Archives for: August 2006

08/31/06

Permalink 01:07:32 pm, by Email , 522 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Interesting day in Downtown Toronto...

TD Centre in Toronto

In the course of the last two hours in and around the Toronto Dominion Centre, I've seen three things that... well... two of them are "one of a kind" things in my eyes...

Camera

The first thing is, as usual, they're filming some movie or TV show on the street nearby... this isn't too weird... but the two things that I admit, I was... amused?

Hearse

The first one was a black Cadillac hearse... yes, a hearse... the kind you carry caskets in... except the top and rear were painted bright pink. (I don't have a camera... so no picture of it to show...)

Walking around the hearse was a bad Andy Warhol look-alike.

Warhol

The whole thing is an advertising gimmick for an Art Gallery of Ontario showing of Warhol's work called "Andy Warhol / Supernova - Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962–1964"... still, to see a hearse parked in the courtyard with a bad Andy Warhol standing with it... it's something to see.

Well, while "admiring" this visage, a chuck-wagon drawn by two horses with two faux cowboys following and a few "settlers" walking along beside/behind them was next...

Wagon Train

Yup, holding up traffic, we had a quasi-reenactment of the Donner Party before the big hunger.

This, also, was an advertising gimmick... for "Deadwood" which is being run on The (Canadian) History Channel...

So, I had Andy Warhol and his pink hearse watching Wild Bill Etobicoke and his group of anachronistic settlers ride by...

...all of them holding up traffic and causing much issues for drivers... and much amusement to the rest of us.

WELCOME TO TORONTO! Maybe we do have stuff to see... even if it's only promotional advertising! :)

Perhaps, one day, we'll be the sight to behold in RLH 3!!! :)

RLH 3

...probably not...

How can an old double-decker possibly compete with Fake-Dead-Andy and Wagons, HO! going by?

...that, and believe it or not, there's already several buses running about doing tours...

This can be a REALLY weird town sometimes...

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Fastest Addenda Ever! 13:18 EDT: I went to find out that the film is called "Angela's Eyes" if that helps anyone... and upon closer examination, with the fake-dead-Andy is a fake-dead-Marilyn Monroe... Yup, by the hearse is ALSO a "Marilyn Monroe" look-alike...

...AND IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH FREE ENTERTAINMENT...

There's an outdoor small music stage set-up for the Summer in the courtyard and doing "his thing" today is... SILVER ELVIS!

An Elvis impersonator, painted silver, doing the "living statue" routine to Elvis tunes.

Think about this... The hearse and the fake-dead-folk... the chuck wagon and followers... the film... and statue Elvis ARE ALL MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE TO EACH OTHER and all occupying an area about the size of half a football field.

I love this town sometimes.

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/30/06

Permalink 08:57:54 pm, by Email , 579 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

Graffiti is not all bad... apparently... maybe... I dunno...

TTC Streetcar

Yesterday, I was taking a streetcar home (using surface routes instead of the subway... slower, but less stressful...) and noticed in blue marker, a small "note" rather neatly written on the back of the person's seat in front of me... all it said were the words, "I think you're beautiful."

Now, I admit that I am the type to get kinda "gooey" over little things, but the thought that went immediately through my head was...

"In a greater sense, this is graffiti and is a defacement of the vehicle and, in a stricter sense, against the law... but I somehow doubt anyone will report it... nor do I hope anyone will erase it as I know this will brighten someone's day at some point."

I had visions of another person in my seat... someone who had a bad day or was feeling particularly lonely...

Now, ANY and ALL rational people would recognise that this message was probably not meant for them... but like me, I wonder if they'd stop and think that, perhaps, it was... or maybe to everyone in general...

Either way, a simple, small, blue piece of graffiti brought on a smile and a host of thoughts... good on ya, oh mysterious and anonymous graffiti artist!

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Patron Help

Still looking for a patron for the dream... A couple of posts ago, I mentioned Sue had said that we were probably much closer to realising the dream than we probably realise... and that should our kooky dream and goal hit the right ear, our patron (or patrons) would help us achieve it.

On that note, I am STILL appealing to any public relations (PR) person (be you pro or apprentice) or marketing/advertising person (student or pro) who might want to take this on as a project...

We cannot afford to pay you, but we would be a wonderful thing on a CV (resume)... and if you managed to raise over and above the $20k we need, we'd be happy to pay a "finders fee" of sorts...

If this is for you or someone you know, click here (opens a new browser) and find a contact or e-mail link and let us know!

We can discuss and perhaps, you or someone you know will help us find our knight(s) in shining armour!

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Last Quick Note: I'm pleased a few folks from here noticed I was closing down the bulk of DoubleDeckerBuses.Org... well, the key words are "the bulk of".

I'm going to keep the "dream" site alive... and this blog... but time constraints prevent me from looking after the rest... especially when my free time is spent mostly on my paranormal work...

For those "enthusiasts" (old and new) who liked the site, I left the "Links and Resources" page up so you can have a boo at other "busly" sites...

I may ressurect it in the future... but for now, it's best to take it offline until I can devote more time to do something with it...

...like discuss our work restoring/fixing/whatever RLH 3? :)

RLH 3

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/29/06

My Kind of Town... but not on the "Top Ten"...

I love Toronto... my family has STRONG roots in this city from the first gaslights to the building of modern city attraction...

I'm pleased to be ranked amongst the city's supporters with my true life's work web site, TorontoGhosts.Org... and was born, raised, and have lived here all my life.

Toronto

...but ask me how "shocked" I was that Toronto was NOT in the "Top Ten" North American cities to visit, according to Travel and Leisure Magazine?

Not an iota.

Sorry, but I may love this burgh, despite my occasional complaints, but even I recognise that it has all the raw, exciting, and awe-inspiring tourist attraction as a plain donut has an attraction to a fine-foods critic. On occasion, and when necessary, a nice repast... but I can't say I'm waiting on pins and needles to revisit it!

Torontonians have been sold a bill of goods that this is a World Class City in league with New York, Rome, London, and Paris... NOT A CHANCE!

I don't think there's ONE child out there, somewhere outside Canada, who's looking up at his or her parents saying, "Gee, mom and dad... can one day WE go to Toronto?"

Now, for those that would argue this... sit down and think of how you would book a "vacation extraordinaire" to a visitor to this city for one week... without sending them off to Niagara or Wonderland... What, in Toronto, could someone do as a tourist to fill seven days? What sites do we offer? What museums? What history?

Hell, what "is" the Toronto Experience???

Here's what I would do and how I would "market" Toronto to make it at least an INTERESTING destination...

#1: Re-Claim the waterfront... not only to open the beaches, but also re-open/re-build Sunnyside and make the Palais Royale a real happening place again. Sorry, commuters, but the Gardiner and bits of the Lakeshore gotta go! Expensive, but worth it in the long run. I would market this as a "throwback" in history... really pump the idea that this would be a modern equivelant to a Victorian/Edwardian park/amusement area... like an old Blackpool pier in North America.

#2: Leave the Toronto Islands (including the airport) alone. Period. They're fine.

#3: Three Words - Kick A$$ Casino. Try to convince developers to build the equivalent to a MODERN Vegas style casino... something that yes, appeals to adults, but has the right amount of "family fun and shows" to appeal to the masses.

#4: Fund the historic sites... and kick out those mamby-pamby wimps who take these sites and try to pervert them into more "politically correct"/"representing the modern city" folks out of the management positions... learn from the Brits... Our history is NOT boring and it was NOT always pretty... REVEL in it's more eccentric bits and display them! As a re-enactor, I'd love to see a HUGE historical encampment/festival/whatever held within the city! Celebrate ours AND THE WORLD'S heritage. It can be done and should be!

#5: This city needs a multi-million dollar "multicultural museum" like it needs a hole in the head. If people want to see the different and diverse cultures of Toronto (of which there are many and I enjoy 'em all!), have tourists VISIT those areas of the city! Go to Greek Town, Little Italy, China Town, Little India... and all of 'em! Let the local businesses and people reap the benefits of tourism... not some centralized monstrosity that "encompasses all in one place"! This isn't a MASSIVE city, it's a big one (at about 3 million souls) but people CAN and WILL get around it!

Bonus Suggestion: MORE DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES!

Okay, that's a joke... sorta... but it would have been very cool if our own TTC had bought up some of London's old Routemasters when they were pulled off the road in England, did a wee bit of work on them (to make them Left-Entrance or something) and ran them on "tourist routes" as standard vehicles...

Okay, pipe dream... but it's true. It would have been cool.

Toronto is a place known to be a bit boring... plain... and with a throwback to England.

Why not play that up? Why not MARKET that? Why not say, "Yeah, we have cool clubs, a diverse multicultural population, great history, and some neat attractions... but overall, we're a quiet, safe, introspective, almost Victorian city."

What do you think? Would you visit a place like that?

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/28/06

Permalink 11:58:30 am, by Email , 1497 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

"Destined for great things!" and why I hate Mondays...

Achieving Heights

I think most of us have a "sense" that we could be doing more or doing something better...

That somehow, the fates have conspired to keep us in a current location, but if we read that one thing, thought about that one item, or met that one person, things would be infinitely better... or at least, a lot more meaningful.

Throughout my own life, especially when I was younger, I would constantly hear people tell me that I would do something "great"... that I'd be wildly successful and make a real difference.

No, I'm not talking about those "empowering kids T.V." programs... or even the late Leo Buscaglia programs that always ran on PBS... just in general, people seemed to predict "great things" for me.

Leo Buscaglia

Now, even as a kid, I realised that my father had achieved a certain level of success in business, my Grandpere had achieved a level of success and even a quasi-fame, my family is a moderate "storied" family in my home town as far as what they did here and whatnot... so I figured that these "predictions" were based on the family background combined with my size... I'm a big guy at age 40... over six-foot tall and about 270lbs... and I was always been a "big kid" growing up.

Heck, as an "adult" (chronologically anyway,) I've had complete strangers walk up to me twice in my life... not nutbars... but strangers... and ask me about myself and then tell me that I will be "great"... I know this sounds weird, but it's true...

One almost wonders if they were clever plants from some twisted prankster or the like...?

Trickster

I should qualify this a bit... One was a young-ish girl who was with a friend of my ex-girlfriend... When the friend and ex spotted each other on a street, they approached each other... but the "young-ish" girl came up to me, without knowing me, and said, "You're going to do amazing... Something popular... You won't be in front of a camera or on stage, but you're going to be very successful."

Now, it's not like I asked for a reading... this just came out of the blue... and I admit, perplexed me greatly... but I brushed it off as just general "weirdness".

The next time was weirder... Same ex-girlfriend and I were at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto... and an older fellow came up to me and just said, "Wow! Are you going to do great! You're going to be so successful! You're going to make a real difference!", he then shook my hand, gave me his name (which I admit, due to his approach and message, I almost promptly forgot), and went on his way leaving me a little... well... mystified.

Since then, through my paranormal studies and work, I've had a few psychic readings and whatnot... and they all say the same things... "Great Success" and "Making a Difference".

Psychic

Okay, before I get "choked out" for putting too much faith into psychic readings, I think I've actually "requested" two... and received about nine or ten all from differing sources... and only one predicted "doom and gloom" in my future... but then again, that psychic also had a "vested interest" in my personal misfortune... and, so far, was wrong on every count. (For the record, that psychics track record was iffy... in the extreme... to begin with.)

I guess what I'm saying is, when I sit down and consider all these things, I have an (admittedly) false sense of almost entitlement... but not really.

Destiny

It's like there's this destiny that, for whatever reason, I have yet to find or start... and at times, it's extremely frustrating.

I have no want to be an "actor" or really, achieve any kind of "fame" as "fame" is accepted as being nowadays... Sure, I enjoy a spotlight, but I prefer it to be one of acknowledgement for knowledge and achievement rather than one for simply "being" or "existing"...

In so far as being "in the public eye" in those samples I've been afforded (I've done documentaries for TV and film as well as many newspaper interviews and articles)... I really hate being photographed or "filmed"... I do enjoy doing radio when I can (working in radio is honestly one of my not-so hidden desires...) because it's based on words, not on aesthetic features... Thoughts, not physicality...

Clear Road

Anyway, I don't think anyone likes Mondays really... but as I got up today, struggled to the computer with my cup of coffee to delete the mountain of spam that collects overnight, showered, got dressed, and head off to my work... I felt that I'm missing something... that somehow, there's more I could and should be doing... that somehow, my destiny is NOT shuffling papers anonymously...

Don't get me wrong, it's decent and honest work and for some, it's great... but dag-nabbit if something isn't niggling at the back of my mind... something saying, "Dude! You should be doing..." and then it fades off without imparting it's wisdom as to what my actions should be leaving me to both be frustrated and to be second-guessing myself at every turn.

I admit, I haven't read any "self help" books... and although I do consider myself a mild student of the human condition... I ask myself... is this what everyone goes through? Is this all part of everyone's experience just in varying degrees?

Was Henry David Thoreau bang on when he said, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation"?

Dangling Carrot

Hard to say... I mean, I'm personally VERY happy with my family and life... and aside from my office and sincere lack of funds, I'm loving life... but still... and I feel that this "destiny" of mine, should I discover it, is not going to upset the apple cart of those things that I do love...

...but is it just me, or do we all feel that there's personal potential that, as yet, is untapped within ourselves?

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Speaking of all this... there is a bit of "on topic" to this too...

You'd probably not be shocked at how often I've sit at my computer or otherwise been sitting about thinking that there's something else I could be doing to achieve our dream of rescuing RLH 3... that there's someone to connect with... someone who, if they only heard/saw/read/knew about this whole quest and everything behind it, would help make it into a reality...

Getting Attention

Honestly, it's very much like being in a boat in the middle of a somewhat calm lake, wanting to head for shore and land... and hearing that the waves are breaking only a few yards off your bow... and yet, not knowing exactly which way to turn...

Does that make sense?

I've toyed with trying to contact ad firms and public relations people... seeing if anyone might take on the "goal" as a pet project (I can't afford to pay anyone right now) and broadcast the dream to the masses... in a vain attempt to touch the right person or people...

...but who to contact? Who to touch? Who to try?

Patron Help

Sue often goes to bed at night telling me that she needs to find our "patron" to help get the bus... I'd agree as we can't do it ourselves in the foreseeable future... but how to find them? Where does one locate a “patron” for such a project?

Very much, like my note above about my life in general, these things perplex me... and generally haunt me.

The potential is there... the things are within reach... but in which direction do we reach?

Reaching

The only thing I can genuinely "feel" about my fate is that this bus we're on about saving, RLH 3, is something that, for whatever reason, we must strive to make a reality... and what's odd is that, thankfully, Sue is with me on this... supportive and involved... and that, at least, doesn't make me feel too strange about all of this.

I know, it's weird... but hey, you gotta admire us "sticking it out there" for the world to see...

To quote my mom again... "Always ask. The worst anyone can say to you is no."... and at least we're trying.

Did I mention how much I totally love my family? Every so often I think about how many other women out there would bolt on a whacko like me... and yet Sue not only embraces the weirdness, but assists me and supports me as well.

Everyone should be as lucky as I am in that way.

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/27/06

Permalink 07:45:00 am, by Email , 573 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff, Pictures/Photos

Two Things: Red vs. Blue (Not a fan of the new stuff) *AND* a New Photo of RLH 39...

The FINE, FINE, FINE folks at Rooster Teeth are brilliant.

Red!

Ever since catching "Real Life vs. The Internet", I was hooked... I ended up watching every Red vs. Blue video following Sarge, Donut, Grif, Church, Caboose... all the "guys"...

vs. Blue!

If you've never treated yourself to these movies (made by using the video game, Halo - Combat Evolved in a process known as Machinima,) take a few minutes out of your online life to laugh yourself senseless by watching "Real Life vs. The Internet" and then, if like me, you enjoyed it, go to Rooster Teeth's main page and watch some of the videos offered...

That said, I can't say I'm a big fan of the new "mini-series" offered named Out of Mind which, sadly, is not offering the same amount of whacky humour... at least, the first three are not impressing me.

Still, I'm open to rebuttals... is anyone who's already a fan enjoying Out of Mind? So far, the only thing that's made me slightly giggle is the guard who, when blown up into the sky yells "Crrrrriiiiiiiikeyyyy!" and when he lands with a thud on the ground, simply says, "Bollocks!"

Beyond that, I'm left a bit cold... and missing Sarge and Grif.

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Okay, if you managed to get through yesterday's post without giving in to the urge to simply say...

Charles Nelson Riley

...and click off without reading...

...and you read about our "second plan" should (God forbid) RLH 3 get scrapped, sold-off, or worse... we would see about RLH 39 which is in Lake Havasu City, Arizona...

RLH 39

Well, I was VERY pleased to see a new picture of her on the RLH Information Centre Website which, sadly, is new and I don't have permission to post here... but have a "boo" by clicking here (opens new window).

Again, don't get me wrong... Regent Low Height Three (click here - opens new window) is our main goal and the bus we have our sites set on... and are genuinely in need of help rescuing (see the bottom of this posting for details)... but I do like good ol' RLH 39... and if I thought I could, I'd be trying to wrangle her too!

...but we'll all be VERY happy if we can snag RLH 3...

RLH 3

Three RLH buses...?

Nah, Sue and the little one would kill me!

RLH 3 is our bus... and we hope to rescue her from Santa Rosa, California where, indeed, she's currently in a barn being used as a garbage tip. :(

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I'm gonna beg at the bottom of the posting as usual, but please... rescuing Regent Low Height Three is very important to a whole family... and for many, many reasons...

RLH 3

If you have some time, please click here (opens new window) and read why this bus is so special to us... and perhaps you can help us rescue the bus, make a dream come true, and save a piece of history all at the same time...

Please help us save one old dusty green bus... and make a dream come true...

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/26/06

Permalink 01:00:26 pm, by Email , 1036 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, Any News?, General Shtuff

In Praise of the Lodekka...

Lodekkas~!

I have often said that we have "three targets", if you will... and in a very quick way, I should explain "why" we would even consider something other than our own RLH 3...

Oh, there's no doubt... Regent Low Height 3 is our favourite and there's a multitude of reasons why we're trying to save her... but we had to look at a few "What If" scenarios...

RLH 3

#1 What If... The buses ownership is in question... the fellow in Roswell, New Mexico, is the legal owner, but it's last caretaker in Santa Rosa, California, has a legal claim and is owed money from the owner... What if this problem cannot or will not be resolved? We cannot "speed things along" without paying the Santa Rosa person what he wants (to make the legalities worth his straightening out and taking ownership himself... which he can do...) and we cannot find the fellow in Roswell... That's why we need to raise the purchase money "up front"... so we can grease that wheel... but what if the wheel refuses still to move?

#2: What If... We're trying as hard as we can, but what if we miss our chance? What if the bus is sold or scrapped? What if we collected the money and missed the chance?

#3: BIGGEST What If... I have a ten year old... at this point, NOT getting a double-decker would be as bad if not worse than losing RLH 3... In other words, I'm locked in.

These things said... What do I do if I manage to raise the money, but lose out on our beloved RLH 3???

Answer: Backup plans!

BACKUP PLAN "A": Since a Regent Low Height is the bus of "choice" and may help with those burning questions, use the funds to try and get RLH 39...

RLH 39

...which is currently in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Although it's not THE Regent Low Height we dreamed of, it's a worthy successor and we would be thrilled to work on her.

BACKUP PLAN "B": Assuming RLH 3 and RLH 39 are not forthcoming, switch gears and try to grab a Bristol Lodekka... of which there are many in North America.

Now, what "spurred" me talking about the Lodekka's today?

A VERY kind soul who sold me my last couple of old Buses Illustrated magazine sent me the first part of a series about "Low Bridge Double-Deckers" of which I only had the second part...

Buses Illustrated

...which, sadly, does NOT mention anything about Regent Low Heights...

It does, however, talk at length about the Bristols...

...and had this picture...

Bristol Lodekka

It's a Bristol Lodekka - Model LD6G (VRB 521) and I admit, it's danged attractive!

Don't get me wrong, I've always found Lodekka's to be okay in the aesthetics department, but never measuring up to Regent Low Heights... this one comes close though... and Lodekka's have a kind of "funny" look to them I admit I like.

Still, nothing beats our beloved Regent Low Height 3... but if push came to shove... and I had the money... and RLH 39 was not in the cards...

I think I like the above Lodekka because, unlike it's brethren, it has a "full front grill" as opposed to the squat ones.

Oh, while I'm here... check this out...

Leyland LowLoader

It was designated XTC 684 and was a prototype Leyland "LowLoader"... they never really took off as a design, but what a kooky front-end! I like it!

So, for those keeping score...

GOAL ONE: Rescue RLH 3!!!

Backup Plan #1: RLH 39

Backup Plan #2: Lodekka

Although the one bus is plenty, you know if I won the "big lottery", I'd have all three... maybe more... like a Dennis Loline?

Dennis Loline

In all sincerity though, our hearts and minds are fixed on RLH 3... and we do hope to rescue her... as I keep saying, we're all sad to hear that she's currently being used as a garbage tip.

We must rescue RLH 3 and we need your help... Please see the bottom of this post for details...

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Okay, how many saw the above or read the above and had one reaction...?

Charles Nelson Riley

I know, I know... well, it is a "bus blog"... so, occasionally, I gotta do the busly thing!

Of a slightly less boring note AND "bus" related... Frequent readers might remember me mentioning some "kookiness" that might lead to us getting RLH 3 sooner rather than later??? Well, it fell through a while back.

Would anyone really care?

It was a media thing and... well... they loved the idea of the "ghost hunters" running about with their double-decker bus looking into haunted places... but when the costs of getting her running and outfitted came up... and the fact that we don't have a plethora of "private haunted homes with cool witnesses that want to be filmed"... combined with what they wanted to invest in the production (being zero... as usual... no money for us, no money for the bus...) well, it fell through.

This is not unusual... to date, we've done dozens of "media things" (documentaries) for TV and even a movie or two... and only once were we offered a paycheque (or even to have our expenses we ran up participating for these things reimbursed) for our efforts.

I do have to say it... the media folks love to make money from our work... but are rarely willing to help us out with anything.

...and no, media exposure for our "paranormal stuff" really doesn't help us out a whole lot.

Honestly, neither Sue nor myself want to be "on TV"... and don't see ourselves as quasi-celebrities... or want to be quasi-celebrities... We see ourselves as investigators and researchers in the paranormal... and being asked to "dance to the Ghostbusters Theme" (something I was once asked to do) does not only NOT impress us... to be honest, it's insulting.

Oh well... We'll still try to rescue the bus by any means we can.

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/25/06

Permalink 09:20:01 pm, by Email , 274 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Paranoia And Other Pleasant Things .......

From the moment I first visited our newest renter's blog I knew I was going to be hooked! Andrea's descriptive writing style gives you the sense of being with her as she chronicles her life as a psychologist, and happily married mother in Transylvania.

Yes, I said Transylvania!

A land shrouded in mystery, myths and legends for most of us in the west .....the birth place of my own ancestry......

The photos posted of monasteries and ancient ruins from a recent family trip have renewed my own desire to visit in the hopefully not too distant future. I have always wanted to go and explore my own roots .... for now I am contented to find this most fascinating blog and learn of life in Transylvania through the eyes of our renter.

Please help us welcome Paranoia And Other Pleasant Things to our little corner of the blogosphere ...and while you are visiting please do leave Andrea a comment or two and let her know the bus loons sent you!

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I would be remiss if I did not give an honourable mention to Scooter McGavin's 9th Green, another terrific blog that's a combination of music, TV, sports, politics and other interesting tid-bits.

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Permalink 08:00:00 am, by Email , 442 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

I coulda been a contender. I coulda been a somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.

"He gets the title shot... and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville."

Brando~!

Yes, the answer to Sue's last post was the 1954 classic, On The Waterfront starring Marlon Brando...

...and I bet, if you didn't read yesterday's post, that you thought this was going to be a morose, sad, depressing post about my occasional moments of general malaise in reference to our quest with the bus, didn't you?

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Got two things to blog about today... so without further adieu...

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TIFF

The media here in Toronto is gearing up for the Toronto International Film Festival... which I gotta admit, although a fan of film, I'm not much of a participant in.

Also, I'm not a true über-fan of any celebs really, so I won't be "star-struck" looking for movie personalities in Yorkville...

Granted, I do work near one of the bigger, "swankier" hotels in Toronto... The Royal York (okay, the Fairmont Royal York) which means I'm sure I'll bump into someone... possibly...

autographs

Even then, I'm not one to pack a camera in his travels, much less a pen and paper...

Still, it's a big deal... and I've already heard from one "star"... well, a director... which always seems to be the way. Of course, it's nothing "busly", they always want to know about the the city's ghosts usually for a tour or something to break the tedium I guess...

I already blogged about that... Click here to read about that...

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Pluto and Charron

What can I say other than... today it sucks to be Pluto.

Maybe a planet no more, but still a dog for Disney!

Pluto

...which brings up another important Galactic question...

If Pluto is a dog, what exactly is Goofy?

Goofy

UPDATE! 20:06 EDT: Not so fast, planet-deniers!

According to this article (click here) from the BBC, the vote was hijacked!

Because of this, the convention of international astronomers is no longer allowing delegates into the convention with shampoo, toothpaste, bottled water, or any liquids when they go to vote.

Also, in an unreported item, Jacques Parizeau is reported to have said that the vote to demote Pluto came from immigrants and money and by doing so, lost all student support for the cause.

(Canadian's hopefully are chuckling at that last note...)

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08/24/06

Permalink 10:14:43 am, by Email , 253 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Bidding Adieu .....

A Famous Fictional Farewell ..

"Where are you guys going?" Wait a minute? I'll remember this! I'll remember everyone of ya! I'll be back; don't you forget that. I'll be back."

Can you guess who said it? And the name of the film? (Pssst .. hint .. it is considered a controversial classic)

I'll ask the bus man to tell you tomorrow ....

Recommended

We will soon be bidding a fond farewell to our roomie. .... Recommended A terrific blog that is loaded with information on a wide variety of topics. There really is something for everyone and it is updated almost daily!

So what are YOU waiting for ... go on and click on the link .. and don't forget to leave a comment with a big "hello" from the bus loons .. :)

Why are you still here? Go, go and click on our roomie's link ... I can't believe you are still here reading this ... why are you still here when you could be checking out our roomie's great blog ... you won't be disappointed!

From the ... one more day to get through until the weekend ... Desk of Sue

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08/23/06

Permalink 11:39:08 am, by Email , 994 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

Apparently, in the world of the paranormal, there are three very difficult words to speak...

Question?

Ever asked a man who APPEARS to be lost and won't ask for directions if he truly knows where he is?

We all know the joke... The last thing he'll admit is the same three words... "I don't know."

In terms of paranormal investigations, these three words also seem very difficult to admit or say for those who appear to be "investigating" (I'm using this term VERY loosely) things...

The so-called sceptics (read: non-believers/deniers) desperately grasp and grasp for a "natural, scientific" answer to anything... even when it defies answers... assuming that we (apparently) know everything there is to know. They'll have pelicans that fly faster and with more coordination than any known jet-aerobatics team, Venus rising to the North, mass hallucinations at different times to different groups, the masses having an extraordinary pre-knowledge of history before an experience, all witnesses have sleep disorders... and one "so-called sceptic" put forward the thought that all witnesses were brain damaged.

They will pound, and pound, and continue to pound away at the square peg into the round hole until they are either right or another "convenient hypothesis" is "accepted" as fact in the situation.

They call this "science".

It isn't.

The one thing they will never say is... "We don't know."

The too-true believers (or those who need no "proof") will accept almost anything at any time as an example of paranormality... usually, however, it will be skewed to their own hypothesis or faith and the concept of anyone questioning their beliefs is abhorrent. They are "right" and everyone else is either "wrong" or "misguided".

They refuse to look into the inconvenient facts of things in favour of their own concepts and everything, to them, is perfect... they know the answers... they have the answer... they don't need to examine...

They call this "investigation"...

It isn't.

The one thing they will never say is... "We don't know."

Real scientists/investigators/researchers will admit to the concept that a hypothesis might be proven to be wrong. That, occasionally, there may not be a ready answer and that only through progressive and neutral experimentation and observation may a proper answer actually be accomplished. They will, as a rule, realise that no challenging hypothesis should be completely discounted without examination and should still be noted... and possible extrapolation of the "competing hypothesis" combined with a little effort might just lead to, if not an answer, the ability to say that 'X' hypothesis is "unlikely".

They will, when unsure, answer with those three little words... "We don't know...", but a really good investigator/scientist may add one word to the end of that... "...yet."

Think of it this way...

GHOST!

"X" person experiences a ghost.

Okay, who made this determination? Usually, it's "X" person...

Are they "wrong"? Possibly...
Are they "right"? Possibly...

What's person "X's" definition of "ghost"? What's your own? Are you so sure that your definition matches person "X"?

If you feel that "X" is not "hoaxing", "lying", or "defrauding" in some fashion, than you should acknowledge that "X" experienced something.

If "X" experienced something, was that something "paranormal" in nature?

Only PROPER investigation would answer this... and to be truthful, unless "X" has captured the ghost in a jar or can give you, the investigator a schedule of the ghost's appearances and allow you to monitor it properly, the only thing most of us can do is eliminate (or find) possible natural causation.

If (and that's a big "if") you can eliminate possible natural causation, but were unable to "map", set up infallible protocols to observe for patterns and do repeated observations from a neutral standpoint with multiple participants, or genuinely capture the "ghost", the best you really can say is...

"You experienced something... but I don't know what it was. There is a possibility it was paranormal... but we can't say for sure."

Sorry, but it's the truth.

Was "it" a ghost? Who knows... we didn't capture it nor did we manage to do a complete, proper, scientifically controlled observation...

Was "it" NOT a ghost? Who knows... we eliminated all other possibilities... and although one could argue "improbability", improbability should never be put forward as an ultimate answer.

A lot of "so-called sceptics" (again, read that as non-believers and deniers) pull out Occam's Razor as their response to this... "The simplest most straight forward answer is usually the correct answer."

Fine... but not accurate. Sometimes the simplest answer is not the correct answer.

I can't help but wonder, as well, if Occam doesn't bother the "so-called sceptics" as Occam was a monk... who used his "razor" to also point out that there's no point to question things as "God" made them happen... and many in the "so-called sceptical" camps are secular humanists...

I digress...

Science!

REAL science accepts the concept that "we" may be wrong... or at minimum, a theory or hypothesis, through work, may need to be corrected...

Anything else is strictly "faith".

Ergo: Too True Believers and So Called Sceptics are really no better than one another... they both preach a faith... they are both "right"... and neither like looking into the inconvenient facts of a matter if it might wrankle their philosophies or ideas... and both can never say, "I Don't Know." because, of course, they are all infallable and we... well, we're just ignorant mouth-breathers who dare question on occasion their "greatness".

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Regent Low Height 3

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08/22/06

Permalink 01:39:57 pm, by Email , 453 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

Tuesday - Blech!

I'm not sure, but I think I will end up holding a record for the most posts on a blog to contain the word "blech"...

But...

It's Tuesday... and man alive, I'm still absolutely beat from this weekend passed.

To be honest, it was a combination of family running-about and work for my paranormal investigation organisation... but I don't think I spent any time off my feet except when I was sleeping... at least, that's how I feel... and then came into work Monday. (Now you know what prompted yesterday's post thoughtfully put up here by Sue.)

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I wish I had more news about our quest... but sadly, nothing new...

It was great to have someone help out over the weekend and bring the goal that one little bit closer... but I admit, optimism is not easy... but I'm doing my best to maintain it.

In case you didn't notice from my previous posts, finding out that RLH 3 is currently being used as a large garbage can has affected me a little... I hate to think of her being used as a tip.

If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to read about "Our Bus", RLH 3, by clicking here.

Regent Low Height 3

Of course, not helping my sense of optimism is the fact that we have had NO luck in trying to contact the fellow who still, we believe, owns the bus legally (the fellow from Roswell, New Mexico...) and therefore may have to hope that the "second caretaker" can make a legal claim of ownership... which, according to the letter of the law, they can... but they're not going to want to go through those motions until I can have the cash to purchase the bus from them...

Finger's crossed... we'll keep trying!

Addendum: 14:50 EDT: Not helping... Looking through the "stats" of this blog, I noticed this was a "search phrase" that was put in to Google that led someone to this blog...

low height garbage vehicle

Man, this sucks.

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Well, like I said, I'm still burnt out... with hopes for a restful night and a MUCH better post tomorrow... Gimme some sleep and I'll have some goodly stuff to post... maybe something paranormal again, perhaps something "busly"... who knows... but I know I can do better... gimme a chance.

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08/21/06

Permalink 02:18:53 pm, by Email , 82 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

A Very Busy Weekend ......

... equals a Monday afternoon siesta .....

....more chit chat tomorrow ....

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08/20/06

Permalink 08:30:00 am, by Email , 239 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

Quicky Update for a Sunday and WHEEE~!

First, an update!

Money for the Bus

We received a $3.00 donation to the rescue of RLH 3!!! This takes us to only $19,815.00 away from our target goal!

Remember, every little bit helps save her... right now, she's safe in a barn, but being used as a garbage tip.

Help us save the old bus... (See the bottom of this post for details.)

Thanks to everyone that's helped us so far!

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Wheeeeeee! I gotta get me one of THESE!!!

Carver One

Okay, I know "me", and driving RLH 3 will be a dream come true eventually...

BUT...

I stumbled across THIS VIDEO and man alive...

Carver One

I'm sure many people have known about these for years, but it was the first I'd seen of them!

They look like TONNES of fun!

It's a Carver One Three Wheeled Vehicle and after driving one, I bet it takes a lot of therapy and help to wipe the smile from your face!

Like I said, my whole family wants RLH 3... but we gotta get us one of these too! :)

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08/19/06

Permalink 10:30:00 am, by Email , 226 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

This is another one that will probably end up in the paranormal blog...

Swerving off topic again...

The Ghost Car...

The Ghost Car?

Lately, Coast to Coast AM (Art Bell/George Noory/Ian Punnet's radio program) has yielded some good stuff...

To be honest, it seems to work in cycles... a few days of good... a lot of days of not-so-good...

This one, however, was interesting...

Click here to watch a video of apparently a "ghost car"...

Sue and I watched it... and it's intriguing...

Only comments... (and we share them together...)

Sue: Before passing judgement, I'd want to see the whole fence in a daylight shot. The "ghost car" doesn't seem to be taking straight off and I wonder if he swerved a few feet into a gap.

Matthew: I would have been happier if the video showed the police getting out of the car and examining the fence and/or driving around looking for gaps.... preferably both.

I put it here for your thoughts and general edification...

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08/18/06

Permalink 05:15:23 pm, by Email , 275 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

Welcome to our Current Renter - Normally, this is Sue's job, but...

Normally, Sue does the welcomes... but she left it to my tender mercies today... (because she did the "We Need a Renter" post below...)

Recommended

A hardy and happy welcome to our current renter, Recommended which details links, gadgets and general cool stuff in and around the ol' information super highway!

Lots of tech and non-tech coolness and definitely worth a visit!

Sue's better at this, isn't she...

I do apologise to Recommended as Sue tends to make these more "sexy" and fun... but I promise I did do my best!

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Special mention go to our travelling friends in Texas, Texas RV Travel: USAer Blog who offered to re-rent us again... but we had to pick one and made the hard choice... but please note, we do have a permanent link on the right-hand side of this blog to their blog!

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Snakes... on a plane!

One more quick note before calling it a Friday... I have to admit shock and astoundment at the fact that my exceedingly clever pop-culture reference about Sam Jackson was not commented on in yesterday's posting!

I mean, that was comic genius!

Although, I do want to point out... my Sam Jackson joke was a joke... the article about the haunted 747 was not.

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Permalink 01:59:24 pm, by Email , 99 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Roommate Wanted

Share blog space with us! Your blog will be prominently displayed right at the top and we'll write at least one entry about you.

We are currently averaging between 500 - 1,000 unique hits per day from a variety of sources including our regular readership.

All this for cheap rent ... :)

Added bonus ... we are friendly Canadians with plenty of real Canadian beer in the fridge! .. ;)

So go ahead and click on the Rent My Blog button to your upper left ... we'll save a cold one for ya!

Cheers!
Sue

From the T.G.I.F desk of Sue ... Have a Great Weekend!

08/17/06

Permalink 11:32:28 am, by Email , 441 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Taking a wee break today... and GHOST on a PLANE!

RLH 3

I'm a bit... okay, a lot tired today... late night and here I am at the office...

So, this posting is short and sweet...

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Not the haunted 747...

Today, I worked with Sue on today's entry to the Paranormal Blog... it's a short and sweet one about a haunted 747 that the new James Bond (Casino Royale) folks are having issues with. We MUST get this plane!!! All in the name of the study, of course! (Not because Boeing 747's are cool...)

Sadly, I'm such a geek that we WOULD spend most of our time examining the craft for "ghostly" evidence... and not thinking about gassing her up and heading overseas for a bit.

Yeah, the "study" comes first... well, family first, study second... and buses, believe it or not, third.

On a side note, and Sue mentioned it on the post, what makes this very interesting to us is that this kind of report from a "horror movie" is nothing new... but from a Bond flick, it's VERY unusual.

Yeah, I want to spend some time on this plane.

Not as well reported... Not mentioned in the newspaper article is that a small cameo was being filmed on the plane by Samuel L. Jackson for the film... After the crew kept everyone waiting for far too long, Jackson was overheard to say...

"I've had it with this mother(bleep)ing ghost on this mother(bleep)ing plane!"

(Yes, the above is a joke.)

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News!

Got another media request... and there's nothing like reading the question (and this is a direct quote), "So, are you for real? You really want the bus?" from a media person...

Well, Of course not! I love typing, begging, and taking static from folks just for a giggle! (Note: The preceding sentences was typed dripping in sarcasm.)

I doubt this will see the light of day either... they want to focus on our kid and I'm not comfortable having my little one tap-dance (be cute) for the cameras... and I'd prefer the whackiness stay with us adults right now...

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Well, that's about it for now... Like I said, I'm burnt out... and needing a nap... but must work... blech.

So, allow me to put in the usual last comment...

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08/16/06

Permalink 09:10:21 pm, by Email , 806 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

The Dream Catches On!!!!... but is it for everyone?

No news to report on our endeavours with Regent Low Height 3... we're trying still, but nothing yet... we still need help... and we are begging you to learn more if this site/blog are new to you. Click here (opens a new browser) to find out about our "cause" and the dream we're hoping people will help us with lest we lose the chance forever...

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Yup, the site and blog are getting GREAT traffic and people are finding it... well... if nothing else, entertaining if a bit preachy and a bit whiney at times.

A few people (four to be exact) have e-mailed because they are now interested in getting a bus for themselves which is great!

BUT...

Before running out in a "spending frenzy" to get the Routemaster of your dreams, please consider the following...

Routemaster

#1: In terms of size and speed, this ain't even close to your father's Oldsmobile!

These buses are tall... they average between 13' and 16' tall... and they can be long... 25' and longer... This will not fit in a standard driveway as a rule... and a "standard garage"...? Forget it!

Some models, in some locations, will be considered "oversized" vehicles and may require a special permit.

As for speed, the newer buses can do okay at about 60 MPH... but some have a maximum speed of 40 MPH and less. The Regent Low Height, for an example, does about 35 MPH max!

I won't be playing "Goggles Paisano" racing in the Indianrockolis 500 in Regent Low Height 3 if we get her, that's for sure!

Not Goggles

#2: In terms of repairs, they are definitely not like your father's Oldsmobile!

They are older British buses... many of them out of production.

Several current owners of buses have told me to find and acquire another Regent Low Height (aside from RLH 3) to be used to cannibalize for parts as they are tricky to find.

Spares, as a rule, will come from Britain... and be pricey to buy, difficult to find, and expensive to ship.

Scrapped Buses

#3: Driving may seem at the outset to be like your father's Oldsmobile... but it's not... it's more difficult.

This is a bus... I've heard people saying that driving a certain car is "LIKE" driving a bus... well, now you'll know why this comparison is made. The steering is heavy, it's most likely not an automatic transmission... and mileage? How does 10 miles to the gallon sound!

Oh, don't forget... some places MAY require a "special drivers license" for the bus...

...and it's a "right-hand drive vehicle"...

Driving a British double-decker will be a challenge!

Skid Test

#4: Planning on running tours? Hey, just for chuckles, call the insurance company!

Insurance on a commercial tours bus is brutal... well, in Ontario it's brutal... and it's a safe bet it will be other places too.

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...and the above are just the "big four" I can think of on the fly!

Basically, as just a caveat, buying an old British Bus can be, from what I've heard, a very enjoyable and unique thing... but also a colossal hassle and major expense.

NOW, you might say to yourself, "Well, then what are you, you poor guy, going to do with Regent Low Height 3! If it's SUCH a hassle and so expensive, isn't going to be a huge albatross around your neck!?!"

Nope.

Basically, RLH 3, without help, will most likely be scrapped... it's already being used as a rubbish tip in a barn... so with my wife and kid's permissions, we found not one but TWO good storage areas available (for free) with friends and family and plan to just remove her to safety for now.

We believe that our financial picture will improve and as it does, we'll work on the bus.

We're patient people... and if it takes years, so be it... we're willing to invest in it over the long run.

So, that's our initial plan for "our bus"... if we can save her in time.

RLH 3"

This post is a caveat... Sue and I have done our homework... and have a reasonable idea of what we're in for... and if someone else is considering buying an old British Double-Decker, we want you to avoid the pitfalls that may lead you to, after purchasing it, to consider scrapping it as many have when they find out what's involved...

If you really want a bus or could use a bus, then go for it! But remember the bits above... and consider things carefully.

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08/15/06

Permalink 08:04:48 pm, by Email , 1298 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Dream, dream, dream...

Dreaming

I recently got an e-mail from a close person to me... basically asking how I stayed (and stay) optimistic when things weren't (and may not be) so great. Basically, this person was going through what I term as a "general malaise"... in other words, a minor depression.

Well, yeah... I was unemployed for a VERY long time, and despite sending a minimum of three resumes out per day (Monday through Friday) and having no luck, I never gave up.

Also, we've all heard that most marriage troubles are related to financial woes, right? Most arguments are over money...? Well, we did stress, but my wife and I said "I love you!" to each other FAR more than we spoke of money... and the issues the unemployment brought.

In fact, during the real crisis times, we pulled together for support and peace... rather than turned away from each other. What affected her, affected me... and vice versa... and the most important thing was our kid.

Now, with the wolves TRULY at the door and many threats hanging over our heads, how did we manage?

Easy...

We all dreamed... and allowed ourselves to do just that.

I dreamed of the bus... my wife dreamed of visiting England... my kid dreamed of owning a dog... and we all dreamed of a real house that we could own.

Dream House

Granted, we DID acknowledge that these were dreams... that they might not come true... but we still dreamed.

See, I think this is the problem.

As we age, we're told not to be "silly". We're told not to have stupid thoughts or ideas. To banish "unrealistic dreams"... That we must ALWAYS stay a "proper" course...

I mean, a poor, borderline starving family with major rent issues should NOT have a "husband" dreaming of owning a double-decker bus... and how DARE the wife dream of a long vacation to England... and owning a dog in an apartment when dinner plans were held to as close to five-dollars a night!?!

PREPOSTEROUS!

What FOOLS we were!

We wasted our LIVES with these foolish dreams!

Oh, and add insult to injury... WE ALL ADOPTED EACH OTHER'S DREAMS!!!

That's right, this poor family actually had the unmitigated gall to DREAM WITH EACH OTHER about these IMPOSSIBLE THINGS!!!

Well, guess what... I found work... and we have owned a WONDERFUL dog since Boxing day... and it's looking VERY good that money will be much better soon for us and remove those wolves from our door.

Sure, not enough for a house, our bus, or a long trip to England... yet... but we're moving in the right direction and will keep moving that way and working towards our dreams.

A house and the trip are things we have to work for... and can and will achieve these in the future through prudence and effort...

...but the bus, sadly, because of it's uncertain future has an expiration date... and that's why we have this site hoping for help.

You see, we have kooky (and not so kooky) dreams... and we express them... but we work towards what we need first... and we're willing to wait or find alternate avenues to what we would love to have.

...and even scarier, because of our attitude, we're happy just to be with each other.

...and I'm legitimately happy!

Everyday I wake up beside my beautiful wife, say good morning to my wonderful kid, pet my spectacular dog... I'm happy... and content... and everything else in this world is gravy.

...but it's gravy that we know tastes good... and we're willing to wait for that gravy... and in all honesty, if that gravy never comes, well... we're still contented and have a good life... and that will honestly do.

The way this site and it's endeavours are going, I may never save our bus... and if that happens, we will be sad... but we will NOT be defeated completely... nor will it take away from our own personal love of these things.

I'm okay if I have to go to my grave without all my dreams coming true... or even any of my dreams coming true.

I am happy that I have a great family... and we're well... and we've stuck together... and we were able to get my daughter her dog (who is hail and healthy!)... and hey, I have a ten-year old AND a wife who have not only ACCEPTED my kooky dream, but ACTUALLY SHARE IT... and help... and know how to make me happy when things look bleak.

My point?

If you want to be happy... realise where you are... what you "need" to have to be contented... then work towards that... and while doing it, dream. Dream of kooky things that will make you smile... and even though that dream may not come true in the here-and-now, just thinking of it WILL make you happy. Imagining your dream home... or your vacation... or your dream car... imagine... and yeah, you'll feel great.

Don't dwell on the "But it will never happen! My dreams are dust or too hard to get!" because they're not... they could come true at any moment... it might be when you're thirty... or eighty... or one-hundred... but it still could happen and why give up until, truly, you're breathing your last?

...and even IF that moment comes sooner than your dreams, you will still have those dreams... and to hell with being "diligent and focused and adult" all the time. Enjoy a fantasy! Enjoy a dream!

Will we get a house one day? Probably.

Will we get the bus? Perhaps... perhaps not... but we still tried and learned a LOT on the way! To be honest, I'm not at all sure, because without help, it's not likely...

And will we be happy regardless? To quote the great Stone Cold Steve Austin, "OH HELL YEAH!"

Stone Cold

You see, maybe the bus will get scrapped... maybe it will be sold to someone who carves it up... maybe a fire will hit the barn it's in and it will burn to the ground... I certainly hope not, but what if it did happen...

RLH 3

Sure, we all have "adopted" the bus... we all, in our own way, love the bus... but you know what, if we lose it... I'll still love my wife... I'll still love my kid... and they will still love me... and we'll all say, "Oh well, we tried!" which is a hell of a lot better than saying, "Damnit! We should have tried!"

So dream people... and share those dreams...

There's still a chance that someone reading this will help make ours come true... and with hard work, we'll make the other ones happen...

Welcome to our family's dream laid out on this website! I hope you and your's are dreaming too!

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Addendum: 22:33pm EDT Got a "sarky" e-mail... not going to repeat it... about this post.

I will answer ONE thing though publicly...

YES, we would fly to England RIGHT NOW if we could. We have faith in the security measures in place and would not mind a bit!

Funny enough, we did talk about it though...

Anyway, I've said it before and I'll say it again... if you govern your life by worries and paranoia of the "worst case scenario" being played out always, then that too is being defeated... and we ain't.

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/14/06

Permalink 08:28:19 pm, by Email , 670 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

Taking a segue on the Information Super-Highway without signalling - Curses!

Yes, this blog is about a family trying to get a bus... you can read information about that by clicking here (opens a new window) and we all would really appreciate it if you did... but for now, I must stray off topic...

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Voodoo

CURSES!

For those new to the blog, both my wife and I are paranormal investigators and researchers... and with this "hobby" comes some rather... um... interesting things.

Many people, at one time or another, have been told about or even seen "haunted" or "cursed" things for sale on eBay... oddly enough, eBay allows this... although one has to truly wonder, what kind of "proof" or "authenticity" these things can have?

Usually, what these items (probably) are is simply junk... sold with an interesting story in hopes to make a few extra bucks from thrill seekers or wanna-be investigator/researchers.

What some people may not be aware of is the number of people that really ARE desperate to "get rid of" a cursed or haunted place or thing...

Okay, let me back up a little... and put in a caveat... Many thrill seekers and cheesey "ghost hunters" assume, incorrectly, that every abandoned house or building MUST be haunted... well, that's poppycock. Buildings are abandoned for many reasons... repairs too costly, owners moved and couldn't sell, owners sold land but new owner doesn't need building... there's many reasons. Yet, it never fails, that a "story" gets attached to these places... usually by teenagers trying to "spook up" the place for dares and drinking parties. 99 times out of 100, abandoned buildings are simply just abandoned... not haunted and not cursed.

That said...

We hear from people all the time trying to lose ownership of everything from clothing to jewelry to yes, even homes because there's "something wrong" with it.

Now, there are a a few ways you can deal with these sort of things...

One is to "clear" or "cleanse" it either by yourself or with assistance. Our only thought with this is DON'T OPEN YOUR WALLET. If you get help, there are many reputable sources that will work just to help folks. Also, if getting help from your church, don't ask for an exorcism, ask for a blessing... Exorcisms can be difficult to have happen, but blessings are easy to get.

If you want more information on this, click here (opens a new window).

Second is to "ignore" things.

In all honesty, this is probably best. Chances are, if you only experienced a "short-term" situation or the like, it's probably just a touch of weirdness that will pass.

Last is actually "get rid of" whatever "it" is.

Now, if you're trying to make a buck, good luck... "cursed" and "haunted" items on eBay are no longer hot items... and although people are interested in (what are called) stigmatized properties, it's because they're hoping to get a bargain.

Realistically, unless you're 120% sure something is "cursed" or "haunted" and you can't think of anything you're willing to do to help... or have tried and feel you've failed to the point of giving up... or aren't willing to even try... don't "give up" on things.

Of course, if you are hell bent on throwing away a house or jewellery, you can send it to us!

We reserve, of course, the right to do with it as we please after we examine it! :)

Seriously, please keep your cash in your wallet and DON'T give away things because you're worried about a ghost or curse... there are people who can help FOR FREE and you'll probably be glad you didn't toss it.

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/13/06

Permalink 03:43:57 pm, by Email , 228 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

Internet Elitism Sucks. - Okay, I Changed This...

Bad Blogger! No Bandwidth!

Okay, I'm now committing the cardinal sin... I'm completely editing and rescinding a blog entry.

Basically, I had written a massive missive complaining about a group based on, yes, some very bad experiences that culminated in having a message (it's a mail list) stopped for poor reasons.

Well, I admit I was NOT wrong, but the wrong has been fixed.

The moderator has re-read my message, realised the mistake he made, and it's on it's way... and will help a lady who had written to me for help.

I extend an apology to the moderator of this group... luckily, my missive wasn't vitriolic and I was honest that only a handful of folks from this group were ticking me off.

Ergo: I apologise for letting a minority dictate my actions.

...and if you're wondering WHO it was, too bad... no major damage done and a new posting will be up shortly!

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/12/06

Permalink 10:31:22 pm, by Email , 290 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Buses do not make good swimmers...

Bus in Pool

From the CBC

2 injured as bus lands in Laval swimming pool

A city bus crashed through a hedge and into a backyard swimming pool in Laval on Tuesday morning after swerving to avoid a car.

Police said the car then crashed into a tree, trapping the driver inside. After emergency workers freed the driver, he was taken to hospital with multiple fractures. His female passenger was not injured.

The driver of the bus was hurt when his vehicle went into the pool. He's being treated in hospital too. Police said his passengers, two teenage girls, received only minor injuries.

There was no one in the swimming pool at the time of the accident, which happened just after 9 a.m. in the St-Vincent-de-Paul area of Laval, north of Montreal.

A large tow truck was sent to haul the bus out of the pool.

Well, it could have been MUCH worse had he hit the other vehicle... but it's proof positive that no, buses aren't great swimmers...

Hippo Bus

Okay, there's exceptions...

I did (somewhere?) have a picture of a double-decker (not an RLH) that was for sale on eBay that had been pulled from a lake! (It was in okay shape... but not great...) Needless to say, no, it was not a "swimmer".

RLH 29 Splashing

Well, RLHs can take a little "wading"... :)

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/11/06

Permalink 08:07:08 pm, by Email , 717 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

Good News from Scottish London Bus Group... and a little magic too...

From the Scottish London Bus Group, I received word that, apparently, the "Heritage Routes" in London which are where the last remaining Routemasters are running will be running "indefinitely"... which is very good news as there were rumblings that even these last few remaining traditional "Old London Buses" would be taken out of service...

Routemaster

According to Mr. Graham Laurie...

My Routemaster Association magazine came through my letter-box today and reading magazine editor Leon Daniels editorial, he assured everyone that the Routemaster Heritage services will continue indefinitely in London which will hopefully put to bed any fears that they may be quietly withdrawn.

I haven't mentioned it to Sue yet, but she'll be THRILLED to know that one of the heritage routes is the "9 Bus"... long story...

This is FANTASTIC news as I do hope to return with Sue and our kiddolo... and I'd love for them to experience a "real ride" in a London Transport Routemaster... Being on the Nine-Road will make it that much more special.

You may think me nuts, but if you've never done it and find yourself in London, this is a treat that should be a mandatory thing for everyone to do... take a ride in an old platform loading, double-decker bus... and the Routemaster is one of the best to do it in.

I know I'll be taking my little one on the Nine-Bus... perhaps, but not absolutely, she'll love the ride as much as I did at her age.

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Okay, hold that last thought...

Before I get the inevitable e-mails, of course it's no where NEAR as great a ride as one get's in an Regent Low Height... like... um... say... I know! RLH 3! (Yeah, the bus we're hoping to save...)

RLH 3

Sadly, she's still being used as a garbage tip in a barn... but with your help, we can change that... and make my entire family believe in dreams.

Anyway...

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Now for a little bit of "magic"...

Omnibus Newsletter

MANY, MANY, MANY thanks to Mr. Andrew Gardner, editor of Omnibus, the newsletter for BaMMOT or Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Trust who was VERY kind enough to (snail) mail me a copy of the May 2006 newsletter in which he, Mr. Paul Gray, Mr. Stephen Round, and Mr. Roy Hennefer researched what happened to BMMO 4111... better know to North American "Who" fans as "The Magic Bus".

The Magic Bus

(BMMO 4111 is the bus pictured above... I hope *ALL* of the fans of "The Who" soon know that and ask questions because we still aren't 100% sure of the buses fate!)

According to the newsletter, the buses were last seen in California in or around the Universal Studios lot... but has not been seen for a very long time.

"Rumour" (reasonably substantial rumour) told us it had been scrapped, but it's sister bus, BMMO 4110 was still around...

bmmo4110

She's in grave danger of being scrapped too... which would be a shame as there are only 2 known complete models of this bus left... out of (at one time) 350.

We're fixated (admittedly) on RLH 3, but are hoping someone who reads this (and catches the "bug" perhaps?) might consider rescuing the old girl seen above as a preservation project.

The trust newsletter goes into MUCH detail and for those interested, I'd recommend contacting them to see if you can purchase a "back-issue" from them.

Anyway, finding the newsletter in our mailbox was a VERY pleasant surprise today... and I'll be pouring over it tonight and tomorrow... Thanks again, Mr. Gardner... not only for the reading material, but for all the great work your organisation does in preserving these bits of rolling history.

We would miss them if they were gone.

For Magic Bus fans, both ourselves and BaMMOT will keep looking for information... and should we find out anything, we will share the information... good or bad...

I'll be honest, the current status of BMMO 4111 is not looking good.

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/10/06

Permalink 08:04:30 pm, by Email , 445 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Paranormal Stuff

Okay, the last post sucked... I'd like your opinion, if I may as well...

Addendum: 20:55 EDT Wait a minute... maybe the post DIDN'T suck too much...

BlogMad

Thanks to all the BlogMadders who voted us (for a SEVENTH TIME) Blog of the Day!

Many, many thanks!

And now, back to your original post... already in progress...

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Blech

Ready for this, Sue read the last post and said, "Well, it's not much... it's kind of a begging post."

Well, she's right... and most of the regular readers here expect better and more...

Question: What should I post about?

See, the weird thing is that this blog has a wide and varied readership...

Some come to read about the bus, some to "check up" on the dream, some come here for "busly information", some for my paranormal side, some to see how successful we've been with our pixel ad site and other venture... Heck, I even get a lot of wrestling/MMA fans reading this... Believe it or not, I get almost two-thousand, five-hundred visitors per day... and that numbers going up!

Hmmm..

Oh, don't get me wrong... I could go off on any of the above for a long post... a rant... a rave... a question... so much to be written, so many not to bore.

Actually, in all true honesty, I wish b2evolution (the software this blog runs on) had polls... 'cuz I got a TONNE of questions to ask YOU! The reader!!!

I know there's "third party" poll sites and add ons, but I don't want anyone reading this to end up on an "ad" site or a site that might install adware or spyware... so I'd rather the software we're using had a "poll plug-in" instead.

According to them, they're working on it.

So I'll toss you this... since I haven't asked before...

I've posted some weird synchronicities between myself and this bus... and double-deckers in general...

My question (and please use the "comments" bit below to answer... and please, consider it or do it as I REALLY want to know your opinion...) is...

Do you believe that there's anything to these synchronicities/coincidences?

If you know not of what I speak, please click here and have a read... (links here open a new browser so as not to interfere with Blogmad or BlogExplosion sessions.)

What do you think? Are these "wishful thinking" situations? Are they mere coincidences? Something else...?

HONESTLY, I'm not sure I know which is why I would love to hear your take on them... Heck, I may even ask Sue if I can cross-post this to the Paranormal Blog.

No right or wrong... just your opinion...

So, whadya think... Do you believe that there's anything to these synchronicities/coincidences between myself and the bus?

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August 10th Horoscope

Zodiac

According to a local freebie magazine, 24 Hours, my horoscope reads thusly...

Today is a 6 - It's a good day to ask for money. Use family for your reason.

In some ways, isn't that what the last few months here has been about???

Oh, I know... I've often strayed "off topic" ranting and raving about wrestling, the paranormal, my office... all kinds of shtuff... but that's why I'm here... hoping that you (or someone you know... or someone they know...) might see this and say...

"Hey! That sounds like a noble thing! I'll buy some advertising pixels!"

...or even...

"Wow! I want to help that family obtain their dream! If nothing else, I'll buy a T-Shirt or sweatshirt to help!"

...and of course...

"I'd love to see these folks save that old bus. I'll be happy to click the Donate Button on the upper-right hand side of their blog!"

Honestly, however, I'm very cynical of horoscopes... especially "mainstream media" horoscopes which usually entail entlightening comments like, "Today, you will talk to someone very important to you!"

Think about that... how many days DON'T you talk to someone who's important to you?

I've always liked the horoscope I used from The Onion...

Gemini: You're in grave danger of planning your life around vague interpretations of the mysterious patterns that can supposedly be seen in the night sky.

...but hey, on the microscopic chance that today's "24 hours" horoscope is on to something... I am asking... heck, I'm begging... and yes, my whole family is involved with this... we all have an attachment to this old bus currently being used as a dumpster inside a barn in Santa Rosa...

Make a true believer out of this cynical/sceptical guy... help my wife, my kid, and myself rescue the bus. In all honesty, it would mean the world to all three of us.

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/09/06

Permalink 07:25:08 pm, by Email , 661 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

Speaking of things in Texas... and other shtuff...

Allow me to introduce you to RLH 25... a "cousin" of our dear RLH 3...

Before...

...as you can see, she was in a very bad way...

She was more-or-less rescued (although still not running) and used as a parade float... It's amazing what a little elbow grease and a lick of paint can do...

After...

Granted, I'm sure the purist preservationists are having a right fit...

From what I'm to understand (and I admit, a little wishful thinking,) Regent Low Height 3 is not nearly in the rough shape as her cousin above was in... In fact, she "broke down" in Santa Rosa and has been there for a few years... perhaps her engine will be repairable... and (again) according to Mr. Bob Martin, she appears to be in good structural shape... even if she's being used as a garbage tip at the moment.

(See this post for details...)

The fellow who's been helping us with information about "The Magic Bus" (or BMMO 4111) also bought a bus "sight-unseen" and that one is his pride and joy of (apparently) a bit of a "fleet" of them now... and this bus of his I hope to have some information (and pictures!) of shortly and will share them is allowed!

I admit to still being a little stressed at RLH 3's current conditions and tentative storage... my fears are not really going away and I hope to rescue her soon.

I'm going to TRY and contact the fellow in Roswell and see if he might be willing to assist in the legal ownership department... I know I have no money right now... and not in the near future... but if he gives us ownership, it's one step... right?

Wish us luck... We are bringing nothing to the table, but perhaps he'll see the dream and want to help... who knows...

I was hoping to go with some money in hand (since I know there is a storage fee situation that needs to be resolved), but considering RLH 3's situation, as I've said before, I have to try ALL avenues...

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Okay, those "Bloggers" that hate this blog because of it's (sometime) fixation??? Imagine living with me and the family... or just working with me...

Yesterday, a fellow from the office came up to me and said, "Hey, I think I just saw an open-top RM outside. It's red and near Union Station."

After saying this, he turned to me as said, and I quote... "Damnit! Before I met you, I wouldn't know about these things! I didn't know (expletive deleted) about these friggin' buses! Damnit, why do I know this stuff now?"

He was right... it was an open-top Routemaster... one of my favourites in the city here...

Open Top RM

(With apologies to Phil Groocock who just sent the above image through the BBNA mail group... Sorry, sir for using the image... it's just it's the best picture I've seen of this bus...)

Anyway, yup, it's RM 2209 now plying the streets of Toronto!

...sure, it's no RLH (and especially no RLH 3) but she's a beauty!

You see, slowly but surely, I'm twisting EVERYONE! Yes, soon YOU'LL be able to tell the difference between a Lodekka, a Routemaster, and a Regent! My evil plot is WORKING!!! Muahahahaha!

Oh, and again, if you're wondering... no, a Routemaster is not on my list... RLH 3 is PRIMO! RLH 39 would be a reasonable "second", and a Lodekka as a third option...

...but our (my wife's, my kid's, and my own) heart belongs to our RLH 3!

We gotta save that bus... please help us...

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/08/06

Permalink 11:35:47 pm, by Email , 245 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

The stars at night, are big and bright ...

..... deep in the heart of Texas.....

When I think of the Lone Star State ... I think of .....Big Steaks ... Bigger Cowboy Hats ... and World Famous Texan Hospitality ......but there is so much more .... and today I am definitely in the mood for adventure!

Join us in exploring America's second largest state through the eyes of a native Texan and our newest renter. Texas RV Travel offers beautiful photos, fascinating facts, and well written and useful articles for anyone interested in this larger-than-life place.

I love travelling the back roads, meeting people, and learning about places that are off the beaten path ....CyberCelt takes us there with an outstanding information packed blog .... and although the RV or Old Green Bus is optional ....it's definitely much more fun!

And in your travels you may wish to stock up on some free stuff at Free Samples & Products Online ... everybody LOVES free stuff!

A hearty "Ki-yip-pee-yi" to y'all from the desk of this wannabe Texan! I wonder if I can be an honourary one?

And the usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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Permalink 07:33:42 pm, by Email , 362 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

Just a quick update...

Through the Yahoo! mailgroup British Buses Abroad in North America, I received a "Word Doc" from a gentleman I'm pleased that I've already been in contact with, Mr. Bob Martin.

Mr. Martin is a bus enthusiast of the first degree and takes "Busman Holidays" where he looks up and checks up on British buses abroad...

I've already known about this, (Mr. Martin told me about this...) but I thought I'd share it verbatim since he published this latest (2006) "addition" to his holiday notes to the mail list...

...Not far away in 1999 I had seen RLH 3 (KYY 503) in a yard, this time the bus was no longer on site. Luckily I had the yard owners name and address and he was able to tell me where it could be found. The vehicle owner lives in Rozwell NM but it is stored on a farm in Santa Rosa however the present carer wouldn’t let me take photo’s of it as it was in a barn, but after a bit of persuading he took some photographs of it for me. Although filled up with junk it looked in good shape.

RLH 3

When Mr. Martin has the photos ready, he said he'd be sending them to me... I will, if allowed, share them with you all. (I do hope some of you are interested in this...)

I know I'd heard this a few months back, but he only just "released" this to the enthusiasts this evening...

...and it's kind of strange...

At one, I'm glad she's still in good shape and under cover.

At the other, she's being used as a garbage container and still likely to be scrapped or worse to "pay" her storage fee.

RLH 3

Re-reading this only enforces how we all feel here... we really need to save this bus.

If you haven't already, PLEASE click here and read why this bus is very special to my whole family...

...and then, if you can, please help us out.

RLH 3

If you can help by spreading the word about this site... or any of it's facets... anything...

Help us save this old bus.

An entire family would be very grateful.

Please Help Us Save RLH 3...

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Permalink 04:42:08 pm, by Email , 196 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

Answering a question... Fame vs. Success Post...

In the post entitled "Fame vs. Success", someone e-mailed to ask "who" were the folks in the pictures I used...

Success

Top Row: Left to Right...
Nikola Tesla, Ernest Hemmingway, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein
Bottom Row: Left to Right...
Harriett Tubman, Helen Keller, George Bernard Shaw, Chuck Yeager

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I really hope they didn't mean this set of pictures used in the same post though...

Fame

Left to Right...
Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Kato Kalen, Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson, Tom Cruise.

Remember, to paraphrase the late Erma Bombeck again...

Don't confuse success with fame... Helen Keller is one... Britney Spears is the other.

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Keeping this short today after two very long posts in a row... Never let it be said I didn't consider my reading audience! :)

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The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

...an entire family would thank you!

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08/07/06

Bunches of Stuff for a Simcoe Day Holiday!

It's Simcoe Day up Ontario Way... which means STAT HOLIDAY! (With Pay!)

John Graves Simcoe

To quote the article linked above...

John Graves Simcoe was more than just a colonial governor -- he abolished slavery, created Yonge Street, and even inspired the agricultural fair tradition that would give rise to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

His wife, Elizabeth Posthuma Gwillim was a also a very important figure... ahead of her time, she was a strict abolishinist, believed that the native (first nations) people had much to teach us, not the other way around, and (in tune with the paranormal blog) was "Toronto's first documented UFO witness." (...believe it or not, it's true... and happened in the late 1700's!!!)

Not to be outdone, J.G. Simcoe is a small part in the ghost of Raynham Hall! (No, not the one with the "Brown Lady" in England, but that of Sally Townshend in New York...) Sally is said to be haunting because she chose "patriotism" of her country over her love of British Major John Andre... by snitching on his activities in terms of one Benedict Arnold and the plans for West Point during the American Revolution. Sally had a "thing" for Andre who was billited with J.G. in Raynham... and as most historians know, Andre would end up hanged as a spy... According to legend, Sally still haunts her old home in a post-mortem struggle over her decision. (Simcoe, rather obviously, made it out safely and ended up in Upper Canada.)

(Yup, there's TWO haunted Raynham Halls an ocean apart!)

Brown Lady

Either way, it's a stat holiday!

...which means I'm sitting, relaxing... and the most dangerous thing... thinking...

Hey! It's overcast right now... with a chance of rain... I don't begrudge working away at the 'puter!

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Of Things Busly...

I picked up, via eBay a couple of bus enthusiast magazines from Britain dated 1967 (my birthyear!)... "Buses Illustrated".

Magazines

I love reading old magazines... it's a thing... My parents used to have very old copies of LIFE magazine at our cottage... dating from the 1930's and 40's... but these are a bit of a trudge, I admit...

Although the pictures are great and the ads are fantastic (as a Canadian, seeing ads for things in guineas and schillings is very cool... I've only ever known pounds and pence...) the verbiage is DEFINITELY for the hard-core bus enthusiast... much of it being about routes, models and parts, transfers of vehicles... hey, it's a trade mag meant for the "hard core" fan.

I understand it... but they're not ringing my chimes.

I guess, despite understanding why people would want the subject to be taken very seriously, I prefer information from the driver's and passenger's point of view... something more "readable for the masses".

I have read my fair share of scientific papers and reports... and I get 'em... but when I'm reading something (or even writing something) that is of "general" (or at least, "mass") interest, I prefer to be entertained while I'm educated.

So, not easy "reading"... so, I can honestly say, I am mostly "only looking at the pictures".

Should I be concerned that I mostly "read" these two magazines in the bathroom???

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Of More Things Busly...

As an update on our beloved and still unattainable Regent Low Height 3, it's not looking too good right now.

Although there's some "weirdness" I mentioned in a previous entry, it could take six-months to a year for that to see any real movement... and since the family is still "just making ends meet", saving isn't happening too well... and I've had no nibbles about the pixel ad space or anything.

Hits are still good (always growing!) but communications are down...

We're not losing hope... but I admit we're all a little more... well... cynical about the outcome.

Every day we don't move forward is another day that she's bound to end up scrapped... and forward momentum, except with the aforementioned "weirdness", seems to have halted...

Quite frankly, I don't know what else I can do?

All I know is that all three of us, my wife, my kid, and obviously myself, are hoping, praying, thinking, dreaming... but it's becoming more a reality that we probably won't succeed in rescuing the bus.

If ANYONE out there has ideas on how to get this blog and it's sites out there to more folks (remembering our "media advertising budget" is zero,) PLEASE let us know.

This means more to all of us than most people can even guess.

If you haven't yet, please click here and read the page I wrote about all this...

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Fellow North Americans (and others who don't get regular British television)... Big Brother in the UK is a rolling train wreck.

It is... if you don't believe me, click here.

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Rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated... maybe...

MAGIC BUS FANS, TAKE HEART!

The Magic Bus

I've recently heard from a Mr. Andrew Gardner who is the editor of a newsletter named "Omnibus" which is the official newsletter for BaMMOT...

If I may quote some of what he had to say...

Both BMMO D7s were at Universal Studios in Hollywood, 4111 shipped from the UK in May 1964 and 4110 shipped from the UK in March 1965. We presume that the "Magic Bus" photo shoot was done at Universal in 1968. This seems to have been one of the last sightings of 4111. However, while "lost trace" can mean that the vehicle has been scrapped, and is a not unreasonable assumption, sometimes vehicles are hidden away in all sorts of odd places. (Several older buses in our collection had been converted into dwellings, for instance.)

...so, did my contacts just lose track of "The Magic Bus"???

Time will tell... we're keeping up on this...

I hope to be able to report that the bus is still around... and in some kooky way, I think it would be cool if it was now a "home" to someone...

So, the memorial service for BMMO 4111 (The Magic Bus) might be premature!!! (Let's hope!)

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Well, there's your holiday entry... two lengthy ones in a row... I hope no one's ticked at me really eating up your 30 seconds (obviously more) but I do also hope that my writing and stuff is a little more entertaining than those two bus magazines I bought!!!

I hope everyone's having a good Monday... and that everyone who has a holiday (like ourselves) is doing good and being safe... I'd also like to send a bit of a "shout-out" to the Canadian's currently stationed in Afghanistan... Thanks guys and gals... you're appreciated here back in the Great White North... you're making us proud.

...and now, your moment of Zen...

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08/06/06

Permalink 11:17:12 am, by Email , 1916 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

Off Topic Rant... - Resources? Who needs 'em! We're #1

Okay, okay... I know, this blog is about a bus and our dream... but please let me stray a little as per usual...

Back up, 'cuz this is a rant... you may even want to pass by it...

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I have been a paranormal investigator/researcher for a long time... but not since birth. Since 1996/1997 until now, I've had a website looking into ghosts as a true sceptic.

Okay, before going further... brief notes...

A true sceptic doubts but does not deny. To be "sceptical" does not mean disbelief, it means the want of better data to make an informed decision on one's belief. Some have usurped the words "sceptic" and "scepticism" to their own advantage as they are "non-believers" and "deniers"... Autodebunkers and Remotedebunkers as David Gower and Eric McMillan of Skeptics(sic) Canada calls these folks. I always doubt... always seek better information... but don't deny things. I believe events that are considered "paranormal" happen... but before I dive to a particular hypothesis as "fact", I'm doing my homework.

Why I say "Not Since Birth" is because many investigators and groups put up false dates as to when they got started. One group I saw said that their group and website started in 1985... an impressive feat considering the World Wide Web wasn't really around until 1994/1995... Sure, I started reading books and even doing quasi investigations in the 1980's, but I didn't hit MY stride until the late 1990's... so I don't lie to people and suggest that, since I read my first "ghost book" (probably) in the late 1970's, I've been a "ghost person" for thirty-years. Nope... I've been legit since (at the earliest) 1996.

- - Anyway - -

Believe it or not, I've had a lot of "firsts"... with my group's help (and a lot of Sue's...) our site, our group, and yes, even myself can say, without trepidation that...

#1: We were the first ghost group to question ghost orb photos, vortex photos, and mist photos and try to explain their causation... and coming out very publicly with an article online about airborne particles caught near the lens and flash.

Sounds lofty, doesn't it?

Well, believe it or not, we think it's true.

In 1999, I wrote my first "orb rant" (ghost orbs) which was a caveat against these photos being presented as "paranormal evidence". The article was based on me seeing too many of the photos that were not presented as "paranormal"... either ghosts were everywhere, or there was a natural (rather than supernatural) answer.

By February 2003, I had my answer... and presented it... and it was picked up by several "paranormal news-feed" sites and made the rounds. To see this, click here.

Man, I got hate mail... lots of it... and some of it was vicious... and some of it was (physically) threatening.

What's funny is that now, SOME of those that hated this... have now adopted it.

Of course, neither Torontoghosts nor myself had anything whatsoever to do with their "discovery"... no... they found it out all by their little lonesomes! Aren't they great!

What's funnier is, although I admit to having an epiphany to this answer, with a little study, I found that Dr. Bruce Maccabee beat me to it... the only thing is, Maccabee is a Ufologist and wasn't well read in the "ghost world"... and was looking into photographed orbs in terms of Ufology... but still, he had done the work and multiple experiments and came to the same conclusion. (I found this out before writing my article.)

Guess what I did? Yup, I ignored him! I said, "Oh no! If I give him credit, I'll look stupid and give him too much fame!"

Okay, that's a joke... Of course I credited him... and linked to his work.

...but just after finding Dr. Maccabee's work and before penning my article, I found that Fuji Camera's ALSO had a page about orbs... explaining where they came from to answer complaints from people who thought that the "specs" and "round things" on their pictures was a malfunctioning camera...

Well, that wouldn't do! I can't let people know that Fuji was so far ahead of me! I buried them! They didn't exist for me!!!

Okay, another lie... I incorporated it as well into my article with credit and links.

Now, here's the rub... That article has been reproduced and re-phrased a whackload of times... and it's pretty obvious that they used our work as a resources (often using exact elements of it)... and what do these groups do? Do they credit us? Do their egos allow for the idea that possibly, just maybe there's other people doing the work ahead of them?

Almost never... in fact, I think I've read three (out of hundreds) that bothered to mention us in any fashion.

S'okay though... Dr. Maccabee is almost completely off the radar with these folks too.

Need a real giggle, about a year after my article was released on Jeff Rense's website, one Canadian "ghost hunter" was presented with the arguments on his message board as to orb photos on his site... his answer was to post a one-paragraph response that summed up my article... he "dated" it three months before I wrote my stuff... but forgot his "post" would be dated too... thus kinda proving he was about as original as a Xerox machine... a slow one at that.

#2: We were the first public group to truly question the validity of using an EMF meter as a "paranormal investigative tool" in terms of looking for ghosts.

This one seems to be true to. In fact, we are the only group trying to trace the origins of WHY anyone is using these... and we think we've found an answer... and it's pretty much where we suspected it was.

In 2001, I wrote this article (click here). I knew I'd hit a nerve when a well known "ghost hunter's store" offered me about $500 in "free stuff" to remove the article.

It does seem that the first relation to "ghosts" and "electro-magnetic fields" was from the 1973 movie, "The Legend of Hell House" with Roddy McDowall.

Where did this movie get the idea from?

Well, it was written by science fiction writer, Richard Matheson... he also wrote a lot for "The Twilight Zone" including the Bill Shatner opus where he sees the "monster" on the wing of the airplane.

Matheson kept up on the "early" years of Ufology and was a demi-student of what Ufologist Jacques Vallee who surmised that UFOs used electro-magnetism not only as a propulsion system, but also to mess with people on the planet in producing "things" and also scrambling their thought process. (Perhaps Dr. Michael Persinger of Laurentian University also ran with this with his work?)

Either way, combine the two and voila! One ghost book written by a sci-fi writer and combine the elements of Ufology and ghosts... and here we are!

Our complaint/argument/thoughts on this have also made the rounds... with no mention of us... or the movie... or Matheson...

I guess doing so would mean they'd have to admit *gasp* that they use references!

I guess what's irking me is that I am NO WHERE NEAR an original... sure, I put some stuff together... sure, I try to figure things out... but I always credit... I always list resources.

Why can't others?

In the oft aforementioned Ufology, it happens a lot... tonnes... Ufologists, who see themselves for the most part as legitimate scientists, will always reference those who came before them... they will always reference those who did work that spurred them on...

Ghost people? Nah... the egos don't allow it.

How many "so called scientific ghost groups" who claim to be "sceptical" know who Marcello Truzzi is?

How many ghost hunters/investigators/researchers acknowledge the Society for Psychical Research or The Ghost Club?

How many people who look into ghosts bother to point out that Harry Price really documented many of the methods of their work first?

Almost none.

The "egos" and "I MUST BE FIRST AND GREATEST" attitude within ghosts is horrendous... I wrote a boffo article giving cemetery stompers a "fair shake" (which I still really have issues with) about premature burial... a few months later, a "well known" American ghost author and investigator had HIS article on his website... dated years before mine... except it cited similar sources and even used the same image on the page... The only "flaw" in his cunning plan was that one can find the "date" of an uploaded page pretty easily... and myself (and a few others) pointed out that his page was a few weeks old... making it obvious it was a "dupe". Instead of credit, or listing me as a resource... he ripped the page down.

Heck, I could go into how a well known group (who were "orbists" and used fake doctorates fought with us tooth and nail... they called us names, sent nasty e-mails, and said we (effectively) sucked...) now, they use most of our own methods and whatnot... and dropped their phony accreditation... and have used the arguments we had against joining THEIR super group against others.

Have they ONCE given us a nod? Have they ONCE said, "Oh, this is thanks to work done by..." ANYONE other than themselves? Nope.

You see, THEY are wonderful. THEY are original. THEY are smart.

...they don't list resources or credits.

PEOPLE, WHAT'S THE HARM!?!

Real science always uses credits and resources... Hell, a grade four essay needs to list 'em.

Does saying that you READ and ABSORB really remove that much credit from yourself?

Do you really think people will STOP LIKING YOU (or whatever) because you admit that someone had an idea before you did?

...did you ever stop to think that, perhaps, you might seem smarter and more worldly if you said that you got a seed for an idea from one source and tried to make it better?

I admit... this seems like a "ME! ME! ME! ME!" thing... I'm honestly not looking for a Sue Darroch and Matthew Didier Memorial Ghost Group... it's an "US! US! US! US!" thing.

If paranormal investigators want to be taken seriously, we need to learn from science and educators... and learn that there's not only no flaw in citing resources, it's actually a good thing.

YOU! GHOST HUNTERS AND GROUPS! LISTEN CAREFULLY!

You've drunk a lot of our kool-aid... now drink this please...

If you want to be taken seriously, GIVE CREDIT. I don't care if it's to us, Harry Price, Dr. Maccabee, The SPR... whomever... just LIST YOUR RESOURCES.

C'mon... use your heads... this will give you another benefit... When you can't answer a question, you can say, "Well, I'm not sure, but I think that's been covered in the article by (blank)."

You won't seem stupid... you won't lose respect... you won't lose your "fan base"... you won't even lose your TV show...

...and you might show that WE can be a serious and cohesive study and a legitimate area worthy of exploration...

...and not a bunch of whining egos.

RANT OFF.

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08/05/06

Permalink 11:12:59 am, by Email , 846 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, General Shtuff

What with all the talk of the fest in the local news, an old idea sprang to mind...

From September 7th through the 16th, Toronto (my home town) presents the aptly named Toronto International Film Festival.

TIFF

It's a big deal here... and although we're fed a lot of news saying it's an "internationally, famous, and important" festival second only to Cannes, I wonder quite often if this is just media spin to make Toronto feel good...?

Camera

Actually, I shouldn't say such things... after all, I do believe I attended junior high school with last years (and the current?) festival's director of communications, Gabriel Free...

I digress...

Publicity

I'll give you that the fest usually does have some great films... but for the local media and whatnot, it's the "star power" that grabs 'em. Many celebs come to push and promote their films and that leads to many "star sightings" and loads of gossip usually... moreso than the usual "filming" that occurs in the city. (Toronto "backdrops" for many films set in New York City and whatnot...)

Actually, through my efforts with The Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society, I usually get one or two interesting pieces through the fest from folks that write to me about one thing or another... "We" keep everything confidential and Ergo: Every year around festival time, I get a few "famous" folks writing to me with questions like, "Where's a cool place to visit that's haunted?", or "What's a good, small ghost tour I can take?", or "Is my hotel one of the haunted places in Toronto?"

Director

Oh, these are all questions I've gotten from folks people would consider "famous". Actors and directors... mostly I hear from directors... which is kind of odd, but that's the way it is.

Oh, and don't ask "Who!!?!??!" because by law (I know that sounds funny, but I'll explain,) I can't tell you. We're (the TGHRS) governed by The Ontario Privacy Act of March 2004 which prohibits giving out ANY private information about anyone who contacts us about ghosts and hauntings unless they've given us express permission to do so... including names of folks who write to us.

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About the kooky idea...

One of my friends at my office suggested, knowing that I had a metric tonne of "Double-Decker Bus Toys" (die-cast buses and whatnot) that I try to get celebs to sign a few to help with our ultimate goal... and then auction the buses on eBay.

It's not a bad idea... but in honesty, I doubt I'd actually be very successfull... I think that too many folks wouldn't have the time to find out about the whole thing... and would simply see it as a "cash grab" or the like.

To be honest, MOST people who don't read this blog (thoroughly) or the whole site see things that way... I can't blame them... To those that have read, YOU know there's more involved... much more... but how do you convey that in 30 seconds or less?

Autographs

I'd feel odd... running up to someone like a crazed fan saying, "Hey! Could you sign this bus with a Sharpie?" and I'm 99% sure most of the folks (except that handful of celebs that read the ghost site and one's that would simply be perplexed) would turn me down immediately... and again, I don't blame them.

Am I defeating an idea before trying it out? Perhaps... but I'd prefer to think that I'm trying to come up with a better idea... a better plan... a better way... and hey, I'm also throwing it out to the "blogsphere"... anyone got an idea on how to do this?

...after all, I've got until September 7th to come up with a cunning plan... :)

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Quick note about the movies... I can't say what or who, but there is more "weirdness" (that's not really appropriate, but...) with movies and this site, 'our bus', this blog, this dream... and my family.

I can't say more than this now, but it could be BIG news... or no news...

I'm kind of a "don't count your chickens before they hatch" kinda guy, so I'm still plugging away... but there's high-weirdness afoot!

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Addendum: 12:51 EDT Got this kinda cool site from Penny on our message board...

May 31st, 1967

I share my birthday with...

Colin Farrell (1976)
Brooke Shields (1965)
Lea Thompson (1961)
Gregory Harrison (1950)
John Bonham (1948)
Sharon Gless (1943)
Joe Namath (1943)
Johnny Paycheck (1941)
Peter Yarrow (1938)
Clint Eastwood (1930)
Denholm Elliott (1922)
Don Ameche (1908)
Norman Vincent Peale (1898)
Fred Allen (1894)
Walt Whitman (1819)

The golden number for 1967 is 11. (...which is weird because my wife has had weird synchronicities with the number 11:11... and she's born in '67 too!)

I was born in the Chinese year of the Goat.

Give it a go... it's harmless fun and a little interesting... Click here to try it out!

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08/04/06

Permalink 09:15:43 pm, by Email , 856 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff, Pro Wrestling and MMA

Ecology and the double-decker bus...

As a rule, diesel powered buses built in 1950 are not the most ecological vehicles. I know that's hard to believe, but it's true.

Granted, a friend of mine at work who is proudly "green" pointed out that it's not like I'd be using RLH 3 (if we succeed) every day... and that as a rule, he'd rather see more buses (normal transit types) than cars on the road... with two exceptions... Electric and hybrid.

After the blistering heat we suffered, the idea of cutting down on exhaust and emissions from cars et al has been an oft talked about in the news... and personally, I'm all for it... I'd like to think that in my older age and for my kids, it'll be a cleaner planet... and in that vein, I'm hoping that hybrids become more reasonable and electric vehicles become more... well, more viable to the "motoring" community.

GE EV1

I was reading on the BBC website about the General Motors EV1 which had a top speed of about 80 MPH and go 0 to 60 in under 8 seconds... and was a decent sized vehicle. The Ford Think was another... although more of a "compact". These cars (amongst other's) are off the mass production drawing board.

Ford Think

Funny, if you visit the BBC link above, you'll see all kinds of excuses as to why people won't buy electric cars... one fellow blamed the small tax break as to his reason. Hmmm... "Only saving thirty-five pounds (the amount of tax credit given to those in Britain with hybrids and electric vehicles... about $70 US...) and the petrol costs just aren't worth it... but I'm all for these cars!"

It reminds me of when they ask commuters if they'd like "better mass transit" in a city... of course everyone says "YES!"... the drivers say it because they believe that if there's better mass transit, there'll be less cars on the road WHICH WILL FREE IT UP FOR THEM. (Think about this drivers... what do you think the other drivers are thinking when they're asked? Yup, they'll still be on the road too!)

...ANYWAY...

Of course, hybrids are catching on... a mix of electric and petrol... but they're still a touch pricey... and one other more important thing.

Many drivers aren't willing (as a rule) to touch them anyway.

They feel that the cars "don't have enough power" or will "not maintain a charge long enough for (my) purposes."

What's weird is who I've heard these "reasons" from... people who, as a rule, tend to drive to the corner store. They tend to drive to work (maybe an hour each way... max.)

It's weird... I have to think that it's almost a... well... "penis" thing.

"I can't drive THAT! It's not BIG and POWERFULL and EXPENSIVE enough for me!"

Why not? Really... Why not?

Personally, should we get the bus, yes, it will be used for those "longer" day trips... with the whole family or friends... and for "toodling about" and whatnot, I'd LOVE a hybrid... heck, I'm a fan of the "fuel conscious "Smart Car"!

Smart Car

US President Bush was evoking "hydrogen" cars and "alternative fuels" not too long ago... yeah, a weird thing for a man who's political stripe doesn't allow for the thought of "global warming" and who's family are mega-wealthy through oil (this is NOT a political rant, promise!)... haven't we already been there? I'd say education and a public willingness to "switch" from unleaded to AC/DC is what's really needed.

Who knows... If I can do it without messing up future complete restoration, I'd LOVE a "hybrid" bus!

Hybrid RLH

...granted, this is not very practical on a few levels... and, as my "green" friend pointed out, I'm not going to be driving RLH 3 to my office and back.

So for now (well, when money's a little better for us,) a small fuel efficient car will be dandy... or if they're down in price, a hybrid.

...and oddly enough, I'm 100% sure my "manhood" will not be in doubt should we get one. :)

Oh, and before I get any semi-hate mail, we do live in a city and in a very urbanized area... so these options are good for us and may not be for everyone... but you'd be amazed how many people in this city drive huge honkin' SUVs for "in-the-city-runs" only...

...and with gas priced so high right now, you gotta wonder why?

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Quick note for wrasslin' fans... Thanks to F4WOnline, Jeff Hardy has signed a contract with the WWE which means, yes, at some point, you'll see The Hardy Boys back in action.

Hardy Boys

I doubt you'll see a "Wrestlemania X7 TLC" match from them now, but it's good to see a possible "rebuilding" of the tag division.

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...an entire family would thank you!

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08/03/06

Permalink 02:39:44 pm, by Email , 1214 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

One of those weird days...

If you already read this blog today, please scroll down to the "Addendum" I put up at 8:11pm EDT... If you're just coming to our blog, please read the whole thing to understand... Thanks!

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First off I'd like to let everyone know (especially those East of Toronto) that the oppressive heat we had here has broken... It's a comfortable 25 degrees centigrade (77 degrees Fahrenheit) which beats the snot out of the 40 degree centigrade (104 Fahrenheit) we've suffered through the last few days... one good storm and we're out of the horrid heatwave... thank goodness!

So, to our friends in New York and "parts East", hang in there! The colder temps are coming!!!

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Did you ever have one of those days... not a bad day... but you just KNEW instinctively that something good or bad was going to happen? There's just "something" about the environment or the way the world looks and feels that let's you know that something is "up"?

Fortune Teller

I'm currently having one of those days... and my gut is telling me that "good stuff" is coming... very good stuff.

I don't know what it is though... but it's coming... perhaps the bus is coming... perhaps a better job... perhaps some extra money... but something good is on the horizon.

Did I mention I'm a believer in luck...?

Good Luck!

Always being one to over-analyze things, I started thinking about this... when us humans have those moments... sometimes of dread... sometimes (like me today) of other things.

If I may, let me impart a weird-but-true story on you... that could very well be a "better fit" into our Paranormal Blog... but bear with me here...

It was Friday, December 6th, 1984... I was FINALLY on the "guest list" to go to my favourite after-hours night clubs in Toronto. A "friend" (better to say an acquaintance...) was DJing and put me and my buddies from high-school on the list. I was thrilled!

Better yet, the girl who I had a MASSIVE crush on would be there... and that was really good news.

Now, let me preface this with letting you know... I was a "death-punk"... a "blitz-kid"... whatever people called "goths" before "goth" was coined... THAT SAID, don't mock me on the next bit...

I got home from school that Friday, ate dinner with the folks, and proceeded to get myself ready to go out which was quite the "do" for a 17 year old of my ilk.

Hair was crimped, back-combed, teased, sprayed (repeat), make-up applied, all-black outfit put on... and at about 9pm, after several hours, I was ready to head out!

I walked out the front door of my home... stepped out onto the small front porch and...

Stopped dead, turned around, showered (washing off and out all the crud I'd put onto myself), and went to bed.

There was no feeling of "dread"... no "voice in my head" telling me to go back... It was just a decision... "I don't really want to go out tonight."

Trust me, nothing would give me more joy than to say SOMETHING more than just a "change of mind" happened... but that's not what it felt like.

I'd equate the feeling to the one most people get when you head to the fridge to "find something to eat" (usually when you're bored) and once there, decide nothing appeals to you and you return to whatever it was you were up to before you entered the kitchen.

Yeah, about that much "gravity".

I was in bed at about 10pm... when, at around 10:30pm, I heard my mother scream...

I raced into her room to see my dad lying on his back on the bed... he was making an odd "snorting" noise... he was dying of a sudden heart attack that led to him asperating.

He died that evening. (Oh, that's a link to the left... I didn't underline it for "gravity"...)

Now, had I gone to that club... had I left after the anticipation of friends, music, and general merriment, and after the process of "getting ready"... I would not have been home or around until (at the earliest) about 8am the following morning.

Instead, I was home when it started... I was at the hospital as it completed... I was with my mom... and I was "dressed down" without looking like a freak.

To this day, I cannot tell you what changed my mind... but I'm glad it happened...

Angel

Some say it was a "guardian angel", some a "guardian spirit"... I don't know...

One of the more "natural" answers that I've been given (and a definite possibility) is that although my father seemed 100% healthy that day and evening, somehow I was able to pick up on "something" (like the colour of his face) and in the back of my mind, I knew that he was "not well" and therefore I stayed behind. It wasn't a "conscious" decision, but an unconscious thing I picked up on...

Good answer... definitely less "paranormal" in it's nature... don't know if it's accurate... but one has to examine every possibility to find "the truth".

ANYWAY, I guess what I'm saying with this story is how most people have had a "moment" like this... something happens and they "feel" it and... voila!

The only thing in my story above is, I "felt" it... but not in any tangible way...

Horse Shoe

Well, today I've got this "lucky"/tangible feeling that things are going to be very good... happy... I dunno why, but I do.

Call me a whacko if you'd like... but it's the way I'm feeling.

GRANTED, remember that along these lines, RLH 3 (the bus we're trying to get) and ourselves share a lot of very odd synchronicities...

I won't re-spell them out here... if you're interested in the "weird connections" between us and our bus, click here to read about them... it's spooky in a way...

...and yeah, I would consider us the luckiest family in the world if we find a way to get that bus...

...but for today, all I can say is it feel like something very good is on the not-so-distant horizon.

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Well, my luck did change after posting this...

Voodoo

First, I was down to one "TTC Token" (transit ticket) and lost it. I then went to the bank machine to buy more... and it was down... I talked to the folks at the bank who said it would take about 30 minutes... so I started walking... that's when it started raining... and my right shoe fell apart... after walking towards my home for about 1/2 an hour, I tried a bank machine... still no luck.

...so I walked home... 1 hour, 47 minutes... with one shoe in pieces.

When I got home, I was told one of our dwarf hamsters had passed away.

Black Cat

Yup... I shouldn't have posted my thoughts about the "good stuff coming" here...

Serves me right.

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Permalink 12:23:13 pm, by Email , 333 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

How far do you go for that dog in the window?

Yesterday I wrote that it was whopping 117 degrees in Toronto, Canada. Today is not much better. However tomorrow clean, cold Arctic air will sweep in and push out the hot, humid and polluted air that has been lingering over most of southern Ontario (which has been making it feel unbearable here).

Yesterday, at our local mall's underground parking garage a dog was rescued by two shoppers. The dog had been left for who knows how long in a car ... and yes it was 117 degrees by mid afternoon so one could only guess the interior temperature of the locked vehicle.

The shoppers smashed the window of the car liberating the dog.

I personally agree with their actions, although not everyone in our local news seems to think this was a good idea. The owner of said vehicle and dog is now insisting they were only dashing in for a few minutes, left the car running and had the A/C turned on. They now state they are going to sue the shoppers!

Several people in the media are now saying what the shoppers did was vigilantism! I absolutely disagree.

Years ago, my bus man was confronted with a similar situation. In this case he did not smash the windows, but he did call police. The police along with our local SPCA rescued the poor animal.

Have you had a similar experience? What did/would you do?

Cheers!
Sue

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08/01/06

Permalink 03:19:22 pm, by Email , 207 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Everybody Into The Pond!

It is 117 degrees in Toronto, Canada this afternoon and I cannot think of a lovelier way to spend a hot, muggy day than in a cool, enchanted, faerie lake, getting Ribbiticus' perspective on things.

So join us by hopping on over to our new renter Pond Perspective located at the 8th lilypad, of Faerie lake, in the Enchanted Forest and learn the mysterious ways of the frog.

I would kiss the frog ... but I've spent far too much of my youth doing just that .... and besides one prince charming "bus loon" is enough to handle ... ;)

See you all at the lilypad! ... perhaps the Froggie will be serving up something long, cool, and green to drink on this sweltering Summer's afternoon ... :)

Ribbet!

From the very hot (and not in a good way) desk of Sue ...

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