Archives for: August 2007

08/31/07

Permalink 05:09:04 pm, by Email , 1019 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

What's in a name?

Betcha didn't know this, okay, some of you did, but I wasn't named after the biblical saint... this despite me truly deserving sainthood... (HAHAHAHAHAHA!)

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No, nor was I named after a relative... or family friend...

Nope...

My name is really from "pop culture"... save that being Canadian pop-culture and dating back to 1908.

I can blame my name on, of all people, Lucy Maud Montgomery and a book she wrote about a red-headed girl who ends up on a farm in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island.

Yup, "Matthew" was from my mother's favourite character in the book, Anne of Green Gables... Matthew Cuthbert or "Uncle Matthew".

So I was born in 1967, Canada's Centennial year (Canada turned 100 years old when I was born... same with Sue - BUT SHE'S OLDER!!! - by five months...) the last year the Toronto Maple Leafs won a Stanley Cup, and named after probably the best known Canadian novel ever published. How Canadian is that!?!

Of note also is my birth listing in the paper... As opposed to an "announcement" of my arrival, my parents thoughtfully, with tongue in cheek, said that they had completed their centennial project. Nothing like starting life sounding a little like a pavilion building at Expo 67.

Anyway, my point is this...

My youngest stepling was complaining about her name... she doesn't like it... for much the same reason I wasn't a fan of my name growing up...

When I was younger, I knew perhaps a handful of Matthews... not many at all. I grew up in a big city, but "back then", the name Matthew was not terribly popular.

I knew dozens of guys named Chris, John, Rob, and more Mikes than you could shake a stick at... but Matthews were in very short supply.

Granted, once I got past the age of thirteen, I appreciated being in an age bracket where the name wasn't overly popular... and took great satisfaction in its origin...

...but it got me to thinking...

Have I ever known anyone who liked their given name as a kid?

I think it might be a right of passage... something you must be born into, live through, and appreciate over time... even then, I've met more than my fair share of adults who use a "nickname" or their middle-names as opposed to their given first name.

When I was last in Bath, England, I couldn't help noticing the unfortunate name of the tour guide at the Roman baths... Her last name, according to her name badge was "Candy"... her parents thoughtfully had given her the first name of "Penny". Yup, I was shown ancient Roman ruins by Penny Candy... then I thought more closely... This was an older woman... perhaps married... For all I know, she was Penny Heidenschmit... but married Douglas Candy and VOILA!

Either way, I can't help but wonder, especially in being in such a public role, if she grimaced about her given name on several occasions.

Hey, there's a question to my female friends in the blog... would you avoid marrying a man if his name "complimented" yours thusly regardless of your feelings for him?

I remember hearing a great joke about names on the CBC the other day... a woman was taking to task the idea of woman's liberation... she was pointing out that she had shaken off the old paternal systems... yup...

I am married and today, and didn't have to accept my husbands name! Nope, I got to keep my fathers.

Names are funny things... and can position one for life in some ways.

It's often asked if Abraham Lincoln would have achieved his lot in life with the name "Lester Sugarbaby". Would Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery been as successful as Field Marshal Heime Abromovitz?

Using militaria, how about Hiram Ulysses Grant... he was terrified when he was en route to military school in West Point that his initials, "HUG", would make him a bit of a target. He was thrilled that the registrar had made a mistake and named him (in the rolls) as Ulysses S. Grant... or "U.S. Grant"... and he did okay as U.S.

...by the way, his friends called him "Sam".

Heck, even royalty has issues with names... take George VI... he was actually Albert... but he didn't want to be "King Albert" (probably because it was too close to his Victoria's Prince Albert and he was and is still "very large" in memorial,) so he thoughtfully changed his name to George. Hey, his Brother, Edward, the Nazi sympathizer who married Mrs. Simpson, was known in the family as "David"! The current Prince Charles is threatening to be King George when the time comes too... citing the bad flavour left in the mouth by the two previous King Charles types.

Anyway, what's in a name... I know, as of now, I'd only ever be "Matthew"... and I'm glad, as a kid, I didn't adopt my middle name or even change my name...

I appreciate being named after kind, old Uncle Matthew.

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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 05:00:37 pm, by Email , 251 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Online Homework Help

It used to be that I could give homework help to the kids, and actually understand the topics I was helping out with. :p These days especially when it comes to the higher grades, and particularly Math subjects like Algebra (does anyone actually use these things in the real world anyway?) forget it. I've either forgotten exactly what it was I learned more than twenty years ago in high school, or the subject has advanced well beyond what I had learned at the time.

Since teachers are usually pressed for time these days, it can be a real advantage for a child to receive tutoring in a subject they are struggling with, particularly when a parent is unable to help out, much as I mentioned my own stumbling blocks to homework help above.

We did have a tutor help out with Math subjects that our middle one was having difficulty with last year, and it worked out great! She now has a good understanding of different Math applications, and is no longer having a hard time with it.

If you might benefit from online tutoring either for yourself or for your child then have a look at the site I've linked to in this blog entry. TutorVista is recognized world over, and provides online help in all subjects. Just surf on over, and have a look. With back-to-school literally right around the corner, they could be the resource to help insure a successful year ahead! B)

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08/30/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 824 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen (IX): Thirteen Answers to Questions You Probably Wouldn't Ask Me...

We're off to the "Ex" today... The Canadian National Exhibition... so I admit that this was written last night and time-stamped.

Although many bloggers (including Sue) have no qualms about doing Wordless Tuesdays and Wednesday Thirteens, I'm just too gosh-darn-it orderly to do that! I just feel that I gotta stick to the concept of the DAY they are for... so hence, "time stamped" to show up Thursday at midnight.

That said, I decided on not-so-much comedy this week... which may be a mistake as this has been the WEAKEST week for hits this blog has seen in MONTHS! (I blame last week of Summer vacations, a few weak-butt posts last week, and the server going down (AGAIN) yesterday morning for a few hours...)

Nope, I've decided to write down THIRTEEN ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS I'M RARELY ASKED... save the three "paranormal" answers... which I've been asked, but oddly enough, rarely... most people assume they know what my answers would be, I think... most of 'em are wrong, I believe.

Anyway, WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU!


Whee~!

#13: Yes, I met Sue at a mental hospital.


Y'know who you are...

#12: I know far more people that say they are pagans and/or witches than I do devout Christians.


Bang! Bang!

#11: I have fired several large calibre military weapons and have won awards for target shooting... but I'm a gun control advocate.


I believe the words I spoke, while free-falling were "AHHHHHHHHHH!"

#10: I have jumped out of a flying aircraft... twice... that was enough and I don't plan to do it again... at least, not planned and on purpose.


This company does not exist... despite it's newsletters to employees et al...

#9: I believe the U.S. government IS keeping a secret about UFOs... and that is, they know about as much as we do about 'em... but they use the conspiracy theorists to divert from legit testing and whatnot... kind of a game of misdirection.


From Europe? From Asia? From North America? Probably not...

#8: I believe the next Einstein, Shakespeare, and/or Mozart will come from what we consider the "third world"... and it will be even more amazing as this person would have gone unnoticed without the advent of the online world.


I remember when...

#7: I remember when roller skates had four wheels per "shoe" and occasionally required a key.


N'est pas fumer, si vous plait!

#6: I will quit smoking on September 4th, 2007.


Boo! Scary!

#5: I do believe in ghostly phenomena... but not necessarily "ghosts". This is because I do believe that many sane, rational people have experienced "weird stuff" that is "ghostly" in nature... and I've experienced it myself... but as for what is the causation, that I don't know.


This is not me.

#4: I have never downhill skied.


"Big Boned"

#3: Not once has anyone asked me the secret to putting on a lot of weight.


Da Bus!

#2: I really do believe that we will own "a" bus by next Summer. It might not be THE bus, but I bet we'll have one... we only hope it is THE bus... but we'll be happy regardless.


Madame Fraudumante Tells Your Fortune!

#1: I would disbelieve in psychics... I even WANT to disbelieve in psychics... but to be honest, I've met about five that literally blew my tiny-little brain. Conversely, I've met dozens who've left me feeling kinda sorry for them because THEY think they're amazing... but for me, meh! I've only met about four who I honestly think are complete and utter charlatans and would be happy to milk little-old ladies out of their life savings if they got the chance... granted, I've never "paid" for a reading... and never called a 900 number... so perhaps I've "missed" the worst?


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


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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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08/29/07

Permalink 09:18:01 am, by Email , 228 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesday - Silver and Gold... and proof that I take requests!

Silver was a request from ONIT... but I tossed in some gold ones to round out the precious metals...

Silver Routemaster
Silver Routemaster
Silver Routemaster
Silver Routemaster
Gold RT
Gold Routemaster


Thanks to Bus Photos UK and Ian's Bus Stop for the images...


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 09:13:02 am, by Email , 280 words   English (CA)
Categories: Day Tripping & Travel

So Many Historic Sites

As amateur historians one of the greatest places on earth for us to vacation is England. :D

London as pictured above is an obvious jumping off point for travel in England particularly for those who enjoy historic sites, and museums. The Tower, Westminster Abbey, and The British Museum are just three places of interest that immediately spring to mind. To be honest I could probably spend months there, and still not be able to see everything I wanted to! Hotels in London come in a variety of price ranges, and time should be spent comparing each.

London is not the only place in England to offer great sites to see, and visit. The photo above is Manchester UK. While Manchester is becoming widely known for its Super Casino, I would be most interested in visiting Manchester Cathedral, and the Museum of Transport for obvious reasons. :p

Hotels in Manchester much like London should be researched (you can do so by clicking on the link) in order to find the best suited accommodations for your needs.

Birmingham (image above) is another super destination for those into history. This city offers the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, which houses a leading collection of work by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Other points of interest include The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, and St Philip's Cathedral. For a listing of Hotels in Birmingham please click the link provided.

I could go on about travel to England for hours, but I believe you gentle reader now have a good idea as to why it is such a spectacular place to visit, especially for those of us anglophiles that love history! :D

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08/28/07

Permalink 09:02:55 pm, by Email , 538 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

I am such a geek...

Like most transit riders, I try to keep a VERY low profile... y'know, book in front of me, headphones in, don't make eye contact type...

Well, the "bus-geek gene" took over after work on Tuesday and I ended up running from one window (near me) to the other... tripping and generally causing mayhem in the process...

Why?

One word...

ROUTEMASTER.

Routemaster

Yup, I saw a wonderful old closed-top Routemaster (like the one above) making it's way North along the street I travel South on... and yup, I "jockeyed" for a better look to see more of it as I didn't recognise it...

Oddly enough... or not-so-oddly enough... I'm pretty familiar with all the old double-deckers running about in Toronto, but this one was a mystery...

It was shining red and surprisingly moving swiftly (for an over-height vehicle in this city)...

When I worked "downtown" in the core, the site of the old buses wasn't too unusual... but now I work in the 'burbs which makes the sighting a unique event... speaking of it being a unique event...

Somewhere, out there, there's now a few people who are wondering WHY that "big guy" tried to get a window view whilst tripping on bags and legs saying, I'm sorry... 'Scuse me... Pardon me... Dreadfully sorry... whilst trying to be "coy" and "stealthy".

Yup, I still *tried* to be gentle and unassuming... which, in all honesty, resembled more something like rutting bull moose trying to be gentle and unassuming in a Royal Dalton Figurine museum.

Hopefully, tomorrow, when it's unlikely that an old Routemaster will pass by, they won't remember the big goof who (with major apologies) stumbled over them in his busly-sighting quest...

Granted, I've made a mental note and I will attempt to ensure I do have the "correct" seating location should the old girl make another drive-by!

Hey! Be thankful! This really seems to be, more or less, the extent of my "issues" as far as what some might consider a slight mental problem where I kinda sometimes get a little worked up...

...it could be worse...

Hello People...

Yeah, those voices stopped hours ago!

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 07:26:30 pm, by Email , 189 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Talk About Curbside Appeal

Talk about having curbside appeal! I just love the mailbox featured in the image above. It definitely would give a touch of class to most any front yard, and is featured at an affordable price on the Mailboxixchange.com website.

This one just happens to be my own personal fave because I like its rather commanding appearance, however Mailboxixchange.com has over 1500 different mailboxes, and other decorative products for your yard/curb that you can choose from. All are high quality, and all are competitively priced.

I was surfing through their residential mailboxes listings, but this company also carries commercial mailboxes in a variety of sizes that would be suitable for any sized business establishment. You can surf on over, and check these out by clicking on any one of the links in this entry.

Before I close off though, if you are like us, and looking for a good affiliate program Mailboxixchange.com has one that you might want to take the time to look at, and consider. They are currently offering $20.00 at the point of signing up. How cool is that! B)

Our thanks to our sponsor!

Permalink 10:10:01 am, by Email , 1090 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

"Do You Know Who We Are?"

DUCK!

Trish recently pointed out that this blog and, by proxy, "us" (being the family and me,) had a bit of a fan following...

The stats and feedback seem to show this to be true... and WE DO THANK YOU...

Also, with Lexis Eldorado of So Many Blogs, So Little Time predicting that by "year's end", someone's going to realise that "we" are a human interest story... means... POSSIBLY MORE MEDIA!

CAVEAT: I'm about to relate a good story... a true story, but a good one none-the-less... and it's going to SEEM like WE HATE ALL MEDIA. This is NOT true. We have had good experiences... but let's face it... the bad ones make better "copy".

...and to be honest, they are more common for us.

Sue and I have "done" media before... and will continue to do it... for our paranormal group... but honestly, we really, Really, REALLY don't like doing it... Whereas many people ASSUME being "on TV" or "in the paper" is cool and whatnot, we take our studies and work pretty seriously... and more often than not, the media wants us to pose with The Ghostbusters symbol over our heads, dancing in a fog machine, playing with machines that go "ping".

We say things like, We just read the most fantastic report on near-death experiences by a doctor in Sweden that we're following up on...

...and they cut us off with something like, Yes, yes... But have you seen the ghost of Elvis? Have you seen anything that made you wet your pants? Do you have a picture of yourself all Gothed-out with wet pants? Can we photograph you standing in a puddle of your own urine at a really creepy cemetery? ...and can you get Elvis' ghost to show up for the shoot?

You might think I'm kidding, but I'm not...

Getting "recognised" after doing media, so far, has not been negative for us... either people DON'T quite remember where they have seen us before (usually assuming we went to school with them,) or they absolutely NEED to tell us all about their visitation from their dead Grandmother... the latter, usually loudly on public transport while we're heading for a dinner-date.

ANYWAY... allow me to share a TRUE story about a media run-in with our paranormal work... it was a lesson that taught us something about ourselves... and that is that one sure-fire way for a media outlet to impress us is to pull the old Do You Know Who I Am?? routine. Unless you're the Dali Lama, Queen Elizabeth II, or any of several deceased historical figures, this is likely to get you NOWHERE.

A few years back... early 2000's if memory serves... some producers for a Fox Television program had tapped us to do an "on-site" documentary about a haunted building we'd investigated. I was excited, not so much about being on TV, but getting back into a truly interesting building!

I told them I'd be happy to do "something" with them provided I got to pick my team and we had time and space to do what was needed while they did their schtick.

We nixed things like "under-chin wearable cameras" and assorted other stupid things the producers THOUGHT would make for better television... but the stupidity kept coming... and the more they asked, the more I kept saying to myself, "It was Fox television!!! What were you THINKING agreeing to this!?!"

The last straw was when we had a conference call with four of the investigators involved (Sue, two other "staffers", and myself) and the producers... who decided, right there and then, that they only wanted two people... myself and this girl who was not-quite up to the task... but probably the only one who would have "screamed on cue".

Yup, they didn't even want Sue. (She'll probably tell her side of that story in a Sunday Smackdown on the Paranormal Blog someday... let's just say she DARED to be... to be... HONEST!)

At that point, hearing this load of codswallop, I refused to do the show.

"So, you're telling us that you'd turn down national exposure over this?" they said...

Yup! I replied.

"You're telling me you don't want people in New York to know your name??" they crowed even more annoyed...

I'm based in Toronto? What good would being known in New York do me?

"Do you know how much money this could mean to you?" they tried... although, as a documentary show, they weren't paying me... they figured it would be like advertising revenue.

We're non-profit... and we don't charge for our stuff... so I'd personally see none of it!

...then they broke it out... and I was ready...

"DO YOU KNOW WHO WE ARE!?!"

"Yes," I replied somewhere between cheery and matter-of-fact, "You're Fox Television, the same people that brought me Temptation Islands and The Glutton Bowl."

Needless to say, I didn't hear back from them.

Darn, eh?

With these images in my mind, I do wonder... no, not wonder... WORRY about WHAT IF the media wants to do something about us and the bus?

Can we get a picture of you and Sue and the dogs, cats, and you kid... standing in a puddle of your own urine with the ghost of Liberace between you and the bus?

Um, if you're from the media and read the above thinking it is a great idea, let me spare you some time... NO.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 09:52:17 am, by Email , 224 words   English (CA)
Categories: Day Tripping & Travel

More Than Just The Eiffel Tower

When most people outside of France think of this country they immediately conjure up images within their own minds of the Eiffel Tower. In fact the tower could be safely called a global icon of France, and yearly thousands of tourists flock to it. I even know of at least one couple that purposefully booked a Paris Hotel room in order to be in close proximity to it!

However, France is so much more than just the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, or The Lido as seasoned, and discriminating travellers know. In fact when we go our plans including Hotels in Paris will be based around it's historic sites of interest something that was unfortunately missed out on during previous trips, such as the catacombs!

The Catacombs of Paris are a famous burial place in Paris that according to fellow historians, and friends are an absolute must-see as there is no other place like them in the world!

We will plan our other accommodations or Hotels in France with an equal consideration to historic, and cultural sites of relevance to us. As Canadians whose families both served proudly during WWII it is our joint dream to stand at the site of the Vimy Ridge monument something all Canadians travelling to France would be remiss to not see in our opinion.

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08/27/07

Permalink 03:00:01 am, by Email , 303 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Monday Morning... can wait... part deux...

Oh look! It's Mr. Death! (But I didn't have the salmon mousse!?!)

Sorry folks... I was out pretty much ALL DAY yesterday with friends and I was SO beat when I got home, I really needed sleep... and without the "germ" of a post to work with, I get kinda fehclempt the next day trying to find my muse...

...so...

I'm taking a kind of day off. I'll be back tomorrow...

I have much things "ghostly" to catch up on... and I have a few posts swimming around in my head that need to be organized.

TRUST ME, have a read through my last three posts... The Busly Saturday, The "Blog My Blessing Sunday", and my "BlogTalkers" post. Feedback on all three (which are below) has been most interesting.

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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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08/26/07

Permalink 10:32:19 am, by Email , 946 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: No Bad Things

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

Has anything bad ever happened to you that turned out to be for the best?

Stormy Weather

I'm actually rather an optimist. (Can you tell?)

I don't believe that "bad things" happen to anyone... THINGS happen to people and it's all a matter of interpretation.

Conversely, and possibly a little hypocritically, I do believe in luck and do believe a person can have some rather wonderful things happen to and around them for periods of time... but this is about "bad things"... which, again, I'm not truly a person who believes in these.

In my eyes, life is a series of challenges... things that must be dealt with and overcome. Even if the "best" thing happens... let's say you win a big lottery... it will come with some bad stuff... such as people trying to part you from your money by any means possible.

There's an old Irish saying... Every ounce of pleasure is purchased with a pound of pain. Although this is negative, I see the logic in it.

If you find the "perfect house", you will need to work to buy it. If you are in tip-top health, this is because you've worked to ensure you are healthy. Heck, at its basis, if you have a wonderful chocolate cake for desert, it was either baked or bought by you and required effort.

Everything in life, in my eyes, will require effort... and takes a little pain to make it perfect.

Has anything "bad" happened to me? Only if I let it happen... I don't blame others or situations for personal things. I am the master of my own destiny... so therefore, if all the situations revolve around my personal choices, how can I see them as "bad"?

...and since everything, regardless, is either a life-lesson or that "ounce of pleasure", how can I see it as truly stemming from the negative?

There are events that I cannot see any good from... let's take the horrible terrorist events happening all around us right now...

...but even then, I am reminded of a quote from the late Kurt Vonnegut...

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

The end is not justified by the means, but I still try to find the silver linings in everything.

On a much smaller note... let's say that the fellow that has our bus right now sells to someone else...

I'd think, Boy, I hope they take care of it and ensure it stays in good shape. I hope they're ready for the job of getting it going! and if they asked, I would be pleased to help in any way I could. Better to be in someone else's hands in one piece then scrapped.

How about if it got scrapped... I'd think Oh well, I tried... and the journey and attempt to try has led me to many new friends and a real learning experience.

I'd still NOT see the bad in it. I wouldn't be happy, but I refuse to lie down and weep about things.

Life is too short to do that.

Some COULD say that I needed this incident (click here) to really understand about my own life and survival... and I see that... but I don't think it was necessary and I don't "blame" anyone... and the lessons I take from it were simply what they were... no more and no less.

Has a bad thing happened for the best? I dunno... has a bad thing happened... or has "things" happened...?

There's an old saying... Poop (or a word to that effect beginning with "S") Happens... and someone built a T-Shirt that said Life Happens as a response... and I've noted that people take this one of two ways...

Life = Poop is one.

The other, and the one I subscribe to, is that you can't moan or mope about life... because it WILL happen and you will need to accept it as is... because more often than not, it ain't gonna make exceptions for you... so roll with the punches...

Janie sings on the corner, what keeps her from dying.
Let 'em say what they want, but she won't stop tryin', oh you know...
She might stumble, and be pushed around,
she might fall, but she'll never lie down ... it's not so bad.

And I say way-hey-hey, it's just an ordinary day,
And it's all your state of mind.
At the end of the day,
You've just got to say ... it's all right.

- Great Big Sea: Ordinary Day

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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: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: What The Cowardly Lion Wanted, I Think We All Have...

Blog yer Blessings

Welcome me to the year 2006!

The Three-Hundred

We all sat down and watched 300 last night... Zack Snyder's take on Frank Miller's graphic novel and more-than-a-little fictionalized account of the Spartan and Persian battle at Thermopylae that happened in 480 B.C.

Not to take down Miller's version, but it wasn't quite as... um... "unique" as he makes it...

Still, a very small group of Spartans (who were a "warrior race") and a handful of others, through a good choice in location and battle planning, did indeed hold back the cream of the Persian invading force and countless other regiments and parties.

It's also true that they knew if they completely fell, so would Greece.

Leonidas, the Spartan king with three-hundred soldiers (and 900 servants) did take the brunt of the fight... and they did ALL lay down their lives in the battle which, in a rare situation of "joint historianism" more-or-less reads the same from the chroniclers on both sides of the conflict.

The Spartans never gave up... they never surrendered... they never retreated...

Some of the "lines" of the movie were taken from ancient history... such as a Persian soldier telling a Spartan that their arrows would fill the sky and "blot out the Sun"... the Spartan DID reply So much the better, we shall fight in the shade.

Xerxes, the head/king/God of the Persians DID call on Leonidas to surrender his arms... to which Leonidas did reply, Μολὼν Λαβέ (Come and get them.)

The Spartans and their army (mostly made up of Thespians... not actors, but men from the Greek city in Boeotia,) did end up losing... and Leonidas did end up dying... but their courage was sung about and Greece finally started battling the Persians as a country, not a collection of city-states... all based on the selfless glory and courage of, really, three-hundred.

I started thinking, after the movie, about all the times I'd heard of acts of bravery... standing defiantly for a cause or belief in the face of absolute power or fear.

That bravery could be Leonidas and three-hundred Spartans... or a single man standing in front of a tank in Tieneman Square... or a fire-fighter who braves the flames to rescue a child... or a kid learning to finally do without the training wheels and learn to ride a bike...

Courage comes in many, many forms... and all are awe inspiring.

Lately, I've read where people see courage in acts of terror... or when they see a protester in a mask... I disagree.

To show "courage", one must stand up... be counted... be seen and identified... not hide... for to show absolute courage is to show one's truest form and allow people to see the person who is showing that courage... that stand for what is right or what must come.

My blessing today is courage.

I'd like to say I display courage often... but sadly, the best I can say is that I try to.

When faced with fear... or a challenge... I try to stand and be counted... and I think of the people I mentioned in this post... the Spartans... the person who stood in front of that tank... the firefighter... the kid learning to balance...

The cop, the soldier, the emergency nurse and doctor... hopefully all of us.

At some point, we need to reach into our very souls... dig deep and find that Spartan within us... who will never surrender... never back up... never quit.

That's courage.

...and what better blessing could we all have as people then, even if it's only occasionally, to tap into that bit inside of us... be it large and obvious... or small and necessary.

We all have it... and I hope we all can count on it... our courage.

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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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08/25/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 739 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and the Indifferent...

Hmm... I like that title... I may use it ALL the time for every post on Saturdays!

It allows me to do a very quick read thing for you... sort-of sectional thing... like THIS!


The Good...

My review from the folks at So Many Blogs, So Little Time...

I tossed "One Old Green Bus" up to it expecting to be torn a new one as a cyber-begger with a lousy template and horrendous side-bar... BUT THEY WERE NOT ONLY NICE, they were absolutely POSITIVE!

It really made us all feel really good... and once again, tossed home what ONIT (Oh No! It's TRISH!) from Incoherent-ish and Kuanyin from The Art of Living and Dying have said... when we get our bus, the blogsphere (and other's) will celebrate 'cuz everyone likes a happy ending... sounds glib, but I'm being quite serious.

To quote Lexis Eldorado, our reviewer...

What is the best feature of this blog? That even though they only have $361 dollars towards their $20K dream, I see them before the year is out being a Human Interest story and watch the money come flooding in.

Yup, that made our day!


The Bad...

My emotions ran a little wild after reading some blogs... including some feedback on my own writing in other places.

Yup, I ranted... and then re-ranted... and got some nasty e-mails about it. Apparently, I know both my mother and former Vice President Al Gore far better than I thought... to the point where it's obvious that I do need therapy.

Folks, if you disagree with me... or if you feel I have a political stripe you don't like, argue the points... or at least, buy a thesaurus and don't make assumptions of my sexual preferences.


The Ugly...

Thursday's and Friday's posts... I was in a slump... and creatively bankrupt as I had to effect repairs on two of the home's three main computers... Sue's and the kiddos.

There I was, sweating and struggling... and then attempting to find my muse before bedtime... or in the morning over my coffee... and I blew.

Granted, Fridays WAS a bit of a "lesson" (or attempt therein) that I hope will get through to one person I know... but none-the-less, it was lofty and really didn't belong here.

I shall improve!


The Indifferent...

There's been ZERO news... no financial movement this week, no busly movement (still in Santa Rosa in it's barn,) and no major change up or down to the hits... which considering the last two days, I'm shocked! (...and pleased!)


Other than that, it's been goodly... even Mr. Fab, usually SILENT on this blog, gave us some love on the review post...

Fabbed to Death!

I was deathly and painfully ill last weekend, and as of today, I'd say I'm 99% better... and have a FIVE DAY WEEKEND COMING UP!!!! (Woo-Hoo!)

...and CBC hasn't threatened to sue (yet) for my over-abuse of old Morningside sound-bytes last Sunday... bless 'em!

So, everything's coming up goodly and we still have that busly feeling and are feeling that busly LOVE!

Heck, even one of the people that e-mailed me about my rant saying that I had rather interesting relations with Al Gore wished us luck on the dream after slagging me something fierce!

Despite everything, I do believe that everyone does like the ol' bus!

I know we do!

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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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08/24/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 640 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, "Living" History - Historical Re-enactment

Pontification Time! Fame? No thanks...

I have a young friend who's quest is to be "famous".

FAME!

Actually, I've seen MANY people in the "blogsphere" who say that they want to be famous... heck, I know many people outside the blogsphere that have this same want.

The optics of this quest seem to be okay... the "gliterati" and whatnot... but I dunno... I've always been reminded of a quote from the late Erma Bombeck... which, in more recent times, I must paraphrase to get the point across...

Don't confuse fame with success. Paris Hilton is one, Helen Keller is the other.

I guess what it's always come down to for me is which would you rather have your name immortalized on...

- The Front Cover of People Magazine
- A Library

It's always been the latter for me.

I've always seen "fame" as like a firework... it burns brightly, and then it's gone... whereas a succesful person's legacy will always travel after them

I guess, to be a bit morbid, is how do you wish to be remembered and what for?

Years from now, provided she doesn't "shape up", how will Lindsay Lohan be remembered? How about Paris Hilton... or the aforementioned Nicole Richey? What legacy can they pass to future generations? How... pardon me, WILL they be remembered years from now?

Call me odd, but if I must aspire, I'm aiming for a Nobel Prize, not the front cover of the National Enquirer under the letters "WTF!?!"

After all, a Nobel Prize is history... the front page of the Enquirer, for the most part, will end up being a pet's toilet in short order.

Success isn't easy... and although some who crave fame think fame is difficult too, they are wrong. To be famous is easy.

Simply "stand out". Be seen, but offer nothing of relevance other than mild amusument to those walking by and you will be noted and remembered... for a little while.

...but man that really seems like setting the bar low.

Why be "interesting" and "mildly amusing" when, with a touch of effort, you can be "outstanding" and offer something to the planet?

You don't have to be Jonas Salk... just not aim to be "the best partier who EVERYBODY knows!"

Think Lindsay Lohan will ever be thought of like Jessica Tandy?

Britney Spears be considered in the same league as Joni Mitchell?

50 Cent be mentioned in the same tomes as Bob Marley?

Dr. Phil vs. Sigmund Freud?

Why aim to simply be known? Aim to be good... then great.

After all, where the firework may garner the most attention for the short term, it'll be the slow-burning, long lasting fire that warms people for lengthy times that would be most missed should it ever burn out.

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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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08/23/07

Permalink 05:52:04 pm, by Email , 268 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays, Day Tripping & Travel

Helping Hand Thursdays - Online Trip Planner

It is that time of the week again! Regular readers are well acquainted with our Helping Hand Thursdays feature, but if you are new around these parts it is an entry that will highlight a blog or website that is useful or helpful, and that readers of this blog will probably want to check out.

This week we have a look at an online trip planner! B)

When it comes to travel I especially like to be organized. Perhaps this is a throwback to travelling with my Mom who always used a trip planner to organise her travel arrangements. Things sure have changed since those days, and with the internet age in full swing a good online trip planner can provide so much more then a simple paper book to write in could ever offer.

If you are planning an upcoming vacation then you'll definitely want to check out the Real Travel trip planner! Firstly it is absolutely free! And secondly you'll be surprised that they aren't charging even a small fee for the service they are providing. I know I was! :p

You can utilise this handy travel site/tool to plan out every aspect of your trip, learn where you can save extra cash, and get the inside scoop on your destination of choice from people who have actually been there!

I highly recommend a visit to the site, just click on one of the links above, and I can tell you that we will be checking them out/using their site when we begin our travel plans for England. :D

Our thanks to our sponsor!

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Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen (The VIII): Thursday Thirteens I Never Want To Read...

THURSDAY THIRTEEN!

WRITERS BLOCK! What can I say... "regular job" and life has gotten in the way of my creative muse... and I sat... and sat... and sat trying to think of a good "Thursday Thirteen"... and this is the best I could come up with.

I really owe you guys an apology... and I promise next week's will be better!

Anyway, here's THIRTEEN THURSDAY THIRTEENS I NEVER WANT TO READ...


13: Thirteen Things I Found Mixed In With My Belly-Button Lint

This would be the author, methinks...

12: Thirteen Interesting Things That Have Passed Through a Yak's Digestive System (with photos!)

Herd me, baby!

11: Thirteen Thousand-Plus Word Essays on The Socio-Economic Fallout of The Decline of the Sales of the Pet Rock

Oh yeah... THAT'S excitement, baby!

10: Thirteen Identities of Unknown Particles Found in the Production of Luncheon Meats

Egads!

9: Thirteen Sound Bytes of the "Sounds of The Dentist"

Ah... a comfy chair!

8: Thirteen Nude Pictures of Matthew Didier

Yeah, like a pic of me dangling to delight would happen.

7: Thirteen Dried-Phlegm Sculptures

Let's not go there...

5: Thirteen Photos of the Stages of Comedian Carrot Top's Buffness

This is a legit photo... scary, eh? AND HE'S CANADIAN! We're so ashamed...

4: Thirteen Most Toxic Substance Regularly Found on Subway and Bus Hand Rail Surfaces

Mmm... save the phlegm!

3: Thirteen Things to do With Frog Innards (with photos and recipes!)

Mmm... Tasty!

2: Thirteen Special Things I Can Do With My Nose

Mining for Booger Nuggets

1: Thirteen Thursday Thirteens I Never Want To Read

Too Dreadful for a Picture


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


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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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08/22/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 292 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wednesday Snippets

Wordless Wednesday - Guess what they're pictures of?

Regent III with a single-decker in hot pursuit...
A Regent III in a lovely pose in a lovely spot...

Routemaster in Toronto
Here's a Routemaster fuelling up in Toronto!

Here's a time-lapse thingy...

RLH 61 on a route...
This is RLH 61 running it's route in London pre-1970...

RLH 61 in Toronto
This is RLH 61 in Toronto... I don't know what the date is...

RLH 61 in Brooklin
This is RLH 61 a few years ago... in Brooklin, Ontario.

RLH 61 Now...
...and this is RLH 61 now... back in England and run by the fine folks of Ensignbus!

Thanks for the above images to The RLH Information Centre, Bus Photos UK, some folks from British Buses Abroad in North America, and Ian's Bus Stop.


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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08/21/07

Permalink 10:01:09 pm, by Email , 448 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

*GASP!* I was honestly kinda prepared for a spanking!

NO, a spanking for me is STILL a negative thing... in context... well, in the right place and the right time... I best quit while I'm ahead.

So Many Blogs, So Little Time...

ANYWAY, I submitted the blog to So Many Blogs, So Little Time not expecting too much... I figgered, if I was lucky, we'd be called "interesting"... at worst, torn asunder for a sidebar from hell, a boring template... and possibly worse!

...and what did I get...

This blog is all about this families goal to acquire a Old Green Double Decker Bus. Intermingled with the soft and hard ask (giving away the fact I work in Direct Marketing, lol) are stories about the family to get you emotionally involved in their lives and their quest for this bus. Quite interesting.

- - - -

That even though they only have $361 dollars towards their $20K dream, I see them before the year is out being a Human Interest story and watch the money come flooding in.

Heck, the first commenter... MR. FAB!

We LOVE One Old Green Bus!

Yup, that's what he said...

...of course, I know Mr. Fabulous... and this could be construed in many ways... first of all, assuming he meant the "Royal WE"...

Fab, boobalah... I love you to man... but in a he-manly kind of way... wait a minute... I mean, in a "guy-to-another-guy" kinda way... scratch that... let's try this...

Ah, t'heck with it... GIVE ME A BIG SMOOCH, YOU BIG LUG!

Meanwhile, back on topic...

Lexis Eldorado

To Lexis Eldorado... MANY, MANY, MANY thanks!

I tells you guys... my night... my WEEK has truly been made!

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 10:15:01 am, by Email , 850 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Got another rant... and I may take heat for it... BUT FIRST...

First off, allow me to address something made VERY clear (multiple times) to me via e-mail about yesterday's rant... Yes, I know that China and India are THE WORST offenders as far as pollution and therefore, yes, carbon pollution and global warming.

Trash

...but my point is, we can make a SMALL difference which is a start... and then start HOPING and TRYING convince the populace of those countries to start realising that IN SOME ASPECTS, we share this planet... and their bad is NOT just our bad... it's hurting them too.

...but we CAN still do OUR part. Get the ball rolling, so to speak. Prove we're "ahead" of the game... an all without hurting ourselves.

Think this is a lot of cod's wollop? Think it can't be done? Think that cleaning up our act to a degree will be meaningless and cause us all undue economic hardship? Click here. In North America, when industry AND people were told they HAD to change things to lessen the effects of acid rain, I heard ALL ABOUT the rampant unemployment and horrible economic effects that would happen when the changes went down...

What happened?

North America cleaned up it's act... and acid rain is no longer a BAD issue here (it's still around, but not as bad...) AND guess what? The quality of life was NOT affected!

Guess which countries are now suffering HORRIBLE effects of acid rain?

C'mon now, guess!

If you said China and India, YOU'D BE RIGHT!

Ten'll get ya twenty they WILL end up doing something about it... just like we had to do... and guess what else that will accomplish?

I look at the utter morons that say, Why should we do anything about pollution and global warming if China and India won't? and think this is like saying, Why should I vacuum my carpet? My neighbour doesn't! I bet they don't ever flush their toilet either, so I'm gonna stop now too!

Sorry folks, we gotta do SUMTHIN'!


Okay, now the rant I'm REALLY gonna take heat on...

What a sweet creature... PLEASE don't beat it to death with us!

I have friends that have a cat. That's not the rant... we have three ourselves... but this friend is also a "tech-nut"... which again, is not a rant because, hey, I'm sitting in a room that has three high-end system within a few feet of each other and technology has put bread on my table for over a decade...

No... it's the combination of cat-lovin' techno-nuts that has led to something I find VERY disturbing.

The friends have placed web-cams around their home (save a few strategic locations,) to... here it comes...

KEEP TRACK OF THEIR CAT WHILE THEY ARE AT WORK.

Now, at first, I thought the cat might have been getting up to "mischief" and they were trying to figure out the "whats" and "wheres"... but I was corrected... no...

It's because they just love their snuggly-wuggly-lumpkin kitty just ever so much that they want to know what the furry critter is up to 24x7.

That's right, they have a personal "web-cam kitty".

Folks, having a photo or two of your pets I can understand... having them up at your desk or workplace is understandable...

But when one of your major reasons for having stable, high-speed internet at home is to keep track of the box-user... you got issues in my eyes.

I love my two yappy boys... I love my three furry girls... and our two little guys and our winged couple... and our "world's biggest dwarf"...

...but not ONCE have I had the desire to ensure that their movements are tracked LIVE ONLINE while I'm struggling at the office.

Most weekdays, I'm quite content with my greeting on my arrival and the snuggling at bedtime, thanks kindly... the still pictures fill the gap nicely.

So, for those people who "blog" for their pets (you've seen 'em... "Fluffy's Diaries" and whatnot...) you have a NEW level to achieve!

Please don't try.

It's kinda disturbing to the rest of us.

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 09:51:15 am, by Email , 208 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Environmental Health and Safety

It is funny that just the other day we got into a long discussion regarding how eco-friendly products, and services are the wave of the future, and that we the consumers will be driving the demand for companies that are not only environmental health and safety compliant, but exceed our expectations as leaders in environmental protection.

I say it is funny, only in the sense that it is coincidental that earlier today I had the opportunity to visit the website of a company that provides businesses with EHS Compliance Software. And I like these types of synchronicities because they tell me my thinking is on the right track.

The company whose website I visited is EDSG and their expertise lies in EHS Metrics Software, and EHS Software implementation. They give big business the means to safeguard our environment, and quite frankly I would not deal with any business that does not take this seriously.

Our health, and the health of our future generations is directly linked to the health of our environment. And it is highly important that we as those who drive big business - the consumer - support companies that choose to utilise the products, and services that a company like EDSG provides.

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Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 419 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Better post to come... honest! (I'm postulating as you read!)

Who here likes to read blogs where the blogger whines about writer's block! Show of hands? Anyone? Hello? Are you there?

Blocked!

Hrrrm.

Well, here's the dilemma... and as my alter-ego, Matthew Flanders would say, it's a dilly of a dilemma-diddly-doo!

I like to write my blog posts the night before you read 'em... kinda sketch 'em out then edit them as the night goes on and publish them for the morning...

Well, here it is, Monday night, and I'm incredibly uninspired... save a few e-mails sent my way and a comment I made earlier about a friend's pet obsession...

...which, if I can find time, will be the REAL post for today...

I wonder now what my radio icon, Peter Gzowski, who wrote a five-minute essay FIVE TIMES A WEEK would do in this situation... what we he do to inspire creativity?

I've hit the news sites... surfed other blogs... and I'm feeling meh...

Would he fall back on some rant-back e-mails or a friend's (actually, more than one,) love of their cat?

Hmmm...

I hate to keep you waiting, but I have a funny feeling that's what I'll end up doing... Sorry, Peter, wherever you are... I'm goin' with my gut... but please be patient for the post... I want to try and make it as thoughtful and entertaining as possible...

...but I also wanted to alert you to my delay today.

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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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08/20/07

Permalink 10:15:01 am, by Email , 981 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

RANT - Apparently, I do worship at a church... and I wasn't even aware of it!

I've gotta unload here... as usual...

Not a myth

Arctic scientists have reported that there's 10% less "sea ice" this year so far... and we still have one more month of "thaw season" to go. Forty-four people in America are dead from heat. England and Texas are swimming in extreme rains. Romania, Europe... heck, everyone is experiencing a terribly hot Summer...

...but as usual, I'm told this is ALL natural! Nothing to be concerned about... and if you are, well then you're just one of those reactionary-types that love Al Gore and gladly drink his Kool-Aid!

PROBLEM: I'm Canadian... and scientist David Suzuki has been on about this LONG before Al Gore thought, "Maybe I should make a film!"

Are these weather patterns "normal", even when comparing to past history through geological studies? Nope. They're not. They are more extreme.

This all COULD be "normal", but please, all those who still believe that Al Gore has some kind of mandate to frighten people into voting Democrat, READ and LOOK... WE ARE PUSHING THINGS ALONG. The simple fact is...

Pollution = Bad

It's not a political viewpoint. It's not an economic viewpoint. It's FACT.

If you decide that bullets CAN NOT hurt you, I don't think all the denial in the world will help you when they give you the last cigarette and put the blindfold over your head while you're against the wall.

NOW, here's where I part from the more "ardent" environmentalists... We do not need to suddenly ban all cars. We do not need to close all the factories tomorrow. We do not need to radically make HUGE changes RIGHT AWAY.

We do, however, need to convince some people to see their proctologists and have their heads removed from their lower colons... and start making minor changes... and move towards making things better over time. BUT THIS CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED BY YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN... It's gotta be us.

Perhaps start small... replace old incandescent light bulbs with more efficient fluorescent bulbs. We've done this and honestly, no difference in the lighting. I was wary at first assuming they'd be small, twisty versions of the awful lighting at the office... but they really aren't.

Then, perhaps, when you can, leave the car at home! Introduce your kids to the concept of a "good walk" or a "bike ride". Something too many urban kids are not familiar with. Face facts, considering the complaints about obesity and the known benefits from exercise, this should be done ASAP.

How about re-using shopping bags or using cloth bags? Think it might hurt?

Look, what's made me re-post about this is not, oddly enough, the sad state of my continent and Europe and the people dropping because of the heat... it's not the concern that Manhattan will be under water by Halloween... it's not some "tree hugging hippy" trying to save the whales...

It's a guy who is FED THE HECK UP with being told he's "wrong" and listening to "lies"... when the evidence is mounting that, indeed, he's not.

...and I am now fed up at the NEWEST stupidity... being told I worship at the "Church of Al Gore".

Get a grip, morons... do you REALLY believe the WORLD has seen his movie? For the record, I HAVE NOT SEEN IT YET.

My church is the church of healthy agnosticism... and scepticism... this means I doubt, but do not deny... I wait until the facts are in to make an educated decision on my standpoint... and guess what folks, the FACTS are IN and you may think Al Gore is a big poo-poo head... and even that David Suzuki is a big poo-poo head... and that 90% of the scientific community are a collectively a huge poo-poo head... but they ain't wrong.

I have yet to see a neutral, peer-reviewed paper from a non-partisan scientific group that says that "Global Warming" doesn't exist and that our tossing carbons into the air isn't doing a darned thing.

Again, I point out that those papers that DO say this are usually funded by... OIL COMPANIES!

...and remember, cigarette and tobacco companies had medical doctors proclaim the health BENEFITS of smoking up until the late seventies and a bit beyond!

So, please take your "Nananana Bozo - Al Gore's a Doody-Head" antics and comments and head down to Memphis... wearing a sweater and heavy jeans... because, after all, it ain't happening, right?

...just remember, if you have to travel TOO far, you may fall off the edge of the world... and that would be tragic.

I dunno why I let this get to me... perhaps it's because I think of myself as a learned person... a person of legit science...

...or maybe it's because I have kids.

Hey, I link to The DeSmog Blog for a reason.

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 10:06:28 am, by Email , 154 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, General Shtuff

Credit Cards

Have you ever taken advantage of credit card rewards programs? You know the types that partner up with other companies, or give air miles etc? Often I find these incentives, and bonuses tempting, but to date have stayed with my one old, and reliable card.

I have gone so far as to contemplate balance transfers to cards with much better rates. A few people I know have taken advantage of this type of service in order to save money over all. I have also surfed over to this resource site in order to compare credit cards, and see what is being offered.

If I do decide to make a switch to another card, and that is what it would be - a switch, as I do not wish to maintain multiple cards ever again it will definitely be for a cheaper rate as opposed to just a bonus or incentive.

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08/19/07

Permalink 08:05:43 am, by Email , 1460 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: The Curse of Being a Historian...

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

What historical time period would you most like to visit? Why?

Catching Time (Time Flies)

Y'know how often we've been asked this...? Y'know how often we've asked this of others?

I hate to take this literally, but I can't take it otherwise... it's a curse.

Well, once I take into consideration that I want my visit to be a peaceable one, that limits my options.

Because I want to understand those around me and have them understand me, there's another limitation.

Because I want to stay healthy, this REALLY limits me.

Consider this...

  • Before 1400, you probably wouldn't understand anyone in Europe as they would be speaking the "old tongue". Old English, when you found it for example, is ne þæt easy eac forstandan. Heck, if you wanted to hang out with royalty and the upper crust, you'd probably be best served to speak French... even in England! (...and Old French is as easy to comprehend for modern Français speakers as Old English is to us.
  • Bathing wasn't "in vogue" outside the far East (and in ancient Rome and Greece) until about 1780. Mmmm! What a pleasant smell that would be!
  • Remember small-pox? The plague? "Augue"? Oh so many ailments!
  • Dental hygiene? Up until the late 1700's, they'd wonder what you were talking about. "Jungle mouth" would be an appropriate choice of words.
  • Not to be rude or cause a stir... but I know some would say "I want to be with Jesus." I am someone who believes that Jesus existed... but I also except the fact that he'd be Arabic in appearance and, again, I cannot speak ancient Persian, Aramaic, nor is my Hebrew up to snuff, I would have issues understanding him. For all I know, his "apparent" blessing to me could be him saying You've got some shmutz on your shirt.
  • The Court of King Arthur? Well, again, bad teeth and stinky people who are harbouring many diseases aside, he didn't really exist. Sorry, there is NO historical documentation that he wandered around at all. You can blame fellows like a Welsh monk named Nennius who simply listed twelve battles that "Arthur" (we don't know who Arthur is in these,) too part in, Geoffrey of Monmouth (I have his book... it's Old English, but thoughtfully was translated and only brushed against Arthur in his writings really... and his "facts" are a bit... um... skewed,) then Thomas Malory picked up the ball in 1485 (long after Arthur, had he been around, would be reasonably close to becoming 10W40,) and "modernized" Arthur (to fifteenth-century standards,) and gave him some silly English kinnigits. Truth is, there MAY have been a "King Arthur"... but don't bet on Gwenhyver or Guinivere... or however you may choose to spell it... and Merlin, forget about it! For a real giggle and accuracy, "Merlin" is awfully close to another French and Latin word... merde... meaning... um... excrement. Oh, and Arthur, if he existed, would look at someone in plate-armour (shining armour) that way we might look at an armoured robot... "Shining Armour" didn't come around until the late 1300's.
  • Want to go back to Revolutionary times in America? Are you prepared to find out that 1/3 of the population was actually loyal? 1/3 of the population was indifferent, and the last third was "patriots"? Where'd I get these horrible numbers??? Benjamin Franklin documented them... but hey, he and the founding fathers DIDN'T want YOU to have the vote... they wanted only the ruling elite and oligarchy to have it! This way, intelligent people (HAHAHAHA!) would be the only voters ensuring (HAHAHAHA!) that the best person for the office was in... not the ill-educated "rabble"! (They changed this stance to try and lure more people to their cause... it worked a little...)
  • The American Civil War... so poetic and sad... Well, yeah. We did have a lot of sad and poetic moments, but we also had a LOT of blood and venom. Also, most in the North were NOT abolitionists. In fact, when Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation, several units in the field threatened to quit en masse rather than fight for that cause.
  • You might think, as a War of 1812 re-enactor, I'd be tempted to say, "TAKE ME BACK THERE!"... but no... it was a paranoid time where, due to my lack of "authentic" British accent, my guys would probably assume I was a "dreaded Yankee"... and the other side would not be happy because I was a "Canadian"... which to them, was French Canadian only. Actually, "Canadian" was only specific to French Canada... on both sides... as the "Upper Canadians" (as we call them now,) were staunchly British. Also, health concerns and hygiene would be another factor to slam my brakes on for this trip. Gen. Winfield Scott, when reporting on the state of the food fed to American soldiers, mentioned the water for bread being drawn from a stagnant pond near a pile of rotting limbs severed by the surgeons and right by a latrine... and he commented he had found chunks of "fecal matter" baked into the bread. A simpler time before microbes like "germs" and "bacteria"!

I guess, for me, this limits my "time travelling" to safer moments in the late Victorian era to modern times... and I'm not THAT interested.

...well, save maybe ONE lonely instance...

I've often said that I would love to be a witness to the explosion of the first atomic bomb in Alamagordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

Legend has it that while watching the explosion, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who was spearheading the project, realised what he had created... and quoted from the Hindu scriptures...

I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.

As he put it later... We knew the world would not be the same.

I am a student of the human condition... and to look into the face of the man who completely understood that he had just helped create the first weapon of absolute global destruction must have been a sight to see... Oppenheimer, after the war, became a staunch peace advocate. His advocacy of not developing the more powerful hydrogen bomb was viewed as "Communist Sympathies" and his security clearance and livelihood was removed. For the record, and for those who wish to correct me, he did have "friends" who were communists... from his work in the Anti-Facist movement in the 1930's. It was a convenient piece of evidence to get him out of the way.

He spent the rest of his life writing books on intellectual ethics and morality.

...that said, this "moment" I've picked is a shaky one too... after all, MOST of the people that witnessed the explosion passed away from forms of cancer... and being irradiated just to watch a man's realization is not high on my list of things to do.

ANYWAY, to sum up...

I don't think I want to "time travel" myself... I'd be content to watch major events documented properly from a nice, safe distance, thank you very much...

Now, if the question had been, What time and event in history would you want to see videotaped like a reality television show or true documentary to show you what REALLY happened?, I could write a book of answers.

A Quick Note: Part of me would prefer to travel to the future... but part of me, like Charles Dickens, would realise that knowing the future could be more traumatic than anticipated... How would you feel if you went ahead a couple of centuries to find out that Oppenheimer's worst nightmare had been enacted?

For now, I'll do my normal time travelling... I go, as do you, at one second per second.

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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 12:00:01 am, by Email , 1171 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Who do I model my blog after?

Blog yer Blessings

First off, I am now feeling better from my illness of yesterday and Friday night for those wondering... I am recovering nicely... which is sad as I have to go back to work tomorrow and being sick on the weekend is the pits.

As a caveat, this post features a lot of audio. I've done my best to make it not-so-stressing on your computer... taxing your RAM and CPU... but it's necessary...

If you ever wonder where my writing style comes from, let me start with my first brief audio clip...

If you clicked play above, and you're a Canadian over the age of thirty-five who, like me, had the radio on a fair bit, you may recognise that theme... but let me explain why that theme is important to me and this post...

When I write a blog entry, most times, I have a voice in my head.

It was a voice I most often heard when my mother and I were together when I was younger... she would listen to the radio while going about her morning... all of this starting when I was fifteen, and right through for many moons.

The voice on the radio never left... I picked it up when I was no longer home and listened to that voice religiously every morning... right up until 1997 when it was gone... and I honestly wept a little when, in 2002, I heard that the voice had been stilled.

Peter Gzowski

Peter Gzowski was a unique individual. Although in and about broadcasting an publishing since the 1950's, his radio program, Morningside, was a staple with many Canadians on The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

While many of my contemporaries and friends were listening to rock and pop stations to start their day, I was listening to Mr. Gzowski interviewing people or reciting one of his (almost) famous five-minute essays.

Gzowski was infamous for asking questions that were longer than his interviewees answers... he had an easy, laid-back voice that had the wonderful sound that, unfortunately, smoking seventy-five Rothmans a day will get a person... by mellowing the vocal chords. He came across, on air, somewhere between a "learned friend" and a "favourite uncle" telling stories and news that otherwise, we may not have known about.

For me, he was fascinating... he was a morning window into what was being talked about in Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Yellow Knife, and yes, of course, Toronto.

He made me care about the whole of Canada... and see it's intrinsic politeness and hominess... to appreciate the whole country, not just my little corner of it.

He shaped, in many ways, the way I try to write... I write like you would hear me speak... in my tempo and in my own voice's tenor. I try add the emphasis when needed and try to make you feel what I see as important... in order for you to share my passions and to maybe care about what I care about... even if it's for just a short time while you're reading my entries.

Gzowski interviewed with equal weight, prime ministers...

...and school principals who had to eat worms.

He had a national forum and used it to simply tell stories, interview people, and introduce the nation to each other, and often himself...

Even though he died in 2002, I was reminded of him recently with the news report about author Stephen King being accused, in an Australian bookshop, of defacing books. They didn't recognise the famed author and were very disturbed to see a man taking a pen and writing in the books... he was signing them.

Many heard that and thought, How nice! Stephen King was pre-autographing books!... I, being a cynic, remembered a letter read out at Gzowski's memorial about him doing something similar... and you SHOULD listen to it...

Hmm... what exactly WAS Mr. King up to, eh?

...Anyway...

I wish I could share more, but a friend at CBC kinda warned me about going too far... like playing interviews of Gzowski with a thirteen-year-old Wayne Gretzky... or John Diefenbaker... or W.O. Mitchell... or countless great Canadians...

Suffice to say that, if you're interested, the CBC has many "archived" on their site at http://www.cbc.ca/news/obit/gzowski_peter/

My Blessing is Having Been Able to Listen To and Read Peter Gzowski's Work.

At a young age, he made me care about Canada... and people... even when they were "out of sight" and no where near me.


This blessing was originally going to be about people that can convey passion... and as I was on the CBC remembering Justin Trudeau's eulogy to his father... which is another must see... I came back to Gzowski... and hence what you read above...

Honestly, Pierre Elliot Trudeau is both hated and loved here in Canada... but he is STILL, even after his death, not ignored... and no one can deny that he loved this country... the one he ran for so long... and although many didn't agree with HIS vision, it was undeniable. Even the true intellectual Conservative pundits hate his legacy as far as policies and governance... they will defend him as a Canadian... and I've heard some of the most "right-wing" Canadians jump to his defence when people who don't know and don't understand him try to take a "shot" at his politics.

Only from some very "polarized" people have I heard anyone say he hated Canada... and they are wrong... and I know the people that those folks venerate as their saviours know this too.

Justin has just entered politics... and if you watch that eulogy, you'll agree... Canada is apt to have King Trudeau II... he's as amazing a speaker as his father was.

Click here to see that eulogy.

I admit, and perhaps it's because I lost my own father at an early age, when he ends with the words, J'taime, papa.... I got and get bleary-eyed.

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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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08/18/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 338 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Sorry 'bout this... but I'm not at all a well man...

No, no... not in that sense... I'm basically battling an odd little tummy flu that's kinda whacked me out.

...so, I'm forgoing my Saturday post... BUT I SHALL RETURN tomorrow with a "Blessing" and "BlogTalkers"...

For now, it's beddy-bye, my puppies snuggling up, and a lot of sleep and water.

BUT DON'T EVER SAY I DIDN'T TRY TO ENTERTAIN EVEN WHEN ILL!

Have a three-question "True or False" Trivia quiz!

True or False...

#1: Lettuce is part of the sunflower family.

#2: The cat is the only domestic animal that does not appear in the Bible.

#3: Butterflies don't spin cocoons, moths do.

Answers below the two images...

Me and a puppy named "Butterscotch".
No, this isn't one of "our boys", but a visiting puppy named "Butterscotch" taken last year. I look almost uncomfortable... but I wasn't... HONEST!

RLH 48 in London Transport
This is RLH 48... a sister bus of our RLH 3... in her London Transport "Country Bus" green livery...

ANSWERS: All three statements are 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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08/17/07

Permalink 09:19:11 pm, by Email , 344 words   English (CA)
Categories: "Living" History - Historical Re-enactment

Da Fleet!

Sorry for this half-butt posting this evening, but I'm feeling a touch under the weather...

Still, I wanted to share a "quick truth" with you...

I often tell people that we do NOT own a "double-decker bus" (yet) as many people get confused by this blog and assume it's just parked out back...

Yup, this is a lie... as we actually own SEVERAL buses!

The Fleet!

The Fleet!

The Fleet!

Meet the fleet!

A combination of collection (every time I went to London, I picked up a toy bus,) and gifts...

They're quite fun and as you might notice, some are in the process of being "made over" (repainted" as gifts and prizes)...

Well, just wanted to share this... don't really know why... Perhaps it's an atonement for my sin of lying... of telling people we DON'T own a bus... when, as demonstrated, we have a fleet.

So what if they're only a couple of inches tall (at the highest), it's a start, eh?

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 07:02:43 pm, by Email , 208 words   English (CA)
Categories: Day Tripping & Travel

Real Travel Blog

I like to visit, and read through travel blogs even if I am not planning an upcoming trip. Perhaps it is the adventurous spirit within me that gets a kick out of reading other people's experiences in the hopes that they will in turn inspire my own wanderings, and adventures.

Today I spent some time on a travel blog that I have not visited before. It is hosted by Real Travel, which provides a trip planner, and guide that is based on actual travellers experiences, and recommendations, and their travel blog did not disappoint.

The blog is peppered with articles that are hand picked by the Real Travel editors, and enhanced with some stunning photos. I found these articles not only informative, but fun to read to boot! Their current top story is about train travel across the USA something that I wouldn't mind doing myself one day as I have always enjoyed the train travel experience.

If you are into travel or just an armchair adventurer there is something for everyone's interests to be found within this travel blog. Today may have been my first visit, but it won't be my last as I've got them bookmarked!

Go check it out! B)

Thank you to our sponsor!

Permalink 09:17:01 am, by Email , 592 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

So close... so close, and yet so far...

...now, how many of you just started singing "My Eyes Adored You"?

Actually, how many people read the titles of my blog entries?

Hmmm...

An RLH and a Bristol K - Difficult to tell apart for some...

ANYWAY, there is reason to this madness.

Got an e-mail from a friend alerting me that a bus which looks very much like the one [we're] trying to purchase was spotted in an auto-shop in Toronto.

Now, I ain't gonna lie... I got legitimately excited.

The reason?

Well, there's always that "off chance" that someone, somewhere is going to surprise us and Voila! There it is one day...

I know, "pipe dream", but I still have it... heck, we all (here at the homestead) have it.

I fired off a rapid e-mail asking about it's colour to ensure it might be RLH 3...

The answer was no... it's red, not green.

The super-bus-geek in me was able to most likely tell him which bus it actually was...

On a hunch, it's KEL 724... a Hants and Dorset Bristol K bus... a "wide bodied" bus (8 feet instead of 7) which, I believe, was purchased by a Toronto tour group for their fleet... but perhaps they've given up on her... or the work is taking a LONG time...

KEL 724 in Toronto last Summer

There's a picture of her "in her prime" at the link and this link.

She's a beauty and we'd love to have her... and I even asked the friend if, in his travels he stops by the auto-shop, to ask if she's for sale...

...but sadly, she's not our dear RLH 3... and although they're both "low bridge" models, as regular readers know, RLH 3 is pretty near and dear to our heart...

STILL...

Would we say no to KEL 724?

No way! We'd STILL be trying for RLH 3... but we'd love to have another bus to play with try to fix and restore!

...and if the price is right... :)

Don't worry, THAT price would have to be so low that I could afford it myself... which would be very, Very, VERY low... but what is it I always say 'cuz me mum used to say it all the time?

Ask. The worst anyone can say is no.

Anyway, I admit to being a little "let down" that a benefactor hadn't been trying to ready a HUGE surprise for us... but it's not the first time... and probably won't be the last I think that we're so close... so close and yet find our we're still so far. :)

Gotta keep plugging away!

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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 09:10:41 am, by Email , 168 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

My Thoughts On Loans

Last week here in Canada the rules governing payday loans were changed in order that consumers would be better informed of interest rates, and other possible related charges for these services.

I believe this is a good thing, as in my opinion many people get into credit problems because they do not make certain they get all the facts they need prior to borrowing. It's not that the information is not out there, and available to the public, it is in my opinion an issue of some people not going that extra mile, and actually learning about what they are really getting into.

When it comes to refinance or a long term commitment such as a mortgage loan it is imperative that we all do some comparison shopping, and look for a lender that will most accommodate our own circumstances. I think that is one way to insure that we have a good borrowing experience, and avoid getting into a bad credit situation.

Thank you to our sponsor.

08/16/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 787 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings, Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen (C'Mon Lucky Seven!): The FACE of DOOM!!!

THURSDAY THIRTEEN!

Y'know, you're out in a large, spacious park... amongst friends... and one of those friends captures a moment... a precious tiny second of time... that sums up so much of your inner-self... so much of your very soul... really captures the moment of tranquillity...

Below was not one of those times...

HULK MAD!

This is what you get when you ask me to "smile" for a picture one too many times...

That's the truth... and I am truly not a "violent" person... and Penny, the person who snapped the shot, was able to show me after to which I believe I replied with something like, Oh, that's charming.

Still, I look at my "put-on, about-to-go-stark-raving-mad" look in this image... and I recognise something... I recognise a THURSDAY THIRTEEN!

Yes, here's THIRTEEN THINGS THAT MAKE ME MAKE THE FACE IN THE PICTURE ABOVE!

#13: Call me up seeking computer help at 2am telling me the "thingy" that you do the "thing" with isn't doing what it normally does even when you click it.

Keep in mind, I've been told one too many times that the "thing with the thing doesn't work" VERBATIM and then the user get grumpy that I have NO CLUE as to what the heck they're talking about.

#12: Oh look! A spammer defeated my anti-spam stuff on the blog!

#11: My little one just started a conversation with the words, I know you told me not to, but...

#10 I get out of the shower, step in puppy-pee, and while mopping it up, I have a cold nose sniff an area under the towel where it shouldn't be.

#9: Someone at my work JUST said ...and I need all that by Tuesday morning! at 4:30pm on a Friday before a long weekend.

...and it's never something that can be done within 30 minutes.

#8: Oh look! A new tax hike!

#7: Nothing wakes you up fresh and happy then a dog barking at a car alarm that's sounding nearby at 3:30am!

...or a loud person coming home loudly... or a cat that bothered them doing nocturnal rounds... or a scrap over a chew-bone... or... I love my dogs.

#6: My little one just started a conversation with the words, You didn't tell me it was breakable!

#5: Hey look! The server's down again!

...usually at THE most important times when I'm expecting a tonne of traffic.

#4: We're out of coffee this morning.

...can be substituted with "Did I mention we were out of toilet paper last night?"

#3: "Hello! Sorry for coming by at 7:30am on a Saturday, but can we come in? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your saviour?"

My usual response is... "HAVE YOU!?!" as I start playing around with my throwing hatchets...

#2: "Why isn't your ghost group more like those amazing guys on TV that I've seen?"

#1: My little one just started a conversation with the words, Before you say anything, I know I can clean the pastel stuff off your good dress uniform jacket... and the dogs didn't chew it too much while I was trying to cut the mess off it with the scissors...

...I love my little one!


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


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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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08/15/07

Permalink 08:40:01 am, by Email , 223 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesday (Sorta...) - From The London Transport Museum...

1929 Poster
The above is the "not-so-wordless part". A poster from 1929...

London General NS Model Bus
Working on refurbishing K Model buses at the Chiswick bus works...
Street Scene - Victoria Station, 1933

All the images above are from The London Transport Museum via a wonderful book Sue got me...

London Buses Past and Present by John Reed


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 08:38:24 am, by Email , 108 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Day Tripping & Travel

Save Money With Coupons

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08/14/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 983 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

I actually had a happy post ready for today...

I had a happy post ready for today... with images et al... then a friend who's just spent a time up in Ontario's far North in a native settlement wrote to me about her experiences...

There is a modern, North American view of aboriginals that now shows them as savvy casino owners and people that have figured out how to maximize trade with tax exemption... the other view are those who are fighting for land claims and blocking rail lines and highways...

Reading the reports from my friend, I feel like cracking the heads of those people who DO represent the above modern stereotypes.

In the far outreaches, Canada... and I'm sure America... has it's own third world in it's back yard.

I wish I could relate the stories she has from the children she was working with... it would rend your soul as it has mine.

With her permission, allow me to share some brief "reports"... the first one was about how on her first day, one kid told her about the death of her father and uncle. They burned to death. The reason was smoking and alcohol. According to her, the kid was very glib about the incident... life is apparently fairly cheap up there.

Most of the homes' windows are broken... the general population depressed, sick, and generally disheartened. There is no "good" by the sounds of it. Schooling is practically non-existent... in her reserve, there is a kindergarten and schooling to grade eight. In order to go to high school, they need to move three to five hours away from home. This leads to teenagers being bored and acting in violent and criminal ways.

The sewage system is broken... and funds are not enough to cover repairs.

Most of the children she saw were suffering from malnutrition and, according to her, literally had teeth rotting out of their mouth.

She wrote of one very young girl... about eight... with autism. Since there is no infrastructure to help her, her mother is trying as best she can... she's in diapers and what schooling is available will not help as they are not equipped to handle this child. The mother has two other babies... and is employed at one of the precious few jobs available on the reservation.

One little girl died last year, drowning trying to save her sister. They are STILL trying to raise funds for a headstone. (My friend will be getting details on this fund-raising... and once I have them, I'm going to be begging for help with that too... Sue and I will pledge some of our own... and we hope you will too in order to have a proper memorial for a brave little girl.)

All this isn't helped that a jug of milk is $12.00 up there... a case of clean drinking water is $19.00... gas is $1.40 per litre...

In a country and society that supposedly venerates and is doing "wonderful things" with the aboriginal people, I have to ask myself WHERE ARE WE HELPING!?!

It doesn't sound like the people that need assistance most are getting it...

I can't mince words here either... throwing money at these problems won't help. The adult population, sadly, is not equipped to deal with things properly after years of abuse and neglect. A vicious cycle that isn't ending. Abused kids become abusing teenagers... and abusing adults.

Suicide is not uncommon... their culture removed after years of attempts at "assimilation" from various sources... these people's kids CAN'T speak their true native tongues... and languages ARE being lost.

She ended her reports to me with the knowledge that the young kids are great... loving... and happy. They make the best of their lot and the older kids do look after the younger ones... but the vicious cycle will catch up.

I don't know what can be done... if anything can be done... but we (ALL OF US) must try.

I'm going to start with this headstone... and I will give you all the details once I have them. DO NOT send me anything towards this... I will tell you all about it when I can.

Perhaps, by this one act, "we" can show that we are interested in these folks, we do care, we know they are there, and we are willing to TRY and make a difference.

I will "return" this blog tomorrow to it's normal state... and until we have the details... as much as I feel incredibly saddened by what I just read... I try to stay on the upbeat... and for now, I will return to the dream... but with much thought and consideration towards these people... our native people... and some VERY tough questions for our politicians next election.

I can't do much, but I will try... and never forget.

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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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08/13/07

Permalink 12:00:01 pm, by Email , 513 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Monday... and I'm kinda burnt...

Usually, I'm good to go on Mondays... at least, posting wise... but it's been a busy weekend and I'm more than a little burnt-out... so, instead of making a lame excuse and not posting something... I'm gonna post...

London Bus Stops Through Time!

(Exciting stuff, eh? Yeah, I can see the look of anticipation in your eyes now...)

Original London General Stop

Above is an original early twentieth-century sign... the first one London General (which would go on to become London Transport) used... Note the detail on the metal work... it's actually quite jaunty!

1921 General Sign

In 1921, if you were waiting for Sue's favourite route, the "Number Nine", this would have been the sign for you. Less ornate, but rather austere and firmly functional!

1934 LT Stop

Pre-war, in 1934, we see the London Transport finally on the signs. Similar to the 1921 style, it has the same "rugged" design with just a touch of class.

1939 LT Bus stop

1939 see wood instead of iron poles and a very austere "Bus Stop" sign. Basic and functional.

1952 LT Bus Stop

More routes, more buses, more information... in 1952, this would be your stop sign. A little more styled as well as post-war materials are a little easier to come by.

1988 LT Bus Sign

A little more information, a little less style. Functional and respectable, the 1988 bus stop does only what needs to be done.

Can you believe I posted six old bus-stop signs??? Part of me doesn't believe you looked through 'em...

...but...

The early twentieth-century signs are actually fun and ARE reminiscent of a more "artistic" age... where style met functionality... and yeah, they are kinda cool.

None-the-less, this is a cop-out post, admittedly... hopefully, tomorrow, I'll have my blogging chops back!

I think I did alright yesterday with my "Sunday Blessing" and "Blog Talkers"... but today, I'm feeling a little bit of the Monday blahs and the busy-weekend burn-outs...

Next time I'm burnt out, I might do London Bus Shelters Through Time!

Photos are thanks to London Transport Museum


Ah, t'heck with it...

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 11:51:52 am, by Email , 179 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, General Shtuff

Better Health Naturally

Yes, I've been feeling rather burnt out lately. It is a combination of things that are contributing to it, and I know this will soon pass. However, I would be lying if I did not say that since turning forty I have become increasingly more interested in the topic of natural health.

There are many natural health products on the market to choose from, and since I believe wholeheartedly in the saying "Knowledge Is Power" I have been reading through, and checking out this natural health supplements website, as it not only sells these products, but provides links to a database of articles on this very subject. If you are interested in the topic of natural health, and want to learn more just click on one of the links I've added into this entry.

I am one of those that believes in that other old saying, "An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure." Keeping one's body healthy through vitamins, and minerals is something I believe we should all be interested in.

Thank you to my sponsor.

08/12/07

Permalink 11:15:52 am, by Email , 1630 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Irish Need Not Apply...

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

How important are the issues of race/ethnicity towards building a stable country/government? And what are your views on immigrants & immigration laws?

I realise that in the blogsphere... there are people who believe that borders should be sealed and no one ever be allowed to walk the "good green grass" of their home and native land.

They usually refer to themselves in the positive as "patriots"... in the negative as "isolationists"... in reality, they are racists.

Oh sure, some of their best friends are "X" and they recognise that some of "X" have helped build their country... but it's "Y" they really could do without.

...after all, "Y" takes good jobs from the REAL people that live here... "Y" is where ALL crime stems from...

...and the most recent, "Y" will be where the NEW criminals will come from.

On several blogs, I've read that the next wave of Al Queda terrorists will be coming over with the throngs of evil illegal Mexican immigrants or with the evil drug-smugglers from South America... and therefore, America MUST shut down the border.

In my opinion, this is like saying there is a very good chance that a large asteroid or even meteor will most likely cause mass destruction so America must seal-off the sky with an impenetrable shield to protect from these alien bodies... but I digress.

Ever since I was a kid, I always thought and believed that ANYONE should be allowed to come to my country regardless of race, creed, spirituality, or the like... provided they adhere to a few tenants...

#1: Please adhere to the laws of the land.

#2: Please be as accepting of others as they should be of you.

#3: Please share your culture, your food, and the good things about your homeland with us... and we will share ours with you and learn about each other.

#4: Please leave your animosities back home. This is not the ancient land of your ancestors... or your enemies ancestors... and old grudges don't have a home in this new land. Leave history to history.

This would be the extent of the "rules and regulations" I would like to see in our country... no more.

Once you take the scythe to immigration for a particular "reason"... you open the door to really becoming a pure isolationist... and that's bad.

Whenever I hear the ultra-racists discuss the "purity" of ANY race, I think about my one true belief... hard and fast science with evidence and fact. Truth is, if you only ever had one "race" (or group of people) isolating themselves into a clique in society, you WILL end up with the equivalent of inbreeding... and a "race" or people WILL grow weak without additions and modifications to the genetic pool. This is not speculation, this is fact.

As for "Y" taking jobs... I must have missed all those white, Anglo-Saxons that lined up to pick lettuce... that dreamed of sweeping a factory floor... that saved every penny to buy a convenience store so they could put their kids through university...

...and lets look at those kids...

Where did THEY grow up? What is THEIR heritage?

To be honest, in my country, they are Canadian.

They have their roots... they know they are, in essence, what their parents and grandparents were... but they are still Canadian.

You could take THE MOST MILITANT ethnic person in Toronto... and they will still celebrate a Toronto Maple Leafs win, still head to the CNE, still go to The Taste of the Danforth (Greek festival), and still feel a sense of pride when Canada does something good on the world's stage.

The above is not the exception... it's the rule. Exceptions exist, but they literally make up less than 1% of the population here that I'm aware of.

The other day, on my bus ride home from work, I saw two women... both had SEVERAL young children... One was in a full burka and veil... the other was very obviously Hindu and dressed thusly. ALL their young kids were dressed pretty much like any other kid their age in Toronto... and they were travelling TOGETHER and helping each other with their children and parcels.

Those who understand such things would know that this SHOULD be an anomaly... but here, it isn't at all... they may have roots elsewhere, but these two mothers and their kids are Canadian at heart... and because of this, their children will have a greater understanding that they would have WITHOUT isolationism of each other.

I posted a while back that it would be VERY difficult to "open fire" on someone you're messaging back-and-forth on FaceBook and MySpace and mentioned how Marshall McLuhan had it right... The global village is upon us... but immigration and multiculturalism was already providing that with spades.

My country does not have the "issues" with immigration and "illegal immigration" that our neighbours to the South have... but every so often, someone or something "abuses" the immigration system... or a hostile person slips by who really doesn't want to build this new adoptive country... but they are SO rare that to simply use them as a "reason" to slap restrictions or controls on things is dumb.

My family has been in North America since the early 1600's... and I have evidence to show this... and the bulk of BOTH SIDES of my family have been in Canada since the late 1700's... and this is my home and native land... and yet, I recognise that I am from immigrant roots... I am not TRULY an aboriginal to this land... and without the settlers and colonists, North America would be a VERY different place... possibly better, possibly worse... but different... and the concept that "MY" people built this land is not something I really hold high as a reason that "I" should dictate (or those like me) who gets to be here now... unless they are TRULY criminal.

I am (mostly) French... Scottish... English... Dutch... Irish... but I am Canadian first.

I have friends who are Pakistani... Indian... Sri Lankan... African... Mexican... Spanish... but are Canadian first.

Do they have less rights than I?

My title, "Irish Need Not Apply", was a common sign in Toronto even into the fifties... this is despite the fact that Irish people DID truly build this country as newcomers moreso than many... but some folks couldn't look beyond the concept of a persons origins to see what matters most... the person themselves.

Look at one of my heroes for an example... He suffered from "racism" and "culturalism" thanks to "The Irish Troubles"... and never achieved the fame or office he deserved because of it.

...but in typical Canadian fashion, he grumbled only slightly and STILL did the best job for his adopted land and people. He helped, despite being held back.

So do we change our governmental rules on immigration based on ANYTHING other than past criminal intention? My obvious answer is no.

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

"There are as many ways of being Canadian as there are of being French or British, and many more than there are of being American or Irish."
- Lister Sinclair


In Addenda: I live in what is still a primarily Ukrainian neighbourhood in Toronto... in fact, the Ukrainian Festival is held just outside my door every year with rides, games, art, music, and food.

The area was NOT originally Ukrainian... it was primarily English and Welsh at one time... but over the years, the Ukrainians came and settled here... and today, it's less Ukrainian than you might expect with a mass insurgence of other folks...

None-the-less, (except this year,) the festival happened... and EVERYONE came to it to enjoy the day(s) it was on.

...but here's the point of me bringing this up...

Sure, you could get sausages, perogies, and potato pancakes... but you could also get fajitas, spring rolls, and lo mein from vendors... AT THE UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL... and no one thought this was odd at all.

In fact, in many ways, what was more Canadian?

Heck, Sue and I will miss the Ukrainian fajitas this year... it was a treat we looked forward to while strolling through the vendors and musicians on that day.

Heck, we were hoping to convince someone that we REALLY needed Ukrainian roti! The best roti in Toronto is a bit away from us... and it would have been great to have real Jamaican... er, Ukrainian festival roti closer to home!

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Back To Nature...

Blog yer Blessings

Our little one is home today... She was "up North" to a cottage near Minden, Ontario... which I kinda blogged about early last week...

Her coming home today (and apparently with tales of visiting Kawartha Dairy,) brought back some really good memories... I was VERY blessed as a kid for having that cottage in my family. I visited it often from the ages of two to seventeen! Sadly, as an adult, my visits were restricted to the extreme... but I still gots my memories!

I remember learning about the wildlife up there... watching the bears at the local garbage dump (you'd drive up at dusk and they'd come rambling out of the woods to snack... they were brown bears, but it was a little bit of nature if a little offset by man's encroachment,) counting ducklings in the river, watching beavers smack their tales in the water when they dove, watching herons fly with their enormous wings, catching frogs and turtles, netting minoes, canoing, sailing, boating,learning to read water, swimming... hiking through woods and blazing new paths...

Wee Froggy

The island was pie shaped... and the "point" was a grey coloured clay hill with huge trees growing out of it... you could see down the whole lake and feel the breeze come off the water.

My sisters and I also loved being up there during storms... watching the rain come across the lake... and then the obligatory need to get out the rainy day box... which is something that ALL parents should have on hand for young children in my estimation!

...but it was the real closeness to something a little less "city-fied"... you see, I was born in Toronto (the city) and have lived here all my life... but that little island up North was my attachment to something different... fresh... real.

Not paved. Not guarded. Not "cleaned up" with chemicals... it was not "pure" nature... but somewhat controlled nature.

SURE, the cottage was about as "roughing it" as staying in a large hotel room (full kitchen, bath with shower, etc.) but we still needed fire places to keep warm... we still battled black flies and mosquitoes... we swam in a lake...

...and we had fire pits... and "birch burgers" (I'll explain those another day) and memories like picking baby potatoes from the garden for Thanksgiving dinner... we had "double-pot" popcorn, not from a microwave, but a stove top... we had family Scrabble, Monopoly, and a myriad of other board games...

...and we had, often the hard way, learning about the great outdoors...

Often, as a kid, I felt like a Voyageur... or an explorer... or just like a kid out in the REAL outdoors.

...and I wouldn't trade a second of it... not even for the old green bus.

I'm so glad our little one is experiencing this... I wish we could have been there with her... I am looking forward to her stories...

...and then telling her about the place she missed just outside Miner's Bay that serves SQUARE ice cream cones! (Though Kawartha Dairy is still best...)

Anyway, my blessing is being one with nature... and really feeling free of the city.

This is what it DOES look like up there...

I'm not really a religious man, nor am I particularly pious in any way, shape, or form... in fact, I'm honestly rather agnostic... but when you look out over a fresh water lake and see an old farm and other than that, nothing but the occasional vacationing person and loads of trees as far as the eye can see, you really do see God's work... and it's hard to stay agnostic.

You can bet your bippy that the Old Green Bus, once received and made ready, will be making it's way up North... for all of us.

Don't be shocked, those in Pefferlaw, Sunderland, Kirkfield, Coboconk, Moore Falls, Norland, Minden, Carnarvon, and Haliburton if you see an old, green London bus roll through town... with a VERY happy family on board!

Soon, it will be ALL of us up there... and with any luck, on our bus.

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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08/11/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 560 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays - ...and I thought my "Thursday Thirteen" this past week was a slam dunk!

Starting off today with a rant of sorts... well, not really a rant, but a comment on my surprise that my Thursday Thirteen, which I thought was a comedy classic slam-dunk got precious few comments! :(

Not The Three Amigos

I mean, hey now! I worked Leon Redbone, Mark E. Smith, and Jessica Simpson all into the SAME POST!

I know! It was SO funny, that you all couldn't type because you were laughing too hard! (At least, that's what I'm going to tell myself... don't ruin my fantasy, please...)

On the news front, I am STILL amazed at the numbers of visitors we have been getting! We are now AVERAGING 1,200 visitors PER DAY! Oddly enough, Tuesday last week was the busiest day with 1,697 visitors and Sunday was the worst with only 874 visitors...

I've been hearing from SO many people words of support which is GREAT! Many of our visitors APPEAR to be coming here just to see "how we're doing" which is WONDERFUL!

Fiscally, sad to say, there's been no change from last week, and "busly news wise", it's still status quo... it's in a barn in Santa Rosa being slowly filled with garbage. That last part is kinda a bummer when I write it, but it is the way of things right now.

Oh, and as there is still some confusion... We do not own this bus yet... we are trying to come up with the money to do so... that is why this blog exists. This is not to say the blog will go away if we are successful, but it will change "formats" from what it is to "Our Adventures With Our Bus".

Soon, we hope... details are below...

Anyway, I should warn folks... I'm USUALLY pretty good at commenting back on comments ASAP... but this weekend is a little busy so bear with me... I may not get back to you until Sunday evening...

Basically, got an investigation on Saturday, a dinner-date on Saturday night, and the little one is home after a week up North on Sunday... so a pretty full social calendar.

I *should* have my "Sunday Blessing" up in time... but "BlogTalkers" will probably wait until the evening.

So, on that note... have a GREAT Saturday... and I'll "E" you Sunday!

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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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08/10/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 650 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Cartoon Logic is Lost On Me Sometimes...

What happens when I'm drawing a blank and need a blog post? Well, I could bore you with more "busly goodness", but instead, I just started thinking about cartoons... more importantly, the real questions I have about SOME cartoons...

...such as...

Dogs?

What terrible brain injury or handicap were Scooby Doo and Pluto born with that they were also in the same sphere as Scrappy Doo (who could be easily understood when speaking) and Goofy (who although "slow", displayed more human characteristics than dog.)

Genuises?

...or were Goofy and Scrappy overly-intelligent mutants?

...and did Hanna-Barbera do the decent thing and fire the creator of Scrappy Doo for totally sinking the cartoon?

Wile E. Genius... SUPER Genius!

With all the money he spent on gadgets from Acme, why didn't the coyote simply order up a box of frozen roadrunner steaks?

What's sad is this looks like a group photo from my office.

What terrible brain injury or handicap were all the adults in the Peanuts cartoons born with to always sound like "Wa-Wa, Wa-wa-wa-wah, wa."...? or were the Peanuts kids all excellent translators for an obviously alien dialect?

Does anyone know the house/trance/whatever song where they sampled the "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" and did a FANTASTIC job of doing a sample-job with Charlie Brown proclaiming, "I got a rock... rock... rock... I got a rock... rock... r-r-r-r-rock"? It so HIGHLY amused me!

Handsome Devil, for a Canadian...

(Canadians Only) - Did you ever notice Rocket Robin Hood fought a lot of the same monsters and in the same environments as the original Spider Man?

Would you believe this was Spidey in 1967???

Did you ever notice, in the original Spider Man, he would simply fire a web into apparently straight-up nuthin' but air and swing? What was he hooking onto? A star? Satellites? Aircraft? Birds?

Which one... which one...

You can actually tell what kind of man you're dealing with if you simply ask, "Betty or Veronica?" I ain't tellin' which one I'd go for.

...and if they DON'T understand the question, that's a BAD sign!

...and is the irony lost on you that Archie's jalopy would now be considered a valuable antique car that there's no chance in heck a teenager would be near?

The Modern Stone-Aged Fam-Ell-Eee!

This isn't mine originally, but I do wonder... if Fred knew that EVERY TIME he ordered the brontosaurus ribs at the drive-in restaurant, they'd tip over his car... why'd he keep ordering them?

They became a joke in themselves... tragic...

Was there ANYTHING more tragic then when Tom and Jerry stopped fighting and became buddies? It was like when they introduced "Poochie" to Itchy and Scratchy... but without the comedic elements.

"Do you like movies about gladiators, Newt?"

(Canadians Only) - Did you notice that "The Mighty Hercules" had two villains that were identical... "Daedalius" and although never acknowledged as such, Daedalius with a bucket on his head called "The Mask of Vulcan"?

Who are these people and how did they invade EVERY aspect of life on Earth?

Is there ANYTHING possible in any life that does NOT have a connection to a Simpson's episode?


...there, I think I've exhausted this. :)

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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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08/09/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 1460 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen (I've Made it To SIX!): Idol Thirteen!

THURSDAY THIRTEEN!

Yee-haw.

I'm about to offend a lot of people... but they really SHOULDN'T be offended...

My Thursday Thirteen list this week is THIRTEEN PEOPLE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AS "MUSIC IDOL" JUDGES.

Now, be honest... MOST of us have sat through an episode or even season of "American Idol" or "Canadian Idol" or "Ural Mountain Idol" to watch a bunch of usually talented kids be raked over the coals and made to dance like trained monkeys to the tune of celebrity judges who then critique them... which sets up the next stage which is based strictly on a popularity contest with the viewing masses rather than actual content and genuine talent.

...that said...

I was watching Canadian Idol this week and thought that they could use some judges who would be as entertaining IF NOT MORESO than the poor kids who schlep on stage to sing gawdawful tunes to the acclaim of what appears to be a paid audience. To be frank (or any other first name you prefer,) the Canadian judges are about as well known as the folks in my subway car this morning. The only "recognizable" face to the masses (most folks) is Sass Jordan... the other three are made up of a manager who's biggest claim to fame is who he USED to manage... a musician who's musical on-stage career was very short BUT he became music industry lawyer of some note... and a fellow who started the first "urban music" radio station in Canada. The latter two are laudable, but hardly "faces" the public (or even contestants) know at a glance... save for the fact they are Canadian Idol judges. (No offence, fellas...)

None-the-less, there they are... and as stated, I started thinking... Who would I rather see as a judge on an "idol" show... and thus, the list below...

THIRTEEN PEOPLE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AS "MUSIC IDOL" JUDGES


BEFORE MOVING ON, a caveat... This is not to say the people below aren't talented or good and don't have fans, but it is to say that I'd LOVE to see them "judging" this contest...

John Lydon

#13: John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon

He would be #1, but in his older age, Mr. Lydon seems to take pride in his "art". Now, if he was the Johnny Rotten of old... WHEEE!

Sexpot

#12: Kelly Osbourne

If you had to pick someone to give YOU musical career advice, could you pick any worse better? Not only that, but Kelly's amazing family ties career and considerable talent have made her a household name... and IMAGINE her critiquing a young hopeful who'd just belted out "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion... a song only about 2,000 other "hopefuls" probably have sang at Ms. Osbourne!

Egads! MEMORIES!

#11: Charro

KOOCHY! KOOCHY! Charro would know EXACTLY how to guide and lead young musical hopefuls! Hey, c'mon now... we ALL know some of Charro's greatest hits! Let's see... um... well... um... well, she did a LOT of TV in the 1970's and shook her hips and yelled "Koochy! Koochy!" and isn't that what the music world is missing now-a-days?

Little Kevvy Ogilve

#10: Kevin "Nivek Ogre" Ogilve

When judging a competition on vocalists, it's important to ensure that the highest regard is paid to those who are technically sound. Mr. Ogilve, of goth/industrial iconic group, Skinny Puppy pretty much is the absolute antithesis of this doing most of his vocals through a distorted "vox" box. I can hear it now... That version of Penny Lane by The Beatles was excellent... but you needed more blood dripping from you and more vulgar words shouted through a vox to make it perfect.

My IDOL!

#9: Gerardo

Rico! Suave! Now here's a man who knows how to stay atop the music scene! I mean, who could forget "Rico Suave"? ...y'know, "Rico Suave"? Y'know... 1991 "mega-hit"... somewhere... HEY NOW! Any man who refered to HIMSELF as both "The Latin Elvis" and "The Latin Frank Sinatra" must know SOMETHING, right??? Yo, la Pelota! You da judge, baby!

Little Kevvy Federline

#8: Kevin Federline

K-Fed's musical career is alive and well... and his millions of fans... okay, thousands of fans... okay, dozens of fans... okay, handful of fans... awright, his mom thinks he da bomb! Who better to give advice to young hopefuls... That was great! Who do you plan on marrying?

Axl's such a good boy...

#7: Axl Rose

Y'know, when I need to relax... kick back... more-or-less be taken away by someone who's vocal stylings are so much like birdsong with their technical prowess, the FIRST name that springs to mind will likely never be Axl Rose. Heck, vocal stylings aside, would he even show up to be a judge... and if he did, would he be capable of being part of the show?

Sexy? Yes! Talented... not-so-much...

#6: Jessica Simpson

In the morass that is "pop culture", sitting uncomfortably with the Paris Hiltons and whatnot is Ms. Simpson. Without a doubt, she's aesthetically pleasing, but we all know, thanks to the "reality television program" that she will not be winning the Nobel Prize for Advanced Physics anytime soon. Now, considering she's supposed to be a singer first, can you name say... four of her songs? C'mon now... don't cheat... no "Googling"... and again, wouldn't she be a GREAT mentor for young talent. Marry a boy-band member and do a reality show or you'll stay a session singer for LIFE!!!

Okay, this guy is a GOD... but he'd still make a questionable Idol judge...

#5: Leon Redbone

If the man relaxed any further, he'd be considered comatose. Still, imagine his critique. S'okay. That would probably be the sum total of his critiques.

More Pearly Blacks!

#4: Mark E. Smith

This gent (and the next) are the two major drunkards of the group. I figure you need to have two raving alcoholics who's talent is based mostly on personal taste and would probably, without issue, use plenty of "bleep"ing language to describe the performances. The Fall, his band, is considered by the "pundits" as a post-punk icon... but he would make a spectacular Idol judge!

Heeyaw!

#3: Shane MacGowan

The second raging drunk... I do enjoy speculating on what advice, if capable, they give the contestants! I blogged about him last Thursday...

He was never this young...

#2: Keith Richards

Do I really need to explain this choice to anyone? Ten'll get you twenty he'll probably have a hard time paying attention to the contestants... or at least, concentrating on them. He might sneeze on a contestant and coat them with his father!!!

Egads!

#1: Nina Hagen

A marvellous train-wreck of a vocalist and an acquired taste that MANY of my friends have... but me, I never found her screeching dulcette tones at all appealing. Still, considering her... um... interesting personality and talent, she'd be another boffo judge for Idol!

I could have added dozens to this list... but these are my TOP THIRTEEN for sure... granted, any three with say... hmm... Kenny Rogers as the fourth judge would be GREAT to watch! :)

Speaking of Canadian Idol... when watching on Tuesday night, we noticed that "red rose in the lapel", Zack... a wee and subtle shot at Ben's dad?


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



Addendum: 21:14 EST - Need a giggle? This entry is the FIRST and ONLY TIME I've mentioned the name "Jessica Simpson"... and I'm showing, via stats, THREE different IPs and two different search engine hits on her name... two of which contain the word "nude".

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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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08/08/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 240 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesday: Six-Pack

Shocking!
Naked~!

Regent Three and an RF
Green all around! Double decker and single decker... An RT and an RF...

RLH 61 Races a Bike
RLH 61 races a bike with a new Dennis double-decker behind...

RLH 21
Old photo of RLH 21...

Three Regent Low Heights
Although rare, here's a photo of RLH 24, RLH 32, and RLH 48...

RLH 35
RLH 35 looking shiny and sexy!


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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08/07/07

Permalink 11:00:09 am, by Email , 488 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Another Apology to our Friends in the United Kingdom...

As reported on Nuttin' But Pimp, we have found out that Pillsbury has launched it's brand products in the United Kingdom the past week.

Dear God, PLEASE poke him TO DEATH!

Image courtesy of the BBC...

Above is a man dressed as the infamous "Pillsbury Dough-Boy" who, originally, use to be shown on television commercials leaping out of the "dough tins" that Pillsbury puts their product in... basically, one has to assume, to escape from being baked then eaten by ravenous lazy cooks.

His "gimmick" is to be "poked" in the stomach by said lazy, ravenous cooks to which he giggles.

I kid you not, this is it.

This gimmick has led to more "off colour" jokes than you can imagine.

I would like to apologise now, in advance, for one of their products which I'm sure will be on your shelves shortly... it's what many Americans assume is a croissant, but Pillsbury wisely "Americanized" as "The Crescent Roll"... which resembles the buttery French bread-like treat in no fashion... save a rough resemblance in shape. The name will probably change again due to worries about using imagery (a crescent) that may offend Islamic people. (What could be worse than a Jihad on the Dough-Boy!)

If they try to pawn off the idea of wrapping a frankfurter and cheese in them prior to backing the "treat" as a "snack", you're on your own... my mother (and many others) did this religiously... and it's great... once.

I will also apologise, in advance, for the unfortunate but highly addictive cookies that Pillsbury has ensured millions of suburban parents feed their children here, in North America... and yes, get us addicted to.

So, BEWARE the dough boy... you've been warned... and an apology given in advance from a Canadian who should have fought to keep this American product away from gentle British hands...

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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 10:31:46 am, by Email , 158 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, "Living" History - Historical Re-enactment

I Be Loving That Spicy Food!

I want to introduce you to a blog I just discovered where you can grab a free recipe, and learn about the best in Malaysia foods, and travel.

Now it is no secret that I LOVE hot, and spicy foods, so I immediately surfed over to the site's curry recipes. I also have quite the sweet tooth so my next stop in exploring this blog was the desert section. Yum! :D

If you are into cooking or eating ... go show some clicky love to Best Recipes, Foods and Travel, the recipes, and articles are well thought out, and written. Oh, and the photos are just gorgeous!!!!

Have I set your mouth to watering yet? Good! Now go on, and visit, and don't forget to leave a comment or two, and let them know the Bus folks drove you over!

It's a great site, and I have already got it bookmarked for further reading. :D

Thanks to the sponsor!

08/06/07

Permalink 05:22:58 pm, by Email , 432 words   English (CA)
Categories: Fixing Up The Bus

WOW! Fabulous Restore Job on RLH 69

The bus we're hoping to get is a Regent Low Height... they only ever made seventy-six of this model... our's is the third one made so RLH 3. If you're REALLY interested in our bus, click here.

Now, the reason I bring this up is I do like to keep track of the other "still-in-one-piece" Regent Low Heights... and even recently I "blogged" about RLH 53, 69, and 71 which were, until very recently, in a field in Murrieta, California... but had been bought by someone in Oregon.

Below are the three being shipped via flat-beds to their new home...

Well, in my entry (which you can read here,) I stated my hopes for a good new home for the three...

Yesterday, I was catching up at the RLH Information Centre (without who's help, these images and the blog would be VERY different and not very good...) and noticed that Mr. Pring, the webmaster, had put a NEW photo of RLH 69 online!

Here's the "before" image in the field in California...

In California...

...and the NEW picture which shows her being readied for an Independence Day parade...

WOW!

...four months after being moved to her new home.

Wow!

My congratulations to the new owners on a SPECTACULAR restoration job! The bus looks PHENOMENAL!

Thank you also for preserving these fine vehicles which mean so much to me and my family... I know the new owners didn't have us in mind when they undertook the job, but it still means a lot to us!

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 06:00:00 am, by Email , 703 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

My Life is Fraught With Memories

Don't worry... this is NOT a "poor me" post...

The little one (as regular - and those who need more bran - readers know,) is currently up at a rental cottage for the week... the cottage is near Minden, Ontario which, oddly enough, is close to where my former family cottage was.

So, yesterday, I decided to show Sue what the ol' cottage looked like...

Thanks to Google satellite images...

My Old Islands from Space...

There it is! See that tiny spec the arrow points to? It's an island on the end of the lake... surrounded by a river... a little touch of heaven on Earth in some ways to me. It's small (about one-and-a-half acres) but it had a beach and the water was always swimable.

Sadly, it is no longer in our family... which is a situation that has left me not speaking to one sister... but I can remember it well... which is why I'm posting about this.

In my adult life, I never got up there enough... and not because of "lack of want", but lack of transportation... or a lack of willing to have a vacation that HAD to include said sister.

...that said...

How I found this image, which is NOT exactly a "bookmarked" bit on Google maps was funny...

I didn't know you could use "road maps" on Google... so I started with a satellite image of #1 Spadina Cres. in downtown Toronto... then "drove" using the roads to the cottage.

Yup, it was flying "blind" in some ways, but I navigated to the place via Google satellite images using "sight" and "memory" alone.

I was so unsure I was in the right place that when I noticed the "Map" option, clicked it, and discovered I was bang on, I was decidedly impressed with myself!

Further Up...

Here's the road map...

My father bought the island and built the initial cottage there... and from the ages of two to about sixteen, I spent more Summer time there than anywhere else... in fact, in many ways, it was the ONLY link I really had to my "family".

...anyway...

Here's a long view...

As you can see in the map above, I was so pleased when I heard schnookie was up at a cottage "near Minden" as I felt as if she was near-enough by my old family stompin' grounds as there is a SLIGHT passing of me to her... even if it isn't "The Island" as such.

Who knows, however... despite the mean/average cottage price in that area for a "lake front" cottage being reasonably close to a million dollars (the average seems to be about $600,000 to $900,000 depending...) as the location is very "desirable", and I probably will never be able to afford this one, another dream Sue and I share is trying to re-capture that island... one day... for our family... in a sense from my old family.

I guess it may never happen... or perhaps we'll find our own island... but I miss my dad... and I miss this island... and all I have are memories...

...but it's good to know that our little one is up near Kawartha Dairy and the like... so I'll take it...

...and it's weird and great to know my memory of this place worked so well that I located it from the air without directional or "road map" help.

Apparently, forty-year old brain cells CAN work. :)

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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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08/05/07

Permalink 10:24:04 pm, by Email , 722 words   English (CA)
Categories: Paranormal Stuff

High Weirdness With The Bus and Me...

This is a repost... well, a re-edit and re-post... I don't feel TOO bad about this as, if you look below, there's a "Blogtalkers" post from earlier today AND a "Blog Your Blessing Sunday"... but I had a request to re-post the "synchronicities" that exist with the bus and ourselves...

So, here's our BUSLY SYNCHRONICITY...


#1: Sue and I really chose our neighbourhood from the heart. We live in a place that isn't terribly handy to either of our work places (back when we moved) and we knew there were "issues" with moving into an old building with NO ELEVATOR (fourth floor walk-up) and NO AIR CONDITIONING (low amp circuits can't handle them)... but we loved (and love) the place SO much, that we have no intentions of moving until we purchase a home... and we're hoping to stay in the neighbourhood...

We literally visited the area (and building) on a fluke during a stroll for some exorcise... and JUST after Sue said she would NEVER live in an apartment building during this walk, I pointed to this one and said, How about that one? and she said, Yes. I like that one.

The next week, we visited again and KISMET! There was a two-bedroom just made available... we applied... and we're in it now as I type.

Again, this all pre-dates finding the bus... and the dream... but it's our neighbourhood and here we are.

Fast-forward to a few scant months ago, the blog here is in full swing and we're trying to make our dream of owning RLH 3 a reality...

While looking through old Toronto Transit information, I found that Toronto Transit DID run double-deckers (see the pic above)... way back when our building was brand new... and those old double-deckers ran on ONE route only...

Guess what it passed on it's journeys to and fro?

Yup, our apartment building.


Wheee!

#2: One of it's former residences was in Roswell, New Mexico ...and the fact that Sue's a Ufologist and we both study the paranormal makes this one's my favourite! We don't know (yet) if the bus is haunted... but considering it's journeys, if we find ANY debris from a UFO in the bus, we'll let everyone know.


Bday Cake

#3: RLH 3 began life on May 31st, 1950... and I began life on May 31st, 1967... so we share a birthday.


LT Bus Stop

#4: When last in England, I use to take a long walk through London almost every night... it ends up that the route I walked was RLH 3's "centre city" route when it came in from the country... this was it's longest lasting route when in service. Needless to say, the last time I was in London was 1995 and I knew nothing of RLH 3... I just liked the walk.


Advance, by the centre, MARCH!

#5: While "Googling" RLH 3, I came across this...

Table of contents for Battlegrounds of freedom : a historical guide to the battlefields of the War of American Independence / Norman Desmarais.

RLH-3: Re-enacting, family activities, children and cooking.

...which I found weird since we're (the family) War of 1812 re-enactors.

...and for those wondering, RLH 3 is "Regent Low Height 3" to us... yup, our bus...

...and I've often joked that we would be "back in the field" with the re-enactors when we could drive there in our bus.

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Someone read my "Blog Your Blessing Sunday"!

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

What do you most enjoy, or miss, about being single?

Yo-Ho! Yo-Ho! A Bachelor's Life For Me!

woo hoo.

Ahhhh... single-hood! How do I miss thee, let me count the ways...

Oh, the life I had as a merry bachelor... the not caring about money so blowing it constantly on stupidity and therefore going from feast to famine constantly and spending most of my time broke... the "not being sure what I'm doing the next day" so ending up with Vampire hours as a living arrangement making waking up for work difficult at best... the loud music and parties which felt great when they happened, not-so-great the day after and probably reduced my life expectancy by many years... the menu of a man who, although able to cook, hated buying groceries that would go bad so thoughts like Is left over Kentucky Fried Chicken okay after ten days of refrigeration? were not uncommon... the constant worry that anyone gives a sweet damn about me... the pressure from family, friends, and hormones to find a mate...

What's not to love?

Now, I admit... reading the above, if you were a psychiatrist, you might be concerned with me being attached as an "act" to avoid these things... but it isn't. Sue and I were friends and colleagues first and instead of a "spark" right away, it grew and continues to grow...

...that said...

I know too many people that are trying to recapture their supposed "happy youth" and doing things they ASSUME will make this happen. The most common of which is divorcing or splitting with people to become a "happy single".

Ah yes, FREEDOM! (they think...)

Y'know what... there ARE bad marriages... there are people that need to be apart... and then there's people that ASSUME their lives will be infinitely better if they're "free" and "single" despite their marriage probably being very sound... save their now Forever Seventeen thought process.

...and of the people that "took the plunge" to single-hood for thrills and "freedom" that I know, how many are happy when they became single...? (...not counting those who left a marriage for genuine reasons as opposed to simply "fond memories" of their single-life...)

NONE.

In fact, the greener pastures they set out for often turn to a tangle of swamps. Women who were fending off suitors as a teen and have "flirty-friends" as an adult often find life as a legitimate single not what they expected and the characture of the cougar is pretty much the usual destination for their new journey... and men that believe that being single will open the doors to those "hot babes" they see wandering around are just sad and pathetic... does the words "aging hipster" mean anything to you?

I don't mean to depress anyone out there, but honestly, MOST people over the age of thirty who are single are single for a reason... and it ain't good... and rare is the exception.

Now, if ANYONE is wondering, I love Sue VERY much... see my "Blog You Blessing" below if you doubt this... but do I miss anything about being without her?

NO!

Not a bit!

I wouldn't trade my life now to go back to ANY point in my life... REGARDLESS!

So, what do I miss about being single? NOT A BLOODY THING!

...and as a witness to those who make the stupid assumption that there WAS something to miss, if I became a bachelor at this stage in life through a tragedy (GOD FORBID) or the like, I would become a hermit.

About the only benefit I see to being single at my age and at this time is the ability to sleep sprawled all over the bed...

Other than that, you can keep the bachelor life, thank you very much!

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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 12:00:01 am, by Email , 1006 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Time with Sue...

Blog yer Blessings

It's always a bit sad when the little one goes away for a while... as she's a "stepling" to me, it's a fact of life to deal with.

Her dad (Sue's ex) is a very nice fellow (who we all get along with very well... Sue and his break-up was amicable...) and he's off with her to a cottage for a week with other friends and family.

On the bright side, it does give Sue and I a little time to ourselves... a vacation of sorts from being parental... which is very nice, if a little lonely at times.


Above is a winter picture, sure, and it's VERY hot right now... but it's currently the best images of the boys I have... this will undoubtedly change considering the amount of photos we take of them...

Still, Saturday was a great day as it was truly a "Sue" day... after taking Frick and Frack for a nice walk that brushed by a favourite park of ours, we travelled to the Royal Ontario Museum where we got to do the "adult visit" thing of not rushing to the more "exciting bits" for the kid and taking our time to enjoy and absorb the exhibits... and blow a TONNE of "pixels" on some great photos... I'd share some of them, but I'll leave that to the resident photographer here which really is Sue.

After that, we strolled through the University of Toronto's downtown campus and then off to my favourite "Fish and Chips" shop in Toronto, Harbord Fish and Chips which has been around for a DONKEY'S years (and then some) because Sue, believe it or not, despite the place honestly being honestly my favourite, had yet to "sample" the food there... (It's not exactly convenient for us to get to.) The fish was excellent as always and the portions are BEYOND generous! (Neither of us finished...)

We brought the food home and enjoyed our meal, went through our images of the museum, checked the online stuff, watched an old movie on DVD (Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward)... and just been relaxed and enjoyed each other's company...

They say there's a "honeymoon phase" which we, as a couple, were supposed to have passed by now... this doesn't seem to be the case... I'm still SO in love with Sue it's kinda sickening to some people... until they find out we're whacky and kinda cynical ourselves about such things.

The most oft stated address to each other is, Y'know what? I love you! to which the other responds with, Well, that's good because I love you too... and if it was only one of us in love with the other, it would be kind of icky considering the amount of time we spend together. I think it would be considered stalking and possibly confinement.

I can't rightly say I've known anyone who's company I've enjoyed more...

On Thursday, I blogged about The Pogues... who most people know through their "Christmas song" called Fairytale of New York which is really an awful song about a terribly dysfunctional couple... a drunk and a bitter wife or girlfriend of said drunk... hey, the lyrics start with the words It was Christmas eve, babe... in the drunk tank. An old man said to me, wont see another one...

None the less, and why I'm bringing this up... in the last stanzas of the song are the lines, starting with our female singer... You took my dreams from me, When I first found you... then the male singer replies... I kept them with me, babe. I put them with my own. Can't make it all alone... I've built my dreams around you.

Well, I can sorta relate... save one fact... it never seemed to be about her dreams or my dreams... but our dreams. We took both each other's dreams... and put them with our own... and we ARE building our world with them together. (This is the benefit of having extremely similar interests and hobbies as well as a GOOD strong friendship for a basis of the relationship.)

...and no, I've never been in a drunk tank.

...I sincerely doubt Sue has either... but I can't say for 100% certain...

:)

...moving on...

To get to my point, and I've blogged that Sue's a blessing before and why, but this weeks blessing is a personal one... it's all about My Blessing of Spending Time With My Sue.

I don't think I ever stopped smiling yesterday... and what more can anyone ask for. That, my dear readers, is a HUGE blessing.

Remember, this is a woman who, although looking into the paranormal BEFORE we got together so we can't count that, is now hoping to have a huge, old, dusty, green double-decker bus in her future... think about that! How many fellas reading this could say their significant other would support this dream, let alone ADOPT it!?!

Sue's the best. Period!

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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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08/04/07

Permalink 10:21:29 am, by Email , 63 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

ARRGH! "Forgive us our servers, as we forgive servers that mess up against us..."

Yeah, we were down for a bit... AGAIN... I really shouldn't sleep right now!!!

Everything's okay for now, but we're going through the usual "Everything was rebuilt" spasms and may be a little intermittent in our uptime... Our server folks are doing all they can to maintain things...

Thanks for your continued patience... and today's post (below this one) is good to go!

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 735 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Busly Saturdays: IT MOVED! IT MOVED!

Oh, not the bus... the thermometer! (It's down aways on the side bar...)

...and I don't mean the thermometer that's measuring the BRUTAL temperatures of Toronto right now...

Nope, it's the one that measures how we're doing fiscally towards the $20k goal... and it's moved up by a wowing $100.00!!!!!!!!

A kind donator has upped us by one-hundred bones closer to getting RLH 3 to a new home in Toronto!

MANY thanks to our donator for this! Will 2007 be the year of the bus??? STAY TUNED!

We've not heard any news about the bus itself... so it's safe to assume it's still in it's barn in Santa Rosa... and still, sadly, being filled with refuse.

Readership here is WAY UP... by about one to two hundred visitors per day!!! I must be doing something right... perhaps it's dropping things like "Photos of Brad Pitt Buck Naked" into posts and fooling search engines...

Kidding... well, not anymore.

Actually, today (thanks to the brutal heat) I'm marveling at the $30 air conditioner... which WOULD run on the old 17 amp circuits at the palatial Didier/Darroch Compound in Toronto's West End.

Cool idea!

You ever hear about this? Check it out (click here).

On a side note, blog related, our friend Candy Minx could not find the contact information on the blog... which I don't blame her for... if you scroll down on the right, you'll see it near the "Skype" information... below the thermometer...

What makes this a giggle for me is that people we WANT to hear from can't find this link... BUT TRUST ME the people that we DON'T want to hear from have no problems! :roll:

Below is to make our friend Trish happy...

I feel guilty because she THOUGHT we had attached her banner to the bottom of the blog here... but alas, it was simply a rotating one... so, this should make up for that and show that we do appreciate her bein' 'round the ol' green bus!

On another happy note, you may remember last weekend me getting all "gooey" over Kuanyin saying that when we succeed and get the bus, all the bloggers will celebrate and how that actually resonated with me because, YEAH, I do believe the mass bulk of 'em will! (Mostly because I know if the tables were reversed, I'd be 100% thrilled for the blogger who had their dream come true.) Well, the BUSLY LOVE has been shining through with MORE and MORE well wishers! Heck, we are PLEASED that WE have become fodder for other blogs!!!

The whacky double-decker thing seems to be a thing...

Don't believe me?

Were you/Are you a FAN of "Dread Zeppelin"? The white-guy reggae band that does covers of Zeppelin sung by an Elvis impersonator named "Tortelvis"?

OKAY, some of you STILL look confused... so here's a BRIEF sample... (click play below...)

There...

Now, Sue went over to their site to see what the boys and Tortelvis were up to... and...

Tortelvis Feelin' That Hunk-a-hunk-a Burnin' Busly Love!

Sure, it may NOT be green, but I'll take it... it's Tortelvis feelin' that hunk-a-hunk-a burnin' busly love!

And as a last note... We ARE the current FEATURED POSTIE on Pay-Per-Post this week!

...and they didn't use the pic Sue took of me for their entry... I guess I was right... I have a GREAT face for radio.

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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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08/03/07

Permalink 11:39:41 pm, by Email , 231 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT!?!

We were down... DOWN!

Server's crashed... we were dead from about 6:30pm until 11pm EST... which SUCKED!

We're back up now... and all is well... and I'll have a goodly post tomorrow with loads of busly love and hopefully genuine entertainment for your browsing time!

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 12:00:01 am, by Email , 776 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Radominicus...

Just three random-type posts for a Friday...


#1: Five things I believe about owning a computer...

A: If you don't know (or are not sure) what operating system you run, you shouldn't own your own computer.

B: If 90% of your typing is in l337 sp33k... like "LOL - U R 2 SUXORZ!", you should not be allowed to own a computer.

C: Unless you are of an extremely religious background (and even that has some specifics,) and you tell me you've never looked at any type of Internet porn, I don't believe you.

D: If you still refer to your icons on your desktop as "the little picture I click to...", you probably shouldn't own a computer.

E: Continuously clicking "RETRY" will not fix the error message, "You Are Out Of Paper" if you're printing something. DO NOT call your friend in the "business" for help on this one... RELOAD SOME PAPER INTO YOUR PRINTER.

(...not that this has ever happened to me personally... that often...)

Oh, and about the above... if you DO think that continuously clicking "retry" for that error WILL fix that problem, you SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO USE A COMPUTER. PERIOD.

BONUS POINT: Those of us who work a MINIMUM of EIGHT HOURS A DAY on computers DO NOT LIKE TO DISCUSS THEM AT SOCIAL GATHERINGS as a rule... the concept of being at a party discussing the latest news on the new "Southpoint VIA Chipset" has about the same appeal to me as repeated blows to my nether-regions with a lead pipe.


#2: This goes out to all the fiction writers out there in the blogsphere...

Writing...

Whadya think about this idea for sci-fi story...

For all I know, they've already been done... but with the news of the last few weeks, this one really clobbered me...

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

The story would be about a criminal gang member of any flavour... doesn't really matter what type of gang... and the person is responsible for killing an innocent person from the "crossfire" with another gang.

At the killer's trial, he (or she) receives the NEW punishment on showing little or no remorse for their actions... they are given the full memories of the victim and the victim's loved ones through some "bio-med" apparatus.

The killer gets the victim's memories right up until their death... and the victim's loved one's up until the end of their funeral or memorial.

Basically, the upshot would be after being "let free" after experiencing all this, the killer walks out of the "lab" where the entire incarceration has been a few hours, but they have experienced at least two lifetimes on top of their own.

The killer strolls out... without saying a word... and walks headlong into oncoming traffic killing themselves in a combination daze and grief over their actions.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Well... Whadya think?


#3: A Canadian Story...

Da Mounty!

From my friend's book, The Penguin Book of Canadian Jokes

The following "classic Mountie story" took place before the turn of the last century during the days when the newly created force was still known as The North West Mounted Police. The incident in question occurred in present-day Saskatchewan, along the Montana border...

An entire regiment of U.S. cavalry accompanies over two-hundred Crees to the border, where they are met by a single Mountie. The American commanding officer looks around with surprise and dismay. "Where's your escort for these dangerous Indians?" he asks.

"He's over there," answers the Mountie, pointing to a fellow constable tending their two horses.

Oddly enough, it does sound about right...

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

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

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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08/02/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 996 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen (Sank... er, Cinq): Thirteen Quotes from Shane MacGowan

THURSDAY THIRTEEN!

Those Pearly Blacks...

I am a fan of the musical group The Pogues and despite appearances and the fact I don't drink as a rule, I'm a big fan of the lead singer, Shane MacGowan (pictured above... showing those pearly-blacks!)

Mr. MacGowan's voice is an acquired taste to most (although fans of The Clash will have no issues with his lyrical abilities... which is interesting as the late Joe Strummer had spent some time in The Pogues during MacGowan's absence...) and to say the man has issues is a profound understatement... but seems to be very proud of them unlike most. He's a drunk. A bad one.

This is not to say he should be "idolized" for his behaviour... or even venerated in any way shape or form... but credit where credit's due, you either take Shane MacGowan as he is... or you don't. Period. There is no quarter available from the man for his behaviour and vices.

That said, I'm a fan of his music... and despite most of the tunes being true "drinking songs" and I, an admitted teetotaler, can enjoy them anyway... somewhere between "angry" and a "lot of fun"... it's really quite appealing to me for some reason.


For a sample, click play above...

MOST of you who are not familiar with MacGowan probably do know one of his tunes with The Pogues and the late Kirsty MacColl that has become a "Christmas Classic" (legitimately!) called "Fairytale of New York".


Click play above for a brief sample of Fairytale of New York

Anyway, I've collected THIRTEEN BITS OF WISDOM AND FUN FROM SHANE MACGOWAN who will be celebrating his fiftieth birthday in December this year...

I would WARN the gentle readers out there that, indeed, Mr. MacGowan could be classified by some as being from the "punk" movement... and can be a bit salty... but I've done my best to keep things "clean" and in the quotes and words, I'm sure you'll find the occasional gem... I know the #1 quote is something that rang home with me...


#13: "I'm just following the Irish tradition of songwriting, the Irish way of life, the human way of life. Cram as much pleasure into life, and rail against the pain you have to suffer as a result. Or scream and rant with the pain, and wait for it to be taken away with beautiful pleasure."

#12: "It's time we began to laugh and cry about it all again!"

#11: "I play Irish popular music. Calling it folk is like putting it in a box. It's a living tradition."

#10: "I've been a babe magnet for quite a while now." Please note the image at the top of this post and consider this quote...

#9: "Everyone drinks... well, unless they don't."

#8: Shane was with a friend at a bar when a fellow interupted the drinking...

Fellow: Sing a song.

MacGowan: Not now, maybe later.

(This exchange went on for almost an hour with the fellow continously asking Shane to sing and Shane "begging off"... until...)

MacGowan: "What do you do for a living?"

Fellow: "I'm a carpenter."

Shane: "Make me a f*cking table."

(Borrowed with with apologies to the original author at The Pogues official site forum.)

#7: "I've been drinking since 10 O'Clock in the morning and I'm not drunk.....I may be relaxed but I'm not drunk."

#6: "Yes we're touring...let's see Glasgow, Newscastle, Birmingham, Manchester & Brixton...every sh*thole God ever put in England."

#5: "The most important thing to remember about drunks is that drunks are far more intelligent than non-drunks. They spend a lot of time talking in pubs, unlike workaholics who concentrate on their careers and ambitions, who never develop their higher spiritual values, who never explore the insides of their head like a drunk does."

#4: "Irish music is guts, balls and feet music. It's frenetic dance music... or it's impossibly sad like slow music."

#3: "There’s two kinds of creative artists—those who get their highs and lows from life itself and the other kind, like myself, who need drink and drugs to fuel what they do."

#2: "The British press have been giving me six months to live for the past twenty years - they must be getting p*ssed off interviewing me by now."

#1: From an interview outside in a pub's garden...

"If you're listening to a Walkman you can't hear . . . (a bird started singing) . . . that."


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

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

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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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Wordless Wednesdays - London at Night, White Leyland, and One for MsDemmie...

RTW and RM
White Leyland
Purple RM for MsDemmie
Purple Routemaster for Ms. Demmie...

Thanks to the Routemaster 50 (Golden Jubilee) Page, Overground, and Bus Photo UK.


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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IMPORTANT NOTICE:


October 28th, 2009

See the "latest post" on the left here... I've decided to concentrate on other work so this blog is kinda done for me... THANKS kindly to my friends and regular readers... and as you'll note, I am still loitering in the blogsphere... and I'm still online... and I honestly haven't given up hope that we will get our dream bus one day! (We've just gotten REALLY quiet about it...)

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Blog-Gone! Thanks for reading!

As of October 28th, 2009, this blog went inactive... basically, the blogger here has moved on to bigger and better...

Please Note: As of October 28th, 2009, I am not maintaining any of these links...

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