Thursday, November 26, 2015

quadratic equations in my sleeve

When the rain falls up and the snow falls sideways and the barometer is dropping and the humidity is rising you can claim that weather is the topic, but whether or not this is true is the topic.

I did not accidentally cut any part of my left hand in the last seventeen hours. I am rather pleased about that.

I really need to get the Stephen Wright script I've prepared into my head as the talent show at the company Christmas party is coming soon (December 5) and I want to be sure I can give a smooth delivery. There are two and a half pages and I've got it so that a keyword in one 'one-liner' gives me the catalyst to recall the next one, which in it has it's own keyword that then helps with the next, and so on. I am finding this method is working well for me, but still, I need to really get it down so that I can give the best delivery I can.

Work is a little overwhelming these days, even with TG happening in the US of A, I haven't had a lot of time to do 'catch-up' work.

On the bright side, the Canadiens beat the Rangers last night.

If I was to have soup right now, I think it would be pea soup.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

when the fit hits the shan

We've purchased a new to us 2008 Grand Caravan SXT that is equipped with Swivel n Go. It is in mostly good condition, just the exhaust needs a bit of work.

In other news, a coworker of mine came in to work yesterday highly contagious and I am suffering the side effects. My nose is running away.

5,901 is the right number of days between December 5th, 2015 and the day I got married.

New Mexico is not one of the places I have been in the last seven minutes.

If a kite, a rainbow and a lemonade stand went ice fishing on a lake the shape of a kidney, would Starsky & Hutch reruns played after midnight make ventriloquists out of insomniacs?

Some questions are best left unasked.

Monday, November 23, 2015

when a maximizer and a satisfizer combine

So many questions, so few answers. Who knows the best way to combine?

That a decision is or is not to be made on the cusp of a vision whose angles are obscured is likened to a window bereft of blinds.

The transparency of an evocative yet cerebrally deft excavation serves only the purpose of making one cringe, twice.

You'd think it was a meritocracy, but you'd be mistaken.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

When a Saturday bakes a cake

While raking the leaves on the front lawn today a man stopped me as he was walking on the side walk towards the bus stop. He said to wish my wife a good day. So when she came home, I did.

The front lawn is done for the season, I added four more bags to the tally for this fall. The back yard still needs some more work.

Yesterday's leaf bag count: 4 bags
Total Leaf Bag Count for Fall 2015: 53 bags.

I hope your weekend is progressing as it was expected to.

Friday, November 20, 2015

that the lead was put down on her foot

Profundity at the max, celebrating idiosyncrasies like a doughnut deposition. It is a mistake to think that an eye opener is the same as a can opener. Eleven times the digital wrist watch collection lies the flurry of disaster; thinking twice, again and again.

Does the second guess always follow the first?

It isn't sideways, the way to go. I should know.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

likewise, the timbre of the column

I read this article about Kesha's troubles. While I'm not an enormous fan, a few of her songs I've found quite catchy and having come across this article by chance I felt it deserved to be shared. Of course, posting it here on my blog will only get one or three readers to see the link, out of whom maybe only zero or one will follow the link, but no matter, I'm doing it because I feel for her and others in her position.

I also read about Ronda Rousey and how she popularized women's MMA and UFC to a significant degree but lost her most recent bout to Holly Holm. I'm by no means a UFC fan; however, with Ronda potentially finishing her career in MMA, perhaps Kesha can hire her as a bodyguard whenever she has to interact with Luke.

In case you haven't noticed, we are past the midpoint of the month of November, 2015.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Letter to the federal government

I emailed my member of parliament and cc'ed the Prime Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Defense Minister:

Dearest Mr. Scarpaleggia,

First, congratulations on winning in Lac. St Louis, my riding.

Second, thank you for representing us (the West Island of Montreal) in parliament.

Third, and most importantly, please reconsider the withdrawal of active forces from the Middle East in light of the recent terrorist activities in Beirut and Paris. I appreciate that an election campaign promise by the Liberal Party of Canada was to withdraw from active duty in that area, however, times have changed and the call to be active members of a force against the ISIS Caliphate tyranny should not be ignored.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Using a soup spoon as a lozenge

"Don't bank on it."

What an odd expression.

Three hundred years ago there was no wide spread electricity usage.

Two hundred years ago there was no wide spread air travel.

One hundred years ago there was no internet.

Last week there wasn't any November 12.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

twice bitten, thrice baked

Side stepping a side swipe to steal a base is a basic botch of a bad job. Destruction as a pass-time is likely not a long lived hobby.

If all of the people whose first names begin with a consonant in the lower half of the alphabet were to step backwards two steps at any time during the month of December, ice cream sales would drop by an almost inconsequential amount.

My left armpit is no place for a bowling alley.

I've picked the cocktail drink that for now will be my go-to drink - I call it bourbon-sprite. It is simply that, some measure of bourbon, a few cubes of ice and the rest is Sprite. The advantage to this drink is that it is difficult to get it wrong.

Argentina is not a place I have ever visited.

Painting a lemonade stand plaid on a Tuesday mid-morning during the month of February in the Southern Hemisphere around the thirty-second latitude is not something an Inuit tree farmer would do.

Riding a bicycle perpetually uphill would appear to be a rather tiring endeavour.

A cloudy vision serves no one.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

who would buy a kelp machine?

iterative, irritation - related? Who knows, but my boss sure thinks they are.

Monday, November 09, 2015

plan of map, napalm?

Things are starting to come together for a family trip across Canada and the US next summer. Likely we'll drive west in Canada ending up in Victoria, BC, and then take a ferry to Washington State. From there head back east through north eastern Oregon, Idaho, northern Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and then back into Ontario, then home to Quebec. It isn't clear in Canada if at Winnipeg will we go north to Saskatoon and then Edmonton, or going south from Regina to Calgary. We'd like to do the Jasper-Banff drive, so possibly we'd go Winnipeg-Regina-Calgary-Edmonton-Jasper-Banff-Vancouver.

As far as we can tell we have three options we are considering:
1. Rent an RV - the most expensive option as we've found they cost about 1700$ per week and on top of that is fuel and the fees for camping it and a limit of 2500km above which we pay more per km.
2. Buy a tent-trailer and camp; this is the original vision that my wife and I had - to camp - but option three is becoming more appealing as we think about it. This is especially true as we haven't hardly ever camped as a family.
3. Go to Hampton Inn hotels. This hotel chain has a superlative breakfast, so every morning we'd have good breakfast options and would also be able to grab a few apples and bananas and yoghurts that we can bring with us. With free Wifi we'd also be able to stay connected so I can document the trip as we're doing it and we could do research along the way. Staying in the same hotel chain would also give us points to get free or discounted nights.

We haven't worked out exactly when during the summer months we'll go, but we're thinking that we'll take four weeks off of work to do this trip. I was fortunate that when I was eleven years old, my parents took my brother, sister and I on such a trip. My wife did it when she was nineteen. By doing it next year, our youngest, V-8, will be seven years old, which is old enough to at least have the memory of having done the trip.

As we get closer to next summer I'll be posting here more about how the plan is working out.

Oh, and yesterday I raked some more leaves. In past years I raked the bulk of the leaves in the back yard into the back of the back yard and just let them compost there. This year I am bagging them, so I think the count will be higher than normal this year.

Yesterday's leaf bag count: 14 bags
Total Leaf Bag Count for Fall 2015: 49 bags.