Monday, July 21, 2014
Today is the 201st day of the year.
My 9yo daughter, C-ling, just recently learned to ride a bicycle. She is still iffy on the start from stop but once she's going, she's going well.
Next week I will be MIA as my family and I go to our yearly summer family camp. My two oldest, G-bot and C-ling are at the same site that family camp is this week. The week after family camp, my two oldest will be going back again for one week.
I've been reading a lot lately about the situation in the Gaza strip between the Palestinians and the Israelites. It seems the leadership of Palestine wants Israel to cease to exist. Meanwhile, Israel is in opposition to all of its neighbours and needs to do all it can for self-preservation. It would be great if Israel could lift the blockade against Gaza and the West Bank, but if doing so puts them at tremendous risk it seems it isn't something they could ever do.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The two timer deck of cards, like a hemorrhaging unicorn bladder, blended meticulously with the background, rending the opulent with the recalcitrant. That evasive manoeuvres were the most prominent decision making factor reminds us of the lowest possible quotient with the ubiquitous diminishing returns.
I'd say that at this point the most important signal would be to raise the flag.
Then let them come.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Borrowed a movie from the library this past weekend, it is called 'Once'. I really enjoyed this movie very much. Glen was a great singer, and Markéta did a terrific job in bringing Glen out of his funk with her cuteness.
I would recommend this movie to you.
In other news today is the 15th of the month. That puts us at about the halfway mark between St. Patrick's day and Remembrance Day.
For those of you who know about the lost bolt story, the bolt has been found.
For everyone else, stay tuned for the lost bolt story to be told.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
So we bit the bullet and went for metal.
The ashphalt shingles would have required an additional expense for improving the ventilation into our attic to help prolong the lifespan of the shingles, and that decreased significantly enough the difference between those shingles and the metal ones, so we went with metal.
Yes, we are replacing the roof of our house and we signed the contract last night.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
So the buddy who owns the lake had very recently acquired two kayaks that came with three paddles. On Friday, the kids were out and one of them dropped one of the paddles which then promptly sank to the bottom. I attempted to go down to retrieve it, however, there were two things working against me:
1. Even with goggles the water was extremely murky so going down to look for it I couldn't see anything, and
2. The water was very deep; I tried going feet first like a pencil going straight down and I went down at least as tall as I am below the surface, if not a bit further, and I didn't touch the bottom.
So given these two things, I was unable to retrieve the sunken paddle.
There was such a contrast in the water in this lake compared to the water I swam in while snorkeling on Nevis. I wonder why lake water is so murky. I just now read a bit about turbidity and haven't the energy or inclination to read more about it.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
A good friend of mine owns some lake front property on Lac de la Carpe. There isn't any house or building of any sort on the property but he and his family, or he and his kids go there at least three or four times a year, sometimes more. On Thursday evening I went with him and a third dad with kids for his annual Dad with Kids weekend at his lake front property. As it is my first time attending this trip, my children and I get to share the quarters he has in his camper. In subsequent years, presuming we go again, we may have to tent it if someone else goes for the first time. There may be other dad-children combinations coming this weekend, but no one else committed firmly.
I'm hoping that G-bot, C-Ling and V-8 are all enjoying themselves, playing with the other kids that are up at the lake. I'm hoping I get to have a nap.
We come back Sunday afternoon.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
The heat wave here has broken with some rain that has fallen today dropping the humidity by tonight to a tolerable level.
Ice cream sales have jumped by 3% due to the weather.
The number of pairs of socks that I own has not changed measurably in the last nineteen minutes. I should know.
Using a tourniquet as bait to catch Algonquin postage stamps isn't the best use of time for people who raid ant farms in search of 1940s era distillery components.
Five mostly unrelated statements in a row is not an uncommon type of post for this blog.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
I am proud to be a Canadian but am disgusted with our Prime Minister and his catering towards industry at the cost of the environment.
I understand that to drive our economy forwards we need to allow for room for industry to grow, but why not put focus on research and development into new technology and improving existing technology? Specifically, look for ways to make the typical Canadian's energy consumption more efficient, and look at ways to develop renewable energy systems that work in Canada.
In particular his support for either of the Keystone or Northern Gateway pipeline projects, his support for tar sands development and his opposition towards any environmental movement irk me.
How he has ruled has also been a terrible example of democracy run amok - he manages to compel his party to his whims at all times thus rendering the government to be an autocracy.
We have an election next year where, if the politicos are correct, Pierre Trudeau's son Justin as leader of the Liberal party will be elected with a majority government. He and his party will have a lot of unwinding to do and they'll need to do it very carefully if they are not going to bump up against general hardship.
In one of my other lives I would have relished studying political science.