Bull in supermarket (unedited CCTV)

Bull On The Run In Supermarket, Cummins SuperValu in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo

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8 things meme

I have been tagged by Marie Jaeger:

8 things meme

Rules are simple, list 8 things you look forward to, 8 things you did yesterday, 8 things you wish you could do. Then tag 8 people and let them know they’ve been tagged with the meme.

8 things I look forward to:

  1. Friday
  2. Payday
  3. watching my friends in the band play
  4. meeting the crowd of friends who go out to watch my friends in the band
  5. the day AFTER timesheet day
  6. anything that takes me out into the country
  7. driving around in the country at night with the windows down and the music up (or off and listening to froggies peeping in Spring)
  8. driving around in the country at night with the windows up and the music up (winter)

8 things I did yesterday

  1. worked
  2. Twittered far too much
  3. went to the chiropractor
  4. photographed and videoed the baby fish in the aquarium at the chiropractor’s office
  5. stayed up late watching “Boys Who Do Comedy” on YouTube
  6. made a video
  7. attempted to make more videos
  8. downloaded a trial version of Adobe Premiere Elements and hate it

8 things I wish I could do

  1. fly by flapping my arms
  2. fly (in a plane) anytime I want, anywhere I want (if #1 isn’t possible)
  3. play a musical instrument (esp. guitar, accordion, fiddle)
  4. be endlessly confident
  5. remember peoples’ names without going through mental gymnastics
  6. find a significant other
  7. afford to be “comfortable”… not rich… comfortable
  8. not be so shy

8 shows I watch on TV (I don’t watch a lot of TV any more)

  1. Kings
  2. Holmes on Homes” (he’s so cute…)
  3. Animal Cops” (and all the other similar shows)
  4. Blackadder
  5. any of the true crime programs: “American Justice“, “The First 48“, “Dr. G. Medical Examiner

Now… Who to tag?!!!!

  1. Rambling Woods
  2. Jams O Donnell
  3. Vita Stunder
  4. Sandi @ The Whistlestop Cafe
  5. Brita
  6. Hootin’ Annie
  7. R.J. Flamingo
  8. and… last but NOT least, top of my charts… My lovely friend, Az

Hyperwords

Oh GREAT! Yet another virtual shiny object to keep me busy.

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Actually, this has to be the coolest and most useful add-on. You can look up websites, reference, find images, shop, translate, find the exchange rate or price in  all the major currencies, and… and… and… lots of other stuff, simply by highlighting a word on a web page.

Watch the video.

Feeding Chickadees

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This was filmed the day the exhaust system crapped out in the car. I FINALLY managed to get Windows Movie Maker to spit out the video. The one with the fuzzy butt was affectionately dubbed “Benjamin” as Benjamin’s nickname is “Mr. Fluffypants” (when he was a kitten, he looked as though he was wearing a pair of fuzzy pants).

Teen suspended from school for “taking drugs” .. Her birth-control pill

On what planet????

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A teen in Fairfax County, Virginia has been given  two-week suspension and recommendation for expulsion for taking her prescription birth-control pill at school. If she had been caught high on LSD, heroin or another illegal drug, she found, she would have been suspended for five days.

Yes, taking drugs you aren’t actually prescribed is a bad thing. So is drug addiction and trafficking. But , to my mind, what is infinitely worse is failing to use the braincells God gave you in discerning the difference between a drug someone shouldn’t be taking and one they should.

Whatever mindless dronery drove the bureaucrat who accosted this young woman, they seem to have followed the well-trodden path of the school official who decides that kindergartners who hug a classmate are “sexually harassing” them; the principal who called the police over a student bringing a plastic butter knife to school because it was a “dangerous weapon”, and airport security who seize tweezers but allow Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length)  and umbrellas to be carried on. (The fact is that a very effective weapon can be fashioned from a section of newspaper – something the FSA seems to have overlooked).

Where do you draw the line?

Is a child who uses an Epipen in danger of being suspended? What about teen who may need to take Nitroglycerin because they have a heart-condition?

Time for some common sense.

…and Tigger, too…

James Kuhn, the man who painted his face every day of the year, has finished the 365-day project.

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... and Tigger, too...

... and Tigger, too...

PhotoHunter: Protect(ion)…

There are a number of ways to go on this one….

This little piggie has a lot of protection. Chicken wire and a cocktail umbrella. For the full version of this project, see here: “June Bride“.

"June Bride" (detail)

"June Bride" (detail)

photohunter7iq1The “Diefenbunker“… Canada’s formerly top secret air-raid shelter designed to house the government, officials, and military…. while the rest of us, presumably, fried. With the end of the Cold War, the Diefenbunker is open to the curious public. It is located just outside Carp, Ontario, near Ottawa.

"The Diefenbunker"

"The Diefenbunker"

This is the “technology” that changed my life… I was a small child when the Cuban Missile Crisis began. Air-raid siren tests screamed out with regularity. We had a bomb shelter in our basement. Fear of the “Red Threat” was jammed down our throats. I lived with nightly and terrifying nightmares of war and death throughout my entire childhood. Even today, the sound of an air-raid siren makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. This disused siren sits at the entrance to the “Diefenbunker”.

"Air Raid Siren"

"Air Raid Siren"

The Diefenbunker Poem:

In Bermuda shorts,
pushing strollers and giggling, tourists rush to the next exhibit.
Hoping to beat the traffic
and get to Walmart before it closes.

I, on the other hand, recall the fallout shelter in our basement
and cold-sweat nights (and days),
waiting for the bomb to drop.

I can’t help thinking that the bomb-shelters, air raid sirens, and assurances that “drop and cover” would protect us amounted to little more than chicken wire and cocktail umbrellas….

People that burn my butt…

This morning, I drove down town for our bi-weekly chiropractor appointments.

As usual, I tried to find a parking space but found that the only free spaces were taken by taxicabs idling in front of the Public Library instead of in the taxi rank outside the Indigo Hotel where there is ample space.

No, firstly, they aren’t paying for the parking spot, which is illegal. Secondly, they are idling which isn’t just bad for the environment, here in Ottawa, it is against the law unless it is above a certain temperature or below a certain temperature. Thirdly, when it is suggested that they need to move their vehicles they either ignore you or are downright rude and refuse to move.

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Often, as I am up in the Chiro office, I watch the cars parked along that section of Metcalfe Street and can see the same taxis parked for well over 20 minutes. Often, when I come down tot he car after my appointment, the same drivers are in the same spot or have merely moved up one spot when someone who had parked has moved their car. Often, they are out of their cars, chatting while their cars are idling.

There is no Earthly reason why I, who am willing to pay for parking, should be shouldered out by taxi drivers who DON’T pay for parking. Especially, when parking downtown is at a premium.

So… while I drove around the block for yet another time looking for a space (using yet more fuel and causing more pollution) I find myself behind a line of cars waiting for a woman to cross the street who is slowly ambling across yakking on her cellphone.

So I yelled at he “Get off you fucking phone and cross the street”. As I made my way down the street, she barreled up to the car and whacked my window. As “luck” would have it, after finally getting a taxi driver to move and park my car, who should wander up the street but the woman I yelled at. She called me “vicious” and said she felt “sorry” for my mother because I was so “rude”. She said she had some sort of “injury” which was why she was so slow crossing the street. I opined that if she has an “injury” she seemed to have recovered from it and didn’t seem to be having a problem when she ran up the street to whack on my window.

Fact. She was walking and talking on the cellphone and was too preoccupied with that to know just how slowly she was walking and was oblivious to the fact that she was holding up traffic while she carried on a conversation. Not only is it silly and vain to walk on the street carrying on a conversation on your phone, it is dangerous. End of story.

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Regarding the taxis idling, I emailed the taxi company and Cc;d the city bylaw enforcement and the mayor, attaching the relevant City bylaws. So there… Pttthhhhttt….

UPDATE!

I received this response from Christine Vonk at Blue Line, the main culprit in this…

“I have forwarded your e mail to managers and they will ensure that messages are sent out to all drivers regarding this issue—I am sure this will be dealt with asap—thank you for your concerns!”

Happy camper…

This evening, I went to the grocery store to get a few odds and ends.

I trolled by the “exotic fruits” bins in the vain hope that they might have “Dragon Fruit” (Pitahaya). Towards the end of winter, the Loeb store near us started carrying some more unusual fruits like varieties of Passion Fruits and the aforementioned “Dragon Fruit”.

There are a number of varieties of Dragon Fruit. The one the store was carrying was the one which looks like this…

"Dragon Fruit" Pitahaya

"Dragon Fruit" Pitahaya

It is the fruit of a cactus. Unlike the more ubiquitous “Prickly Pear” you often see, the seeds are more like those you find in a Kiwi fruit. In fact the flavour is sort of Kiwi-esque. It is easy to peel. Simply cut in half lengthwise and slip a spoon or even just your thumb between the thick leathery skin, slide it along the length of the fruit and it will pop out the pulp in one go. Slice it and serve.

The one I have been hoping they will get in is the red variety. Looks exactly the same as the one above but it has bright fuchsia flesh inside. Apparently the flavour is incredible.

Red Pitahaya

Red Pitahaya

Recently, Loeb stores across the province began being rebranded as “Metro” stores, having been bought out by the Montreal -based grocery chain, Metro Inc. Today, the Loeb near us opened as a Metro store.

AND… Lo, and Behold! After many weeks of checking, there in the exotic fruits bins were my beloved Dragon Fruit! They were a little droopy but I expect they will tase just fine….

Susan Boyle singing “Cry Me A River”

Recorded at a 1999 charity show. This shows that she isn’t a one-song wonder. This actually DID bring tears to my eyes.

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