Archives for: May 2007

05/31/07

Permalink 02:30:33 pm, by Email , 292 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Happy Birthday Bus Man!

Just want to wish my bus man the very best birthday wishes!!! Surprises, and very yummy cake await at chez Didier-Darroch! Having turned the big four-oh four months back I can honestly say it's no biggie, and as the day, and year progresses yo will learn this is true.

My Dad would have scoffed at your over-the-hill badge, maybe even taunted you like the French! At 65 he was riding roller coasters at the CNE!!!

Forty is goodly, and there are too many adventures to come to get wrapped up in numbers .. :D

And I too will now borrow from the French....

Je t'aime

Your Sue
XOXOXOXOX

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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 02:22:00 pm, by Email , 146 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - The Scoop On Trading

OEX is an online stock options trading company that I had the opportunity of reviewing today, and I'd like to tell you our readers a little more about them, as I do believe their services will be of interest to some of you!

If you are interested in stock option trading then their website is a solid resource to gain information on trading. The topic is still very new to me, and as a would-be, newbie investor I appreciate the quality of information they offer through a series of articles on their website, which are entitled Lessons In Investing.

Investors can also currently subscribe to OEX Options on a 15 day free trial basis, which will give you daily detailed pre-market alerts, and other helpful trading information.

If you are serious about trading you will definitely want to explore this company further.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 12:53:02 pm, by Email , 544 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Happy Birthday To Me - I Hate My ISP!

Well, it's here... I'm now officially forty...

FORTY~!

(You do know this is the REAL reason Arnold was in town this week?)

I don't know YET if there's a bus downstairs waiting for me... call it a hunch, but I doubt it... this isn't a downer, just the truth of the matter.

I actually had a couple of people who read a comment of mine in a previous post ask me about that... they wondered if I really expected that the bus MIGHT be here on my birthday... this was mostly because, and they correctly noticed, I said that I'd be pretty much teary-eyed if that happened... and I'm 120% sure the same can be said for Sue and the kid...

No, I really don't expect that a birthday gift like that... but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't daydreamed about it... I'd imagine (hell, I know,) like people daydream about how they'd react to hitting a lottery jackpot.

It's important to us... but I doubt it's going to be downstairs today to greet me before I head to work... call it an educated hunch.

Either way, we apologise for being on THE WORST SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE WORLD and being DOWN AGAIN last night from 6pm until 10:48pm... I was so pleased... I've lost 1/2 a day of uptime with these folks THIS WEEK ALONE!

It's amazing I have regular readers... and I can only assume some of you guys are as frustrated as we are.

For the record, we are shopping for a new ISP for the sites sooner than later.

We did some homework and it's about fifty-fifty as far as feedback for our servers go... but it's fifty percent They're okay. I have no real complaints to fifty percent absolute venomous hatred. The word "garbage" was seen three times by three different users to describe the service... and that was the tame ones.

I think that's a sign, eh?

Anyway, I'm off to finish my caffeine and nicotine for the morning... the executive decision as to my "Quitting Day" is now September 4th... after the long weekend, it'll be a strictly caffeine morning for me.

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

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

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 12:52:56 pm, by Email , 355 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays, Day Tripping & Travel

Helping Hands Thursday - Saving Big Time On Travel

It's another edition of Helping Hands Thursday here on the One Old Green Bus Blog, and this week we are dedicating this entry to all of our readers that are fellow travellers, and adventurers! B)

Are you already familiar with HotelReservations.com, are you using their awesome power to save you money big time when booking a Hotel Reservation or Discounted Flights????? If not, then please do read on, and let me tell you a bit about this fab travel company, and if so you might as well keep reading, and just nodding your head in agreement with what I am about to type .. ;)

HotelReservations.com is the hot online resource to plan, and book your dream vacations through. If you surf on over to their website you will see that they can help you arrange to visit destinations all over our big blue globe with their easy to use search functions. Just plug in the requested data, and voila! It's that easy!

Their prices as you will see are extremely competitive, and booking through them could easily save you up to 70% on what you would normally have to pay for the exact same services.

It does not matter what your budget is, they can save you even more on cruises, vacation packages, holiday rentals, motels, your flights, and even help you book your car rental! How cool is that! B)

If you are planning a trip you'll definitely want to surf on over to the HotelReservations.com, and check out their super deals. Also for our Canadian, and United States readers you can call them toll free through this phone number +18004474136 and international readers may call +18173335105 to book a reservation or obtain further information 24/7.

Matthew, and I were already well aware of them prior to this entry, and will utilise them to save big on our trip to England next year. By saving money on flights, and hotel accommodations, there will be that much more money to spend on the good stuff like museums, admissions to historic sites we are dying to see, and of course souvenirs!!! :D

Big thank you to our sponsor!

05/30/07

Permalink 02:26:03 pm, by Email , 206 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: AEC Patented Anti-Roll System Being Tested - No, they don't tip over too easy.

It's PATENTED!
Thanks to The London Transport Museum for the image...

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 02:24:05 pm, by Email , 668 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

So tomorrow's the big four-oh.

So, tomorrow I'm turning forty. Sue is already wondering if she can trade me in for two twenties.

Too many candles

Kidding aside, it's not bothering me in the slightest... probably because I still feel I'm owed ages fourteen through twenty-eight as they're a bit of a haze to me really.

It's also serendipity that my birthday falls (with this blog) on Helping Hand Thursdays... which, as someone already noted, could take on a new meaning with me... being helped up the stairs, being helped onto the bus, being helped remembering things now that my memory is going...

Seriously though, my health is better now than through most of my latter-twenties through my mid-thirties... perhaps Sue is healthy for me. I often complain that I rarely get my recommended dose of Sue.

I have to say that ALTHOUGH my servers pooched most of Monday, hits DID return to normal yesterday and are looking better today... which is always a good thing. I was pleased that my post I wrote to congratulate Mrs. Fab on passing her bar exam, Mrs. Fab being the long-suffering wife of Mr. Fabulous, was commented on by the man his-very-self... but he COMPLETELY no-sold the song I embedded...

I'm not hurt by his lack of interest in my musical tastes where he is concerned or anything... honest... *sniff*

Anyone got a hanky? I've just got something in my eye, that's all...

Other than this, work is fun... but EXHAUSTING! I'm lovin' my job and all and it's goodly... but I am wiped. This has led to some fairly lacklustre posts... which REALLY blows as my greatest inspirations hit me on the bus, I make "notes" to remember my thoughts... and then when I re-read them, I realise that making notes with pen and paper longhand while on a bus on the bumpier bits of road in Toronto is silly... and why would I think a post on thrpptzzwo grppn on the zzowenn myp (squiggly line - possibly a drawing of an antelope?) was a good idea.

Soon will be the weekend and MUCH relaxing... which is a lie...

"Relaxing" will mean chores, housework, getting the kiddo ready for a birthday party she's attending... *sigh*

Perhaps I am getting old... and more cynical (if that's possible,) in my older age.

NAH! Not too cynical! I mean the blog and the dream are alive, right?

(GRINS!)

The only thing that TRULY disturbs me right now is that TOO many "younger bloggers" and whatnot are treating the 1980's they way I looked at the 1960's as a teen... oh wait, that's about right.

*sigh*

That tune cheered me up... Ian Robb "borrowing" from Stan Rogers... so loads of Canadian content! :)

In 1978, I was eleven. :)

In 1778... where the original tune is "set" sorta... well, I don't know... I might have been around... maybe...

I'm hoping tomorrow will be goodly! Fingers crossed!

On to my busly-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 02:23:08 pm, by Email , 153 words   English (CA)
Categories: Day Tripping & Travel

We Need A Vacation!

After all the stresses our family has been through in the past few years we can all agree on one thing, we definitely NEED a vacation. And that became abundantly clear to me after surfing through the most aptly named We Need A Vacation.com website.

This company, and site is dedicated to helping you plan a dream vacation in some of the prettiest spots in the United States that I have had the pleasure of visiting. Listings include vacation properties in Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Cape Cod where I personally have many relatives. They also have listings throughout the state of Florida. Have a look at these Panama City Vacation Rentals, which offer excellent locations, at varying prices to suit different budgets, and requirements.

Do we need a vacation? Heck...yes! And this site can definitely be bookmarked as a terrific resource for vacation planning!

Happy Travelling!

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 11:52:02 am, by Email , 536 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Crush Kill Destroy... Crush Kill Destroy... Crush Kill Destroy...

Robots Killed my Server!

How long was the blog down for yesterday?

Not just the blog, but our servers in total...?

Well, we went down at 9:30am and came back up at about 2pm EST.

We were not amused.... neither were about 15 people that e-mailed to tell us that they couldn't see the blog... and neither were, using statistical analysis, about 200 of you (hopefully returning to find us up and working again,) readers.

ARRRGH!!!

(...and I did a LOT of posting early yesterday before work!)

...and my service provider, who shall remain nameless, was sent a ticket at 9:45am... responded by 10:30am to say they were "escalating the issue"... and then, at 3:30pm came back and said they saw NO problems... and then apologised for the inconvenience of a service interruption... but re-iterated that as far as they saw, there was no issues at all.

Dear Server Service Dorks,

If you're going to try and sell me a bill of goods to TRY and convince me the error was NOT on your end, (even though, as someone in information technologies, I had tested and knew damn well it WAS on your end,) two things...

Number one, don't wait so many hours to tell me all is well... that kinda gap either says you move slower than molasses in January when responding to problems... or that, perhaps, you were BUSY with... oh, I dunno, REPAIRING THE PROBLEM!?!

Number two, if it wasn't on your end, WHY did you apologise for the server outage? Perhaps I'm confused, but why would you apologise for something you told me you weren't responsible for?

If you weren't so darned cheap and didn't house so many things for us, you'd lose a customer... and you may yet if this kind of outage continues.

Sincerely and with Much Venom,

Matthew James Didier

Well, I'm sure they, my server company, wasn't responsible... they never are...

I think it was ROBOTS! Yes! ROBOTS crashed my server! Must be!

...speaking of which, wanna see something cool? Click on the photo above of the line up of metal pals who are fun to be with!

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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 11:51:32 am, by Email , 342 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

My Thoughts On Lap Band Surgery

A few weeks ago now I was watching a television program that I believe was the Oprah Winfrey show, and that particular episode was about a woman that had struggled with severe obesity throughout her teen years, and most of her adult life. I felt at once both terrible for this woman (who at one point could not even board an airplane to take a flight)and a sense of pride, and happiness for her ability to finally lose all the excess weight, and keep it off. Her courage, and the story of her struggles was both inspiring, and heart warming!

In part this woman's strategy included lap band surgery, which I believe is also known as a gastric bypass procedure. Apparently it had really helped her, along with altering her lifestyle choices, and counselling for the emotional trauma she had faced as a severely overweight person.

To be honest as someone who has never really struggled with weight issues it was the first time I had heard of this type of procedure, and it's benefits. And I must say I do marvel at how medical science can assist people through these types of treatment!

Anyway I did check out an online resource for lapband surgery. And was a bit surprised that it lists a Lap Band Surgeon Mexico as a good option for American citizens. Apparently US citizens can have this procedure safely done in Mexico, at a good savings. Again, this was news to me as I was not familiar with this topic at all prior to the television show that I had watched, and my checking out this website.

If you are interested in lap band surgery, want some further information on it, or are considering having this procedure done you might want to follow through on the links provided to you in this entry or if you are in the United States call toll-free to this hotline phone number 866.309.0036 or their direct line 386.206.9358 and get further info on what is involved with it.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

05/29/07

Permalink 09:42:03 am, by Email , 386 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Mrs. Fab - Barrister!

Lots Of Posts Today! I'm a busy guy!

I've been terribly neglectful in creating new and masterful "commercials" for Mr. Fabulous... well, for his podcast.

I promise I'll work on a NEW one over the week to come... maybe I'll get Sue to help.

Anyway, speaking of Mr. Fab, I have to assume he's heard this Bob & Tom tune which, everytime I hear it, I think this could have been written by the Fabulous one... (Note: Click on play at your own peril... it may not be safe for work...)

Anyway, this blog post's REAL purpose is to address Mrs. Fabulous... WHO PASSED HER BAR EXAM!!! YAY MRS. FAB!!!!

...and now that you've achieved this, remember... I'm in Canada making it difficult to "serve" papers to me... and a man who threatened to send a rudo to "deal" with your husband SHOULD be construed as parody and as a "comic bit" is protected by law as free speech and not a "threat" and therefore not litigious in nature in the good ol' US of A... oh, and we're still not wealthy, so it's not like you'd get much from us anyway...

:)

Just needed to make those point.

Congratulations again!

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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 09:41:36 am, by Email , 265 words   English (CA)
Categories: Day Tripping & Travel

Road Tripping Through California

Today I've put together some varied resources for activities, and services offered in the state of California for you dear readers. These will include links to everything you need to know from sending flowers to car tuning tips. Think of this posting as a resource to articles of information that you might need either right now or would be a good idea to bookmark for information purposes in the future. Just click on the links to the topics that might interest you the most. Like I said a few different subjects will be mentioned here.

One of my own personal dream destinations within the the state of California would be a visit to San Francisco. I would love to check out it's hip culture that spawned the hippie movement in the 1960's, and it's lovely historic homes, and museums.

I would also love to visit Los Angeles home of the beautiful people, and it's fab diet food restaurants that are known world over. It's all about skincare, diet and nutrition in La La land, which is probably why they are all so beautiful ...grins! Heck I even found an article on massage chair trends for California living, talk about living right!

Finally I would love to tour San Diego, which I have heard many wonderful things about over the years. And with all the fabulous shopping opportunities, and experiences available, and offered in California it may just be a good idea to check out credit cards online!

Hope you find these links, and resources a good source of info!

Cheers!

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 08:56:05 am, by Email , 256 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Think this will work?

PayPerPost is doing new stuff... and yeah, I'm on bored... and no, this post is NOT a "sponsored post"...

Anyway, as regular readers know, the sponsored posts right now feed the family coffers (while Sue looks for meaningful employment) and don't go to the bus-quest right now... but I was thinking... perhaps I will do THIS for the busly quest...

Think it'll work?

Think it'll work?

:)

Okay, the serious one's on the side-bar...

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 08:54:06 am, by Email , 248 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Hiring An Air Ambulance

Air Ambulances have always intrigued me. I guess this is in part because I have always had a fascination with aircraft of any sort, and I have always had a keen, and strong interest in medicine, and health care.

While I hope that I never personally need one I do find it very comforting to know that in this age of information I could if necessary hire an air ambulance service.

I spent sometime surfing through the Airambulance.net website, and I must say I was impressed with the level of services, and information they offer to those in need of an air ambulance service particularly as it relates to the industry within the United States of America.

Firstly their fleet is state of the art, and all of their aircraft are FAA approved. These air ambulances also include state of the art medical equipment, and are staffed with highly trained professionals including nurses, paramedics, and therapists. These people who are the unsung heroes in my opinion are specifically trained for in-flight care. The company can also arrange for a physician to be on board if needed, and even your own doctor!

Like I stated above, a visit to the Airambulance.net was truly eye opening, and if ever needed I wouldn't hesitate to utilise their services for either myself or one of my loved ones.

This is a terrific age we live in where we can access these types of service online.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 08:30:01 am, by Email , 864 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Hate Me - I'm not a Survivor fan...

That said, my kid is... and we caught most of last season's show... and one thing did catch my attention.

One fellow on the show did a smart thing... He won a fifty-thousand dollar well-appointed truck during a "challenge" of some sort. After he won, he turned to another player and basically said that he would GIVE the truck to this fellow with the promise that, should the fellow win "immunity" from being "voted off" when down to the final-four players if these two fellows remained in the game at the time.

The fellow offered the truck had a very tough life... and NEEDED the truck badly... and was thrilled to be offered it.

...so the deal was done.

The fellow who NOW had the truck made a big production number out of being "good on his word" even though the shows host and, apparently, the rule makers said he wouldn't HAVE to keep the promise... but he said he would and make his kids SEE he was a man of his word.

Well, guess what... the final four came, the fellow that made the deal did indeed win immunity and when the moment of truth came... he reneged and got the truck and immunity. The lure of the one-million dollar prize was too much.

The fellow that gave the truck... was voted off that night and lost. The reason? The others knew he'd likely win and wanted to eliminate the strong competition.

I was glad to watch this with the kid... because she said, So what? Big deal? I'd have gone for the million dollars too!

I pointed out that he just proved to his kids... and the world... that, instead of a man of his word, he was a liar and couldn't be trusted. Worse yet, he really only saw the short term possibilities.

Almost needless to say, all the other "survivors" voted him out almost instantly and unanimously... and let him know what a snake he was.

The fellow that gave him the truck? All he said was You played the game. Keep the truck without guilt.

Now, HAD he kept his word, how many endorsements might he have gotten? How many more people might have trusted him with a better job?

...as of now, he's a very famous liar and someone who didn't win... and can't be trusted.

The fellow that gave him the truck? Sure, it was a strategy to give the truck that didn't work... but he acknowledged that it was also because the fellow who he gave it to needed it more than himself...

He came out smelling like flowers... and will get book deals, acclaim, and genuine affection from fans.

Which was worth more? A SMALL chance to win a million once (that was blown and ruined this fellows image) or a lifetime of being known as an honest and trustworthy person?

Anyway, the fellow in question (who gave the truck) was named Yau-Man Chan and he really won me over...

Yau-Man Chan

...but the moment that Yau-Man REALLY won me completely over, and again, the kid saw it, is he explained why he made the deal to give away the truck.

He said the fellow needed it badly and it also gave him a strategic advantage... and he felt the mistake he made was trusting him in the game.

He said he DID have faith in the fellow... but in the end, the faith wasn't justified... and said he hadn't lived by his personal philosophy... and when he said it, I simply said, That's perfect.

His philosophy?

Love many. Trust few. Harm none.

Isn't that a perfect way to go through life in todays world?

I had to share it...

Anyway, my point to the kiddollo... Be honest, go for the longer picture that will pay better in the long run, and adopt that philosophy and it shouldn't do you wrong.

I wonder, by doing a "Google Search" on the philosophy of love many, trust few, harm none, how many people have also learned or adopted these thoughts. (I hope many...)

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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 08:28:19 am, by Email , 130 words   English (CA)
Categories: Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Back Up Your Data

Online Backup is a handy way to insure you never lose vital data, and as someone who is working towards running a hopefully one day small home based business I am very aware of the importance of this.

IBackup provides a perfect solution to small businesses, and now includes online backup for Oracle databases. They are an award winning company, that offers excellent security, and their pricing plans are highly competitive. Another thing that IBackup is well known for is their superior client support, which I personally appreciate from any company I deal with, particular when it comes to my data!

You can have a look at their online demo, and obtain further information by following through on one of the links provided within this entry.

Thanks to our sponsor!

05/28/07

Permalink 05:01:19 am, by Email , 864 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Uh-oh, Sue submitted this one...

BlogTalkers!

Before I get started, I noticed this question was submitted by Sue... and that frightens me... You see, normally I can be a little tongue-in-cheek or possibly consider answering in a more comedic sense... and I don't feel the icey sting of the questions author on me... but this time, the questions author is sitting four feet away from me... ((shiver))

This week's question/request...

If you could, would you add or subtract the number of hours in a day, and how would your decision impact your daily life?

Okay, what a silly question. (Well, there goes my night...)

Seriously, it depends on the day...

Let's take yesterday for example...

The weather was wonderful, there was a community yard/lawn/garage sale, the kid was in a good mood and hangin' with friends while the community events were going on which gave Sue and I a little privacy for a few hours... then she was off for a sleep-over/birthday part in an area of our neighbourhood where the homes average at over $1million-plus to buy which we just like walking through to sorta-gaze at the lovely architecture... which we walked her to with our puppies... then we came home, snuggled up together, had a LATE dinner, and watched a bad-but-not-awful film (From Hell with Johnny Depp) before discussing the Ripper murder case at length and then heading for bed.

That day could have stood to be a good ten-hours longer.

Now, let's examine Thursday...

Woke up in an absolute haze not wanting to get out of bed. The kid woke up a little late in a FOUL humour. The temperature outside was scorching. Work was very, VERY busy. The subway was packed on the commute back and forth, on getting home, the kid was in a weird mood as plans to go to an amusement park two-weekends away had been kaibashed by her BFF's ("Best Friend Forever") birthday party... so she was roller-coastering happy for a part, miserable because she wanted to go on the trip to Wonderland. My stomach was a bit "off" so I passed on dinner... and to be honest, I just wanted to go RIGHT to bed.

That day should have been cut by at least four hours.

Ergo: In answer to the question, I wish we could have "variable length days" depending on the situation...

Imagine...

"Hey, boss-fella... It's been hectic and my back's a bit achey... I'd rather be home so can I shave two-hours from the day and head out?"

"Hey, boss-fella... Today's been very productive and I've got a couple of systems I really want to finish to make tomorrow a lot better. Mind if I extend the day by an hour and a half to finish up these boxes?"

"Family - You guys have been whacky today... and not in a good way... and work really drained me. I'm gonna cut this day short by two hours... Little-one, off to bed. Dogs, get sleepy. Sue, let's head for the covers ourself rapidly."

"Family - It's been really, really fun being home tonight! You guys make me glad to be around... Let's extend the day by three hours... there's popcorn to be eaten and probably a good movie to watch... or maybe a walk in a local park with the boys."

Yup, that would be the ticket.

I think those that say, "There aren't enough hours in the day." forget that, in essence, they'd probably be happier more often than not if there were LESS hours in a day sometimes, and many more hours in a day at others...

In terms of "time placement", think this way...

- Time spent in a dentist chair...
- Time spent on vacation...

If you'd like to prolong the former... either you're a dentist and you're billing for that time and not actually sitting IN the chair... or you have a bit of a weird kink that only Bill Murray's character shared with you in the movie Little Shop of Horrors.

If it's the latter, then I have a sneaking suspicion you're in the majority.

'Nuff said.

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 03:05:58 am, by Email , 290 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

BID4PRIZES.com Rawks!

Today is a holiday for our American friends, so I thought what better day to blog about BID4PRIZES.com a really cool website where you can win a cash prize, and other fun merchandise!

The site does not work exactly like a sweepstake, nor any other type of online auction that I've ever seen before. Basically you sign up, through their easy to fill out online form. You then place bids on the cash prizes or free gifts that you would personally like to win. Some of the fabulous items that you can place bids on include cars, Apple I-Phone's, HDTV's, designer bags, SCION XB's, and much more, including big money!

Normally when it comes to auctions the highest bid will take away the prize, but not at BID4PRIZES.com. Over there it is the lowest unique bid that wins. For instance say you decide you are going to compete for a car, you enter a low bid that you believe there is a good chance know one else will bid. I might put in $2.34. Well if no one else bids that amount, and it is the lowest out of all the other bids that is unique then I would win! How cool is that!

The game itself is super easy to play, (check out the two minute demo video on the site for further info) as is surfing through the BID4PRIZES.com website itself. You can even check out a listing of past happy winners, and read what they had to say about winning a big prize for putting in a low bid.

If you love auction style games, you'll love this site! There really is nothing out there like it!

Our thanks to our sponsor.

05/27/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 749 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: I remain bookish...

Blog yer Blessings

Spurred by yesterday's mention of Tolstoy and Proust...

In Germany, way back in 1450, a goldsmith by the name of Johannes Gutenberg got a whacky idea... He manufactured some small blocks of letters that were reversed and raise, put them in order on a block to form words, covered 'em with ink, place a piece of paper on them gently, and lowered a press onto the paper.

Now, to be historically fair, a clever fellow in China named Bi Sheng was doing this too between 1041 and 1048... but Gutenberg really made the splash in the Western world.

...and if you're like me and find great comfort and solace in curling up on a nice day (and, in this case, the bestest-nicest days are usually raining and horrible,) and escaping into the pages of an excellent book, then take a moment to thank Mr. Sheng and Mr. Gutenberg.

One day, you will find me in a church basement somewhere starting my first of twelve steps...

SCENE: A church basement anywhere... a group of about ten to twelve people sit in a circle on old folding chairs silently... One man stands up...

Matthew: Hello... um... "group". My names is Matthew...

Group (in unison): Hello Matthew.

Matthew: Uh, yeah... my name is Matthew and I have a problem.

Person in Group: It's okay Matthew... We're here to help...

Matthew: Uh... yeah... well, it all started when I was a kid... my mother would go to those stores y'know and I'd pester her... sometimes I'd even go to the special room at the school when I was younger... or the special building run by the government... now I find myself going to both new and used stores for my fix...

Person in Group: It's okay Matthew... let the healing begin!

Matthew: Uh... well, it started out as one or two as a gift from my mom... then an extra three or four a week from the school... then more... and more... until now when I know I could spend my entire paycheque on them!

Person in Group: Just be honest! Get it out! This is healthy!

Matthew: Yeah, my name's Matthew... and I'm a book addict.

Oh man, to get me into a used bookstore WITHOUT coming out with several new tomes is next to impossible.

...but, in my lust, I have to recognise the truth...

Is there any greater blessing than a good book?

It's Summer now... and although I'll be working through it all, there will be "rainy days" on weekends... and you'll find me at home with a blessing... that of the literary world... be it fiction or non-fiction, it's all good.

I love books... books, in my mind, are a blessing.

So yeah, my names Matthew and yeah, I got a problem... I be lovin' my books!

Now, to deal with the CURSE of that blessing... no, not the temptation to go into horrendous debt in my purchase of books...

...something FAR more serious...

...and that is...

WHY must ALL cats assume that if you have a book in front of you, despite leaving you alone for hours, this book MUST NOT be more important to you than themselves and as such, usually crawl up between your face and your book?

Are cat's that "against" my enjoyment of my chosen blessing this week??? Must my face consistently be covered in fur when trying to read???

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

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

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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05/26/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 1029 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays: I be prolific!

Sue and I have collectively written War and Peace several times over...

We're coming up on meeting the À La Recherche du Temps Perdu amount of verbiage produced... come to think of it, when you calculate the websites we have built/look after and the blogs, I'm pretty sure we've matched and possibly surpassed the amount of words Proust jotted down... at least in numbers.

I like the way Bryan Alvarez puts things like this... he oft comments that his weekly newsletters on wrestling and mixed martial arts as being (usually) "twice as long as The Great Gatsby and half as good. (I'd disagree, he's a hell of a writer and would do well on any topic...)

That said, I was paid a compliment yesterday by Carmon at Life at Star's Rest saying...

Matthew - you are truly one of the most prolific bloggers around and I admire you for it!

Now, I do believe this was a genuine compliment... although, as someone who has sat through more lectures, read more reports, perused more papers, and sat through conversations with "learned people" than most, sometimes "wordy" ain't so hot.

Still, I think it's a compliment... yes, I'm sure of it... and it's one I've heard before.

One thinks that if three days went by without a post or two, I fear some may send the police to see if we'd died or been abducted!


ANYWAY!!! on to how we're doing this week...

Fiscally, there's been no movement... Sadly, no new income was generated this past week.

Hits wise, I'd swear NOW that it IS a conspiracy... right after a solid week of one-thousand or more visitors per day and me crowing about it publicly... we dropped to 700 to 800 per day. I didn't know Murphy worked for an internet company?

Bus news, no news is good news... RLH 3 remains, to the best of my knowledge, in its barn in Santa Rosa, California being used as a very large and unique garbage tip.

Still, as sad is that is... it's better than being scrapped... there's still hope.


SPEAKING OF HOPE... I received an e-mail from a "busly blog fan" who wishes to remain anonymous... for pretty good reasons.

Early in the week, they let me know that they work in New York for a company that works for a certain daytime television program that has a well-known blogger in it's cast.

While working with this person, they talked "blogs" and the busly fan asked if they had read THIS blog... of course, they hadn't... so when the premise was explained, the response wasn't "Well, that sounds nice!" or "I wish them luck!" or "Hmm... Maybe I should have a look..."

...heck, it wasn't even "That sounds dumb!" or "What idiots! Trying to save an old stupid bus!"...

Nope.

They proved the old adage... The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.

"So, who cares?" was the (apparently flippant) response... then back to more conversation of the "famous persons" own blog and their work for a brief time before back to work and shoeing my friend away.

My correspondent (also a blogger) really wrote to me to tell me that they were horrified and honestly thought that this "other famed blogger" would at least be somewhat interested in our dream and efforts thereto... and possibly offer some help... perhaps a little "promotion" on their blog... but it was for not.

Nope, Who cares?

One of the more wise words given to me by a friend were that, more than anything, those are the worst words one human being can say about another...

I'd agree.

Oh well...

I'm not disheartened... one Who cares? is one thing... several would be bad... multitudes would be worse.

...and this week, if nothing else, we saw that our blog and the CONCEPT were catching on with not one but TWO independent bloggers saying they were going to set up "bus blogs" (their words, not mine,) for their own dreams to see if someone might help them. One is for an old house that needs love and is currently abandoned... the other was for an old car they've seen in a field...

I wish them well... and I think it's GREAT that other people might try to do what we are here... After all, as I said WAY back at the beginning of all this, Ask. The worst anyone can say to you is no.

...or Kirsty Alley's version... Ask! If you don't ask, you'll never get!

So, to this famed blogger, should they ever read this, it's cool you don't care or are too busy to give us a look... actually, the latter is without question true... still, your comments upset one person... but don't worry, they didn't dampen our spirits.

Who knows, maybe one day this person WILL stop by and read... hopefully this post... and say, "That's not so bad!".

Hey, you gotta be optimistic, right?


Lastly, to those who MUST know who I'm talking about (and I know it's really down to four possibilities,) it probably isn't... 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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05/25/07

Permalink 12:21:02 pm, by Email , 698 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: TopFive Things That Scare Me About Turning Forty Next Thursday...

Yes, I'm a Gemini... and I'm CURRENTLY the YOUNG age of thirty-nine... until May 31st...

My "birthdate" is 1967... Canada's Centennial... so Canada will be turning One-Hundred and Forty this July 1st.

Now Sue beat me to forty as she turned that age in January (the 23rd) which is why I will always call her my cougar... lovingly so, of course...

Anyway, age REALLY doesn't bother me... but I do have my misgivings about this landmark age...

The Long and Winding Road... OVER THE WORLD!

#5: Only twenty-five years until retirement!

At once, this seems SO far away... and yet, the fact that our retirement portfolio is so meagre, so damned close at the same time.

Mass Nasty Transit

#4: I'm a forty-year old man who still takes a bus to the office NOT by choice.

AND IT AIN'T THE BUS WE WANT!!! Nope, I'm stuck on Toronto's "Better Way". It's kind of weird when people give me directions to ANYWHERE, they still tell me where to "drive"... and I don't own a car!!!

Can you believe they don't believe I'm 39?

#3: I still get IDed for cigarettes sometimes...

This is a good thing... I think...? First off, I won't be after September which is my "butting-out-for-good" date... but right now, in Ontario, you MUST be eighteen to buy tobacco products... and yes, I've been asked RECENTLY to produce ID to prove I'm more than twice that age.

What? Me? Embarrassed?

#2: I will be told that I'm now too old to do certain things and act certain ways...

Of course, I won't listen... or pay attention... but it'll be a pain in the backside to continually tell people that I DON'T GIVE A DARN and I'm acting/doing what I want! Nyeah!

#1: Forty candles on the birthday cake represent a large carbon footprint and folks like Blandly Urbane will mock me for it.

It's NOT MY CANDLES FAULT!!!

AHA! I got 'im though! I was going to ask Sue to ONLY buy TWO candles (one shaped as a "four" and the other as a "Zero") thus only creating TWO flames! HAHA!

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Bonus Item: Maybe this birthday...?

Who knows, maybe THIS birthday will be my lucky one and SOMEHOW, the dream will come true!


In closing for today, Sue has alerted me to "The BBC Bus" which, until now, I didn't know one existed!

If it makes anyone feel better, I'm sure they don't know we (this blog) exists either...

Anyway, it's not a "new" concept...

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Above, as the caption says, is Regent Low Height 48 (the same model as the bus we're hoping to get...) doing duty for The London Broadcasting Company shown in this photo from the early-to-mid (not sure) 1970's scanned from the book The London RLH by P. Gascoine... one of my favourite books... (Wonder why, eh?)

Well, speaking of my favourite book... Sue, my birthday IS approaching... and unless we win the lottery between now and then (in which case, I think you KNOW what I want... and it's old, dusty, and green...) here's a tough thing for you to find that I'd love...

Granted, I'll be happy with a kiss, a hug, and a little peace at home... which, with two puppies and an eleven-year old, is RARE.

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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 12:19:32 pm, by Email , 200 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Those Finishing Touches

Part of restoration work includes paying attention to detail, the same type of detail that you would see within the exterior of a fine building whether it be a residential or commercial property.

Take for instance something as simple as a mailboxes they can finish the exterior of a property, and give it the look, and feel for that which you want to project.

Stylish commercial mailboxes located outside of a business with a company initial for instance can give an air of sophistication, respectability, somewhere you would wish to enter. Appearances, and first impressions are everything, and I do know how I personally react when entering into a business establishment that from the exterior looks unkempt, and neglected.

If you don't believe me have a look around your neighbourhood, in mine whimsical residential mailboxes are all the rage. And you'll note that the houses you are most attracted to have taken the time to improve their appearance with outdoor décor.

Trust me whether you wish to send a message or project a certain image or you would like to increase the saleability of a certain property those finishing touches do make a difference.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 12:10:59 pm, by Email , 330 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

So far, 82%... not bad...

As of writing this blog, 82% of respondants to the poll found on the sidebar think we have a "better than average" chance of obtaining the dream...

Of course, 9% said we MIGHT have a chance... and 9% said it doesn't look good...

...and so far, 0% have said NO CHANCE!

We are interested in EVERYONES opinion if they wish to spare a second... and again, the poll is hosted on our servers, not a "spam" server or a "malware" server so it's 100% safe.

Can't say the same for the boys pictured below though...

They're vicious... honest.

Yes, if we get it, they WILL be The Guardians of the Bus... Max on the left, Kippling or Kippers or LingLing or LG on the right in the blue coat.

But I promise, even if you feel we don't have a chance in heck, we won't sick them on 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 12:08:18 pm, by Email , 167 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, From The Desk of Sue

Fun & Unique Ways To Promote The Bus!

Matthew, and I are always on the look out for fun, and unique ways to promote the one old green bus .. :D

Today I had the opportunity to visit Customizedstickers.com, and check out what they are offering such as bumper sticker printing, custom address labels, stickers, and more. And I thought to myself what a cool way to promote the dream! B) Heck, not just our dream, but anything you might want to get some extra exposure for like a business, item for sale, website etc. Even if you just want to get a message across, and out there to the masses this is one fun way to do it!

And it's not that expensive at all! They even throw in free artwork, and design into the price, plus have a lowest cost guarantee! Cool! B)

Go on, and have a look at what they are offering you might just see some busly love bumper stickers in the very near future!

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 05:25:00 am, by Email , 1163 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

Here's a tip if you're interested in paranormal research and investigation...

Consider this a quick tip for all budding Ghostologists, Ufologists, Parapsychologists, and Cryptozoologists...

Egads! At THIS hour!?!

DON'T, I repeat, DON'T give out your home phone number to a witness unless you're really, REALLY sure about them.

This is not to say witnesses are all bad, but something that ONCE AGAIN has happened to someone we know in the field has taken place this week...

You see, SOME (not all) of those who feel they are experiencing the "unknown" can be a little frightened or "caught up" in the situation... and neglect to think is those who are actively studying and working in the field are actually so obsessed, they're up twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Case in point... The poor guy (not from one of our groups, but another who's corresponded with me on a couple of cases,) who recently gave a business card with his home phone number had just put his TWO young kids to bed, and he and his wife had settled in for the night... it was about 9pm apparently.

The phone rang and it was his witness... who had SWORN they just watched a door open in their home... in a living room.

The investigator thanked them for the information and told them to watch for anything else... he reminded them that there was no danger and nothing to worry about and said the fatal words, "I'll talk to you later."

He thought "Tomorrow"... not 3:30am... and then 3:45am... and then 4:10am... to the point where he admitted he had to be a little stern with the witness about the time and waking his family... and suggested "note taking" instead... and calling in the morning to report... and if they were too scared or the like, to find lodging with a family member or friend until the morning.

...then the phone rang at 4:30am... and his call display gave the witness away, so he let it go to voicemail and unplugged the phone.

According to his e-mail to me, the calls continued until 6:30am every ten minutes or so... the final one being a VERY angry witness who wasn't "scared", but couldn't understand why this fellow wasn't leaping into his clothes and heading to their home RIGHT AWAY to witness apparently one door "sort-of" open and hear some "strange sounds" described by the witness as "clicking" and "creaking"... and DESPITE telling the witness that these late-night noises are most likely the cold evening air on the materials of the house after a warm day, they were intrigued and wanted extra witnesses NOW!

Of course, they got the usual "hate" mail/voicemail about being unprofessional and "not caring" and the like... and how they would find "other people" more interested than him in their haunt.

He didn't respond to these messages, but he told me that his answer, in his head of course, was "GOOD! Call THEM at 4am when your house is settling!"

For those not in the know, no investigator or researcher worth their salt (in my humble opinion) does paranormal investigation and research FOR A LIVING and we all, for the most part, have "day jobs" and families to look after...

...but I suppose we live in a world that's 24x7 and some folks expect more than, quite honestly, most people can give...

That said, my answer has ALWAYS been the same... stick with e-mail until the ground rules of phone calls are established and understood... and re-iterated. Redundancy, after all, is the mother of certainty.

Here's the deal...

- Witnesses should keep a log of "unusual events". This should be written down with a location of what happened noted, the time, and the date... This, in most cases, is enough to work with for the investigator.

- If the witness requires or wishes to have "evidence" or an extra set of eyes or ears, either tell them or, if you can, loan them a tape recorder, camera, or video camera to capture the "phenomena" as it happens.

- Remind the witness that TO DATE, there has only been ONE historic/statistical "death" attributed to a "ghost"... and that although there are claims of being "hit" or "scratched" by unseen entities, they are rare... so there's little to be truly afraid of for 99.999% of witnesses. "Unnerved", sure... but scared, no. (By the way, there have been FAR more injuries caused by people "escaping" ghosts and tripping/falling/banging into things than anything else.)

Ergo: MOST things can wait until an e-mail can be sent OR until "normal" hours...

If you're interested, I only had ONE instance where a witness "disturbed me" at an odd hour... it was after 2am and they showed up at my home... and knocked at the door. They had "seen it" again and wanted to tell me about it and came "right over".

I was nice, but informed them that I worked in the morning and suggested the journal entry to keep things "fresher"... by writing it down RIGHT away, they even took away the possible issues in their time spent travelling to see me.

I also explained that this was highly inappropriate... but luckily, I lived alone so this was "Pre-Sue"... 'cuz if that happened now and the person awoke Sue, it would be bad... VERY bad... "Police Involvement" bad...

I was interested in their account, but it could wait...

In my mind I was thinking (and still do) that unless you've got a ghost cornered and it can't escape, it'll be fine on tape or film... or even in a journal later.

For the record, I had NOT given out my address... but a "kind person" on an old message board had SHARED it with the witness as they knew from mailing something.

I was so pleased. (..said dripping with sarcasm.)

Anyway, just a note... and something to think about if you're considering going into the field!

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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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05/24/07

Permalink 03:16:56 pm, by Email , 306 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - PPP Does It Again!

If you had asked me last year at this time if it were possible to get paid to blog I would have said no way! :crazy: However, that was last year, yesterday's news, and in the interim we have found Pay Per Post!

I have already blogged quite about PPP, and the great opportunities it affords both bloggers, and advertisers, but as of this morning the gang at Pay Per Post has outdone themselves!

Let me take this opportunity to introduce you dear readers to PPP Direct! Basically PPP Direct allows we the posties to negotiate directly with the advertisers to work out the best possible deal for both of us. How cool is that!!!! This is a brand new PPP feature that like I said was just unveiled today, although through their blog we knew something big was on the way!

Before some of you comment on this, yes I do already know that some of the Pay Per Post competitors have been doing something similar for awhile or are in the works to do something similar. However, you should also know that unlike the larger mark-up charged by it's competitors PPP is only charging a meagre 10 percent fee for providing this service. Not only is that peanuts in my opinion, but it offers bloggers the highest return for their writing skills anywhere!

Quite frankly for the service PPP is offering, and providing us a safe, and secure online environment to make these negotiations, insuring we do get paid I was surprised at how low of a fee they are charging. I mean this is an incredible opportunity to make a lot of money!

Once again PPP has come out on top as the industry leader in my opinion, and all I can add is a BIG FAT THANK YOU Pay Per Post!!!

You RAWK!!!!!

Permalink 02:30:45 pm, by Email , 536 words   English (CA)
Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA

Blog Poll - Favourite Wrestler

Non-mat sport fans, keep reading... I'm sure you'll want in on this too...

With my recent "footnote" in a post about a FANTASTIC MUST-SEE MATCH, I have to ask you, my busly peeps, to take a quick straw poll about WHO is the BEST grappler I've spoken about on this blog in the last little while...

YOU DECIDE!

Which of these five competitors is THE BEST... if so inclined, just use the comments to let me know... which grappler do YOU like!

#1: ULTRAMANTIS BLACK

Not only a dastardly "rudo", but one of the greatest wrestling insects EVER! He even PERSONALLY threatened to commandeer the bus (should we get it) to further his campaign of the destruction of strip malls... and he's going to dress it up with decorative bunting!

#2: THE MAN-MONSTER-BEAST HYDRA

With a build like his and the athletic prowess, Hydra is a FORCE to be RECKONED WITH! Hydra, I assume through an interpreter, has threatened to EAT THE BUS (scroll down if you click the link) once he and Ultramantis (and their buddy, Crossbones,) are through with it!

#3: KEN THE BOX (AKA Bokugin Ken; Mokojin Ken)

What can be said about a tree... or man... or wooden box... AND a grappler!!! I'd say he'd become Sue's favourite... except the next guy exists...

#4: MECHA MUMMY

Being a mummy is one thing... being a cyborg is another... being a cyborg mummy who totes around a detachable flying fist AND a huge drill!?! What more could one want?

#5: THE IRON SHEIK (post 2005)

Now, I'm not talkin' about the OLD Iron Sheik of the 1980's and even early 1990's... no... the "new" Sheiky who's a lot more... um... well... B. Brian Blair best watch out... as well as a host of other who will feel Sheiky's... um... HUMBLING! Definitely the best "promo" (speaking) guy out there right now... best promo I heard all time all my life.


So there they are... the FIVE grapplers to choose from... WHO WILL BE YOUR CHOICE!?!

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 02:24:27 pm, by Email , 190 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

I'm Going To Make You A Star!

Ok I'll fess up right off the top, I can't really make you a star, but for this edition of our Helping Hands Thursday if you are pursuing a serious career in acting or modeling I can point you in the direction of a terrific online resource that can give you a leg up in pursuing your dreams!!!

Showbizltd.com is the place for up-to-date information on casting calls, auditions, talent agents, and agencies. It is considered the database for the industry, and if you are serious about a career in show business you have to surf on over, and check it out! Some of the top names in the industry have lent their own testimonials to this site!

I surfed on over this afternoon, and was pleased with how user-friendly the site is, and the information to be found there.

The best part of all though (at least in my opinion) is that they guarantee "you will never be asked to pay fees or dues by anyone on their lists." How cool is that!

Break A Leg! And Best Wishes For Your Own Dreams!

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Permalink 11:30:04 am, by Email , 689 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Woo-Hoo! Can't Wait!

Canadian icon, comedian Dave Broadfoot once noted that one could tell that Summer had come to Canada when people put all their crap on their lawn to sell to neighbours so that next year, their neighbours could put the same crap on their lawns and sell it to other neighbours in a vicious cycle.

YARD SALE!

...that said, like MOTHS to a FLAME, we will be out and about because in our neighbourhood, the BIG "community" yard sale (held at a large park) is THIS SATURDAY!

...and I'm sorry, but WE LOVE IT!

Oh, we're not like those folks hoping to spend a dime on a piece of artwork to hopefully find out it's worth millions (although this would be a "happy" thing if we did!) but we genuinely look for knick-knacks, amusing things, and useful things... and love huntin' them bargoons!

So I expect an early Saturday and off to see what treasures can be had... to be honest, last year's haul from this festivity was not too great... but the year before that was phenomenal.

Heck, I've even found THREE "double-decker" type things (a cookie tin, a die-cast toy, and a fridge magnet) at this sale...

Is it odd that I'm probably MORE excited about going "yard sale-ing/garage sale-ing/lawn sale-ing" than most lesser holidays?

Perhaps it's the idea of spending about twenty dollars and coming home with a pantload of stuff.

ANYWAY, this is SUCH a big community event here, I was HALF-tempted to grab a "table" and peddle some busly T-Shirts and whatnot to drum up some advertising and PERHAPS a bit of coin... sadly, it was not to be as my "cheap t-shirt place" closed making costs prohibitive (at least in the short term) and table rentals were a LITTLE too steep for us...

None-the-less, it's just two work days, two blog posts (I'll have my Saturday post up before leaving on Saturday no doubt,) and two more big sleeps away, as my mother would say... and I'll be scouring the tables and the grass for cool new (old) toys and such...

Perhaps I'll convince Sue to let me at least WEAR a T-Shirt or something to promote the dream...

...watch, with my luck... it'll rain.

Ever the optimist, ain't I?

C'mon Weather-Gods... Daddy needs to YARD SALE!!!

Oh, and before anyone asks, no, we have (as yet) not done a yard or lawn sale for two good reasons...

#1: We live in an apartment... no lawn, no garage... and the owners have nixed the idea of a "tenants sale" on a couple of occasions.

#2: Trying to part with any of our "shtuff" would be like pulling teeth... Sue and I are TERRIBLE pack rats and usually put a little too much high-emotional value on our things... then again, considering our past, I can sorta understand this.

So it's off to the wild grasslands and pavement of our neighbourhood this Saturday... and who knows, perhaps Monday's blog post will be about the NEW treasures I found... or not... we'll see!

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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 11:24:37 am, by Email , 534 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Free Online Help For Dyslexia

In the past Matthew has blogged here about his learning disability, which resulted in poorer grades in school as a child. We both grew up in an era where topics like Dyslexia where little understood by the mainstream let alone talked about. Thankfully thirty some odd years later there are excellent resources on the internet including this site that I will introduce you to that offers Free Help for Dyslexia.

I had a look through the Dyslexia Decoded website this morning, and believe they are offering a valuable teaching tool. The methodology behind it is new to me personally, but did make sense. I also very much appreciated how they make sure that parents, and teachers understand that what they are offering through these courses is no magic answer or "cure", but if adhered to, and worked on can help students to overcome dyslexia.

Had this type of help been offered when Matthew was learning I am very certain because he is such a bright man in my opinion that his early school years would have been so much easier. I have some of his old report cards that his mother gave to us, and it is frustrating to read how they couldn't understand why such a smart articulate boy was struggling.

Here is a news release for further reading on the courses:

Dyslexia? Now there is Free Help

Now there is free online help for people who have dyslexia or simply did not learn to read well while going to school. It is a click-‘n-learn program. Students and adults may learn decoding, basic reading skills, and advanced reading skills all with the click of a mouse.

The program is called ReadingBySix. It provides a systematic approach to helping people defeat dyslexia and related reading problems. You will notice measurable progress from week to week provided participants are active in their studies and do their assignments. The online courses are virtually free when you give a small donation. If you choose not to donate, they are completely free.

Dyslexia is a distinct learning disability characterized by difficulties in decoding individual words. These difficulties may not show up in other cognitive and academic abilities. Dyslexia results from the confusion caused by the brain’s inability to associate abstract symbols with abstract ideas. This includes associating letters and words with the sounds they represent. The key to defeating dyslexia is learning to decode English sounds.

You are invited to review the website and take a few of the courses for practice and learn how the program works. Then use it to teach your children or students to read. It can be used for preschool, home school, grade school, or high school. Students, adults, and children can use it. It teaches reading 100% of the time and it’s all electronic. If you know of people who need help, please tell them about ReadingBySix: http://www.dyslexiadecoded.com/

Source: Dyslexia Decoded

Please do have a look at the courses being offered by visiting the website via the link provided. These courses are absolutely free, which in my opinion is a great public service, however people also have the option of making a donation if they'd like to.

05/23/07

Permalink 01:05:09 pm, by Email , 215 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: RT 3062 out for a country roll

RT 3062 out for a country roll

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.

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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 01:00:42 pm, by Email , 318 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, From The Desk of Sue

What Is In A Name Change?

The other day Matthew found to separate sites that were unrelated. Both of the authors of these sites were following dreams of their own, and mentioned how they would like to start their own bus blog! And they linked to this site! In other words they associated the term bus blog with a site about pursuing one's own dream, at least that is how I took it. This blog is easily recognizable because of it's unique logo, and name. That is why other than a few cosmetic changes, it will never go through something as radical as a name change.

This brings me to some big news in the cell phone industry. Are you aware that Cingular Wireless is about to be no more???? Yes, that is correct, Cingular will now be changed to AT&T Wireless. And it looks like this name change or rebranding of the Cingular products, and services will be completed by June of this very year.

I do not believe the Cingular/AT&T cell phones or plans will radically change along with the renaming. So I do not think it will affect or impact consumers in any negative way. At least that is my own humble opinion on this.

Unlike our humble site here AT&T is a name recognized world over. The company itself has been well established for over one hundred years, and therefore the name change over could potentially be a very positive thing from a business stand point.

I believe that as long as a product or a service is of a good value to a customer that will be happy regardless of what the product or service is called. At least that is true for myself.

Hopefully for AT&T's sake I am correct on my assumption that despite this name change it will be business as usual.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 12:22:02 pm, by Email , 1190 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

So sayeth Oscar Wilde...

Big Whoopsie

I think we've all Googled our names... or our websites... or blogs... just to see where we "come up" and how.

Some, like Sue, are wondering how they're doing in a Google Page Rank... most are just curious.

Me... it's a little bit from "Column A" and a little bit from "Column B"...

I'm pleased to note that more than a few websites and blogs talk about the ol' "Bus Blog" around the web... and pretty much all the "Google Hits" I've found (save three) are positive to our little quest which is genuinely nice... I think MOST people have realised (save three people) that what the blog and pages here are all about are pretty harmless and, in honesty, not truly "cyber begging" to pay off a credit card, a bizarre "cash grab", or other weirdness...

...but this blog and it's related sites are just an "attempt"... a thing that might touch someone who can help us make our one strange dream come true.

Initially, and still from some corners, we get people assuming that we are a little like the old Save Karyn site and deal... and there are SOME similarities...

Karyn had debts, we have debts.

Karyn asked for money to pay her debts, we actually aren't.

Karyn succeeded...

...anyway...

The "debts" bit should be explained to newbies to the site here...

SHORT VERSION: I had a very good, long term job, got laid off, took time off to heal some wounds, thought getting back into the career maze would be easy... whoops... during the "good times" we racked up about $8,000.00 worth of debt... being unemployed and family and needs coming first, we haven't REALLY paid down those debts. During the truly HARD times, we found the bus and it became a "focal point" in working through some very hard times as a family... Just towards the end of those hard times, we started this blog to try and save/own the bus... The hard times (employment and income wise) are now ALMOST at an end with me FINALLY getting back into my field et al... but our $8k worth of debts MUST come before a bus, regardless of how important it is to us as we need to have a good and proper home for our family and we need to clean up our credit rating from those pretty bad times... The blog and yes, the begging for help are still here because the bus' future is finite and clean-credit record for us is probably about a year and a half away... and if we aren't fast enough, it may be scrapped or "carved up"... and even without the worry of paying down debt, we don't have the money to execute a rescue in the foreseeable future... So we ARE asking for help (see the bottom of this post) to try and expedite the dream and to keep the bus safe.

THERE! (Hey! Regular readers! There's the handy-way to explain it, eh?)

Anyway, we are ONLY here online for "The Bus"... not for our debts or to buy a home... and I believe, FINALLY, people understand this which I'm really grateful for.

What's REALLY cool with the "Googling" is finding NOT ONE, but TWO bloggers that are threatening to set up a "Bus Blog" of their own. Both CALLED their possible new blogs this, but are talking about their own "dreams" that they need help with.

Now, I don't know about you, but HOW COOL would it be if this offering spurred similar blogs for people with similar aims... "I can't do it alone right now, please help me achieve a DREAM that means something to me and here's why..." and those blogs be CALLED (in the urban/online world,) "Bus Blogs"... all because of us here!

"Bus Blogs" may be seen as self-serving... non-altruistic... whatever... but in my eyes, we all have kooky dreams... some of us share them... some of us ask for help in obtaining them... the importance of them varies from point-to-point, person-to-person that learns about them...

If you read this post, you'll see why our dream is very important to us... but hey, even I realise that there are people who's dreams are to have regular meals... shelter... proper health care...

...but if we DON'T share these dreams and ASK for the help we need AND TAKE THE CHANCE of being called names, abused a little, and possibly "trolled", we will never know if we might have achieved them, right?

Oscar Wilde said a lot of things... including An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Why not take that chance? Why not risk the slings and arrows of outraged internet denizens?

The reward, we hope, will be a dream come true and something to show our kids that humans WILL help each other and are generally kind and good hearted.

After all, even though it sounds a little negative, We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

...and ain't the stars grand?

Hey, if you're looking at 'em, might as well aim for 'em, right?


BEST WRESTLING MATCH EVER DESCRIBED VIA PODCAST!

...in a review, mind you...

From Figure Four Online, the latest FREE "Bryan and Vinny Show"...

This sounds like it must have been the BEST MATCH EVER ALL TIME ALL MY LIFE...

Before I introduce you to this, the language used in the clip I'm about to link to is a LITTLE salty, so you've had fair warning, but if you can take it, Click here to hear that portion of the show that reviews this FANTASTIC contest...

The show was put on by the FINE, FINE folks of Chikara Pro Wrestling... home of the FABULOUS Ultra-Mantis Black and Hydra... but this match described, sadly, didn't feature either of those two grapplers...

THIS IS A MUST SEE MATCH!

If you listened to this (and I hope you did,) and you NEED more... 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 12:20:39 pm, by Email , 132 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, From The Desk of Sue

Ethical Financial Products

I was really excited to find out about this, and wanted to let our readers know about Co-op loans! The reason that I am so happy to tell you about them is that I learned of their strict ethical policy. What this means is that Co-op guarantees the money that you borrow from them will not have come from such abhorrent things like the profits of human rights crimes, nor businesses, and business practices that create pollution that is damaging to our environment. How cool is that!

They still are able to offer consumers competitive rates on these loans, but are doing so with a mind to socially aware, and conscious borrowers. This would definitely tip my hat in their favour should we personally need a loan.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

05/22/07

Permalink 12:10:03 pm, by Email , 128 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Day Tripping & Travel

Flippin' Ignorance...

The Cutty Sark burns... and they think it may have been deliberate.

Cutty Sark - Before and After

Nice if it was deliberate... what point was made by this? What was gained?

...more importantly, the question is "what was lost?"

If it was a "deliberate act", this is something that makes me rethink certain aspects of certain legal systems... at least, in this case and cases like it.

*Sigh* Wasn't this SUPPOSED to be a two-day off thing for me? Well, I had to comment on this... history lost to stupidity REGARDLESS of the fire's origins.

Thanks to Andy for bringing this to Sue's attention while I was still waking up and hadn't read my BBC news updates yet...

As a historian, not a great way to start my "vacation" from the online world...

Matthew's Taking a Couple of Day's Off!
Permalink 12:09:18 pm, by Email , 131 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, From The Desk of Sue

The Bad Old Days

Now that Matthew is re-employed within his field of information technology things have gotten much better around here. However, when I was the sole breadwinner money was often tight, and occasion we needed to obtain a Payday advance.

Cash advance payday loans can be a real lifesaver when you have a pressing bill to pay off or the fridge is running on empty, and you could use your paycheck a few days early.

If you are in a financial bind, and think that a Payday Advance might help you out click through on any of the links provided. They will take you over to PaydayCashAdvanceLoans.biz who are experts on this type of short term loan. The site is informative, and user friendly.

Best Wishes,
Sue

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 11:40:24 am, by Email , 398 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Help a busly brother out!

Luigi Valentino

First off, no, this was NOT requested nor is it a "sponsored post"...

Got some "busly love" shown to me out of the blue from a fellow name Luigi Valentino from that most exotic of lands... Omaha, Nebraska. This was through the Busly MySpace page which has yielded some... well... interesting contacts.

Luigi being one of them.

Anyway, I saw his MySpace and noticed he was in the running for something called "LiveMansion" which sounded kinda neat, so I had a "boo" at his videos... and what can I say except "Not Bad"!

Now, I would have LOVED to have told all my busly peeps to run in a voting frenzy to the LiveMansion site and vote Luigi in... and yeah, he's the best I saw there so I'd mean it... but Luigi got the "Bus Love" in a little late and voting has ended.

So, the only thing I can ask is check our Luigi Valentino 'cuz looking at his stuff, I'd say we're gonna see him again somewhere REALLY soon.

Call me odd, but I get a vague "Joe Pesci" crossed with "Gary Sinise" vibe from him... and call me odder, I like Joe Pesci and Gary Sinise.

So wish the man luck... I think he's got a good shot!

Matthew's Taking a Couple of Day's Off!

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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 11:39:56 am, by Email , 138 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Help For People With Eye Surgery Complications

We know so many people that have had eye surgery over the past year, and the list just seems to be growing! First my mother, and step dad, then my uncle, and his son (my cousin), and now Matthew's mom! That is a lot of surgery on the eyes!

Thankfully problems with these types of surgeries including Lasik Complications are pretty low, and none of the people we know who have had them done have suffered issues afterwards.

Still it can, and does happen. Therefore if you are interested in this type of surgery or know someone that has had complications with a Lasik treatment you should check out the ComplicatedEyes.org website. They provide helpful information for those suffering these issues, and was founded by patient advocate Glenn Hagele.

Best Wishes,
Sue

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 11:10:36 am, by Email , 1300 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

BlogTalkers: Two Techy Embarrasments... plus a video everyone's seen...

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve ever witnessed, live?

I like this one... and it's trickier than one might think...

Why?

Oh, easy... me, I've had MANY embarrassing incidents personally that I've always "spun" with humour and turned into a comedic moment as opposed to an absolute red-faced moment...

...then there are the plethora of one's I witnessed that became comedic moments...

...and as a rule, comedic moments aren't AS woefully embarrassing as truly embarrassing moments which are remembered by most with a "cringe"...

So, I'll have to dip into my ol' bag o' memories... let's see here... um... OH! Here's TWO that are computer related! One I witnessed FIRST HAND and one that I heard about/read about that wins awards in my eyes... both from my career field of Information Technologies.

The year was 1994... Aaliyah was eluding to her rather questionable relationship with R. Kelly with her song "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number", Pearl Jam hated Ticketmaster, and Kurt Cobain decided to find out what it's like have a shotgun go off near your head very closely... oh, and Madonna proved that Cher wasn't David Letterman's WORST nightmare...

Microsoft was polishing up Windows 3.11 and prepping us for what would surely be a computer-crashing extravaganza with Windows '95 (in Beta testing...) and IBM, not wishing to be the last kid on the block to have a 32 bit operating system re-vamped it's "GUI" (Graphical User Interface) thingy and name it OS/2 Warp.

Credit where credit's due, OS/2 Warp was an ACTUAL 32 bit operating system where Windows '95 was not "really" (it was a 32 bit interface on a 16 bit engine)... and IBM also promised a much more stable environment than the not-so-good-in-reviews Windows '95... code-named "Chicago".

With MUCH fanfare and a lot of really odd commercials showing people all over the world getting just a little TOO excited about an untested, still under-wraps operating system (I remember a scene in one with group of nuns being excited as their computers were now running "OS D'viat Warp",) and so it began.

The first problem was software...

At the time, most software manufacturers were really only releasing packages for Windows and Macintosh... so to have developers once again go to the board for Warp was not a happy thought. Also, the "coding" for warp was messy... and it was neither speedy nor terribly stable.

Still, there was an "ace" in the hole... IBM controlled software folks Lotus and at the time, Lotus 123 was the industry standard spreadsheet... the concept of Microsoft Office and therefore, Excel, hadn't been considered... so it was GOOD news...

If you wanted YOUR company to run the LATEST and GREATEST Lotus 123, you needed to upgrade to OS D'Viat Warp!

Now, where I factor in...

At PC Expo in New York City, a large trade show at which I was with a company hocking CPU upgrades, the booth next to ours was the flashy, showy, couldn't miss it unless you were blind AND had headphones blasting music into your ears AND a bag over your head booth for IBM and OS/2 Warp... Yup, they were going to BLOW the computer world away with attractive "spokespeople" trained to demonstrate the new IBM wonder and were loaded for bear with HUGE banners, a stage, and all kinds of yummy-marketing goodness... and, even better, a big-time presentation that was SCHEDULED four times EVERY day where the stage would come alive with people showing the marvels of Lotus and Warp!

...and for the three days I was involved, four times a day, our booth was FLOODED with loud music and a "game-show" like environment from the booth next door... crowds would gather... lights flashed... mayhem ensued.

Yup, every time they launched Lotus 123... it crashed. Lotus, operating system, and marketing rep's spirit... EVERY TIME.

"COME SEE THE MARVEL OF NEW TECH... oops."

A few years later, OS/2 Warp was still around but hadn't equalled the hype and most likely, the marketing budget and was pretty much the domain of a VERY small and select few users... thank God.

Also, a few years later, something happened that reminded me of this wonderful demonstration at PC Expo...

Story Two I was not present for, but a trustworthy source delivered it to me and it was confirmed by a second and third source... and this was, for me, priceless.

We all know that software piracy is a crime, right? Well, it was never NOT a crime and one of the first software companies to REALLY try to stem piracy and make registration, activation, and general "copying" of the software almost an impossibility without a "legit" purchase was Autodesk... the makers of the fantastic program (still a "gold standard" in engineering circles,) Autocad... "CAD" being "Computer Assisted Design"...

Well, it was (again) the early 1990's and Autodesk was about to release a marvellous new version... one they had acid tested and ensured was a good leap over their previous offerings... and they wanted a cool way to launch this...

Luck would have it that they found a group of monks in California that were using Autocad to design their stained-glass windows.

The marketing guys went ape-doody. What a COUP! What a GREAT way to introduce the LATEST and GREATEST version of their software!!!

So, off they ran... and made the appropriate arrangements with the monks.

They set up a stage in a large room, had a few monks on PCs working away designing the wonderful windows, and the press started filing in... all the major mags and newsletters were there... not the "CNNs" and whatnot, (computers were sorta-mainstream then, but not terribly,) but the trade rags... and they all sat in semi-circus like delight watching the brothers go about their work.

At the apex of getting ready for the display, one of the brothers walked up to the Autodesk marketing wiz on stage and asked how to perform a certain task they didn't know how to do.

Well, for those NOT in the know, most marketing folks know bupkiss about the working engines of 90% of what they try to sell others... and this fellow was no different... so he used the R&R rule... "Redirect and Retreat"... he pointed out, on stage in front of the press, that Autodesk manuals were VERY complete and that the monks would undoubtedly find the answer within the tome that came with the software.

The monk then answered also in front of the media and Autodesk folks...

"We don't have any manuals."

...and then rather mater-of-factly related in front of all that their software was a "gift"... indeed, it was... PIRATED!

Spectaculorum exanimis quam tunica nehru fio.

Matthew's Taking a Couple of Day's Off!

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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 11:09:21 am, by Email , 96 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, From The Desk of Sue

Switching To A Low Interest Credit Card

Remember when I blogged about how I switched to a lower interest credit card in order to save money? Well today I thought I'd tell you guys a bit about a site I just surfed through that has a complete section devoted to Low Interest Credit Card information.

CreditCardSearchEngine.com can help you find low interest credit cards to transfer your existing balances to, and save much money with purchases.

The site is user friendly, and easy to use.

From The Saving Money On The Credit Card Bills Desk Of Sue

Our thanks to our sponsors!

05/21/07

Permalink 05:00:00 am, by Email , 554 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, General Shtuff

VICTORIA DAY!

Matthew's Taking a Couple of Day's Off!

Canada celebrates Queen Victoria's Birthday on the weekend nearest May 24th... and as such, Matthew (that's me!) is taking a two-day break from the Blogsphere!

This isn't to say that Sue may not jump in with some additions (although I hope she'll muddle with the "time stamp" and ensure this post is "tops" for Monday and Tuesday,) but me, I'm taking a SOLID two-days off...

I'll be back with a "Wordless Wednesday" and no doubt, another post on the 23rd and every day after that (until the next time I break,) but I'm gonna sit back, relax, make some popcorn, and raise a toast to dear Vicky!

Our Queer old Dean!

Why does Canada celebrate? Well, you can click the Queen's picture above or read below...

In a nutshell, Canada is a VERY young country... only 140 years old now. Sure, people were wandering about since dinosaurs were running amok, but in our gentrified, Euro-culture history, settlements may date back to Vikings... and permanent settlements to the late 1500's... but we only stopped being a colony in 1867... and guess who was queen?

Canada, unlike our neighbours, was not born of revolution or the like... but of vox-populi/legislation and the concept of "Responsible Government".

Ergo: With little issue, we stayed a member of The British Commonwealth and yes, Canada STILL has a monarchy. Canada's Queen is currently Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II same as "mother England"...

For the record, I am a monarchist and I like the fact that one of the true separations of our country to our neighbours to the South is that we still have the pomp and ceremony of the crown... and no, it REALLY isn't a "yoke of tyranny" as oft said down South... Her Majesty in Canada is really just a figure-head and even when you hear about Canadian "Crown" Land, or "Crown" attorneys, or "Crown" anything... it just means run by the government in Ottawa... Her Majesty really doesn't do a whole lot in Canada... she's just our figure-head of state.

Meanwhile, back on topic... needless to say, the FIRST figure-head was Queen Victoria... so, we celebrate!

...and now you know...

...and knowing is half the battle!

I'll "E" you guys in a couple of days!

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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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05/20/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 1023 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays, Day Tripping & Travel

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Diversity and Discovery

Blog yer Blessings

"I want the cultures of all lands to blow about my house, as freely as possible, but I refuse to be blown off my feet, by anyone of them"
- Mahatma Ghandi

We were discussing recently the worst thing any tourist can do when visiting abroad... the one we agreed was worst of all was loudly mocking, commenting negatively, or otherwise doing negative comparisons to the place and culture you're visiting and your own home...

Sadly, in my experience, I've only seen this twice... both times in Paris.

Last time I was in "The City of Lights", I was doing the mandatory tourist thing of heading up the Eiffel Tower... we shared our elevator up with about a dozen people and one very loud young woman with a thick Southern (American) drawl started commenting VERY loudly...

"Look at their money, daddy... it's so colourful... it looks like play money! Want some play money, daddy?"

You've never seen a group of people so utterly put-out as this elevator save these three travelling Americans... and it was difficult to not want to bury my head in the sand lest people think (because of my language and accent,) I was with this woman.

Oddly enough, when I reached the main platform of the tower, I was in line with a fellow with a thick "Bronx Honk" (New York) who saw that I had two patches on my leather jacket... a maple-leaf flag and a Canadian Armed Forces Tri-Force crest.

I can only assume he figured I was a Francophone because he interrupted his loud conversation on how easy "French Chicks" are (apparently, buy 'em a few drinks with real American money and they'll do anything...) to say in a semi-stage chat to his comrades, "What an a$$hole. He's wearin' f*cking Canadian bullsh*t on his jacket. I bet he thinks he gets special f*ckin' treatment!"

Well, after being told that the French Franc was play-money and that Parisian girls are... um... of loose virtue when presented with the American dollar, I was kinda glad to stand out as Canadian.

(...and sadly, yes, I have seen "better treatment" from people outside North America when they discover I'm Canadian... which is a little sad in many ways...)

Now, these were the WORST two cases... I had other run-ins with other "ugly" tourists... and not just American... to be totally honest, I found German tourists to be really much worse on my travels as far as manners and whatnot on the whole... and yeah, you can hate me for this stereotype, but I'm talking from personal experience... but I digress...

...oh, quick secondary digression... in all my years, I think I've experienced FOUR "ugly Americans" in tourism mode... and two of them were more "humorous" than really despicable... so a total of four to hundreds...

Still, I love experiencing new cultures... and learning... and I'm thankful that Canada is "multicultural" in design.

You see, unlike a "melting pot", we only ask that people respect the laws of the land and live in harmony with others... but maintain their ethnicity, culture, and even spirituality.

Oh, we're ALL still Canadians, but one can experience a plethora of cultures, food, and genuine people without going too far... which honestly sets you up nicely when you're abroad. You're already used to the concept that you are the visitor and you're there to experience... not to "compare" or "challenge" things that aren't like "back home where it's better".

In fact, perhaps things AREN'T better back home and you could learn something from the place you're visiting.

I don't think there's a better thing in this world than learning and experiencing... and when you can do that first hand... try to sample and even get the complete experience of a different land or culture...

...and provided that only the best qualities of these cultures are at the fore, more's the better.

You see, Canada never had much infighting amongst the people that live here that got terribly out of hand... in Toronto, people of ALL races and stripes pretty much coexist without as many issues as one might think...

I wish I could say there's ZERO intolerance, but I can say that intolerance even "under one's breath" is not the norm here... most people LOVE the fact that there's such a diverse cross-section of the globe in this one city.

There's even been serious talk that if the United Nations "re-structures", it might relocate to Toronto! (Believe it or not!)

Now, I'm not saying Toronto is the only city like this and that Canada is the only country that is welcoming... we may not even be close to being "the best"... but we do seem to have a "reputation" within the globe... and it's one I'm quite proud of...

...and I love it!

So my blessing for today is celebrating other cultures and civilizations...

Save wars and intolerance, you gotta admit, this planet is very, VERY interesting and great on many levels... and I love 'em all.

Matthew's Taking a Couple of Day's Off!

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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 05:08:29 am, by Email , 176 words   English (CA)
Categories: Day Tripping & Travel

Aloha Vacationing In Hawaii

Hawaii is known world over for it's beautiful scenery, and warm hospitality. That is why in part it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world!

I recently paid a visit to the Hawaiian Beach Rentals website, and was pleasantly surprised to find out that they can help you plan for the perfect Hawaiian vacation. And the best part is the great prices they are offering to travellers!

Have a look at some of the listings they have for kauai condos. These properties are not only gorgeous, and in a good location for the tourist, but can save the savvy traveller a lot of money on the costs of having to eat out all the time etc. A great idea if you think about it for families such as ourselves!

If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, may I suggest you check out the Hawaiian Beach Rentals site, and see what they are offering. They have some great info, and are considered experts in Hawaiian travel.

Aloha!

Our thanks to our sponsor!

05/19/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 960 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays - You're BACK!

Although fiscally there's been no movement with our quest, I'm pleased as punch that we're back up to regularly having a thousand visitors per day! (1015 was the low, 1257 was the highest traffic day.)

One Old Green Bus

Part of me wants to break into Sally Field at the Academy Awards schtick and start saying, "I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!"... or perhaps, "You like the bus, you REALLY like the bus!"

Yup, it seems the worst is over server-wise and I no longer feel that I'm broadcasting my verbiage to an audience slightly larger than a WCW World Wide Pay-Per-View Extravaganza from the late 1990's.

My new day-job is still taking a lot out of me... but it's rolling right along... it's nice to be using my skills again. (Beats the heck out of shuffling papers from one place to another!)

All is goodly at home... and all, more or less, is right with the world around us.

There's been no news of the bus itself so I think it's a safe bet it's still in the barn and still filling with garbage... which is very sad...

One reader wrote to me and asked how much it would cost just to secure the bus in California and not ship it to Toronto... suggesting I either look for alternatives to getting it here OR just keep it from further damage... the total for that is $8,000.00 which is more "do-able" than the $20,000.00 (or $19,739.00 that we have left to go!) that it would require to do the purchase and move... but still over $7k away.

Yup, I'm looking at $8k to buy, $12k to "ship"... so $8k would probably buy me some protection against it getting scrapped while I searched either for the $12k or a "cheaper" method of delivery... (So far, $12k is the best price we were quoted...)

You can bet your bippy that if we got our $8,000.00 rapidly, I would "buy" the bus to protect it and find inexpensive and safe storage in California... but in a perfect world, I'd be able to finish all transactions in one swoop with the $19,739.00 that we still need.

Anyway, I hope it's a matter of time... find another few thousand people who are willing to part with ten bucks, find a benefactor who wants to see a family's dream come true and is willing to part with $20,000.00 to do it, win a lottery, or keep saving like we are... in which case, if the bus hasn't been scrapped, it will take about two years (because of paying down old debts and such,) to save enough ourselves... but we're trying and working on ALL options...

After all, it's an important dream of ours! (Click here if you don't know why it's so important!)

Our Queer old Dean!

Anyway, as a "warning" to really regular readers, unless lightning strikes, we find our benefactor, or the lottery comes in, there will be no new post on this blog Monday, May 21st as it's a holiday in Canada for "Victoria Day"!

...known locally not-so-much as an old queen's birthday as it's refered to as "The May Two-Four Weekend" by many Canuckleheads... eluding to the fact that Victoria Day is on the May 24th weekend (closest weekend) and many people head to cottages with cases of twenty-four beer... or a "two-four"... Ergo: Many dimwits who assume there WOULD be a holiday based on beer here in Canada of my fellow Canadians have little clue that this is SUPPOSED to be a day to "celebrate" Queen Victoria's Birthday, but assume it's just a government sanctioned holiday named after a case of beer... Sadly, I kid you not with the above "fact" about many of my fellow Canadians.

I could lament that fewer still even know WHY Queen Victoria, who NEVER set foot in Canada, is so important historically to us... but that's for one of our other blogs to go into...

So, you'll "read" from me tomorrow with my "Blog My Blessing" and my "Blog Talkers"... then silence for about forty hours.


Quick favour to ask of my peeps...

Please take LITERALLY a few seconds and find my poll on the sidebar of this blog... between The Rosetta Stone and The Thermometer... I promise it's housed HERE on these servers and not a "spam-port"... and please give me your honest opinion... good or bad...

I'm always looking for feedback... and with a thousand folks by everyday, I can't assume ALL of them are "quick-surfers" gaining blog credits or the like... so come on... it won't hurt... promise!

Thanks again to everyone... Every week MIGHT be THE week for the bus! We'll keep trying!

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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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05/18/07

Permalink 12:56:09 pm, by Email , 1198 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Kicking the bucket and biting the bullet while my balls are to the wall...

Sue, our little one, and myself were discussing kicking the bucket.

Wow, that sounds harsh... lemme 'splain...

We were discussing the ORIGINS of the phrase/idiom "Kick the Bucket".

Well, we found out the possible origins... and then, I found out a few more you may OR MAY NOT be aware of... here's a LIST OF FIVE (with bonus) for you!

Anyone need an advocate?

Devil's Advocate

To play the Devil's Advocate means to argue against something you know to be true.

Hypothetically, let's say you're dead... and many people think you lived a good Catholic life. In fact, they want YOU to be canonized! Yup, you're off to becoming Saint So-and-So, The Patron Saint of the Blogsphere!

Well, everyone's up for this in the college of Cardinals at the Vatican... saved one important person...

It's this Cardinal's job to find the DIRT on you! (Oh, and WE KNOW there's dirt!!!) Their job is to find every hole in your saintly past and find every reason why YOU shouldn't be a saint at all and present their arguments to the other Cardinals.

Guess what this person's called?

You go it... they are The Devil's Advocate!

Egads! Not THOSE against this WALL!!!

Balls to the Wall

To push oneself to the limits... to press forward in any task at great speed an exertion.

Sound naughty, doesn't it... and the word "cock" does factor into the explanation too!

It's likely origins are in aviation... and the throttle on an aircraft. When pilot's push a throttle full forward (to gain the maximum speed,) the "balls" at the end of the throttle usually connect with something... so to throw the "balls to the wall in a cockpit means to throttle up as hard and fast as a pilot can.

Granted, I found that the origin might ALSO be similar, but from "steam trains" and their throttles... but I prefer the aviation one... and it's as likely a candidate as well!

Ten Little Toesies

Toe the Line

To toe the line means to fall into place in an action or a thought. To adopt the expected manners for a group or person.

This has MANY possibilities that may or may not be correct...

One is to do with the "line" that was on the old "trap-door/long-drop" gallows that prisoners would need to have their "toe" on... basically, if they didn't toe the line, they might not drop properly.

Another is to do with military inspections... a line of soldiers during inspections MUST be in as perfect a line (PERFECT!) as possible. I don't know about this one as I never drilled with the military with a "drawn line", but it's possible.

The last one has to do with boxing... back in the more "gentlemanly days" of the bare-fisted pugilists, they would have two lines separating the boxers at arm's length... if things were getting out of hand, the referee would tell the boxers to "Toe the line!" meaning to separate to the lines to restore the bout.

Don't Eat Me!

Bite the Bullet

To bite the bullet is to tough something out... to absorb punishment towards a hopefully better end.

This one stems from soft lead.

During times of war before anaesthetics were in use, a soldier who was having "surgery" (read: Usually an amputation) was given something to bite down on... so when the pains hit, they'd chomp down on something other than their tongues! Most of the time, it was a piece of leather or clothe, but the popular "thought" was they'd bite a soft, lead musket ball.

It's not impossible that this was the case... in fact, many people "way back when" I'm sure bit a bullet or two, but in my studies, hard leather was more common... still, there are stories of men biting musket balls in half or leaving bad teeth marks in them and keeping the "bit bullet" as a souvenir of their ordeal.

A Blunder-Bus?

Flash in the Pan

Flash in the pan refers to a person or trend that blossoms quickly then dies just as rapidly.

MORE MUSKETRY!

In order to fire an old fashioned musket or "black powder" rifle, you needed to "prime the pan"... this means shake a little powder into a small bowl-like thing near the hammer of the gun. What would happen is your hammer would have a piece of flint in it... this would strike a "frizzen" (a piece of metal near above the pan) to make a spark... the spark ignites the powder in the pan which "flashes", hopefully sending a small bit of the flash and fire of the powder through a hole and igniting the powder and shot in the barrel of the gun.

More often than not, however, something would go wrong and you'd only get "a flash in the pan"... no shot from the musket or rifle... causing the shooter to re-load.

So, a flash in the pan, though momentarily spectacular, really amounted to nothing.

SEE! I made it through that one without being too naughty and discussing how to cock the gun!

Nice Sleep in a Nice Box

BONUS - Kick the Bucket!

To be passed on. To be no more. To ceased to be. To expire and go to meet one's maker. To be late. To be a stiff. Bereft of life. To rest in peace. To be pushing up the daisies. To run down the curtain and join the choir invisible. To be an "ex-human".

This one has two possibilities... one that makes sense and is easy and one that is a little more difficult to take...

The easy one comes from the "back-in-the-day" thought that in order to hang oneself, they would stand on a metal bucket, affix a noose, and then "kick the bucket" away.

The less comprehensible one in some ways is that a "yoke" (or wooden balance beam) was once called a buque from the French for balance... these beams were even referred to in old English as "buckets"... and were often used to hang animals that had been or were in the process of being slaughtered by their legs thus we get the "meaning"... the animal's legs would "kick the bucket" as they were dispatched.

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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 12:43:59 pm, by Email , 152 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Travelling To Elba

As historians, and avid travel enthusiasts both Matthew, and I have considered the Italian island of Elba a unique, and fun place to visit! If you have never been there before I can tell you that it not only boasts of being the largest marine park in the world (my mother has dived there) but a culturally enriching travel experience. During the Spring through Fall seasons there are many historical events, village fairs, and markets, sporting events, and concerts to enjoy! These are part of the old world charm, and traditions that Elba is famed world over for.

If I have whet your appetite than please do have a look at Elba Hotel & Travel Information by clicking on the link provided. Travel to Elba is more affordable than you may realise, and really does offer a dream vacation for sporting enthusiasts, and the history lover alike.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 12:25:59 pm, by Email , 273 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel, Fixing Up The Bus

How to Convert a Bus into a Motorhome

As our regular readers know, Matthew, and I have received some flack in regards to possibly converting RLH 3 into a RV for longer distance travelling. We have also received quite a bit of support in that regard from fellow RVers as well.

For those that might be interested in convert a bus into a motorhome I found this website that has how-to books, and cds that look amazingly helpful!

Check them out, and if you do please let them know the bus loons drove you over .. :D

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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 12:24:25 pm, by Email , 131 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Father's Day Gift Idea

Father's Day has become a sort of melancholy day for me since the passing of my Dad in 1999, but I still have very fond memories of years gone by when he was alive, and we could spoil him. :)

I came across this hot dog rotisserie griller, and thought hey my Dad would of really liked it, and thought I'd mention it to you dear readers who do have Dads, and Grandpas to buy for. Check it out, it's too cool! B)

I know Matthew would actually really like it, and I may just pick one up for him ... you know for Hubby's Day ... which I think of as an Anniversary, but he more like wishes was everyday. :D

From The Missing My Dad Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 12:12:12 pm, by Email , 1102 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

This post was spurred by something wonderful I saw on the BBC news site... Apparently, there are now human tests using retro-viruses on cancer...

Cell Research

I've known about retro-viruses for about a decade now, and it's truly an exciting concept... A product of gene therapy, you turn an existing virus of any sort into a viral vigilante. Effectively, where a virus might have attacked lung tissue, skin cells, or the like, you modify it to attack cancer cells and then "infect" the patient.

Voila! A "natural" attacker that makes cancer cells sick and die.

If in our lifetime, cancer amongst other things, is beaten, it's a safe bet that retro-viruses will be the way to go.

Granted, I'm also all for (and really excited about) stem cell research too!

What? What was that? I'm a MONSTER for liking this area of medical science? I'm promoting the killing of babies for health?

Nope...

...and if you believe this, then you, like MILLIONS of others, don't know the truth...

Stem cells were initially thought to be only obtainable from aborted foetuses... this is so untrue, it hurts... but because of a few small-minded folks that can't (or won't) read and learn and only went with the initial papers on the subject without giving them full and proper study, a lot of people don't realise that all humans have stem cells in them from birth to death... and one of the true "goldmines" of stem cells is from umbilical cords... something usually discarded after a baby is born.

Ergo: When people say that they wish ALL stem cell research to cease, they usually don't realise there are ways of conducting the experiments WITHOUT using aborted foetuses... and are now saying they don't wish for the research to continue that might cure Parkinsons, heart disease, spinal cord injuries, and a plethora of other ailments we can't do much about right now.

Those folks that gain-say that they hate all stem cell research kinda remind me of those who can't distinguish between uranium used for nuclear power... and plutonium used for nuclear weapons... the two compounds are vastly different, but many people seem to think their local nuclear plant might one day exploded in a mushroom cloud just like them missiles... the plant won't... the worst case (which won't happen anywhere that doesn't use Russian reactor plants) would be like Chernobyl... which wasn't a "mushroom cloud", but an explosion of steam from the water the uranium heated up to make the turbines run thus rupturing the core and leaking radiation.

That said...

Stem cells are effectively the cells that are the building blocks of everything in the human body. It's VERY true that there are far more stem cells in babies than adults because, well, they have a lot more to build! Still, cells reproduce and as stated, discarded umbilical cords are rich with soon-to-be-not-used stem cells that the baby nor mother will have need of...

Here's the deal...

Certain bits of our bodies do not regenerate very well at all... liver cells, heart cells, brain cells, etc... Well, imagine if I took a whack of "unprogrammed" stem-cells and either through gene therapy or mucking about with the DNA of the new cells, tell them to rebuild a damaged heart or liver... or spinal cord... those things that don't regenerate too well... imagine the lives that could be saved or improved...

Sadly, it won't happen as long as certain folks stick their head in the mud, only believe what NON-science tells them, and make assumptions... and STOP stem cell research.

Hmmm...

Retro-viruses will KILL cancer cells and other tumorous growths... yup, KILL them... and then the retro-viruses will die themselves after a time...

...wonder if anyone will be up in arms over these deaths and stop retro-virus research?


Oh, and I'll say it plainly... Why are many people in the states against stem cell research? Because it became a political issue... Why? Because of "abortion"... which now, I hope, you realise is a non-issue with much of this research.

Next time your politician says they hate stem cell research, ask them if they mean ALL stem cell research... and if they say yes or spout rhetoric about abortion, don't correct them... make a note... they made a decision about a potentially life-saving, life-altering medical miracle that does NOT have to use aborted foetuses based on hearsay, bad science, and worse information...

...do you want this person running your town/state/country? What will be their next bit of decision process based on nothing? How might that affect you?

Why do politicians argue with hard science and fact? The Democrats of old argued that there was no proof that cigarettes were harmful because a Republican Surgeon General said they were... The Republicans say that climate change and increased pollution are hooey because a former Democrat Vice-President said it was real... and stem cell research...

*sigh*

Apparently, in order to be a politician, one must remove one's ability to be able to become bipartisan and see a "fact" for a "fact"... and not usurp facts for ideology.

You can disagree that being struck by a fast-moving truck will not be problematic because someone told you so... but trust me... when you're standing on the highway and that bulldog on the Mac truck is getting awfully close, you won't have time to change your decision.

...and just because you don't like someone... or their political or philosophical ways doesn't make them wrong on every count.

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

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Permalink 12:10:02 pm, by Email , 274 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Paris Hilton To Get Backgammon Board

Through a press release that I was just reading I learned that celebrity train wreck Paris Hilton is being sent a specially made, and personalised
backgammon board to give her something to do should she actually see some jail time. And in my opinion as a drunk driver she should, just like anyone else would have to! But I digress....

BackgammonMasters in a very nice gesture has decided to be supportive of Miss Hilton by sending her the backgammon board to help her cope with her possible jail sentence. And quite frankly since she does appear to be some sort of a role model to so many young women around the globe I would rather read about her using her time learning to play backgammon (this is assuming she doesn't already play, and I have no idea if she does or not) than some of the other incidents she has become notorious in the international press for.

According to the press release, should Paris Hilton not go to jail then BackgammonMasters will auction off this specially crafted backgammon board, and all of the proceeds from that auction will be given to charity. They have already supported several charitable causes in the past.

Perhaps if she does go to jail, and receives this generous in my opinion gift, she will learn some new skills, and develop a new hobby? At the very least I would hope that because BackgammonMasters has shown such a public display in her support that she might consider doing some promotional stuff for them either way. We'll see!

From The Fun & Games Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 05:30:00 am, by Email , 243 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Last Day of the Routemaster - Nice video!

Just thought I'd share a "You-Tube" with you about the last running day in London of the Routemaster buses...

You know these buses... the one's that were recently called "bashed up old relics"...

Nice video... and good use of Iggy Pop's tune!

(Note the green Country Bus/Routemaster near the end of the video!)

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

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05/17/07

Permalink 03:01:59 pm, by Email , 106 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - Beautiful North Cyprus

I was just having a look at this beautiful North Cyprus Property listed on the Wellestates.com website. Have you ever wished you owned property on the Mediterranean...for me much like the bus to Matthew, it would be a dream come true. .. :)

And it may not be out of reach at all if you look through the Wellestates.com listings. If you have ever consider investing in North Cyprus Real Estate now may just be the time to do it. I was amazed to learn that properties there start from as low as £30,000!

From The Helping Hands Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 01:45:09 pm, by Email , 963 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff, Helping Hand Thursdays

Miracles Don't Happen...

Boy, I bet a few of you read that title and got ready to type a poison reply... Harness your typing fingers...

This is YET ANOTHER shot, but not really, at the folks that keep telling us to not believe in anything outside the norm... I won't mention any names here, but you know the type... and they'll tell you that NO scientist or person of learning believes in miracles! I mean, that's fairy-tale stuff for children!

From CNN...

Woman Survives Internal Decapitation

Shannon Malloy was critically injured January 25 when a car crash slammed her into the dashboard. Her skull separated from her spine, although her skin, spinal cord and other internal organs remained intact.

The rare condition is known as clinically as internal decapitation, and it left her with no control over her head.

Her injuries left Malloy with nerve damage that made her eyes cross, and she has difficulty swallowing. She was not paralyzed.

Dr. Gary Ghiselli, an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Denver Spine Center, said he and his colleagues had never seen such an injury in someone still living.

"I've seen it once before," Ghiselli said, "and, unfortunately, the patient didn't make it."

Even after the crash, physicians in Nebraska, where Malloy lives, told relatives they should prepare to say their goodbyes.

Ghiselli said a will to survive kept Malloy, 30, alive long enough for surgeons to insert screws in her head and neck and attach a halo to minimize movement -- no easy task.

"My skull slipped off my neck about five times," Malloy said. "Every time they tried to screw this to my head, I would slip."

Doctors eventually stabilized her head and strengthened her neck. The halo has since been removed.

"It's a miracle that she was able to survive from the actual accident," Ghiselli said. "It's a miracle that she's made the progress that she's made."

From Fate Magazine...

Another survey that should have offered an enormous amount of proof that one can achieve a higher education and still believe in the paranormal was released on December 20, 2004, revealing that 74 percent of medical doctors believe that miracles have occurred in the past and 73 percent believe that miracles can occur today. Sixty-seven percent of the doctors encouraged their patients to pray; 59 percent admitted that they prayed for their patients.

From The Herald UK...

Your Letters May 26 2005

BETH Pearson's article regarding Marvin Andrews (May 25) displays two things: a breath-taking arrogance, and a clear-cut bias against the Christian faith. While I may not agree with all the claims that Marvin Andrews makes, I cannot but feel that it is refreshing to hear a young man speak out publicly about what he believes. More importantly, it seems that he practises what he "preaches".

How can Ms Pearson say with confidence: "Faith healing is nonsense"? What possible evidence does she have for that statement? While there may be people who deliberately or otherwise claim supernatural causes for real or apparent healing, there are certainly countless instances where healing and cure have been totally unexpected and regarded as "medically impossible". Are our minds so closed and cynical that we cannot even concede that perhaps there is a dimension to life that cannot adequately be explained by science or the intellect alone?

For 34 years I have been in the "healing trade". Most often I can "see" an explanation for recovery and cure in response to medication and/or surgical intervention. On several occasions, however, I have been startled by the unexpected; the "impossible". These situations have left me with the only possible conclusion: there is more to life than we can define by science and our perceived "wisdom" – and only arrogance could say the contrary. While I cannot prove it, my own belief is that there is "another world; another dimension" – the spiritual one. I, too, happen to believe that there is a God who can and does intervene.

I guess that Ms Pearson would regard me as simply daft, or insane.

Alasdair H B Fyfe, consultant paediatric surgeon, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow.

Yup, only real dumb and unimportant people believe in miracles. Thank God there are much wiser people then those listed above to set us straight!


Oh, and if ANYONE didn't read my above statement (that last sentence) and the title of this post without knowing I was being more than a little sarcastic, then really, REALLY think about why this blog is here... we are hoping for our own miracle... and although not a true "life-or-death" miracle, it's important to us... and I'd be lying if I said that DESPITE being an admitted agnostic, there's been the odd prayer here and there about it.

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

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Permalink 01:43:34 pm, by Email , 151 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - Book Publishing

I have often told Matthew that he needs to write a book either in regards to history, double decker buses, or the paranormal. And believe me I am not alone in telling him that! He has so much material already together that it would be easy to put together a manuscript at this point. The question then becomes where to find a book publisher?

As someone who believes strongly in taking matters into her own hands I checked into AuthorHouse, which comes highly recommend as a self-publishing company. If you are a writer that is also interested in self-publishing, something both of are friends Kyle Upton, and Bobbie-Jo did with their own first books, the please do check out the link above. They can help you with every step of the way to becoming a self-published author!

Best Wishes!

From The Happily Writing Desk Of Sue

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05/16/07

Permalink 04:30:09 pm, by Email , 215 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wednesday Snippets, Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: RT 3148 Passes a Phone Box... How British!

RT 3148

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

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our tiny banner site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
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Permalink 04:06:04 pm, by Email , 164 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Thinking About Home Security

Home security systems are a topic that both Matthew, and I have kicked about recently in conversation. Currently our best home security device is Max the dog, in fact I call him the "Captain of the Guard." :D

Seriously though, home security is not an issue that should ever be taken lightly in my opinion, and I've actually spent the better part of the last hour reading about a home security system through a site that I have been checking out.

This home security blog has got some great information on keeping your home secure, along with the latest in home security product reviews.

I do recommend you check it out too! Just click on one of the links above to take you to the site or blog. Both are highly informative, and well written in my opinion. Definitely worth your time if you too are concerned about home security.

From The Keeping My Family Safe Desk Of Sue

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Andy's probably gonna hate us....

The Ten Doctors

We have the first two seasons of the "new" Doctor Who on CD waiting... Sue's never seen an episode ever... we've had them for quite some time, and we have yet to "bust 'em out" and spend a joyous night with the two latest Time Lords of Gallifrey...

I was introduced to "The Good Doctor" with a Cybermen series my first trip to England in 1976... it was a re-run of ones starring the late Jon Pertwee... and when I returned to Canada, I was hooked.

Sadly, Canada was about four years behind England in airing episodes, but thanks to no internet and therefore, no spoilers, I watched and LOVED every minute of it... especially when the introduced the man who, for me, IS The Doctor...

Yup, the venerable Tom Baker... long scarf, jelly babies, yoyo to test gravity, ridiculous robot companion K-9 and all!

After being hooked by Pertwee's often very serious and very dour (but fun) Doctor, Baker was a BREATH of very fresh air.

Sure, modern audiences might know Baker best as the narrator of the comedy program Little Britain and to the best of my knowledge, Sue has only seen Baker as Captain Redbeard Rum in the Blackadder II episode "Potato" where everyone had a womans... (fill in the blank here.)

...but for me, he will ALWAYS be "The Doctor"...

Now, I will give the new shows a fair shake... and I'm told I will love them... and SOMETIME this Summer, we WILL catch-up...

...after all, when TVO ran the series for a long time, they were "introed" and "outroed" by the late science fiction writer, Judith Merril who would talk about the concepts of time and space, the "science" behind Doctor Who, and the morality lessons sometimes buried within... thanks to her, I have had a lifetime love of physics and quantum physics... and this is something Sue thinks is way too cool.

Sure, I admitted to her that the basis for my self-learning was Doctor Who, but she often taps me for ideas like "The Time Space Mesh" and "Multiverse" theories... which, yes, takes me back to Ms. Merril talking before and after the old Doctor Who programs...

So, even if I love, adore, am amazed/amused/entertained by the new Doctors when we get to them, Tom Baker will always be "The Doctor" to me... even if he has a woman's Tardis!

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

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Permalink 03:05:25 pm, by Email , 236 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Makeup & skincare for the over 40 set

Last January as our regular readers know I turned the big four-oh! And next week Matthew will be following suit with his own big 40th birthday. Naturally this milestone has brought up an increased interest in health, and nutrition information, and for me personally make-up, and skincare tips for women my age. The latter being topics I'd LOVE to learn more about.

When I was in my twenties I was concerned with the latest, and hottest trends including celebrity makeup. Ok, so I'm still concerned to a degree with those...hey we all like to look good ...right!.... :)

Well I just finished reviewing a really cool website that can help me do just that, learn about the hottest trends in makeup, and skincare, and how women in my age category can look their best! The site is called Stillagirl.com, and it's jam packed with useful info for women like us.

Currently in their journal is an excellent article on anti-aging lotion that I found particularly interesting!

There is a lot of cool info, and the site is set up to be fun! Go have a look for yourself by showing their linky some clicky love! .. :D

I'm certain you'll agree with me that Stillagirl.com is definitely bookmark worthy! Ohhhh and they have a free newsletter too!

From The Still Hot At 40 Just Ask The Bus Man Desk Of Sue

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05/15/07

Permalink 10:36:02 am, by Email , 643 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Komputer an Netwurk Adminustraytors Alwayz No Best!

Found this at the No One is Listening blog... and boy do I agree with the doc who wrote it...

Internet Explorer User Group

Dear Mercy Medical Center System Administrator,

Thanks for finally making Firefox inoperable on our computers — even the portable version. It’s about time we got that award-winning, open-source, and robustly secure piece of software off of our computers. What an utter piece of trash.

It’s refreshing to know that we’re now exclusively embracing casino-inspired toolbars and commercially-driven search engine add-ons. Perhaps once the toolbar is completely occupied with third-party extensions, we’ll no longer be tempted to use Internet Explorer for work-related activities.

Thank goodness Internet Explorer’s security profile is flexible enough to allow even the most inexperienced user to install these brilliant add-ons. I know that my patients and our HIPAA lawyers all sleep well at night knowing that we’ve rid our computers of one of the most secure browsers to date. Now our text pages and web-based applications can share patients’ personal health information with keystroke loggers and spammers who clearly know how to best use this sensitive information.

Not to mention, I’m sure that all of those automated updates and security patches that Firefox installs on its own make your job much more difficult. Now your time can be better spent playing online Texas Hold ‘em with the rest of us.

So, thank you, dear System Administrator, for slamming the door on that standards-compliant blunder that is Firefox. It’s about time.

Ecstatically yours,

Yasser Dahab, M.D.

As a note, and considering Dr. Dahab is the poster of his "open letter" on the No One is Listening blog (click here), I've worked for a couple "large businesses" that all shun Firefox... and yeah, it's DUMB... and because I was always "low man" on the I.T. pole, there was little I could do to change the minds of the all-knowing, Microsoft lovin' network admins...

One wonders, is it because of their vulnerabilities? You see, it's easier to maintain your job if you're constantly putting out fires caused by a worm or script that I.E. and all it's exploits have let into your office...

Pray the firewall holds up, fix the bugs, get congratulated by the users, wait for the next time... job is justified!

Me, I use Firefox... and also use the mobile version... and really, REALLY loath Internet Explorer and it's "Auto-Install EVERYTHING!" features.

So, Dr. Dahab, one mighty I.T. tech is completely and utterly on your side... as are many...

Now all you have to do is convince your SysAdmin... which should be about as easy as trying to do all your old medical exams in a two-hour period with no study time allowed.

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

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Permalink 10:34:35 am, by Email , 136 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Fun Recipe Website

In our house Matthew is definitely the more experienced cook! And while he actually loves food preparation, right down to the presentation, with my status of being at home for the moment, and his new job, the responsibility of preparing meals is currently resting with me.

Well today I checked out a site that has some great recipes for the beginner, and for the more experienced cook.

The site is called CookingSpot.com, and has something for everyone's tastes including vegetarian recipes! There are polls, and coupons for people to check ou as well!

I've really just scratched the surface here, and will be exploring the site a little more later today as I'm looking for some dinner ideas.

Definitely on my bookmarks list!

From The What's Cooking Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 05:45:00 am, by Email , 447 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff, Day Tripping & Travel

Arrgh!

My birthday is on May 31st... but this post is about an e-mail I received yesterday... which involves my birthday and amazing offer and all...

Happy Freakin Birthday

Lemme explain...

I was contacted by a rather notable Canadian televisions network who's doing a new show on the paranormal. The woman who wrote me was VERY nice and this is what she offered...

BOO! SCARY!

They (the show) had managed to "book" the evening (10pm until 6am) at a historic and reportedly haunted building I'm very familiar with in one of my FAVOURITE place in the United States...

They wanted ME to come and work with them... all expenses paid... and with a fee paid to me for my efforts.

Yup, I'd be PAID to fly to the states, go to a COOL haunted location to do work with people, get paid for my troubles and have expenses covered... all on my birthday.

Come Fly With Me

Pretty exciting, hunh? Sounds great, doesn't it? What a GREAT adventure!!!

...but I won't be going.

Why?

Well, my passport expired... and to get a new one will take a minimum of one day off work (my new job) and four weeks of government processing... and, with the new rules from Homeland Security (the USA Border Authority), without a valid passport I can't fly to the states.

Papers Please

So, I had to hand it off to one of my staff who isn't so encumbered.

...and weep.

Oh well, at least one of our friends will have a good time...

But man, what a birthday gift/trip/present... and nope, I can't do it...

Murphy's Law...

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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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05/14/07

Permalink 09:45:34 pm, by Email , 265 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Found You Online

Matthew, and I have both blogged in the past about how we first met. And for those of you gentle readers that do not know, yes, we did meet initially in cyberspace. We met because of our mutual interests, and through our website forums. We quickly became friends, and the rest as they say is history! So you see, it really is possible to hook-up with nice people in an online environment.

FYO1 is a website that I recently reviewed that makes meeting people online a simple, safe, and easy process. Firstly you can meet other singles in your area by joining FYO1 through their registration form. It is absolutely free to join the site, and from there you can set up your profile, upload photos, and add video links. You can then browse other users profiles, and meet people that share your interests for friendship or perhaps something more serious.

You can also utilise the FYO1 site to hook up with former classmates from your old school or to reconnect with those you served in the military with.

Again these services are absolutely free, which in my opinion is a bonus! And the site is user friendly, I had no problem navigating around it or locating their FAQ.

I would definitely recommend FYO1 to anyone that is either looking for romance, friendship, or possibly reconnecting with people they already know. Go have a look for yourself by clicking on any one of the links provided to you within this blog entry. :D

Cheers!
Sue

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Categories: Paranormal Stuff

I believe in ghostly phenomena.

In case you didn't know, Sue and I are paranormal investigators and researchers. If you missed this, you're either a new reader or are having scary lapses in memory!

BOO! GHOST!

Our websites are PSICAN, TorontoGhosts, and ParaResearchers.

We've been doing this since the mid-1990's.

Now, here's a thing for you...

People ask me ALL the time, Do you believe in ghosts? and I respond, I believe in ghostly phenomena.

I doubt many would agree, but there is a HUGE difference in my eyes.

First off, what is a ghost?

Most people would say it's the "spirit" of a dead person... but is it?

Many people think "ghosts" might be caused a "time slip"... somehow, either they are something "unaware" of a passage of time and "going through" some motions.

A lot more people, mostly quantum physicists, believe it's a dimensional thing. Somehow, something from another "dimension" slips into our own. Mathematically, it's "possible" using concepts like multiple universe theory... granted, this theory can be a fallback for almost anything, but then again, anything might be possible... and the equations exist to say it could be.

...or are they something else?

I mean, one person's "ghost" is another person's "demon" is another person's "angel".

So, what exactly is a ghost?

Answer: No one knows for sure. Everyone who says they DO know is only speculating based on (usually) their own philosophy or beliefs... and interpretation of things.

Now, what is ghostly phenomena?

Answer: Things people experience that is attributed to a ghost.

Ergo: I believe in ghostly phenomena.

Sorry so-called sceptics (please remember, MOST people who say they are sceptics are actually non-believers... scepticism means "doubt", not denial,) people DO experience weird things... in fact, I've discussed this with both the current AND past chair of Skeptics Canada and they agree... people DO experience weird things.

Now, in honesty, let me defeat the arguments of the "so-called-sceptics"...

All the people that experiencing these things are "gullible".

I have spoken to too many witnesses from ALL walks of life and trust me, they aren't all marks for carnies.

All the people that experience these things are hallucinating.

The problem with this is that there ARE well documented, multiple person sightings and experiences... and although the tired arguments of "mass hallucinations" (and please, if you subscribe to this, have a look at the "chances" of this... you're chances of having a dead person tap-dance across your dinner table singing The Star Spangled Banner are almost better statistically,) and corrupted witnesses (people being pre-programmed to have a certain experience by "looking" for it,) don't stand up to all cases.

All the people who experience these things are "mistaken".

This one's more likely... but considering the number of "professional observers" in certain career fields that report these things, it's a long shot. Also, when people like us (investigators working from an agnostic and scientific viewpoint) research the case, we DO go through as many "natural" possibilities to explain the "supernatural" experience... and as many times as we've "hit", we've not hit... and how do we explain these instances?

All the people who experience these things are lying.

Well, then I'm a liar too... as are literally millions of folks... and although I have occasional loss of faith in humanity, I haven't lost THAT much faith to believe there's THAT many liars out there... through history.

So, I think it's safe to say that "ghostly phenomena" happens.

Our job: Try to figure out the causation.

Now, why I bring this up... recently, I was challenged with a DUMB question...

Why are ghosts dressed? Did their clothes have souls?

I return the question...

Can you prove to me that ghosts are souls? Can you prove if they are souls, that they can't "choose" to be dressed? Can you prove that human mediums aren't necessary and therefore do not colour the experience possibly even adding clothing to it?

That dumb question about clothes is asking for a supposition based on a singular hypothesis...

Got news for you...

We're (our groups are) different...

We don't subscribe to a single hypothesis. We look into all evidence that supports any viable (and even, on occasion, not-so-viable looking) hypothesis and work from there. This INCLUDES that things "don't exist" and that various things "do exist" from a neutral or "agnostic" standpoint... we're ACTUAL sceptics.

That said, I do believe in ghostly phenomena... it happens... it's experienced... it's even recorded.

It's not "good enough" yet to submit for absolute scientifically peer reviewed journal, but we never will get there without looking at things on a case-by-case basis.

Science STARTS with a question... which then should lead to a hypothesis...

If you already know the answer to the question without examination, then what's the point of hypothesis?

Saying the "ghosts" cannot exist is not good science. It's as poor science as saying "ghosts absolutely exist".

Sorry, both statements above are speculation... they are BOTH not "evidence", they are both not "proof", and they are both not truly, universally valid... apart from "an opinion".


Now, I do think the person that went on the attack went there for three reasons... other than we're the dreaded "believers"...

Number One: They felt, without evidence, that we were suggesting the world break into places and cemeteries and look for ghosts.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, click here and read through some of the articles I've written... especially the one entitled Starting your own Ghost Group/Work written in 2003.

Number Two: They believed that we would teach children folkloric ghost stories ahead of real history.

This was incorrect as we are firm believers in historical teachings... but we also acknowledge folklore as a part of the process... in fact, most ancient history (especially First Nations history) is passed down at some point as spoken word or hearsay. The JOB of a historian is sort the wheat from the chaff... and in teaching history, to do the same. If a group of people ONLY know a site because of it's ghosts, then perhaps it's time to teach them about the people that are assumed to be behind the ghosts... then perhaps to show them the historical truths behind those people behind those ghost stories.

As for "ghosts" themselves, we SHOULD teach them science... and science DOES NOT say "Ghost Don't Exist"... science says there's not enough evidence to support the existence or non-existence of ghosts... and we say, you have to define the term ghosts in the first place anyway.

Number Three: VERY mistakenly, the person assumed we were "on board" with certain famous psychics, television programs, et al... I assume that they decided they "knew" us based on their "gut instinct" and not any real evidence.

Not true and this is very much supported in our constant and thorough documents about how we feel about those who feel the need for "psychical assistance" who are thinking of "paying" for help... but again, the user would have had to READ in order to know this stance of ours.


Are psychics real? Maybe... I've been in situations that TRULY make me question a "non-belief" stance... but I also know that those "psychics" and "sensitives" that have TRULY impressed me could not "turn it on" or "off"... and Ergo: Did not do this as a profession.

How can you do a reading or the like if you can't "turn it on"???


Okay, this is a ridiculously long post... and I'm gonna sum it up RIGHT NOW and get to my coffee and ciggie and then off to work...

Weird things that defy "normal" explanation are experienced. It happens. Deal with it PROPERLY... not outright denial... not complete acceptance without facts and evidence... and not without examination of all possibilities within reason.

History and folklore in some cases are one and the same... and there's no shame in teaching both... and possibly using one as an argument for or against the other.

Science is NOT the enemy of the paranormal. NON-Science and the faith of non-belief without acceptance of alternative hypothesis is.

A friend of ours, author John Robert Colombo often says that he believes in ghost stories, but not ghosts... Sue's EXCELLENT retort was that thanks to the FACT that weird things are experienced and that witness perception can taint reports, she believes in ghosts, not so much ghost stories.

I believe Sue is correct.

That said, it's time for my coffee...

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

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

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

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our tiny banner site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
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Permalink 12:09:07 pm, by Email , 237 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel

Fun & Spooky Stuff To Do In York

It is always so much fun to tell you guys, and gals a little bit about our home town. And with the Victoria Day long weekend coming up I thought I'd tell you a bit about some of the fun & spooky stuff to do in York!

York combines the best of both our hobbies, historical research, and paranormal investigation. If visiting, and you want a taste of both you really should check out Muddy York Walking tours! And don't forget to bring along your digital camera for photo opportunities! These tours are conducted by lantern light, telling the history, and hauntings of various historic locations. Cool eh! Oh, and I should mention that you can forget about your credit cards because the tour operator Richard Fiennes Clinton prefers cash for these very reasonably priced tours.

Next on your list of cool places to visit really should be Fort York, which is a personal favourite of both Matthew's, and mine for it's chilling history, and equally chilling ghost stories. The fort is also conveniently located within a short commute to the 5 best restaurants in York ...yum!

There is so much to see, and do here that would appeal to historians, and paranormal enthusiasts! Check out these listings for 10 top attractions in York, which are really just the tip of the iceberg so to speak!

From The Home Town Proud Desk Of Sue

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05/13/07

Permalink 08:59:35 pm, by Email , 914 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: M is for the many things she gave me...

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

How did your mother spend her day? Did she have a job or do volunteer work outside the home? How did her outside commitments affect your family? How did they affect you?

Eee! That one part, How did her outside commitments affect your family? How did they affect you? sounds like another loaded question... leading to a Freudian moment of some sort... Perhaps I'm misreading it, but I bounced it off Sue and others and they concur it sounds dicey... so...

Hmmm...

Well, it's Mother's Day... and although I think every child can (and usually does) complain about one's parents, I don't think I'll partake in that... Sure, my mother wasn't perfect... by some standards, she was awful... by others, she was a saint... for me, she was my mom... and I love her... so instead of going "after" any part of her life on this day, let me give a grocery list of what I'm aware she did while I lived at home and a brief talk about the positives...

My mother volunteered at my school playing piano and for pretty much every field trip.

My mother became a student and went to school to learn accounting.

My mother became the family's business accountant.

My mother helped run two businesses the family bought into.

That's pretty much the things I was aware of... I'm certain there were many more... she was a friend, a mother to two other children (all of us were horrid,) and a wife. She kept house (working like a Trojan) and generally was a very good friend and confidant to many.

She ensured I went to piano lessons... even when it meant driving in rush-hour traffic to get to them... she nursed many wounds... put up with a "freaky" son... and generally had a VERY tough life.

I once said on this blog that we are all survivors in one way or another, and one person's troubles and issues are worse to themselves than the next persons with very rare and horrible exceptions, that said, if I was to do a laundry list of how her children behaved between the ages of fourteen and (up to) their early twenties, you'd be thinking the woman deserves a medal... and I would concur with you and then some.

She still helps us all... and with a sense of humour, intelligence, and genuine zest for living that is an inspiration in many ways.

In fact, I often brag that she's done more in her "retirement" than I've done in my working life in some ways... volunteering to play the piano at local (to her) pensioner homes, churches, and whatnot... and at one point, an avid practiser of Tai Chi.

Even today, Mother's Day, I'm going to have to time my call to ensure she's home... she's that busy.

Now, some MIGHT complain Well! You're saying your mother would miss a Mother's Day call from her only son!?! and I would reply To volunteer her time to those who are more infirmed than her? To help a church choir? To genuinely be a VERY good neighbour in her community? Yes... and I'm very proud and glad of that fact!

There's no doubt in my mind that my mother loves me... nor is there any doubt (I hope) that she knows I love her... and yeah, I have my moments, like everyone, where I can point out flaws... but at last check, my mom was human... She had her own life... She had commitments to friends, other children, husband, house, business, and even volunteering...

...but in my heart, I know that those "pinpoint times" when things seemed like I was taking a back-seat to others, they weren't... and if I needed her, she'd be there... and realistically, that's more than I can ask from anybody or anything. Truth to tell, the ONLY person who comes this close in my eyes to the genuine love, compassion, and help is Sue.

So, do I "regret" or have anything negative to say about my mother's other commitments? Hell no. Life is what life is... when she was there, it was great... and those scant few times she wasn't, I survived and thrived...

...and why did I thrive? Most likely because of what I learned from her.

So, Happy Mother's Day... and many more to come I hope!

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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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Permalink 08:57:31 pm, by Email , 223 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

The Kid's First Credit Card

Little Sue was visiting today for Mother's Day, and after showering me with a wonderful (if not tad expensive) prezzie mentioned how she got her very first Credit Card. And I admit my heart sunk a little, if only because she is only 20, and that is approximately the age when I first started getting into trouble with Credit Cards!

After the obligatory lecture on the possible dangers of Credit Cards, and their overuse, she made me feel better by reminding me that I had already given her the credit talk, and she assured me she had done her homework on them. Something that I had not bothered to do at her age.

I think the most important thing when it comes to Credit Cards is knowing your limits, and setting a realistic budget. I also firmly believe that doing a bit of research on the various cards available, and rates offered can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Credit Card UK resources can be found by clicking on any one of the links within this entry. The information found through these links will help you to compare Credit Cards, and make an informed decision before applying for one. That is what Little Sue did, and what I should have done all those years ago.

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Permalink 08:35:01 pm, by Email , 727 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: The Moment.

Blog yer Blessings

I was having a bad morning yesterday... but it did improve...

I woke up in a genuine funk... just tired, burnt out, and feeling a touch dejected... but I knew it was transitory... and it was.

If you read my Busly Saturday item, you'll see what I meant.

Like I said, however, it didn't last... and my recommendations to myself were indeed the cure... spend some time with Sue and the puppies... then I did a little surfing before heading out for the day and had a "visitor" who's blog offered an image of a beloved childhood toy.

Then we went out for a stroll and whatnot... and my mood generally improved tenfold.

On our walk, we picked up some lunch from a favourite Ukranian deli and settled in at home for a restful day with movies and our lunch... The kiddo is away for the weekend, so it's just Sue and me (until this evening) and we wanted something nice to celebrate just being together in a gentle way...

The weather has been genuinely springlike (FINALLY) and our windows are cranked open to allow a nice breeze of fresh air... and the sounds of our neighbourhood also.

The latter bit is usually traffic, people loudly talking, and the hustle-and-bustle of a city street... but while eating our schnitzels, we both perked up...

Wafting in with the wind was not only the usual sounds... but faintly, almost wafting in with the air were the sounds of a lone piper...

It was faint, but there was no denying it... the skirl of a pipe was audible... and we both knew, it was a busker who often plays on the major street nearby, but usually, too far away for us to hear it in our closet apartment well appointed compound.

...but today was different...

The sounds were the wind, the faint cluster of the city, and the sound of a bagpiper playing a lively air.

I looked at Sue... and realised, that in many ways, life was perfect... sure, the closet apartment family compound could be larger... sure, we're still battling bugs from our online issues... sure, there's work aplenty to do... but for a moment, it was me, my wife, our dogs, a lovely lunch... and the piper far off in the distance.

That, and many other "moments", are blessings... and very often, in the day-to-day ramblings of life, we miss them... but not yesterday.

...and when we are able to notice these wonderful moments, what more blessing could we ask for?

Life, more often than not, is really good.


Now, yes, I know it's mother's day... and I will be calling my mum to wish her a happy one... but I figured that many bloggers would be covering the blessing of mothers so I thought I'd do something a touch different.

That said, however, I do want to wish EACH and EVERY mother, mom, momma, mum, mummy, or however you are addressed the very best of this day... We, your children, love you all!

...and to my two favourite mothers, my wife and my own mum, I love you both and am glad that I will soon be speaking to the one, and cuddling with the other shortly.

Happy Mother's Day!

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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 08:33:36 pm, by Email , 211 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Fixing credit with loans

Did you know you can fix a bad credit rating with a loan? I've done this myself through secured personal loans, and they do work in helping to repair a bad credit rating when you are back on your feet!

There are many different types of Loans, available to consumers, and they are dependant on your current financial circumstances, and credit history. For instance Unsecured Loans are probably most appropriate for people in good credit shape, while secured personal loans are a good choice for new borrowers with no credit history or those who found themselves like us with bad credit after a job loss.

Another type of loan that I only recently learned about are Home Improvement Loans, which to my understanding do not have to necessarily be applied towards a home repair, but are open to other purposes as well.

If you are interested in learning more about the various types of loans mentioned within this entry, please click on the links above for further information.

We all have to borrow money at certain times, and it's good to know even if you've gotten into credit trouble in the past, there are various types of loans that can help you get back on track.

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05/12/07

Permalink 10:35:41 am, by Email , 425 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings, Day Tripping & Travel

Okay, this cheered me up...

Have you ever had something jog an old, almost suppressed (but not negative) memory that really made you feel young again? Well, thanks to being a part of BlogCatalog (which, along with MyBlogLog, I LOVE!) I noticed I was visited by a blog called Classic Car Rallies... and no, this is NOT a sponsored post...

Classic Car Rallies

How cool is this?

A blog/site devoted to antique and classic cars running various courses... hmmm... wonder if we might enter something similar if we get our bus? We wouldn't win any races, but we'd look good coming in last!

Anyway, while rolling through their blog, I saw this classic...

Players Formula One Goodness!

When I was very, VERY young, I had a plastic model of the Player's Formula One car above... and it was my favourite "toy car" of all...

I wasn't and really am not a big fan of motorsports, but my dad bought me this toy and it was fast, "futuristic" and shiny... and I loved it dearly.

Sadly, I loved it a little too much as most young lads do and pretty much destroyed it "racing" from one end of hallways and driveways to the other.

Even more sadly is that this wonderful vehicle could not be "shown" publicly in Ontario as it's considered an advertisement for cigarettes which is illegal.

...trust me, that toy car did NOT start me smoking...

Anyway, what a great site... old cars, races, and genuinely nostalgia...

*sigh*

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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 06:00:00 am, by Email , 683 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays - Feeling a Little Down Today...

Last week was a mess on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday... which, statistically, are not "strong" days here on One Old Green Bus. Nope... Most of our visitors are on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Still, thanks to the hackers/spammers who did-in the old database (which, through my witchcraft-like techy skills and a little help, I fixed!) it took it's toll.

...not the least of which was the "no selling" of our gift to PayPerPost... they got it... and blogged about it... but when they did it, they couldn't see the servers thanks to the ongoing repairs and troubles caused by the spammer/hackers.

Well, onto the status of our quest...

Over the last couple of weeks, we did have a little movement on the thermometer... $3.00 worth... but hey, it all helps!

Hits wise, I need to recover from three days of "downtime"... the stats are not wahoo this week... I'm sure they will recover as people see we're back up and running well again... we lost about 200 hits per day this week bringing us down to the one-thousand to twelve-hundred hits level... lower on the weekend the blog was mostly down... that's to be expected.

Of course, this didn't help (Hmmm... maybe I'll rename that show "No Opportunity Available"!)... nor the initial comments here...

I'm not going to lie... I started the week VERY optimistic and driven... and now I'm feeling a little down. Weak stats, no major news... and just worn from my day-job still.

I know I'll bounce back... probably by tomorrow... but I'm just feeling a little "ugh" right now.

On a positive note, this entry has gotten the most hits this week... and that made me happy...

Y'know, I'm in one of those moods where I wish I could just vent in a way like Yellow Dog Granny does... loads of colourful words beginning with "F"... or like Mr. Fab when it comes to the BCA awards... with his colourful words AND imagery of which I can say I know how he feels... we just knew it sooner...

*Sigh*

Sadly, I'm not like the YDG... or Mr. Fab... nope...

Ach, perhaps a happy Saturday spent with Sue and my puppas will cure me of the blues... or, later on, I'll check my lottery tickets and become a much happier fellow...

For now, I think I'll take my little bit of "ugh", relax, enjoy a nice morning... and cuddle Sue and the puppies... perhaps spend some quality surfing time at I Can Has Cheezburger which is ALWAYS a "pick-me-up"... and I'll probably feel a lot better by this afternoon. :)


Quick closing notes: Two things have changed on the ol' blog... if you scroll down to the very last bits of the sidebar here, you'll find a POLL!!!! It's housed HERE on our servers (no spam!) and I'd appreciate ALL feedback... positive or negative.

Also, as mentioned earlier, I changed out "logo" so to speak... new fancier lettering... I hope it meets with folks 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.

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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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05/11/07

Permalink 03:43:23 pm, by Email , 664 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Commercials in the Blogsphere

Sales!

Okay, I admit it... I, too, am getting a little weary of the blogging for money sites.

No, I'm not talking about sites like ours where there's ads and content... or even sites like our Nuttin' But Pimp where there's ads, content, and news/information... although the thrust is fiscal... (Sue keeps that one entertaining still!)

No, I'm talking about the reams and reams of blogs I now find that are NOTHING but entries on Sign up for this! and Make money doing that!

Worse yet, you can REALLY tell that the blogger is more-or-less doing a "copy-paste" of verbiage/spewed words from the marketers... no creativity, no actual content... it's like going to a page of ads... and nothing BUT ads...

Worse, many of these blogs masquerade as "personal blogs" or have mimicked folks like Mr. Fab's Pointless Directives and Nuttin' But Pimp enough to make you click... and then, what entertainment or educational value do you get?

Zip.

Nada.

Nothin'.

In fact, running into all these blogs I now know why there is a backlash against private commercial blogs... it's not that the bloggers are mad at us "Pay-Per-Posters" as such, as they are fed up with the spam bloggers that now clutter the blog traffic thingies and the blog log stuff.

...and I'm with 'em.

The trouble is, sorting those blogs that DO deliver some value for your visiting time and still make some coins... and those that are little but people that have mastered CTRL-C/CTRL-V (Copy-Paste) and are less interested in telling you what really works and giving you something to read that's not pre-company-scripted propaganda...

It's like these blogs are either...

A: Throwing everything at a wall and seeing what sticks. (ie: Signing up for everything that promises to make them some money, copying the sites/companies propaganda as a blog post, and then seeing if it works without telling the reader anything...)

...or...

B: Are run by the spammers company they are hocking and therefore are nothing but propaganda.

I have to point out the difference as I see it...

Blogs like Nuttin' But Pimp are like a newspaper that specializes in business reporting and information, but offer asides and other stuff as well as legit (or fairly legit) information on things vs. picking up an ad flyer package.

...and when trying to find something to read, the ad flyers really don't cut it for me personally.

So, I've turned a corner... sorta... and joining the backlash... perhaps because I didn't understand what was out there before... but lately have had quite an education.

Folks, if you ARE a private blogger and you're going to tell me how you are going to or ARE making money blogging... offer me something creative or read-worthy. Don't just spew minor-league corporate propaganda at my sorry online eyes.

Down With Commercial Blogging!!! (...of that sort!)

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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 01:45:44 pm, by Email , 99 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Day Tripping & Travel, Fixing Up The Bus

Tom Tom portable GPS car navigation systems

Tom Tom provides the best in portable GPS car navigation systems, and I've just finished reviewing a website that has some great deals on them. UK readers take note!

The system that really caught my eye is the TomTom GO 910 which is the very first portable device of it's kind that includes coverage throughout Europe, and North America. Go have a look!

With Matthew's poor track record of navigating by the stars, (I'll have to tell you all about that someday!) we will definitely be purchasing a portable navigation systems for the bus.

Cheers!

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 09:42:02 am, by Email , 737 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: I'm scared... hold me...

It's List-er-ino Fridays here at One Old Green Bus... and I thought I'd share my FIVE WORST FEARS and invite you to do the same... either in the comments section here or on your own blog... or not...

Hey, it's something I get asked a lot... "So, if ghosts don't scare you... what does?"

...so without further adieu, here's my five worst fears!

Ladders!

#5: Certain Heights Don't get me wrong, I can handle being in tall buildings and even do okay on catwalks in theatres, but top three steps of a ladder or anyplace that sways/moves... or has uneven floors... and I'm a basket case.

Stinky Poo!

#4: Bad Smells Now, I'm not talking when someone "breaks wind" or the like... but those odours known to make people violently ill. To date, I've never had to deal with rotting flesh... and I never want to.

Porceline Alter

#3: Throwing Up Sounds weird, doesn't it... but allow me to tell a couple of quick stories...

When I was a very young lad, I ended up in a closet and ate a considerable amount of what I assumed were small mints... they were mothballs. My parents, when they found me, assumed (probably rightly) that I'd ingested a boxful. They rushed me to the Emergency Room which gave me the drugs to "pump my stomach"... they gave me a child's dose, and it didn't work... so they upped it to an adult dose... no go. So, they DOUBLED an adult dose and I didn't throw up. They assumed the toxins had spread and it was far too late and sent me home to be comfortable. Well, within an hour of being home, the drugs worked... and worked... and worked. I don't remember it, but my mother tells me I threw up (or tried with an empty stomach) for about twelve solid hours... the hospital told my parents to just give me water... which also came right up. After a solid twenty-four hours of no sleep and horrid stomach, I managed to sleep and came out the other side a little worse for wear.

The other story is the death of my father... He suffered a heart attack which caused him to aspirate... literally throw up into his own lungs. He drowned. I was seventeen and was there when it happened... and will never forget it.

Call it a hunch, but these two events have played havoc with my willingness to be ill...

Three of Five

#2: Losing One of My Pets. The worst part is it will be inevitable... but even thinking about it is tough. That day at the vets or wherever, I'll be a complete basket case... and yet, it will be my job to try and be strong for Sue and our little one. That's a huge fear.

La Familla

#1: Losing My Family Not too long ago, there was an unfortunate fire near the city we live in... it took out a mother and three kids... leaving the father only. I can not imagine that pain.

Hand-in-hand with this fear is that we could end up homeless or the like and be separated...

Either way, yeah, that's the worst fear.

If you're interested, #6 would be ANY insect that's "hairy" or larger than one-inch in size.

So, kind of a lame list today... but man, I am WIPED and thanking the Gods it's FRIDAY!!!!

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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 09:40:32 am, by Email , 117 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Twenty Eight Days To A New Healthy Lifestyle

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a new drug treatment program based out of Michigan USA. StopYourAddiction.com is an informative website for those suffering with an addiction or those who know someone that is to get information on treatment options that are available to help you or a loved one on the road to recovery.

If you think these services may be a help to you or someone you know then please click on the links provided in this blog entry. There is also a toll-free phone line that you can call to speak with someone directly.

There is never any shame in seeking help from others.

Our thanks to our sponsors.

05/10/07

Permalink 01:50:11 pm, by Email , 1384 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

No Opportunity Gained..

I am a pop-culture idiot... I assume...

There was an article in yesterdays Metro newspaper in Toronto about a new show coming up on the CBC called "No Opportunity Wasted"... which is a transplanted show from the united states based on a book (and the show is hosted by) Phil Keoghan best known right now as the host for The Amazing Race.

Phil Keoghan

Now, why I'm a pop-culture idiot is, without cable, I've never seen the show before... and reading about it in the newspaper, it sounded like this...

  • Make a list of the accomplishments you wish to see in your life
  • If the show likes you, we'll give you seventy-two hours to accomplish them (or one) and furnish what you need to make it happen.

Now, I read this and then read how this Canadian version would be "auditioning people" for the show in Toronto... where we live.

I was ecstatic! I thought, THIS would be perfect! Yup, this would be a possibility to make our dream come true...

Sadly, though, on the day they are doing auditions, I have to work... so I went to the website... the American one first sadly... and saw the e-mail address to send your dream list into!

I read through some of the lists posted... and thought, Our dream and goal is surely worthy... I'll send it in with the other goals I have too just in case!

Now, as a rule, I have a whopping fifteen minutes between getting in the door and my work-day beginning at the office... usually, I start working right away, but I am always cognisant that this is my time... so today, I used it for me...

I popped in my personal memory stick (USB Flash Drive) to my computer at work and started up my personal copy of Firefox Mobile and began typing... my eleven biggest goals and wishes... the ones that are a little less "mundane" as these things go, but are important...

Then, before sending it off, I thought, Hmmm... best check the Canadian site - if there is one - and send a copy there too...

Well, as you can see by the link at the top, there is a Canadian site... and I read through it and lo and behold, it is not a show about dreams and goals... unless that dream or goal is to overcome a fear.

In fact, the Canadian one is quite explicit (moreso than the American site,) that this is the case...

...and although I do qualify in every department to be on their show otherwise, I can't say any of my goals and dreams were based around losing a fear.

So, I kaibashed it.

Still, I thought you all might want to see/read my eleven things... they are a bit different than the ones I did for a meme sent to me by Ms. Demmie because, well, they're a little more about "dreams" than "goals"... so here they are in the e-mail I was going to send into the show...

It's sad, really... I'd love a chance to "audition" for the program and I'm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada... but I just started a new job that needs me this Saturday (The day of the auditions) and cannot take time out from it... I suppose that although dreams and goals are VERY important, reality and security must take precedence so I will have to miss out on this opportunity.

None-the-less, I thought I'd share my dreams and goals anyway...

1. Successfully rescue/own Regent Low Height 3 (and old double-decker bus in Santa Rosa, California that means a great deal to my whole family.)

2. Visit England - Reason One - My wife and I are "common law", we have always dreamed about being married (properly) in a small, ancient church somewhere in the English countryside with my three step-daughters (eleven, seventeen, and twenty) in attendance.

3. Visit England - Reason Two - My wife and I are both paranormal investigators... there are MANY places we'd like to do some work across the pond looking into ghostly phenomena... like Muncaster Castle, Longleat House, and the ruins of Berry Pomeroy Castle.

4. Visit England - Reason Three - My wife and I are also involved in historical re-enactments (War of 1812) and have made many friends who do Napoleonic re-enactments in Britain and France... most notably The Connaught Rangers group. It would be fantastic to talk with them and here stories about re-enacting the same period but in Europe.

5. Visit England - Reason Four - Through "blogging", we've made several very good "online" friends in England and would love to visit them "in real life"... most notably Andy from "The Spicy Cauldron" and Nicola from "Life at the Edge".

6. Visit England - Reason Five - Both my wife and I are historians... and my wife is a HUGE "Tudor Era" fan... and to visit the sites important to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I would be a dream come true for her... and therefore, a dream come true for me.

7: Visit England - Reason Six -­ My wife is also an amateur genealogist and we discovered in my family some fascinating characters... and we both would like to visit their old stomping grounds... look into my roots, so to speak.

8. Visit England - Final Reason - We would love to meet and talk with Mr. Ewen Pring who is probably the authority on the type of bus mentioned at the top of the list... To visit his shop, see his buses, and find out more (first hand) of the challenges of owning/restoring one of these vehicles would not only be prudent, but extremely helpful should we achieve the first part of this list.

9. Obtain my drivers license. This seems odd for someone so wound up on getting an old double-decker bus, but I've always lived in an urban environment and never needed one before thanks to public transit. In some ways, this SHOULD come before everything else, but I still live in an urban environment and still use public transportation for getting about... and if we do succeed in the first goal, it'll be some time before the bus is ready to roll on it's own power. Time is on my side with this, but it's still a goal.

10. Acquire some equipment to make our hobby of paranormal investigation a little better... like a thermal cam, portable digital disc recorder, and a few other sundry items... we aren't out to prove that ghosts are real, but we are out to try and answer some questions... and those "toys" would be invaluable to our cause.

11. Take my wife and I to a spa/inn somewhere in a historic part of Ontario to enjoy a three-day weekend where our only concern should be where we will go and explore next.

So, there you have it... take it for what it's worth... I doubt seventy-two hours would do it though...

Hey, at least you no know what would be happening if we win a lottery or come into a BIG windfall!

One wonders, however... perhaps I should have said that my "goal and dream was to bungee jump off the roof of RLH 3 while it was parked next to the Don River...

...that might have qualified and made the grade! :)

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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 01:48:23 pm, by Email , 124 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - Rock and Republic

I LOVE Rock and Republic jeans! They are smokin' hot, and look, and feel great on!

Today I've got a helping hand tip if you love the Rock and Republic look, and prefer shopping online.

Electric Ladyland carries all the latest must-have fashion items, and accessories at great prices! If you are into Disney Couture so cute, or True Religion, or Royal Plush you'll definitely want to check this online shop out!

Have a look by clicking through on the links, and you'll see why so many celebs prefer making their online purchases through Electric Ladyland!

Another big bonus for onlne shoppers is that they accept Paypal...and will soon be launching Electric Kids!

Definitely on the bookmarked list!!!

Our thanks to our sponsors!

Permalink 01:13:06 pm, by Email , 506 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff, Half-Butt Postings

Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino have been here before...

Yes, that's right... Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino have been here before...

Quentin and Uma

No! Not on the blog! (...at least, not that I'm aware of...)

They've been on the planet before.

Well... they feel they've been here in a past life.

I know Sue's planning a big post on past lives on The Paranormal Blog, but I thought I'd pop in early to say that there's a wee bit of weirdness when it comes to this and myself.

In all honesty, when it comes to past lives and reincarnation, I'm on the legitimate fence... agnostic, if you will.

...in fact, although there is some pointers to it being true within my own life, nothing terribly earth-shattering that made me subscribe to the theory whole hog...

Then, a couple of year (plus) ago, the bus stuff happened... and although I can't say I've taken the swerve whole-heartedly yet, I'd be a complete and utter liar if I didn't confess that if we are successful in our quest, when I first see the bus and actually "touch" it and "board" it... I will be making mental notes... and even desperately trying to keep Sue from making me a full-blown investigation and experiment...

What happened? Well, I already wrote about my possible past life connections (?) and the bus... and you can click here to read it...

So, is it possible? I don't know... but I promise, not here, but on The Paranormal Blog that SHOULD we succeed and SHOULD something "happen" with the bus and myself, I'll share it with you... even if I might feel like a thousand-pound butthead doing it.

Granted, if nothing comes of it, I'll let you know about that too.

...if it does, I'll also let Uma and Quentin know... I'm sure they'll be riveted!

...or wondering "Who is this Canadian loon with the bus and why is he trying to communicate with me???"

Ahh... restraining orders... what fun! :)

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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 01:11:21 pm, by Email , 201 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - Pay Per Post!

We want to take this opportunity to thank our friends at payperpost for being so good to us over the last several months! To date we have made about $1100.00 through them, which has helped us to get our bills under control from when Matthew was unemployed, and with general living expenses. By getting our house in order, we can really start to concentrate on making our dream a reality.

We recently sent payperpost a small green bus with our logo, and theirs on the side as a token to show our love, and support to them! And in return they've sent us some really cool PPP stuff, plus blogged about us!

Payperpost has been really good to us, and we have built friendships, a strong readership, and boosted our own traffic because of them! One of the neat things that I've personally learned by being with them is how to be a better blogger, via many of their tips, and suggestions offered through the PPP blog, and forums.

If you haven't already checked this terrific company out, please click on one of the links found within this entry.

Thank You Payperpost

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

05/09/07

Permalink 10:04:55 am, by Email , 210 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: Interior Shots of a Regent Low Height

Regent Low Height Platform
Regent Low Height Lower Saloon
Regent Low Height Upper Saloon (Pic 1)
Regent Low Height Upper Saloon (Pic 2)

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

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 10:00:02 am, by Email , 175 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Wedding Bells Are Ringing

No...not yet, for us anyway...but soon! It's Spring time though, and naturally the season of romance so my thoughts have turned to weddings, and wedding showers. :)

The last wedding that I was directly involved in the planning stages was my younger sister's ceremony. And as stressful as they say wedding planning can be, in truth I found it to be a lot of FUN!!! I liked helping with all of the little, but highly important details like the Wedding Favors, and keepsakes that made her day so very special to all of us. I've still got mine tucked away in my treasure box .. :)

My sister decided to go with Candle Wedding Favors much like the ones available through the link. Go have a look. They're beautiful, and add an extra special bit of elegance to the day. Like I said, I still have mine tucked away as a fond memory, and will go with something similar when it is my turn ... :)

From The Hopelessly Romantic Desk Of Sue

My Thanks To Our Sponsors!

Permalink 09:43:01 am, by Email , 222 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Like the new logo?

A little change is a good thing...

One Old Green Bus

Not a huge change, but I re-did the words "One Old Green Bus" in the TrueType named Underground just for something a little different...

Sue approves, what say 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 09:41:46 am, by Email , 253 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Leaving The Chores To Someone Else

Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to have SOMEONE else do the chores around the house for a change? Sure you have! I have! Heck you'd be hard pressed to find a single person walking the planet that hasn't!

Businesses outsource all the time, and now you can do the same with personal stuff if you Visit DoMyStuff.com now!

I think it's a great business concept, and sure to be a winner! The website is easy to use, and designed for both people in need of assistants, and people looking to become personal assistants.

In all honesty because I'm home at the moment I really wouldn't need such a service, but if I were constantly on the go as a busy professional, disabled or a senior like my parents (they would make use of this service for yard work, and heavy household chores like Spring clean-ups) then yes, I would definitely consider it.

Here is a screen shot of their website:

Like I said it's pretty user friendly. And if you are looking for local help with running errands, home office help, household chores like cooking, laundry, and cleaning they are worth checking out. You just post your task to the site, and prospective assistants then have the opportunity to bid for your task. I think giving people complete control, and the ability to give feedback is a good thing!

Go check out DoMyStuff.com and see if they can help you out.

Our thanks to our sponsors!

05/08/07

Permalink 09:53:02 am, by Email , 1013 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Feeling the burn...

Lately, and it may be because of the new job and/or the recent troubles with the hacking and upgrading of the blogs, my sense of urgency about trying to get the ol' dream off the ground is even more pronounced then usual.

Actually, I do believe it was and is that I must devote most of my time to coding, fixing, and genuinely script-and-database bug-killing... instead of working towards the dream.

What's worst, the new job is in the outskirts of the city... and in the suburban streets, I can't help but notice the wider thoroughfares and lack of overhead wires... and... *sigh*

What also prompted this was a post... a "meme"... sent to me by Ms. Demmie about goals where I repeated some stuff that Sue and our little one had said...

The reason I want to "re-bring it up" is that through all the nonsense of broken blogs and hackers, the meme kinda got buried... and these two bits of info are really important as to why we're doing this blog...

First of all, some people HAVE asked, and rightly so, if we feel a bit odd about basically being here BEGGING for help to make our dream come true and rescuing RLH 3... the short answer is yes.

We've taken our lumps... being called cyber panhandlers and being told how we were sacrificing our credibility and integrity by being so out about trying to garner help.

Now, that said, we made a joint decision a year and a bit ago... we were going to try.

After all, better to say we tried and failed then to say we failed without an attempt.

Now, this was when our little one had just turned ten... now she's turning twelve and, as you can imagine with the wonderful tweenaged feelings kicking in... she is a little more "cold" to what we're trying to do... in fact, I'm pretty sure she'd be slightly mortified if a friend at school said, "Hey! Aren't your parents the ones trying to get that double-decker bus?"... and she is AWARE this could happen.

That said, it was not at all long ago that Sue and I...

...were talking about "what if" we got the bus and just talking about if all our ducks in a row with the storage and how things would progress with the upkeep. The little one walked in, and coming in 3/4 of the way through the conversation and hearing us talking about storage and upkeep, lit up like a Christmas tree plugged directly into a giant dynamo at Niagara Falls and said, "You did it!?! Someone's getting us the bus!?!"

Now, the importance of this is that she's STARTING the "dissociated teen" moments... and when I say she "lit up", I ain't whistling Dixie. She looked as if I had just said, "We won the lottery and now we're going to skip you off school for a week and take you shopping on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles for some clothes."

In other words, the importance of seeing the dream come true is STILL exciting and important to her... and that made Sue and I both very happy... even if she "no sold" her depression when we broke the news that we had indeed NOT gotten the bus... yet.

Now, the other important thing mentioned in that meme was something Sue wrote...

I admit I've been stressed lately, which is probably why I dreamt of One Old Green Bus last night. No, not the blog ...silly...the bus!!!!

Matthew, the kid, dogs, and I were packed into the fully restored, and outfitted bus (no disco balls, this was a serious dream, and post. I was driving (natch!) and we were adventuring across Canada, driving through the mountains and off to visit our dear friend Heather and her clan in the wilds of British Columbia .... we were happy......sigh....

I honestly don't know if we will ever realise our dream of rescuing RLH 3 and restoring her, but she has provided me with so much hope for the future, and that alone makes our dream worthwhile.

Now, why this is so important to me is this was written without any coercion from me.

That probably may not mean much to folks, but as a husband, you're never sure if your dreams have overridden your partner's dreams... and that they are humouring you.

Sue has OFTEN said this was not the case, but you know, I'm never sure really...

...then she posted that "just 'cuz" and we talked... and yup, the dream is HONESTLY hers too.

So what's my point? Well, making this dream happen has meaning to me... and that's one thing... but it also has meaning to my whole family... and if we can do this, we can prove to our little one that, indeed, dreams CAN come true... and it's okay to ask for help to make them happen.

...and in some ways, that's the most important bit.

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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!

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Permalink 09:49:28 am, by Email , 227 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Hot Video Sharing Site

For years I suffered from a complete, and utter boredom with Western film, and stars, and to be honest I still rarely watch them. My own excitement in regards to films wasn't broken until I discovered bollywood! Bollywood offers what the west has too often been lacking for years in my opinion, fresh fun takes on storylines, talented actors, and writers, beautiful cinematography, and gorgeous stars!

Now I've discovered AapkaVideo which is a free online Indian video sharing service that offers bollywood videos, movie trailers, TV shows, user generated content, ans a lot more. Like I said, I just discovered them, but so far like what I see.

The site is free to everyone, and you just need to sign-up for an account. It is well set up, and users can easily browse through the categories to find their fave videos. If you have any questions they have an FAQ page, which I did read through, and they do offer user support.

They also have a contest for best video upload on a monthly basis! Winners receive a brand new iPod, how cool is that!

Have a look at AapkaVideo by clicking on the links in this entry, but be forewarned you'll end up losing yourself for hours over there. It's a lot of fun! Don't forget to bookmark the site!

Enjoy!

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Permalink 09:11:00 am, by Email , 561 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Please check your facts before publishing "The Truth"...

This will not be a long post... and all I can say is "ugh". Let's make this an open letter to some of the more "too-quick to pull the trigger" bloggers out there... some of whom got duped pretty mad and are publishing borderline statements as "fact" based on an e-mail they received...

Last night, I saw two blogs in my "travels" that posted the e-mail as "fact" and tossed in many of their own thoughts on the person and the "facts" they discovered via this e-mail... and they were venomous... so much so that I had to do my homework.

Thank God for Snopes... and here's my letter to those who are not doing their homework...

Dear Quick-To-Shoot Bloggers,

Before making a statement of fact based on information from questionable sources, consider visiting The Snopes Website.

...and remember, just because you want something to be true doesn't make it so.

If you wish to know what I'm talking about, click here and read... and that way, if YOU see this information being spouted as "fact", you can correct the person that sent it to you.

Remember, accurate news, as a rule, is truth... or at least substantiated by facts.

If you don't like someone's politics... fine... then go after their politics... but to go after what they have with only an e-mail as "backup"?

C'mon, you're giving conservatives a REALLY bad name... and I am a conservative in many regards myself!

Sincerely, The Guy in the Middle

This post isn't a shot at the "right" or the "left" of those of our neighbours to the South... but a plea... I'm not a supporter nor a detractor against the person in the e-mail as I am a Canadian... but to spew venom just because it serves a purpose be it based on falsehoods is not good... and something that regardless of whom and why it's spewed forth, should not be tolerated... and less so taken as "fact" by those with an agenda.

Blogs and websites are news and opinions... news, as stated, should be facts... opinions can be whatever you wish... but to combine fiction as news and sew it up with opinion and published as "fact" to anyone about anyone is wrong.

Facts win.

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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 09:09:18 am, by Email , 183 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Fixing Up The Bus

Saving Big Time On Automotive Supplies & Tools

Most of our readers already know that we are bargain hunters, and when making purchases on the internet will look for the best online coupons codes to use towards our purchases. Therefore I thought I'd give you guys a tip on saving money with automotive supplies, and tools coupons.

For instance you can get some great Auto Anything deals and save money with their coupon codes. Just click on the link.

Also with Tool King coupons you can save on shipping costs by getting a flat rate, along with money off all sorts of tool kits, and other merchandise.

The Home Marketplace online coupon codes will save you up to 50% on selected products. Many of their gadgets are hard to find as well, so this is a great deal in my opinion.

Have fun checking these out! Saving money is always a good thing!

I've also noted that the site has made scanning coupons much easier and there are some added "how-to" screen shots for some of the big name merchants pages to help newer coupon users out.

Enjoy!

Thanks to our sponsors!

05/07/07

Permalink 10:25:00 am, by Email , 1242 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff, Day Tripping & Travel

Historic Sites - Bring out your dead!

You would think with SOME people who run historic sites that talking about or even acknowledging their ghostly legends would cause the clouds to open up around the globe and a heavy rain of India Ink to descend to the Earth below.

This is largely due to the CSICOPian (pardon me, "Crime Scene Investigations" now,) stupidity of teaching SUPPOSED "learned men" (HAHAHAHAHA!) that acknowledging their ghostly stuff will "muddy the historical waters". They toss out that NO scientist would EVER acknowledge the existence of ghosts and that people will come for the ghosts, not the history.

Pardon me but WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP!

First of all, I've covered the MYTH that science says ghosts do not exist. Science does NOT say that ghosts do not exist... science merely states that there is as of yet no empirical evidence of the existence of ghosts... and as Dr. Carl Sagan, noted "so called sceptic", used to like to say, Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence.

...as for "muddying the historical waters" and people "only coming for the ghosts"... think hard...

The BEST ghost stories are not actually "ghost" stories... they are just stories that END with the words and since then, his/her ghosts has been seen...

This means you TELL THE STORY FIRST!

Also, when you have a story that's fanciful or truly in the realm of fiction/mythos/folklore, then tell the story ('cuz you KNOW everyone's going to hear it anyway!) and point out the historical flaws!

Remember: People like to look smart... and if you teach them the truth behind a fable, they LOVE to correct people with the facts. This is why Snopes is such a popular website.

Ergo: Sifting through and correcting the historical fact from the myth HELPS people learn the PROPER history.

As an "international example" of this, I did a page up on Torontoghosts about the somewhat recent Hampton Court "ghost video" to allow people to follow along... and in that page, I worked through several myths... Click here to read it... especially the bits about Henry being a fat man and Catherine Howard's run to the Chapel Royal.

Now, if THIS wasn't enough to convince you, try this experiment...

Bring in a classroom full of ten to twelve year olds, sit them on a bench in a historic site and talk about the lives and "comings" and "goings" of a particular site...

Within a few minutes, you'll have a whackload of bored, squirming children.

Now, sit them down and say, "Let me tell you about the GHOSTS of this site."

You will end up with a group enraptured with every word you have to say.

Use this attention to TELL the "ghost stories"... and ENSURE that there's enough historical data and fact that they actually (GASP!) learn something.

Now, you might THINK "using the ghosts" to "sell" a site is cheap... but is it? If it gets kids interested... and they drag their parents with them... and THEY become "smart" because they know the "facts"... what's cheap about that?

Face facts, historic site folks... most historic sites have a ghostly legend or two... and people know them... and re-tell them... and usually "embellish" them... and then cause MORE confusion. This is because many of you largely ignore them or won't discuss them...

Now, re-read the above and tell me what a BAD idea it is to possibly utilize them to help teach history?

Want an example? Okay...

A long while back, a woman wrote to us at Torontoghosts assured that she had NOT seen a "proper ghost"... you see, she had been at Old Fort York in Toronto and thought she saw an oddly dressed man. It was "after hours" when the fort's gates (not buildings) are sometimes left open to allow pedestrians access from Bathurst Avenue and Strachan Avenue and Garrison Road.

She was walking through the fort and saw a man in a "funny hat" and uniform resting near one of the buildings. She recognized the hat as a shako but the uniform perplexed her... it was not red (for the British Red Coats) or blue (American)... but green.

She decided to have a surreptitious closer look, but she took her eyes off the man for a second and when she looked back, he was gone. Vanished. In her own words, there's no WAT he could run or walk away fast enough.

Still, she was bothered... he was NOT dressed like a soldier and she wrote to us very confused.

I responded by telling her that although there were indeed British and American rifle regiments that wore green tunics, none of them, to the best of my knowledge, were stationed at Fort York.

...that said...

I introduced her to a regiment that was at Fort York during the battle that took place in 1813... The Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles.

The "Glens" were a Canadian group of well trained militia raised in Glengarry Township in what is now Ontario and stationed in York.

The "Glens" lost many men at The Battle of York... and they did, indeed, wear rifle-green uniforms (despite using muskets, not rifles...)


Thanks to the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles Website for the image above...

In telling the above story, you now know there was a battle in Toronto with the Americans in 1813. You now know that rifle companies wore green uniforms, not scarlet or blue tunics. You now know that the exception to this rule in Ontario was The Glengarry Light Infantry.

...and you'll probably retain much of this.

BUT ASK SOME HISTORIANS AND THEY'LL TELL YOU... it's garbage learning.

Now, considering I held TWO big events at Fort York and had people that were "life-long Toronto residents" asking for DIRECTIONS to the fort...

...but they came for the ghosts.

I suppose they now know garbage.

...considering they probably know more about the fort, the people in it, and the battles and what happened in them/after them than 75% of the tourists who come in and simply see "funny hats", "red coats", and canons.

...but what do I know? I'm an amateur, right?

Best to continue with the tried, true, and tired regiment of running through dates, names, clothing styles, and whatever the historic flavour of the day is... why try to get people interested in the past of their city, right?

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 10:09:00 am, by Email , 174 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Bookkeeping for the small business

I recently had the opportunity to review a website, and company that specialises in small business bookkeeping. Naturally since starting out my own home-based business earlier this year it is a topic of interest to me, and I'd like to write a bit about the site.

AccountingParadise.com is a great resource, and service for the subject of bookkeeping in general, payroll services, and accounting.

Through their site you can also receive a discount for people who need to purchase Quickbooks, which is a program I am somewhat familiar with, and do recommend.

If you would like some further information on how they work, and why they are a valuable bookkeeping service for the small business community then please do click on any of the links throughout this entry.

I would definitely consider them for my bookkeeping needs as my own small business starts to flourish. I was impressed with their affordable start-up rates.

From The Trying To Remove The Headaches Of Running A Home Based Business Desk Of Sue

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Permalink 09:04:28 am, by Email , 1790 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

BlogTalkers: Monday through Friday

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

From morning to night, walk us through a typical day for you. List the day’s activities by chronological order, or make it really challenging and take pictures throughout the day.

Hmmm... Well, I've often thought I'd do the picture thing one day, but to be honest, many of the folks in my travels would be a little wary of a guy with a camera... mostly because in the big city of three-million souls, everyone's a little paranoid. Still, I may try it on another day.

My Typical Day

6:30am Have small dog leap onto my chest and bark in my face... someone needs to pee... and so do I. Open door for puppies, try to hold it for that precious fifteen minutes I still have.

6:32am Puppies return from papers.. bring cats... insanity ensues on the bed as puppies and cats proceed to have a no-holds barred, over-the-top, tables-ladders-and-Buicks battle-royal to see who get's the honour of rubbing their furry butts in our almost sleeping faces on top of myself and Sue. Sue starts making odd noises that are definitely complaints. Apparently, we must do something.

6:35am Order is restored, cats are ejected, dogs somewhat settle down...

6:45am Radio flips on to a talk station... because of this, small black and white dog returns to my chest to bark in my face because they wish to have a rematch with the cats who are now outside the door.

6:50am Sue struggles to her feet to usually ensure she's first in the bathroom and can start the coffee. I desperately try to "snooze" for an extra minute or two.

6:52am It's difficult to snooze when a dog is rubbing it's butt in your face. I roll out of bed.

6:55am Attempt to go to the bathroom and expel uric acid. A difficult feat as the other small, black and white dog is greeting me as if I'd been away at sea for over a year (this despite sleeping in the same bed as me and being the tag-partner of the first dog in the epic battle with the cats in which I played the part of the wrestling mat). To try to "aim" while half asleep and a twelve-pound dog leaping onto your thigh to "greet" you. It ain't easy.

6:57am Wipe the toilet and avoid now having same greeting dog lick my face.

6:58am Look into mirror... enjoy camp-hair.

6:59am En route to kitchen, power up computer. Pass Sue at her desk mumbling how Technorati hasn't updated yet.

7:00am Make cup of coffee... extra sweet for the morning... take blood pressure meds... try to keep second small dog who's still greeting me from spilling coffee and all while I'm getting ready.

7:05am Sit at desk, open e-mail, discover my penis is too small, I'm not satisfying Sue enough, Canadian pharmacies will sell me cheaper medications (really?) and the usual e-mail... as a count, five pieces of spam to one "legit" e-mail. Suck back coffee... light cigarette... moan.

7:07am Sue shares something either from the blog, our message board, or her e-mail with me. Oddly enough, it rarely has to do with my penis being too small or how she isn't satisfied with our sex life.

7:10am In the distance, a terrible sound... a radio playing music... the beast awakens.

7:12am Normally an eleven year-old girl, this transformed creature who resembles Frankensteins monster having a bad day stumbles towards the bathroom... exits a few minutes later and complains bitterly about everything... literally.

7:15am I abandon Sue to this creature who's demanding breakfast and head to the shower.

7:17am In an attempt to clean the strategic locations of my body, find that the creature has used up most of the shampoo and conditioner and broken the soap into fragments. Manage to wash anyway.

7:30am Leave bathroom clean and smelling good. Bump into creature who now resembles the eleven year-old girl again and is usually in a much better mood.

7:32am Attempt to dress and look decent. Fail. Make do as is.

7:40am Go back to desk, find eleven year-old girl in shower still and Sue in a MUCH better mood now telling me about all the better things she's discovered online in the morning...

...or...

7:40am Go back to desk, find eleven year-old girl screaming that she's late, hungry, and hated breakfast... and has "no clothes" to wear... (the latter is usually really "the clothes I want are dirty and despite a full wardrobe, I don't want to wear anything else!") Find Sue having a small panic attack and frantically trying to knit together some form of normal morning...

7:45am Leave apartment... dodge the building super... not because I don't like the man or have a reason to "hide", but because he chats me up and makes me late.

7:50am Play sardine in this weird thing called "The Subway". Pack on to the train with the other millions of rats/lemmings and make my way to the office. Someone near me on the train will have either extreme halitosis or probably has the nickname with their friends of B.O. Plenty. Hold breath for 45 minute subway trip that should ONLY be 30 minutes... but is stretched out because of train delays. These usually upset "Jungle Breath" and "B.O. Plenty" who, because of the delays, seem to magically increase their odours.

8:35am Leave underground death trap that smells subway and head for bus... sadly, not the one we want... Thankfully, this bus is "against traffic" (I head North, most are heading South...) so I get to finally sit down. At that point, I usually discover someone's discarded chewing gum... scrape gum off butt.

8:45am Usually, around this time, something kills my MP3 player robbing me of a little entertainment... battery dies, song disappear... something. I always attribute this to karmic balance for leaving Sue with Frankenstein's monster while I shower.

8:55am Leave the wrong bus, head for office. Vow to buy car SOON.

8:58am Enter office. Greet fellow employees... I'd say more, but because of a non-disclosure, if I told you more, I'd have to kill you.

Somewhere between 12:30pm and 2:00pm Eat a healthy lunch Discover I neglected to pack lunch and left it in the fridge at home. Go to coffee truck (as the office is slightly remote from shopping centres and restaurants) and get a salad and sandwich made fresh during the Crimean War.

4:55pm Get excited! Home-time soon! Five O'Clock is near!!!

5:15pm Discover in my job, "quitting time" is really when the jobs are done... realise that, if I'm lucky, I might be out before Christmas... or my kid's graduation.

Between 5:15pm and 6:30pm RUN from the office... sprint... try to avoid eye-contact with fellow employees...

After Leaving Work Board wrong bus again heading in the opposite direction... find the bus populated with other people who work late... notice a tangible sense of anger and frustration within the atmosphere.

After Leaving Bus at Subway Station Board death-trap subway... because of late hour, miss rush hour and get a seat. Find new-used chewing gum on seat. Scrape off pants.

Entering Home Sue ALWAYS greets me great (seriously!) and the eleven year-old greets me with either a request for money, complaint about hunger, or shouting that her mother isn't letting her "do" something.

Settling In Relax... boot computer, check e-mail, message board, and blogs in that order. Discover new bugs, complaints, anger, resentment, and other issues with online world... try not to stress about it.

Dinner A good thing! No complaints! Sue does it right!

After Dinner Listen to complaints, listen to stressors, read complaints and stressors via e-mail, get asked redundant questions via e-mail and whatnot that make me stressed. Wonder why I need blood pressure meds? Try to decide if I should take up drinking again.

8:55pm Sue tells eleven year-old girl that it's close to bed time... she reacts as if Sue just sprung a pop-physics exam on her... there is much bitterness and gnashing of teeth... sometimes screaming.

9:10pm Sue wins the battle of bedtime. All, for now, is quiet.

9:15pm Work on blogs, answer e-mails.

9:30pm Sue interrupts above work with telling me that she's "shutting down" and moving to the couch... my sense of urgency kicks in and I start working faster...

9:45pm Sit on couch, destress with Sue and a "ciggy".

(Most Nights) 10:00pm As assistant super in my building, lock up garbage room and laundry room. Check floors. (Only four...)

10:15pm Come in... Sue wants to go to bed... shut down computer, go to bathroom, brush teeth, look at non-camp hair and muse what it will look like in the morning. EGADS!

10:30pm Go to bed... find Sue in bed on her side... and two small black and white dogs on mine. Try to eject dogs, they are never accommodating...

10:40pm Finally arrange pets appropriately on bed, snuggle in to Sue, roll onto back with book... Sue immediately drops her book, says to me It's okay, you can still read which is not code... she means it... but guilt plays on me. Roll over to place book on night-shelf. While doing this, one or both small black and white dogs return to ensure I cannot return to my normal position.

10:45pm Re-organise pets with much gnashing or teeth... snuggle into Sue... shut off light.

Somewhere around 11pm or thereabouts Sleep. Dream about when the eleven year-old becomes a real teenager and what my day will be like then... weep quietly in my sleep.

REPEAT steps from 6:30am.

This is pretty much it... save weekends... which are usually a lot more relaxed.

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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 09:00:22 am, by Email , 285 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Getting Older

When I first turned forty a few months back I blogged about how things really don't seem all that different from the last decade, but that was not quite true. Subjects like menopause, and my over all health have become a greater concern for me.

My mother began menopause in her mid forties, and I am very much aware that the same might probably happen with me too. And I'd be lying if I didn't say that in part the thought of going through it gives me some anxiety.

I did check out a great online resource for women, that discusses things like menopause memory problems which can be scary as my memory is already faulty. However, the article is a big comfort because it is written in such a way as to impart knowledge in a caring, compassionate, and easy to understand manner.

There is an article for women like myself that discusses the early signs of menopause that I read over.

The site also discusses things like natural herbal treatments for menopause symptoms something I find of much personal interest.

There is a companion E-book entitled Menopause A to Z to go along with these great articles that I think would make a terrific resource not only for myself, but all women going through or getting to that age where menopause is starting to be a concern.

I know that some women go through it like a breeze, and I firmly believe when it comes to health, knowledge is half winning the battle. Therefore I've bookmarked the site for further reading, and will download this book.

From The Middle Age Shouldn't Have To Be Scary Desk Of Sue

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05/06/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 835 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: People that just do things 'cuz they can...

Blog yer Blessings

Folks that do things "Just 'Cuz They Can" is a double-edged sword sometimes, but I'm talking about the more altruistic types...

I hope we've all heard the stories about people that make a bunch of sandwiches and then hand them out to the homeless and/or hungry... or the folks that decide to suddenly clean a park to the best of their ability...

These are done not for a "brownie point" or for recognition most times... but they are done just 'cuz.

Now, here's the other edge of that sword... this week, we were hacked not once, but twice.

The SQL Databases on the blogs were hacked to stop allowing people to comment... OR we could release all "spam killers" and then comments would work. Chances are, this wasn't a "hack just 'cuz", but the spammers working to earn their daily bread.

...but the second hack WAS a "just 'cuz" situation...

Someone found an exploit on our main paranormal server... a piece of nasty software that we'd long stopped using, but neglected to delete... and this gave the hackers a "back-door" in... and they deleted the entire contents of our server leaving only a message that we had been hacked.

They were also nice enough in that message to let us know who "they" were and where to find them online... and why did they delete a decades worth or work by a group of people working in a non-profit situation?

The comment on their message board was Go look at this! ROTFLMAO!

Thankfully, we do relatively constant backups, but we did lose a day-and-a-half's worth of work... and the enterprise cost us $15 in a "restore fee" on our server.

Again, nothing like finding your hard work deleted so someone could ROTFLMAO.

...now, we SHOULD be cursing and feel cursed... but you know what...

#1: The fellow that built the original "spam killer" which was working so wonderfully on this blog built a new and better one for the "newer" version of the blog software... so we updated and are using it with 100% effectiveness.

Total Cost to us for This Man's Work? Nothing. He gives the thing away.

#2: The software that we use for our backups worked brilliantly and saved us from probably a living nightmare of losing a tonne of work.

Total Cost to us for This Package Which Probably Took Months to Perfect? Nada. It's freeware.

That's online two situations...

I look through my computer and see dozens and dozens of "free" software things I use... and much of our blogware and whatnot are free... and our message boards... and many, many other things.

...and why do these people GIVE their efforts in building this software away? Just 'cuz.

Sure, they ask occasionally for donations (although the "spam killer" and the backup software we use doesn't) but these folks KNOW that their efforts helped save us... and countless others... so they just do it...

"Just 'Cuz."

Come to think about it... see that thermometer on the sidebar? Sure, it's not gone up a whole lot... and still has a ways to go... but why has it moved at all? It's because people that could, did... and they did it "Just 'Cuz"... and we appreciate it as their "Just 'Cuz" may make an entire family's dream come true... how great is that?

So my blessing for today is a shout-out to ALL those who do GOOD things just because they can... without 'em, we here would have been sunk.

Bless you folks... I will return the karmic favour in some way to someone, I assure you.

Oh, and don't forget... if you tried to comment here earlier and couldn't, we are fixed up! Comment away! ...oh, and DO let me know if the blog "looks weird" or "doesn't work"... it is a new upgrade and basically a new installation... if there's a bug to fix, I'll fix it ASAP!

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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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05/05/07

Permalink 01:58:46 pm, by Email , 122 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!

Forgive my language, but SCREW YOU SPAMMER-HACKERS!

Yup, you defeated the OLD blog's ability to keep you out of my hair, but this be the NEW blog and the spam features seem to be working GREAT!

I dare say I have some work ahead tweaking and whatnot... but COMMENTING IS BACK on this here blog and it's tested and working!!!!

YAY!!!!

(...and yes, I'll be "updating" the other blogs that have been giving us grief over the last few days!)

I promise some goodly posts HERE shortly... let me tweak and ensure all is working well first...

Internet Explorer Users: As this was a MAJOR re-vamp, PLEASE let me know if there's any problems through IE (like the sidebar missing or whatnot.)

Permalink 07:14:45 am, by Email , 40 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

We still got the no commenting blues...

*Sigh*

I'm hoping that by today, I'll have the comments back up and running... it's been a complete mess.

Thanks for sticking with us... and sorry about the lack of posts and delays... we should be up and running shortly.

05/04/07

Permalink 12:19:34 am, by Email , 436 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Stupid B-List Celebrity Quotes

Forget that last entry about no List-er-ino Friday today! I Sue-per Blogger to the rescue...will write up this entry, on "Stupid B-List Celebrity Quotes!" Yeah, I know they are a dime a dozen, but what do you want for a fill in .. ;)

"I didn't know how to wear a tampon, and I thought if I wasn't a virgin, maybe they'd fit better."

Valerie Bertinelli on losing her viginity.

"It seemed that my wife Shirley was always pregnant until we found out what was causing it."

Pat Boone on why his wife never travelled with him.

"Sometimes they don't smell too good, so love can have no nose."

Former televangelist sidekick Tammy Faye Bakker preaching about the poor.



"I'm not a psychotic bimbo cheerleader...people thought that for awhile."

Jenny McCarthy on people's misconceptions

"I don't care if people think I am an overactor. People who think that would call Van Gogh an overpainter."

Jim Carrey on overstatements ... ok so he's considered A-List, BUT you've got to admit some of the movies he has been in are definite B-List material....

"It's about time that people forget that image of strip clubs as seedy places...Rather today's strip clubs are capital-intensive female-empowerment zones....."

Demi Moore on Strip Clubs right after her dreadful (I forgot the name) film on the subject.

And that brings a close to this week's List-er-ino Friday. Brought to you by Sue-per Blogger...and no fear I'm certain Matthew will be back at the helm for next Friday ... :)

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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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05/03/07

Permalink 09:29:12 pm, by Email , 284 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

List-er-ino Fridays is on hold thanks to...

HACKERS AND SPAMMERS!

Yup, someone has hacked and "defeated" our spam killer... sorta...

If you try to leave a comment, it will tell you that you messed up... even if you haven't!

Best part, I removed the spam-bot killer and GUESS WHAT!?!

Within literally FIVE MINUTES, I had porn spam in the comments section!

I'm tracing IPs, trying to restore whatever the hell they messed up, and generally being VERY grumpy and reconsidering my stance on strict gun control when it comes to these weenies.

BEAR WITH US, we'll get the blogs back PROPERLY as soon as possible...

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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 11:51:33 am, by Email , 121 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays, Fixing Up The Bus

Helping Hands Thursday - Automotive Accessories

I had the opportunity to take a look through the Yocar.com site a little earlier this morning, and thought I'd tell you guys a bit about it. Regular readers like Chargerguy take note because Yocar.com is a leading aftermarket accessories online supplier, and I know you are going to be interested in what they've got to offer.

If you are looking for billet grilles, steering wheels, air intakes, Simon Dash Kits, and more at good bargain prices then my impression from visiting the site is that your one-stop internet shop is Yocar.com.

Definitely a worthwhile look for the car dealer, they also have instructional videos, and a free Automotive Industry Newsletter to boot.

Our thanks to our sponsors!

Permalink 10:20:14 am, by Email , 1041 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Fixing Up The Bus

Gooooooooals! - Jinkies! I've been tagged!

Henderson takes the shot HE SCORES!

No, not like the one being celebrated above... (I remember that goal vividly though... YAY HENDERSON!)

Ms. Demmie has kindly tagged me... and most of you know I'm not big on being "tagged", but this one is a good one for this here blog... it's about goals.

It originates from Alex Shalman and works thusly...

Now, I've modified his rules a bit for me, and I'm listing both my "realisitic - no option - must succeed" goals with my dreams... which are goals as well... if that makes any sense.

...and although he's given me "no limits" to the amount of bloggers I can tag, Ms. Demmie only tagged four... therefore so shall I.

Ahem... Without further adieu, MY GOALS!

  • Short Term: Solidify new job, get healthy, get drivers license. (Don't ask... but if you must know... new job WILL eventually require me to have one...)
  • Consuming Goal and Dream: Acquire Regent Low Height #3, of course! (This one NEEDS to be expedited... which is why this blog and it's related pages exist!)
  • Longer Term: Straighten out debts, get finances in order.
  • Long Term: Buy home for family and animals. Ensure school "funds" exist for kids university or college.
  • Really Long Term: Set up comfortable retirement for Sue and myself.

Now, I guess I should face facts... I'm really, REALLY hoping that the "bus dream" will happen much sooner than later for many reasons... not the least of which is it's likely fate if we don't act fast (scrapped).

Also, it's vitally important for me to achieve this not only because it was such a beacon of goodness during some very, VERY hard times, but I do want to show my stepdaughter (eleven-years old) that dreams CAN come true if you work for them... which I am as well as hoping someone reading this will help.

Again, if I may share some words from my kid and Sue from a while back...

The other day, (Sunday last week, actually,) Sue and I were talking about "what if" we got the bus and just talking about if all our ducks in a row with the storage and how things would progress with the upkeep. The little one walked in, and coming in 3/4 of the way through the conversation and hearing us talking about storage and upkeep, lit up like a Christmas tree plugged directly into a giant dynamo at Niagara Falls and said, "You did it!?! Someone's getting us the bus!?!"

It was sad to explain that no, we were just talking about the "what if"s, but it was GREAT to see that, obviously, tweenager bravado aside, she still is excited that we might succeed.

Actually, that makes this effort all the more important to me personally... I now NEED to prove to my stepling that, indeed, putting effort into things AND sharing your dream AND working towards your dream WILL WORK.

...and...

From my wife Sue... I admit I've been stressed lately, which is probably why I dreamt of One Old Green Bus last night. No, not the blog ...silly...the bus!!!!

Matthew, the kid, dogs, and I were packed into the fully restored, and outfitted bus (no disco balls, this was a serious dream, and post. I was driving (natch!) and we were adventuring across Canada, driving through the mountains and off to visit our dear friend Heather and her clan in the wilds of British Columbia .... we were happy......sigh....

I honestly don't know if we will ever realise our dream of rescuing RLH 3 and restoring her, but she has provided me with so much hope for the future, and that alone makes our dream worthwhile.

See? More important than ever in some ways... and right now, it's either a lottery win or capturing enough help online... *sigh*...

So, I 'spose you COULD say that THIS is the main goal...

...but let me be honest with you...

The other ones must come first.

Although there is a possibility we'll succeed and get the bus, it's a given we will get older, we will need a more stable and permanent home, and thankfully, the kid has GREAT grades and like her big sister, will need help getting to the next plateau after she finishes high-school... those are givens... the bus is sadly not... I may not be in time before she becomes scrap metal...

...I mean it kills us ALL to think that RIGHT NOW, she's in a barn near Santa Rosa, California... being used as a very large garbage can.

So, I hope you're with us with warm thoughts and even prayers that we can make this goal of getting one old green bus a reality... and that nothing will impede that goal...

Wayne Thomas

...not even my boyhood idol, Wayne Thomas of the Toronto Maple Leafs although he was AWFULLY good at stopping goals back in the day!

...okay, lame reason to slap up a pic of my all-time favourite Leaf... but hey, any port in a storm, right?

OKAY, bloggers to tag... my four...

Threecollie at Northview Diary
Kuanyin at Who's Yo Mama
CyberCelt at Texas RV Travel: USAer Blog
Patrick at High Strangeness Altoona

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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 10:15:29 am, by Email , 233 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - Free Stuff

Today is our Helping Hands Thursday feature on the One Old Green Bus Blog. If you are new around here or one of our irregular readers, Thursdays are our day to write about cool stuff we've discovered on the net, fun stuff we've stumbled across, and because we are such bargain hunters, great online deals we've come across. So without further ado let me tell you a bit about today's featured website, and company.

Free stuff is always a good thing right??? Yes, of course I'm right! Currently Wirefly is offering new users a free Bluetooth Headset with many of their T-Mobile phones. Now that is pretty cool in my opinion considering the phones alone are quite valuable, and good quality. The headset is just a nice added bonus ... :)

Also right now, they are offering the hard to find Motorola PEBL, which I understand is quite sought after so you'd better check this offer out pronto! It is also listed as a time limited offer. I went, and had a look at the phone myself earlier on today, and I must say I was impressed not only by it's look, which is hot, but perhaps more importantly by the features it includes.

Great phones, and service with an added bonus! Definitely worth checking out! Just click on one of the links in this entry. .. :)

Have a great Thursday!

Our thanks to our sponsors!

05/02/07

Permalink 11:24:33 am, by Email , 215 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: Four Old Green Buses (RTs)

Four Old Country Buses
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 11:22:54 am, by Email , 122 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Getting Noticed!

As you can tell we are always looking for new ways to promote One Old Green Bus that will get us some attention, and noticed by a wider audience of readers.

Getting listed on the Big Web Links Directory is a great way to do just that, especially for brand new sites in need of some extra notice. Not only is the Big Web Links Directory rated by Google as a PR 7 site, and growing, but they allow you to bid for placement within their directory. That is so cool, considering most other directories are run like a popularity contest, and only the already well known sites get top exposure. Definitely the directory to get listed on!

Our thanks to our sponsors!

Permalink 10:52:03 am, by Email , 445 words   English (CA)
Categories: Any News?, Wednesday Snippets

I'm retiring Wednesday Snippets...

Yup, it's time to "deep six" the Wednesday snippets... at least for the time being.

Honestly, the learning curve at the new job has taken a MASSIVE upswing and I'm just beat. Whacked out. Tired. Dopey. Bushed. Drowsy. Sleepy. Sapped of strength. Wanting to curl up in the arms of Morpheus.

Dawg Tired

I'm jest dawg tuckered out!

...not too mention, I've had ZERO time to look through the news items to find the whackier ones to talk about here this week... which I can honestly say I miss muchly!

So, since this post category is EASILY my most difficult posting item every week, I'm just putting aside until things cool off and I find a good balance of personal time and work.

What really sucks about all this is the lack of ability to really "cruise the blogsphere" like I used to... *sigh*

Zzzzzzzz

STILL, this isn't me "giving up" on posting... FAR FROM IT... I just think I'll be taking it easier on Wednesdays and Thursdays... granted, Thursday's are traditionally Sue's blogging days here... but none-the-less...

Besides, me give up? NO CHANCE! I got a dream I HAVE to make come true!

...but I reserve the right to rest! :)

That said, WORDLESS WEDNESDAY will still be happening! I enjoy that too much to stop! :)


Here's a weird one for ya...

Whacky Numbers

Above is a screen shot of my basic stats... notice the big dip on the weekend past... Sue figgers it's the nice weather we've been having... did some good numbers yesterday though... but what a roller-coaster ride of traffic, eh?

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

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

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 10:50:00 am, by Email , 309 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Helping Troubled Teens


As the parent of three girls, one an adult now, another seventeen, and the baby who will be turning twelve soon I can empathise with other parents over the struggles of parenting during the teenage years. At best they can be difficult, especially with what in my mind are the stresses teens are facing today. Far more then I think just a generation before, and believe I think back to my own teen years, and think sometimes I'm just happy to have survived them! I know in some ways I put my own parents through a lot of stress, but I think to myself it could have been worse.

What happens when a teen's problems are beyond what a loving parent can do on their own? I have an answer in a website I reviewed today. Sometimes a Teen Help Boot Camp is the best answer to help an otherwise good kid, who might have gotten caught up in some bad things get back on track. However, there are so many listings, that it can be difficult in finding one that you would be comfortable with, and is best suited for your child.

Boot Camps For Struggling Teens can help you find the right facility for your circumstances, and also include alternatives to boot camps that you might want to consider as well. With their expertise assisting you in the decision making process your teen has a better chance of getting the right help for them in my own humble opinion. I know that if I had to go this route, I would want knowledgeable, and non-judgemental advice too.

I don't believe their is any shame in seeking help, but it is a shame when a young person needs that little bit of extra help to a successful life path, and doesn't receive it.

Our thanks to our sponsors.

05/01/07

Permalink 10:20:21 am, by Email , 694 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Okay, I'm a little scared... sorta...

Sue will tell you, sleeping with me (or more realistically, TRYING to sleep with me in the same bed) is a dicey thing... and not for the reasons some of you are probably thinking...

Pity Poor Sue

Apparently, every few months, in a deep sleep, I'll start violently kicking my leg. It's even more pronounced when I'm under stress or extremely exhausted...

Well, today Sue was at our doctors for a check-up and mentioned this "problem" to him... which, apparently, kept Sue awake much of last night.

Since she's my wife (and I'd given permission to share information with her about me,) he pretty much diagnosed on the spot... Sleep Apnea.

Yup, apparently and occasionally, I forget to breath while I'm asleep leading to a...

...minimum 10 second interval between breaths, with either a neurological arousal (3-second or greater shift in EEG frequency, measured at C3, C4, O1, or O2), or a blood oxygen desaturation of 3-4 percent or greater, or both arousal and desaturation.

Translation: I shakes and quakes as my brain strains for oxygen.

The good news is he feels that I don't need a mask... something severe sufferers have to deal with that forces air into their lungs at night... but he was quite to the point with Sue...

Medical Help

With my blood pressure problems, smoking, and yes, I'm overweight... I'm playing on borrowed time if I don't make some major lifestyle changes.

Ergo: You're about to read something I've never said before (honestly!) or written before...

I will lose my belly between now and New Years... I will quit smoking before September.

Yup, I'm serious... it's lifestyle change time for me... and that's something I've never SERIOUSLY said before...

Now please, don't give me "diet tips" or recommend programs or whatever... and CERTAINLY please don't suggest any drugs... I will do this by a combination of several things...

For the losing weight...

#1: Eat less.
#2: Exorcise.
#3: Allow myself "one eating day" to indulge.
#4: Give up "sweets" (save a MODERATE amount on my eating day.)*
#5: No more sugary pop and juice... water only. Two litres per day.

* - This will be Saturdays with holiday exceptions... such as Christmas dinner, thanksgiving, etc... but those will be ONE BIG MEAL exceptions with family.

For quitting smoking, I'll just go "cold turkey"... and work like a demon through the cravings... I'll employ the "sips of water" to beat them.

Yup, starting THIS MORNING, I'm cutting back and I mean it...

I'm gonna try like heck to ensure that I can see all my (step)grandchildren... so I can ensure that I can tell them what pickles their mothers were.

...in the more immediate time, I need to be alive and healthy to work on the bus if we get it... so I can ensure that while two of my steplings are young enough, I can pick them up at "social functions" with it which would be HIGHLY embarrassing to them... apparently...

Wish me luck... but luck isn't what's required... willpower is... and I will succeed. I have to... it's really a matter of life and death.

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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 10:15:34 am, by Email , 198 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Bargain Hunting Online

I'm a bargain hunter, I love to save money when, and if possible on all of my online purchases. Who doesn't??? Today, I thought I'd give you readers a tip based on my experience of visiting Jaco.com, which is a must sign-up, and bookmark site for all bargain hunters! They provide online coupon codes, and deals for numerous online shops, and retailers.

Book lovers like us can obtain Amazon coupons from the website, and right now they have an ongoing deal to save you up to 45% on Amazon's top 100 book picks. How cool is that!

I was also checking out their page for hot deals from Things Remembered, which offers some great finds in their clearance section. With Mother's Day only a week, and half away you might want to check this page out for gift ideas pronto!

There are other services like Jaco.com on the net, but I think you might be able to save quite a bit through them. Like I said I was very happy with the Amazon savings being offered, you can't beat 45% of the hottest books!

It's fun, and easy to use, go check it out!

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 05:30:00 am, by Email , 658 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, General Shtuff

The Hot Dog Man Cometh... WITH A CONTEST!

It's fairly rare that I blog about someone I add to the ol' sidebar of doom's link list, but this is one of those exceptions!

...and no, this is NOT a "sponsored post"!

The Hot Dog Truck rocks. Simple and to the point.

The Hot Dog Truck

Call him an entrepreneur, this Sox fan bought a "beat up" old hot-dog truck in Massachusetts with one goal in mind... Serve the best hot dogs. According to him, and I have no reason to doubt this, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Man, reading about his truck and the comings and goings, once we get our bus, Sue and I are just going to HAVE to take a road trip to Southborough - 155 Boston Road (route 30) - and check out a tasty treat ourselves! (I'll have to plan it for one of my "eating days"... as you'll see in my last post...)

The surly cart vendors in downtown Toronto could learn a thing or two from this energetic, upbeat, and genuinely friendly fellow!

Anyway, if all this wasn't enough to recommend a visit whilst you're out in the blogsphere... The Hot Dog Cart Is Having a Contest!

Yup, The Cash Money Contest!

If I may steal a bit from his blog...

I have a Tip Bucket at the Hot Dog Truck. Written on the bucket are the words "Hot Dog Truck Operator's Relief Fund." Customers drop a lot of change into the bucket to show their appreciation for eating the best hot dogs. I take the bills out every day but I let the change build up until it gets almost full, then I pop over to a Coinstar Machine and cash it in for folding money.

So I am going to have a contest related to this bucket. The PRIZE FOR THIS CONTEST will be ONE HALF of what is contained in the "Hot Dog Truck Operator's Relief Fund" as of May 31, 2007! You will need to guess the total amount of cash in the bucket without going over. Who ever is closest to the total amount without going over (can you tell I've watched the Price is Right) will win the cash! (I will actually send a money order but "cash" sounds so much better...) The "Fund" is pictured below. Hopefully the other objects in the picture will give you an idea of the size of the container. FYI it holds 5 pounds of Tuna Salad.

Tip Bucket

So there you have it...

Now, if you want in on this contest (hey, I'm going to try... for the "bus fund"...) all you have to do is click here and read the details and ENTER!

Hey, even you, my gentle readers, have to see why we her at the Ol' Green Bus are lovin' this fellow, his blog, and are looking forward to indulging in the best hot dogs at his fine establishment! (Hopefully, in our bus!)

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 05:02:39 am, by Email , 270 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Online Poker For Mac Users

When I first cane across Mac Poker Online I had no idea that online poker was even available to Mac users, probably because I'm not a Mac user nor have I tried playing poker online. Goes to show you what I know eh!

Well I do know that some of our readers are Mac users from our stats, and I also know a good website both in design, and content when I see one, and that is exactly what Mac Poker Online is, a good resource for the Mac poker player!

Here are a few things you can expect from your visit to Mac Poker Online:

Honest reviews of poker sites, like this one on Fulltilt Poker, the ratings and feedback give you a reliable idea on what you can expect.

Do a comparison for yourself by looking at the review of offered of Pacific Poker versus the article on PokerStars, both give an honest opinion, and evaluation, and are not just stating these are great click here.

Mac Poker Online also offers sign-up tips, and bonuses you can receive on their page listed as Online Casino Bonuses, which in itself is a bonus to poker players.

There are numerous other articles to read through on the website, and if I were rating sites myself I would give this one a 9/10 for content in particular, and ease of use second.

Again, go have a look for yourself if you are interested in the subject matter. The site is free to use, and you'll be impressed with the amount of good information to be found there.

Our thanks to our sponsors!

Permalink 05:00:00 am, by Email , 488 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

No one will ever accuse me of being an artist...

Gosh darn it, I been TAGGED!

Roy at For Your Success, the blighter, tagged my sorry butt with a meme of sorts.

Apparently, it's a "tag" thing... but since I'm not a huge fan of the meme, I have no intention of forcing my "choices" to do anything... if they find this post and wish to indulge, that will be by their own hand...

You can all blame someone named Anthony at The Lives and Times... who was taken with a program he was playing at on jacksonpollock.org that creates "online images" akin to the artist.

According to his blog,

Log into JacksonPollock.org, create a picture, post it and tag five other asking them to do the same. I'm interested to see how this plays out; so I'm asking that once you've posted your picture you write a comment on this post with the URL of your picture post. Also, that you ask the people you tag to do the same, write a comment on this post.

I'm not one for forced artistic and creative endeavours, but I do honour the "meme" code of blogging and shall do the required thing... here's my creation...

Dumb Dumb Dumb

I call it... well, I really don't call it.

Anyway, I'm "duty bound" to list five blogs to tag... so here we go...

BBC "The Editors" blog, Rosie O'Donnell, Dooce, Buzz Machine, and CBS News and Editorial Forum.

Gee, did I stack the deck a little?

I apologise to Roy... but MAN ALIVE, this one is JUST NOT FOR ME!

...but allow me to perhaps "make up" for this...

*IF* this if your kinda thing, PLEASE and BY ALL MEANS, visit For Your Success and/or The Lives and Times.

After all, one guy with a whacky bus dream's poison could be another person's gourmet cuisine!

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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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For Webmasters and Computer Users On The Go

I was reading about an online service called Spyshakers.com the other day, and it really caught my interest. In fact I've already forwarded their link to a few friends to check out, and thought some of our readers may be interested in this service as well.

Spyshakers.com, sounds so James Bondish doesn't it is the perfect service for people who must access their websites, and passwords from other computers. It provides the ultimate in protection spyware when away from the home or office PC. It's also a great little back-up in case you suffer a crash, and lose all your info.

I watched the demo video on the Spyshakers.com, and was impressed with the level of service they are offering, not only are you protected from spyware, but your data is kept completely private, and confidential. The admins themselves cannot access your passwords.

If you haven't already checked them out, you might want to click on their link, and watch the demo for yourself, and read through their FAQ page. You've got nothing to lose, plus their service is free to end users like us. Cool eh!

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October 28th, 2009

See the "latest post" on the left here... I've decided to concentrate on other work so this blog is kinda done for me... THANKS kindly to my friends and regular readers... and as you'll note, I am still loitering in the blogsphere... and I'm still online... and I honestly haven't given up hope that we will get our dream bus one day! (We've just gotten REALLY quiet about it...)

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As of October 28th, 2009, this blog went inactive... basically, the blogger here has moved on to bigger and better...

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