Friday, May 29, 2009

The Great Canadian Tune

The Great Canadian Tune has been chosen.  The voting was close, but Neil Young's Helpless has been selected as the tune that will break the world record for most guitarists playing the same song at the same time.

Weather permitting, I’ll be heading down to Yonge-Dundas Square for the Luminato record breaking attempt.

Watch for me - I’ll be the one with the acoustic guitar.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More hospital drama

My 95 (or is it 96?) year-old grandmother is in the hospital.  So far she's doing ok, but given our track record of the past few months, we should start worrying.

I was telling the kids about it, and the eight-year-old said, "Oh, man.  I hope she doesn't... you know..."

The five-year-old chimes in, spelling, "D. I. ?"

The eight-year-old says, correcting the spelling, "E.  Yeah."


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Mano a mano

Girls, leave the room for a second - I need to talk to the boys...

Ok fellas, here's a tip.  When your sweetheart is watching another wretched episode of "Jon & Kate + 8" don't say, "Holy shit, I can't believe he hasn't left her before now."  It won't go over well.

And don't suggest that all this "who's banging who" nonsense could just be a clever marketing ploy to boost viewership.  Also not a smart move.

That is all.

Someone’s pants are on fire

Oct. 7: "I think there are probably some great buying opportunities emerging in the stock market as a consequence of all this panic." - Stephen Harper

Asked whether he would unequivocally rule out a deficit under his government: "Yes.  Yesterday I think I was asked one question about whether we would run a deficit and I said, 'No.' That's my answer."

October 8, 2008: "We're sure not going to run a deficit... We will maintain a surplus in Canada and we will continue to pay down debt. We are a relative rock of stability." - Jim Flaherty

October 19, 2008: "We're on track for a modest surplus in this fiscal year" - Jim Flaherty

Now the deficit is up to 50 billion dollars.

So which is it?  Vote now!

[ ] They're lying (and they're not very good at it)
[ ] They're incompetent
[ ] Both


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This can’t be good

I’m not sure what this is trying to tell me, but I’m pretty certain it’s not good.



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Friday, May 22, 2009

The talk

I had the talk with my daughter the other day.  Not the birds and bees - I think that would have been a lot easier.  No, we had the "why would someone take an eight-year-old off the street" talk.

This was a tough one.  My daughter bears more than a slight resemblance.  Blonde, blue eyes.  Same age.  Similar features.  She's at the crossroads between being a responsible self-aware pre-teen, and a little girl.

I enjoy the milestones involved in watching my kids grow.  The first time they do things that are normally reserved for older kids.  Even the small things, like going to the mall and out to lunch with Mom.  Or the tastes of freedom, like going to the comfort stations by themselves when we're camping.  The signs that they are growing up, and that we trust them to do the right thing, and to make the right decisions.

Another sign they're growing up is that they are starting to realize that not everyone in the world is a friend they haven't yet met.  It means leaving some innocence behind, and it's hard for me to watch.  They grow up so fast on their own, and things like this just make it happen faster.  And there's nothing I can do to slow it down.

So, go home, hug your kids, and have yourself a weekend.

Not again

Ok, this funeral stuff has to stop. My wife and her best friend are now both orphans.

I suppose this is a side effect of getting older. You turn 40 and people start dropping...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Stephen Harper - just visiting the PMO

If the children in the Conservative Party spent half as much time thinking about ways to run the country more efficiently, as they do coming up with crap like this, we'd all be better off, no?

Seems to me we could use a little international experience in the corner office. Instead, we're left with a yokel who heads to the bathroom when he's supposed to be having his picture taken.

Stephen Harper - just visiting the PMO.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like

Our family will be biking 15km (9-ish miles) in the Manulife Bike & Hike for Heart, on June 7, in support of St. Mary's Hospital Cardiac Care Centre.

My father was in town visiting us in March, and on the way home he had a heart attack.  St. Mary's was fantastic, in the care they provided for him, and the care they took with the family.

The girls were so happy that St. Mary's was able to provide the excellent care that Dad received while he was there, and they are looking forward to being able to give something back to the hospital.

They would love a donation to a great cause!

Veronica's donation page.

Fiona's donation page.

From Grundy Lake
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Signs you are going to have a bad day

The burial for my mother-in-law is this afternoon. She passed away at the end of February, but now that the ground has thawed, it's time for the burial. I came in early to get some stuff done, since I won't be here this afternoon. Logged in to my computer, or rather, tried to log in...

Not going to be a good day. And, the eight-year-old was puking again last night.

However, it is my eighteenth wedding anniversary, so maybe that will counteract the bad mojo I have brewing.

The Screw-Me Scenario

Does this sound familiar?

It had all the signs of a good meeting. And I hate meetings. We were:

    * Talking about a product we loved
    * In great shape from a feature, quality, and schedule standpoint
    * A group that historically did not kick ass
    * A group that was kicking ass.

The slides looked great and the dry-run was flawless, so why hadn’t I slept in two nights?

I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t see the Screw-Me.

Read on, for advice on how to see the Screw coming, and what to do when it happens to you.

Friday, May 08, 2009


With the on-again off-again warm weather these days, the entranceway of our house is a big mess.  There are three seasons of clothing, plus raincoats, for the four of us.  There is also a pile containing every conceivable piece of footwear.

The other day we were heading out the door, and the five-year-old wanted to know what she should have on her feet, so she yelled, "Dad!  Flops, Crocs or Barbs?"

Flops = flip flops
Crocs = Crocs
Barbs = Barbie sandals

Sometimes it's "Sands" if the Barbie sandals aren't nearby (usually they're lying in the backyard somewhere).

Also known as…

Riding bareback.

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The Great Canadian Tune

The call is on for votes to pick The Great Canadian Tune, a public event that organizers hope will set a Guinness world record for the largest-ever guitar ensemble.  On June 6, anyone with a guitar is invited to congregate at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto to play the tune chosen in what could be the largest guitar jam session ever held.

Here's the short list:

Feist - 1234
Sarah Harmer - Basement Apartment
Tom Cochrane - Boy Inside the Man
Tragically Hip - Courage
Bryan Adams - Cuts Like a Knife
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Blue Rodeo - Hasn't Hit Me Yet
Neil Young - Helpless
BTO - Taking Care of Business
The Band - The Weight

From that list, I'd have to go with Taking Care of Business.  With the caveat that this is supposed to be the song that hundreds of people are going to play at the same time.  I'd rather see Neil Young, but I'd choose Rockin' in the Free World instead of Helpless.

Missing from the list:

Neil Young - Rockin' in the Free World
Bruce Cockburn - Tokyo, or Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Rush - Closer to the Heart
Guess Who - Running Back to Saskatoon
Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown

What else is missing?


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School bus madness

I guess it must be the full moon tomorrow.

How else could I explain watching two cars zip by a school bus this morning, while the bus was stopped with its lights flashing and a line of little ones boarding...

Thursday, May 07, 2009


Visitor number 20,000 comes to us from Ancaster, Ontario!  You can pick your prize up at the front desk…  :)

This visit was courtesy of a Google search for Grundy Lake Provincial Park.  Grundy is a great place – we loved it there, and will be back for sure.  My desktop wallpaper is a photo taken at Grundy last summer.

From Grundy Lake

The end is a new beginning

In the before time, I joined a little company of madmen (and women), who were working their asses off making a PACS, among other things.  Eleven years later, it was time for a change.  I still wanted to stay in the medical field, though.  I mean, how happy would I really be with a RIM job?  Other than maybe scoring some tickets to see the new NHL Waterloo Blackberries team, there's not much that attracts me to that place.

So the answer is, I stay at SuperMegaCorp, but switch ologies.  Instead of radiology, I'm now working on a cardiology product.  So far, so good, but it has only been two days.  This product has a lot of... opportunity, let's say.


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Monday, May 04, 2009

How long?

How long until the volume of spam for Viagra and Cialis goes down, and I start getting flooded with Tamiflu offers?


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