Archives for: June 2007

06/30/07

Permalink 06:15:51 pm, by Email , 973 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

I'm confused about Michael Moore and America...

I did it again... there I was, hitting the blogsphere through BlogSoldiers, BlogMad, and BlogExplosion and I found out I was mistaken...

This Man Hates America

Through this random surfing, I became confused... Perhaps it's me, but I don't understand something that I keep seeing in the blogsphere on certain blogs that doesn't make sense to me...

Basically, I understand what Michael Moore is... he's an admitted propagandist. He makes propaganda films. He staunchly believes in his causes and believes that if people listened and acted on his words, America would be a better place.

...that said...

Some thoughtful bloggers have set me straight. (Remember, I'm just an ignorant Canadian, after all!)

Apparently, to dislike something done by a political party you do not support is not good... to actively work to change the process is worse... and to publicly criticize it is even worse... and to produce evidence that does support your claims is treasonous.

Several blogs have suggested deportation/exile to solve the "Moore" problem... two I found actively suggested bodily harm should come to him...

This is pretty severe, in my eyes... but again, I'm a stupid Canadian.

In his film, Bowling for Columbine, Moore's message was that guns were easy to buy and own for young people and a society that promotes guns was destined, if everyone had them, to suffer much gun violence. His actions managed to get K-Mart to stop selling ammunition that no hunting rifle uses... which he demonstrated by having a teenager go in and purchase (loads of rounds) without issue.

This, apparently, was bad... very bad...

I don't understand why, but again, ignorant Canadian over here!

His next film, Fahrenheit 9/11 suggested that President George W. Bush was not a good executive in private business. (This is true.) It suggested he had many Arab business partners and supporters. (This is also true.) It suggested that he utilized the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001 to start the war on Iraq. (He did, and admitted he did... he said it was due to "faulty intelligence".) The film also suggested that the armed forces recruits people from the "lower classes" and poorer neighbourhoods. (Which they do, but it is a way for those who can't "afford" to make their way up a social ladder to have a lift up.) And, when he could, he tried to ensure that the president he was on about was painted in a bad light and hoped that it would swing the voting. (It didn't.)

This was grounds for nasty threats and suggestions of deportation or exile.

Now, his new film, Sicko, documents the shortcomings of the American medical systems... pointing out things like Guantanamo Bay prisoners get free health care where most Americans don't. (This is true.) That other countries like Britain, France, and Canada and even Cost Rica do have universal health care and therefore healthier, longer-lived societies. (This is true.) And he's suggested that the wealth of America could and should afford to give its citizens good and universal health care. (It does and in my opinion, it should.)

This is NEW grounds for calling for his departure... or at least, a good "hide-tanning".

Now, stop me if I'm wrong here... but isn't the freedom of the press and the freedom of speech kinda what he's practising? Haven't all his facts been proven more-or-less correct? Is it me, or did he hit the nail on the head a while back and now many of his "outrageous lies" are now accepted facts even by those he was criticizing?

Also, isn't it the basis of a democratic society to allow for diverse views on what is happening with politics and the government? Isn't this exorcising his right to show his viewpoint and present his facts in relation to them?

Apparently I'm wrong... but hey, I'm that ignorant Canadian, remember?

One thing that perplexes me though...

If someone, even if they're wrong, is trying to improve something and working towards that improvement, doesn't that show they care for that thing they want to improve?

...but apparently, Michael Moore hates America.

Many people, especially in the blogsphere, believe this... so it must be true.

Hey, remember... ignorant Canadian here!

I'm funny... I watched the movies... and then went online... and checked facts and figures (remember: Stupid Canadian - Ignorant of America!) and although Michael Moore is a big fat liar, I'm still trying to find out what he's lied about?

I guess it's like he hates America... and perhaps, if I was an American, I'd understand better...

So, using this logic, I suppose, when Clinton was in power, this made many people on the opposite sides traitors and treasonists who hated their country... like Kenneth Star for example...

Hey! I'm a Stupid Canadian!

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 331 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays: Taking a day off...

It's the Saturday of a long weekend... no work until Tuesday to celebrate Canada's 140th Birthday!

Because of this, I'm kinda taking a day off here... mostly because I want to do GREAT posts for tomorrow (for "Blog Your Blessings" and "Blog Talkers"...) and because with new computer comes the new job... getting old laptop ready for new owner being one of the steplings as it's a laptop.

So, considering the GLORIOUS weather we were blessed with this weekend here in Toronto (PERFECT weather!) and this new job, I'm taking a day off from the blogsphere to return tomorrow with at least two boffo posts.

Here's some "best of" posts for those needing their fix...

- My Most Prized Possession (Scroll down a bit...)
- Damn. (Terrorist Arrests in Toronto)
- Answering Common Questions
- Haado Gei... FOOOOOOO!

Thanks for coming by... please surf in tomorrow for new posts!

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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06/29/07

Permalink 09:26:59 am, by Email , 1278 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays, Day Tripping & Travel

List-er-ino Fridays: My Favourite Cemeteries

On the history blog yesterday, I typed a novel post about cemeteries.

Now, before ANYONE out there goes, Oh great! The ghost goof and former goth has a thing for cemeteries!, I'd recommend reading the post... even if you glance at it... Click here (opens a new window)...

Sorry, I don't look for ghosts at a cemetery and the thought of doing groovy poses for some ridiculous photo shoot, even way back when, was just DUMB, DUMB, DUMB!

...that said, I always liked visiting them... and still do...

Perhaps it's because my formative years were spent living close to my #1 choice on this list... that said...

Matthew's Five Favourite Cemeteries to Visit

St. Peter's Anglican Church
Thanks to Cyn City's blog... I hope they don't mind my "borrowing" the image... I have e-mailed to ask and may need to remove it if requested to...

#5: St. Peter's Anglican Churchyard, Maple Lake, Stanhope Township, Ontario, Canada

There are older... and there are more "impressive"... but none with more meaning to me personally.

We had a family cottage a few minutes walk from the wonderful old church... which, by "international standards" is young at about a century old... but up there, it was ancient.

It's where my father wanted to be buried (we decided on another cemetery in this list for convenience sake,) and where, had not a horrible twist of family fate hit in the last year or so, I was hoping I might end up...

It's peaceful field, near some gentle rapids and will always be a home away from home for me... and despite now being horribly inconvenient, I will visit again sometime...

Pere LaChaise

#4: Père Lachaise in Paris

Too many people just go to see Jim Morrison's grave... whether Jim is really in there is up to the reader... but besides The Door's deceased frontman, there's a cornucopia of famous people interred in Paris' richest and most historic burial ground.

Honoré de Balzac, Sarah Bernhardt, Isadora Duncan, Édith Piaf, Marcel Proust, and the list goes on and on...

My favourite is Oscar Wilde who's unique "monument" features an Egyptian "sphinx like" thing that at one point, apparently featured an enormous... um... "thingy". Well, apparently in the Victorian era, some women of good standing were appalled at the tomb and... well... performed a bit surgery... and now, our Egyptian-looking fellow is a eunuch.

You can spend HOURS just wandering... some graves are well maintained, other's are not... and it's the reclamation of nature that intrigues me as much as the famous folk who "inhabit" the site. I feel sorry, however, for those who got planted near Morrison's tomb... true to the type, almost every marker (including his) is covered in graffiti and many have been vandalized in the "name of Jim"... and that is an absolute shame.

Kensal Green Cemetery

#3: Kensal Green Cemetery, London

Okay, most people who are thanatologists or simply into cemeteries KNOWS that London's Highgate Cemetery is THE place to be... and I'd disagree.

Although Highgate is marvellous and definitely worthy of visiting, the raw and uncluttered appeal of Kensal Green drew me more...

Perhaps it's because upon entering, the first thing on your right are pauper's graves... which is EXTREMELY emotionally charged to look at... especially when there's a child's grave there... and not too far, enormous mausoleums in stark contrast.

Highgate had more "ruin" than many cemeteries, but Kensal Green's "ruin" was more honest... more stark... it's a "guttural" trip through a cemetery where Highgate is more "park-like" and serene-back-to-nature in it's bearing...

There's famed folk here... and even two "royals" with Princess Sophia and Prince Augustus Frederick (both children of Mad King George III)!!!

Charles Babbage (without whom, you wouldn't be reading this), Charles Blondin, Hugh Falconer, and Anthony Trollope are here...

Freddie Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green... but his ashes whereabouts are unknown...

Sue's Queen in Westminster

#2: Westminster Abbey, London

London gets TWO spots because many people who haven't been to the abbey don't realise that it's an amazing cemetery... yup, inside... the crypt is jammed with royal blood, great heroes, and even artists...

Literally, almost EVERY step on the floor is a monument to a name you will have heard of... and in every side-chapel and every main chapel, the elite and the ruling reside... it's breathtaking from a historical sense.

Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Edward the Confessor... dear God, the list is FAR too long...

For example, near the place where you pay to enter, you have to ask as his monument isn't nearby, but Sir Isaac Newton's crypt is under the floor here... and he obviously is showing us in death that gravity works (he hasn't floated up yet...)

Missing this as a tourist should be considered a crime...

An excellent book on my favourite cemetery...

#1: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario

Beautiful, park-like, laid out like a garden, huge...

All describe my favourite burial ground... Mount Pleasant... where my own father is interred...

Aside from the splendid monuments, magnificent mausoleums, and unbelievable landscapes, Mount Pleasant is also a terrific arboretum featuring more and varied trees than anywhere else in Canada.

Aside from my father, you can find Banting and Best (discoverers of insulin), George Montegu Black II (Conrad's father), Timothy Eaton (retail magnate), Northrop Frye, Glenn Gould, James Henry Gundy (of Wood-Gundy Stock Brokerage), William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister and someone's grandson...), and Hart Massey who's offspring are a little more "world-known" than their dad...

You'll also find a fellow named Charles Smith... who's early demise led to his wife and young daughter trying to make it in "showbiz" and young Gladys Louise Smith would see her name changed... and despite being a Torontonian at birth, would become "America's Sweetheart", Mary Pickford.

Mount Pleasant is like a well-kept Highgate Cemetery... or Père Lachaise... and probably wouldn't be too exciting for it's historic relevance save those with an interest in Canadian history, but if you find yourself in Toronto and are "in" to this sort of thing... it's WELL worth the visit.


Now, these are MY favourites... and I'm not a world traveller by any means and I'd love to see cemeteries in Greece, Germany, Austria, Italy (The Catacombe dei Cappuccini in Palermo is high on my list), and many in the United States (especially in New Orleans and Los Angeles)...

...and then there's Vimy Ridge... and The Taj Mahal... both HIGH on my list too...

...and other's I don't have time to mention... like Drummond Hill and St. Mark's... or The Necropolis and St. James...

...but suffice to say, the above five RIGHT NOW have the most meaning to me... and are, indeed, my favourites.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 09:20:21 am, by Email , 193 words   English (CA)
Categories: Day Tripping & Travel

Travel Bargains In Australia

There are many sights to see in Melbourne Australia for history buffs like us, and not least on that list is the Melbourne Museum. Of course their are other historical sites of much interest including Old Melbourne Gaol for those with darker tastes, La Trobe Cottage, and for absolute nostalgia not to forget mentioning good eating the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant!

We would love to vacation their one day, and if we do we'll be looking at booking an Accomodation in Melbourne through a great travel resource like CheaperThanHotels.com Their website is very user friendly, and a good way to find, and book Cheap Hotels in Melbourne Australia.

This website lists Melbourne Hotels, Motels, Apartments, Flats Cottages, and other types of vacation property rentals. The prices on these listings are guaranteed to be bargains as well. You can search through the site, and choose between 2 stars to 5 star rated listings, or just look through their current hottest deals. They also include numerous photos on the site.

If you are planning on a stay in Melbourne have a look through CheaperThanHotels.com, they have listings to accommodate all budgets.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 05:45:00 am, by Email , 344 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

So there I was, all primed and ready to post...

Regular readers know that I just recently FINALLY upgraded my 'puter which DESPERATELY needed upgrading... it was over seven years old and showing it's age badly... and last night, I had everything installed, ready to rock and roll... and was feeling the speed baby!

...then today came...

Despite a 100% track record last night, the sound card died and "Device Manager" showed me something not working... and it wasn't the sound card...

ARRGH!

So, since 7:30pm until 9:23pm, I was trouble-shooting, re-doing hardware as best I could, and genuinely thinking that I should have become a dentist instead of a computer technician.

Well, it's all good now... and was just a BIOS-blip and driver issue with the motherboard's manufacturer...

ENGLISH TRANSLATION: I needed to upgrade some software.

So, now I can concentrate on a proper blog entry!

...save it's a bit late... and there's a kid to be put to bed...

Ach! I'll try tomorrow morning with a list! :)

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

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

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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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06/28/07

Permalink 02:11:36 pm, by Email , 92 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays, Day Tripping & Travel

Helping Hand Thursday - Vacation Rentals At SkyAuction

We would love to take a cruise one day! And I have looked at Carnival Cruises for possible vacation ideas. SkyAuction offers them, and other Cheap Cruises at fabulously discounted prices! :D

In fact I admit to being surprised at how good their pricing really is! You can check it out for yourself via the links above. Just search through their buy-it-now, auctions, or specials.

To be honest I had no idea there even were travel auction site's before discovering SkyAuction.com. They are too cool! B)

Thank you to our sponsor!

Permalink 01:10:02 pm, by Email , 360 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Finally, DECENT SPEED... but a lack of post...

Time to geek out...

Yeehaw! The NEED for SPEED!

AMD Dual-Core 4200+
1 Gig of RAM
160 Gig SATA Hard Drive...

*drool...*

Sure, it's not an über-extreme system, but it's a good one... and WAY more stable than my old one!

Yup, The Busman's moved up in the computer world... and I'm typing to you from my FABULOUS NEW COMPUTER!

Sadly, in the process of setting it up, I used up all my "blog time"... so I'm bein' a bad blogger today and takin' the day off... so to speak... in honour of FINALLY moving away from Window '98 and an old Celeron Processor craptop... that continuously froze, halted, stalled, died, and a lot of other words...

So, please forgive me today... which granted, is Sue's day here on the blog as she's the Helpin' Hands Maven of the ol' green bus blog...

...'cuz there's more installin' and stuff to do tonight when I gets home... and it's moving SO FAST!

Yum!

...and yes, I realise the irony... my computer will now move faster than our bus, should we get it, ever will.

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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 12:52:12 pm, by Email , 190 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hand Thursday - Decorative Lights

Last weekend we upgraded our bathroom lighting fixture to go along with the new paint job I told you about in an earlier blog entry. I think we are finally happy with the look, and that is one home improvement project that we can finally say is done. Yippee!

I do admit that it can be fun shopping around for home improvement projects, and it was cool to have the opportunity to surf around Farreys.com pages. They are experts on decorative lights for both inside, and outside of the home, and office.

You know how we prefer to shop online, well this site offers safe, and secure internet purchasing, (see their safe shopping policy on their site) and has the largest inventory of lighting products on the net, that we have personally ever come across.

When we decide to redo the living room area I'd really like to go with something from the minka lavery lighting collection as these were my own personal favorites amongst the site's massive product list. If you are thinking about purchasing decorative lights you should go check them out.

Thank you to the sponsor.

06/27/07

Permalink 12:38:03 pm, by Email , 246 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: Note The Crank... a Leyland TD-1

Leyland TD-1
I wish I could credit this properly... but it was e-mailed to me via a Usenet group... if the photographer or someone who knows the photographer can let me know, please do!

Notice the old fashioned "hand crank" on the front of the radiator to start this old girl!

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 12:31:00 pm, by Email , 180 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Rollerblading On The Beach

And now for some happy stuff!!! All three of our girls LOVE their rollerblades, and that is not too surprising since I spent a lot of my own youth in roller skates .. :D Luckily for us we live very close to the beach, which offers miles of rollerblade, and cycling trails to enjoy under the summer sunshine. It is a super way to stay fit too!

Today I had the opportunity to check out 123skate.com, which is the online home, and shop of Fritz's Skate and Surf. They carry the hottest in rollerblades, and heelys at very good prices!

I was impressed with their selection of inline skates, they literally have thousands of pairs in stock ready to ship out. The site is set up to be easy to search through, and offers safe, and secure online shopping.

It was a pleasure to visit, and if you are into rollerblading or know someone who is, you can click on one of the links above, and check out the site for yourself.

Very cool! B)

Thank you to the sponsor!

Permalink 05:45:00 am, by Email , 1248 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Pro Wrestling and MMA

One man's "troubled" is another man's "monster".

For some, this is going to be the least popular post I've ever written... but it is cathartic.

Two men I have met before... both not well enough to truly call "friend" or even "good acquaintance" have come into my thoughts today.

The first is Chris Benoit.

Mr. Benoit was a professional wrestler considered by many to be the best in the business. He was considered a gentleman, a sportsman, and a genuinely nice fellow. He devoted a lot of time to charities and took time to thank his fans... he was also found dead at the age of forty on Monday in his home... dead with him was his wife and their seven year old son. I sadly will have to return to this part after the next introduction...

The second is Jeff Marek.

I first found out about Jeff from his radio show, Live Audio Wrestling which is a weekly broadcast about the comings and goings of professional wrestling and MMA. I don't know if this is still a compliment, but in wrestling journalism, there's one man that's considered the "king" of the hill... and that's Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer... and Mr. Meltzer once referred to Mr. Marek as the most knowledgeable man in wrestling which I saw, when I heard it as high praise... and indeed warranted. Marek left his wrestling show and really moved away from pro-wrestling and concentrated on his new program, "The Leaf's Lunch" which is hockey oriented.

Mr. Marek was a legitimate friend of Chris Benoit... and took his death very hard... but something from his broadcast, where he slipped from hockey back into wrestling to have a cathartic moment, made me think...

Right now, and I TRULY hope this is wrong, it looks as if Benoit went home on Saturday and took the life of his wife... on Sunday, he took the life of his young son... on Monday, he took his own life.

That's when the police found the bodies...

This is the "scuttlebut" as of writing this... and it could be wrong... but it sure doesn't look like it is.

The only certainty is that there were no guns involved and the police are openly saying that the facts, as they appear, will be "bizarre."

This is not good news.

Mr. Marek addressed this... and stood by his friend which is normal and laudable... but I couldn't help but wonder as I heard him talk about how this was, if true, a mistake... and how we all make "mistakes"... that no, thankfully, we don't all make this type of mistake. In fact, God bless, these types of "mistakes" are very rare.

As the truth comes out, people are saying the Benoit was obviously "troubled"... "confused"... "having serious problems"...

Here's the "HATE MATTHEW" bit...

If what is reckoned is true, how "troubled", "confused", and "having serious problems" is killing one's wife, one's young child, and then one's self?

Had this not been a "friend" to Marek, I'm sure he'd be denouncing him as a monster... instead, if one said that Benoit was a horrid killer, I'm sure they'd be told You didn't know the man.

I don't doubt this... I didn't know the man... and I'm sure, from what I've heard, this IS like a bolt of horrible, terrible lightning to those who knew him best.

...but one wonders, can the same be said about Ted Bundy to his friends? How about Paul Bernardo and Karla Holmolka? How about Clifford Olsen? Seung-hui Cho? Claus von Bülow? I could extend this list...

How many of these people had friends that said to others that they didn't know them.

Had Ted Bundy been a "good celebrity", would he have people simply saying he was "disturbed"?

Sadly, I think the answer is yes.

Is Chris Benoit a "monster" if he did do these terrible things?

What's weird is, I'd say not... we were fortunate enough to know of his life before the incident and all signs are that something "snapped"...

...but how many other people "snapped" and are not alloted the same courtesy of defence from the masses because, no, we didn't know them.

I really, REALLY hope I'll eat crow over this post and the truth will say that he was not as "involved" with this act... but if he was, he killed his young son... and as a parent (albeit a step-parent,) I cannot help but think this is a monstrous act...

...and how would you define a "monster"?


Addenda: 9:10pm Tuesday the 26th...

If you're wondering, I time stamped this... I wrote it yesterday at 7pm... and this was posted yesterday evening on the Figure Four Weekly website which I saw after I wrote my original post above...

By Bryan Alvarez;

ESPN.com is now reporting new horrifying details, including the manner of Nancy's death and the fact that there were needle marks in Daniel's arms, likely the result of the family injecting him with Human Growth Hormone.

The following are notes from this afternoon's Chris Benoit press conference. Thanks very much to Admin Tony for writing it up.

Around 2:30pm on Sunday welfare call from employers to police.

Autopsies, ruled as a double homicide/suicide. Possibly Friday murdered his wife, then shortly after killed his son. Then killed himself Saturday possibly early Sunday. No suicide note. Asphyxiation on all three as the cause of death. Son was in his bed. Wife was in an family room upstairs.

One arrest for DUI on Benoit. Cops did not have knowledge of domestic violence arrests at that time. A lot of perscription medication, believed to be legal. Did not disclose if there were steroids.

No motive discussed. Would not elaborate on the text message(s).

Wife was bound by her feet.

There was a bible near the body of her wife and one by her son.

It appears my segment on CBS was scrapped. It was taped before the press conference, so most likely most of what I said was outdated within 30 minutes.

I finally did the audio news update around two hours ago. It really did a number on the website as we had hundreds and hundreds of simultaneous downloads. If the site is slow or the download didn't finish, it'll probably be OK in a few hours. We're doing all we can, but we've never been hit like this before.

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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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06/26/07

Permalink 11:27:01 am, by Email , 854 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

The Dozen Blogging Commandments...

So, there I was... on top of an office tower, having a chat with this tree... when all of a sudden, the Great God of The Internet and, therefore, the Blogsphere, gave me these DOZEN "commandments" that they hope all blogger will follow. It's amazing really... the Great God of the Internet looks like the dumpy fellow that plays the "PC" in the new Macinsloth commercials...

Still, take these as thy will... and FEEL FREE to reproduce them ANYWHERE!!!

He looks familiar...

i: Thou shalt, under penalty of having your genitals removed with a rusty pair of vice-grips, have auto-play music on thy blog. Thou MUST givest us a CHOICE to play or not to play.

ii: Thou shalt, under penalty of WORSE than having your genitals removed with a rusty pair of vice-grips, have auto-play VIDEOS on thy blog. As above, PLAY or NOT TO PLAY must be an option.

iii: Thou shalt not use ridiculous g33k s934k. U r not txtng ur frndz. U r not l00king 2 l33t. U simply l00k lyk a n1tw1t. (U R One-D-Ten-T there, d00d! It iz teh sux0rz!)

iv: Thou shalt try to find thyne inner thesaurus... although certain words are fine words, thou should not useth them fifteen times to describe a newborn puppy. (Yellow Dog Granny is exempt from this commandment.)

v: Thou shalt remember that when thou uses the "FONT" tag, that thyne tag shall only work if thyne audience's computer has thy font installed locally... and whereas thou might have it, others may not and it looks dumb.

vi: Thou shalt not steal... thou shalt at least attempt to ask for permission to republish information and thou SHALL give credit when it's due REGARDLESS.

vi (part deux): Addendum to above: It is good to even credit thyne inspiration if thou was inspired by another. Link-backs and mentions make happy 'Netizens in the blogsphere.

vii: Thou shalt avoid huge, long-loading graphics. Not all thyne readers have a fibre-optic T-3 connection at home.

viii: Thou shalt remember that not all in the blogsphere watches the same television programs, listens to the same music, lives in the same area, or even has any of the same frame of reference. Thou shalt try to be as clear as possible in thyne information.

ix: If thou needest to comment and act as the grammar or spelling police, remember, to many, they do not see thy intrusion as a "good thing" so be tactful or consider not posting at all.

x: The people are happy to see pictures of thyne pets and thyne children... but all things in moderation... seven-hundred images on the same page doth not a happy surfer make. We can know thou art a proud parent and/or pet owner without too much overkill.

xi: Although thou hast great wisdom in things that are political, but we would like it if thou tempered your hatred for those who do not share thyne brilliance in logic and stance. It is a big turn off to hear who should "die" because thou thinkest them to be against thyne country because they are of a different political stripe despite being fellow countrymen. Dost thou TRULY believe that Democrats or Republicans REALLY hate America... or dost thou, in hind sight, thinkest that possibly they simply haveth a differing view?

xii: Thou should temper thyne money-making on thy blog. Where'st most, though not all, do not mind scrolling past one "paid ad" per two posts, more than this becomes like watching an infomercial that we do not like. Thou should always make thyne blog entertaining, interesting, and/or informative or thou shalt not have readers.


I do hope no one of a very religious nature takes offence to this post... although there is truth to these commandments, it was not written with intent to upset or offend.


I know, I've kinda done this before... but perhaps in this format, it might reach those few that ignored my other 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 11:17:59 am, by Email , 284 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Making The Right Decision

No one can really ever accuse me of being indecisive, usually I weigh the pros, and the cons of any one question, and then make a firm commitment towards a course of action. Sometimes it works out in my favour, and other times it does not. That is life I suppose.

When it comes to very serious decisions though, I do believe that obtaining as much information as possible is the key to finding the right course of action, and therefore make the right choice or decision.

Substance abuse of any sort is a serious issue, quite prevalent, and one where a decision to seek help or not must never be made lightly. On the one hand a person could choose to suffer needlessly causing pain, and pain to those around them, or admit there may be a problem, learn about what treatment options are available, and choose to seek a Drug Rehabilitation facility that has the best chance for working for them.

I'm not going to pretend it is easy, while I do not have first-hand experience as an addict, my father was an alcoholic, and I was with him when he sought help, and succeeded in the battle with his own inner demons.

If you or someone you know has a substance abuse problem click on this link for the Drug Rehabilitation Network their expert staff, and information on the site can assist you in making the right decisions in getting help.

The best kind of decisions are ultimately those that help ourselves, and those around us in my opinion, and the Drug Rehabilitation Network can help you to get on the path of healthy, happy living.

Our thanks to our sponsor.

06/25/07

Permalink 07:54:37 pm, by Email , 423 words   English (CA)
Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA

Chris Benoit and Family Found dead...

I got home and read the news via a friend's message...

All I can tell anyone right now is that WCW, ECW, and WWE wrestler, Chris Benoit, "The Canadian Crippler" and easily one of the best technical wrestlers in the world was found dead (as was his wife and son) in their home today.

There are no other details available right now...

Benoit was forty years old.

For more information, please check with Figure Four Weekly.

Also check the Live Audio Wrestling website for news.

Benoit and Guerrero Celebrating Their Championship Victories

AJC News Item...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Benoit family and their friends during this terrible time.

Update: (June 26th) From Figure Four Weekly...

By Bryan Alvarez...

WWE.com is now reporting that police have ruled the death of the Benoit family a double homicide/suicide from within the home.

Most major news outlets are now reporting that the belief is that Benoit killed Nancy on Saturday, Daniel on Sunday, and himself on Monday. It is being reported that "the instruments of death" were found inside the house, and that all three bodies were found in different rooms.

"The details, when they come out," said Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard, "are going to prove a little bizarre."

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning. Toxicology reports will not be available for some time. A timeline should be established, however, which should answer many questions.

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

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

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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 08:49:52 am, by Email , 739 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Paranormal Stuff, "Living" History - Historical Re-enactment

I can guess what kind of e-mail I'm gonna get...

Ahhhh...

Sue and I are doing our usual thing with our main paranormal sites during the Summer... ParaResearchers is not doing new stuff online between now and September... and Torontoghosts and Ontarioghosts is not doing new online stuff between now and late-August.

This is not to say it will never happen, because the nice thing about being a director is I can change my mind or make a "special exception"...

...but for now, I'm not doing any coding for the site and yeah, I mentioned this in my update notes.

What will happen now, and you can set your watch to it, is I'll get my usual ten to fifteen e-mails per day personally... but now they'll all say, "I know you're on vacation, but..."

What's funny is that word... "vacation"...

This Summer, as it's a new job, I will not be away from work (the day job) for any length of time... I will still be studying, working on cases, researching some papers, and setting up investigations... and I will be generally chasing my tail... with one thing removed... the need to code and FTP a few HTML documents to some websites...

...but it will still be "assumed" I'm on a "vacation".

To be honest, I'm not mad... I'm not even a little grumpy... but my studies are a hobby! I love my work and it's an almost all consuming passion!

Scary! BOO!

Ergo: My perfect vacation could mean hours at the reference library... hours walking about a dark and spooky location... and generally getting into it with folks and different colleagues about various ideas and hypothesis...

...but to those witnesses and those with questions who figure I'm taking "time off", don't bet on it... and I ain't sorry for NOT doing it!

So, it kinda brings me back to this here blog... I know that there are many hobbies and things folks do that are time consuming that require a tonne of energy and resources that people are compelled to do... I have a few... if we get the bus, that'll be one... we're doing the paranormal schtick, that's two... and we're historical re-enactors... a trifecta of energy... but it's all good for us!

Wheee!

I don't know how the bus will "affect" us (or even if it will... we could still lose it...) but I do know that every time we came back from a re-enactment or an investigation or hours of study and research... we were energized, sharp... and dare I say it? YES! More relaxed!

People have different ways of blowing off steam... some go to beaches and lounge... some hike through mountains... others visit museums and historic sites... and what it seems to come down to is do you like to switch yourself "off" to vacation, or "on"?

Me... and Sue... sure, we enjoy "slothy" days of nothingness... but both of us readily admit, too much of that (which for us is a matter of days, not weeks...) would be an anathema.

...but I do understand those who LOVE spending two weeks in perma-snooze mode... to be totally lazy and at ease and catered to...

It's just not for us.

How do you spend your "downtime"... 'cuz my "downtime" is really kinda "uptime"!

Oh, and yeah, I will still be doin' the blogs... just not the sites for a few weeks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 08:00:54 am, by Email , 254 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Some Words On Affordable Life Insurance Quotes

Both Matthew, and I lost our fathers at a relatively young age. His father passed away when he was only 17, and I was 32 when my father died of cancer. In Matthew's case life insurance enabled his mother to maintain her home, and the lifestyle she was accustomed to after the early, and unexpected death of her husband, and sole provider of their family. In our case we were able to draw off funds in order to provide my father with extra health care, which enabled him to spend the last few weeks of his life at home, and out of hospital, which was his final goal, and wish. Afterwards the money received through his policy insured we could pay off his funeral expenses.

These are not easy things to talk about, but we are a family, and not only must we consider them in relation to ourselves, but our kid's futures as well. Everyone should if possible have some life insurance to cover even the basics costs associated with dying.

Affordable Life Insurance Quotes can be obtained rather easily through the InsuranceSalesman.com online resource, and guide to insurance products.The website is easy to use, and allows for people to shop around for the best insurance products for their own needs. Have a look at the site, and use their drop down box to search for your state or province. They provide a form to fill in, and from that you will be given free, no obligation quotes.

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06/24/07

Permalink 09:09:40 pm, by Email , 1563 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, General Shtuff

"Get your priorities right."

I was listening to a "nationally syndicated" radio show and heard from a guest on the program, a rather "famed" fellow, that he had answered many e-mails for help and tried to assist people in finding a path to succeed.

I don't wish to say "who", but I won't lie... I was dubious of his past and was giving it some real thought... should I contact him asking for ideas/advice on what we're trying to do here?

Realistically, the fellow is known to me from being on television frequently and, as he considers himself to be a "psychic" and "mentalist", I am always a little doubtful...

After all, I'm a true sceptic... and as a TRUE sceptic, I doubt (but do not deny...)

There was a chance, the offer was put into the ether... so why not?

I gave him a brief run down about our bus... why it's important to us as a family, and what we're trying to do.

I told him I was NOT looking for money through him, but advice on what I could do...

He responded...

Hi Matt, yes I have a suggestion, go and visit a children hospital, go to the cancer ward look around and get your priorities right, I believe that if you spend your spare time helping sick kids you will be feeling more satisfaction in what you do,

(Of note: This e-mail did NOT come with a signature caveat about reproduction... the next two from him did... which is why I've done the verbatim quote above.)

For those wondering, I completely agree with his sentiments.

He's right.

Regular readers of this blog know that I struggled with this idea long and hard before committing it to "pixels".

I do, however, have to note the irony of his response... it came on the evening that this post was on top of the ol' blog... and you'll note the two top graphics in the upper-right of the blog...

I think I may need to re-iterate a few things here...

The bus is not our life.

We try to make that clear... although it is very important to us, we understand what it means in the grand scheme of the planet and those who know us well... and even regular readers here know this... we have many irons in the fire.

This blog is about a dream... a weird dream that sadly, due to other priorities which ARE more important, we can't see through.

The bus has many levels of importance to us... but I can't help pointing out the following...

Oh, please click the links below... they'll open a new browser window...

If you're in a position that you are debating helping us save the bus... or donating to a local children's hospital, give to the children's hospital PLEASE. We know how important this is and our greatest blessing is because of the fine work done in them.

If you're debating giving to a charity to defeat diseases, feed the hungry, help those in trouble... or help us... do the former please. As for defeating disease, I would love to see heart disease go down and on the Torontoghosts site, my pride and joy, you'll notice on the main page requests to give to The Canadian Cancer Society and The Crohns and Colitis Foundation... two illnesses that have affected my life horribly by affecting others I care about... and as for feeding the hungry, sadly, I have personal experience on this too.

I think we've made these points fairly clear over the last year and a bit... we've even, despite not having much ourselves, given to help where we could.

Now, if you read through our dream... understood it... see value* in it... and it was us or buying something on eBay on a whim or just want to know you helped make a small dream come true, than yes, PLEASE, help us out.

* - Value?

What value is there to saving an old stupid bus, right?

Well, it's a dream... in a nutshell, we went through over a year of extremely hard times and we "used" the bus to concentrate on... a "fantasy" to forget things like empty bellies and eviction notices... this family stayed together because of hope... and that dumb old dusty green bus was a focus of that hope.

Now, OBVIOUSLY "hope" and "fantasy" wasn't all of our life... as I am now re-employed in my field and things are steadily improving... there's evidence to the contrary there.

...but we need to clear up "back bills"... and whatnot... we're even still getting out from under back rent! (Although by Summer's end, that should be done too.)

We sat down, did our budget, and realised that we COULD save this icon ourselves now without help... but it would take AT LEAST two years... and in that time, the bus will be scrapped. This is why we're here.

If you haven't read this already, click here and read why it's so important even recently... (Opens a new browser.)

Now, I'm VERY willing to accept defeat in this... I'm willing to say, "Oh well we didn't get the bus that meant so much to us..."

...but I refuse, as with all my work, to do so without an effort... even if that effort is begging for help.

Is that wrong?

To some, including this person, it is...

...but...

Do you think this is all we're about? A "bus"?

No.

In fact, that's the point I believe...

Regular readers here KNOW this to be true.

It's simply a dream... an important dream, but a dream... and we HAD to try.

Are there more important things? YES!

There are even more important things to this family...

We just didn't want to abandon it.

If this is wrong, then that's an opinion.

Here's a question some of you (including this fellow) might have... when I wake up in the morning, and look at myself in the mirror... do I feel I've done enough "good" on the planet? No... I can always do more...

Do I feel I've put more energy into doing better things for the planet and it's inhabitants than I have into begging for the bus?

Yes.

I don't break my shoulder patting myself on the back about it... but I do what I can, where I can, how I can... as does Sue.

We ARE okay with the thought of failing with this dream... it's not a "happy" thought, but we'll be okay... and we will be able to say we tried...

...but we are still VERY blessed in many ways... and are VERY thankful for what we have. (Again, regular readers I know are aware of this too...) We try to give back for what we have... despite sometimes that only being words, perhaps efforts, and what money we can afford.

To sum up, I do not believe we should "give up"... despite what this fellow had to say.

If you believe that this is so awful... if you believe it is such a waste of energy and time... then please feel free to pass us by.

We do HOPE... and yeah, PRAY... that we will find the person (or persons) who CAN help and will... and if it's not you, that's fine...

There's much more here than "the bus" so we hope we haven't wasted your bandwidth... and you've found something of value in our efforts...

In many ways, we have...

I hope this has made things a touch more clear... especially to (perhaps) this person who wrote to me.


As a parting shot... but the truth... the man who wrote to me is, as I said, a psychic/mentalist who's done very well for himself... I can't help but notice that he hasn't invested ALL of his time into helping others from the bottom of his heart based on nothing but goodwill as he suggested I do... in fact, my request was not for money, but for advice... and he really didn't even do a good job with that if you think about it.

Hmmm...

Isn't it amazing how people like this refer to their talents as "gifts" and yet profit from them so heavily... isn't a gift meant to be free?

...just a thought...

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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 08:46:41 pm, by Email , 214 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Great Promotional & Gift Idea!

I was checking out the Custom Ink.com website earlier this afternoon. They are a company, and site that allows you to create your very own custom t-shirts, hats, and more!

I thought to myself this might be a great promotional idea for our own project, and perhaps even a fun gift idea. There is no minimum number to order for purchase, so I was thinking this might just be a great way for anyone to produce a very unique item to give as a present.

They have several different sizes, and style of apparel to choose from, and the sky is really the limit as to what you might be able to create with them. Just let your imagination run loose for a bit.

Say you are throwing a birthday party, anniversary, or some other celebratory event, you could do up custom t-shirts with a photo, and perhaps a date to mark the occasion. What a neat give-away eh!

The best part is that US, and Canadian destinations get free shipping! How cool is that! B)

If you are planning an event or looking for an original gift go have a look at what they are offering. Just click on one of the links provided in this entry.

Thank you to our sponsor.

Permalink 09:09:03 am, by Email , 445 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Yo! Doofus! Get off yer butt!

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

If you could go back in time, what one piece advice would you give yourself?

Shut up you old fart!

Pre-1993: "Invest heavily in Microsoft."

Hmmm... well, it would depend on how far back... and if I'd listen.

As much as heading back to me between the ages of birth and probably eleven might do the most benefit, I doubt I'd listen to myself.

Between the ages of twelve and eighteen, I'd listen intently, but be waiting for my "future self" to either talk about the apocalypse or what gadgets from "Star Trek" were finally developed in real life.

Between the ages of 19 through thirty though... aye, then I'd be interested and hang on my every word...

So let's say twenty-one...

Matthew, if you're unhappy and you know it and things aren't changing, don't be a fool... change them yourself with a change of life. Don't hold on to bad things because, in vain, you hope they will get better... they won't... they'll get worse. Go out, find better and in the process, better yourself. You damn well know you can do it... so do it. In being happier and more energized, you'll help more people and do better things than wallowing in a lot you've set yourself up in.

That would be enough... I hope...

It sounds "cryptic", but it isn't... it's because back then (and for a few years to come,) I was in a bad place that, to be honest, cost me dearly in many, many ways....

So, that or Invest heavily in Microsoft would be it.

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 09:07:29 am, by Email , 178 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Playing Bingo Is Fun!

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The site is going 24/7 so there is always online bingo games to join in on. They offer a free trial sign-up, FAQ, online chat with other bingo enthusiasts, bingo tips, and advice, and an online players gallery.

If you are a bingo player, and not already hooked up with Bingo House.com you can surf on over to their site, and check out everything they have to offer by following through on one of the links added in to this entry.

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Permalink 08:55:02 am, by Email , 859 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Friends

Blog yer Blessings

Buddies

There's an old joke...

A friend helps you through tough times... a real friend will help you hide the bodies... a loyal friend will be sitting next to you on the bench in the jail and say, Boy, did we screw up this time!

There's truth to this joke... okay, hopefully not in the hiding of bodies and prison sentence, but a true friend is nothing to sneeze at and rarer than a perfect-red diamond.

My breakdown is as follows...

A good acquaintance will simply walk away if people are bad mouthing you and not be a part of that.

A friend will defend you if people are bad mouthing you... but not to the point of harming themselves in any way.

A good friend will defend you is people are bad mouthing you and be damned the consequences to themselves.

A loyal friend will immediately defend you, walk away from - and never again speak to the idiots saying stupid things about you and help you plot their demise later in a laboratory filled with really cool gadgets they helped you build.

Hmmm... let me try that again...

A good acquaintance will send you good wishes on an upcoming move.

A friend will offer to pick up some cleaning supplies and attend a house-warming party (with a gift!)

A good friend will help you move as best they can.

A loyal friend is the one hiking your grand piano up the stairs for you.

That's a good one...

A good acquaintance will listen to an opinion of yours and basically nod and say little.

A friend will join in on a discussion and gently counter-point you... maybe.

A good friend will discuss and point-counter-point with you on things.

A loyal friend will outright argue with you, granted in good nature, and not be worried about you suddenly despising them... or vice-versa.

There's one I bet some folks never thought about... but it's true.

The best form of friendship is a friend who's willing to buck against you with an idea, thought, or concept if they see an error or problem within it... and that same loyal friend will "work" with you to hone that idea, thought, or concept until it works without issue... not abandon the thing, but get it perfect from their point of view as well as your own.

For those not-in-the-know, Sue and I run a fairly large organization of paranormal investigators and researchers... and one thing I ask for is that people argue with me... not for the sake of argument, but to show me any errors in my ways. To allow me to learn and see things from another point of view.

Without divergence, we will never be able to learn... we will never progress... so therefore, a loyal friend for me will help me understand something from all possible viewpoints and help me sharpen my own arguments and points.

I'm fortunate... and it's why it's my blessing today...

My blessing is loyal friends....

...and why my blessing is all the more sweet is that my loyalist and best friend is Sue... my wife.

Before we were a couple, we were friends for several years... and the friendship transitioned to a perfect situation.

In my opinion, you should ALWAYS be concerned with a "friend" who always agrees with you on anything... think about that. The proverbial "Yes-Man". Is that a friend? Is that a trusted ally?

A trusted ally should ALWAYS have your best interest in their heart... even if you may disagree with their concerns.

Think of all the "drinking and driving" adverts you've seen where a friend takes the keys from another friend who THINKS they are "okay" to drive... now that's a true friend and no, they didn't agree and acquiesce to their buddy's will.

So here's to best and loyal friends... we all need 'em... some of us are lucky to have 'em... and some of us, like me, were lucky enough to look forward to spending the rest of our lives with 'em!

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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 08:53:17 am, by Email , 134 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

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06/23/07

Permalink 11:41:43 am, by Email , 514 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

The better angels of our nature...

I'm a bad blogger in some ways...

I tend to produce posts and time-stamp them... and I did that with the "Blog My Blessing" post you'll see tomorrow... I did that post early this morning.

...before I heard about this... from Avitable...

As you know, the man we know as New York City's Watchdog has had the unspeakable tragedy occur of losing his five-year old son, Puppy Monster. This is a man who doted on his son in every video I saw, and clearly adored every second of his time with him.

We can't be there to hug him, and we can't be there to support him physically, but we can show how the blog world can come together and help someone who needs it.

Sue and I have done what little we can... to be honest, we're not too wealthy and can't afford to do as much as we'd like, but we did purchase two of the "graphics" to help Dawg...

I cannot stress, as a parent (albeit a step-parent,) how much a story like this affects me... and I can not even begin to imagine how it is affecting Dawg... it's not a terribly rare thing for me to get "choked up", but this was one of those instances...

So please, click here and consider helping a fellow traveller on the blogsphere... one who has suffered one of the worst things any parent can suffer...

Dawg, if you ever read this... I don't know if you know me... and I can't say I really know you... but I am a parent (of sorts) and a human... and like so many, the better angels of my nature have come through... and I hope that our thoughts and prayers reach you and your family...

Again, gentle readers, if you can't afford to buy a graphic, then stop by to express your thoughts at Dawg's blog...

If I could, I'd send every blessing in the world in their directions...

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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 , 1427 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays: Newsly Updately... and some commentary...

Okay, what's with the traffic??? The traffic to this here blog has been tremendous lately! Yup, lots and lots of new folks reading about... ah, who am I kidding, reading all the weird missives and looking at all the pictures.

I could kid myself that they are all interested in our kooky dream... and I'm sure 99.999% of them wish us well... but I know better... and I'm quite fine with that!

I'm glad so many enjoy our missives here... the notes about paranormal investigations, whines about current news, and of course, the obligatory pleas for assistance on said kooky dream.

Sadly, all these newfound readers (about two-hundred new folks per day this week on top of the one-thousand we normally get,) have not translated into more help with our quest... but hey, it's all good... one of them may tell a friend, who'll tell a friend, who'll tell a friend and WHAMMO! Our bus is en route!

There's no new news on the bus itself... I'm certain it's still in the barn in Santa Rosa and it's probably still filling up with refuse.

Anyway, this may or may not become a regular feature here on Saturdays, but I have to say something that's been nagging at me all week...

CAVEAT! What I'm about to commit to pixels below may not be popular with everyone... we all have our right to an opinion... this is mine with some facts tossed in to support it... but I'm taking a chance by really revealing part of my thought process on things... take this as you will... and read at your own risk...


Thanks to the Toronto Star for this image...

Earlier this week, my marvellous local politicians (the ones that run this city,) had a vote... yup, they all had an idea that they must sit down and decide the fate of our public emergency service vehicles... get this... DISPLAYING YELLOW RIBBONS TO SUPPORT CANADIAN TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN.

Okay, the reason why...?

Well, according to some of these elected officials, doing that is PRO-WAR and SUPPORTING ARMED CONFLICT!

Congratulation, turkeys... you made Toronto the laughing stock of Canada and further afield just by suggesting this.

I'm happy to report that the vote was a complete loss for those narrow-minded crapwits in our joke of a city hall who don't understand the difference between supporting those people doing their duty and being an arms salesman to bad guys.

...but thankfully, the vote was "unanimous" in favour of keeping these stickers on the vehicles... well, sorta unanimous.

Several folks "refused to vote" and walked out... most likely because the vote was open to the public and they didn't want to look like the buffoons they are in front of the voters who will hopefully take away their phoney-baloney jobs next election.

Six of 'em... including one in particular that needs to have a little light on her...


MY STUPID PERSON OF THE WEEK...

Who hired this woman???

Pam "Ain't I Wonderful?" McConnell.

Pam cited her bad feelings about the ribbon as stemming from her father passing in WWII and had a nephew hurt in Afghanistan.

From The Toronto Sun...

"In order to support what I think is important to our troops -- in order to show my support for both my father, my nephew and other people who are being hurt, maimed and who have died in wars -- I left the chamber," she said. "I felt it was the most important thing that I could do and I was not going to vote against my conscience or my belief."

Did you ASK your nephew about how HE feels about the yellow ribbons? I doubt it... no, let me rephrase this, I KNOW YOU DIDN'T.

DO YOU REALLY, REALLY, REALLY think that everyone who supports our troops WANTS war? DO YOU REALLY, REALLY, REALLY think that all the troops over there are just waiting to kill or be killed?

...or perhaps, like GOOD SOLDIERS, they have gone to where we told them to go, whatever that reason, and are doing their duty... some above and beyond... and for that, we SHOULD remember them and SHOULD thank them.

Most folks know that the yellow ribbons are NOT supporting the government's sending troops into battle... it's supporting those brave men and women who are DOING THEIR DUTY!

...but not for McConnell... she KNOWS better!

Just (don't) ask her family! She did(n't)!

McConnell was also chair of the Toronto Police Services Board and was... oh, pardon me, was NOT (yeah right) responsible for the non-re-signing of the contract for one of our best police chiefs ever, Julian Fantino... as he favoured tougher police policies and tougher laws... and not building more basketball courts. I'm sure glad we got rid of him, eh Pam?

She also was very helpful in keeping the scourge of helicopters out of the hands of Toronto's finest too... and boy, that was a good thing, eh Ms. McConnell? (For a page of friends of Ms. McConnell and to read some VERY bad science and arguments from people who don't know how to study, click here and feel free to ask them if they've spoken to the parents of the recently deceased folks from the last high-speed pursuit... and also ask if they feel that Toronto should get rid of the air ambulance too.)

Certain folks in my city, consider this an open letter to you...

Dear Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale,

Please, PLEASE, PLEASE! don't vote for this woman anymore.

I am not a Conservative... I'm not a New Democrat... I'm not truly a Liberal...

...but I do know poop when I see it, smell it, and read about it...

...and she's poop in my humble opinion.

Next election, vote Mickey Mouse! Vote for The Natural Law Candidate! Vote ANYONE except Pam McConnell... she's done enough damage for one lifetime.

She's gotta go.

Sorry.

On a positive note, Pammy and her little closed-minded, unlearned, not-willing-to-look-into-things friends little coup backfired... Not only did their buddy, our mayor David Miller vote in favour of keeping the yellow ribbons, they are now being added to police vehicles in the city... AND in neighbouring Peel County vehicles too!

You did GREAT work again!!! Your ideas, thoughts, and philosophies have ensured that soldiers will be thought of ACROSS THE GREATER TORONTO AREA AND BEYOND!

Yellow ribbons for all thanks to Pam McConnell and her buds (like councillor Janet Davis... who said she voted in favour of the ribbons in the first - closed door - vote but mysteriously walked out on the open-to-the-public second vote! Did someone tell a fib?)

Pray, why DO your constituents vote for you again???


As a side note... It always struck me as odd that the "artists" and more "gentle" community that now hate Canada's involvement with the war in Afghanistan were SCREAMING for us to do something when the Taliban blew up those Buddha statues a few years back... and were so upset about their track record with human rights and especially women's rights... and then, when it was revealed without hesitation that Al Qaida camps were based in Afghanistan and they Al Qaida was responsible for the terrorist activity on September 11th, 2001, they too were all on board...

...but NOW, well... it's all different NOW, I 'spose... right?

Now, where is my dictionary... OH! Here it is!

hypocrisy: noun hi-'pä-kr&-sE - A feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 05:45:00 am, by Email , 357 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

N'est Tag Pas, Si Vous Plait...

N'est Tag Pas, Si Vous Plait!

There's been a scourge of "tagging" lately... tonnes of "memes" being tossed hither and thither... and I've had my share for now.

I understand the reasons... it's Summer... people are not "blogging" as oft as they used to... things are falling by the wayside...

...but I'm doing at LEAST one update per day (if not more... like today...)

So, I'm calling a personal moratorium on being tagged for now... at least for three weeks from this date.

It's not that I don't like memes... or being tagged... but how many lists of "X" number of weird things about myself can I do? How many "loaded" lists can be requested to try and allow the original tagger to guess my politics, spirituality, or other personality traits?

I need time to refuel the "list tank", basically...

Perhaps in three weeks, I'll have more weird things happen or notice more weird things... and take in some new movies... or old ones...

You get the idea.

Thanks for everyone who thought about tagging us 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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06/22/07

Permalink 11:36:50 am, by Email , 861 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Random Tag - Dang that Blandly Urbane Guy!

Ouch!

With sincere apologies to Gary Larson...

That bugger! I tagged him and what did he do...??? TAGGED ME RIGHT BACK!

Yup, another dreaded meme... by way of DeMediaCratic Nation...

The deal is, apparently...

Here are some questions and answers. The questions can be changed (Matthew's Note: I'm not changing them...) when you "tag" some other blogger. If you’re tagged, answer the questions on your Blog.

Well, since I tagged people earlier, I'm only tagging THREE people this time... so here's the questions...


1) Name your favoUrite band and singer. (The singer can’t be from the band)

My favourite band would be The Clash and my favourite singer is Diana Krall... although Frank is a VERY close competitor... it depends on my mood.

Heck, somedays my favourite band is any fife and drum band and my favourite singer is Nivek Ogre... so it's a tough call.

...then there's Tom Waits...

OF COURSE, however, Lionel Jeffries is a GOD always.


2) FavoUrite historical politician (domestic)? (Historical = Dead)

William Lyon Mackenzie


3) FavoUrite historical politician (International)?

Ooo... hmm... probably Abraham Lincoln.


4) You’re giving a Hollywood pitch (25 words or less) about your Blog — GO

Two paranormal investigators and their kid have a dream... to get and restore a dusty old green bus which means a lot to them on many levels.


5) Other than where you live now, what city do you like?

London, England.

...although I could add DOZENS of great cities aside London... London is my fave.


6) FavoUrite modern politician? (In office now)

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, because she's a "New Democrat" (NDP) candidate, my local member of Provincial Parliament is now a Goddess in my eyes... and this coming from someone who considers themselves a "Red Tory" or more aptly, a "Blue Liberal"... Cheri DiNovo ran a good, clean campaign, actually gives a damn about her constituency, and the latest thing totally won me over...

Recently, our MPPs gave themselves a little raise... a HEFTY raise in fact. Some, like Cheri, didn't like this as it was money better spent elsewhere.

Well, an old movie theatre nearby was being sold as it's owners shut down the business... and it was snatched up by two investors who know NOTHING about running a movie theatre, but realised the old place was a landmark. They held a meeting and fifty people showed up... they were looking for investors and Cheri invested her entire "raise" to get the theatre back up and running.

She wins right now... even if I'm not too fond of all her party's platforms.


7) Are you a Wilsonian Idealist or Nixonian Realist in foreign policy?

Neither... but this is also because I'm Canadian.

I'm a Trudeau-ist in that Canada is "cool"... a Pearson-ist in that Canada should try to remain the strong, intelligent, silent type that's respected... and other than that, I'm okay with our current policies SO FAR...


8) Favorite (change spelling in honoUr of my favoUrite American) obscure movie?

This is a tough one... because your definition of "obscure" and mine could be different...

Not Seen By Many but Mainstream*: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Not Seen By Many but Mainstream*: My Favourite Year

* - Not a "blockbuster".

Independent Film: Bubba Ho-Tep

Foreign (Not North-American, Aussie/Kiwi or British) Film: La Cage au Folles (GET THE SUBTITLED VERSION!)

(I would have said "Das Boot" for the above, but most folks have seen it... and if you haven't GET the subtitled version to rent!!!)


Now... to choose my three victims tagged folks...

Well, of course Sue... and I haven't pestered ThreeCollie in a while... and lastly, I'll snag Candy Minx...

Now, I admit... the last two posts you see were "time stamped"... while sick last night, I wrote them up and "post-dated" them for when you've seen them... so I will be by later (once I recover enough) to comment and alert the TWO victims tagged bloggers to let them know that I've ruined any "blogging-roll" they may be on with a DREADED meme tag!

Oh, and Blandly... you MUST learn more about French Taunters sir...

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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 11:33:02 am, by Email , 515 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Not-So Great Moments in Science...

Mad?

"If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done." - Peter Ustinov

You know he was right...

I've always liked the definition of an "expert" as being someone who knows more and more about less...

Below are some hand-picked scientific notes from people that knew more than their audience did... and proved that scientists and learned men are sometime complete horses patoots.


#7: "...The demonstration that no possible combination of known substances, known forms of machinery, and known forms of force, can be united in a practical machine by which man shall fly long distance through the air, seems to the writer as complete as it is possible for the demonstration of any physical fact to be."

- Simon Newcomb, Sidelights of Astronomy published in 1906 - three years after The Wright Brothers took their maiden flight.


#6: "There has been a great deal said about a 3,000-mile high-angle rocket. In my opinion, such a thing is impossible and will be impossible for many years... I don't think anybody in the world knows how to do such a thing and I feel confident it will not be done for a very long period of time to come."

- Dr. Vannevar Bush to the U.S. senate Special Committee on Atomic Energy, 1945 (Dr. Bush was FDR's Special Science Advisor...)


#5: "That is the biggest fool thing we have ever done....The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives."

- Admiral William Leahy to President Harry Truman, 1945


#4 AND #3 - a DOUBLE!

"Men might as well project a voyage to the Moon as attempt to employ steam navigation against the stormy North Atlantic Ocean."

"Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia."

- Dr. Dionysus Lardner 1830(?)


#2: "When the Paris Exhibition closes electric light will close with it and no more be heard of."

- Prof. Erasmus Wilson 1878


#1: "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."

- British Scientist Lord Kelvin 1895

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 11:29:32 am, by Email , 99 words   English (CA)
Categories: Day Tripping & Travel

Accomodations In Australia

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You can have a look at their travel deals by clicking on the link provided within this entry.

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Permalink 09:11:43 am, by Email , 506 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

I had a brilliant post today...

Yup, it was a thing of beauty... for the Friday List-Er-Ino... I typed it Thursday night after dinner... and once finished, my computer crashed.

No worries! I thought... I'll just use the restore feature in Mozzilla and bring it back! It's saved my bacon countless times!

...but as I rebooted, I started talking to Sue... and without thinking, when prompted, I clicked "Start New Session" instead of "Restore".

ARRRGH!!!!!!

I hate that...

...a lot.

Sadly, because of an outlandish workweek (LOADS of work,) and also being violently ill late last night (and taking a sick day today because of it)... I'm afraid that this is now an unscheduled "Live Morning" off from posting for me... Yup, the next three posts are "time stamp specials" written EARLY this morning... like 1am through 3am...

My post was perfect...and it had French taunters... and made fun of certain types of mouth wash... had comments about pets... how to reconcile all the issues in the Middle-East without violence... a possible cure for the common cold... a brilliant treatment of quantum string-theory physics in relation to the time-space mesh theory of relative dimensions... information and how to find the evidence on who really killed Elvis Presley... a plan that would, if used properly, develop a perfect energy system that would save the earth's environment while giving everyone in the world free power... and I even talked about Häagen-Dazs and how Kawartha Dairy is better... and mentioned that I don't work for them, have no family working for them, and no, Kawartha Dairy did NOT sponsor the post...

...all in less than 800 words.

...but 'tis all in vein thanks to my old, nasty, stinky, rotten, needs-to-be-replaced, still-running-Windows-'98 laptop.

Sue? PLEASE!!! I need a new 'puter!!!!

..dangit, that was an award winning post too that was GUARANTEED to get so many hits and comments as to assure us of help to get our bus...

Rats!

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 09:10:51 am, by Email , 160 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, From The Desk of Sue

The Kid Is Going To Be 12

Yes, that right, the baby is going to be turning 12 years old in a couple of months, and party preparations have already begun. To me 12 is a milestone. It is the last year of real childhood before the teenage years kick in, and therefore I want to make this year's party extra special.

I was looking through the the Candy Under Cover.com website, and I really liked some of their birthday party favors. They are an online company that specialise in personalized candy bars, and other scrumptious favors.

If you are planning a party of any sort you really should go have a look at some of their products like their unique candy bar wrappers, which could also serve as a neat way to help celebrate an event like graduation day. The wrapper itself would make for a great keepsake that could be tucked away in my opinion. They also supply personalized mint tins.

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06/21/07

Permalink 10:51:01 am, by Email , 891 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

TAGGED! (...but blessedly this time...)

Usually, I loath tags... but to be honest, yesterday was a particularly brutal day at work and I was bushed, creatively bankrupt, and generally not capable of good and entertaining blog fodder...

So, when MsDemmie broke the news, as opposed to the grumpy Tag Me Not! person, she's found a willing victim...

So without further adieu, allow me to post away with this tag...

Eight Random Things About Me (Matthew)

Da Rules I Gotta Post... One: Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves. Two: People who are tagged need to write their own blog entry about their eight things and post these rules. Three: at the end of your entry, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names/pseudonyms/blogs. Four: Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.


Egads! A Ghost!!!

#8: I have experienced ghostly phenomena...

I hesitate to say, "I seen a ghost!" or "I was haunted!" simply because I don't know what a ghost is... and that's why I've really studied them a lot. That said, I'm sure you'd all LOVE to know my experiences... but it's too much to retype... so if you're interested, click here (opens a new browser) and have a read...

I can honestly say I've experienced more since then at a few different locations... but that was the one that pushed me into overdrive on the study.


Laundry...

#7: I can't fold laundry.

This sounds like a cop-out... it isn't.

I don't mind DOING laundry, I can even iron and hang laundry... but ask me to fold stuff and I'm all thumbs.

It's almost like a Freudian-type thing... but people have TRIED to teach me... and I just suck.


Radio Guy

#6: I want a job in radio.

I proclaim high and low, after doing many television programs, news interviews, and documentary interviews that I loath media... and I do!

The key is, I would like my OWN radio program... some place where I can treat the subjects I love with respect and interest rather than stupidity.


Ugly, ain't it?

#5: I almost always wear safety shoes.

Yup. My favourite footwear has a steel toe and steel shank... I would remind the gentle readers that now-a-days, these things come in much nicer and lighter variations... my current ones resemble a black-leather pair of running shoes... and yeah, they are comfy too!


...stands so high...

#4: Don't tell Sue this, but if we had the space, we'd have several more pets.

Two birds, two dogs, three cats, two hamsters, and a dwarf rabbit... and yeah, if I could, I'd GLADLY add a dog and another cat... maybe even two more birds...

Don't tell Sue though... she thinks SHE'S the reason we have so many pets and if she knew... I might come home from work to new pets...


Say hello to my little friend... so sweet, so bubbly, so dark brown...

#3: I am a reformed Coke addict.

Yeah, I used to drink two litres per day... minimum... but I kicked the habit when I was in my late twenties... and rarely have even a can a week now.

I heard kicking a serious Coke addiction was hard... but it wasn't too bad.

I mean, if I can do it, how bad could it be for Lindsay Lohan to give it up?


Not quite in a gallery...

#2: Yes, there are bus pictures up on the wall in our bedroom...

...BUT THEY ARE NOT OVER THE BED!

I'm not that bad...


#1: There are a total of twelve die-cast metal double-decker buses on my desk, one large plastic one, and I have a "bus-phone"...

Very cool...

Routemaster: Route 23

...and it works!


...and who to tag... hmmm... Well, I'm gonna pick some new blood than my normal choices... Bill Blunt should try this... as should Angela at AGK who's a regular visitor via the blog logs... same with Kelly from Kellyoglogy... I'm going to hassle a new commenter in The Crafty green Poet... I'm gonna tag my big sister at RealTalk... Robin at Robin's Blog Blather is on deck... as is Lynn at Motivated Motion... but I need to round myself out with an old friend... so Blandly Urbane at DeMediaCratic Nation, YOU BEEN TAGGED, sir!

If you see this first, it's kinda late so I'll be by to comment and alert you to your newly "tagged" status this evening.

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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 10:45:59 am, by Email , 182 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays, Day Tripping & Travel

Time To Get Out The Camping Gear

For this edition of Helping Hands Thursday I am happy to feature Army Navy Mall: Camouflage Clothing & Outdoor Gear. Aside from the fact I love the look of military style clothing (on my wish list is a flight jacket), they also feature camping, and outdoor gear at sale prices. And with summer arriving in the northern hemisphere today there is no better time to check out the bargains at Army Navy Mall.

If you are not into camping Army Navy Mall carries other items of interest including clothing, footwear, books, police gear, cds, flags, and other assorted gift ideas for the military enthusiast on your shopping list.

Their website is nicely designed, and laid out so that it is easy to find merchandise of interest. They offer secured online purchasing powered by Yahoo so you are safe shopping through them. Other information such as shipping rates are available through their website.

Go have a look at their site, and check out their discounted prices. It's a good way to save money on these types of products.

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06/20/07

Permalink 10:54:02 am, by Email , 197 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: Scottish Twins (Edinburgh Lodekkas)

Two Bristol Lodekkas

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

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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 10:48:35 am, by Email , 151 words   English (CA)
Categories: Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Saving Money With VOIP

We switched to VOIP awhile back as our long distance bills were outrageous using traditional phone services. If you haven't already made the switch yourself you should go have a look at the residential, and business voip services that are being offered by Packet8 at highly competitive pricing.

There are different plans that you can choose from depending on your needs, and services required. You can receive a quote online or skype them directly using this handy number: +18668798647

If you are in business (especially if you are a home-based business, and really need to put your money to good work for you) check out their Virtual Office plan. Again the quality of service, features, and highly competitive price makes it a great option to save money on local, and long distance calling.

Once you make the switch to VOIP I can guarantee you'll never look back!

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Permalink 10:06:23 am, by Email , 534 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Logic and Deduction...

Elementary, my dear Watson...

Many years ago, in a strange and foreign place known as North York... Willowdale to be exact... near an odd place aptly named "The Peanut" (see below)...

Satellite Image from Google Maps
The Peanut from 1,000 feet...

While there, I spied upon three people about twenty-yards away... one young lady and two young men.

From their conversation, which was barely five sentences between only two of them, and which was also difficult not to miss as it was not done in hushed voices, as well as observing some simple body language, I was able to instantly ascertain the following information...

- One was the girl's boyfriend.
- The other fellow was the boyfriend's buddy.
- The girlfriend LOATHED the boyfriend's buddy.
- The boyfriend was not going to have a romantic evening that night.
- The boyfriends buddy would, at some point, be physically hit by his friend.

Now, how did I ascertain this?

Although all three were walking separately (not holding hands or being "physical" with each other,) it was elementary...

Girl: Do I look fat?

Boyfriend's Buddy: Dear GOD, you're a BALLOON! You're a hippo! You're enormous! You look like an elephant!

Boyfriend: Simply said nothing but his head sank into his chest as they continued to walk...

Sometimes, the powers of deduction are quite impressive when put into practise.

DON'T LIE GUYS... you read that and IMMEDIATELY felt so bad for the poor boyfriend... and we've ALL had "friends" like that too...


Dumb Matthew Fact: Since 1967, I've lived near "The Peanut" three times in three different homes... my family house from the ages of birth to twelve, an apartment when I was eighteen through twenty, a "basement apartment" from twenty-three through twenty-five.

All three places are visible on the map above...

I now live literally MILES from the place... much further South and West... and am not planning on leaving this area for as long as possible!

Let me share an image of our new home...

I've got my eyes closed and Sue's the one waving...

Yup! If you look REALLY hard, you can see Sue's the one who's waving... but damnit, I had my eyes closed when they took the picture!

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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 10:04:43 am, by Email , 173 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

The Most Important Room In The Home

In my humble opinion the most important room in our home is the bedroom. The kitchen is usually a disaster, the living room is the domain of the kids, and the pets, but our bedroom is the one sanctuary that truly just belongs to us, and I can honestly say it is the one room where appearances, and comfort is most important to me.

Since I always want to keep the bedroom fresh I like to change it's appearance with the seasons. One quick, and inexpensive way to accomplish that is with embroidered duvet covers . Have a look at some of the great offerings on these from Terry's Fabrics by clicking on the link. My absolute favourite is the Rosa Duvet Cover Gold as it is very classy in my opinion, but perhaps you'll find something more suited to your own tastes. There is a wide variety of bedding to choose from.

Terry's Fabrics is a great online shop, with bargain prices, and a quibble free return policy!

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06/19/07

Permalink 01:06:12 pm, by Email , 609 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Have you ever had something from your youth LEAP into your brain...

There I was Sunday (I know, two days ago... but I'm just blogging about it now...) minding my own business when THIS leapt into my cranium out of nowhere... no trigger... just WHAMMO... and when you see it, and I remind you I was born in 1967, if you recognize it, you'll be slightly amazed...

I have a pair of Levis,
They've really been around.
I've taken' 'em campin',
and I played 'em on the ground.
They've been with me to parties,
and they've climbed up a tree,
well they've been to school so often,
they're nearly smart as me.
Now after years and years of wearin' my Levis in and out,
I couldn't help a noticing the knee wore out.
So I sewed on a patch,
a flower here and there,
and they looked so good again,
I could take 'em anywhere.
Now I'm wearin' them as cut offs,
and flyin' through the air.
Now I really think it's time that I bought another pair.

You can live in Levis

This is from a commercial way back in the 1970's I believe... meaning I was under thirteen at least when I heard it last.

Come to think about it, considering WHEN I believe it was made, it very well COULD be the first "rap" ever thrown out to the masses by anyone!

Oh, but my mental abilities to retain over-run commercial nonsense ends not there!

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun... YEAH!

You deserve a break today... so get out and get away... to McDonalds.

...and slightly less commercial, and for the Canadian readers only (I think)...

We're three sad souls, oh me of my.
No brain, no heart, he's much too shy.
Oh never mind you three.
Here's the wizard as you can see.
He'll fix you one two three in that funny land,
called the World of Oz.

Oh the world of Oz is a funny, funny place,
where every one has a funny, funny face.
All the streets are paved with gold...
and no one ever gets old,
in that funny land,
called the World of Oz.

...and if you can remember The New Adventures of Pinochio with a "Cricket" who sounded like he smoked seventeen packs of no-filter Camels every hour, then you SHOULD know all of the above...

...which to me is proof positive...

Thirty year-old brain cells DO NOT DIE.

...and I'm not so sure that's a good thing... considering some of the things I forget.

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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 01:01:04 pm, by Email , 156 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Want To Hear Some Good Gossip?

I was surfing around this fun new site that has all the latest juicy tidbits of hollywood gossip, and thought I'd take this opportunity to introduce our celeb chatter loving readers to it. :D

Like I said above Celebrity Gossip is FUN! The site not only dishes up the latest in news, but allows the users of the site to vote on each item. You can also leave your own two cents worth via a comment.

To sign up for an account at Celebrity Gossip is absolutely free, and very easy to do. Once you are hooked up with your account you can then check out the latest or use their search to find other bits of info that you are interested in. B)

The site is also a really good way to find out if there is any truth to certain celeb rumours or not.

Go check it out! :D

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Permalink 12:37:12 pm, by Email , 656 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Ask... the worst anyone can say is no.

See the title above?

These are the words of my mother... who always reminded me of this truth.

What's odd is I heard actress Kirsty Alley say something similar... Ask! If you never ask, you'll never get!

This is the impetus of this blog... I'm asking for help... if I don't, it's a guarantee we'll never succeed...

...but that's not what this post is about...

There is a GREAT hoo-haw over copyrighted material online... using music, images, and the lot... and I agree... it is wrong to "use" something without payment... and/or permission.

Today, on the initial pages of this blog, you'll notice TWO songs... both "studio production" tunes as well.

For the record, for both, I did something whacky...

I asked.

Now, I own BOTH CDs these tunes are from, but I e-mailed their respective publishers, explained that this was NOT a "for profit" site devoted to music downloads or the like... I even explained what we are doing here.

I got the e-mail addresses off their corporate sites, sent an e-mail to any executive or the like who I could find, and prayed for a positive response.

To be fair, one of them answered within three days... one of them took almost three weeks... but they both simply requested "credit" and "thanks" and the deal was done.

Now, granted, the two tunes are not "Top Twenty" songs and a little exposure is probably a good thing as it might spur sales of CDs or tracks... and I have to admit, I've asked for use of a total of seven songs at various times... and only received THREE permissions... and four rejections... and two of the three "okays" came with verbiage that HAD to be posted with the songs... and long "private" missives about use, issues, whatnots, howzits... and a caveat that they can request removal at any time and I must abide by it... and I can NEVER try to "sell"(trade or otherwise use in a commercial sense beyond posting them here) the tracks... and I'm very cool with all that to be able to share here...

...but three out of four positive responses? That ain't bad!

My point? If you want to use something, ASK! It doesn't hurt... the worst anyone can really say is "no"... and you might be surprised at the response... I know I was over the moon for the two you see today... especially the one embedded in the post below.

Anyway, I guess I'm excited because with this new "approval", albeit just for the posting of a song for a few days, made me once again realise that the whole concept of this blog and it's related sites might be okay... and maybe, by asking, we might just get.

...and that would mean the world to all of us here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Permalink 12:34:20 pm, by Email , 233 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

The Drug Rehabilitation Network

Having had a parent who suffered a substance abuse problem (my father was an alcoholic) I understand why a lot of people are squeamish about openly discussing drug, and alcohol related issues either in regards to themselves or a loved one. Although I understand it, I have personally never shied away from being candid, and open with the subject.

My Dad battled his demons for years until finally being admitted into a Drug Rehabilitation facility. And because he had the courage to admit he had a problem, and sought the appropriate help the last years of his life were proudly spent clean, and sober.

There is help for people available online through The Drug Rehabilitation Network . If you or someone you know is suffering with a drug and/or alcohol addiction, they can put you in touch with the right treatment plan available to you. They have many articles of interest on addiction that you can read through, and because the do not charge money to the rehabilitation facilities they list they will give you an honest assessment of the treatment being offered.

The site is a powerhouse online resource, and I was impressed by the quality of the information presented there when I surfed through their pages. I would definitely recommend this site to anyone who is in need of further information on all addiction related issues.

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Permalink 09:30:01 am, by Email , 245 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, "Living" History - Historical Re-enactment

For a friend... O'er the hills and far away...

Kind of an inside thing here for our regular readers... this is a salute to a friend...

I'm thinkin' of ya buddy... Be safe and get home soon.

"Over the Hills and Far Away" by John Tams from the album Over the Hills & Far Away: The Music of Sharpe, 1996 - EMI/Virgin - to whom I owe my kind thanks...

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 09:25:42 am, by Email , 249 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Day Tripping & Travel

Cycling On The Beach

Here in Toronto we have some fantastic cycling trails along our northern Lake Ontario beaches. These board walks suitable for cycling, roller blading etc stretch out for miles, and they make for a fun, and relaxing way to spend the day. Pleasure cycling is one of our fave ways to work on getting in shape, and it is an eco-friendly way to get around.

XYZbikes.com is a company based out of California that manufactures, and sells to the general public beach cruisers, that are perfect for the pleasure cyclist. These bikes are lightweight and easy to assemble meaning they are great to load into an RV or even a bus as well.

These bikes are priced to sell (they are not expensive at all), and you can have a look at what the company is offering by visiting their bicycle online catalogue. My own fave from their catalogue is this classic blue beach cruiser that looks sturdy, but fun too!

If you are a cycling enthusiast you might want to check out their biking blog, which I was reading through earlier this morning. There are some good entries in there that are well worth the read.

Go have a look at the beach cruisers, and if you are interested in possibly purchasing one there is an FAQ on the site that will give you all the information you need on how to do so, plus shipping (they will ship to certain European countries).

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06/18/07

Permalink 04:33:02 pm, by Email , 2114 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

BOGUS!

Lately, I've been up to my old haunts. If some of you now expect the words, "Pun Not Intended", actually, it is...

Yup, lately I've been pulled back (with a bit of a vengeance) into my studies of ghosts and hauntings.

This isn't to say I EVER gave them up or lost interest, but lately, it's been eating up more and more time...

So, while reading some missives and stupidity from new "friends" of my ghost website, I thought I'd address some of the "facts" that are presented on some of these "new friends" websites and why... well... I have a problem with them.


Ghosts are more active at night because of lunar energies and/or gravitational issues and/or any one of a plethora of reasons.

This is false.

To be honest, ghostly activity has been reported at all times of the day... and some of the most famous and best qualified reports were in daylight.

The reason most "ghost hunters" (I hate that term... I don't stalk and kill ghosts... and there is no license... and taxidermy is problematic at best...) work at night is because they have day jobs... also, it's because human traffic is lower so it's easier to control an environment of noises and other "living" issues.

Why do ghosts SEEM to only come out at night to some people? Well, think of this... If you were in the lobby of an office tower at 1pm with people rushing about you, are you going to notice an extra set of footsteps? Now, how about 3am? This is why it SEEMS that way...

Any other reason as to why things must be done at night given to folks by a "ghost hunter" is proof positive that the "ghost hunter" in question only likes to do things when it's atmospheric and "cool".


Ghosts are translucent as they need a certain amount of energy/ectoplasm to materialize and many just can't get their power up.

Really? I've been getting LOADS of spam e-mail selling pills that will help them increase energy...

Seriously, there are precious few (a HEAVY minority) of reported sightings of a translucent spectre... most are VERY solid and are more often than not, the "ghost" is mistaken for a living person until something "gives it away" such as the realisation it's clothing is odd or it "vanishes" once the witness looks away.

Oh, and while we're here, can you tell me what is the chemical composition of "ectoplasm"? Can you show me a physical sample?


Ghosts give out a lot of weird electro-magnetic energy. This is why ghost hunters employ EMF meters.

Really? Who says? Can you show me a true scientific paper that shows any correlation whatsoever with changes in ambient EMF and experienced ghostly phenomena? Anything?

Okay, let me add that this would be a steady reading with control and mean readings taken that show any changes... any?

Hmm...

So, why is this thought so pervasive in the "ghost hunting" community?

Well, because a movie told them so.

The Legend of Hell House (1973) was written by a sci-fi writer... who was familiar with the works of Jacques Vallee, a Ufologist, who suggested that UFOs use EM as a means of transportation... the EM, in turn, scrambles the brains of the witnesses which is why they come off so poorly sometimes when recounting their experience.

The writer of the movie had a character... a "scientist"... in the house bombard the home with high levels of electro-magnetic field to "clear" the ghost... and a legend was born... and hundreds-of-thousands of dollars was spent by ghost hunters on EMF meters...

That's the truth.

To be honest, after buying into the myth of the movie, it is my firm belief with 60% of the "ghost groups" out there like these meters because they are "the machine that goes ping". It looks good to be using the thing to take "readings" and they sound so smart when they talk about the "spikes" and whatnot... beyond that, they don't even know how to (or don't care about) taking control readings to look for variances. "Look! It goes PING!"

Even funnier is the only scientifically introduced peer-reviewed paper on EMF and the paranormal is Dr. Michael Persinger's work on EMF and temporal lobe hallucinations... which says high ambient EM exposure, over time, will cause people to hallucinate... meaning that the "ghost hunters" geeking-out over the high EMF may be proving that they and the witnesses are hallucinating!

Great work, ghost hunters!

(Oh, and yes... I know the flaws in Persinger's work... and the studies currently ongoing at Uppsala and Lund in Sweden... but so far, his paper seems to be standing so I'm going with it...)


Laser thermometers and EM thermometers are super-accurate.

Nope.

They were developed to take long "mean" temperatures of things like hydro lines and other items at a long distance. The idea is take three to five measurements with the thermometer and use the average.

Both types are libel to give odd readings as they detect wind chills between the target and thermometer, surface types also play havoc with them, and generally, they are not as accurate as many other types of instruments.

...but they look like laser guns and some groups/investigators love to play "blast-a-ghost" and try mighty hard to justify their toy.


Cemeteries are great places to hunt for ghosts.

Utter rubbish.

Here's my challenge... Go to a library or book store... pick up ANY three books about "true ghost stories"... save any book that "specializes" in cemeteries... just "coverall" true ghost story books please...

Now, count the number of places and do a ratio... cemeteries to anything else...

Notice something?

Yup, ghosts are reported as being seen where the person they represent lived, visited, worked, played, or died... NOT where they are interred.

So, contrary to the mythology... cemeteries are not great places to "look for ghosts".

What's sad is I like cemeteries... they're peaceful places and great places of contemplation, history, and art. Do you NEED a "paranormal reason" to be in one?

No.

...but many people think they do.


Abandoned places are usually haunted.

What a load of codswallop.

Sorry to report, many places are abandoned because the current owner left... or the structure was unsafe... no other reason as a MAJORITY rule...

...again, it's "cool and atmospheric" so it attracts some "ghost hunters" like poop attracts flies.

Why?

Because they don't know the difference between urban exploration and paranormal investigation...

One is because a place looks interesting and the other is based on reports of odd goings on.

Most would-be "ghost hunters" that break into abandoned places have no clue as to why they are there... other than we're supposed to think that they are so interesting and do very neat things!


Oh, and science is not the enemy... You can practice science, do good scientific observation, and have a true scientific paper ready and done WITHOUT going to university to get your degree.

Throughout history, many great scientists lacked a formal education in science... but because they practised good scientific method (Question - Hypothesis - Experiment - Observation - Conclusion) no one questioned them...

Here's what you have to answer to claim you are using "science"...

- Are you using control readings and measurements?

- Are you looking for patterns?

- Do you ensure accuracy in your readings with multiple readings?

- Are variances noted and confirmed?

- Are you acting only on a single hypothesis? Is that hypothesis scientifically sound? Is it untested? Is it theory? Ensure you explain how you're going about things.

- Have you cited sources, set up your paper for review, and generally crossed your "T"s and dotted you "I"s?

If the above is answered "Yes", then guess what...? You're doing the work of a SCIENTIST!

If you feel better, you can say you're an AMATEUR scientist... but you are practising science.

...and for those small-minds that think "science" is the enemy of the "paranormal", it isn't.

A small group of people that REFER to themselves as scientists proclaim the paranormal as all bunk. They ARE in the minority... and they neglect a few basics...

#1: ALL claims require evidence. This includes claims of non-existence. (Absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence.)

#2: The scientific METHOD requires a HYPOTHESIS. To deny a hypothesis without observation and/or experimentation is BAD SCIENCE.

#3: Theoretical laws of science usually are sound... but they are still only theory... and theory ain't perfect sometimes... but to accept that, you need to accept hypothesis... and what happens when you deny hypothesis without evidence??? BAD SCIENCE!

Lastly, two of the "Big Kahunas" of one of these so-called sceptical groups have doctorates... emeritus... in English. (See Crime Scene Investigations.)

This is HARDLY scientific in nature... hell, it's barely legit in nature.

Don't let ying-yangs tell you otherwise... Science will accept plausible hypothesis and only expands itself when looking at new and unusual theorem and evidence. The demand is that you present information in a cohesive and verifiable (as possible) way... and use controls to show any issues or variances within the normal, natural pattern of things within an environment. Explain as much as you can as thoroughly as you can without using supposition to explain things.

There is NO harm or shame in saying the words "I don't know"... as not everything in this world that is scientific fact is indeed known.

For example, no one knows what causes (makes) gravity on the planet... but we know it exists and I hope everyone has experienced it. If you haven't, I hope you're holding onto a tree or something lest you end up shaking hands with a satellite in orbit on your way off the world.


Oh, and before a non-believer cloaked in the word "sceptic" (sceptics doubt but do not deny,) plays this card, allow me to shut them down...

Why do ghosts wear clothes? Did the clothes have a soul? Were they alive and have a spirit? HAHA! I've made my point!

Yeah, I saw Penn and Teller's Bull$hit too.

Here's a thought... WHY DO GHOSTS APPEAR DRESSED?

Why do millions (and that's not an exaggeration) of witnesses not see naked ghosts?

Who said ghosts WERE the souls of the dead?

Is it possible that the witness perceives them this way and no other reason?

Is a human "witness" necessary?

If a ghost haunts in a forest and no one is there to witness it, does it still haunt?

Does a ghost get to CHOOSE how they are dressed?

Does a ghost simply appear as the ghost figures it SHOULD appear?

Why aren't they all in Armani if this is the case?

These aren't jokes... they're quite legitimate questions.

Penn and Teller used it to poo-poo the phenomena... for me, it's just another question... so it does NOT prove the non-existence of ghosts... but thanks for trying!


Lastly: If you wish to disagree, that's fine... if you're going to argue a point or two from above, PLEASE bring FACTS to the table... something more tangible than your opinion will be needed if you wish to truly convert, convince, or even debate anything above...

To disagree because you feel differently is okay... but to say I'm wrong will require stronger evidence...

This includes the aforementioned "Evidence of Absence"...

...and DON'T even START with the FLAWED logic of "You can't prove a negative!" Mathematics proves that concept is WRONG and a cop-out.


Can you tell I'm cranky... but man alive, I am SO fed up with the cow patties in my field of study. They do outnumber us greatly!

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Categories: General Shtuff

Getting Help For A Troubled Teen

Parenting can be pretty difficult at times. I know having a 20, 17, and an 11 year old that at times it can be a struggle to try and counter things like peer pressure, and not so good role models like Lindsay or Paris that both appear to constantly be making the headlines for poor choices. Sometimes we as parents need some extra help or even just some advice from those with expertise in assisting troubled youth get back on track.

If you could use some help with Parenting Troubled Teens then you should go check out this website I was on earlier at HelpforTroubledTeens.net. They have solid information on topics such as drug use amongst youth, what you as a parent can do, and where you can receive help. Just knowing there is help like this available online can be a big comfort, and reduce stress. Just click on the link above to visit the site.

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Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Dad...

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

Where did your father go to work every day and what did he do? How did his job affect your family?

My father past away when I was seventeen. He was fifty.

He died of a heart attack combined (contributing to) pulmonary aspiration.

I wish to start this with a simple truth... I did love my dad... and have a few, precious fond memories of him... but he was rarely about.

My father was an ambitious insurance executive who did very well for himself and his family... if it did take him from home fairly often.

It was a double-edged sword... as he really lived to work, not worked to live. His long hours and frequent absences took a hard toll on the family as a whole... but if not for his efforts, life would not have been so good to us... sorta.

As I said, he was a great provider, he was well liked with his friends and honoured by his business associates... but missed by his family.

The two memories that stick out in my mind the most were practising ball hockey with him on the driveway in the Summer... and the time when he was fired.

Now, normally, firing is a terrible thing... unless you're a much-sought-after and experienced executive... in which case, your severance is huge, your prospects bright, and everything is (for the short term) coming up roses.

Dad came home that day and said, "Guess what? I got fired!" He was in super-high spirits because he really was not happy at the firm he had went to... and as stated, his "golden parachute" was very nice.

So, we did what most families did when Dad is let go from work... we immediately took a week-long family vacation to Florida.

When we came back, within two weeks, he was working as the president for a new firm.

Now, these are great memories... but these (for me) are the only two vivid ones...

His work, more than many things, led to the almost-breaking-up of his marriage and I know it contributed greatly to his early death.

His early demise robbed me of my father who was shortly to retire... it robbed me of someone to ask for guidance once I became an adult... it robbed me of the chance to TRY and build more memories... and in the long run, it made my mother (and I) so miserable, it robbed me of the chance to live at home, finish school properly, and realise my old dreams and, eventually, have a better life.

Now, I can't blame his job for this... it's about a 5% factor in my fate... I'm 85% to blame with some "bad choices" as a teen (not truly "criminal", but definitely lazy and fairly self-destructive)... granted, I was also more than willing to reform my ways very early on... and did... but it was a much harder road than it had to be... and in some ways, is.

I lamented his passing VERY much while I was unemployed... as an executive, he would have been a great-ear to discuss my problems and ask for ideas to... but that ear was removed from my arsenal of personal help by his death.

His job, no doubt, played about a 70% part in his demise... stress, aggravation, and a brutal industry to work in. Rotten kids, I admit, probably was another 20% factor.

...but if not for his family, would he have pushed as much as he did? This is the question I have for him... and if he was around, I'd ask if he could do anything different, what would it be?

I can't ask that though... there's no one to answer me.

My father's work enabled me to have a rather extravagant childhood... I grew up in a well-to-do neighbourhood, had to fight to stay in public school (my parents pushed hard for me to attend private school,) had "toys" that blew the minds of my friends, never went hungry, never went without... I was a "want" kid... not a "need" kid.

We belonged to the best clubs... went to fine restaurants... had the option of dressing extremely well (though all of us chose comfort or personal style)... had a family islands, not just a cottage... drove in fine cars... the world, for us, was our oyster...

For dad, this world ended up costing him dearly... not just in terms of money, but...

I don't hold the insurance industry culpable for his death... it was, as stated, one factor... and he chose to push himself.

...but I would have happily traded the boats, the cars, the clubs, the vacations... to be able to say "Happy Fathers Day" to someone today as more than just a greeting.

Twenty-three years and there are still tears.

So, it was a double-edged sword... my fathers work provided an affluent lifestyle and allowed me to travel early on as a kid... but it was also a large and mitigating factor in his early death which led to me living a very hard and hardscrabble adult life.

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Categories: General Shtuff

Protecting Our Furry Loved Ones

With Max, and Kipling, Annie, Elizabeth, and Mary our need for pet insurance is an absolute necessity as opposed to a simple consideration. Our two dogs, and three cats are members of our family, and it brings peace of mind to know that should they ever have a medical emergency or suffer illness the last thing we will be worried about is money or the cost of vet bills.

PetCare Pet Insurance offers comprehensive pet health insurance in both Canada, and the USA at affordable rates. You can check out their site by clicking on the links or wee logo above. If you too have furry loved ones they are definitely worth looking into.

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06/17/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 566 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Inspiration...

Blog yer Blessings

To most people, the word "inspiration" means a spiritual connection one only assumes they can have by a religious epiphany of some sort... to others, the word has been reduced to a crappy poster their employer put up to motivate them... to bloggers, it's that moment where they feel they could blog a novel about "something" as opposed to a quicky-update just to keep things fresh...

We all have them... or it... at times... at other times, our "inspiration" abandons us.

...but my oh my, when something inspires us, we can all move mountains.

Inspiration triggers motivation which, in turn, usually triggers creativity of sorts... which could be simply a thought process or building a huge temple or cathedral.

This blog... for example... and our dream...

Escaping some bad times inspired me to look at pictures of buses... the pictures I found inspired my family to dream about what "might be"... the thought that we shouldn't give up on that idea inspired this blog...

Et voila!

Almost anything can "inspire" people... places, art work, literature, philosophy, and even other people...

Not all acts of inspiration are good... but I think we can all agree that there is something terribly cathartic to ourselves when we act on our inspiration. There is a sense of purpose... of accomplishment... of just doing something because it seems right.

Sometimes, inspirational acts fail... like we may fail here... but I've rarely found people that truly regret working on something by dint of inspiration. They tried... like we are... and sometimes they fail... sometimes, they succeed.

When they succeed, the world does notice... because inspirational acts are from the heart.

My blessing today is inspiration.

Sue and the kid inspire me to work hard and provide better.
The bus and our dreams inspire me to work hard on this blog.
People, in general, inspire me to try and help the world around me.

...heck, the mysterious and unknown... and a thirst for knowledge... inspire me to study and learn as much as I can about my chosen fields of "hobby-studies".

Inspiration is a blessing... whether you were inspired by God, your wife or husband, your kid, your views on something, or if you're like us and inspired by one old green bus... it's a great thing.

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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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06/16/07

Permalink 08:25:03 pm, by Email , 799 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays - For New Readers... and I know there's a lot of you!

For the new readers here (and we've acquired quite a few over the last week,) Saturday's posts are devoted to telling folks how we're doing with our quest!

One Old Green Bus

Okay, first "the quest" in a nutshell... We're trying to purchase and ship and old double-decker bus. We cannot afford to do this ourselves (we could do it in a few years, but by then it will be either sold for scrap or "carved up" beyond restoration,) so we're here begging for help. The bus means a great deal to my whole family and it's a "group dream" and effort! If you want to know a little more on WHY it's so important, click here.

Moving on...

We go through financials... did we make any more money? Did anyone offer fiscal assistance?

The answer this week, like the last few is no. Nothing to report. We're still well over $19k needed to see the dream through.

Then we talk about the bus itself. At last report, it's still under shelter in a barn in Santa Rosa, California... which is good... but it's being filled with garbage... which is bad.

This has not changed... and yeah, it stings to know it's being used as a large, ornate garbage-skip.

Then we talk about the blog... and any news about the workings of what you're reading...

The only thing I have to report on that end is about a 25% increase in traffic over the last week... much of it "return traffic" too!

This is good as the more people who know about what we're up to, the more people MIGHT talk about or blog about it... and the more likely we are to find someone who might help us out and get our bus.

More Readers = Better Chances.

So, now that I've gotten the mechanics out of the way...

I wonder why the sudden upturn?

I have to admit, it's probably the pictures... This past week, I've been a "picture-posting fool" with more pics than normal... and I do believe people like that... I think(?) this is why... but who knows...

On another note, we are DEFINITELY taking MsDemmie's advice and looking into biting a bullet and HIRING a public relations company to see what can be done to increase traffic and knowledge of what we're hoping to do... We don't have much money, but perhaps spending a little will help us a lot... time and effort will tell...

Other than this, I invite... no, I BEG new readers... you don't have to help us with cash... help us by spreading the word... help us with suggestions... help us by being a regular reader even!

I do try to "mix things up" and most posts on the blog are more "fun" than "begs"... Heck, some of my best writing personally happens on Sunday when I do my "Sunday Blessing" and my "BlogTalkers" posts... so c'mon back tomorrow... see if you like it... see if this blog IS worth your surfing effort... we do TRY to make it so...

Thanks for reading... and now, off to spend a lazy Toronto Sunday with Sue!


Oh, and before signing off... Sorry for the brevity of today's post... but I've been a "posting fool" over at our history blog... and it's taken a lot out of me. Makes me wonder how Sue does it with FOUR blogs to look after constantly! Me, I've got this one and am a sometime collaborator on the aforementioned
history blog and the paranormal blog...

Speaking of the latter... ten'll get you twenty we'll get SOME publicity in October because of our studies! (Halloween has a way of making the media beat a path to our door...)

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 08:08:42 pm, by Email , 175 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Looking For Party Favors

A few months back we were racking our brains trying to come up with some fun, and unique ideas for Tristan's baby shower favors to give away to our guests. It really is a shame that I had not come across All In One Fun Favors at that time, because they have a great selection of party favors for just about every type of event or ceremony imaginable including adorable items for baby showers.

If you have got something similar coming up, or you are responsible for corporate functions that require giveaways you might just want to have a look at the various party favors they have available for purchase.

These items are very well priced, and ground shipping on most of them is free! Now that, is a very good deal! I already have them bookmarked for future parties such as birthdays for the kiddos that we will be holding. Go have a look! I think you'll be as impressed with what they are offering as I was. :D

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06/15/07

Permalink 11:48:22 am, by Email , 468 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Friday - Small Pleasures...

Everyone has their "moments"... little things that really just give you a sense of satisfaction and happiness... and I once tried to get people to share theirs here on the blog, but failed... so here's my list of of a dozen tiny pleasures that I love and make me feel really good in an odd, small sense... My "Simple Joys"...


#1: Being the first one at the bus stop to say, "The bus is coming."


#2: Looking into your pockets and finding a little money... more than the usual change, but not an astounding sum... just enough to be a pleasant surprise.


#3: An outside-evening walk and the smell of a "wood fire" from either a campsite or a fireplace.


#4: Being bored, turning on the television set and accidentally finding out a movie or show you really like is on.


#5: Making perfect popcorn... few unpopped kernels, no burnt bits... just perfect.


#6: Going to a restaurant and lucking out in getting a favourite table without requesting it.


#7: Having an unexpected comment on your blog from a blogger you like, but have never commented on their blog yourself.


#8: Going to a yard sale or used book store and finding a book on a topic you really, really love.


#9: As per the above, finding the book was a gift originally and was inscribed to the original owner with a lovely or interesting note.


#10: Having a stranger recognise you in a "positive" way from something your have done that you are proud of.


#11: Being smiled at by a "comely lass". (I know, I'm married... and HAPPILY so... but it's still nice to be admired!)


#12: (For me alone, probably...) Unexpectedly seeing an old double-decker bus running a road in Toronto.

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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 11:39:47 am, by Email , 222 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Online Cell Phone Accessory Shop

I had the opportunity to check out the newly revamped Wirefly cell phone accessory pages earlier this morning, and thought I'd pass along to you dear readers the scoop on some of their hot deals on RAZR accessories.

If you haven't already checked out their site, it's really easy to use, and if you have visited them before you may want to see the improvements they've made to the over all look, and design of the site. Website design aside, the real scoop is that they are having a grand opening sale to coincide with their relaunching.

One of the accessories they've got listed that caught my eye was the Jabra BT350 Bluetooth Headset because a good quality headset is something I just can't live without! This item they've got on sale for 1/2 price!

You might also want to check out this Wireless Signal Extender to be honest this is the first I've personally heard of such a device, but I can see how handy it will be for some users!

There are too many good deals on right now for me to list individually, but if I've whet your appetite for a good bargain then just surf on over to the site using any of the links I've provided for you above. Definitely worth checking out!

Our thanks to our sponsors!

Permalink 05:45:00 am, by Email , 668 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Not Making it To Wordless Wednesday...

Here's some photos that I was going to toss on our "Wordless Wednesday" posts... but nah... I've got MANY others, and these ones just aren't making the cut... because I got too many to use as it stands!

Now, ALMOST ALL the buses below are not red... I get a lot of people asking me about our "Old Green Bus" as it's from London and it's green... well...

London Transport "City Buses" are indeed red, but the "country buses" (those going to the suburbs) were (and still occasionally are) green... Now, the green buses still did (do) come into the city core, but they went further afield then their red counterparts... so now you know. (If you didn't already...)

So, without further adieu, allow me to share the pics!

Play Bus

More popular in the UK than in North America, there seem to be a few "play buses" rolling about... buses turned into rolling playrooms for kids. Above is one getting some final touches on it's paint job... I'm kinda surprised that I haven't seen any "play buses" in North America... seems like a great idea for kids parties... and no, sadly, our bus really won't be used for that purpose... save our eleven year-old's friends... To operate a bus as a business would take mucho denero outlay... and it's not part of our plans for the Old Green Bus.

Stripes!

Now I know some people find stripes nice... even slimming... but the above just doesn't do it for me.

Tour Bus Fiesta!

Now the above is a very jaunty tour bus... very new, very modern, and quite festive! Looks more like an "adult play bus"! ...wait, that could be misconstrued... an "adult party bus"! ...well, that too could be misconstrued... let's just say it looks very festive!

Standard RM made up to look like...

It looks like "The Knight Bus" from Harry Potter, doesn't it? Well, it's just a standard London Transport Routemaster done up as an advertisement... very cool still though, eh? (For those interested, the "Knight Bus" in the movie was a "chopped/souped up" Regent III bus... not a Routemaster.)

Whee!

...and not just Harry Potter advertises using a whole bus! The above one looks very interesting and love the "windows" of the buildings/bus...

Yankee Doodle Double Decker

...and for our American friends, here's a patriotic bus showing itself off... I think I may have another here...

Yankee Doodle Double Decker

Yup!

Local Bus to Us!

...and lastly, a more local bus to us... Brampton is near Toronto and has been running double-deckers for some time... but look carefully at this picture... the passenger in the upper-right window... is The Truth in Brampton and is The Truth riding in a double-decker??? Apparently, they are heading to Blackpool... and I don't mean the one in England! This has to be one of Sue's favourite bus photos, no doubt!


Thanks to British Buses Abroad in North America, Bus Photo UK, The Bristol Commercial Vehicles Enthusiasts, and The Routemaster Golden Jubilee Page for the images above.

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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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06/14/07

Permalink 08:20:26 pm, by Email , 198 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hand Thursday - ADSL Broadband Comparison Guide

When it come to Cheap Broadband providers it's a good idea to compare services, and make an informed decision before making a snap choice. I had the opportunity of taking a look at the Broadband Suppliers.co.uk website earlier today, and since this is "Helping Hand Thursday" thought I would pass along their site info, and services to you.

Firstly they are based out of the United Kingdom, and provide an online means by which you can Compare Broadband service providers. They give the scoop on various offers, provide reviews, and tips on how to compare the various Broadband Provider services being offered. They also have several articles on their website, which includes info on what Broadband is for those who may not know in easy to understand terms.

The website itself is designed to be user friendly, and easy to navigate, which is a bonus as I am always more interested in content over anything flashy.

If you think a comparison guide such as this one would be of good use to you, please do click on one of the links in this entry, which will take you to the site.

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Permalink 10:15:09 am, by Email , 368 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Lies Their Stepfather Told Them...

Here is a list of false claims I've made throughout my life... I know, I should save it for tomorrow, but the thought hit me now...

I'm not going to explain them... it's just things that I've said in passing...

One Banana Two Banana Three Banana...

I have on my resume that I played Fleagle on the Banana Splits.

Oh! The SYMBOL!!!

I'm the shop steward for Illuminati Local 421.

Could Be? Ask me mom!

I am the illegitimate son of Shemp Howard.

Family Portrait... Guess which one's me!?!

I was abandoned as an infant in the woods and reared by a friendly family of slugs.

Dad? Who's that strange woman with you?

I am the illegitimate son of Donald Trump.

Not Flying at the Compound YET!

I'm still holding a grudge against the Royal Family because they always forget to invite me to weddings... first Charles' 1st, then Andrews, then Edwards, and finally Charles' second... I mean, you can only say It must have gotten lost in the mail so often before a person figures it out!

Daddy go fly-fly then a little nutso in Vegas?

I'm the illegitimate son of Howard Hughes.

Shhh. If I told you, I'd have to kill you...

I have THE secrets!*

Daddy? When are you going to make a DECENT O/S?

I'm the illegitimate son of William Henry Gates III.


* - Well, that one may not be as big a lie as one might assume... but I ain't tellin'! :)

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 10:11:44 am, by Email , 192 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hand Thursday - PAYjr Visa

I've blogged a bit about pre-paid credit cards in the past as they have become very popular of late. The reason they are attractive of course is because they provide the benefits of traditional credit cards without the danger of overspending. You are pretty much borrowing off of what you are putting into them. It's a cool concept, and now there is an equivalent for teens.

Basically if you've got a kid who is going off to college for instance, you can get them a Visa Buxx card that work in the same way. You control the card, and how much they are allotted to spend. It is the safest way to insure a young person is being responsible with money (you can see exactly what, how much, and where they've spent) giving parents complete control. The card can be suspended by the parent at any time.

In all honesty I would rather have my daughters carry this card, then any large sums of cash when they are out shopping etc.

If this might be of interest to you just click on the link for further info.

Thank you to our sponsor!

06/13/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 251 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

(Almost) Wordless Wednesdays: For me, "GO" buses are from Ontario... then I saw this...

ANH 154 - A Go Bus!
See! It's a Go Bus!

For comparison...

Not the same, is it?

Quick note: "Go Transit" (Government of Ontario Transit) will be running new double-deckers next year on one of their heavier routes.

Here's a photo of test bus with thanks to Paul Bateson for the image... (I hope he remembers he gave me permission for the site to use images a while back...)

This was the test bus...

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

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

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

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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06/12/07

Permalink 01:15:02 pm, by Email , 940 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

Rorschach and the Paranormal...

Probably not what you think

So there I am on the Coast to Coast AM website and saw the above...

Now, there is a chance there's a "sniff" of the unknown to it... simply because it qualifies under one of my usual questions when presented with things like this... Is this image the only thing that might be considered unusual that has happened at the site?

The reason is that, the reality is that the above image is simply a very interesting splotch of something on concrete... nothing more.

This is true of so many photos presented as "paranormal" in nature. I often say to people that if you look hard enough for something, you'll find it... even if it wasn't there in the first place.

For example... have a look below...

Look Carefully

This is from Sue's site, ParaResearchers...

It's an obvious(?) face in a window... or is it?

Look carefully... and you'll notice it was just a chance location of some branches and leaves... a very cool one in some ways, but that's all...

It's called pareidolia and it's normal... in fact, it's pretty much the same thing as when we see "shapes in the clouds".

The human brain is built to find patterns and familiar shapes in otherwise chaotic images... and although the above doesn't qualify truly "chaotic" or even "busy", it's the same... it's a Rorschach test and we will look for things... and in the two cases above, it's pretty easy... but I've seen things like the image below...

Look Carefully...

Now, look... and see if you can see the faces in the image above... do you see them? Do you see the figure? Look carefully...

If you did... sorry, there are none that I know of in the image above... it's just a picture of a wooded reserve in the states that I "borrowed" from their website.

When I think of some of the more "interesting" paranormal images...

Ghostly Pics
Ghostly Pics
Ghostly Pics
Ghostly Pics

...you'll notice they aren't too hard to notice... and they resemble "people"... not smudges that if you squint just right, tilt your head twenty-two degrees to the left, and concentrate on "X" part of the picture... and...

Now this is not to say "we" (hopefully respectable) paranormal investigators will ONLY accept perfect(?) images, I do get a little upset that when people send me images of sand, rocks, forest leaves, smoke, and tell me of the "obvious" face or whatever... but only if the lighting is "just right" and my eyes are half-closed, and I'm shaking my head slightly up and down...

Sound funny?

It isn't... I get LOTS of photos sent my way like this...

...and BOY of BOY do people NOT want to hear my HONEST take on things.

I've gotten to the point where I couch my words perfectly... and ask a very important question...

Is this photo the only thing...?

Because, sometimes other things are happening, and like the neat concrete stain above, something else happened that led to an interesting(?) photo...

Then comes warning number two... and this is something people REALLY hate...

When someone snaps something really interesting and it can be explained by "normal" or "natural" means, and it came from some place (or time) that COULD lend itself to something unusual, then I ask the following question...

If you were at a haunted place, and were taking a picture and a cat jumped into the frame, would the cat then be a ghost?

It's a bit harsh... but sometimes, those people that need "proof" for whatever reason... validation of an experience is common... sadly, so it "thrill seeking" and "attention seeking"... need to be reminded...

There ARE things that are truly unexplainable... and those are important to our study... and everything is important and bears examination... but examination can also lead to answers that we may not want to hear.

I'd like to say that one day, I'd share some of the abuse comments I've received from people that have sent me images that I've been honest about... and in many cases, even showed evidence of why I said what I said... but I can't as we do promise absolute confidentiality.

Still this doesn't preclude... the image at the top of the concrete... kinda neat!


Before the would be intelligenti comment about the debunking of any of the images I posted as being "interesting" above... like The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall image... is a fraud, fake, or hoax... PLEASE cite who made this determination... and remember, a doctorate (emeritus) in English doth not a "photographic expert" (or even analyst) make.

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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 01:10:12 pm, by Email , 239 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

Memo to Paris Hilton:

MEMO: I just read your interview with Barbara Walters... and if I may... please remember this little motto...

Deeds, not words.

If you think this is glib or mean, it was better than my original memo to you which was only going to read I'll believe it when I see it.

'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 01:07:10 pm, by Email , 388 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

La Musée du Hyperbole...

I'm about to take a half-shot... at a website I like.

The Museum of Hoaxes is a FINE, fine site... and I only recently picked up the book written by the "curator" of the site...

It's not bad, but I got to a bit about a CBC "fake" interview between Michael Enright and Jimmy Carter... well, not really... it was a "jape" with the usually collected Enright ending up in a bickering match with "Carter"... which wasn't Carter, but an actor friend of Enright.

Well, the Museum of hoaxes commented on this...

...the controversy reached even larger proportions when both the Globe and the Mail reported the interview as fact on their front pages. The editor of the Globe later explained he hadn't realized the interview was a hoax...

Now, this seems reasonable... and shows that everyone should double-check their facts...

...just like the fellow from the Museum of Hoaxes should have.

The Globe... and the Mail...

...and no, at the time, they weren't "two different" papers...

...and I doubt they had two different editors, but you never know...

Otherwise, I enjoy the website and I'm enjoying the book... but like all true elitists, I revel in finding telling mistakes! :)

God knows I make enough of 'em!

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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 01:03:04 pm, by Email , 722 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Big Money At Pay Per Post!

Pay Per Post made a huge, and I mean HUGE announcement via a press release this morning, the contents of which I'm going to post up below. This news left me gobsmacked!

Pay Per Post this very morning has received seven million dollars in funding!!!! That is right seven million big ones!!! Seven million!!!! I just like saying it .. :D

And what is the first thing Pay Per Post has done with some of it you may be wondering??? They are doing what they always do by launching their seven day Lucky 7's promotion - sharing the love with their posties!!!!

Between right now, and over the course of the next seven days they will be releasing opportunities that any postie can grab for $10.77, $70.00, and a whopping $700.00 bux US!!! And when I say any postie, I mean anyone no matter how popular your blog is or what it's ranking in the search engines. How cool is that!!!!

If you want to make some extra money through blogging now is definitely the time to get hooked up with Pay Per Post, and get yourself into their newly released blogger directory. It's a means for advertisers to check out your writing directly, and make offers based on what you think your writing is worth.

Here is a copy of the press release in it's entirety:

The PayPerPost Revolution Accelerates, Sponsored
Blogging Marketplace Secures $7 Million Series B

Draper Fisher Jurvetson leads round and joins Board of Directors

ORLANDO, FL – (June 12, 2007) – PayPerPost, the leading marketplace for advertisers to reach bloggers and other consumer content creators, today announced it has completed a $7 million second round investment led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, an investor in the company's Series A and one of the world’s leading high-technology venture capital firms. The financing brings the total amount of capital raised by PayPerPost to over $10 million, giving the company considerable resources for further development as the industry’s leading Consumer Generated Advertising marketplace. Additional participants in the round include existing investors Inflexion Partners and Village Ventures as well as new investor DFJ Gotham. With this investment, DFJ Managing Director Josh Stein also joins PayPerPost’s Board of Directors.

“PayPerPost created this exciting new advertising space and has established itself as the industry leader,” said Ted Murphy, chief executive officer of PayPerPost. “Although we’ve only used a portion of our first round capital, this added support from investors unlocks significant growth potential. Our content creator and advertiser ROI metrics clearly demonstrate the upside for PayPerPost’s model. We intend to use this capital to build the infrastructure, visibility and professional expertise necessary to reach and retain a greater network of advertisers and content creators than ever before.”

Since its founding in June of 2006, PayPerPost has signed more than 6,500 advertisers to its groundbreaking service, which has enabled Consumer Content Creators to be compensated for their efforts discussing specific companies, products or services via blogs, videos or other media. The content creators are required to disclose relationships with advertisers on their blog, providing transparency for the end reader. Over 125,000 Internet postings, most in the form of blogs, have already earned money for their creators through PayPerPost’s innovative marketplace. PayPerPost recently released PayPerPost Direct, a disruptive new service that allows advertisers to contract and negotiate directly with individual bloggers they identify through a safe, managed system.

“PayPerPost has laid a strong foundation for the future,” noted Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. “It continues to attract a critical mass of participants from both the advertising and blogging communities. Analogous to Overture’s sponsored search model, we believe PayPerPost’s business model holds disruptive potential and will enable the company to thrive in the evolving paid-content arena.”

To mark the $7 million dollar funding, PayPerPost has launched a new website detailing the company’s service offering at http://www.payperpost.com. Bloggers and advertisers can easily sign up at the site and begin leveraging the self service marketplace.

Now I could offer my own suggestions as to what they should do with this huge amount of money, but n'yeah they are already doing a fantastic job without my help .. :p

Whatever they do I do know it's going to be great, and that it is going to mean even greater things for us posties in the future!

CONGRATULATIONS PAY PER POST!!!!!!

06/11/07

Permalink 07:10:11 pm, by Email , 1024 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Okay, back to work...

I tell you, it's been rough. I've REALLY, REALLY wanted to get more multi-media going, work harder at finding "catches" to get more traffic to the blog... do what I know it takes to get more readers and more help and eventually, by the grace of God, make the family dream come true.

Egads!

I know that since I'm not willing to post nude pictures of myself... and knowing that if I did, I might get a lot of money to STOP posting nude pictures of myself... I need to get the name/blog/URL/dream out there... to get the readers to either find our "White Knight(s)" or to find the help we need... but every time I sit down to do anything that may require a little silence and perhaps more than fifteen minutes uninterrupted work, I'll be danged if the "life" thing doesn't keep getting in the way.

It really makes me wonder how some people do it... how do they produce inventions, artwork, or anything if they have family and pets?

This ISN'T to say I don't want my family or pets... FAR FROM IT... it's just how does one managed to burn that candle on one end, let alone both?

I still have a learning curve to overcome too... as much as, indeed, my career is in high-tech, it has NOT been in media presentation and creation... in fact, due to the corporate nature of my longest job, it's been on suppressing the abilities of others to enjoy media playing on their computers! (Not a good thing in an office environment for the masses...)

So, how to/when to knuckle down and start?

Heck, aside from that, I have a feeling that should a major news agency even do a half-piece on this dream, it would have a MUCH stronger chance at "getting over" and succeeding... but how to get them to notice us?

Our press releases (two of which done by budding publicists) have failed... despite the large readership of this here blog, we've gone unnoticed... and I have a feeling I could purchase a megaphone, stand on the second or third tallest building in the city and SCREAM about this blog and our dream... and we'd still not make any headway... save a headline... Loon stands on roof of TD Centre/First Canadian Place and Screams - Torontonians Indifferent

Realistically, a "YouTube" video or a fun-flash thingy would go much further...

...but in my perfect world, I'd have both... good press and something snazzy for the peeps to look at.

Time is SO not on our side...

I 'spose I have some chances this week in the evening to TRY and work on things... provided dogs aren't freaking out, the building is quiet, a kid goes to bed without hassle, and all is quiet in the world...

...but man, that seems like such a pipe dream.

So a PLEA...

Pretty-Please?

HEY MEDIA-TYPES!!! C'mon now, you need a "puff piece" for your newscast, don't you? You need a good story to take up space? Sure, you COULD go with a water-skiing squirrel or perhaps a seventy-year-old paper boy, but how about the dream of a whacky family? Bonus is, the two adults are paranormal investigators of some note...? C'mon, what's NOT to love!?! We've been trying/hoping/dreaming of help for over a YEAR! We've written thousands of pages of original text! We've bled into this thing... NOTICE US! After all, with your help, we could see our dream come true! So c'mon! Give us a chance! Write about us! Please...?

Lotto!

Well, if that doesn't help... I still have been playing the lottery and something's weird in Canada...

The "big one" (Lotto 6/49) has been HUGE the last few draws... $30million, then $35million, then $37million... now $40million!

What's odd is that there HAVE been winners.

I thought the "jackpots" had to accumulate?

Well, we didn't win previously (obviously) but we'll try again on Wednesday for the forty-million!

...oh, and why didn't we win previously? Well, we KNEW other people were playing... and we liked them so ALTHOUGH we WERE going to play the winning numbers, we "threw the game", so to speak... Yup, we INTENTIONALLY let them win!

...so, if any of them are reading this and would care to maybe throw $25k (Canadian... it's $20k USD to do it... but the Canadian dollar is still a little weaker than the US "greenback" so we need a little extra in Canadian funds...) at us to make the dream come true as a gift for us not only throwing the game, but indeed, ROOTING for you to win, we'd be very grateful! Who knows, perhaps we'll do the same Wednesday if we feel so inclined... and then the winner there can consider the same thing!

Do you think if any of the winners mentioned above read this it would work...?

Well, it was worth a try!

Well, no promises on when I'll have the movies and/or Shockwave thingies will be ready... but I'm gonna try...

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 07:00:35 pm, by Email , 311 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Student Loan Consolidation

Student Loans, and Student Loan Consolidation are a hot topic in many households around the country as college students prepare to graduate, and high school students look towards their own futures. This is true in our household as well, as our middle child will begin her higher education in another year, and the time to consider loans, and finances is just around the corner.

It was with much interest earlier this afternoon that I spent some time surfing around the NextStudent website, and reading through the extensive information they have posted to their website.

For instance, did you know that Student Loan Consolidation through NextStudent can actually save you A LOT of money? By combing your federal loans they can offer you a much cheaper rate at a savings of as much as sixty percent! Now that is an impressive amount of money that can be diverted to much better uses in my opinion.

If you are wondering what their fees are for this service, and I did check that out on their website, they list it as absolutely free. Yep, they charge no fees for consolidating your loans through them.

Now if you are in our position with a kid just starting out at college or if that kid is you I also recommend that you have a look at their section on Private Student Loans. These loans offer a few advantages, such as a quick application process, monies up to your full expenses, (read more on this, and terms etc on their site) no payments required until after graduation, and the money is sent right to you as opposed to the school.

There are several good reasons to have a look at what NextStudent is offering, and you can do just that by clicking through on any one of the links in this entry.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 03:19:02 pm, by Email , 481 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, Any News?, General Shtuff

My Spidey-Sense was Tingling...

So I've dropped out of the "Blogging to Fame" contest... sorry to those who supported me and NOT TO WORRY.

Shhh!

Basically, a little bird gave me some information that really said it wasn't for me... nothing "dangerous" or terribly troublesome, just not for the dream and the Old Green Bus blog.

I have to admit, I had my doubts at the beginning... and if you read that post, you'll see I mentioned that it seemed too good to be true but figured what's the harm?

Well, honestly, there's no harm I'm aware of... but one of the telling and public signs of things was when they decreased the "first prize" award to $25k from $100k without any official notice or reason... and yeah, the site and blog looking after the contest are... well...

I'm not a "spelling" or "grammar" stickler... but when you're trying to run a bizness or commercial venture which, in the long run, one has to assume the contest is, you're going to ensure your spelling and grammar are top notch... and the SQL errors when trying to post comments, information, or anything were also a bit telling...

So, combined with some internal insight that I don't wish to share, I'm cutting my losses, not putting stock into this avenue helping us with our dream (wasting energy and resources on something I cannot believe in,) and yup, we're out.

So, I'm going to TRY and concentrate on the old, slow, but steady methods... gain the blog new readers, hope for help from the media to get the word out there (so far, that's been a bust,) and yeah, pray for a "White Knight" to help us make our dream come true...

Saviours?

...because honestly, I don't think that contest would have done it.

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 03:16:43 pm, by Email , 164 words   English (CA)
Categories: Day Tripping & Travel

Eating Well While On The Road

Tis' the season for road trips, and being in southern Ontario, a road trip down south of the border often means travelling through the lovely state of Ohio! If you are going to be road tripping through Ohio this year, and find yourself anywhere near the historic Chillicothe, then you have got to treat yourself by stopping in at Pizza Chef Gourmet Pizza. Do yourself a favour, and bookmark the page I have linked to. They serve up the best pizza in the state, and at very goodly prices!

I found the business on MerchantCircle.com. This is an online directory for companies in the USA, and it's really handy for look-ups. You can search by categories, and states, which will bring up a listing for you to check out. The site has a good design, and it's user friendly! Check it out for individual coupons that you can use that are posted by the businesses that are listed.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 01:23:23 pm, by Email , 1566 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Super-Secret Privacy Issues

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

What are your opinions on the subject of giving personal information out in your blog entries? Do you use the real names of the people you blog about? Have you ever had a bad experience with someone getting ‘too much information’? I’d like to know: Do the people that you blog about ever complain that you are blogging about them?

It's a secret!

Ooo! A Goody!

I'm not too hung up on privacy... perhaps to my detriment...

I'm not one of those people that care if my local pharmacy knows how much toothpaste and what brand I buy in a given week... or my bank is watching what bills are being paid... or my phone company watches my long distance call times and amounts...

I do draw the line at generic folks knowing my bank account numbers (save my bank) or my passwords to retrieve e-mail... and I'd be upset if I found out they were reading my personal messages or monitoring my phone calls... but not as much as some, perhaps, as I really have zip to hide and if, and so far, fingers crossed I haven't, I had something to say/communicate to someone that I wished to be absolutely private, I'd do it face-to-face.

I am all for a criminal DNA bank... but I would be a little off-put with giving my DNA as a "non-criminal" to anyone in fear that the information about my health might be leaked to insurance companies... such as, imagine if the gene that shows a predisposition to cancer was found and the insurance company found out... and said, "Oh, sorry... we can't insure you EVER!"... but if I break a law (save a misdemeanour or a traffic violation,) I feel I would have given up certain rights... including privacy... and therefore, yeah, I'd give up a DNA profile then and accept it as part of my punishment.

...but this is about blogging... so if I may...

I have no issues with people knowing my name, my "situation", my thoughts and feelings... but I draw the line at my exact address, my phone number, and yes, CERTAIN names.

I've heard one too many people losing jobs because they blogged about their work... I actually LIKE my job, so that's not a real issue... but why risk it?

I do have ONE little paranoia... my steplings names and a pinpoint location of where we are.

Sadly, on the internet, there are a LOT of "bad people"... and they are bored and, if they so chose, they COULD look at a picture, remember a name and a photo, and then COULD go to a school and say, "Hello, So-and-so, your mommy and step-father sent me to pick you up."

I know, sounds bad... but I live in a city where things like this have happened a little too often.

Granted, regardless of this, one MIGHT figure it out, but our kids have been grilled, trained, and are probably more than capable of doing the right thing... but why invite it?

I worry about my venting my spleen (and my heart) here giving out too much information... but so far, fingers crossed, I've not suffered anything bad because of it. Granted, those uncomfortable with the amount of personal feeling thrown into this blog usually just won't continue to read it, I hope... Why read something if it annoys you? Also, if you're here because you're forced to thanks to a blog-hit utility like BlogSoldiers, BlogMad, or
BlogExplosion, then do what you'd do with ANY blog you started to dislike and came across... wait your "X" number of seconds and move on... I'm not about to change things because apparently a minority doesn't like it.

As for the last part of this question, have people complained because I've blogged about them? Well, I've had more complaints because I haven't blogged about certain folks than complaints because I did!

Granted, this is also because if you want me to write a nasty missive about YOU here, you've REALLY got to push my buttons... I don't believe in talking about anyone (on a personal level) that REALLY annoys me and giving them any attention. Why send them an "audience"? Why let my enemies (if they existed) accumulate and know who their comrades in the trenches are?

To be honest, the TOTAL of bloggers I sincerely blogged negatively about since starting this is two. That's it!

...and only one felt that they needed to "retaliate" in any way with a long and nasty missive on their blog.

Funny enough, they are otherwise so loathed in the "blogging community" that their rant against me and this blog actually garnered me hits, links, and even a few small donations!

Hey, as far as I'm concerned, I wish this person would hate me MORE!!!

So, I think that answers this question in detail... as usual, a lot of detail, but it's a lengthy question!

I liked this question today as I'm sure it will spur a few thoughts and comments... if not here, on other blogs...


Now lets talk about our other websites... Long, long ago, I made a decision (because I hate talking on the phone... funny for someone who desperately would love to be a radio person,) not to ever give my phone number out online in relation to my paranormal studies.

Without knowing it, I stemmed a rather bad problem that can occur...

Some (thankfully not all) folks assume that my studies are so engrossing that I don't have any sort of private life nor do I sleep, eat, or even go to the toilet... I only eat-sleep-breath ghosts and hauntings... (and history...)

Also, in that group above, witnesses and other people interested in the study assume I'm at their beckon call... that THEIR interest and THEIR story are so vital that I must be able to facilitate a personal visit and/or a phone call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Ergo: It's not unusual to have people try to get my personal contact information and feel the absolute need to try and contact me or even see me at any time or date.

This was borne out one night when a fellow, using my name and whatnot and a little sleuthing through Bell Canada, showed up at my home (pre-Sue) in the wee hours knocking at the door.

His reason? He had heard a noise in his home, "knew" it was a ghost, and wanted me to come and look.

Rule One of Ghost Investigation: Never meet face-to-face until you've sussed out the person you're meeting SAFELY. This is true with any sort of meeting, but with people that have or feel they've experienced something odd, they need support... sometimes, it's far more support than anyone can give them save living with them and holding their hand 24 x 7... and they get irate if you deem something more important than them.

THAT I've experienced... and with this fellow, it was obviously the case...

Luckily, I "talked him down", explained that the hour was bad, that I worked a day job for a living, and that chances are, by the time "we" arrived in his home, it would not be happening. I used the logic of having him keep a log... time, date, what happened, where... and that would be sufficient for any decent investigator... and then we could look for patterns and build a visit, if necessary, based on that.

This placated him... but it very easily could not have worked.

...and I know a story where two good investigators were hounded in the wee hours with phone call after phone call by another investigator incensed that they did not want to come on an investigation with him... he asked them (via phone) at 11pm and then barraged them with calls until 3am... and the place he was going was a "well known haunt" that they had been to countless times and he had no "special" reason for going this night.

So, I do keep my address, phone number, and workplace secret... this is more for those people that just don't understand that although it's a 24 x 7 world, but not everyone is a 24 x 7 person.

In my eyes, this is what e-mail is for.

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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 01:20:21 pm, by Email , 138 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, From The Desk of Sue

Online Shopping With Coupons

My mother was a coupon clipper, and I guess that growing up her own thriftiness has rubbed off on me. I like to save money at all my fave online shops by using coupons or coupon codes.

Right now I'm getting ready to stock up on summer reading materials, and I am checking out the Amazon coupons, and deals that are currently available through Coupon Chief. If you like shopping at Amazon just click on the link to obtain coupon codes to use at the checkout. They also have over a thousand other merchants listed so even if you are not into Amazon, you'll definitely find money saving codes on other products, and services you do enjoy!

Coupon Chief has also added some "how-to" screen shots to help out newer users.

Cool eh!

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06/10/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 819 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Emotions and Thoughts

Blog yer Blessings

Sometimes, a blessing can be a double-edged sword... and this is one of them.

I pride myself at being very open about a lot of things within my life... it's rare I'm suppressing much of anything save pain as that's one thing I don't like to share... but if I'm happy, everyone knows it... sadly, if I'm depressed or grumpy, I don't spare people from that either... at least, not well.

Yesterday, I learned of the passing of a person in the blogsphere... a mother of two, a daughter, and far too young to go at 33 years of age. I can't say I "knew" her... I had read her blog before... granted, if you see a "hit" from me, I read yours too... I'm not a "hit-and-run" kinda guy... I may not comment as often as I should, but I read...

...and like all bloggers, I came away feeling a little like I knew a bit of this person... their trials, tribulations, thoughts... and therefore, were a little closer than an absolute stranger... at least, in a semi-online secretive kinda way... as creepy as that sounds... but it isn't... I read, absorbed, thought about, and genuinely appreciated what was typed. It spurred discussion in my home... and that's never a bad thing.

She passed last Monday... and although I knew I was just an I.P. in the ol' hitlog, I still took a second to sign the online memorial guest book.

I felt weird about it as it's not like I was a "close personal friend" nor an acquaintance really, but I hope her significant other, her children, and her genuine friends see it as a "fellow blogger" saying I am thinking of her... and them... at this terrible and sad time.

In 99% of eulogies I've heard delivered, they often say that these times should not be sad, but happy memories of the lives lived.

I disagree... partly...

They should be sad... because a life is gone and that person... no person... can truly be "replaced". They are all special... and human nature is to mourn and grieve.

I'd be lying if I said as simply a "reader", I was truly grieving with all my heart, but I am saddened at the loss... and I am thinking of the family...

I wanted to get that out... but that's not the only thing one can share... and why I said "partly" to disagreeing with the people who deliver eulogies...

We all should share our happiness... REGARDLESS.

Realistically, if things are going well, shouldn't we try to spread that warmth and happiness? Shouldn't we do what we can to improve the moods and demeanour of all we come into contact with?

...and rare and precious are those who, in times of great sadness, can bring out the happiness in things.

My blessing... and I hope yours too... is feelings... Be they "out there for the world" or whatever, how marvellous is it to express our emotions and thoughts... and despite not knowing the fellow traveller in the blogsphere, I'm so grateful that I was, through this entry and through a quick jot in the memorial page, to express my sadness and thoughts to her family and friends... and I hope that this brings them a little bit of happiness to know that she did reach into the world... and although it may have been at "screens length", her efforts were seen and read...

Natalie Rose... I didn't know you... and you didn't know me... but I read... and I cared... and I will continue to care in my mind... and wherever you are, I hope that the "anonymous IP" in Canada is bringing you a little happiness... your words and thoughts got out there... just like a gentle touch.

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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 05:17:07 am, by Email , 224 words   English (CA)
Categories: Pro Wrestling and MMA

Information On Body Building Supplies

Regular readers may be able to recall my blogging about my baby cousin Pete, also known as professional wrestler Pat Gunnar. Since we have often blogged about Pete in the past, pro wrestling in general, and MMA I thought it would be a great opportunity to introduce our readers to, and review the Discount Bodybuilding Supplements website, and I did just that! Read on:

My first impression of this website, and online shop is it's ease of use, and good layout. Shoppers have the ability to create an account, and search for products that are of interest to them in multiple ways, by product type, by ingredients, by product brand, and very handily by individual goals. Very cool!

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All of their products are healthy, and safe to use, and they offer shoppers a secure online purchasing experience. They accept both credit cards, and PayPal.

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06/09/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 644 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays: Well, we're not number two...

I'll explain the title of this post in a bit for those who didn't read the posts earlier in the week...

We're not moving along too swiftly at the moment...

First, let's get down to business... or lack thereof...

Sadly, another week with zero movement towards the goal fiscally and only one weird "traffic" moment... usually, we average about 900 to 1,100 hits per day... but on Monday, we hit over 2,000... weird... I wonder if we got mentioned somewhere... lots of traffic, not a lot of movement towards the old dream... although, who knows... maybe one of those many readers will help later. Gotta stay optimistic!

Still no new word from California (where the bus is still located)... which is hopefully a case of "no news is good news". It still pains us all to know it's being used as a garbage can, but hopefully one day soon...

Anyway, the "Number Two" part...

Blogging to Fame

Early this week, I signed up to Blogging to Fame where the top prize is $100k USD... and the second prize is $25k... which is $5k more than we need to make our dream come true.

I did say, however, it did seem too good to be true... and it may well be... first of all, there's no "prize date" announced... and the source of the prize funds have not been disclosed...

Still, it doesn't hurt, right?

So, take a few seconds and vote for me... we are really hoping for a silver-medal finish in this one... and the hope it will get our dream off the ground...

Right now, we're not doing too well... but perhaps over time, our votes will pick up... I mean, what's not to love about people dreaming of coming in second?

UPDATE! Further adding to the weirdness of these awards, FIRST PLACE PRIZE has now been lowered to $25k... and second place (three awards) is $10k.

Why the drop? It's not mentioned...

...so now we NEED to be number one for our dream...

Hmm...

I dunno...

I feel the image and link disappearing off the top of the blog here as catching up to the #1 blog would take a miracle.

They have announced a "winning date" though... November 4th, 2007...

I'll give it a week more and see how it goes... I'll have to change things to say we are hoping for a "first place" finish!

Other than that, not much to report... other than I thank you all for your support and your reading our words... and hopefully, we'll see this dream to it's conclusion... after all, it's a VERY important dream now...

Thanks again to you all...

...and especially those who DIDN'T comment on my lousy poetry earlier this past week. The words "dreadful", "painful", and "atrocious" come to mind... and you all thankfully kept criticism to a null.

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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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06/08/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 852 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Five Places That You Can Only Find in Canada

My home country, like all countries, has it's share of unique and different place names... at least, I think the five I've selected are unique to Canada... although who knows...

It's Not What You Think

Granted, names and making fun of names in GOOD humour is normal... after all, there's a town named "Cold Water" here in Ontario... and a fellow by the name of Richard Shrivels purposely moved there just to have business cards that said "DICK SHRIVELS in Cold Water". (This is true and Sue already blogged about it here!) To the best of my knowledge, Dick Shrivels STILL in Cold Water...

Of course, there's also Beeton, Ontario... and driving instructions would never be complete without suggesting one take the highway and use the Beeton Off-Ramp... and there is a Beeton Wives Club.

...but I digress...

Here's FIVE place that (again, to the best of my knowledge) are only in Canada...


Punkeydoodles Corners

Nestled near Kitchener, Ontario is Punkeydoodles Corners... It was a stagecoach stop in the nineteenth-century run by a German immigrant who may have inadvertently given it its unusual name when he'd belt out the tune "Yankee Doodle" and murder the original lyrics... which, considering the popularity of the Americans in nineteenth-century Canada, was probably beloved by all.

Of course, this is only ONE possibility, the other is that "punkeydoodle" was a Victorian-aged nursery-slang word for "frittering about" and wasting time.

Which is the origin of the town? Your guess is as good as the next!


Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

A wonderful park in the Province of Alberta, it's unique name is based on a method of hunting bison that the natives used... basically, you "heard" them up a hill with a cliff and... well, you get the idea. Needless to say, the park name is from such hunting done there way back when... and yes, there is a ten-meter cliff.

It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site!


Swastika

Okay, we ALL know that the "broken cross" known as the Swastika was around long before some maniacal home decorator with an odd little moustache adopted it for his political party in Germany that led to a little spat known as WWII... and a lot of other horrible things.

In fact, Swastika, Ontario had that name as of 1908!

James and William Dusty were miners who set up shop there when miners were streaming in to Ontario's North.

Needless to say, there were calls to "change the name" during World War II, but the town stood it's ground and claimed, "To hell with Hitler! We had it first!" and the name remains the same.

Of note, "Berlin, Ontario" did cave in WWI and became "Kitchener"... so we're not all so solid here in Canada as the residents of Swastika!


Ochiichagwebabigoining

Okay, it's also known as Dalles, Ontario... but it's traditional name (and still used by the local First Nations groups,) is Ochiichagwebabigoining.

How does one pronounce this? You got me!

It's up near Kenora, if that helps! :)


Dildo

I'm making this up, aren't I?

Nope!

As any GOOD Canadian knows, Dildo is in the lovely Maritime province of Newfoundland... NewFOUNDLand... Newfundland... NewFoundLund... however you wish to pronounce it... but no mistaking Dildo's pronounciation.

No, it is not named after an "adult toy", apparently it's also the name of an old glass cylander... an "arm of water"... and is found in the refrain of many songs that go "Hey Nonny-Nonny" in their original form.

At least, according to the book Sue bought me for my birthday, Cassleman's Canadian Words.

You have to wonder though... with a province that support Dildo, Conception Bay, and Come-By-Chance, what's REALLY on the mind of those folks out East... or "Down Home" as they prefer...

I won't do them the injustice of calling the "Newfies".

...and with a hey-nonny-nonny, I think I'll end this list!


Oh, and I know there's other places I've missed... and many outside Canada... and I ask you all to perhaps share some of the ones you know in the ol' comments section...


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

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

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

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our 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 05:45:00 am, by Email , 474 words   English (CA)
Categories: "Living" History - Historical Re-enactment

Yeah, I miss it...

*Sigh*

Everyday, I walk past my scarlet tunic hanging mournfully on the door hanger... and my green jacket... and my white jacket...

*Sigh*

I told the fellows three years ago that chances are, I wouldn't be in the field until I drove there in my bus... and sadly, that's probably more true than I'd care to think about.

(I love this one above... aside from the drummers, the words of a child asking if they can sit on the black towel now really sum up these events in many ways... long story...)

What's worse for me in some ways is doing the webwork for one of my regiments... The Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada... or "eye-muck" for short... I have a standing invitation with them to join in, but the new job, some lingering financial concerns, and lack of a decent vehicle make it impossible.

*Sigh*

One day, perhaps...

Besides, at these events, thanks to the time it takes and the expense, it's an "older fellows thing"... meaning I'm one of the YOUNGER folks out there when I go... and at forty, that's a rare thing!

Oh, the battle in the videos... The Battle of Stoney Creek... it's one of the five or six "biggies" during the Summer that happen... and yes, it did really happen long ago and the re-enactment is done on the actual site...

...and almost no Canadians know the name Billy Green... and I can't help but think if he was American, there'd be a couple of towns and a holiday named after him!

...and don't even get me started on another participant in that battle that few but historians and hard-core enthusiasts know, Fitzgibbon!

*Double-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 05:30:00 am, by Email , 498 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Oh! The Bus! (A Bad Poem)

One Old Green Bus

Do you believe that someone suggested to us,
That I write down a poem or verse about the bus.

To do up a stanza or two about our dream,
that perhaps will not go sight-unseen.

They suggested something clever would set people agog,
and perhaps they may copy it to their own blog!

Quite personally, for all my tries and intent,
my abilities at verse are quite non-existent.

My rhyming's absurd leaves much to be desired.
My timing is horrendous and rhythm uninspired.

In short, if you really must know,
I'll give it a small tiny go...

We were very poor and needed distraction,
from the woes of having a life of dissatisfaction.

While bored and online, I came upon a picture of an old bus,
and as fate would have it, it became a "thing" for all of us!

So we talked about our plans if we had such a vehicle,
vacations, road-trips, and many things adorable!

Well, things have improved for us with money,
a job, bills paid, a land of milk and honey!

But the bus is in peril of being sold for scrap,
or worse being carved up beyond repair, OH SNAP!

So here we are, asking for help with our quest,
to own our old bus, and ensure it's not messed!

Yes, we could save up ourselves for the ride,
but it would take a few years, and time is not on our side.

So yes, we are begging for any help you can give or share,
support, gifts, publicity, anything you can spare.

Save the old bus, and make a dream come true!
If you can help, then God bless you!

So there, I've fulfilled my poetic agreement,
I'm sure that as of now, you'll understand my bereavement...

My poetry skills are right up there with James McIntyre,
and on that note, this prose I retire!

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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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06/07/07

Permalink 04:44:55 pm, by Email , 262 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - Father's Day Gift Idea

Fruit Baskets can make for a perfect, healthy gift for Dad this coming Father's Day or for any holiday, and celebratory occasion! Today, I want to share with you some information on fruit baskets, and other yummy treats, and food stuffs from The Fruit Company!

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Permalink 01:00:39 pm, by Email , 553 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, "Living" History - Historical Re-enactment

Office Speak...

I have just started reading and enjoying a blog called Mad Ravings of an Entrepreneurial Scientist... granted, he stepped on a personal land-mine of mine in one post where he helped one of his students through a tough time...

Same goes for words...

The student was overburdened with "problems" and said as much, the good doctor suggested that he change the word "problem" to "situation" and it would be better.

Ummm... semantics... they're not just for breakfast anymore.

I have a lot of experience in offices... and have had all the "challenges", "issues", "synergy building", and "dynamic construction" one fella can take in a lifetime.

At an I.T. helpdesk at one company I worked for, a woman won a substantial "prize" for coming up with a way to improve morale... she changed the name from "Trouble Ticket" (the number assigned to a problem reported to the help desk,) to "Issue Ticket".

Yeah, when you can't get your biz e-mail, it's an "issue"... don't think of it as a "trouble"... or a "problem"... that's negative!

Anyone else have a complaint or concern become an "action item" for someone? Why not just say, "Oh, that? So-and-so is working on that problem."

NO! NO!

"Thank you for showing us this challenge that could affect our group synergy! It's become an action item for so-and-so and he is working to face that challenge for you!"

Man, I don't know about you, but I hear crud like that and I think, Wow! You are a practitioner of the Fish Philosophy and read Who Moved My Cheese with a highlighter at the ready, didn't you? Oh by the way, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU REALLY DOING TO RESOLVE MY PROBLEM!?!

Whee~!

I have nothing against making things a touch more euphemistic, but c'mon... DEEDS, NOT WORDS please!

Consider this an action item of the highest priority... or I'll move your cheese while whacking you with a fish!

Now, NOTHING against the good doctor at Mad Ravings of an Entrepreneurial Scientist and I liked a lot of what I read and will return... but PLEASE, don't unleash a bunch of office-speek-spewing non-technocrats onto us unsuspecting older employees... because, quite frankly, I'm running out of places to hide bodies!

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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 12:55:45 pm, by Email , 318 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - Team Wealth Builder

Team Wealth Builder is a brand new forum that was just launched a couple of weeks back, and is promising to be a good place for online discussion on topics such as personal finance, wealth management, investments etc.

For regular readers of this blog, the Team Wealth Builder site is set up very similarly to our own PSICAN forums, which means it is very easy to use. Just sign up for an account, read through their FAQ, and terms of service (recommended for signing up to any forum) and start posting away.

One thing that struck me about this forum is that while still an infant in internet age (they've only just launched very recently) there are already numerous categories to peruse, many members already signed up, and it appears to be very active! It actually took us quite a few months to build up to where they appear to be at within just two weeks!

I was particularly interested in an AGLOCO thread started by an Admin as I have had serious misgivings about it from the get go, and I appreciated the no-nonsense type discussion. There are many similar threads on the site, and hopefully they will help people like me to avoid the numerous scams, and get rich quick schemes that litter the internet.

Overall I think this site has some really good potential, and I have bookmarked it. The content is informative, it's active, and easy to use. The only thing I didn't care for is the choice of colours used, but no big deal, for such a minor aesthetic thing I would not stop using a particular site, and it is still easy on the eyes, which I do appreciate.

If you are interested in discussion on money, finances, real-estate, business, and money making opportunities online Team Wealth Builder is a site worth checking out in my opinion.

Our thanks to our sponsors!

Permalink 09:56:09 am, by Email , 266 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Okay, this is TOO cool!

I think I mentioned I was pop-culture "challenged" on some things... This includes things "online"...

Well, yesterday I was going through the "Wordless Wednesday" lot and over at Green Grass Grows and found another one of the one's below...

...granted, the one linked at Green Grass Grows is "Inspector Gadget" and is a little more pop-culture cool, but I liked the "Peter and the Wolf"...

This guys is fun and phenomenal!

Very cool stuff!

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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 09:51:52 am, by Email , 231 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hands Thursday - Starting Your Own Business

Have you ever dreamed of starting up your own business? If you have, and you are a regular reader of this blog then you already know that I too share in that dream, and have been working towards getting my own small home-based business up, and running, and off the ground.

Since today is "Helping Hands Thursday" I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce you our readers to this fabulous online resource for everything you need to know (and perhaps you didn't even realise that you did need to know) on starting your own business big or small.

Incparadise.com covers topics such as the differences between types of business entities throughout the United States, including New Jersey corporations to name just one. They have a complete page devoted to different business structures that is quite informative, and will give you a greater understanding of exactly what is involved.

For a reasonable fee Incparadise.com can also assist you with the necessary paperwork for incorporation throughout each individual state. I suggest that you visit their website directly for further details on this.

I also found their affiliate program to be of interest, and you might as well. It is an opportunity to work directly with their company, and earn commissions on incorporation services. Definitely an opportunity to read up on! Go have a look!

Our thanks to our sponsor!

06/06/07

Permalink 07:00:10 pm, by Email , 284 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays: Old Bill - A London Double-Decker "Conscripted" To Carry Troops at the Front During WWI.

Drawing of Old Bill
I wish I could properly credit this drawing, but it was sent to me and I honestly don't know who to give credit to... If you know, please use the "Comments" section of this entry to let me know... the "Peace Globe" is my own creation for this day when we're being requested to display one...and I do pray for peace in our times... I think that's why I chose the image... there are not greater times when peace is needed than in times of conflict.

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 06:56:24 pm, by Email , 130 words   English (CA)
Categories: Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Remotely Access Your PC From Anywhere!

RemotePC is a service that provides computers users with the ability to safely, and securely remotely access their PC from anywhere that has an internet connection. A great service for those of us who are constantly on the go, as well as small, and larger businesses.

If you think that being able to remote access your own home or office PC would be a service that would make your life easier then check out the RemotePC website for all the specs, and functions that they provide. They offer a free 30 day trial with no limitations, and the prices quoted for this type of service starting at just $4.95 per month are very reasonable in my opinion.

I was very impressed with them after visiting their site!

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 12:44:03 pm, by Email , 947 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Simple Truths...

I spent the evening yesterday catching up on blog reading... and that meant surfing around aimlessly for the most part hitting blogs that were linked to blogs that were linked to blogs...

As usual, I noticed something amongst a large portion of bloggers that I hope they read and take to heart...

Just because you don't like something doesn't make it untrue.

"Facts" are pretty much standard... a fact is something tangible... something you can assume (due to its nature) that is correct... Veritas vos liberabit.

"Differing opinion", "The wish to do things differently", and/or "Disagreement" with something doesn't mean the opposing view is wrong or untrue.

If I don't like something, it's not horrible and everyone should hate it to... and if I like something, it's not going to appeal to everyone.

It's up to the reader/person/individual to make a judgement on something based on the facts at hand... and it's wrong of me to say that because certain "facts" don't jive with my philosophy that they must be lies.

In fact, they have a word for people that assume "facts" and "truths" that question their philosophies or thoughts are obviously planted lies... they are called paranoid.

I give you a simple case...

You see me walking down the street. I'm drinking a soda (pop for our Canadian readers) that I stop and say, "Boy howdy! This is the BEST soft drink ever invented!"

This is an opinion... and it's only fact is that I like and approve of it.

Ergo: I'd be insane to assume that you will feel exactly the same.

Ergo: If you didn't agree with me, that doesn't make you a liar.

Ergo: For you to claim, as you decided you don't like that drink that, indeed, I'm dead wrong and in fact, it's the WORST drink ever conceived is also incorrect and based solely on your perspective.

There is no "right" truth... there is no "left" truth... there's no REAL shades of grey in truth... there's only TRUTH which is quantifiable and tangible... and not capable of being "spun"... unless you believe propaganda is "truth".

Okay, there CAN be truth WITHIN propaganda, but I doubt anyone on any side would say it's "clear" truth... without taint...

...moving on...

You wanna convince me, present FACTS from multiple, unbiased sources. Show me tangible evidence.

Don't spew nonsense you heard from "here" or "there" through an editorial piece... or a "blogger" or "writer" you like who really "isn't there" and has no "hands on" experience with a subject... and is only toeing a "party line" on something.

The one thing most truly evil people fear is a population that can learn and think for itself and make decisions based on evidence and truth... not spin.

So, consider this yet another beg from the bus people... and not the type of begging you expect from us...

In any matter be it social, political, scientific, or cultural... take the time to study BOTH sides of an equation and look at all possibilities and present FACTS and EVIDENCE... and be your own worst critic 'cuz that way, you'll be prepared if someone questions your "authority" on a subject.

Quick for example... I do read/study/understand the "so-called sceptics" point of view on the paranormal... and often look into what they're saying, doing, writing, and generally thinking... this does not mean I subscribe to their point of view, but I need to understand it... because of a very important truth... they might be right and I could be wrong... and I must understand that if they bring a "fact" or "evidence" to the table, I should re-examine my thought process on things... and if they bring opinion to the table masquerading as "fact", I must be prepared to counter it with REAL truths... not opinions.

In my opinion, if the world truly took the time to study all sides of any argument, ten will get you twenty that things would not be as messed up as they are.

So, in conclusion, DON'T PREACH TO ME and DON'T SPOUT RHETORIC... teach me and show me proof, evidence, and that most rare and beautiful thing, truth.

...and if you don't know enough about something, you have two options... learn more about it... or stay quiet...

...because I'm noticing what I think are truly good people who, because of their "beliefs" in things are ignoring Samuel Clemmen's sage advice...

It's better to be silent and thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

'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 12:42:36 pm, by Email , 290 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Little Sue Got A Credit Card

For non-regular readers or first timers to this blog, "Little Sue" is the eldest kiddo who is now twenty. And yes, a few weeks ago "Little Sue" proudly reached into her wallet, and pulled out her brand-spanking new plastic card announcing to both Matthew, and I how awesome she thought it was.

Ugh!

Now don't get me wrong, it's not that I hate credit cards, I have one, and most people that we know do. Heck, they've even got credit cards with cash back available to consumers now that are quite handy when you find yourself in need of a quickie financial fix.

However, I also know a thing or two about impulse shopping, and had to learn the hard way how not to overspend, and it took me a long time to repair the bad credit I endured from doing just that with my credit cards when I was in my twenties.

I did advise "Little Sue" to look into getting a 0% Credit Card when applying for, and comparing different types of cards. And at least in that she did appear to listen to Mama's advice.

I would also advise any of our readers here that are mired down in credit card debt (believe me I understand your pain) to look seriously into 0% Balance Transfers that are being offered by many of the major companies now, and get yourselves a better rate.

I'll follow up in a few more weeks, and let you know how "Little Sue" is doing, if she has been smart with the dreaded card or if she walks in with a brand new treadmill (something I know she has been eyeing).

From The Mama Always Knows Best Desk Of Sue

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06/05/07

Permalink 05:31:01 pm, by Email , 673 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

'Tis strange and troubled times we live in...

So Paris Hilton is in jail... and chances are Conrad Black will not be joining her... Lindsay Lohan is in rehab... and was recommended to the one she's in by Britney Spears... who found out about it from Courtney Love... and who knows, but I bet within seven degrees of this, Kevin Bacon factors in somehow.

The best presidential candidate (who'll likely win) for the Republican party is Rudy Giuliani, a lapsed Catholic with "soft views" on single-parenthood and abortion... quite possibly meaning the soon-to-be-former American Religious Right will probably swing to support the only sincere Christian who has a fighting chance of getting into office so far other than Rudy, and that's Barack Obama of the Democrats.

...and if this isn't enough, as of last night, only SEVEN people took the time to vote for us to grab SECOND PLACE in the Blogging For Fame Competition!

I thought this one, for us, would be a slam dunk.

I mean, second prize is the PERFECT amount for us to make the dream come true... well, plus five grand which would be used to visit the "experts" on Regent Low Heights in person...

Folks, this COULD be the way we do it... so we're BEGGING... please, click here, register, and vote... this COULD make the dream a reality... and we ONLY want to come in SECOND, not FIRST! We'll ROOT for the first place people! We want to lose to them!

Blogging to Fame

Oh, speaking of this... got an e-mail from someone (from our MySpace thingy) about what we'd do if we got the whole enchilada of the grand prize of $100k instead of the second place prize of $25k...? They wondered if we would "give the $75k away"...

Hmm...

Well, after a bit of thought... the answer would be ALMOST yes...

To be fair, however, it would take at least $20k to make the dream come true and buy the bus and ship it to Toronto... it would take a few-hundred to get it to one of it's storage spaces... and we'd like to go (in person) to see the folks of the RLH Information Centre in person to discuss what we'll need to do... which eats the $25k up real good... so, I would STASH about $5k extra for said trip for parts... leaving $70,000.00...

...and yes, WE would give that $70,000.00 to The Canadian Cancer Society... because it's a disease that's robbed us of many loved ones... and we'd like to see it beaten.

So, $30k for the dream AND a few bucks to get it rolling... and $70k to defeat a terrible disease.

...of course, that is, assuming we'd win the "big pot"...

Honestly, we'd be OVERJOYED with coming in SECOND! We're #2! We're #2!

Yup, a true-blue Canadian Silver Medalist!

So please, other than brief mentions, I promise this is the last time I'll waste this much space on this beg...

Register! Vote! Make us a second-place famous blog!

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

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

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 05:28:00 pm, by Email , 339 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

The Police CD Is Hot!



Win a New York fly-away to see The Police live.

Music is a very powerful thing, and often when we recall moments within our lives we realise that a song or a specific style of music has in fact scored that portion of our lives. Never has that held more true for me personally as when I look back to my own teen years, and think of the music of the Police.

I was very happy when I learned that the band would be reuniting for a whirlwind tour, and playing our own fair city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada! And now I cannot wait to get a hold of a copy of the brand new police cd!

That's right! If you haven't already heard let me be the first to tell you that the police cd is a double disc compilation of the very best that is The Police!

It would be hard for me if pressed to name just one song on the new cd that I could say is my absolute fave, because I cannot think of a single song they've ever released that I did not fall in love with. If forced though, I'd say it's "Every Breath You Take", which is a classic, and still has the power to give me goosebumps every time I listen to it ... sigh.... B)

The Police have been called the founders of New Wave, and it is easy to see why because you can hear their influence in so many other bands of a similar musical genre ... yet none have ever come close to duplicating them in my opinion, nor had the continuous success that this legendary band has.

The Police stand alone, unique in both style, and music, and being able to see them perform live again is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity! With the cd though we can listen to them again, and again, and perhaps for those moments relieve those warm memories that their music was so much a part of. :D

Permalink 12:26:02 pm, by Email , 218 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

It has ceased to be... bereft of life... if you hadn't nailed it to its perch it would be pushing up the daisies...

Sometimes, the classics just DON'T get old...

Ahh... I'm at peace now...

...and what happens when you combine TWO of my favourite childhood things???

WHEEE~!~!~!

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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 12:24:17 pm, by Email , 244 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

New Innovations In Rhinoplasty

Pictured above, the beautiful, and tranquil offices of Rodeo Drive Rhinoplasty.

Have you ever considered having the procedure known as rhinoplasty done? If you have then you will definitely want to read on further as I am writing today about one of the premier facilities located in the United States to have this medical procedure performed.

Rodeo Drive Rhinoplasty is located on one of the most famous, and recognizable streets in the world, Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills, California. It is most associated with fashion, high style, and beauty. However, you should know that rhinoplasty is not only sought after for cosmetic reasons alone. Those who suffer breathing problems also turn to this medical option to assist them in breathing easier.

The surgeons at Rodeo Drive Rhinoplasty have worked out the best of both possible worlds with their innovative skills, creating a beautiful appearance, while insuring the nose is functioning properly, and as it should.

Nasal surgery (any surgery) is not something that should be taken lightly. The decision to go forward with this type of procedure must be an informed one in my opinion. If you surf on over to the Rodeo Drive Rhinoplasty they provide helpful information, and articles on this subject. You may also call them directly to book a consultation via their phone line: +13105506300

Have a look at the website, and see why they are receiving such positive press, and are considered leading experts in rhinoplasty.

Our thanks to our sponsors!

06/04/07

Permalink 09:11:01 am, by Email , 485 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

I WANT TO COME IN SECOND!!!

UPDATE! Now we need to come in first place... they "lowered" the prizes and second prize is now $10k... and first prize is $25k... and there is some question as to the authenticity of the competition... I'm going to give it one week (June 16th) and if things don't come a little more clear AND we don't make a decent move towards the top voted blogs, we're gonna call it quits on this...

I ain't gonna lie to you all, it does seem a little weird...

Homework is being done and we'll see if we continue this line towards the quest...


Note the upper-right-hand bit of the blog... near the top of the sidebar...

Blogging to Fame

Now, I gotta be honest... this contest SEEMS to good to be true... $100,000.00 for "first place"?

Awards?

Now, I'm a cynic by nature... a true "sceptic" in that I doubt (but don't deny without evidence!) so I'm willing to give it a shot.

Here's the kicker... SECOND prize is $25,000.00

That's a magic number... $25k... $5k more than we need for the dream to come true...

So, here's a weird one...

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME TO BE SECOND BEST!

That's right, I want to be #2!

What's great about that is I can support anyone goin' for the gold... 'cuz all we want is the silver!

OH HOW CANADIAN! Shootin' to be just behind the winner!

...but it's true...

Help us get to SECOND PLACE!

Click on the button and VOTE FOR US!

...and if you're a blogger, consider signing up...

...and we hope that we can claim in the future...

WE'RE SECOND BEST! WE'RE SECOND BEST!

(...and then this blog changes to us getting/fixing the bus!)

Yup, coming in second would ROCK and make us unbelievably happy!


Of course, if this doesn't pan out... there's always...

Think it'll work?

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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 09:09:47 am, by Email , 146 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

Hottest New Look In Women's Tennis

Are you a fan of women's tennis? If so, have you noticed that womens tennis apparel over the years have evolved into a hot fashion item? It's true, every year womens tennis stars are looking way better in some really fun styles, that are obviously completely wearable on or off the court. I remember the more utilitarian looks of the 70's and and compared with today, all I can say is wow!

It's no secret that WTA star Maria Kirilenko is now sporting Adidas apparel that has been designed by one of the hottest in talented fashion designers, Stella McCartney herself! Have a look at some of these hot tennis dresses, and I think you'll agree with me, when I say that it looks like Adidas is winning the womens tennis, fashion battle royale, by teaming up with Ms McCartney! B)

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Permalink 08:46:17 am, by Email , 479 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Can't it be longer than a year?

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

If you had to spend one year living alone in a remote cabin, what would you spend your time doing? (And let’s assume there is no access to Internet)

I have a feeling my answer to this one is not exactly going to be terribly original...

This is effectively the infamous "desert island" question...

Well, since no limits have been put on OTHER things I can bring (save an ISP connection,) I'm going to bring the following...

  • My laptop for writing. (I hate pens and paper... because of poor penmanship.)
  • A radio (any sort provided I can reach news in English or French. I'd almost prefer French to improve my skills in that language...)
  • A camera.

...and most importantly...

  • LOADS OF BOOKS!

In fact, I'd go out of my way to grab every book I "never got around to" or felt was a little "much" to read... save perhaps Proust as it would occupy the solid year no doubt... and I'd want to be as productive as possible.

Now, of course, the question might ALSO be interpreted as being alone as the authors of this blog... meaning Sue and myself... which would then lead to other things... (nudge-nudge-wink-wink)...

That's right... DAYS and DAYS of great conversation, philosophical discussion, and probably some of the world's greatest ideas and concepts being put forward after 365 days by two really intellectual people! Heck, our ideas could bring about peace in the Middle East!

So, that's what I'd do for a year up in our log cabin...

Of course, depending on the location, I'd also bring...

...I think anyone who's been in a secluded cabin or "in the woods of some sort" knows what I mean there!

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 08:45:56 am, by Email , 144 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

Free Online Backup

Making certain your data is backed up is very important, trust me I have in my early days of computer use learned this fact the hard way. It's vital for businesses to backup their data, but it is equally important in my opinion for everyone to make sure their files like photos, school papers, books etc are safe, and secure.

Did you know that idrive.com offers free Online Backup up to 2GB without any further obligations? How cool is that! Of course you can always upgrade to their PRO plan suitable for businesses that gives you unlimited storage space for a small fee of $4.95 per month.

The service is safe, and secure, and completely automated so you never have to worry about losing your important data. Why not try it out, again the basic plan is absolutely free!

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Permalink 07:56:03 am, by Email , 282 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Update on Alan Johnston of the BBC...

If you noticed the "icon" in the upper-right of the blog... there's new stuff from the BBC News on Alan Johnston...

A video was released and Mr. Johnston seems alive and well.

If you haven't already, PLEASE go to this site (click here) and sign the petition to hopefully get Mr. Johnston released...

Please, have your voice heard... help this man and his family, friends, and colleagues... help free Alan Johnston.

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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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Categories: General Shtuff

Meade MySKY Looks Cool!

When I was a little kid I participated in a lot of backyard astronomy with my Dad. I used to love setting up our old telescope with him, or grabbing the binos, and just staring out into the heavens. No one can gaze into a clear night sky, and at some point not come away with a feeling of awe at the magnitude of what is our Universe.

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06/03/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 1309 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Even Negativity is Caring Sometimes...

Blog yer Blessings

I'm not going to lie or gloss over things in an attempt to be strictly positive about things which, from a pure marketing standpoint, would be the way to go... but this week, for the family and this blog, has sucked royally.

One could say we're being tested.

Please allow me to share a bit of a laundry test on why I say this...

First of all, for Sue, it's been hovering around a muggy (highly humid) 30 to 35 degrees centigrade... or 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Our apartment is not capable (electrically) of sustaining an air-conditioning unit and heat and sweat are making tempers flare... and making work difficult to complete.

For me, I work (day job) in somewhat air-conditioned comfort (the company's owner tends to try and spare the electrical bill and we often - in our area - do without true cooling)... but work is constant... and I come home usually exhausted into the heat here... so my efforts on the blog and for the dream have been less than what I'd like to be doing.

The kid is also suffering along... and like most pre-teens, needs to vent her discomfort... which further strains things...

Lastly, I'm going to have to guess, based on five e-mails received this week from at last four unique sources, that my notes last week on Saturday about how we're doing made the rounds... and yeah, some of the "fan base" of the person I talked about figured out who it was that blew us off... and as opposed to commiserating or suggesting anything, saw the comments about their fave TV person as an "attack"... which they weren't... and have taken the time to let us know exactly how dumb, stupid, ignorant, arrogant, and overall, how we will fail.

Overall, the comments were about our "arrogance" as to our own "importance"... and how dare we assume anyone should care?

We've heard this before... several times...

...and there it is... what I'm going to focus on... "caring"... and yeah, even the bits about how we're coping as a family above will factor in so bear with me...

Y'know, I don't expect people to care about our dream here... Honest!

I'm 99.9% sure that 99.9% of the visitors to this blog glean what they want and ignore the rest... some of the comments speak volumes about that in that many people assume we have the bus already... and we have even had one person who thought we were trying to GET RID of the bus and asked us to give it to them!

Many are here "just passing through" after surfing through the blogrolls and blog traffic agents... and most of them probably don't read what we have written... and honestly, that's fine... no complaints... and no worries... That kind of indifference is expected... and noted for what it is which is harmless.

...but, as often stated, The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference... and that means that even those four (possibly five) fans of that TV personality obviously cared enough to comment... and three of them, after some commentary back-and-forth and some re-reading actually changed their tune... somewhat... two of them agreed I wasn't mean, but still told me we would fail... one of them did a 180 degree turn in their opinion... although did feel we wouldn't REALLY succeed.

My point has always been... if we didn't try, we would absolutely fail... and if we do fail despite our efforts, at least we can say we gave it a go.

If you care about this blog and our dream, fantastic... if not, that's fine too... but there are many things we should care about that many are indifferent to... many plights, issues, diseases, conflicts, and much worse are not on the radar of most of us... and that's normal.

If everyone was to spend 24 x 7 worried and concerned about EVERYTHING, not a lot would get done ANYWHERE.

...but we must maintain a decent grasp of things that need attention that, otherwise, might fall through the cracks.

Now, this could be about large issues... like cures for horrible diseases, homelessness, issues in far away lands... or slightly smaller issues... like a friend who's looking for work, family troubles, or even domestic local political stances... or for the smaller things... like a silly family on the internet and why a dream coming true is so important to them.

The last one, very self-serving, can be "ignored"... the first two should never be...

The last one is worthy - IF YOU CAN - of attention.

The middle one ABSOLUTELY commands your attention.

The first one should have some of your attention... without a doubt.

Caring is more than being "fond" of something... it is, in my definition, being so fond of something that you wish to improve it and help nurture it in the right direction.

...and you can care about something and not be happy with it. With the tempers flaring because of discomfort, I still DEEPLY care about the kid and Sue... and all parties know this and reciprocate that caring... but our nature, sadly, makes us "irritable"... and we have all sniped at each other... but we still care about each other.

...and that's how I feel about those who comment negatively about us here... that at least they cared enough to do it... and I can't help but note that recently, I quoted Oscar Wilde with his famed quote, "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.", and that's true...

These "fans" were pretty brutal... but they ALL told me WHY they figured we might not succeed... and I looked at the "reasons" and learned about what maybe I'm doing wrong... or right... and where to modify or change things...

Even negativity can teach us a lot... and negativity is a form of "caring" in some cases...

So our blessing is caring... sometimes it stings and is criticism... but it's a damn sight better than being completely ignored.


As a note: From what we can gather, the people that care about this blog and our dream are...

- People that like it for it's kookiness.
- People that have their own kooky dreams.
- People that are interested in it's success.
- People that appreciate our work (writing).

...and we hope that, one day, someone in a very good place who can afford to care a lot more and sees how important this is to three people, will give us the help we need... because they care enough and can.

...and that will be a true blessing.

...but for now, we feel blessed that STILL, the majority of people out there are pulling for us!

...and we thank you for blessing us with your caring!

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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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06/02/07

Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 742 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays: Gotta start COMPLETELY off topic...

How I missed this, I'll never know... but I can honestly say that I'm rather saddened at the passing of a celebrity last Sunday that I didn't hear about until last night...

No, this is NOT a picture of Twiggy.
Thanks to Krofft.Net for the image above...

Charles Nelson Reilly was a fixture of American television for many years... and a Tony Award winning actor from the stage...

To me, he was one of the more witty and funny panelists on my mother's favourite daytime show, Matchgame... and the evil warlock "Hoodoo" in Sid and Marty Krofft's Lidsville...

Hoodoo!
Thanks to Krofft.Net for the image above...

To younger folks, they may remember him from a one-episode shot on The X-Files and Millennium where he plays a writer named Jose Chung... I remember the "X-Files" episode best for the bleeping narrative when one of the bleeping people he bleeping interviews bleeps.

Jose Chung

The joy I had at seeing him on the "tube" again... that made a good episode even better.

Reilly also was the voice of more animated characters than one can shake a stick at...

Reilly never "came out publicly" as a gay man... but did he need to? Like Paul Lynde, it was not exactly a mystery... did it matter anyway?

He did discuss it in his one-man stage show, Save It for the Stage... but even he made a point of "Who Cares?" about his lifestyle...

The film, The Life of Reilly is based on this show and has won a plethora of awards... here's the synopsis...

If, in 1940, you had a lobotomized aunt, an institutionalized father, a racist mother, and were the only gay kid on the block, what do you think the odds would be that you'd end up a Tony winner, a staple of television, and a generational icon?

Charles Joseph Reilly passed away on Sunday at the age of 76 leaving his longtime partner, Patrick Hughes III... and our thoughts are with Mr. Hughes during this time.

Oh, and wanna know how much I liked him? I used the image below TWICE in this blog... as it was a PERFECT image for my more long-winded posts...

BORING!




Okay, on to the bidness of these Saturday posts... There's been no movement at all on the bus... not even for my birthday this past Thursday... despite being told by a psychic who e-mailed me that they felt that the bus was coming to us then, it sadly wasn't.

Fiscally, there's no change... how the bus is doing is, apparently, the same... and due to a hectic week, the former bit is not too surprising. I really haven't had the time to promote and try harder... hopefully this week coming up will be different.

I did think about trying this...

Think it'll work?

Think it'll work?

If this is your first time here and are wondering why this bus is so important to us, you'll notice one post on our "Most Searched" list on the sidebar... and it's one of the MAIN reasons that I'm doing everything I can to make this dream come true... Click here to read it if you haven't already.

One Old Green Bus

Well, it's a NEW week with NEW possibilities... and with any luck, I'll be thumping the boards, so to speak, to see if I can increase our dream's public face and perhaps find someone who will help us make it come true.

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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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06/01/07

Permalink 10:52:02 am, by Email , 680 words   English (CA)
Categories: List-er-ino Fridays

List-er-ino Fridays: Absolute Syrup... but from the absolute heart!

Yesterday, I turned the big four-oh... Yup, it was my birthday and sadly, no, no bus waiting for us this time.

Anyway, I'm now forty years plus a day so it's time to get back on the horse with the ol' blog here (servers willing) and do my Friday LIST!

...and after yesterday, the most important list I could do is...

Top Five (plus bonus) Reasons I'm So Lucky To Be With Sue!

(Sue's my wife, for new readers here...)


#5: She not only tolerates my eccentricities, but either compliments them, adopts them, and improves them!

Seems self evident, but let me 'splain... Sue was a Ufologist before we met... I was studying ghosts and hauntings... and although the two studies rarely meet (but not never!), we found each other... wandering around a former mental hospital... I kid you not.

Top that story on getting together!

On top of the melding of hobbies and interests, she's partaken in and wants to get back to historical re-enacting, she's totally adopted the bus thing, and many more you folks will never see.

In the oft-repeated words from the movie Jerry Maguire, Sue completes me... no, wait, that's not true... Sue completes and makes me better... she completes AND improves me.


#4: She's easily one of the most intelligent people I know.

Like myself (and precious few others,) Sue can carry on an intelligent conversation about almost anything... in fact, in many areas, she educates me on things I thought I knew well... that sounds like a jab, but no... she's genuinely well read and has a great analytical mind. I am SO happy just to spend time talking with her that every moment is a treat!


#3: She often apologises for bringing a boatload of furry critters into my life... even though she knows I'm absolutely batty for animals.

Lessee... two dogs, three cats, two budgies, two hamsters, one GIANT dwarf rabbit... and if she hadn't been a part of my life, I don't know if I'd have any of 'em... and I love them ALL!


#2: She's a great mom with great kids.

All my "kids" are "steplings"... Sue has three kids from a previous marriage... and they're all FANTASTIC and a testament to great parenting... which applause has to go to two sources, but I know they all have a fantastic, caring, loving mother who thinks of all three of them constantly. She's a great and caring person... and it shows in her kids most of all.


#1: She's a damn fine attractive lady!

Okay, this isn't REALLY the "most important reason" for me being around... but it doesn't hurt! (Oh, I'm SO shallow sometimes!!!)

Actually, although I concur with #1 above, realistically, it's her sense of fun and adventure that is the REAL kicker... life is RARELY boring at the ol' compound... and that is what makes Sue so incredibly special to me... but I did promise a bonus...


BONUS!!! Click here, and here, and finally here!

'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 10:50:56 am, by Email , 230 words   English (CA)
Categories: From The Desk of Sue

LVRI - Atlanta

Today I'm going to blog a bit about a sensitive topic to some. I have never been known to shy away from any health related subject, and I thought that this one may be of interest, and help to some of our female readers.

The subject of vaginal cosmetic surgery can be uncomfortable for some, and perhaps fraught with some misconceptions in the general public.

This is a viable medical procedure that can become a necessity for women that suffer pain, or discomfort, and poor body image, which results in low self-esteem. And with that said, I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the most comprehensive online resource dedicated to this topic.

LVRI - Atlanta gives women no-nonsense, easy to understand information on vaginal cosmetic surgery in order to help them gain a better understanding of the procedures available, and to facilitate the ability to make good informed choices.

It is the online home of Dr. John R. Miklos, and Dr. Robert D. Moore who are internationally renowned surgeons based in Atlanta, United States, and whose expertise is within this area of medicine.

If you have any interest in this topic I do encourage you to click on one of the links within this entry. Please be aware that there are pre-op, and post-op photos within this site.

From The Desk Of Sue

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