Friday, November 29, 2013

Report from the dog walk: clear your ice people - #334/365

Via Flickr:
Earlier in the week we had a little snow accumulation in the city. But some people perhaps didn't think it was enough to clear their sidewalk. Combine some deep freeeze temps and shadowed sidewalks and there are plenty of treacherous spots on my dog walk. So I gave the duenorth traction aids a test drive tis morning. Definitely boosts the confidence for this past broken ankle on the ice dude, but a little harsh on bare pavement. Plus, I had them on backwards !

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Why are they called scalloped potatoes ?

I thought I might cook scalloped potatoes for a change tonight, but I rarely cook them and wasn't sure of the recipe.  So I grabbed The Joy of Cooking and randomly opened the book in the middle and it opend on the page for scallops.  That's a pretty big book so I figure it's worthy of a Only Coincidence? post.  I ended up abandoning scalloped potaotes and kept it simple with mashed.  Got a little too cocky with the ratios - very creamy.   Well, the kids said very liquidy - but that's not a real word.  

Polite Canadian jokes

Perhaps to take my mind off our very impolite world infamous mayor, I thought of a new polite Canadian joke on my dog walk.   But first, my two favourite (the second updated for a holiday theme). 

1. Why did the Canadian cross the road ?   To get to the middle.   

2. How does a Canadian get 200 crazy guests to leave their house Christmas party ?   They say "excuse me, would you mind going home now please ?"

3.   What does a Canadian say when he sees a really suspicious looking dude in their neighbourhood ? "Can I help you ?"

First snow fall of the season, Lytton Park - #332/365

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Suspicious mind ?

I wouldn't say I'm an overly suspicious person, but:

I'm suspicious of business people I see on the subway who aren't carrying a bag.  As a corollary, I'm even more suspicious of people in airports with no luggage.

I'm suspicious of people I know in my urban neighbourhood who I never see walking anywhere.

And as my Facebook profile says (somewhere, in answer to religion) - I'm suspicious of coincidence.  See related posts on this if you interested here.

Knobs on the TV - #317/365

Knobs on the TV - #317/365 by PJMixer
Knobs on the TV - #317/365, a photo by PJMixer on Flickr.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembrance Day 2013 - #316/365

Last night I dreamed: Grenoble Olympics

Disclaimer: it made sense at the time when I was writing this down with sleep still in my eyes

For my wife.

This morning I dreamt about going to the Olympics.  It was in Grenoble.  I was on the ski hill watching ski cross I think, a few skiers fall and they are racing together.  I remember watching a few big jumps, one after the finish line !  I was thinking it was going to be difficult for me to compete as it was all quite new to me.  I was getting ready to compete in the bobsleigh although it was all very new to me.  The village at the base of the hill was very quiet and I was an early arrival.  I remember shuffling through the snow where the end of the bobsleigh run was going to be on this large frozen lake.  I see a large snowplow pull into a garage with other heavy equipment.  The plow almost hits me.  In the garage, all the equipment is in Canada Post livery.  The workers ask about the sport(s) I'm competing in - I say it's all quite new to me.  Back in the hotel room I'm checking out all the electronic connections and contact my wife to ask her to bring a travel AC plug converter.  But my mother-in-law says she won't bring it because my wife is like my mother-in-law - something about airport security.

We will remember them

Originally posted on Facebook in 2011.

Thank you to the brave who sacrificed so much in past wars and to those serving their country today.

I asked a few people today about our family and friends' connections to war veterans:

  • My grandfather served in the R.E.M.E. (Royal Engineering and Mechanical Engineers) in WWII in India. 
  • My great grandfather served in WWI
  • My Mom's uncle served in the Army in WWII and was rescued from Dunkirk.
  • My Dad's uncle served in France in WWI and was killed in action.
  • My Mom's cousin was a rear gunner in the Royal Air Force in WWII.
  • My uncle was a helicopter gunner in Vietnam with the Australian forces.
  • My wife has cousins that served in the Canadian Navy and the US Military.
  • My brother-in-law's grandfather served and survived WWI and his uncle was a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber and was shot down in WWII.
  • A friend of mine was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian forces and served in Afghanistan.
  • A previous work colleague's Dad was in the Royal Air Force, navigator on a Halifax bomber.
I'm thinking of them today.

Photos from past Remembrance Days can be viewed here.

Other posts relating to Remembrance Day:

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Rainwater aqueduct in fall - #314/365

In Tune In

Just imported all posts from my other old music themed blog called In Tune In.  If you'd like to see them all and other items relating to music you can find them all under the music tag.

Daily photos now here

Just imported all posts from my daily photo blog.  The blog was originally started Nov 11th, 2009 for a project called 365 in-Camera (where no post-processing was done). After year 1, the blog was changed to a daily photo site continuing until Dec 2011 (778 shots). After a year off, my daily photo began again Jan 1, 2013.  If you are only interested in my daily photographs and not my rambling ideas on other subjects, you can see my daily shots in one place on Flickr - click here to see my daily photo set in Flickr.

Bumped into Jason

As I work form home these days, I'm not taking the subway as often and missing out on hearing some of the great musicians that busk in the stations.  I met Jason Crawford playing jazz on his 8 string guitar at my local Eglinton station back in the spring of 2010.  Jason became #51 in my 100 Stranger project.  I used to see him every few weeks but I hadn't seen him for many months.  I happened to play one of his CDs on Wednesday night.  Then heading downtown on Friday I bump into him at Queen station.  Great to see you Jason - sounding superb as ever.

Only Coincidence ?

Just imported all posts from my other old blog called Only Coincidence ?  If you'd like to see them all, you can find them all under the coincidence tag.