Thursday, October 11, 2018

Halloween and Girl Guide Cookies.

Have you ever noticed on Halloween that some neighbors lock their doors and turn off the lights? What is the matter with them, stingy? Not me. When I was young, I always went out on Halloween and came home with a bag of treasure. It was one of the things we looked forward to. So now, I have the lights on and am prepared. Children’s memories for later on.
The same goes for Girl Guides. When one comes to the door with cookies, I’m there with the money. I was in the Boy Scouts and went door to door selling apples. I was always happy to get that ten cents. It’d great to see their smiles.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Pork Hocks on the Spit.

This is a photo of pork hocks on the spit in a restaurant window in Munich, Germany. I didn't have any in that place but I did try them out when I was in Fussen. That is a lot of food. It's like eating your own pork roast.
With the influx of Muslims, I can't imagine what they think when they see this. The only thing I ever saw them eat in a restaurant was ice cream. I should say the men. The women just sat at the table, behind their veils and watched.

Friday, September 21, 2018

I think my wife is going on a safari tomorrow.

She told me she is going to hunt for giant tigers. Not just any tiger, but giant ones. Can you imagine? She must be very brave. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

I’m reading this story and the man says, “My name is Ahmed.”

It reminds me of yesterday when I was returning from Halifax. Almost all the way home, I was following a car with the license plate, AHMED.  

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Some people that come to see you are visitors, others are people that stay too long.

How long should a visitor stay? From what I can tell, three days seems to be the magic number. But, this all depends on the people involved.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

As we grow older, do the facts of our life turn into fiction?

Do the fish get larger? Do the lies get bigger? Do we change the dreams from the past to fit the present? Does this make us happy?

Friday, August 31, 2018

John McCain said: “We never hide from history. We make history.”

Thinking about all the statues about the Civil War they have removed, I think they rewrite history. To prove the point, in the new movie of the landing on the moon, they will omit the American flag placed there by Neil Armstrong.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

“The most troubling issue in many European cities these days is not migrants, its tourists.”

Having done a lot of travelling, I can relate to this. On my first trip to Rome, it was by way of a cruise ship. We were bussed in. At the Trevi Fountain, we could hardly move. Had trouble throwing my coins in. At the Vatican, we couldn’t get in because of the long lineups.
A week later we disembarked the ship in Venice, then took a train back to Rome, where we stayed awhile.
Now this was a totally different atmosphere. There were hardly anyone at the Trevi Fountain but too late for me, I already spent my coins. We went to the Vatican at 8:00 a.m. and there was maybe a dozen tourists. Took all the photos we wanted without a people background.
Last year we went to Germany and stayed in Munich and Fussen, a week each. It was just normal life, no pushing or shoving. Although any tourist attraction like Neuschwanstein castle, will have a lot of visitors, even from their own country.
Tourists bring in a lot of money, but it comes at a cost.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

When I was young, in a town of wooden houses,

covered with wooden shingles, unused nails were often to be found. Unfortunately, many of them were found in the soles of the feet of children, who spent the summer running around in bare feet. If this happened now, there would be a quick trip to Emergency and a stab with a Tetanus shot. But not back then.
In those days, we would pull out the nail, lick our finger and rub it over the wound to wipe away the blood. Then there would be a quick trip to Mom, who would kiss the spot and make all the hurt go away.

Friday, August 17, 2018

I love videos of baby elephants.

Canada is getting another National Holiday. Everyone loves a holiday but it's brutal for small business.

So, food prices will be going up, across the board, because of the tariffs.

The American have put tariffs on some of our goods and now we retaliate. Our government has decided to put tariffs on foodstuff so when we go to the grocery store everything will be more expensive. The Americans will pay the tariffs and the money goes into our government coffers. I think that the money collected should be given back to the food industry so that our food prices stay the same. As I look at it, it seems to be a roundabout way of taxing food. And you can bet that when the tariffs are removed, the food prices will remain the same. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I expect there will be more than one movie made about Omarosa.

When I saw the news about the bridge collapse in Italy,

the first thing that came to my mind was cruise ships. That sounds odd and I’ll explain. Most ships are built in Germany and Italy. They are built in sections and welded together. As you walk down the passageway you can see where the sections come together. If the passageway is level and smooth, it was built in Germany. If you come along the passageway and you have to take a step up where they meet, then that ship was built in Italy. The collapse of the bridge does not surprise me.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

I learned a new word today. Pansexual.

 Far as I can tell, it means someone who likes everyone. I know a lot of people like that but they don’t run around and say they are pansexual. Nor do others. They just call them nice people.
This name is for people who want to feel special, to belong to a special minority, like saying their family is descendant from Royalty. Of course they would want the P added to the ever growing list, giving them the right to march in the parade.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Last Night’s Dream.

In this alternate universe, I am a Taser Technician. My job was to go and retrieve the Taser wires that were expended. Drag them back and restore them to the Taser.
In our present world, Taser wires extend to about 15”. In my other world, the wires fly out to about 150”. I saw myself crawling over bushes, through windows and around buildings. Not surprising, because these are DNA seeking Taser wires. Fire the weapon and it seeks the person. Taking the path of least resistance, it went through thorn bushes, not around them.
I have nothing to do with the firing of the Taser. I think I am in the Police and I am definitely on the bottom of that totem pole. I just have to collect all these strung out wires and stuff them back into a box for next time. Frustrating job done and then I wake up.

Friday, July 27, 2018

It’s the thought that counts.

 Rubbish. If the idea is no good, it amounts to nothing. If the idea is good but not acted on, it amounts to nothing. It is the most inexpensive of gifts and does not require wrapping. Although the receiver may say, "It's the thought that counts," I'm sure they feel dejected.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

I wake up in the morning with great intentions, then reality sets in...

In this case, I was going to cut the grass this morning but then saw that it rained last night. You know what? I can't be sure I would really have cut the grass. 

Lady, don’t be such an idiot...

So, I saw this morning that a woman in Ont. Is suing a barber for not cutting her hair. She’s black, he’s white. He’s probably over 60. She is going to report him to the Human Rights Comm. Getting her 15 min. of fame.
This man is not comfortable cutting women's hair. He doesn't cut his wife's. What if she was not pleased with the haircut, would she sue him for that? Will he be forced to do it?
So, I guess we are not allowed to make our own choices. Someone else has the right to tell us how we should run our lives. This works in the big picture. The laws etc. But not when we have to form our life by some individual’s likes or dislikes. Like my next door neighbor telling me not to cut the grass at 9 am. He has the right to decide for me?
If that happened to me, I would take that as a hint not to get my haircut there. It just so happened that I went for a haircut this morning and told my barber about this. He said if he was forced to cut someone’s hair, they would definitely remember the haircut and not return.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Saw a good ad on T.V. yesterday concerning tattoos.

Rather than finding a cure for some disease or something important, they invented a makeup to cover tattoos. It made me chuckle to think of that drunken moment coming home to roost. At least it is cheaper than the permanent removable process. All you have to do is rub it on over the offending graffiti, and poof out of sight, out of mind. Now, you can sport yourself at a biker fest and then you can go to a fancy restaurant in the evening and not get the evil stares. Just be careful and not spill any wine on yourself.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The tragedy in Toronto. Now we all know about it.

We’ve seen it on T.V. For me, there are some things that stick out. First, was the length of time it took to find out who he was? Halfway through the day, we were told his age but not his name. If you know his age, it’s obvious you know his name. If they don’t say his name, it’s a good chance that he is a Muslim. As it turned out, he was.

During the same afternoon, there was an incident in Ottawa. Someone was walking around with a knife. The media had his name on the air before they clapped the handcuffs on him. I guess we can say he had a Christian name, which he did.

Now the government has a problem. They have to put a spin on this. They don’t want a backlash against the Muslim community, which in reality means, they don’t want to insult the Muslims. But, someone has to be blamed. Then someone comes up with a solution. We will blame the average Canadian. It’s their fault because they didn’t enact the correct laws so this guy couldn’t get a gun.

The media jumps right on this. Since they have come up with this farce, the murderer’s name has been mentioned the bare minimum of times. Forget about the murderer, make this a social gathering. Paint the sidewalks and walls with graffiti. It only took a few hours before new tee-shirts were printed off. So that is the story now. Two people killed, 13 wounded because Canada has lax gun laws.

As to the murderer, the nicest guy you ever want to meet say his neighbors. The nice guy, who just shot 15 people.

Had a cinnamon bun for breakfast and I noticed that it had no calorie count on the package. So, I'm guessing it was calorie free.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Heavy rain yesterday. I was waiting for that, to check on something. When there is heavy rain,

the back of my yard is like a swimming pool. It takes a while for the water to drain off. A couple of weeks ago, it so happened that the house next door was getting new roof shingles and drains. The house is two story, so the drain pipes are quite long, coming in 12' sections. One of them was just what I needed for a drain in my back yard. So, I dug a trench, 1' deep. Had to use an ax and chainsaw to get through the roots. Laid the pipe, put some mesh on the front and filled the hole at the front with gravel. Filled it all in and waited for the rain. When it did rain, I noticed that the only visible water was just above the gravel, which disappeared when the rain slowed down. Now I have to get a flat rock, write drain on it, and lay it at the top of the pipe. If there is ever a problem, like the drain getting plugged, people will know there is a drain there.

Why is it important to learn English when you live in an English-speaking country?