October 14th, 2004



ok... so dig this...

On my fortyith birthday... my brother gives me a pair of reading glasses.  (they're +1.25 on each side)
You know... just a wee dig.

For purely S & G...

(this was taken that night...two years ago!)*

[ :: and this was taken a couple of seconds ago :: ]

I don't wear glasses.

Last year I went for a very thorough eye exam because of headache issues...
but the eye doc (names Dick, btw... Dr. Dick!!)  gave me full marks... better than twenty twenty...

Yeah, well that was then and this is now baby...

If I hold a newspaper column up to my face... say 6 - 7 inches from my eyes... there is no way I'm reading it without guessing and "working" to drag it into focus.  I'm 42 and my eyes just realized it...

So I popped on the gag glasses and bingo... I can read something at 5 inches from my face...
It's kinda cool.
It's kinda disconcerting...

Next stop... one of those walkers... clomp clomp clomp...

ar ar ar...

* for loads of hilarity over that white hair stage... check the first "a day in my life" post on my web site... [ :: here :: ]

Thursday, October 14

Hola... I was a little spacey when I snapped the pic... absolutely on a zoooom course for work.
It's like... well, lunch now.
:( I don't like it when it takes this long to make a morning post. !!!

It's a beautiful day... but it wont last... rain is in the offing despite driving in sun and crisp fall air.

Do you have any idea how long I've been doing a morning picture and a morning post...
I mean... I know how it actually is, but it feels like forever!
(and it's ok, you're allowed to be sick of it... hahaha)
Guess it's a bit of a forgone conclusion that I'm a wee bit on the "creature of habit" side of things...

Everybody who responded to the post card thing for my friends daughter... I could frigg'en kiss you.
I swear I was crying this morning as I read over the responses.
My wife sent a card too... Imagine when she starts getting those cards!!!

~ red stripee ftls
~ dk blue dockers
~ white t, under a maroon dress shirt and a tie...
~ well... did most of it... It went like this...
~ up early... get the kids sorted...
~ zooom to client offices...
~ bust through public servant strike line...
~ go to meeting...
~ come back ... and bingo... here I am. :)
~ project draft 2 this afternoon...
~ for a few moments of good fortune to find my friend knightsdawn at the interview...
~ that things are ok with carefreespirit....
~ hoping that things go as well as they can on bratt72's upcoming trip...
~ to point out that angryvixen is darned cute and that's all there is to it...
~ and wikkidpixie... OUCH!!

You know... just yesterday I was talking about the way the Canadian government fucks things up by blowing money out the window while pulling on the purse strings in the front door.
Yeah... well DIG THIS... for the last seven years... the liberal government has under-estimated the budget surplus. Private think tanks get it right... consistently... but the government can't manage to do the math. This years surplus was (is) 9.1 billion dollars.... that's $9,100,000,000.00 (omg) and and they have been wrong to about the same degree every year for the past seven.
The issue is one of election platforms. The liberals say they will spend tax dollars on this and that... Then they don't. When the end of the year comes around and all the money they said they were going to invest in Canadians is still sitting in the bank... the chuck it all at paying down the national debt. It's all well and good to be paying down the debt... but they were elected by Canadians because they said they would do one thing... and then (in typical political fashion) they do something else entirely.

I be the wife of that sailor killed in a fire on the piece of shit used Sub we bought on the cheap... is way pleased to know the government had NINE BILLION DOLLARS kicken around but decided it was a good idea to cut the refurbashing budget for that sub by 54 million. Nine billion dollars!

// child care rant...
Ok... the NINE BILLION dollar thing brought the issue of government sponsored child care up in the news... and here's the thing;
Lets say the full potential of the project is realized... (and it will not be ... no way in hell ...) however, lets just pretend...
"Free Child Care for All Canadians"... that's the pledge and the dream.
And I just do not get it.
This still actually levels a financial penalty on people that choose to raise their own children.
Tax dollars go to supporting a national child care program... so both parents can go to work.
Every dollar they spend on child care is a tax deduction, and they'll prol'y get other incentives,
and plenty of tax dollars will be spent on building rediculous institutions to stuff your kid in while you go to work.
*(I'm far more partial to tax incentives for people to run private day cares versus "institutions")
All this is well and good... but what if you decide to tough it out on one salary and have a full time parent taking care of your children?
Any tax breaks? NO.
Any tax incentives? NO.
Any tax deductions? NO.
Suffer with one salary and watch everybody else get paid-in-the-shade to let someone else raise their kids... (and I know, this is not an option for many people but a necessity... but that doesn't take anything away from my point!!!)

WHY does the government punish us for raising our own children instead of putting them in day care?
That is just totally fucked up man.

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When I was young...

Some people came into my life and made a difference.

Most of them were teachers.
Just knowing that today, makes me consider with careful grace the plight of public school teachers.

One special someone... Mrs. Bousadda... was my grade 8 home room teacher and she taught my english class.
There were more important teachers... I don't think I can remember her first name... and I remember the names of others.
Mrs. Bousadda, however, was touched with genius, in the selections she made for our reading assignments.

I don't know... were teachers allowed to chose which books to ask their students to read? or were the titles mandated by the school system?
I suspect she made her own choices.

She read Ray Bradbury's "The Sound Of Thunder" to us aloud... and warped my mind with the whole time space thing forever.

She had us read Evelyn Waugh "decline and fall"... and opened my mind to a completely new way of thinking about enjoying life.

We read Hemingway... and took from that the sorts of things you can't help from getting out of Hemingway. (this was grade 8 man!!!!)

But most importantly... she handed me a copy of "I Am David" (Anne Holm) and asked me to read it.
I had forgotten this book completely. It was a totally lost memory... until I read a review for the movie of the same name to be released later this year.

The trailer [ :: is here :: ]

It was a book about a boy my age at the time... and the topic was more than a little dramatic.
When the memory was unlocked... the flood of emotion was absolutely stunning.
I can well imagine that I will be a basket case when I watch this movie.
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all done... :)

busy day... and I'm glad it gets to be a yesterday.

I can hear cleaners vacuuming away somewhere across the cube sea.

It's become a very dark day ... seems like it's almost impatient for the rain that's coming.

But I'm smiling.
Everything about today just "worked".
And now I'm gonna go home and play dad, cook, hubby and ... survivor fanatic.

(morbid moment: imagine... if I every buy it on the way home from work... I will have made a post like this before leaving the office... and it will be officially the last thing I ever say... yeah, I know... knock on wood or something... hahaha... I'm afraid I'm not very suspicious superstitious so whad'evah)

k... see ya soon. :D
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I put Service Pack 2 on the kids computer two weeks ago...
So far so good.
No real issues and their computer gets a work out!

Our office refuses to allow it because it messes with some corporate app...
I hear bad stuff about it all the time...
but ...
but ..
but .

Obviously this really only applies to people that use XP...

Poll #366819 servicpack2

Has Service Pack 2 for Windows XP been installed on your computer?



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