Things on the schedule:
- Give blood. They’ve been calling me on several occasions only to hear that I’m at work. Last night they caught me at home. So the appointment is at 12h40.
- Enjoy a day off in town. I’m thinking coffee, followed by Chapters/Coles bookstores, followed by Second Hand Bookstore, followed by Moores, followed by coffee.
- Blow the evening at home. Some Battlefront II, some reading, maybe some coffee :P
- Friday = work = boredom.
- Saturday = national U20 rugby final = awesome.
Note: Parts 2 and 3 can be changed upon request.
So I’ve been looking to buy a motorcycle for the past while and several times I have changed my mind on what I want. First it was an older street bike, such as the 1984 Honda CB400 with whose owner I was playing phone tag forever, then it was a heavier but still old type. This included a 1995 Honda Shadow 600. I have now moved on to a lighter bike in a sportier style. The ideal here would be a 1996 Yamaha XJ600 Seca II, however, I’m pretty much broke once I pay for school and the only one available on the island is listed for $3000.
Bottom line: I still don’t know what I want, and I suck at making these choices
Just watched Star Wars Ep. IV again for the who-knows-how-manyth time. I noticed some new things.
- The troopers aren’t as bad as you think. I mean sure they can’t shoot for shit but neither can anyone else in the movie. Also, they seem much more individualistic than I remembered
- Harrison Ford did alright. No matter how many times people make fun of him in the role of Han Solo, remember this: he’s the only one whose career went decently beyond this series
- Major shift in the lightsabre battle sequences. I once heard that George Lucas meant for lightsabres to be wielded as though they were as heavy as broadswords. It shows in the first film.
- For all their futuristic weaponry and technology, their computers are absolute shit. I swear you can see the individual pixels on the display screen during the briefing for the assault on the Death Star
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
- Proverbs 3:5-6
Just when the angst was getting a little too concentrated.
“The floggings will continue until morale improves”
“Sometimes it’s best not to question your friends - Rather, just help them dump the body in the river”
“Never argue with an idiot - They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience”
“I tried it at home”
“I find this humerus”
“I WILL randomly, and without warning, burst into an amazing British accent”
“Ask me about my zombie plan”
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
- C. S. Lewis
To blog without inspiration is to waste hard-earned leisure and internet time. As such, I must find some inspiring thoughts… brb
> 8 min later
Summers from years past! Those long-lost and carefree days of olde when lads were troublesome and could run free for hours on end. Oh for the days when working during the summer consisted of chores and perhaps a little mowing if the weather were acceptable.
These days the children do not know these fond days of summer. They do not know the days in which things such as the Xbox did not exist. Nay, not even the Nintendo 64 was known in those times. Even the internet itself was still a rarity and to have access was to have a great level of esteem. One would make pilgrimages to those of that social standing to search the wonders of the World Wide Web. It was not known as the Internet, nor the Interweb, nor the Blogoshere, nor even the Intertubes. These names were bestowed on it by those early pioneers who struggled and coded so that those of us who followed may enjoy and waste days on end making no contribution to mankind.
The true pioneers have never received their proper credit. Those coding geniuses who convinced the American government to establish a computer network between the main databases of all the largest governmental organizations. It was to be called the Inter-network. Like the jet engine and digital photography before it, this Inter-network eventually graduated from the military and was opened to the civilian public.
The remainder of this story is one for another post. Or maybe not, it depends on how it all comes out. After all, the title says it all
So normally the island of Newfoundland is a pretty temperate place. Summer temperatures normally max out around 28C [84F] and average around 21C [72F].
This has changed lately though as a heat wave from the mainland has wafted its way down to our pleasant isle. For the last week temperatures of 29C are the norm, with the humidity index addition it feels more like 33C.
Nighttime temperatures, you ask? Oh they’re still around 25C. Yes, that is above average for even daytime temperatures.
Yes I know it could be worse, I mean we could be experiencing these temperatures while having to fight off the undead horde :P
“Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.”
- 1 John 2:10
“If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he had seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
- 1 John 4:20-21
I do try to love my brothers, in Christ and in blood, but it can be difficult sometimes. Is this going to be a rant about being a middle child? Maybe, but then that gets old. I hold out by praying and hoping for a turn around in his life, some sort of big jolt that will give him perspective.
It’s a rocky relationship I share with my older brother… Aaaannnddd that’s all I’m saying before I end up typing something I’ll regret.
Work is going better; minimum wage has gone up, the sunshine keeps the customers civil, sales appear to be rising, the garage is busy again. All in all, pretty good for me.
I gotta say, riding the North American fence is rather entertaining. Being both a Canadian and an American has its benefits.
I can go anywhere in the world and be welcome.
- In the USA, I’m a fellow American
- Everywhere else, I’m Canadian
I can criticize both sides with complete impunity
I have two days in July that I can fully use as excuses for fireworks [Americans do this much better]
Theoretically I can have two separate Thanksgiving holidays
I can brush off and push aside any international issue from one side by clinging to the other
I have the right to bear arms, and the right to criticize those who do
I can be pro-healthcare, and say the system is broken
I can believe in independence and hold loyalty to the British Crown
So Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July
It’s July 1st and all throughout this great land of Canada people are enjoying a federal holiday.
This is excepted of course in Newfoundland. Those who recall their history know this day as the anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel. It was on this day some 94 years ago that the pride of the Colony of Newfoundland was all but wiped from the battlefield in 30min.
Of the 780 men from the Newfoundland Regiment who ventured over the top in another mad run for victory, only 68 were on hand for the role call the following morning. The style of warfare was one of attrition, to wear down your opponent’s resources before he does yours. The sending these men in their blind dash was meant to be a final step after a lengthy bombardment and a large mined explosion under the enemy front lines.
Personally I’ve always found it a slight against this island’s people that the federal day of celebration is on our day of remembrance and sorrow.
I see the fireworks but still think of them as signal flares.
Hissss POP! “Right lads, over we go! For king and country!”
CRACKLE… BANG! “Don’t give up now! Move forward!”
THUMP THUMP BANG! “Keep that left flank moving! Lieutenant, hold fast!”
WHUMP WHUMP WHUMP THUD “Fall back! Fall back!”
It might be just me, I’m strange like that