Friday, May 30, 2008

The Mouse Repair

The mouse that I use for work was on the blink. It developed a clack-clack-clack on the left button, and this sound (and feel) was most disturbing. At first I thought that it was time to go mouse shopping, but I really like this particular mouse.

Today, the mouse was behaving in the same manner. So I poked and prodded, cleaned it, tried everything.

Still the same clack-clack-clack noise.

I resorted to the final straw. I disconnected the mouse and whacked it on my carpeted floor a few times.

Mouse is now fixed.

Not the most technical way of handling things, but it seems to have worked.

Where'd You Come From Anyway?

Yesterday, I was driving to the gym, in a slow, casual drive.

Thank goodness for my driving slowly.

There was a teen walking home on the side of the street that has no sidewalk. I had him in my view, and I could tell that he was not paying attention to his surroundings. Maybe he had earbuds, but I can't recall. Anyway, just as I was approaching him, he did what I thought he was going to do.

He started to step in front of my vehicle. Of course, I had to brake, and stop while he made up his mind whether to proceed to cross the street. He decided to stay put and waved me on.

Now imagine if I had been one of the yahooooos who drives like a banshee. That kid might be in the hospital today.

Moral of the story? Pay bloody attention!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

First Hand Road Rage

They were approaching quickly. Two vehicles of a late model vintage. The first vehicle was a wagon of sorts. The second vehicle was a 2-door sub-compact.

Their drivers were behaving as drivers do, except that, the first car came to an abrupt stop, and the second vehicle bumped into it. The first driver got out of his car and proceeded to whack the windshield of the second car. There was no damage, no carnage, and I couldn't tell if this was an accident or whether it was done on purpose.

Well, it was done on purpose and this was the most blatant case of road rage I have ever seen.

Two little 2 year olds in their toy cars......experiencing road rage at this very young age.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Archuleta! Archuleta!

American Idol....ahhhh!

I am a huge (huge I say!) American Idol (and Canadian Idol) fan. My most favourite seasons were the Fantasia season and the one and only Taylor Hicks season.

This season, it has been a cliff hanger, with every week watching another talented person going home.

Tonight it is down to the two Davids. David Cook and David Archuleta.

David Cook (I'll call him big David) is a high style rocker. I enjoyed his song selections and enjoyed his performance. At one point I even thought that he would indeed win the whole thing. But there was always a little tug that said 'Hey...wait a minute! There's Little David too!'.

Little David Archuleta (and I say little because he is a small guy and young...only 17 years old!). Little David has a voice which is as smooth as silk, and he sings with so much emotion, that he can literally reduce one to tears (as he has done with me).

So....who has my vote tonight (but I can't vote because I'm in Canada)???....
Little David

Friday, May 16, 2008

This is Just Plain Creepy

I read this online yesterday. Then re-read it. Then re-read it again. It was incredulous to me. It reminded me of tales from another world...spooky stories told at Halloween. In fact, I wanted to post this yesterday, but I still hadn't come to grips with it. Not to say that I have come to grips with it any better today.
So here it is...

"Girl with stomach pains carrying embryonic twin.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 9-year-old girl taken to a hospital with stomach pains was found to be carrying her embryonic twin, doctors in central Greece said Thursday.

Doctors examined the girl and surgically removed a 2-inch-long growth they later discovered was an embryo.

“They could see on the right side that her belly was swollen, but they didn’t suspect that this tumor would hide an embryo,” said Iakovos Brouskelis, director of Larissa General Hospital.

The girl has made a full recovery, he said.

The embryo was a formed fetus with a head, hair and eyes but no brain or umbilical cord, said Dr. Andreas Markou, head of the pediatric department.

He said cases in which one twin absorbs the other in the womb occurs in one in every 500,000 live births."

....from CNN News

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Ants in our Pants

Not quite, but we did spend the day evacuating carpenter ants and there nests and colonies from the basement wall. All because we repaired some of the bricks at our back wall, thus closing off their entrance. So now they're angry at us, and the ones that were already living in the basement are escaping we are doing the ant dance. The ones outside can die...or go and live somewhere else.

So, we have destroyed a few colonies of ants that were taking up residence in the basement wall, sent a few babies to the guillotine and just basically tried to remove any trace of the little buggers.

Someone told us to try cornmeal. It seems that these guys will eat it, but can't digest it, so they simply die from being overfed.

hmmm I guess you can have too much of a good thing!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Smell Sensitive

I am smell sensitive. I am sensitive to perfumes and lotions that have an over-powering air, so much so that I will get a headache. In fact, I can't even wear perfume, because I'll give myself a headache.

This is especially evident when ladies apply more of the pretty, smelly stuff before they work out. That wonderful odeur (to others, not me) gets multiplied when we workout. What I end up doing is moving to different spots in class to get away from the smell.

Now, this is particularly difficult to do when I am in a cycling class, trapped on a bike, with someone's Eau de Chanel wafting through my nostrils, invading my sinuses, and leaving me with a headache.

So, the next time you apply your perfumes etc, be kind....k?

Much appreciated.....

Friday, May 02, 2008

Burger on Top?

It's a good thing that my hospitalized SIL isn't reading my blog today, because this one is about food. She'd be very unhappy....and hungrier.

It's not a really long post either. This idea just fell out of the sky and landed on my todo list.

It has to do with burgers, and how people dress them. You see, I am a fan of putting the burger on the bun and then dressing it with my favourites....cheese, lettuce, and tomato, and nothing else. Pretty much a naked burger.

Now, there was a TV ad the other day where a burger being dressed, but they put the burger on top of everything! So the bottom part of the bun had all the fixings and then the burger and then the top part of the bun.

I know what some smart fart is gonna say....'just turn your burger over if you don't like it!'.

hrumph....Happy Weekend everybody.