Archives for: March 2007

03/31/07

Permalink 07:00:00 am, by Email , 641 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays: Weekly State of the Quest Address...

Wow... lean couple of weeks.

Sorry to say I have nothing again to report fiscally... and hits dipped a bit.

Granted, this is in part because our servers were doing whacky-doodle things part of the week (I apologise for those who had issues... it shouldn't happen again...) and the blog was down...

Space! The Final Frontier!

Wordless? Me? Not likely...

This week, I did join another "blogging thing" with Wordless Wednesday... which I hope they don't mind, but knowing my verbosity, it'll probably be ONE wordless post... then God knows what else after/before it!

Realistically, it is a chance for me to add more "busly" stuff to this here blog... Yup, I'll be posting a picture per week that caught my fancy usually stealing absconding asking permission and using pictures from my favourite bus sites and occasionally, when possible, adding my own snaps... but I'm going to keep things "busly", of course!

Space! The Final Frontier!

$30 Million Anyone?

Tonight's the BIG NIGHT here in Canada with a $30million dollar Lotto 649 Jackpot up for grabs... of course, I paid my tax on hope bought a couple of tickets so who knows... perhaps this weekend I'll be "Woo-Hooing" and trying to convince Sue to start implementing "Plan A" as laid out here in the ol' blog right away!

If you don't see any updates here next week, that could be a VERY good sign... :)

Space! The Final Frontier!

You Tube!

If you missed one of my posts earlier this week, the Norse Goddess of Fertility (through Yellow Dog Granny,) Freyja said we should get more publicity for the bus... and she suggested trying to get the attention of The Jimmy Kimmel Show... She also suggested that this might be accomplished with an original or whacky video on YouTube...

It's the third time someone's suggested we do something on YouTube, so we're taking it a bit more serious now... I've discovered in my closet-au-crud that I have the connector cables to hook our Sony CamCorder into a PC and digitize off the bat (our CamCorder is not a digital camcorer...) so perhaps we will have a video at some point...

My struggle is now to come up with something clever, entertaining, and generally as whacky as we are as a family.

Hmmm...

...all this while STILL planning and starting up a podcast for the Paranormal Blog and doing my usual work for the ghosts/paranormal sites!

Heck, I'm not busy now, is I?

Space! The Final Frontier!

Totally off topic stuff...

Can someone explain to me why I find this image (below) so danged amusing?

Bucket

Space! The Final Frontier!

Anyway, that's all for this week... I really, Really, REALLY hope to have some good news next week... and if you don't hear from us at all, as I said above, we're trying to figure out how to blow that extra $5million from the lottery winnings. :)

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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 tiny banner 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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03/30/07

Permalink 03:05:02 pm, by Email , 2280 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Ten Urban Myths People Still Believe are TRUE!

I love urban myths... and I love correcting people when they spew them as fact. For this reason, I love Snopes!

There's a lot of myths out there... and here's ten myths I'm a gonna bust!

Space! The Final Frontier!

Old School Bus

#1: At a railway crossing, if you park your car without breaks, ghostly children who were killed long ago on the same tracks will push you across them to safety.

Oh man, running a very successful ghost website and helping Sue with the paranormal blog, we get this reported ALL THE TIME... pretty much happening in about sixteen different locations across Ontario... and dozens in the United States.

Well, it's bupkiss.

Apparently, this got really started in the late 1970's and San Antonio has the "strongest" claim. Near the town, there is a "gravity hill", a hill that SEEMS to be going up, but is actually going down (thanks to optical illusion, it fools drivers and passengers alike) that just happens to cross some tracks. They also say that street names nearby are named after the children who perished... and there indeed are streets named "Bobbie", "Allen", "Cindy", "Nancy Carole", and others...

Problem is, there was no crash... and the streets are named after the original land owners kids and grandkids... but never let the facts get in the way of a good story, right?

Now, in 1938, twenty-six school kids DID lose their lives when their bus was struck by a train while they were stuck on the tracks... but this was in Utah... not Texas.

...so, combined with the optical illusion of a "Gravity Hill" and this old news story with the odd street names, an urban legend was born... and gave birth to many, many others that are similar.

What? What's that you say? You heard that if you sprinkle powder or dust on your bumper, you'll see tiny hand prints on your car proving that you were pushed by ghosts?

Au contraire, my friend!

All hands have natural oils in them... and chances are you (and others) have touched your bumper... the coating of dust or flour or whatever will "shake free" as you move revealing these prints... much like a police fingerprint kit at a crime scene.

Sorry to state, the ghostly children from the awful bus accident is a myth... well, it's either a myth or there were dozens of "covered up" bus accidents that JUST HAPPENED to have the same phenomena attached to them.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Pigeon

#2: Pigeons were dying by the score near churches after weddings as they'd eat the rice that would then expand in their tummies exploding them.

While we're here, Seagulls do not explode after eating Alka-Seltzer either.

For the record, migrating ducks and geese rely on winter rice fields to fatten themselves up during their flights... and to date, farmers are not knee-deep in dead, exploded birds. Uncooked and milled rice is no more harmful than the stuff in the field.

The Curator of Ornithology at The University of California at Berkley, Ned Johnson, has publicly stated about the exploding birds... "It's a myth. There is no reason why birds, including small songbirds, can't eat rice."

Biologically, birds stomachs, like humans and other creatures, will expand and grow and are capable of the "strain" of many things... and uncooked rice is, according to the experts, the least of their problems.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Walter Disney

#3: Disney on Ice! - Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen after his death.

Sorry. Walter is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale... which isn't cold enough to really keep a body in cryonics.

Space! The Final Frontier!

It's Nasty Chemicals, I tells ya!

#4: Those lines in the sky after planes fly by are spray-chemicals.

AAAGH! Didn't ANYONE teach these folks what a contrail is? (Another word for 'em is "vapour trail"... and "CONtrail" is short for Condensation Trail.)

Okay, allow me...

Jet engines work by sucking in a LOT of air through the front and then pushing it out a compressed area at the back using something called "turbofans".

...and remember, all air contains SOME water...

So, here's how it works...

The tonne of air sucked up has a bunch of water in it... this is then heated in the turbofans and is pushed out the back... if the plane is high enough, the temperature "up there" is EXTREMELY cold (think of all those "mountain top" images you've seen...) the moisture freezes and VOILA! You get a line of ice!

Now, why doesn't this ice collapse and whack into the ground?

Well, it's got to fall at least twenty or thirty-thousand feet. In that fall, it melts, breaks apart (drop water from a tall structure and you'll see it "separate" and break apart... it's true!) and eventually is so small and warm, it becomes slight vapour again... and never reaches the ground... Remember - Thirty-thousand feet up is a VERY long way up!

As for those who have drunk the Kool-Aid that this is not the case and the government or whomever is "spraying" you... allow me to feed your paranoia, then dissipate it.

It's true that the American government HAS sprayed chemical agents... usually on their own military... (EGADS! SEE! IT'S TRUE!)

...but...

To spray ANYTHING at an altitude of thirty-thousand feet would be silly. Wind currents would make this a dumb idea... it would dissipate and move-around the spray too much for any sort of accuracy. Look at the ashes from bad volcano eruptions.

Nope, they use low-flying aircraft for spraying... no more than 5,000 feet as a rule... This is true even when they spray "defolients" like the now banned "Agent Orange"... That was sprayed by low-flying, specially-rigged C-130 Hercules aircraft as a rule.

Also, lately, it's been discovered the helicopters are far better for spraying than "fixed wing" aircraft in terms of accuracy and spreading the chemicals.

Ergo: If you see a low-flying chopper leaving a trail, that's probably a chemical spray. If you see an airliner way up there leaving a trail, that's probably a vapour trail... and honestly, it won't hurt you.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Al Gore

#5: Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet.

No, he didn't. He did, however, make a poor choice of words once in 1999...

During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

Poor words... but he did help get initiatives off the ground that did improve and activate the infrastructure to allow more people to be online... which is what he was saying.

Heck, Vinton Cerf, one of the REAL fathers of the Internet acknowledged Gore's efforts POSITIVELY... and if anyone should have been uptight about Al's supposed "claim", Cerf would be high on the list.

Interestingly enough, however, Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska DID refer to the Internet oddly... which was scary as he was in charge of the body governing it in America! Click here to read more about that! (It's a fun read!)

Space! The Final Frontier!

Squirrels Possums And Mice

#6: Responding to Spam asking to be removed from their lists will stop unwanted spam from coming to you.

NONONONONONONO! Don't EVER do this!

I know there are some countries that do have legislation saying that if you request NOT to be contacted, you shouldn't (by law) do it... but you're relying on the spammers being in one of those countries... DON'T MAKE THAT ASSUMPTION EVER!

In fact, more often than not, doing this only proves your mail address works AND you're reading it... so they use it for their spam-work even more!

DON'T reply to spam EVER... best to delete and ignore...

Space! The Final Frontier!

George III

(I fell for this one...) #7: The film The Madness of George III was renamed The Madness of King George in North America for fear that American's would wonder what happened to parts one and two of the series.

Whoops.

Apparently, the truth behind this is that the film was ALWAYS supposed to be The Madness of King George to distinguish it from the stage play it was based on called, oddly enough, The Madness of George III.

So why swap the name from the stage production? Well, according to the filmmakers, there is SOME truth to the "sequel" worries... but more importantly, they wanted to ensure the word "king" was in the title.

So, there is a VEIN of truth in it... but not entirely.

...and the worry (with reason) was that American audiences would not understand that George III, like Elizabeth II is a designation of royalty...

...so maybe... but not entirely... true.

Ach, I'd call it a MINOR myth with just enough truth to it to comment.

Space! The Final Frontier!

The Wizard of Oz

#8: Speaking of films... there's a hanging munchkin (suicide) captured on film in The Wizard of Oz.

CROCK!

The story goes that a munchkin (or sometimes a stage hand) hung themselves and can be seen "hanging" from a fake tree in the background of a scene in which Dorothy and her buddies are skipping down the yellow brick road (just after the Tin Woodsman sequence for those looking).

The good news is there IS something there... but it's actually a big, fake bird... supposed to be a "bird in the forest"... with it's wings spread. It's shadowed and dark so it fooled a lot of people...

It didn't help that cast members (including Judy Garland) perpetuated the myth... but there's a couple of problems...

#1: There were no "munchkins" on the set for this scene.
#2: You think, considering it was a sound-stage, someone might have noticed before film rolled.

I've scene the "offending scene" several times and yup, it's a bird... so it's a hoax.

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Heck!

#9: (For Coast to Coast fans...) Siberian scientists drill a really deep hole, dropped a microphone into it and recorded HELL!

CROCK! CROCK! CROCK!

There was a real dig in Russia's Kola Peninsula... and it appeared in Scientific American. It was an Earth study that went twelve kilometers into the ground... and they did find unusual rock, gas, and water formation... heck, the temperature reached 180 degrees Fahrenheit! (Not quite the eternal flame temperature...)

Oddly enough, despite the "sounds" that Coast to Coast loves to play, none of the actual scientists in the group bothered to mention the sound recording of the screaming masses in hell. In fact, when asked, they have no idea about any sound recordings of this nature.

Wonder why?

Well, some people feel it was because those darned Ruskies were denying Hell as they love to deny God...

However...

I tend to agree with pretty much the real scientists on this one... the recording is a hoax. Added to the story as an embellishment.

...because even them heathen Ruskie science-types would have been very quick to present this tape if they made it... they may not knee-jerk and say it was hell, but they would have said, "Listen to these voices!" ...and they didn't do that... nope...

The tape only surfaced NOT to the scientific community... but to the quasi-religious and "paranormal" community.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Kate the Great

#10: Catherine the Great was crushed to death having... um... fun with a horse.

I have heard more than a few people tell me the fact that Russia's Catherine the Great met her doom while attempting sexual intercourse with a horse.

Not true.

Sorry to say, she died of natural causes on November 5th, 1796 at 9:45pm at the age of 67... which, at the time, made her the longest lived and longest reigned Russian monarch.

To be fair, however, the "rumours" of her huge sexual appetite were around DURING her reign... including her stranger loves such as the barnyard variety.

One has to remember, she did imprison and effectively murdered her husband, Tsar Peter of Holstein-Gottorp, when she felt, with some good reason, that he was weak and would lead the country to ruin...

Catherine, on the other hand, a strong German princess before marriage, became a stronger (and some say despotic... although referred to as enlightened despot is the most often repeated description,) leader and was absolutely key in ensuring Russian was not invaded or annexed by it's more powerful neighbours.

Historians feel that the "strong woman" who "imprisoned her husband" must have seemed a little whacky to the folks of old, and therefore they made up rumours of her whacky sexual appetite to sorta explain how she was what she was... if that makes any sense.

There is no evidence that Catherine was any more randy than the next monarch or noble... but the myth still remains.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Again, MANY thanks to Snopes for help with this list... although, as you can tell, there is some of the ol' "Matthewisms" tossed in for good measure!

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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 tiny banner 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 03:02:55 pm, by Email , 323 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Making Smart Travel Choices


Matthew, and I both LOVE to travel, and whether it is a quickie jaunt or a more lengthy trip smart planning is needed to make sure you are going to have a terrific vacation, and safe journey.

I am often surprised when I meet people or talk to friends who say they would love to travel more often as well,but simply can't afford to. I am surprised by this because if they had put some actual thought, and planning into their travel dreams they would know that they could book through HotelReservations.com and save a lot of money on affordable vacation packages that can suit everyone's budgets!

HotelReservations.com is a lot more then just a website that you can book your Hotel Reservations through. They are a one-stop online resource to the best in discount vacation packages. You can plan everything you'll need through them from car rentals, to flights, and even cruises! They can take car of it all why offering you the traveller huge savings through their highly competitive price structure. They also can offer you terrific group rates!

I am also very impressed with their special internet rate price guarantee, in other words if you book through them, and find a lower price advertised elsewhere they will take care of you, which should tell you that they are serious about saving you money!

I also like the fact that their destinations are varied, and span the globe, so no matter where you'd like to travel in the world HotelReservations.com can be counted on for great customer service, and good value for your money.

Since both Matthew, and I like to think we are smart travellers we will definitely be booking through this company! And with all the money we save, we'll be able to indulge in all those souvenir gift shops!

From The Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 02:24:12 pm, by Email , 243 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Utenzi Blog

This past week we have had the pleasure of hosting Utenzi Blog, a fun mix of well written articles, and stunning photos. Go have a look for yourself, and find out why we liked this blog so much it now has a permanent linky on our sidebar!

From The One More Sleep Until Friday 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 tiny banner 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 02:20:22 pm, by Email , 313 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Some Insight Into Selling Real Estate

There are some major milestones within our lifetimes, these include getting married, having children, purchasing our first car, and buying or selling our homes. When it come to the latter, and the houses we buy or sell it is important to our arm ourselves with as much knowledge on the process, itself before we go ahead with something that will have a long lasting impact on our pocketbook.

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the Cashhomebuyers.com website, and I want to blog a little bit about it today, because I believe that many of you might benefit from it. If you are looking to sell your home, or property or considering either trading up or down in real estate this site is an excellent online resource that will provide you with a quote in as little as twenty four hours.

The first thing that struck me about Cashhomebuyers.com was how easy it is to use. There is a simple online form that is accompanied by an interactive map right on the main page. You simply click on a state, and it will immediately take you to a detailed map of that state, at which point you can choose from a specific, and relevant territory. You can also just type in a zip code, and voilà you are done. It's that easy, and as you know I prefer a user friendly website.

As stated already above you will then be contacted in 24 hours by a real estate expert who will discuss your own needs, and circumstances in detail. Now that is convenient in my opinion.

Have a look at the website for yourself by following through on one of links that I have provided, and see how Cashhomebuyers.com can help you in selling your home.

From The Desk Of Sue

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03/29/07

Permalink 04:00:01 pm, by Email , 698 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, Helping Hand Thursdays

The Goddess Has Made a Recommendation... that I've heard before...

Yellow Dog Granny has a feature on her blog where one can ask advice and whatnot of Freyja (or Freya), the Norse Goddess of fertility.

Freyja in her cat-driven chariot... it's a long story...

Oh, be warned... Yellow Dog Granny is AWFULLY fond of colourful language and qualifies for something I'm oft fond of saying of certain other correspondents, she really could use a thesaurus as she would use the "F" word five times to describe a newborn puppy. That said...

Well, not being one to turn down advice, especially from someone on the right side of Valhalla, I had to ask... Would we be successful in getting the bus?

I think Freyja might have been a wee confused in thinking we already had the bus, but still, something stuck out... if I may repeat the "answer"...

To the Double Decker Bus guy...what a great idea you have...and he's wondering if he will be successful in his attempt to get'er going...I think that you need some publicity..make a video of you, the bus, your family and your dreams..put it on u-tube...then write Jimmy Kimmel...on ABC..he's a sucker for this kind of stuff..You go on the Kimmel show..and your golden..

Well, the Jimmy Kimmel angle's new... but doing something for YouTube isn't.

...but what to do?

All the images of the bus we have are here... online... and not terribly "high res".

Sure, the family's high-res in real life, but what to do there... and how... and as people that don't have cable or satellite and therefore haven't seen Mr. Kimmel's show and have no idea of what might catch the interest of the segment producers, what should we produce?

Actually, semi-scratch that... I do remember him from "The Man Show"... and I sincerely doubt that I could convince Sue to jump up and down on a trampoline for a camera... and I just can't drink beer THAT fast. (*Sigh* When I was in my twenties I could... Age, blech!)

I am a fan of his girlfriend, Sarah Silverman... and I have heard and liked soundbites of the radio show his old partner does, Adam Carolla... does that count?

Realistically, as an old car and motorcycle fan, I would think Jay Leno might be more likely to help... again, if I knew how to get ahold of him or his segment producers... or if I believed he would truly give a rat's behind...

Meanwhile, back in reality...

Seriously though, we're surprisingly low-tech in the Didier/Darroch Compound... no DVR camera, no DVR cell-phones... a Logitech QuickCam that's ANCIENT and an old Sony 0-Lux Analog Camcorder is all we got for video... so two problems...

#1: How would we MAKE a YouTube video?
#2: What would we put in our YouTube video?*

* - Except a possible "shoot-interview" or "call-out" of The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple. Then they could say THIS...

Guess it's time to put on the ol' creative thinking cap...

BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS...

If Yellow Dog Granny and Freyja think we can get the bus, gosh darn-it, we're gonna get this bus!

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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 tiny banner 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 03:50:00 pm, by Email , 215 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Fixing Up The Bus

Support Your Local Auto Glass Repair Shops

Matthew, and I have always strongly supported our local businesses, they are the bread, and butter of our communities, and give a home town service that you just cannot find with the often sterile feel of the larger companies. Your local company has to strongly compete with the larger ones as well, so often their prices are just as good if not better!

Today, I want you to bring to your attention Las Vegas Windshield Repair through Professional Auto Glass. If you need your windshield replaced, or repaired, then they are the ones to go to! Click on the link, and compare the high quality of services offered to you the consumer, with their outstanding prices. And that is exactly what we want right, good value for our money!

Auto Glass Tinting is also something these folks will do, and with all the buzz on skin cancer lately, it is wise to consider a good UV protecting tint, particularly if you like to travel for long stretches like we do!

Go check out Professional Auto Glass for all your auto glass needs, you'll be doing your pocketbook a favour, and supporting your local business to boot! Now that is cool!

From The Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 06:30:00 am, by Email , 837 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Retraction!

I was ticked yesterday... I kinda still am...

This gent goes and posts a comment on Nuttin' But Pimp that he dislikes the site because, and I quote...

I've seen NASCARS with less corporate logos on them.

Not my cup of tea...

I had to comment on this...

*GASP!* You mean, on a blog devoted to making money online through any means available there's... there's... there's... COMMERCIALISM!?!

EGADS! WHAT'S NEXT! Dead people in a mortuary? Doctors in a hospital? Civil servants in city hall? Food in a grocery store? Animals at a vet's office?

I feel faint...

Granted, I did this, and then thought... I'd best see his blog and find out what's up...

Well, I visited... and the FIRST thing was a lengthy diatribe about "Sponsored Posts on Blogs".

...which, apparently, are tantamount to Satanism.

So, calmly, I responded... and cited a response he already had that said, in effect, If you don't like them, scroll past 'em.

I also explained my position... and pretty much somewhat quoted two of my posts on the subject... This one and this one... and also told him that I do understand the want of an "ad free" internet... as an original Fidonet user and someone who's been "regularly online" since 1994, I too have been appalled at the commercialism of the 'net... but I also pointed out "sponsored posts" were a damn sight better than "Pop-Ups" and "Pop-Unders"... and could easily be avoided... I also pointed out that the web, like TV and Radio, is an amazing place with MANY places to visit and go... and if he didn't like a site, blog, or whatever... he could simply move on... "change the channel"... whatever.

Seemed pretty cut and dry... and I played things down the middle of the street even saying that people could hate me because of our efforts here if they didn't agree with them.

Well, it INITIALLY looked like he deleted my comments... and oddly enough, he "approved" a bunch of comments, but mine sat in limbo for a long time... until this morning.

At first, this post was a missive about him "deleting" my comment... which yeah, got under my skin... but he hadn't... it was just in cue or something...

Now, to be fair and honest, I've deleted comments here in the past... but only when they were "personal attacks" or "off topic" and not relevant to the subject of the original post. Also, I have ALWAYS e-mailed the folks who I deleted, told them what my issue was, and asked if they wanted to re-post...

...anyway...

It's up now... no responses... perhaps during the day or something things will pop-up and I'll start getting the inevitable hate-mail.

Oh well, the really good thing is, through the other commenters, I found a GREAT blog with some wonderful images... Life at Star's Rest... which was so beautiful, I added it to my "main bloglinks" without reciprocation! (Yeah, I know... Technorati will not be happy, but it's sincerely that wonderful!)

Life at Stars Rest

Well, I was mad... but since he's allowed me to have my "rebuttal", all is well... and we'll see if people still despise the ads.

Hey, I've never lied... if I thought I could do away with 'em, I would...

Remember when Letterman was on late-night NBC and would often "control the show" and blow-past the first commercial break? Yeah, I liked that too...

...and I ain't lyin'... I wish the 'net was like that too... but it ain't... so live within the system and make it work for you... or rant against it.

I'll continue to do both. :)

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Strike the complete "warm and fuzzies" here... I noticed a response that I had read before under my posted response... so I compared my cache and what's up now... my comment was only RECENTLY added... Hmmm...

Is it possible someone read my above missive before allowing my comments to be seen?

Hmmm...

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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 tiny banner 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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03/28/07

Permalink 12:12:22 pm, by Email , 215 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: RT 3062 in Essex

RT 3062
Thanks to my 'net friend and fellow HTML-in-Notepad artist, Ian Smith of Ian's Bus Stop for the photo...

For a list of other Wordless Wednesday participants, please click 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.

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 tiny banner 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 12:08:22 pm, by Email , 337 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Remotely Accessing Your Windows PC

Now that I'm running a small home based business, along with the daily management of PSICAN it has become an absolute necessity to be able to remotely access my home computer's data (like my e-mail, spreadsheets, databases, contacts... pretty much everything!) when I am on the go, which is most days as our regular readers already know!

I just finished reviewing RemotePC - Remote Access via their online interactive demo, and I was impressed with the features that they offer. In particular is the fact that two levels of authentication are required, insuring absolute security (without painful "tunnel" applications and loads of applets to work through!) High security is very necessary for my work with PSICAN and RemotePC - Remote Access has this covered perfectly. I also appreciate the print feature, as this is something I would definitely utilise.

The software is easy to install, and configure, and set-up to be user friendly. Again, something I appreciate as an average end user with limited I.T. support. (The bus man can only do so much for me!)

Speaking of which, with RemotePC - Remote Access, the bus man could do all the work he needs to do on my PC remotely which would reduce a tonne of downtime and really improve things from a "help desk" standpoint! I can only imagine how this would be a great help to pretty much any company especially with people working from home or that are on the road!

If you are running a small business such as myself or a much larger organisation with multiple users who may be "on the road" at times, I do recommend that you look into RemotePC - Remote Access. They offer a free 30 day trial with no limitations, and the prices quoted for this type of service are very reasonable.

Have a look at their site, RemotePC.com and look at their various packages... one of which is certain to meet your needs!

From The Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 11:30:09 am, by Email , 968 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wednesday Snippets

Wednesday Snippets - *Sigh* I'm lettin' you down again sorta...

Yup, despite some GLORIOUS stupid news and events happenin' in the world, I am fixated on something from yesterday...

From The Globe and Mail... Support grows for smoke-free apartments - Poll shoes 57 per cent of residents would support ban

The Ontario Tobacco-Free Network, which had the poll conducted and will release it today, says 57 per cent of those living in multiunit dwellings would support such a ban.

Well, I'm a little conflicted...

You see, I totally understand that smoking is bad... and I'm not thrilled about second-hand smoke... and Sue and I (both smokers) only smoke in our kitchen away from our little one and in a self-ventilated area... and yeah, we both still feel guilty about it. We are intending to quit shortly...

...but that said...

This poll is from the "Ontario Tobacco-Free Network"... think it might be a touch skewed?

Also, banning by law the ability to smoke in my home? Who would police this and how? What would be the punishment?

Would your neighbours have to "rat you out"? Has there been a study about the trace amounts of tobacco smoke in apartment hallways/other apartments showing a significant raise in health concerns? Has a poll been completed by a neutral party to show a real number of tenants' feelings?

The finding is believed to be the first public opinion survey in Canada showing attitudes are hardening against smokers in home settings. Until now, smokers have thought of their homes as sanctuaries where they could light up in peace, but the poll suggests smoking is starting to be viewed in the same light as other off-putting behaviour in communal settings, such as noise, poor hygiene and late-night parties.

The pollster who conducted the survey predicted the next big move against smoking will be in multiunit dwellings, with increasing pressure for buildings to be designated as smoke free.

"What the research clearly shows is that you've got six out of 10 people out there that, if you hang out a shingle that says smoke-free apartment or condominium complex, you're going to have people decide to move into that," said John Wright, a senior vice-president of Ipsos Reid, which conducted the survey.

Un-hunh... and how did you "randomly" take this poll? What was your criteria for those polled?

Sue and I are in the truly last generation of people that saw "medical reports" that said smoking wasn't bad for you... heck, I remember the last report that said that smoking had benefits for you! (Lies and bad science...)

So, I'm conflicted...

On one hand, I agree that smoking is bad... that my second hand smoke is not good for people either... and that there's a better-than-average chance there COULD be health issues for people living in my apartment building because of my smoking (although no firm evidence...)

...but legally banning smoking in my apartment?

Toronto has banned smoking in ALL indoor public locations... and that's fine... The law has hurt bars, nightclubs, and even some restaurants, but I understand it... and in some ways, support it. (...although bars and nightclubs seemed a bit much...)

...but in apartments... and the end goal openly being ALL homes?

Mae West and Billy Sunday

Hmm... remember prohibition in the 1920’s and 1930’s? That worked well... and now I can see cigarettes, cigars, and pipe smokers in the same situation. In Canada, there’s already a BRISK trade in smuggled cigarettes due to high taxes on them… Yup, we got "ciggy-runners" in the city here. Wonder when we'll start seeing "bathtub tobacco farms"?

In my opinion, people ARE quitting in droves... in FACT, more people are quitting then are starting up... and if I was running the campaign, I'd work towards the strength of that... and realise that, eventually, smoking will be a relic of the past.

To threaten people in their homes will probably lead to a backlash... and who needs that?

I do have one kinda radical thought...

If the anti-smoking advocates win completely and tobacco products are completely banned... what would be the next target?

I'd say the next "preventable health risk" that will become the biggest killer will be fatty foods...

"SURGEON GENERALS WARNING: Eating popcorn with butter will lead to clogged arteries, fatty deposits, slowed circulation, and premature death"

I'm sorry, you can't eat that roast beef here... it's too fatty.

French fries!?! Why not just slit your wrists!

Excuse me, but I don't need to smell your foul fried chicken, could you take that outside PLEASE?

Don't believe me? Wait for it... it'll happen.

Lately, it seems people forgot to see realistic goals... and moderation in terms of "helpful activities"... and yeah, I'm waiting for the pressure... Soon, I'll be sharing my home with a by-law officer.

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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 tiny banner 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 11:28:03 am, by Email , 162 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

Organizing The Garage

When the restoration work on RLH 3 begins (note that I'm being optimistic for a change about it) it will be important to get the garage as organised as possible in order to maintain sanity.

We recently took a look at garage cabinets, and the ones I was most impressed with were the stainless steel models. Stainless steel garage cabinets are tough, and durable insuring many years of good usage. They can be installed with tools we already own, and these ones are reasonably priced as well.

The Diamond Plate Cabinets also caught my eye, and are equally as durable, and priced very well, but for aesthetics purposes I personally prefer the stainless steel. You might disagree.

Carguygarage.com carries a wide variety of garage cabinets that will suit everyone's needs, tastes, and budgets. I was really impressed with the number of different product lines they offer when I was checking them out.

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Permalink 10:47:03 am, by Email , 377 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

Guess what I was gummin' with?

You know those annoying, dumb, time-wasting, silly, online quizzes... you know, the one's that answer the burning questions like What 1950's Movie Musical Are You? or What Sociopathic Serial Killer Are You?

...yeah, I know... DUMB, eh?

WELL...

Thanks to my proficiency as a super-tech, I managed to get QUIZ SOFTWARE loaded and running on these here very servers!!!! Yup, and as our FIRST quiz you can find out What Double-Decker Bus Are You?!

Isn't that something you've ALWAYS wondered???

No?

Really?

Oh. Okay...

Oops.

Well, it is in it's "beta-testing" phase... once I've shown Sue how to use it to create quizzes, we're probably going to use it more for our Paranormal Blog and Pastymes With Good Companye Blog (our history blog).

...but for now, help us "beta-test" and find out...

What Double-Decker Bus Are You?

I know, I should have worked on "code" to add the groovy text and image to your blog, but I'm still working out the bugs on things... if you want, please feel free to "link to" the images on these here servers if you wish to post results on your own blog or wherever!

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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 tiny banner 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 10:44:35 am, by Email , 127 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Lead Management Software

Today I had the opportunity to review the features listed for AIMpromote lead management system software, and they are incredible!

If you are looking for the best in customer relationship management then I highly recommend you check out their free trial offer while it is still available!

Some of the features listed include Marketing Automation, Automatic Lead Distribution, Real-time Reporting, Web Analytics, Searchable Database, and much, much more. I was totally impressed with the listing of features, and overall cost in comparison with other more limited software packages.

It was highly refreshing to review AIMpromote, and gave me good insight into why they have developed such a solid reputation for business excellence!

From The Desk Of Sue

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03/27/07

Permalink 08:37:11 pm, by Email , 573 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

If you have to have a "second life", RLH 25 found a good one!

Our dream bus is RLH (Regent Low Height) #3 of a total of 76... so she has sisters...

One of them, as shown below, is RLH 25...

RLH 25 Before

The picture is from about 2001... She has a similar history to our RLH 3... operating with London Transport until 1971... sold to various people... ending up being sold to a company who wanted to make her a "party bus"... but ran out of money and sold it to a restaurant to become an "addition"... but that didn't pan out and she was literally left outside to rot.

Enter a group of Mardi Gras enthusiasts from Texas looking for a "unique float"... that had a vision. They purchased the bus, cleaned it up, added some neat artistic touches and...

RLH 25 Now!

...much better. The Krewe of Kut-Ups have done an incredible job and really given RLH 25 a new lease on life!

Interior Shot

Sad to say for Sue, I don't want to be so artistic with RLH 3... and I'm planning on trying to get her running on her own steam... but I do love what's happened to RLH 25... and the fact that The Krewe of Kut-Ups have taken the time to document her history...

Showing Off

Thank you, The Krewe of Kut-Ups for helping give the ol' bus a new life where thousands can enjoy her... and perhaps, one day, we can get the sister together... and Sue will want some beads. :)

Everyone Loves a Parade!

*Sigh* - Much better than a scrapyard... or carved up beyond recognition... or, as our dream bus is right now, wasting away in a barn being used as a large garbage can.

Like I said, it'd be great to get these two sisters together... and any reason to go down to Texas and possibly confer with our friend CyberCelt would be MOST welcome! :)

Space! The Final Frontier!

If you're interested in Regent Low Height Buses in general, I've got a great post here about the buses... and PLEASE visit the ultimate Regent Low Height website... The RLH Information Centre.

Please note that I have "appropriated" the images I used above from The Krewe of Kut-Ups website... I apologise for not asking in advance (a mistake I've only made ONCE before... and was fortunate to get the "Okay"... hope you guys will feel the same...) but I wanted to tell the story of the bus... I think it's a wonderful story... and a very happy 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 tiny banner 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 08:34:52 pm, by Email , 259 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Borrowing Money

If you are like me borrowing money can be, well, kind of scary. We have taken out Personal Loans in the past, without any really negative experiences to speak of, but I admit that I'm a bit of a worry wart when it come to any financial services, as we have been in serious debt before. And that dear readers as many of you probably already know is very stressful.

Loans, are something pretty much all of us will need at some point in our lives. And if one is not careful to live within their means you can get into a lot of debt trouble, I speak from experience.

One method that I know of, which you can use to manage debt successfully, and repair bad credit, such as we have had to do is through Bad Credit Loans.

If you are in need of a Secured Loan I highly recommend that you follow through on these links, which will take you to the Money Wize loan guide. There you can obtain further information, and access an easy to use online form for quotes on the best loans to suit your own needs.

Money Wize can also provide you with information, and quotes for Car Loans.

Although I am a worry wort, I do know that at some point we will need to borrow money again, at least with a site like Money Wize I can arm myself with knowledge, which will take the scariness away.

Bestest,
Sue

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Permalink 04:30:01 pm, by Email , 988 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Since I've ticked off a couple of people... let me be MORE controversial!

This past week has been F*U*N!

Yup, because I dared question the logic of the nitwits trying to remove the last of the Routemaster buses in London, I have been more-or-less branded by two people as a "hater of the handicapped". (For the record, I'm not... but I ain't repeating the WHOLE thing here... if you want to read all about it, just use the ol' link with the mea culpa here.)

One person I think(?) is upset over my disagreeing with things... the other is apparently ready to burn me in effigy in downtown London, England for my obviously rotten, nasty, unconscionable, hideous, views on saving these old buses.

That said, and since I'm in the dog house with some anyway, allow me to rant on my next issue...

First of all, I want everyone to know out there that I think Sue is a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN... and perhaps I'm in a minority of males, but I prefer that she is a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN... not a "schoolgirl".

Call me weird, call me odd, but I prefer woman who... well... are WOMEN... not trying to look the part of a young high-school girl going to Catholic school...

Ugh

Now, in my life, there was a place for schoolgirls... WHEN I WAS A SCHOOL BOY... but once I got into my twenties, I preferred my lady friends to look like adults.

In the 1990's, a "schoolgirl chic" came (thankfully briefly) into fad and we had thirty-something year-old women trying desperately to look as if they were late for "Chem Class" and were, at any minute, dashing off to the "caff" to meet friends... and I shuddered.

...especially when men my own age were going "Hubba-Hubba" over the look...

I'd try to rationalise with them... Fellas, I'd entreat them with... It's just the skirt and thigh-highs... please tell me if they were ANY other colour, you'd be as intrigued!

...sadly, no...

Most of my male buds were getting hot about... well... I'd rather not go there.

It was, after all, the style of the time and since the "super-models" were sporting the look (and it's safe to assume they were all at least twenty-one years of age,) they bought it as "sexy"... hook, line, and sinker.

Heck, I'll admit it... skirts and thigh-highs were pretty hot to me too... except when they went "whole hog" with the "naughty schoolgirl" look... then it was the equivalent of a cold shower.

What brings this up today?

Well, despite the fact that this fashion trend did die in the 1990's, a woman taking advantage of yesterday's warm weather here trotted up to my office building in full regalia... in fact, if she was "any further" into the look, I'd assume she was an... um... "entertainer" for someone who has obvious issues...

She did, however, catch the attention of three men who were also outside having a cigarette... and I'm sure she'd be happy(?) to know her look managed to illicit some rather... um... complimentary(?) comments once she was out of ear shot... and the fellows assumed since nothing but men were about, the all clear was given.

...all I could think...

WHO TOLD HER TO BE ATTRACTIVE YOU NEED TO LOOK LIKE A FIFTEEN-YEAR OLD!?!

...worse yet, these gent's comments secured the notion that, perhaps, I'm alone in these thoughts... well, I've talked with Sue about it, and no, I'm not completely alone... she thinks it's a "bad" look too.

I mean, let's face it... if these drooling baboons having their cigarette were "turned on" by this... what's next? Actually hanging out in a schoolyard for thrills?

I had a "friend" who had a boyfriend who told her he found her "sexy" when she purposely did pigtails and adopted what she called a Baby Spice look. She thought it was "cute"... I told her it was VERY disturbing... Again, this "man" wanted his girlfriend to look like a pre-teen??? (Luckily, he's now her "ex"...)

Now, I get to pat myself on the back and say I felt this way BEFORE I had step-daughters... but BOY does this relatively new fact reinforce the anti-schoolgirl look feelings in me.

Folks... why is it that "youth" is considered "sexy"? To me, nothing is more "sex-less" than the immature both physically and mentally... Shouldn't men, from a true instinctual biological sense, be more attracted to women who look like "good breeding stock" as opposed to those who look too young to... um... breed? Isn't that why "curves" are much sought-after to the point of plastic surgeons making a killing off implants?

Perhaps I'm in a minority, perhaps I'm missing something... but I'll stick to my gorgeous women... and hope the "girls" can navigate their way past the men who have a rather twisted sense of "sexy" in my humble opinion.

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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 tiny banner 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 04:27:08 pm, by Email , 126 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, From The Desk of Sue

Gardening Stuff

When my sister and I were kids we used to take out my Dad's gardening hose, and play jump rope with it...and this would drive my Dad nuts!!! Don't feel too bad for him, because when my own kids were much smaller they would do the same thing!

Thankfully now there are hose reels that are completely hands-free. Can you imagine the aggravation that they will save!

The No-Crank hose reels are powered by water, and you can check them out by following through on the links in this entry.

These hose reels will definitely eliminate one of the more frustrating aspects of lawn maintenance, and gardening!

Enjoy!

Sue

Please note that this is a sponsored post, and our thanks go out to our sponsors!

03/26/07

Permalink 06:59:01 pm, by Email , 556 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff, Half-Butt Postings

Monday, Monday... La, La... Lalala...

Gosh dang I just did an incredible entry on The Paranormal Blog about The Ghosts of Flight 401... combining aircraft with the paranormal... sigh... just toss in a double-decker bus and I'd be in heaven over the report!

Still, it's an unusual case and one that kinda deflates many of the standard auto-debunkings of many of the so-called sceptics...

Hallucinations: Really? So multiple witnesses witnessed the exact same hallucination? Wow... that's a really powerful trick of one person's mind to be able to affect so many other's around them!

Natural Occurrence Being Mistaken: Ah yes, Lord knows that the wind, sun-spots, and blowing leave and branches play hell in aircraft galleys.

Suggestible Witnesses and/or Weak Witnesses: 'Cuz as we all know, commercial airline pilots are notorious for seeing "things" and not being able to recognise them.

It's also odd as the two ghosts, Captain Robert Loft and Flight Engineer Don Repo, were not only seen, but spoken to... and even spoke back! Their communications seemed to have a message and wasn't mamby-pamby or left up to certain possible "interpretations"...

Like I said, a VERY cool case...

That said, for those that haven't surfed over in a "ghostly fervour" to read my wonderful post, I also had to mention a favourite "ghost book" of mine...

The late Martin Caidin's "Ghosts of the Air".

His writing is great! The first book of his I read was as a younger lad, was Samurai! which is Saburo Sakai's memoirs... Japan's greatest WWII ace. A fantastic read about a tremendous person... and a unique perspective of the war. (Don't be shocked to read a brief bio on him on our History blog in the not-so-distant future!)

His ghost book, however, was breezy, fun, and is more often than not, first-hand writing of pilots' and crews' talking about run-ins with the paranormal! I'd highly recommend it to those interested in either pilots, planes, or ghosts...

Anyway, it's Monday... and I'm kinda clambering to get my wits about me, push the coffee down my throat, and start a NEW WORK WEEK! (yay.)

So for now, I'm cutting this post short... after all I did last night for The Paranormal Blog, I need to re-charge my creative juices! :)

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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 tiny banner 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 06:54:30 pm, by Email , 116 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Having Trouble Sleeping

Do you have trouble sleeping? Both Matthew and I suffer with sleep problems on occasion, and I hate it. I hate feeling bagged out all day because of bad sleep the night before.

This NY Chiropractic website has an informative article on sleep disorders, their causes, and the types of treatments available for them. If you are having similar sleep issues, I suggest you follow the links, and read some of the articles on the site.

If you live in N.Y.C or plan to visit, you can also check out this New York chiropractic clinic in person, or book an appointment through their website.

This is a sponsored posting. Our thanks to our sponsors!

Permalink 01:17:00 pm, by Email , 299 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

I can't brain today... I have the dumb.

I have the dumb

The above icon/avatar made me laugh when I saw it... because boy, can't we ALL relate???

Yesterday, being Sunday, was no where near my "day of rest" as I worked like a Trojan on several projects, housework, and general shtuff in and around home and online... and now, today... Je suis whacked out!

Both physically and intellectually... I almost forgot creatively as well... bankrupt.

Gonna be a sucky-posting Monday... perhaps Sue will pick up the slack. (?)

I'm gonna try and do a better post... talk about the work for the Paranormal Blog and such... as the coffee kicks in, but for now...

I can't brain today (so far...) I have the dumb.

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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 tiny banner 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 01:15:33 pm, by Email , 162 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

How much are houses going for in your neck of the woods?

Earlier today as I was taking a stroll with Max, and Kipling (our two dogs for newer readers) I could not help, but notice the number of for sale signs out on people's front lawns. With Spring finally sprung I think a lot of people start thinking about making a move.

To be honest I'm curious to find out what the Dider-Darroch compound would fetch on the current housing market, and there is an easy way to check house values online.

If you follow the link it will take you to an online house appraisal service that is free, and simple to use.

You can check out your own property values, which I think is something that is really important, and useful to know, whether or not you are planning on selling at any time in the near future.

So what are the real estate values like in your neck of the woods?

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03/25/07

Permalink 07:04:00 am, by Email , 823 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Sue

Blog yer Blessings

I've already blogged about having a great family as a blessing... but I'd like to pinpoint someone in that family...

Many moons ago, I had a "quick" walking tour of a haunted location (a former mental hospital) with a small group... there was a woman in that group who, by dint of the description she'd gotten from friends and based solely on the worst aspects of my original website, had decided I was an idiot.

No, not because of the whole ghost thing... 'cuz you see she was doing her own work within the field of paranormal studies... both ghostly and with Ufology... no, she figured it was a big "fan club" filled with people that weren't too serious about things... and I was their brainless leader.

During the walk, a young woman asked if I knew about an aircraft crash... to be exact, a DC-10 crashing into the bay near Barrie, Ontario.

When I told here there had been no crash, she responded with something like it was covered up.

This woman was priming to say something to her, but before her mouth got moving, I chimed in... DC-10's are very large planes. They don't fall out of the sky without a lot of people noticing. I think you've got the wrong place or the wrong plane.

Apparently, at this point, this woman decided I can't be TOO big an idiot... and so, later on, she read through ALL the site... and gained a respect for me. Apparently, there was the "up front stuff" that yeah, was geared to the masses... and then the "meat of the site"... and it was the latter that changed her mind.

This kindled a friendship that lasted years... but that's all it was... a friendship. You see, I was very single, but she was not.

Ergo: We were friends and colleagues for literally years.

Then, one day, the woman became single... but even then, she and I only saw each other as "friends" and "colleagues"... and I even made jokes about an aborted date attempt she had... and she tried to "fix me up" with a very nice girl...

...then, one day months later, on an investigation... in a VERY innocent act, I put my head on her shoulder... and the spark was there... and undeniable.

I gotta be honest, I always thought she was attractive, but hadn't considered anything more than that until I rested my head on her shoulder as a friend...

For pure comedy, I wish I had a recording of the phone-call we had right after that... I don't think I've danced verbally as much nor stumbled over my words so often before... eventually, however, it was confirmed... it wasn't just me noticing the specialness of that moment.

From that point, things progressed... rapidly...

...and here we are, many years later, and that spark is still there.

She is my friend. She is my love. She is my partner. She is the most important person in the world to me.

She's my equal in some things... my superior to others... and I help her with the rest... and we learn from each other.

Single, we're both very, very good... together, we're a great power-house of personality and knowledge.

...and most importantly, love.

A day does NOT go by without me ensuring I said I love you as many times as possible without seeming like a bigger loon than I am.

My blessing is my Sue... and my perfect partner in life... and a complete package of beauty and brains... to be honest, and don't tell her I said this 'cuz she'll never let me live it down... she is WAY too good to be stuck with the likes of me!

...but gosh darn, I'm glad I found her wandering around that mental hospital that night!

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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 tiny banner 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 07:03:00 am, by Email , 644 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Paper mister?

BlogTalkers!

This week's question...

What story is on the front page of your local newspaper? Do you think the event is worthy of front page coverage?

Weirdly enough, compared to "What do I feel most guilty about?", this is FAR more difficult... as I read The Globe and Mail and their "headline" is a dousey...

Lift face veils or don't vote, Quebec tells Muslims

Well, this ends up being the rights of people meet an immature and biased response which is in turn responsible for a ruling (which I am not at liberty to pass judgement on) which has led to more stupidity.

Sounds like fun, eh?

Basically, here's the deal...

The province of Quebec (in Canada, but still considering that placement,) is having provincial elections. The standard ruling was made that Muslim women would not be required to removed their veils when voting, despite the possible issues with identification.

This ruling was followed by a loud and stupid minority threatening to turn up in Halloween masks in "protest" and refusing to remove them to vote.

So, in another great move because a vocal, dumb minority kicked up a stink, they are now going to force Muslim women to lift their veils for identification...

...which...

Has now led to death threats against the election staff from very angry Muslims...

I don't wish to comment further... the idiots with their "Halloween Masks" are only a touch better than those threatening violence by a hair.

Was it REALLY this important? Probably not... but this is where things stand.

Was it worthy of front page coverage? Yes.

Was it worthy of "Headline Front-Page" of Canada's national newspaper? Perhaps... I'm not 100% sure of that.

Considering the nightmares that are happening globally and the issues within and without the country, the story is important... but "Top Story" worthy?

I dunno...

I don't begrudge it being there... but if it wasn't there on the front page, I'd be a little concerned... it is an important national story with national consequences... at some point, every province will be faced with the same issue... will they be faced with Halloween masked idiots... change their stance and further fan the flames of anger on BOTH sides of the issues?

My only thought about the issue is...

If it's only about identification at the polls, why not speak to some Imans... ask what they would recommend to allow Muslim women to vote without removing their veils AND STILL maintaining the I.D. thing. Chances are, there is a way... but no one wants to work with each other, I suppose...

Better to wear Halloween masks and/or threaten bodily harm.

...and further the perceptions that much of Canada and some of the world has about Quebec and it's people...

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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 tiny banner 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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A Partial Mea Culpa - What I have here is a problem to communicate...

Re: Wednesday's post... and a few other places.

Wheelchair

Got some mail... and a comment... the comment was reasonable (from a friend)... out of two pieces of mail, one was reasonable... the other was not.

Why all the heartache?

Well, apparently, Mr. Knee-Surgery here should not and can not speak for the handicapped, I have put my own love of old buses before my care about those who are specially-abled, and my criticism of Mr. Edwards from The Disability Rights Commission was unfounded as the buses are only transportation.

Also, very briefly, in the comment, I was called out for comparing the Routemaster buses to buildings.

First of all, I do wish to state a mea culpa... Perhaps I didn't state the case that well... but in all three communications, I don't believe that the respondants read the linked BBC article which was the basis for my missive...

Routemaster

If they had, they would know that out of literally thousands of Routemasters Transport for London used to run on literally hundreds of routes (over 700 different routes), there are now only two routes Routemasters are used on... the 15 and the 9 route... both of which are heavy tourist routes which are also serviced by several other routes (travelling the same roads) using the new "articulated" (bendi) buses which are, indeed, wheelchair friendly. All other routes are now wheelchair accessible.

This means that no one is being forced onto the Routemasters... and they can be completely avoided without any loss of travel time. Transport for London made sure of this.

Also, as stated, out of a fleet of thousands of Routemasters, there's now less than twenty in TfL's stables... this despite them being re-engined in the late 1990's with new Scania engines... making them the most environmentally efficient buses (save mini-buses) in TfL's fleet. The rest have been sold or scrapped.

With these facts in mind, I re-ask those three people... Do you feel it's right for Mr. Edwards to demand and even threaten the life of these last remaining buses?

...now, hang on... don't answer yet...

The Routemaster is one of London's icons. Let's face it, in North America, ANY double-decker usually gets called a "London Bus"... but the old platform loading Routemasters are synonymous with "London".

Expedia is currently running ads to bolster European tourism in the office towers of downtown Toronto... the ads feature The Eiffel Tower, The Colosseum, The Parthenon... and a Routemaster. This is over the past week I've seen this.

The Routemaster is as easily as recognised an emblem as Big Ben and Tower Bridge... and MOST people think Big Ben's the name of the clock (it isn't, it's the name of the bell inside the clock,) and that Tower Bridge is London Bridge... and it isn't. So, to hear "People don't know Routemasters from any other bus" is not accurate.

So, I ask again... Do you feel it's right for Mr. Edwards to demand and even threaten the life of these last remaining buses?

Hang on... I've got more...

Platform

The old platform loading buses needed a conductor. A man separate from the driver to sell and take tickets. Usually, they also offered advice, travel help, and on more than one occasion to your's truly, just chatted people up.

With the new drivers, the conductor is done away with for the typical "driver does it all" configuration.

...now, according to the article...

Mr Edwards is not impressed with the argument that many disabled, elderly and frail people may have preferred Routemasters because they had conductors.

That is suggesting that disabled people can only get around London "with the goodwill and behest of a helping hand", he believes.

Isn't Mr. Edwards offering the behest of his helping hand...? Y'know, the helping hand of an organisation that would like to see the death of these vehicles completely to make things "better".

Also, I have to assume that Mr. Edwards does not have any children (hey, don't get me wrong, I have a twenty-year-old who worries me...) or a wife who might be travelling on a bus at night... or spoken to all those older patrons... I can't fathom them all saying they dislike conductors because it's "demeaning".

Okay, NOW do you feel it's right for Mr. Edwards to demand and even threaten the life of these last remaining buses?

Oh, to answer the other things... when I had my initial "accident" the literally caused my knee to be rebuilt, I faced the very likely possibility of spending my life with a cane at least. I was in a brace and incapacitated for months on end and luckily, came out the other side somewhat okay. Still, I can disable myself for long stretches... the last time was literally in the act of stepping off a streetcar. My knee twisted, I fell to the ground, and had to drag myself onto the sidewalk... weeks of doctors help, being on a cane, and being unable to move properly... and Toronto's streetcars are not wheelchair accessible... yet, I went to work. I simply re-routed myself during this time to avoid the streetcar... much like I wonder if the folks who need to travel the same route as the 9 bus and 15 bus of the "Heritage Routes" could.... strike that, they know they can... I have to assume, it's because they just don't want to.

Lastly, the comparison to buildings I've already touched on... and there's a personal issue on that one as well...

Toronto also has an outspoken "advocate" of the rights of the disabled... and I totally agree that one is necessary.

Problem is, they can get bogged down in such stupidity... much like I believe Mr. Edwards and his group have now done.

They managed to get a law on the books... a GOOD law... one that requires all businesses and whatnot to be wheelchair friendly.

Problem is, this law is all encompassing... and threatened our historic sites and buildings. Very soon, the buildings at Old Fort York would need to be modified, closed, or torn down as the blockhouses and powder magazine are not wheelchair friendly and do have steps.

Blockhouse at Fort York

These are the oldest standing buildings in our city... dating to the late 1700's... but they are in ever present danger because of this ruling.

Almost all the historic homes in Toronto too are under the gun... this is about fifty properties... most over a century old.

The two arguments from these groups... build ramps and elevators which in some cases is impossible due to the very nature of the architecture (let alone cost)... and would ruin the historic footprint of the building... Close them down because if a segment of the public cannot learn and enjoy the history of these places, no one should.

That is a comment I did hear at one meeting... and then on a news interview with someone from a disabled rights group.

Do you agree with this?

It's amazing how many people I worked with (and know) that are in wheelchairs that did not agree... so many that it has been dropped... sort-of... it's still a "cause celebre" for some, but thankfully, people seem to be working around it... but once in a while, it comes to the fore again... and like Mr. Edwards, lawsuits against historical societies and sites are threatened.

When I look at what's happening in London... and the fact that it's a now tiny-fraction of a percentage of the system that are running these old buses... and that more than adequate provisions have been made for those with special needs to get around... one has to come to one conclusion...

Mr. Edwards and his group want to kill the remaining emblems of London because they don't like them.

This is why I rant.

I'm all for helping people... I've worked with the disabled (as a volunteer) on several occasions... with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and a special care group for people with brain damage that effects their short-term memory... and do believe there are happy mediums to accommodate those with special needs and the majority of us... of which, yes, despite my early concerns and occasional issues, I am an "able-bodied male".

...but I believe also that we ALL have to understand that we cannot do everything... nor should we sacrifice everything for the sake of anyone. We should do our best to accommodate, as stated, but not at other's expense.

When someone demands to be accommodated without care for others, that's not equality... that's an attempt at superiority... and therefore, it's wrong.

So, NO, I don't apologise for my views or how I feel about my comments toward Mr. Edwards and The Disability Rights Commission... they are not asking for a right, they are demanding their own way... and for no better reason then they can.

One last time, do you feel it's right for Mr. Edwards to demand and even threaten the life of these last remaining buses?

I think it's obvious I don't... and I've backed up my side... can he, with reason and more than personal "thoughts" back up his? If you disagree, can you back up yours?

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I advocate for and read all comments... and I welcome alternative views provided they are backed up by more than 'Cuz I said so! and are not decrying me as a "handicapped-hater" or using foul language. Feel free to convince me that these buses need to go... and I'll listen.

Of course, if you agree with me, that's cool too! :)

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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 tiny banner 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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03/24/07

Permalink 06:41:15 pm, by Email , 911 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

Busly Saturdays: Weekly State of the Quest Address

Financially, there's no change... Promotionally, there's no change... Traffic or "hits-wise" on the blog/site, there's no change...

I'm not disheartened though... neither is Sue or kidillo... we just keep plugging away...

Space! The Final Frontier!

Yup, this week, I really have NO news as far as our progress... which I suppose is good as we're not moving backwards either.

Hits on the ol' blog are at a steady 1,400 to 1,500 visitors a day (legit) and feedback on the posts has been very positive... apparently, I've had a good week creatively.

Space! The Final Frontier!

On the generic news front, my anger (as vented for the last few days and even this morning) over the recent comments by a Mr. Edwards from the Disability Rights Commission in England over the removal of the Routemaster buses apparently is not my own... word came down (literally just after posting the earlier message) that even many disabled folks are very grumpy with the stupidity of his comments... one hopes he and his brethren are forced to find new employment shortly. Again, if you'd like to send you're happy comments to this waste of skin, just go to my earlier comment where there's a link to a form to send in your happy missives.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Did want to share an e-mail with you though... it's from someone who's signature designated them as an Assistant to the CFO of a large Canadian telephony company... It's verbatim and I've left the spelling mistakes in...

Dear Sir,

I read your blog and I don't understand why you don't just buy the bus? Why are you hoping to get it for free without any effort or work? Why aks us for money? Just uyse your own.

That was it.

I did send a response... and I'll share it here...

Hello and thanks for your input.

I'd buy the bus, but I currently don't have $20,000.00 to complete the transaction and time is of the essence.

Although we are not nearly in as bad financial straights as when I started this blog almost a year ago, at our present rate personal savings and paying down debts incurred from a previously long spell of unemployment, it would take about six years to be able to save for the purchase. It's a given that within that time, the bus will be either scrapped (it's most likely fate,) or "carved up" to accommodate a roadside attraction or the like making restoration in the future impossible.

To be honest, if this venture fails (and I have given it until December 26th of this year,) in an attempt to show my kids that dreams can come true with work and effort, we have discussed it and we will continue to save and work towards owning a bus through our own sweat... but again, it's a given without a windfall or some help, the bus which has come to mean so much to us will be lost.

I entreat you to read through our FAQ for further information. I have a feeling #8 in the FAQ will be your next questions.

Like anything online, on televisions, on on the radio, we are not demanding your help or attention, we are asking people, if so inclined, to help us and support our dream.

Of course, this is entirely up to the individual...

Other than the traditional "Warmest Regards", that was it.

I gotta admit though... "Why are you hoping to get it for free without any effort or work?"... geez, I'm here... doing pretty much daily updates... trying to entertain and amuse... and also doing a lot of other stuff (see below...) I'd like to at least THINK I'm working towards it... I know I could be doing more, but I am doing what I can while looking after many, many other things... I hope people see that(?)

Space! The Final Frontier!

Well, that's it or THIS WEEK... Things are good at the Didier/Darroch Compound in the West End of Toronto... all are in good health and spirits... and realistically, that's the most important thing...

Don't forget to check out the NEW designs at our Café Press store... Although sales are not going woo-hoo, feedback has been GREAT... and the "kinda generic" BUS design I did is something that seems to be catching people's attention... I expect Taiwanese knock-offs on the streets of Manhattan at any minute.

Thanks again to everyone for their support.

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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 tiny banner 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!

As always, 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 06:38:45 pm, by Email , 150 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Windows Registry Repair

I have had a lot of problems in the past with my PC crashing, running too slow, error codes etc. Lucky the bus man knows a thing or two about computers. ;)

One of the main reasons for highly annoying stuff like the above occurring is a problem with the Windows Registry, apparently it is estimated that 90 percent of all computers can have these issues. Why, you ask? It's because the Windows Registry can get filled with dead programs that were not removed properly, malware, and spyware! You can read more about what a Registery is, and what the signs of a Windows Registry problem are by following the links.

Thankfully you can fix and repair Registry problems. Check out this Registry Cleaner, it's free and will scan, and repair any issues you might have with the Windows Registry.

Cheers!
Sue

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Permalink 11:49:03 am, by Email , 471 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Busly Saturdays

Things Ever So Busly Online!

Ahhh... isn't the online world fun?

Now, I know a whack of people end up here through the good ol' search engines looking for information on double-decker buses... and I've tried to accomodate with some quick answers of my own...

Information about Regent Low Heights...
Double-Decker Myths Busted...
...and even an oft searched question about height is covered in...
Top Eleven Questions That People SEEM To Be Looking For Answers To Here...

That said, I'm not the end-all of be-alls in busly information... and I'd like to HIGHLY recommend three sites for your reading enjoyment if you're a fellow bus-enthusiast!

Space! The Final Frontier!

Ian's Bus Stop

#1: Ian's Bus Stop at http://www.countrybus.org.uk

Ian Smith's exhaustive and beautiful site filled with information, facts, and wonderful photos. In all honesty, this is the best bus site on the net.

Space! The Final Frontier!

RLH Information Centre

#2: The RLH Information Centre at http://www.timebus.co.uk/rlh/

I now, pretty specified... but Regent Low Height buses hold an (obvious) special place with all of us. Ewen Pring has sunk a lot of time and energy and offers amazing information on these rare buses... and also some wonderful images... not to mention, keeping track of where all the survivors are and how they're doing.

Space! The Final Frontier!

British Bus Club

#3: The British Bus Club at http://www.britishbusclub.org/

For owners and enthusiasts in North America, Mark Golding has put a lot of work into his site and group... and it's a wonderful resource.

Space! The Final Frontier!

British Buses Abroad in North America

BONUS: Yahoo! Mailgroup British Buses Abroad in North America

An impressive and well-moderated group of owners, enthusiasts, and haters people with opinions... like all mail groups. This one, however, is very professional and very "on topic"... and is an excellent resource for those with or are interested in British Buses.

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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 tiny banner 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 11:47:53 am, by Email , 333 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Drug Rehabilitation Referral Service

Can you imagine what it must be like to suffer alone, battling with a chemical addiction, or multiple addictions? Maybe you don't have to imagine, maybe you know.

Battling with an addiction to drugs is something I personally have never had to face, but I do know others who have. I think we all do. And thankfully there is help for people, and no one needs ever to suffer alone.

One of the problems people may face when making the decision to obtain help for themselves or their loved ones is not knowing what drug treatment options are available to them.

4Rehabilitation.com is a website that provides a comprehensive listing of drug treatment facilities around the nation. They have an easy to use state by state guide to various drug treatment programs located directly on their main page.

They also offer useful articles on topics of interest such as Addiction,
The Recovery Process, Relapse, and After Care.

Knowing what your options are, and arming yourself with as much information as possible is an important first step for anyone seeking help in my humble opinion. It'd a good thing to know you are not alone.

4Rehabilitation.com can also assist with such considerations as will a program be covered by certain insurance plans or companies. They will help you in finding out if a treatment program will provide the specific medical, and emotional support that you need, and if they are in fact licensed and accredited.

Their service is absolutely confidential, and free to use. You can visit the website or call them directly on their toll-free telephone number: 1-877-84-SOBER

I sincerely hope that by posting this blog entry that someone perhaps not knowing where they can turn to for help will find it and click on the link to the 4Rehabilitation.com website. I was very impressed by the information I found there, and highly reccommend it.

From The Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 11:05:21 am, by Email , 705 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff, Busly Saturdays

Bashed up relic...

Bashed up relic
I'd credit the image above properly... but it was posted to a mail group with only a Flickr address... please click the image to visit...

I know, I've fixated... but I'm angry... Allow me to share this...

From The BBC...

Many Londoners remember fondly (of the Routemaster bus) how they used to hop on and off them and pull the string to ring the bell.

But a Disability Rights Commission spokesman says it is "a bashed-up old relic from a bygone age" and the fact that it is still running on two central London heritage routes is "a disappointment".

[-- Snip! --]

Transport for London calls the 50-year-old model "a design icon synonymous with London" and invites passengers to "take a trip on a London landmark" by using the heritage routes.

Meanwhile, enthusiasts spend thousands of pounds to own one and drive them across Britain to attend rallies.

They hail them as the climax of a series of buses designed in London, for London. Supporters point to their lightness, their new environmentally-friendly engines and their fuel economy compared with later, heavier double-deckers.

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"We've stated to Transport for London that we're not happy about the heritage routes," says Disability Rights Commission spokesman Patrick Edwards.

He stresses that in 2017 it will be illegal to have public transport that is inaccessible and "TfL (Transport for London) are opening themselves to legal action".

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Mr Edwards is not impressed with the argument that many disabled, elderly and frail people may have preferred Routemasters because they had conductors.

That is suggesting that disabled people can only get around London "with the goodwill and behest of a helping hand", he believes.

Mr. Edwards is an idiot in my humble opinion.

People with disabilities (or "special needs" or "alternatively-able" or whatever) are AWARE that the world, sadly, is built for the many, not the few... and they try to work within it to their strengths with minimal help... actually, he eludes to that himself with the comments about the conductors... but isn't this contradictory? Isn't he fighting to end a SMALL number of tourist buses for those who then says don't want help?

I'm confused...

Mr. Edwards believes in superiority, not equality... his "demand" shows he DOES want "special treatment" without regard to anything or anyone else.

I'm sure the image I've posted at the top of the post would make Mr. Edwards very happy.

Pity it makes me a bit sad... and probably many others reading this.

If you'd like to say Hello! and possibly talk to Mr. Edward's organisation and voice your opinion on his missives, click here (opens a new browser) and fill in the form. I welcome anyone to do so... I know I will be doing it.

Oh, and for those interested... There are only two heritage routes... which are heavily serviced by buses capable of wheelchair access. The buses he wants "gone" make up less than 0.05% of the entire London Transport fleet... and are run strictly for tourists.

These routes can be quickly and easily accessed by those not wishing to use a Routemaster... but Mr. Edwards still doesn't like 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.

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 tiny banner 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 11:03:29 am, by Email , 162 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Cosmetic Gynecologic Surgery

To be honest, prior to visiting the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of Atlanta's website I had never heard of the procedure known as labiaplasty before.

Basically, labiaplasty is a viable medical treatment option for women who are in need of labia reduction surgery. There are several reasons why a woman would consider having this procedure done such as poor self-image, and or pain due to restrictive or tight fitting clothing.

The website provides very detailed, and informative information on this, and other procedures of interest to women. I would definitely suggest a visit to any woman who wishes to make an informed choice on her treatment options. Information is provided by experienced surgeons.

You will find this website to be very user friendly, but I do warn that some of the images contained on the website depict before, after surgery shots. Please consider this as mature content.

From The Desk Of Sue

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03/23/07

Permalink 04:39:11 pm, by Email , 766 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Kooky word origins!

Once again today, I leap into the foray using The Best of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader to bring you more bits of trivia and useful shtuff... Today, it's WORD ORIGINS!

I picked six interesting ones... I hope you find it edifying...

Space! The Final Frontier!

#1: Sarcasm: It's from the Greek word sarkazein which means "to tear flesh". Geez, there ARE times when it can seem like this, but this is a bit harsh! I mean, to date, when I've made a witty remark, no one's needed a band-aid... 'cept me, of course, at certain occasions and greatly depending at who's expense the joke was made.

#2: Grotesque: This words comes from the Roman word that described art that was in grottos which was usually very colourful and filled with vibrant images all kinds of flora and fauna. It was a "nice" word originally... but over time, when the grotesque art went out of style, it came to mean "ugly". What's weird is the gross has come to mean this... when it's French for "large"... and as a "large man", I'd like to think that most people don't find me "gross".

#3: Ostrich: The Dictionary of Word Origins calls this, The understatement of the ancient world... it's from the Greek and means "great sparrow". Yup, I'd agree... no one would hopefully mistake an ostrich with a sparrow... although there are some non-prescription drugs that might facilitate such a mistake. Come to think about it, there's some pretty neat prescription drugs that might help too... but we don't here on the ol' blog don't recommend their use.

#4: Amazon: The ancient Greeks (again!) had a legend about a fierce warrior tribe of women who cut off their right breasts to be able to draw their bows easier. Amazon... "A" meaning without... "Mazon" meaning breast. Kinda makes buying books online a little weird now, doesn't it?

#5: Explode: Latin Ex meaning "out" and Plaudo, meaning clap. Apparently, up to the late 17th century, explode literally meant to simply applaud someone off the stage. Nowadays, if someone exploded off the stage, one would assume it was during a Pythonesque play.

#6: Paraphernalia comes from those whacky Greeks again... para meaning "outside" or "besides"... and pherne meaning "dowry". Medieval Rome law stated that when a young woman got married, the dowry would become the property of her husband, but all the other stuff, the "paraphernalia", remained the property of the woman. Hmmm... considering I most hear this word on the news with the word "drug" in front of it, I have to ask Sue about her "private stuff" now! Should I be concerned about a visit from the RCMP???

Space! The Final Frontier!

Well, finding those six led me to other finds... next week... or one following week... I'm going to do origins of familiar phrases. As a sampler...

Space! The Final Frontier!

Give someone the bird: Apparently, there are MANY origins for the act of giving someone the infamous "single-finger salute"... or, for our English fans, the "double-digit inverted Victory sign"... but the one that CAN be gently told here in this family friendly blog is that you are mimicking an angry goose... the way it cranes it's neck, hisses, and pushes it's beak into the air... well, 'cept hopefully you don't hiss and it's your arm/wrist/finger(s)... not your neck as you point your nose up.

...of course, I don't know for sure... perhaps you do do that... well, it would get my attention... and the attention, no doubt, from certain people in the mental health care professionals.

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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 tiny banner 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 04:36:32 pm, by Email , 344 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Tristan's Baby Shower!

In the next few weeks we will be hosting my daughter's best friend's baby shower. I have thought about different gift ideas that would be of good value to her as she is a young first time Mom, and was surfing through the website at BreastPumpsDirect.com looking at various breast pumps.

The one item that I could not have lived without when the youngest was still a baby was my breast pump! So I am considering purchasing one for Lynn, in particular an Ameda Purely Yours Breastpump.

I have not personally used an Ameda Purely Yours Breastpump, but I have heard good things about them through friends. Firstly they are described as ultra hygienic, which to me is the most important thing to consider when making a purchase like this, as I worry about germs, in particular bacteria.

I have also been told that they are light weight, unlike the clunker I used to have to port about, and therefore easy to take along when going places for any length of time. Since Steph told me that Lynn plans to return back to the workforce asap this could be a good solution for her.

The prices listed are highly reasonable as well, something that both Stephanie, and I could easily go in on together. You can click on the link and check them out yourselves. For discount breast pumps they appear to offer really good value for the money spent. I also like the fact that they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their products. This to me demonstrates that BreastPumpsDirect.com really cares about their customers, something as a client support rep I can easily recognise. For instance the fact that they provide live help is a very good thing!

Definitely worth the while to go, and check out this company. I'm going to email the link over to Lynn and her Mom, and if they give the thumbs up to this breast pump then I'd say we've got a winner!

Cheers!
Sue

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Permalink 03:31:01 pm, by Email , 739 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff, Fixing Up The Bus

Now I have an Elvis tune stuck in my head...

Return to Sender

I may have mentioned it before... but the actual ownership as such of the bus we're trying to get ahold of, RLH 3, is... well... not certain.

Here's the breakdown as we understand it...

The "real" owner is a fellow from Roswell, New Mexico... To the best of our knowledge, he's an artist who, at one point, had a gallery... but now seems to have disappeared... it kinda maybe doesn't matter though, because he sold it to two women from Oregon with a connection to a traveling circus.

The two women never legally changed ownership, apparently(?) because it broke down en route to their home in Santa Rosa, California where they left it in a parking lot of a furniture store... basically abandoning it in California... where the owner there told a contact that he was now owner as it had been left there for years and he had not been paid any storage fees... and apparently, in the U.S., ownership of a vehicle (or anything) will eventually fall to it's caretaker after a certain amount of time... and RLH 3 had qualified this needed time by now.

This is where I came in... now, this was when money was VERY tight, so phone calls were not really a reasonable thing, so I wrote letters... basically saying I'd be happy to assume "storage payments" until such time as I might be able to take full ownership. I wrote three of them in total with no answer... and then, a few weeks after the last one...

Elvis Sang

Yup, Elvis sang his tune... "Return to Sender"!

Needless to say, I was worried... I contacted my fellow in Santa Rosa who found out that the furniture fellow had indeed moved... and "given"(?) the bus to yet ANOTHER fellow with a barn who was storing it "indoors" for the furniture fellow... BUT... I was told to negotiate a purchase, I should contact this NEW fellow... better yet, I had an address AND phone number for this chap!

...problem was, he literally moved the week after I got the information... apparently, across the street from the barn which he still "held" with the bus in it.

...better yet, since money was better, I *could* call... and I tried... but that number was not in service... and he's not listed.

Now, I could have asked my contact to negotiate in person, but since I had no money (and really, still don't... I doubt $250.00 would be enough to do much except get them to "hold" it for me for perhaps a few months...) I figured I should hang in there.

The good news about this was that the new fellow (with the barn) asked my contact how much he might expect for the bus... since it isn't working, he was quoted $8,000.00... which is why I know it'll take $20,000.00 to "do the deal".

On a sad note, I also know the fellow has looked into the "price" he could get for the scrap aluminium in the bus... and currently, he still has it in the barn... and is using it as a kinda of garbage skip. On a personal note, that kinda hurts...

So now you know... and now I'm going back to singing "Return To Sender"... and wondering about the fate of the bus... especially if we fail at our mission 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.

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 tiny banner 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 03:29:14 pm, by Email , 384 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Choosing The Best Cell Phone Plan

This year I turned 40, and I can still remember those days when mobile phone meant Maxwell Smart's shoe phone! Sometimes I miss those days! Ha!

Actually I love my cell phone, I can't imagine living life without it, and each of us including all three kids has one. For us having a family plan makes the most sense cost wise, but there are a lot of different plans to choose from.

I reviewed a website earlier today that is a really great online tool, and resource to help consumers compare cell phone plans on the internet. It's handy, because it is a one-stop information loaded source, so there is no need to surf around looking up different plans on individual sites.

Some of the different plans that are listed on the Wirefly resources website include Verizon Wireless, Cingular, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Nextel. Some are more suited to families, others singles, no matter what your own needs, and circumstances it does pay off to compare cell phone plans because you can save yourself quite a bit of money by being on the right plan for you!

The Wirefly resources site also contains a handy wizard that you can use to help determine, which is the best plan for your own personal use, and needs. I tried it out, and it's easy to use. Just start off by putting in your zip code, and they can show you how to save 40 percent on your cell phone bill right away! It's really cool!

Here is another page on the website that I found very helpful called Wireless Basics it is not written in "geek speak" and explains a lot in easy to understand terminology. Something I really appreciated!

Plus now that you can keep your cell phone number it really makes no sense to stay with a plan that does not suit your own lifestyle, and calling needs. Comparing the different plans, and finding the best possible one through this resourceful site is a smart choice, and personally I like to think I'm smart! Well ok...maybe a smarty pants, but I do like to make informed choices when it comes to our money.

Go ahead, and check it out ... and start saving yourself some money!

Cheers!

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Permalink 08:56:02 am, by Email , 373 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

What does it take to get this kookiness out there?

Is it me, or does our whole story just REEK of needing to be a schmaltzy, emotion driven puff piece for newspapers, TV, and radio???

I've often pointed out, we did have one but of press... and it buried us. (Reminder: Don't come a knockin' at Halloween, Toronto Star!)

...but the press releases have yielded poop-all.

I gotta be honest, after the article I read that spurred my Wednesday missive... I almost keep waiting for someone from the BBC to say, Hey! This family's dream is to save an old English bus!

Seems like a natural... at least, to me...

Now, I'm NOT a "fame-hound"... but I do recognise the necessity for exposure... to get more people to stop by... hopefully read about our dream... and perhaps, help.

If you don't know the WHOLE story, I entreat you to check out the whole story (opens a new window... and isn't TOO long... promise!) and see if you agree... or maybe, you don't.

Either way, if you DO agree and know anyone who can help spread the word... PLEASE DO!

We need all the help we can get!

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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 tiny banner 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 08:54:06 am, by Email , 141 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

New Online Dating Community

Today I am reviewing a new online dating community that is geared specifically towards the Black Dating scene.

BlackScene.com is a user friendly, well designed website that allows people to meet in a safe, and secure online environment. It is very easy to use, and there is absolutely no sign up fees. It is free to join.

You can set your own preferences to insure that you are meeting people who will match your own interests, values, and beliefs. You can instant message other users, and browse through their comprehensive listings. They also provide you with a Black Book that you can set up so only certain members of your own choosing can contact you.

Over all I was impressed with this website's services, and would recommend it.

Cheers!
Sue

This is a sponsored post. Our thanks to our sponsors!

03/22/07

Permalink 08:42:20 pm, by Email , 655 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Worry Wart

There is a kind-of strong backlash against sponsored posting within certain elements of the blogsphere... and I kinda understand it... despite being a sponsored-posting kinda guy.

Salesman

Realistically, if you go to a site for information or whatever, the last thing ANYONE wants to do is wade through effectively dozens of commercial postings... it's reminiscent of the old "banner ad sites" of the late 1990's... you'd surf to a site for information and WHAMMO! Five pop-ups, several pop-unders, and sixteen banners to scroll through to get to where you needed to go.

During this time, my voice (like pretty much everyone else's) was raised in anger over this... it was annoying, painful, and just plain rotten.

Well, MOST (not all) of the sites like that quickly died off... especially after the burst of the "Dot-Com" bubble... but now we have sponsored posts on blogs... and the hewn cry is slowly starting to go up again...

I have run several of my websites for now over a decade without advertising or really any income generation... in other words, at a loss... and avoided the pitfalls of banner and text-link ads... because, yes, I believe information should be "free".

...that said...

Sue and I both do sponsored posts here and on our other blogs.

There's two good reasons though...

Most importantly, we're tired of paying bills for sites and efforts that yield zip... in fact, end up costing us money and time. Sure, there's the feeling of satisfaction for a job well done... but on an empty stomach, it's cold comfort.

Secondly, sponsored posts REQUIRE "real posts" (regular content) between them... so unlike banners and text ads, it's impossible to simply have a blog filled with ads. There must be value for your surfing time... and we try VERY hard to give that to you.

Originally, the sponsored posts here WERE supposed to be going to the bus dream... and in a fashion, they are... but since Sue is currently job-searching, the money is adding to my wages to bolster our household finances... and yes, these sponsored posts DO pay.

A Pitch for the Angels

Realistically, it's between using the coin for the dream... or food... food wins right now.

People don't seem to mind the sponsored posts here too much... not as much as other blogs... perhaps because we're so open about it... perhaps because we do offer that "value" for the surfing time... perhaps we're just fortunate enough to have an understanding audience who is rooting for us regardless... I honestly don't know... I have a hunch it's a combination of these things...

...but either way, I'm not going to lie... sponsored posting is a GOOD thing for us... and we will continue to do what we can to ensure it's not TOO intrusive on your surfing here...

...and as always, we appreciate your support.

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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 tiny banner 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 08:39:46 pm, by Email , 213 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Want To Save Some Money?

Do you want to save some extra money on your online purchases? Why not, everybody likes to save some cash, especially me ... :) That is why I like to use promo codes or online coupons towards my purchases whenever I can.

UltimateCoupons.com is an amazing site that provides tons of these promo codes that you can use right at the check out of your online purchases. The following is just a small listing of some of the really cool stores you can save money at:

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Kohls coupons
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Lillian Vernon coupons
$5 off an order of $50 or more through March 31, 2007

Musicians Friend coupons
Free Shipping on orders over $49 when you use PayPal through April 15, 2007

Again, the above is just a tiny sampling of the over 700 stores and services you can save big money with using a site like UltimateCoupons.com

Enjoy!

This is a sponsored post. Our many thanks to our sponsors!


Permalink 11:14:55 am, by Email , 621 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Tony Robbins, George Foreman, Sir Richard Branson, and Donald Trump (sorry, no Rosie O'Donnell I'm aware of...)

Matthew! a friend at work squealed, Are you going to meet Donald Trump this weekend? I bet he could help with your thing to get that bus!

Oddly enough, Mr. Trump's people did not contact me, so no, we don't have a meeting scheduled. Besides, I'm more interested right now on if he plans on having his head shaved at Wrestlemania... or is it like I figger and Vince Macmahon is going to do the Britney look.

Hair vs Hair

Okay, that's not entirely true... I would ask for advice on how to "promote" and "advertise".

Still, strangely, Mr. Trump's folks no-called... not even an e-mail!

Oh, Mr. Trump along with Tony Robbins, George Foreman, and Sir Richard Branson (granted, he's only going to be "live via satellite) will be in Toronto this weekend doing a series of seminars...

In fact, NONE of the gents have contacted me... but I won't take it personally...

In realistically, I 'spose I could go to the seminars... but at one-hundred and thirty bones for a "cheap seat", it's outside my budget of... oh... zero.

Besides, it's been my experience that when "crazies" like us approach well-off folks with questions about how to better our efforts to make our dream come true, you're lucky if you get a wave and a Read my book! comment... and aren't seen as one of the thousands of whackos that attempt to get their attention... and I honestly DON'T know how to get someone like Sir Richard (who I believe would love our whackiness) or Mr. Trump (who, I honestly believe, would at least offer some reasonable advice if he had time,) to actually take six or seven minutes of their day to look at our kooky dream thoroughly... and not immediately see a "get rich quick scheme".

Richard Branson

...hmmm...

I wonder how many other people think the EXACT SAME THING?

...actually, as a HUGE aviation enthusiast myself, I'd love to chat with Sir Richard on a myriad of topics... but again, in reality...

Ach! Truth to tell, the one thing I'm sure of... these busy fellas aren't gonna be available for advice to me... so, to the person at work, no, I won't be speaking to Donald Trump this weekend...

...of course, unless he stays in one of the haunted rooms at his hotel! :)

...THEN he might want my advice!

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On a side note, if Ms. O'Donnell EVER reads this (well, before December 26th, 2007,) I'd be happy with any advice she might have too on how to get the ol' dream out there and promote it!

Heck, I still want to hear from ANYONE with suggestions!!!

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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 tiny banner 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 11:14:53 am, by Email , 170 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, Helping Hand Thursdays

Meeting People Online

Have you tried out Plentyoffish yet? so what do you think of their service? If you are interested in meeting new people online, and making friends you might want to check out JustSayHi.com as a free alternative to other online dating, and meet-up websites.

Yes, JustSayHi.com is absolutely free to use, with no hidden costs to you. In my opinion, it's about time somebody offered a service like theirs. You can check out the listings of different people, compare interests, and meet-up. They have forums, polls, and quizzes, and are a fun, and safe online community in which to participate.

And it is possible to meet nice people online! I have made quite a few dear friends that way. So what are you waiting for? Go check out JustSayHi.com it's free, and you'll never know what you might be missing out onif you don't give them some clicky love ... :)

Cheers!

This is a sponsored post, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors!

Permalink 10:38:12 am, by Email , 699 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Would you believe...

Take this as you will, but I like Dean McDermott and his wife Tori Spelling... probably not for the reasons you'd think...

Tori and Dean

To be TOTALLY honest, I was not a fan of Beverly Hills 90210... I was a fan of Due South...

The reason for my personal fandom, however, is a weird one...

Mr. McDermott and Ms. Spelling live part-time in the ol' hometown here... (that being Toronto...) as this is Mr. McDermott's hometown... and although we've never met, I do know acquaintances of Dean's and have heard NOTHING but nice things... about the couple... yup, both of 'em get good press from friends they have here in Toronto. (Trust me, this is a HUGE rarity!)

Top that off with, as heard through the ol' grapevine, the couple did look through the Torontoghosts site (my baby) and liked it! (Always gains points with me!)

Also, her last foray into television before the couple's latest reality show, So NoTORIous looked like a hoot... and the bits I saw were extremely funny...

The aforementioned reality show, Tori & Dean: Inn Love sounds okay... to be honest, since we don't have cable or satellite TV, we haven't seen it so I can't pass legit judgement, but by the looks of it, it'll be fun. The basic idea is that the two have bought a bed and breakfast (NO, It's not haunted to the best of my knowledge!!!) and the show is about the running of Chateau La Rue... which is what they've named the establishment.

The initial filming was done while Ms. Spelling was VERY pregnant (she has since given birth to a healthy baby boy... Liam... and IF they should read this, Sue and I congratulate them both... and empathise for the newfound lack of sleep...) and I'm sure it was... um... well, for the viewers, it will be interesting. For the two protagonists, I'm sure it had it's ups and downs... hopefully more of the former than the latter.

Anyway, I also had to sympathise (and did so here on the ol' blog) with the passing of her father... when it went down, the gossip rags said things "weren't great"... and I hope that wasn't completely true... the one thing, however, that hit me hard personally was that the "story" was she found out at dinner in Toronto on her Blackberry... and that HAD to be really awful.

...still...

Sounds like everything's coming up roses now... things are goodly... and the Inn sounds like fun... (I hope!)

So, I just wanted to alert those who can to give the show a try! Heck, if you have any comments, feel free to drop 'em into the comments section here on the blog... or consider "asking them" to be "your friend" on their MySpace page.

Oh, and if you should chat with Dean... ask him if...

- Does he import Canadian beer to the inn?
- Does the inn support satellite and therefore Leaf's games?
- Will he be rooting for boring old L.A. because they've got Beckham, or will he be rooting for Toronto FC?

Hey! It's important!

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

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Permalink 10:36:19 am, by Email , 239 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Four! Living By The Golf Course

It's Spring! And what does a young lady's or gentlemen's fancy turn to? Golf of course!!! Well maybe .. :)

I grew up living beside a golf course, and country club. My father (who I seem to be blogging about a lot lately) was an avid golfer, as was my mother, and now my younger sister. For them life could be no more happier then when golfing on a lush green, and because of that I'm dedicating this blog entry to them. It will definitely be of interest to everyone who loves golf, and golfing communities as I will be reviewing a website specific to golf real estate.

GolfCourseParadise.com offers a comprehensive listing of golf course homes, and golfing communities.

The website provides detailed information on each property, along with photos. It is well-designed, and very easy to use! Say you are looking for golf real estate in New York as an example, you just look up the state by state listing on the side-bar, and voilà! You receive current listings of properties that are of interest to you. I told you the site was user friendly!

They also have a section on "Featured Golf Course Communities" so that you can obtain information on what is currently the hottest in golfing homes, and communities. Definitely worthwhile if you are looking to pursue your own dream of purchasing golf real estate.

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Categories: General Shtuff

The Ann Coulter Fan-Club Strikes Back!

You may or may not have noticed that there is an e-mail link to me directly on the side-bar... well, some have noticed it... and one in particular.

On commenting on my Wednesday post of news snippets from last week, one person was most offended that I had the unmitigated gall to question the brilliance of Ms. Ann Coulter, the media pundit.

The person, to be honest, wrote to me Friday night... and I did respond on Saturday... and asked if I could re-print their comments... I received no answer... so since perhaps a few people think I've been a touch unfair, allow me to post a "non-descript" (as dealing with the e-mail comment) response as to why I said those things... that really, were far less venomous than what I truly feel...

I have to look at Ms. Coulter's dating record... no, not to be salacious, but as to whom she's keeping council with... Bill Maher, Bob Guccione Jr., an "unnamed" Democratic Senate staffer...

Now, consider this...

"Liberals love America like O.J. loved Nicole." is a famed Coulter missive... but she dates 'em anyway.

Liberals "...are always accusing us of repressing their speech. I say let's do it. Let's repress them. ... Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the First Amendment." Hmmm... I 'spose unless you're romantically linked to them?

"A central component of liberal hate speech is to make paranoid accusations based on their own neurotic impulses, such as calling Republicans angry, hate-filled, and mean."... and with such issues, sharing a dinner and drinks after is cool.

Hmmm...

Also, I gotta be honest with you...

I also look at Ann Coulter like I look at rush-hour drivers... if those who are caught in the traffic gridlocks were like they are in their cars 24x7, they'd be arrested... or at least, sent to psychiatric counselling.

The difference is, the drivers get out of their cars, the urge to kill and maim dissipates, and they lead normal lives.

Those saying that Ann Coulter "speaks what's on the mind of most Republicans" (yeah, I know... I said I wasn't going to quote the e-mail,) is like saying the road-raged drivers are really homicidal maniacs who'd snap your neck like a toothpick if political correctness wasn't holding them back.

Quite frankly, if this is true, I'm certainly GLAD it's being held back... I like my neck unbroken.

For this next part, I'm afraid I'm going to have to be a touch unpleasant... in all honesty, if you're like me and have a bad constitution for being upset or sad over things, you may wish to skip the blog for today... I need to punch home a point with a very sad image...

That said...

Another of Coulter's comments...

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

I can't help but wonder if Ms. Coulter saw the photo below...

Sad Statement

How can you say you love your country and make light of a horrible event like the Oklahoma City bombing? How can you look at the photo of a firefighter with the deceased infant... a victim of the blast... and make a statement like that?

You're telling me this wonderfully educated and witty person couldn't make a better comment?

Now, if this was a "one-off", I might be more lenient... but...

About the 911 Widows... "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them... I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much... the Democrat ratpack gals endorsed John Kerry for president... cutting campaign commercials... how do we know their husbands weren't planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy."

Please tell me that the VAST majority of American Republicans also find fault with this statement.

I mean, you can dislike their politics, but to take a swipe like this?

This is reminds me very much of a couple of Canadian Conservative party foul-ups... that ended up costing them support.

One was way back (1993) when they released a television commercial mocking then Liberal leader Jean Chretien's face, asking if people trusted it... focusing on the fact that Mr. Chretien has partial paralysis on the left side of his face after a bout of Bell's palsy.

Chretien Ad Still Photo
Above is an actual still from the ad in question...

The ad, meant to "mock" the leader, only made Canadians seethe with anger over what amounted to a bully making fun of the disability of another kid in the school yard.

Another wonderful "ad campaign" in Canada was a Conservative press release prior to the election that started off with the headline "Paul Martin Supports Child Pornography". This was MEANT to say that the Conservatives wanted to bring in tougher laws on child pornography if elected... but in the process, seemingly made then Liberal leader and prime minister out to be a child porn dealer. An accusation that didn't sit well with pretty much anyone on either side... except the nitwit that wrote it and now (minority) prime minister and leader of the Tory party, Stephen Harper.

The "remark" was eventually retracted by the Tories (Conservatives), but it did cost them votes... they are a minority government.

Don't even get me started on the "evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet" comment from ousted Ontario premier Ernie Eves about now super-popular Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty during the last election. It's said that comment, and his unwillingness to apologise for it, cost him the election... I'd say there's about a 15% truth to that...

There are many such situations in politics... all around the world...

...but Ann Coulter is a walking, breathing, "thinking"(?) dynamo of these little bombs... and THINK ABOUT IT...

Look at the picture above... think about grieving widows... think about what she says...

Is she helping the Republican cause? Has her wisdom swung any voters over? Has her verbiage gained any support...?

Or has her outrageous, borderline obscene commentary hurt the cause?

Both Rudy Giuliani and John McCain feel she's hurting the cause... what does that tell you?

I am not an American... and I do not TRULY feel that I am either politically "left-leaning" or "right-leaning"... both have their good points, and their bad points... but I am a human being... and I know a rude, mean, unthinking, uncaring, stupid person who shoots out comments without a thought of who they effect or how they may be received...?

I'm not one for ABSOLUTE political correctness, but even before the term was developed, most people knew that you didn't mock widows, dead infants, or horrible losses of life... it was something else back then... it was called decency... and yet, this wisdom seems to have bypassed Ms. Coulter.

So, all this said, I stick to my point... either she's the worst thing to ever try to help the Republican cause in America (...and with her kind of help, who needs Democrats!)... or she's an amazing and brave plant set to do horrendous damage by the Libertarians.

This is where I must end it... as there's no doubt her prime agenda is selling books and making money on speaking tours... she is a media person... and there is no such thing as bad publicity for those types... so I'm done drawing attention to her.

WHEN she sticks her foot back in her mouth again, if anyone asks, I'm just pointing to this post... 'cuz I'm through with giving any spotlight to someone who is either a horridly stupid woman... or a brilliant sabotage artist working from the almost-inside...

...and I still can't really tell which she is.

I do know this much... if she is a comedian, she ain't funny. If she's a true political pundit, she ain't helping her cause...

That's enough to wish she would go away and shut the hell up.

...and what's scary is I know the leaders of the party she reports to venerate agree with me...

Question: If 90% of the party you support and 100% of the current leadership hopefuls don't like you and want you to clam-up... and your occupation and (supposed) passion are helping these folks... where does that leave you... and more importantly, why?

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Ann Coulture on McCarhyism...

"The myth of 'McCarthyism' is the greatest Orwellian fraud of our times. Liberals are fanatical liars, then as now. The portrayal of Sen. Joe McCarthy as a wild-eyed demagogue destroying innocent lives is sheer liberal hobgoblinism. Liberals weren't hiding under the bed during the McCarthy era. They were systematically undermining the nation's ability to defend itself, while waging a bellicose campaign of lies to blacken McCarthy's name."

Click here to read the names of those people who, apparently, were really awful and needed to go in Ms. Coulter's opinion.

Above is a flyer for one of the much maligned (according to Coulter) pro-Senator McCarthy organizations.

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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 tiny banner 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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Permalink 09:51:31 am, by Email , 255 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Getting Help For Chemical Addictions

I find it highly appropriate that I will be blogging today about help in seeking drug rehab, and treatment centres. Today, is our "Helping Hand Thursday" and the issue of chemical dependency, and addiction is near, and dear to my heart.

My father as many of our regular readers know was a brilliant scientist, and loved by all he met throughout his life. However, throughout a good portion of his life he suffered with chemical addictions. He did seek help, through a drug rehab program, and in the last years of his life was sober, and free of his personal demons.

While it is difficult to write about a loved one in such a light, I think it's important, and after treatment he was very open, and candid about his own battles, so I believe he would approve of my doing so.

There is NEVER any shame in seeking help!

If you or someone you know is in need of help, please check out this free online drug rehab program referral service. They are highly informative, and can put you in touch with the right people to help you or your loved one overcome a chemical addiction, permanently. You can even call them through their toll-free number, there is absolutely no cost to you in doing so.

And yes, as stated above I know for a fact in can be done, people can break free of addictions.

There is no need to ever suffer alone.

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03/21/07

Wednesday Snippets... well, today, Wednesday Snippet

...singular today... because one item ticked me off that much.

Oh, don't get me wrong, between a HUGE hunk of gold being stolen from a museum in Japan (and you gotta wonder about the staff there...) and a poor deceased woman in economy being bumped to first-class post-mortem... and the poor bugger in first-class who got to sit beside the dead lady, there was MUCH fodder for me... man, I must have had fifteen bloody stories to mock...er... make comments about.

...but then, yesterday morning... I read this...

From The BBC...

London icon or 'bashed-up relic'?

More than 50 years since they appeared on London's streets, the Routemasters are still running - but not everyone is delighted.

The veteran vehicle with its curvy design and its open platform has been called "the last bus to be a proper bus".

Many Londoners remember fondly how they used to hop on and off them and pull the string to ring the bell.

But a Disability Rights Commission spokesman says it is "a bashed-up old relic from a bygone age" and the fact that it is still running on two central London heritage routes is "a disappointment".

Bashed-up Icon

Okay... let's work with this.

Now, obviously I'm very fond of the older, platform-loading buses... but allow me to stand back and be a little more neutral.

"...a bashed-up old relic from a bygone age..."

So, let's get rid of it, right?

Makes sense.

Despite being an icon synonymous with London, these old buses are NOT good for those with handicaps... and that's bad... so yeah, they gotta go.

Let's look at some other things...

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral... it's old. That, and there are many areas at the venerable old church that are not fully accessible... tear it down.

Tower of London? Well, it's an ANCIENT relic of a LONG bygone era! There are MANY places that people in wheelchairs and even those on canes or crutches cannot see... it must be bulldozed.

...I could go on...

Yesterday, I whined about Ann Coulter... and her not understanding the difference between being politically correct and being simply decent...

I said that mocking tragedies, widows, people of different ethnic or sexual orientation was NOT breaking away from being politically correct... it was throwing away common decency.

Well, it goes both ways...

Here we have a TRUE icon... something everyone understands and sees as part of a vibrant tourist city... BUT... because it's not available to all, we must get rid of it... and over fifty-years of heritage and tradition... that hasn't hurt or bothered anyone EXCEPT YOU.

Think about that...

Are the lonely precious few buses running only a small amount of routes hurting you THAT MUCH that it's worth destroying an icon? Is your life THAT much more miserable?

As someone who has a minor injury that has incapacitated myself to crutches on several occasions... often for weeks at a time, and I do something that perhaps you haven't considered... I adjust my path to accommodate my needs... I DO NOT EXPECT OTHERS TO ACCOMODATE ME.

Sure, I don't want to be treated worse... and when possible (KEY WORDS, WHEN POSSIBLE!) I appreciate it when people do help me... but I'm not going to DEMAND massive (or even minor) changes to ACCOMODATE ME...

I mean, my knee literally locks... and has done so just before a mandatory visit to a War of 1812 fort... I didn't DEMAND the removal of the blockhouses (as they're two-stories and only have stairs)... I didn't say, "If I can't enjoy it, NO ONE CAN!" I sucked it up, and worked WITHIN my limitations.

Isn't that what being "ABLE" is all about? Finding one's OWN WAY and STRENGTHS?

I must have missed it when it also included ...finding one's own way by removing other people's things 'cuz they don't measure up to one's own specifications.

That's not equality... that's a BAD and STUPID attempt at "superiority".

To this spokesman... I say this... If you press forward with your stupidity... and that is what it is... I will press forward in mocking you VERY publicly with demands for the destruction of ALL historic buildings and vehicles that are not handi-capable with websites, press releases, and anything else I can do from THIS side of the pond... and I will ensure EVERYONE knows WHY I'm doing it. Hey, I'll tell the media people, I'm on THEIR side! I want to make EVERYTHING handi-capable... and eliminate EVERYTHING that isn't!

Yup, I'm calling you out...

So think, moron... are you being fair to EVERYONE... or just yourself and your group?

...and if the latter, then aren't you as bad as the people you're grumpy with?

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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 tiny banner 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 10:40:01 am, by Email , 182 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

The World Needs To Go WIFI

Yes, wifi technology in my opinion will eventually bring the world greater knowledge, information, and through those a better understanding of all other peoples, and cultures throughout the world. I don't think a week goes by (ask the bus man) that I am not talking about wifi being the great saviour of this planet. What can I say, I am a futurist, a visionary, and an information, techno junkie ... :)

Now with the above said, have you checked out Cisco for wireless products, and services yet? or a detailed explanations of the benefits of going wireless check out the Cisco Unified Wireless Network Overview. I found it to be highly detailed, and informative, something that greatly appeals to me as a consumer.

You may not believe me when I say wifi is going to change the world for the better in ways we haven't even imagined yet. And that's ok, because you are entitled to your opinion, just don't blame for saying, "I told you so" in about 10 years time.

Cheers!

Sue

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Permalink 10:04:02 am, by Email , 541 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Blog vs. MySpace vs. FaceBook

I've got one... you're reading it... I have the other... it's kinda handy... and I don't want the last one.

Of course, a "weblog", as I see it, tends to be the more interesting of the lot. It's a mostly "verbiage" thing... requiring writing skills and only a touch of graphic and layout ability. Bloggers tend to be commentators, diarists, authors, and general writers. The power is within words with few exceptions. I think this is why real bloggers get ticked off with those who do nothing but stock photos (although art photos do pass muster), embedded videos, and the most heinous of all things, auto-playing music.

MySpace is more... sensory. It tends to be more graphic and layout oriented. It's more like "private billboards" for people. Once the home for high-school and junior high-school kids, it's now more for people to "pimp" themselves with effectively ads and promotional verbiage. It does have "blog" capabilities, but they're a secondary feature really... The dreaded auto-play music and embedded videos are not only accepted there, but encouraged! We have one, and lately I've revamped it... but it's not really a true "traffic builder" for this which is truly the baby... and most of the teens and preteens seem to prefer...

FaceBook is the relatively new kid on the block... and the domain of the "younger/hipper" crowd. It's very much like MySpace... with a cleaner interface... and is much more geared to "chats" and "messenging" than anything else. Sue refers to it as a "stalking tool". Like MySpace, it has "blog capabilities", but most people use it to "poke" friends (try to get their attention) and swap messages.

Now, call me a purist... or old fashioned... but I'm still relatively new to blogging... so although I did set up the MySpace on a lark, I'll stick to the old, clunky, text-driven stuff here on One Old Green Bus... but hey, if you're interested in that "public personal billboard", you may wish to check out FaceBook and MySpace... and remember, according to the young folks at my office, MySpace is sooooo 2004 or 2005... FaceBook is their fave toy now.

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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.

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Permalink 10:03:09 am, by Email , 160 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

The Kingdom of Spain

The Kingdom of Spain as it is officially called is one of the most beautiful and historically rich countries in all of Southern Europe. I admit that Spain has always intrigued me both as a historian, and as an adventurer!

Aida, my former sister-in-law now lives permanently in Spain, and for that in many ways I do envy her. Properties in Catalonia are ideal to my own tastes with their proximity to the beaches, just click on the link to view them.

Aside from the beaches (hey I am a beach bum at heart) this area combines my other great love with fun in the sun, and that is it's history. Can you imagine staying in one of Catalonia's old heritage townhouses? I would be in heaven!

Is it any wonder why this region of Spain is one of the hottest tourist destinations with almost 12 million tourists every year!

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Permalink 09:30:00 am, by Email , 667 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings, Day Tripping & Travel

Transit Tips from a Veteran

Seems odd that a blog (and sites) so "bus-centric" would not have touched on this, but as a DAILY commuter through the horrid city-streets of Toronto, allow me to share the BEST ways to make a trip better when stuck on public transit...

Space! The Final Frontier!

#1: Have a small bag or backpack.

You WILL need someplace to store things... and pockets, in a crowded environment can be tricky to get into without accosting or molesting those around you. JUST REMEMBER, if you're wearing a pack, TAKE IT OFF before entering a vehicle.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#2: Carry two or three pieces of reading material.

I try to have a novel or "long book", something like "bathroom reading" (short-chapters book), and a periodical.

Let's face it, the periodical is the first to go... but it's usually too short for the full trip... so that's why you have the backup. Having the option to immerse yourself into a book OR simply glean some quick info or entertainment is a good idea too... it allows a variety.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#3: Never underestimate the power of a decent portable music player.

An iPod or MP3 player is best... because then you can also download spoken-word/talk programs... if it's too crowded, it's nice to be entertained without trying to have a book in front of you.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#4: If traveling alone at night, ENSURE you have a book and a portable music thingy...

Even the worst elements in our society have been trained in schools and public libraries... and as a rule (not always, but most times,) will leave someone alone if they're plugged into headphones and reading. Even if there's no sound going through them, headphones will help avoid people that WANT to talk to you for any reason.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#5: Consider crosswords or soduku... but...

It takes more space in a vehicle to have a book on a lap or some other "writing" (HAHAHA!) surface and be using a pen. Unless you're assured of a seat with space, have backup to entertain yourself.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#6: Avoid laptops and food...

Wanna tick people off? Try to eat a meal on a bus or subway... or crack open a nice big laptop and take up an extra person's space while you work.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#7: Seats are for people...

Wanna possibly get beaten or at least, tick off everyone around you to the point of having them plot your death? Plunk your bag on the empty seat in a busy bus or train. Last time I was in London, I watched an ignorant woman do this... and when she was asked to remove the bag and ignored the request, had her shopping sat on by the person asking for a seat. The crowd on the bus CHEERED.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#8: Block the doors on and off... and die.

Yup, now-a-days in Toronto, people DON'T care about what you think... if you block the doors, chances are you'll be body-checked HARD for your stupidity.

Space! The Final Frontier!

There, some handy tips...

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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 tiny banner 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 09:29:51 am, by Email , 128 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Saving Money With Pingo!

Do you make a lot of long distance or international calls? If so, you'll want to check out Pingo's International calling card service as they can save you a ton of money! Pingo is already a well known and trusted company in providing phone cards, but right now you can get up to four free hours of calls just for signing up or linking directly to them!

And check out these rates on, Canadian phone cards, United Kingdom calling cards, and for my Polish friends, Poland calling card rates. they truly are global with calling cards, for anywhere in the world if you check out their listings!

Go check out Pingo, save some money, and happy calling! ... :)

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03/20/07

Permalink 10:36:30 am, by Email , 387 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

Regent Low Heights in California Update...

RLH 53, RLH 69, RLH 71

Ewen Pring at the RLH Information Centre has pictures of the three Regent Low Height buses that were formerly in Murrieta, California which are now en route to their new owner in Portland, Oregon.

There was a newspaper article about them that I've mirrored here - opens new browser.)

All three are newer buses than our RLH 3... and hopefully have found a good home there in the Pacific North West.

For those wondering, the three now in Oregon are RLH 53, RLH 69, and RLH 71.

We here at One Old Green Bus wish the new owners much joy with their wonderful new acquisitions!

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Y'know, on a semi-related note... If you were to ask me what one of my bigger fears is... and it's an entire probability... it's to go to Ewen's site and find that RLH 3 has been scrapped or sold for parts... or to be gutted and used as a roadside attraction.

Let's not kid ourselves here, it's a likely probability as time goes on...

I don't think this will be the fate of RLH 53, RLH 69, or RLH 71... call it a hunch, but I bet they're going to work as tour buses.

I don't know for sure... but my gut tells me that.

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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 tiny banner 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 10:33:44 am, by Email , 185 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

We Are Going To England!!!!

Yes, Matthew, and I will be going to England in 2009!!!! And we are both very excited, not only to visit the historical sites of which there are oodles, but also to connect with some old, and new friends!

While 2009 may seem like a long way away it is never to early to begin planning a visit to the United Kingdom. One of the places we'd like to visit is Cornwall, and perhaps book one of the holiday cottages Cornwall has to offer.

Just check out some of the gorgeous photos on the Holiday Cottages UK website of Bodmin. And yes, I'll be looking for the wee "Beastie of Bodmin Moor"...:)

Holiday Cottages UK has been online for several years, and have a trusted reputation for booking cottages throughout the UK.

I am just so excited, as Matthew can tell you I have a map with all the places I want to visit marked. And of course the double-decker bus routes I aim to take.

From The Can You Tell I'm An Anglophile Desk Of Sue

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03/19/07

Permalink 03:56:07 pm, by Email , 1561 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Grumptacular Monday: What NOT to do and feel good about...

This is not aimed at everyone...

Protest!

Folks, here's a pop-quiz for everyone...

Who deserves respect more...

Space! The Final Frontier!

Part One

[ ] The protester with the sign marching for their cause and screaming at the news cameras?

[ ] The person who goes "hands on" and runs within a system to institute a change?

Space! The Final Frontier!

Part Two

[ ] The crowd that goes in front of "X" building to complain loudly about what "X" is doing?

[ ] The person that drafts a resolution, manages to get into a government office and voice that resolution, and manages to make a real change within the body of government, religion, education, or industry?

Space! The Final Frontier!

Part Three

[ ] The person that jumps up and down and screams 'NO MORE' to "X"?

[ ] The person that finds a way to supplant "X" so that it is unnecessary without hurting the current path that "X" either fills or created.

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

Now, I'm stealing a bit of Sue's thunder... as I know she's going to do a post LIKE this on a specific group... possibly groups... but this rant is to ARMCHAIR QUARTERBACKS.

What are those? Well, they're folks who watch football on TV and scream at the screen that they could do better or they are much wiser than the quarterback they're watching.

If this is true, why are they on a couch and the person they're screaming at or about on the field?

If this is truly a case of that they ARE better or smarter, perhaps they should... oh, I dunno... GET OFF THEIR BUTTS AND DO SOMETHING?

This goes other ways too...

Space! The Final Frontier!

I'm going to protest against nuclear power!

Great! What do you suggest we do if we do away with nuclear energy? Will YOU do without your TV, microwave, and computer?

...oh, didn't think of that, eh?

Did you bother to find out that nuclear power is one of the safest and most environmentally sound ways to make electricity compared to everything else... save wind farms and people protest those too because of noise and bird-strikes? Did you know that nuclear energy was one of the things that fractured the leadership of Greenpeace in Canada because SOME realised that it was better than anything we had... and the rest, mistaking "nuclear energy" for "atomic weaponry" decided to protest it?

...oh, again, didn't think or read about that.

Realistically, do you know how nuclear power is created... and what the alternatives are for it... and what they're pros and cons are?

Space! The Final Frontier!

Stop creating green-house gasses!

Hey, I'm on YOUR side on this... but what have you done to help aside from saying these words? Do you ONLY use public transport? Do you go out of your way to save a LOT electricity?

...have you come up with VIABLE ways for other's to do the same?

We can all cut down, sure, and I believe in the long run we will have to... but as opposed to saying "STOP", shouldn't you offer VIABLE alternatives?

Space! The Final Frontier!

Stop animal testing NOW!

Hey, I'm on side again... cosmetic and "household product" testing is completely unnecessary... but what about medicines?

One of the "higher-ups" in that group of hypocrites called PETA is diabetic... she needs insulin to stay alive... a drug founded with testing on dogs. Her "excuse" is that HER life is worth more than even YOURS because she's now SAVING more animal lives...

I want you to think of something... imagine this...

You're in a hospital... the person you love the most is suffering from a rare illness... and it COULD have been stopped, treated, or otherwise controlled with the tests a university was carrying out... but they were shut down by animal activists.

You cool with that?

Don't lie... think hard... could you look at your girlfriend/boyfriend, wife/husband... or child... and let them die...

It is my sincerest wish that we didn't have to test on animals... and I'd like to see stricter controls on the tests that are done... perhaps by a governing body of some sort to ensure they are necessary and done with as little pain to the animal as possible...

...but I've never been stupid enough to say it should stop now.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Help the homeless! End poverty!

Great! How much did you give of your paycheque or allowance to help? When was the last time you volunteered to feed the homeless? Heck, have you ever just made up sandwiches or the like and went downtown to give them out to those that are hungry?

...or did you just march with the lemmings... sit in a "squat"... hoping to be on TV...

...or did you put up a sign in your locker...

...or did you just say this to friends?

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?!

In my eyes, you can have an OPINION on things without being involved, but you DON'T get to be militant about that opinion until you've been PROactive... not REactive.

If you want the world to change, change YOUR part of it... do what YOU can... don't simply shout and stamp your little feet and say it's wrong!... there's little difference between that and the average two-year old's temper-tantrum.

You want something to "stop"? What have you done to put in an acceptable replacement? What are the alternatives that are reasonable?

Space! The Final Frontier!

Example of the above that I've made elsewhere on this blog...

A lab technician in Japan a decade ago figured out how to take ONE rabbit's eye and create viable cultures for testing... one eye ended up being good for literally hundreds of tests... thus sparing thousands (and by now, millions) of rabbits used for testing.

THAT'S GOOD WORK.

He didn't do it because some idiots had a gun to his head or were threatening to blow up his lab... he did it because, yes, it's cheaper... and because he figured it out... he came up with a viable alternative... and now, many eye remedies and medications... and even surgeries are possible and safe...

It's not perfect... they still need the "donor eye"... but like I said, it's a start... and a good one...

...and in my eyes, this nameless tech deserves an award.

Space! The Final Frontier!

More and more, I see people "screaming" about this or that... and kids who's only reason for protesting REALLY comes down to a "mob attitude" and the chance of being on TV looking like they give a real rat's butt...

...but what have they ACTUALLY done?

Have they really "shined a light" on anything? Have they made any real changes?

...usually not.

Real change can only be affected from the inside... and only if it's a viable solution to all.

Protesters did NOT end the American conflict in Vietnam... money did... and politicians, who were not still under the "Victory or Death" thoughts of previous wars did.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Sure, politicians (to a degree) will listen to vox populi because their phoney-baloney jobs depend on everyone going out to vote for them... but do you think that simply jumping up and down screaming makes decisions for them... or do you think they might react different if you brought them a signed petition from EVERYONE in their riding/area of governance/who could be voting for them instead?

...and again, should simply be telling them to stop something be enough... or should a proposal with a viable alternative be brought to the fore happen as well?

Space! The Final Frontier!

To finish what I'm saying...

If you wish to complain... and complain LOUDLY... do something more than complain (be that public complaining or private.)

Find answers, not just anger...

To do otherwise is tantamount to complaining your nose is running... but not bothering to fetch a tissue.

DO SOMETHING, present answers, and only then, will you have my full attention.

Otherwise, stay on your couch... and shut the hell up.

Space! The Final Frontier!

In a grander... okay, not-as-grand kinda way, that's what this blog and what I'm doing here is about... I could have given up... said this was "silly"... not tried... or I could have bitched, whined, and only begged for help... but it's here... I'm being proactive about it... I'm doing SOMETHING...

...and, in the past, I've ALWAYS tried to "do something" and/or learn about my "causes"... not simply picked up on a "party line"...

I wish more people would do that... and not simply be an armchair quarterback.

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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 tiny banner 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 03:52:50 pm, by Email , 180 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Software website provides free downloads

File this entry under the free is good category! I've been checking out a software website that provides free Norton AntiVirus downloads, and wanted to share it with you our regular readers. If your not already running Norton AntiVirus this is a terrific opportunity to try it out, check out the reviews on it by clicking here.

I liked what PC Magazine had to say, "remains our top choice for virus protection, and the new Internet Worm Protection feature gives added security to those not using a firewall." And I personally agree, because since using this program I've never had any problems or issues as the result of viruses.

If you want to get an idea as to how easy this program is to run, take a look at the Norton AntiVirus screen shots.

Believe me, running a good antivirus software program, buys a lot of peace of mind, and can save a lot of money, and time in having to bring the computer to the repair shop!

Cheers!
Sue

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Permalink 02:10:01 pm, by Email , 334 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

I have been a busy, busy, busy little graphic-creating bee!

Short post today... being Monday and all, that's probably for the best.

Bus Swag

This weekend, I was a GRAPHIC CREATING FOOL and completely re-vamped our Cafe Press store!

Yup, ALL NEW BUSLY SWAG is now available... and if I do say so myself, some of it is really quite good!

Bus Swag

Heck, I'd buy it!

Actually, considering it's Cafe Press, I'll HAVE to buy it!

Bus Swag

Still, have a "boo"... Busly Swag helps make our dream come true! (...and get's you some hot wearables too!)

Bus Swag

Be the ENVY of all your friends! Be the FIRST kid on your block to own a BUS shirt! Marvel at my rudo-geek shirt!

Bus Swag

...and if you have time, check out the work I did for the PSICAN group stuff as well (where all sales profits go to helping us grab some boss equipment!) Click here to see the fun stuff I whipped up there too!

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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 tiny banner 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 02:08:50 pm, by Email , 183 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Mold is gross....

Mold is gross, it's unsightly, and awful, and in my case dangerous. Mold is my own kryptonite, as throughout most of my adult life I have been highly allergic to it! My symptoms to mold exposure include severe breathing difficulty so I am very aware and careful of any mold I could potentially come into contact with.

I was checking out this New Jersey Mold Removal website, and became highly intrigued when I learned that they actually utilise dogs within their own mold detection services! This was a first for me, but it does make perfect sense considering the highly advanced odor detecting abilities of dogs.

These specially trained NJ Mold Inspector dogs, can detect the nasty stuff hidden in walls without the need of having to tear down the wall first. You can read more about these mold detecting dogs through the links provided on this entry.

I always knew dogs were my best friend, never realised that they could potentially save my life where my mold allergies are concerned though. Cool!

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Permalink 01:14:38 pm, by Email , 1223 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Mea Culpa...

BlogTalkers!

This week's question...

What do you feel most guilty about?

Ergh.

Y'know, this may seem whacko (all things considered,) but I'm actually rather a private person... at least, when it comes to certain things... and admissions are one of them.

This is not to say I try to sweep shortcomings under the rug, far from it, but what I'm about to "share" here is not even shared with my wife... and it truly is what I'm most guilty about...

Not too long ago, there was a large amount of whispering in Toronto (and Canada) when it was discovered that the average salary of a working person here is about $38,010.00 (which is actually a little more than I make currently...) and the average Canadian CEO's salary is $9 million.

I was listening to the radio when these stats came out... and the fellow (Lou Schizas) doing the business report said, and I paraphrase as I don't remember the EXACT quote...

"We shouldn't complain about the differences in wages. Most of us made a choice long ago... we like time off, we decided to raise a family, we only work about eight-hours a day... CEOs decided to give up everything for work and earn that money."

My late father was an insurance executive... more often than not, with the title "President" behind his name... and as an adult, I often kinda cursed him for not being around enough... and yes, dying at age fifty after literally working himself into the ground. As an adult(?) myself, I could really use his council.

...then I heard the statement above...

...then I thought of our own problems with money... and even, yes, this dream...

My guilt? Am I doing TRULY all I can to make my family comfortable?

My dad did... and much as it took a statistic followed by a bit of news commentary to figure it out, I do believe this is why he worked himself to death.

Do I have the right to be here literally begging for help for our kooky dream, or should I be working twenty-four-seven not only toward it, but to all our other wants and needs?

Basically, despite being away from home about ten-hours per day, Monday through Friday, doing a job that I have yet to not break a (literal) sweat each day doing... am I doing enough?

Should I be "networking" more? Should I give up certain bits of family and private life right now to concentrate on my career and earning the money we not only need, but the money we want?

...granted, this is nullified somewhat by me learning from the example of my father... I really don't see the point of working oneself to the point where they don't get to see the fruits of their labours... and lose out on getting to spend the twilight years with their family... but surely there's a "medium" of sorts... a Seventy-Five Per-Cent Solution...

...basically me giving that extra twenty-five per-cent... ceasing a quarter of my "other" activities to gain the momentum to make the big leaps... or relatively big leaps...

...but then comes the working day... and at the end of it, I yearn for home and family... and I can't fathom being away... or working through a weekend where I could be with Sue, the kidollo and the puppies...

...and I feel guilty about that.

Okay, you can get mad at me know for what I'm about to say, but I really do feel VERY much like I'm far more intelligent, creative, genuinely concerned for the inner-workings of the company I work for than I'd say about 90% of the people who are in my office... and my I.Q. is actually much higher than average... and I passed the MENSA exam* (but never bothered to get a membership... mostly because I don't really believe MENSA is an accurate group of "intellectualati" as they bill themselves... but that's another post...)

* - A friend took the exam so, on a lark, so did I... she didn't pass, but I did... and she wanted to be a member... and I didn't... Kinda funny, that...

Overall, however, and MENSA aside... am I being lazy at the expense of my family?

Heck, considering what this site and blog are about, am I being lazy at YOUR expense?

Part of me ALWAYS thinks yes.

...and therein lies the guilt.

Every time I think about our dream of this bus... every time we have to tell our little one no to some purchase she wants to make... every time we're worried about our home due to the fact we're renting and have to be concerned with other tenants or rent because we don't own a home...

...I feel guilty.

To be honest, with our goals here and what I'm doing here and how I'm doing it, I don't feel too bad... you folks are getting the best of what I have time and energy to do... and I'm TRYING to provide "value" for your time being here... and even toward the help we get...

...but what about the rest?

...and if I looked after the rest, wouldn't THIS dream kinda be a cake-walk without help?

I work (my regular job) until I'm exhausted... I work at home as I can... I do work sometimes until the wee hours with this...

...but somehow, I always feel there should be more that I could be doing... and I do begrudge going to bed or snuggling on the couch with my wife... when obviously I should be doing something.

...and then I feel guilty for feeling guilty about that... and how there IS an unwritten duty to ensure that I give of myself to my family too...

...but am I giving my all? Should I not be simply tired, but completely exhausted? Shouldn't the point be to absolutely work until there's nothing left to work for? Shouldn't I give my all until...?

...then I remember burying my father.

...then I wonder about the seventy-five per-cent solution...

...then it starts all over again in a vicious cycle of feeling rotten about things.

What do I feel most guilty about? That I'm not doing everything I can... and other's are hurting because I'm not.

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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 tiny banner 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 12:21:44 pm, by Email , 222 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Ever Wonder Who The Heroes Are?

Ever wonder who the real heroes are when a disaster strikes? Who are those men, and women that dedicate their own lives to saving the lives of others? I do. Today I'm going to tell you a little bit about an air ambulance service that has saved countless lives, both nationally, and internationally.

AeroCare provides the very best in 24 hour emergency and non-emergency air ambulance services world wide through it's highly trained medical personnel. As an aviation enthusiast I also checked out their fleet and can tell you their aircraft are perfectly suited to varying types of patient need, and circumstances.

I was also quite curious about AeroCare staff and was highly interested, and personally delighted to learn that Dr. Marshall their medical director is a woman, as most of you know at one time it was my goal to become a physician.

The combination of my interest in medicine, and aviation enthusiasm made surfing through the highly informative AeroCare website a real treat for me!

If you've ever wondered who the heroes are, check out AeroCare, for the very best in air ambulance services! There is a convenient form on their website for online quotes or you can call their Flight Coordination Center through toll-free numbers also listed on the website.

This is a sponsored posting. Our thanks to our sponsors!

03/18/07

Permalink 07:00:00 am, by Email , 627 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: The Ability To Laugh

Blog yer Blessings

Laughter is the best medicine.

To quote a good line in Wikipedia...

While it is normally only considered cliché that "laughter is the best medicine," specific medical theories attribute improved health, increased life expectancy, and overall improved well-being, to laughter.

Realistically, who doubts this? It's difficult to feel symptoms of almost anything if one is laughing... and the medical feeling is laughing releases the necessary chemicals to tell the body all is well... thus relieving stress and therefore, the tension that may lead to certain illnesses.

...but physical health benefits aside, the psychological affects are even more evident.

One of my favourite movie lines ever spoken is from a rather... um... well... not-a-great-film-but movie called Uncommon Valor where a munitions expert is giving a "class" in explosives and landmines... his line...

Most human problems can be solved by an appropriate charge of high explosive.

Now, when you think about that, it's true.

More importantly, however, it's funny...

...and funny beats angry every time... and it's rather difficult to hurt someone you're laughing with.

I'm reminded of the poem by Thomas Hardy...

Had he and I but met
By some old ancient inn,
We should have sat us down to wet
Right many a nipperkin!

But ranged as infantry,
And staring face to face,
I shot at him as he at me,
And killed him in his place.

(-- Snip! Edited for Brevity... --)

Yes; quaint and curious war is!
You shoot a fellow down
You'd treat, if met where any bar is,
Or help to half-a-crown.

What everyone needs to do is realise that your worst enemy, for the most part, probably enjoys comedy and laughs too...

To quote Abraham Lincoln...

The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.

Laughter, humour, wit, even a smile will pull most of us through the darkest times... the ability to genuinely enjoy and show an outward response to that enjoyment is paramount to our health, welfare... and the health and welfare of those around us.

In pretty much every aspect of life, there is something ironic, humurous, or worthy of a laugh... and perhaps we all need to tap that funny vein a little more...

After all, isn't laughing a true blessing?

Since I'm a quoting machine today, from George Bernard Shaw...

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

Don't get old... laugh and enjoy this life!

...and if you haven't seen this already, allow me to "bless" you with a laugh... click the image below (launches a new browser) and watch... stick with it... watch ALL of it... I guarantee a laugh.

I dare you to watch this an not laugh

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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 tiny banner 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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03/17/07

Permalink 07:00:00 am, by Email , 650 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays: Weekly State of the Quest Address...

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Not too much to tell... other than the new and exciting press release went over like a concrete blimp... that had a lead weight attached to it... and was placed over quicksand.

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

Hits on the blog and site have stayed pretty steady... averaging at the 1,400 to 1,500 per day mark... which is a good thing. I'd honestly say that my usual "posts" have improved to their old levels this week... which figures as my health has improved ten-fold! Yup, I think I've finally kicked the "Cold-Flu-Cold-Flu-Repeat" cycle.

Friday's list this week particularly amused me.

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but I do have a whacky idea I'm going to try and play out... basically, my kiddolo coughed-up a bunch of toy cars she has now outgrown, so she told us... (Actually, I know I've mentioned this... because I kinda begged people to read this post (opens a new browser) where I discuss her growing up and how there was a tiny glimmer of youthfulness recently...)

...anyway...

The toy cars included a bunch of double-decker buses I gave her about a year and a bit ago... so I got to thinkin' about using them for a wee promotion... basically cleaning them up, re-painting them, and sending them out to people to try and grab a little attention to the "cause", so to speak.

I'm hoping to do a little work on that this weekend... a little "hands-on/non-typing" project. Gosh knows it will be good for the soul.

That'll probably take a week... and then I'll mail 'em out... so in a couple of weeks, I'll let you know if it had any affect.

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

The thermometer didn't move this week... well, not between Saturday and Saturday (The thermometer on the side bar...) No donations, gifts, or ad sales... and the sponsored posts that will be going towards the dream haven't paid out yet... so it's holding for now.

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

One of the bigger things was an almost COMPLETE redesign of everything in the Cafe Press shop for the dream/site... I think I did some really good work... and response from the critics friends I've shown the news stuff too has been most positive...

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

So, other than that, not much to report... I'm gonna concentrate on content for now here on the ol' blog here... try to increase readership (not simply hits)... and genuinely just keep on dreamin'!

After all, over the last two weeks, the "dream" has truly become a "quest"... mostly because I want to prove to people that with effort, sticking through things, and genuinely getting the message out, dreams CAN come true.

Sure, it sounds sappy... but it's true.

That post about my blessing that I mentioned above... this one... has really made this a very, VERY important thing to me.

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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 tiny banner 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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03/16/07

Permalink 03:54:30 pm, by Email , 632 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Think "Joanie Loves Chachi" Was a Bad Idea?

This weeks "Listerino" comes from the hallowed book named The Best of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader which in ONE of a SERIES of books that I'd highly recommend if you love factoids and tidbits of trivia.

That said, allow me to introduce A LIST OF FIVE of the dumbest T.V. pilots never aired... Well, some filmed pilots, others were legitimately proposed to the networks who said, wisely, NO!

What you are about to read WAS REAL... this isn't a "fictional" or "fantasy" post... these were all on the level.

When you see what they've said NO! to, you'll probably not feel too bad about what they've produced recently...

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

OH MY GOD!

NBC, 1990 - Poochinski

Wow, this was a WINNER! The late, great Peter Boyle starred(?) as a tough cop who was killed on duty... only to come back as a flatulent dog who fights crime along side the dead cop's former partner! WHACKINESS ENSUES!

THIS AIRED.

The show was put back-to-back with a television adaptation of the movie "Turner and Hooch" which NBC billed as the Two Dog Night.

Well, no... it was simply a dog of a night and both shows were rapidly cancelled... thankfully the executives put the whole mess to sleep.

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

OH MY GOD!

CBS, 1988 - Mars: Base One

Created, produced, and directed by Dan Aykroyd, the show followed the adventures of a typical American family living on the red planet... who's next door neighbour just happens to be a Soviet engineer and his wife, a former stripper from the good ol' U.S. of A!

Comedy gold... thoughtfully buried.

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

OH MY GOD!

CBS, 1983 - After George

If this sounds a TOUCH familiar, it sounded like a family version of Demon Seed... with a WHACKY twist involving a dead man!

Susan St. James would play the widow of a car accident victim... who programmed his personality into the computer that runs their WHACKY house!

Boo-yah entertainment for sure... until Windows Vista was loaded into the house disabling it forever.

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

OH MY GOD!

NBC, 1973 - Where's Momma?

MORE FUN WITH THE DEAD!

The late, great Richard Mulligan plays a widower having trouble raising his two kids... so his wife returns from the grave to lend a corpse-like hand!

Think of it as Return of the Living Mommy!

This sounds so bad that George A. Romero would probably have killed himself JUST so he could spin in his grave...

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

OH MY GOD!

...best for last...

CBS, 1966 - Where's Everett?

Alan Alda, pre-MASH, plays family man Arnold Barker who, while fetching the morning paper, finds an INVISIBLE ALIEN BABY has been left on his front porch! Zany adventures follow!

Y'know... this one speaks for itself... I don't think I can top it with a snide remark.

Space! The Final Frontier!
Space! The Final Frontier!

Now that's a list! A bad, bad, bad list...

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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 tiny banner 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 03:50:38 pm, by Email , 356 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

The Buzz On Audio Books

I have to admit it was my parents that first got me interested in audio books, and usually I like to think that it is me that will introduce them to new things particularly when it comes to matters related to the publishing industry as I was part of it for so long.

As consumers they prefer audio books to traditional ones because of their eyesight, they are both elderly, and attempt to avoid eye strain where possible. I on the other hand appreciate audio books for the convenience they provide with my all too often hectic lifestyle. For instance I can listen to them whilst on the subway, where I see others doing the same! Audio books are proving to be the publishing industry's fastest growing area, and should be seriously considered by the merchant of these types of goods. As audio books become increasingly popular, and I know they are amongst my own friends, and associates, the greater the demand for them will be.

For those who are as excited about and interested in audio books as much as I am, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a audio book club that offers tens of thousands of titles to choose from in many different categories to match your tastes and interests. Audio for books.com is an established, and reputable company that offers you the opportunity to join their audio book club, that is very similiar to a DVD club, which most of us are already quite familiar with. In fact they are the world's largest online provider of audio books.

Through Audio for books.com not only can you access a terrific library of audio books as already mentioned above, you can do so quite economically. Even shipping rates in most cases are already included in the cost of membership. Overall in my opinion this is a terrific opportunity for those who have discovered the joy of audio books like we have, and if you haven't then what are you waiting for? Go check out Audio for books.com you won't be disappointed!

Our thanks to our sponsors!

Permalink 02:59:36 pm, by Email , 1456 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

I love my pets...

...and we have a lot of 'em.

We have two hamsters, two budgies, one dwarf rabbit, three cats, and two dogs.

All of them mean the world to me... more than you can imagine. They are all part of our family and all are equally loved.

Sue's mentioned this already in Life in the Urban Zoo, but I want to add my two-cents...

Sue and I are not novice pet owners... but we made a mistake... one that if I could go back in time, I'd make again without question... I know that sounds odd, but bear with me.

Our first dog, Max, was found via Kijiji, eBay's prettier answer to Craiglist. He was pictured with his "brother" named Milo... and I saw the picture and the ad and said that's our dog.

Max and Milo

Now, we HAD been hunting for months through PetFinder and through the local shelters and had no luck... and since Kijiji was new in Toronto then, I was thrilled that they had ads for pets.

The story online went that a woman bought the two from a van at a flea market and could no longer care for them... sounded plausible... and she was hoping to recover some of the money she spent... sounded reasonable... but we learned later that, perhaps, this story shouldn't be trusted.

It was the worst of times for us... it was just before Christmas and we were so poor, we were asking church mice for loans... seriously, you've heard me mentioning fending off evictions and whatnot? Guess what? This was all around that time... but none-the-less, I was certain he was our dog... and Sue agreed... so we scrimped, did without, and gathered what we would need...

He arrived in a van in a small cat carrier... and seemed shakey. Sue immediately scooped him up and within a second, in her eyes, Max was her dog... a love affair that stays today. He, on the other hand, was rather zombified initially...

Zombie Max

Our first indication that things weren't good with Max was our first walk the night we got him... on returning, the poor little guy did not want to come back inside... instead, he went beside the door, made a "nest" out of the leaves, and settled in. It dawned on me then, he was not used to being indoors and was preparing to settle in for the night outside in the cold. He struggled when we tried to convince him to come in, and eventually, Sue had to pick him up and carry him inside.

The next problem was his first trip to the vet. We found that he was lousy with ear mites and had a tape worm. The vet was VERY sceptical about his origins and the "vet information" that we had been given... He treated the ailments and gave us the medicines to treat the rest, chipped Max and gave him his shots... and within a few days, we had a new dog... happy, active, and definitely more lively... and although Max does love me and our kiddolo... and pretty much anyone who gives him good attention, he's Sue's dog... her constant companion.

He's fine being inside now... and is rather put-out when, at bedtime, I need to shift him to make room for myself in the bed... don't get me wrong, he still sleeps in the bed with us... but he likes to sleep across my half of the bed near my pillow until I come, spend a reasonable (to Max) time rubbing his belly, then I must move him to the side or to my feet... which is sometimes not a "happy" for him...

...but very quickly, we couldn't shake it... we had to realise that we'd been had. Max was most likely from a puppy mill.

Puppy Mill Victim

It wasn't helped by the fact that the "same ad" for different dogs (similar breeds) showed up on Kijiji in later weeks... apparently, it was either a puppy mill, a broker for a puppy mill... or that initial woman had bought a whole lotta puppies from that van... far more than Max and Milo...

I can't shake that because, knowing a little bit about puppy mills, I literally stay awake at night feeling awful for Max's first few months of life... how his brother Milo fared or is doing... how his parents are doing...

Now, I'm an omnivore... I wear leather... I'm also someone who believes that medical testing (with good controls to avoid mistreatment) on animals is acceptable... I HONESTLY wish there were alternatives... but...

On this note, I can also say this is why I'm not a supporter or friend of PETA... granted, no one really should be a friend of PETA... they are very hypocritical and the wrong people for the job they assume they're doing...

As I've said here before... who's my hero with animal welfare...

A: The people protesting at the University lab that's trying to cure AIDS...

B: The lab worker in Japan who figured out how to take cultures from one rabbit's eye and make hundreds of test samples for experimentation thus creating a way that one rabbit would have to be used for specific examinations instread of literally hundreds and thus, treatments for debilitating eye problems can be worked on with a minimal of animal sacrifice?

Hint: The person above would not have managed this had someone burned down the lab they worked in or stopped them from going to work...

...that said...

I can't stress the following enough...

If you're buying a pet, FIRST try the humane societies and shelters FIRST. Try to give a pet a second chance.

If you're absolute on what kind of pet you want, PLEASE double-triple-quadruple check the breeder or store... Pet stores OFTEN buy from puppy mills as it's cheaper for them meaning more mark-up and profits... not all stores, but enough do to triple check... and simply "asking the clerk" isn't good enough. Ask who the breeder is... "Google" them... call them if you can...

If you're able to meet/see the mother and possibly the father of a puppy or kitten, even better... in fact, as of now, I'd demand that.

We have two dogs, as we said... our little guy, Kipling, a "Chinese Crested Powderpuff" (who's a GREAT dog and also shares bedspace with us... but is a lot easier to get along with than Max when it comes time for me to lay down,) was bought with more attention... and we did meet his mother (and I even met his father...) and we had GREAT communications with the breeder... and he's 100% healthy and a perfect specimen... even our vet approved of him... although he did say, "Ah! You bought Max a pet!"

Our boys are great... but Max's beginings bother me... I'm glad we kinda-rescued him by proxy... but in the process, did we support a puppy mill?

...and what of Milo?

Milo

...we may never know... and can only hope for the best.

As of now, Max is our grumpy old man at only one-and-change years of age... and Kippers seems to be perenially in "puppy mode"... which I am just fine with.

I love our pets... every one of them... and I do love animals... all of them... and if nothing else, I hope anyone reading this also feels that way and should they be in "the market" for a new puppy, kitten, rodent, bird... whatever... they do double-check and try to force the inhumane and cruel "puppy-mills" and whatnot out of business... after all, no consumers is no money... no money, no point in running a puppy mill.

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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 tiny banner 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 02:57:43 pm, by Email , 319 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

A Hot And Spicy Post

Yes, this is another hot and spicy posting from the desk of Sue. What can I say, it's a Friday afternoon, and the kids are all going to be away for the entire weekend! This may be the last you hear from either of us until Sunday evening when daily living, and routine take over once more. I'm certain most of you know exactly what that is like ... dull..dull..dull...

Now there is not a single dull thing about the website I am blogging to you about today. It really is the absolute in hot and spicy products! If you are looking to spice things up within your own life you should really check out DimOut.com for some really hot deals! I'm talking about erotic lingerie, ultra sexy shoes, stockings and hose, and quite a bit more that is definitely spicy!

*Warning* you will get lost in this website for hours, the images are stunning, but I will leave those to your imagination, or you'll just have to clicky on one of the links provided and check them out for yourself. Come on, I know you want to! It's a fun site, and I like to have fun when I'm shopping, who doesn't???

Anyway back to some of the products I found of interest, they have a beautiful set of earrings that I would definitely add to my own wish list, and a fabulous pair of red stilettos that would be too much fun to wear!

Do you get the feeling that I am hinting to someone, oh...lets say my bus man! You'd be right!

I had a lot of fun surfing the Dim Out Lingerie website today, and it has certainly fuelled the imagination, and stirred the blood, and I will be going back. Their products are beautiful in my opinion, and offered at amazing prices. Go check them out!

My thanks to our sponsors!


03/15/07

Permalink 09:47:32 am, by Email , 309 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Fabulous Passenger!

It has been simply fabulous to have Mr. Fabulous himself ride along on One Old Green Bus this past week! If you haven't checked out his Pointless Directives yet, that go on over and see what you've been missing!!!

Mr Fab's blogs are amongst the most entertaining I have had the pleasure to surf through ... and that is why he is already the recipient of permanent linky love on ALL five of our blogs. And we won't just link to anyone you know, what kind of bloggers do you think we are??!!!!

Go check him out!!!

And this brings to a close our Helping Hands Thursday, looking forward to the upcoming weekend and tomorrow's List-er-ino Friday!

From The Feeling Fabulous 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 tiny banner 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 09:29:33 am, by Email , 182 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Taking Care Of My Printing Needs

I don't know about you, but we print a lot! Between printing off reports for PSICAN, and our other ventures, and the kid printing her school reports, and other items of interest to her from the internet, I am forever having to replace the inkjet cartridges especially for our Hewlett Packard Laser Jet 6P. I love HP printers by the way.

Office Supply Outfitters is a one-stop online shop not only for inkjet cartridges, but they also carry toner cartridges, fax and copier supplies, printer ink ribbons, and much more. They have all the major brands available and some not so well known ones as well.

If you are in need of printing supplies go check out Office Supply Outfitters their website is easy to use, and gives all sorts of useful information like their article on Toner and Ink Saving Tips. Through friendly and knowledgeable customer service, plus very low prices on quality products to boot it is easy to see why they are so successful. You can read through their customer satisfaction page on the site.

Happy Printing!

Cheers!
Sue

Permalink 08:39:53 am, by Email , 357 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - The Toronto Humane Society

It's almost Spring again, and that means our city's animal shelters will be filling up with unwanted or otherwise homeless pets. This year in Toronto the beginning of winter was unseasonably mild, which means places like the Toronto Humane Society are brimming with cats, and kittens.

Our own three princesses Annie, Mary, and Elizabeth were all adopted through the Toronto Humane Society, and I cannot express adequately in words the happiness they have brought into our lives.

Shelters cats are awesome, and most already come either spayed or neutered, and all are up-to-date on their vaccinations. If the dreaded Didier-Darroch compound was just a wee bit bigger, I would definitely adopt one more! What's one more at the zoo...eh!

Click on the logo above or one of the links, and check out some of the really cool felines, canines, and other critters too that are up for adoption!

And no, I am not associated with this shelter in anyway other than being truly grateful to them for our own Princesses.

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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 tiny banner 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 08:24:42 am, by Email , 215 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Key To Successful Events

When Matthew and I held our ghost conferences here in Toronto, we knew that the key to holding a successful event such as ours was the keynote speakers who were booked. For instance we purposefully booked famed Canadian author John Robert Columbo to give a speech at our last event held at Spadina House as we knew our readership and enthusiasts would really appreciate what he had to say. And believe me that particular event was a sell out within a couple of days of it's public announcement.

The International Speakers Bureau is well recognized and established world over for providing the best in keynote speakers. Whether you are in need of a celebrity, or an expert in a particular field, or someone who can provide motivation, ISB will work with you to ensuring the right fit for your public speaking needs.

Some of the fabulous speakers they have booked in the past reads like a who's-who list, Neil Armstrong, Geena Davis, Bill Cosby, Magic Johnson, and Lynda Carter .... just to name a handful. You can visit the ISB website for detailed information on the services they offer. I have found it to be well designed, and easy to navigate.

Trust me a good public speaker will not only enhance, but make your event memorable.

Permalink 07:50:00 am, by Email , 1549 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

Some things about me... that I didn't think were "bad"... but...

I've been reading randomly through the blogsphere lately... which is usually a very bad idea... and realised there's stuff about me that would have me a prime candidate for lynching from some. I'd like to point them out and become one of the hated enemy to those folks...

Space! The Final Frontier!

I believe every human being has personal rights regardless of sexual orientation, religion, or race.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I believe one of those rights is freedom of expression provided it's not hurting anyone nor is it infringing on anyone else's right to express themselves.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I see nothing wrong with celebrating this planets diversity... even in our own backyard. I am very fond of a quote from Ghandi... I do not want my house to be walled in on sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I am a proud historian and believe in my personal heritage and that of my country and I get angry when an item or article of that heritage that might have origins in a spiritual sense are disturbed... The main reasoning behind this always is because someone thought the item or practice might offend... or someone was offended. I believe that heritage and history can be maintained without sacrificing other people's feelings... and on occasion, we need to bend a little to allow for a greater understanding.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I believe a person's sexual orientation has as much to do with the content of their overall character as what they had for breakfast... and matters about the same. If someone thrust pancakes into my face because they LOVE pancakes and feel I needed to know this, I'd be put off... but if they simply mentioned their love of pancakes, and I wasn't a fan, I'd hope they'd respect that too and simply move on to the other topics at hand.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I believe in free speech... within reason. When speech is used to preach hate or violence, it ceases to be "free" and is costing someone their own rights to safety.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I have a French last name... and I'm Canadian... and yet, my French skills are about as good as the next person who might have taken two years of French class in high school. Je comprende une petit peut de Français.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I do not have ANY problem with people communicating in other languages provided they can communicate in the languages that are needed in the particular society they live in as well.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I wish people would realise that "home" is where they live. You can have strong ties to someplace else, but overall, where you live is home and you should do everything you can to improve your home and help those who live with you.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Immigration is a good thing. In Canada, it's a necessary thing. My only complaint is we need to figure out a way that we can convince newcomers to fill needs and locations that need them... not simply go to the major centres "just 'cuz".

Space! The Final Frontier!

With people that decry certain religions, races, or sexual orientations I wish they'd realise that there are those within their own "realms" of philosophies and beliefs that are also bad stereotypes... just like those they measure the people they dislike against. There's good and bad in all groups... but ounce-for-ounce, the VAST majority of people on this planet are good people who only want a normal life... like everyone else.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I do not believe that either "liberals" or "conservatives" are bad and hate their country. I do wish, however, that those who name-call or make statements that seem knee-jerk realise that BOTH sides have good ideas... and that the best answer lies outside party lines more often than not.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I'm a firm believer in the concepts of PROPER science. The idea of neutral observation done repeatedly over time will answer more questions than blind faith or philosophy will. Granted, I also believe that faith and philosophy do have a BIG place in our world... but to avoid unecessary persecution, it needs to be balanced with proper data and acknowledgement of basic elements and principals. Most importantly, in my opinion, philosophies of hate and anger have no place in any society.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I believe in one philosophy that many say is their own... but few practice... and that really is do no harm if it can be avoided... and personal prejudices and philosophies are something that indeed, can be avoided.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I believe when one is in a situation, one should look inward for a solution. This isn't to say they should NEVER ask for help, but see if a solution is within themselves first. If not, help is perfectly acceptable.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Blame is useless in most cases. Blaming someone or something for an ill, nine times out of ten, is about as productive as herding cats. I doubt I'll ever be able to rationalise the people that feel they can sue MacDonalds for being overweight... I must have missed it when MacDonalds employees came to their door and FORCED Big Macs down their throats.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I do wonder why we live in a society that can throw away food that's one-hour old because it isn't fresh... but people starve in other places on the globe.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I do wonder why they did build a fast, good quality electric car at General Motors... and then squashed the project and wrecked the cars soon after they were released and tested. Shades of The Avro Arrow perhaps?

Space! The Final Frontier!

I do wonder why crude oil prices have dropped... but gas prices are increasing.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I do wonder if Nikola Tesla was onto something... but was squashed a little like the electric car mentioned above. Did you know that Tesla said he knew how to tap the Earth's natural magentic energy and convert it to general power use? It would have been free energy... and you can't bill what's "free".

Space! The Final Frontier!

I wonder if there has ever been a non-corrupt government of any stripe anywhere.

Space! The Final Frontier!

That all said, I do truly believe the majority of governments and leaders do want the best for us and make decisions based on what they think is right for the people.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I do not believe the government is "out to get me".

Space! The Final Frontier!

I do believe that proper health care should be available to everyone as a fundamental right... not just those who can afford it... and not at such a price as to bankrupt people.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I believe in supporting, honouring, and doing what we can for the aged and infirmed.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I believe in a strong military because sadly, I know we're not in a perfect world.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I do not believe anyone needs or even should own a handgun, automatic, or semi-automatic weapon... save the police and the military.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I also do not believe there is any decent reason why anyone in an urban area needs any firearms... again, save the police and the military.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I also believe that those idiots who spout things like Guns don't kill people, people kill people should realise that guns make people far more effective killers. The ridiculous logic that if you "ban guns", people will start killing folks with knives so should we ban knives... should consider the idea that if a nutbar is after you, and is twenty-yards away... would you prefer him to have a knife or a pistol? I think the people around you who could be hit with stray fire would prefer him to have a knife.

Space! The Final Frontier!

To my American friends that feel we'd all be better off if we were all well armed... I'm pretty sure you know people PERSONALLY that should not be armed... also, the wisdom of the fathers of your country when they made the right to bear arms a "thing" were only thinking of smooth-bore, muzzle-loading muskets... not AK-47s and Glocks. They also didn't consider things like the tank or the airplane. They also believed that bumps on your head told much about your character and sasparilla was a cure for syphillis.

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There ya go... take it as you will... I guess I suck to some...

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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 tiny banner 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 07:45:39 am, by Email , 155 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Luxury On The Sea Of Cortez

Isn't this house simply gorgeous!!! The view alone is stunning!

Our friend Chris just got back from a whirlwind trip to Mexico, and I was thinking about how much fun it would be to get a group of friends together and book a house rental right on the beach....ah heaven!

Rocky Point house rentals provides terrific rates on beach front vacation homes and condominiums such as the one depicted in the image above. Again, can you imagine waking up to such a beautiful view of the Sea Of Cortez, the sun streaming down upon your face, and the smell of ocean air.

These homes come fully equipped with satellite TV, kitchens, and other amenities. Rocky Point Real Estate can help you plan the perfect vacation in the sunny south! Check out their website for many other examples of the types of property they provide.

From The Dreaming Of A Mexican Vacation Desk Of Sue

03/14/07

Permalink 10:34:15 am, by Email , 1096 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wednesday Snippets

Wednesday Snippets: The Weak that Wuz...

I think this is only the second time I've managed to ACTUALLY get a proper "Wednesday Snippet" post up since starting them... and after yesterday's rant, gosh knows a little lightness needs to be injected into the proceedings!

That said...

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The Deceased

Now, here's a groom that didn't complain about the wedding in any way... Now, this HAD to have made for a rotten honeymoon. Many women complain that their husbands are lay-abouts and do-nothings... well... at least there was no "mystery" as to what he'd be like after they got hitched.

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Space! The Final Frontier!

Best Stuff Man!

You know they have the BEST stuff in their evidence lockers. What's more disturbing is to MAKE the connection, she was using her son's cellphone... think about that... Good parenting AND smart! A winner is YOU!

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HALEN!

The headline on the main CNN page was "Van Halen still in disarray at Hall of Fame induction". This was assuming they were ever IN array... which seems highly unlikely.

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Space! The Final Frontier!

Sly

Sly Stallone is ON THE GAS!?! NO! NEVER! NO WAY! Boy, the next thing they'll say is Arnold has done things he shouldn't have too!

Well He Is Living California

No, no! Not that...

...nevermind...

Ripped

All I'm sayin' is I could sworn it was wholly natural for sixty-year-old men to look like ripped body-builders just by sayin' their prayers and eatin' their vitamins... Honest!

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Space! The Final Frontier!

YouTuber

Somewhere, in Vancouver, two extremely wealthy young men are laughing their butts off... Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are mere empoyees... and already have their $1.65 billion to split...

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NO RED NOSES

Rudolph will be most upset.

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Black Hole

...and oddly enough, most are in Los Angeles working in the "creative deparments" of television production centres.

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Nikki!

"You must give to that nice family that are trying to make their busly dreams come true... it's all about karma..."

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Burnin up!

I do still believe in green house gasses and that WE are contributing to global warming and must do something... but here's a DUMB headline... NO WAY! Next thing they'll tell us is Fridge blamed for cold beer or Large weights blamed for crushing people.

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Naked Man

Have you ever had one of those days, you're just SO tired that you need to take a nap au natural... and some darn people obviously just DON'T appreciate that fact... I mean, c'mon... there was a house, a couch, a blanket...

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Space! The Final Frontier!

Horse Face

You know she's a Libertarian plant, right? I mean, she's so UNBELIEVABLY offensive that she has to be. I know MANY "hard-core-right-wing" Republicans who loath this woman... even the only hope for the Republican party in the next election, Rudy Giuliani and current post-Bush candidate John McCain want her to shut the hell up and crawl back into obscurity... Seriously, when the leaders of the party you support are saying "BUG OFF", your day is done. Ann, you're not helping your cause... you are hurting it... badly...

...unless, like I said, you're a Libertarian plant...

...and I ain't sure you ain't.

Granted, I'm still a little bitter about...

Thoughts and Wisdom From Ann Coulter...

To a disabled Vietnam vet: "People like you caused us to lose that war."

"Liberals love America like O.J. loved Nicole."

"I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning. ... They’re a major threat. I just think it would be fun to nuke them and have it be a warning to the rest of the world."

"I take the Biblical idea. God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees God says, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'"

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

Canadians "...better hope the United States doesn't roll over one night and crush them. They are lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent."

"Conservatives, as a general matter, take the position that you should not punish your friends and reward your enemies. And Canada has become trouble recently. It's -- I suppose it's always, I might add, the worst Americans who end up going there. The Tories after the Revolutionary War, the Vietnam draft dodgers after Vietnam. And now after this election, you have the blue-state people moving up there."

"Canada used to be one of our most loyal friends and vice-versa. I mean Canada sent troops to Vietnam - was Vietnam less containable and more of a threat than Saddam Hussein?" - Canada did not send combat troops to Vietnam.

Liberals "...are always accusing us of repressing their speech. I say let's do it. Let's repress them. ... Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the First Amendment."

About the 911 Widows "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them... I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much... the Democrat ratpack gals endorsed John Kerry for president... cutting campaign commercials... how do we know their husbands weren't planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy."

"A central component of liberal hate speech is to make paranoid accusations based on their own neurotic impulses, such as calling Republicans angry, hate-filled, and mean."

...and that's just a sampling of Ann's great intellect... there's other stuff too.

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Space! The Final Frontier!

Well, dat's da news for this past week that amused me...

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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 tiny banner 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 10:31:34 am, by Email , 214 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Recreational Vehicles In The United Kingdom

For fairly obvious reasons many of our readers are based in the United Kingdom, predominately England, and/or are comprised of members of the RV or Recreational Vehicle Community! You our gentle readers have often shown the greatest support in all of our endeavours and dreams, and for that not only do we thank you, but we are delighted to write about Travel World, which currently has the largest stock of new and pre-owned recreational vehicles and motor homes in the United Kingdom!

Recreational vehicles give the freedom of travelling with all the comforts of home, and are perfect for our kindred spirits and fellow travellers. However, how does one go about choosing the right rv / recreational vehicle for their own lifestyle needs, and pocketbook?

I would start by checking out the Travel World website, and their highly informative video FAQ page. It's very easy to use, and gives detailed information on the company, what you as a consumer can expect, the history of imported RV's into the UK, the different classes and models of RV's available, and much more. I know you will be as impressed with this website as I am. They really do make choosing the right rv / recreational vehicle easy and enjoyable! And that is how we like it!

Enjoy!

03/13/07

Permalink 11:35:00 am, by Email , 2081 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

Second Class Netizen...

Allow me to enlighten you all...

I am and always have been a second-class citizen... and now, a second-class netizen.

In fact, if NOT for the help of others, I'd never have known this!

All my life, I drifted in the security of my own self... and thanks to others giving to me of their time and thoughts, I'm able to label myself very nicely!

I'd like to share their insights... but don't get too comfortable... I'm going to have the last word at the end...

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I'm a woo-woo.

Why am I a woo-woo? Because I look into claims of the paranormal... I do believe that people experience weird things. Just ask the idiots that call themselves sceptics. You see, that makes me a "woo-woo". Just ask the non-believers or those pretending to be smart by mimicking said non-believers... they'll tell you... I'm a woo-woo.

I'm a geek.

You know why I'm a geek? Because, up until recently, I made my living in I.T. (Information Technologies). I fixed computers. I still do on and off. Just ask anyone who spent more time in sports than much else in high school. I'm a complete geek with no life. Just ask them.

I'm a weirdo.

Why am I a weirdo? Well, from the ages of pretty much sixteen to twenty-eight, my hair was very long and dyed jet black. I dressed mostly in black and hung out in those clubs and listened to that music. Just ask anyone who knew me back in the day... I'm a weirdo.

I'm a homosexual.

Why am I, a very married man who's only ever dated and been sexually attracted to women a homosexual? Well, in high school and to a degree, into my twenties, I looked weird and didn't lust after Pamela Anderson-types... Therefore, to many males, I was a homosexual. Ask 'em!

I'm a bad-a$$ who will kick your butt.

Why am I a bad-a$$ who will kick your butt? Well, I'm over six-feet tall... and big... and wear an old black leather jacket. I mean, you can't look like that without being a real tough guy, right? Just ask some of the people I share the subway home with. I'm a tough, fightin' guy.

I'm lazy and eat fatty foods all day.

Why am I lazy and must eat fatty foods all day? Well, I'm tubby. Yup, I'm a chunky guy. I'm overweight. Just because a usual walk for me is literally measured in miles and my dietary intake is really based on what I can afford, I must be lazy anyway... and eat sticks of lard. Just ask the people that commented on me in an elevator when they thought my MP3 player was on and I couldn't hear them through my ear buds... They'll tell you all about me.

I'm a con artist.

Why am I a con artist? Well, here I am trying to raise twenty-thousand bucks to save an old bus... there must be a "catch", right? I mean, it must be a grift of some sort... Just ask a few netizens... they'll tell you all about me. Heck, I can give you pretty significant people that know this fact... Hey, some of the folks on the Oprah site knew that... Click here (opens a new window) to read all about it...

My only reason for posting on blogs or the like is to drum up publicity.

Yup, that's me... I don't read anything and I'm obviously incapable of feelings, rational thought, or logic... nope, I'm no better than the e-mailer who sends you V1agkra ads or C1all1s promos... My whole purpose and intelligence is solely based on only that one thing. Just ask the idiots who deleted some posts of mine recently when I actually tried to fool people that I was genuinely not happy with someone's suicide.

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Okay, let me address these things...

Those that call me a "woo-woo" rarely, if ever, have actual experience in legitimate investigation in the field I'm in. They pass judgement based solely on faith... which is funny as it's what they accuse ME of doing... and what they DON'T know about me is that, according to the head folks at Skeptics(sic) Canada, both Sue and I are using critical thinking and logic... and they realise that, indeed, we question, test, and have on occasion loudly debunked things... but they don't see that... they don't see the legitimate years of effort working within the scientific community and straddling that difficult fence of being "tweeners", as we're called... since we don't say "black" or "white", why let inconvenient facts get in the way. I believe people experience the paranormal... Ergo: In their feeble heads, I'm a "woo-woo". To be honest, I revel in the distinction.

Those that call/called me geek, that "geekiness" put food on the table and paid rent for over a dozen years. It allowed me to progress with time and technology. It allowed me to keep my skills sharp and my mind sharper. Fact is, I didn't get into computers until I was in my twenties... where many people I knew were doing computer stuff when I was in my teens... If "geek" means I made money and had a job that exorcised my mind, so be it. Truth to tell, I'm hoping to be a "geek" again!

To those that called me a weirdo, I'm sorry I didn't conform to your standards... I set my own... and did what I wanted. Sure, in some cases, it was silly, but I've never denied any of it and have no regrets. Doing a "change" from the norm in my junior-high/high-school years allowed me to re-invent myself... and if memory serves, most of you didn't really like me then. What's odd is how many people from my high-school NOW stop me and act as old acquaintance... despite the fact that many of them wouldn't give me a second glance in school. Now it's COOL to say he was the freaky-punk-goth guy I knew or he's been in the paper and on TV... well, whatever... I just remember the genuine abuse I took, personally.

For those who called me a homosexual which was primarily based on my aesthetic, got news for ya... I wasn't... and trusting me with your girlfriend probably wasn't a good idea in hind-sight. Truth to tell, yes, I'm straight and always have been... and have never been tempted... but I really don't care and never did. You see, who cares what my personal tastes are? Were they REALLY bothering you? If so, why? Considering I was and am straight, why did you feel the need to call me names and even be aggressive with me? I shudder to think about what you might have done with someone who was gay. Personally, I judge people by the content of their character... not by their appearance or lifestyle choices... but unlike many guys, I really got a small taste of how "straight people" treat gay people... and it was eye opening.

To those who think by dint of my size and coat, I'm a tough guy, sad to say, I'm a pacifist. I LOATH violence and see it only as a last resort and avoid it like the black death. Always have, always will. I am glad that I could "hold my own", but have studied and tend to use "restraining methods" rather than legitimate "knock-out" techniques when things got out of hand... Yup, I'm kind of a wimp in some people's eyes... 'cuz fighting NEVER appealed to me. Oh, one thing though... I am fully trained on many firearms... including military weapons... but I advocate gun control and loath "personal" ownership of handguns, automatic, and semi-automatic weapons.

To those who think my spare tire is caused by television watching or sitting too long in front of a computer while snacking, sorry... I make a concerted effort to exercise six hours on weekends (usually walks), I don't own a car, I love being outdoors, and I try to use my muscles several times a day. I've proved to coworkers that I'm stronger and usually have better endurance than they do... despite their workouts at gyms... My gut, well, I could eat better... but trust me on this one, there are NO "Hostess Snack Cakes" in my house... nor any donuts...

To those who think this site and blog are a con... USE YOUR HEAD. I'm a con artist and I'm only trying for $20,000.00 USD... and my con involves something that would be VERY tricky to hide if I decided to "bolt with the dough"? Aside from being insulted that I'm being called a "criminal" by some, I guess I'd have to be a VERY dumb criminal in their eyes too.

To those that assume my words and comments on other sites are truly meaningless... gimme a break. If that was true, I would be "spamming"... and putting huge graphics on anything I could online... and generally saturating sites, blogs, message boards, et al with my "fiendish message". Look around... I ain't doing that.

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So what's with this LENGTHY post? If I'm not TRULY whining and whatnot, why did I go on like this?

Well, allow me to share a couple of things... one lengthy (BUT YOU'LL HAVE THE OPTION OF BYPASSING IT,) and two quick quotes from previous entries...

The lengthy one... if you REALLY don't know our story, click here (opens a new window) and read all about it.

The shorter version... allow me to quote two of my recent posts here...

The other day, (Sunday last week, actually,) Sue and I were talking about "what if" we got the bus and just talking about if all our ducks in a row with the storage and how things would progress with the upkeep. The little one walked in, and coming in 3/4 of the way through the conversation and hearing us talking about storage and upkeep, lit up like a Christmas tree plugged directly into a giant dynamo at Niagara Falls and said, "You did it!?! Someone's getting us the bus!?!"

It was sad to explain that no, we were just talking about the "what if"s, but it was GREAT to see that, obviously, tweenager bravado aside, she still is excited that we might succeed.

Actually, that makes this effort all the more important to me personally... I now NEED to prove to my stepling that, indeed, putting effort into things AND sharing your dream AND working towards your dream WILL WORK.

...and...

From my wife Sue... I admit I've been stressed lately, which is probably why I dreamt of One Old Green Bus last night. No, not the blog ...silly...the bus!!!!

Matthew, the kid, dogs, and I were packed into the fully restored, and outfitted bus (no disco balls, this was a serious dream, and post. I was driving (natch!) and we were adventuring across Canada, driving through the mountains and off to visit our dear friend Heather and her clan in the wilds of British Columbia .... we were happy......sigh....

I honestly don't know if we will ever realise our dream of rescuing RLH 3 and restoring her, but she has provided me with so much hope for the future, and that alone makes our dream worthwhile.

Okay, now that I've said ALL this, any questions?

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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 tiny banner 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 11:33:25 am, by Email , 212 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Money - The Root Of All Evil

Money can be a double-edged sword, sometimes we love it, and other times we hate it. Yet, we all desperately need it, ok most of us on this planet really could use more of it. And believe me, our own current accounts could use a serious infusion of it!

Credit Cards can often lead many into serious debt, myself included, and at that point it is imperative to get good, sound Debt Advice! There are some good solutions, to getting out of stress inducing debt, like taking out loans to pay off the credit cards at a much lower interest rate.

Remortgages on your home are another option that may suit your financial needs depending on your circumstances. I do know people that have gone this route.

And finally when it comes to any financial products like auto or home insurance let the buyer beware and arm yourself with knowledge about what these various types of insurance packages will do for you.

As I type this entry the song Money, Money, Money, is playing through my head, you know the one! Like I said above we all have a love/hate relationship with it, but the wiser we are with our money the more the scale tips to the loving part.

Cheers!

03/12/07

Permalink 02:18:23 pm, by Email , 938 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, Any News?, General Shtuff

Randumb Musings on a Monday Morning

Let's start off with a happy little rant!

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ARRGH!

Love daylight... HATE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS FREAKIN' TIME! I WANT MY HOUR'S SLEEP BACK NOW!!!

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Cuppa

Okay, now that I've gotten that out... and I'm suckin' back my morning Hazelnut Cream coffee (YUM!) and then suck back my Atenolol and Bezalip while toxifying my body further with a nice, warm cigarrette... yup, a bastion of help is I... I thought I'd run through some of the thoughts that are rattling about in my brain today... at least, so far...

Anyway...

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Richard Jeni

I really feel odd...

The reason? Well, I'm "pleased"(?) that next to two other sources, yeah, the ol' blog here seems to be the second Interweb site to get up something about the passing of Richard Jeni online.

Sad thing is, I'm NOT in a competition... at all.

I'm just a fan... and yeah, to me he was synonymous with A&E's comedy programs I used to watch regularly... and his passing was very sad.

That said, however, there are not one but THREE publications doing a quasi-battle over who published what first and credit therein.

I'm no stranger to ranting about giving and using credit when writing something, but this was overboard...

WHO CARES?

A man passed... who got to say it publicly first is pretty irrelevant if you ask me.

I 'spose, in this day of Google Page Rankings and Technorati Scores, life is pointless... trying to get that extra $0.0002 worth of ads is more important than much else.

What troubled me is feeling that "I" had been accused of this... because I posted the URL for my write-up on another blog memorial's comments. I didn't do this to "get hits"... this blog's doing fine that way with an average of just a touch under 1500 hits per day... I did it so I didn't have to re-type everything I wanted to say.

Why? 'Cuz I'm a fan... and this man's life was cut short... and I am sad about that and wanted to "vocalize"(?) that feeling.

Oh well... I backed down graciously from the accusation AND re-posted my comments with re-typing everything... like I said, the thought was what was important.

These other outlets I mentioned, however, are still scrapping over who was "first".

...and that sucks.

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Angels with Money?

Got a BOFFO idea for bus help via e-mail yesterday...

The suggestion was ask fellow bloggers that do "Sponsored Postings" to think about doing ONE sponsored post on ONE particular day, and then throwing that money for the ONE post toward the bus dream!

So, instead of just "giving money", make it like a "Sponsored Post Carnival" with ONE sponsored post helping make the dream come true!

Doesn't matter which one... "Pay-Per-Post", "Blogsvertise", "LoudLaunch"... whomever... or how much the sponsored post would be for. (Every little bit helps!)

In return, THIS blog would set up a page SPECIFICALLY thanking those people (with appropriate links) who helped out with the gift of the "sponsored post"... and I'd whip up a boss graphic for it too... something to "post" with the sponsored "post" to let people know that you supported the dream...

Whadya think? Should I pursue this? Use the "Comments" section to let me know...

I have to say, I think this is a WINNER...

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Toys!

While tidying on Sunday, I found a bunch of old Double-Decker Bus Toys that I had given to our little one... that she has since "outgrown"... so she's given them back to me.

Oh, if you haven't read the article I just linked... PLEASE do so... only for the bit about our now-fickle little one who's just too cool for pretty much anything. Click here (opens a new window) to read it... it's indicative of those wonderful "tweenager" years...

Now, I was tinkin'... and looking for a "project" of sorts... that I might "dress up" (paint and clean up) these toy buses... and send them to people I admire or whatnot... I admit it... to garner a little "attention" to our dream...

Not to get THOSE people to help, but even to get them talking about it... just to see what MIGHT happen...

Will it help? Who knows... but it's worth a try... and I need a "hands on" project that doesn't involve a microprocessor.

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That's all for today... I seem to be back to my health and stride... and more importantly, my creativity seems to have returned (THANK GOD!) so things around the ol' blog here should be back to their usual level of silliness and such!

...aren't you GLAD!?!?!

Muahahahahaha!

The RETURN!

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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 tiny banner 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 02:16:48 pm, by Email , 140 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Spring Travel Plans

Looking for a Spring getaway? How about a trip to Florida? DialAFlight.com is offering a cheap flight to Orlando that will save you big bucks on this hot travel destination!!!! Check out some of the flights leaving the U.K direct to Orlando Florida, a place I have personally visited and enjoyed every minute of my time spent there!

If you are looking for some great deals on travel check out the listings on the DialAFlight.com website. It's easy to use and navigate and you can also check out hotel accommodations while surfing their site. They offer detailed reviews on many different destinations, including specialized holiday ideas like African Safaris, Golf Packages, and Spa Retreats. And the best part is they employ staff who have already been there, so you know you are getting knowledgeable advice.

Happy Travelling!

Permalink 12:48:56 pm, by Email , 259 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Still No News......

So there is still no news in regards to my job hunting for those that have been following my employment search woes. And to be honest I am starting to get discouraged. Every morning I check the online sites like Monster and Workopolis, submit my resume to companies with offers I believe I'm perfect for .... and nada ....

It's really starting to get depressing ... :(

From The I'll Tap Dance For Money 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 tiny banner 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 12:48:30 pm, by Email , 75 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Little Sue's Birthday

Little Sue's 20th birthday is next week and I'm still looking for some cool gift ideas. Since she has a few piercings I've been leaning towards body jewelry as prezzie that she will love! Yeah, I know body jewelry is not or everyone, but it ain't your birthday it's hers! ... ;)

Personally, I think this belly button ring is stunning! It's Swarovski Crystal, and I know she would love it!!!!

What do ya think????

Cheers!
Sue

Permalink 10:15:18 am, by Email , 231 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Coffee 'no boost in the morning'

Huh?!

Apparently so according to this BBC article I came across this morning!

That morning latte or expresso may not be the pick-me-up people think it is, a study has revealed.

Full article here.

LIES I tell ya!!!!

From the JAVA Junkie 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 tiny banner 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 10:13:11 am, by Email , 143 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!!!!!!

What this blog needs is to get... "Just a little crazy!"

Check out these gorgeous shoes!!! And the anklet just makes them!

Yes, Nicola I was thinking of you when I saw this fantastic image! And lets face it wearing sexy clothes, and accessories is FUN!!!

Personally, I love bling-bling, and anything shiny usually catches my own fancy. Here is another gorgeous image of some really hot jewellery. I LOVE IT!!! Are you paying attention Mr. Bus Man?

The website where I found these fun pieces carries all sorts of terrific items, from super sexy lingerie, to fun costumes, really hot shoes, and gifts. They also have gift certificates available.

If you are feeling just a little crazy check out this site for some really good deals, terrific customer support, and competitive shipping rates.

It's all good!!!!

From The Bling-Bling Desk Of Sue

03/11/07

Permalink 02:42:18 pm, by Email , 663 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Richard Jeni

Perez Hilton is reporting that actor/comedian Richard Jeni passed away from a self-inflicted gun shot wound...

Most folks would probably remember Jeni as Jim Carey's (Stanley Ipkiss) buddy (Charlie Schumaker) at the bank from the movie The Mask.

I caught a couple of Jeni's appearances on Jay Leno's show as well as the occasional stand-up bit through A&E (back in the day) and Comedy Central.

I actually first saw him on An Evening at the Improv many moons back...

Comedy is something that is very much a part of my life... and always has been... In fact, there were only THREE television programs that I was allowed to "stay up late and watch with my parents in their bedroom with them"... those were NHL Playoffs when the Toronto Maple Leafs were playing, Johnny Carson's monologue, and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

My parents and I would also "gather" (later on in life) to watch An Evening at the Improv together as well.

My family was a family of jokers... Sarcasm, wit, and banter were often the order of the day at meals and whatnot... and we'd try to crack each other up as often as possible... usually at the worst possible times. Funerals, for example, were a favourite place... to get someone to double-over stifling a laugh at a funeral was a coup for my family... even my own father's funeral was a time for giggles and laughs... of course, it was all between ourselves.

...but this post isn't about us...

Humour, for us, was a means of entertainment... and a defencive mechanism from the "ills of the world"...

It's thought that for many comedians, this latter part is very true... and this is what leads many of them to rather dark personal areas during their lives...

There are exceptions to every rule though... and perhaps Richard Jeni is one of them and this is something more tragic and odd... who knows... and perhaps, we may never know...

I will best remember his when he was getting set to host "Caroline's Comedy Hour" and was doing promo commercials on A&E network...

I'm gonna paraphrase a little as it was long ago... but the punchline remains the same...

"Everybody knows that A&E's slogan is Time Well Spent. Well, in this case, it's still the same, but is a little different. This show will be Time... well...? spent.

He will be missed....

"The way I see life, it's like we're all flying on the Hindenburg, why fight over the window seats?"
- Richard Jeni

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Sources:

Perez Hilton
Shecky Magazine
Post-Chronicle
Extra TV
CFGate.Com (AP Newswire)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Elayne Boosler: Remembering Comedian Richard...

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I just wrote a quick historical piece (I admit, kinda rushed...) has been written for Pastyme with Good Companye about suicide... if you have a second, please give it a read...

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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 tiny banner 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 02:39:45 pm, by Email , 159 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Have You Ever Considered A One Account Mortgage?

Ok. I am the first to admit that I personally get confused by all the different types of mortgages that are being offered to consumers today. There are just so many to look at and consider, which one will be best for you and your pocketbook.

The One Account Mortgage makes sense to me because it combines all your finances into one, allowing for greater financial flexibility than any other mortgage service or product that I have personally come across. This is particularly handy for those of us who are also pursuing a dream, such as our bus project.

Basically, by combining all of your finances under one roof you can greatly reduce your interest payments, save money, and actually be able to pay off your mortgage sooner.

There are other really cool benefits with these types of mortgages as well. You can obtain further information on the one account mortgage by clicking here. They make sense to me!

Permalink 12:46:00 pm, by Email , 509 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Curiosity

Blog yer Blessings

Questions

In the long run, do you know what REALLY will eventually "get us the bus"?

Curiosity.

Someone will see the image, the link, hear about it through a friend... and be curious enough to visit and, like most of our regular readers, think it's a cool enough dream to support.

Curiosity, they say, killed the cat... but realistically, curiosity led us to discover cures for illnesses, discover new worlds, and generally move our own knowledge forward...

Let me share a bit of a story involving, of all people, James "The Amazing" Randi...

When he was a young fellow growing up in Toronto, he once spotted a large bit of graffiti that read, "QUESTION AUTHORITY!"

Randi took out his own marker and added a simple word... "Why?"

Curiosity is asking questions... and getting answers. Without curiosity, the Sun would still revolve around the Earth, you'd be sick because the "humours" in your blood were bad and you'd need to be bled or have leeches applied to cure you, and we'd all know that heavier than air craft just cannot fly.

We need to question everything when it doesn't add up or needs an answer... and that curiosity is a blessing.

In my view, ALL curious people are blessings... they ensure that we all move forward, don't get lost in blind faith to our detriment, and allow us to discover more about the world we live in... and who we are.

They hold authorities to account for themselves... and even hold nature to account for itself.

They examine, answer, and genuinely make us understand...

I'm a curious person by nature... the mere fact that you're online and reading ideas shows you're curious... and in that sense, in our own little way, we are all blessings thanks to our curious natures.

After all, besides accident, without curiosity, there can be no discovery!

"My sense of God is my sense of wonder about the Universe."
- Albert Einstein

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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 tiny banner 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 12:45:30 pm, by Email , 584 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Deserted Islands Bloggers...

BlogTalkers!

This week's question...

If you had to spend a year on a deserted island with any five bloggers, who would you choose and why?

Geez, can I pick "D" - None of the above?

No offence to the blogsphere, but let's face facts... If I'm away from the computer for a year, I WANT TO BE AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!

None-the-less, let's work with this question and be honest...

Sue!

#1: and most obviously is Sue.... who's my partner in life and in the Blogsphere. She's also my best friend and best debating partner... so she's a "gimme" on this venture.

Nicola!

#2: is Ms. Demmie who is often a "centring factor"... whenever I get a little fehclempt and start to seriously wonder why I put so much effort into things, her comments and whatnot usually turn me around.

ThreeCollie!

#3: is Threecollie. An intelligent person who I can see having many good discussions and yes, even debates with... but without getting nasty... and because of mutual respect and intelligence, probably coming out with good ideas and formulations on things that otherwise wouldn't happen.

Fab-You-Lohz!

#4: is ABSOLUTELY Mr. Fabulous... Comedy and entertainment as well as witty banter would be a must... although I would need to keep him away from the small woodland creatures that live on the island... but that's a long and sordid story.

Neo Solar Temple

#5 would be THREE "bloggers"... okay, MySpacers... The Order of the Neo Solar Temple... UltraMantis Black, Hydra, and Crossbones. Sort of a collective "Dr. Smith" to our Space Family Robinson... but let's face it, strength and agility are important for survival... and, if I read my signs correctly, UltraMantis is a VEGAN... which means he's grain fed and SHOULD we run out of food...

Man, there's so many other's I've missed... like Blandly Urbane, Andy, ariadneK, Reverend Anaglyph... heck, even Raymi Minx! (Well, should we run into cannibals or the like and need to make a sacrifice...)

...that said, I must stick to five... and there they are listed... for better or worse...

On the whole though, I still stick to the idea that calm solitude would be wonderful... provided I knew it would be only for a finite amount of time, mind you...

Otherwise, I might go nuttier than a fruitcake... and start thinking that selling AmWay is a great business idea or that Fresca tastes better than Mouton Cadet, Chateaux Rothschild...

Per ardua ad astra!

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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 tiny banner 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 12:45:08 pm, by Email , 126 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Meeting Christian Singles Online

It can be a tough world when it comes to meeting new and interesting people especially online. We all want to meet people with similar values, goals, and interests. Now Christian Singles have a terrific opportunity to meet through ChristianLifestyle.com. This website is designed specifically for Christians who are looking to make new friends, date, or meet that special person. It is well designed, very easy to use, and the best part is that it is free to join! This site really takes away a lot of the hassles that can come with trying to make an online connection. If you are Christian, and single why not check it out, and see some of the people who have already joined in on the fun!

Cheers!

Permalink 12:21:00 pm, by Email , 324 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Helping Hand Thursdays, Day Tripping & Travel

BELATED BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO A GREAT MAN

...and our current "renter"!

Oh no, not again...

Yes, Mr. Fab of Pointless Directives has turned twenty-four for the dozenth and more time... and I did congratulate him on his blog... but I wanted to mention here that SINCE Pointless Directives featured some GREAT facts about Canadians (and why Mr. Fabulous loves us,) I thought it only right to suggest some other destinations he may wish to visit for a birthday gift to himself to immerse in other cultures...

I mean, reading JetLagTravel's write up on Molvania, Phaic Tan, or the paradise known as San Sombrèro and you KNOW that Mr. Fab would be right at home!

So visit Pointless Directives and wish Mr. Fab a happy birthday! After all, he only gets one per year...

Happy Birthday!

...not including the celebrations he has for his pet lemurs... but that's a LONG story.

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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 tiny banner 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 12:20:41 pm, by Email , 252 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Accents Make The Room

With our Spring cleaning now fully under way, I often find myself thinking of ways to update and improve the look of the compound. Sometimes we all could use a little change of scenery in our home décor, and the easiest way to do that in my opinion is through new accents.

Fine art prints are actually my first choice in "making" any room look spectacular and setting the tone, whether that be dramatic, welcoming, whatever feel you are looking to achieve. For instance when I want to achieve a peaceful setting my choice would be Claude Monet.

Decorative wall mirrors can also add light, and make any room appear larger than it really is. If you look at some of the great palaces in Europe, mirrors are used or just this purpose.

I also like to add clocks to every room, and not just because I always want to check the time! A clock can also be used as a centrepiece to any wall. Check out this beautiful Wine Grapes wall clock that I found that would be stunning in my opinion in a kitchen.

If you too are in the midst of Spring clean out you may want to check out this website for some of the items I've listed above. Aside from beautiful wall clocks, accent mirrors, and fine art prints, they also have some terrific selections on furniture for every room in the house, including a special section on budget furnishings that are simply gorgeous.

Happy Decorating!

03/10/07

Permalink 03:09:02 pm, by Email , 533 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays - Weekly State of the Dream Address...

Two words can sum it up this week...

No Movement

Hits to the ol' blog here are back to their 1500 visits per day average... and I'm noticing more people actually SEARCHING for the site(s) and blog!

Still, I have no news to report AT ALL.

Nothing new on the bus itself (still in Santa Rosa and still being filled with garbage), no news on the monetary front (even all the "Pay-Per-Posts" haven't been paid out and NO new takers on the ads or anything front), and no new real news on the site or whatnot...

Effectively, nada to tell you this week.

...okay, except we did get a $10.00 gift (I'll be updating the thermometer today - DONE!) and rudos threatened to commandeer then eat the bus once we get it... but other than that, nothing.

Granted, this week (like ALL of last week) started off with me being rather ill... and working extra-hard at the awfice to earn our daily kibble... so perhaps it's indicative of my lack of attentiveness to things.

I have "re-vamped" the lame MySpace page for the dream and that's gotten some attention... so who knows...

I'm REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, hoping and praying that next week, we'll have some news... and we WILL keep working on it...

For today, however, I hope everyone appreciated the "faux quatrain" I penned for the Nuthin' But Pimp blog in honour of Britney's latest freak-out... I know, you REALLY thought it was from Michel De Nostradam... but no, it's from my feeble mind instead.

Guess who's tomb?

I should probably be careful though... Fake quatrains caused a real kerfuffle not too long ago... and I do sincerely doubt that Ms. Spears is the TRUE anti-Christ...

Right now, my candidates for anti-Christ are narrowed to Yanni, John Tesh, Zamfir, and David Hasselhoff... but to discuss my studies in a blog would be very difficult.

Of course, I'm still trying to figure out who would be the ultimate destroyers of the world as we know it...

Hmmm... perhaps... but I'm more likely to believe...

Yes... it's ALWAYS the ones you LEAST suspect!

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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 tiny banner 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 03:05:22 pm, by Email , 162 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Poker Players Check This Out!

A Michigan USA based company with a strong online presence Elite Poker Chips.com is offering huge savings on high quality Poker Chip Sets, Playing Cards, and other Poker Playing Accessories. This company has built a solid a long lasting reputation based on it's excellent customer service, (live customer support through their toll-free phone lines) friendly and highly knowledgeable staff, and of course their products. There are many different poker chip sets for you to choose from as you browse through their online catalogue. The website is easy to use and navigate, which for me is a huge bonus when dealing with an online shop. There FAQ is also well detailed and explains a lot about what to expect by purchasing through them, shipping information etc.

If you are a Poker player or looking or a gift idea for someone you know that is, you might want to check out this company's beautiful Poker Chip Sets, and the terrific savings offered.

Cheers!

Permalink 12:16:25 pm, by Email , 76 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Pork and Coca Cola

Here's a bit of weirdness for you:

http://emuse.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/15847

Tha above video is an online spoof of the old urban myth that if you pour coca-cola over raw pork worms will crawl out of it. It never ceases to amaze me how otherwise intelligent adults will fall for this stuff.

Here is the real scoop on this rather nasty bit of urban myth:

http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/porkworm.asp

Cheers!
Sue

Permalink 12:14:20 pm, by Email , 249 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Our Drug Addicted World....

Thankfully in our own little bubble of a busly world drug and alcohol addiction has never been a problem for neither Matthew, myself nor the kids. Unfortunately this is not the case for everyone, in fact you cannot seem to escape the news of some celebrity seemingly weekly checking into a rehabilitation centre. And good for them! There is no shame in addiction, my own father battled his own demons with the bottle for a good portion of his life. He got help, and there is help available through drug treatment programs like Stone Hawk.

Stone Hawk provides it's students with a means to living their lives free of drug and alcohol dependency, free of judgement and scorn. In a supportive and nurturing environment people can get the help they need to become and stay clean of chemical addictions.

The name of this centre is taken from Native American traditions, the "hawk" is symbolizing healing, vision, rebirth and spirituality, and the "stone" representing the solid...strength of the clan. I like that and I fell it is very apt and appropriate for what this program accomplishes.

Stone Hawk has an online presence that give detailed information on various topics including drug and alcohol addiction, drug treatment options, and their program. If you feel that you or someone you know may benefit from Stone Hawk I urge you to check them out. The last years of my own father's life were spent sober because of programs such as this one.

Permalink 10:27:05 am, by Email , 249 words   English (CA)
Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA, From The Desk of Sue

Pat Gunner - The Finely Tuned Athletic Machine!

Meet my "baby" cousin "the finely tuned athletic machine" Pat Gunner! Yes, he's a wrestler, and yes, you can purchase his swag!

Go check out his MySpace here: www.myspace.com/gunner357 and you can get more details, or chat him up and tell him Sue can still kick his butt! That's right I've watched the Bas Rutten MMA how-to video!!!!!

Cheers!
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 tiny banner 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 10:25:30 am, by Email , 164 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge is power has always been my own personal motto, although I tend to use the cooler Latin version Scientia Et Potentia. This is especially true when you are a consumer or purchaser of anything.

If you are considering buying into an Extended Auto Warranty than this online consumer guide is must reading. Extended Warranty Information.com provides detailed information on these types of auto warranties, what they can and more importantly cannot do for you. numerous consumers jump into signing these contracts without really understanding what they are all about, and if they actually need them. This well laid-out website will empower you with the information you need to make informed choices. Some of the info I've read I personally had no clue about.

While I am typing this out another old Latin phrase pops into mind: Caveat Emptor or "Let The Buyer Beware." Before buying into an Extended Auto Warranty check out this handy consumer guide and arm yourself with knowledge.

Cheers!

03/09/07

Permalink 10:24:12 am, by Email , 1158 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Who thought THAT was a good idea?

Ross Perot once said, "Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial." Well, here's five "skinned knees" to me. Some more "skinned" than others... but none-the-less, these are five things that someone thought was a "good idea" that, realistically, was not...

Space! The Final Frontier!

Microsloth BOB!

Microsoft BOB!

Microsoft developers and marketers knew that people would need to upgrade their hardware that was running Windows 3.1x to run Windows '95... but how to convince people to do that?

The answer was something we ALL would LOVE to have... a friendly interface for Windows 3.1 that featured talking dogs and the like... and it was named, cleverly, "Bob".

It was released with a lot of fanfare in March of 1995 and was advertised as effectively "Windows 3.2"... it did come with some built-in tools like a reasonable word processor... but ALL of it's application were "documented" with an animated "helper" all the way along... imagine NEVER being able to turn of the damned paper-clip in Office.

At that time, I was working at a computer store as a purchaser*... and knew that interest was... well... sketchy.

Thinking ahead, I only ordered five copies of "Bob".

I sent back all five months later with not a single sale.

This product was SO misserable, it ranked 7th on PC World's WORST twenty-five products of all time.

Interestingly enough, the "Bob" project was managed by Melinda French... who went on to leave Microsoft when she became Melinda Gates.

"Bob" sucked.

Space! The Final Frontier!

* - Of special note about the purchasing job I mentioned above... I sold director David Cronenberg his first copy of Windows '95 at the store... What a claim to fame, eh? Oh, and yes, of course I got his autograph... sadly, it was stolen a few months later on a trip to London when my hotel room was burgled.

If you ever read this, I'm sorry about that sale, Mr. Cronenberg... but I did warn you, didn't I? I believe I used the term "lemmings off a cliff".

Space! The Final Frontier!

Brawl for Stupid

WWE's "Brawl for All"

Here's a good idea... When you're still back in the day when "professional wrestling" is being marketed as "real", openly admit it ISN'T by having a series of legitimate fights on television with your workers!

Now, don't get me wrong, wrestling is kinda real... the endings, sure, are predetermined as are the "feuds"... but the athleticism is real as are, in many cases, the injuries.

Well, "Brawl for All" took a bunch of men used to "working" fights (faking the actual attacks to protect their opponent but make it "look good",) and put them in legitimate fights!

The concept was to "get over" a legitimate tough-guy named Steve "Dr. Death" Williams... who, being a legitimate bad @ss, would go on to be known as the super-tough guy of the (then ) World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment).

Seemed like a good idea... except one problem... the fights were REAL.

Bart Gunn

Above is a picture of Bart Gunn, (real name Michael Plotcheck,) one-half of the tag team, "The Smoking Gunns", he made a bit of a real boo-boo... and knocked the heck out of Dr. Death Steve Williams in the quarter-finals of the contest in two rounds. In fact, the knock-out was so convincing, it killed William's "tough guy" persona dead.

Gunn went on to win the contest... which resulted in people scratching their heads as Gunn wasn't truly considered an "A" list competitor in any fashion.

The end result for Gunn for his boxing prowess was a match at Wrestlemania with big legitimate fighter/boxer Eric "Butterbean" Esch... who knocked out Gunn in thirty-seconds.

Butterbean

With this knock out, Gunn's image was now also ruined... and he was shortly terminated from WWF's roster.

During the initial "Brawl for All" fights, wrestlers Steve Blackman, Road Warrior Hawk, and Savio Vega were all badly hurt and couldn't wrestle for the promotion in their normal capacity for some time.

What a great idea! It squashed TWO careers and injured three men!

...and it was REAL!

Real dumb.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Egads!

Grape and/or Cherry and/or Orange Flavoured Potato Chips (Crisps)

This sounds like a joke, doesn't it?

Well, nope.

Hostess Potato Chips here in Canada in the 1970's figured people were bored with their salty-snacks... so the re-jigged their machines and Voila! Fruity potato chips!

They sold almost, but not quite as well as Microsoft Bob.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Look at my fake braces!

Grills

This is a NEW thing... but is thankfully already waning in popularity... probably because, BOY it's dumb.

Let's say you're a nice person who, for whatever reason, wanted a smile that literally sparkled... but sadly, lack chrome braces across your teeth.

Well, WORRY NO MORE!

Welcome to something that in ten years will be looked at the same way people look at pet rocks and hanging-bead doors!

Yup, effectively fake-braces... but more like jewellery... and some are REALLY expensive!

Sound dumb? It is!

Space! The Final Frontier!

New Coke!

New Coke

Imagine you have an all-time, best-selling, brand-name product. A product with a history and a heritage! Heck, many people (mistakenly) think your product's marketing invented Santa Claus!

What do you do with this?

Well, if you're the venerable Coca-Cola corporation in 1985, you CHANGE IT and remove the original from the market!

Oh yeah, that was smart...

Yup, you release a new and improved formulation (make it sweeter) and herald the NEW product!

...and have literally BILLIONS hate you while destroying the "believability" of your once highly-bankable spokesman, Bill Cosby, with consumers.

Now, many wonder if perhaps, in order to "build" sales, the Coca-Cola corporation released "New Coke" in order to RE-introduce "Coca-Cola Classic" a while later to the (hopeful) cheers of the masses... sort of a "product release/re-release" wrestling style angle... an attempt to get people to care about the product.

Did it work? Not really.

Sales are about where they were... and during the "new" launch and the "re-launch", sales were actually hurt.

Dumb idea? I'd say so.

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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 tiny banner 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 10:22:11 am, by Email , 284 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Big News Coming From Pay Per Post!

In the next few weeks Pay Per Post is set to make a huge announcement and the blogsphere is rife with rumours about what it may be!!! Tension and excitement are definitely mounting because this fabulous news will definitely be affecting us posties too! Since the news broke that a big announcement was forthcoming I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what it might be???? Any of you other posties care to comment and let us know what you think?

Pay Per Post has already created a huge stir by giving bloggers the means to make extra money, and increase site traffic by doing what we all do anyway, and that is write for our blogs.

We already know that the company is asking us posties to submit video testimonials for its own upcoming TV advertisement...so what could this big news be?????

Well, I love a good juicy rumour so I think I'll start one of my own. Ha!

Pay Per Post - The Movie!!!!! That's right you heard it here first....I think they are making a feature length film!

Who will play me???? Well I will be more than happy to play myself in the film adaptation of life as a Pay Per Post postie, for scale of course! Hey, my services don't come cheap, but I think I'm capable of doing a stunning portrayal of myself at the computer, typing away blog entries while working on my 10th cup of Java.

Seriously, I don't know what Pay Per Post has up their sleeves, but it is sure to be something that we will all love and appreciate!

From The I'm A Star In My Own Mind Desk Of Sue

03/08/07

Permalink 11:08:34 am, by Email , 360 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Goodnight Mr. Humphries...

I used to hate the television program "Are You Being Served" as a kid... but that was because our local station supplanted my favourite show, "The Goodies", with it removing it from my viewing patterns.

John Inman

Luckily, I rediscovered it as an adult... and loved it.

Sadly, last night, actor John Inman (who played the flamboyant Mr. Humphries... often the focus of the shows...) passed away at the age of seventy-one.

It's rare that a decades-old anything makes me laugh out loud... for the amount of comedic material that's out there... but "Are You Being Served" was one such program... more often than not, illiciting at least one good giggle or laugh per program.

Recently, he had been acting in pantomimes (usually as a "dame",) which although I didn't see them, was probably a perfect fit.

Apparently, he had been admitted to hospital a while back suffering from a Hepatitis A infection brought on by contaminated food...

Are you free Mr. Humphries?

If everything I've read about one's final journey is accurate, yes, he's free...

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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 tiny banner 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 10:59:40 am, by Email , 149 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Sprucing Up The Compound...

Spring is in the air and with that comes thoughts of sprucing up the dreaded Didier-Darroch compound. Weathering such natural disasters as Hurricane Hazel, our home as many of you already know is over 80 years of age, and our light fixtures appear to be as old!Trust me they are positively ancient!

If I had my wish they would definitely be upgraded with something just a tad more modern! Check out this gorgeous chandelier, it would look beautiful in it's warm neutral tone at the compound. How about these home lighting fixtures they're mini, but still very elegant!

Then there is our dreaded hallway lighting I'd love to add a wall sconce as it would work with the look, and feel I am trying to achieve.

When I am back to work there will definitely be some sprucing up going on!

From The Mood Lighting Rocks Desk Of Sue

Permalink 10:07:45 am, by Email , 221 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Wanted: One Blog Roomie!

Here are the stats from last week

1233 impressions
520 unique impressions
114 clicks (our renter)
49 unique clicks (our renter)

Come take a ride on One Old Green Bus and we will drive traffic your way!

Cheers!
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 tiny banner 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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Meeting New People Is Hard If You Are A Single Parent

Meeting new people can be really difficult, especially is you are a single Mom of three as I was many moons ago now. I'm quite certain, but no one was rude enough to say it, that some of Matthew's old buddies thought he was crazy for getting involved with a Mom who already had three kids from a previous marriage. Tough to be them I say, they could only do so well! Ha!

Seriously though, there is a terrific site for Single Moms like I used to be that you can join absolutely free. And how many times have you heard me say that "free is good!" Single Moms and Dads.com has a terrific layout that allows you to search through their website by location, and meet other people who share similar values, and interests. It really takes the edge off of trying to meet new people when you are a single parent. And trust me I was in your shoes, and I do know it is very possible to meet some super people online.

Permalink 09:32:00 am, by Email , 753 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Allow me to say thanks...

It's unusual to see me typing out a "Helping Hand Thursdays" post... but you know, I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to some great people who have helped try to make this dream possible...

Blandly Urbane from DeMediacratic Nation who broke from his usual political rantings to post about our dream... and seems to have NO intention of giving up on us until we succeed!

MsDemmie from Life at the Edge who's kindness and support have meant a lot to both Sue and myself.

Threecollie from Northview Diary who also dreams and has been of great support.

Candy Minx of The Gnostic World of Candy Minx who's been one of our great supporters.

Kilroy_60 of Fear And Loathing - The Gonzo Papers who won't leave me alone until I get off my sorry carcass and host a "blog carnival" and is also pushing and trying to figure out ways to make the dream into a reality.

Andy at The Spicy Cauldron for all his support and help.

UltraMantis Black and Hydra who, with or without their actual knowledge, allowed Sue and I to mark out this week and have a gentle and pretend wrasslin' angle... and for ALSO helping get the busly word out there.

...and of course, my wife Sue... who is supportive and helpful and tolerates this occasional madness... and even called out UltraMantis and Hydra on my behalf!!! (You know it's REAL love when your significant other is willing to risk the wrath of professional grapplers... rudos yet... to support your dream!)

Space! The Final Frontier!

The reason I wanted to say this special thank you to the above (and I've most likely forgotten MANY others...) is because of something Sue said yesterday in a quick post...

I honestly don't know if we will ever realise our dream of rescuing RLH 3 and restoring her, but she has provided me with so much hope for the future, and that alone makes our dream worthwhile.

...then I remembered this from a "Blog Your Blessing" Sunday post I wrote...

The other day, (Sunday last week, actually,) Sue and I were talking about "what if" we got the bus and just talking about if all our ducks in a row with the storage and how things would progress with the upkeep. The little one walked in, and coming in 3/4 of the way through the conversation and hearing us talking about storage and upkeep, lit up like a Christmas tree plugged directly into a giant dynamo at Niagara Falls and said, "You did it!?! Someone's getting us the bus!?!"

It was sad to explain that no, we were just talking about the "what if"s, but it was GREAT to see that, obviously, tweenager bravado aside, she still is excited that we might succeed.

So, thinking of ALL you folks who are helping and the above comments from the folks at home, I can't tell you how much MORE I'm inspired to TRY and make this happen...

I could also mention the folks that are watching THIS dream in terms of a quasi-measuring stick for their own dreams... and that also makes this goal so important.

We MUST get the bus. We WILL get the bus.

...and we thank ALL of you so very, very much.

Tomorrow's the List-er-ino day, so I'll hopefully be back to my old hijinx and regular self... and try to give you all something to giggle about!

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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 tiny banner 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 09:30:25 am, by Email , 322 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Pay Per Post Money Making Opportunities

Our regular readers may have noticed that we have now joined Pay Per Post, and have been doing some posts for them. Pay Per Post is a program that allows people with qualifying blogs to earn some spare cash, and we do highly recommend that you check them out. It is fun to write-up the entries, and fairly easy to do particularly if you are interested or enjoy the products and/or services that you are writing about.

I figured that some of you may be curious as to how much we've made to-date from pay-per-posting. So far fifteen of our posts have been accepted by the pay-per-post admin, and those ones we should receive payment for in thirty days from the time that they were written. So technically speaking we have not received any money from them yet, but will over the next few weeks see over $100.00 US go directly into our PayPal account!

That is the good news!!!!!!

The less than good news is that if you have noticed our thermometer on the side-bar we have not raised it yet. That is for two reasons. It will not be raised until any money coming in is actually in our account, and until I am re-employed some if not most of this money will be put towards groceries, and things such as bus fare in order to seek employment. For that I must really thank Pay-Per-Post.

Donations that come in can and always will go directly to saving RLH 3, but the Pay-Per-Post earnings at least for now will be needed to feed our child.

Fingers crossed that out of the now 100's of resumes I've sent out I'll get called for at least one interview (I have always excelled there, and have always gotten a job if I'm called in for an interview) or the temp agency I signed up with last Thursday will come through with an assignment!

Cheers!
Sue

03/07/07

Permalink 10:09:33 am, by Email , 422 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

The Dream....Literally.....

It's been quite awhile since I last blogged about RLH 3, not because it hasn't been on my mind, but because life sometimes can get in the way of our dreams, and I've been busy with job hunting, which must take the front seat, so to speak at the moment.

I admit I've been stressed lately, which is probably why I dreamt of One Old Green Bus last night. No, not the blog ...silly...the bus!!!!

Matthew, the kid, dogs, and I were packed into the fully restored, and outfitted bus (no disco balls, this was a serious dream, and post. I was driving (natch!) and we were adventuring across Canada, driving through the mountains and off to visit our dear friend Heather and her clan in the wilds of British Columbia .... we were happy......sigh....

I honestly don't know if we will ever realise our dream of rescuing RLH 3 and restoring her, but she has provided me with so much hope for the future, and that alone makes our dream worthwhile.

I also want to take a moment to thank ALL of you who have supported us since we started out on this project, and I do not necessarily mean financially. Your kind and generous words of encouragement, your links, and displaying of our banner really do mean a lot to us!!!! And we thank you for it.

From The Dreaming Of RLH 3 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 tiny banner 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 09:42:09 am, by Email , 246 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Newbie Webmasters

As most of you know Matthew is the real brain behind our various websites and blogs as far as the technical side of things go. And I must say I am constantly impressed with his skills as a webmaster. Sure I'm biased, but how many of you dear gentle readers know that he writes all his own code in notepad in less time then it takes your humble webmistress (that would be me) to work with my WYSIWYG programs. He has sat down and taught me quite a few things over the years as far as tips, and tricks go, and I will admit over the past year since I've been off of work I have improved my own html skills greatly. I also scour the net for helpful suggestions etc to improve my own skills that I would still qualify as a beginners despite doing this for quite a few years now.

One of the great solutions I have come across very recently is offered through ClubTVK. It is a 91 page e-book for beginner web designers who are looking for help with templates. Joomla Templates not only look really good, but they can be created via a kit in 5 easy steps. You do not need expensive software, nor graphic design knowledge to create these professional looking templates for your websites.

As I continue to learn and grow as a webmaster in my own right I will definitely be relying on tools such as this one.

03/06/07

Permalink 07:04:29 pm, by Email , 445 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Since I was a blogging fool for the last couple of days...

Hey Folks... Since I wasn't able to take the much-needed time off from blogging in order to PROTECT the dream from the dreaded Order of the Neo Solar Temple...

BUY SWAG!
Click the above image to go to Ultramantis Black's MySpace page for COOL SWAG!

Oh? You missed this? Click the links below... they'll open a new broswer so you can continue this post when/if ready...

Part One - It Begins...
Part Two - I answer the call...
Part Three - Sue answers the call too...
Part Four - We bow out gracefully... BUT MAINTAIN THE DREAM!

...anyway...

So, since I've been a postin' fool, I'm taking Wednesday off... HONESTLY!

I'm actually feeling much better... but hey, everyone needs a WEE vacation now and again, right?

Oh, and Sue's rage with UltraMantis? GONE!

The Summer Wind

...any man (or insect) that likes Frank can't be ALL that bad!

...and NOW we know why he wanted the "old-timey loudspeaker" for the bus! Karoke!!! So, what'll it be... "The Summer Wind"? "New York, New York"? "Chicago"? "Strangers in the Night"?

Ahhhh... Frank...

If only we could hear Mantis' dulcet tones as he sings out...

What can we say... Ol' Black Antennae is Back! and he's got that koo-koo crazy bus love in his heart, I'm sure!

I win the lottery, I get a tank and milking machine for Threecollie, and a pimped-out double-decker COMPLETE with a well stocked Karoke machine for Ultramantis and The Order... Doo-bee-doo-bee-doo!

I tell you boys, I'm DEAD serious... my lucky numbers come up and you can expect one whacked out transport coming your way!

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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 tiny banner 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 06:09:45 pm, by Email , 107 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

I LOVE The Big Apple

I love New York and really want to take a New York City Break in the very near future. Since we are so close living in Toronto a quick getaway to New York City is not out of the question especially since things are improving monetarily for us, and I have family both in NYC, and nearby Connecticut.

Dial A Flight is offering a weekend New York City break at some phenomenal prices. If you too are in a New York frame of mind you should check them out.

There really is no other city in the world like it, and I look forward to getting back!

Permalink 03:06:47 pm, by Email , 578 words   English (CA)
Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA

Meanwhile, back in reality...

mark: (noun) - Term that can be applied to a fan who idolizes a particular wrestler, promotion, or style of wrestling to a point some might consider excessive.

UltraMantis and Hydra

Okay, we've TRIED to have fun with the great UltraMantis Black and Hydra... and... well... let's be honest. See the definition above? Well, that's me...

To be truthful, I am a fan or "mark" for both men... and yeah, The Order of the Neo Solar Temple is GREAT... actually, for all the fine workers of Chikara Pro... and I recommend ANY fan of good grappling to check out SmartMarkVideo and consider picking up one of their DVDs or tapes.

...and remember, there are some GREAT T-Shirts at UltraMantis Black's Myspace that are VERY worthy of purchase.

That said... we STILL won't cough-up RLH 3 for the order... well, not without a fight... but we will help find and modify RLH 13 for them 'cuz, after all, the Order NEEDS cool wheels capable of holding all equipment and whatnot needed for their cross-country tour to eliminate (with extreme prejudice) pro wrestling and strip malls.

I would be honoured to help apply the decorative bunting for them too.

...and then help with a powerful bromide for Hydra after he consumes the bus.

From all of us here at One Old Green Bus, I'd like to say LONG LIVE THE ORDER OF THE NEO SOLAR TEMPLE and we just wanted to say thanks for the comments... even if they did suggest that after we achieve our dream, we would need to relinquish it to sate the needs of The Order.

...'cuz that just ain't happenin'.

...but hey, we WILL help you get your own boss wheels... promise!

...and we'll keep our bus out of the hands of the TRUE enemies of The Order.

I'll get Sue to calm down, I promise... She's a little like my own Hydra in the fact that she's freakishly strong and when she's in a berzerker rage, it's difficult to get her to slow down and relax... and when you consider she's a master of the catch-as-catch-can grappling style, she's studied advanced First-Nations/Mohawk leg wrestling, and she's a master of Danish Jiu-Jitsu... and watched Bas Rutten's Lethal Street Fight video... it can be quite a struggle to hold her back!

...and if you end getting her patented finishing move, the F-Sue, it's ALL over!!!

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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 tiny banner 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 03:03:06 pm, by Email , 136 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Credit Card Woes

I own one credit card and I hate it. I look at it in my wallet, and think there you are sweet temptress that wills me to buy that extra not needed, but glorious item! Oy Vey! Ok. it's me, they make me weak.

When I applied for the card several years ago I did no credit card comparison shopping. I just went with the one offered by my financial institution. Pretty stupid eh! Now I've found myself having to look at balance transfer credit cards at a cheaper rate just to deal with the first.

I've also been told about cash back credit cards, and reward credit cards, you know like you see offered on television etc, and wonder if it would be worth switching over for the added bonuses, features of a different card...

Permalink 09:37:29 am, by Email , 322 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Swatting Insects.....

The bus man is still sick, and quite frankly I thought he was suffering fever-induced hallucinations when I read right here on the Old Green Bus blog that RLH 3 was being threatened by some Preying Mantis dude and his evil minions!

Upon further investigation .... it's true!!!!!

Weird?!

Obviously this insect guy has no idea what he has come up against. For I, yes me, your humble blog writer has been known to lace up her boots, and don my red cape as my own evil alter-ego "Lobster Girl" ..... and I will lay the smackdown on anyone who threatens One Old Green Bus.

In fact Mr. Mantis dude I challenge you to come up here to Toronto so I can squash you like a bug!

From The I've Got A Giant Can Of Raid 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 tiny banner 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 09:11:54 am, by Email , 282 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Sports Promote Healthy Lifestyles

It's hard to believe with today's frigid temperatures (it's minus 35 with the wind) here in Toronto that spring is on it's way, and with it the ability to spend more time enjoying outdoor activities. At this point it could not be coming soon enough!

As a kid I used to very athletic, not necessarily very good, but I still loved sports. My own kids for the most part are pretty much the same. The eldest is into Tae Kwon Do achieving her brown belt, the middle one plays softball, and is into soccer, whilst the youngest enjoys basketball! All of them enjoy team sports, with the youngest trying out for the basketball team each year.

We've also got some great field in the neighborhood, and a few basketball courts for the local kids to enjoy. I encourage it, because not only do sports promote a healthy lifestyle, they also keep the kids from getting into other activities that I would not want them being involved in.

With that said, I'll be doing an inventory of their sports stuff in the next week and seeing what needs replacing. I know that the kid will definitely be needing some new basketball equipment. With my eye for bargains, I'll be checking out Pro Dunk Hoops as they have some great sales on equipment going on.

As parents we are constantly reminded of the growing problem of child obesity in this country, and therefore I think it is really important to get kids involved in sports at a young age so it becomes a routine part of their lifestyle. My own Dad felt the same way and he still shot hoops with us when he was 65!

03/05/07

Permalink 08:24:20 pm, by Email , 685 words   English (CA)
Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA

RESPONSE!

My Response to UltraMantis Black and his demand for our bus to help his Neo Solar Temple...

My Dear Dark Overlord,

The Order may "wish" to commandeer our bus, RLH 3, for it's nefarious uses... and although we may be inclined to agree with MUCH that the Neo Solar Temple wishes to accomplish, I'm afraid the answer is an emphatic NO.

Now, before you threaten me with your man/monster/beast Hydra, never let it be said I'm not a "fair man"...

Whilst in my studies, I've located a bus FOR YOU that's already seems to be ready for your purposes... RLH 13 is currently missing and was last seen in Leiden, Holland in the late 1970's.

Now, I had a look at the image from Holland of it... and got to thinking...

Neo Solar Temple Bus

Perhaps THIS is the answer...

With suitable armourments and a jaunty bit of your decorative bunting, not to mention some "interior alterations" to accommodate the other members of your temple, I do believe RLH 13 would suit your needs far more than our mouldy-old RLH 3.

Now, if you INSIST on attempting to "commandeer" our bus, beware... we do have something... a DANGEROUS powerful icon... and we're NOT afraid to use it... do NOT make us break out The Great God Gazooki...

Don't Mess wit da GOD!

...combined with the AWESOME strength of my wife Sue and the terror that is known as our dog Max, we've been known to humble adult moose and entire families of beavers. (Remember, we're Canadian, eh?)

So, although I know your a very busy man... I put it to you... go with your attempts to commandeer our bus... consider a JAUNTY method of travel for the ENTIRE order with the FABULOUS RLH 13 (cool number to boot, eh?).. or go with what what's behind curtain number three OR, just to be interesting, you can also choose what Carol Merrill has in the box!

Let's Make a Deal!

THE CHOICE IS YOURS, ULTRAMANTIS BLACK! Choose wisely, good sir...

Namaste,
Matthew James Didier

P.S. - As two of Canada's leading paranormal investigators, you said that you would be wrestling via telekinesis... needless to say, we wish to study this and document this massive event of important paranormality.

Here endeth my response.

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NO! MY RESPONSE DOES NOT END HERE!

Is it over? NO! Not yet!

While I was INNOCENTLY posting away my rather DIPLOMATIC response to UltraMantis Black, one of his "order" had the GAUL to add this...

Hydra Lock Comments!

Okay, now in honesty, Hydra is one of the strongest, most "ripped" folks I know... in fact, I don't know if he's truly "well", in certain senses... it honestly looks as if he might have elevated liver enzymes, if you know what I mean...

NO, Hydra, NO DISRESPECT INTENDED of course! It's just that you are an AWESOME specimen... and yes, you intimidate me.

STILL, this is MY FAMILY'S DREAM VEHICLE and I feel obliged to DEFEND IT!

Now, I ask you to read my GENEROUS proposal to UltraMantis (above) and kindly reconsider your... um... appetite for our vehicle.

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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 tiny banner 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 01:47:18 pm, by Email , 262 words   English (CA)
Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA

ONOZ!

From the Bus Dream's MySpace...

Egads~!

HONEY!!! The Dark Breed Order of the Neo Solar Temple want our bus!!!! Egads!!!!

Although I'm unwell (and yet STILL at work infecting others...), I will be responding to this demand this evening. As always, I do believe I have a diplomatic answer...

...of course, if that fails, I am prepared to break out my secret weapon... THE GREAT GOD GAZOOKI!!!

Gazooki

His power can only be described with one word... awesome.

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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 tiny banner 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 01:39:10 pm, by Email , 123 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Meeting People Online

Some of you gentle readers already know that Matthew and I met initially in cyber-space, and through our mutual interests developed a deep friendship that blossomed into what I will say is the love of my life!

It's not always easy to meet new people, which is why online dating sites have become so popular.

Just Say Hi.com is a high quality, online, free dating site where you can join in on their forums and meet some really cool people! They make it really easy with their well designed website, and online forums.

If you like to meet new people, why not check out this free dating site. If I can find the love of my life online...so can you!

Cheers!

Permalink 01:04:38 pm, by Email , 242 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Yes, My Bus Man Is Sick

And while I take some time to get my thoughts in order and cook up a blog entry to entertain you with....you may want to check out these other fine blogs that encompass our bloggie Universe.

The Paranormal Blog

Nuttin' But Pimp

Life in the Urban Zoo

Pastyme with Good Companye

Will be back shortly.......

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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 tiny banner 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 12:56:27 pm, by Email , 216 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Mountain Beauty

Check out the gorgeous photos on real estate Asheville! Asheville real estate is located in Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, which is one of the prettiest spots I've ever seen in the continental USA. If you have ever considered living up in the mountains you really must check out Red Wolf Run....I know ... the name alone conjures images in the mind of majestic beauty.

This unique community is approximately 250 acres with lot sizes ranging from one to five acres. There will only ever be 65 homes there, meaning you are insured privacy, and that alone would be high on my lists of selling features as I've said to Matthew quite a few times that I would love to one day relocate the Didier-Darroch compound to the wilderness.

One of the things that I really appreciated when visiting the Red Wolf Run website was the detailed and no-nonsense section on Important Questions and Answers." Mountain living sounds very appealing, however it might not be for everyone. This website is packed with information in order to help you determine if this community is for you. I must admit though that I am still stuck on the beautiful photographs they provide.

I can hear the sweet bird song and smell the fresh mountain air as I type .... sigh......

Permalink 10:25:04 am, by Email , 385 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

Taking 48 hours to hopefully recover...

Hey Folks...

To be honest, I'm not well AGAIN. Stomach troubles and a cold... most likely FLU still...

On that note, I'm taking two days off from the Blogsphere myself... Sue might chime in here, but I'm out until Wednesday.

...and for some WEIRD reason, I'm wanting to blog about one of my favourite actors... Michael York... what can I tell you... he was a god to me as a kid when he was D'Artagnan in the Musketeers movies... amongst others...

Michael York

Yup, he set up a DEEP want to buckle me ol' swash!

Perhaps it was his scenes with Raquel Welch or getting to hang out with Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, and Spike Milligan that appealed... or all of it...

Heck, I was THRILLED when Sue was pleased that I picked up BOTH Musketeer movies on DVD... If you're a fan of swashing your buckle, PICK THIS DVD UP!!!

Anyway, lately I've been reading some of his work... and well, I'm more impressed with him now, so I feel like I should blog about it... but sadly, not now as I must rest...

Thanks for checking in... and like I said, perhaps Sue will be posting in my stead...

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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 tiny banner 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 10:16:26 am, by Email , 136 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Skiing In Bulgaria...

I've been doing a lot of thinking about my "winter blues" over the past few weeks, and considering why I tend to get so depressed in the colder weather. I think in part it has a lot to do with the fact that my outdoor winter activities are severely limited.

I'd actually love to travel somewhere exotic in Europe like Bulgaria, which is located under Romania (the land of my ancestry). The Bansko Ski Resort is simply gorgeous, along with other beautiful bansko properties. I think it would make for a cool get-away, and I'd love to give skiing a try, especially in such an awe-inspiring location like the Pirin mountains.

What do you think? I bet I'd look pretty jaunty in ski bunny apparel!

From The When Will This Extreme Cold End??? Desk Of Sue

03/04/07

Permalink 09:34:02 am, by Email , 745 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers, "Living" History - Historical Re-enactment

BlogTalkers: Out of the closet...

BlogTalkers!

This week's question...

What three things in your clothes closet could you not live without?

Well, I'm tempted to say my cats... Elizabeth, Mary, and Annie who tend to sleep there more often than not when the door is left open or ajar, but that's almost a gimme... although, at times (like when I'm picking off the cat hair that's found it's way onto my dark business suits) I often wonder if I *could* live without 'em...

....NAH! I need my moggy companions!

I'm not a "traditional guy" in most senses... I am not a t-shirt and boxers on the couch in front of "the game on TV" type... nor am I a "Metro-sexual" and feel the need to spend thousands on a wardrobe that contains designer labels... I'm pretty much a pants/shirt/socks/drawers/occasional tie kinda guy when it comes to clothes, however... anything will do in a pinch.

I think the LONGEST I spent doing generic "clothes shopping" for myself was about fifteen minutes... and that would have been greatly decreased had the change room been free.

"Does it fit? Does it feel okay? Can I wear it? Can I afford it? DONE!"

I'm about as coordinated as a herd of cats when it comes to clothes, Ergo: If my closet burned to the ground and lost ALL it's contents, I wouldn't weep for too long... one trip to a department store and all would be well.

...that said, there is something in my other closet... something in my storage closet that means the world to me... and it's clothing related... in fact, back when money was MUCH better, it was the ONLY thing I spent well over a thousand dollars on as far as "wearables" and happily still fits and, if I do say so myself, looks great!

As you may (or may not) know, we were War of 1812 re-enactors. (Click here (opens a new browser) for details on that.) As such, I sank a TONNE of money into... my uniforms.

Yup, I have the whole kit...

- Scarlet tunic (British Regular/Militia)
- Green tunic with "frogging" (Officer - British Rifles/Glengarry)
- White tunic (British "Fatigue" Uniform)
- Basic Green tunic (Militia Rifleman)

(The three requested for the question are highlighted above...)

...including wool pants (period reproduction), gaiters, cross-belts (both black and white), big silly hat (shako)... tonnes of other stuff...

In fact, my entire uniform and kit (including what's left of my edged weapons) does NOT fit in my biggest suitcase!!!

Now, in honesty, since finances and schedule have curtailed our ability to be "living historians" (and I had to sell my Baker rifle), I rarely get to put on any of this save for Halloween and special occasions... I would still be MOST upset if my "kit" went missing.

...no, let me rephrase that...

I'd be DEVASTATED if any of my kit went missing...

So I guess I am a clothes horse... just a PERIOD clothes horse.

Perhaps it goes hand in hand with something I've said for a while...

When asked when I could be expected to be "seen" in the field again, I've often said that I'd be there when I could drive our bus to the battle site.

Perhaps one is now indelibly linked to the other in my mind...

Me in Officer's Kit

...well, that and Sue says I look "jaunty" in my green coat! :)

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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 tiny banner 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 07:00:00 am, by Email , 763 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

One Of My Blessings - Supportive Family

Blog yer Blessings

Lets face it kids, to have a dream is one thing... to have a family that supports you no matter what is another... to have a family that supports AND shares that dream is altogether a blesssing.

I've told the whole story here almost once too often, so I shan't bore you with it again... if you're new to this blog, click here (opens a new window) and you can read the whole story.

Either way, I realise something every day...

#1: It was ME that during the bad times ended up looking at old buses in the first place.

#2: It is ME that really seems to have the weird connections to RLH 3.

#3: It was ME who, when I realised that RLH 3 could end up scrapped, set up the sites and blogs... and tried to save her after all was said and done...

...and there's more...

...yet...

It's Sue that's helped... dreamed... worked... really SHARED and ADOPTED the dream too. In fact, she's looked into it way back when and found the parts of my dream that appealed to her... thus turning it into her dream too!

Our little one is in an awkward stage... she's eleven going on seventeen some days, four on others... but more often than not, she's too cool to be too concerned with the dream anymore... despit the fact that when we started talking about the bus and then putting ideas into action, she was all for it... now, not-so-much...

...that is...

The other day, (Sunday last week, actually,) Sue and I were talking about "what if" we got the bus and just talking about if all our ducks in a row with the storage and how things would progress with the upkeep. The little one walked in, and coming in 3/4 of the way through the conversation and hearing us talking about storage and upkeep, lit up like a Christmas tree plugged directly into a giant dynamo at Niagara Falls and said, "You did it!?! Someone's getting us the bus!?!"

It was sad to explain that no, we were just talking about the "what if"s, but it was GREAT to see that, obviously, tweenager bravado aside, she still is excited that we might succeed.

(For the record, when she found out that we hadn't actually succeeded, she simply went back to her MSN chat with a school friend without issue... Ah, youth...)

Actually, that makes this effort all the more important to me personally... I now NEED to prove to my stepling that, indeed, putting effort into things AND sharing your dream AND working towards your dream WILL WORK.

So, my blesssing for this Sunday is a family that not only understands, but has adopted and helps with a dream of mine... they've made it their own and in the process, have made it a family project.

As important as it is to make this dream into reality, it's already priceless to us...

The "dream" got us to talk and to concentrate on something else other than problems during tough times... when things improved, it's become a family project... really, what more could you want?

At this point, getting the bus would be icing on a cake.

So, my blessing is an understanding and supportive family... and the sharing of a dream.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Not exactly a happy or upbeat post but an interesting one... and hopefully, if you found it interesting, you'll visit Find-a-Death and consider, if in Hollywood, one of Scott's tours...

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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 tiny banner 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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03/03/07

Permalink 07:39:00 pm, by Email , 723 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays: State of the Quest Address...

So, another week... another... well... it's been a lean week.

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Sue's been going NUTS with the "pay-per-posts"... but I'm TRYING to curb her to "Thursday's Only"... it's hard to convince her 'cuz when she gets on a roll it's a little like battling the unstoppable force.

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It's really weird though... the hits are STILL really high... and we're getting loads of attention and hits from other bloggers and websites... which is great... and makes me feel kinda weird.

There I am, surfing the blogsphere and the dreaded Interwebs (that series of tubes that Al Gore invented,) and every so often, I find our dream/quest talked about/written about!

Saturna

It was really nice to see a write-up on the blog of Saturna, who describe themselves as an indie rock band that plays fuzzy, dirty, driving, psychedelic bliss pop... and they are supporters of the bus dream! (So right away, you know I like 'em!)

If they read this, hope the weather improves in Portland!

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Our Knight!

With the way things are going, I feel very much like we're in a weird maze... and there's two distinct paths...

One is long and twisty and takes a very long time... and one might honestly never get to the end.

The other is a VERY short path... but you have to cross a deep valley with a raging river at the bottom of it... hmmm... I think I also see crocodiles in that river... and they're hungry... and there's a partially completed bridge over this gorge... and on the other side of that bridge is a party with people chatting and hanging around, who if only ONE of those folks noticed us, could extend a hand and shorten the trip immensely.

Of course, our truth is hopefully somewhere in between... loads of work for us and a few hands helping us over that gap.

Still, I can't shake the idea that, indeed, a knight in shining armour is out there... and will help...

...call me a cockeyed optimist.

For now, however, I think we'll keep working on what we hopefully CAN do for ourselves... with a little help, of course!

The BUS!

Like it says, 2007 WILL BE THE YEAR OF THE BUS!

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On a completely unrelated note... My favourite whacky wrestling insect, Ultramantis Black has some new gear... some of which would make Sue very jealous that he thought of before her...

UltraMantis Black!

Hmmm... Ultramantis has domination plans... Sue feels she is rightful monarch of the universe... one's a whacky wrestling insect... the other is the person with whom I share a home...

Well, Sue supports the bus dream and I have yet to hear from Ultramantis, so she wins.

...for now. :)

...although Ultramantis DID add me as a friend to his MySpace page!

Sue doesn't have a MySpace page...

Hmm...

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In a weird bit of help... or perhaps, not too weird depending on whom you are and whom you speak to, a self-practicing Wiccan friend has offered a luck spell not only for me, but for whomever helps us get the bus.

Hey, every little bit helps! :)

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THANKS AGAIN to everyone who's helped us, posted about us, is reading about us, and all that VERY goodly stuff!

Your support means a lot to us!

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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 tiny banner 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 07:31:36 pm, by Email , 193 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

You can never be too safe... BACKUPS!!!

Everyone's heard this thousands of times from their I.T. folks or from their friends... back up your data frequently. Anyone's who's experienced a catastrophic crash will tell you that this advice isn't just lip-service, backups are essential!

That's why it's good to know about companies like IBackup. Offering a nice range of online and secure backup operations. With backup application like IBackup for Windows for your desktop (with nice features like incremental backups to reduce bandwidth being chewed up) and server backup application for SQL and Exchange, these folks can really take the pressure off when it comes to ensuring data safety and integrity. (Oh, and I noticed they do look after Unix/Linux using rsync too!)

In this day in age, even a small company or entrepreneur should always have "off-site" backups to restore mission critical data in case of emergency... and IBackup offer that.

For larger companies and folks who need super-secure data, look into their IBackup Professional for AES 256-bit encryption of data.

So, back up your data OFTEN and consider the services of IBackup. You won't be sorry you did... but you could be sorry if you don't.

03/02/07

Permalink 12:47:23 pm, by Email , 1310 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Four Celebrity Deaths

To lead a public life usually leads to a public death... and in some cases, that death is pretty newsworthy in itself.

One of our FAVOURITE sites to visit online (and I check it every week for updates) is Find-a-Death... home of the "Dearly Departed - The Tragical History Tour" of Hollywood, California.

Scott Michaels

Sue and I feel a bit of a kinship to the site's host, Scott Michaels... mostly because his website and it's interesting database is huge and must be an enormous labour of love... I can understand that... so can Sue...

His efforts are NOT in vain... it's a wonderful site and easy to get lost in for hours! (Although beware... there are some nasty photos of dead folks and some of the verbiage used is "R" rated... you've been warned...)

Some people have voiced that Scott's site is a little... well... tasteless and nasty. Effectively, he's taking many celebrities and with words, displaying them warts and all, post mortem. This is certainly not for everyone... but you need to remember, if you lead a public life...

Anyway, SHOULD Sue and I find ourselves in LaLaLand, you can bet we'd be on his tour... and hopefully never a part of it!!!

With this said, allow me to share four stories, cropped and paraphrased from Scott's excellent site...

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Criswell

Does the fellow above look a little familiar... but not quite? To some, it's probably come to them instantaneously, to others, it may take a small hint.

Above is Jeron Charles Criswell King... better known just as Criswell... or Criswell Predicts!

Hmm... still some blank faces out there I see...

Well, click here (opens a new browser) and remember his most famous bit.

Although Plan Nine from Outer Space (whatever happened to plans 1 through 8?) is probably what most modern folks know him for, he once boasted a radio show on 85 stations and was a guest on Jack Parr, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin's talk show, and Mike Douglas too! Aside from Ed Wood, he was also life-long pals with actress Mae West. In many ways, with his "razzle-dazzle" and constant tux wearing ways, he could be truly called America's first celebrity psychic.

Interestingly enough, Criswell freely admitted to friends and close associates that he was a fraud... and many of them didn't believe him! They felt he did indeed posses psychical gifts!

I wish I could report something otherwordly or even terribly fascinating about Criswell's departure from the mortal coil, but while living in his twilight years in a modest apartment, he was admitted to hospital battling several illnesses in August of 1982. Suffering the effects of several strokes the previous year, Criswell finally succumbed to them in October... he was 75 years old.

He left no known "survivors" save his estranged wife.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Benny Hill

Don't hate me, but I've never been a TRUE Benny Hill fan... well, not a true "It's The Benny Hill Show!" fan.

None-the-less, I do understand why people loved it... and him.

Alfred Hawthorn "Benny" Hill had a prolific career in comedy... and many people speculated about his private life. Well, trust me on this one, Scott's people (and I assume Scott himself,) do their homework... Truth to tell, all they know is he died a bachelor... and was definitely a "mommy's boy". When she died, he inherited her home which he kept as a shrine to her.

Benny's death is a little interesting in one aspect... Benny made a LOT of money, but lived a fairly spartan life. In April of 1992, neighbours were concerned as they hadn't seen him in some time and contacted police. When they entered his apartment, they found his body in an easy chair in front of the television... he'd been dead for four days. Reports said he was surrounded by large piles of cash and many cheques he hadn't bothered to deposit or cash.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Albert Dekker

Smoking did not kill Albert Dekker, he kinda killed himself.

Dekker was in East of Eden, The Wild Bunch, but is probably best know for his role as Dr. Cyclops. He was also a California Legislator.

Geraldine Saunders, his long-time fiancé, last saw him on May 2nd, 1968...

On May 5th, she went to his apartment and banged on the door... noticing many notes from other concerned friends.

The sixty-two year old had been dead for several days... but it's a little weirder than that...

According to Scott's site, he was found kneeling in the bathtub, with a noose around his neck... but not tight enough to strangle him... he was "blindfolded" with a scarf and had a rubber-ball-gag in his mouth which was tied tightly to his head. He was naked save leather belts that were interconnected with other belts and tethered to a makeshift wood-hitch. He was handcuffed with the key attached to the cuffs and a rope loosely connected his hands and his ankles. His body was adorned in "graffiti" written in red lipstick with words not repeatable here on this blog... including some interesting pictures on his stomach and chest.

After a thorough investigation, it was ruled as an accidental death. To be frank, Dekker was practising "Autoerotic Asphyxia"... in laymen's terms, he was masturbating while gently hanging himself...

Sadly, it went too far.

In a side note to this case, there's a chance that the same "practise" is what led to Michael Hutchence to his demise... not a REAL good chance, but it can't be discounted...

Space! The Final Frontier!

Herve Villechaize

Da Plane! Da Plane! Hervé Villechaize is best remembered as "Tattoo" on the television program Fantasy Island.

Herve was a prolific worker in Hollywood and an artist of some quality... all this despite a number of health issues that plagued him all his life. At only 3' 11", his height wasn't the only thing that was a physical problem... he had undersized lungs and almost died of pneumonia in 1992. He also suffered with a spastic colon and ulcers.

On September 4th, 1993, he left a tape recording and suicide note... the note said (edited)... I have to do what's right. At 6 years old I knew there was no place for me. I love you all too much, it's one of just of my problems. 3am I can't miss with a dum dum bullet - Ha! Ha! Never one knew my pain - for 40 years - or more. Have to do it outside less mess.

He walked out to his back yard and shot himself in the chest. The bullet passed through his body, shattered a glass door and entered the house passing through the kitchen before embedding itself in a wood panel in the home.

He was 50 years-old.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Not exactly a happy or upbeat post but an interesting one... and hopefully, if you found it interesting, you'll visit Find-a-Death and consider, if in Hollywood, one of Scott's tours...

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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 tiny banner 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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Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Florida dreaming....

.....so today we go through the aftermath of another major winter storm ...and again my thoughts turn to warmth and sunshine. When I was a child my grandfather owned a Florida property right near Miami to be exact. I spent quite a bit of time there with him as a young girl, and even as an adult and proud Canadian a part of my heart will always remain in the Sunshine State. I remember the flowers, and the pelicans. I can still smell the tangy scent of the salt air while strolling with Grandpa on the beach. And today I picture in my mind the warmth of the sunshine with my face turn up towards it.

The Florida property was sold after my grandfather's death, and I still miss both him and his house by the sea.

Sigh......

From The I'm So Sick Of Winter Desk Of Sue

03/01/07

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Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Skittles Place

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Hehehehe ... You've got to love a blogger that will openly poke fun not only at themselves, but at their own blog as well! Please help us give a big welcome to Barb aka "Skittles" and her place our new roomie for the week!

Personally I found that Skittles Place loaded quite quickly and was a breeze to navigate, and I'm using an old Toshiba that tends to crash at the first widget it comes across! Filled with fun and well written articles, on everything from life at 50, to diabetes, to agoraphobia, kids stuff and more. Barb has worked towards creating a blog that literally has something to catch everyone's interest, while tackling some heavy topics, and still making her blog a fun place to spend some time!

Go ahead and click on our linky to Skittles Place. Today's top post is about a new blog review site that will help you get some traffic and publicity for your own blogs.

Don't forget to let Barb know you were driven over and dropped off by One Old Green Bus....

From The I've Got To Find Me a Job 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 tiny banner 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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Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Keeping The Wolves At Bay....

Both of us have written quite a bit on those dark days when we were cash strapped and kept our sanity by allowing ourselves to dream. Hence the One Old Green Bus, but most of you gentle readers are already well acquainted with our story.

What some of you probably do not know is that during those dark financial times we did in fact utilize Payday Cash Advance Loans. A cash advance is one way to keep the pressures of mounting debt down, and retain a bit of your sanity. I don't think I know a single person that was at one time or another not feeling crushed by bills that needed to be paid or groceries that needed purchasing two days before payday. A Payday Advance can be a real life preserver in a sea of wolves banging at your door.

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Categories: Any News?, From The Desk of Sue

Here is a medical horror story for you!

Florida teen tries everything, then hiccups stop on their own after 5 weeks!

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - She sipped pickle juice, held her breath, breathed into a bag, even went to a neurologist, but for more than five weeks nothing would stop a 15-year-old girl's rapid hiccups - until they finally just stopped on their own.

Full article here

I wonder if anyone tried to sneak up on the poor dear and startle her! Believe it or not this method has always worked for me ever since my father first tried it and scared the heck out of me!

Just file this one under weird, and thankfully for this poor kid's sake it's finally over!

The things we find during an ice-storm...eh!

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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 tiny banner 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 03:42:29 pm, by Email , 241 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Dress Up Games



Have you ever thought about playing Dress Up Games??? Me neither...until...I came across this really fun website called Online Dress Up Games. Basically the website is filled with games for girls based around some of the cute images like the one above. I think she is just too sweet, don't you?

These fashion games are easy to play around with and allow you to mix and match items, which really inspires the creativity! And the cool thing is you can use these games to create your very own avatars for use in forums, chats and competitions.

Although we had doll-makers when I was growing up we never had anything quite like this, of course those were in the dinosaur ages of pre-home-computer and the internet age. I liked to play with paper dolls, and desperately tried to create my own fashions for them out of paper, crayons, glitter, and glue.

Spending time on the Online Dress Up Games website has been a pleasant way to wile away an otherwise freezing cold and drab afternoon here in Toronto. It has also brought back some of my own fond memories of girlhood and dress up games. I'll be picking the kiddo up shortly and I can hardly wait to introduce her to this site, which also has a special section on stories for kids! She is going to love it!!!

Go check it out! This site is definitely bookmark worthy!

Enjoy!

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Categories: Any News?

Ice Storm 2007!

I just got back in from what has got to be the worst storm of the season in Southern Ontario. I know we Canuckleheads are a very hardy lot, but this is ridiculous! As I stare out of the iced over windows here at chez Didier-Darroch it is a complete white-out. I'll be going to pick up the kid by foot shortly .....wish me luck!

What was it they say about the Ides of March???

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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 tiny banner 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 02:41:56 pm, by Email , 83 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Dreaming Of Dubai

I found this absolutely gorgeous photo on the Dubai Venture website. Have you ever just daydreamed about owning or purchasing a dubai property?

Dubai is a jewel amongst the UAE, and conjures up dreams of the exotic, and warmth, amongst the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle inthe mind of this Canadian gal.

As I type this from my near frozen desk in Toronto, which is currently being hit by an ice-storm is it any wonder my thoughts have turned to this beautiful locale......Dubai....

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October 28th, 2009

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