Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Short Week

I'm finding it difficult to keep my motivation up....why ?....I'm off for the week at the end of today. A friend, who is now living in the UK, is getting married here on Saturday and his stag is tomorrow.
So, tomorrow morning, I'll pick up the best man, hit the highway and begin the afternoon of supreme misbehaving.

Friday will be a long day of recovery.

Saturday, the wifey and I will get ourselves gussied up and head back for the wedding...and additional misbehaving sans tornado and rumblebum.

Sunday, second recovery.

Right now is just the 'gawd, I wish the day would move a bit quicker' period.

I'm so not motivated I have nothing to type....

I'll be sure to get some pictures....they will be censored of course.

Speaking of pictures, I'm still on the hunt for a new camera and since the Tornado decided to give the wifey's camera a watery death, I may need to kick the search into high gear. Maybe it will be a gift from Santa this year (along with a imac maybe ? Hmmmm ?)

I'll leave you with this...a picture of the baby spa at the Tornado house....

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On the hunt for new blogs

Anyone reading any funny, insightful, interesting, cool blogs these days ? My wifey has turned me on to a couple but they're not updated that often (those being Hyperbole and a Half and The Oatmeal)

I'm kinda interested in some of the travel blogs out there (that aren't selling stuff) as well as some sort of adventure blogs. As well, I like food reviews, photo blogs ( Scotland in the Gloaming ) and UK Pubs (oddly i can't find any good ones - there was a great one from a dude who bought a pub and ranted each day but he shut it down [the blog not the pub]...i at least got to meet him and have a pint at his pub last time i was in the UK).

So comment which ones you're reading....if you only read this one...well...get out there and find some others...and thank you for reading....i promise it will get more interesting (when I start to find more free time)

London - The Real Ale Trail

The title should be self explanatory. It's just what this guy needs for his beer weekends in London. I stumbled upon it on a blog I follow and it looks right up my alley.

If you like old man pubs, real ale and London...this is probably for you.

The Real Ale Trail

The next time I'm able to get away for a weekending pint in the UK I will be doing this...I'll let you know how it goes (FYI - I'm trying to negotiate March 2011...wish me luck)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rex Murphy on the UN

Great article from Rex Murphy of the National Post on the UN

On Thursday, Stephen Harper visited the United Nations to make a plea for Canada having another turn on the UN Security Council. Why? After so many instances of the UN’s impotence, corruption and waste, why does the body still retain any residue of prestige. Is a seat on the Security Council worth the public begging?

The UN is a study in moral relativism: It presents the same countenance to the most despotic regime as it does to a genuine democracy. Its so-called Human Rights Council is a byword for farce. In situations where urgent intervention is required, it is either incapable of acting or deliberately temporizes at crisis moments. Who can forget Rwanda?
It inserts itself into the great questions of the day — the planet’s climate, for instance — and then seeks to monopolize or control the arguments and input into that question. It affects impartiality, but is agenda-driven. The United Nations may have begun as a noble dream, but it has become just another bartering house for international politicians, a quick prestige stop for some, a chance for Third World diplomats to sample the gaudy West.

Thursday’s roster at the UN featured two speakers other than our Prime Minister. The always elegant and poised Barack Obama made a speech urging support for his Middle East peace initiative. Then, barely an hour later, grinning like a cheshire cat, the President of Iran took the dais, to articulate the wicked and asinine canard that the Sept. 11 attacks were the work of the United States government — as a pretext to launch wars that benefit “the Zionist regime.”

Of course, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been cursing and excoriating Israel, and threatening it with extinction, for as long as he’s been in power. Indeed, his hatred is obsessional, and dominates his view of the entire world. (“All values, even the freedom of expression, in Europe and the United States are being sacrificed at the altar of Zionism,” he declared.) But to blame America for the slaughter of its own citizens — and to do so in a speech on American soil — this is a step beyond. This is bile at its most rancid.

I can understand overhearing this pathetic junk in some sad coffee shop or bar. Combinations of vitriol and nonsense are, unfortunately, not rare. But this was not some sad coffee shop or bar. This was the general assembly of the United Nations — where, one would think, accusations of this offensiveness and derangement would be out of bounds.

Delegates from some nations, Canada among them, did not stay for the speech. But the mere fact that the UN provided a forum for Ahmadinejad to ventilate his outlandish and hateful speculations tells us something about the worth of the body.

One would like to think this speech will give our Prime Minister pause in seeking to win a seat on the Security Council: Some signals from responsible nations that they are no longer willing to extend automatic respect to the United Nations, to continue playing its games, might work to wake it up.

But I’m not hopeful on this. The thing with long-maintained pretenses is that no one wants to be the first publicly to shatter them. And so we will persist in seeking the “honour” of a Security Council seat. But if we get it, Canada will bring far more honour to the bargain than we are going to receive.

National Post

Rex Murphy offers commentary weekly on CBC TV’s The National, and is host of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Not giving a f**k is good for you

Check Ups

Reed and I went to see the Doc today. He went for his 2 month and I went for my 'I'm 40 and I need to start seeing the doctor more often so...get er done'.

Reed is doing issues there...

As for me......I'm strong like Ox...that's right ! Blood pressure average was 117/74 I think, I am apparently more flexible than my doctor, no nasties on my skin, eyes, throat, ears look great, heart and lungs parts good....I'll be doing some blood work, but he didn't see anything to be worried about. Strange knees didn't jerk when he whacked them....hmmmmm...and big surprise, he told me to lose weight...but not as much as you might think (he said 15 lbs would be a good start)

And yes hux...I'm 183 cm tall...that's 72.04 inches....6 FEET !

So...looks like I'll be here for a while yet Powell....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Where did summer go ?

This had to be the worst year for weather. While I don't mind rainy days, we had too many overcast low temp crap weeks. I barely got a farmer tan this year. And now ?

This makes us really want to push the move into high gear. We're still planning on saying 'good bye' to this place sometime within the next 4 years....but, to where ?

Sicamous and Salmon Arm seemed nice and average Jan temp is between 0 and -10...that is do-able...although it can feel pretty closed in out the in the winter (grey skies and mountains all around). Who knows...if this winter is what the farmers almanac predicts we may do some serious looking come Feb.

A couple updates:
- We're freakin' busy at work....I'll be doing a bit more travel to round off the year...possibly New York and Chicago...unlikely but maybe China again (we'll see over the next month)
- Little big man has now decided that bed time is the devil. I think it has to do with all the disruptions from the summer...we have to get him back on track because I'm going to start having hallucinations from sleep deprivation pretty soon.....[as I nod to the flying blue cat next to me]
- #2 is growing nicely....still has an issue with the puking but he's getting bigger (not a beast like his brother but still a big boy). He's also a smiling machine [pictures to come]
- I now own a loser cruiser......yes....I did what i said I wouldn't....oh well....the only consolation is I got an awesome deal on it.
- I haven't seen a movie for quite some time so I'll need to play hooky in the next couple weeks to catch up....although, there doesn't seem to be that many I want to see right now....and I heard Devil sucked....

I just received 2 free tee times for golf in town....I wonder if the weather will hold out so I can get 1 round in this year....


I'll leave you with this....

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Devil - Ths Friday

A new flick opens this weekend, produced and written by ol' M. Night, but screenplay and directing by someone else (that's probably a good won't suck). I know it's hard to judge by the trailer cause those friggin' guys in Hollywood can make gold out of s**t when it comes to trailers. That being said, this one looks interesting...a bunch of people trapped in an elevator of them is possibly the devil....oooooooooo

They should have waited another month to release this one...but that's just me...

have fun

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pics from the last two weeks

As per previous post, I was in China (Beijing) for a week and on return went to Sicamous for a week of house boating and my Brother 'n' law's wedding. I've been to Beijing before and I didn't have much time to get out and see the city other than a drive past Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City. I did spend a few hours at the Summer Palace (I had been there before but it was during winter). I did manage to eat some great meals as you can see in the pictures below. Twice we had spicy Szechaun, once was Thai and lastly was from a southern area (the name escapes me). Each time the food was fantastic. No complaints. My stomach held out until I got home......or was there something in the sausage I ate when i got home ? hmmmm.

I had never been house boating before so I had no idea what to expect. Even though the weather was crap, it was a great time. We had plenty of food, drink, good conversation and exercise chasing River around.

I would highly recommend China and BC House boating for vacations.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Small Break

I was just in China (Beijing) for a week and then in the BC Interior house boating....I'll do an update once the pictures are downloaded....