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Sometimes a Little Push is all That’s Needed… and Other Times it’s a Big One

Published January 30, 2013 - 0 Comments

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I’ll be the first to admit it… I can be a little lazy sometimes.  OK, maybe “a little” isn’t quite as accurate as “a lot” but it sounds better.

I have a bunch of ideas… things that I know I have to do… things that I want to do (not always the same things) … and all that’s really left is to prioritize… and DO them.

That’s never been a strength of mine.

I let someone down recently.  I see that now.

I have a lot of catching up to do.

Follow up: Kia’s Inflated Mileage Claims

Published November 21, 2012 - 0 Comments

Last week I wrote about Kia’s Inflated Mileage Claims. After taking my Sportage to the dealership yesterday, I thought it only fair that I post a follow up.

First, I had omitted the fact that some Hyundai vehicles were also affected by inflated mileage claims.  This makes sense, as Hyundai owns Kia.

Second… and most important… apparently this reimbursement is a yearly occurrence!  I had assumed that it was merely a one time only adjustment.  Well.. you know what happens when you assume.  I was wrong.

I should be receiving my gas card for almost $40 in the mail sometime over the next couple of weeks.  Not too bad for only having 8432 kms on the car.  This time next year I will have considerably more… and that will be reflected in the next gas card.  And every year for as long as I own the car!  And if I sell the car to someone else, that transfers with the car, so it’s pretty sweet.

Aaaaaiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Anti-Social Networking

Published August 11, 2012 - 3 Comments

Some people have noticed that I considerably reduced my online footprint recently.  That’s right.  I closed my social network accounts for Facebook (this is nothing new), Foursquare, MyFitnessPal… and my beloved Twitter.  The big question is always the same… WHY?!?

There are many reasons to become involved with social networks… personal, professional, or otherwise… but in my case it seemed as though the magic was fading.  The social aspect had been turned on its head.  In short… it was no longer fun.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some great people out there, and that I don’t occasionally wish that I could fire off some witty tweet to random followers… but for the most part… I think that my social networking experiment is largely done.  I say “largely” because I do have a few Twitter accounts that are directly related to other websites that I have created, but these aren’t used for random silliness that pops into my head.  They’re a little more targeted than that.

Do I miss it?  Sure I do.  Will I be back?  Probably… in one form or another… social networking is not going away.  I’m simply enjoying a much needed breather.

Well At Least it Ain’t Snow…

Published April 24, 2012 - 2 Comments

Day 3 of water plummeting non-stop from the sky.  I’m not getting worried.. yet.  That sweet little stream running through my backyard is beginning to look like raging rapids though.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see some white-water rafters go screaming through there.

I have a couple of days off before I have to go back to work.  If it doesn’t stop soon, I’m thinking of buying one of these:

 

Failing that, I suppose that there is always another option…

 

 

Yeah… that’s what I thought!

Welcome 2012. May You Be Everything (and more) That I Hope You’ll Be

Published January 1, 2012 - 7 Comments

Well…  it’s here!  2012 is upon us.  I can hear the fireworks booming outside.  At first I wasn’t sure what was going on.  Was someone banging on that door that’s not supposed to open anymore onto the roof?  But then it came to me… fireworks!  Oh… duh…   If it wasn’t so cold out, I’d go take a look.  But yeah… this is January in Canada… I’ve seen fireworks before.

I’ve challenged myself to a little psychological duel… I am going to attempt to go an entire 30 days without two of my favourite vices… The first is Coke.. which is no big surprise.. although it will still be hard to go 30 days.  I don’t think that I’ve ever made it that far before.  The next is Twitter!  Yup… my favourite social networking site has been chewing up a ton of my time lately… and at the end of the day, my personal productivity has very little to show for it.   So it’s time to take a little step back, and focus some of that time on other things.

It will be interesting to see which one of those two things gives me the hardest time.  I think Twitter will be the initial problem.  I spend a ton of time on that site.  I love to throw out random Stephenisms even if I don’t log in to see if people are reading them.  I love to post songs that I’m listening to.  Nope… not anymore!  Not this month.  No more foursquare updates.  No more iTweetMyTunes.  No more MyFitnessPal updates.  And unlike other times when I’ve taken a little break from tweeting, I will not be logging in at all to check out what’s going on.  It’s Twitter-free for me!  At least for the month of January… or until I cave.

Twitter… Coke… Twitter… Coke…

Which one will get to me first?

Let’s find out, shall we!

White Coke Cans? Say it Isn’t So…

Published December 7, 2011 - 2 Comments

A Little Too Close, Perhaps?

When I first saw the new holiday white Coke cans, I thought that they were pretty sharp looking!  I understood the reasoning behind it.  Coke and the polar bears have been an item well before I ever got hooked on their liquid crack cocaine.  The idea to promote conservation awareness for the polar bear seemed like a good one to me, although not good enough for me to make a donation.  But the cans themselves looked appealing.

A day or two later I saw the first report of a supposed consumer backlash against the company that had dared to package their flagship product in anything other than a red can for the first time in its history.  What’s the big deal, I thought?  Seemed like it was really blown out of proportion to me.

Then I saw the problem first hand when I was in the store.  It’s not that the cans aren’t red.  It’s that they’re white.  Someone who likes regular Coke may not be able to easily locate them, but will eventually stumble onto them, or ask.  But the white cans look very similar in appearance to the silver Diet Coke cans, meaning those who drink Diet can easily pick up the wrong one if they’re not careful.  Now I know what you’re probably thinking “C’mon… can’t people read the labels?”  Sure.. the Diet ones are clearly marked as such… but a company like Coke spends millions of dollars every year to reinforce its brand image with consumers… people instinctively reach for their preferred flavour based on these visual cues… and someone at Coca-Cola should have realized that there was the potential for confusion here.

Now, to the people who claimed that the taste of Coke in the white cans was somehow different than Coke in the red cans… they’re idiots.  We won’t worry too much about those people.  But for everyone else who thought they were buying Diet Coke, only to discover when they got home that it was regular Coke… those people have a legitimate gripe.  Coca-Cola has responded by scrapping the campaign.

Which is too bad… cuz I liked them!

 

It’s Too Early For Christmas Music in the Stores, Dammit

Published November 15, 2011 - 0 Comments

As everyone who still follows me on Twitter already knows… today I was out getting a chunk of Christmas shopping done.  I don’t normally check in through foursquare every step of my day, but I thought I would try it today.  It’s ok, but I think that I will revert back to my normal ways.  But for today, as I went from one store to the next, I checked in.

ROOTS was having a “sweat sale” which was great, considering I was there looking for sweatshirts for the kids for Christmas.  I also picked one up for my niece, and because the sale was buy $100 worth, get $30 back, I was then able to add another ROOTS hoodie to my own collection!  I’m going to have every hoodie they make soon!

But it wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops.  As I was rummaging through hoodies the store music took an awful turn.  That’s right.  Christmas music!  I’m no Scrooge, but I think that mid November is still a little early to be subjecting us to that stuff.  I mentioned to the clerk that I was fighting the urge to run screaming from the store.  He agreed.  Poor guy has to listen to that stuff for his entire shift… and it’ll only get worse as December 25th gets steadily closer.

I managed to cross a few people off my list, but I still have quite a bit more shopping left, I think.  I AM proud of myself because I have never started this early.  In fact, today was not the first day of my shopping.  I’d already picked up a few things over the last couple of weeks.  But this was the first day that I have made the decision to spend the day shopping with the goal of crossing people off my list.

Good times!  I think that next year I’ll buy everything online.  Yeah, that sounds like a plan!

In Remembrance…

Published November 11, 2011 - 2 Comments

I’m sitting here at work.  It’s pouring outside.  A typical miserable Remembrance Day, except that it’s quite a bit warmer than it probably should be.  For 10 years I stood outside in the rain, wind, sleet and snow, as a member of 722 Communication Reserve.  After I put that part of my life behind me, I started taking my Grandfather to the ceremony at his local legion.  After he passed away I took my kids.  Now that I’m separated… there’s no one left to take.  I’m almost relieved to be working today because it removes any guilt I would have felt for not attending a ceremony.  There’s always an excuse… “It’s cold out.  It’s wet out.  I don’t like the crowds.  I have to work.”  Most of those excuses are pretty lame.  Except the one of having to work.

 

Things have been so busy at work today that I haven’t been able to write the kind of quality post that I had hoped to.

But no matter how bad of a day that I think I’m having at work, it pales in comparison to what our Vets endured.

Something to think about…

Lest We Forget

 

 

 

 

Rick Mercer’s Rant Against Bullying Gay Teens Goes Viral

Published October 28, 2011 - 6 Comments

It’s 5:30 in the morning as I type this… I read an article on this story, and wanted to include it here.  I will let Rick’s rant speak for itself…

And then I noticed a link on YouTube to a dedication to the memory of Jamie Hubley from one of his friends… I dare you to watch this and not feel something…

Getting Ready for Apple’s Big Announcement!

Published October 4, 2011 - 2 Comments

Today is the day that Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone… or, as I like to call it… “The phone that I am going to run out and buy Day 1, before I smash this other piece of shit Motorola Q against a brick wall“…  Whether they decide to call it iPhone 4GS, or iPhone 5… I don’t care.  I want one.  Hell, I need one!  Yes, it truly is a need.  Maslow would agree.  Sitting right up there at the top of his Hierarchy of Needs sits the new iPhone.  Wrapped in bubble wrap…

Cuz bubble wrap is what I’m going to have to encase around this thing to stop me from dropping it and crying like a big baby again.  (twice!)

I finish work around 7am… and then sleep as long as I can… so I am going to miss the announcement, but rest assured… when I wake up, I will check my RSS reader for information on what’s coming out!  Analysts expect that the units will ship before the end of this month… and I will be on the phone with Bell trying to find out what kind of hardware upgrade credit (if any) I am eligible for.

Cross your fingers!