Showing posts from June, 2006


This is the first time I am doing the flight during the day. I usually take the red-eye and leave at 10:30 pm and get there around noon. However, as I never seem to sleep on the red-eye, this may wind up being better in the long run for me. I'll arrive tired and it will be time to sleep.Alarm set for 5am.Super Shuttle here at 5:45-6:00 am for ride to airport (I am scheduled as last pickup for that shuttle).Plane departs 8:35 am.Arrive in Chicago at 2:30 pm.Leave Chicago at 3:45 pm.Arrive in Montreal at 6:50 pm.Customs in Montreal.Leave Montreal at 8:25 pm.Arrive in Saint John at 11:00 pm.That 4-hour time difference heading back east really makes this seem like a long day. Especially for a guy who dislikes flying.She's so totally worth it!

Motorcycle Mania

This morning I headed out to run some errands. As I was leaving the parking lot, I heard a huge roaring sound coming closer. Assuming it was a plane, I looked skyward. Clear.

My ears clued me in that it was coming from the road next to me. As I got into my vehicle, a stream of motorcyles came roaring up Jamboree, escorted by police.

The stream of motorcycles was long. I was able to drive out of the parking lot, turn onto a crossroad, and still waited about 15 minutes while the funeral procession passed by.

I have never understood why a funeral procession is allowed right of way. I get that it is a sign of respect to the fallen, whomever they were. Of course, funerals are really for the living, so who exactly are we showing respect to with these processions?

Where I live is about as whitebread as you can get in this area. Seeing the looks of consternation on the faces of those around me as this group of bikers roared up the road and stopped traffic was classic.

The sound of the loud chopper…

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

My sister gave me an Amazon gift certificate for my birthday. I used it to buy some items, the last of which was the Justice League Season 2 cartoon collection. I just received it in the mail today. In opening the package, I found a free ticket for going to see Superman Returns—a movie on my “must see” list.

How cool is that? The coupon is good for up to $10.50 and for only 1 person, but is also good at any showing (regardless of the “no passes, no coupons” rule of a theatre). The one caveat I have is that I will be in Saint John for this movie and plan to see it with my fiancée; I have no idea if it will be valid there or if they will accept it. I assume so as Canadians can by this DVD collection too.

As an aside, Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter gave pretty high marks to an advanced screening of Superman Returns. Both basically said it is an incredible action picture that also has heart. You can read more about it here.

Fun with Mom

Every time I visit my mother, she has a few things she'd like me to do for her. Little "honey-dos" for her son. Which is fine; I usually have no problem with her list of things.

I went out to visit her for her birthday, which was actually nearly 2 weeks ago, but our busy schedules didn't allow for a visit until this weekend.

Today's tasks wound up being installing and setting up her Harmony 880 remote (she saw how much I enjoyed mine, and wanted to eliminate the 5 remotes she had), reading and offering suggestions on a paper she is doing for one of her classes, and painting her front room.

I took care of setting up the Harmony remote while mom went to the store for some fixings for our dinner. Got everything onto the remote with only minimal trouble.

She had nearly a gallon of the tone she used in her bedroom available, and I thought it would go with the front room fairly nicely. It is an off-white with a hint of a sea-foam green in it-- but just a hint. So we prepar…

The Hand that Feeds You

My company eliminated approximately 200 positions today. I know of nearly 10 people from our division with whom I worked or knew socially who are out on the street right now. There may be more, as a bunch of emails were not answered or people were not available in the corporate IM.

I realize this is part of business. Companies do what they can to be profitable, to remain "lean and hungry," and to hopefully grow in the future.

But that doesn't stop the sting when it happens to you.

Luckily, most of the people with whom I work were spared this fate today. And I can rest better tonight knowing that this round is done and jobs should be safe for "a while."

But I do wonder about those who were let go. Many people don't plan for these events and do not have the wherewithall to combat it when a company lets them go. I hope that those with new mortgages, new children, and other responsibilities will be okay until they find new employment.

From what the VP of our divisi…

Book to Film

What book, novel, comic book, or other written media that, to the best of your knowledge, has not yet been turned into any sort of movie, cartoon, or other visual media, would you most like to see? What format would you most like to see it?

(Please limit responses to top 2-3).

I’ll start:

Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Lord Foul’s Bane (Stephen R. Donaldson), Theatrical Live Action Movie
Note: Hugh Laurie as Covenant

Over Sea, Under Stone (Susan Cooper), Theatrical Movie (Cartoon or Live Action)

Casca: The Eternal Mercenary (Barry Sadler), TV miniseries

Update on Move

We had some issues crop up with the plan for me to move back east. When I asked my company, they had some concerns about my moving to Canada, and New Brunswick in particular. Being a business, two major things came up: the need for business licenses and the need for new payroll services and benefits.

While we were able to pass on some information to Human Resources about this (namely that New Brunswick doesn’t require business licenses) it wasn’t enough. The company feels that the expense to check on all of this, including lawyer fees, payroll fees, time spent setting up new procedures within the company, etc., are not worth the business expenses for one person’s request to move.

However, there was a bit of a miscommunication with the HR department. While I had expressed that I wanted to be as close as possible to New Brunswick and my fiancée, my HR rep had only heard “New Brunswick or Maine” (the only state I mentioned as part of the “as close as possible” scenario). She thought her sa…


The following is a list of books I plan to give away or sell. If you would like anything on the list, please let me know and I'll set it aside for you. First come, first served.

(This is mostly for my California friends-- I'm not sure I want to trek these to Canada! But if you make me a good argument, I may consider it.) ;-)

1. Crichton, Michael Sphere - - Sci-fi/Fantasy
2. Crichton, Michael Jurassic Park - - Sci-fi/Fantasy
3. David, Peter Sir Apropos of Nothing - - Fantasy/Humor
4. Duncan, Dave The Cutting Edge Part 1 A Handful of Men Fantasy
5. Duncan, Dave Upland Outlaws part 2 A Handful of Men Fantasy
6. Duncan, Dave The Stricken Field part 3 A Handful of Men Fantasy
7. Duncan, Dave The Living God part 4 A Handful of Men Fantasy
8. Jordan, Robert The Eye of the World Part 1 The Wheel of Time Fantasy
9. Jordan, Robert The Great Hunt Part 2 The Wheel of Time Fantasy
10. Jordan, Robert The Dragon Reborn Part 3 The Wheel of Time Fantasy
11. Laws, Stephen Darkfall - - Horror, mode…

Like a Dog

In case you are wondering why I have not been posting, I have been down for the count for nearly a week. Got sick on Tuesday and was sick through today and I only worked a couple of days during that time.

I am back at work today. I would guesstimate my health at about 80% of normal.

I had an interesting confluence of events occur. I switched to a new medication a few weeks ago and the change is not going smoothly, as yet. The following is the definition of the side effects of this new drug:

This medication may cause stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, drowsiness, dizziness or trouble sleeping during the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If these symptoms persist or become severe, inform your doctor.

May cause urine to be orange-brown in color. This is not harmful and will disappear when the medication is stopped.

This medication increases sensitivity to sunlight.

Notify your doctor if your condition worsens or you develop: easy b…

How American?

You Are 68% AmericanMost times you are proud to be an American.Though sometimes the good ole US of A makes you cringeStill, you know there's no place better suited to be your home.You love your freedom and no one's going to take it away from you!How American Are You?

Sounds about right.

Isn't it Ironic?

So, I became engrossed watching the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee tonight. I then looked online at their definition of this event:

"We are the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and 268 sponsors in the United States, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, and American Samoa. Our headquarters office in Cincinnati, Ohio, coordinates the national finals, enrolls sponsors, and produces word lists and study materials. This office operates year round."

"Our purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives."

I looked this up because a Canadian made it to the final two, Finola Hackett. The reason this confused me was the use of the world "National" in the title.

Merriam-Webster online defines "na…