Blame It On The Rain

July 14, 2011

This has been an unusually rainy summer in Edmonton (though other parts of the province have been getting hit a lot worse than us). One index of how wet it’s been: Waterlogged billboards are shedding their ads.

Snowai Moai

January 19, 2011

A month ago.

yesterday.

Snowiest winter in a long time.

Yesterday

 

$#*! My Parents Keep

January 11, 2011

My sister and I have been trying to “declutter” our parents’ house of late. By no means are they Hoarders material – they’re just people who have lived in the same house for a long time and have accumulated a lot over the years. We’ve been combing through piles of stuff that amass in drawers, cupboards, closets and seemingly on any flat surface. Occasionally, amidst the dross, I find some historical (and comedy) gold. For instance…

My sister’s high school ID card.

Hilarious!

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She was in a bowling league?

Holy moley, look at all that bad 80’s crimped hair! The next year she had much better hair…

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so why’s she hiding?

Niece 2

Mind control??

Scary. I hope she uses it only for good.

To be continued…

Wordsmith is an online game similar to Boggle, but invented by the devil. That must be why I get a score of 666 more often than is statistically likely. You form words of three to seven letters by clicking on Scrabble-like tiles. The game only allows words that are in its dictionary. I’m not sure what dictionary they’re using, but some of the words it allows make my Scrabble playing friends apoplectic. Here are some of the more questionable words I’ve played (none of which are recognized by WordPress’ spellchecker):

woodine
rivery
cloof
tiffle
lakey
daggles
baldier
mopsy
smittle
clarina
bloob
frawn
coggle
sammer
groof
squeege
tekkie
twaddy
runch
samely
toadier
halfly
bazoo

On the other hand, it didn’t allow these words I tried to play that I think are perfectly lovely:

hotsy
pissy
poopsy

Here are some excellent words I’ve played that were worth mega points:

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kinkily
caliber
turbans
sylph
fracas
gerbera
hubris
popery
maltose
coronet
spinnet
anagram
satires
melody
cupola
helix
codeine
vinyl
sassily
quarrier
forager

I’m not going to provide a link. If you want to waste your life on this addictive game, you’re on your own.

A Mighty Wind

July 19, 2009

The aftermath of last night’s storm:

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One huge tree branch came down on my roof

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and another huge branch snapped and is dangling a few feet off the sidewalk.

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I can’t say for certain, but from what I can see it looks like the house is okay.

I went around the neighbourhood this morning surveying the damage.

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This street was probably the worst – a huge limb broke off this tree completely blocking the street…

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and crushing this vehicle under it…

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which, it turns out, belongs to an old actor friend of mine I hadn’t seen in years.

I missed all the excitement – I was at a friend’s housewarming party in another part of town getting sloshed on tropical drinks in his basement tiki bar.

My Saturday

April 12, 2009

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Breakfast: pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, two eggs sunny side up and endless cups of the most wonderful smelling and tasting coffee.

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What the heck? The Emergency Relief thrift store was open on Good Friday but not today?

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The new art gallery under construction. It seems you either hate it or hate it. I think I like it. Right now it looks like something collapsed – this is what it’s supposed to look like when it’s finished:

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webcam

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Bought my ticket to see this dude.

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To the library for cds and dvds

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but my membership had lapsed and I didn’t want to wait in line to renew and risk a parking ticket.

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Made the thrift rounds in the northeast part of town which I don’t get to very often.

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…because it sucks. No thrift finds. I also trolled a couple of Giant Tiger stores I hadn’t been to before for remaindered dvds.

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Score.

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Late lunch at Sunterra market on the south side. Delicious soup (more like a stew) chock full of chicken chunks in spicy coconut milk broth. Then grocery shopping at Spinelli’s for pizza fixin’s.

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Homemade pizza with bocconcini, feta and olives.

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Enjoy your Easter.

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Spring cleaning

March 21, 2009

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Today I took advantage of the lovely spring weather to clear out the deadwood from my blogroll (links to other blogs at the end of the column to the right). I’m sorry, but posting your tweets is not a blog. I also axed blogs that haven’t been updated in months – I know you have a life but I need constant stimulation. I added some new blogs and put everything in categories. They’re all good time wasters, but Vintage Microwave (subtitled “Free May Not Be Cheap Enough”) never fails to make me laugh til I cry.

Update: Vintage Microwave is now called Item Not As Described.

Spring

April 21, 2008

Bargain of the Day

April 7, 2008

Electric jar opener $59.99 $9.99