Sunday, July 23, 2017

without telling fiction

My family and I were away for the last week, we got back yesterday and this evening I thought to take a moment to post this post.

It is 22h30 as I type this sentence, on a Sunday night, the Sunday immediately prior to returning to work after a week off. There are zero incandescent light bulbs in my left front pocket.

Nairobi is one of those places I have never been. It would only cost 15,051$ to fly First Class on Swiss Air, leaving at 16h40, flying overnight, with a 3h40 layover in Zurich then finally arriving in Nairobi at 18h40 local time. On Tripadvisor's top things to do in Nairobi there is:
1. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
2. African Fund for Endangered Wildlife
3. Nairobi National Park

So, there would be a lot of African animal viewing.

From Wikipedia, David Sheldrick was famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, after he died, his wife, Daphne, started the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. They nurse elephants and then integrate them back into the wild.

I checked again, and the count of incandescent light bulbs in my left front pocket still amounts to zero.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

dirigibles coming out of my tibia

A raspberry jam filled doughnut, a ringworm and a beer bottle cap walked into a saloon, grabbed a table and hunkered down. The serving person approached the table and then recoiled, much the way a well worn spring curses at the September rain. The cap offered a nickel for a thimble of JD; the ringworm went straight to the Tequila while the doughnut, feeling grand, ordered a pitcher of mint taffy grenadine. The server took the orders with an odd look on his face; like he'd just seen a doughnut, ringworm and bottle cap speak to him. The bar tender, seeing the order and the patrons, decided their first round would be on the house - especially given the quantities that were being requested.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

reactionary faction

The plural of sect and the word sex are not too dissimilar in pronunciation.

This came up in conversation today at work.

Got buzzed yesterday about yesterday's post - I've never had such a response. I really don't understand what the issue was about that post; I was told that it was 'darker' than normal. I guess they've never read ghost's posts.

Cucumber sales have gone along about as smoothly as they ever have. Not a whole lot to report there.

Looks like the Antarctic ice sheet is losing a fair sized piece in the next few days or weeks. This could start the calving of the rest of the sheet. Flooding coastal areas, here we come!

My home is quite a bit above the water line, so I am not immediately worried. When my parts of my city had flooding earlier this spring, my neighbourhood was not affected at all.

Tonight I expect the sun to set.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

whack-a-mole spaghetti stones

The inner circle made of stealth and enigmatic mysteries lies dormant until the opportune moment to strike, as a villain would, only in a more pragmatic, under-the-rader way. Those who drift and float could well be caught off guard, unprepared for the attack. The sidelines, crowded with on-lookers, could too be cast away, realizing only too late that watching is no different from floating. The key here is to be awake and aware, know that at any moment those inner circle fiends could push their will on the weak; on the unprepared. Be on the lookout at all times and then, only the stragglers will get picked up.

Good luck!

Monday, June 26, 2017

dead dead dead

Home computer, dead.
Printer at home, dead.

If I can finagle a USB stick with a Windows 10 recovery I may be able to save my home computer.
I think I just need to replace the printer.

Salmonella isn't my favourite bacterial disease.

I thought of ghost this morning, between the hours of 2h30 and 5h30, as I turned and tossed, unable to fall back asleep again. It is a particularly rare occurrence that I am unable to return to sleep if I have awoken. Under normal circumstances I do not wake up at all during my primary sleep period; and on those rare occasions that I do awake, I usually return to unconsciousness in only a few moments.

Oh well; perhaps tonight my sleep will be better.

Space X launched and landed two rockets over the weekend, one of which had been previously launched. I read today that they are adding another platform to their arsenal which would mean that it would be theoretically possible to launch four rockets in rapid succession if not simultaneously. I do not know if the ground crew demands are such that they would need to separate each launch in order to monitor it.

The idea of the Hyperloop Hotel is intriguing. I think of it as like a private cruise ship that crosses land. I imagine upon first install that these would be expensive rooms to hold; but perhaps within my children's life time it would be a more common way to visit places.

Chris Cornell is the third dead from the subject; though he died 39 days ago, I heard him singing in an Audioslave song just yesterday. His passing did not affect me nearly as much as did the passing of David Bowie, but still; I was quite the fan of both Soundgarden and Audioslave.

I have one more Spartan Race to compete in, it is at the last week of August at the Stoneham ski center northwest of Quebec City. I have booked an AirBNB close to the race that I will be sharing with a friend who will accompany me for the weekend trip. The race will be the 'Beast' distance, completing the Trifecta for 2017.

As my girls finished their school year this past Friday we had to undo all of their school supplies and locker components, put them in storage for when school starts up again in the fall. This was quite an ordeal taking a number of hours on Saturday and Sunday. Fortunately, the job is done now. We already have the list for both C-Ling and V-8, so we could, theoretically, look into those supplies to see what can be used again for the following year, but we want to let the dust settle a little, to give ourselves a break.

Swim lessons begin tomorrow and continue each Tuesday and Thursday evening at 18h; it isn't the best time for the lessons, but since my girls are staying at my mother-in-law's house through the summer, they can be fed a 17h and then I can pick them up after my work day is over and they'll already be ready to head over.

It is looking like I will need to buy a new pair of shoes in the next three weeks.

The Quebec provincial government today announces 42 measures of a 1.5 billion dollar value that will go towards promoting clean energy and reducing GHGs. There is an immediacy to this that the money is being spent over the next three years with some of the measures going into effect immediately. I may look into this to see what kind of financial assistance the government would give me to remove the oil part of my furnace and replace it with electricity. This may cost more in terms of energy consumption, but it would mean that we are no longer burning oil in our house on the coldest days of the winter to heat the house.

Anca Zoltan; now there's a name I won't forget soon. I just wish I had a better photo.

My guess is that the most favourite flavour of ice cream that people who love chocolate ice cream is chocolate ice cream.

I have not yet begun to think about what costume I would get for this year's Halloween. I did see a Deadpool suit that I thought would be fun; but there are still other options.

This coming Friday I am leaving with my kids to a Dad & Kid camping weekend; we'll be leaving Friday morning and then coming home again Sunday afternoon/evening, though we may return sooner depending on the weather. At the moment there is a forecast of rain over the weekend, include 15-20MM on Saturday, which means heavy rain. This is not ideal weather for camping.

Tomorrow at my work place I am participating in a social events committee meeting to discuss what our next plans are to try to build upon past events that aim towards maintaining and growing a sense of community within the company. Last year we had a 'beach party' in July that it may be too late now to organize an equivalent event. In the last two years we had a family day where both of those events were held at the same location. There is a question about having the event again this year, but at a new location. There may be other community service suggestions that come up, we shall see.

I have really been sucked into this 'Wish' application on my mobile device. I have ordered a bunch of things spread out over six weeks or so, most of which have cost only a few dollars. I have 'flagged' a larger number of things into a few different categories; like: something for me, gift for someone else, or Camping. That last is a little shaky as I haven't really any intention of increasing the amount of time/expense/effort I already take in terms of camping. Still, some of the things I see on the app look very appealing to have in terms of camping.

I should probably end this post; it is probably long enough.

On Monday, a week from today, it will be C-ling's turn for 'Daddy-and-Me' day. The plan is to get her her Opus pass and then walk around the city, maybe catch a movie. The Opus pass is the public transit pass and I need to bring her to have her photo taken as the student fare on an Opus card requires the photo. The one I have has no photo. Once we have the pass, I will then be able to register it online with the pass that I am already paying for G-bot. The program is called Opus+ and it makes it really easy - the monthly payments for the transit cards are automatically withdrawn from my credit card and I pay only 11 months out of 12. They don't really need to have the pass for the full months of July or August, as they are out of school, but if we take one of those two months as the 'free' month, then the other one is just a little bit extra that we pay which gives them unlimited access to the transit network year round. With respect to G-bot, this has taken a load off as I do not need to be driving him around nearly as much as I would have otherwise. I expect the same to hold true for C-ling in short order.

For V-8's 'Daddy-and-me' day I'll be taking her to Arbraska which is a tree-climbing obstacle zip-lining place about a 45 minute drive out of the city. In the past I've taken both G-bot and C-ling to this place and they always have a good time.

One idea I've had for G-bot's 'Daddy-and-me' day would be to rent an AirBNB apartment in the downtown of my city for a Friday-Saturday night. There are some apartments that are quite inexpensive. I would make sure he would get any homework done, and then we could walk around the city; have a nap, go out at night and walk around; go see a movie; play video games in the apartment, eat in to cut costs but eat one meal out. This would be the most I'd ever have spent on one of these days; so I do not know if I would end up doing it.

I have not played table tennis, or ping pong, or as we used to call it: i/g, in a very long time. I dream of some day being in a place in my life where I can play it regularly with friends who love this game as much as I do. Fifteen years ago for a few years in a row I was able to play against two of my best friends where we would rotate 1 vs 2, then 2 vs 3, then 3 vs 1, then 1 vs 2 and so on. We would play at our lunch break, almost daily, and on top of that, periodically, we would come outside of work hours to play for a more extended period. I do not know how mobile my two friends are now, compared to then, I also don't know how much loss of mobility I have lost since then, but still, I think it would be fun.

Tomorrow it is back to the routine, here at work, as this past weekend was La Fête National, a Quebec Holiday; so half of our department was off on Friday and the other half today. Tomorrow we should all be present. It made today a very quiet day; making tomorrow quite the contrast. This coming weekend is Canada Day weekend.

If you've read this far, it means you have read this far. Have a good rest of your whatever time zone you are in.

Friday, June 23, 2017

down and up, left and wrong, fish and slirp

Karma down two Friday's ago, Karma up earlier this week, let's call it balance.

Tuesdays are one of those days in the week that have a Tue in them.

A deranged ranger wrangled an ankle.

1,000$ a day or 1,000$ a week; I'd be okay with either.

The days will begin to get shorter now. That's okay; they do the same thing every year.

There aren't many obtuse angles in architecture.

As an elastic, the blue man group is devoid of women.

Today is the last day of school for C-ling and V-8, yay for them.

Counting to eleven is one of those things that are done by people who have counted to eleven.

Friday, June 16, 2017

When a blanket is used as a dandelion

Welcoming a welcome mat to be unwelcome on a welcome ship bound for the town called Welcome will come as no surprise to the welcome mat maker association who welcome anyone who welcomes welcome mats.

Scrubbing your toes with a scrub brush intended for scrubbing toes while wearing a scrub suit is something the scrub toe association would welcome.

A mixed metaphor metaphorically mixed a mixed drink that was a metaphor for mixed company from a metaphoric mix company.

All of the best of the best bested the best of the others, who were bested by the best by being better.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. These are some of the numbers that are less than eleven.

Claw back your back.


Monday, June 12, 2017

cocktail hour at the pig pen

There is little to be said about the idea of topics that are meaningless to just about anyone you know.

There is a lot to be said about the favourite flavour people have of common foods that have a variety of flavours.


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

there are no termites in my underwear

A refidgerator walked along the side walk and kept bumping into people - the poor thing has terrible eye sight.

They are, once again, turning the street that my work building faces into a Formula 1 party zone. The restaurants are expanding their floor space far into the street; fancy lights are going up for late night events and on Friday, some fancy cars will be lined up to be photographed; something I've done the last few years.

I will do it again this year; I'll be curious to see if there are any new cars.

Three Thursdays from now will be the penultimate day of school for my two youngest children. We still haven't worked out yet what child care they will be subject to for the weeks during the summer that both my wife and I are working and they are not at a sleep away camp (two weeks of the summer). The past few years we've hired a local teenage girl to take them to the municipal pool for swim lessons and to occupy them for the rest of the day. I would drive them to this teenager's house in the morning, and then would pick them up at that same house at the end of the work day.

One thing I didn't like about this arrangement was that I still had to make their lunches; something I have to do throughout the school year. Mind you, this fall C-Ling is starting high school and as of high school I relinquish my lunch making to the child. So, come the fall I only need to make V-8 and myself, our lunches. I also need to make sure that C-ling and G-bot have enough food in the house to make their own lunches.

A dolphin wanted to play chess with my left calf; I refused citing the need to perambulate.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

like a crushed kidney without the anomoly

There is a perversion to thinking too much about the iconic.

I should know.

I do not see how difficult it can be for innocent behaviour to be interpreted as paranoia which then develops further into psychosis. This is not to say that many of us border on the psychotic.

Others will come to terms with their sanity in much the same way - sleeping uphill in the summer.

Posture is the second best thing; I'm still on the hunt for the first.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

like a rainbow melting an electron

Yep, so this Saturday I am doing a Spartan Race - Sprint distance.
This Sunday I am doing a Spartan Race - Super distance.

The Sprint distance is described as this:
5-8 km
20-23 Obstacles
40 minutes Fastest Time

The Reebok Spartan Sprint: This is our shortest distance. It is perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers. The 3-5 Mile Sprint may be our shortest distance but it packs more than 20 Signature Spartan Obstacles. If you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong. Get to the starting line and show yourself what you are capable of.

The Super distance is described as this:
13-16 km
24-29 Obstacles
80 minutes Fastest Time

The Reebok Spartan Super: This is our middle distance course. With a longer distance than the Sprint and more obstacles, the Super will test your endurance, perseverance and grit. The 8-10 Mile Super packs more than 25 Signature Spartan Obstacles through tougher and more rugged terrain. The Super is the test en route to your Spartan TRIFECTA.

I think of the Sprint as being a warm-up to do the Super.

I have not been able to train as much for the race this year as I did for the race last year.

What will also be a different experience is that last year when I did the race I did it with a group of about 10 other coworkers; completing the last 4/7ths of the course with one particular coworker with whom I teamed up. This coming weekend there isn't anyone else going apart from me.

In August I will be doing a Spartan Race - Beast distance, described thus:
20-23 km
30-35 Obstacles
3 Hours Fastest Time

The Reebok Spartan Beast: This is our most difficult of the three. The Beast will test not only your endurance, perseverance and grit, but also your mind. The 12-14 Mile Beast packs more than 30 Signature Spartan Obstacles and your final hurdle to Spartan TRIFECTA glory. It won’t be easy but you can’t believe how good the medal feels at the finish line.

By doing all three distances within the same calendar year I earn the 'Trifecta'. Whoop de do.

In 2018 I hope that we'll be able to get a group going again from my work and I would probably only do that race, having experienced the other races in 2017.