Archives for: September 2006

09/30/06

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Categories: Paranormal Stuff

HEY! A LIST! Top Dozen Haunted Locations I Dream of Investigating...

To the newbies to this blog, both Sue and I are heavily involved with paranormal studies...

My "specialty", if you will, is ghosts and hauntings and therefore, I do have some "dream locations" I'd love to investigate... to really knuckle down and do some hard work in data collection therein.

Below is my list... the top-twelve places I'd love to investigate.

Now, some of them I've been to... but those were either short visits or even "tourist stops"...

When I say "investigate", I mean to spend at least three or four days there, have all my equipment on hand, have a team, and really work without interuption...

They may not be "The Most Haunted"... or even "The Most Active"... but they intrigue me beyond belief...

Space! The Final Frontier!

#12: Oak Hill - Merritt House - CKTB Studios in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada

Oak Hill

Click here to read what we've already found there... but every time we were there, our efforts were impeded in one way or another. Now that we're a little older and wiser, we'd LOVE to get back and do things right... it ain't gonna happen, though.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#11: Whaley House - San Diego, California, USA

Whaley House

Whaley House has an impressive amount of history and stories of ghosts attached to it. I've never been, but it's something I'd love to visit and work in properly. (Hey, California too! I mean, I could also try to swing a trip to Santa Rosa... although I don't know why on Earth I have this need to visit Santa Rosa... Hmmm...)

Space! The Final Frontier!

#10: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, England

Longleat

Longleat House has been a "draw" to me for a long, long while. One of the first "true ghost story" books I read was "The Great British Ghost Hunt" by Hans Holzer... since then, mind you, I've now read hundreds of books and I'm not a huge fan of Holzer (not that I hate him... just not a fan...) and in that book, Longleat factored greatly... and I admit, I was drawn and still am.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#9: Hermitage Castle, Roxburghshire, Scotland

Hermitage

Hermitage Castle has a fantastic "folkloric" history and some very strange tales of ghosts. It's setting/locale is also something that adds to the environment. Definitely on my place list to visit even if to simply be a "quick-run" tourist.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#8: Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon, England

Berry Pomeroy

Berry Pomeroy Castle agains is rich in history... and in ghostly lore. Anyplace that Peter Underwood raves about has high marks from me and is on my "must see" list!

Space! The Final Frontier!

#7: Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Gettysburg

Gettysburg... the pivotal battle between the warring North and South in America... and scene of much devastation. It seems like a "gimme" as many "ghost hunting groups" already have trodden the fields... but that's almost why I am a little put-off by the place... too many half-assed investigations and not enough meat... means a corrupt place when it comes to neutrality of my team. None-the-less, I'd love to give it a go under proper circumstances.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#6: The Former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hostpital/Humber College Lakeshore Campus - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Former Lakeshore Psych

Sure, we've been there too, but we've never had full run of the place... and the college isn't "ghost friendly" and doesn't want to look into the folkloric and "ghostly" history of the place meaning we've never had a thorough look around... that's why it's on the list.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#5: Fyvie Castle - Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Fyvie

Fyvie Castle and the ghost of (possibly) Lilies D. Drummond... the "Green Ladye of Fyvie" who scratched her name on a window ledge... Easily one of the most interesting stories we've heard.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#4: Glamis Castle, Dundee, Scotland

Glamis

Glamis Castle is oft referred to as "The Most Haunted Castle in The World"... and it may very well be. There's so much to see/tell/look into for someone like me that I'd likely start going into overload mode rather rapidly... especially if one had unfettered access to the place. Oh, pet peeve... it's pronounced "Glahms" ("Gloms") castle... so to you folks (AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) that call it "Glam-iss", please, it is "Glahms"...

Space! The Final Frontier!

#3: Hampton Court, Surrey, England

Hampton Court

Hampton Court is either very busy with paranormal activity... or very busy with folkloric tales. Either way, what a fantastic place and so worthy of proper investigations. Click here to read a write-up we did when a "ghost video" broke at the site.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#2: The Tower of London, London, England

The Tower

The Tower... a history steeped in executions, torture, mayhem, and all the good stuff! I've been fortunate enough (through connections) to correspond with a few of the staff at the tower and it appears to be a STILL "lively" place with all kinds of activity. I'd be on investigator/researcher overload... but I'd be happy to do the job justice!

Space! The Final Frontier!

#1: Some house/home/business/site/whatever that we haven't heard of... yet...

Uknown

...and maybe never. Probably the "best" spot for activity and possible capture of data of ghostly activity has yet to be discovered. It could be your next door neighbour... or that weird restaurant you see driving around every so often that you've never eaten in.

That's the beauty of this study... who knows what or where would be best... it's always another story, another report, another day away... and may always be.

Have I missed any I should have thought about? Let me know in the "Comments" section...

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This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
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09/29/06

Permalink 07:00:00 am, by Email , 1266 words   English (CA)
Categories: One Dozen Canadian Heroes

Second of Twelve: Crowfoot

For the next Eleven Fridays, I'm doing blog posts about Canadian heroes of History... some you may have heard of... others you may not know... in under 800 words (not including my usual last note), I'm going to TRY and introduce them to you as best I can...

So far, I've done posts about...

- Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry

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Crowfoot

When Rousseau first thought out the term Noble Savage, one might think that he had Crowfoot in mind... but there was little savage about Crowfoot...

Born in 1830 into the Blood tribe of the Blackfoot Confederacy in what is now Alberta, Crowfoot was a born warrior. Before he was 20 years old he had been in 19 battles with other tribes and had been wounded six times.

It was in 1865 that Crowfoot made a name for himself with the local white population after the battle at Three Ponds. An Oblate missionary, Father Albert Lacombe, was visiting a Blackfoot camp when it was attacked by Crees. Although greatly outnumbered and despite casualties, the Blackfeet held off the raiders for several hours during the night. Just before dawn Father Lacombe tried to get between the lines to call a truce, but he was not recognized by the Crees and was wounded by a ricocheting bullet. When the battle seemed lost, Crowfoot arrived with a large number of warriors and the enemy was soon routed.

Crowfoot went out of his way to avoid confrontation with the white settlers and with other bands... even conflicting with other warrior chiefs and providing escorts to traders to avoid native raiding parties.

In the 1870's, American traders started using whiskey and repeater rifles for barter and, in response, the North West Mounted Police (The Mounties... and soon to become The Royal Canadian Mounted Police...) was formed and sent into Canada's Western regions. In Crowfoot's own words, "If left to ourselves we are gone. The whiskey brought among us by the Traders is fast killing us off and we are powerless before the evil. . . . Our horses, Buffalo robes and other articles of trade go for whiskey, a large number of our people have killed one another and perished in various ways under the influence, and now that we hear of our Great Mother sending her soldiers into our country for our good we are glad."

Unlike what was happening in the United States, the police and military were welcomed into the Native territories without issue and with open arms. Crowfoot himself forging friendships with James Farquharson Macleod, then assistant commissioner of the NWMP. Because of this, white settlement went hand-in-hand with Native presence in the West.

For his loyalty and his influence with his people to respect the police, Mcleod ensured the rights of the Blackfoot were maintained.

In 1876, the plains tribes and the U.S. calvary were at odds... The Sioux attempted to convince Crowfoot and the Blackfeet to join them in their efforts and in turn, the Sioux would help them eradicate the NWMP.

Needless to say, Crowfoot said "no"... in fact, he warned the Sioux that if they attempted to come into Canada, he and his tribe would join with the police and drive them out.

For his stance and loyalty, he gained fame and respect in Ottawa and even gained the notice of Queen Victoria in England. He was a genuine living hero.

After some disastrous defeats, the Sioux did come to Canada... but Crowfoot realised they had come as refugees... and worked hard to make them comfortable. He even met with Chief Sitting Bull and made peace with the Sioux... Sitting Bull even named his own son Crowfoot in respect of the great leader.

In 1877, Crowfoot was instrumental in negotiating Treaty no.7 which allowed for European expansion into the West and maintained native rights as best as could be negotiated.

In Crowfoots own words, "While I speak, be kind and patient. I have to speak for my people, who are numerous, and who rely upon me to follow that course which in the future will tend to their good. The plains are large and wide. We are the children of the plains, it is our home, and the buffalo has been our food always. I hope you look upon the Blackfeet, Bloods and Sarcees as your children now, and that you will be indulgent and charitable to them... The advice given me and my people has proved to be very good. If the Police had not come to the country, where would we be all now? Bad men and whiskey were killing us so fast that very few, indeed, of us would have been left to-day. The Police have protected us as the feathers of the bird protect it from the frosts of winter. I wish them all good, and trust that all our hearts will increase in goodness from this time forward. I am satisfied. I will sign the treaty."

In 1881, the Blackfeet and Crowfoot were also lobbied by Louis Riel's men and the Metis to join in the rebellion... sensing that this was a lost cause, but also remembering that the Cree (led by his own adopted son, Poundmaker,) and Metis had strong ties to the Blackfeet, he opted to stay neutral... and eventually, declared his loyalty to the crown... which, again, considering the might the Blackfeet would have added to the conflict, was much appreciated by the government.

At the end of the rebellion, Louis Riel was hung... and Poundmaker was sent to jail. Through his connections and good name, Crowfoot was able to secure Poundmaker's release in 1886... although, sadly, Poundmaker would only survive a few months after his release, dying of an illness in Crowfoot's camp.

Due to his assistance in helping with the Canadian Pacific Railway and ensuring that the rails ran "coast-to-coast" without native issues, he had been given a free lifetime pass to ride the rails... and after the Metis rebellions, he travelled to Ottawa and Quebec where he was treated like a beloved and heroic diplomat... popular with both the people and the government.

His countenance, diplomacy, and overall ability to do what was best for his people led to Canadian settlement to progress West without issue and ensured his people's welfare... although one could argue that things went downhill fast... but, there was never a universal "armed conflict" with the Natives and European settlers in Canada.

Crowfoot did see the degeneration of his people's life... the destruction of the herds... the loss of good hunting grounds... and was very saddened by it all... but he maintained his diplomatic efforts even heading down to Montana where he tried unsuccessfully to arrange a peace treaty with the Assiniboins.

His last years were spent close to his camps and his people... he passed away in 1890 and is remembered as a great diplomat and brave warrior chief.

Without Crowfoot, Canada's history with the aboriginal nations would be much different.

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Much thanks to The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online for the help with the above article.

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09/28/06

Permalink 07:00:00 am, by Email , 804 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

eBay can be FUN!

From The Personal Bookmarks of Matthew...

The scene is a church basement... a small group is sitting in a circle in a darkly-lit room... one man stands up...

eBay Logo

Matthew: Hello. My name is Matthew... and I have a problem.

Group (said together): Hello Matthew.

Matthew: Sure, I occasionally go to eBay and hunt up things about double-decker buses and London Transport... but my real problem is...

Older Man In Group: Yes! You must admit your problem! It's the first step!

Matthew: *Sigh*... Yes... my real problem is a website named "Disturbing Auctions"

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That's right! Disturbing Auctions!

Where else can you find such items as The Golfing Dead Frog, a Funeral Home Coffee Scoop, and what kid wouldn't want Stinky, the Conch Shell Pelican!?!

My personal favourite, mostly for the description, is The Wienermobile Pedal Car!!!

Weiner

..and I quote...

Is your child not getting a good thorough beating every day at the hands of his or her schoolmates? Why not try this vintage Wienermobile Pedal Car? Let's see how it works...

Boy #1 - "Hey, here comes wiener boy!"

Boy #2- "Hey wiener boy! Do you like WIENERS?"

Your son - "But I..." *gets punched*

Boys 1 and 2 - *laughter* (then chanting) "Wiener boy likes wieners! Wiener boy likes wieners!"

Who wouldn't love a site that has listings under the heading of "Emotionally Scarring Toys", "Terrifying Dolls", and "Art?"

Yes, get ready to weep with joy and laughter at what some people TRY to sell on eBay...

Click Here to find all your needs...

Ram\'s Head Snuff Mull

You'll be sorry you missed your chance to grab the Ram's Head Snuff Mull when it was available!

Oh, and DO read the descriptions! The site admins sense of humour is... well... GREAT!!!!

Yes, Disturbing Auctions is one of my favourite sites... and even re-reading some of it makes my legitimately "laugh out loud"...

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While on the topic of my fave bookmarks, allow me to tell you, my loyal readers, about one of my other fiendish faves... which at times, is a guily pleasure of mine... and that's Find-a-Death... "deathstyles" of the Rich and Famous... it's a little "gossipy" and some may find it in bad taste, but everyone I've introduced it to ends up reading it almost completely through...

Like my love of Razor Ramon - HG, it may make some think less of me... but what the heck. We all have our eccentricities, no?

...one of mine is thanatology... a bit morbid, sure, but it swings nicely with some of the Paranormal Studies... and yeah, celebrity "death" is, to me, a touch intriguing...

Recommended Reading:

Stiff - The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

The Bedside Book of Death by Robert Wilkins

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Addendum: 09:26am EDT Reading the freebie 24hrs Newspaper today, saw this gem... and no, I'm not making this up...

Martha Da Bom Stewart

Eminem fan Martha Stewart wants Eminem to appear on her "Martha" TV show. Not because he can knit or bake brownies but because audience members love his music.

"We play his music during breaks to keep people very lively and they love him," Stewart told AP Radio in a recent interview.

"I would really love to have Eminem on the show," the 65-year-old lifestyle guru said. "I don't think he knows that my demographic audience is so involved with Eminem music."

On reading this, I thought of tomorrow's big news...

Eminem found banging his head against a wall sobbing, "It's all over! It's all over!"

...or...

Eminem reports feeling his pop-culture "cool quotient" slip to Engelbert Humperdinck levels.

...or...

Donny Osmond comforts Eminem during crisis.

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
(...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

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09/27/06

Permalink 07:00:00 am, by Email , 518 words   English (CA)
Categories: FAQ/FMS, General Shtuff

Answering a question... What will become of the blog IF...

Sometimes, going through blogs and blog searches, I come up with gems...

Mohawk Valley View

One such gem was a VERY kind write-up of our efforts here at Mohawk Valley View who asked one question I get all the time...

What are you going to do with the blog if you get the bus?

Well, there's a small contingent who'd love to see me fold up the pixels, pack away the server-stakes, and close-up the ol' tent here...

But... THEY WILL BE SADDENED TO HEAR...

No chance!

I'm enjoying spewing my thoughts and occasionally eliciting the odd laugh through this here bloggish thing.

In fact, IMAGINE the fun you'll have reading about my struggles to get the old gal working again! WHEEEE!

Happy Bus Man!

The bruised and skinned knuckles, the heart-ache of trying to find parts, the stress of trying to explain to my kid why hooking up the PlayStation in the bus is not really the main objective of my efforts...

If I was to pick a picture... some image I could post here... of how I think I'll feel trying to make everything work again on the bus and be funny, amusing, and generally entertaining about it... well... how about these two below?

Hahahahahahahaha!

Oh yes! Just hours and hours of fun, frolic, and merriment!

...and I plan to share it... SHARE IT ALL WITH YOU!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHA!

...with, of course, my usual asides, moments, thoughts, and all that goodly stuff!

So, will the blog begone if the goal is achieved???

No. It will CHANGE!!! MUTATE!!! AND EVENTUALLY, TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!!!

My Late Uncle Vinny and his Insect Problem

...or, it will carry on pretty much as is and just be about the adventure of our family getting the bus together and making her work.

RLH 3

...of course, we need to actually achieve the goal of getting RLH 3 first to find out what will happen... but I'm sure it'll be one of the two options above... the "Mutate and Conquer" scenario... or the simple blog about a family and their bus... one of the two.

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/26/06

Permalink 11:02:29 am, by Email , 549 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

A life gone ...

Today our daughter, Max (our dog) and myself watched as a life was extinguished.....and I am still very sad and angry...

As we walked to school this morning we came across a small grey cat (much resembling our own dearest Elizabeth) dying on the sidewalk where he/she had been placed after obviously being hit by a car. Max began whimpering as he was sensing something was terribly wrong ... and as I fumbled with my cell phone attempting to call our local animal services...the little grey cat died.....

A life gone...

I have held the hands of others who have died in my presence...but this felt so very cold...so awful...and so unnecessary...

People kept walking past us...on their way to work or school...seemingly oblivious with the exception of those who gawked and walked on. And where was the driver of the car or the person who obviously put the cat on a piece of cardboard soaking in bodily fluid on the sidewalk? Not even a few minutes to spare to call the animal services?

Matthew in a weird twist of fate walked the opposite way from where he normally goes to catch his ride to work and met us walking towards home. We were visibly shaken...and thank goodness he was there to offer hugs...before leaving for his day at the office...who knows maybe he sensed something wasn't right this morning with us...and those hugs were most welcome.

When we arrived back home I immediately sought out our three girls...Mary, Elizabeth, and Annie...(all three rescues from our local shelter) and cuddled each...comforted in the knowledge that at least they were safe, warm, and most importantly loved....

Hours later my heart is still sore for the little life that we watched expire... Who was he/she? Is someone missing her? Why was she running in the streets for such an awful thing to happen? Is his owner even aware that he is gone? Perhaps he escaped or snuck out? And a human heart will be breaking for this lost life soonly.....

But I see it all the time...cats and kittens running loose on our city streets....just last week we came across a female cat in obvious heat rolling around on a front lawn...what for??? To risk adding to the unwanted cat population, of which our local shelter is filled to capacity!

Human irresponsibility makes me very angry...particularly when it costs the life of those who are dependant on us to take care of them.

We live in an urban area and our three girls are strictly indoors, they will not be hit by cars, attacked by predators, come into contact with poisons, subjected to fleas or all other manner of potentially life threatening predicaments from running wild outdoors.

If you do own a cat and let it outside unsupervised please be aware that you risk his/her life greatly and that premature death in outdoor cats is excessively high in comparison to indoor animals.

All three of our girls and Max are sitting with me as I type this (unusual for this time of day) .... perhaps they know that Mommy needs them close right now as I contemplate human stupidity and seemingly heartlessness.

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Permalink 09:47:05 am, by Email , 233 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Possibly a three post day... and none are really all too happy...

Second Post of the Day with a third possibly coming from Sue later... and it'll be another sad one... with a possibility of a rant involved too... If she doesn't post what I know is on her mind, I might do it for her...

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I was on my way to work and read the following quick-article in today's Metro... a freebie paper... it originates from The Associated Press...

Aaron Celis kissed his baby daughter, Veronica Destiny Celis, after she was born during an emergency surgery Sunday at a Pheonix, Ariz., hospital.

The baby's mother, Veronica Celis, has been brain dead for more than a month and her body kept alive by doctors to bring about the healthy delivery of the couple's baby girl.

It's been a kind of melodramatic morning for myself and Sue today... and reading this floods one with tonnes of emotions and empathy for the father... saying a loving "Hello" to one part of his life, and a loving "Goodbye" to another.

Great happiness tinged with unbearable sadness...

I can't imagine what that experience is like... and I pray I never have to find out...

I don't know/doubt that anyone related to this news item will read this entry... but my thoughts and prayers are with them... and I'm sure, in time to come, the joy of having a daughter will be the primary thing in this family's life.

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Permalink 07:00:00 am, by Email , 869 words   English (CA)
Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA

I wish it wasn't true... I wish it wasn't true...

Most people are at least aware of pro wrestler Kurt Angle...

Kurt Angle

Kurt is an Olympic gold medal winner... 1996 in Atlanta in heavyweight freestyle wrestling... and was on the radar of the "pro wrestling" circuit out of the gate... something Angle was very interested interested in.

He signed on with the (then) World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) and was working in ring by 1999.

Kurt is/was considered the best worker in the industry... winning acclaim and genuine admiration from most of the old guard (like Hulk Hogan amongst others,) and new guard alike.

Kurt Angle

Kurt is/was one of the best heels (bad guys) in the industry... and even did good runs as a face with the company.

To seemingly go off topic, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has had a string of young athletes associated with the company die prematurely... Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, Brian Pillman, Michael Hegstrand, Chris Candido, Davey Boy Smith, Mike Lockwood, Ms. Elizabeth, Owen Hart, Ray Traylor, and most recently and tragically, the great Eddy Guerrero... a personal favourite.

Eddy Guerrero

These deaths were pretty much caused by the profession these folks were in... be it through pain killers, steroids, and general physical self-abuse in the ring... these things helped hasten their demise.

Enter "Wellness"... or the WWE Wellness Policy...

Shortly after Eddy's death, WWE owner and chairman, Vince Macmahon introduced a shoot (not worked) policy with strict third-party drug testing and harsh penalties for those who failed... with a three-strikes and you're out rule.

For the record, Kurt failed... three times.

"Insiders" at WWE have said that Kurt was "the worst" they'd ever seen... and in a form of athletic entertainment like pro wrestling, that's saying a HUGE mouthful... think about someone like Jake "The Snake" Roberts... and Kurt is worse according to these fellas?

WWE even had to hire "handlers" to ensure that Kurt made his commitments and was "okay"...

In essence, he had to take some time and get "well"...

While going through the failed drug tests, Kurt's pregnant wife filed for divorce (although, again "good sources" say it's over his demons and she's "hanging in" and trying to be supportive and not totally far-gone on the idea that their marriage is over)... and he was working through being badly hurt (truly a bad bump away from a wheelchair or worse...)

So, they fired him... but they tried to leave the door open... and everyone I've heard from was hoping that Kurt would get his life organized, fight his demons, get healthy, and return...

It doesn't look like Kurt's going to do that...

Nope...

Sunday night, it was announced that Kurt had signed with Total Non-Stop Wrestling (TNA)... which is great for TNA... not-so-good for Kurt... and, trust me on this one, bad for the fans... (and not just because Vince Russo is also back with TNA which is a recipe for disaster...)

I am NOT kidding when I say that the scuttlebutt with those "in the know" is that Kurt's in BAD shape... in fact, Bryan Alvarez of Figure Four Online is predicting Angle's doom... as, to a lesser degree, is Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer... in fact, I've not heard of anyone who thinks Angle's return is a "good thing" except for Angle and the fine management of TNA.

The TNA schedule isn't as grueling as WWE's... but one bad bump... and the damage from Kurt's other issues will play a role, no doubt.

So, for you casual fans, don't be too pleased at Kurt's return... and wish him beyond well... wish him to be well in all aspects... and consider a company that would hire someone so well known to be a bit of a walking time bomb... a father, a husband, a human being...

Kurt is one year younger than Sue and myself... and I hope he get's to see his mid-forties... if not more...

...but hey, it's all about ratings, right TNA? You'd be goofy NOT to sign Kurt!

...just think of the memorial show possibilities if things go wrong.

I hope to God that I'm being dramatic... but I'm not sure.

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/25/06

Permalink 07:00:00 am, by Email , 503 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Paranormal Stuff, Day Tripping & Travel, Fixing Up The Bus

Still want the bus... but...

Okay, this is cool...

Basecamp Camper

This is thanks to our friends at Texas RV Travel Blog...

Meet "Basecamp"... it's a camper designed by Airstream and Nissan... and it's cool.

(There's a more detailed PDF document you can download about it by clicking here.)

For those not in the know... although at heart, we're preservationists when it comes to the hopes of rescuing RLH 3 (the bus this blog is truly about,) we've made no bones about the fact that, if we can get her/when she's here and being fixed-up, we're planning on gently converting her to a "daytripper" for the family... and then, when the time comes, restoring her to her former London Transport glory and donating her to one of the museums we've worked with in the past.

ANYWAY... many people assume/hope(?) that we would use RLH 3 (the bus) for "investigations" and whatnot with our Paranormal Work... and perhaps, at rather public places like historic sites and whatnot, that might happen... but it's rather difficult to "hide" and be "discreet" in a 1950's double-decker bus which means at private homes and businesses... not a chance.

Enter us finding (again, through the Texas RV Travel Blog,) Basecamp.

Nissan Basecamp

This would be a perfect "workplace-off-site" for our efforts... a place to keep equipment, have quick meetings... the works... and all mobile!

Floorplan for Basecamp

The pricetag, apparently, is $20,000.00 MSRP... and man alive, would it be handy...

Bus first... as I'm trying to keep bus/paranormal stuff as separate as possible... unless RLH 3 is haunted... :)

...but SHOULD our group get some dough for equipment (of which we still need three good magnetic-tape cam-corders, a couple of piezo microphones with shielded cable, two digital disc recorders, two high-end magnetic tape recorders, a micro-weather station, and a thermal vid-cam...) and after the "essentials", we have $20k to play with, you now know what I'm bringing to my board o' directors as a "thing to buy"!!!

:)

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/24/06

Permalink 12:06:16 pm, by Email , 601 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Raiders Of The Lost Garage ..... And The Great God Gazooky ...

I LOVE going to garage and yard sales ... and in the virtual world I have been known to spend far too much time on ebay. So when Raiders Of The Lost Garage put a bid in for our roomie this week I couldn't resist!

Raiders Of The Lost Garage features hard to find and obscure items that you may bid on. Treasures include Movies, Toys, Books, Games, with a large enough variety that there is definitely something for everyone.

Please help us welcome Raiders Of The Lost Garage by clicking on their thumbnail to the top right and don't forget to let them know the bus loons sent ya! And be certain to check daily ... as you never know what you might find!

Speaking of raiding other people's garages ... I found the Great God Gazooky (named thusly by me) last year whilst yard sailing.....

He was sold to me for $2.00 Cdn. His previous owner had stated he had paid $1.00 Cdn for him at another garage sale and had brought him some luck. He couldn't let him go though without making a little profit. So the bargain was struck.

Quite happy with my purchase and having no idea the Great God's worth (beyond he was a fabulous addition to my collection of bric a brac) I decided to do some checking on who he actually was .... and as it turns out ... my Great God is valued at over $100.00 US ... lucky indeed .... and NO he is not for sale ........

Also this week for your surfing pleasure honourable mentions go to:

Voices In My Head - I listen to mine, Do you listen to yours?

A Yoga Coffee Outlook - Giving away a NEW 2GB Ipod Nano!

The Foo Logs - A Blog about Life, Sport, Movies, Technology and Just about Everything else.

Please come back next week as we would like the chance to feature all of you!

Also if you want to help save RLH 3 through the new "click throughs", we've apparently banked $1.85... will it pay in the long run? Of course it will! Every bit counts! If you wanna help, scroll down and click on the ad-link that says "Attract 1000s of Visitors" on the right-hand side... and that's it... (I had a look through the page you visit and there's no "malware" or "spyware" loading from it...) just visit that page and we supposedly get some coins. (Opens a new browser to avoid ending your "BlogMad" or "BlogExplosion" session...)

From the lazy Sunday afternoon desk of Sue

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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Permalink 08:00:00 am, by Email , 655 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, Any News?

Ways to gain the funds? Maybe... We'll let you know...

Dollar Sign

While surfing about and DESPERATELY trying to find a way to gain the $20,000.00 (USD) necessary to make our dream a reality, we've bumped into more than a few folks hoping to earn some coin from their online efforts... most notably, our friend at The Billion Dollar Webpage... and some brief correspondance with Kyle MacDonald of One Red Paperclip an... well... we're still desperately trying to figure out a couple of things...

#1: Who could/would help us reach the goal and how do we contact them?*

#2: Barring lottery wins, how can we reach the goal ourselves?

For #1 above, we've tried to promote traffic and the like... which has been great and growing!!!! And, although lately it's been subdued, we have literally begged for help with some success...

* - Many people have suggested folks we could try... but neglect to give us contact information... most of the time, our stuff is rejected as "spam" without being read or we're only one in several billion people trying to contact them and get lost in the shuffle...

For #2, so far, we have the Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff, the Pixel Ad Site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com, and of course, the ever popular PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of this blog)...

...but we're still looking...

Aside from BEGGING for help from someone in public relations or marketing to perhaps take this on as a "volunteer" thing (hoping someone in that field can help us sell ad space or at least, get the word out...)

...and this is the bit most other bloggers and web-admins are most interested in, I'm sure...

We're also trying programs of click-through ads and the like...

If you look down on the lower-right hand side of the blog (on the "side-bar",) you'll see these... the "text" ones say they'll pay just for folks clicking on them... the other "affiliate" buttons (Tiger Direct and Dell) only pay if someone makes a purchase through us...

I think people out there are interested in the "success rate" of the programs... so should/if anyone actually help us via these AND we receive any payments, aside from it going towards the dream, we'll let everyone who reads this know... was it a good thing to give up space and schill for others... or not...?

Time will tell... and so will we.

Addendum: Well, through the new "click throughs", we've apparently banked $0.50... will it pay in the long run??? If you wanna help, scroll down and click on the ad-link that says "Attract 1000s of Visitors" on the right-hand side... and that's it... (I had a look through the page you visit and there's no "malware" or "spyware" loading from it...) just visit that page and we supposedly get some coins. (Opens a new browser to avoid ending your "BlogMad" or "BlogExplosion" session...)

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/23/06

Permalink 08:15:59 am, by Email , 859 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Dreams of England...

This is probably really old news for most regular readers here... and probably seen as a "gimme" to those who are first visiting... but I love England.

Icons of England

I know what you're thinking... "Wow! You mean the guys and his whole family that are seemingly somewhat obsessed with rescuing/owning a double-decker bus are Anglophiles??? You're kidding me!!!

...and I'd respond...

"Cut the sarcasm and YES, we are!"

RM in London

...but let me point out a couple of things... some personal, and some more family related.

The personal bit is... believe it or not, before my youthful eyes laid sight on Niagara Falls (a scant two-hour drive from my home), before I saw our nation's capital (about a five hour drive), even before we did winter sojourns down to Florida to avoid the cold for a week or two (okay, that's a slightly longer drive... usually two or three days with stopovers...) I saw London.

You see, my dad was an insurance executive and was sent to London on a business trip and decided to take the whole family...

Other than visiting my family cottage, this was my first trek as a vacation... and what a trip.

It's there that I started the big "double-decker" thing... I used to LOVE watching the world go by while riding in the top of a London Transport double-decker... my mom and sister would head to various tourist stops and my memories of it are nothing but fun and family on an "adventure"!

Every time I've been back, I've bought a die-cast toy bus... sort-of in memory of that trip...

I still feel a sense of "home" in London... and all the environs we've visited... and even the new one's I've visited as an adult.

There's just "something" about England... it's a second home to me.

As for Sue, she's also "hot to visit"... but for slightly different reasons.

Ghost!

We're both historians... and both do a lot of work in paranormal studies... and who would argue that England is not a hot-spot for both?

So, almost every night, Sue sits in bed reading various books on ghosts in England... or historical texts (she has a BIG thing for the Tudors... Queen Elizabeth I in particular) and says to me just before putting the book down... "We need to get to England."

So, lately... I've been kinda misty-eyed hoping to get back... to cross the pond...

...not the least of which would be a visit to Ewen Pring... hey, I gotta work in a "bus thing"... and taking Sue on a trip on the nine-route in London on a Routemaster... that's a long story...

The relevence of all this??? I have no idea.

I guess the only thing I can think of other than wanting to "vent it out", is thinking how WHEN we get there, I doubt it'll be a relaxing vacation... we'll be too busy trying to squeeze in so much... but that can be great and we're both looking forward to it!!! :)

Soon... very soon... probably before RLH 3... maybe... :)

...okay, I hope we have saved RLH 3 first...

...but I'd take either.

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You know what I've heard from some people that don't understand the whole thing about buses...

"It's a bus? So what? How can you think they're attractive?"

RT in the Country

Hmmm... I dunno... but the above picture sadly leeched without permission (my sincerest apologies, but I wanted to show it badly!!!) from the site, Ian's Bus Stop, taken by Ian Smith (and again, I do apologise...) might change some minds... I think... :)

I admire Mr. Smith... not only for his amazing website (easily the finest resource of it's type online) and the amount of work he's put into it... but also because, like me, he's an OLD TYME web guy! Long live HTML coding in NotePad!!!

Yeah~!

Addendum: Lesson to all... ask... the worst anyone can say is "no"... I wrote Mr. Smith to ask permission (after the fact) and his answer was "Yes"! See, folks! Asking is GOOD!

...oh yeah, and he said "NotePad Rules"... and it does... yeah~!

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/22/06

Permalink 07:00:00 am, by Email , 1026 words   English (CA)
Categories: One Dozen Canadian Heroes

First of Twelve: Charles deSalaberry

For the next twelve Fridays, I'm doing blog posts about Canadian heroes of History... some you may have heard of... others you may not know... in under 800 words (not including my usual last note), I'm going to TRY and introduce them to you as best I can...

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DeSallaberry

Meet Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry... born in Quebec in 1778.

He is an oddity... most of the heroes of Canada "back in the day" tended to be immigrants... but not DeSallaberry. He was one of four boys from a proud Quebec family that had a long standing military history in Canada... fighting for France when the French had control of the country, and then serving Britain in the same fashion after the British wrested control of the Canadas...

There's a fantastic story about DeSallaberry when he was serving in the West Indies... In the mess, a German soldier serving with him came in boasting about a duel he'd just won...

"I come just now from dispatching a French Canadian into another world!"

DeSallaberry answered the boast...

"We are going to finish lunch and then you will have the pleasure of dispatching another."

...the German didn't win that one... but DeSallaberry carried a scar on his brow from that day for the rest of his life.

At the first signs of war with America (the War of 1812), DeSallaberry was brought home to Canada where he raised a hand-picked militia group... The Voltigeurs... made up of not of farmers, but of voyageurs, lumbermen, and city-bred young men. DeSallaberry drilled them like regulars (rare for the time) and made them into one of Canada's fiercest and finest fighting groups of the time.

The Voltigeurs wore grey-wool jackets, (not "redcoats" or "green jackets" that were more common in British lines,) with black cross-belts... and black bear-skin hats... With their training, they were ready for what was to come.

Now, think about this... in the time of Napoleon and the wars with France when Britain was fighting in Spain and Portugal, one of the best British militia groups was a French group named "Voltigeurs"... and they were fighting for King and Country!

Easily, DeSallaberry's (and the Voltigeur's) greatest moment was at the Battle of Chateauguay...

U.S. General Wade Hampton and some four-thousand troops were heading to Montreal by way of the St. Lawrence.

Through intelligence, DeSallaberry knew they were coming... and picked his battlefield. He built a abatis (a tangle of branches and obstructions) to slow the American approach... but they came in force... right where he wanted them.

DeSallaberry had his Voltigeurs, a company of "Select Embodied Militia" (in read coats), and a picket of Chasseurs (embodied militia... mostly untrained) and a handful of Caughnawaga natives... in all, 460 men... facing almost ten-times their number... and as the Chasseurs weren't trained, they couldn't be counted on.

He did have 1,500 men in reserve... just in case his advanced position didn't hold... they would not see action this day.

The American's sent a single advanced horseman... who yelled to the Voltigeurs in French...

"Brave Canadians, surrender yourselves; We wish you no harm!"

This was done as the American's were somewhat counting on anti-British sentiment from the French Canadians...

Wrong move.

The "story" goes that DeSallaberry himself borrowed a musket from a man beside him, levelled it at the rider... and dropped him from his horse.

It's probably just a legend... but it's a good one.

The battle, such as it would be, was now joined.

DeSallaberry called for his bugler to sound the call to open fire... he noticed that the Americans, on hearing the bugle and musket fire, hesitated... so he sent buglers out all around... surrounding the Americans and sounding the call to fire. This led to the Americans assuming they were facing a much larger force.

He called to "Red" George MacDonald... the officer in charge of the Select Embodied militia... barking his orders in French to further confuse the Americans.

"Red" George marched his men in their red tunics up a hill and made them visible to the Americans... then marched them back, had them reverse their tunics (which were lined in white) and march back up the hill... "doubling their force"... at least in the eyes of the American soldiers.

The Caughnawagas would "pop-out" of the brush here and there... waving their weapons and giving "war whoops", then disappear into the woods, only to re-emerge elsewhere and repeat their step.

There's more to this story and battle... but I've got to keep this short...

"Surrounded by a huge force" of British soldiers... "Surrounded by angry natives"... the American's retreated in disorder...

Four-Thousand... thrown back by four-hundred.

Combined with the battle of Crysler's Farm, this stopped the American advance on Montreal... thus keeping the Americans hacking vainly at the "end" of Canada at the time... the Niagara region... they could have cut a swath through the heart of the country... but a French Canadian officer... and handful of militia... a handful of natives... stopped their plans dead... and yes, it can be said, they saved Canada.

DeSallaberry did receive awards for his efforts and was made inspector of all the light companies in the Canadas for the remainder of the war.

He spent the last of his days as a "seigneur" in Quebec... a "gentleman farmer" and landlord... He was also a folk-hero... and served as a justice of the peace and even spent a short time in politics, but was a "quiet rebel" and wasn't fond of the ruling oligarchy and preferred the life in St. Mathias as a seigneur... The government he was not fond of would later be thrown into turmoil during the rebellions of 1837...

DeSallaberry passed away in Chambly in 1829.

He's not too well known in Quebec... and almost anonymous in the rest of Canada with the exception of history buffs.

If you wish to know more, you can pick up a decent biography called Charles de Sallaberry - Soldier of the Empire, Defender of Quebec by J. Patrick Wohler.

Also have a "boo" at Fields of Glory - The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813 by Donald E. Graves and Flames Across the Border by Pierre Berton.

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09/21/06

Permalink 07:54:19 pm, by Email , 476 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

Quick Post Ahead of Tomorrow's Hero's Post...

First of all... Regular readers may remember that a couple of days ago, I posted that I couldn't keep up with the "slurping" of BlogMad credits... and would probably be "regularly" out of rotation because, quite frankly, I've little time to surf anymore...

Well, BlogMad's now "selling" credits... Yup, for a few bucks, you can purchase credits instead of surfing for them.

Hmmm... if I was more of a conspiracy theorist, I'd wonder if this is why the traffic from BlogMad (and therefore, the "credits used") had gotten so extreme...

Hmmm...

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Yesterday, I heard the sweetest sound that picked me right up...

They often say that "smell" is the most powerful of your senses. That smells can bring back a host of memories and genuinely have a biological reaction within people...

Well, yesterday, it was a sound for me...

I have been having a kinda bad week... and work has been very stressful and "physical" (lots of moving) lately... and yesterday I volunteered to grab dinner for the family en route home to work.

To that end, I found myself truckin' down Front Street en route to the St. Lawrence Market area of Toronto to fetch some grub, when from behind, I heard a familiar "put-put-put-put-put" sound...

It flooded me with memories and when I turned around to see it...

Routemaster

Ahhh... and old Routemaster... in fact, the very one pictured above!

That brought a genuine smile to my poor, tired face... and flooded me with memories of London... and of course, thoughts of RLH 3.

If there's a couple of things I need to do before I shuffle off this mortal coil, it's to save RLH 3 and head back and spend good, quality time in England...

Yup, all from a sound...

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/20/06

Permalink 11:19:53 am, by Email , 732 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

Quick Missives on a Wednesday Morning...

Ahhh... one of my infamous "double post" days... but I had to get some of this out in pixels...

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Surgery

Penis Woes...

In today's 24hrs newspaper, a freebie they give out here in Toronto, there was the following quick article...

Penis Woes Surgeons in China who said they performed the first successful penis transplant had to remove the donated organ because of the severe psychological problems it caused the to the recipient and his wife. The 44-year old man's penis had been damaged in a traumatic accident.
- 24 hours news service

Okay, let's examine this...

#1: "Traumatic Accident"... I think this goes without saying. Any accident that results in even considering having to replace damaged... um... well... private bits would have to be considered traumatic at best, I believe... this seems like kinda a gimme.

#2: Do we want to know what kind of accident it was? I have visions... and they aren't too nice... about what might cause massive damage to one's John Thomas and yet (apparently) leave the rest of your organs in decent enough shape to consider this operation.

#3: "Severe Psychological Problems" is an interesting thing to consider... "Doing it" with someone else's unit... having a (more likely than not) dead man's package attached to yourself and... well...

Would this be considered cheating of a sort?

Either way, I'm still kinda stuck on the "Traumatic Accident" line...

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IBM PC

An Open Letter To My New Friend at IBM...

No, this isn't a "computer gripe" or any other office equipment complaint... in my office tower (where I work,) IBM (or "It's Better Manually",) has offices on a couple of floors... and although I know they can "swipe" their "security card" to gain access to their floors through the stairs, they INSIST on taking the elevator up and down ONE SINGLE FLOOR AT A TIME... thus slowing down the progress of others.

This morning, one "employee" decided not only to use the elevator to go down one lousy floor, but HELD THE DOOR OPEN when she was getting in to finish a conversation... and then held it open on her one floor while she finished reading a news item on the little television monitors they have in our elevators... meaning that she made the journey of ONE WHOLE FLOOR of a building in about seven minutes... including getting frustrated at the elevator's alarm for being held open too long... and didn't think to apologise to the two people waiting "patiently" to get to their destination.

I think I mentioned it once here before that one of my favourite "work moments" was watching a woman take the elevator up a single floor... and then, later that day, I saw her with her gym bag and gear heading to work out... think about that...

So, to this IBM (or "I Bought Macintosh") employee... you're my second FOAD post... because, dear God woman, that was unnecessary, uncalled for, and just genuinely inconsiderate.

May your current desktop system be replace with a PS/2 model 25!

(To an old-tyme IBM employee, this is a frightening thought!)

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Bliss!

There! I feel better already! Those two items were burning brain cells and I needed to get them out...

Oh, don't forget, the post below (about BlogMad credits and "cars") is new also... please give a read if you have time!

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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Permalink 12:01:00 am, by Email , 1233 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Fixing Up The Bus

WHAT!?!?! THE BUS GUY (and his wife) DON'T OWN A CAR!?!?!

Quick Update: 07:38 EDT If you read this blog regularly through BlogMad, please note... the current "slurping" of credits (usually over a hundred per day) have made it impossible to keep up... so I'm going to be letting them slide... basically, I'll grab credits as I can... but chances are, I'll run out more often than not... So, if you're one of those rare birds that enjoys this blog and only views it through BlogMad and you notice I've dropped from rotation now and again... this is why.

Nothing against the fine folks at BlogMad, just that I have precious little time to surf and build credits!

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WHAT!?!?! THE BUS GUY (and his wife) DON'T OWN A CAR!?!?!

General Lee

It's true! It's true!

I have lived all my life in "The Big City"... and due to this, I've never needed one. Public transit has always been my mode of travel.

Perhaps that's where the love of buses comes from...

Nah... if anything, our beloved Toronto Transit Commision's buses would turn most people off buses for life!!!

Kidding... to a degree...

The buses are fine, the drivers are great... but they are not the most expeditious way to travel... and other passengers can be... well... troublesome... but that's another blog entry.

...and it's the greener way to go for the environment... but that too is another blog entry...

...anyway...

It amazes me how many people are literally STUNNED that I've never held a driver's license for a car (I have had a motorcycle license for a while... I owned a Vespa P-200E Scooter in high school... pretty much like the one below...) and, stranger yet, that I don't own a car... and never have.

Vespa P-200E

My favourite moment came once from the captain of one of my re-enactment groups... We were in a car and he asked, "So, when are you getting your license back?"

I was kind of taken aback...

"I've never lost it." I explained, "I've always lived in Toronto and haven't really ever needed one."

He had "assumed" I had lost my license in some "nasty incident"... after all, how many (almost) forty-year olds do you know who don't drive?

Well, now you know one... or at least, one more.

He didn't know any... until then...

Munster Mobiles

Here's a weird one... Last night, my barber (who's shop is literally across the street) buzzed up to my apartment... he needed a "boost" for his dead battery.

It took me about ten minutes to convey to him that no, I don't own a car and therefore, no, I don't have jumper cables.

...and don't get me started about how often I'm asked for my "driver's license" as identification... and the odd looks I get when I report back, "I don't own one."

The Love Bug

You see, here's the dilemma...

As much as getting my license and owning a car would be GREAT, there's some pretty rough drawbacks for us...

#1: Parking We live more-or-less close to downtown. Parking is at a PREMIUM and a parking spot around here (even outdoors) runs around a minimum of $200 per month. Quite the expense!

#2: Insurance Since neither Sue nor I have driven with a full license before, (only learner's permits,) we were told to expect to pay about $400 or more per month for insurance.

#3: Gas Prices Although lately falling, it's still about a buck-a-litre here...

Yellow Rolls Royce

Now, a TTC "pass" is all of $100.00 per adult per month... and we don't have insurance, parking, or gas to worry about...

So therefore, even with a sudden "injection of money", I'm unlikely to say, "Hey! Let's get a car!"

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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So, those faithful readers who are regulars... you may be asking yourself... Then Why The Heck Do You Guys Want This Bus???

Well, first of all, I would get my license for it... heck, I have even been studying the "Bus Driver's Handbook" from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation... just in case... and considering the work that WOULD need to be done on it, it'll be sitting in my wallet for a long while waiting for repairs to be completed.

Secondly, we've already organized storage for the bus... (Thankfully, we have our choice of THREE locations to store her and fix her in...) therefore parking isn't an issue.

Thirdly, being a bus, it's not like we're planning on driving it to the office Monday through Friday... it would be conserved for weekends only... and even then, not every weekend...

Fourthly, believe it or not, due to our "usage", the age of the bus, and our ages, insurance on it should be less than a car!!! (I've spoken to three brokers and, provided we get the appropriate licenses AND "stay out of trouble" for a year, we should get a deal!)

...and lastly and most importantly, we all have a wee love affair with good ol' RLH 3 and don't wish to see her scrapped or carved up.

So, there you have it...

No, I don't own a car... I don't have a license (yet)... and I'm in no rush... unless, of course, by some miracle, we get the funds we need for good ol' RLH 3... and we think she's worth it!

...but oddly enough, a Buick Skylark isn't for us. :)

...nothing against Skylarks, of course!

...although I bet I'm gonna hear from Sue she want's the Munster Mobiles, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, and The Yellow Rolls Royce after seeing the above photos! :)

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Oh, as a kid... I did have a "dream car" and you can thank James Bond for that one too...

No, not the Aston Martin... although they were all damned fine cars!

It was a Lotus Esprit...

Lotus Esprit

The first Bond film I saw in the theatre was Moonraker which featured a Lotus Esprit... and as a mere lad of only twelve, I was smitten... I was massively in love with the car... and it's a love that holds out to this day...

On the rare occasion I see one, I kind of have a "moment", if you will... like being young again and seeing that girl you had a crush on in high school...

So, I guess if I ever win a BIG lottery or something, it'll be RLH 3 and a Lotus Esprit...

*Sigh!*

Sure, the Lotus does not have the same affect as seeing a fine double-decker... but it's VERY close! :)

Ahhh... youth.

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/19/06

Permalink 01:05:12 pm, by Email , 644 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Sometimes, it really ISN'T all about you... well, this is...

SuperStar!

While gathering up credits for my blogging via BlogMad, I came across a couple of blogs... actually, comments in blogs... where it was kind of obvious that a "critique" that was obviously leveled at a general thing was... well... taken VERY personally by the commenter.

This is not to say that the "blogger" did a post saying, "You know, so-and-so and their blog really tick me off!" and then "so-and-so" comments negatively...

no...

It's more like this example...

Blog Post: Man, when I go to MacDonalds, I'm really not a fan of The Big Mac. Yeah, I really don't like The Big Mac. I'm a Quarter Pounder with Cheese person!

...and the response is...

Comment on The Post Above: YOU HATE ME!?!? How dare you!!! I love Big Macs and I think you're an absolute turd for daring to suggest Big Macs are NOT the superior sandwich from MacDonalds!!! I hate you with a passion and I hope your home burns to the ground!!!

Okay, I know... this is dramatic... and it is possible that the "commenter" is joking... but in about three instances, I don't think so... considering the venom about the post spills onto other forums and there's almost a concerted effort by the "commenter" to take shots at the "poster" even in different venues.

With certain things like politics and philosophies, I guess I'd give this more leeway... but I've found comments and general kvetching about everything from "favourite authors" to "musical tastes"!

To those "commenters" who take criticism of "something" they like by a poster as some sort of bizarre personal attack... please consider this...

#1: The poster probably doesn't even know you... or at least, not well if at all...

#2: Because of number one above, your thoughts and preferences were most likely not a consideration when they made the comment.

#3: Believe it or not, it is entirely possible that people have different tastes then your own... and may vocalize this as a "critique" or even a "meme" of sorts... it is not a personal attack at you. I promise!

This piece of advice would serve at least three "bloggers"/"commenters" I've come across well... and probably lower their blood pressure... and extend their life a little.

Oh, has this happened to me or the The Paranormal Blog??? No... but I have seen it and felt the need to comment on it.

Consider this a kind-of "blogger service message"... I know it's not my part to do that, but I came across those three comments last night and thought, "Gee whillickers, people! It's not always about you... heck, this (the blogs/comments I read) are not even close to being directed at you at all. Calm down, folks!"

Thanks for reading... better post tomorrow, promise! :)

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/18/06

Permalink 10:44:35 am, by Email , 1091 words   English (CA)
Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA

Bowing out gracefully... Thanks Trish!

Trish Stratus

Last night was the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) pay-per-view Unforgiven... "live" in Toronto...

Most importantly for many fans, it was wrestler Trish Stratus' last match... a retirement match...

Now, don't mistake this... "Retirement Matches" in wrasslin' are often as final as the "final" tours of The Who... or the "last" Jason movie from the "Friday the Thirteenth" series... but Trish will be out for a long time... possibly for good...

Trish (real name Patricia Stratigias) is a Toronto native and before going to the (then) WWF (World Wrestling Federation), she was studying kinesiology and biology at York University... I talked about her "educational status" and a funny story I heard when I did a brief bio of myself (don't ask) for the Paranormal Blog. (Head over using the link to read it...)

She was with the company through the amazing days of the late-nineties and early two-thousands... and has been, of late, one of only three women on the roster able to do an exciting and interesting match. In fact, her "main event" match a while back on RAW with "Lita" was fantastic... and a rare situation where I watched a taped match over and over... Those two women worked like trojans in a VERY important spot on the show... and they delivered.

Trish has managed to be both unbelievably sexy and spectacularly entertaining, she's honed her comic timing, she's athletic... and genuinely, a great performer...

Me and Trish

As shown above, I was fortunate to meet Trish after doing a radio interview (I was talking about ghosts, of course,) where she was the "main event" (last guest) and the host, Jeff Marek, being a FINE, FINE man and knowing I was a mark (wrestling fan) allowed me to hang back and sit-in on the interview... adding absolutely nothing... sitting in stunned silence.

No, not because I was in "awe", it's just, at the time, I felt completely fehclempt and realised that I was out of my element to a degree... In essence, I was a "mark" surrounded by insiders...

Thank God I've since learned better radio skills... I think? (I HOPE!!!)

Oh, by the way, SHE WORKED ME! (Meaning she "tricked" me...) At the time, she had a legit wrist and hand injury and was sporting a cast/support on her hand... and when we met, she put out her "wounded limb" which I gently took to lightly shake hello... and sold my handshake like I'd driven a spike into her hand... causing me to pull back, apologise and geuinely feel even more "uptight" than before... and then, she laughed... and I felt incurably stupid.

That probably didn't help my "silence", come to think of it...

Anyway, in listening and watching her, I can say without fear of being corrected, she's VERY smart, VERY funny, and VERY quick... and yes, in great shape. :)

In fact, even Sue is a bit of a Trish Stratus "mark" with an EXCELLENT view on her as a "star"... you see, trish is a fitness model and in great shape...

So, what we have is a smart, powerful woman in great physical condition... who isn't boney thin and isn't making her mark in the world with zero talent or by getting "loaded" or "high" and making a a$$ out of herself.

What better "role model" for a youngster... and with nothing but daughters (or steplings for me), I agree with Sue...

Trish has worked like a Trojan on her comedy and acting chops... doing work with local comedy groups and taking "bookings" for any acting/comedy work she can.

Well, Trish is due to get married to her long-time beau at the end of this month... and, for the last ten years, has been on the road and putting her body through hell in the whacky world of grappling so, in her eyes, it's time to hang up the boots... get married... and (I assume and hope) concentrate on other aspects of her career...

So, with this blog entry, let me say the following...

#1: THANKS VINCE MACMAHON... Trish's last match was a WIN for the Women's Championship! Usually, when a person is leaving, they "do the job" and put someone else over... but Vince and the creative crew did something GREAT and let Trish's last match, in her home town, be a record-breaking win for the belt... Thanks Vince and the crew... you gave Toronto and Trish a night to remember... (Oh yeah, Trish won using Brett Hart's "Sharpshooter" finishing move!)

#2: Thanks Trish... for a decade of great work and great memories. Your legacy as one of the BEST women's wrestlers and performers is set in stone. You were the best. Period.

#3: CONGRATULATIONS TRISH... for your upcoming marriage, your wonderful retirement match, and making your home-town UNBELIEVABLY proud! (...and although I wasn't there live, I heard you gave a LOT of people a night to remember...)

I look forward to seeing Trish in years to come... in movies, TV shows, and who knows what... and mark my words, she will do VERY well.

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...oh, and Trish, if you read this (and yeah, there's always a chance...) I do still owe you for being worked... and should you ever be working in a "haunted theatre" or doing a "ghost show" that I might be working in or on... watch your back, sister... It's not nice to fool the "ghost guy"!

My reputation as an ace in the practical jokes arena is at stake! :)

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/17/06

Permalink 11:06:14 am, by Email , 292 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Am I that drunk or are You just that sober?

Beware, beware the green drink!

Please help us welcome this week's renter Slightly Drunk ... a collection of world events, political topics, and everyday life with a uniquely humorous bent where the writer never takes themselves too seriously ... slightly drunk ... refreshing like a wine spritzer on a hot afternoon ...you get the idea ....

So fix yourself a long, cool, whatever your poison is ... and check out our new roomie's blog. But be forewarned that you might just want to make sure your mouth isn't full when reading over this highly entertaining journal!

Cheers!

From the first thing Sunday morning, coffee guzzling, stone cold sober desk of Sue

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/16/06

Permalink 07:06:24 pm, by Email , 567 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

The real reason this past week sucked on this blog... NOW IMPROVED!

Captain James Tiberius Kirk

Like it matters to really anyone, but today I finally passed a damn kidney stone...

Okay, I know... TMI (too much information) but bear with me...

I have a kidney ailment... my kidney's filters don't work properly so I get about a stone a year... usually two... since I was in my early twenties.

I've learned to cope with the pain and usually work through it... and other than being "irritable", I only did the screaming, crying, throbbing pain bit on the first two... and one biggy when I turned twenty-nine.

Every other man (and almost as many women) will go through a kidney stone or two... and yeah, everything you've heard about the pain is true... sorry...

I was sitting at a dinner with an old friend and their aunt... their aunt had gone through them and I was in the "midst" of one... not too bad, but it came up as I was... well... um... excusing myself frequently to use the little boys room.

"I read online," the friend said, "that it's the second worse pain next to child birth a person can go through!"

"No..." replied the aunt... "It's worse."

Bill Shatner

A while back, I read that fellow Canadian William Shatner, on the set of his teleivision program "Boston Legal", had been "rushed off the set" with "severe lower back pain"... I knew immediately... "Welcome Mr. Shatner to the Wonderful World of Kidney Stones!"

Before I get to my point... if you've searched and come here about information about this ailment, here's TESTED and TRIED and PROVEN suggestions to help...

Matthew's Tips for Kidney Stones...

#1: Get used to the pain... gut it out. It ain't going away until the stone passes. (see #6)

#2: See you doctor as soon as possible and have an ultrasound or CT scan... make sure it's small enough it CAN pass.

#3: Talk to your doctor about a procedure called lithotripsy... it's worked for me once wonderfully and is great when dealing with HUGE stones.

#4: AVOID - Loading up on protein (meats), Calcium (especially calcium "tablets" like antacids), Salt, "Dark Pop" (colas and other "dark" pops are bad), and fats (fried food, fatty meats)... and one last weird one... avoid citrus drinks like orange juice and lemonade. They usually contain high amounts of calcium.

#5: Drink at least two litres of liquid PER DAY!* Cranberry juice IS BEST!** (Really, anything that make you "go" (okay, pee...) like a racehorse... and yes, that includes beer...) Water at least... If in doubt, buy a two-litre bottle of ginger-ale or Sprite/7-up... drink it, rinse/clean the bottle... and then ensure you polish off that bottle's full of water per day.

* - Don't pound back the two-litres in ONE SITTING... space it out throughout the day.

** - Cranberry juice is acidic and DOES help break down elements of a stone making it pass easier...

#6: Pain killers... probably not too great an idea. Although some SWEAR by them, when a stone is bad, I find taking even percocet is like tossing bricks into the Grand Canyon... Try to "gut it out" unless your doctor thinks otherwise.

So, there's my tips...

William Shatner

Me? finally in comfort, I'm gonna lie down, read, maybe watch a good movie... because kidney stones, regardless of how "used to them you get", are hell.

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Thanks to the SECOND BEST "inspirational posters EVER"! Those Star Trek posters are fantastic... but...

Sacrifice

...sorry, these posters are way better...

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Permalink 08:59:09 am, by Email , 205 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Things for the young folks...

I know of late I haven't been the most "positive" of bloggers, but spending some time surfing about and looking through things for my own notes, I kept bumping into stuff... and... well... this is not as much of a rant as it is a lesson to some folks... no one in particular though...

Magic is spelt Emm-Ay-Gee-Eye-See... not majik, magick, magik, or any other variation with a "K" or "J"... unless you're invoking Aleister Crowley or a screen writer hoping to revive "Buffy The Vampire Slayer".

Wicca has not been around for "centuries" or since "ancient times". It really traces it's roots to a British civil servant named Gerald Gardiner and it's roots are no older than the 1920's.

There is no shame in not being psychic. Not everyone is.

On the same note, most people experience moments or "flashes" of weird stuff thought to be psychical in origin... maybe it is, maybe it isn't... but it's weirder to meet someone who's never experienced something that they thought was a "psychical moment"... they may not admit it immediately, but over time, they will "tell their story".

There... I feel better now.

Next time, attacking the "txtng gnr8shn"... and/or "g33k 5p3ak". :)

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09/15/06

Permalink 10:19:36 am, by Email , 652 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

Thank you for getting it right...

This is a VERY rapid update... If you're a Canadian (or interested in Canada), please read this AND the next post from much earlier today...

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This ties into yesterday's blog entry...

From CNN...

Wisconsin police stop 'Columbine waiting to happen'

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (AP) -- Two teenage boys amassed a cache of guns, ammunition, bombs and other weapons at their homes and apparently planned to use them to attack their high school, authorities said.

The boys, both 17, were arrested Thursday morning at East High School in Green Bay, but their identities were not released pending possible charges, authorities said.

Police Chief Craig Van Schyndle said officers who found the materials also found suicide notes.

-- Snip! --

The school resource officer also "learned these two students were obsessed with pain, death, and had suicidal thoughts," Van Schyndle said.

Police raided their homes and found the guns, ammunition, several bombs, bomb-making material, camouflage clothing, helmets and gas masks. No weapons were found at the school. The chief said the students had learned bomb-making on the Internet.

-- Snip! --

School Superintendent Dan Nerad credited school staff and their relationships with students for allowing them to learn of the situation and immediately get the school resource officer involved.

...and if I may from my entry yesterday...

If your kid is stockpiling weapons, if your kid denotes that violent behaviour in the real world is acceptable, if your kid openly espouses that "some people" need to die... THEN you have a problem...

-- Snip! --

So please, if anything recently has made you think that you should take away your kid's video games, delete their MP3s, and force them into a fashion that's less "issuey"... why not talk to them about their views on life... and the sacred-ness of it.

Something to think about... you can't tell someone to be good to all people... and then espouse turning a part of the world into a "sheet of glass". You need to explain, teach, and learn that the ONLY time we should be violent or wish violence is to someone who, without action, will take other's lives or harm them without thought, compassion, or empathy... and that is not a coverall with some group.

Those who do not respect human life do not deserve the respect OF human life... The police who killed the gunmen perserved life... he was intent on (and successful at) taking lives... and there is an obvious difference.

This gunmen... all "killers"... they don't care. They're apathetic to who they harm... They often say the opposite of love isn't hate, but indifference... and these types of killers are indifferent to their victims. This, in my opinion, is the disconnect.

To some parents out there... don't be afraid of your kid... and don't assume that their "privacy" MUST come above all... take some time... delve into their lives GENTLY...

...because, if your kid is STOCKPILING AND BUILDING WEAPONS, the rest of the world is going to wonder WHY YOU DIDN'T NOTICE.

Oh, and if you claim you were TOO BUSY to notice, perhaps you are too busy to BE a parent in the first place.

This case differs GREATLY from the tragic events in Montreal yesterday... because these were high school kids... the idiot from yesterday was a twenty-five year old man.

Don't get confused about this either... I stand by my point that video games, "gothic culture", horror films, comic books, Elvis music, Beatles music, jazz... and everything down through the ages that's BEEN BLAMED for everything bad is NOT the enemy... apathy and a non-understanding about human life and it's value has EVERYTHING to do with it.

Isn't it worth teaching your kids the VALUE and PRECIOUSNESS of LIFE?

If they had these values... could they pull the trigger?

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Killer Kids

Here's a pic of the two kids arrested from CNN... Don't they look "goth"?

I mean, listening to the media here in Toronto, they MUST be!

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Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 662 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff, One Dozen Canadian Heroes

CALLING ALL CANADIANS - Or those who aren't but might be interested...

I'm starting a WEEKLY FEATURE right here... on this blog!

Canada

No, it's not going to be an FOAD thing... or a "meme" of any type... or even some sort of listy-thing... well, not really.

For a while now, Sue and myself have discussed the concept of "Canadian Heroes"... or lack thereof. (Click here and/or here to read a HUGE rant about it from an old message board...)

This was brought home a little bit more on Wednesday when the radio station we tend to listen to did a bit about this exact subject... The asked people to name their "Canadian Hero"... and, well... people sucked at it.

Most people in this country have no idea of the great Canadians of history and what made them interesting because... well... I dunno.

Actually, I do blame the fact that, aside from some excellent "Heritage Minutes" presented by folks named H!storica, most Canadians are not taught or enlightened on any level as to some of the more interesting players in this country.

So, in a vain attempt to perhaps enlighten SOME folks to some of the people I think were "heroic" or "interesting" that had genuine ties to Canada, I'm going to do "Canadian Hero Fridays"... one person PER WEEK... a little about them, what roll they played and why I'd qualify them as heroes.

These will not be the "obvious" choices the sheeple might pick... like Terry Fox (although he'd qualify as a hero in my books), assorted Hollywood types, or well-known sports figures... They will be people who I feel have been overlooked by our history teachers and media.

Heck, I'll give you a list of who I plan on spilling virtual ink about...

Charles deSalaberry
Crowfoot
Harriet Tubman Davis
James Fitzgibbon
Madeleine Jarret Tarieu (Madeleine de Vercheres)
Mary Shadd Cary
Molly Brant
Sam Steele
Tecumseh
Wilfred "Wop" May
Rev. William King (and the Elgin settlement)
William Lyon Mackenzie

Sue may take over with other folks I've neglected... but this is my list.

Some names above may be familiar... others not so much... but they all deserve attention.

Some of the above are not "Canadian Born"... but these people took to this country and contributed to it in a significant way... and often, without true accolades or recognition.

My job, in under 900 words, try to maybe show you WHY these folks deserve to be well known in this country of mine...

I've heard people in my own country tell me how "Canadian History is Non-Existent" or how "Canadian History is Dull"... they are very wrong... and it's because they don't know some of their own heritage...

Teach

Forgive my loftiness, but I'm going to thrust these people at them... people that their history teachers either ignored or glossed over for the most part... and yes, you, my gentle readers will read about 'em too, I hope.

Trust me, the people I've picked have truly fantastic histories... and great stories... and I'll do my best to give you a little taste of their lives.

I only hope that, within those 900 words or under, I convey these people's lives and contributions... and perhaps wet an appetite to know more about them. To honour these often unsung heroes of my country.

Soooo... come back next week for this NEW weekly series on this blog!

I feel so "television" saying that...

RLH 3

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09/14/06

Permalink 08:05:20 am, by Email , 1410 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Blame music, video games, clothing... anything...

I will not make light out of what happened in Montreal yesterday.

Two people are dead... one victim... and the killer... one didn't deserve to die... the other... that's up to your interpretation of events.

...either way, a young woman is dead who, yesterday morning, just wanted to be a good student.

Cut to this morning, I was screamed at via the radio about this all being the fault of "goth" culture... that video games and music "made him do it".

Newsflash Folks! Millions and millions of kids listen to music that many people find "questionable". Millions and millions of kids play video games... and yet, millions and millions of kids will not pick up a gun. Will not decide that violence is a good option. Will not feel the need to cause mayhem on that level...

The question is NOT who to blame... or even how to prevent these things from happening as a coverall... (there is no coverall cure for this sort of thing...) the question is why this event happened (again) and why this individual bucked the trend of those millions and millions and thought that his actions were appropriate, necessary, and worth acting out.

I don't know any "kids" over the age of nine who think their PS/2 or GameCube is a "documentary". As a former (though denied) "goth", I can tell you that NONE of my old friends, not even the truly misguided who believed in some whacky stuff, ever was outwardly violent... most of them, at worst, were a touch self-destructive... they thought/think of themselves as "creative" and tend to the artistic...

As a rule, reading Anne Rice by candlelight while listening to depressive music MIGHT make the average person homicidal, it tended to take them in a different direction.

Although this was terrible... now is not the time for blame... or even worry... the "gunman" is dead. There's no immediate threat by him (lest you accept possible copycats). Now is the time to mourn his victim and care for those who were hurt.

...but being human, this morning, I was told how "goths" are all latent killers... How video games were churning out violent offenders...

Bullcrud.

I'd remind this radio personality that Elvis made us all worship "African Devils". How The Beatles made everyone do drugs and drop out. How Disco turned everyone into sex crazed maniacs. How Heavy Metal made us bite the heads off defenceless animals and worship Satan...

...aside from music, don't even get me started on what comic books, Dungeons and Dragons, and what a plethora of other pop-culture goodies would do to us!

...all these things were said... and yet, the vast majority who listened to this music and, as kids, adopted these "styles" in clothing and whatnot managed NOT to do what was "predestined" because of that evil culture they enjoyed so much.

Also, the idiot who killed that woman and hurt the others was twenty-five years old... hardly a kid.

Need a real sad laugh? The radio announcer mentioned that this fellow was wearing a "Kane Mask"... "Kane" being the gimmick of wrestler Glen Jacobs. So guess what? Wrestling got blamed too... actually, it didn't...

He blamed the fact that Jacobs had starred in a horror movie...

So, horror movies are to blame.

You see, this fellow surmised that since this fellow was dressed all in black, was a member of a "funky" web group, and wore a mask that was from a wrestler... He was a goth, lead to violence by the music he listened to, the company he kept, the video games he played, the horror movies he watched..." and, yet again, this isn't born out statistically... but he needed to "blame" someone or something.

...and his flavour of journalism needs to sell fear... fear of people's own children.

"You're kid plays that devil music? Your kid watches horror movies or wrestling? Your kid plays video games? Well then, you have a MURDERER in your midst!"

Poppycock.

Here, allow me as an almost forty-year old man who had a "questionable" teenage-hood - that lasted into his twenties - give his two-cents worth from my personal experience...

If your kid is stockpiling weapons, if your kid denotes that violent behaviour in the real world is acceptable, if your kid openly espouses that "some people" need to die... THEN you have a problem...

How to combat this?

Teach empathy. Teach respect for life. Teach compassion.

Those are the THREE most important things a kid can know...

...and no, having empathy, respect, and compassion is NOT weakness... one can learn these things without giving up their own persona or pride...

Anyway, it doesn't matter... I think of the victims... all of them... the poor woman and the folks who were wounded.

There will be time to find the "reasons" later... the dead criminal isn't going anywhere.

So please, if anything recently has made you think that you should take away your kid's video games, delete their MP3s, and force them into a fashion that's less "issuey"... why not talk to them about their views on life... and the sacred-ness of it.

Something to think about... you can't tell someone to be good to all people... and then espouse turning a part of the world into a "sheet of glass". You need to explain, teach, and learn that the ONLY time we should be violent or wish violence is to someone who, without action, will take other's lives or harm them without thought, compassion, or empathy... and that is not a coverall with some group.

Those who do not respect human life do not deserve the respect OF human life... The police who killed the gunmen perserved life... he was intent on (and successful at) taking lives... and there is an obvious difference.

This gunmen... all "killers"... they don't care. They're apathetic to who they harm... They often say the opposite of love isn't hate, but indifference... and these types of killers are indifferent to their victims. This, in my opinion, is the disconnect.

...anyway...

You can look evil... you can "blow away pixels"... you can even join a "Vampire Web-Group"... and oddly enough, not be a killer... and not be indifferent to your "fellow man"... and care...

...and the rest of us must learn to not blame. We must remember, prevent, and teach.

If all parents taught their children the value of ALL human life, I do believe this would be a better planet... regardless of their fashion and music... and even philosophical choices.

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In Addenda: I've just read through the news... Kimveer Gill, the gunman, was described as having a "pale and emotionless face"... meaning, in my eyes, he was not wearing a mask.

Wow. I'm shocked... the media pundit I listened to this morning got it wrong... and "blamed things" using incorrect data.

One would almost wonder if he simply wanted the "most convenient target" a little too much...?

Also: Please take some time to think about the victims... two of which are truly fighting for their lives... Click here to learn more... and say a wee prayer or pass a thought towards Anastasia De Sousa, the 18-year-old woman no longer with us because of this pointless and senseless act. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends... and our best hopes and wishes to those recovering...

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This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

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Permalink 06:45:00 am, by Email , 1072 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Passion... and where to find it.

Passion!

No, this isn't about anything tawdry...

Stump Speech

Is there anything better than listening to someone or reading something from someone who's "stirred" by their topic? The way a good speaker can literally make you emotionally involved with whatever their words are about? The way that, in essence, they can make you care... even when it's something that, perhaps, doesn't warrant a whole lot of your energy or time normally?

To be honest, this is one of the reasons I love pro-wrestling... and anyone who wants to take either public speaking or acting should spend some time watching it too.

Ric Flair

When a wrestler "cuts a promo" (does a speech) they are trying to convince you to watch their show... buy a ticket... otherwise "tune in" to what they're doing.

Now, considering that most of us are aware that the match finishes are pre-determined and, in some cases, we've seen the same men brawl before... they HAVE to make us care. It's part of their bread and butter.

Some might say politicians are in the same game, but I'd disagree... many politicos get their votes because of their particular party alliances or thanks to the leader of their party... they can more or less "just show up" for the most part.

...but wrestlers, and to a degree, actors, need to bring you emotionally to the table... they NEED to make you WANT to see what happens next... to "care".

Kurt Angle

Back during the heady days of the late 1990's and early 2000's when wrasslin' was at an apex in North America, I used to talk to fellow "marks" (fans) at work, and they'd say things like, "God damnit, I friggin' HATE Kurt Angle!" because he annoyed them... and I'd respond with, "Wow! Then he's doing a GREAT job!"

You see, Kurt (back then) was trying to MAKE you hate him... to make you want to part with your money to watch him get his butt handed to him by a "baby face" wrestler (a "good guy"). Kurt was (and hopefully will be again) an excellent "heel" (or "bad guy").

By the same token, certain "faces" (good guys) drew people in by being PASSIONATE about their quest to beat up the "heel"... they invoke images of possibly sympathy... good versus evil... how the "heel" needed a comeuppance... and, many people "cared"... and set aside disbelief to lose themselves in the passion of the moment.

Of course, it's all nonsense... it's scripted... written... and in cases, fully choreographed.

Heck, when a wrassler' can't cut a promo, they send him out with a manager... or a "valet" who (hopefully) can and, through their efforts, make you care about "their" wrestler.

...but you're emotionally involved... you're waiting on baited breath... and yet, you know it's pre-determined.

Arn Anderson

For excellent examples of "ace promo" guys, I'd rank Ric Flair, Paul Heyman, Jim Cornette, Arn Anderson, Mick Foley... and yeah, Vince MacMahon can cut an amazing promo.

Out of the wrestling world, look at your favourite TV shows... the "cliffhangers" at the end of a season... they want you to be emotionally involved... to be waiting on the edge of your seat...

Passion can make you WANT things... and when someone exudes passion, they can and will drag you in gladly...

(Thought you'd go a day without seeing this name, well... sorry... but it's a good fit for this topic.) Think about Steve Irwin, the late "Crocodile Hunter" had passion... let's face it, although many tuned in and watched him for his "stunts", you stayed tune... and listened.

Lincoln Kennedy Churchill Tudor

Imagine if Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburgh Address with all the raw emotion of a day-old donut? Imagine Winston Churchill delivering the, "We'll Fight Them On The Beaches..." speech with the intensity of a bank teller giving you your balance? What if John F. Kennedy said, "Ich Bein Ein Berliner" with the same tone as one orders a Big Mac? What if Queen Elizabeth delivered the Armada speech with the same delivery as a grade five student reciting a book report?

You get the idea...

Passion is what makes it happen.

As I said though, it's not strictly speaking... the written word, when done with passion, can illicit a great response. I know that because, although we haven't "succeeded" in our quest, we have many people reading this blog regularly and are "rooting" for our dream to come true... because Sue and I do have a passion for saving the bus, and with few exceptions, I think we communicate this well...

My point?

Well, I've read a couple of blogs that complain that "we" just don't get it... that people aren't digging their blog... Well, my suggestion to those folks, PASSION!

Write about something that you're passionate about... and BRING ME into that passion... Draw me (and the other readers) into your stuff!

...and again, you need to see what passion CAN look like??? Find some Paul Heyman videos... Watch a Ric Flair promo... or Mick Foley...

Passion... emotion... feelings... bring your audience WITH you...

Wrestler's "act" angry and "act" intense... Actor's often immerse themselves into their part so you feel their character's energy... politicians and activists pull from their own experience and thoughts...

...but when they do it well, it draws you in... and sometimes, that's a very good (or at least, an interesting) thing… and gets attention.

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/13/06

Permalink 06:59:00 am, by Email , 472 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Where be the Routemasters??!?!?

Toronto might be in the midst of a huge TIFF, but you can tell Summer is pretty much over...

The kids are back to school... the temps are getting cooler... stores are starting to stock Halloween stuff... there's whacky pictures of Brad Pitt at the film fest...

Brad \'Whacky\' Pitt

...yup, it's fall in the big smoke.

Sadly for me, it also means that one of my favourite things to look at is now off to winter storage... or at least, not running about as often... the Routemaster buses running tourists around the city.

Toronto Routemaster

*Sigh!*

Okay, I know... I promised no more kvetching... but this is more about the turning of the season rather than the bus... (Besides, you're all reading or familiar with the bottom of these posts (see below) so you know the "love affair" the whole family has with the bus...

...meanwhile, back on topic...

All I'm saying is... I'm not really a "Summer" guy as I can't take the heat... Winter's too cold... Spring's too wet... So I like Fall... usually warm enough to go without a jacket... but if you want one, that's okay too.

Can you tell I'm going through a writer's block today?

Perhaps I should end this post... and spare you minutes of absolutely worthless reading... The only thing I can possibly offer is a little "ego" moment from yesterday evening's Paranormal Blog... both Sue and I did an "About Us" kinda thing... click here to read about me... and click here for Sue's... which is miles better.

Wow... this blog entry is so bad, I ain't "pinging" it... I promise better either tonight or tomorrow.

Okay, enough... I'll stop wasting your time... except the usual last note on this blog...

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/12/06

Permalink 07:05:00 am, by Email , 890 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Pro Wrestling and MMA

That's like... so last year!

I have a confession...

It's one that may require me to turn in my "Nice Guy/Open Minded" card...

Thanks to spending too much time reading things on Figure Four Online about wrasslin', I discovered a Japanese wrasslin' promotion called "Hustle" which is just applied whackiness most of the time.

It was actually ONE "competitor" in Hustle that amused me... and here's where I'm going to catch flack...

Razor Ramon - Haado Gei or "Hard Gay" en Anglais...

Haado Gei

They usually just use "Razor Ramon HG" for his name.

Oh, of course, NOT to be confused with Scott Hall's original Razor Ramone...

Scott Hall - Not HG

The "character" is the product of Japanese comedian Sumitani Masaki (住谷正樹 )... His "gimmick" (what they call a wrestling persona) is that... well... he is beyond openly gay... he is completely "out there"...

He does a lot of "pelvic thrusting"... and is usually dressed in leather demi-bondage gear.

Okay, hate me... I find this highly amusing.

Razor Ramon HG

I know, I know... it's exploitative and a bad "stereotype" and all... but it's just so... um... well...

He's done a whackload of "comedic" appearances on Japanese television as well as wrasslin'... some of which can be found at YouTube... and, if you're not going to be thoroughly scandalized or incensed, have a look (by clicking here.)

Well, leave it to pro-wrasslin' AND comedy to blow away a great character...

Sumitani Masaki (or 住谷正樹 ) recently got married to a pretty young TV presenter... Anna Suzuki who is an ex-member of the Miniskirt Police...

Yes, breaking "kayfabe" (meaning to go against your gimmick or to show that "it's not real"...) Razor Ramon HG is... straight.

Boy, I tell you... next to learning that, yes, pro-wrestling match finishes are pre-determined (yes, it's true folks...) finding out the HG is indeed straight has been... well... sad. (Please note: This paragraph is indeed, sarcastic.)

I mean, as a Canadian, it would be like finding out that Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall was straight and married and "Buddy Cole" was just a straight man making fun of gay men... and not a gay man making fun of gay men.

Scott Thompson

...wait a second, is that okay to laugh with/at?

Dangit! I need a playbook of "Things That Are Allowed To Amuse You Without Offending Others"...

Ah, t'heck with it...

Sorry, hard-core folks...

I have a reputation as being a pretty open minded fellow and fairly non-toxic in my views and whatnot... and y'know what... I find Buddy Cole and Razor Ramon HG amusing!

I'm Matthew Didier, and yes, I'm straight which also removes some of the grace I might have had from some to be amused by these things... and I really have no issues with folks of an alternative lifestyle...

...and yes, I admit it... I find certain "comedic stereotypes" kinda funny and understand that these "comedic performances" are a "voix de ville"... a "cartoon"... a silly, not-real, portrayal... but I find Razor Ramon HG funny.

Hate me if you must.

Anyway, it's funny because I was commenting about how I found "Hustle" and HG funny on a message board, and a rather bland response came from a "smart mark" (read: "smart fan") that "Hustle" and HG weren't too big in Japan anymore...

...apparently, it's all very "last year" there. (That's almost a verbatim quote...)

Okay, so now I find a stale, old, rotten stereotype, kayfabed, fake thing amusing.

Does this make me a "bad guy"?

...or a "HEEL"!!!

...or a "rudo" to those who are lucha libre fans.

I just hope Sue doesn't realise that I'm really watching "Hustle" for Newling-Sama!

Oops... was that typed outloud...? :)

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Addendum: Sept. 24th, 2006: SCANDALIZED~!

In adding this post to my "most searched post list" on the blog, I visited the Hustle webpage... and the new poster for the next big show???

HG and Newling Sama

Could it be...??? Is that... NEWLING SAMA TEAMING WITH RAZOR RAMON HAADO GEI!?!?

(...and dang, ain't their poster artist fantastic?)

GEE WHILLIKERS!!!

What happens when you miss a bunch of shows!

Is this the end of HG??? Is he coming out of the closet (breaking kayfabe) as a straight man???

Egads!!!

Click here for a commercial starring HG that's pretty cool... in an odd way.

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New Hard Gay stuff... from the BBC of all folks!!!

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/11/06

Permalink 06:45:47 am, by Email , 621 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

A moment of thought and reflection.. and some other notes such as SSTM...

First off... Being the anniversary of the terrible terrorist actions in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, we (me and my whole family) would just like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family's of all of the victims of that terrible day... we shall never forget.

There is a thing going on in the Blogsphere right now... 2996... which is a nice memorial for the victims of that awful day via blogs...

I knew a "non-American" victim... a gentleman from Britain... who died that day. I spoke to his wife in the late-morning of September 11th... when we "weren't sure" of his fate... that was a hard few days for all... I'm thankful she found friends "nearer" New York who were able to help her better than I could in Toronto.

Although I will remember them all as best I can, I will remember my friend and think of his wife and his little one left behind...

Please take a moment... pause... for the victims and those left behind...

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Next: I'm off to the doctors today for an annual physical... wish me luck. (I'm ever so looking forward to the prostate exam and the "Turn Your Head To The Left and Cough" stuff...)

Yeehaw. :(

My only consolation is that it's probably equally as unpleasant for my doctor as it is for me.

Addendum 12:45pm: The bullet has been dodged for a big seven days! Yup, I got re-scheduled for next week... so I'll moan then too. :)

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On Saturday, I posted up a bit about not being a big (personal) fan of doing MeMes and the like... and yet, I may be guilty of doing it without knowing it...

Way Back Machine!

Using my "Wayback Machine", (otherwise known as my blog's archives,) in early July I posted up a list of whacky search engine hits and terms and, while this is nothing new to the dreaded web, I've noticed a lot of blogs now doing posts about odd search terms...

...so I was thinkin'...

Everyone who checks their stats knows that on occasion, someone "Googles" something really odd and finds them... and yeah, although I'm personally not a fan of doing "blog listy things" or "memes", I do like reading others... so I put it to the Blogsphere... how about this...

S.S.T.M.

Silly Searches - Third Monday.

I don't want to set this up, but perhaps someone out there somewhere might...

Every third Monday of the month, people can save up their favourite whacky searches and post 'em with comments...

Hey, it's an idea... perhaps SOMEONE out there in the grand Blog Universe can run with it?

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/10/06

Permalink 11:30:00 am, by Email , 723 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

Great Science! (Insert Sarcasm Here...)

I heard this a couple of Saturday's on CFRB's Strange Days Indeed with Errol Bruce-Knapp... it came from a recording of Wendy Connors...

It is REQUIRED reading for any person who puts any stock into even the CONCEPT that things we consider to be "paranormal in nature" are legitimate events...

When dealing with a "so-called sceptic" (in other words, a denier or non-believer rather than a REAL sceptic who doubts,) and they state those beliefs or hypothesis are all nonsense... remember this little bit from the late Ufologist, Dr. J. Allen Hynek...

"I knew Carl Sagan. We had lunch one day and he said that UFOs were bunk. I asked him his thoughts on a multitude of cases and he said, 'don't know anything about it'. Then I said, 'Carl, you know we scientists are not suppose to comment on anything we haven't sufficiently studied' and he said, 'yes, I know, but I don't have the time'."

Click Here for the Soundbite...

You see, "science" is not the enemy of the paranormal... BAD science is the enemy.

In all honesty, the late Dr. Sagan's lack of even willingness to give the matter a moment's proper time is not unusual from the pseudo-sceptics scientific (HAHA!) camp... Their true argument is and always has been, "It isn't because it cannot be."... which is as poor in scientific terms of saying, "It is because it must be!"

No matter what area of the paranormal you put stock into, when faced with a so-called sceptic using p!ss poor science, ask them this...

"How much work have YOU done in the field?"

...or...

"What do you think about..." and cite a case or two...

Ten'll get you twenty that they are nothing more than opinionated arm-chair quarterbacks who are simply ill-educated data-deniers not willing to even look at the inconvenient facts in any study.

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Quick Note: If you listened to that sound bite, you'll notice the reporter mentions Sagan's famous quote, "Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence." which is NOT a phrase coined by Sagan... he was quoting the late Marcello Truzzi... who helped found the group CSICOP (North America's leading auto-debunkers/remote-debunkers) and left that group because, as he said, "scepticism denotes doubt, not denial." and he felt that his group had become nothing better than non-scientific deniers.

Truzzi also, later in life, wished he hadn't coined that phrase... instead, he realised that "all claims require evidence" and that a claim is a claim... and evidence is evidence... and that even a claim of "It's all bunk!" requires the corroborating evidence.

Also see my post about reclaiming the word sceptic from the paranormal blog.

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Buh-bye to SOME spam for me here...

If you leave comments here (and thanks if you do,) you'll notice a new thing I ask you to do... type in the word bus on the comments form... this is to stop (or at least slow down) the amount of spam I was receiving as "spambots" won't know that this is mandatory and will FAIL! (Muahahaha!)

I apologise for the inconvenience... but it's one little field... one little word... and it will be nice to not worry about the obscene amount of "spam responses" I USED to get here!

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/09/06

Permalink 06:25:55 pm, by Email , 383 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Scooter is in the house!!!!!

Quick Note: Where the HECK were we??? Yup, the blog dissapeared for OVER TEN HOURS today... basically, I spent from 9am until 12:30pm being over-attacked by a spammer... about 1 spam per second... that SHOULD be dealt with now...

Then, after finding the fix, the SQL server crashed on my server side... and was down all day...

Well, we're back now... and here's Sue's post to welcome our latest renter...

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And now, your regularly scheduled post...

SCOOTER IS IN DA HOUSE!

No ..not this Scooter ....

Muppet Scooter

Scooter McGavin's 9th Green is this week's roomie at Chez One Old Green Bus. Click on Scooter's link for music, TV, sports, politics, and other assorted thoughts from the mind of Scooter McGavin. Updated regularly, there is something for just about everyone on this well written, and popular blog!

We have been a regular visitors over at the 9th Green for a few months now, so we are very pleased to showcase Scooter's blog here at the Old Green Bus. Go on and click on his link, and don't forget to tell him the bus loons sent you!

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From the "still recuperating from the first day of school" desk of Sue

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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Permalink 08:00:00 am, by Email , 1076 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Tags, Memes, and other assorted things... and going back on my word for an FOAD...

Forgive me this morning if my blog entry seems a touch disjointed... You see, SOMEONE (no names need to be mentioned) felt that 6:56am on a Saturday when I don't have to work was a fine time to wake up... so "he" felt no issues with jumping onto my chest and sticking his face into mine until I caved in and got up.

So, I'm a little... okay, a LOT tired and "fehclempt"...

Again, however, I don't feel the need to "out" this nefarious waker-upper... but he's responsible more than anything for the cotton-like feeling that now occupies the space my brain normally does.

No, I will not "name names" in this case...

The Usual Suspect

On that note, on with the 'normal' blog entry!

I know this won't be popular, but I really am not into the whole "Here, Quick! Here's something for you to blog about since you're apparently creatively bankrupt at the moment!" things for the most part.

I don't begrudge other's doing it... but it isn't for me.

When I started the blog, I let a couple go through, but since then, have attempt my best to avoid them and post unique stuff...

...but there is one I like...

Angry

FOAD (usually Thursdays)... which stands for "Fornicate Off and Die"... in not so pleasant words.

Sure, it's nothing more than a structured, usually scheduled rant at something, but it's more often than not amusing... or insightful... although there are those who post FOAD entries to people they go to school with (usually, when reading those ones, a voice in my head is screaming Omigawd! That's, like, so awful! (that internal voice dripping with sarcasm)... but usually, I do like 'em... and today, thanks to The Tethered Cow Blog, I introduce an FOAD post...

SUV

To the supposedly safety minded, faux-environmentalist, green-thinking-if-not-acting moms in my neighbourhood... guess what I want YOU to do???

Ah yes... You see, they live within a ten minute walk of all their shopping, medical, fashion, and overall general needs... ten minutes from their kids school... and they drive four-wheeled drive, gas guzzling sport utility vehicles like they just robbed a bank.

Oh, come election time or "town meetings", they scream about lack of green spaces or getting speed bumps to slow down traffic and the like... despite the fact that THEY drive the most uneconomical, environmentally unfriendly vehicles available to the masses that are capable of speeding over speed bumps (which they often do) without any issues... as they drive THEIR kids to school and then drive to get THEIR groceries or whatever... perish the thought of (GASP!) walking!!!

"Oh," they often say, "I want speed bumps to protect MY child if they ever actually go out onto the street... but be damned with yours! I'm in an SUV and these speed bumps are NOTHING and I'm late for my hair appointment!"

You see, THEIR version of "Environmentally Friendly"/"Green Thinking" is two points...

- If it raises my property value, it's good! Be damned your needs!

- If it slows you down and gets you out of my (much more important) way, it's good!

Pontification

You can see in their tiny-little brains that they "support" anything they assume to be politically green and correct... thinking, "It's a great idea and will only benefit ME... er, I mean, everyone!"

These are the same crapwits who, when asked if public transport should be funded better and expanded, they JUMP to say, "WHY YES! It's a FANTASTIC idea and far better for the environment!" when they're not ever thinking of using the public transport systems themselves... NO! PERISH THAT THOUGHT TOO! No, they want YOU to take the new and improved system... giving them MORE room for themselves!

It's very much like, "Close that airport! Even though it was there long before I was born, it's ruining my property values and spoiling the view of the place I grabbed cheaply... er, I mean... it's a heavy polluter and the noise is awful! Now, I'm off to my big-butt SUV to drive three blocks at high-speeds!"

Recycle

Oh, and simply putting out a "Blue Box" and recycling your old milk cartons and newspapers does not mean you're an environmentalist! It's a start... but it does not make you "aware" nor does it mean we'll applaud you in your big four-wheeled drive.

To these lack-lustre, sheep-like, "Aren't I globally conscious?, out-of-touch hypocritical women (and men... although I admit, women are the worst offenders in my neighbourhood...), I say a HEARTY F.O.A.D. - S.V.P. You freakin' pantloads!

May you're politics finally find someone LEGITIMATELY green... who takes away your death-trap, speeding-over-speed-bump, four-wheeled drive monstrosities... and all the other "conveniences" you say you so richly desire.

You see, I have enormous amounts of patience for almost anything... save incompetence and hypocrisy... and the lot above are BOTH... and what's scary is that THEY CAN AND DO VOTE!!!

Ahhh... I feel better...

Hmmm... perhaps sometime soon, I'll go through the craptacular "science" and other "logical reasons" the brilliant woman at "Stop the Choppers" in Toronto used to stop us getting a police helicopter... She's someone who obviously doesn't have kids and enjoys high-speed pursuits... and she has never explained how she feels about the current-running Medivac helicopter we have. I suppose she wants to stop that too...

Er, umm... next time for that one! :)

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/07/06

Permalink 08:15:00 pm, by Email , 946 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Okay, what would YOU do with say... $25million?

Most of us have "played the game", so to speak... we've imagined, discussed, and even toyed with the idea...

What would you do with a sudden, HUGE cash windfall from a lottery or the like? What would you do if you suddenly had millions to play with?

I'm serious! I'm asking!

Me?

Okay, my Lotto numbers have come up and I'm now $25million richer. (Not that this has happened, but let's pretend...)

Map of Canada

In Canada, this would mean it's tax free (woo-hoo!), BUT I cannot claim it anonymously... they make you take a photo for press releases and do an interview.

So, let's go with this... Here's my twelve-step program...

Lawyer

Step One: I'd head to a lawyer... even before picking up the prize money. This would be to ensure that if, God forbid, anything happened to me, that the money in total would go to my wife and kid. Yup, I'd be updating (well, creating,) a will... just in case.

Bellboy

Step Two: Once the money is collected and safe in the bank, I would FIRST book a hotel suite in my home town (Toronto) under an assumed name for a few days... this would allow me to escape from phone calls and silliness at home... Granted, I'd scoot past home to grab SOME stuff and pets, but otherwise, I'd be abandoning ship for a week or so to figure out my next few steps. (I'd pay off our family debts... less than $10,000.00 in total... so add about $10,000.00 for hotel and a tiny bit of "mad money" and $20,000.00 would be burned through.)

Family

Step Three: Allot a specific amount for CLOSE friends and immediate family... not enough for them to "retire and live a life of Paris Hilton" on, but enough to pay off mortgages, debts, and (if one isn't already in their ownership,) buy a (normal) home outright plus just enough for a small amount of niceties... like a vacation or a car. Distribute this money ASAP. (The amounts should not exceed $300,000.00 per family... and with us, that would be about $1.8million in total.)

Charity

Step Four: Allot a specific amount of money for charities. List our favourite ones, and divide the money equally between them. No more, no less. (Let's say $1million.)

Seniors

Step Five: Through a major bank, set-up an RSP (retirement savings plan) with $4million... this way, if God forbid, we blow everything, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of our golden years.

Graduation

Step Six: Deposit enough for each one of my stepdaughters to do two things... Achieve a good University education and buy a home outright... but "dribble" the money to them through a trust. This doesn't mean I wouldn't spoil them with gifts, but it would secure them for life and allow them to be self-sufficient and independent. Of course, if they CHOSE to not take up the education and blow the money and house, well... yeah, I'm a bit of a hard-ass... I'd let 'em suffer a bit... and the gravy train would not be as "bountiful" as they might assume. I wouldn't let them starve, but I'd let 'em survive and not much beyond that. (This would be about $500,000 per kid... so $1.5million)

Dream Home

Step Seven: Buy three homes for my wife and I... one in Toronto, one in the Niagara region, and one in the Midlands or South of England. (On a rough estimate, I'd say about $7million in TOTAL. - including furnishings...)

Investments

Step Eight: Through a large brokerage, deposit $5million into diversified, low-risk investments... try to use the income generated to be our spending money for life... well, until the RSP is ready to be used.

PSICAN

Step Nine: Give $2million to our paranormal studies organization and put an accountant in charge of ensuring it funds projects and whatnot through a "trust fund" in investments and interest-building capital...

RLH 3

Step Ten: Give myself and Sue $300,000 "mad money" for big toys... obviously a bus or two... and cars... and whatever else we can squeeze out of three-hundred really big ones.

Travel!

Step Eleven: TRAVEL!!!! (Allot $280,000.00 for the travel budget to round the number...)

Money!

Step Twelve: Put the last $1,000,000.00 in a high-yield savings account... to be left lone except for extreme emergencies...

So, there went $25,000,000.00...

Okay, that was long winded... what would YOU do with that kind of scratch?

Use the "comments" section below to tell us!

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Quick Note: Tomorrow, we will be bidding adieu to our current renter, Drivin' Barefoot... if you can, take a second or two to visit his blog!

This means Sue will probably be doing the next two blog posts!

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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Permalink 06:45:35 am, by Email , 375 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

Kinda stupid update... but hopefully a brighter one for some folks...

For a while now, I've posted the "The usual last note on the old blog..." with the standard beg...

Well, I'm still going to add a wee tag like that to the end of the posts here... but I'm modifying it in a way...

You see, I noticed that you readers prefer the whackier or more poignant posts... the paranormal post, the "life in general" posts, and the pop-culture posts and whatnot are what most people prefer having to read... rather than the busly stuff... (okay, with the exception of things like The Magic Bus or The Green Bus...)

So, in a vain effort to make things better for even those only here for 30 seconds in a "BlogMad" or "BlogExplosion" hit-and-run, I'm going to limit my "obsession" with getting the family dream off the ground posts to only if there's legitimate news or something that I think (hope?) might be of interest to all... and simply add the following (which will be between my wonderful dividers... It's wordier, I admit... but it will save me from posting my "pleas" as often as I used to...

So, without further adieu...

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

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

RLH 3

Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a 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!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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09/06/06

Permalink 08:00:55 am, by Email , 665 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Paranormal Stuff

Sumthin' Weird's Goin' On Up Canada Way...

Canadian Media Suddenly Ghost-Crazy!

Ghosts!

Okay, there must be something in the water...

As somewhat of a close-up observer of mainstream media interest in the paranormal, it's not at all unusual to see an major increase in levels of ghostly coverage around Halloween time (end of October), but here we are... end of August/beginning of September and there's quite a lot of interest... for no applicable reason.

First there was the front-page of the Sun a couple of Thursdays ago... with a cover story on the provincial legislature's ghosts... before that, the Sun also covered a "very haunted house" based on reports from a crime scene/bio-hazard clean-up crew (tasteless, but that's how it broke down...) which, a scant week and a half made it to TV and was covered admirably by Sue on the Paranormal Blog and myself here...

...and yesterday, in all of the weird places, we have mention of a "haunting" in the original Moosehead brewery in Newfoundland in a daily freebie mag here called 24hrs in their... get this... business section.

No, no... not for a "ghost tour"... here's part of the article...

Moosehead

The ghost of Cdn. breweries past
By CP

The old brick headquarters of Moosehead Brewery in downtown Saint John is said to be haunted by the restless spirit of a long-dead brewmaster.

The apparition has been spotted in the damp cellars of the Victorian-era building, hovering over the huge copper vats where the Oland family has brewed its beer for generations.

But Derek Oland, 66, Moosehead's chairman, is haunted by ghosts of a different sort these days.

In his office, where his ancestors toiled to create what is now the largest Canadian-owned brewery, Oland lives with the fading memory of a once-great industry that was populated by some of the most colourful characters from Canada's corporate past.

(Above with apologies to Sun Media...)

The article continues about the sale of Canadian breweries to foreign interests... so it's not really about a ghost, but I have to notice the "catch" of the article is "ghostly" in it's nature.

So what's with the "mainstream" ghostly stuff?

Usually, it's sparked by (as stated) Halloween... sometimes by a movie or popular television program... but this latest "batch" seems to be truly out of the ether... at least as far as I can tell.

Now, before I get launched at (as usual) for making this statement, four major news items in the mainstream media is unusual... but for some (like ourselves and possibly you, the reader,) the interest is constant... so please, remember, I am talking about the mainstream media here... not Art Bell, George Noory, Ian Punnet, Errol Bruce-Knapp, Sci-Fi Channel offerings, occasional documentaries, and the ceaseless noise from the thousands of websites out there... I'm talking "normal" news items that the masses who are not terribly interested in the topic read/watch/listen to.

I've often joked that miserably few journalists or media folk are interested in talking to us in February (yet, we're still doing the study then) and have even embarrassed one fellow announcing live, on the air on a TV program that he should consider having me on in February instead of Halloween as there is interest and we're still working the studies... I've never been invited back to that program... and I was NICE about it! :)

Either way, will the "ghostly interest" continue??? I suppose, like our efforts to own the old bus, time will tell...

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The press release went up yesterday... and "The Crowd Went Mild."

Who knows though... and every little bit helps!

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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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09/05/06

Permalink 10:32:58 am, by Email , 356 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Fixing Up The Bus

Another Big Green Bus....Change your fuel. Change your world!

The Big Green Bus

I found this group of Dartmouth College students while doing a web search and I am VERY impressed with their initiative, drive and goals!

If you haven't heard of them before, they are a group of young people who have travelled across the United States this past summer in a school bus converted to run on used vegetable oil (WVO).

Their mission was to promote the use of alternative energies through education and example. They travelled around the country in their bus hoping to foster awareness about current global energy issues and create open dialogue about tangible solutions to those problems.

Refuelling was not a problem as all they had to do was pull into a fast food outlet ... think about that next time you reach for a fry!

"Most vehicles today are powered by gasoline, which is a fossil fuel. Fossil fuels create carbon dioxide when they are burned. When too much carbon dioxide builds up in Earth's atmosphere, it creates environmental problems. For example, the burning of fossil fuels has been linked to global warming. WVO does not release extra carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when it burns."

What a terrific and innovative idea to help this planet! The Bus Man and I wish them all the best in their efforts!

You can read more about the individual students, how they converted the bus engine, and their future plans at this website: The Big Green Bus

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And while you are driving the information super highway, don't forget to visit our renter Drivin' Barefoot and let him know the bus loons sent ya .. ;)

From the: Back-To-School, Back-To- Work, Why isn't it Summer All Year Long??? Desk Of Sue

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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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09/04/06

Permalink 02:00:44 pm, by Email , 765 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, Any News?

HAPPY LABOUR DAY! Putting Out a Press Release as of Tuesday...

First of all, HAPPY LABOUR DAY to all who, like us, have a nice statutory holiday today!

Town Cryer

I'm putting out an "official press release" for tomorrow... it's more about us seeking help to... well... seek help!

...and in concern to the press release, we also are asking for help. Give it a quick read and PLEASE don't be afraid to make suggestions, comments, or critiques!

Here's the release... call it an "official leak of information"...

Toronto, ON ( PRWEB ) September 5, 2006
It's not often that a family adopts a dream like this!

Matthew Didier and Sue Darroch have a kind of strange dream... to rescue and own an old double-decker bus.

It all started while the family was going through some economic hardships. According to Didier, "We needed something to take our minds off things when they were at their worst and stay together as a family. All three of us had our own dreams, my wife (Darroch) dreamed of visiting England, my ten-year old daughter wanted a dog, and I have always been an enthusiast of old British buses."

The hard times for the family are pretty much over thanks to a better employment situation, and a dog is now in the household, but the entire family had, during the bad times, adopted one particular bus.

"I was looking through websites at various buses, and came across one particular bus that grabbed my attention and for some reason, my wife and kid gravitated to it as well." Didier says, "The bus is an old Regent Low Height or RLH. Only 76 were ever built and they ran for London Transport making them legitimately London Buses."

"When London Transport took them out of service, many ended up overseas as their low height made them an attractive prospect for places where a normal double-decker wouldn't be able to drive."

Sadly, the bus the family adopted and a lot of other RLH buses have not done too well in their new homes. "Most of the RLH buses have ended up scrapped or are in various states of disrepair." Didier stated.

The bus in question is currently in a barn in Santa Rosa, California. The problem is that Didier and his family are in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

"We're trying to raise funds to purchase the bus and to ship it here. We've managed to secure a safe storage area nearby and are hoping to work on it over time. A family project, if you will, with the ultimate goal to eventually restore it and give it to one of the museums or heritage sites we've worked with in the past."

Didier and Darroch have set up a website and blog about the bus trying to raise the necessary funds.

"We have a pixel ad site and gratefully accept donations through PayPal, but it's been slow going."

The blog and site are seeing over a thousand visitors a day and growing.

"We try to keep the blog a little off topic, so to speak," says Sue Darroch, "We cover everything in it from day-to-day thoughts to editorials. Matthew tends to keep the buses in the forefront, but even he tends to use it as a sounding board. It's popularity is really growing!"

Of late, Didier and Darroch have been asking for help of a different sort. They're hoping an ad company, marketing agency, or a public relations group will assist them with getting their efforts out to the world.

"We feel that our patron is out there... and would help us with something, perhaps by buying pixel ad space, ad space on the bus itself, or someway we haven't even thought of." says Didier, "The problem is that we really are still coming out of our hard times so we can't afford to hire someone. We're hoping that someone might volunteer their skills or efforts to help us rescue RLH 3."

The website for their efforts is at http://oldgreenbus.doubledeckerbuses.org/ for more information.

Will this family find the help they need and rescue the old bus? Only time will tell.

Will the press release help? Time will tell on that too! :)

Feedback is most welcome on this!!! (PLEASE!!!)

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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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Permalink 10:35:32 am, by Email , 479 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

Very brief news update before my "real daily post" goes up - Steve Irwin's Passing...

I woke up, as usual this morning, grabbed a coffee and turned on the radio for some news and heard about Steve Irwin's passing...

Steve Irwin

I can't say I personally knew Mr. Irwin... and I'm also as sure that three-thousand blog entries on this will be put up in the next day or two... but I feel I have to do mine as well... so bear with me.

Irwin was killed today while filming a documentary on demystifying stingrays... and was killed by one himself.

I mentioned on Northview Diary that although Irwin was a very wise man who knew the limits of his own (and human's in general) levels of interference with wild animals, this was a poignant reminder that wild animals are just that... wild.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and his two children today...

Yesterday afternoon, Sue and I talked about Irwin (and other naturalistic TV shows) mentioning the dangerous activities they sometimes undertake in them... so when Sue followed me up today and I told her, the first words out of her mouth were "That's weird."

I often have made/do make observations about our work for the news media and documentaries... I often say that they want "The Ghost Hunter" which I'm not really comfortable playing that part... but I often joked, in a strong, faux, Australian accent...

"We're here on the trail of the elusive and DANGEROUS ghostie... Dainjah, dainjah, dainjah! Crikey! There's one now! He's a big fella! It's awright mate, it's awright... He's a bit grumpy, arencha? He's a FIESTY ghost!"

This was not done to poke fun at Irwin... it was done in EXTREME admiration, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. He brought wildlife and nature to many people in an entertaining and yes, educational way without making it dry and boring... I think I admired him as his zest and zeal and passion for his study is how we feel about our own studies.

Steve Irwin Memorial

Above is a make-shift memorial using the sculpted crocodile outside the Australia Zoo...

Steve Irwin, think him a nut or a weirdo, was an educator who made learning fun... and a genuine character... and probably did more in his short forty-four years for the promotion of the natural environment then many do in a much lengthier lifespan.

Again, our thoughts to his wife and two children on this sad day.

(The images used above are from the BBC News Website.)

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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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09/03/06

Permalink 12:01:00 am, by Email , 666 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

Having Troubles Selling Toronto's Most Haunted House...

Most Haunted House in Toronto?

One of our local TV stations (and a local newspaper a few weeks earlier) reported on a place they are now calling "The Most Haunted House in Toronto".

You can watch a video (and hear a possible EVP) at http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_3236.aspx

(We also have an article on EVP at this link (click here).

I'd argue the point that it's the city's "most haunted"... but then again, I'm not allowed (due to a privacy agreement) to say why...

That's not really the point anyway.

Aside from the rotten take on this (which will be covered admirably today by Sue in the Paranormal Blog... Click here to read the exact article...) and the fact that, in all honesty, it's a recent tragedy adding fuel to the "giggle-factor fire" which is something we find revolting, I find it interesting that...

EGO TIME!

Here we are, a highly respected and old group of paranormal investigators, and how do we find out about this place? Like everyone else... in the news.

Yup, the guy offers his crew a grand to spend the night, they refuse, and no one says, "Hey! Let's contact that ghost group that's online!"

You'd think ONE of the people looking into this might have stumbled across TorontoGhosts.Org in their travels...?

...especially after their harrowing experiences?

On Thursday, all of the "Sun" newspapers in Ontario had a front-page news item about ghost stories from the provincial legislature buildings... and we were swamped (literally!) with phone calls and e-mails requesting interviews from pretty much every news organization...

...but for this house, nothing.

I've tried to contact the fellow from the clean-up crew to no avail... and that was weeks ago with the initial newspaper story.

I'd like to tell him that he can keep his grand, we'd just like the chance to do two or three nights there doing a legitimate investigation... and I admit it, I'd like to ensure one of those nights is with a colleague or two from Skeptics(sic) Canada to boot!

If it's that "busy" with paranormal activity, this could be "our" chance!

We have the trained people, the equipment, the experience... and if there's something there, we might be able to find it... or document it better... I'd hope.

Also, if the house is becoming a "difficult sale" (now being HIGHLY stigmatised,) perhaps our work and visit would pan out.

Heck, if it was a real bastion of phenomena, I'd be trying to raise the money to buy this house HARD! If it really was "something", I'm certain we'd have no problems raising the money to purchase the home... and then we could conduct a thorough study not only of the phenomena and it's causations, but possibly far more...

Over the last decade, I've been laughed at, scorned, and otherwise mocked for our study... I've also been told (even by members of Skeptics(sic) Canada) that they didn't understand why we weren't funded... but if this is THE house, then maybe...

...but I still can't help but wonder... why hasn't/hadn't anyone contacted us about this before?

Do I believe the story? Actually, I do to a degree... but I remain legitimately sceptical... and that scepticism can be turned with a couple of nights, if we take the story from the news at face value.

So, how about it, City TV? How about it, Clean Up Guys? Let us do it right... PLEASE.

You could be assisting with a study and a greater understanding of many things...

If nothing else, consider this a "challenge".

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Categories: From The Desk of Sue

LIFE: DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT! ...

.. Says our new roomie ParaTed2k. Riding shotgun this week on the Old Green Bus is Driving Barefoot ... a mixed bag of humour, music, politics, and other thoughts and musings from "the only Red~Headed, Blue Eyed, Freckle~Faced, Left~Handed, Colorblind, Guitar Pickin', Harpoon Blowin', LDS, Wisconsin Army National Guard Retired, U.S. Army (Airborne), Disabled Vet, On the Net."

Go ahead and click on the link on the upper right or above and give him a big welcome! And while you are there join ParaTed2k's on his Big Bus Tour 2006 through the Rocky Mountains.

So turn up the tunes .. and lets cruise! .......

~ When life hands you lemons, suck ‘em up and pucker!

**ParaTed2k**

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From the soggy, riding out the remnants of Tropical storm Ernesto, desk of Sue

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09/01/06

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Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Pimping Paranoia ....

.... and other pleasant things ......



Antonio Fargas, the "real" Huggy Bear

Totally flamboyant, freaky, funky, jive-talking, snitch, and caricature of a pimp from the 1970's cop show Starsky and Hutch ....I love Huggy Bear .... And yeah ... I do own a hat just like it, and I'm wearing it right now!

So with my big, phat, pimp hat perched precariously on my head (I only wish I looked as good as Antonio) I'm telling you to go visit Andrea's blog!

Paranoia and Other Pleasant Things will give you a taste of life in Transylvania through the eyes of a psychologist, witty writer, and happily married Mom. Some incredible photos will round out your visit to a land and life shrouded in mystery and legend for the majority of us here in the west.

What are you waiting for?! Click on the link above or to your upper right and find out what happens when a Transylvanian samples a taco for the very first time ... no garlands of garlic, crucifixes, or super soakers filled with holy water needed. .. ;)

And in case your wondering what Antonio is up to ... check him out here http://www.antoniofargas.net/

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From the big, phat, freaky desk of your "pimping that blog" host ... Sue

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October 28th, 2009

See the "latest post" on the left here... I've decided to concentrate on other work so this blog is kinda done for me... THANKS kindly to my friends and regular readers... and as you'll note, I am still loitering in the blogsphere... and I'm still online... and I honestly haven't given up hope that we will get our dream bus one day! (We've just gotten REALLY quiet about it...)

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