Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Post 3402 - Wednesday


After work this evening we attended the Ami McKay book reading at the Halifax Public Library. She read from her new novel, "The Witches of New York". After we got home, I revised my most recent Frank Magazine media column, adding a couple of paragraphs about tonight's bookreading.

I tweeted about the bookreading before it started. I used the hashtag #AmiMcKay. She saw it and thanked me for going and thanked me for the plug I gave her Tuesday night book reading at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. Pretty sweet, huh?

I sent off the media column a few minutes ago. It goes live on Monday. And then I start worrying and wondering about what to put in the issue two weeks after that.

Tomorrow promises to be a long day. I mean, it will still be 24 hours long, but a busy 24 hours, m'kay?

I think I will turn in. Newbie is giving me that look.

See you tomorrow.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Post 3401 - Tuesday

Pushing 11pm.

I have produced a very rough draft of my next Frank media column. We will, or at least hope to be, at the Ami McKay bookreading at the Halifax library Wednesday night, so I will have a paragraph or two about it in my column, along with a picture or two. I will use my press pass, so maybe I will be able to get up a little bit closer than everyone else can.

During my lunch hour today I also wrote a second article for Frank, which I hope will be in the next issue.

I need to leave work a little early on Thursday to conduct an interview with the friend of a young man who was murdered in Dartmouth in 2006. He sent me today a picture of him and this young man. I look forward to our discussion on Thursday, and to sitting down and producing an article about him in the next week or so.

The unsolved murders are articles I find especially hard to write. What to include, and what to leave out. How to start it? How to finisn it? What to include in the middle? You know, just stuff like that.

It is now past 11pm. We will both have a very long day tomorrow, so I think I will turn in. You keep having some fun, and don't forget to simile from time to time.

I hope you caught that. "simile", and not "smile".

See you tomorrow.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Post 3400 - Monday

Hey, happy post 3400, everybody!

Wow. Seems like yesterday I was only in the 3300 series.

Didn't write last night because my body shut down early. And tonight, pushing 9:30, I am prolly gonna turn in early, too.

We went car hunting after work tonight.

We are gravitating toward the mid-range KIA Soul. It has plenty of features and rides well and has storage and is higher off the ground than my Grand Prix. Nice vehicle.

All things going according to Hoyle, the funds will be available for us, together, to purchase this vehicle, or one like it, by the end of the week, or the 31st, Monday. We are trading in our two vehicles, my Grand Prix, and Patricia's Corolla, to put toward the purchase of the car we have in mind. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, we got home handy to 8pm. Ate something. Watched "Inner Space" on the pvr, and now we are settling in for the night.

No, I didn't have much of a chance to listen to Tom Power's debut on "q" this morning on CBC Radio One. There is a partial repeat tonight at 10. I will try to listen to that. But look: It's going to be so much better than when Shad was the host or when Candy Palmater was the host. I am not sure what emphasis the show will have on music over interviews, but time will tell, and soon.

By the time of my Frank deadline on Thursday I will have had a chance to hear more of Power's performance, and will provide some brief thoughts in my column. Deal? Okay!

I think I will turn in.  Buying cars is hard on the head!

See you tomorrow.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Post 3399 - Saturday

Just past 10:30.

Patricia did day one of her stained glass class today. I hung around the house all day. Got caught up on the tv show The Blacklist. Started figuring out what crap to toss out on recycling day on Tuesday. I think there will be quite a bit going out that day.

So, I am using a fairly old desktop computer tonight. I bought it in early January of 2009 when my work laptop was crapping out. I would lug it home nights I was on call at work as I didn't really have a decent computer here.

This was in the dying days of Boxing Week sales that year. I went into Staples in Bayer's Lake, because I love Staples. Looked through the list of computer equipment they were still marking down and saw this HP Slimline. It had 2gbs of ram and a 500mb hard drive and was running Vista. They had one out back still in the box, and it was $297.

I got it.

Over the years, I have put Ubuntu and then Linux Mint on it, as Vista was choking the life out of this little desktop. I bought a card for it to give me two extra usb ports in the back.  It is still running with 2gb of ram, and I am hoping I can find the proper ram to go all the way to 4, so I can get another couple years out of it. But I am still using the computer, a lot. Same hard drive, same everything else. The computer has been a real work horse for me.  I have had to replace a couple of mice, but that's about it. I think I am still using the same DELL keyboard I attached to it all those years ago, as I wasn't wild about the keyboard it came with.

Earlier this evening I was looking for another usb mouse, and found the cardboard box that this machine's peripherals came in. I opened it and found the external wireless antenna for the machine, which I had never bothered to install. About an hour ago I screwed it in the back of the computer, but I am not sure why, because I use a cat 5 network connection. I guess I just like the computer being "whole" for the first time. Even without the antenna, the built-in wireless never had a problem pulling in a good signal from my fibre op network, but it is only about 5 feet away, so I guess I am not being fair.

Not sure where I am going with this other than to note that HP makes excellent computers, so if you are ever in the market for a new machine, particularly a desktop, then you could do far, far worse than to buy something from HP. I have had this computer for nearly 8 years now, and it still fires up without any problems whatsoever.

Newbie is at my feet. I think he's snoring.

No, wait.


It's Patricia.

You guys have a good evening. Talk at ya tomorrow.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Post 3398 - Friday

Nearly 11:30pm.

Another long day.

I have been thinking more and more about what car to get. We will not get a North American vehicle. Increasingly, KIA's are looking interesting. The Jeep Cherokee's we looked at last weekend are pricey, but for much less money, there are comparable KIA's that look really good and apparently ARE really good.

Next question is, do I buy in the city? A guy at my work drives to the Valley to get his vehicles because he feels that companies down there, because they will have lower sales, will work that much harder to reduce the price of the vehicles. I have no reason to think he is wrong. I just haven't really looked down there yet is all.

I do know that while I want to do a good job searching, I want to end up with a damned car, not search and search until my life has been exhausted in a Sisyphean quest with no vehicle to show for it.

So, it's almost as important to know what vehicle you don't want, as it is what one you do want.

Patricia is taking a stained glass course all weekend at the stained glass place not far from here. She will be taking my car, as hers has a flat tire. I guess that means I will be stuck around the house. That's fine. I am facing two Frank deadlines for next week and really have to get off me arse and do some writing on them.

Or maybe I will just sleep all weekend.


Which is more work?

See you tomorrow!!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Post 3397 - Thursday

Past 11pm.

Had a pretty neat thing happen to me today. Tom Cook called me after lunch. He is the father of Troy Cook, who disappeared from Truro in 1998, and who's the subject of my most recent missing persons column in the current Frank.

I thought I was in trouble or something. That perhaps there was something in the article that was so wrong, so disrespectful to Troy, that Tom and maybe his other son Mike, would want to punch me in the nose or something. "You're not in trouble", Tom assured me.

He met me in front my work around 1:45. Mike remained in the car. Tom greeted me warmly and offered me a card in an envelope. I looked inside and learned it was a gift card to a local restaurant, for an amount that would likely pay for a decent dinner for Patricia and me.

I told Tom that it wasn't necessary to do that, that Frank pays me millions and millions of dollars for my articles;  but Tom and Mike (and cousin Dakota) would hear none of it, and I reluctantly accepted the very kind and very generous gift. I did not want to insult Tom, who clearly was grateful for the article in the Frank that hit newsstands on Wednesday.

It made my day. Maybe my year.

Tom is a gentleman, and too much crap has happened to him over the years separate from the terrible disappearance of his son. The man deserves closure. I can only hope that the article in Frank can reach the right person who can provide information that leads to the resolution of this mystery.

Thank you for the gift card, Tom. It will be put to good use.

You guys have a good evening. Talk to you tomorrow.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Post 3396 - Wednesday

Past 9pm.

Home from another super duper Toastmasters meeting. Yay. Super yay.

When we pulled into the driveway this evening, we decided not to go into the house just yet. We walked around the block once again, covering the end of the street, then left, and left, and a final left to bring us right back to the driveway again.

I had my shower and now I am ready to watch the 3rd Trump Clinton debate at 10 for a little while at least.

On my Facebook timeline I see plenty of people complaining about Trump. I see people complaining about Hillary. My feeling is that as long as they don't cross a line and start threatening the safety of someone, then I don't really care. My world is big enough to accommodate people who have diametrically-opposed opinions. It is not big enough to find room for those who will not tolerate even the concept of an alternative viewpoint, though. I have begun to consider the possibility of dropping some of the more intemperate people, both Trump supporters and Hillary devotees, who cannot be nice about their opinions.

As Canadians, non-Americans if you will, I must repeat that this is the American election. How things turn out on November 8th will affect us, but it is none of our business how our American friends choose to vote. If someone got in my face and yelled at me and threatened me if I voted a certain way, I would make it a damn point to vote that certain way, if only to spite that person and reinforce my right to vote any way I want. It is my vote. My decision. Not somebody else's. Period.

But, no matter who wins on November 8th, the aftermath will be ugly and bitter for months, maybe years, afterward. I am glad I will be able to see it from my relatively safe vantage point.

Think I will go get a good seat for the debate. Newbie is making popcorn.

See you tomorrow.