Archive for December, 2004

I know Sherri will back me up when I say that New Years is an overrated ‘event’. As my manager here in the office just said, it’s basically like any saturday night, only everything is more expensive.

Ideally, New Years is a time for reflection on the year past and the year ahead, as well as a celebration of the acheivements of the past year, but I’d just as soon spent the evening relaxing with friends… or better yet, drinking wine around the woodstove at the cottage.

Tonight, I’ll be with old friends saying a welcome ‘goodbye’ to 2004 (not a banner year in my books) and a hopeful ‘hello’ to 2005. Have a great night, and safe travels. I’ll see you all next year.

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I took a ‘mental health day’ yesterday to sleep in and hang out, but I’m still wiped today, so this weekend is going to be a bit of a bear. I’m heading to Jay and Becky’s tonight for New Years, and then tomorrow is the Duncan Family Annual Reunion at my parents place. Since I’m leading worship on sunday morning, I hope that saturday isn’t a late night.

I saw ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ last night, and man, it was great… a little slow, but great. When I was about to buy tickets from the machine outside the theatre, this random guy warned me that it was a horrible movie and that I should see ‘Sideways’ instead. I’d like to see that guy again and tell him just how wrong he was. Sure, it was no ‘Royal Tenenbaums’, but that movie would be hard to top.

I’m going to crawl under my desk and die of fatigue now.

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It’s my first day back at work, and the office is almost empty (like just about every office in North America) so I’m spending the day surfing the net and playing with my iPod (I still haven’t really toyed with all the bells and whistles yet).

So far, I’ve spent part of my morning tracking down first hand accounts of the Tsunami in the Pacific Rim. With all the monsoons and floods in that part of the world, we as North Americans tend not to pay attention when a natural disaster strikes and kills a few hundred people there (which is sad), but given the massive loss of life, and the strangeness of the event, it’s proving easy to find a lot of information about it.

On a lighter note, I’m a little sore today after making a sizable error in judgement last night. You see, my parents got me a really cool hammock for Christmas (it’s HUGE!!!) to use at the cottage, but being impatient, I wanted to try it out. At each end, there are loops to attach to hooks, and the loops aren’t quite big enough to fit over the doorknobs in my apartment. “No worries.” I thought “I’ll just put each end on as solidly as possible and ease myself into the hammock gently.” Well, I learned a few lessons in basic physics thanks to gravity, stupidity and my hardwood floor. The parquet actually left an imprint in my back and butt. Nice.

One other cool thing from this Christmas… my Grandma usually gives me money for Christmas. Being an older woman, she’s not really in touch with my interests, and has always figured that enabling me to get something I’d like is the best gift, but for the first time in my memory, she picked out gifts for me, and she did a SPECTACULAR job.

With our pie-making bonding experience this past fall, she knew right away that I didn’t have a power handmixer (I have one of those old school ones with the hand crank) or a rolling pin. The handmixer she got me has a tupperware dish that clips into the underside of the mixer to store the beaters and plug… so it stores away really easily. How cool is that? The rolling pin is great too… she knows her stuff, so she was able to get one that isn’t too big or too small, and rolls really well. I’ve named the rolling pin ‘Dinah’ (as in “someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah”) and the mixer ‘DJ EggBeats’… cause it’s a mixer… uh… nevermind.

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This post is all U2. Sorry to the rest of you.

1. With my iPod, I got a coupon for $50 off The Complete U2, which is a download for sale at Apple.com. I already have all this stuff, so who wants it? Just email me.

2. U2 is playing Toronto in March, and then again in September. Boo… yah.

3. Par gave me two of his 80s era CD singles, so the collection continues to grow.

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So, I’m back early from Ottawa for reasons I’ll explain below, but let it be said that this year I got the two bests gifts a person can receive… first, my own life… second, a reminder of the delicacy of my own mortality.
Where the post hit
On Christmas Eve, my family headed to Ottawa in two cars… my parents in their car (with the dog) and my older brother and me in his Chevy Cavalier. We were making great time on the 401 until we got to Napanee and the weather took a turn for the worse. Wet snow started blowing up from Lake Ontario and the highway started to slow down. By the time we got to Kingston, the highway had come to a near stop, but that was our exit (taking a highway north from Division St). Just ahead of us (near our exit), police lights were visible and traffic was being routed to the right lane, so we moved into the ramp lane and were driving past the traffic when something happened…

Graham’s passenger side wheel caught the unseen edge of the pavement and he tried to ease us back to the left and into our lane… but the car lurched and skidded… right into the path of the rear of a semi truck… for brief seconds (that seemed like an eternity), I imagined my Christmas being spent in a hospital… or worse. Graham was thinking other things, and deftly turned back to our lane. Our wheels caught pavement and we were steered towards the steel cables of the guardrail.

We hit on an angle and were spun ass-first onto the shoulder. The steel cable came up the hood (along with the post we broke) and shattered the windshield. We came to a soft stop… completely unharmed, but shaken… directly beside an OPP officer.
No lights

The bumper took most of the impact, so we think the car will be fine. The story of how we got in touch with our parents is for another time, but Research in Motion and Days Inn are my two new favourite companies. Special thanks to Jen at the Days Inn in Kingston for all her kindness.
Look out behind you!

We got to Carleton Place in one piece, but I had a few calm days to think about everything that happened. This Christmas could have ended very differently, and I’m thankful to God that it didn’t. All things considered, everything went as well as possible.
The Damage

The car now rests in Kingston awaiting an Insurance adjuster, and I’ll be sure to post the entire postlude. I hope everyone else’s Christmas was just as full of reflection, but much… MUCH quieter.

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Yesterday’s post (like today’s) was prepared in advance to keep those of you who are bored of your families and have come here for entertainment from going stir crazy. I know the feeling… I’m there with you, only I won’t have internet access, so I’ll be doing Crosswords or playing outside with the dog.

Wait a second… “today” is Boxing Day!! Oooh, maybe as you read this, I’ll be scouring the stores of Ottawa looking for bargains on clothes, electronics or whatever crap I haven’t already bought myself in the last week (since my Christmas bonus came in). I would probably buy DVDs, but I’ve found (to my surprise) that I’m not much of a DVD collecting guy… maybe that comes from having a lot of past roomates who had any DVDs that I would possibly want to watch more than once… and there aren’t many movies like that.

Alas, I’ve strayed from my original point… which wasn’t that detailed to start with. Oh crap. Now we’re adrift in the middle of a blog posting. Everyone join arms, and we’ll get through this.

Wow! This is getting pretty messed up. I should call it quits before I start speaking in tongues. I’ll be back on the 28th in the evening sometime, and I’ll let you know how my Christmas went. In the meantime, enjoy the time off (if you have it) and I’ll see you in a few days.

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“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a saviour has been born unto you; He is Christ, the Lord.”

Suddenly, a great company of the Heavenly Host appeared with the Angel, praising God and saying…

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests”.
... and a Happy New Year
I wish all the best for you and your family this Christmas, and pray that you find yourself resting peacefully in God’s favour.

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I’m dying… I’m so bored, that I came across this on BleachEatingFreaks, and laughed for WAY too long. Since it’s stupid, I’m going to share it with you guys. It will entrance you…
Maniac on the Floor...
Once I regained my composure, I was taken back to the good old days of animated gifs on the web, and remembered the first one that made me laugh (I guess I’m a sucker for them). I managed to find it, so here it is for your pleasure…
Swiss Chalet Presents...
He never blinks, which is kind of creepy, but you know… he’s an animated chicken.

I hope that helps speed your day along.

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