Sunday, March 29, 2015


Though this post was set to post at 3:29PM, we may not have actually left NY left as we had today to tour the city a little bit before returning back to reality.

Friday, March 27, 2015


Though the time says 3:27AM, we left earlier so that we could arrive at Hofstra Arena by about 8:30AM.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Whenever my youngest, V-8, sees one of these driving around she calls out, 'Chicken Taxi!'

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Yes, there are peacocks in my lemonade

I don't know what your stance is on immigration. I'm rather liberal about the idea and would prefer a world that was more porous.

I am fortunate in that the company where I work, though we are less than seventy employees, we can hear spoken among the employees:
and perhaps one or two others I can't name at the moment.

Since we are working hard to expand into South America, we have hired a number of Spanish speaking employees lately, so that seems to be the second most prominently spoken language after English.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

curling, sailing, sleeping, burping

Tomorrow night has little about it that should resemble a shoemaker's pet peeve.

There is a 'Complain to Blogger' button at the bottom right corner of my screen. If I'm not pleased with how this spring's weather is turning out so far, should I click on that button so I can complain to them?

An annual police brutality protest march was purposefully scheduled to take place today, on a street directly adjacent to the St. Patrick's Day parade that was also taking place today. The former often ends in violence while the latter is a cherished long running institution. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and the turnout for the former was very poor.

It helped that it was -9C with a wind chill in the mid -20s. This made the turnout for the parade also smaller, but still those who went had a good time.

My family and I did not go. Not because of the potential police brutality protest, but because it was too cold.

A person's left elbow, when rinsed with partially diluted vinegar (67%), is less promiscuous, as far as elbows are concerned, as is a flea-bitten thirty-one year old queen sized mattress decaying in a derelict and poorly lit alleyway that is located in the armpit of the southwest corner of the city.

The previous sentence was post edited quite a number of times before it gained the character that it currently has. The sentence preceding this one was post-edited exactly zero times.

Looking up does not always have the desired effect.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

botulism soup

There isn't the slightest chance of emptying a sailboat of water when it is submersed in my left ear while I am in the shower.

So now you have it, one more thing you know about me.

Tomorrow is the very last March 20th of the year. There is little of significance happening that day, apart from it being the first day of Spring and the first day of robotics competition that my son's school robotics team is participating in.

How is your March 20th looking?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

when in doubt, plant a tree

I've been wondering if there are any specific foods that I can eat that can increase my platelet count so that the next time I donate (today) is not like the last time I went where I had a lower bound threshold platelet count so I couldn't do the donation. I found this which basically gives the same general advice that anyone gives for being healthy.

I started posting this post before I went and had planned on submitting it, but I hadn't, and now I'm back from the donation. My platelet count was 167 which is acceptable. The nurse who put the needle into me went a little deeper this time as compared to past donations I've made and this caused a problem, so my donation was truncated only 10% of the way through the procedure.

This is two times in a row that it doesn't work out. I will try one more time in April and if that also doesn't work out, I fear I will have to cease.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lifetime achievement award for greatest collection of mismatched socks

The first day of Spring (for those of us who live in the Northern hemisphere) is approaching. Coincidentally, the last day of winter is also approaching.

There aren't two of the same when referring to two things that are different.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thick and thin but not wide or narrow

Blocks like the Jenga tower toppled and the three time winner wound down her telescope. There isn't the same sense of wonder bread that is used at breakfast time. I should know.

Friday, March 13, 2015


So back in high school, what in Quebec we call secondary three or four which translates roughly to grade eight or nine, I was in my chemistry class during a quiz when I had finished reasonably early, had reviewed the quiz, handed it in and there was still seven minutes left in the period before it was over.

One by one I took the elements of my pencil case, which included pens, pencils, erasers, protractors among other things and started balancing everything on my desk. As an example, stand the eraser upright and across it find the center point of a pen and a pencil and lay them across, and then on top of the pen and pencil put the protractor, and then on top of that put the next item, and so on.

Eventually I managed to balance all of the contents of my pencil case and still there was time left.

The teacher noticed what I was doing and actually came a little closer to take a look at the progress I was making, while at the same time vigilating the students who had not yet completed the quiz.

So then X (a class mate, though not a friend of mine) who sat further back in the class got up to hand in his quiz and as he passed my desk he knocked over the elaborate balancing act I had built.

The teacher gave X a detention for doing it.

Fortunately the school I went to was sufficiently disciplined that retribution wasn't something I had to contend with.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

echo echo echo

What kind of cave do I find myself in?

Does it have any rhubarb?