Month: September 2008


 Tara and I finished "We love Katamari" last night.
It’s kinda sad as we have no new Katamari to play. Granted, we haven’t done the two player yet, so there’s still hope.
I should see about getting another wireless controller while I still can.

Last night we went to a leaders debat, not even for my riding, but Tara’s office wanted some seat fillers, and there we were.

She asked me what I wanted about politics, and what my views were.

I don’t really have any, I think.

Well, she mentioned, do I want more government or less. I think I want less, but I’m not sure what that means.
Do I want less government control over my life. Yes. But how much less?
Do I want more transparency? Yes. But again, how much.
For the latter, I think a report, maybe anually, maybe quartly, on where my tax money is going would be nice.
I’m not talking about uber specifics, but something like this:
-on average, 10% of my federal taxes went to blah
-on average, 5% of my property tax went to glah
It would be nice to see where it’s going, and more specifically, not just; oh look, road work, my tax dollars at work!
Mind you, for all I know, they already do that and I’ve never bothered to look.

So yea, I’m not great at the whole political thing.

But what I can tell you is that the women in the debate acting their age, while the boys didn’t.
And the audience can get ornary!


I’m in that stage where I can’t sleep yet don’t want to be awake.
With any luck the typing isn’t going to wake Tara.

Hero’s was pretty awesome tonight, and it looks like it’s gonna be a gritty show this year.

The weekend was very nice.
Saturday we wandered(eventually) up to the Gateneau hills. We brought the dog and bikes and the plan was to bike. Well, that died pretty quickly as we didn’t see any paved bike paths, and the only thing that was paved was the main road. I wasn’t too crazy about biking with the dog while cars are wizzing past.
So we walked a little instead.
Then we drove around and just took in the sights. It’s really a beautiful place. I’ll post pics.

Sunday was also mostly quiet. We did some house work, got some groceries, and generally just relaxed.
I’d like to think there was something else, but I don’t think there was.

I suppose that since it’s 1am, I should try to sleep again.
Not sure if that’s gonna work though.

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Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair…just take a picture.
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Beware greeks with gifts

For the first time in a looooooong time, I’ve been infected with a trojan.
Guess this is the problem when you download stuff.

I’m a little miffed that AVG Free didn’t pick up on it, but I’m in safe mode doing a full system scan and it seems to be finding it.

I guess I’ll run through a few times just in case, maybe with different free things.

Rogers has a free package for system security, but it might be only free for a year, and it’s Norton(I think) and it’s really ingrained in there and I remember hating it on my parents system.

LIve and learn I guess….

To Direct Energy

Please stop having your call centers lie to current or future customers.
I have some services with Direct Energy, including the rental of my water heater and maintenance plans for my furnace and AC.
Twice now I’ve been called by your Direct Energy call centers saying, and I quote, that I’ve "missed my renewal date for my Natural Gas Price Protection Plan". This is the 5 year plan that you have that would lock me into receiving my natural gas at a fixed price.
This is interesting because:
1. I’ve never been signed up for that plan
2. I’ve only lived in this house for a little over two years, so I’ve never had a chance to renew, let alone miss that date
I asked the person on the phone when I had signed up, and they told me that they didn’t have access to that information and they were just told to say that I missed the renewal date.
This is an obvious lie, and since they were instructed to do so, then this is a lie that was started with Direct
According to your own Customer Charter, you promise to do the following:
# We promise to respect your property and respect your intelligence. We’ll give you all the facts, do what we say we’re going to do and leave things as clean as when we got there.
# We promise to stand behind our employees, our work and our products. If there’s a problem, we’ll do everything we can to make it right. We’ll earn your trust and then continue to live up to that standard. 
It appears to me that you’ve broken the first promise, so are you going to stand up and correct your mistakes or continue on lying to your current or future customers.
There is a positive note to all of this.
When I called your sales office, I was told that I could be added to a "do not call" list, and I asked to be added to that list. The sales person that I talked to was very apologetic and polite, and was just as confused as I was as to why I was being called to renew a product I never had.
Thank You


So a few weeks ago we went to Michaels to get some paper.
It was 33 cents a sheet on sale.
Today we went back to exchange 10 of those sheets.
They weren’t on sale, so now they’re 99 cents.
Also keep in mind that it’s the same brand of paper.

The manager tried to make a big fuss that since the price went up, he would charge us the extra 66 cents/sheet.

We refused, polietly I think, and he caved and did the exchange.

He tried the argument of, if he bought a tv at future shop, and it was on sale, and then tried to exchange for a different tv that wasn’t on sale, he would be charged extra.

My thinking is that we bought a black ipod and exchanged it for a white one.

So, the question, were we being idiot customers or was he being an idiot manager?

Besides, another store did it without question or hassle. Should have gone back to that one. 🙂


Last night was the first night of badminton.
Tara and I joined the local club and decided to at least have one game just to see where we stood.
The theory is that it’s open to all levels. And that’s true, if by all levels you mean anyone but beginners 🙂
It would have really helped if we had read rules on how badminton is played.
We were schooled though, and I think by the end of our first game we got the jist of it.
Mind you, we only played the one game. And then sat and watched others play to get a better idea of what the hell we were supposed to be doing 🙂

What I did like is that it all seemed very friendly and good natured. While people there were competitive, they’re weren’t competitive to the point of being poor sports.
The general idea is that it’s a rec club and people are there to have a good time.
There was a fair amount of laughter, and that’s always a good sign.
That being said, it was busy as hell last night and only three courts.

And from an observational point, it was 95% Asian. Not sure if that says something about the sport or the area where I live. Could be a little of both.

Met on nice guy, he actually came up to greet the newbies. Think his name was Peter(terrible with names mostly because it’s the one topic that’s discussed the least) and he’s a 4th year Health Sciences major at Ottawa U. See, I remembered all that because we talked about it. Names are the things you start a conversation with, and I never remember that part.

I think the plan is to set up a net at my parents place(better sized back yard) and practice a little until next week.

We have the membership until May, and I think by May we should be pretty good 🙂


KD isn’t KD anymore.

I don’t care what Kraft says, it’s not KD.

However, a very close second to KD is PC Blue Menu Delux Cheddar Mac and Cheese.
It’s not the fat noodles, but the ones that look like KD.

I suspect it isn’t any better for you, but it tastes right, and that’s what matters.

So for all of you who were wondering where you could get your KD replacement, there you go. 

Peep and the Big Wide World

Tara and I were flipping channels Sunday(or was it Saturday) and happened across a show called Peep and the Big Wide World.
It’s a kids show that trys to teach some science to kids.
This particular episode was all about the moon.
But what really got me was a little song the duck was signing:
"Oh, I wish I were a duck–Hey! Look I already am!"
It was just that right time of morning and Tara and I were in stiches 😀

Test the Nation

So far I’m only down 6 out of 25.
Pretty average I would think.

Also,  , without even looking, I would say a jar of diced garlic. It’s in an oil, so odds are it’s still good.
In terms of how old it is…it’s among the first things I ever bought at costco when I got my membership.
That was July 2006.
I really thought I’d use a lot of garlic. And I have, just not enough 🙂