Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Resistance is futile…

Ok.. I finally did it… I bought an iPod. Granted, it’s an iPod Shuffle that I got from a friend (and therefore used – and cheap), so at least I didn’t hand over lots of hard-earned money to Apple, but I still caved & got one.

It’s been an interesting couple of days getting used to it… I hate to have to admit that I love that it’s so much more portable than my discman (which also plays mp3 files). For the longest time I really wanted to avoid these things as I saw them as an expensive fad… But there’s something to be said for the convenience. I’ll still buy CD’s… my car isn’t iPod ready, and I still enjoy having the physical media... You can't accidentally erase it, just destroy it from mis-use. :)

AUGH... I'm starting to sound like free advertising for Apple!! HELP!!!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Escape (or See you in September…. Maybe)

So yeah... There has been a disturbing lack of postings here since mid-April... And frankly with good reason. I've not been around to post much, there's too much to do outdoors. I've been told that this is alarmingly out of date, and I'll admit to that too.

But anyway... I have a good reason for that. I've been enjoying my playground... and will at some point have to leave it for the winter... but probably not until mid-October. But in the meantime, here's a couple of pictures of my playground... Where I can be found if you really need to get ahold of me. And just so it's clear - there are more important things in life than blogging. Like enjoying all that God's creation has to offer!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

My one question

With it being Easter I've been in a very contemplative mood lately. Guess it has to do with the fact that this time of year reminds me (almost as much as Thanksgiving) of things to be thankful for. Of course Easter brings to mind the one event I am most thankful for - Jesus' willingness to die a gruesome death in my place (not to mention in the place of everybody in the world) so that we could all have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship with the Holy God who created the universe.

I happened to think of a line from a Robin Williams sketch that is highly appropriate today too. Now you might be wondering how Robin Williams - he of the ultra-foul comedic mouth, and Easter relate... Please let me explain. Quoted from one of his sketches, I present the question I've been pondering:

"Here's my one question: how do you get crucifixion, resurrection and then: chocolate bunnies, coloured eggs!?!"

Good question Robin. How indeed...

I've found a couple of sources online to draw from...
One says that it was the Germans who first came up with chocolate bunnies in the 1800s... but it seems that those loony Germans had the rabbit as a symbol of easter as far back as the 1500s. Guess there was only one thing on the mind of medieval Germans (fertility)... Tho there's still nothing to explain how the rabbits laid the coloured eggs... Sounds like a drug trip stretch to me... :)
The second source says the Easter Bunny originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit. Great.... So it sounds like we're looking at modern paganism. (I knew there was a reason I didn't like the Hallmark-ization of important dates besides the commercialization of it all.)

I really don't like the idea of any aspect of Easter (in this case the bunny) being linked to an Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess. Somehow paganism mixing with Christianity just doesn't seem right....

Well... I can't make others change this aspect of Easter, but I can refuse to acknowledge that side of it (the commercialization & link to paganism) in my own life. To me Easter will always have a deep personal significance based on Jesus and His role in my life. Anything else is nonsense (in my opinion).

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Nutrition (and roll up the rim to lose...)

Well... the new streak of "Please Play Again"'s (maybe (c)) is up to 5. I think I was really on to something earlier on. Ah well. I heard on the radio recently that Tim Horton's skewed the contest so that you're more likely to win stuff if you live in Alberta or Quebec. I say good for the people who live there, and nuts to Tim's.

But it got me thinking... How nutritious *is* Tim's food? Not really - if you read their info on www.timhortons.com. Though I guess their sandwiches are ok... (They are good!) But it's important to eat healthy food - so less Tim's (except maybe the odd coffee) and more good stuff (fruits & veggies) for me from now on... Lots of fat & sugar will only help me die earlier - something I'd rather not do! The other nice benefit is that it's much better on my wallet to not eat donuts / muffins / bagels / etc. @ Tim's all the time.... And that's almost as good a benefit as the health ones. :)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

A what!?!?

Ummm... So which one is it??? I'm confused now...

Dre --


Extremely extreme!

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Dre --


A person of questionable sanity who starts their own cult

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Dre --


A master blogger

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Dre --


Tastes like fried chicken

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Adventures in TimHortonLand...

The streak is officially over. I "won" a coffee this morning. (Whoop-eee... just look how enthusiastic I am...) So this gives me a "free" shot at a new entry in the "Rrroll up the rim to lose" contest. Basically it works out to a 2 coffees for the price of one. Fortunately it doesn't say anything about what size I'm "limited" to... heh heh heh. Think the second one'll be an extra large (or at least a large). I've added the "evidence" below - no more "Please Play Again" (sigh).

Anyway... why TimHortonLand?? Well... I was thinking about how Tim's still falls under the banner of "fast food"... And for the children of the eighties, you might remember McDonaldLand... with all the associated characters: Ronald, Grimace (due for an obesity-related heart attack in 1984), the Fry Guys, the Hamburglar, etc. So I propose we create a TimHortonLand for those of us who remember McDonaldLand. Instead of a mayor (wasn't it Mayor McCheese or something?) we should have two Co-Presidents, Bob & Doug McKenzie (see below).

Mind you, we'd also have to change the menu selection *slightly* at Tim Horton's... (brewski anyone?) But these good ol' Canadian boys do represent our (unofficial) national food... Donuts. And yes, they represent beer too... so? What's your point? (Cold beer's a good drink, especially on a hot day...) If you're scratching your head right now (i.e. completely clueless) PLEASE rent & watch the movie Strange Brew. You'll understand some more after that. (If you need to borrow it, I could arrange that too...) If you still don't get it after watching the movie... Please seek medical attention.

So thus endeth the "losing" streak... at least till this afternoon when I started a new streak of "Please Play Again"s... Ah well...

So now for this year's edition of "Rrroll up the rim to lose" I stand at 4 coffees, of which I won 3 "Please Play Again"s and one free coffee.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

The running tally...

Ok I have a confession to make... I ended up playing Roll Up the Rim to Lose today... Twice. Actually it was a rough day and I wanted the coffee(s) to keep me awake @ work. Really.

And true to form... I won "Please Play Again". TWICE. Yay me. Check it out if you don't believe me (note the 2 "Please Play Again"'s in the rims):

So now I've played twice, and won 2 "Please play again"s.

I think I'll keep a running tally here... It'll let me show that (a) this contest is rigged against me; and (b) how much Tim Horton's coffee I *actually* drink (which isn't that much when you think about it).