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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Til Debt Do Us Part

Published October 30, 2009 - 5 Comments

I borrowed that title from a TV show that deals with helping people dig themselves out of personal debt.  It’s amazing how quickly it gets out of control if you’re not paying attention.

Today I made the last payment on my debt management account!  That means no more credit card debt.  No more line of credit.  Not even a car loan.  My money is pretty much my own, and it feels as though a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders!  This has been a long time coming.  The separation agreement laid out which debts were mine, and I’ve been aggressively paying them down so I could get on with my life.  And with this final payment…

I’m free!

Crossing another item off my Steve 2.0 list!


iPhone First Impressions

Published October 29, 2009 - 5 Comments

I put up a poll last month asking people what their next smart phone purchase would be, as I’m getting fed up with my current Windows Mobile phone.  As of this post, the iPhone is the current leader.

So last night I stopped into Future Shop and tried playing with the iPhone for the very first time.  There’s only one word that comes to mind.


I’ve never touched an iPhone before, so I know that there’s going to be a learning curve, but I couldn’t believe how horrible I was at trying to navigate and input text.  I say “I” because I know that it was me, not the phone.  I like techno-gadgets, but I felt like Shrek trying to use the interface with a pair of clubs for thumbs.  Apparently I drag my thumbs as I move from one key to the next.  That works fine for my current phone with a real keyboard, but that just does not work on a virtual keyboard.  It was maddening.

I’m still not ready to write-off the iPhone, but after last night’s quick experiment, I’m thinking that a Blackberry might still be a better fit for my needs.


Published October 28, 2009 - 1 Comment

I saw something interesting come through on my Twitterfeed today.  Freespots is a network of free public wireless access points throughout the greater Saint John, NB area.  The site has a fairly lengthy list of participating locations, and includes a Google maps view for easy reference.  Most of these locations are local restaurants, but there are still a couple of general areas where one can go and sit and not feel obligated to purchase something.   I even noticed a car dealership on the list, which would have been perfect when I had to sit and wait for hours while my car was being serviced.  Unfortunately I don’t drive a Mercedes.  Yet! :lol: (Actually, the Lexus dealership had better be on this list soon, or I won’t be impressed, when it comes time to get my new car. You’re on notice, Lexus!)

It’s nice to see an initiative like this start to gain some traction in our fair city.  I hope that it continues to grow, and prove profitable for the local businesses offering this useful service.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Published October 27, 2009 - 1 Comment

Decided to take the kids to a movie this weekend.  Wow.  What a shock that was!  Two adults, 2 children, some popcorn, drinks.. and a grand ole total of $61.87 later..  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs! I stood there, holding the payment slip in my hand… $61.87.. for a movie?  That’s insane.  It’s no wonder that people download these things… although there seemed to be a fair number of people in the theatre.

The movie was pretty good.  Not $61.87 worth of good, but when I looked over at the kids, they appeared to be enjoying it.  There were plenty of little things intended for adults, so I had more than a few chuckles.

I had read an early review that complained that the movie got very “preachy” about half-way through, and I could see that.  It wasn’t really something that bothered me, but there was definitely a moral message being conveyed.

All in all, I enjoyed it, but I certainly could have waited until it came out on DVD.

Canada’s Favourite Dancer

Published October 27, 2009 - 1 Comment

Was it any surprise that Tara-Jean won the title as Canada’s Favourite Dancer on Sunday night’s finale of So You Think You Can Dance Canada? Nah… I don’t think so.  I think that I would have been shocked had she not won the competition.  And I don’t think that I’m alone.  The general feeling of most people that I talked with prior to Sunday night’s broadcast was that she had this thing locked up.  And good for her.  I think that she deserved it.

Now to wait for the cross-Canada tour to come here in December.


Published October 16, 2009 - 0 Comments

Today is one of those rarest days in Life.

It’s a day for inner reflection.

A day to measure the distance traveled.  Obstacles overcome.  The Journey ahead.

It’s a day of memories.  What ifs.  Runaway dreams.

But more than anything, it’s a day of Celebration.

Maple Leafs.. Welcome to the Basement

Published October 15, 2009 - 1 Comment

Is there anything more heart-wrenching that getting your hopes up for your favourite hockey team, only to be let down yet again!?  OK, sure.. there are a hell of a lot of worse things than that… but for us Leafs, the proverbial kick in the balls year after year doesn’t get any easier. 

This year, we’re in solid last place.  Not last in our division.  Last in the entire league.  But that’s fine… we’ve got nowhere else to go but upwards!  It’s a long season, and surely there’s gotta be a team out there that we can beat!  Right?

Until that happens, I have to wear my thick skin, while listening to the Canadiens fans babble about how much less they suck than the Leafs!

Here’s a little something floating around the office…

Championship Sports Rings:

Pittsburg Penguins:

Pittsburg Penguins


Pittsburg Steelers:

Pittsburg Steelers


Toronto Maple Leafs:

Toronto Maple Leafs


Thick skin…  must wear the thick skin…

The Office… Jim and Pam

Published October 14, 2009 - 4 Comments

Jim and Pam

I’m a big fan of The Office (US).  I’ve heard people say that the UK version is better than the US one, but I’ve never seen the UK show, so I can’t make any comparison.  But I like the US one, though I think it’s an acquired taste for some.

I’ve started watching from Season 1 again because I had missed so many episodes over the years.  I’ve deliberately avoided watching any of the new ones on TV. That would just ruin it for me. 

By far, the best part of the show has been the evolution of Jim and Pam’s relationship.  Oh sure, they’re just two television characters.  I know that!  But this has been one of those couples that I’ve been rooting for, for so long, that there’s actually an emotional response watching them move from one level to the next. 

I think that I’m actually jealous of Jim.  How sad is that?

McDonalds Monopoly Game Sucks Again

Published October 14, 2009 - 10 Comments

I hate that stupid monopoly game.  I’ve spent enough money at McDonalds that I should be given an engraved platinum-plated board, with a permanent residence on both Boardwalk AND Park Place!  But for some reason, when I asked the young guy behind the counter for a game board to keep track of all my “sorry, please try again, loser!” stickers, I was told that they don’t send them to the restaurants, and that I had to download them from the website.  (Since when is McDonalds a restaurant, anyway?)


For starters, if memory serves me correctly (less and less likely each day, it seems) those “boards” weren’t anything more than a glossy piece of paper.  I somehow doubt that McDonalds saves a ton of money by not printing those and shipping them to the restaurant. 

For seconds, what about the poor little old lady who has no idea what a PDF document is, or how to find it on the McDonalds site?  What are THEY supposed to do? 

Now I realize that the board is completely irrelevant to actually WINNING anything.  Whether you have one, or don’t, as long as you have the proper game pieces, it doesn’t matter if you tack them on a board, or a strand of toilet paper.  But that’s not the point.  When I ask for a game board, I’m expecting them to HAVE a game board, not have to go through the bother of having to look one up online, and print it out.  And let me tell you, it’s nothing spectacular.  You’d think that they might have put a little bit of effort into creating that board.


Not impressed.

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