Thursday, September 18, 2014

branching out into Scotland?

It's their big day today. Who knows what the end result will be.

Separatists here in Quebec are looking on in the hopes that this activity will inspire a movement here.

I am highly doubtful. There is very little that is comparable between the situation in the UK and the situation here in Canada.

For example, the question...
Scotland: Should Scotland be an independent country?
Quebec in 1995: Do you agree that Quebec should become sovereign after having made a formal offer to Canada for a new economic and political partnership within the scope of the bill respecting the future of Quebec and of the agreement signed on June 12, 1995?

For example, history...
Scotland: a fabled history having been an independent country for many centuries.
Quebec: A province that was a founding partner in forming a country called Canada way back in 1867.

I wish the best for those who live in Scotland, whatever the outcome.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The weather has turned

But I don't know if it turned left or right.

Did I happen to tell you what happened to me next week? If I've forgotten, it is because yet again, I failed to stub any of the toes of my left foot.

I have not had any nightmares in the last three sleep sessions I have had.

I have also not purchased any lemonade in at least three weeks.

Monday, September 15, 2014

loud talkers unite

I haven't traveled much in the last six minutes; I've mostly been at or near the desk at which I sit during the day on weekdays while I am at my job. In the last six hours I haven't traveled much, either, as I had arrived at work this morning at just about six hours ago. I haven't traveled much in the last six days, though I did go to Elgin. I haven't travelled much in the last six weeks. I haven't traveled much in the last six months, though I have been to Nevis and Jamaica. I haven't traveled much in the last six years, though I have gone to a few different places. I haven't been alive for all of the last six decades, but I did travel during the decades I was alive. I haven't been alive for all of the last six centuries, but I did travel for a part of one of the past six centuries. I haven't been alive for all of the last six millennia, and I think you get the point.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Barreling down the tuna

So Prez Obama is striking down on ISIS. That IS is compelling by force the people around them to adhere to their version of Islam, killing the boys and men who refuse, is definitely something that requires some kind of retribution. I, for one, support this action.

Our provincial government here in Quebec is planning to do away with the universal discount child care fee structure and in the next year or two will tie the fees to family income level. It's about time.

Rob Ford in TO is not faring well with a tumor discovered in his big middle. On a human scale I am sure almost everyone hopes that he recovers safely. On a political scale I am fairly certain some people would prefer if he remained cooped up in a hospital for quite some time.

Western and southern Alberta have experienced a very early and fairly severe winter with snow and cold already, well before the official first day of fall. Lucky them.

Not all luck is good luck.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

apheresis and the clogs

So I went for my third ever apheresis donation today. They don't use both arms, they use one and pull, then push, then pull, then push. Only the pull isn't a pull, it is also a push, but the push depends on my own pump and the pipe they use in my arm from which to draw the liquid. My pump is strong with my diastolic and systolic almost always bang on the traditional good health readings, but the pipe in my arm is kinda small and it partially collapses periodically during the 75 minute apheresis procedure. This causes an alarm on the machine they use to do the withdrawal/centrifuge/deposit and it requires one of the staff to come and hit a button to 'continue' the procedure. The alarm is so that the staff can verify that everything is okay.

As my platelet free blood is returned to me it is lower than body temperature so I can feel a coolness entering my arm at the pipe junction. Knowing this is the case, the staff always smother the donor with blankets to keep us cozy. Normally, during this procedure I feel a tingly sensation in my gums and my lips. Curious that I should feel the sensation there.

I have switched from regular blood donations to apheresis because regular donations can only be done every 56 days while apheresis can be done every 14 days. Also, as it was explained to me, cancer patients fare better with a platelet donation from a single donor through apheresis as compared to a platelet extraction from five different regular blood donations.

Monday, September 08, 2014

slirp burp flirt

The least evasive of canopies that flaunts its skeletal frame marks derisively the plaid board with a chartreuse geometrically sanguine shape. That teenagers who were born heterotopically are able to discern this shape with disrespectful earnestness comes as no surprise to those whose least active brain quadrant has been slightly compressed due to a minor depressed skull fracture.

derisive - adjective
1. expressing contempt or ridicule.

chartreuse - noun
noun: chartreuse; plural noun: chartreuses
1. a pale green or yellow liqueur made from brandy and aromatic herbs.
2. a dish made in a mold using pieces of meat, vegetables, or (now most often) fruit in jelly.

sanguine - adjective
1. optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.
2. Heraldryliterary - blood-red.
3. archaic - bloody or bloodthirsty.

sanguine - noun
1. a blood-red color.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

corn and dandruff flakes

The cryogenic factory that uses basting pans to evoke a soliloquy is less inclined to maximize solutions that present themselves only from obtuse angles that derive normally from below the horizon. I should know.

When wind is wound on a winding road running westwards the eastern Easter breeze breathed life in the wife of a kite dealer. A four year old painstakingly stubbed her toe, towed her toy, toyed with the cat, and caught a cold. Did I mention it was cold?

The Grinch who stole underwear is not the same as that other Grinch who is better known. They are cousins, however, and as such, share grandparents.

Flight or fight, that's the best kangaroo I've ever eaten.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

1st day of what?

The first day of kindergarten was exactly one hour of duration. That's a little crazy, if you ask me.

Of course, some wee ones need to be eased in to school.

My V-8 does not need to be eased in, she is full on ready.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Let your left heel splinter

Cranial loops, much like fruit loops, loop like a parakeet sings along with a ukelele underwater. The derision that is bereft felt like taking a left. That orange juice is purple!

Mexico as a fishing town has in it a plethora of corpulent vacuums. I should know.

There is a weekend sometime between now and the year 2018. If you choose to recognize this as being true.

This ice bucket challenge, if not blogged about, would be forgotten. Enough said.

I thought that I had already posted about my maternal grandfather having died of ALS, but scouring my blog in search of such a post yielded results that can only be described as null.

Since his passing I read that there is a 10-15% chance that his progeny will inherit this abominable disease.

Collectivism as a tree surgeon reminded Hank of his need to parachute into a field of dandelions while eating Wheat Thins.

That a left-wing politically ignorant realtor would raise a flag sending a message concerning egg yolks to folks who like jokes says nothing about the state of Wisconsin.

That orange juice is fuchsia!

Being a leprechaun in the twenty-teens is probably not the best wrist watch a person with size sixteen shoes would wear.

I would have written 'I should know' as a suffix to the above statement, only I do not own size sixteen shoes, and, I'm not a leprechaun.

Barraging people who only know how to dance clock-wise with painted chickens made of turkey limbs is one of those things that, if it were to make the evening news, would not be the lead article.

Running around in circles is significantly easier as compared to running around in tetrahedrons.

You'd think that if you were to milk a milk truck you'd get a lot more milk than milking a cow; so why don't farmers grow milk trucks?


Celebrating six times a year the passing of an odd numbered day to an even numbered day is one way to get through your wine stash. Another way would be to celebrate the prime numbered days. I should know.

Waking up in California is something I have done once. How about you?

There is likely more to this post, but

Thursday, August 28, 2014

hwy 138

Last weekend we were out and about and happened to drive on route 138 near Howick and out of curiosity I followed (on GooMaps) how far 138 goes in both directions. Going south it doesn't go very far as it hits the US border in short order.

Going north, on the other hand, the road goes spectacularly far.

It goes past Sept-Iles and then you can take a ferry and then the road continues to Tête-à-la-Baleine, Quebec. Goople says it would take 31 hours to drive/ferry the distance covering 1623 kilometers. If I was to walk about 25kKMs per day it would take almost 65 days. Mind you, not quite all of the distance is walking - the ferry rides would involve very little walking.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

caution: plaid ink crossing

The meticulous methodology that a prodigy shows in acquiring the acumen necessary for accomplishing what others can only dream of is but a fraction of the difference that status quo people spend watching television programming instead of using their will. I should know.

That vacillating between two steps forward and three steps back is the only baste used in haste wears thin like a hammock on its last legs.

Who knew a hammock has legs?

Going camping in a camper or a tent on a camp site that is made for camping can be nice if the weather turns out nice.

Having the correct sleeping arrangement can make all of the difference.