normally busy through street into a dead end, or cul-de-sac or whatever. Despite this fact, and the many signs informing people about it, drivers still hope that closed doesn't mean closed. There is a sign two lighted intersections away telling people about the closure. Actually, there are two signs there. One wooden one in the intersection and an electronic billboard type on the side of the road. There is also a wooden sign at the intersection closest to us. A sign and a barricade. The lane towards the construction is blocked, the lane away from it is not. So going out from home is normal, coming home requires a little deke in the intersection. Anyway..... There is one more sign after that. (Today, Saturday, the sign is down. Perhaps the construction crew felt dirt and heavy machinery was as good as a sign) The final sign says "road closed" and has a do not enter symbol on it. Despite all of this some drivers still think they can get through. Well it's just not true. YOU CANNA GEA THROU!
They have driven past the signs, past the barricade, up to the final sign (sometimes) and there they sit. And they sit. And they sit. Sometimes they scratch their heads, sometimes they peer past the sign and up the street. (Literally up, there's a hill.) And they sit some more. Then they turn around, slowly. Always slowly, and drive away looking confused. Now, if it said "bridge out" and they still did all that, I'd be concerned, maybe. Have you met people? This behaviour isn't that odd after all.....
Friday, June 20, 2008
....or ever before!
On the drive home I saw a busker. Nothing too odd about that. Don't usually see anyone busking on our route, but still not that odd. Scruffy college type. The odd thing was the instrument he was playing...
The recorder! That's right everyone's favourite elementary school out of tune torture. He was actually playing it reasonably well. The tune was Yellow Submarine. Interesting.... instead of an open guitar case for money, he had a sweater or jacket on the ground. Someone had given him an apple, I didn't notice any money. We joked that people were donating whatever groceries they could spare. I guess that's what you get for busking outside a Valu-Mart.
Busking with a recorder, what's next?
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Finally got the Fuzz Face rehoused. Not painted yet. Need to post before and after pics. Finally got my old guitar repaired, electronically. I'd forgotten how loud it is! And how much fun it is to play, I'll need to upload pics. Things are blooming away in the backyard, maybe a little too much. I'll need to post pics. It all keeps churning away at work, need to blog about it, I guess. ...........
There was a knock at the door. Check it out:
Friday, May 23, 2008
Quite exciting. It's nice to be driving a vehicle I'm actually enthusiastic about. I like driving it, I even like just looking at it. Much better than crossing my fingers when turning the ignition. Much better than not even caring to wash it. Much better than parts falling off!
Ahhh.... We'll see hw long the honeymoon lasts, I think it'll be awhile though.
Oh, just one more thing...
It looks like this. Only in silver.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
So, it turns out we do have tulips. Yellow ones. Mostly in the backyard though........
There are also two kinds of purple flowers. One of which is violet, or so I've been told. As recommmended we are waiting to see what all comes up and leaving the planting until next season.
Our toilet has been leaking from the tank. Down one of the bolts. It turns out that we were shorted two rubber washers when we purchased it. So, one Master Plumber brand package of bolts, nuts, and washers later and no more leak! There was one mishap though.......
The package of bolts was a sealed plastic pouch which was inside a zip top plastic bag. In me zeal to open the pouch I ended up with nuts and bolts everywhere! Actually, not "everywhere" per se. All the parts but two stayed on the counter. Amazing! One wing nut and one washer ended up inside the (drained) toilet tank. Nothing down the drain, nothing on the floor, nothing in my eye! Excellent. Hopefully this will be the last toilet repair I am required to make for some time. We'll see....
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Speaking of the eroding garden, I do not care much for the plants in it. I haven't consulted the rest of the household, but I anticipate that none of the plants are cherished by anyone. So, I was thinking we could plant tulips. Lots and lots of tulips. Of course one needs other plants/flowers as well. Tulips don't last forever! Still though, mostly tulips methinks.
This morning whilst considering what to have for breakfast I opened the cupboard and saw staring back at me a box of sprinkles. Much like this one . So I buttered some bread (sorry, not toast) and had a wonderful chocolatey breakfast. Much like this one. Yum!
Later that same day......
A co-worker was telling me about my house. How he had been in it once as an adolescent. He was on a team with the dutch boy who lived there/here.
"Dutch," I thought to myself,"Hmmm."
So, I think tulips are quite fitting for the garden.
And chocolate is appropriate for breakfast.
And I will keep puns and put-downs to myself.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
I did have an idea: varying takes on the "LOVE HATE" across the knuckles thing. My friends and I once came up with 500+ alternatives to "LOVE HATE." I don't think there were all real winners though.......
I was thinking of writing across my knuckles and posting a pic of it.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Anyway, I cannot accurately judge the driving conditions by looking out at the street. For whatever reason our road is in much better condition than the rest of the city. Far as snow and ice coverage is concerned that is. If i drive around the corner though.... that's more like it!
Should that have been "company's" earlier? Maybe.....
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I haven't been online much. We bought a Nintendo Wii. So we;ve been Wiiing. Or something like that. It is fun. And we have successfully avoided personal injury and property damage. Yay!
Speaking of things: It's cold today, but strangely even though it was/is very cold. It was still the warmest part of the country today. Weird.
Wha are you gonna do?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
I have done a perfunctory check and the basement is dry. Phew. There's a lot of water out there. We used to have snow. Now we don't. Just many dangerous slippery places to be.....
The Metal Box
A while ago, -well quite a while ago actually- i sent a metal box to a fellow in th U.S. in exchange for a different metal box. Seems a little odd? The box is used to house an electronic circuit. The circuit is used to alter the sound of an electric guitar. He had made a replica of a well known circuit and was looking for something similar to it's distinctive case. I had a version of the device and had never cared for the case. I offered to trade. One ugly cumbersome (I thought) box for one sleek functional box. Nothing could be simpler, or so we thought. After two rejections by customs and the post office ultimately losing the box he decided to buy a new one and have it shipped to me. Then there was a back order, then the post office found the missing original, then the back order was filled but the person to do the supplemental processing (drilling holes) wasn't available and so on.
Anyway..... the traded for box arrived today. Now i just have to get the circuit i have inside it.... easier said than done indeed. :-)