Archives for: September 2007

09/30/07

Permalink 09:45:37 am, by Email , 264 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

"Moneypenny" Lois Maxwell passed on at age 80...

THIS IS NOT MY BLOG YOUR BLESSING SUNDAY ENTRY - PLEASE SCROLL DOWN IF YOU'VE COME HERE TO SEE THAT...

If you're a James Bond fan... a REAL James Bond fan... one that knows there was Bond before Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig were shaken, not stirred... then you know Lois Maxwell... or the film franchise's original "Moneypenny".

According to the BBC, only Desmond Llewelyn, the original "Q" (the guy with the gadgets) did more Bonds than Lois Maxwell. He was in seventeen Bond flicks... she was in fourteen of them.

Maxwell was also a columnist for one of our local papers, The Toronto Sun, for a time while she lived in the city between 1973 and 1994 (she was, after all, a Canadian girl... born in Kitchener, Ontario!)

She passed away from bowel cancer (or complications thereof... according to Wiki...) in Australia where she was living with her son's family after being diagnosed in 2001.

Better late than never... The CBC link...

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RLH 3

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Permalink 08:46:24 am, by Email , 1333 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends....

Blog yer Blessings

So, I took yesterday off from the blogsphere... In truth, it's because I was honestly too tired to really do much of anything more than the other reasons I listed. (Yeah, sorry folks... no sock-puppet theatre this week!)

None-the-less, I received a phone call from a friend in the afternoon... asking my to *gasp* work!

Now, allow me to impart some important information about myself...

#1: I am not truly a computer geek. I get paid to work on and build computers and do so eight-hours per day... I do this (blogging), in all honest, because I enjoy it and yeah, I'm hoping it's a means to an end.

#2: I loath having to "work" after hours... as much as I loath having people TALK to me about effectively work after hours...

...that said...

This friend has been talking about getting a new computer... and as he is a friend, I of course told him not to run out willy-nilly without talking to me first... thus breaking my rule #2 above...

Well, he talked to me yesterday and the deed is done...

Since it's actually pretty rare to get me to "talk tech", allow me to share some of my wisdom here... these are the simple rules of Customer Computer Acquisition:

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Rule #1: Big-box or even small chain stores that sell computers hire (usually) pretty useless staff. Try to know what you want before going in because HONESTLY, aside from "geek speak" and buzz words, the sales-weasel will be of little use.

Rule #2: To test the sales weasel, when he or she approaches and asks what they can help you with or what you're looking for, just tell them you're looking to buy a computer. If they IMMEDIATELY start talking about the one you SHOULD buy, tell 'em to bugger off. The first question is, What are you going to be doing with the computer? When they DON'T ask this, in my eyes, it's a lesser version of going to a Ford dealer, telling them you want some transportation without explaining that this would be a second car used for taking the kids to school and groceries... and so they sell you the cab to an eighteen-wheeler.

Rule #3: "Techy Friends" are great! Thanks to them, I made a wonderful living for many years because of them "fixing" things for folks... after which I'd be called in to clean-up and fix the "fixing". If you're friend is NOT a professional (earning his or her keep by working in the field,) they should probably NOT be fixing OR BUILDING your computer. (Think to yourself when a "friend" offers help... could they replace my stuff if they damage it?)

Rule #4: If you want reasonable quality, but never want to upgrade in the future (read: You appreciate a disposable computer) then buy a name-brand system. They are usually proprietary and difficult for anyone outside that company to do anything with. Sure, some of them SAY fully upgradeable... and they are... but right now, in Toronto, one-gigabyte of RAM is about $30.00... unless you own certain "name brands" in which case you CAN be looking at $120.00 for the same thing.

Rule #5: If you're willing to "take your chances", but have a system that will probably last many years, buy a "clone" or parts and assemble one yourself. This is fine if parts and "clone shops" are abundant or within easy striking distance... but otherwise... Also, make sure if you buy a clone that you fire it up for about 24 hours and "do stuff" (anything) with it... Computers have precious few "moving parts"... if it works for the first few hours, chances are, without a tonne of unnatural abuse, it'll last for the next few years.

Rule #6: Laptops are great... and also disposable. Upgrading a laptop is as easy as herding cats. Again, the "big boys" will tell you THEIR products are upgradeable... just don't ask about the price, the guarantee that if your equipment goes in for upgrading, it will come back with your data intact, or whether or not everything on the laptop can be upgraded. Screens and video cards, for example, are pretty much a "lock" on a laptop if you don't have effectively the money to purchase a complete new system.

Rule #7: AVOID VISTA right now... For those whom read "Slash-Dot" and other geekly things, you know that Vista is starting to tank... and Sony is now offering "downgrades" to Vaio owners to go back to Windows XP... This is NOT to say that if you currently run Vista you'll be in trouble, but if I was buying new, I'd go XP without question.

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Okay, there are the BASIC computer acquisition rules...

My friend heard my rules... so he called and he told me that he needs the system for his kid, mostly, to play games and chat...

Right away, I'm thinking "Pentium 4 of some stripe will be fine... or AMD K64... a decent video and sound card will be a good thing".

Then, for himself, he wants high-speed internet and Office... and to eventually start playing with his digital camera pics.

This clinched it... if the kid's playing heavy-graphics games and he wants to muck with Photoshop and the like...

AMD Dual-Core K64 5200+ (or better) processor, 2 or 4 Gigabytes of RAM, 160 Gigabyte or higher hard drive, NVidia or ATI or even an S3 video system (PCIE preferred... AGP okay) would be good... everything else is relative...

That last bit above was absolute gibberish to some, wasn't it?

I actually had written a FOUR PARAGRAPH EXPLANATION of it... but heck, it's Sunday... and gotta keep it AS short as possible... let's just say that what I suggested above is perfect for his needs and uses.

So, I went to a "trusted parts discounter" website, told him the EXACT bits to buy and an hour and a half later, he arrived with them...

Three hours later, I had knitted him a kick-butt system... loaded, tested, and ready for wear!

My total "fee" for this work?

You know, the work I openly said I HATED doing on my days off at the beginning of this blog entry???

NADA! ZIP! ZILCH!

Why?

Well, obviously he's a friend... he bought the parts... but my labour and work at installing and tweaking everything was something I did while watching a movie with Sue and our little one... then finished after dinner.

I was extremely happy just to help this friend of ours.

Granted, he's proven in the past to be happy to help us... like moving to an apartment with no elevator (only a few stories... not a high-rise,) for only a few slices of pizza and a beer...

...but isn't that what friends are for? Helping where and how they can without grumble or expectations of "something in return"?

This fellow DID help us move to our apartment... and it's nice to be able to repay a debt that, oddly enough, was never really a debt as he helped us because he could... I have now helped him because I could... putting aside my "NO GEEK ON DAYS/TIME OFF" rule.

My blessing today is the help of friends...

No strings attached, no compromises in efforts, no worries about repayment... 'cuz that's what friends are for.

I am glad I can count on our friends... and I'm equally glad AND PROUD when I prove that they can count on us.

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09/29/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 289 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

Taking a Saturday off... sort-of...

A sock puppet... according to Wikipedia.

I'm going to take a break from my now normal reverence of the spaghetti western and mocking of Pauly Shore movies that I do on Saturday's and take a wee break.

Realistically, there's three reasons for this break today...

Number One: Other than a slight increase of blog traffic (up from an average of 1,200 viewers per day to 1,250 this week... the best day being Wednesday which saw over 1,400 visitors,) and the meme I'm trying to light up, (click here to see that if you didn't...) there just ain't much to tell... good or bad!

Number Two: I'm BUSHED! I could be more tired, but then I'd be asleep!

Number Three: I'm working today on my latest project... and accurate and full re-enactment of World War One using sock-puppets.

Okay, maybe number three is a bit of a fib... it's the complete plays of Shakespeare using sock-puppets.

Anyway, with that said, I'll be back with a goodly "blessing" tomorrow... and for now, I'm off to find another couple of socks and stitch on some buttons... I can't decide... start on Kaiser Wilhelm or Mercutio... hmmm...

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RLH 3

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09/28/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 258 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

I know posting videos tends to significantly decrease my hits... but...

First off, these videos are "Flash Player" videos, just like YouTube... but they are "hosted" here on OUR servers and played with a nice, clean, generic Flash video player. Doesn't that give you the warm and fuzzies all over?

No...?

Oh well, I promise this is the last video I'll be sharing for the foreseeable future... and why am I sharing???

It's SUE'S FAVOURITE BUS FILM!

...granted, I think she likes it more for it's... um... unique soundtrack.

Anyway, The Nine Road is a 1975 "documentary"(?) of how the Number 9 bus in London operates et al... including insight into why they short-turn buses and whatnot...

To be COMPLETELY honest, watch this only if you're a little bored... and have a few minutes to kill... or are an Anglophile or bus enthusiast...

To those who are having trouble with these videos, I do apologise... Like I said, this is the last one for the meanwhile...

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RLH 3

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...or...

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09/27/07

Permalink 08:55:33 pm, by Email , 339 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Thirteen Things in Twelve Months...

My Thursday Thirteen is just a bit lower... we had a "Helping Hands" post that got in between this and it...

BUT...

This is a post unto it's own... and it's for Thursday Thirteeners and anyone else!

My Thursday Thirteen this week is thirteen things I want to accomplish in the next twelve months... (and you can see 'em below...) and then, in a year, I'm going to revisit them all and tell you how I did.

Well, I toss this out to ALL of you fellow bloggers - and let's call it "Thirteen Things in Twelve Months"... a universal meme...

Thirteen Things in Twelve Months
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Basically, list thirteen goals, dreams, or things you want to do in a post on your blog... then, in twelve months, re-post the list with updates on how things are going for each...

So, are you up for the challenge? It's REALLY simple... just post up thirteen things you want to do or get... and in a year, tell us how you did.

If you want to see what I mean, click here and see my Thursday Thirteen... perhaps we can inspire a few folks with a few goals!

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RLH 3

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RLH 3 - OUR ONE OLD GREEN BUS!

Please, if you have a few minutes...

Click Here to read about the dream itself and why it's so important...

...or...

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...or...

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...or...

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...or...

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

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Permalink 01:42:38 pm, by Email , 229 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hand Thursday - Hot Tip On Baseball Equipment

All three of the kiddos have been into various sports over the years, and therefore I do have a good idea as to how much sporting equipment can cost parents of kids who love their sports. This afternoon I had the opportunity to spend some time checking out a company, and a website that sells sporting equipment, including baseball, and hockey items at affordable prices. I thought that they would be great to feature here as part of this week's "Helping Hand Thursday."

Baseball Equipment can be particularly expensive, and as stated above this is something I do have personal experience in. I noted when visiting the Kidsportsinc.com website that they offered baseball gloves and equipment from Franklin Sports at really good prices. Just click on the link provided to you in this entry, and you will see exactly what I mean.

Kidsportsinc.com has received a five star customer rating on Yahoo's merchant rating page, and it is not too hard to see why they got such a good rating. Their website is very well designed, and I personally found it to be quite user friendly. They provide a safe, and convenient way to purchase sporting equipment online. And I will say again they have really good prices on quality merchandise.

Hope this hot shopping tip helps some of you out! B)

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Permalink 10:40:01 am, by Email , 1890 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen (Lucky Thirteen TT!) - Thirteen Things I Want To Accomplish in the Next Year...

THURSDAY THIRTEEN!

It's rare when I toss an idea into the blogsphere in the vain hope that it will be picked up and "run with" by bloggers, but I actually think my Thursday Thirteen this week bears repeating by many.

I was thinking about various things I could "blog" about for today... and about this blog and it's goals in particular... and I thought a good idea was...

Thirteen Things I Wish To Accomplish In The Next Twelve Months

Now, believe it or not, this is a well-planned "two-fer" Thursday Thirteen as I will re-visit (and, in a way,) re-post this on Thursday, September 25th, 2008 and see how I did.

So, in a nutshell, I'm posting thirteen "plans", "ideas", "dreams", "concepts" that I wish to have completed or under-way within the next year... and then, in twelve months, I'll come back and see how I did!

I really, Really, REALLY want people to "steal" this idea... perhaps even next week... and let's see how we do.

It DOESN'T have to be things like I want to drop twenty-pounds or I want to steal Brad Pitt away from Angelina Jolie... it can be, but it can be mundane things... big dreams... whatever... but in ONE YEAR, let us know how it's going!

So, without further adieu... IN REVERSE ORDER from "Most Important" to "Not-As-Important"...


#1: Buy or at least "get" a proper house for my family...

Both Sue and I refer to our current abode as "The Palatial Didier-Darroch Compound".

In honesty, it's a smallish two-bedroom apartment... but it is in an area of town we love and it is our home for better or worse. Still, with two adults, one "tween", two dogs, four cats... it's a bit of a cramped existence.

We need to "upgrade" rather badly and ALL of us want a more "permanent" home to call... well... home! So yeah, the most important thing I need to work for this year really is a proper home.

Besides... before she's too old, the kid needs a backyard to play in!


#2: Manage our debts...

For non-regular readers, we're STILL un-burying ourselves from the debts we incurred during my stint being unemployed... the good news is it's not all that bad and is manageable... but it still hangs over us like Damocles sword... every month gets better, but I'd love to "fast-track" it and just be finished with it.


#3: The BUS! The BUS! (...or any bus...)

You knew it had to be here... and I'm sure MANY of you EXPECTED it to be #1... well, I'm honest... and no, it can't be... but it IS important... and it's importance in terms of expedience grows daily.

Since making the (believe-it-or-not) VERY tough decision to go "public" to try and obtain this dream of ours, our little one has grown older... and more-and-more, "teen-angst" is coming into play... and the idea of showing her that dreams CAN come true before teenaged-cynicism takes root is more important to me than ever.

Sure, it's something that really, in terms of importance, is about me, then her mom... and LASTLY herself... and between fifteen and eighteen, I'm sure the concept of being in a family that owns an old bus will probably not fly all that well in the "cool" world of teenagedhood... but for the next couple of years, I have a chance to PROVE that if you dream and try and work, you just possibly stand a chance of making something special happen.

Sound sappy, but it's true.

This is why the "joint" decision was made between Sue and myself that, although RLH 3 is our bus, if push does come to shove and ANY other bus comes available within our means, we'd do it... but obviously, we really WILL try to fight to make the absolute dream a reality.

Click here to really get a taste of what I mean about "time" being of the essence with the kid in mind...


#4: Take Sue (and perhaps even our little-one... although a romantic and "historic/work-related" get-away is also goodly!) to see England for at least three weeks... and MAYBE a little of France thrown in for good measure too...

Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to ensure that Sue sees things like The Tower of London, Hampton Court, Berkeley Castle, The City of York, Ms. Demmie, Andy... and generally get a GOOD taste of England... and perhaps a trip to Paris and Versaille tossed in just for good measure.

This has been something of a plan/dream of her's and mine for some time now... and not only for historical, but our other hobby reasons... and personally, a lot to do with #7 on this list too.


#5: Spend at least FOUR weekends doing re-enacting...

Click here if you're wondering what I'm talking about...

Self evident thing here... and something I have not been able to do for going-on three years now. I jokingly told my fellow living historians that the next time we'd be in the field, we'd be arriving in our bus... I didn't realise how honest a statement that might have been!

I need to re-purchase a musket (rifle) though... and some other stuff... but it's do-able. (I actually talked about this in this post... so it is on my "agenda", so to speak...)


#6: Visit at LEAST three "haunted sites" I've never been to before for a write-up and investigation for my website...

Kinda a gimme... I love visiting historic sites or places with an interesting story to tell and playing the part of the sleuth... and it's something I rarely (personally) get a chance to do because, when it comes to our study, I'm usually wound up in server maintenance, scheduling, accounting, and general upkeep.


Exchanging Vows

#7: Do marriage vows with Sue in a "kooky" setting... (...possibly related to #4...)

"Possibly Related"??? No, COMPLETELY! I want to "get married" to Sue in an ancient old chapel or church in England...


The Prospects of Our Planned Event

#8: Grow a pair and cancel a disaster before it happens...

This is a REAL short-term one... and if I don't do it, I WILL be sorry... mark my words...

I try to make people happy... and with my "ghostly doin's", I used to throw "birthday parties" (anniversary parties) in October to "celebrate" something that bled me physically and financially was my pride and joy and my fun hobby. Trouble is, on average, I personally lost (out of my own pocket) a little over $1,000.00 for each of the four years I had these events... and, when I was laid off, they came to a grinding halt.

Well, I kept saying we'd do SOMETHING for our TENTH anniversary (which is this year) and after a bit of brainstorming, we thought we'd come up with a boffo idea and, on "paper" and in "conversation", it seemed EXCELLENT!

The deal WOULD be that we'd rent out a really nice space that was an old town hall in Toronto... it actually is laid out as a proper council chambers with a stage, podium, and good seating arrangements... best of all, it was CHEAP!

Next, despite the fact that we do NOT deal in "fiction" on our ghostly sites, we have acknowledged that in Victorian times, when Halloween wasn't celebrated by the majority, Christmas was the time to tell ghost stories! (Hence why Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol"... this was only the best known Christmas ghost story... but there are MANY!) That said, we figured we'd throw A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS GHOST STORY SESSION IN THE OLD TOWN HALL! We'd bring in professional "story tellers", give them traditional stories, and invite people to come in to hear them and share some coffee, cocoa, and cookies with us in November! (Close enough to our "real" anniversary to count!)

See This Link for a little more about this tradition...

Great idea, eh?

Yeah, you ever try to hire story tellers for ADULTS??? Worst yet, some of the ones we spoke to really seemed interested in SHREDDING our studies too! A few openly mocked the idea of ghosts and hauntings! (Some great "heritage and history" folks we dealt with, eh?)

Either way, over the last three weeks, I've become so THOROUGHLY disenchanted with the whole thing with the realisation that it WILL become a festive "fart in church" that I absolutely have to take the slings and arrows from those who really, Really, REALLY want us to do an event and cancel this schmoz before it becomes a QUALIFIED disaster.

Oh, and although I'm SURE there are exceptions to the rule, my opinion of professional "story tellers" is IN THE TOILET right now! Apparently, if you're a party for children OR a "real historic site", they're great... but have a taint of the "paranormal", and they become very... problematic.


#9: Get in better physical/health shape...

Quit Smoking: Check!

Now, lose the spare tire and improve my cardio!


#10: Help at least one good cause or one needy person...

The key words are "at least". Despite not having very much, we both like to try and give and do what we can to improve someone's (or some people's) life who has it a little worse than we do.


#11: Smile more...

Simple. Be happier and try to smile and enjoy more in life.


#12: Make better friends at work...

I admit to being kind-of aloof at work... not being "social". But I hate forced "social" behaviour and prefer to make friends and whatnot through natural discourse... meaning, I don't do a lot of "pub-nights" or work-related social events.

To be honest, I have NO intention of changing this... but I will try to get to know more of my coworkers and chat with them about non-work stuff during breaks and whatnot.

Hey! I spend well over eight-hours per day with these folks and not enough time with Sue and Schnookie... so I relish my time I escape the "day-job" folks and go home to my family!


#13: Continue to entertain or at least SOMETHING with this here blog...

I hope certain nay-sayers know that even if we get the bus, THE BLOG STAYS! I will be keeping up on things... and as I've always said, it will probably revolve around our adventures fixing up the bus and eventually travelling with it.


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!


RLH 3

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Please, if you have a few minutes...

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...or...

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...or...

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Permalink 10:30:42 am, by Email , 177 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays, Day Tripping & Travel

Helping Hand Thursday - Easy To Book

Wow! Another week has gone by very quickly, and here we are writing up another edition of our Helping Hand Thursday.

If you are new to One Old Green Bus, Helping Hand Thursdays is when we highlight other websites or blogs, and products or services that we feel may be of interest to our readers. This week we are having a look at a travel website ... read on ...

I had the opportunity to visit EasyToBook.com earlier this morning, and wanted to tell you a bit about the site, and what you can expect from a visit there.

If you are looking to book Barcelona Hotels, London Hotels, or on the other side of the pond New York Hotels they have some great listings at very competitive prices. In fact the site covers all the popular tourist destinations so it is worth checking out no matter where you are headed in my humble opinion.

It is very easy to use with a drop down search box feature that I found to be handy. Overall a pleasant experience!

09/26/07

Permalink 09:24:01 am, by Email , 171 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesday - "Getting to Grips"

Running time - Just under 5 minutes... London Transport "Training Film" showing a driver testing on a "skid-pad" in a Routemaster bus...

No, they don't tip over too easy, eh?

Thanks to The Shell Group and apologies to Transport For London for the use of this film on the ol' blog here...


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

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RLH 3

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Permalink 09:21:23 am, by Email , 129 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Park West Gallery

Park West Gallery, which includes Park West at Sea (fine art auctions on cruise ships) is presenting the beautiful artwork of artist Jean-Claude Picot. If you have not seen Jean-Claude's work before or are not too familiar with it please do give some clicky love to the link within this blog entry.

Jean-Claude's art has been inspired by master artists Vlaminck, Derain and Matisse, and in my humble opinion (although I am far from alone) is stunning to behold. I love his use of colour!

Park West Gallery features many, many other artists, and can boast of housing the largest collection of fine art in the world! If you appreciate art you will definitely want to pay a visit either online or in person.

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09/25/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 737 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

SEE!?! And you think I'm nuts for wanting to fix up an antique bus that's in a barn!

Y'know how many people have wondered why the family and I just don't buy a NEWER and WORKING bus? Quite a lot...

Yeah, regular readers know that this is just indicative of people who can't or won't read.

...and if you don't know WHY this bus is special to us, click here... or, in lieu of that, send me an e-mail or message asking why we're not aiming to get a "newer bus that runs" and seem to only be interested in this one, dusty, old bus... and I will mock you quietly at home, safely behind my keyboard, while I send you what appears to be a VERY nice e-mail with links explaining why we're really after this bus... but the "nice-ness" is really condescension for your lack of reading skills and comprehension.

Anyway, yes, our old green bus... the one we're desperate to get... is in a barn... and covered in gunk, apparently... as well as being filled with garbage by its current "owners".

...sort of like... oh, this Land Rover pictured below...

Egads! This Land Rover Needs Help!

Guess who's interested in THIS Land Rover???

I'll give you a hint... Click here...

According to the BBC News, the old Land Rover has been in the barn as you see it above for forty-years and was the property of the fellow who I hinted at above (don't you wish you'd clicked now???) grandfather!

Interestingly enough, it still runs well and it's current caretakers are going to restore it...

The fellow I mentioned...? It's Prince Charles... and the old car was owned by King George VI... Apparently, Charles visited the barn, had a "boo", and expressed interest in it.

Apparently, Charles has a thing for Land Rovers like we have a thing for Regent Low Heights!

Birds of a Feather?

I gotta admire a man who can look at what to anyone else appears to be an irredeemable heap of metal and rubber and see the potential for something "a little more"...

Prince Charles

Y'know, believe it or not, Charles (and one of his brother's) and ourselves share quite a bit in common... including our love of history, heritage, things outside the "norm"... and apparently, old vehicles!

I'd say we're (the family and I) in good company! :)


As a side note, bet some of you didn't know that Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth II, is probably better equipped and more knowledgeable in the repair and maintenance of the old Land Rover than her son is... after all, during WWII, she trained as a mechanic and ambulance driver with the Women's Auxiliary Service... still, I can't see her on a skateboard, checking the undercarriage of her father's old car... rolling herself out from underneath the vehicle, wiping the grease from her hands and saying, The suspension is shot, Charles... and there's a little rust on the main drive shaft... you're going to need to do a lot more work on her to get her going!

Queen Elizabeth II - Can't see her as a grease monkey, really...


Totally Off Topic... To sound a bit like one of the felines or other furry creatures that inhabit the wonderful blog, I Can Has Cheezburger...

WANT BAD!

RLH Die-Cast Model by EFE...

Okay, it's not the REAL thing... it's a toy... but it's a JAUNTY Regent Low Height!

...and a lot more affordable then our dream, sadly...

Psst... Sue! Christmas IS coming... and even if I had "The Real Thing" in our garage, I'd STILL go bananas for this! Psst! Hint! Hint! Pssst!!!

...and if you CLICK the image above and scroll a bit, they'll be doing TWO Regent Low Heights... one in red and one in green... and wouldn't the TWO of them make smashing ornaments for a tired technician's desk to aid him through dreary days while he dreams of the family dream? Sue? You listening??? You getting all this???

Hmmm... I wonder if I'm being too subtle...?

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09/24/07

Permalink 09:17:01 am, by Email , 414 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings, Yes, I work in Information Technologies...

THAT'S IT! I'm getting a handheld sumthin' or another!

I've mentioned in the past that honestly, nine-out-of-ten of the BEST and most INCREDIBLE post ideas happen in transit between home and office... and as a public transport user, I could actually write it out...

...but...

In honesty, my hand writing is DEPLORABLE... so I try to simply "write" it in my mind and keep it going in my head until, in theory, I get to work or home and can type it out...

Of course, life never works this way... in fact, last Friday, I was literally "chased"/"followed" by fellow employees on my way into the office asking about this and that... and needless to say, my boffo idea? *POOF!* in a puff of logic and needed work stuff.

At home, it's not unusual to get in and have to deal with the usual domestic issues... and *POOF!*, ideas disappear while trying to be a decent mate, step-dad, and pet-owner.

So, at least in my head, the decision is made... a "palm-top" computer capable of writing a TXT document with a QWERTY keyboard MUST find its way into my hands.

I'm checking eBay constantly... and there are "some" possibilities in the "El Cheapo" price range (which is the one I'm interested in,) but, as always, the rotters rarely post shipping info!

Oh well, can you tell I had a great idea and lost it in transit today???

My New Toy! (Built in 1998!)

Update: Managed to get a Philips Velo 1... a VERY old "plamtop"... but it fits the needs well... and it was WELL under $30.00! Should be here shortly... THEN WATCH THE MAGIC as I can freely ensure my notes are constant!

...until the batteries die...

...but don't worry, that will ONLY happen when I'm writing a blog post worthy of a Pulitzer Prize OR one that would ENSURE someone would help us get the bus without question.

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Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

It Is That Time Of Year Again

It is that time of year again! With the calendar flipping to Fall this past Sunday our thoughts have turned to our favourite Autumn holiday - Halloween of course!!!! Heck, Halloween is our fave holiday period .. :D

This very morning I had the absolute fun, and cool opportunity to surf around the Halloween online shop Halloween-Store.com

If you have never visited Halloween-Store.com before then you are in for a treat - as in trick or treat - get it ha! ha! :p They carry a huge selection of fun fantasy costumes, and accessories. They also sell some really fun Halloween decorations. Definitely worth checking out especially if you are planning a Halloween bash this year.

They have all the hottest in demand costumes this year like Harry Potter, Batman, and Dog the Bounty Hunter, plus all the traditional faves like witches, princesses etc.

Halloween-Store.com is set-up to be user friendly, and offers a safe and secured online shopping experience. They certainly will get you in a spooky kinda mood as well.

Boo!

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09/23/07

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Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Sensibilities...

Blog yer Blessings

In my opinion, a "Blog Your Blessing" should never be a rant... but I'm going to have to make an exception here... because what I will be getting to is a genuine blessing... but I must go through the curse first...

I was not raised in a particular faith... I was taught to examine all faiths, and if one appealed to me, I would be supported in my beliefs or studies by my family. (For the record, I am an agnostic.)

I was raised in a "mixed" neighbourhood until grade seven... in fact, on several occasions, the "white" kids in my classroom were in the minority. I learned that colour of one's skin or ethnicity has about as much to do with their internal character as how they lace their shoes.

I was brought-up in an environment of facts and logic... that things happened for reasons... and those reasons needed a basis in hard fact. That all claims require evidence... and that when examining that evidence, you must be neutral and not skew it to your own beliefs.

It was never kept from me that things in life are occasionally "unfair" and "not pretty"... and this was not a reason to deny certain things, but again, to examine them.

My parents and peers taught me to only hate three things... Intolerance, Incompetency, and Ignorance. The latter can be rectified by learning... the middle one with experience and a willingness to learn... but the former is "forever" as a rule.

Politically, I was raised that government was there to serve and help the people... and that no "one stripe" had the perfect answers.

I was taught that no one is perfect... and that all people are flawed in some fashion...

I was taught that I should be wary of people in power that were flawed... especially when they didn't own-up to those flaws or wish to recognise them. People in power wish to stay in power... and will sell any snake-oil that might keep them there if threatened.

In some people's views, I'm VERY Conservative. In other people's views, I'm VERY Liberal...

In actuality, I'm just Matthew.

I don't follow anyone... I don't really have a political stripe... I don't "drink" anyone's "Kool-Aid" without some facts... and I demand support of those facts...

Lately, I've noticed that fear and political leanings are giving people (what they believe is,) carte blanche to espouse racists views and support ignorance of scientific facts... and the most ardent spewers of this nonsense are those who claim "fear" is what sent them to this extreme...

I am reminded of the quote below...

We cannot have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us. - Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln realised that the people MUST question their government... must make them accountable... and there should never be a reason for government to not stand up to it's harshest critics... even in times of national crisis.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt

Some people have also forgotten this part too... that, indeed, all people, regardless, must be held to scrutiny.

My Blessing Today is that I was Raised-In and Continue To Live a Life of Logic, Understanding, and Respect for Deeds, Facts, and Cultures Without Taint or Skewing because of "Fear"...

I am vigilant, I am aware... but I will not sell-out my own belief systems for any man, party, group, or stripe... especially out of fear.

...and I consider it the height of cowardice to make a claim that "fear" or "respect for an office" or "person" is your justification for spewing hate or ignorance.

At last check, every major democracy holds high the individual's right to be an individual... yet, so many will put blinders on and a bag over their head because they THINK something is correct because their "stripe" says it is.

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09/22/07

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Categories: Busly Saturdays

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

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the week that wuz here on the blog and with the dream... in a little post I do every Sunday called "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and the Indifferent"...

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good...

Oddly enough, I can't claim anything terribly wowee-terrific, woo-hoo goodly... and NO WORD OF A LIE as I'm typing this... TEN DOLLARS ROLLED IN and the thermometer goes up by ten-bones! (CANADIAN... which is now worth a little more than the Yankee dollar... at least, as far as PayPal is concerned.)

Thanks NK!

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Bad...

Well, much like there was no good (up until NK helped us out,) there's no real bad to report either.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Ugly...

This has been a STRANGE week "hit wise" on the ol' blog... big Sunday, big Monday, not-so-big Tuesday, VERY weak Wednesday, okay Thursday, and a POWERFUL Friday.

Wednesday, however, up until 7pm... I wonder if our servers were down and no one told me?

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The Indifferent

The Indifferent...

Well, thanks to NK, I can't sing the same song (which one day, I *will* set to music...) but there's been no movement on the bus front as for the bus itself... save a confirmation that she's still in Santa Rosa, still in her barn, and sadly, still being used as a garbage tip.


So, not much to report... no nibbles on the ad thing YET... but I do honestly believe it COULD be the way to secure the ol' green bus. If you don't know what I'm talking about, PLEASE click here and have a look... also comment and/or critique... I do believe this COULD be the way to make the ol' dream come true... and I needs INPUT!

I appreciate ANYONE'S feedback, but if any of you lovers of the busly kookery know any professional ad folks, see if you can get 'em to look and comment... even via e-mail to me at matthew(at)doubledeckerbuses(dot)org

It would be MUCHLY appreciated!!!

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09/21/07

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Categories: General Shtuff

Barry Manilow will not do The View because he can't deal with Elizabeth Hasselbeck...

Betcha think this is gonna be a big hoo-haw political posting... well, it's not.

Hasselbeck and Manilow

Okay, for those not in the know... and I wouldn't blame you if you weren't... singer/songwriter Barry Manilow has refused to be interviewed on the television program, The View, because he doesn't agree (AT ALL) with one of the host's (Elizabeth Hasselbeck's) political views. She is a right-wing conservative who doesn't hide her views.

Here endeth the political part of it... because I have a larger question to toss at the masses...

Take away the mechanics of why Manilow won't do the show...

If you were asked to be on a show (for any reason,) and ONE of the hosts (out of a few) had views you didn't agree with... but were unrelated to why you were going to be on the show AND the show is not about these views... it's just something you are aware of... would you say "NO!" publicly as Mr. Manilow did?

Here's why I ask...

Many moons ago, I was on a (national) radio program with a gentleman named Joe Nickell... Doctor Joe Nickell, to be precise... Dr. Nickell is not a scientist, but he plays one for the media. His doctorate is actually in English. Dr. Nickell is one of those fine people that have usurped the term "sceptic" when he's an outright, arm-chair denier... who, on occasions, misleads people about his credentials. (NOT intentionally, of course, but if people CALL him a "hard scientist", he doesn't correct them.) Dr. Nickell is one of those fine people known as "auto-debunkers".

He's been honoured by the Ufological community... Click here to read that (second fellow down.) It's entertaining reading!

Now, to be honest, I pride myself (and always have,) of being pretty balanced on my views of the paranormal... I am a GENUINE sceptic in terms of I need to see to believe... I need evidence before passing judgement... this includes not only claims that things DO exist... but that things DO NOT exist... Ergo: Neutrality.

Now, I knew Dr. Nickell was probably going to skewer me a little... and he did... far more than I expected... he referred to me as a "fraud" and a "liar" on the air... and the broadcaster cut my mic off... letting me to swing in the breeze on these comments.

NOW, knowing this... WOULD I do another show with Dr. Joe Nickell?

Yup.

The only difference is, I'd be ready for his... um... "take" on things and modus operandi.

...and that's on the concept I'd be going on the show to DO BATTLE!

What if Dr. Nickell was on a panel of six people... and they were interviewing me about buses?

Of course I'd do the show.

So, I toss it out to you... and keep the politics to a minimum please... would you pull a Manilow if you were asked to be on a show where a host and you didn't see eye-to-eye... especially on politics?

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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!)

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

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09/20/07

Permalink 05:16:18 pm, by Email , 307 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Okay... so here's a question...

Bear with me folks, but I gotta ask a question...

I'm hoping most of you (perhaps?) have seen my post about advertising on the bus as it's being shipped from Santa Rosa to Toronto...

If you haven't, click here... don't worry, it opens a new browser and stays right here on this server!

...well...

Question: Would YOU notice advertising on the side of a "shipped" bus?

I'm thinking of pushing this concept to a few agencies to see if anyone nibbles on the idea...

I honestly think THIS could make the dream come true!

...and with my luck, the advertiser would be... oh, I don't know... something interesting...

Ach, I'd take 'em! We really need to make this dream come true!

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

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

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

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

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

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Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hand Thursday - Watershed Drug Rehab

Welcome to our second edition of Helping Hand Thursday for today. This one is actually important to me personally as it details info on drug rehab, which is something that touched my family in a personal way many years ago.

My Dad battled alcoholism for a large portion of his adult life as regular readers know. I have blogged about it in the past, along with how treatment allowed him to defeat this demon, and remain sober throughout the last years of his life. We were very proud of him, and the treatment he received had a huge, and positive impact not only on his life, but our family's as well. :D

If you could use help with an addiction or know of someone who would benefit from drug rehab have a look at The Watershed website. They offer an affordable, and successful solution for people in need.

Our thanks to our sponsor.

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Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen (The First Dozen!) - A TWOFER! Pirates Rules and Ghostly Places!

THURSDAY THIRTEEN!

Yo Ho!

FIRST PART... and a quicky... in honour of yesterday being "Talk Like a Pirate Day", here's some ACTUAL rules laid down by pirate captains (ARRR!) for their SALTY crews! (These are LEGITIMATE "rules" of ships captained by Captains John Phillips (? - 1724), Bart Roberts (1682 - 1722), and George Lowther (? - 1723).

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#1: He that shall be found Guilty of taking up any unlawful Weapon on Board the Privateer, or any Prize, by us taken, so as to strike or abuse one another, in any regard, shall suffer what Punishment the Captain and Majority of the Company shall think fit

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#2: If any Man shall offer to run away, or keep any Secret from the Company, he shall be marroon'd, with one Bottle of Powder, one Bottle of Water, one small Arm, and Shot.

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#3: If any Man shall steal any Thing in the Company, or game, to the Value of a Piece of Eight, he shall be marroon'd or shot.

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#4: He that is found Guilty of Gaming, or Defrauding another to the Value of a Shilling, shall suffer what Punishment the Captain and Majority of the Company shall think fit.

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#5: If at any Time we should meet another Marroner that Man that shall sign his Articles without the Consent of our Company, shall suffer such Punishment as the Captain and Company shall think fit.

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#6: That Man that shall strike another whilst these Articles are in force, shall receive Moses's Law (that is, 40 Stripes lacking one) on the bare Back.

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#7: No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man shall be found seducing any of the latter sex and carrying her to sea in disguise he shall suffer death.

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#8: The lights and candles should be put out at eight at night, and if any of the crew desire to drink after that hour they shall sit upon the open deck without lights.

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#9: That Man that shall snap his Arms, or smoak Tobacco in the Hold, without a Cap to his Pipe, or carry a Candle lighted without a Lanthorn, shall suffer the same Punishment as in the former Article.

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#10: That Man that shall not keep his Arms clean, fit for an Engagement, or neglect his Business, shall be cut off from his Share, and suffer such other Punishment as the Captain and the Company shall think fit.

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#11: If any Man shall lose a Joint in time of an Engagement, shall have 400 Pieces of Eight; if a Limb, 800.

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#12: If at any time you meet with a prudent Woman, that Man that offers to meddle with her, without her Consent, shall suffer present Death.

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#13: The musicians shall have rest on the Sabbath Day only by right. On all other days by favour only.

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Not as "salty" as one would imagine, eh? Click here to read more... kinda disappointing for those of us who wanted a little anarchy in our privateers!


Eeeek!

SECOND PART! Here's a list of the (per-building/site) most haunted locations Sue and I know about. Basically, we have over two-hundred "true ghost story" books and have case files numbering well over 13,000... so what we did was "googled" the number of these sites and compared them to how many reports we have from them...

You'll notice a few missing things... like cemeteries... this is because, as we often say, aside from would-be ghost hunters, the number of documented "cemetery ghosts" (historically reported cases of witnessed "ghost" activity,) is actually quite low. This is because the vast majority of ghostly sightings happen where the person the ghost represents lived, worked, played, visited, or died... not where they are interred. For example, we have a total of four reports from cemeteries in Ontario (save "ghost hunters" taking "orb" and "mist" photos and the like,) with a total number of 17,600 cemeteries registered to historical and "burial ground" groups... and when you add the "population" of these cemeteries... well... ain't much ghostly goin' on... so they don't make the list!

In fact, ("population" + "number of sites") / "ghost sightings" means you are a touch more likely to run into something "paranormal" in a house than in a cemetery!

So without further adieu.... here's the TOP THIRTEEN MOST LIKELY HAUNTED LOCATIONS...

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#1: Hospitals

Don't PANIC! Your chances aren't good of bumping into a ghost at a hospital unless you're there and awake for years... still, the MOST reports we have received are from hospital employees... including doctors and nurses. For the record, MOST hospital "ghosts" are not threatening or frightening too... they either seem to be "indifferent" to the people in their surroundings and even occasionally helpful!

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#2: Theatres

It's almost a rule... every good theatre needs it's resident ghost.

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#3: Battlefields

Seems like a "gimme", but even battlefields long obscured by other buildings and roadways still yield ghostly reports.

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#4: Castles/Palaces (Residential/Political Buildings)

Not all castles have a resident ghost story... actually, all the big ones do... as do all the palaces where royals did once tread... but oddly enough, when you count numbers of castles and palaces to ones with documented ghost stories, it ranks a mere fourth in the count!

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#5: Museums (General)

Another gimme... but almost every established museum in our province has a ghost story... even if most museum curators do not acknowledge them... (the staff do, though!)

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#6: Historic Sites/Restored "Open To The Public" Homes and Buildings (Including Civic Buildings)

I hate to say this, but any place where history and folklore are discussed and talked about daily is bound to have a few stories attach themselves to the place... be it by dint of story-telling, active imaginations, or indeed, witnessed phenomena!

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#7: Prisons/Gaols/Jails

Surprised to see this so far down the list? I admit, I was... Perhaps it's because guards and inmates are far too "tough" to be afraid of a little paranormality... or perhaps because it's difficult to notice anything in this type of environment. Hard to say, but I would have thought this would have ranked higher.

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#8: Pubs (Bars and Taverns Included)

Another good rule... the older a pub or tavern, the more likely a ghost story or two to go with it.

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#9: Roadways

Okay, I know it SOUNDS vague, but it isn't... basically, this was compiled by taking all the major roadways (major highways) and then cross-referencing them with a ghost story that's based ANYWHERE along a roadway. I know, it DOESN'T sound fair, but when you equate travel vs. traffic vs. tales, it seemed like a decent way to look at things... and it get's to be #9 here!

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#10: Churches/Cathedrals

Of course, different religions look at the paranormal in different lights... and not all sects see the "paranormal" in terms of ghosts the same way... which makes things difficult. For example, considering mosques lay prayer mats down every day for the spirits of the dead to come to worship when "living" parishioners aren't there, one COULD say that 100% of mosques are haunted. Of course, this isn't true... and I'm sure there are Imam out there who'd be rather grumpy if I wrote that... or at least, wish for a clarification. So, we went with this... numbers of reports/locations in respect to Anglican/Baptist/United churches (simply because that data was easier to get... save Catholic churches, but they can be a little odd with ghost reports...) which makes these the tenth on the list here.

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#11: Mass Transport

Yes, of course this would include buses... but also includes subways, aircraft, and ships.

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#12: Shops/Retail Locations

Rare, but not as rare as one would think... perhaps, in Toronto, one in ten-thousand as a rough idea... but that's sizeable when you really sit down and think about the number of stores in this city!

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#13: Residential Properties (Currently Privately Occupied)

A haunted house is a home... but it's very rare to stumble across one. In Toronto, it seems to be literally one in every seventy-five thousand (possibly much higher!)


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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 09:02:44 am, by Email , 80 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hand Thursday - Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers

It is that time of the week again! Helping Hand Thursday for this week will introduce you to Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys that are Criminal & DUI Law Specialists.

If you are in need of California DUI Lawyers that have years of experience as former prosecutors then just click on the links in this entry, which will take to directly to their website. I found the site to be user friendly, with good information.

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09/19/07

Permalink 11:20:01 am, by Email , 288 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesday - Six Random Buses and a New Family Member...

Open-Top Guy Arab
Old Photo of Guy Arab
Regent WIDE (RTW)
Another Regent WIDE (RTW)
London ST Model
Happiness is a Warm Lodekka


Meet Our New Family Member... Maya... (the fierce)...

Maya
Maya - Age 7 Weeks... she was one of a gaggle of foundlings Sue's sister took in... and now, we've taken in Maya... or maybe, JUST MAYBE, SHE'S TAKEN US IN!!! (After all, she is fierce!)

Sue and Maya
These two photos (above) were taken last night... "Night Three" of her living with us... The boys (our two dogs) are adjusting okay... and the three girls (our three cats) are okay with the new addition... but we still need to monitor the progress of her joining our herd...


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

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 11:03:44 am, by Email , 178 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Auto Insurance Is Not Created Equal

Hey there. Today I thought I'd write a bit about something we all require if we own a car - automobile insurance policies, and yeah no kidding not all of them are created equal. There are so many differing types of insurance policies out there that it is always a good idea to check out as many as possible, and get multiple quotes before settling on the policy that is right for your own needs, and circumstances in my opinion.

If you are looking for some good info on different car insurance policies, and/or better car insurance rates, (and when it comes to the latter well who isn't?!) you might want to surf on over, and check out Advantage Auto Quotes.

Their website is completely easy to use with good info, and the ability to give you access to insurance quotes online. I would definitely use them as a resource if I were looking for a quote. Check them out yourself, by clicking on any of the links I've added to this entry.

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09/18/07

Permalink 10:51:01 am, by Email , 989 words   English (CA)
Categories: FAQ/FMS

Familiar Ground Needs To Be Covered...

For those regular readers, I apologise in advance... but there's been a weird sorta upswing in interest in our little blog and dream over the last couple of days, so I need to re-hash a few things... If you're an "old timer" to "The Old Green Bus", you may still want to have a read, but it is kinda "old territory"...

I 'spose it bodes well I have needed to answer these questions several times over the last four days... :)

...fingers are always crossed!

WHAT'S WITH THE WHOLE BUS THING?

Quickest way to relate this...

This is an old bus currently stored in a barn in Santa Rosa, California. I found it on a lark through a web-search a couple of years back.

We experienced some really rough financial times and this bus became a focus for us to kind-of "forget our problems" when things were really tight... basically, we'd talk about what we would do and where we would go with the bus.

Times got better (and are better,) but there's no way we could buy the bus on our own... and no outlet to "borrow" or get the cash... and we COULD lose the bus to it either being scrapped or "carved up" beyond restoration or use.

That's why we're here... trying to find any way to raise the money to make a dream come true AND to save the old green bus.

Details about this are here.

Why this is SO important to me personally is documented
here.

The "history" behind it's importance to me personally? Click here.

HOW MUCH MONEY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

$20,000.00 is the going quote... $8,000.00 to buy the bus, $12,000.00 to ship it to us in Toronto, Ontario.

WHY DON'T YOU JUST TAKE OUT A BANK LOAN?

Sadly, during the bad financial times mentioned above, our credit rating got shredded... we ARE rebuilding it, but it would take literally years to get into shape to buy the bus.

WHY DON'T YOU BORROW THE MONEY FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY?

To be honest, our friends and family combined really couldn't lend us that kind of money... and to be even more honest, it would take us, at present and with tackling our old debts, five or six years to repay that loan... so it's not really an option.

SO YOU EXPECT PEOPLE TO JUST HAND YOU $20K?

No... not really... we DO have a small "contribution for the dream" thing happening... but we've raised $361.00 to date (over the last year and change,) so although there IS a chance that gifts through this MIGHT help our dream to fruition, we're trying as many other avenues as possible.

Right now, the one getting (apparently) most people's attention is an old one I thought of... but finally got around to "posting" the whole idea... advertising on the bus AS it's being shipped to Toronto. Click here for that thought...

We also have a Cafe Press shop (see the side-bar) and are ALWAYS open to ideas, suggestions, and ANY help anyone can spare!

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE BUS?

Well, a lot of people assume we'd "run a business" with it... which is not true... mostly because the insurance and licensing would make such a thing practically impossible.

The current plan is...

A: Get her running... which could take months or even years.

B: Convert her into a "mobile home" or "camper". We did some insurance work, and this would be the most cost-effective way for us to be able to drive her and keep her going.

C: Use her for a "family fun vehicle"... but keep her in as excellent condition as possible... ensuring re-restoration will be possible (see below).

D: When we're ready to "retire", convert her BACK to her London Transport glory (as best we can) and donate her to one of the museums that Sue and I volunteer for when we can.

DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL?

I'd be lying if I said I didn't have doubts... BIG doubts... but honestly, one way or another, yeah, I think we'll do it.

To be honest, I have to do it... or truly, "die trying", to be a little dramatic. The reason? Click here.

Things can be important to a person... but when they become something special to his whole family and those he loves most, it's an overriding thing that one NEEDS to make happen... or, as stated, he needs to go down fighting trying to make happen.

There you have it... Of late, these have been the questions I've been fielding... Sure, I know it's in the FAQ for this blog (see the "Rosetta Stone" on the side-bar) but I'm hoping as a "regular post" on a usually heavy-traffic day, it might answer some of those questions from those that ask... or haven't asked yet.

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 10:37:39 am, by Email , 180 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Student Loan Consolidation

Private Student Loans are soon going to become a very hot topic around our own household as the middle kiddo prepares for her post secondary education next Fall. My how time flies eh! Yeah before you know it the the youngest one will be finishing high school, and in need of financial assistance as well. Geeesh! Why must education be sooo expensive? Anyway....

Today I had the opportunity of visiting Nextstudent.com, which offers some good information on private student loans, and student loan consolidation the latter being a hot button topic for many students, and parents who would like to be able to save themselves some money on the ever rising costs of post secondary education.

Student loan consolidation can be a viable option for just about everybody, and if you would like some more detailed information on it, who qualifies, how to apply etc, then just click on any of the links within this blog entry. Or you can call toll-free at this phone number +18776809879 to speak with a knowledgeable education finance advisor.

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09/17/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 556 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Half-Butt Postings

Decisions, Decisions...

My muse is always weakest on Mondays... so I'm beating the brain-drain rush be PRE-writing (and "time-stamping",) this post Sunday night... because tonight (Sunday) is decision time...

Sickly

The household here is suffering through brutal head-cold territory... myself included.

Isn't it grand when one person brings in a bug and shares it with EVERYONE!?!

Well, this is where we are... everyone coughing, sniffling, aching... generally feeling icky.

NOW...

Do I go to work...?

This would mean possibly "sharing" my sickness with co-workers... and spending the day feeling like dung and getting little accomplished.

...or do I stay home...?

Which would stop me from getting my fellow coworkers ill, allow me to heal with bedrest, and allow me to stay home where I can be phlegm-ee and ill without issue and worry.

Now, here's the kicker...

The FORMER is actually, for my company, the one that makes the most fiscal sense.

...but for fear of being seen as a "slacker" or being branded as someone who takes time off "just 'cuz"... I'll be going in... and feeling AWFUL... and knowing I'm probably going to take a few people with me to "Head-Cold Land". (Sorry, folks...)

I owe, I owe... it's off to work I go!

I often, while petting my puppies on the way out the door to work, say I'm off to go earn "kibble"... well, sick or not, to go and get the kibble is where I'm heading...

*sigh* Optics are everything... literally...

Anyway, PHOTO-SHARING TIME!

Sue and Kippers

Sunday afternoon is nap-time... and Sue and Kippers are shown here curled up together... I tried to snap the pic quietly, but as you can see, Kip noticed me... oh well...

Actually, once the camera was put away, the napping DID continue.

Too cute... had to share... and Chinese Crested Powder-Puffs are THE BEST BREED of dog I've ever known! Kipling's nickname is "The Masher" because he's an absolute cuddling and kissing FIEND!

Wow, that was a non-sequitur... but like I said, CUTE picture, had to share!


What a difference a few hours makes... woke up at 4am almost on the button with a headache, coughing, and gasping... so, I'll take the chance of bad optics and stay at home in bed.

Sickness sucks.

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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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09/16/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 1373 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Family, Junior Jet Club, London, Buses... and the possible future...

Blog yer Blessings

British Airways 747

We all have fond memories from childhood... and sometimes, reading through the ol' blog here, I start to wonder if that may not apply to me. Seems to me I've been pretty good at shining up the bad stuff and doing my usual "positive spin" on things.

That said, the past week reminded me of how this whacky dream of ours... the catalyst for this blog... really stems from a happy childhood memory... and, like all "nice guys", it does truly revolve around mom... sorta... well, my father DID play a huge part in it too.

The memory was stirred up when Sandy Carlson of Writing in Faith made a simple request... she asked what ignited my personal love of old double-decker buses?

Now, I should point out that my whole family right now is hoping our dream will come true... because they adopted my dream and my love, so it's not really only my love at this point... As stated, ad nauseum here, my love caught them and they saw the potential and their own dream in it. If you haven't read about this, PLEASE click here and read a post about this...

...but the question was how "I" got started on this kooky path...

Well, it all began in 1976... I was nine-years old... and our first "real" family vacation.

Sure, we had a cottage and whatnot... but this was a big one... and as an aircraft freak even way back then, it meant my FIRST FLIGHT!

...and what a flight it was... on a British Airways Seven-Forty-Seven... in fact, it was SO long ago that the "kid's wings" and freebies they gave me all had a different "logo" on them... not British Airways, but BOAC... for "British Overseas Airways Corporation"... a name they gave up in 1974.

Yes, I was a member of the Junior Jet Club with log-book and everything!

As I've said in previous posts... before I saw any place outside my city or en route to the family cottage, I was winging my way to London!

I was so excited, I actually was rather... um... ill the morning we left... I remember that... but I also remember it was one of the "fastest-bounce-backs" from an illness ever as our chariot with wings awaited!

My father, being an insurance executive, was en route to do business, but this time, the whole fam-damnilly was allowed to tag along...

London was in the midst of a BRUTAL heat-wave... and I will always remember "ice lollies" (Popsicles) and ice-cream cones with a flake in them to cool me off while walking along the Thames... I remember seeing so many things that were so familiar to me, as a Canadian... and yet, it was not Canadian... I was giddy and even then seemed to understand the concept of "one foot in history" when you're there...

Heck, there was even some youthful "paranormality" involved too!

I had an allowance of TWO POUNDS (about $4.00) with which to spend any way I wanted while I was there... and I spent it on something that would become a "ritual" for me... I'll get to that shortly...

One of the BEST memories I had, however, was riding the buses... hopping on the platform of an older bus, running to the top deck, hoping to get the front seat... if we did get "our" seat on the bus... my, what a treat it was.

My mother and sisters and myself... watching the city fly by the windows of our bus... waiting for the (usually) very pleasant conductor to come up to sell us our tickets... the lovely big, clunky change (far larger and more substantial than Canadian coins,)... the rattle of their ticket-machines... and just the feeling of moving through a wonderful place way up high above the street.

For a kid from Toronto... it was magical.

Late at night, returning from our tourist-trips and en route to meet my poor, working father for dinner, I'd watch the city lights and nestle into my mother's side on the bus... often drifting to sleep... or terribly excited that I'd get to see "this place" or "that place" all lit up for the evening.

Day or night, how we (my sibs and I) loved to literally "hop on" and "hop off" the platform... often while the bus was still in some motion... and very often, to my mother's (who always had troubled knees) concern that it was moving "too fast"... but we'd do it anyway... no worse for wear.

Sadly, it was the last such trip all together as my eldest sister left home not too long after returning to Toronto... and my father was sent to London less and less on business with the advent of better telecommunications...

Now, to get back to my allowance on that first visit in the mid-1970's... after all was said and done, what did I buy?

Of course... die-cast metal toy buses.

I still have one of them... the other was sadly lost to over-childhood-playing.

It sits proudly above my desk at home... with all of it's mates... one for each time after that first trip I visited... and a few given to me as precious gifts.

Y'know what... I mentioned how I've been blessed to be back in London several times since that first trip... and how I still buy an old, platform-loading, die-cast toy bus for my collection and memory...

...and what's so wonderful is... it's still magic for me to ride on these old buses.

Now, reading all this, I'm sure you can imagine WHY I really had issues with the removal of the old Routemaster buses from London's streets in favour of the "bendy-buses"... you can see some of my older rants about this... please start with this one... then this one... then end with this one.

Still, I suppose that life must go on... and to be TRUTHFUL, initially when I heard that the old, platform loaders with conductors were being hauled off the streets, I didn't feel TOO strongly... I likened it to finding out that a favourite childhood restaurant was being closed and torn-down to make way for a parking lot... it hurt and it wasn't nice... but what can you do?

Then I saw the picture (above)... and shared my memories with Sue and the kid... and then we got to talking... and dreaming... and thinking... and, eventually, hoping...

...and here we are with this blog.

My Blessing this week is my memories of this trip and yes, how they relate to our current dream!

How a childhood memory caught fire... and enveloped two other people who adopted and modified that memory... and how it all became a dream... and the hope that the dream might still come true.

I do hope, before she's too old, our little one can have a similar experience to my own... and perhaps, ignite a new childhood memory... and a new dream... and perhaps unite a new family one day.

Isn't that what it's all about?

Thinking back to 1976... I'm sure that on those bus rides, NOT ONCE did I ever mournfully ask, Are we there yet?... because in many ways, I never wanted the trip to end.

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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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09/15/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 588 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

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

It's Saturday... and you know what that means here on One Old Green Bus... it's time to rehash THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY, and the indifferent about the week that was here on the blog and with our quest.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good...

This was a mixed thing... but in my posts on Wednesday (Wordless Wednesday), Tuesday, and a "special post" I now have waiting to go for anytime which mimics Wednesday's, I laid out an "advertising plan" that I do believe SOMEONE might leap for!

I'm actually pretty excited about the "plan" and the way it's presented... and if you haven't read it, PLEASE click here give it a read and CRITIQUES ARE VERY WELCOME!

Help me fine-tune this and perhaps see our dream to reality!

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Bad...

Although I have an entry for"ugly" below, there was precious little bad... in fact, nothing comes jumping to mind at all... which is a very good thing!

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Ugly...

E-mail mostly...

If I wasn't a technician who's savvy in the ways of the internet, I would be "made to believe" that about five people really had all kinds of issues with me... instead of two people... one using three bogus mail addies... and the other, trying to be helpful in a "Gym Coach With Attitude Issues" kind-of way.

In simpler terms... one troll and one person who's TELLING me everything I am doing wrong... with little or no ideas on what I could do to be doing things "right" in their eyes.

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The Indifferent

The Indifferent...

Same song, different day...

No new news on the fiscal front... no money in... no new news on the state of the bus... it's still in Santa Rosa, still in the barn, and still slowly being filled with refuse...

The only thing "new" to add is our hits are good, stable, and still at the same level I was "woo-hooing" about last week... between 1,200 and 1,500 per day (not including re-loads and "black-listed spam" servers,) which is actually a good thing, but since it's unchanged, I'll drop it into this category for today!


I hate to say "COME BACK LATER", but if you normally don't, please come back tomorrow... for my "Blog Your Blessing Sunday"... I actually wrote it late one night during the week and I have to admit, it's one of my favourites... and might 'splain some stuff to those new to this blog and our kooky dream.

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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09/14/07

Permalink 09:54:01 am, by Email , 1579 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Defense of Thoughts, and a re-post - BY REQUEST... with an UPDATE!

On the 23rd, the post below will be ONE YEAR OLD! I posted it before, but Sandy Carlson of Writing in Faith asked me recently what REALLY got me started with the whole "bus" thing... which now is a whole family thing.

The post below my note about graffiti is the SHORTEST one I could find that describes it... and I noticed I had given a veiled reference to Sue's fondness for the "Nine Route"... which, recently, I was told I could legally share the video from which her interest stemmed... so I've added a link to it in the post!

As a caveat, a more "fleshed out" version of the whole thing will be posted here as my "blessing" on Sunday... if you wanted to wait until then and read something "newer".


Before letting the "copy-and-paste" time-machine take over today, I do want to address something about Ms. Carlson and her love of graffiti... which has led to her book, Strange Attractions: Exploring Graffiti...

I'm not sure, but I do believe some folks have gotten the idea, due to some of my comments, that I dislike graffiti art... which is actually NOT true.

En route to an old job, I took an above-ground train in Toronto past some warehouses and factories... and on the sides of these buildings, facing the train, was some absolutely mind-blowingly beautiful artwork by graffiti artists. It was breathtaking.

Sadly, I am also privy to what "taggers" and whatnot do.

Whereas, with some relevance, Ms. Carlson appreciates the "taggers" for at least carrying on a "time honoured, historical tradition of marking as place with the sort-of "I Am Here" kind of thing, the day before she announced her new book, a news broadcast had hit me about a mural done not-too-far from the Palatial Didier/Darroch Compound by local students in memory of those who were victims of violence in our city... The mural was in danger of being painted over by the city because it had been thoroughly defaced by taggers. The good news is, the community banded together and "fixed" the mural.

Still, it put a VERY sour taste in my mouth about what is tantamount to "MY EGO AND NEED TO MAKE A SCENE TRUMPS ALL AND EVERYTHING".

...and although I do "recognise" a kind-of kindred spirit between taggers and Inuit Inukshuks, sadly, certain tagger believe the world and nature NEEDS their "tag"... and often do so without thought to the original design, look, or meaning to what their ego felt needed their touch.

I haven't REALLY spoken to Ms. Carlson about this... I guess I have now... but I did want to point out to those who may have questions... "Urban Art" and "Graffiti Art", in the right setting in the right areas is a wonderful thing and can be inspiring and beautiful...

"Tagging" or "defacing" is quite normally not.

Banksy is great... he picks and choses his sites carefully... and makes a statement.

Some "graffiti" art is stunning... as I said about my old train-ride... but those are on modern, stark buildings that without "something", are nothing but grey monoliths... and the attention and detail of the paintings are literally beautiful art and something to see... and indicative of contemporary urban culture that is in stride with these buildings.

On the other hand, a group of fourteen-year-old kids with spray-can "initialing" a historic site is criminal in my opinion.

Would you appreciate heading into a natural reserve... to find every tree "tagged" and painted? Do you think it would be appropriate for a "tagger" to do their thing on your grandmother's tombstone or memorial? I don't... and sadly, some "taggers" don't seem to hold much sacred.

So, that's my views on it... for those two that did express a "wonder" about things.

I hope this clears some things up for these folks... and maybe others.

You can disagree, it is a personal matter... but it is how I feel.

THAT SAID, here's the post in question from the time warp!


This is probably really old news for most regular readers here... and probably seen as a "gimme" to those who are first visiting... but I love England.

Icons of England

I know what you're thinking... "Wow! You mean the guys and his whole family that are seemingly somewhat obsessed with rescuing/owning a double-decker bus are Anglophiles??? You're kidding me!!!

...and I'd respond...

"Cut the sarcasm and YES, we are!"

RM in London

...but let me point out a couple of things... some personal, and some more family related.

The personal bit is... believe it or not, before my youthful eyes laid sight on Niagara Falls (a scant two-hour drive from my home), before I saw our nation's capital (about a five hour drive), even before we did winter sojourns down to Florida to avoid the cold for a week or two (okay, that's a slightly longer drive... usually two or three days with stopovers...) I saw London.

You see, my dad was an insurance executive and was sent to London on a business trip and decided to take the whole family...

Other than visiting my family cottage, this was my first trek as a vacation... and what a trip.

It's there that I started the big "double-decker" thing... I used to LOVE watching the world go by while riding in the top of a London Transport double-decker... my mom, sister(s) and I would head to various tourist stops and my memories of it are nothing but fun and family on an "adventure"!

Every time I've been back, I've bought a die-cast toy bus... sort-of in memory of that trip...

I still feel a sense of "home" in London... and all the environs we've visited... and even the new one's I've visited as an adult.

There's just "something" about England... it's a second home to me.

As for Sue, she's also "hot to visit"... but for slightly different reasons.

Ghost!

We're both historians... and both do a lot of work in paranormal studies... and who would argue that England is not a hot-spot for both?

So, almost every night, Sue sits in bed reading various books on ghosts in England... or historical texts (she has a BIG thing for the Tudors... Queen Elizabeth I in particular) and says to me just before putting the book down... "We need to get to England."

So, lately... I've been kinda misty-eyed hoping to get back... to cross the pond...

...not the least of which would be a visit to Ewen Pring... hey, I gotta work in a "bus thing"... and taking Sue on a trip on the nine-route in London on a Routemaster... that's a long story...

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Addition: September 2007: I can let this slip now... Sue's "love"(?) of the "Nine-Road" comes from a video we have that she enjoyed in a silly way... which, I have now been told, I *CAN* legally share with you folks! Click here and the video (WMV format,) will play!

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The relevence of all this??? I have no idea.

I guess the only thing I can think of other than wanting to "vent it out", is thinking how WHEN we get there, I doubt it'll be a relaxing vacation... we'll be too busy trying to squeeze in so much... but that can be great and we're both looking forward to it!!! :)

Soon... very soon... probably before RLH 3... maybe... :)

...okay, I hope we have saved RLH 3 first...

...but I'd take either.

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You know what I've heard from some people that don't understand the whole thing about buses...

"It's a bus? So what? How can you think they're attractive?"

RT in the Country

Hmmm... I dunno... but the above picture sadly leeched without permission (my sincerest apologies, but I wanted to show it badly!!!) from the site, Ian's Bus Stop, taken by Ian Smith (and again, I do apologise...) might change some minds... I think... :)

I admire Mr. Smith... not only for his amazing website (easily the finest resource of it's type online) and the amount of work he's put into it... but also because, like me, he's an OLD TYME web guy! Long live HTML coding in NotePad!!!

Yeah~!

Addendum: Lesson to all... ask... the worst anyone can say is "no"... I wrote Mr. Smith to ask permission (after the fact) and his answer was "Yes"! See, folks! Asking is GOOD!

...oh yeah, and he said "NotePad Rules"... and it does... yeah~!

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Mac Poker

I had the opportunity to surf through a website that has been created specifically with the Mac Poker player in mind. The site is aptly called Mac Poker Online, and I found it to be a good resource for this subject. If you are an online poker player or thinking about it read on... I'm certain that if you check it out you will be impressed with the amount of work put into this site as well.

There are several honest reviews on the site such as Pacific Poker where you can learn about the drawbacks, and the good stuff of different online games. I appreciate an honest review as opposed to just hearing how great something is.

You can also grab some Online Casino Bonuses on the website that will enhance your own game play. Cool eh! B)

Like I said above the Mac Poker Online site is information packed so if you surf on over plan to spend some quality time there. The website is suitable for newbies, and online poker sharks.

Thank you to our sponsor.

09/13/07

Permalink 09:45:01 am, by Email , 2175 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen (Matthew's Eleven!) - Blogsphere Types Tick-Off...

THURSDAY THIRTEEN!

Hey! A RANTING Thursday Thirteen!

If you're a regular reader here, you may have seen the kind-of weird, backhanded compliment I was paid last week in an e-mail...

I saw your blog a lot through Blogmad and Blog Soldiers and hated it. I thought it was another [edited word] web page begging for [edited word] money like that Save that Girl page [Editors Note: Most likely, Save Karyn. We get that a lot...] but I finally read some of your stuff and its pretty funny. you should take out the money stuff from your blog. more people would read it then.

To be honest, I get a lot of e-mails... most of them are positive... many are not... the above is indicative of "why" some are a little less than friendly.

It has had me thinking... always a dangerous thing... about certain types of people that REALLY BUG me... or more importantly, The Thirteen Blogsphere Things/People That Really Tick Me Off...

...and so, like any overwhelming thought, here's that list... you may agree... you may disagree... but please, be as kind as possible. I'm certain you'll recognise some folks in the blogsphere below...


#13: Since when were manners considered "political correctness"?

Folks... the concept of describing a bald, fat, stinky, greasy guy as a "Folliclally Challenged, Weight Challenged, Different-Odoured, Hygene Challenged, Male of the Human Species" is called being "politically correct". Calling a "terrorist" a "Morally Challenged Activist" is called being "politically correct"...

BEING KIND AND TAKING OTHER PEOPLE'S FEELINGS INTO CONSIDERATION is called BEING KIND AND TAKING OTHER PEOPLE'S FEELINGS INTO CONSIDERATION...

Heck, let's call it... oh, I don't know... "manners".

Somewhere, along the line, SOME people have made a mistake about this...

Calling someone a "stewardess" instead of an "airline host" is not cause for anger... that said, if an "airline host" who you are speaking to asks that you refer to them as an "airline host" instead of a "stewardess" NICELY, you really should... because that's having manners and showing respect.

I've read TOO MANY PEOPLE suggesting one of two things...

"Racism" and "sexism" is acceptable now, because to NOT be racist or sexist is being that EVIL thing known as "Politically Correct".

See, this makes it OKAY to refer to ALL Arabic people as "Turban Wearing Camel Jockeys"! Tell someone this is "offensive" and *GASP!*, you're just being "politically correct"!

Conversely, not calling something as it is... such as saying that someone is a "legally challenged, freedom impaired, resident of a correctional facility" instead of a prisoner in jail, is just as bad in my eyes.

Why can't people find the happy medium known as MANNERS and CONSIDERATION of your fellow human!?!

Being RUDE is not fighting against "political correctness"... it's just being rude.


#12: I'm [BLANK] And Proud! WORSHIP ME!

Hey, a little ego is a GOOD thing! I'll be the first to acknowledge this...

...but when you base your entire persona on ONE aspect of your life and use it as some sort of "odd leverage"... that somehow your being a certain type or style of person has elevated you... then I have issues.

For me, it's all about deeds... not words... when it comes to me having respect for you.

For example, being a member of PETA means nothing... in fact, it shows a lack of true understanding... spewing PETA's propaganda means even less...

TELLING ME how I might aid and assist the well being of animals and GIVING ME SUITABLE IDEAS ON HOW TO LIVE A LIFE WITHOUT HARMING ANIMALS means a LOT MORE to me... and I will applaud your efforts.

Being an "arm-chair quarterback" or using a "life's course" that only entails being militant in your speech about "something" is really, REALLY meaningless... show me what you've DONE to further your cause or your passion... don't expect me to roll over in amazed worship simply because you SAY you're wonderful because of a glancing relation to anything.


#11: Argue the concept? Argue the idea? Nah! FLAME THE PERSONALITY!

Oh boy... this is a HUGE personal "pet peeve"... you see, I'm an admitted smart-ass. I like to be informed... and I try to know the facts.

When I get into "it" with someone over a topic, I produce as many "facts" and "sources" from neutral sources and then request them to do the same.

When these folks are backed into a corner... as opposed to pulling out THEIR side of the argument with information, they say something insightful like a few choice four-letter words and/or comments on my lineage, my relationship with my mother, my sexual orientation, and even my appearance.

After all, who needs facts and arguments when you can simply attack a personality!


#10: I'm an ORIGINAL!

This could be true... but did your originality possibly start somewhere?

WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE ISSUE CITING SOURCES!?!

I mean, a grade four student KNOWS that to write an essay or paper, you CITE SOURCES... but so many others cannot or will not.

I know many truly original people... who have original ideas and thoughts... but the GOOD ones ALWAYS tell you about who inspired them.

How come so many people CAN'T or WON'T do this??? Would it HURT their credibility so much to acknowledge an inspiration???


#9: Ignorance is Bliss - Current Events Suck!

Whenever I read (and I've seen this a lot,) I don't watch/read/listen to the news... it's too depressing! I can't help but think that THANK GOD that enough people AREN'T like this... that more people DON'T bury their head in the sand hoping that the "bad things" will go away.

They won't... and you need to examine them to bring about changes... which can be done by voting or working towards a goal... even in your own back yard.

Ignorance is NOT TRULY bliss... ignorance is ignorance. Don't be proud of that... and PLEASE don't pass the "pride" of being ill-informed on your kids... they will inherit this planet... and they will, we hope, look after us when we're too old to do so ourselves...


#8: The World Revolves Around ME! I am GREAT! Everyone else SUCKS!

Blog = Ego for the most part... that ego can be letting people know who you are just for fun... letting people know your thoughts in hopes of expanding your own or other's knowledge... or even getting your message out to the masses...

BUT...

When you cross the line of indifference or even ignorance about your self-importance...

Okay, let me be specific...

I've seen bloggers that are "diarists" that feel the need to comment on OTHER BLOGS and BLOGGERS in terms of Why does X share oxygen with MOI!?!... when X hasn't said boo about them.

They seem to only be able to build ego at the expense of others... and MAN that sucks!


#7: Trolling to be a Troll...

Not dissimilar to the above, and we've all seen 'em!

Commenters that say things basically just to say something... usually EXCESSIVELY dumb and/or infuriating and/or insulting... and usually with very "colourful" language.

Why?

Because they're nitwits without any relevance so they want to start a fight... like a bully looking for the emotional response.

Usually, it revolves around little more than the online equivalent of yelling "YOU SMELL!" (but far more colourfully) by the troll...


#6: How dare you demand FACTS! I have my one source!

It seems like I've covered this... but debates demand SOURCES... and they should be multiple in number... and they should be neutral...

When some people spew a "fact", they could probably reduce the amount of complaints by BEFORE throwing their amazing fact out there, check Snopes or AT LEAST "verify" the fact through another body... or preferably three... and no, "three friends that said this over coffee yesterday" is NOT three different sources!!!

Oh, and to tick off a friend in the blogsphere... a group of bloggers of all the same "stripe" writing about something they all nod in agreement to (like a line of those "noddy-dogs" with the spring heads that people put in the back of their cars,) is ALSO not multiple sources... YOU NEED NEUTRAL SOURCES to produce facts... otherwise, it's called SKEWED DATA... which IS tantamount to fraud.


#5: I'm the REAL expert! How DARE you speak!

I do not know everything.

I know, you're shocked...

There are people that have spent a life studying something... and are very knowledgeable on certain things... and they DO have a right and a privilege to help those of us who have NOT spent our lives dealing in a specific topic...

That said...

If someone is learning and tosses a (CITED) "fact" that is NOT accurate in said "experts" view, then it's perfectly acceptable for said "expert" to correct the statement or data with a LOGICAL argument or alternative (CITED) fact.

IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR SAID EXPERT TO DEMAND THAT THE WRITER WITHDRAW FROM EVER COMMENTING ON THE SUBJECT BECAUSE THEY ARE SOMEHOW LESS DESERVING AND SHOULD NOT BE ALOUD TO CONTINUE ON THE SUBJECT!

Education beats pontification.


#4: Stitch Counters - Rivet Counters

See above and/or see this post.


#3: The Spelling Police

We've all been there, haven't we?

I was reading your post and noticed you misspelled the word ostentatious. It is difficult for me to take you seriously when you have obviously no professionalism or ability in spelling.

Don't you love those kind of comments?

I always want to play "Wheel of Fortune" with the "Spelling Police"...

F_CK YO_! (Hint! Buy a vowel!)

I've actually had someone write to me complaining that I'd used the words Ergo, Caveat Emptor, and Nota Bella in posts... Apparently, I'm supposed to use, and I quote, "The Queen's English" or, and I'm NOT making this up, refrain from blogging altogether.

Yes, apparently my use of non-English words was an AFRONT to his eyes.

My dream response to him... YOU _RE _N _SSHOLE! (Buy a vowel again.)

Better yet... MANG_ M_RD_! (Buy a French vowel!)

I don't mind being GENTLY corrected... I don't mind people telling me things bother them and making suggestions... but demands!?!


#2: The Grammar Police

See above... but about grammar.

My favourite are the people that get grumpy over apostrophe "S" in certain cases... like denoting ownership...

BIT_ M_! (Vowels, people, vowels!)


#1: Why Read?

Do you know that many people DON'T read this blog because they think it's STRICTLY a "cyber-beg"?

Did you know that AT LEAST once per week, someone writes to me to tell me how AWFUL this blog is and how I suck because I'm bilking people out of money?

Did you know I've had HUNDREDS of e-mails over the last year asking to BUY the bus... FROM ME?

Did you know that HUNDREDS of people STILL THINK this blog is about a bus WE ALREADY OWN and are DRIVING?

Did you know that more than twice a month I still get people telling me to "just take out a bank loan" or "ask your parents for the money" to buy the bus?

If you're a blogger like me, have you come to the realisation that most people WON'T or DON'T read???

Now, DON'T GET ME WRONG... if you don't WANT to read my writings... fine... BUT THIS REMOVES YOUR PRIVILEGE OF COMMENTING ON MY EFFORTS in my eyes.

If you don't know and you're not willing to know, DON'T COMMENT and ESPECIALLY, DON'T E-MAIL ME telling me what I'm doing "wrong" or why I'm "bad".


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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hand Thursday - Cincinnati Homes

Wow! This week has seemed to just fly by, and here we are again with our "Helping Hand" Thursday feature. If you have just surfed in, and are not a regular reader of One Old Green Bus each Thursday we feature a blog or website on this site that we would like to introduce you to, or we think our readers might find useful. So without further delay...on with this week's Helping Hand! :D

If you are looking to sell or purchase Cincinnati Real Estate who are ya going to call???? I've got the answer - REMAX Unlimited agent Amy Broghamer that is who!

I checked out Amy's website (she has a blog too) earlier this morning, and was impressed with what I found. The website is easy to use, and includes a lot of helpful information for buyers, and sellers.

Amy's blog is regularly updated, and worth checking out as a real-estate resource. The entries are well written, and were interesting to read in my opinion.

If you are in need of the expertise of a Cincinnati Realtor you'll definitely want to check out Amy Broghamer's website or call her direct in the United States via this phone number: +15133773637

It was a pleasure to review Amy's website, and I hope that you find this info helpful. :D

Our thanks to our sponsor!

09/12/07

Permalink 10:00:01 am, by Email , 765 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Kinda Wordless Wednesday - Planes Trains and Automobiles... sorta...

How Do You Ship a Double-Decker Bus?

RLH 61 loaded onto a flat bed truck
RLH 61 on a truck... part of the route back home to England where she has been refurbished and is currently running...

Three RLHs on trucks... 53, 69, and 71
RLH 53, RLH 69, and RLH 71 being trucked to their new home in Oregon.

Routemasters on a train...
Some Routemasters en route to Niagara Falls, Ontario via rail...

RLH 30 being loaded onto The Queen Mary en route to California
RLH 30 being loaded onto The Queen Mary en route to California...

Leyland PD 3/4 on a barge on it's way to Alaska...
Leyland PD 3/4 on a barge on it's way to Alaska...


Thanks to Paul Bateson, Bob Martin, Christopher Wilhelm, Ewen Pring, and "Popperphoto" for the images above...


Addendum - 20:35 EST It has been brought to my attention by two folks that this WW of mine is unacceptable due to the words below (too wordy - not "wordless") and an "obvious shill" for our bus.

Since starting "Wordless Wednesdays", I have ALWAYS posted pictures of old double-decker buses... click here for evidence of this... this is nothing new...

...but I admit, I added the bit of verbiage below in the vain hope that PERHAPS the words would "get out there" about one of our thoughts on raising money for the bus.

If the thought of those words and that "attempt" bother you, please stop reading here...

I do apologise to those who have been made "uncomfortable" or those who's view of my work here and my past "Wordless Wednesday" offerings is less than happy about the buses, and I promise that next weeks offering will be less wordy.

For those pulling for our dream, I do beg you to read the bit below... it's not long... and perhaps it will give you food for thought and maybe you know someone that could help us...


Why This Is "Kinda Wordless Wednesday"...

Above shows the way buses have been shipped about... and you'll notice, they are difficult to miss...

...if I may quote my post from yesterday...

helping us realise our dream is a good chance for someone with insight to see the potential for some pretty amazing advertising...

Think about it...

A rolling old double-decker bus travelling literally ACROSS The United States and Canada en route to it's home? It WILL be going from Santa Rosa, California to Toronto, Ontario... It WILL attract a lot of attention on this journey, no doubt!

The bus WILL need to travel on a flat-bed truck... possibly via flat-bed rail as well... and YES, these buses CAN and HAVE travelled that way safely without whacking their roof... after all, it is a "low height" bus!

This means THOUSANDS and even potentially MILLIONS of motorists and other folks in Canada and America will see it on it's trip...

One has to assume (CORRECTLY) that anyone driving the highway or stopped at a railway stop most likely WOULD notice an old double-decker bus go by... and IMAGINE if a logo or advertising was on this bus... Do you think they might "spot" it a little better than the average billboard???

I have to assume it would sink in a touch better...

...then there's the (I have to assume) blog entries both "pro" and "con" if we achieve success... (I feel VERY confident that it would be FAR more "pro" our success posts - celebrating with us - than "con"... but hey, it's the internet... and there's "haters" for everyone and everything... and they really are mostly online!) meaning even MORE exposure for the person or company that sees this vision...

Great exposure AND a family's dream comes true... what's better?


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 09:52:18 am, by Email , 233 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Learning Chinese in New York

Have you ever wanted to learn Chinese New York style? By "New York style" I mean fast, and efficiently of course! However, the Chinese language learning school that I am going to blog to you a bit about today is also located in New York :p therefore I thought I would try to be clever with that bit of verbiage. ;)

Yao Mandarin School is headed up by its founder professor Yao Zhang, and promises to get even beginner students functional in Chinese within the first thirty hours of training. Now that is cool! B)

I LOVE languages! This is probably due to the fact that my own mother is fluent in seven different languages. However, I must admit to you that the Chinese language has always been something that is a little intimidating for me.

Yao Mandarin School makes learning Chinese much easier than one might think being that it is so different in many regards then English. They received a terrific write-up in Asia Times, and you can see for yourself the testimonies of students on their own site. See the link above.

The ability to communicate in Chinese is rapidly becoming a huge asset in the business world therefore schools such as Yao Mandarin School will become very popular in the coming years. Hopefully they will be opening a branch in Toronto in the near future.

Thank you to our sponsor.

09/11/07

Permalink 10:05:22 am, by Email , 1027 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Mark. Fan-Boy. Geek.

Toronto's in the midst of it's big "entertainment extravaganza" with the Toronto International Film Fest and this past weekend was a big music festival (Virgin Fest) as well...

...and I feel like SUCH a huge geek/mark/fan-boy for blogging about ONE aspect of this... considering I've already done a post on this fellow, but SUPER-PROPS to Matt Damon.

Aside from having a great set of initials for monograms, the man does a HELL of a lot for charity... and this past Sunday was no exception... and all her in Tronna.

For the last couple of years, during the film fest, he's hosted the One X One "gala" to raise money for children's charities worldwide... (See the news article by clicking here.)

There's two very important reasons I'm bringing this up today...

Now, I'm going to be VERY kind... if you're absolutely sick of the whole "bus" thing, skip down past this first bit... just skip the stuff between the lines...


First of all, I can't reiterate enough that although people DO see this blog and our dream as a "cyberbeg", if you were to write to me and say, I'm confused... I have a whackload of cash, and it's enough to see your dream come true... but I'm thinking of donating it to a worthy charity instead... what should I do?

...my answer WILL BE GIVE IT TO THE CHARITY! This blog and site is about a dream... but dreams MUST take a back seat to needs... and there ARE millions of people (and, in the One X One case, children,) who need help long before a Canadian family with a kooky dream...

To be VERY honest, if you wrote to us saying, Funny you should put that bit about charities in your post... I was thinking of giving you guys the cash, but instead, I did help the One X One charities! got news for ya... we wouldn't be sad... we'd be proud... and grateful... and truly honoured that we helped you to find them.

The FACT is, we are hoping that YES, someone will "front" the money for our dream...

...but, as an example, helping us realise our dream is a good chance for someone with insight to see the potential for some pretty amazing advertising...

Think about it...

A rolling old double-decker bus travelling literally ACROSS The United States and Canada en route to it's home? It WILL be going from Santa Rosa, California to Toronto, Ontario... It WILL attract a lot of attention on this journey, no doubt!

The bus WILL need to travel on a flat-bed truck... possibly via flat-bed rail as well... and YES, these buses CAN and HAVE travelled that way safely without whacking their roof... after all, it is a "low height" bus!

See this post (click here) for more pictures of buses being shipped...

This means THOUSANDS and even potentially MILLIONS of motorists and other folks in Canada and America will see it on it's trip...

One has to assume (CORRECTLY) that anyone driving the highway or stopped at a railway stop most likely WOULD notice an old double-decker bus go by... and IMAGINE if a logo or advertising was on this bus... Do you think they might "spot" it a little better than the average billboard???

I have to assume it would sink in a touch better...

...then there's the (I have to assume) blog entries both "pro" and "con" if we achieve success... (I feel VERY confident that it would be FAR more "pro" our success posts - celebrating with us - than "con"... but hey, it's the internet... and there's "haters" for everyone and everything... and they really are mostly online!) meaning even MORE exposure for the person or company that sees this vision...

Great exposure AND a family's dream comes true... what's better?

Granted, we are moving in the right direction with the route we're currently taking... and we're not leaving a "huge monetary footprint" in our efforts... but it is slower... and does "threaten" the possibility of success... as every day we aren't there is another day the bus might end up scrapped or sold-off...


The other thing that came to mind reading about the One X One gala... is that Matt Damon, despite SEEMING a little like "The Flavour of the Day", is a genuine success.

This is "success" measured the way I blogged about a while back...

I'm going to be 100% honest... when I first saw Matt Damon... I kinda went, Ah! Another Hollywood pretty-boy to do the "kid next door" kinda roles... and you gotta admit, his look DOES denote this...

But he ain't... and his actions speak MUCH louder than his words.

So kudos to him and all the folks who have gotten behind the causes... and yes, this includes Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Don Cheadle, and all the folks who during this "fest" in Toronto have lent their voices, persons, and yes, even their cash to help those who really need help.

Like I said, these folks know "success".

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 10:00:01 am, by Email , 561 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Sixth Anniversary...

I had almost forgotten... at least,forgotten what day it was as far as history goes... because otherwise, personally, I doubt I could ever forget this date completely.

I remember it well... waking up... watching everything unfold on TV... going to my office... finding billets for people stuck in town who couldn't fly... trying to help an acquaintance from Britain's wife find a contact nearer New York (she ended up losing him in the World Trade Center).

Still, I felt somehow strange about "forgetting" this today was... well... today. That somehow, I'd let down everyone... that I'd let down myself...

...but I suppose I didn't... because here I am...

I guess we're all mourning in some way... whether that be because of knowing someone who lost their lives that day or simply empathizing with other's... I know I mourn... and I'm mad...

But I'm more sad and more angry at the change of this planet... the way that everything has become darker... more sinister... and it either traces back to the terrible tragedy that happened six years ago this very day... or those events were used to propagate things...

I don't like the fact that it's a little "normal" to be paranoid riding a rush-hour subway. I don't like the fact that it's a "when", not an "if" something bad will happen. I don't like that these feelings often outweigh the sadness I should feel for those more directly affected than myself by past events.

With a U.S. election looming, there's a lot of rhetoric about why doing or not doing blank will mean the terrorists won.

The only thing that will be a complete victory for terrorism is if we cave into it and are too terrified to act on anything.

So, on that note, I suppose I shouldn't be too upset that this day "snuck up" on me... and that, as always, I'll get up, go to work, come home and hug my family and pet my dogs... because that is normal...

I will take some extra time to think about my acquaintance today... and his family he left behind... and all the other friends, parents, partners, and folks who also died six years ago today...

...but life, indeed, does carry on.

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 09:52:43 am, by Email , 100 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

End Of Summer Sales

The only thing in my opinion that is good about the end of the summer season is the sales, and good bargains to be found on warmer weather items. :D

Right now Online Discount Mart is having their biggest sales event yet! You can really save big time on lawn, and yard items, plus they are also now introducing the hottest looks for the Fall in outdoor décor. I have to admit that decorating the lawn up for the Fall season, especially Halloween is my fun - even more fun for me than Christmas! B)

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Permalink 09:30:02 am, by Email , 317 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Sad news from the BBC...

Dame Anita Roddick, founder of "The Body Shop", has passed away...

Dame Anita Roddick

A pioneer of socially and ecologically responsible products which found a market around the world... Proof that you CAN be an ethical business person.

She passed away from a massive brain hemorrhage at the age of 64... far too young.

I am an admirer of her business model and her philosophies on the planet in general... and even had the genuine pleasure of corresponding with her briefly a while back about an child labour/amnesty international article we seemed to have a mutual interest in... I had "commented" on it and was pleasantly surprised when she wrote back to me... she seemed genuinely kind and genuinely concerned about this planet and the people on it.

She will be missed.

CBC Link

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 09:26:38 am, by Email , 91 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Online Quizzes

I LOVE online quizzes they are fun to take, and they are just as equally fun to create! :D Quibblo.com makes finding quizzes, and polls in different categories easy, they can also help you out in setting up your own in a few easy steps. Check them out by clicking on the linky! B)

You can also create those fun personality profiles, and badges on their site too! It's a great little time-waster, and way to help generate more traffic, and interest in our own.

Thank you to our sponsor!

09/10/07

Permalink 10:40:01 am, by Email , 685 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Paranormal Stuff, Half-Butt Postings

What's so scary... at least to me... and A TEST! A TEST!

Children Playing

For most of you, think of the "happiest sound" you can imagine... Here's something that may make you giggle... you're "happiest" noise gets to qualify as my most frightening noise.

As someone who has devoted much of his life to the study of ghosts and hauntings, I get asked a lot of questions usually involving "fear".

...and one of the most common questions I get from folks...

What is the most frightening sound you could hear at a haunted spot?

Believe it or not, my answer has always been a "laughing child".

What!?! Children's laughing is a wonderful sound!

...then I remind the person asking the question...

If you're in a building... let's say a factory or even a very, very old home and it's three AM and you know there's no one around but you, the last thing you want to hear is a child laughing.

Three thoughts spring immediately to mind...

- What is a child doing here at this hour?

This thought immediately assumes there is danger to a living kid being away from their home and up very late... and there very well could be and it must be the first thing you look into.

- Why might a child be haunting?

As a "classical rule", ghosts haunt where they lived, played, visited, or died... and usually (but not always) follow patterns the person they represent followed in life. It's a genuine and utter myth that ghosts "only come out at night" so we slip back into the first thought... which is not a pleasant one.

- Going with the assumption "ghost" = "dead person", why/when/how did this child die?

This is NEVER a happy thought.

The primary thing you should know, before I move forward on this topic, is I have NEVER experienced a child's laughter out of the ether in the wee hours anywhere.

Still, it's always been something that I found interesting... that the most banal things... even "happy" things... can end up being the most frightening.

I think it all comes down to what's scary and why... and stuff out of context is always bothersome... the "unexplainable" is usually far more problematic than the "unknown". The latter, for most, can be written off as a "trick of the mind", an "illusion", or a misinterpretation of things... the former, when stated as such, is evidence that an answer has been searched for and as yet, unfound.

Anyway, why am I writing about this...

...really, I have no idea.

Basically, it's Monday... and as always, my muse is apparently sleeping in today... and someone asked me the question I've answered above in an e-mail to my "ghost" work address... so I figgered, make it a blog entry... et voila!


I suppose I could have mentioned how we scored an average of 86.3% as a family in the "CBC Test The Nation - Watch Your Language" test last night... but that would be bragging 'cuz we so smart!!!

You wanna try it? Click here and remember... 86.3% to beat!

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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 10:31:57 am, by Email , 338 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested, General Shtuff

Some thoughts on Home Camera

I had the opportunity to check out an online service today that was quite interesting to me because I had never heard of it before, and was quite intrigued by the concept behind it.

We are all concerned with home security, right? Well we really all should be, and I do know that I certainly am particularly since I have moved back into the city. We currently do not have a home camera set up within the interior of the house, but I would be lying if I said the idea had never crossed my mind, particularly as I would love to be able to check up on things like our pets remotely if necessary.

This brings me to Home Camera.com, the online service that I checked out, and mention above. While this entry is a sponsored posting, I was asked by them to give you the reader a fair and impartial opinion of their service, and that is exactly what I intend to do. Read on...

Firstly, I'm going to mention right off the top that their service is free. Yep. I said er, rather typed that the Home Camera service costs nothing, and comes with no obligation to the end user. How cool is that! B) There will be a small charge in the future, but for now you can sign-up, test the service, and see if it is for you.

Basically the only thing you need at the moment to test this service out is a webcam (apparently the service will work with any webcam). They provide all the rest including, software, and this I thought was really cool, 24 hour, seven day a week telephone support if you need it. Not bad eh, for a service that is completely free of charge at the moment.

So you might be wondering if we will try this out ourselves??? Right now our webcam is busted, BUT we will be replacing, and then yes, I would like to try Home Camera out.

Our thanks to our sponsor!

09/09/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 847 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: The Dream... silly of us to forget it!

Blog yer Blessings

This is now a smoke-free blog

I know I've beaten this drum to death, but this is the week that Sue and I have given up, cold turkey, smoking. This is day six... and we've avoided the tobacco fix...

Don't worry, I promise NOT to become a militant "non-smoker"... nor start preaching to those who still have the nicotine monkey on their back to stop... we stopped for our reasons... if you're a smoker, you'll stop for your's...

That said, it's not been easy... tensions have been high, but we've not "caved in" to either horrible battles nor to nicotine... we are beating this.

The first step to beating the cravings was talking about ways to beat the cravings... long before we "butted out".

My thing is to repeat a mantra... There is no good time to quit. There will always be an excuse. meaning that I had to accept that my life as a smoker was over and be damned the "reasons" to light back up... there will always be excuses, but are they worth the health problems?

My second thing was to imagine that I was far, FAR out in the wild... camping/canoing/portaging... and while "out there", I ran out of cigarettes.

Would I go nuts? Would I "freak out"? Would I abandon camp, march for hours just for a cigarette?

No...

I'd just "do without"... much like I'm doing now.

Next was Sue... Sue's path was going to be a little darker... she was going to use "fear" to guide her away from cigarettes. Initially, she was CERTAIN it would take this to get her to stop... the constant thinking of diseased lungs and what have you would dissuade her from lighting up...

Luckily, it hasn't been THAT bad... and I have not been met with pictures of damaged tissue samples as screen savers and backgrounds on her computer when we work together in the evenings.

Anyway, while discussing HOW we would combat the cravings and whatnot, it was the kiddo who said it best...

Why don't you think about the bus?

I was kinda taken aback... even though I did know in a strange sort of way what she was getting at, I asked her what she meant?

Well, you're going to live longer... and you'll have more energy... and more money... Won't that mean better stuff with the bus?

Y'know, you'd figure we WOULD have thought about that, wouldn't you... but we hadn't. We were so wound up in our little "nicotine addicted" world, that we'd lost track of our dream in some ways... and how it had helped before.

So, these last few days, much like we did to get through hard times long ago... even before this blog existed... we're using our dream again to get through not quite as hard a time as it did originally... but, when cravings are bad, nerves are frayed, and anxieties building... we stop and - you guessed it - talk about the bus...

Where WILL we go? What WILL we do? What things WILL we put inside her to make the journey more fun?

Heck, even the kid will just suddenly start talking about it when she sees momma and step-dad starting to get a little tense because we've kicked the cancer sticks...

My blessing today... and everyday... is the little dream that could...

You have to admit, a dream that saw us through such hard times with money, rent, and even food... that is now seeing Sue and I through our battle against addiction... THAT'S one selfless and hard-working dream!

If there has been ONE major lesson I've learned through all this "busly weirdness", it's the power of a dream shared... and how it can make everyone who shares it really come together and bring out the best in folks while eliminating the worst.

...and that's a wonderful blessing I wish for all of you...

May you ALL have a wonderful dream that you share like we have with our one here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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09/08/07

Permalink 10:57:58 am, by Email , 444 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, Busly Saturdays

Gotta Jump In Here... Apparently, THEY BLOGGED IT AND HE CAME!

For those looking, the regular "Busly Saturday" post is below this post... but hey, why not read this one too, eh?

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Remember when I said I'd come to the realisation that, indeed, I do believe that if we're successful here, the "blogsphere" will celebrate... because I know if I was a "blogger" looking in, I would celebrate for us too?

Well, allow me to CELEBRATE for a fellow "blogger with a purpose" who HAS succeeded!

If I Blog It They Will Come
I hope the blogger doesn't mind me using this image... it IS from their blog and I am celebrating with them...

I had not heard of If I Blog It, They Will Come before reading about them in today's news...

The blog was set up with one purpose... to get a response from Kevin Costner... preferably with a picture of him VIEWING the blog...

Well, as the photo above shows, seven months into their blog, they have SUCCEEDED!

A testament to both the blogger and Mr. Costner!

Kinda gives me a little optimism for our work here... that if you persevere, you MIGHT JUST SUCCEED...

Add If I Blog It, They Will Come to the list with One Red Paper Clip and The Million Dollar Home Page!

Oh, and for the record, Kyle MacDonald (paper-clip) has shown the "busly love" for our quest on a couple of occasions (we've corresponded,) but Alex Tew (million-dollar) never bothered to respond to my e-mails... and NO, they weren't asking for money, they were asking for advice... so kudos to Mr. MacDonald... and MEH! to Mr. Tew.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 794 words   English (CA)
Categories: Busly Saturdays

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

Every Saturday, I run down the week in review as it pertains (mostly) to this blog and our quest to save the bus... Regent Low Height Three...

I basically lay out The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The Indifferent...


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good...

Holy Hoptoads!!!

After a week where I thought that we had been blacklisted by every major service provider and therefore had lost a HUGE portion of our readers... we rebounded... A LOT!

Like a SuperBall, we seemed to actually pick-up speed and energy and ended up THIS WEEK with THE MOST VISITORS EVER since starting this blog! Basically, once eliminating "blacklisted" servers (spammer attempts), re-freshes, and the usual non-hits, we went from 1200 visitors per day on average (save last week where we dropped like a lead balloon,) to ONE-THOUSAND, FIVE-HUNDRED VISITORS PER DAY ON AVERAGE!!!

You like us! You really like us!

...or your really bored and keep coming back 'cuz at least there's daily updates here.

I'll go with the former.


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Bad...

Y'know, you can't REALLY qualify a week as "bad" where the WORST thing was what will be listed in the "Indifferent" section of this post... although I did get a VERY backhanded compliment about the blog via an e-mail that I'll share at the bottom of this post.

All in all, a pretty decent week... so no bad, really.


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Ugly...

We have quit smoking... both Sue and I... which REALLY is a "good" thing... but...

If you notice more than the average number of mistakes, boo-boos, and other issues, it's probably because kicking nicotine is akin (according to medical surveys) to kicking heroine. Basically, concentration has been... difficult.

Still, THIS IS DAY FIVE of no tobacco... and I've been smoking non-stop since the age of fourteen (meaning this WOULD have been my twenty-sixth year of trying to kill myself slowly), so a wee bit of applause I think is warranted...

Hopefully, once my body has grown use to not having the dreaded nicotine, the minor mistakes and boo-boos will clear up.

Thanks for your patience... and your wishes of Bon Chance with our quitting!


The Indifferent

The Indifferent...

I know Trish (or ONIT for "Oh No! It's TRISH!") has been a wee busy of late to comment, but I know this next part drives her nuts... why? REPETITIVE!!!

This week there's been no movement monetarily and no new news on the bus itself... it's still in Santa Rosa... and still being used as a garbage skip to the best of our knowledge.

I will be touching base with my bus enthusiast friends out there this week... but I doubt things have changed.


Now, that e-mail I was talking about... I got this on Tuesday and the author is allowing me to share this bit of it with you all...

I saw your blog a lot through Blogmad and Blog Soldiers and hated it. I thought it was another [edited word] web page begging for [edited word] money like that Save that Girl page [Editors Note: Most likely, Save Karyn. We get that a lot...] but I finally read some of your stuff and its pretty funny. you should take out the money stuff from your blog. more people would read it then.

Now, I know some of you are giggling... and stop it 'cuz it ain't nice... but I informed the fellow that this would be a touch counter productive... but thanked him for his kind words about my writing...

...although one wonders, which entry he found funny... and was it a genuinely "funny" post???

I'll be back tomorrow with a Blessing... but as a word of warning, I don't do "BlogTalkers" anymore...

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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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09/07/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 879 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Weedless Week - This is day four...

Sue and I are now rounding hour 96 without cigarettes... Both of us quit on the same day... the day after Labour Day...

This is now a smoke-free blog

Cold Turkey...

Well, we made it THIS far... and we ain't turnin' back!

That said, and on the topic of smoking, I noticed whilst "surfing the blogsphere" some more myths... this time about smoking... myths perpetuated by those who WANT certain things to be true... when they're not... because THEY want them to be that way.

...and no, this isn't about pollution deniers again.

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The first one is a link between smoking and Alzheimer's disease... one blogger said that they KNEW about this HORRIBLE link and how smoking could bring on this terrible illness...

...I got bad news for this blogger...

There is currently NO medical evidence linking cigarette smoking to Alzheimer's... in fact, three published studies have shown the opposite... that nicotine can actually help lessen the symptoms of Alzheimer's... one in the International Journal of Epidemiology, 1991, one in the British Medical Journal, June 22, 1991, and one in Neuroepidemiology, 1994.

It seems that nicotine MIGHT be a treatment for the disease... not a cause...

Of course, there's been one study by the Erasmus Medical School in Rotterdam that POSSIBLY saw a correlation between smoking and Alzheimer's... but they were studying all types of dementia (as well as Alzheimer's)... and not being as specific as the three listed above... I'd be a BIT sceptical about this though as the concept of those with dementia having habits of any sort isn't all that Earth-shattering.

So, if you're a smoker, the good news is your ciggies MIGHT NOT be bringing on Alzheimer's... and may actually be working towards lessening it's effects... meaning you'll be of sound mind to learn about your heart disease, cancers, and strokes.

Next one is a bit trickier... and it's usually spouted by those who wish to Legalize It!

This Myth Is...

Now, in ALL honesty, I am not a "smoker" of anything anymore... and was only a tobacco smoker for the last twenty-some-odd years of my life... and I admit to being a bad teenager... and yes, unlike Bill Clinton, I inhaled.

That said, I stopped "smoking" many moons ago... mostly because I just didn't enjoy it personally... but I understand that many do... and yes, I'm all for decriminalization (much like the Italian model) of marijuana... though don't expect me to rolling joints anytime before or after changes in the laws (if they come)... it's really not for me.

Okay, with that out of the way, I've heard this one too many times...

Smoking marijuana is MUCH healthier than smoking tobacco.

This is utter hogwash.

Basically, in easy-to-understand-for-anyone terms, if you take ANY product, treat and cure it, roll it into a piece of paper, set fire to it, and inhale the smoke... it's NOT good for you. In fact, marijuana smokers "suck" the smoke in deeper into their lungs than cigarette smokers... and it's a very rare thing to find a "filtered" marijuana cigarette... meaning you are sucking ALL the smoke directly into you unfettered.

Oh, and just so you know... the average "joint" contains about 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than a cigarette... so sayeth Regis University, Elon University, and this is also recognised as fact by NORML...

NORML and other folks "in the know" realise that a "joint" is more carcinogenic than a cigarette... but they are not "sizing up" marijuana to tobacco... they equate marijuana to alcohol which is very different.

Fact is, nicotine is a worse drug than tetrahydrocannabinol (the chemical of marijuana that gives smokers their "buzz") as far as being addictive and problematic... BUT... the amount of garbage sucked into the lungs is FAR worse in your spliff than in your DuMaurier, Camel, Lucky Strike, or Rothman.

So, marijuana is NOT as addictive as normal ciggies, but it's far worse in the cancer and lung disease department... so I'd say NO, marijuana is NOT more healthy for you.

Just a couple of "facts" from your friendly neighbourhood killjoy...

Hey, I gotta be a pain... I'm still SMOKE FREE after four days... (wish us luck with this ongoing battle against NICOTINE ADDICTION! We're winning so far!)

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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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09/06/07

Permalink 05:35:01 pm, by Email , 1195 words   English (CA)
Categories: Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen (The Tenth Such Post I've Done) - WARNING!

THURSDAY THIRTEEN!

Do you remember Stella Liebeck? No? She was a seventy-nine year old woman who sued MacDonald's Restaurants for serving very hot coffee without warning.

DANGER! DANGER! DAMGER!

Now, MacDonalds DID serve its coffee VERY hot... in fact, it was almost 200 degrees Fahrenheit... and it did cause a nasty burn...

...but...

The response was to place warnings on the cup... "CAUTION: CONTENTS HOT".

Now, when I order a hot drink, I assume it will be hot... and DOES have the potential to burn... but do I need to be warned of this?

...personally, I don't think so...

Sometimes, in this litigious world we live in, you really have to look at warnings on products and wonder WHO is this warning for? Was this a concern in the past? Did we miss ANOTHER silly lawsuit?

So, in the vein of being warned, as you are along some of Toronto's waterfront, "DO NOT SWIM IF WATER IS FROZEN", here is my THIRTEEN PRODUCT WARNINGS I'VE COME ACROSS AND HAD TO WONDER IF ANYONE REALLY NEEDED THIS WARNING...


Instructions for this Thursday Thirteen:

- Open browser
- Surf to post
- Read
- Giggle
- Rinse
- Repeat if necessary.

One Old Green Bus, it's owners, authors, and related employees do not accept any liability for damages sustained while reading this blog. After reading it, do not operate heavy machinery and remember, this blog is not a toy...

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#13: Did you know, for example, Nytol sleeping pills "MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS".

Wouldn't it be counter-productive if they didn't?

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Foam? IN SOAP!?!

#12: Having older girls means sometimes finding the latest and greatest "skin-care" products loitering in my bathroom... but one package of Stridex Foaming Face Wash warned me that, indeed, "MAY CONTAIN FOAM".

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Don't Toss This at Someone!

#11: "DO NOT THROW THIS ITEM AT ANY PERSONS"

What do you think this warning was on? Lawn dart? Shot-put? Baseball?

Nope...

It was a frozen roasting duck from a Quebec farm.

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Jeepers, Creepers... where'd ya get them peepers! (STREAK FREE!)

#10: Windex window/glass spray cleaner thoughtfully warns you "DO NOT SPRAY IN EYES".

...which immediately ruined my plans that day!

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Mmmm... list or magnet... which is the best to eat?

#9: You know those "fridge magnets" that look like slices of melon, pineapple, and whanot? Well, you'll be happy to hear that these tiny plastic/rubber magnets are "NOT REAL FOOD - DO NOT EAT".

I thought they were a bit chewy.

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Egads!

#8: "SOME SCENES MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN" - On a DVD box for Rob Zombie's "House of 1000 Corpses".

Okay honey! I've got Elmo, Barney, Dora, and House of 1000 Corpses for little Johnny!

From the reviews I saw of the film, it may also be said that some scenes are not suitable for anyone... period.

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Catches thieves, just like flies!

#7: Near an industrial building in Toronto's West End, there is a wall/fence that is about fourteen or fifteen feet high... it is solid concrete and realistically, is pretty much what you invision... a sheer well of concrete that's pretty darned tall.

The sign in the middle of it warns you, however... "DO NOT CLIMB".

Dammit! There goes my "spidey-plans" for this weekend!

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Wheee! How do I light this if I can't have the LIGHTER near an open flame???

#6: "DO NOT OPERATE NEAR OPEN FLAME" - Barbecue lighter.

Makes sense, but think about it...

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Do Not Use Electrical Appliances Here...

#5: You hear it often, but it's true... pretty much all hair dryers and electronic "hair styling" equipment warns us "DO NOT USE WHILE SLEEPING" and "DO NOT USE IN THE SHOWER".

One has to assume that using these items while sleeping in the shower would be doubly catastrophic.

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If your windpipe is clogged, you will resemble this...

#4: In some of my routines, I have had need of earplugs... and one set came with the warning... "THESE EAR PLUGS ARE NON-TOXIC BUT MAY INTERFERE WITH BREATHING IF CAUGHT IN WINDPIPE"

Okay, first of all, "Ear Plugs" are not pills... or so we would hope that MOST people would understand this... I've got a rock concert to go to tonight... better swallow these two earplugs before I go!

One also has to read this one and wonder how many other products might interfere with breathing if caught in windpipe?

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Bit Cool...

#3: As stated at the begining of this - because of a ridiculous lawsuit, "CAUTION: HOT" is on most coffee cups... but it does go both ways... "CAUTION: ITEM COLD" was on a frozen treat - ice cream in a sugar cone with nuts and caramel - I picked up the other day at a convenience store... from their freezer.

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If this baby cow CANNOT explain it's pain, DO NOT USE A VIBRATOR ON IT!

#2: I have to set this one up so as not to appear... um... well... Years ago, I worked for a company in Toronto that was a catalogue store named Consumers Distributing.

One of the items, that will NEVER leave my memory was "Catalog Entry KE 407-122" which was... well... it was entitled a "personal massager"... in layman's terms, it was a phallus-shaped sex toy.

Oddly enough, it was the only "such" item in the catalogue... and even funnier is, in the two years I worked for this company, the only people we ever sold KE 407-122s to were men... and always with the same lines... It's for a joke... a gag... it's not for me...

It probably was meant for a joke, but there was a certain amount of glee we took in making these guys kinda feel odd...

Anyway, the ONLY warning on the boxes this six-inch, vibrating, plastic "massager" had was... "DO NOT USE ON UNEXPLAINED CALF PAINS".

In all the staff's opinion at Consumer's Distributing, if you were using it on your legs, you already had a problem.

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MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF ADVERTISING

#1: I bought a bag of candied "maple peanuts" (beer nuts with a maple flavour)... the bag contained the warning "MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF NUTS".

All I could think when reading this was, I bloody well hope so! I'd be far more disturbed if this didn't have ANY traces of nuts in it...


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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Permalink 05:31:20 pm, by Email , 224 words   English (CA)
Categories: Helping Hand Thursdays

Helping Hand Thursday - Online Quotes

Welcome to another edition of our "Helping Hand Thursday" for newbies to the site this is the day of the week where we review or highlight a website or blog that has helpful or useful information on a variety of topics, and that we feel some of our readers might be interested in. So without further delay here is this week's entry!

We all need insurance right?! It is important that not only are we insured, but that we are getting our insurance coverage at the best rates available to us. So for today's "HHT" we would like to introduce you to 2insure4less.com that amongst many other types of insurance can provide you with a home owner insurance online quote. Just click on the link provided to you to get started.

I found that the 2insure4less.com website was very easy to use. It is also quite helpful in that it provides its users with articles such as "Five Ways to Save on Home Insurance," which I personally found to be well written, and informative.

Any info that you provide to 2insure4less.com is completely safe, and secure. If you are concerned with online privacy just have a look at their privacy policy beforehand.

Overall I was impressed, and I would definitely use this service!

Thank you to our sponsor.

09/05/07

Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 266 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesday - Quartette: Two RLHs, One Bristol K, and One Regent III

RLH 29 Looking Spiffy!
RLH 23 Looking Spiffy!
Bristol K in Groovy Colours
AEC Regent III


Thanks to Ian's Bus Stop for the images...


BONUS REPEAT IMAGE!

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

This image re-presented as someone always asks me on Wednesdays if the buses tip over easily... and they don't thanks to two long pieces of pig iron mounted like a rail underneath the buses... this lowers the centre of gravity and keeps 'em from tipping or rocking too much.


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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09/04/07

Permalink 07:30:00 am, by Email , 849 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff

Good bit of info... that I am aware of... but I'm planning to ignore...

FIRST OFF... and unrelated to my title... WHY COULDN'T THIS HAVE BEEN US!?!

Lost in Canada

Click the picture above to learn more...

The premise SEEMS to be that these guys get themselves a beat-up old school bus, outfit it, and then roll across Canada doing interviews with people.

C'mon now... the brain trust at CTV didn't ONCE think...

Hey, look! Two paranormal investigators... with a bit of radio experience... and television experience... and they have a thing for a whacky bus! Hmm... could we "do" something with this mix for a show?

...or is this payback for our tough stance on bad media?

Oh well, chances are they'd just do a number on us with relation to the bus... as has been done ONCE before... (If you click the link, scroll down to read what one national newspaper referred to us as...)

Anyway, it actually looks like a good, fun show,.. and we'll give it a watch!

But still, NO ONE sees the potential here 'cept me and a handful of others???

Granted, we are prima-donnas when it comes to how we do the "paranormal" bits...


Any fool can give good advice... only a wise person takes it.

Recently, Mr. Pring of the RLH Information Centre put up an excellent article... one almost thinks targeted at your's truly, about what to look for when planning to purchase a Regent Low Height bus.

The problem is, with RLH 3 (the bus we are hoping to get,) it's not exactly handy to have a full look-about... and the present owner has not allowed too many people to even have a "boo" inside... take that as you will...

The super-weird thing is, as much as it would be fantastic to find she won't need a tonne of work... if she does, we're all on board for whatever it takes.

Some in the "bus enthusiasts" world (and more than a few not in it,) assume we're after the bus as either a "business" thing and are expecting "immediate returns"... or that we are under the delusion that SHOULD it arrive, we'll be driving her next Summer...

We're not.

We fully expect it will take months and maybe even years to get the bus in working order... but that, oddly enough, is something we're looking forward to... a real "family project".

If we wanted a "double-decker bus" just for business or even "driving right now", there are buses that have been (possibly are) for sale closer to home...

No, we set our sights on this one for a bunch of reasons... and because of this, we're prepared to do what it takes for our bus.

I know 80% of the regular visitors have read the whole story... but if you haven't... click here.

So, for those wondering if we "know what" we're "getting into"... and for those thinking that we believe this bus is in tip-top condition... we're aware... and we're committed to doing what we can.


That said, we have made a vow, because of where this blog and whatnot has gone, that should RLH 3 be not available... either through another sale or whatever... we WILL seek out another bus... in fact, we have agreed on one for sure... which is RLH 39...

...but again, the main goal has many reasons... my family is one... and then there's the "fanbase", as it's been called...

In essence, we gotta get a bus... we're hoping it will be THE bus... but we are prepared not only for a butt-load of work, but the possibility of having to switch gears.


Once again, THANK YOU to our visitors! I was getting VERY worried there... Wednesday through Friday last week were TERRIBLE days for traffic... but we're back to our old numbers! OVER A THOUSAND PEOPLE PER DAY (legit stats, not "blacklist" or "reload" hits) visit and read this blog again... In fact, yesterday was the BIGGEST "hit" day in the last two months! We're VERY happy to have you keep up with us and the dream!

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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 07:02:11 am, by Email , 259 words   English (CA)
Categories: Day Tripping & Travel

Visiting Australia

When most people think of Australia the city of Sydney comes to mind. And why should it not. Sydney accommodation, and the activities within the city itself are considered world class! Aside from the harbour, and nearby beaches there are stunning museums and art exhibitions, and of course the world famous Taronga Zoo to visit.

However, as a seasoned traveller so to speak I do know that there must be much more to Australia than Sydney alone. I looked up some information on the city of Perth, and Perth hotels out of interest, and found quite a few exciting things that I'd like to see for myself, and places to visit. For instance did you know that Rockingham Dolphins based out of Perth actually offers the adventuresome traveller a chance to swim with dolphins. How cool would that be! B) The Beatty Park Leisure Centre also sounds like the place to visit for the sporty swimmer.

Another Aussie city I did some research on is Adelaide. Adelaide is in the south, and has a great climate. Lots to see, and do in both indoor, and outdoor activities like Warrawong Sanctuary, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre (which offers something for everyone), and the Adelaide Central Market (shopping galore!). You can get some great deals on Adelaide hotels to boot!

I've definitely gotten a better idea of things to see, and do in Australia through my own research, and hopefully we will be able to visit the Land Down Under one day ... :D

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Permalink 12:00:01 am, by Email , 388 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Finally! Ontario MIGHT get it's February holiday!

I know I work hard at basically saying that certain stereotypes should be dismissed... especially the view that Canada is a series of a few large cities surrounded by tundra.

...that said...

This is indicative of how it feels...

Winters can suck here... even in Toronto.

As I pointed out in the last "tagged-meme" I did, it's not unusual for Toronto to have no snow on the ground until mid-to-late January... and Winter to be banished by April... not a long thing, but a cold and nasty thing, none-the-less.

Well, between New Years and Easter, we got nuthin'... no statutory holidays... it's a long haul in the depths of the cold season.

Well, GLORY BE! Our current premier of the province (sort of like our "senator" in the States,) has said, should they be re-elected, they will be introducing "Family Day"... a stat-holiday in Ontario!

YAY!

It's said to be a day to celebrate the "family"... which I'm all for!

The news item about it is right here.

Now, if you read the article, this isn't the FIRST proposed holiday for February recommended... none have flown thus far... but DEAR GOD, MR. MCGUINTY, MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

Lord knows will all need a wee bit of a break in February!

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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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09/03/07

Permalink 11:05:47 am, by Email , 691 words   English (CA)
Categories: Half-Butt Postings

Rarely do I have to say I HAVE to take a break...

Happy Labour Day, Folks! Yes, it's that holiday to celebrate the working stiff... which, today, is an apt choice of words... and get your mind out of the gutter, ONIT 'cuz that's not what I mean...

Arthritis... it's not just for breakfast anymore...

I've had osteoarthritis for a long time... it normally doesn't bother me and mostly affects my wrists and fingers... and even then, only if I overexert them doing specific tasks... but today, I found out something nice and special about my condition...

Get ready for what SEEMS like a non sequitur...

Yesterday, Sue, the kiddo and I went off to watch the Canadian International Air Show because Sue and I are HUGE aviation nerds...

Well, to protect ourselves from that naughty "Sun" thing, I applied sunscreen to my exposed legs... but neglected my arms (short-sleeved shirt) and face...

Well, my legs are great... my arms and ears and a bit of my face burned to a frazzle. In a shirt with long pants, I look like I have more of my true Native heritage than is truly warranted.

No worries and not really painful... in fact, I kinda wanted to get some sun on my skin...

...but...

At 7:30am this morning, I awoke with my wrists and hands SCREAMING in pain... and yeah, I could tell... it was my arthritis.

The pain was so bad, I couldn't get back to sleep to enjoy a "sleep-in" for the last time in four days... so this is the worst it has EVER been.

Upon rising, I had to know... WHAT is it about a sunburn (something I normally don't do as I enjoy, as my sister calls it, a lovely "prison pallor",) that set off the agony?

The answer HAS to be online!

It is... and it isn't...

Apparently, I am CERTAINLY not alone... and thank God it's only my fingers and wrists... apparently, many sufferers of arthritis find "overdoing it" in the Sun sets them off...

One in ten Canadians suffer from arthritis... and osteoarthritis is the most common... so if you, like me, have to deal with this... DON'T GET A SUNBURN!!! Heck, you shouldn't really do that only based on the skin cancer element... but man alive! PAIN is BAD!

So, I guess I'll just keep myself dosed up on ibuprofen and wait it out... but needless to say, typing (believe it or not,) and whatnot are incredibly painful... so this will most likely be my last entry for the day...

Hopefully tomorrow will be a touch better... according to what I've read, that should be a big yes.

So you know what? I'm going to do a wee "audio" entry...

It's a test... not a good test, but a test...

Anyway, that's enough for today... thanks for reading... and possibly listening!

I'm off to rest my weary bones... and celebrate labour.


Of note: My traffic here is back! Last two days (and today) are back to normal levels of well over one-thousand folks per day! What happened to you all Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of last week???

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 10:56:01 am, by Email , 202 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kooky Schemes - What's happening/Being Suggested

Jobs In Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

Earlier today I was surfing through a website that in part lists Edinburgh jobs that are currently available. As you know we love to provide a helping hand here on One Old Green Bus, and whilst surfing through the site I thought it might be of great interest to those of our readers living or working in Edinburgh or are planning a move to this most beautiful, and historic Scottish city.

If you are seeking jobs in Edinburgh click on the link provided to you in this blog entry or click on the photo of Edinburgh above. Once you are on the Gumtree site it is easy to locate the job classifieds, which are handily right upfront on the main page of the website. Jobs are put into categories from specialised work to general labour. You can also post your own ad to the "work wanted" section. Listings on the site appear by date with the most current being on the top.

Aside from Edinburgh jobs the Gumtree site also lists goods for sale, and wanted, flats for rent, an Edinburgh chat forum, etc making it a very handy online resource for everything Edinburgh! B)

Thank you to our sponsor.

09/02/07

Permalink 09:01:33 am, by Email , 733 words   English (CA)
Categories: BlogTalkers

BlogTalkers: Okay, now THIS we've been to before...

THIS POST IS FOR BLOGTALKERS... another meme... if you're looking for my "Blog Your Blessing Sunday", please scroll down a little bit to the next post.

BlogTalkers!

This week's question/request...

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

I hate having to start off a post with an apology of sorts, but I'm going to... Karen, of "BlogTalkers", had this to say...

Yes, I realize this question has been asked before. But I think it’s important to take a step back from our self-imposed worlds (i.e. blogs) once in a while and take a look at what’s going on in the world, don’t you?

No, I don't.

Mostly because, I already do on a regular basis.

Also, because if I want news, I go to news sites... in fact, MANY of my inspirations come from news events... and why on earth do I need a "meme" to revisit this?

Once was fun... look at the "local" situation and be forced to comment on it... but that's the key... I felt FORCED to comment on it... I don't like being forced.

If this meme was about to become "Local News Event Sunday", fine... but it's not... it's supposed to be original questions to make me think and be more creative... not to re-hash old topics... even if they're based from "news".

I know... I'm being harsh... but dear goodness...

If you want to read my ORIGINAL answer to this one, click here.

Okay, I have to examine this... AND NO DISRESPECT TO KAREN...

I already do a meme on Sundays... and there's been confusion over it already... below this, you'll find my "Blog My Blessing Sunday"... and many people, okay - without reading, have "commented" on my previous BlogTalkers post assuming it was my blessing... and it isn't...

Now, I know that Karen DOES have some original questions... but ignored them in favour of pulling out an oldy... and that kinda grates on me little...

Also, and we didn't mention it earlier, but she attributed one question to Sue... despite the fact that Sue hadn't submitted it... which was puzzling.

I hate to say this, but this is my last BlogTalkers... the reason being that the confusion is too bad when parallelled with the "Blessing" post and I'm confused as to why an old question would be dredged up over a new one... amongst other things.

Oh, and yes, I've submitted a question that has not yet been used... but this isn't my concern... like I said, it's based on, for me, memes bringing out my muse... making me "go original"... think about something I haven't thought of before.

...and I've been here this week... not all that long ago...

Put those two things into a shaker with some of my other concerns, mix well, and I'm having a hard time coming up with a reason to continue doing "BlogTalkers".

So, sad to say, I'm not "BlogTalking" anymore...

It's been fun... but sometimes, you gotta move on...

I DO NOT WISH TO TAKE AWAY FROM BLOGTALKERS! I mean, it's enjoyable for many... I'm sure Sue will stick with it... but for me, it's time...

Thanks for the blog-fodder...

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

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

RLH 3

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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Permalink 08:39:16 am, by Email , 1294 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Your Blessings Sundays

Blog Your Blessings Sundays: The Things You Find Out... or... Scientia est Potentia

Blog yer Blessings

Arr, me hardies! Avast ye! Yarr!

I've been here before... but not with so much swash and buckle...

Actually, this MIGHT seem like a repeat, but it isn't... mostly because I actually HAVEN'T come right out and said this (what I'm about to blog about,) is a blessing... I've beaten a path around it, but this is the first time I've touched on it directly.

This weekend, computer-wise for me, was ear-marked to be a weekend to catch up on my "ghostly" stuff... of which I had a lot of coding and re-writing to do. Yup, it WAS going to be two months of "catch up" on the site after a holiday from doing my studies... and I had copious notes and whatnot all on my tiny USB flash drive... I had been gathering information, papers, and investigations for the last three months for one big "splash"...

So, on Friday night, I plugged in the drive and... Not Detected.

Hmmm...

So I plugged it into Sue's machine, assuming it was my computer misbehaving... Not Detected.

Uh-oh.

Now, as a professional computer geek, RULE ONE is "Always Back Up".

RULE TWO is "Don't Forget Rule One".

Guess who blew "RULE TWO"?

Now, it's not a COMPLETE disaster as I had my rough-notes stored separately... but now they must be re-compiled... a daunting task... and one, on this Holiday weekend (it's the "Labour Day Weekend" here in Canada,) I was not up for.

Quite the lead in to get to this point... and in order to tell the tale correctly, I'm about to use an early "Quentin Tarantinoesque" timeline...

A few days back, while shopping for various bits of "back-to-school" stuff for the little one, I came across an "El Cheapo" software bin... and picked up an old classic... Sid Meier's" Pirates... updated, of course. This is a game I'd lost a SIZABLE portion of my life to back in the 1990's... so the "new" version was a happy find... and the price was right.

So, feeling overwhelmed by the loss of data, Saturday morning, I installed and began to "buckle my swash" on the Spanish Main! (Arrrr!)

I admit it... like most people, I'm a ZOMBIE when it comes to playing a good game... my faculties are drawn into it without redirection... there could be a MAJOR calamity and it would require the shutting-off of my computer to achieve getting me away from it.

Now, FRIDAY night, after losing the documents, I was talking to Sue about my paper... of which a PERSONAL case had factored in a little bit... it was a thing that happened to me outside St. Bride's Church in London, England... I know, I force you guys to read so much, but the whole tale for those who need to know... and it's shorter than this post... is here.

We (Sue and I) were discussing the specifics of "the case" and Sue was coming up with concepts and ideas... specifically about just who was this "cavalier"?

Cut back to yesterday...

So, while I was immersed in my buckling swash, Sue started looking for information on St. Bride's and possible relations to cavaliers...

She didn't find "my friend" who'd rushed past me, but did relay the following information...

  • St. Bride's has been around for about 1500 years in one incarnation or another... on the same site.
  • It was destroyed in 1666 in "The Great Fire of London"... and in 1940 in "The Blitz".
  • After the destruction of "The Blitz", it was rebuilt... but not until ten years later and an archaeological dig took place before building took place... they found that there were Roman remains under the medieval crypt meaning it was much older than it was originally thought.
  • They have also found a mass burial site nearby (a "plague pit") dating back to the 1600's and another on top of it (also a "plague pit") from an outbreak we didn't even know happened in 1835!
  • Benjamin Franklin, of all people, while looking at the new Christopher Wren building, warned folks and got quite furious that the tall spire did not sport a lightning rod and warned of dire consequences... actually, what happened was King George kinda shut-down Franklin by "pishing" and "poshing" the "Lightning Rod" concept in favour of "The Lightning KNOB"... a ball on the top of the spire. Within a year, indeed, it came to pass that lightning hit the spire and destroyed it.
  • If you look at it, you'll notice stars and stripes on the spire. This is because of a heavy-American influence on the church. Many famous early Americans can claim St. Bride's as their perish church before heading to the "New World" and American funds helped it's reconstruction.
  • It's spire has been "the model" for wedding cakes... this is for several reasons... the spire Sir Christopher Wren designed was in three tiers and was used (St. Bride's Spire) for "Bride's Cakes"... and apparently, there is a connection between a legend of St. Brigid and cake... we're tracking that one now...
  • London's first printing press was originally just beside St. Brides... which is near Fleet Street... which is home to not only almost every important newspaper and published in the U.K. presently, but home to a pub where Shakespeare often pre-performed his plays before heading across the river to the Globe theatre. St. Brides, and it's surrounding area, is therefore kind of the historic "printing and publishing" area of London... and all because of this press.

Sue gleaned this after about two hours... online... all while I was fighting dastardly Spanish captains and taking French frigates... in fact, above is only a SAMPLING of what she imparted on me...

My point?

Much as though I may have been involved in my fictional pirating, Sue increased her knowledge... many-times over... at least, about this bit... all because of a "want to know" about a weird thing that happened to me in 1995.

My blessing today is knowledge... and the pursuit thereof...

After I sheaved my sword, I was so happy to sit and let Sue enlighten me... and get me wondering about the area of St. Brides, it's history, and the people that inhabited the area (thank you Mr. Pepys for you diaries!!) and truly sparked a small adventure in learning.

Scientia est Potentia... Knowledge is Power...

Realistically, is there anything better than this to not only spur the want to learn... but also to spur your imagination?

I've often said, it's a poor and bad day where I don't learn something new... and as much as sailing the Caribbean in search of booty is a fine time-waster, thanks to Sue and a quest for knowledge, yesterday was a VERY good day.

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you for your support!

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

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TAGGED!!! Green Christmas Tag!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Kuanyin went an done tagged me! (...and she hits hard when she tags! She left a mark!!!)

O Tanenbaum or words to that effect...

It's the Green Christmas Tag... which in August is odd... but what the heck. As Kuanyin said, this is "One Old Green Bus" and it's the "Green Christmas" tag... so it's a natch I should do it.

So, here's the questions!

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What is your favourite Christmas gift?

Hmmm... Well, I don't know if it was the best... or favourite... but it was the most memorable... but allow me to quote myself from a previous post...

The ONE time a family member had listened to me was three years after my "very bad time" when I had requested something I couldn't yet afford to buy myself... a proper tea pot and some Twining's Earl Grey tea...

When I was opening the gift, my mother was shocked as I literally wept when I saw the tea and pot... she couldn't understand it... I had received so many lovely, expensive, and nice things... why had THIS made me so emotional?

I explained that I had yet to be able to afford it and missed having it so much... and most importantly, my sister (who had given it to me) had listened and given me what I wanted.

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What is your best memory of Christmas?

A few times, in the years B.S. (before Sue,) I was rather alone and bachelor like... so, as opposed to sitting alone on Christmas eve and day, I went down to a shelter and helped cook/serve dinner to those in need.

In honesty, the vast majority of folks pretty much just "lined-up" and got their tray and that's kinda it... but on some occasions, you'd realise that there was more... some were extremely grateful... some were very sad about the whole thing as this was an indication of what Christmas had become... which can be very emotionally taxing.

None-the-less, the majority were either seemingly indifferent to the season and meal or were melancholy over things...

Still, there were the "happy" ones... and to see them brighten and eat and sit, for a few small hours, and enjoy the moment of warmth, the hot meal, and genuinely be thankful for what life had delivered them was worth it in many ways...

...even those that were melancholy that did take some time to speak to me, it felt good to try and offer words of encouragement and hope... 'cuz sometimes, the words seem to get through and I'd get a smile or a glimmer...

The words seemed kind of hollow to me sometimes... things like Don't worry, things will improve! or I have a feeling that, eventually, things will get better for you! Being here and settling in for a meal is a step!

Also, on several occasions, "groups" of friends would come in... and there would almost be an air of a Christmas party with them... they had gathered to talk, eat, and laugh... to swap stories... it all seemed rather normal... and perhaps, for the one night, it was...

Either way, knowing what I had ALMOST been through, it was good to help those who were having difficulties too.

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Depending upon where you live do you have a hot or cold Christmas?

I'm in Canada... and where you'd THINK this should be a "cold and icey" and whatnot... but it isn't. It's not "hot", but the last few years have been "green Christmases"... no snow, no frost... we don't tend to get blankets of snow until January and February... though on RARE occasions over the last decade, we have gotten SOME snow on Christmas.

___________________

Would you prefer to try the opposite weather at least just once?

Hard to say since it's a mixed bag here... In my perfect world, it would snow like heck starting December 23rd and end and thaw into Spring on January 3rd.

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What do you prefer in a tree? Fake or real?

Hard to say... I love the smell and look of a real tree... but hate the needles, mess, and fire-hazard... so we go fake... but hey, the fake tree we use is my old one... which is now going on almost TWENTY-YEARS OLD!

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What is your favourite Carol?

Carol Burnette? I'd say "The Carol of the Bells" tied with "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".

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What is your favourite Christmas dinner?

Traditional turkey with vegetables, gravy, stuffing, et al.

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Do you wear a Santa hat at Christmas?

No, but there's a long-standing tradition in my family of looking like a complete dork by taking the first "bow" from a present and adhering it to your forehead for as long as it will stick. Many-a-picture features my late-father, bow on head, and more than a few of my own.

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Have you ever seen Santa delivering gifts?

No, but I have told my kids I'm setting traps on the roof to capture the reindeer... my thought is if we can SNARE Santa, we can grab ALL the goodies meant for the kids he hasn't gotten to yet!

Oddly enough, this idea is almost worthy of tears... until they turn about nine when they start liking the idea.

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Five Victims Bloggers I'm Tagging:

Okay, here we go...

Surprise! TRISH!
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...and I doubt he'll do it, but I'd LOVE to see how Mr. Fab would respond to this.

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

Yup, I'm liking the new format for this... Laying out "The Good", "The Bad", "The Ugly", and "The Indifferent" for you keeps this a nice snappy entry!


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good

Not much to report here... we did have an EXcellent time at the CNE despite it being "not what it used to be"... Sue and Schnookie needed a good dose of "Shopaholics Anonymous" after the day, but considering the amount of money spent, I can't and won't complain!


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Bad

Pretty much Tuesday through Wednesday morning, my wonderful domain server company re-routed all our domains to nowhere... and even when they got the webservers back up, it wasn't until Thursday evening they figured out the problem with e-mails... meaning Friday morning, they all came raining in! I loath server issues.


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Ugly

This has been the WORST week for hits... Wednesday, being "Server Down" day saw LESS THEN four-hundred people visit! Other than that, hits our down about thirty to forty per-cent!

Now, this COULD be attributed to the "last weekend of the Summer" and many people being away... or the fact that our servers were wonky... or that last weeks posts on Thursday and Friday just blew chunks...

...or any combination of these.

Either way, traffic is WAY-WAY-WAY down... we're talking going from an average of 1200 visitors to 700 visitors on average per day this week!

CURSED! WE'RE CURSED!

Seriously, I do believe that it's more about holidays, Summer, and server-issues... betcha next week, like the stock market, we'll rebound.


The Indifferent

The Indifferent

C'mon, sing along with me, Trish! (Trish complained that it always seems to be the same song...)

No new news on the fiscal front... no money in... no new news on the actual bus front... still in Santa Rosa, still being used as a garbage tip.


In other news... It is the labour day weekend, and unless my muse bites me hard in the bottom, I am going to take Monday off from blogging... granted, this could change... but right now, I think I'm going to take an R&R day...

I'll be back tomorrow with a "blessing" AND a "blog-talkers" post... and I got a funny feeling, they'll rock. :)

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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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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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