Archive for September, 2004

I’m posting this in absentia. You see, I’m at the cottage right now… either napping, or sitting out on the front porch watching fall ssslllloooowwwwllllyyyy roll in. I know you’re jealous. I know you wish you were here with me. Alas, you’re at work doing something mundane. Keep up the good work!

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The Ontario Government unveiled a new ‘Public Health Measure’ yesterday that dicatates that Sushi restaurants will have to stop serving fresh, raw fish for health reasons. Instead, they are expected to serve fish that has been frozen.
The government admits that there has not been one serious illness reported in Ontario as the result of sushi, but claims that it’s still acting in the best interest of Ontarians.
From my point of view, frozen fish is disgusting and this will really hurt the ‘sushi industry’ (if there is one) in Ontario. Why make a law for no reason? Anyone?

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Courtesy of Amazon.com’s preorder system, here’s what they claim is the album cover to “How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb”.
Everyone has something they like to get excited about; a hobby that they can enjoy. Mine is U2, so when a new album comes out, I come out of hibernation and start digging up album and tour info and sniffing out tunes.
If you want to be updated on what I find, drop me a line.

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Plans have changed for the fall cottage weekend, and I’m updating here first (rather than on my cottage site) because it’s easier, and I’m actually pretty busy today.
Rather than running from friday night to monday afternoon, we’ll be running from thursday night to sunday afternoon. This doesn’t really affect too many people, since most of you were only planning on coming up on friday night and staying until sunday anyway, but there it is.

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Jen and I managed to squeeze a quick hike into our busy weekend, and did half of a 12km route of the Bruce Trail around Webster’s Falls. This hike wraps around a gorge that overlooks Dundas Ontarion (near Hamilton). There’s a lookout over the valley from which you can see McMaster University, all of Dundas, and more trees than I would ever guess existed that close to steeltown.
There are also two sets of Waterfalls that took our breath away. Just stunning.
This hike is a little tricky to find, but well worth the 1.5 hour drive from Toronto.

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Whirlyball was a resounding success, with my team barely squezzing into fourth place at the end of round robin play and narrowly getting us the last playoff spot. Then, in two thunderously quick games, we took the championship.
For “bravery and skill shown in battle”, I was awarded the league MVP (a medal made of plastic) and $20 in movie coupons. All in all, it wasn’t a shabby way to spend an afternoon. I mean, hey… it beats working, right?
There are a few drawbacks to the game though. Some people complained of sore necks from taking too many bumps. Many of these people stiffened up too much when they were hit, I think. Those of us who have played hockey (or other minor contact sports) knew how to take a bump or two, so we were okay. A problem that plagued everyone was more acute. You see, you’re sitting on a rather hard seat in the car, and you’re getting banged around. At the same time, you’re constantly pivoting on your tailbone to look around and see where the ball is. As a result, the soft tissue at the base of your tailbone (sometimes known as your ‘butt’ or ‘ass’) takes quite a beating. Mine hurt well into sunday.
I don’t know how much it costs to play Whirlyball, but I would recommend that you try it out sometime. It’s best to play with people you already know, and bring a small cushion to sit on. You won’t regret it.

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Well, I’m off to Whirlyball. My next post should be from the hospital bed, and it will be stenographed by the matronly Nurse Jenkins.
I’m sure I’ll be fine, and I’ll post all about it the first chance I get. Wish me luck!

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U2’s new single is on finally on the radio, and I’m tickled pink (among other colours). It’s a great, old-fashioned rock song. Accounting for my obvious bias, I still think this is a really catchy rock tune, and a great song all around. It kind of reminds me of ‘Sheep Go To Heaven’ by Cake with its catchiness, but it sounds quite different.
One disturbing thing has already come out. I was listening to EDGE 102 last night and Martin Streek was talking about the chorus of the song, and how he was sure it was ripped off of Diana Ross’ ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’. Thanks Martin. I really needed THAT in my head everytime I try to rock out. (Try it yourself, it’s freaky).
If you haven’t heard the song, but would like to, drop me an email and I’ll make sure you can ‘hear’ a copy… wink.

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