Archives for: April 2007

04/30/07

Permalink 01:02:06 pm, by Email , 509 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, General Shtuff

PayPerPost gets something from us for a change!

Originally, this was a "red" toy bus with a whackload of touristy crap-tacular paint and decals... but, I took fine steel wool to it and removed the decals and "special" paints, primed it with metal primer, then painted it a lovely hunter-green (three coats) using safer folk-art acrylic paints... then, with the help of a an inkjet (which was NOT cooperating at all colour-wise!) and some labels which Sue applied...

Voila!

Yup, The PayPerPost Old Green Bus was born!

Now, why are we (Sue and I) doing this?

Well, PayPerPost, which we do a lot of posting with/for, had requested framed photos of their "posties" to adorn a wall in their office... and although we'd be honoured to be there, Sue feels it should rightly be me there as I'm the primary "normal" poster to the blog here... Trust me, Sue ain't camera shy...

Well, I am... and also considering how ill I've been these last nine days, well... I look sorta like this...

Egads!

Actually, I look exactly like the above photo... which ain't purdy in my humble opinion...

We even toyed with an appropriate spokesmodel in our steed...

Our Model - Please Look After This Model

...but couldn't come to terms on compensation for the work...

Ergo: We're just sending them the bus...

They can then leg-wrestle over who gets to have it on their desk or play with it at their office.

We hope they like their gift! It went in the mail today!

...and yes, it's been properly disinfected to avoid the Canucklehead germs I may still have loitering about in my system thanks to this dreadful bronchitis!

Busly!

Oh, if you're wondering (and I'm sure you were...) it's not an RLH like our (hopeful) bus... but a Titan TD Model bus.

...and if you haven't PLEASE scroll down a bit and read the earlier post titled Somedays, it's all worth it... It's short and it made me VERY happy! I hope it has the same affect for you!

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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 12:59:01 pm, by Email , 297 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Boating Season Is Here

One of the things we Southern Ontarians enjoy is our boats. And can you blame us? We are surrounded by lakes, and a world-class waterway system. I often walk by the marina, and gaze at the yachts moored there, wondering if their owners ever take them to cool destinations????

Matthew grew up in, and around boats, in fact he had three of them by the time he was a teen, and believe me we know quite a bit about keeping a well maintained boat. And this starts with a good covering such as taylor made boat covers that offer good protection from the harsh elements that we often experience up here.

Today, I had the opportunity to surf through BoatCoversAdvice.com, and looked through some of their online pages, which includes a good article on Custom Boat Covers, and outlines why a proper fitting cover is so important to taking care of your boat, and lets face it a good boat is an investment you want to take care of.

Another article I found to be informative on the subject is entitled: Recommended Boat Cover Features, which educates people on what to look for when purchasing a boat cover. Readers will appreciate the advice being given, which should help them make an informed purchasing decision.

And finally I read through Boat Cover Care and Maintenance, which is another helpful article on taking care of your boats cover to insure you are getting the maximum benefit from them.

If you are a boat owner, or thinking about purchasing a boat you really should have a look at the articles offered on the BoatCoversAdvice.com as I've really only scratched the surface here. Just click on anyone of the links within this entry.

Cheers!

Our thanks to our sponsors!

Permalink 12:20:02 pm, by Email , 313 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, Any News?

Somedays, it's all worth it...

From the blog of Bill Blunt...

A Canadian couple have (apparently) discovered a battered, old, green double-decker bus hiding in California. Since they found it, they've nurtured a dream of buying it and restoring it.

Call me an old romantic fool, but it was on top of a green double decker bus that I first caught the eye of the future Mrs Blunt. She was a little slimmer in those days, of course - nowadays I doubt she'd even be able to squeeze up the stairs. Time takes it's toll on all of us, I'm afraid.

Perhaps it was that memory which led me to making a (small) donation to help Matthew and Sue reach their dream?

What a GREAT write up... thank you VERY kindly Mr. Blunt!

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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 12:18:36 pm, by Email , 270 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Visiting Virginia

One of the places we are constantly threatening to visit is Virginia USA. We'd love to be able to do it as a road trip one day with our bus, and who knows we might just be able to yet!

Why Virginia you might ask? Well aside from all the great historical sites, ghost tours, etc that you'd expect us to want to see, Virginia is also home to our dear friend Bobbie-Jo. We have known Bobbie-Jo for several years now, and are really proud of her accomplishments such as the new book she had published last year! Instead of just Sending flowers to her it would have been really nice to congratulate her in person.

Aside from spending time with our dear friend, and her husband I would also love to stay at one of the historic Virginia Hotels, yet another topic that our friend Robin Bellamy who is an ex-pat is writing about for her upcoming book.

I would also like to spend some time going out in Virginia Beach, and seeing the numerous sites of interest they have to offer, and try out some of the more famed Virginia Restaurants. Yum!

My sister, and her ex-husband went on a vacation to Virginia Beach in 2000, and had a fantastic time! She brought back a ton of travel brochures for me, but they'd be probably way out of date by now. Still I'd love to visit, and Virginia is high on our list of places to go, and people to see.

From The I'm In The Mood For A Road Trip Desk Of Sue

Our thanks to our sponsors!

04/29/07

Permalink 11:24:46 am, by Email , 317 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

WARNING! My Next Mr. Fab Commercial is "R" Rated!

I kid you not... Since Mr. Fab said he will say a certain expletive beginning with "F" many times on his podcast, I took some liberties... You've been warned...

Of course, one hopes he checks his e-mail and sees it before "showtime" tonight... today's been my "best voice day" in a week so I "last-minuted" it to him...

Oh, speaking of the Fabulous one... this is a LEGIT screen shot from my stats... "referring searches"...

Egads!

MISTER FABS GREEN BUS!?!? WHAT THE EXPLETIVE BEGINNING WITH "F" IS THIS!?!

Anyway, I hope you like my leetle audio offering on his show... response to the last one was pretty goodly...

...even if that expletive beginning with "F" Mr. Fab no-sold my efforts and made fun of my "Canadian Accent"... I mean, what's that aboot?

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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 08:56:33 am, by Email , 693 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Little Matthew Homemaker!

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

Who generally does the housework in your family? Do you say “Thank You” to your significant other when he/she does housework? Why or why not? Are you thanked when you do housework?

Little Matthew Homemaker

This one's an easy one... we share... although right now, with Sue currently home more than me, she does the lion's share... but a few years back, I was home more and I did the lion's share...

Still, there's NO DOUBT that I not only AM thankful for her help, I say it usually with a hug. In fact, yesterday Sue did a TONNE of work and after cleaning our bunny's cage, I gave her a hug and said "Thank You!" to which she said, "What for?" and I simply said it was for all her work... but let her know that the bunny cage was what I was really saying it for at the moment.

...then, I cooked supper for the household and she reciprocated the hug and the thanks.

Another example is I don't mind doing laundry at all... but I suck at folding clothes. Don't ask me why, people have TRIED to show me... literally holding my hands and taking me through the motions, but I just can't do it... and Sue, after watching me agreed... "You wash, I'll fold." is often the order of the day.

Lately, as I've been sick (I'm getting better, but still coughing and have little or no voice,) Sue's really stepped up... and I notice it... and I hope she knows I've noticed it.

Actually, I'm pretty sure she does as she acknowledged a few days back that she's "stepped up" as I have in the past when she's been ill.

I was primarily raised in a household of women... two older sisters and a mother... my father was an executive and often away from home. The concept of "traditional roles" when it comes to chores et al is lost on me... and always has been.

A prime example is cooking... since one of my "heroes" growing up was my Grandpere and he was a master chef at a prestigious hotel in Toronto (he cooked for the Queen, we were often reminded,) the pecking order of cooking was often my mother calling and asking for tips from my Grandpere. Ergo: Cooking was anyone who was capable's job.

I had a military "fixation" as a kid... and was a cadet (and now a re-enactor) and therefore ironing, stitching, and sewing were often my own handiwork.

I lived alone for YEARS... therefore scrubbing, washing, cleaning, vacuuming, and all that fun stuff is not alien to me.

In fact, Sue will probably tell you that housework comes more naturally to me then it does to her... that said, she's more than capable and also no stranger to it...

So, we share chores... one doing more than the other depending on schedules and health.

...and yes, we greatly appreciate each other.

I wonder... since Karen asked this, is she feeling a little unappreciated for something? :)

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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 05:00:00 am, by Email , 1451 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Life shouldn't be taken for granted...

Blog yer Blessings

Let's start with some truths... I am not a survivor... in fact, to call me a survivor, please look in the mirror and call yourself one too. We are ALL survivors of this thing we call life.

That said, many moons ago, I almost didn't make it... and for the dumbest reasons in the world... I almost ended it all by my own hands.

Okay, stop now... this is going to be a "positive" story, so if you read the above and went, "Uh-oh, here comes some pity-me sad stuff!", guess again... IN FACT, I hope this makes you smile... maybe even giggle...

Enough caveats, on to the story...

I was in my twenties... I was out of school, living in a nasty, cold, damp basement room of a townhouse and I was going through some tough, TOUGH times...

I had recently lost my job, I was late on rent (and when you're renting a room, this is EXTREMELY difficult to live with as you see your landlord every time you enter or exit the house,) and my girlfriend... a high-school sweetheart... had left me for a mutual friend.

I won't go into huge details, but one Sunday night after getting into a minor argument (actually, it was me getting lectured) by my landlady, she finally said, "I want you out tomorrow!"

I went down to my room... looked around... and felt totally alone and helpless. My family now all lived far away from me and since one friend had just started dating my girlfriend, I felt completely and utterly alone and useless...

So, with little else to do, I made a "make-shift" noose from the belt of my bathrobe (formerly my late father's Christian Dior bathrobe... which I still own and wear!) tied it around a two-by-four that I had anchored to a corner of one wall to act as a closet to hang suits on (the room was sadly "closetless",) and standing on a stool, prepared to see what happens when one is no more...

I kicked the stool out and...

...landed squarely on my rear-end.

One side of the two-by-four had come loose from the wall and not supported my weight... thus it was now hanging by one side... and I was in much pain in my backside from a nasty fall.

As I was preparing to feel INCREDIBLY sorry for myself and start weeping that I couldn't even manage to kill myself properly, the other side of the two-by-four gave way... and it bonked me in the head.

So, sitting in my sore tushy, head now aching from getting a nice whack from a three-foot length of two-by-four... I did what I hope you're doing...

I started to giggle...

That became a genuine laugh...

Which turned into a teary-eyed, belly-driven guffaw.

In one RAPID instant, the truth hit me... It was SO not my time to go... and I had no right to try and hasten my own demise.

I mean, let's face it folks, if I had been meant to croak right there and then, I doubt the fates would have played such an obvious hand in not only ensuring I was still among those sharing oxygen with you, but adding a nice little spanking on top of it as well!

After I "collected" myself, I went upstairs, talked with my landlady who was unaware of the TRUE mess I was planning on leaving for her and found her in better spirits too and arranged a better departure and payment date... and I did meet it!

I also heard from my "ex" girlfriend to tell her that all was well... and explain the epiphany I had trying to off myself.

She was NOT amused and assumed I was "threatening" her with my own demise for her leaving me for this other fellow... I kept TRYING to point out to her that it was NO threat on two levels... the first being I had tried and failed... and the lesson to me was don't try that again!

Actually, in essence I was trying to tell her that I'd learned that, no matter what, all was right with the world and she was MORE than welcome to do what she wanted to do.

...didn't matter, she still thought I was going to try again at any minute...

...and as such, re-examined her actions and her and me and we ended up back together... and lasted a further 'X' years after that... I don't remember exactly how many years after that, but at least five...

Rapidly, I found a new job, managed to get my affairs in order, and even made new friends... sure, we didn't last into my thirties this girl and I, but since we split up, (a mutual decision between her, me, and the fellow I believe she's currently married to...) I've started my hobbies, met Sue, and genuinely have been VERY, VERY happy!

I often think of that stupid guy... bathrobe belt around his neck... sitting on his sore butt with a mild headache... and think, Had I succeeded, the life and adventures I would have missed!

Therefore, the blessing I share with you is life.

The lesson from my story... if you're EVER feeling like you've hit bottom and can't go on... you will go on... and things WILL improve... and sometimes you need a little "down-side action" to bring out the best in you and perhaps make some necessary changes in life... which in the end, will make you stronger, smarter, and in the long run, happier.

I often think about what George Burns used to say was the secret to longevity... he'd say, always have plans for tomorrow... a reason to get up... a reason to do something... and you always will get up in the morning.

I believe that... and I believe we are the masters of our own adventures... and that we must constantly challenge ourselves every day, week, month, and year... we must create and we must work towards being more happy than sad and SHARING that happiness.

After all, life is great... you just have to look at it and admire it for all it's worth... warts and all.

I'm very happy to be alive... to share my life with Sue and yeah, with you my readers... and with anyone who will listen.

I shouldn't do this... but as you may know, I'm a wrasslin' fan... and as such, LOVED the WWE DVD about The Rise and Fall of ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) which was run by a fellow called "The Mad Genius", Paul Heyman. It was a super-popular, ahead of it's time program... but it lost money and went out of business... it's STILL considered (in it's original form... not the "new" ECW) to be the best there was for fans of professional wrestling.

That said, at the END of that DVD is a bit with Paul Heyman that sums up my view on life very nicely... and although, as I said, I could get into trouble, I'd like to share it with you... It's a Windows Media File (WMV) and about 4 megs so you may wish to download it and play it "locally" instead of trying to play it from the 'net... but click here and see it... I find it most affirming.

I hope I don't get into trouble for sharing this video clip... but it's a goody...

...and if you watch it, it might give you a little more insight as to why we're trying to make our dream come true instead of just giving up on 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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04/28/07

About Rivet Counters - Bits of my post from the Pastyme blog...

Told you I'd have better more... um... wordy posts today! Sadly, in some ways, it's not here... but on the Pastyme with Good Companye blog...

Since this blog is about our bus... or more rightly, us trying to GET our bus, I thought I'd grab just the busly portion of the post I wrote for that blog today and share it here...

So, here's that portion... if you want to read the WHOLE rant, click here...

Did you know there is a contingent who are ACTIVELY working against us trying to save the old bus?

The Rivet Counters are those in the "bus enthusiast" realm who believe that all antique buses must be perfectly preserved to their original form and must be in their country of origin... England.

Yup, we are not worthy or capable of the ownership of our bus as we will most likely not replace every broken or non-working item with an exact duplicate of the original... right down to the seat-fabric.

In their eyes, and they'll rarely publicly admit this, a bus is better scrapped then in the hands of someone who'd make an effort to restore it in some fashion... especially those of us outside their birth country of England! We're the worst! Just ask 'em!

Now, again, I understand their point of view... they truly don't want to see these buses scrapped (which is often the fate of the buses in North America due to the rarity of parts and expense involved in maintaining them) and they don't wish to see the "original versions" more-or-less destroyed in the quest for convenience and functionality for the new owner(s).

The trouble is, in our case, for example, there ARE historically preserved examples of model of bus in England... several of them actually... so it's not like our's is truly "one of a kind" except to us.

Secondly, if we don't do something, it's not like the current owner in California is going to suddenly ship the bus home to waiting hands of loving new owners who will look after and perfectly historically preserve her... she's far more likely to end up as a four-by-four cube of semi-recyclable materials in a wrecking yard.

...but, again, to some this is "preferable" to us possibly putting a rivet in the wrong place or fixing the seats with a "different colour" of fabric. (I kid you not.)

I got into these whackos faces and said their attitude reminds me of the Bedouins suddenly demanding the return of ALL Arabian horses because the rest of us don't know how to look after and maintain them.

The logic of "better running and in shape and being looked after than scrapped" is alien to these folks....

I will be totally honest... I LOVE real history... I LOVE "authentic" vs. "reproduction"... I don't want a historic site to become a Disney village...

...but I'm also a realist.

I'd rather see a Disney village on a historic site then it bulldozed for a strip mall... at least it would be SOMEWHAT preserved...

...and to be honest, since our bus will be most likely scrapped before it's shipped to England to act as a museum piece, I think I'll take my middle-ground views.

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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 07:00:00 am, by Email , 385 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

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

What with a new job this week which, for the record, I'm LOVING as I'm finally stretching my brain after years of atrophy in information technologies, there isn't much to report blogwise and money-wise. This is my fault, but with good reason I think... It's good to be back on my career track and I'm REALLY learning a tonne of new shtuff with much more to come!

Hits-wise, we really picked up... I mean REALLY picked up. From last week hovering around 1,000 to 1,500 we jumped to around 2,000 hits per day! Not too shabby! Makes me feel bad that this has been a kind-of a weak week for my posts (with the exception being Wednesday when I was home...)

One of our first "toy buses" should be going out to a recipient this weekend... I'll let you know how that goes when they receive it... or a bit before. Hopefully, it will have a positive effect. :)

I wish this could be a longer post... but I promise better things over the next few days... once I've had a better sleep and a little down time.

Thanks, as always, to everyone for their support! We're keepin' the dream going!

Fingers crossed!

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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 05:25:18 am, by Email , 199 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

A word for the Fashionistas

As you know we have three girls, and yes saying that they are fashion conscious is putting it, well mildly. Seeing that we are far from wealthy (that in itself is yet another understatement!) I do encourage them to bargain hunt like I do.

Yesterday I discovered an online shop for fashionistas like my girls (ok me too) where you can get some super deals on replica handbags, and other fashion accessories that are inspired by they hottest name brands like Louis Vuitton, Coach, Prada, Gucci, and many more. Ashleysboutique.com has some terrific items, and they ship free throughout the continental USA. They also accept international orders, which is good news for Canadians like us...:) But the best part is they accept PayPal which is my own preferred method of payment for any online purchases I make. :)

Some of my own faves from the Ashleysboutique.com website products list include the Dior Girly Bag - Replica Handbags it just too cute for the Spring season!

I do recommend you check out this online boutique, and you can visit Ashleysboutique.com by giving some clicky love to any one of the links in this entry .. :)

Our thanks to our sponsors!

04/27/07

List-er-ino Fridays - Five Things in My Neck of Ontario I Wish Everyone Would Visit

Tourism is always a buzz word with the economies of any place... but as I've said before, let's face it, there's precious few children who wake up in the morning around the world saying, "Mom, Dad... I want to visit Toronto one day!"

Still, we do get a lot of visitors and I'm often asked what are THE things to do if you're visiting Toronto... so here's my list of FIVE recommendations if you come on over and are willing to travel a little...

Please remember though... Ontario is big... VERY big... in fact, Texas could fit into Ontario over two times and still have more than enough room for Rhode Island. The entire country of England could squeeze in 13 times over and leave room for Lichtenstein... so some of the things I'm going to recommend are up to a four-hour drive from Toronto proper... but that said, allow me to list my TOP FIVE things everyone should see (in my opinion) in Ontario!


#1: Take The Ghost Tour at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Fort George from Above

This is honestly one of the BEST ghost tours I've been on... History, ghosts, and old fort, dark night... it's all great! Kyle and his crew make it so much fun and NOTL is a great town to "daytrip" to. Don't forget to visit Maple Leaf Fudge while you're there!


#2: Go to the War of 1812 Re-Entactment at Fort Erie (and be sure to see the night battle!)

Hmmm... #2 is also in Niagara... hmmm... This is one of the BEST battles to watch as a spectator with plenty of loud explosions and many men dressed in strange outfits running about shooting! After the battle, take in the INFAMOUS night tour of the fort! It's a GREAT trip!


#3: Sticking with a theme... Fort Wellington in Prescott... and what the heck, Fort Henry in Kingston.

They're close enough to each other... Henry is easily the largest and most imposing forts in Ontario, but what Wellington lacks in "space", it makes up for in sheer charisma! The entire corridor between the two towns is also worth the trip alone!

Oh, and Fort Wellington, yeah, there's a personal reason it's a fave... but the feedback from other's who've visited is as good so it's worth the drive! (...and Prescott's a gorgeous town too!)


#4: Elora and Fergus

Fergus - Not so great photos

I defy anyone to find two nicer and more beautiful towns anywhere. They are a joy to visit and just spend time in. If you can swing it, stop in at St. Jacobs en route too!


#5: Spadina House

Inside at Spadina

You can't help but notice it's larger neighbour, Castle Loma, but the smaller and honestly more elegant Spadina House Museum next door is an often overlooked gem in the city of Toronto... and if you visit the castle (which, to be honest, if you're from Britain or anywhere in Europe, is kinda a let down,) do visit the house next door for their tour... steeped in history and all original stuff in the house handed down from generation to generation to finally the city to be run as a museum... it's quite breathtaking... and the guides are super-nice! the only thing REMOTELY close to this in the GTA is Ireland House in Burlington.


So, there you have it... if you're going to be about in the GTA, these are my "can't miss" things... honestly, ahead of Niagara Falls even (which you can see en route from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie anyway!)

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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 09:38:47 am, by Email , 313 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Bringing up the teenagers

Our regular readers are already well acquainted with the three kiddos. "Little Sue" that just tuned twenty last month, "The Lawyer" who is seventeen going on forty-five, and "Shorty" as Matthew affectionately calls her who will be twelve in a few months. And yes, ALL three are girls!

"Thanks heavens for little girls," is one of my Mom's favourite songs, but I can tell you it has never been a cake walk, particularly the teen years. In fact I think that it is much harder on our girls now than it was when we were teenagers ourselves! The pressure of drinking, drugs, is still there, coupled with AIDS, and sexual health, dieting issues, the state of the planet. Teens today, have far more stressors in my opinion.

If you have teens too then I've got an excellent online resource to tell you about. Teen Help For Troubled Teens is just a click away at the Parenting Teens website, and I can tell you it is very informative! There are parenting forums where parents of teens can discuss current problems, and provide moral support, which I think is very important. There are polls to vote on, and see how others feel about issues like Violence & Video Games.

And there are numerous articles on all the hot button topics related to raising teens, such as Teens and Gangs, something I worry about as an urban parent, Runaway Teens, and many others just too numerous to list. The site really does cover all of the concerns facing parents of teenagers today.

Finally they also provide a Parent Support Group Directory, which is terrific for those parents, and teens in crisis.

I have bookmarked this website for further reading, and I know that many of you will find it highly beneficial as well!

From The Mommy of Three Desk Of Sue

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04/26/07

Permalink 10:56:03 am, by Email , 493 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

Barking Mad with Double Decker...

Regular readers (and even those that don't get enough fibre in their diet) may remember that I once blogged about an epicurean delight from the U.K. known as a "Double Decker" chocolate bar...

Well, while doing some intrepid blog surfing last night (actually, while cleaning up and answering messages on the MySpace bit for the old dream here) I discovered a YouTube ad for the confection starring a raving looney (Charlie Chuck) and a lovely Routemaster!

Barking Looney

Sure, as I always say, the Routemaster is not an RLH like the bus we're trying to save, but a handsome bus, none-the-less!

Now, here's the deal... upon watching this commercial, this is likely to spur Sue to new heights as I guarantee she will LOVE the looney and get a mental image in her mind about how I should dress and style my hair should we be successful in our quest to rescue the old bus....

This, for me, is not a good look... and I'm almost worried about Sue's reaction to this commercial in that light...

I can see it now...

Sue: So, we managed to do it and the bus is on it's way!

Matthew: Yup! I'm so happy! Shorty's already making plans for the upper deck!

Sue: Yes.... well... I bought you some new clothes... they're purple and...

Matthew: Sue, we discussed that and I really don't...

Sue: Oh... well... um...

Matthew: Well what?

Sue: Well, you're probably not going to like what I did to your hair while you were sleeping last night.

Egads!

You think I'm kidding, don't you?

Well, sometimes I think Sue seriously sees me in a slightly different light than she normally does... well, when it comes to her daydreams and kookiness.

With Apologies to Charlie Chuck and Cadbury's.

Addendum Added April 28th, 2007 BONUS YOUTUBE STUFF!
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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 10:54:47 am, by Email , 170 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Smarter Banking

Finally there is a website that takes the interests of the little guy to heart! As we are currently trying to build our savings towards our bus project one of the things we have discussed is finding a savings account that will provide the maximum in interest rates for our money. An excellent online tool that we discovered for just that purpose is SavingsAccounts.com
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Online banking interest rate comparisons at SavingsAccounts.com will help you find the best high yield online savings account or checking account. And the best part is that it is totally easy to use, with listings, information, and rates right on the main page! Definitely worth checking out, and bookmarking for future reference!

I just love the logo above, reminds me of my Mom, and her always saying how we should save our pennies! And hey, she is living in a very comfortable retirement, so I always go with her savvy financial advice .. :) I'm going to email her this linky!

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Permalink 10:12:12 am, by Email , 1021 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

Let's have some fun!

Non-Belief

Above is a fellow blogger... Louie Savva from Everything is Pointless. I've bumped into his blog now and again and noticed he'd visited here a couple of times so went back and found the video above. (Click the image or here to view it.)

Louie is a PASSIONATE follower of the faith of non-belief.

Now, I'm at a crossroads here as I do believe that the fellow he was brought on the television program to have a go at, psychic Derek Acorah, has made enough boo-boos as to be considered "highly questionable" as to his abilities. I do not know for certain if he's a fraud or hoaxer, but he's made some douseys in the past including some things that do stink of hoaxery... Ergo: I'm not on his side, as it were.

Actually, I'm not on anyone's "side"...

...in fact, I should be on Mr. Savva's side... save one small problem...

From his "About Me" on his blog...

Louie Savva has nearly finished his PhD examining the paranormal from an evolutionary perspective. He has a number of publications to his name and served as the programme chair of the Parapsychological Association annual convention in 2005. He has enjoyed some media attention mostly through a short participation in Living TV's Most Haunted. He is also very much a sceptic!

Ah. Okay... He's a sceptic... as am I... but then I read his blog and watch the video... and I think... there's a disconnect between his usage of the word "sceptic" and... well...

...as per Merriam/Webster...

Scepticism noun Pronunciation: 'skep-t&-"si-z&m

1 : an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object

2 a : the doctrine that true knowledge or knowledge in a particular area is uncertain
b : the method of suspended judgment, systematic doubt, or criticism characteristic of skeptics
3 : doubt concerning basic religious principles (as immortality, providence, and revelation)
synonym see UNCERTAINTY

Okay, you've read the above... and you've seen Mr. Savva's blog and the video... it's question time...

HANDS UP! Anyone see DOUBT factor into any of Mr. Savva's statements? Hands? Anyone?

From the video...

Interviewer: Well Louie, are you a believer?

Mr. Savva: Absolutely not.

Hardly any doubt there... in fact, his statement is "absolute"!

In his own words, any belief in an afterlife and whatnot is bullsh*t, offencive, childish, and infantile.

Also from the video...

Mr. Savva: Most scientists say outright there is no God, there is no afterlife.

...and this statement is based on what statistic? A poll done at a meeting of scientists who are members of the Secular Humanist movement, no doubt...

I've known many scientists and not one has espoused being an atheist as passionately as Mr. Savva... in fact, Albert Einstein never hid his belief in a "creator" and isn't he the "template" for what the majority of people on this planet perceive as the ultimate "scientist"?

Heck, I know TWO scientists who are members of a large sceptical organization who DOUBT in things and challenge claims of the paranormal but one is a devout Catholic and the other a devout Jew.

To be truthful, no real, honest-a-gosh scientist would ever make a proclamation without evidence to support that claim. That, in essence, is good science.

When faced with something truly doubtful, say like me telling a scientist that I believe that gravitational force is caused by millions of invisible pixies holding us down in place, a real, honest-a-gosh scientist would say, "That's doubtful" and demand evidence. The onus would then be upon me to provide clear and ample evidence of said pixies... and if unsuccessful, then it would be considered that, an unsuccessful experiment to prove the origins of the creation of gravitational forces... not absolute proof that the pixies aren't there... in fact, the only way to prove the pixies AREN'T there is to prove, with evidence, the "true" causation removing pixies from the equation.

Now, this isn't to say that the "Pixie Hypothesis" must be accepted into modern scientific texts, because again, the onus is on ME, the one who came up with the hypothesis, through repeated and reproducible experimentation and observation, that it is viable and gain acceptance through peer-reviewed journals and papers. (Don't hold your breath on my "Pixie Hypothesis" making it... and actually, I don't really believe that pixies are the creators of gravitational force... but then again, no one truly knows what is?)

...but Mr. Savva's scientists do not need hypothesis. Nope. They don't need evidence, they don't need anything... they just know absolutely which, apparently, makes them "sceptics".

In my opinion, Mr. Savva's science isn't really science at all... it's conclusion through proclamation.

To say, categorically that all things deemed "incredible" that have not, as yet, been properly defined by science, as bunk is making a rather remarkable statement... it brings to mind the quote often attributed to the late Carl Sagan (it was originally said by Marcello Truzzi) that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence".

Actually, later in life and before his death, Truzzi somewhat recanted that quote... he wished he'd said, "Claims Require Evidence".

Fair enough... Mr. Savva... Please show me your evidence which explains everything that you consider nonsense to be... well... nonsense! And remember, you cited "science", so I will expect full papers with reproducible experimentation and neutral observation.

After all, you'd expect no less from us, correct?

...or are you saying that Dr. Sagan was wrong when he said, "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence"?

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Permalink 10:10:19 am, by Email , 216 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

A Review Of Hem-Relief

I have always been the type of person that believes in treating a cause, and not just the symptoms of any medical condition. Too often I think people throw pills at symptoms only to discover the initial problem is still there, and perhaps worsening.

I think this is often the case with many Hemorrhoids Treatment, options, something that I am not embarrassed to say I've battled with since my first pregnancy over twenty years ago.

Finally I've been alerted to a product that promises to do both, relieve the painful symptoms, and treat the cause. It's called Hem-Relief, and it's an all natural product that provides a complete money back guarantee.

Unlike some other products I've seen Hem-Relief is not claiming to be an instant, and permanent cure-all. Instead they state that through use of the product combined with the necessary lifestyle changes you can achieve long lasting relief. This type of honesty is refreshing!

If you would like to look into Hem-Relief and obtain further information you can click on any link within this entry.

It is a miserable condition I can tell you, and why I am very happy there is an effective treatment that works on the cause as well as the symptoms.

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04/25/07

Permalink 03:37:00 pm, by Email , 219 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: Our Bus - Circa 1950's


Picture Thanks To Ewen Pring's RLH Information Centre... Click the image to enlarge...

Click here for information on why it's "our" bus...

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.

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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 03:36:45 pm, by Email , 108 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Going to Amsterdam? Where to stay and how to book in?

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Great selections, greater choices, easy to use... Check out EasyToBook.Com for your hotel stay!

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Permalink 11:06:00 am, by Email , 389 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

For The Safe Return of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston

You may have noticed that I did away with the "Rent My Blog" thingy on the top of my sidebar for this...

Alan Johnston

I hope those "not-in-the-know" have clicked on it... it links to an article on the BBC News about correspondent Alan Johnston who was kidnapped at gunpoint on his way home from his Gaza City office on March 12th of this year. He is considered the only international reporter working in the territory he went missing in.

Yesterday, it was reported that the forty-four year old reporter was in good health, according to Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Azzam al-Ahmad which is good news, but Mr. Johnston is still being held...

Efforts are under way to help through British and Palestinian resources, but PLEASE, if you haven't already, add your name to their growing online petition to help Mr. Johnston to freedom and safety.

Click here and do your bit to help this man...

Also, if you're a blogger, consider adding the same graphic and item to your blog... Click here for that information.

Sue's and my thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Johnston, his friends, family, and colleagues during this time... with hopes for a speedy and happy end to his situation.

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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 11:05:40 am, by Email , 286 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Did I mention I'm back to being a professional geek?

Usually it's Sue looking after sponsored posts for the most part, but she handed this one to me for a "boo"... and I'm glad she did.

This week, I'm back in the saddle again in my chosen career, information technologies, and as I have a rather lengthy and even "storied" background in that field, I'm often called on to wear many different hats... not the least of which is occasionally trying a hand at programming and occasionally debugging things... something I readily admit, I'm not too great with.

Dream.In.Code

That's why finding things like Dream.In.Code, a programming and web development community are a true Godsend and lifeline!

Free registration gives you access to the six year-old community with over twenty-five thousand users ranging from guru to beginner... and more often than not, the beginner level is where I am... and that's with over a decade of "in-the-field" practical experience!

Whether it's code snippets to help you out or a quick tutorial on building a site - promoting your site - monetization - HTML, CSS, PHP, C++, Java, Visual Basic, .NET or anything, you're gonna find it here... or someone who can help you find it.

I had a "boo" through their forums and it's a friendly bunch of folks and plethora of great information and resources to help any project.

As a bonus, Dream.In.Code does monthly giveaways, gives free t-shirts for members with 500+ posts in their forums, and contests for great stuff! (...and as I often say, who doesn't need some great stuff?)

A great resource and a lot of fun for people with a passion for creation!

Dream.In.Code is well worth the visit!

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

Permalink 06:15:00 am, by Email , 544 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wednesday Snippets

Wednesday Snippets Will Return Next Week...

Due to my new "day job" and my (*cough* *cough*) illness, I'm going to take a one week hiatus from my fun news bits... this despite seeing bits of news like British Airways "editing out" Richard Branson's walk-on bit in the last James Bond film they show on their flights and the fellow who chopped off his trouser snake in a restaurant. (You can make your own comments to these and other stories this week...)

Nope, I'm gonna resist the urge to comment on these and other stories... and simply do three things... the first one being an alert to...

Space! The Final Frontier!

#1: ALL MEN LIKE ME WHO LET LITTLE THINGS GO WITHOUT A TRIP TO THE DOCTORS... don't. Go see your doctor. What started out as a mild sinus infection turned into sinus and throat troubles... went into my chest and has cost me my voice which, right now, has been AWFUL timing. Worst part...? I saw my doctor TWO days before it went into my chest for my blood pressure meds... and didn't bother saying anything about the sinuses of throat... now it's embedded in my chest and I've lost my voice and IT SUCKS!

#2: Other than being closer to home, the one thing that kinda sucks about the new gig is that it's not downtown... nope... it's kinda out there. Whereas the only drawback might appear on the veneer to be lack of "shopping" ability (loads more shops downtown) and not handy to major transit hubs, what bums me out a little is that now that the NICE weather has hit, I won't be able to enjoy lunches watching the local tour buses go by... which include a few Routemasters and some Lodekkas... Hey, trust me, for someone like me, this was a relaxing way to spend an hour... watching the old double-deckers roll by! Okay, daydreaming that ONE DAY it would be OUR old double-decker rolling by!

#3: Work on finding a kick-butt wordless Wednesday! which I'll have up shortly!

Well, that's enough for this post for now... tomorrow's mostly Sue's day here on the ol' blog, but I'll try to pop in for a post or two...

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

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

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

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

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our 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 06:02:37 am, by Email , 186 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Purchasing Printing Supplies Online

One of the best places we have come across recently to purchase printing supplies online is Inkers. And one of the reasons I'm typing so highly of them is that they have a very high level of customer support, something I personally have much experience in as an award winning client services rep. As a shopper I like to know that a company stands behind it's products, and services, and Inkers does just that! They have an excellent one year guarantee on their products, and also a no questions asked return policy within the first 30 days after purchase. You can't beat that for inspiring confidence! They also have a toll-free line that is available to help shoppers with their purchases.

While browsing Inkers online shop I noted that they carry inkjet cartridges, toner, and toner cartridges for every major brand, and at a very good price to boot! And ground shipping is free within the US.

Inkers makes purchasing printing supplies online easy, and affordable. Have a look at their website, and I'm certain you'll be happy with what they offer.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

04/24/07

Permalink 11:17:05 am, by Email , 430 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

I don't like to blog about work, so I won't...

On a serious note, I really don't like to blog about my "day job" at all and have really successfully avoided it in the past...

...but as regular readers know, I've started a NEW job back in my career field of I.T. yesterday... and to be honest, I wasn't well enough to be at work!

...that said, I did go in... and it seems like a GREAT place and I'm really looking forward to working there.

Still, I'm getting over a BRUTAL case of bronchitis which has robbed me of my voice and pretty much all my energy... and the new job does have a learning curve for me... but I think I'll fit in... especially once I'm a lot healthier!!!

So for today, it's off to the NEW work I go... and just let me slip in a notice to my regular blog readers... my additions and content to the ol' blog are gonna be pretty slender over the next week while I get the new job underway whilst trying to heal, so please bear with me... I promise some goodly stuff once my energy levels and brain power are back in my favour...

I'll try to ensure goodly content between now and Friday to make it worth your visit and I'm sure Sue will help out... despite being VERY busy with the other blogs...

Thanks to all for their well wishes and I hope to be back to "fighting trim" shortly!

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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 11:15:16 am, by Email , 224 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Saving Money With Coupon Chief

Many of you already know that both Matthew, and I prefer to do our shopping online. We've also written before about our love for a good deal, and how we both came from parents who were certified bargain hunters .. :) I can now combine both of these topics by writing about Coupon Chief.com which is a website devoted to saving online shoppers money!

One of my fave online shops is Target, and with Coupon Chief.com we can get some terrific Target deals icluding free shipping on some items. How cool is that!

I am also a big fan of Sears products, and services. There are some really good Sears coupons available right now! Definitely worth checking out to save some extra money.

While surfing around on Coupon Chief.com earlier today I also noted that they have Spring Hill Nursery coupons listed including a one cent sale! I'm going to have to tell my Mother about these as she is an avid gardener, and like I've written about above a confirmed bargain hunter!

If you are not already using Coupon Chief.com you really should go, and check them out. You can save a lot of money, and they have coupon codes for numerous online shops, and companies. Something for everyone!

From The Bargain Hunting Desk Of Sue

Our thanks to our sponsors!

04/23/07

Permalink 01:01:22 pm, by Email , 448 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

FIRST DAY, NEW JOB!

Back to fixin' and werkin' on 'puters for me!

...and it would be PERFECT save for the fact that...

Ugh

#1: I have no voice. Yup, I'm almost completely silent... down to a whisper thanks to a lovely "going away" from someone at the mortgage company...

#2: I'm battling a BRUTAL case of bronchitis. Yup, hack-hack, cough-cough, sleep-snooze, sweat.

Yup, I'm in PERFECT shape to start a new day, a new job, a new commute!

Oh, and to the yuckle at the mortgage company who gave me this little gift... and you know who you are BEN... I wish you a case of fleas for the Summer months. (And stay away from that woman!)

Either way, despite the lack of voice and hacking cough, I *must* make my way in... and I will. I'm far out of the "contagious" cycle anyway... I'm just a walking mess right now.

So, as much as I'd like to pontificate and produce a posting for this prestigious day containing prodigious amounts of provocative and ponderable parables for presentation, I'm afraid that I must content myself with this brief posting... as I must now go and low-dose myself on Benylin.

On a "good omen" kinda thing, my last BIG job where I made loads of money and advanced quickly and stayed with the company for seven years started EXACTLY the same way... with a wicked case of bronchitis and no voice... and that worked out well... I always tell people that I said I would leave that job "with the fixtures" and that wasn't quite true... the fixtures went first.

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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 12:58:19 pm, by Email , 253 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Working From Home

I thought it would be appropriate to blog about my decision to try to make a go of it with a home based business online today, as my poor bus man is starting his new job with a bad chest cold. I remember those days all too vividly, and in part they along with my desire to be close to my youngest child in her last years of schooling have fuelled it.

Attempting to be successful in any business presents challenges, but I am a firm believer that any obstacle can be overcome with knowledge. And believe me I have a lot to learn!

If you too are interested in pursuing a viable home based business online may I suggest you click on any one of the links provided in this entry. They will take you to the website of a successful online entrepreneur by the name of James Martell.

James' site offers a step-by-step home study course for those who want to work at home. His extensive training manual is already in it's third edition, and there is a companion video series to make learning that much easier.

Again if this is something that might interest you, or you've already made the decision to pursue a home based business online please do follow through on the link, and check out the free introductory video that you can watch right now via his website.

From The Happy To Be Home Desk Of Sue

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04/22/07

Permalink 01:24:39 pm, by Email , 849 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Everybody talks about it, but no one does anything about it...

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

Why are people obsessed with the weather? And if you watch the Weather Channel, why?

Sam Clemmens

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

Hmmm... I wonder if Rob, who put forward this question, is hoping to hear from one of those folks who sit and watch the "Weather Channels" for hours and hours... of which, I was never one of them.

Actually, we don't even have cable or satellite so we get our weather information via radio or through the online offerings...

...but I can safely say the only time we obsess about the weather is when we're in the midst of or are facing an oncoming storm.

Other than that, we're in an urban setting and the weather doesn't HAVE to affect us a whole lot...

(...granted, we live in an old building who's power system doesn't allow for air-conditioning so...)

Still, to my mind, save those I knew who either made their daily bread through means affected by the weather and therefore HAD to keep an eye on things and meteorologists, why would I think people obsess with weather...

Hmmm...

Well, here's two reasons I can think of...

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

#1: Someone who's been listening to Art Bell a little too much.

For those not in the know, Art Bell is the part-time (former full-time) host of a radio program known as Coast to Coast AM which is about the paranormal, conspiracy theories, and other such things.

Art is also an author... he co-authored a book called The Coming Global Superstorm as he is a firm believer in the inevitable disaster that awaits the planet from combinations of cyclical weather patterns, pole shifts, and of course, global warming.

To be blunt, if you feel Al Gore presented "The Worst Case Scenario" with his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", Bell thinks Gore's an optimist.

...don't even get me started on HAARP and all this...

Ergo: Many people are watching for the slightest thing to "panic" about... to "worry" about... to get all in a knot about.

Now, I've given the strongest situation using Art Bell... but I have met people that are able to tell me every major "concern" weather-wise that's coming our way in the next "X" days... perhaps they're glued to the Weather Channel?

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

...this next one is a little salacious... but I did know ONE person like this...

#2: Someone's got a crush on the weather-person!

Don't laugh... and NO, it wasn't me... but I did have a friend many years back who watched the weather channel at a particular time here in Canada because at one point, they had a former actress (a very pretty blond woman) doing the hosting during one of the "shifts"... and he was quite content to watch and watch...

...to be honest, it was more than a little creepy. Kind of a gentle form of stalking...

Actually, to be more legit, he'd have the station on in the background... not "glued" to it... but still... I found it tantamount to those who watched Baywatch with the sound off... but with less reason... if that makes sense.

Either way, it's a possibility as to a reason people watch.

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

Now, since I don't have cable or satellite and can only speak of things a few years back, I know that the Canadian weather channel often showed three-minute "filler" documentaries that would sometimes hook me into leaving it on the station for a bit while channel surfing... mostly docs about small towns and cities in the country... mini-travelogues... they also occasionally did a "science news" bit... but since these weren't "scheduled", it was hit or miss and I alway found them while flying up the dial towards other stations.

Space! The Final Frontier!

...but as for those that can stay amused, entertained, and whatnot for hours and hours just watching the weather channel... you got me... but I'll be the first to admit that perhaps I'm missing something... so I'll be looking forward to reading the other responses.

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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 01:22:38 pm, by Email , 144 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Fixing Up The Garage

People in our neighbourhood are doing a lot more with their garages these days, and making them not only workable areas, but an extension of the house itself. Part of the considerations for this type of endeavour is fixing up the garage flooring. And we have looked into that.

One of the things I found to be interesting, and cool in effect is Black Diamond Garage Flooring, which is functional, well priced, and actually looks really good. You can check it out at Car Guy Garage, an online shop that sells everything you need for fixing up the garage. They have a mailing list as well, which will keep you on top of their sales, and new products.

If your planning on working on the garage this Spring they are definitely worth checking out.

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Permalink 12:56:09 pm, by Email , 350 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Please Give My Blessings Away To Those Who Need Them Most...

Blog yer Blessings

I'm not a real parent. I'm a step parent.

...but I can tell you my concern and genuine love for all three of my steplings is legitimate... and with an eleven year-old, a seventeen year-old, and a twenty year-old... the events of this past Monday at Virginia Tech hit close to home in some ways.

My blessing...?

To be honest, I wish I could send any blessings I may have over the next little while to help those families, friends, and victims of the events on Monday who need them more than we do.

Seriously, Sue and I and our whole family is great... we're happy, healthy, and well looked after... Ergo: Please, if I had a prayer, send my blessings to those that need them more than myself.

Granted, one could argue that on any given week there's someone in need... and I'm aware of that... but for some reason... perhaps my own kids... I just want to send my blessings out there...

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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 12:54:11 pm, by Email , 187 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Understanding Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a terrific free tool from the search engine giant that generates detailed statistics about website traffic. It is an excellent tool that all webmasters such as Matthew, and myself should be using, and we do.

Web analytics in general become even more important with projects such as ours, or in regards to my fledgling home based business website. And the key to making these tools useful is a good understanding of how to interpret the data they are generating, and implement it into successful strategies.

Since not everyone has the specialised expertise needed for this, an analytics consulting firm is a good, viable option for those wishing to generate the most benefits out of it.

For those interested in the services an analytics consulting firm can provide in boosting the popularity of your own website may I suggest you check out Canalytics by following through on the links in this entry. They have a strong, proven track record in this field.

From The It's Sunday But I'm Working On The Sites Desk Of Sue

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04/21/07

Permalink 01:22:09 pm, by Email , 484 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

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

THE THERMOMETER MOVED! THE THERMOMETER MOVED! (See down on the sidebar!)

Okay, it's only ten bucks, but HEY, it's the first movement in four weeks... and it's FINALLY pushed us over the $250.00 mark!

Hits-wise to the ol' blog and site, we seem to be now running at about 1,000 to 1,200 per day... which is down from the "high" we achieved a wee while ago, but I'll take the traffic!

Space! The Final Frontier!

The good news is Sue has a "renewed" sense of trying to get the ol' dream off the ground... meaning she's bossing me around giving me a lot more suggestions and helping me with ideas and spurring me to extra-action and thought.

Actually, I too am lately feeling a renewed sense of hope when it comes to the bus... somehow, weirdly, I think it's going to be coming sooner than later... call it psychic intuition.

...or gut instinct...

...worst case, wishful thinking.

We just "vamped" Sue's computer to be a little happier doing multimedia projects... so we're going to work on some newer things to draw attention to ourselves and the kooky dream.

I'm still trying to get my "creative groove" on... and Sue's working on thoughts too... but we'll see...

I did, however, sit down and craft an audio commercial for Mr. Fab (DANGIT! I've mentioned him two days in a row! There goes my hits for the week!) and his big podcast show... I'm sure he'll find reasons not to play it...

Anyhoo, I think I'm gonna keep this one short today... mostly because I have more "techy-work" to do... and need to infuse the caffeine and nictotine into the ol' system...

As always, thanks to everyone... there will be plenty of goodly stuff coming up I think... and that's with the new job starting MONDAY!!!

Thanks all...

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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 01:19:10 pm, by Email , 212 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

California dreaming....

....on a lovely Spring day!

I know that is not the way the famed Mamas and Papas song goes, but I was thinking about California today, and I have always loved that song! I have an Aunt who lives in California, and whenever I see certain types of flowers I remember her garden there. :) She also used to live near the famed California golf courses in the southern part of the state, why my Dad loved visiting so much, shhhh ... :)

Of course for those regular readers you also know that California is currently home to RLH 3, and part of this project should we succeed would mean a trip to this state. And I have to say I'm looking forward to it!

Out of curiosity I was looking at California hotel deals to get an idea on current rates. I also looked up some info on Los Angeles Airport as I believe it is the closest we'd have to fly into to our buses location. Hey, I'm being proactive, and I do believe this dream will come true!

Either way I would love to visit California again, as there is much to see, and do there!

From The California Dreaming Desk Of Sue

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04/20/07

Permalink 05:24:06 pm, by Email , 482 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: I'm UNEMPLOYED! (...until Monday...)

As regular readers may know, I'm in the process of switching jobs... actually, happily going back to what I do best... desktop I.T. and helpdesk support.

...but that don't start until Monday...

...and yesterday was my last day at the mortgage company...

...so...

For TODAY, I'm UNEMPLOYED!

So, for my list today, TOP FIVE THINGS I'M NOT LIKELY TO DO WHILE I'M BETWEEN JOBS TODAY...

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Space! The Final Frontier!

#5: Read the entire archives of Perez Hilton's blog.

Egads! Perez!

Not a knock on Perez, but to go over reams and reams of reports about Kirsten Dunst, The Beckhams, Ryan Seacrest, Snoop Dog, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and of course, Britney Spears to name but a few is just NOT that appealing.

...but I'd be lying if I said I didn't visit occasionally... BUT HONEST, I stay away from the archives!

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

#4: Hack the Pentagon's computer again looking for the secret UFO reports... again...

Saucer Stuff

WAIT, I mean, I'd NEVER do such a thing! NEVER! That would be WRONG!

...what are those black helicopters doing over our home?

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

#3: Re-write War and Peace in long hand.

Big Book

I would, but one of my favourite rudos has already done it ever so eloquently... and even translated it!

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

#2: Try to find, download via Torrent, catalogue, and then watch all the available episodes of Manimal.

Manimal!

*Sigh*... if only torrents just weren't so slow!

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

...and the NUMBER ONE THING I'm NOT likely to do while unemployed today...

#1: Re-do my entire wardrobe with the help of Randy Constan - aka Peter Pan.

Although it would amuse Sue to no end as well as giving plenty of blog-fodder for folks like Mr. Fab (OOPS! I mentioned him again! That's it, my hits today are going to SUCK!) I just can't see myself wanting to be the pixy I know I always could be...

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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 05:22:55 pm, by Email , 167 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Educational Travel For Students

As our regular readers know we are a family of travellers. My own father was proud to say he had visited four continents within his lifetime, and this love of exploring has bitten my own children as well. Recently the eldest two mentioned how they would both love to spend time in Europe, and it was my good fortune to be able to review a website that specialises in student educational travel.

Hemisphere Educational Travel are leading experts in student travel, and offer terrific group discounts on fun, and educational tours. As an example I know that our middle daughter's Drama class would just love to participate in one of the Chicago theatre packages!

The website was a pleasure to visit, and the company offers a wide variety of tours to choose from, including custom itineraries. Definitely worth a visit for all those interested in finding out more on student educational travel!

From The Desk Of Sue

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

04/19/07

Permalink 12:15:20 pm, by Email , 411 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Losing One's Focus...

FOCUS!

Got an e-mail... basically saying the the ol' blog here has kind of lost it's focus...

ie: Not too much bus talk, too much EVERYTHING ELSE talk.

Actually, regular readers know why this is... basically, I'm trying to give people "value" for their browsing/reading time... and begging and pleading for your help to see our dream come true gets really boring and troublesome after a time... so, I try to wrap things up in a more (hopefully) entertaining package...

...that, and I genuinely enjoy ranting/joking/being weird and whatnot here.

Don't get us wrong, we really talk and think about the dream pretty much with every free moment we have... but we don't want to whack folks over the head with our plea...

We figger, if you like the dream... or like us... you'll help. Either by spreading the word or even helping with a donation or assistance... or even a kind word!

...but we'll keep pounding out stuff that we HOPE you enjoy reading... and therefore will come back without feeling pressured...

Make no mistake, however... we really are hoping our dream will come true... and that someone will help us out... and that one day we'll be screaming on this blog "IT'S ON ITS WAY!"

I have a weird feeling, we won't be the only one celebrating when that day comes...

Smart Blur

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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 09:04:09 am, by Email , 306 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Swirl Tips - Playing The Venture Capitalist!

Have you ever noticed it is the small inventions that tend to go huge in popularity? You know the stuff that makes our lives a little easier, and we think to ourselves, "heck, why didn't I think of that!?"

Today VC Dan who runs the Florida Venture Blog, which is sponsoring this entry has challenged some bloggers to write about the best new invention or tool they've heard about online. And I can tell you now I've got a hot tip for him!

Swirl Tips are the hottest new invention for the latest hobby craze that all the celebs like Johnny Depp are getting into - knitting. My friend Lynn Tucker has invented these gems, and has just started to go into production out of her home based business!

If I had the money to get into this ground breaking opportunity I would be investing right now! These little items are going to sell like hotcakes!

They are simple to use, very handy, can sell cheaply, and will make a knitters life that much more enjoyable! Too cool! Plus their name is catchy in my opinion!

You can read all about Swirl Tips, and Swirl Locks at my friend Lynn Tucker's blog: Motivated Motion!

So there you go Dan, my hot tip for you today .. :)

Do you think you've got what it takes to write about new, and exciting venture capital opportunities? C'mon gentle readers you know you do! It's my turn to challenge you guys to find an interesting new invention or business concept, and write about it! Please do let us know, so we can check out your entry, and link to it ... :) Get your thinking caps on, and clicky on the review button below!

From The VC Desk Of Sue

This is a sponsored post. Our thanks to our sponsors at Florida Venture Blog!

Permalink 07:26:35 am, by Email , 307 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Geeks all over America wept with joy...

So I'm going through some older celebrity "news" and spy a link I had to check out...

Rosario Dawson speaks some Klingon

The comely young lass above with talk-show host Conan O'Brien is actress Rosario Dawson... and in the brief video linked to the picture above, she sent geeks hearts soaring.

I found the video through Geek Sugar and they had me interested immediately...

Rosario Dawson speaks a little Kilingon

K'plah!

Upon seeing this, all I could think of was two things....

#1: Millions of twenty and thirty-something year old men living in their parents basement just got VERY excited.

#2: Ten'll get ya twenty that Rosario Dawson will have a role in the next Star Trek film.

Hmmm... I touched on Wil Wheaton yesterday... now this...

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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04/18/07

Permalink 11:28:03 am, by Email , 211 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: RLH 23 - The Wedding Special

RLH 23
Picture from the TimeBus website - Home to Ewen Pring's RLH Information Centre as well!

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 11:26:18 am, by Email , 261 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Checking Out A Mortgage Blog

I've just finished checking out a blog, which is primarily a news, and information site on mortgages, home loans, and other home related topics. Anyone with a mortgage or considering getting one might benefit from having a look at it as there are a couple of related articles of interest, easily accessed from the main page.

Mortgage Lowdown is set up like a blog carnival, featuring many on topic articles from a variety of writers, and sources. Despite being a blogger for quite a while now, blog carnivals are a concept I am still getting familiar with, but I like the idea of one main clearing house of different thoughts, opinions, and ideas so to speak.

When I first surfed over I was expecting a financial blog only as suggested by the title, but there are articles on home improvement issues like Do's and Don'ts of Hiring Contractors, and Secret lawn tonic recipe from golf course groundskeeper. They are both well written, and offer useful information, but do they fit with the name of the blog??? I guess that is up to the reader. Hey, we talk about a lot more then the bus, or buses here ourselves!

No flash or pizazz to the design of this blog, it is very business-like, which is cool because that is what I want when reading this type of subject matter.

Go check it out for yourselves, and please do leave them a comment or two letting them know we sent you over.

Cheers!

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Permalink 10:39:01 am, by Email , 422 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wednesday Snippets

Wednesday Snippets: Okay, let's TRY to lighten the mood...

After the last two days of my posting, it's time to dial back a little... try to return to some form of normalcy is possible... so here's some news items that snuck under the radar for some...

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Space! The Final Frontier!

Dung!

Dangit! I was going to use that excuse to force my next flight to Sudbury to land in The Bahamas... "Honest, I can't go unless I'm in MY bathroom... and it's in the Bahamas! You better get me there or there WILL be trouble!!!"

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

Mr Peepers!

This story is so odd... and convoluted... but any story that involves vehicular assault and a pet duck named Mr. Peepers is SO worthy of being posted here.

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

Soviet

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS SOVIET REPUBLIC OF... oh wait, it's 2007 now, isn't it?

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

Metal Detector

In a related story, Keith Richards is introducing a funerary gizmo that allows for the mixing of ashes and...

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

Dumbo

'Tis better to check thyne ticket and be thought of as an idiot than to try and make a cute remark and prove you're a moron.

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

Flirts!

Yeah, but WE (males) are caught doing it WAY more often!

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

Kiss and Chocolate

Well, it depends on who's kissing... or who's making the chocolate...

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

Monkey!

No one who's ever worked in an I.T. helpdesk would argue this article.

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

It be ALIENS!

Right now, there's a couple of aliens in a low-flying craft whining, "We weren't ready! We had our eyes closed!"

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That's it for this week... Time to work on my Wordless Wednesday post...

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 10:37:07 am, by Email , 253 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Thoughts On New York

There is no more fun a place to be in the summer months then New York! Ok so I am biased because I have cousins living there, and fond childhood memories of the place .. :) Still it has been years since I last visited, and I'd love to plan a trip, and partake in some of the fun activities that are offered in New York!

Can you imagine how much fun it would be travelling about New York state on motorcycle, I'm thinking like a Honda Goldwing! Ok. I know my bus man will beg to differ , and say a bus trip would definitely be the way to go! Either way there are some really cool things to do there, and I just happened to be checking out a 10 Top Attractions of NYC web page earlier this morning.

However, NYC is not the only place I'd like to revisit in the state, as history buffs our interest would really be piqued by taking the Trip thru time in Albany, NY tours and exploring it's history. To us that would be ultimately cool!

If you are planning a trip to New York or in particular NYC this summer you might want to read through this article entitled Driving In New York City, which is a useful guide that offers tips on everything from their transit system to car rentals.

Don't be shy, and leave a comment! Tell us what you love about New York!

Cheers!

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Permalink 09:58:02 am, by Email , 589 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Gosh-dang it! I happened again!

Yeah, but it's a good thing...

BAM! I got hit once and did my initial five... but after some second thought (and the possible threat of a brushing of steel wool to my lower-bits,) I added another... but now CyberCelt given us the award AGAIN! This is a good thing as I can now do FOUR MORE blogs worthy of tagging with the award!

Why four?

Well, as I said, I tagged my initial five, then added a "bonus" blog... so here's four more!

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

Dead Silence

Dead Silence

Many of us have a fascination with the darker side of the human condition, and Dead Silence examines it very well. Good notes and information on serial killers and their crimes... Like us with the paranormal, a "driven blogger" who's work seems to be exhaustive.

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

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton's not-so-temporary blog

Let me explain something... something that Wil Wheaton is very much aware as being true about 90% of the Star Trek fanbase... I loathed Wesley Crusher. Hated him. Help with ideas for having him offed in the old FidoNet newsgroups... I had him die in a cross-transporter/replicator accident where he's beamed down to a planet and ended up as a giant pimento loaf. (Better than everyone else's favourite, gang raped by Klingon women.)

That said, I've gained a huge respect for the actor, Wil Wheaton... a geek extraordinaire and author...

Sure, I found him initially through a "link" he had on his site many moons ago to Torontoghosts, but that's not why he's here... his blog continues to amuse and entertain... and educate on occasion!

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

The Spicy Cauldron

The Spicy Cauldron

Andy's writings, musings, thoughts, creativity and other interesting jottings are a regular stop for me since Sue "discovered" his blog a while back. A good mixture of thought, poetry, writing, and other things well worth this particular award...

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

The Man Monster Beast!

The Man/Monster/Beast - Hydra!

Weighing in at tens-of-thousands-of-pounds of pure muscle and one of the scariest pro-wrestler's you're ever going to bump into, Hyrda is rumoured to have been born in the deepest part of the Aegean Sea... which would account for one part of his MySpace (YUCH!) page that shows the great and supreme intellect and obvious artistic "edge" this fellow has (I'm thinking that he's like the ancient Greeks...) - his re-writing of Tolstoy's classic, War and Peace. The body of a monster and the heart of a true artisan... truly, a warrior poet and most deserving of this award.

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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 09:56:12 am, by Email , 191 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Living In Las Vegas

Matthew and I have kicked around the idea of eventually getting married in Vegas at one of those chapels along the main strip. We pretty much both love the idea of running off to one of the most famous cities in the world for getting hitched!

My eldest brother used to live there, and he owned some Vegas real estate. In particular he used to talk of investing in Highrise condos since it really is a tourist mecca, and adult playground.

It's too bad that he had to relocate in consideration of our future plans!

Have you ever thought of purchasing Las Vegas real estate? If so, I've got a hot tip for you! Just follow through on one of the links provided in this entry to take you to an awesome website that provides extensive listings on Vegas homes, and properties. Definitely worth checking out!

I guess I've always associated Vegas with Sinatra, my favourite singer of all time, and it certainly is a cool city! Why I would love to get hitched there .. :)

From The Casino-like Desk Of Sue

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04/17/07

Permalink 02:30:28 pm, by Email , 1606 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

The Blame Game Part Deux

Onward in to the intrepid blogsphere... filled with some brilliance, and much stupidity...

I really, REALLY wanted to avoid blogging more about this, I thought I more or less summed it up yesterday okay, but I went through a few BlogMad and BlogSoldiers surfs and here's the idiocy I found within TWO hours...

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

An astounding TWELVE "bloggers" were either assuming or asking if the gunman was Muslim because he was described as "Asian". Needless to say, five of these seven made that leap and immediately blamed Islamic Terrorism/Anti-Americanism on the shootings yesterday... some being overly-zealous in their overall condemnation of Islam and the Middle-East for what happened.

As CNN is now reporting the fellow was from South Korea, he's most likely NOT Islamic in faith...

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

Five "bloggers" blamed video games and violence on TV. Aside from the fact (FACT) that neutral, agnostic, non-biased psychological tests show no indications of violent behaviour that is directly related to people seeing violence in games, movies, TV, and music, this is the scape-goat for most violence... comic books, Elvis Presley's music, "hippy-hedonism"... all have been blamed. Basically, it's always been convenient to place blame on whatever the "parental age" population doesn't like, understand, or comprehend. I wonder, however, if they remember how violent acts were blamed on THEIR popular music and entertainment... 'cuz it was...

People WILL mimic things... it's how we learn... but if a child or even an adult is REMINDED that this is fantasy, not reality... reality is far colder, than there's no issues.

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

Three other bloggers have lept on the fact that the gunman was a visa-student, not American, which is "why"(?) it happened and then went into an anti-immigration rant. Still, he managed to get a student visa from the American Government... I know many stable people from Europe who were not successful in that... and he bought guns in America... and up until him, the "worst" shooting sprees in the states were done by Americans...

In fact, how many Americans can state that they are fifth or sixth generation Americans? Isn't the country a "melting pot" of immigrants?

Oh, and apparently the shooter, in university, had been living in the U.S. since he was eight years old... not really a "new-comer".

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

Seven bloggers suggested that if the other students were armed, they could have stopped the gunman. Picture this... a crowded classroom of panicking students all with their weapons drawn... That would NOT have been a pretty picture either.

Three of them cited certain towns in America where carrying a side-arm is MANDATED and the low crime rates there... without bothering to realise that the student body of Virginia Tech is larger than the population of those towns. It's far more difficult to shoot the person who you know intimately than waste a classroom of anonymous students.

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

Thankfully, only TWO bloggers said guns don't kill people, people kill people. Guns just make people FAR more effective killers. The body count was decidedly higher thanks to more effective weaponery.

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

Three bloggers were calling for the elimination of ALL guns. I don't agree with that either... I do believe in STRICT control (and more than a "waiting list" or cheesey instant-questionaire) but what about those in rural areas where wildlife CAN and DOES effect their day-to-day lives? Should we remove their weapons? Some would say "yes", but I wouldn't.

I don't, however, believe that anyone living in an urban (city) situation needs a weapon... in fact, my experience with people who have a "gun" for protection is that they are more likely to have "an accident" or almost shoot a family member who's mistaken for a threat...

Sorry, dumb people and scared people should NOT handle fire-arms... and the VAST majority of people out there qualify for one of the two aforementioned types of folks.

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

Eight bloggers cited the American Constitutional Right to Bear Arms in a positive light to combat those of us who would like to see stronger weapons control. Fine... but I do believe that is an outdated right that was written by men who only knew older, single-shot flint-lock muzzle-loading guns... not high-powered Glocks. Guns were developed and built for ONE purpose only... to kill... and they do, as shown over and over again. As a member of The British Commonwealth, I promise, dear U.S. of A. that Her Majesty nor ourselves will invade should you not have your public armed. You have my word on that.

Allow me to be the first to suggest what Chris Rock put so eloquently... If you're not willing to control guns, CONTROL THE AMMUNINITION...

ANYTHING...

...and please, think carefully those who feel life is so much better because it's so easy to be "armed"... are you fighting for your right to own a weapon because you honestly believe that it's a safer world with them... or because it either empowers you personally or you simply just like to own a gun?

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

Four bloggers blamed prescription antidepressants for the "rampage". I have no doubt that the fact that the new "magic cure for all ills" is to pump various levels of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors into people's systems... and doctors are all too willing to mess with the chemical balances in heads that probably do not need "help" in that manner... gosh, how many suicides have been prevented thanks to SRIs? How many lives made more pleasant thanks to SRIs? (Answer - Statistically, practically none... but many people are now addicted to these medications that they "need" their meds...) Although some people (in a VAST minority) are "helped" by these drugs, many people suffer adversly... and although the Columbine shooters had a history of these medications, considering the length and planning that went into their attack, I find it VERY unlikely (heck, impossible) to lay the blame on solely on these medications with that horrible incident.

Also, we currently have no idea whether or not the gunman was on prescription drugs....

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

I wonder how long it will take before Montel Williams says it was a "race related" issue like he did with the Columbine shootings... or someone points out his hair was black so therefore he was "goth"... or any of the standard issues that we peg on to make sense of a tragedy.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Blame is necessary, I suppose... but when I see idiots going off half-cocked with untested, unresearched theories to bang on their own, private philosophical drums, it makes me mad...

Pinning blame WON'T bring back thirty-two innocent lives... it MAY help prevent it happening again... but didn't we say that when we all realised that the Columbine shootings were mostly about bullying and set-out with many anti-bullying campaigns? Has it worked??? I don't know... maybe...

...but right now, it's time to bury the dead... help the victims... be a shoulder to support the families and friends...

If you MUST blame your favourite "target", consider things FIRST. You only make yourself look like a boob when you try to convince others that it was a Godless Muslim Suicide Bomber on Prozac who was Bullied while watching the movie Die Hard and Playing Doom.

How about it was a crazy man... and he had guns.

'Cuz in the end, that's what it WILL come down to.

If he didn't have ready access to guns, he MIGHT have stabbed someone... or pushed someone out a window... but does anyone REALLY think he would have managed to kill thirty-two young people and staff without a firearm?

Dear World;

I know I'm just one guy... I'm not important in the grand scheme of things... but if you wanted to truly make me happy, please have everyone read this link about blaming tragedies on stuff and have them ALL understand that the MOST important thing, regardless of beliefs, race, creed, religion, patriotism, or any other stripe is the part about teaching our children empathy and respect for life.

Thanks kindly...

Matthew

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Addendum: 12:28pm EDT I'm flying about the Figure Four Online message board and saw this a post titled this...

World leaders call for stricter gun laws in America.

It contained an article from an Irish newspaper about folks around the globe (most notably Australia's Prime Minister and a minister in India) commenting that America needs to toughen it's gun laws...

The first response from a user?

NOTE TO OTHER COUNTRIES: you don't dictate our law. Please shut the (Expletive Deleted) up.

As a Canadian, boy do I see the absolute irony in that response...

I wonder if most American's do 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 pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
(...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 02:28:03 pm, by Email , 750 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

What I learned from...

I need to do a slightly nicer post than yesterday... being not well and the awful news really put my spirits in a darker place... so on that note...

Through a nice tax refund, we FINALLY got rid of our old bed... actually, it was my old bed and dated back to the early 1990's... it was AWFUL. Springs jabbing into my back, collapsing in places... just hideous.

Who did we trust for advice on our new bed?

BRAD PITT!

Brad Baby!

Don't laugh... I read this quote and we tried it...

Don't spend a lot of money on a big, giant mattress with double padding on both sides and all that. Just go out and buy a normal firm mattress. Then go buy the three-inch Tempur-Pedic pad, the memory foam, and put it on top. I'm telling you, take my tip. It's the perfect pressure. I take full credit for the discovery. You will sleep in bliss forever more . . . unless you've got a six-week-old.

It's true folks... well, we don't know about the six-week old, but it's true about the sleep...

I had read the quote months back in a newspaper and decided to cite it to Sue accurately and looked it up and ended up on the evil empire's Microsoft's MSN site in their "Men's" section...

...and found a series of Esquire articles called "What I Learned From..." and some of them were interesting and fun... so I figgered I'd share three of the "interviews" with you... Sorry, Mr. Pitt, not yours... I figgered you had billing with the mattress thingie enough.

Burt Reynolds:

Mr. Reynolds!

My son said, "If you go to an actor's house, there's a picture of the actor and other actors. If you go to a producer's house, there are Picassos. I think I'll be a producer."

I could have won millions of dollars in lawsuits about the AIDS rumors back in 1984. I survived it by my father's philosophy: "I'll p!ss on your grave."

Paul Newman is the personification of cool.

I can tell a young person where the mines are, but he's probably going to have to step on them anyway.

Robert De Niro:

Robert De Niro!

You have no idea that years later, people in cars will recognize you on the street and shout, "You talkin' to me?" I don't remember the original script, but I don't think the line was in it. We improvised. For some reason it touched a nerve. That happens.

There's no such thing as not being afraid.

The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You're in a conversation and everybody's agreeing with what you're saying--even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don't want to hear.

As you get older, the more complicated things get. It's almost therapeutic to be doing simple things with the kids.

Homer Simpson:

Homer!

Kids are like monkeys, only louder.

There are many different religions in this world, but if you look at them carefully, you'll see that they all have one thing in common: They were invented by a giant, superintelligent slug named Dennis.

You may think it's easier to de-ice your windshield with a flamethrower, but there are repercussions. Serious repercussions.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard "My God! He's covered in some sort of goo," I'd be a rich man.

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 02:26:59 pm, by Email , 285 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

A Look At A Payday Loan Resource Site

I had the opportunity to review a website today that's subject matter concerns personal, and payday loans, something we have blogged about in the past, and that we have needed ourselves before.

If you've never heard of a payday loan before, in brief it is like a cash advance for those who are in need of money fast, and pay day may still be a few days away. When we were a one pay check family, we did take out these type of advances on more than one occasion.

The site I reviewed earlier is Payday Loan Lowdown, and it contains several articles with the promise of more to come in the future. From a technical, and personal preference stand point it is easy on the eyes, fairly easy to navigate, and thankfully not loaded down with pop-ups.

I read through a few of the articles, and material presented on the site, and it appears to be balanced in views. I appreciate that! As an example I will use this article: Payday Loans Are The Symptoms, Not The Problem. The article does defend the use of payday loans in regards to some of the bad press they have received in an enlightening manner that clearly notes further education is needed by consumers in regards to living within their means. I firmly agree with this.

Overall I would recommend this website to anyone interested in the topics presented. Again, I would do so because there does appear to be some balance in views, constructive information from which to base decisions on, and the ability for reader feedback through their commentary section.

From The Desk Of Sue

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04/16/07

Permalink 08:44:05 pm, by Email , 463 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

33 Reported Dead at Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, USA

Virginia Tech

CNN Coverage
BBC Coverage
CBC Coverage

22 dead... 21 wounded...

Addendum: As of 3:19pm EST, the toll is 31 dead, 10 wounded.

Addendum: As of 4:41pm EST, the toll is 32 dead, 29 wounded.

Addendum: As of 4:59pm EST, (OFFICIAL) the toll is 33 dead, 29 wounded.

Sue's and my thoughts are with the victims and their families... including our friends who work for the university.

I hate to say this, and I know you'll think me unkind... but I'm reminded of what I keep being told... guns don't kill people... people kill people...

...this one person killed thirty-two people in a VERY short span of time thanks to guns. Had he a sword or an axe, I doubt the body count would be that high... so don't argue that he would have done as much damage without a gun.

I'm trying VERY hard not to be angry at these instances and certain folks feelings that we should all be armed... and hope again that PERHAPS they will consider controlling things so that no more young people will die pointlessly.

Addendum: 4:42pm EST: I found this on the blogsphere... Weren't any of the students armed? - I resisted the urge to respond with, Yeah, apparently one was.

Click here for my thoughts on gun control... because if you read that, I can realise that all I need to concentrate on is the victims and their friends and families during this awful time.

...and so close to the anniversary of the horrible shootings at Columbine High School...

I hope everyone concentrates on the victims... not the "shooter"... we tend to glorify the killers... and forget the victims... and that sucks.

Gosh, I really dislike the planet today.

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 08:42:38 pm, by Email , 124 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Healthier Lifestyles

Ever since I turned the big four oh (or forty) earlier this year I've been thinking more, and more about my own health, and ways to improve it. This includes both externally, and perhaps more importantly internal healthier lifestyle choices. I've studied quite a bit about meditation, fasting, and internal body cleansing.

One of the products I've heard some good things about in regards to the latter is Dual Action Cleanse although I have not personally tried it at the time of this writing. By eliminating toxins in the body by flushing them out this product looks promising in promoting an overall healthier body! Something that is definitely worth looking further into!

Cheers!
Sue

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Permalink 08:11:01 pm, by Email , 731 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Changed my mind about today... (How fast was that?)

Blog - noun Pronunciation: 'blog, 'bläg
A Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer. Etymology: short for Weblog.

So sayeth Merriam-Webster's Dictionary.

Here I am, fighting a miserable sinus infection debating whether or not to call the boss-fella and take a day off to heal (much bigger week for me next week... need me strength... more on the later...) and I'm looking around the blogsphere.

Oh yeah, why do some people call it the blogOsphere? I must have missed it when they were initially called weblogos.

Can you tell I'm cranky?

Anyway, I'm looking through the votes for the Blogger's Choice Awards, of which The Paranormal Blog is up for "Best Hobby Blog"... and guess who's #2?

Now, before heading away on this one... allow me to visit Merriam-Websters again...

Hobby - noun Pronunciation: 'hä-bE
A pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation. Etymology: short for hobbyhorse.

Okay, so BEST HOBBY BLOG... and now we know what those two words mean...

...and #2 in this category?

Fark.

I like Fark. Fark is fun.

Fark is a news site... it's basically a place where users post up interesting news stories with comments... sometimes funny, sometimes off colour, sometimes dumb... but it's a good time waster.

Problem is, IT'S NOT A HOBBY NOR IS IT A BLOG!

Oh well, it's better than when Rosie O'Donnel's blog was there wiping the floors with everyone through rabid (and foaming) fan voting... the folks at the BCA removed hers and other celebs blogs to the appropriate sections thus ensuring an equal footing for hopefuls... after all, I pulled out One Old Green Bus from the Best Blogs About Stuff thanks to Ross the Intern on the Tonight Show kicking everyone's butt in the "Stuff" category...

Granted, almost immediately after penning my concession post, through the whining complaining bitching hard work of those who saw the inequities of celebrity bloggers in non-celebrity categories, BCA removed 'em all to the appropriate category which, I'm happy to say, Torontoghosts fan Wil Wheaton is kicking butt and NOT taking names! (Vote For Him!!!)

...where was I? (DIGRESSING~!)

Anyway, not really sour grapes... but c'mon folks... I like Fark... Fark is good... Fark is fun... BUT FARK IS NOT A BLOG!

Who nominates this stuff?

Oh well, neither Sue nor myself are going to officially complain... but I think she to is going to mention this in a post somewhere...

Now, I have to make the heavy decision... stay home and lose a day's pay and, considering I resigned last week and this is my LAST four days of work at my OLD JOB (Oh, did I mention, I GOT A NEW JOB! I start next week and it's BACK IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES!!!) probably leave 'em a bit high and dry... or go in feeling like dirt.

Considering I ran out of Atenolol a week ago and need a re-script on that through my doctor lest I suffer a highly motivated heart attack... I think it's a safe bet I'll be home for the day...

...but, who knows... I'm a little whacky when it comes to work... and I may go in to the awful place in spite of it all... we'll see...

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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.

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 08:10:33 pm, by Email , 162 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Dressing Up As Star Wars Characters

We have written several posts on this blog about our love of dressing up in period costumes, as well as our combined passion for all things SCI-FI so imagine my delight to come across a website that combines both!

Have you ever wanted to dress up in Star Wars costumes? Have you always wanted your very own Star Wars masks? If you are like us then you've got to check out EasternToys.com!

I was really impressed with their inventory, and selections, such as the Star Wars Rune Haako mask, the Star Wars Darth Vader Helmet, which is super for those wishing to portray the evil arch villain of the series!

They even have complete adult sized costumes of Star Wars Stormtroopers, how cool is that! Their prices are very reasonable as well. This website is definitely worth checking out, and bookmarking for all your SCI-FI costume needs! Have fun!!!!

Cheers!
Sue

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Permalink 08:08:11 pm, by Email , 271 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Monday morning... can wait...

Yeah, this about says it all...

See the above image? It's another one of those cute animal pics that have been making the rounds... My main source is I Can Has Cheezburger...

Either way, the cat represents me this morning... so I'm gonna wait to try and create a more masterful, excellent, rawkin' post that will entertain, educate, and genuinely...

Ah, who the heck am I kidding...

I'll have a better time-waster posted either later today... or if my energy levels stay the same, tomorrow...

Sorry, it's been a weird week...

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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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04/15/07

Permalink 12:05:54 pm, by Email , 1056 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Mommy and Daddy Ottawa (or Washington... or Parliament... or...)

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

Do you think it’s the government’s responsibility to take care of the people? Why or why not?

Maybe I'm goofy, but isn't this almost the definition of what a government does?

If a person comes with a bucket of potash and fixes a pothole in my street, wasn't that done for me?

I have to assume the person who asked the question (Karen) is looking for the more "detailed" concepts of taking care via the public offices...

Okay, well... although stating that I'm not fond of dropping my drawers as far as my political leanings... and VERY MUCH a non-fan of political spin vs. the facts, I am a fiscal conservative.

...but...

I am also a firm believer in the "leg up" for those who may struggle to get that needed stability to become (or remain) productive members of society.

This MAY seem like a disconnect, but it isn't...

When I hear people whining about "high taxes", I think to myself... If you had a dollar in your hand right now, and I said "If you gave me thirty-three cents of that and no senior citizens would go hungry, do without medical care, do without prescription drugs, end up homeless in this country, and that's only part of what I can do with those pennies...", chances are you'd give me that thirty-three cents.

I find those that scream loudest about not wishing to worry about public health care, day care, senior's care, etc. are those that either ARE in a position to not worry about it (through their own industry) or those who ASSUME they will never have to deal with it (for whatever reason).

Folks, it's about time you realised something... ALL industries, in essence, work together. Need proof? Look at gas prices.

Insurance companies, chartered banks, telecoms, etc. do NOT truly have your best interest at heart... and "competition" between these organisations is almost non-existent except on the most basic and nominal levels... in fact, it's really a joke to banks and insurance companies especially.

So, ask yourself this important question...

In the long run, who do you wish to hold the keys to your health and welfare... a board of directors of whom you'll never have much say and "removing YOUR business" doesn't mean a whole hell of a lot to as they have thousands and possibly millions of other customers and a nice "parachute" if things go badly... or an elected official who, without your support, loses his job?

I do, however, believe in a somewhat two-tiered system... IF you can afford to have something "different" (possibly better) that option SHOULD be available to you... but the basic and necessary items should be looked after by an elected, legislated body.

For example, using Canada's health-care system, a visit to ANY doctor for an ailment is free. Treatment for a life threatening, potentially life threatening, or life-disrupting illness is also free.

Liposuction with a face-lift in a private room... costs.

In my humble opinion, when a person is facing a health crisis, retirement age, or other issue, it's GREAT if they don't have to worry about bankruptcy or homelessness because of those factors.

After all, isn't the idea to keep everyone healthy, working, and adding to our society?

...or should we work everyone to death because a select few "will survive" and those not prepared or least prepared should perish?

Kind of like a publicly mandated Darwinian thing... well, to be correct, a Herbert Spencer-ian thing.

Look, no one likes to pay taxes... especially when you find out a school that teaches applied juggling to circus clowns was funded $1.1billion to continue it's work towards making better jugglers...

...but, if you find things out like that, YOU can vote against the nitwits who made that decision...

...and if it was General Motors Corporation that gave this money away with the blessing of their board, TOO FREAKIN' BAD. The clowns get gold-plated balls to work with and there's sweet F.A. you can do about it.

...oh, you say, "But that's General Motor's money!" Is it? Next time you buy a GM car, what do you think regulates the price? When the quarterly reports come up and the losses are bad, do they fire board members?

Think that businesses "regulate their own" because you see all those CEOs and CFOs going to court? How many businesses do you think there are in the world vs. how many crooked execs are brought to account for themselves?

Now, how many politicians have to account for themselves?

Number of politicians TOTAL vs. the number of politicians accounting for themselves vs. the number of million-dollar CEOs TOTAL vs. the number of million-dollar CEOs held accountable on any level... the ratio is frightening.

As a Canadian, I do pay roughly thirty-five cents out of every dollar to my government... but you know what... I have security with that money... it's an investment in my future... my children's future... or perhaps, a stranger's future... someone, who without a helping hand from the government would do without possibly to the price-tag of their lives.

So, a happy medium please... because the government DOES look after me... it's their job.

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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 , 1759 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: All I Want is a Room Somewhere...

Blog yer Blessings

All I want is a room somewhere, Far away from the cold night air.

I went grocery shopping on my lunch break at work on Wednesday... there's a large "upscale" grocery store not too far from the office and Sue asked me, despite the extra expense, to pick some things up for home... and in front of me, walking along Wellington Street were two women. Both were dressed rather nicely and warmly (it's been unseasonably cold in Toronto right now)... it was obvious by their lack of hurry and their conversation (which was clearly audible) that they had come from a lunch date with one of the women's husbands and were heading back to their car... probably to head home.

Unfortunately, my clothing is not-so-nice... but that's as much a factor of time constraints and personal taste (where to shop) as it is not having enough money to buy a new jacket, so since I was not dressed for the weather like them and rather cold, I breezed past them in order to shorten my trip. This is a fairly easy trick on the wide sidewalks downtown and didn't ruffle their feathers.

At the corner of Wellington and Yonge sat a young woman bundled up in ragged clothes and a sleeping bag. She was obviously homeless... or at least, not doing too well... she was dirty from the city's soot and smog and was shivering by a lamp standard with an old paper coffee cup in front of her with a couple of coins in it... she was hoping for spare change from passers by.

I reached into my pocket and dropped about $2.50 into her cup... not much, but it's what I can afford right now... I don't know if she thanked me or even noticed... really, that wasn't important... she wasn't openly soliciting for spare change save the cup with a few dimes in it and seemed far more concerned with staying warm than the activities or inactivities of passers by.

Once across the busy street, the two women were now on my heels after being able to catch up with me at the traffic light, they started in with what could only be described as a "stage conversation" for my benefit after they saw me toss my money into the cup...

"You know that she's strung out on something." one said.
"Giving them money only encourages them." said the other.

What neither of these two women could know is that the man in front of them who so foolishly parted with his coins was once almost in her position...

My mother and father had been married for many, many years... and I was, to say the least, a "problem child"... "troubled teen" perhaps would be better.

Either way, when my father suddenly passed away when I was seventeen, after some rough few months where my mother was in serious doubts about her future (which wasn't really too shaky as our father had provided well for us... he was an insurance executive after all,) I was given "the boot".

"I've done kids." were the last words I heard before heading out with the clothes on my back and really, little else.

I managed to "couch surf" with a friend for a few days... but ended up not being terribly welcome with his parents... and although it was foolish, I ended up lying when I knew my presence was becoming unwanted and saying I had a place to go... when I didn't... and yes, spent some time sleeping in parks.

Weirdly enough, I had too much pride to admit I needed a home and help from people and preferred self-imposed homelessness to being a burden.

I never panhandled during that time... I tried to earn what food I found by doing "odd jobs" or by offering to do help where I could in exchange for food... mow lawns, help move furniture, even carrying groceries for people.

Luckily, my "homelessness" didn't last too long (just a few weeks in the Summer,) and soon I was living with one of my sisters in her apartment...

After "settling in" with the sister, I managed to find my way back into school, a decent job, and eventually even start a career.

...but I will never forget how close I came...

...nor how much a small amount of money (even $2.50) would have meant to me during some of the colder and leaner days...

I won't lie to you... there ARE homeless folks who HAVE chosen that path for various reasons ranging from not wanting to live by certain rules to "habits" and "addictions" that led them there. There are some who didn't choose that path, but due to usually mental illness, there they are.

...more importantly, I found out that although a minority, there were a good number like me... roof over their head and food in their belly one day and through a twist of fate or something else, they are on the streets the next day.

I don't know what this girl's story was... I had to rush to accomplish my tasks and get back to my office and couldn't chat even had she wanted to... but I know that a lousy $2.50 is enough for a hot coffee and a small snack inside a nice, warm donut shop... and a respite from the lamp standard for a few brief minutes until the staff or management would kick her back out onto the street.

All those years ago, when I was in the park, I was dirty... cold... tired. I heard people comment when I was forced to be somewhat near them (I tried to avoid people until I could get to the public washroom and clean up a little)... and the words stung. "Get a job" was something I heard a couple of times... even though I hadn't elicited any "conversation". The folks who said it felt I was "benefiting" from their helpful advice, I 'spose... though both times, the words were not said as much spitted out with venom.

Get a job... with no bus fare, no clean clothes, dirty hair and body, empty stomach, little or no sleep, damp from dew... yeah, perfect conditions to apply for any position.

Oh, and how to contact me if they had an opening? Please find me in between Allens Gardens and Serena Gundy Park... on a hill, behind a few large birch trees that affords me some weak form of privacy and security when I'm sleeping. Oddly enough, being the 1980's, I didn't have a cell phone nor Wi-Fi internet access...

Granted, how many homeless folks have you seen nowadays with a laptop and flip-phone?

These two women I started talking about have the blessing which I'm about to mention... and don't realise it... I guarantee it. The young lady doesn't have my blessing... yet... I hope she finds it some day soon and I'm certain that, like me, she most likely won't take it for granted.

My blessing is the roof over my head and food in the fridge. I'm thankful to not be truly hungry... and to know that tonight, there's a warm home, warm family, warm pets... and a comfortable, if small place to lay my head.

I won't lie... I wasn't handed these things... I worked for them. I earned them... but if not for a bed-couch in an apartment with my sister, would I be where I am today?

I don't think those around me know how much these blessings of warmth and comfort mean to me... I was fortunate, I only stared into the eyes of the beast for a few scant moments... many don't have siblings or friends or anyone to rescue them and are stuck with their lot until someone gives them one ounce of stability to work from.

Maybe I was wrong... maybe my coins would be used for booze or drugs... maybe I'm encouraging to poor girl to stay in the street...

...or maybe, with that quarter change after her coffee and donut, she'll make a call to someone to help her out...

...or maybe she won't make a call, but will have a little food and warmth for a short time...

I'd like to think it will be one of the two latter choices... but who knows.

One thing though, after my own experiences and working since then when possible helping others in similar situations, (of course I've volunteered at homeless shelters and food banks,) it's the best thing I could do on that spot at that time to share my blessings.

One wonders what "blessing" the two women coming from their lunch shared that Wednesday and with whom? My only thought about them was, You have no idea... and honestly, I hope you never have to find out first hand.

...another thought occurred about the women too... I wonder if either of them have daughters... because that girl was someone's baby once... and is most likely still someone's daughter...

...and I don't know if I could stand knowing that one of my kids was in that position... but it they were, I hope someone would drop in that $2.50 for them.

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For the record, my nasty story happened over twenty-years ago now... and I managed to finish college and soon I'll be announcing some goodly news about my current career... and my mom and I mended fences long ago... but that's a story for another time...

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our 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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04/14/07

Permalink 07:00:00 am, by Email , 735 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays: I have no one to blame but myself...

I'm starting to feel like a broken record, skipping on the same line... This week, monetarily, no movement on the bus.

Skip-to-my-lou!

...wait a second... does anyone under the age of thirty actually understand the idea of a "record skipping"?

I noticed this in the 1990's... I used to DJ and my collection was about 1/2 vynil, 1/2 CDs... and whereas for YEARS I called a song a "cut", I started (like everyone else) to refer to them as "tracks".

Gosh...

ANYWAY, yup, no new movement on the thermometers... and hits to the blog, like last week, are all over the place... a real WEIRD week with days of over two-thousand visitors... followed by days of only nine-hundred...

Easter Sunday was the slowest day this past week... only 842 visitors total. I suppose that's to be expected though... it also represented my "One Year Blogiversary"... and I got some nice comments about my Blog Your Blessing entry as well as my Blogtalkers bit for that day... so no complaints.

Poor~!

I have to blame myself (WHO ELSE!?!) for the lack of monetary support these last few weeks... I've been VERY busy with my "regular" website and group and have some neato-keen news to impart (I'm waiting until Monday) about my career situation... and yeah, I'll spoil it this much... it's good news.

Space! The Final Frontier!

I did get some good news this week... well, at least good news for those folks that say I'm impossible to "shop" for when it comes to gifts...

Die-cast model maker, Exclusive First Editions in the U.K. are making die-cast Regent Low Heights both in red and green livery! If I don't at least get a green one for my birthday (May 31st) or for Christmas, there's no justice on this planet.

Granted, at £21.50 each, I doubt I'll get more than one!

...and if I do, it'll take all my faculties NOT to turn it into RLH 3 with some paint and stickers!!!

Space! The Final Frontier!

Sadly, the "Busly Love" couldn't stem the tide of overwhelming support for one Ross Mathews from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno who effectively eliminated my faint hopes of this blog winning the "Best Blog About Stuff" award on the Blogger's Choice Awards... but I gave in gracefully.

Oh, and ABSOLUTELY no sour grapes for two reasons...

#1: In a testament to good sportsmanship, Mr. Mathews e-mailed me and voted for...

#2: The Paranormal Blog is in competetion for "Best Hobby Blog".

PLEASE VOTE! (Oh, and notice that Thursday and Sunday - tomorrow - on the ol' ParaBlog were entries written by your's truly!)

Space! The Final Frontier!

That's enough for this week... This coming week I *should* have more time to try and get attention and help towards seeing our dream to fruition... who knows, I did state on two occasions here that Jay Leno was the one "celebrity" who'd probably best understand this kooky dream of ours and offer assistance... even if just a little publicity... Oh Ross... Any chance of convincing him to at least read about the dream???

Jay Leno

Ach! Pipe dreams... I probably have a better shot with the tax I pay on our hope lottery tickets I bought Thursday.

Still, we'll keep on keepin' on... and trying as hard as we can to make the dream a reality!

As always, THANKS for everyone's support... it means more than you could possibly know...

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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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04/13/07

Permalink 06:42:08 pm, by Email , 317 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

QUICK UPDATE: Adding one... too bad...

If you see my post below, you'll see I was only allowed to "tag" five people... and I rushed... and I shouldn't have...

Allow me to add one... and not because this person pointed out only LOSERS get tagged with this one... which in this case, is most definitely NOT true...

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

Special Tag: Blandly Urbane at DeMediaCraticNation

Blandly Urbane

Politics is something I tend to stay away from... it kills brain cells... THAT SAID, I often find myself commenting, discussing, and usually pulling out the inconvenient facts on Blandly's blog... A worthy read and a worthy blogger of being a "Thinking Blogger".

Blandly now has it easy... he has to pick SIX bloggers since he was a late addition... and not because of those hollow threats involving steel wool and my nether regions.

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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 04:18:44 pm, by Email , 664 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

TAGGED~! Someone thunk we wuz thinkers!

(Don't worry, regular readers, I did do my Friday list... just scroll down to find it after this entry...)

Tinking Blogger

I wuz TAGGED~!

Stine from Mother's Home thoughtfully tagged One Old Green Bus with a "Thinking Blogger Award".

Egads!

Considering the amount of posts I do at 7am without benefit of coffee, I'm shocked that anyone thinks this blog has any intellectual value... let alone worthy of an award!

Part of the dealeeabob with accepting the award is for me to "tag" (or nominate) five other blogs... yup, a dreaded meme...

So, on that note, I'll brace for impact and post my five favourite "thinking blogs"... but I'm not tagging them. If the blogmasters wish to work with and accept the award and challenge, that's great... but I'll leave it to them to find this post and work from there...

Oh, and before you wonder, yes, I would "tag" Sue and I again (as Sue does the lion's share of the posting,) with the Paranormal Blog... but it's already been tagged... and also, I don't want to seem like nepotism is playing a roll... so without further adieu...

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

#1: The Reverend Anaglyph and Tethered Cow Ahead

The Good Rev.

A blog pursuant to the idea that most publicly funded art sucks, food science is frightening, and home to a very frightening kitten, The Good Rev. dishes up thoughts with a side of smirkish humour... a side of whackiness is extra though.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#2: Ultramantis Black (on MySpace... don't blame me...)

Ultramantis Black

This man, through ONE lousy interview on the rather questionable an NON-Wiki worthy (unlike your's tuly) Dr. Keith Lipinski show renewed my love of whacky, whacky wrestling! Also, anyone who wishes to destroy his own field of "work" as well as strip malls has my vote! His blog entries are limited, but hey, he managed to "blog" about El Hijo del Santo and his environmental thrust! UMB rocks, Yeah~!

...oh, and I am buying one of his "Hoodies" when they become re-available! Too-freakin'-cool!

Space! The Final Frontier!

#3: Ms. Demmie at Life at the Edge

Those who know Ms. Demmie well know that her wisdom is well worth the visit and read of her blog... add to this, wonderful photos and it's a "slam dunk" for the award.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#4: Threecollie at Northview Diary

Northview Diary

Marianne is a great writer... a wise person... and a genuinely fun and thought-provoking read. Another blog that seems to have great text and photos. She deserves the award!

Space! The Final Frontier!

#5: Apostata at Imaginary Magnitude

Imaginary Magnitude

There's almost always something that stimulates my synapses with Matt's postings... some intellectual grist for the mill... amongst other things (again, not the least of which is some great photos.)

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

There we go, as always, meeting my "Tagged"/"Meme" duties... although, again, I'll leave it up to the people I nominated to decide whether or not they wish to participate further... Thanks for the award, Stine, and hope that my selections meet with general approval.

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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 04:17:05 pm, by Email , 189 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Find Quality Childcare With Daycare Bear

I'll never forget that day, several years ago now, that I spoke to a Daycare provider in my area that had told me they were too full to accept my child, and crying to them saying I would lose my home, if I couldn't work, and without a babysitter I would not be able to keep my job. It was a very stressful three months before I found suitable, and affordable childcare in my neighborhood. And thankfully I finally did!

I only wish at that time I had a great resource like Daycare Bear that I could have turned to. This is a terrific directory for US parents in need of childcare, and providers too! It is completely free to use, and you can use the easy search function to find providers by location, cost, and age ranges. I was really impressed by the website, and it will definitely take the stress out of finding good quality daycare for your child/ren! Again, I only wish a site like this had existed when I needed it!

Best Wishes,
Sue

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Permalink 03:46:02 pm, by Email , 474 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Five Things that disturb and/or amuse me online...

Okay, in the horrid world of these here Interwebs, there's much that can be problematic on many levels... and I don't wish to offend... at least, not intentionally.

This list is made up of things online that have disturbed or amused me... but in a more cosmic, cerebral sense... not necessarily in a moralistic or ethics sense... That list, of things found online that were truly nasty, would be huge...

Nope, this is stuff that will just... just...

Ah heck, you'll see...

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

#1: Randy Constan - aka Peter Pan

Egads

His "fashion" page alone... I'll give him this, he's unique... and he's very... um... brave?

Space! The Final Frontier!

#2: From a favourite website of mine, The Poo-Duck!

Egads

There are many more to choose from within the magnificent website known as Disturbing Auctions... but there's something about the NAME "Pooduck" that bothers me... granted, far more disturbing things exist there... like Barbie's Bad Day and Baby Big Hands... but to spare you the trauma, I'll just use the Pooduck above.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#3: Less disturbing, mildly amusing... ZOMBO.COM!

Egads

Zombo.com makes everyone feel most welcome... after all, anything is possible at Zombo.com... it's... strangely... hypnotic.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#4: In an homage to my "Half-Nekkid Tuesday" comes the adult portion of this entry, FURNITURE PORN!

Egads

Have you ever wanted to see chairs, couches, coffee tables, and other bits of household items in naughty moments? Yeah, neither have I... but there is a website for it.

Space! The Final Frontier!

#5: The Frozen Dead Guy Days Website

Egads

Nederland, Colorado is home to a rather interesting "festival"... Frozen Dead Guy Days. A celebration of corpse of Bredo Morstøl which was kept in a state of semi-cryogenics in a shed in the town. This is just too weird... There's a Wikipedia entry on it... it'll explain it better.

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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 03:45:00 pm, by Email , 188 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

A Review On Loans

I recently had the opportunity to visit , and review a website that provides information, and quotes on various types of Loans. Since Personal Loans are something that virtually all of us either have experience in, or will need at some point in the future, and since borrowing money seems to be a fact of life for the majority of us, we might as well try to obtain as much information, and knowledge as possible on the subject.

Ukpersonalloanstore.co.uk is the website that I reviewed and I found that it provided a wealth of info on topics such as online secured loans something that perhaps a few of our readers did not know about. They also provide information on Homeowner Loans in a well designed, and user friendly format. Overall I would say this site is a definite must check out for those seeking to learn more about various loans, and to receive quotes from which to comparison shop. I definitely learned a lot more from this site, and benefited personally by visiting it.

Best Wishes!
Sue

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04/12/07

Permalink 12:49:07 pm, by Email , 597 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Kurt Vonnegut: November 11th 1922 – April 11th 2007

"I'm suing a cigarette company because on the package they promised to kill me, and yet here I am." - Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut

The inherent problem with being over six-feet tall and rather "wide" is people have a conception of what you should be like... in my case, they want a jolly beer drinker who's into sports...

Sadly, that's not entirely true... or even making up the majority of who I am.

I'm a teetotaler and someone more at home in a library than on a rugby pitch.

None-the-less, I remember the literal gasp of astonishment from someone when I was at a get-together in the early 1990's with friends and everyone was asked if there was a "living" author they could have a chat with, who would it be...

I responded, "Kurt Vonnegut".

Apparently, especially to this one girl, someone like me wasn't supposed to be familiar with Mr. Vonnegut's work... despite, at the time, she might have noticed (as I was carrying it with me,) that I was working through an anthology of his short stories.

...either that, or perhaps with the long black hair and black leather attire, she was figuring I'd say "Anne Rice"... nah, she knew better than that... I hope...

Mr. Vonnegut passed away late last night at the age of 84.

Most remember him as the author of the fantastic book, Slaughterhouse Five... but I will always remember him as my introduction to deus ex machina in his novel Breakfast of Champions.

I often used one of his quotes when trying to make sense of the 9/11 tragedy with fellow online denizens...

"I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire truck." ― Kurt Vonnegut

I always thought him to be insightful, witty, and a genuine witness of the human condition... albeit, with an editors slant to documenting it.

"Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut

Quick Addenda - 2:10pm So, I'm just finishing my "lunch" here at the awful place, going through the stats on the ol' blog... and I see this...

Uh? What?

Okay... is there some strange connection between Mr. Vonnegut and a "bus" I'm unaware of... maybe the "searcher" meant the old series Bus Stop... or is my brain a slurpy currently and therefore I've forgotten something important... or were they looking for this blog?

Regardless, to sate my brain here at the office, I'm going to assume it's the latter.

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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 12:48:06 pm, by Email , 200 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

The Purrfect Post About Pet Health

I am calling this entry the purrfect post because earlier today I blogged about our princesses (our cats) and I thought to take this opportunity to get into a topic that is very important in my opinion. The topic is pet insurance, and how vital it can be for all pet owners.

Vet care can be extremely pricey! Trust me with three cats, and two dogs I have quite a bit of experience in this regard. At any time any one of them could become ill,just like the human family members, and therefore we have invested in pet health insurance for all of them.

I cannot imagine what it would be like to possibly have to put one of our furry family members down, for an otherwise treatable health issue because of lack of fundings to pay the vet bills. Scary thought, isn't it!

If you are a pet owner I strongly suggest you check out PetCare Pet Insurance, and give your loving companion the health coverage they need. We all get older, and sick at times that includes our pets. Think about it!

From The Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 12:31:09 pm, by Email , 289 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, From The Desk of Sue, Half-Butt Postings

Should I be concerned?

Ultramantis Black and Hydra

Above is a link (click the picture) to a YouTube video featuring Ultramantis Black and the man/monster/beast, Hydra...

What's disturbing to me is that Ultramantis Black reminds me very much of Sue... in speech patterns, megalomaniac ways, even fashion sense to a degree with the groovey cloak, nice scarf, and voodoo beads... not to mention the whacky staff with the bells on it... and even the way he sends the camera crew off by simply motioning and saying "Away!"...

And yeah, in this video, I kinda see myself in Hydra as he shows off his amazing strength...

I'm afraid... very afraid...

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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 12:30:54 pm, by Email , 271 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Only The Very Best For Our Princesses!

Matthew, and I have both frequently blogged about our three princesses, Mary Stuart, Elizabeth Tudor, and Anne Boleyn. These lovely ladies are of course our three cats, all rescued from our local animal shelter. And trust me when I tell you all three of our feline beauties have never known a moment of strife within their lives since! Can anyone say "spoiled" well are girls are all quite happily pampered.

Since only the best will do we have chosen to use Littermaid brand products for them. If you haven't heard of them before then I highly suggest you click on the link provided, and check them out! If you have several cats like we do you will definitely wish to look into the LitterMaid LM900 Mega as it is a high quality product, at a terrific price. No fuss, and no muss with this one as it is a self cleaning litter box. Definitely saves on a lot of mess, and back wrenching work that is associated with simple cat pans.

I also would like to recommend the LitterMaid Cat Privacy Tent to my fellow cat lovers, as privacy was a definite issue with our Mary who on occasion would try to hide for a pee in undesirable locations. We have not had a single problem with any of our cats since their privacy was secured.

All of our girls are strictly indoors only as we live in an urban setting. Therefore we require the high quality products that Littermaid provides. Go check them out!

From the Feline-Loving Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 12:05:18 pm, by Email , 397 words   English (CA)
Categories: Popularity Contest

Oh well, there's always next year...

SMOKED!

You may have noticed I dropped the plea for votes to the "Best Blog About Stuff" award on my page... well, this is because a blogger who's an intern named Ross Mathews on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno jumped into the fray... and within an afternoon, dropped all the contenders out of the running... heck, I got bumped off the first page!

Ross Mathews Gloating

So, like a politician in a primary who realises that all is lost... allow me to concede before being completely wiped out...

I have had the smackdown laid upon my candy butt. I'm have been pwned like a n00b. I've been beaten like a government mule. I had my slobber knockered. I'm deep inside a world of hurt. A loser is me. I've had the thrashing of a lifetime. I've been drubbed.

Humbled Like Sheiky!

I am B. Brian Blair to the Leno Blogger's Iron Sheik. I've been HUMBLED!

I have lost.

Thanks to the eight folks who managed to vote for me... and the two that tried but had technical difficulties...

It was a good fight, but it's over... at least for this blog...

Of course, PLEASE consider voting for The Paranormal Blog for BEST HOBBY BLOG! (We have a shot at that one!)

Not Pwned Yet!

Thanks everyone... perhaps next year.

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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 12:04:04 pm, by Email , 222 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Borrowing Money To Get The Bus

We have recently had at least one reader ask us why we do not take out personal loans to help cover the costs of rescuing, and restoring RLH 3. Therefore I thought I would address this today in a blog entry.

The rescue of RLH 3 is a dream that we are pursuing, my gut tells me it will happen, but it is not something that either Matthew or I can afford to go into debt over at this time. That is why this blog exists.

We have discussed obtaining Secured Loans in the past due to our poorer credit because of job loss, but that is not feasible at this time for this project. More appropriately we are working towards consolidating debts, and restoring an excellent credit rating.

I believe that we in western society are pressured into borrowing too much, and the end result is the need for a Debt Consolidation Loan in order to better manage things, such as we are going through or secured loans as a means to repair the damage already done to credit ratings.

We will need to borrow again in regards to putting both younger kids through University, but beyond that I am hesitant to over borrow.

Now you know!

From The Cautious Desk Of Sue

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04/11/07

Permalink 02:50:02 pm, by Email , 215 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: RT 1499 at the St Albans Running Days

RT 1499
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 02:49:30 pm, by Email , 171 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Aviation Enthusiasts Take Note!

Matthew and I have blogged quite about our love of various aircraft, but what you may not be aware of gentle readers is that Matthew does hold his glider's licence, and hopes to pursue a pilot's licence in the near future. With that said, is it little surprise that we have seriously talked about purchasing an aircraft once RLH 3 is rescued, and restored!

One of the websites we have looked at, and reviewed is Aviation Business Index, and I can assure you it is the online resource for Aircraft for Sale and general aviation news!

This website has it all, and is highly informative! In fact we do have it listed within our bookmarks. The search function allows you to easily find listings by manufacturer, or aircraft type.

If you are a pilot, and aviation enthusiast like us or business looking to purchase an aircraft you will find no more comprehensive listing then the one provided by Aviation Business Index.

Cheers!

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Permalink 10:47:08 am, by Email , 606 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wednesday Snippets

Wednesday Snippets: All the snooze that's rested to sit.

Good morning Mr. and Mrs. Blogsphere and all the saps at sea, let's go to press!

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

Okay, here's three kinda serious things to start with...

First of all, I am really getting my butt thumped hard in voting for BEST BLOG ABOUT STUFF at the Blogger's Choice Awards... I'm still begging... Show your busly love and VOTE for this blog... because, hey, we're all about STUFF here at One Old Green Bus!

Regent Low Height

I found out that that EFE (Exclusive First Editions) Models WILL be releasing not one but TWO die-cast models of our beloved Regent Low Height buses! (Official site link) (Sue? Oh Sue? Christmas is coming... as is the end of May at which point I turn the dreaded forty...)

RLH 15

I also found a nice article wandering about online a Regent Low Height (RLH 15) that is now in Portland, Oregon undergoing a little work... Good luck to the new owner... I hope to one day join you in your cursing and swearing in trying to get one of these old beauties up and running.

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

...And Now The News...

Space! The Final Frontier!

Dumb-da-DUMBDUMB!

Yes, you're held to a higher standard... and you're an obviously good man... and most importantly, you're an idiot.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Powerful Women?

As a man who grew up with mostly his mother and two older sisters being around the home... and now married with THREE step-daughters... this seemed kinda redundant.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Zzzzzzzz

Actually, I'm all for this... except they DO still make you go to work... that part kinda sucks. Is there a "C Society" for staying in bed all day?

Space! The Final Frontier!

Oopsy!

Oops. Well, what harm could happen anyway?

Space! The Final Frontier!

Awwwwww

Think this is big news? Let's face facts, if we achieve our goal here, we'll know two dogs, three cats... and possibly two birds, two hamsters, and one rabbit that might be regular riders on a bus.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Insert your own joke here. (Forgive the pun.) This brings new meaning to when someone says, about such things, "It's not mine... it's a friends!"

"She was obviously unaware of how thorough our officers are in their searches."

That's a given... to be honest, I'm... hmm... I don't know if "impressed" is the right word...

Space! The Final Frontier!

Coyote

He just wanted a pastrami on rye... and the latest Acme catalogue to try and find JUST the right equipment to catch a road runner.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Boxers or Briefs

Me mum always said never be caught without a clean pair... and I'm pretty sure she meant "men's"... but this is silly.

"He said he had a problem..."

No kidding?

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

Alright, enough for now... off to find my Wordless Wednesday post...

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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 10:46:14 am, by Email , 246 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Fabulous Free Classified Listings

Most of you regularly readers already know that I love to hunt for bargains online. One of the ways I do that is by checking out the online classifieds, and I do have a hot tip for you today! Gainesville for Sale is the hottest online marketplace in my old state of Florida! They have everything listed to suit your bargain hunting tastes including real estate to used cars.

Check out This Press Release:

Gainesville4sale.com offers free classified ads for private sellers in the Gainesville and University of Florida area. In contrast with unmoderated sites like Craigslist, Gainesville4sale.com employs local editors to maintain quality control for its listings.

Gainesville4sale.com is part of USA4SALE Networks, Inc., which launched its first site in 1998. The company now has sites serving all of central Florida, including Ocala4sale.com, Orlando4sale.com, Jax4sale.com and Tampa4sale.com. The oldest and largest of the sites, Ocala4sale.com, logged 380,000 visitors in January and boasts a local inventory of more than 10,000 classifieds.

One seller, Matthew Warden, recently described his experience: "Thank you Gainesville4sale! My little dachshund was sold after the first e-mail I received. You guys rock!"

I LOVE reading about positive customer experiences such as the quote from Matthew Warden.

The site is user friendly, well designed, and absolutely free!

Go check it out!

From The Bargain Hunting Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 10:24:58 am, by Email , 243 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Better Luck Next Time!

Yesterday I blogged about how every Tuesday of the week Pay Per Post is giving out $1000.00 in US dollar opportunities!

Ohhhh and I came so close on the $500.00 one! I even managed to click it, but was beaten to the punch!

Our congratulations to the lucky postie!!! And you can bet we'll be trying again next week!!!!

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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 10:24:50 am, by Email , 153 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Big New Web Directory!

As you are already aware both Matthew, and I are experienced webmasters, and we are doing everything within our knowledge to get the word out about this blog, and our bus project.

I recently checked out Big Web Links, which is an online directory that actually allows you to bid for position within their pages! In other words it does not matter your popularity, even brand new sites can get listed right on the very top of their categories. How cool is that!

I was really impressed with their layout, and ease of use as well!

This service would be a definite benefit to other sites such as this one that are just getting off the ground, and more established sites as well. Go have a look at what Big Web Links can do to get you noticed!

From The Desk Of Sue

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04/10/07

Permalink 04:08:56 pm, by Email , 297 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

HALF-NEKKID TUESDAY! - (Oh the shame of it all!)

In a continuing ploy to try and garner more readers to this blog, I've sunk a little lower today... yup, I've decided to include some pictures... those kind of pictures that... well... it shows naked things... things undressed...

I prefer to think of them as "art photos"... meant to be admired, not so much to titillate... although they are not from a proper studio, and were not as "posed" as I think they could have been, hopefully you'll accept my offerings here... yup, my entry into...

Half-Nekkid! OMG! ONOZ!

(With apologies to Views from the Back Row...)

So without further adieu, allow me to EXPOSE ALL...

NEKKID!

Shameful!

NEKKID!

Oh, the shame! To be SO exposed!!!

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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 04:06:46 pm, by Email , 232 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

It's An Animation Kinda Day

Earlier today I blogged about kiddos tummy troubles, and how we were kind of stuck inside on an otherwise sunny day! However, all was not lost as we had the opportunity to check out Jean-Claude, that cute little scamp pictured above on top of this blog entry! And he's a darling!

Jean-Claude is the mascot of BackgammonMasters.com and he is getting the whole world to play backgammon! His delightful videos are super fun to watch, because he is such a funny character! You'll never quite think of the game of online backgammon the same after checking Jean-Claude out!

If you have ever wanted to try to play backgammon in an online gaming environment Jean-Claude's videos will certainly make you want to give it a try! He's FUN!!!!

"Life According to Jean-Claude" is a brilliant way to introduce the world to backgammon in my own humble opinion. And I really believe he has the potential to become an animated star! The series is also very appealing because it gives the viewing an audience a chance to win some really cool prizes! If you follow through on one of the links above you can check it out.

Congratulations BackgammonMasters.com! Jean-Claude is certain to be a huge success that will be remembered for a long time to come!

From The Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 11:54:56 am, by Email , 356 words   English (CA)
Categories: Popularity Contest

I'm getting my @ss handed to me...

Holy Mackinaw!

FINALLY!

VOTE FOR ME!!! ...please...?

I'm getting the smackdown laid upon my candy butt. I'm being pwned like a n00b. I'm getting beaten like a government mule. I'm having my slobber knockered. I'm in a world of hurt. A loser is me. I'm getting the thrashing of a lifetime. I'm being drubbed.

I am not winning... nor even in contention... nor even a THREAT to the main competitors of the "Best Blog About Stuff"...

I'm feeling unloved.

Folks, you can rectify this general malaise I'm in... You can show your "Busly Love"...

Click here and vote for me...

I mean, I have made a promise to lobby for the changing of the title's name if I win to Best Blog about Shtuff... what more could one want?

Show me the busly love... break my chains of unhappiness... and help support THE DREAM! (...or as Duthty Woadthz would call it, The Dweam!)

C'mon now... WHO amongst you can resist Dusty??? Dusty would vote for me, I'm certain of 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 11:50:55 am, by Email , 250 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Helping A Young Boxer To Achieve His Dream

I was just reading a very interesting press release put out by the finest website for backgammon online within the gaming community. BackgammonMasters.com is already well known to backgammon players world over, but this latest press release is going to get them some serious attention from the international sporting community for sure!

Apparently BackgammonMasters.com has purchased the boxing shorts as pictured above of Roman Greenberg for a rather large amount of cash. This purchase will allow the boxer to train, and get ready for his next big fight. Through the online backgammon site's great generosity Roman now has an excellent chance at making it all the way to the world championship!!!! How cool is that!!!!

I couldn't help, but thinking after this press release how wonderful it is when a company like this comes along, and supports an athletic dream! And as you know I'm a big supporter of dreams around here! And I am certain that my bus man feels the same way!

After the big fight BackgammonMasters.com will auction of the famous shorts starting at one hundred thousand dollars! And the best part of all is that the proceeds of this auction are going to charity. In specific for Arab and Jewish youth in distress. When I read that I thought what a beautiful idea! To help others through the promotion of goodwill, and sports!

My hats off to BackgammonMasters.com for this wonderful idea!

This is a sponsored entry, our thanks to our sponsors!

Permalink 10:34:06 am, by Email , 263 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

I'm Getting Excited!!!!

Today, and every Tuesday of the week Pay Per Post is giving out $100.00 US dollar opportunities! Any postie can qualify, including two BIG opportunities for $500.00 US each! As long as you are signed up to PPP it does not matter how popular your blog is or how heavily trafficked everyone has a shot at pocketing some really decent money!

I'm telling you it's always fun, and excitement over at PPP!

From The More 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 10:32:31 am, by Email , 323 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Is Fun!!!!!

To our regular readers you may have already guessed that I LOVE cartoons, and my tastes definitely lean towards the sophisticated Japanese Anime. I do not pretend to be some sort of an expert on the subject at all, but I do know what I like, and what affects me personally whether that be beautiful imagery, fun characters, or plot lines etc.

I recently had the pleasure of being able to review the first three episodes of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, which is airing on the Cartoon Network, and I was impressed! I should say just "I" as the kid is home today with some tummy troubles, and I thought hey, why not let her in on the fun too! So this review is giving you the perspective of both an 11 year old, and a 40 year old!

I really do not wish to give away too much at this point, and be a spoiler for you, but I can tell you that this show will win awards for animation, and style! My kid who is far pickier than I LOVED the endearing, and charming characters of this fun Anime series! And you know what so did I! You just can't help, but getting hooked , and wanting more!

I really did enjoy what I've seen so far, and I encourage all of you dear readers to Check out the Official Website!

On another quick note about the fantastic people behind the Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo phenomenon, recently they received some backlash for releasing DVD copies with English subtitles instead of the Japanese. Illumitoon has responded by offering a trade-in for all those who purchased copies, and want the Japanese Subtitled version instead! How cool, and refreshing is that! A company that actually listens to the consumers!

Awesome! I am very happy to have had this opportunity, and the ability to tell you our readers all about it!

Cheers!

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04/09/07

Permalink 01:01:15 pm, by Email , 272 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

QUICK UPDATE! - Vote For Me! -

FINALLY!

VOTE FOR ME!!!

They've added a NEW category to the Blogger's Choice Awards... and it IS for THIS BLOG!

Why?

'Cuz this blog IS about... STUFF!

So please, please, please, please... VOTE FOR ME for BEST BLOG ABOUT STUFF!!!

I will be kissing babies and making false campaign promises here shortly.

Hey, I'm serious here... VOTE FOR ME and my STUFF!

MAKE THE OLD GREEN BUS THE BLOG-KING OF STUFF!!!!!!

My first royal edict will be to change the title's name to "Best Blog about Shtuff"!

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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 12:48:03 pm, by Email , 182 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Online Dating Sites

I am so glad that the worries of dating are behind me. I still remember though how difficult it was to try to meet nice people, particularly being a single parent. Since I still hold those memories I thought I would tellour single readers about an online dating site that I recently reviewed, and thought was pretty cool.

This free high quality site is called JustSayHi.com, and from my review of it I can tell you it is just as good if not better then all those other websites you have to pay for! There are forums to participate in, surveys, polls, or just browse through their listings of other singles.

The site is user friendly, and I really liked their design, it's eye-catching! However, it was the value of their overall service that impressed me the most, and if I were single I would definitely consider using them them to make friends through.

JustSayHi.com is a fun, and safe way to meet new people online that share your interests!

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

Permalink 11:32:26 am, by Email , 768 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

The Regent Low Height and the Humuhumunukunuku Apua'a

I'll make this opening brief... "Our bus", the one we're trying to get help and purchase, is a Regent Low Height. They only ever built 76 of this model... and most have been scrapped or otherwise rendered inoperable. If you want to know more about the buses in general, I did do a post about 'em.

This post is about four sisters of RLH 3 (our bus)... all of which were in Hawaii...

Hawaii

In 1972, the Bernice B.P. Bishop Museum in Honolulu purchased RLH 26, RLH 33, RLH 36, and RLH 47 to run tours. The four buses had been removed from active London Transport service the year before and the "low height" of these buses made them very attractive to North American purchasers.

Hawaii Buses

The four were loaded onto a ship in Harwich, England and made the journey to The Aloha State...

RLH 33 working for the museum

The four buses worked hard... they ran daily all year round running narrated tours around Waikiki which ended at the museum.

Interesting note: Like RLH 3, these buses were in London Country livery (in other words, they were painted green,) but were painted red in Hawaii... one assumes to make them look more like what the tourist expects of a "London Bus".

From reports gleaned by my main source for this post, The RLH Information Centre, it seems the buses didn't fare too well in Hawaii... the high humidity leading to corrosion problems and apparently, the engines may not have been too well maintained as RLH 33 developed a loud engine knock, oil leaks, and bad suspension issues.

Still, as a testament to their hardiness, they managed to run these buses and tours for a solid decade.

Heck, for Hawaii Five-O fans, one of the buses was used as a "get-away" vehicle by some bad guys in the series once!

In 1982, RLH 47 suffered a strange accident when it was partially crushed by a tree limb. (Picture of this can be seen on this link...) and according to The RLH Information Centre, RLH 36 and 47 were then canabalised for parts to keep RLH 26 and 33 running.

In 1984, the museum sold the remains of the four buses to John Webbers Kailua Auto Wrecker for scrap.

It's probably a given that RLH 47 is a 4x4 cube of semi-recyclable material... but the other three, by all reports, are simply "assumed" scrapped... Are they?

I couldn't tell you...

Recently, Kuanyin, a fellow blogger in Hawaii, made the FATAL error of alerting myself to her presence... and since she's in Hawaii, I'm hoping she can do some sleuthing for me... well, us... all the Regent Low Height enthusiasts... and there are a few of us, believe it or not.

Now, I know... simply because she's in the same state doesn't mean she will know or could even find out... and it's kinda mean of me to post this BEFORE I ask if she can "hunt down" these old buses... but hey, at the moment, she's my only contact in Hawaii...

...and isn't this the kind of goofy request and information that the internet is ideal for finding out...?

So c'mon Kuanyin... help a brother out...

...or any other Hawaii-aners...?

Need info...

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As always, many thanks to Ewen Pring of The RLH Information Centre for his excellent articles, information, and images... His article on the Hawaiian Regent Low Heights is available here.

Thanks to The London Bus Preservation Group for the image of the four RLH's waiting to be sent to Hawaii and Ewen Pring and his site for the "Summer 1981 pamphlet 'Bishop Museum's Passport to Polynesia'".

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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 11:29:47 am, by Email , 163 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Some Thoughts On Home Loans

Home loans, and mortgages are a hot topic lately for the bus man , and I. When we are ready I want to go the route my parents took, which was to obtain a lengthy mortgage at an easy pay back rate. This really helped when my step-dad became disabled, there was never any worry of their losing their house, as the monthly payments were easily carried on one salary.

I think the lenders do what they can to insure people can pay off their loans, but the onus of responsibility should be on the borrower to utilise such things as a mortgage calculator to help determine if they really can afford it before even applying. That is just my own personal thoughts on the matter.

I have also been reading up on secured loans, and how they can help with repairing damaged credit.

Interesting reading, and something I do plan on exploring further.

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Permalink 10:51:02 am, by Email , 643 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Long weekend over... Ugh...

Too fast... Too fast... Too fast the weekend has gone...

Sadly, despite currently working for a financial institution who usually have the infamous "banker's hours", Easter Monday is a school holiday for the kidollo... but me? I'm off to werk today...

...ugh...

None-the-less, what a productive weekend I had... Loads of fun here on the blogsphere, got my monthly updates done for The Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society pages, answered more e-mail than one could shake a stick at, managed to get a FEW Easter greets out to our friends on MySpace, painted our bathroom and added some accessories, got the 2007 Event Calendar for IMUC completed, got some quality snugglin' time in with Sue, built a small vanity for the kid, lifted that barge, toted that bail...

...didn't get a little drunk (I'm a teetotaller, remember,) and didn't land in jail... yet...

...came close though...

...just the general possibilities of an assault charge.

Oh, why?

Well, someone near our closet The Palatial Didier/Darroch Compound had a nice, new, OVERLY sensitive car alarm!

Don't you LOVE that?

It took MUCH self control and reminding myself of my non-violent mantra NOT to go down and give the damned alarm a reason for sounding... all bloody day yesterday.

Now, there IS an ordnance in Toronto that says if a car alarm is going constantly and is disturbing the general enjoyment of life (which this definitely qualified,) I could "call the cops" and have this dingus' car towed... but sadly, it was a case of "sensitive" alarm... meaning NOT constant... but it went off EVERY time a truck or bus went by... which around the compound is about every ten minutes at least.

It's amazing... I live in a city that's on the verge of outlawing leaf blowers... where there's a POWERFUL (if incredibly stupid) lobby against having police helicopters because of noise... but THIS ALARM WAS OKAY!

I love this town... BLECH!

Well, it's coffee time... and ciggie (COUGH! COUGH! HACK! HACK!) time... and trying to get the gumption of getting my butt into a subway and en route to that awful place...

To be honest with you folks... "Blogwise", it's been a great weekend... Website and paranormal group wise, it's been a rough, horrid, and overly busy for no good reason weekend... which has DRAINED me...

Granted, as always, all fires are out, all issues dealt with, and no hard feelings... with only a few exceptions... but honestly, I didn't like those folks anyway and they ain't part of our troops! :)

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I'm gonna have a better post later on today... hopefully during my lunch break I'll work on it... about the Regent Low Heights in Hawaii... but you'll have to hang in there to read that one.

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our 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 10:49:01 am, by Email , 183 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Credit Card Fraud

The TK Maxx security alert has gotten me to thinking about the security issues related around the use of credit cards, and I would be lying if I didn't say that yes, I am somewhat concerned about it.

To date I have never been the victim of fraud, and I'd like to keep it that way. Obviously one alternative is to cut up the credit card, and go back to the safety of using good old fashioned cash. However, I am even more leery of walking around with large sums of cash in my wallet. There too is the obvious potential for loss and/or theft.

Personally I think I will do some more research on the best ways to prevent fraud through credit cards as I do not feel it is feasible to give up the little plastic card at this time. I would also like to learn more about what these companies are doing to prevent fraud, and secure our personal information.

How about you? Are you worried too?

Cheers!
Sue

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Permalink 10:24:01 am, by Email , 248 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Blog Explosion Rentals????

Can anyone tellme what is going on with the Blog Explosion rentals??? Not only did our renter disappear thumbnail and all last week, but I am still awaiting some sort of word from BE as to why??? Also while trying to set up a new one we keep getting errors, and clicking on their live support screen brings up blank pages! Arggggh!

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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 10:23:49 am, by Email , 126 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Win A Day With Brad & Katie

Have you ever dreamed of spending the day with not just one, but two of your favourite soap celebrities? Right now, there is a contest happening called Win A Day With Brad & Katie, Austin Peck and Terri Columbino of the hit soap, As The World Turns!

If you just happen to be the lucky winner not only do you get to spend some quality time with these celebrities right in your very own house, but they will have to do your least favourite chore for you!

On top of all of this the winner will also be given a check for five thousand dollars!!!!!

What a fab contest! Just Click here to enter!

Good lucks!!!!!

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

04/08/07

Permalink 10:16:30 am, by Email , 654 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

Blogbirthday BlogTalkers: The Code...

First off, let me explain the whacky "title" of the post today... if you read down to my "Blog Your Blessings" post, you'll see not only is it Easter Sunday (Happy Easter to All!), but it's this blog's first anniversary! Yup, one year ago I started this here blog... so I hope you'll indulge me and read down to the BYB post... 'cuz I'd like to thank you all...

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

What three main rules, standards, or morals do you live by?

A Kinniggit!

What a GREAT question! (...and I know that Sue will be gearing up to write a novel on this one!)

For once, I may have a simple answer to one of these here questions/requests...

#1: Do not act out of anger. Do not act out with evil intent. Anger and violence are not just last resorts, but should be completely avoided when possible. All conflicts can usually be resolved without negative actions and that should be one's first goal. Positive measures vs. negative actions will always yield the best, and usually mutually beneficial results. Respect everyone... including those who seem like your worst enemy... because they may also become your greatest ally at a later date.

#2: Try to spend more time being happy than anything other emotion. Spread the smiles, laughter, and joy as you can. Be the antithesis of "misery loves company" and attempt to ensure your joy has lots of company.

#3: Never stop learning. To quote Epictitus, you must first... "part with self conceit. For it is impossible for any one to begin to learn what he thinks that he already knows." Always try to learn, teach, share, and continue to gain knowledge and insights. There are no limits to knowledge, so why limit yourself?

Space! The Final Frontier!

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." - Eden Phillpotts

Space! The Final Frontier!

As a addendum to #3 above, even if you feel someone doesn't have anything to teach you, they probably do... someone not wise in one area probably has much to offer in another... and when faced with someone who is filled with self-conceit and who's "lessons" are rather questionable, you can learn from their actions what not to do.

I am also fond of the old motto (albeit fictional) of the Knights of the Round Table... Adopt, Adapt, Improve meaning, in my eyes, take what you have and be grateful for it, work with it to your own needs, and if possible, make it better. This motto basically, in my eyes, allows one to appreciate what one has while still having enough ambition to make things better.

I enjoyed that... but the above is truly the way(s) I try to govern my life... I don't know if anyone found it helpful to read that, but if it did, I'm glad...

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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 , 713 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: The Majority of My Readers

Blog yer Blessings

This being Easter Sunday, I feel a touch sacrilegious not posting something up having to do with Christianity... but as someone who was raised in a household where no religious dogma was "forced" (nor denied), I can't say religion was a big factor in my life... although, without a doubt, I do pray.

...and as for my religion... well... if you're REALLY interested, please read this post from a while back... it should answer any burning questions should they exist.

Now, if you read that post, my grand uncle made a pretty funny joke about how his birth was heralded as all over the country the church bells rang out... he then, wryly, points out he was born on a Sunday morning.

I was going to do something similar here... steal his material as you will... but because it might be seen as a bit untoward considering the day to some, I decided against it...

Why would this be appropriate?

Well, believe it or not, this blog is now (as of today) ONE YEAR OLD.

Yup, it's my blogbirthday!

...and as such, I got to thinking... about the past with this blog...

For example, did you REALLY want to know how many people have commented or e-mailed me expressing negative thoughts or feelings about this blog that have not changed their minds over time???

That would be a whopping THREE readers.

...and if you look at the number of visitors I get (see my post from Saturday,) that represents less than 0.02% of my readers... per month... and that's THREE people over the YEAR.

OVERWHELMINGLY, people are supporting this blog and supporting our dream... and realistically, what a blessing that is.

...I see it as a DOUBLE-blessing...

This not only means that hundreds (possibly thousands) of people really want to see us get our bus... but I'm entertaining (in some way) even more... people like my missives, postings, rants, jokes, etc.

Some may see the lack of financial movement as a "negative"... but I'd see this exercise as a HUGE positive simply because of the friends we've made, the times we've had, the thoughts, creations, and general effort has been, in some ways, it's own reward.

I've said it before... even if December 26th, 2007 comes and we haven't succeeded in our dream and I keep our promise of stopping this blog, it hasn't been a wasted effort... and the reason why is YOU.

You, our readers... you, the people that took time out of your day to read our stuff... to comment occasionally... to offer help... to generally make us feel welcomed and a part of the ol' blogsphere here.

YOU are our blessing... and we hope you will always be.

Your thoughts, hopes, prayers, and good feelings HAVE been felt by us... and we can't tell you how much that has meant over the last year...

Our lives are richer in so many ways and really, that's because you're here reading this...

THANK YOU and although I'm a devout agnostic, I do wish all of you a VERY happy Easter, a very happy holiday, and you are all in our prayers...

Thank you... you are our blessing.

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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 06:04:14 am, by Email , 180 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Speaking Of Insurance

One of the primary concerns with RLH 3 even during the initial phases of rescue, and restoration will be insurance. It will be important to look into the various types of auto insurance available, and find a plan that is not only affordable, but gives us the type of specific coverage we are looking for. To that end we will be looking at Insurance Portal Online, which is an online resource for various insurance needs.

Insurance Portal Online is very handy, as a one stop shop for obtaining quotes on Life Insurance, Auto Insurance, and Homeowner Insurance Policies. While surfing through their site I noted their quote form is very simple, and easy to fill out. Just input the required data, and a customer service agent will contact you to discuss your needs, and give you the cheapest quotes on exactly the type of insurance you require. How cool is that!

If you are looking for insurance quotes
Insurance Portal Online is definitely a handy guide!

From The Desk Of Sue

This is a sponsored post. My thanks to my sponsors!

04/07/07

Permalink 06:23:59 pm, by Email , 889 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays - The Quest Continues!

Gotta sew up the usual stuff right away... Sad to say, no monetary movement happening toward the bus this week.... the thermometer on the side-bar stays static.

Hits on the site however have been... weird...

Latest Stats

Hmm... every time I mention "Mr. Fab", my hits drop DRAMATICALLY... what does that mean? (...and no, that is a screen shot, not doctored before I'm accused of any shenanigans...) If you're wondering why today's is SO low... it's because the capture was at 8:44am EST... it will go up... I hope...

I would do the traditional "funny searches" thing, but I did that WAY back in July of Aught-Aught-Six which seemed to set a trend with some folks, so why flog the dead horse?

If you're interested, MOST people right now seem to be interested (looking at the searches) in Reality Charity (more on them in a bit,) and pro-grappler John Cena.

...and not ONE search for Mr. Fab takes the Hydralock Challenge.

Not Mr. Fab... or is it...?

Oh yeah, so Reality Charity... A friend named Teresa (betcha she's blogging soon!) sent me to these folks and I set up a small plea to help get the bus with them. It can't hurt, right? (right?)

Actually, I bring them up here because if you have ANY cause (ANY AT ALL), you can set up a free ad with them... so if you're kids soccer team needs new uniforms, you want to help out a local animal shelter, if you want to rescue an historic double-decker and make a family dream come true, or even if you just want to buy an old Lodekka to take a whackload of chocolate bars, a bevy of prostitutes, and a rudo from Philadelphia on a boss road trip, you can at least try to get funding help there.

...although I have a feeling the "former" requests might get more attention than the latter, sad to say.

I'm gonna take some heat for the thing above...

As mentioned earlier this morning while I was trying to kick-start my system with a suitable mixture of caffeine and nicotine, I nominated myself for Worst. Blog. Ever. and was a little harsh with our efforts and whatnot...

DO NOT take this as me being overly cynical...

...wait a minute, I mean DO take this as me being overly cynical...

...but not about the dream we have...

Basically, it's because I'm really NOT a fan of these popularity contests for a wee graphic to stick on a blog to proclaim one's "greatness"... and Ergo: I decided that if I must (which I really didn't have to) try for one, I wanted to be the WORST EVER!

Hey, aim low, underachieve, and you'll always meet your goals, right?

(...and don't take this as me being a TRUE underachiever... I mean I do daily blog entries to keep this thing going in order to try and raise $20,000.00 to save the bus, right?)

...anyway, it's really about me having a "dark" sense of humour... and a little fun...

...that was, until I visited some of my competition.

Here's one for you...

I DON'T DESERVE THIS AWARD!

It's true.

I visited some of those blogs and YEESH! Some of them literally required me to medicate myself afterwords for the nausea they induced!

Granted, I'd completely forgotten about one particular "poetry" blog that hasn't been nominated. (Yet.)

How could I possibly compete with these atrocities? It's like comparing a hang-nail to losing a limb in an explosion.

So, I wish I could retract my nomination... not because I've decided I'm wonderful... but because there are so many more deserving blogs out there... and why the heck should I suffer knowing about their existence alone?

Oh, if you clicked the link above to the deserving blog and decide to nominate it, PLEASE ensure in your notes you include a reference to Vogon Poetry... or Goth Poetry... there's little difference betwix them.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Wow! I went off on a tangent, eh? Well, that's because, like the last two weeks, there's really nothing to report as far as our progress goes... but there's always next week... and perhaps somehow, putting this whacky dream of ours into the ether will produce something soon...

We just need to keep keepin' the faith!

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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 06:21:54 pm, by Email , 195 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Sprucing up the homestead

This weekend Matthew, and I have been sprucing up the homestead, painting, and general Spring time clean up. We have also been checking out an online source for ceiling fans. Why ceiling fans you ask? aside from the aesthetic reasons (I like them because the remind me of my childhood in South Florida) our house is over 80 years of age, and our amperage simply cannot handle air conditioners without causing mini brown outs. So ceiling fans are definitely the way to go for electricity saving, looks, and function!

Matthew's preference are modern ceiling fans. However, our décor is more suited to monte carlo fans in my opinion. And when it comes to these things, my word goes! Ok. when it comes to all things my word is law,but I digress...

If you'd like to check out the website we were perusing earlier today have a look at Farreys.com or follow through on any one of the links above. Farreys.com offer some terrific deals on quality products, and are overall a superior online shopping experience!

From The Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 05:49:03 pm, by Email , 406 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?

Worst. Blog. Ever.

YAY! I nominated MYSELF!

Just to be nominated is and honour!... even if I did nominate myself.

So, there I was at Mr. Fabulous' blog, and noticed he was up for "Best Humour Blog" in the Blogger's Choice Awards... which I know must irritate him as I'm sure he'd much rather be nominated as The Hottest Mommy Blog... perhaps next year...

Anyway, I wondered had anyone recognised us here at The Ol' Green Bus?

Well, they hadn't... so of course, I signed up and nominated myself!

Now, as many of you know, I loath these kind of award thingies... but this one seems better than most... so, in deference to myself, I signed myself up as...

WORST. BLOG. EVER!

Yup, I wanna suck... and suck large! Be the BEST of the WORST! :)

Let's just say, I'm setting my sites low... and therefore, achievable!

Besides, I revel in the distinction... what could be better than being known as The Worst Blog of All Time!

YAY ME!

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I.O.U. a "Busly Saturdays" to let you know how the quest is going... I will do one later today (probably in the afternoon or late morning) but please forgive my tardiness... I painted our bathroom yesterday and the FUMES! The FUMES! Nothing like hard oil-based semi-gloss in a small room to give you a funky-kind of hangover...

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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 05:48:48 pm, by Email , 198 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Save, Save, Save.....

...is what my very thrifty mother always says, but as most of you gentle readers know that is not always easy, if at all possible to do!

Personally, I find Debt Management to be a real struggle at times. Credit Cards can easily get you into trouble if you do not make sure you pay off the money owing on purchases right away. It is the same with Loans you really have to make sure you know what you're getting into before you sign any agreements.

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing The Thrifty Scot website, which gives excellent advice on managing your personal debts. If you would like detailed, and expert information on topics such as Bad Credit Remortgages what they are about, and how you can apply for one then The Thrifty Scot website is definitely a good resource.

Personally, I do believe that my mother has the right advice, people really need to learn how to save, and an online resource such as The Thrifty Scot can help you do just that! I found it to be very helpful ... :)

From The Desk Of Sue

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04/06/07

Permalink 07:17:02 pm, by Email , 806 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: What things would $38million had done for us...

Well, Wednesday night came... and went... and the millions of lottery winnings didn't find their way to our hands.

A loser was us, as the kids say...

Two people shared the big jackpot of $38million... so $19million each... Wonder if they were grumpy when they realised they hadn't won the whole kit and kaboodle? Can you hear it now...

Dangit! We weren't the only ones with these numbers! We have to SHARE the jackpot! Only a lousy $19million!

Oh well, I'll still occasionally pay my tax on hope buy my lottery tickets and hope...

...but here's the REAL question... what would be some of the purchases we would have made had we won the big prize...

Space! The Final Frontier!

Serious Stuff!

#1: The Practical Stuff...

"I'll never be poor again, so help me God!" - Scarlett O'Hara

The vast amount of these winnings would go towards a house and investments... basically to ensure that we wouldn't "do without"... but that's not the fun stuff you want to read about, right? You want the more frivolous side... and here we go...

Space! The Final Frontier!

#2: Regent Low Height Number Three!

Old Photo of RLH 3

This one's kind of a no-brainer to regular readers here... realistically, that's why this blog is here...

Okay, allow me to add to this SINCE I am now playing with a few extra million... and of course, now have a nice bit of land and good garage to keep them all...

I'd also try to get ahold of RLH 39 (which is another of my favourite RLH's for no particular reason other than it can be)...

RLH 39

...and RLH 57...

RLH 57

Then, because they started the dream by being in the news way back when, I'd try for a Routemaster... I've always like the RMC type...

Routemaster Coach

That would be enough for me... but two more buses WOULD be coming... (more on those later...)

Space! The Final Frontier!

#3: As I'm a man of my word... a high-end milking machine.

Slurp!

Yeah, I promised Threecollie at Northview Diary... that and a nice armoured vehicle.

THREECOLLIEMOBILE!

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#4: Those "other buses"...

Two Bristol Lodekkas, please!

Lodekka

One MUST be donated to the fine, fine men of The Order of the Neo Solar Temple... and not because they made an attempt to "acquire" our dear RLH 3 a while back...

Nah, I'm an honest "mark" for da guyz!

I think they should have one... complete with decorative bunting and loudspeaker... and a karoke machine inside.

The other is a gift to another friend, Mr. Fabulous.

His will be a rather standard bus (he can do with it what he likes,) but in order to get it, he MUST come to Canada... and we're going to make sure that he has some company for the ride home... we were thinking Hydra would be the logical choice. They could talk about advancements in quantum string theory physics, Italian renaissance poetry, cubist art, famed seventeenth-century British politicians, and Mr. Fab could take the Hydralock Challenge!!!

Space! The Final Frontier!

#4: I must awaken the inner John Travolta in me...

That's The Way, Un-hunh, Un-hunh...

No, no, no! Not with a disco ball, white leisure suit, and boss shoes... no, I'd want... MY OWN AIRLINER!

De Planes!

Of course, I'm not as ambitious as he with his 707... I'd be THRILLED to find Bombardier Q400 in my backyard... and/or a BAe ATP... They would be fun and are far greener than a 707... and I'd even let Sue lay out the interior! :)

Space! The Final Frontier!

#5: GHOST TRIP!

Ghostly!

Remember how I listed the places I'd like to do paranormal investigations... well, that would be a GREAT road trip, dontcha think???

Space! The Final Frontier!

Of course, there'd be other gifts and treats for friends and supporters... too numerous to mention on a holiday Friday morning... so I'm leaving it there... If nothing else, this lists proves I'm a kook... and should I ever win the elusive lottery, I'll be a RICH kook for sure!

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

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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 07:14:14 pm, by Email , 192 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Information On Dental Implants

I admit it, the last time I went into the Dentist's office, and was told I might have to have a root canal procedure done on my one broken molar I said to him, "I'd rather have the tooth pulled."

My dentist knows that I've had root canal before, and still lost the tooth after a few months. Since I'm already missing some molars, and he knows I shudder at the thought of getting a bridge, he advised I take a serious look into Dental Implants as an alternative.

I've done some online research, and I'm warming to the idea. Dental Implants have many benefits, including they look, and feel like natural teeth, they are easy to clean just like you would normally do, and they are much easier to eat with!

More information on Dental Implants can be obtained by following through on the links provided in this entry. Also you can check out a directory of Dentists who specialise in Dental Implant procedures and find those closest to you.

From The Always Smiling With A Toothy Grin Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 07:07:00 pm, by Email , 358 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

I found a new thing... well... someone found it for me...

It's worth a shot...

My friend Teresa sent me this link... Reality Charity which is more or less for anyone wishing to try and convince people to give to their cause... so hey, I'm tryin' it!

You can read my plea here...

According to the article Teresa sent,

Reality Charity LLC's website promises to be an eBay for fundraising. Those in need post appeals to pay off student loans, recover from a natural disaster or avoid a foreclosure. Those wishing to give respond to them directly. The idea is to let donors choose their causes and beneficiaries and make sure their gifts aren't diverted for overhead costs that most charities incur.

"We should cut out the middlemen and let the people decide," said Alexander Blass, the site's founder. "If I want to help sponsor your high-definition television, why not? But I may see your listing and I may reserve my sympathy for the Katrina victim or wounded veteran or adoption couple."

Well, like the man said, "Why not?"

Can't hurt... I hope. :)

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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 07:05:12 pm, by Email , 164 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Taking care of the bus

As you already know restoring RLH 3 is not going to be a cake walk, in fact it is not going to be easy at all. By taking a look at the photos we've posted of her you can see that all of her windows including windshield will need to be replaced. This is one area of restoration that the bus man will need the help of experts in auto glass. This is something we have had to consider, and factor into the final costs.

For those of you readers who are in need of expert Auto Glass Repair in Phoenix at highly competitive prices please have a look at the website by following through on the link provided. You can get quality service, while at the same time saving money. Now that is cool! And definitely a consideration for all of us who are doing these types of restorations on a budget.

Cheers!
Sue

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Permalink 11:57:03 am, by Email , 474 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

"London is not recognised by these old relics." - Part Deux

Routemaster buses, according to Mr. Patrick Edwards of the London based Disability Rights Commission, are bad and unnecessary.

I agree that, because they are not capable of wheelchair access, they should not be on "every route" and be "every bus", and currently, there are only two routes in London running these buses... from a fleet of thousands of them, there are now fewer than twenty in the fleet... running on "Heritage Routes" for tourists to experience the big "London Bus". These routes are also frequently serviced by wheelchair capable buses.

Still, this, to Mr. Edwards and his group, is unnaceptable.

After all, what do these buses mean in the grand scheme of things, right?

Routey

Oh, I don't know... PERHAPS THEY ARE AN ICON?

Nah, that can't be true...

I mean, the fine folks at Pay-Per-Post must have been suffering a small "brain fart" when they used a Routemaster in their newsletter about London... the webmasters at Expedia (Canada) must be on crack to use a Routemaster to represent London...

I mean, most people see a Routemaster and think, "Hey! That must be something to do with Montgomery, Alabama!" or they say, "A big red double-decker bus! Must be about Hamburg, Germany!"

...and less than 0.05% of the Fleet is still OBVIOUSLY 0.05% too many... even if they are not "forced" transportation situations and only used for tourists... they suck. Just ask Mr. Edwards.

Realistically, aside from San Francisco's cable cars, is there another vehicle more associated with a place?

...still, and sticking to his guns... there's no place for the Routemaster in London for Mr. Edwards and his group.

WHEN (and they will, because they WILL push their agenda through the courts,) they win, I wonder what will be next?

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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 11:55:19 am, by Email , 142 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

VOIP Forums

I've talked about our switch to VOIP on this blog before, and how it is the best way to save money on long distance calling. I really have no clue why anyone would want a more traditional service, after comparing the benefits of VOIP technology???

Anyway, through Vonage I have discovered this really cool online forum where you can obtain the latest info on VOIP technology, discuss VOIP with other users, and get some reviews. Pretty cool eh!

For those of you that are also using our forums, this one works much in the same way, and is very easy to use. If you are at all interested in VOIP or already joined the VOIP revolution you've got to check out these forums! I found the review section particularly informative!

Cheers!
Sue

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04/05/07

Permalink 04:09:19 pm, by Email , 328 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

CAN YOU HELP US... technically speaking, of course...

I recently had the good ol' blog critiqued by Critique my Blog who did say VERY nice things about my efforts here... but didn't view the blog as I (and the folks at my office and Sue) see it...

Critique my Blog saw the side-bar load UNDER The postings... and not on the right as illustrated below...

Screen Shot

The image above is how I see the blog at work using Mozilla 1.72 and at home using FireFox 2.0.0.3, Internet Explorer 6.0.2800.1106, and Netscape 8.1

...but do you see my blog here like the image above... or is the sidebar at the bottom of it all?

Please let me know... if it's buggy, I want to fix things!

UPDATE!!! Bug found and fixed! I apologise to all the users of the "latest and not-so-greatest" Internet Explorer... it hated a couple of my coding efforts... but it's fixed now!

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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 04:07:42 pm, by Email , 159 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

The Dreaded Review

Have you ever gotten a review? Have you ever thought about what it is like to be on the other side of the desk so to speak? I'm telling you, I have been on the other side of that desk, and it ain't pretty! As a manager it is never truly easy to write an employee review, but there is employee appraisal software that can greatly help in the process.

Where was it when I needed it last year though! Just kidding, I only found out about it myself earlier this afternoon! If you are a manager you will definitely benefit by looking into this employee appraisal software. I know I will! They have just released version 3.0, and a new online version will be launched in a the next few weeks!

Go ahead, and check out the demo version. It's risk-free, and you under no obligation afterwards.

Cheers!
Sue

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Permalink 03:46:40 pm, by Email , 274 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Sunflower's Blog

Sharing Thoughts, Experiences & Fun!!!!

Thanks to a switch in servers over at Blog Explosion our roomie this week, Sunflower has disappeared, and I have not received any more info in regards ... :(

We decided the best way we can try to remedy the situation ourselves is to write a dedicated entry with direct link to our old fave!

Sunflower has rented from us in the past, and we are always happy to host her site!!!

Go on, and give Sunflower some clicky love! You won't be disappointed!

Cheers!

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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 03:43:00 pm, by Email , 224 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Blogger's Choice Awards

Will you be participating in the Blogger's Choice Awards this year? If so, who will you nominate? Nudge, Nudge, Wink Wink! Hey we have a total of five blogs that you can choose from!

Seriously, if you want to get involved in these super fun web awards, and make a lucky blogger's day you've got to act right now!

Blogging awards, not only are exciting, but they are a terrific opportunity to get acquainted with other interesting blogs, and find new reading, and viewing material. They are also a fun promotional tool for the nominees to increase site awareness, and traffic. It really is a win-win situation for both the nominators, and the nominees!

The Blogger's Choice Awards offers some rather unique categories that I have not personally seen before, like the "Hottest Mommy Blogger" and "Most Obnoxious Blogger" Hmmm...I can think of a few blogs that would fit right in with those categories, and I bet you can too!

While some of these web awards can come across as rather lame, these awards seem to have set themselves apart, by being more fair, and definitely more fun! Go check them out for yourselves, and well...if you are feeling kind of ..sort of...in the mood you could always nominate your fave bus blogger..again with the nudge, nudges, and wink, winks!

04/04/07

Permalink 02:55:18 pm, by Email , 534 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

"London is not recognised by these old relics."

A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven." -
Former Canadian Prime-Minister, The Right Honourable Jean Chretien

First off, this is Not a Sponsored Post... this one's on topic and from the heart...

The great, great people at PayPerPost (who, honestly, I have nothing but admiration for and owe much thanks to,) released a newsletter via e-mail yesterday... included was an item called "Postie Patrol London". What image did the fine, fine people at PayPerPost use to represent London???

Postie Patrol London

Well, seeing the OBVIOUS connection to London with the much venerable old double-decker bus. Yup, an AEC Routemaster RML model! (Take that, Mr. Edwards!)

Kudos to the amazing people at PayPerPost for recognising these vehicles as being one of London's (heck, England's) best known icons!

Once Sue finds employment and we can start funnelling our PayPerPost earnings toward getting our bus, at the rate we're going with the earnings for our sponsored work, it will be in our hands in a very short time!

Many, MANY thanks to PayPerPost! You guys ROCK!

One tiny complaint(?) though... On the Postie Patrol London thing, you're last question...

What else has the Tower of London been used for...?

- A Prison
- A Zoo
- An Armoury

You do know there is no wrong answer, right? It's been ALL of those things...

Perhaps you did know... in fact, you must have...

Nice folks at PayPerPost... making sure the fellow got his reward!

...uh-oh, by saying the above, have I broken kayfabe?

Either way, for those who aren't sure about PayPerPost and what they do, allow me to put your mind at ease PERSONALLY... they've been outstanding! I highly recommend that if you're a constant blogger (like us) and want to earn some money through your efforts, check 'em out... to be honest, as an ANCIENT "user" on these here Interwebs, (I've had a "web presence" of some sort since 1994,) this is the best thing I've ever seen for making an income online and it WORKS!

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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 02:52:34 pm, by Email , 198 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Making Wise Investment Choices

Now that things are finally getting much better financially for both Matthew and I we've have been doing a lot of late night around the kitchen table talking about wise investment choices after the kiddo has gone to bed.

Investing is something I'm still learning about, and trying to soak up as much information on as possible. Specifically I've been looking into forex trading, and global futures as part of our investment plan.

The benefits of these types of investments include rapid financial growth due to the sheer volume of trading possibilities, 24-hours a day, five days a week. However, as an individual investor, and still very green, I need to learn a lot more about appropriate risk management.

"There is risk of loss trading Futures, options and forex"

For those of you who are a little more experienced though, there is a lot of money to be made, and Global Futures Exchange & Trading Co, Inc can help you get started for as little as $250.00. Have a look at their website, I personally found it to be very helpful in understanding forex trading, and global futures.

Sue

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Permalink 02:15:05 pm, by Email , 207 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: Neglect

Regent Low Height 2
Photo coutesy of our friends at the RLH Information Centre

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 02:13:50 pm, by Email , 153 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Speaking Of Arizona

Arizona is one of the most beautiful states I have had the pleasure of visiting, and hope to return to in the not so distant future! The Sonora Desert region is breathtaking, and the Grand Canyon is still considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world with very good reason.

If you are considering visiting or investing in real estate in Arizona now is apparently a very good time according to the market experts.

I had the pleasure of checking out some gorgeous Scottsdale Luxury Homes earlier today, and I must say I would seriously consider investing if I was able to at this time. Not only because of some of the great opportunities being offered, but because I sincerely fell in love with the people, heritage, history, and unique culture that is Arizona!

From The desert dreaming Desk of Sue

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Permalink 12:10:09 pm, by Email , 627 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wednesday Snippets

Wednesday Snippets

Good morning Mr. and Mrs. Blogsphere and all the ships at sea, let's go to press!

Yes it's time, ONCE AGAIN, to enjoy some great and important news stories... all the news that's print to fit!

Space! The Final Frontier!

Drunken Zamboni Man

No charges for impaired Zamboni driver. Now, this is interesting to me for many reasons...

Does this mean you can get blasted and drive one of these things without fear of repercussions???

Does this mean most of the more famous drivers at the big rinks may have been under the influence???

Are there famous Zamboni drivers... and is there a hall of fame for the best???

Will MADD be starting a campaign to combat this??? (If you drink, don't clean the ice!)

How many people, outside hockey fans and skaters, even know what the hell a Zamboni is???

Realistically, I'm a STRONG anti-drunk driving advocate... and the thought that the goob driving a four-tonne vehicle cleaning the ice my kid is skating on is knackered scares the turd out of me.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Tink!

Tinkerbell invades the Vatican.

Yeah, I know they're calling it an "Angel"... but it looks more like "Tink" to me.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Hoddog

The less said about this, the better.

...although I appreciated the semi-pun in the HEADline...

Man, I am so lowering myself with that joke...

Space! The Final Frontier!

REDS! COMMUNISM!!!

A Scottish farmer has dyed his sheep red in an effort to cheer up drivers sitting in traffic jams... which, in turn, gives the rubber-neckers more weirdness to look at... which in turn causes more fender-benders... which delays traffic more.

What they don't tell you is the farmer has a "pay toilet" and "refreshment stand" near the road... and this is a clever bit of marketing.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Gallows Humour

There are two types of people in this world... those who found the movies Harold and Maude and Heathers a hilarious and those who didn't.... and the two types, as a rule, shouldn't marry... and this story is the proof.

Space! The Final Frontier!

10-4 Good Buddy!

If there's anyone who will appreciate and follow legislation on smoking, the Teamsters would be high on my list!

Space! The Final Frontier!

Poperific!

What? NOW you're telling us it's a place to avoid!?! DAMNIT!!! What are we going to do with our pre-paid vacation tickets!!?!??!

That Joey Ratz! He's always messing up our plans with his whacky edicts!

Space! The Final Frontier!

Wongo!

Not understanding things and not reading the news item thoroughly... AND making the mistake that this headline refers to some of the movies of the 1950's and 60's that contained the words "Wild" and "Women"... Mr. Fabulous stocks up on new tents and camping gear and is heading to the great outdoors...

...I hope he brought big shoes.

Space! The Final Frontier!

That's it for today... I'm gonna work on my Wordless Wednesday now...

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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 12:08:30 pm, by Email , 142 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

My Feelings On Credit Cards

With our upcoming trip to London England I have started to think about the importance of credit cards for travel purposes. I have been specifically looking at various credit card offers, and which ones might suit our own purposes, and needs.

I strongly believe that one should compare credit cards just like any other financial product or service to insure you are getting the best deal.

Currently I am investigating interest free credit cards in order to transfer my existing balance over to, and save some money. These 0% credit cards are a terrific opportunity to save money on accumulating high interest rates!

While I do believe it can be easy to get carried away with any credit card, I also realise the value, and necessity of them whilst travelling abroad!

Cheers!
Sue

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04/03/07

Permalink 03:50:23 pm, by Email , 723 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

I want an Oompa Loompa and I want it NOW!

Veruca Salt

So I'm watching with interest a fellow blogger who, to be fair, I will not mention by name as I don't want the incident... and the semi-main protagonist... on this blog.

It's a situation of this...

People seem to forget that the overwhelming amount of blogs, websites, et al online are FREE to visit... and readers are that, readers... not customers... and the reader is not always right like a customer.

Still, and most of us have faced it, the commenter whines about this/that/the other thing... they don't like the side-bar, the colours aren't to their liking, there's too many 'X's, there's not enough 'X's, etc., etc.

Now, when DOZENS (heck, when even three or four) people have the same complaint, it's appropriate to look into it... to humour ONE person is silly... and yet, that's what I'm watching.

The commenter complained about the font size, so it was changed. Then it was background colour vs. text colour, so the blogger changed. Then they "suggested" that the images were too big and loaded slow... and finally, the blogger kinda fought back. Pretty much a NICE comment saying, "I've done what I can. Thanks for your feedback."

The commenter's response?

A flurry of harshly worded statements about how this blog sucked and no one would visit it and how the blogger was an inept and incompetent boob.

I've faced this too in my various web projects... in fact, the ONLY e-mail I have outright banned from sending anything to me is a git ex-pat Canadian in Australia who complained about everything from the colours I chose to my use of Latin in places.

"You didn't do what *I* wanted so you suck and no one will like you!!!"

wah.

I always think about Veruca Salt... "I want an Oompa Loompa and I want it NOW!"

I sent an e-mail to my fellow blogger... and suggested the response I've offered to many of the critics...

"I'm sorry my efforts have not pleased you and since changes or modifications are not possible, please allow me to offer you a complete refund for your visit. As we do not charge for visits, allow me to send you zero-dollars and zero-cents for your troubles. We hope you find this satisfactory as we do not intend to implement any of the changes you've requested."

His response was that he contacted the commenter and called him a "dips**t".

Whatever works.

The lesson?

Remember: With VERY few and obvious exceptions, bloggers and webmasters are doing their work out of love or compulsion... and many of us do not "charge" for people to view our efforts... many of us appreciate suggestions and do take them to heart... but "demands" or being "micro-managed" from the peanut gallery is NOT appreciated... and can make us a little grumpy...

...and push us too far, and we send out the troops...

The Troops

...and you don't want to mess with our troops... they're small, creepy, orange, and will sing a clever song before and after something horrible happens to your minutae complaining butt. Just look at how unhappy the late Jack Albertson looks surrounded by our guys! (You don't want to know what happened after this photo was taken...)

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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 03:46:10 pm, by Email , 177 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Some Words About My Bus Man.....

Matthew is one of the single most important people in my life, and aside from my own children has probably had the greatest impact on my life in a positive way.

In part that is why you see me writing here daily, because I know how much this dream of ours means to him, and I hope that in some way I am helping him to achieve this goal. The other part is that I do share his vision, it has become ours, our family's dream.

And I hope that he knows just how much he means to me ... :)

I wish all of you women out there reading this as much happiness within your own relationships as I have found in my own!

Relationships are not always easy, however there is a website Relationshipheadquarters.com that provides good information, resources, and insights into understanding our own partnerships. Have a look around the site, I do recommend it!

From The Luckiest Girl In The World Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 11:44:02 am, by Email , 882 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

TIME TO PANIC!!! THE WEB IS IN DAINJAH!!!

OMG! ONOZ!

So, I'm reading over a fella's shoulder on the government run torture device known as the subway an article in some rag magazine about how the World Wide Web was in... Was In... WAS IN... DANGER!!!!

(In homage to the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, please read these words in your head with his voice and accent...)

Dainjah! Dainjah! Dainjah!

Yes! DANGER!

You see, according to this pundit, the web is, at any moment, going to fall prey to... To... TO... RAMPANT COMMERCIALISM!

Oh, I gotta use that avatar again for that comment...

OMG! ONOZ!

To this writer, I'd like to personally welcome him to 1997.

I'm an olde-timey user... who still remembers how blisteringly fast 2400 baud modems seemed. I used bulletin boards and FidoNet... I'd buy 360k floppies (box of ten for about $70.00 at one point)... and was amazed when these cool 720k "hard" floppies came into view.

...time past...

...but...

During this time, there was a hewn cry that BBS systems would all go (*gasp*) COMMERCIAL!!!

OMG! ONOZ!

Guess what? They did. The BBS exited the Star Trek's fan's basement and ended up in the offices of corporate America... yet people still used them.

...then more time past...

Well, when I discovered (personally) this whacky thing called The Interwebs, I was agog.

Hey, my first webpage was built in 1995!

During this time, there was a hewn cry...

Every web page has a banner ad! I hate banner ads! It's rampant commercialism and will KILL THE INTERNET!

...it didn't.

Then, in the late 1990's and early Two-Aught-Aught's, there was a hewn cry...

Every website has pop-ups and pop-unders! I hate pop-ups and pop-unders! It's rampant commercialism and it will KILL THE INTERNET!

...and everyone made pop-up and pop-under protection and more or less (but not entirely) killed this method of advertising.

Then, in the early Two-Aught-Aught's, it was adware...

...and now, it's "blog ads"...

What's next?

I dunno... ask the marketing folks.

Someone WILL develop the next abomination that will be the determined death of the internet because of it's rampant commercialism.

Now, personally, I don't hate banner ads... within reason... one at the top, one on the side, and one at the bottom of a website or blog doesn't bother me in the slightest provided it loads quickly and doesn't have horrid images on them...

I loath "pop-ups" and "pop-unders"... but I also swear by FireFox which defeats them quite nicely.

Adware... I think those who make it, design it, sell it, profit from it... should be taken to a remote location in the middle of some desert... their body smeared with honey and then tied to an ant hill... but hey, that's just me.

Sponsored blog posts... well... I can certainly understand why people hate them, but they are also easy (here and on many blogs) to bypass... much easier than pop-ups and pop-unders... and as someone who's "worked" in the wonderful world of the Interwebs trying to scratch out a living, they pay the end user nicely! In fact, Sue's making a legit "full time" living doing it!

I almost forgot "spam"... which is painful and killing e-mail for many... but the article was on the death of "The Web"... so I can't qualify it here.

...but "commercialism" has been listed as a reason for the imminent death of the online world more times than I can count... and yet, it thrives... heck, it ain't even on life-support.

Personally, I'd love an absolutely FREE Internet... back to the good ol' days where Star Trek fans, Ufologists, Alt.Newsgroups, and porn was pretty much 90% of the content... but I don't mind the plethora of information I can now get... and yeah, I can handle a few ads to get that content without paying a premium price for my service.

So to this author of this article, you're not the first... and you won't be the last... and someday, about ten years from today, you'll be writing an article decrying the wimpy guy who wrote a recent article about the LATEST commercialism found online and how it will destroy the Internet in some fashion... and you'll thing be adding something to your article about this wimp that's similar to...

OMG! ONOZ!

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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 11:42:36 am, by Email , 209 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Big New Opportunity From Pay Per Post!

If you haven't already signed up for Pay Per Post the absolute best in blog advertising, and traffic generation, then this new, and exciting opportunity just announced surely should get you going! It is BIG!!!

Pay Per Post is giving away one $1000.00 US dollars opportunity each Tuesday of the week!!!!! As long as your blog meets the minimum requirements for eligibility to sign up, which are conveniently located on the front page of the Pay Per Post site, you can qualify!!!

That is right, this mega opportunity is open to all Pay Per Post posties! How cool is that! Can you tell I'm really excited by this .. lol!

This opportunity is aptly named 1K Tuesday, and it's an Oppapalooza!

So what are you waiting for!!!! Get in on the action!

I have had so much FUN being a postie over the past couple of months, they really are a terrific company, and I appreciate all the wonderful opportunities they have made available to us! This new one is just icing on the cake!

Thank you Pay Per Post! This is such an awesome idea, and opportunity for all bloggers to get involved in. And we LOVE you guys!!!!!!

From The Three Cheers For Pay Per Post Desk Of Sue

04/02/07

Permalink 07:57:55 pm, by Email , 643 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Three things this fine Monday morning...

First of all, I'm going through my hits/stats/etc. yesterday and whatnot, and notice a hit from Wikipedia...

I'm in Wikipedia, I is!

Now, I knew some wag had done an entry for moi based on my ghostly work which is still awaiting publishing but can be viewed here. (You will have to scroll down a bit...)

...but nope, that's not the hit...

The hit came from this entry... Apparently, I'm "citable" about the gothic scene... I'm not sure if I'm flattered or horrified... I know this much, there are MANY who would disagree with my credentials as a knowledgeable person on goth... but overall, feedback on the article I wrote has been very positive.

Space! The Final Frontier!

Secondly, if you're a constant reader (and if you are, I apologise most sincerely for being so boring so often,) you may remember that I mentioned on Saturday that I had high hopes of winning the big Lotto 649 jackpot on Saturday night... a cool $30million!

Well, despite the staggering odd in my favour (in that I am more likely to be hit on the head by falling debris from an overhead aircraft than win a lottery,) I lost...

...but so did everyone else...

So, it's $38million on Wednesday!

I'm going to play the same numbers... so c'mon folks, give the kooky dreamer a good thought and a prayer... We could do a lot of damage weird stuff good in the world with that kind of dough...

...and remember Threecollie, there's a milking machine and armoured vehicle in it for you... and Ultramantis Black, I *swear* and *promise* that I'm getting you and the boys a fitted-out Bristol Lodekka for your cross-country tour of mayhem! Heck, I'll even have the guys at the shop add the decorative bunting and old-timey loudspeaker for you!

...and a Karoke machine loaded with a good mix of old Pogues and Sinatra classics of course.

You know what else... We get the $38million and we're gonna get Mr. Fab a bus too... just 'cuz. Of course, we'd FORCE him to pick it up on THIS side of the border as he likes Canada ever so much... (We will be supplying the Timbits to pelt him with... and perhaps try to convince - with promises of currency - the man-monster-beast, Hydra, to be his travelling companion on the way back home!)

Space! The Final Frontier!

Lastly, my "April 1st 'Blog Your Blessings' Post" sailed like an Airbus 380 right over most folks heads...

A few thought it was clever... but you'd be shocked at the e-mails I got... Methinks a few people (I won't name names, of course,) don't read the entire entries here... :)

Space! The Final Frontier!

That's all for today kids... I'm tired... it's back-to-work day (and it'll be a busy one for me,) and coffee's just starting to hit the system...

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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 07:54:18 pm, by Email , 177 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Sci-Fi Fans Unite!

Are you a science nut like me? Do you love Trek or everything Sci-Fi? There is a hot new social networking website designed just for people like us!

Sci-Edge is a brand new site, with the promise of being the MySpace of all things science! How cool is that! The best part is that because it is so new, we get to be on the ground floor of this innovative, and fun opportunity!

I love the idea of being able to network with other women who are into science as much as I am. In this area I have had a bit of a hard time on the net, but with Sci-Edge it will be easy to meet others online that share my interests!

Not only is this site's design and look futuristic, it's very user friendly!

Come and check out Sci-Edge with me, it's free to join, and also has some money making opportunities!

From The Where's My Iludium Q36 explosive space modulator Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 09:59:02 am, by Email , 36 words   English (CA)
Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA, From The Desk of Sue

Trump Lays The Smackdown

Vince McMahon CEO of WWE sporting his new look courtesy of Donald Trump at Wrestlemania!

I'm telling ya that Mr.McMahon is a genius!

From The I Ain't Going For The Britney Look Desk Of Sue

Permalink 09:57:31 am, by Email , 141 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Planning Our Trip To London

We have been busily planning our upcoming trip to London, United Kingdom, and I was reviewing this fab website, which lists all sorts of upcoming events!

Events in London lists everything you need to know to plan a super fun visit to this awesome city no matter what your own tastes, and interests!

Since Matthew, and I are both history buffs that lean towards the dark side of things, we are absolutely going to take the famed Jack The Ripper tour, and all the info we need, including dates, times, and prices are listed on this terrific London resource site.

If you are planning a trip to London or already live there (lucky duckies) and want to see the sights you must check out these Events in London listings!

Cheers!
Sue

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

04/01/07

Permalink 06:47:46 pm, by Email , 1760 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers, Day Tripping & Travel, "Living" History - Historical Re-enactment

BlogTalkers: Who warped and twisted you?

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

Tell us something significant (either a memory, something learned from that time period, a person who made an impact on you, an event, etc) about your teenage years.

I wish I was salacious enough to talk about my first girlfriends... or had a teacher that was so wonderful they turned around my life... but...

To be honest, I can't say any of my teenage-years girlfriends really made an enormous impact on my life and to be completely truthful, thanks to the ineptitude and general stupidity of my teachers in junior high and high school, I loathed academia for years and didn't finish my education until I was an adult... and YES, I do blame the handful of teachers I had because none of them seemed terribly interested in their jobs... and although I know this is NOT the rule, but the exception, I managed to not hit a good teacher all through those formative years which soured my views tremendously.

I'd like to say my parents... but it seems so obvious... that and, not to sound too much like a self-help book, but my father was rarely around then... and worked himself into an early grave really... in fact, the most profound moment in my teenaged years was being there when he suddenly passed away from a heart attack... and that would be a big defining moment... except, I'd like to talk about something very, very positive...

I did bump into a teacher of sorts... someone who right-twisted me in my early teenaged years... who for the maybe hour-and-a-half we chatted made a huge impact and taught me a lot...

A tour guide at Fort Wellington in Prescott, Ontario.

The story about this is convoluted at best, but I'm going to try and keep it short and simple...

My father was commuting back and forth from Toronto to Ottawa... about a three-hundred mile commute.

He was working for an insurance brokerage (Strathcona Insurance) that he and a partner had set up... and they bought or rented (not sure which) a house in Ottawa... and dad was there Monday through Friday and home for the weekends.

Needless to say, this put a horrible strain on my parent's marriage, and my mother was most unhappy.

Then, one day, on a lark, my mother announced I was going to be "off school" for a week and we would drive to Ottawa ourselves... just her and me... not as much on the "big highway" (the 401) which is genuinely faster, but stopping at the small towns and villages en route through a smaller roadway ("Highway 2" or the "Loyalists Trail".)

This was exciting for me... I was a military buff and knew we would be hitting a place I'd yearned to see for some time... Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario... that and a chance to spend time with my mother... and yes, I was an am a genuine mama's boy.

Don't get me wrong, my mother was often (almost always) at school events and very active as a volunteer with school things... but she was "working" and really, it was never (or very rarely) about her and me, but about her and pretty much everyone else.

...so I was VERY pumped.

Well, we went to Fort Henry and it was cool... but then, along the way, we noticed a sign... to another fort...

She and I had never heard of the place before and luckily, like Sue and myself, she's a person where if there's something she's never seen before, that's the PERFECT excuse, on the spot, to visit.

We wheeled into the LOVELY village of Prescott and made our way to the fort...

Fort Wellington is not the biggest fort in Canada... hardly... it consisted of (if memory serves) three buildings and a strange semi-underground battery... not including the "gate house" (the modern structure that people go through to gain entrance,) but for some reason, I was entranced.

Aiding this visit was the fact it was a Monday and therefore practically empty... it was us and one tour guide for the whole afternoon. We wandered without a guide through the smaller buildings looking at the exhibits, into the "gun position" (the semi-underground bit I mentioned) and then made our way into the three-story blockhouse.

On the second floor, there was one young man... he was perched on a bed, dressed as a "rifleman/soldier" from the 1830's. He was playing a fife... and had a most "unsoldierly look"... a little unkempt, unshaven, and rather laid back. His long hair spilling out of his shako (hat) and his tunic was a little big for him. My mom and I listened to him play and waited... when he more-or-less finished, we gave a polite response... and then he chatted with us... but not like any tour guide I had experienced.

He did not kayfabe it up (pretending to be "in character" for the era,) nor did he talk down to us... he rattled off the obvious "script" about life in the fort, then turned around and dropped the "lesson" and simply said, Is there anything you'd like to ask about?

Well, unfettered by other guests, the poor guy got more than he bargained for... questions came out all over the place... "Who makes the uniforms you wear?" "How heavy is that hat?" "Is there actually anything in those packs displayed on the walls?" He even got questions about the aforementioned Fort Henry as we never had a chance to ask anyone there... and he fielded these questions articulately, properly, with a lot of information... and just the right amount of "personal touch" to allow us to know, Hey, I'm a guy who loves his job... and it is a job... and I'm really lucky to be here... but I am glad you're so interested in everything that I want to open up a little more...

We ended up talking about working for the parks/historic sites, funny things they did at the forts, "after hours" fun with the staff on the site, and a TONNE of other things... not the least of which was the history and story of the fort itself.

...but for me, at the semi-young age I was, the thing that ended up twisting me but good was he gave me a "real" tunic to wear and a "real" shako... so for the majority of the time I was there, I felt like I belonged... that I could do this too... that I was a PART of the fort... and therefore the history... not simply looking at it through a glass case at arms length.

He and ourselves walked through the fort as he pointed out various things... me being a little desperate to ensure my shako didn't fall off... and just told us about the place gently, in a non-lecturing sense... and answered pretty much all our questions.

Like I said, it was like we were new employees being trained to work in our fort... not tourists who arrived on a lark.

I hated to leave... but eventually, we needed to make our way through to Ottawa... so I reluctantly gave up my tunic and shako and we departed...

...but his easy "teaching" manner and genuine personality stayed with me... and is with me even today.

This is a primary reason I'm a War of 1812 re-enactor... and have tried and tried again to find employment with our local historic sites in Toronto... this one fellow, who's name I never knew, made history more than fun... he made me feel a part of it.

Even at that age, I had already been to England and France, walked through extravagant palaces, castles, manor homes, ruins, tombs, cathedrals, and even through neolithic constructs... all of which centuries older than Fort Wellington... but this site was now more special to me and more meaningful than any place I'd ever been to... and still is.

It set up a lifelong love of my history and my country... and those who established it early on.

I was fortunate enough to be back in Prescott a few years back... and was pleased that, although busier (it was a Summer Saturday) the fort's commitment to being a "family spot" and not simply a museum relic was in place... kids were running through the blockhouse playing with those things that were there for them to play with... there are some places that are "historically set-up" and off-limits to the public save a glance through the open doors into a cordoned-off room... but there is a definite "human element" to the place...

The "young man" I spoke about... must be in his fifties or sixties by now... but I wish I could thank him... he made a HUGE difference in my life by just being friendly AND knowledgeable and not tossing on a lot of kayfabed malarkey to us tourists.

...and for the record, I now own five different tunics, one shako, and many more "historical reproduction" clothes... and although in the Summer, a heavy wool jacket, wool pants, and a heavy, tall black hat is a bit much... to me, I'm a young thirteen year-old again... living a dream... ...not as much playing the soldier, but playing the historian and the teacher... and loving every minute I do it.

Thank you to the staff at Fort Wellington... and to that one fellow, wherever he is, who really introduced me to my past.

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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!

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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: From The Desk of Sue

Desperately Seeking A Good Night's Sleep

FINALLY!....Matthew and I spent yesterday shopping around for a new mattress, and it's about time too, as our old one is starting to have the springs pop through...ouch!!!!

While searching for the perfect mattress, and memory foam pad, my own thoughts turned to bedding. I figured if we are going to the expense of purchasing a new mattress, then new comforter sets should also be included in the shopping trip.

Personally I like the look, and feel of satiny comforters, and I managed to sell the bus man on the idea! So, a creamy satin bed set will be the new look for the bedroom.

I also looked into teen bedding for the kid whilst we were out, but she is at that age where I don't dare make any purchases without her direct input.

All in all yesterday's mission to insure a good night's sleep was a success! I can hardly wait until next week when the new mattress is delivered!

From The Desk Of Sue

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Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Civil Servants

Blog yer Blessings

A little known fact is how wonderful, hard working, and generally great most civil servants actually are!

Popular conception, however, is very different about the fine folks who look after our licenses, taxes, and general city/province/country maintenance!

Realistically, I can understand where some may get a bad impression of these fine folks who really take so little of our tax dollars to do what must be an awful job, but I have had nothing but great experiences with them and have had the best service and genuine care from our fine servants!

I am agog, literally, that people take them so for granted... I mean, let's face it... considering WE'RE the ones paying their cheques, I always get the feeling that they know I'm effectively their "boss"... and have experienced nothing but treatment that one might give to their employer... yup, that "Top Notch" feeling of being important.

Lest we forget the great sacrifices they put in... the long hours, the lack of real holidays... the rotten benefits... the low pay... and zero job security.

For these things alone, one might expect to be dealing with super-grumpy people, but nope, we get the smiling faces and great service from people that know that they are doing a job well done!

Oh, don't get me wrong... I'm sure some of you might have had different experiences... and perhaps that's where all the flack comes from... I mean, everyone does have an off day.

Off days, however, seem few and far between for bureaucrats and those in government employ... they really just seem so pleasant, happy, and they genuinely care about the folks they are serving!

Literally, they are the true backbone of our society!

So hats off to the blessing of our civil servants... the folks that care for us all!

Space! The Final Frontier!

NOW, after reading that, please look at the first letter in each paragraph/sentence... and remember what day it is... because, like I said in the past, humour and laughter are a blessing!

Space! The Final Frontier!

ONE MORE TIME!!!!

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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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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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The Buzz On SEO

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SEO seems to be the buzz word of the day, and there is very good reason for that, but it is important that you find the right company that will be able to provide you with search engine traffic that is relevant to your own content, and purposes.

eTrafficJams.com is a trusted company that specializes in search engine optimization. What makes them stand out is that they are based on Pay-for-Performance! What this means to you is that after your initial set-up fee you are only charged for clicks that are ranking in the top of Google, Yahoo, and MSN the world's leading search engines!

The key to website growth is good search engine traffic, and eTrafficJams.com will help you achieve this with an affordable plan, that will rapidly show demonstrated results!

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My sincerest apologies to The Order of The Neo Solar Temple and Threecollie...

There's two people you wouldn't expect to see in the same "subject line"...

Not me today...

Well, I checked... and no, I didn't win the $30million dollar lottery this evening... darnit!

I mean, my goodness, my chances were as good as being struck three times by lightning in my lifetime, so I figured I had a shot!

...but don't despair...

I'm gonna keep playing... and when the busman wins the big lotto, you can be CERTAIN that Threecollie will be getting her milking machine and good armoured vehicle and I will be buying a Bristol Lodekka for the fine, FINE men of the Order of the Neo Solar Temple!

Lodekkas

Yes, the noble Lodekka double-decker bus... suitable for North American roads and wider than our dear Regent Low Heights... making them ideal for retrofitting for a campaign of mayhem and destruction!

But... all's well that ends... and for tonight, I'm off to bed... to dream of us gently working our way down a country road in our (soon to be in our possession we hope) bus en route to a wonderful ghostly investigation... and having to deftly weave out of the way of an oncoming tank followed by a Lodekka adorned with decorative bunting and old-timey loudspeaker whilst moving along in style toward our goal...

...*sigh*...

Namaste!

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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 05:44:24 pm, by Email , 255 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Super Fun Vacation Ideas!

Spring has arrived, and with it thoughts of Summer vacation are starting to take shape in the mind of yours truly! Here in Southern, Ontario it is a tradition to spend at least part of our summer vacation relaxing at the cottage. For those of us like Matthew, and I who do not own our own cottage, vacation rentals are the perfect way to insure a super cottaging experience, and fun in Ontario's beautiful cottage country.

The thing is you must start thinking about booking your vacation rentals right now! Cottages in Ontario tend to get rented out very quickly, and early in the season. I was checking out the VLBO Vacation Rentals website earlier and saw this Ontario vacation rental listing that sounds just perfect for our needs!

Manitowaning, Ontario is beautiful! The listing is for a four bedroom, turn of the century property that looks out onto the bay. This property is on 1.5 acres and includes access to the beach! Sounds heavenly, and just what we need to escape life in an urban centre.

How heavenly to spend a couple of weeks in the fresh air, under perfect night skies, to which I could bring along my telescope ... sigh....

If you are looking to plan a super fun vacation check out the listings on VLBO Vacation Rentals website. They have listings for all over the USA, Canada, and Mexico! You too can find your perfect vacation dream spot ... :)

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