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Worksafe Protection

I just witnessed one of the most amazing sights ever.

My neighbour was on his deck, scraping and cleaning his soffits. Actually, I’m not entirely sure what he was doing. Whatever it was, he decided to use some protection. He was wearing a paper bag over his head, with holes cut out for his eyes. I have no idea if the bag was protecting his eyes, his lungs, or possibly his brain from evil soffit rays. No matter what it was that he meant to do, it was goddamn funny. Funny as in, “The Onion couldn’t even make this shit up” funny. My friend Paul tried to take a picture, but I think the guy realized that people were laughing and pointing at him, and he ran inside.

Being a responsible neighbour, I ducked under the bush so he wouldn’t see me laughing.


A (short) conversation with my daughter:

me: Emma, what are you doing?
E: Stapling.
M: You’re using a lot of staples
E: I’m making things very stapley

Ah, I love talking with my kids!

New Blueberry Bushes

Last weekend I gave my apple trees to a neighbour of mine. I couldn’t stomach another year of fighting coddling moth, where I would have to spend hours walking around the trees and slipping nylon socks over the apples for protection. I considered keeping the trees simply for their aesthetic value but I thought I would growing some soft fruits instead. I opted for blueberries and raspberries. Raspberries are my favorite berry but I’ve heard that they can be difficult to grow on the coast. Blueberries should flourish though.

I chose four different varieties of blueberries, trying to target early, mid an late season growing: Reka (early), Toro (mid), Hardy (mid) and Dixi (late). The raspberry I bought was a Tulameen, and we already have some unidentified raspberry bush established. I think both are summer bearing.

On The Wagon

After another bad experience Wednesday morning, I think it’s time for me to go on the wagon. Tuesday night I went to the pub with my buddy Indra, who was visiting from Korea. I had 3 pints of beer over a meal and 4 hours. The next day I had a splitting headache until about 1pm, it was painful. This followed a series of similar hangovers in the past month or two. A few weeks ago I had one beer and one glass of wine, and the next day I felt like I was on my deathbed until late afternoon. The same thing happened a few weeks ago. Going back to the Christmas holidays, one night I actually started getting hungover at 11pm, before getting to bed! My body just doesn’t seem to agree with alcohol anymore. I haven’t completely given up yet though, as I’m sure I’ll keep trying to drink beer for a few more months. But something tells me that the writing is on the wall…

Religion Quiz

I read a funny story in the Vancouver Sun about some results on a quiz on religion in the USA. I attempted the quiz myself and didn’t do that good on it, although I was in the 80th percentile compared to the USA population that had taken the quiz. I pretty much had to guess on a couple of questions about the Sabbath and about US Supreme Court rulings on religion in USA schools. The rest was pretty easy.

The funny part about this quiz is it reveals that US atheists and agnostics, as well as Jews and Mormons, know more about religion than do most of the strong majority of Americans who are Protestants and Catholics. Apparently one-third of Americans falsely believe that evangelist Billy Graham delivered the Sermon on the Mount! An earlier poll showed that 1 in 10 Americans believe Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife, and another 1 in 5 believe that Sodom and Gomorrah were a married couple.

I sort of suspect that similar results would be found in Canada, minus the Billy Graham bit. The part that I find the funniest is that Mormons do better on the quiz than Protestants and Catholics. Mormons, you may recall, are the ones that think some dude living in New York state during the 1820’s was given a bunch of gold plates scribed with sacred text from God. (these are the same plates which said the men should have multiple wives, ie Bountiful BC).

Music, Again

A couple of weeks ago I bought a Patriot Box Office media player. It was a pretty sweet deal too, only costing $60 after a mail-in rebate. Since getting it the amount of music that I’ve listened to has, like, quaddriggled. For those of you that don’t know what a quaddriggle is, let me tell you something: it’s a lot. I have the PBO hooked up to my Bryston in the living room, and I’m mostly streaming flac files from my NAS. Flac is lossless, so theoretically it is the same as CD quality. While I can’t say that the delivery method is perfect in terms of sound quality, the two most important parts are the amp and speakers, and I’m doing pretty good in that regard. The nice thing is that I can now quickly flip through my music collection and pull up anything within seconds. That is entirely different from the old setup where I had to pull out a CD, put it in the CD player and press play. That whole rigamaroll took, uhh… seconds. But more of ’em. Yeah, more.

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